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Best Night to See Music in Los Angeles? Monday.

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NPR on Tuesday picked up on one of best aspects of Los Angeles' local music scene: Monday nights. That's when music venues open up their doors for free shows that feature one band and weekly special guests every month. This is how Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Local Natives and the Silversun Pickups got their start.

The success is partly with club bookers who have a keen eye for good bands that need more attention. The other part to the equation are having the shows be free and booking them on every Monday for a month, giving time for buzz to build up.

"Residencies are an extremely worthwhile thing to do, particularly in this town," Z Berg of The Like told the radio outlet. "It’s actually bizarre how much it works. I didn't expect it to be as effective as it was."