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Thursday night social life

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Got the itch? Get it scratched all over town.

Eagles of Death Metal
6:00pm at the Virgin Megastore, Hollywood & Highland
The Eagles of Death Metal have a new record out this week. Live performance. Free free free.

The People Under the Stairs
7:00pm at Amoeba Records in Hollywood
PUTS are in town from the UK. With special guest Penuckle. Free free free.

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W Magazine party and Speedo fashion show
7:00-9:00pm at the Cabana Club
Olympic swimmers and volleyball players go Hollywood as Speedo dives (groan) into the consumer market. Amanda Beard, Michael Phelps, Ian Crocker, Natalie Coughlin and Kerri Walsh are all in the press release; whether or not they'll be the ones modeling poolside is up to you to discover. Enough attitude should get you in the door.

The 88
rock show time at the Troubador
Our music writer Duke's pick! We still remember when The 88 was that annoying band that hands you their CD on the way out of every other band's show. But now the hardest working band in LA is headlining the Troubadour and playing Emmy parties for the cast of The OC. If you haven't heard them, they play catchy power pop. You can listen to some songs on their myspace page. Tix $12 advance, we're guessing $15 at the door.

The Echo Park Social(ist) Aid & Pleasure Club
9:30pm until closing at Little Joy in Echo Park
Presented by Arthur Magazine and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest
DJ will be Richard "The Human German" Pleuger, author of the Tav Falco feature in the last issue of Arthur. Expect loads of Tav Falco & Panther Burns, the Cramps, Edgar Broughton Band, RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Radio Birdman, Blue Oyster Cult and whatever flows from there.