By now, we're sure you have your strategy mapped out for Saturday's street festival portion of the Sunset Strip Music Festival.
You're hitting the Sunset Strip early for Semi Precious Weapons; you're darting between outdoor stages for the likes of Travie McCoy, Neon Trees, Slash, Kid Cudi and Common; and, if you're a Smashing Pumpkins fan, you're dropping anchor at the West Stage to get a good spot the headliner, and maybe re-reading our wide-ranging interview with Billy Corgan.
Or maybe you don't. Maybe you're not the type to follow the herd and, despite the daunting list of set times, you're up for seeing a Next Big Thing. You need to hit the indoor venues for that, and we're here to help. Here's our shortlist for club-hoppers:
— Vanaprasta (5:20 p.m. at the Key Club): The L.A. quintet's debut album Healthy Geometry (finished but not yet released) is a head rush of twining guitars, ripped rhythms and Steven Wilkin's big tenor. The Killers with doctoral degrees in guitar rock.
— White Arrows (2:40 at the Cat Club): Dance-rockers whose August residency at Spaceland has been going off, this sextet exudes cool.
— Casxio (7:35 at the Key Club): Another L.A. band whose debut album is about to hit. Hunky frontman/bassist/crooner Lucas Guerin and crew can funk it up with the best of them, but not in an obvious way. Their song “Seventeen” should have been a stone cold hit by now.
— AWOLNATION (8:20 at the Key Club): The new project from Aaron Bruno (Under the Influence of Giants) brings bombastic synth-rock and a let's-party-in-outer-space vibe.
— Wicker (7:30 at the Roxy): Doing their damnedest not to lost in the tsunami of vapid Sunset Strip party bands, they might just succeed.
— Links (7 at the Cat Club): Young rock 'n' soul quartet, working on their full-length debut, gets better with every outing.
Also tonight: Boris and Red Sparowes at the El Rey; Cyndi Lauper at the Greek Theatre; the Fling and Deep Sea Diver at Spaceland; Flosstradamus at Vanguard; the Juliana Theory at the Glass House; the Little Ones at the Echo; Jon Brion at Largo; Pete Molinari and Patrick Park at the Redwood; the Jayhawks' Mark Olson at McCabe's; Kix at the House Blues; Delta Rose and Warner Drive at the Viper Room; the Expendables at the Roxy; Asia at Club Nokia; Unwritten Law and Nico Vega at the Key Club; Denim Family Band at the Hotel Cafe; Stoic Ideal at the Troubadour; Gamble House at Pehrspace; the Shants at Echo Curio; Shannon Curtis at the Bootleg Theater; Neverever at 3 Clubs; and Damion Romero at the Smell.
Also Saturday: The Antlers at Saturdays Off the 405 at the Getty Museum; Morris Day at the Greek Theatre; Joan Sebastian at the Gibson Amphitheatre; Cap'N Jazz, Abe Vigoda and the Black Apples at the Echoplex; Something Corporate at Club Nokia; the Juliana Theory at the El Rey Theatre; Former Ghosts at the Troubadour; Moenia at the House of Blues; Oneida and the Lights at Spaceland; Jaill and Woah Hunx at the 6th Street Warehouse; Jon Brion and Nels Cline at Largo; Matthew Sweet at McCabe's; Boris and Red Sparowes at the Glass House; Pete Molinari and Eleni Mandell at the Redwood Bar; Andre Theirry at the Mint; Useless Keys at Casey's downtown; Cobra Lilies at Pehrpsace; David Poe at the Hotel Cafe; Pete Swanson at the Smell; Cinder Cone at Echo Curio; and the Hold Steady and Rogue Wave at a RSVP-only, beer-sponsored event in Culver City.
Also Sunday: The Chemical Brothers, Chromeo and Yacht at the Hollywood Bowl; the Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot at the Greek Theatre; West Indian Girl at the Hotel Cafe; Ron Emory at Spaceland; Batwings Catwings at the Echo; Magic Johnson at the Smell; Pete Molinari at the Redwood Bar and Pete Swanson at Echo Curio.