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With the sun officially out for the summer, it's time to cool off with some sweet bands or turn it up with edgy artists that'll make you sweat. Whether you're into singing along to folk music with the Hollywood Hills as a backdrop, or swaying to beach jams on the Santa Monica Pier, there are shows for everyone's tastes happening all over town in the next several days. No matter your musical preference, we've got you covered with this guide to L.A.'s best live music to see this week. [Photo via]
Tuesday night, Mr. Fool's Gold himself brought the heat to Echo Park when he took the stage at Check Yo Ponytail 2 for a beats, bass, and bangers-filled, sweaty kickoff show to his "April Fools" club tour at the Echoplex. The opening "April Fools" show also served as a celebration for A-Trak's birthday with the help of fellow turntablists Just Blaze, AC Slater, and Skrillex, and certainly proved the mix master promises to bring a rager with him on each stop of his tour.
Last night, Check Yo Ponytail 2 returned to the Echoplex with yet another assortment of artists hitting the stage to rock the audience with some live music radness. Death Hymn Number 9, Dunes, and Joyce Manor warmed up the crowd with sets before indie rockers The Thermals took the floor. Fresh from their show at SXSW, the Portland, Oregon-based group made the crowd sweat as they performed their favorite tunes. Check out the slideshow for visual highlights from the night...
Common sense would indicate that the best time of the year to live in L.A. would be in the winter, when your friends everywhere else are freezing their tucheses off and the worst you need is a light sweater. But actually, it's just as nice now, when your buddies in Brooklyn are pretending to enjoy 90% humidity and you get to choose from the full range of summer options, from gay waterparks to pool parties. But don't get too tired in all that sun, kiddies: there's so much good live music coming up that you need to save something in the tank for the evenings. So rock out during the day, but when nighttime rolls around, don't forget to Go See A Show! MoreĀ»
What does the phrase "girl power" mean to you? If the answer is spunky, upbeat girl groups, British or otherwise, grinding out calisthenics-inspired fluff-pop with a cheeriness bordering on complete vacancy, then it would have behooved you to be at the Echoplex on Tuesday night, where three groups led by women who don't seem to have ever taken up residence on Spice World brought the house down. MoreĀ»
Swagger. It's a pretty annoying word, right? Well, yes, because 98% of the time it's applied, we're talking about dipshits spraying champagne on each other at Supperclub or some bazillionaire rapper telling a nation facing 12% unemployment about his four (leased) Bentleys. But there's another kind of swagger, too, a grimier kind of aggressive self-promotion that, when combined with clever social commentary and a healthy dose of tongue in cheek, is pretty undeniably great. Luckily, that's exactly the vibe that Das Racist got famous for providing, and they brought it out in full form to Check Yo Ponytail 2 at the Echoplex on Tuesday night. MoreĀ»
So all your friends went off to Sundance to party with movie stars and alcoholic babies, and you're still here in L.A.? Maybe you're a little jealous, because it seems like every night they're checking out some big name like Drake, playing for free? Don't sweat it, because there's actually a lot of great live music happening right here in town this week, including plenty of artists that give ol' Wiz Khalifa a run for his money. So instead of sitting at home feeling left out, Go See A Show!! [L.A. punk legends X play the MOCA on Friday, photo via] MoreĀ»
Europe: truly a study in contrasts. On the one hand, there's the sophistication of 800-plus years of literary, artistic, culinary and cultural tradition that makes a city like Paris seem like a magical utopia of elegance and sophistication. On the other hand, have you ever been to a club in Paris? Actually, you don't have to, as long as you take a look at these photos from Parisian DJ collective Club Cheval at Check Yo Ponytail 2, which went down last night at the Echoplex. MoreĀ»
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