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Tonight in Rock: Niger & Zimbabwe in Santa Monica

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The Masanga Marimba Ensemble | Photo via their MySpace page

Death Cab For Cutie is playing tonight at Spaceland, but that early evening show is for KROQ winners and listeners only. But Spaceland will still hold a concert later tonight featuring Rocco DeLuca. Spaceland is also presenting the second night of Zooey Deschanel's She & Him at the Vista Theatre (sold out).

Over on the Westside, a nomad blues from Niger, Etran Finatawa (his name translates to "literally the stars of tradition"), visits the best music venue for world music in the Los Angeles area, the Temple Bar. Joining him is the Masanga Marimba Ensemble, the only Zimbabwean-style Marimba group in Southern California.

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The Breeders, Colour Revolt @ El Rey
She & Him (Zooey Deschanel), Lavender Diamond @ Vista Theatre
Ed Banger's Post Coachella Party @ Cinespace
Check Yo' Ponytail @ Echoplex (check for guest list)
Etran Finatawa, Masanga Marimba Ensemble @ Temple Bar
Rocco DeLuca, Brett Bixby, Ed Vallance, Jinnrail @ Spaceland

Wednesday, April 30 2008
Mike Doughty @ El Rey
Seal, Sean Kingston @ Avalon
Sara Lov @ Tangier
Colorforms, The Breakups @ Three of Clubs
The Entrance Band, Fool's Gold @ The Echo

Thursday, May 1 2008
Stone Temple Pilots @ Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Henry Clay People, Summer Darling, Coco B's, Codpiece @ The Prospector

Friday, May 2 2008
The Dodos @ Natural History Museum
Blind Melon @ El Rey
Peter Morén, Tobias Froberg @ Hotel Cafe
Ninja Academy, We Be The Echo, Totally Serious, Lifeless Animation @ The Smell
Berlin @ Crash Mansion

Saturday, May 3 2008
Kronos Quartet @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
Nortec Collective @ The Echo
The Slackers in Los Angeles @ El Rey
Peter Morén, Tobias Froberg @ Troubadour
The Frankie Moreno Band @ The Cabana Club (benefits Pink Door's kick-off in LA)
Manic Hispanic, High Octane, Rebel Diaz @ Knitting Factory
Puddle of Mudd @ House of Blues

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Sunday, May 4 2008
Duran Duran @ NOKIA Theatre LA Live
Po' Girl @ Hotel Cafe
Lyrics Born @ Key Club
Avril Lavigne @ The Gibson Amphitheatre
Mike Stinson, Hellbound Glory, The Midnight Boys, 50 Cent Haircut @ The Echo
The Hollow Trees @ The Skirball