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Tonight in Rock: First Fridays, Ninja Academy

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Photo at last month's First Friday by Koga/LAist

Last night at Largo, The Watkins Family Hour played their last show at Largo on Fairfax. Skipping their usual set break, they played straight for around two hours to a packed house and even at one point, brought up Fiona Apple to sing a few songs (the special guest cello player was also amazing). For anyone who has never seen this show, make sure you do when Largo opens up at the Coronet Theatre. The musicianship at these shows are of the highest quality.

The Dodos, Akron/Family @ Natural History Museum (see photos from last month's event)
Blind Melon @ El Rey
Alana Gentry, Erich Shneider @ Genghis Cohen
Peter Morén, Tobias Froberg @ Hotel Cafe (cancelled)
Ninja Academy, We Be The Echo, Totally Serious, Lifeless Animation @ The Smell
Berlin, Lukas Rossi, Piel @ Crash Mansion
John Doe @ McCabe's Guitar Shop
Stiff Little Fingers @ House of Blues
French Miami, Fast Dragon, Timonium, ebu gogo @ pehrspace
Jon Brion @ Largo (the venue closes after Monday for good)

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Saturday, May 3 2008
Kronos Quartet @ Walt Disney Concert Hall (LAist Classical Pick of the Week)
Nortec Collective @ The Echo (read the LAist review of their recent album)
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

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