Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

Tonight in Rock in LA - The Grates @ Spaceland

Today on Giving Tuesday, we need you.
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all today on Giving Tuesday. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls AND will be matched dollar-for-dollar! Let your support for reliable local reporting be amplified by this special matching opportunity. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.


Unfortunately tonight we're extremely biased. We know there's a lot of shows happening around town, but for us there's really only one, the Australian trio The Grates.

Their debut album "Gravity Won't Get You High" will be in our Top 5 of Best CDs of 2006 list at the end of the year, we've raved over their shows, YouTubed a few songs from their last Spaceland show, and we've even interviewed them like fanboys.

Why haven't you heard of them? Because life isn't fair and Baal rules the Earth. And because major conglomerates run tv and radio and singer Patience Hodgson isn't Lohaning it up on Sunset Blvd. or ginding up against Timbaland so gets very little buzz on the blogs.

Support for LAist comes from

You also haven't heard them because their music is good. If you haven't noticed, radio and mtv despise good music. This year was one of the best years in a long time for new music and very little other than Wolfmother got any love from mainstream media.

The only upside is we get to see a sweet blend of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs meets Bjork from a unsuspecting rock group of happy kids.

photo by Sonny I. La Vista, LAist