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Alice bag with the Sex Stains at Echo Park Rising in 2014


Starting Thursday 17th and continuing till Sunday 20th, Echo Park Rising 2017 will take over my neighborhood and the extra time that I don’t have, with about a million bands playing all over the place, just look at this line-up, I am barely exaggerating! What band to see? It’s still up to you and I can’t make sense of all of these names on the same bill, but surely Alice Bag, The Buttertones, CG Roxanne and the Nightmares, Cheap Tissue, CRX, Dancing Tongues, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Holy Wars, Lauren Ruth Ward, Meatbodies, Melted, Moon Honey, Pinky Pinky, Prettiest Eyes, Plague Vendor, The Schizophonics, The Side Eyes, The Sloths, The Tracks, The Violet Mindfield, YIP YOPS, Sadgirl are my favorite, to cite only a few bands that I have already seen, but beside those, the possibilities are wide open and my feet are already hurting.

On Monday 14th , you will have the choice between the usual residencies: Pioneer 11, Ralfy the Plug, Natia, Frosty Da Snowman at the Echo, Brian Hill & The Noh Starrs at the Bootleg with Shannon Lay (of Feels), Rose Dorn and Cardinal Fang, whereas Nightmare Air continues its KROQ Locals Only residency at the Satellite with The Saint James Society, Sea Ghouls and Pair of Arrows

Wu Tang Clan’s GZA is at the Regent with Chester Watson and SIMS

And if you want something a bit bigger, Incubus and Jimmy Eat World are at the Hollywood Bowl

On Tuesday 15th, Matthew Sweet is at the Echo with Tommy Keene and Chris Price, The Weeknd is at the Grammy Museum for a very intimate performance, Washed Out are playing at the Wiltern, and Kristen Young is at the Redwood Bar.

There is a special celebration at Amoeba for the release of the book ‘Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever: The Completely Ridiculous Edition’ (Microcosm Publishing) with a special signing by creators Tom Neely and Gin Stevens along with guest artists Megan Hutchison, Coop, Mari Naomi, Keenan Marshall Keller. There will be a live set by ‘The Glenn Henry Singers’, the oldest and most prestigious Misfits Country Western cover band… could that be fun? This is even Henry-Rollins-approved as he admitted to have never opened a copy of the book: ‘One of my favorite uses of satire is a comic book that depicts me in a romantic relationship with rock vocalist Glenn Danzig. I have never opened a copy; I am happy to live the rest of my life never knowing what happens to the two of us in those pages. I am told that in the story, our neighbors are Hall and Oates! If I were to find that anything less than hilarious, then I am in the wrong business.’

On Wednesday 16th, Royal Blood is at the Wiltern, and the mighty Schizophonics are at the Monty Bar with Cat Scan

On Thursday 17th, Warpaint is playing at the Santa Monica Pier for another Twilight Concert Series, Wild Belle is opening, local indies Sin Color perform at Amoeba to celebrate their debut album ‘Frutas’, Country legend Willie Nelson is at the Shrine Auditorium with Kacey Musgraves, The Warlocks are having a party some special guests at Harvard and Stone, and The Two Tens have a release party of their album ‘On Repeat’ at the Satellite with Go Betty Go!

On Friday 18th, the Teragram ballroom has a show with Brazilian Girls and the Soft White Sixities, two excellent and entertaining bands. Black Sabbitch, Black Pussy, Sapphic Musk and Yee of Ember are taking over the Viper Room, and this looks like a crazy program.

On Saturday 19th, Alt 98.7 has a very special Summer Camp, with a mini festival featuring Bleachers, Beth Ditto, Foster The People, HAIM, The Head And The Heart, Vance Joy, Magic Giant, Sir Sly, & Youngr at the Queen Mary Park. Aussie Midnight Oil are at the Greek theater, Stan Ridgway is playing an intimate show at McCabe’s Guitar, and X and Meat Puppets are at Pershing Square.

On Sunday 20th, you can stay busy with Echo Park Rising, there’s nothing else that matters in town!

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