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Grates at Spaceland, Belle at the Bowl

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Of the hundreds of shows going down in LA this week, heres two that we're thinking about checking out.

The Grates at Spaceland tonight. Giddy, fun, silly, and adorable, the Aussie quartet was recently in Vancouver in support of their new record "Gravity Wont Get You High" where they charmed the locals:

Near the end of their set, Patience got off the stage and sang "Rock Boys" while waving around one of those ribbons used in gymnastic performances. It was pretty neat and something I've never seen before at a show. She then hopped back on the stage and the band finished off their 40min set with an upbeat performance of "19 20 20". - Acoustic Diaries
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INSTANT CONTEST: We have three copies of "Gravity Wont Get You High" (not available in stores outside of the import bins). To enter to win, email a haiku about Silverlake to laist at gmail.com - the winner will be announced at 4:20p today when we announce the Strangers with Candy Haiku Contest winners.And if that wasn't exciting enough, tommorrow omg Belle and Sebastian play omgz at the Hollywood Bowl with the mfing LA Philharmonic! And that bad boy is nearly sold out.

The pairing of a pop group and the LA Phil hasn't happened since 1994 when the Moody Blues did their thing with the orchestra.

The LA Times interviewed the bassist and asked him why they chose to risk their street cred by doing something so over-the-top like this.

What convinced Belle and Sebastian to take the chance here? "Just the words 'Hollywood Bowl' and 'Los Angeles Philharmonic,' " trumpeter and bassist Mick Cooke says by phone from Glasgow. "Once those words were spoken, that was enough for us."

The Bowl, Cooke says, has a huge mystique in Britain because of the Beatles and Monty Python albums recorded there.

photo by Matthew Field via Flickr