The dog days of summer have arrived, the mega-ravers are taking a weekend off, and all the party people are in Ibiza. Right? Wrong. There's plenty of talent in L.A. for you to enjoy in mid-August:

Friday: The new (-ish) promoters over at Vanguard have been slowly putting together a dependable superstar DJ night. It's starting to gel. Friday, among other jocks, brings Christian Martin of the funky house label Dirtybird to the decks. Good stuff. 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Info.

Saturday: Avalon hosts British techno star and Kompakt recording artist Damian Lazarus. A sure thing. 1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood. 21+. Info.

Monday: Our friends at the Monday Social have high-fashion model-turned-Yoshitoshi-recording-artist Miss Nine on the decks. Playhouse, 6506 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 21+. Info.

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