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Holiday Weekend Music Picks

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Fri 5/26 - Elefant / Voxtrot / Silversun Pickups @ the Wiltern ($20) – Elefant's new album, The Black Magic Show, is out on Hollywood Records. They've got a stylish front man with lots of swagger and they should appeal to fans of the Killers and She Wants Revenge. Silversun Pickups are getting ready to release their debut full-length, Carnavas, on Dangerbird Records on July 11th. The people who’ve heard it say it’s really good and that they’ve outdone their EP. Austin’s Voxtrot are definitely a band to keep your eye on. Their recent EP is full of infectious, early 80s, Smiths-style rock. They just toured the country with local heartthrobs, Irving. Download Voxtrot’s “Mothers, Sisters, Daughters and Wives

Sat 5/27 - The Shakes / Peach Fuzz / Thee Makeout Party @ Lava Lounge ($5) – A Teenacide Records/Jim Freek party! Upbeat garage pop. Don't bring up Cafe 101 and his trunk.

Sun 5/28 - GoGoGo Airheart / Indian Jewelry @ the Echo (Free) – It's the one year anniversary of Part Time Punks (the Echo's free Sunday night party). These guys just keep providing really good, free entertainment. Download GoGoGo Airheart’s “Double Bummer

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Mon 5/29 - 400 Blows / The Bronx @ Spaceland (Free) – Spaceland's still the place to be on Monday nights (although they still have TBA on Mondays in June?). They've had free, local punk rock all month long. 400 Blows play screeching, in-your-face, abrasive rock. The Bronx appear in that new Germs movie as Black Flag.

Photo: Voxtrot try to sex you up in the hot tub