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A Few Good Shows Not To Be Missed In Los Angeles Before 2018

It’s not because it’s the end of the year that you should stop going out. Sure, shows slow down around Christmas time and there are too many New Year Eve DJ parties that you can handle, but there are still a few (more than a few) excellent shows to check out before the end of the year. Here is a list of gigs not to be missed in Los Angeles before 2018 rings.

On Tuesday December 12th, Thom Yorke is at the Fonda and the show is obviously already sold out. It has to be a Xmas present for you all, Radiohead fans, I don’t know exactly what Thom will play…probably a lot of solo stuff and a few Radiohead hits?

On the same night, METZ, Moaning, Prettiest Eyes are at the Teragram Ballroom. METZ have a raw and devastating sound, they are blending notes and noise, and bending punk hardcore to a new level, and are definitively a force to witness live. Plus this familiar sonic oddity called Prettiest Eyes is opening!

On Wednesday December 13th, Pixies are at the Palladium, and for having seen them live several times, this is good time guaranteed with plenty of weird songs that have become classic rock. Old friends Eagles of Death Metal and The Orwells are opening what will be a long rocking night.

On Saturday 23rd, Plague Vendor, Wild Wing, Band Aparte, and Blivet are at the Hi Hat. I have seen Plague Vendor a few times, and got a Iggy and the Stooges vibe as soon as I witnessed the raucous stage antics of their frontman Brandon Blain. In this small venue, it’s gonna be a riot, and talking about stage antics, Band Aparte opening is certainly a plus, and their punk gothic rock fronted by Brian Mendoza has something from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at times… Iggy and Nick the same night, is this possible?

On the same night, X are at the Observatory with Meat Puppets and Mike Watt. It sure will be a legendary one, with only legends playing. An old-school punk Christmas eve, although there’s nothing old school about Mike Watt.

On Saturday December 31st, you have several choices: First, how would you like to enter the new year with a punk Latin flavor with CHICANO BATMAN, Hanni El Khatib and Thee Commons taking over the Fox Theater in Pomona? It sure gonna be a scene to witness with three interesting bands and plenty of crowd surfers I guarantee.

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band have also a New Year’s Eve celebration at this new venue called Lodge Room in Highland Park with MiWi La Lupa. It’s already sold out, but for those who managed to get a ticket, it will be a special night and an intimate show with Bright Eyes’ frontman.

And there is a New Year’s Eve celebration with Nick Waterhouse and Healing Gems at the new Moroccan Lounge. A cool and stylish evening to enter the new year.

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