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Recommended Show
August 26, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

Out of all the shows happening in greater LA this week, the following five are the best. Because, it’s like, what does the word “subjective” even really MEAN, mannnn? Like, you know, in the grand scheme of the cosmos? How, like, we’re all spinning on this round rock in the sky and how not only are we not falling off but we’re also surrounded by all these blazing stars and how everything is so big and we’re all so small and stuff? There is no such thing as “subjective” in Outer Space, mannnn.

These are the 5 Best Shows in LA This Week. And that fact is, like, 10000% fundamental.

#1. Ty Segall - The Echo - Thurs + Fri + Sat + Sun - August 28th - August 31st - 2014 A.D.

One of the most prolific players in the garage pop game is playing four shows in a row at The Echo. Because of course Ty Segall is. There are no half measures with that dude. You should go to one of these and watch the goodness flow. And I should mind my own business.

#2. Mission of Burma - The Roxy - Thurs - August 28th - 2014 A.D.

Legendary Boston post-punks Mission of Burma have been repping their stabby jabby guitar goodness forever. Well, OK. Not forever. Here are some notable things that transfixed this great nation the year Mission of Burma formed: Rocky II + Apocalypse Now + The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy + The Sony Walkman went on sale in Japan + the Bee-Gees sell out Dodger Stadium + Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in Chicago + Thurman Munson dies + Atari releases Asteroids.

(big thanks to Wikipedia for making this happen)

#3. Roses - Perhspace - Fri - August 29th - 2014 A.D.

This new-ish band sounds exactly like what a band called “Roses” should sound like - if you pay no attention to the heartbreak. Features Juan from Abe Vigoda. The band. Not the actor. That guy is cool too, though. And he’s impossibly still alive. Or is he???????

#4. Burger Records Bash - Los Globos - Sun - August 31st - 2014 A.D.

Burger Records have been ruling the lo-fi jingle jangle scuzz punk game for awhile now. Today’s party in their honor feature a bunch of good bands, including Cherry Glazerr + Jacuzzi Boys + The Lovely Bad Things + OFF! + well, we can sit here and chit-chat all day about this. Just click here. All lo-fi jingle jangle scuzz punk mysteries will be revealed.

#5. Sleep - Troubadour - Sun - August 31st - 2014 A.D.

This much loved (by a loud and fervent some) doom metal band is a bunch of dope smokers. Don’t trust ‘em. Personally, I never touch the stuff. I just sit around and, like, consider the cosmos. Not sure if you knew, but we’re all on a big rock spinning in SPACE, mannnn! Whoa. I bet the stars are so beautiful up there. So twinkly. So bright. It's good to be alive, mannnn. Life is alright.

Just Announced
August 22, 2014


8/24 The Both (Aimee Mann + Ted Leo) @ Largo
9/01 MNDSGN, Chrome Canyon, Anenon, Geoff Geis, Axed Crown, Itasca, Kitchen Hips, Heathers, Los Angeles Police Department, oe, So Many Wizards, Muna, Sex Stains, Generation Landslide, American Grizzly, Vex Ruffin, Plague Vendor, Fol Chen (DJ Set) @ Los Globos
9/05 Allah-Las @ Amoeba Music- Hollywood
9/17 Alex G, R.L. Kelly, Los Angeles Police Department @ The Echo
9/17 Coldplay @ The Theatre at Ace
9/22 Interpol @ Fox Theater Pomona
9/23 Tears for Fears @ The Wiltern
9/30 Neon Trees @ The Observatory
9/30 Aziz Ansari @ The Wiltern
10/11 TacocaT, Criminal Hygiene @ Bootleg
10/12 Kygo, Anna Lunoe @ The Fonda Theatre
10/14 Maria Minerva, Puro Instinct, Sleep Over, Missions @ Los Globos
10/15 Fujiya & Miyagi, Magic Touch @ Bootleg
10/15 Fujiya & Miyagi, Magic Touch @ The Observatory
10/17 Eyelids, Levitation Room, White Dove @ Bootleg
10/18 Federico Aubele @ Los Globos
10/21 Wyatt Cenac @ Largo
10/21 Ab-Soul @ The Observatory
10/24 Placebo @ Club Nokia
10/24 Hollie Cook @ The Echo
10/28 B.o.B., Kevin Gates @ The Observatory
10/30 B.o.B., Kevin Gates @ Club Nokia
11/03 The Bug, Wolf Eyes @ The Echo
11/03 GWAR, Decapitated, American Sharks @ The Observatory
11/06 GWAR, Decapitated @ House of Blues Los Angeles
11/07 Fool's Gold @ The Echo
11/09 Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers @ The Observatory
11/10 The Wytches @ Los Globos
11/12 Tame Impala, Delicate Steve @ Shrine Auditorium
11/13 Hiss Golden Messenger, Phil Cook @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
11/14 RAC, The Knocks @ The Fonda Theatre
11/14 Hot Water Music @ The Observatory
11/15 Single Mothers @ Los Globos
11/15 The Presets, LE1F, Chela, Franki Chan @ The Regent Theater
11/15 Hot Water Music, Dave Hause, The Flatliners @ Troubadour
11/16 Lucero @ The Echo
11/17 Lucero @ The Echo
11/18 Lucero @ The Echo
11/19 Cold Specks @ The Echo
11/22 FKA Twigs @ The Regent Theater
11/26 Circa Survive, Title Fight @ Fox Theater Pomona
11/29 Circa Survive, Title Fight, Pianos Become The Teeth @ Club Nokia
11/29 Toad the Wet Sprocket @ The Fonda Theatre
12/13 Gardens and Villa @ The Echo
12/13 Allah-Las, Tashaki Miyaki @ The Observatory
12/29 Flosstradamus, Curtis Williams, Two-9 @ Shrine Expo Hall


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August 20, 2014
Drive Like Jehu reuniting? Drive Like Jehu reuniting!

August 31st.

San Diego.

Balboa Park.


All ages.


More dates maybe probably surely soon.


Recommended Show
August 19, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

The 5 Best Shows in LA This Week

This is one of the greatest week for good shows in LA this entire summer. Bet on that, dear Rockness reader. Bet. On. That. It’s overwhelming and almost crippling to pick just five shows you should go see. Luckily, we thrive in pressure packed situations and we have managed to do just that. Whew. Long live the local music blob. It takes #courage and #heart.

#1. FYF Fest - Los Angeles Sports Arena - Sat and Sun - August 23rd and 24th - 2014 A.D.

We're sure you've never heard of the FYF Fest. No way. No how. We should explain then. This tiny, under-the-radar two-day family musical festival features a bunch of small unknown bands that are looking to get their big break in the "Mu$ic Indu$try." Some of these bands nobody has ever heard of = The Strokes (who?) + Phoenix (huh?) + Interpol (not familiar) + HAIM (no clue) + Real Estate (sorry... we rent) + well, a dozens more minuscule bands. You may peep the whole lineup of great unknowns here. Who knows. Maybe some of these bands will even end up getting signed!

#2. Future Islands - The Fonda - Wednesday & Thursday - August 20th & 21st - 2014 A.D.

Baltimore’s Future Islands (please pay no attention to that five year old band profile) are another one of those itty bitty bands playing FYF Fest. But you can see them at The Fonda first if you want to learn how to do super smooth dance moves and sing sweet croons over impulsive guttural growls. And then if you practice, practice, practice you too just might floor David Letterman someday. You never know. You gotta play to win.

#3. Slint - El Rey - Friday - August 22 - 2014 A.D.

Louisville pre-post-rock sluggers Slint (that nine year old band profile will interest no one - please don't read) also play FYF Fest. Is there a goddamn echo in here... here…. here? See them play the night before at El Rey and you’ll understand why 9 out of 10 leading alts declare, “Before anyone did anything Slint did everything.”

#4. Blood Orange + Kindness - The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Thursday - August 21 - 2014 A.D.

Hey. Guess who’s also playing FYF Fest this week? Dev Hynes’ Blood Orange (we liked him back when he was just a little Test Icicle, nbd). If you want to see this smooth singer/songwriter, soon-to-be bona fide pop star, you’ll want to be at The Theatre at the Alt Hot... errr... Ace Hotel on this night.

#5. The Zombies - Santa Monica Pier - Thursday - August 21 - 2014 A.D.

And finally. Somebody NOT playing FYF Fest. One of the original British invaders, The Zombies, play a free show at Sonic Monica Pier. They have been doing the sweet sunshine jingle jangle pop since 1962. That’s 52 years, dear Rockness reader. You should go see them and not pay anybody for the privilege. And we should mind our own business.

Have fun out there. And if anyone goes to FYF Fest (aka Fuck Yeah Fest Fest - like ATM Machine = Automated Teller Machine Machine - or Pin Number = Personal Information Number Number) please let us know if any of those tiny bands get signed. That would be a "Mu$ic Indu$try" success story 4 $$$$$$$$URE!!!!!!

Just Announced
August 15, 2014

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8/22 Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith @ Avalon Hollywood
8/26 Telepathe, Tempers, Walter TV, Andy Boay @ Lot 1 Cafe
8/29 TEARIST, Octavius, Pleasures, George Sarah, Vogel @ Complex LA
8/30 Silent Servant, Pure Ground, REDREDRED, Continues, More Ephemerol @ Complex LA
8/30 Warm Soda, Santoros, Death Hymn #9, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Pocket Rockets, Kim and The Created, Electric Children, Sunshine Mind, The Ugly Kids, Mechachief, The Wolf, Bonfire Beach, Black Lotus @ Los Globos
09/09 The Entrance Band @ The Satellite
09/16 Rise Against, Touche Amore, Radkey @ The Wiltern
09/17 Karen O @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
09/17 Rise Against, Touche Amore, Radkey @ The Wiltern
09/17 Augustines @ Troubadour
09/18 Karen O @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
09/18 Tomorrow's Tulips @ The Observatory
09/19 Karen O @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
09/20 Outkast, Childish Gambino, Flosstradamus, Lil B, Overdoz @ National Orange Show (NOS) Events Center
09/23 Lia Ices @ The Echo
09/26 Die Antwoord @ The Observatory
09/27 Demdike Stare, Andy Stott @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
09/27 Orenda Fink (of Azure Ray) @ Los Globos
10/04 Finch @ The Observatory
10/10 Meatbodies, Hunters @ The Smell
10/11 Kill The Noise, Ape Drums, Botnek, Milo & Otis, Two Fresh @ Club Nokia
10/11 Snoop Dogg, The Game, E-40, Xzibit, DJ Quik, Glasses Malone, Tha Eastsidaz, Too Short, PROBLEM, Suga Free @ Irvine Meadows / Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
10/11 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood @ The Forum
10/14 Sam Amidon, Bill Frisell, Shahzad Ismaily @ Largo
10/14 Kate Boy @ The Roxy
10/16 Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution @ The Majestic Ventura Theater
10/17 Joey Bada$$, Pro Era @ The Echo
10/18 Nas @ Orpheum Theatre
10/18 Con Bro Chill @ The Observatory
10/18 Joey Bada$$, Pro Era @ The Observatory
10/22 Con Bro Chill @ The Roxy
10/23 Allo Darlin @ The Echo
10/23 La Femme @ The Echo
10/25 St. Lucia, Robert DeLong @ The Regent Theater
10/26 Tycho, Com Truise @ Pappy & Harriet's
10/26 The Preatures @ The Observatory
10/27 Tycho, Com Truise @ The Glass House
10/29 Tycho, Com Truise @ The Majestic Ventura Theater
10/31 Big K.R.I.T., Two-9 @ The Echo
11/06 The Features @ The Echo
11/07 Finch, Maps & Atlases, Weatherbox @ The Roxy
11/08 Mirah @ The Echo
11/08 Finch, Maps & Atlases, Weatherbox @ The Majestic Ventura Theater
11/09 Mac DeMarco, Chris Cohen, DJ Dougg Pound @ The Fonda Theatre
11/10 Mac DeMarco @ The Fonda Theatre
11/11 Method Man, Redman, B-Real, Berner, Mick Jenkins @ The Observatory
11/14 The Pizza Underground, Har Mar Superstar, Candy Boys, Lizzo @ The Observatory
11/15 The Pizza Underground, Har Mar Superstar @ El Rey Theatre
11/16 Brazilian Girls @ The Roxy
11/19 Culture Club (original lineup) @ Shrine Auditorium
11/21 FKA Twigs @ The Regent Theater
11/26 Minnesota, G Jones, Jackal @ El Rey Theatre
11/28 Dustin Wong, Takako Minekawa @ Los Globos
11/28 Lydia @ The Roxy
11/29 OBN IIIs, Pampers @ Los Globos
12/06 Watsky, KYLE, Anderson Paak @ House of Blues Los Angeles
12/09 Opeth, In Flames, Red Fang @ Hollywood Palladium
12/21 Dillon Francis @ Shrine Expo Hall


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