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Tonight In Rock: The Sword, Denali, Telefon Tel Aviv, The Mae Shi

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The Mae Shi will be rocking in support of Obama tonight at the Smell | Picture via the Mae Shi's Myspace

Our Pick: Noise For Obama and The Smell Presents: A Barack Obama benefit show! w/ The Mae Shi, Bad Dudes, Bastidas, The Widow Babies @ The Smell

Tonight LA will face a glut of shows. We've got the GuerilLA Fest, which is essentially a renegade traveling circus of sorts. Six bands, including LAist favorites the Happy Hollows (LAist Review), will form a caravan, traveling around the city and playing succinct sets at six different public locales. New Orleans-by-way-of-Chicago Telefon Tel Aviv will be demonstrating their electronic mastery at the Avalon with Detroit-based, dance floor-oriented singer-songwriter Matthew Dear. If you're into archetypal metal, or Guitar Hero for that matter, then Austin-based the Sword will be performing at the Henry Fonda Music Box. Tonight will also mark the final show of Richmond-based Denali's reunion tour. The girl-fronted indie rock act will be performing—original lineup and all—at the Echoplex. It will surely be a night to remember! And, lastly, Kentucky's own troubadours These United States will grace the rather schlocky Cocaine at Live Jazz. But, all in all, the Barack Obama benefit show at the Smell seems to be most promising. LA locals the Mae Shi (LAist Interview) will be rocking out for the cause, along with Bad Dudes and a slew of other experimental rock bands.

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Guerilla Fest w/ Dirt Dress, The Happy Hollows, The Widow Babies, The Primos, AM and Special Guests @ Various Locations
Telefon Tel Aviv, Matthew Dear, Nick Warren, 16 Bit Lolitas @ Avalon
The Eye The Ear And The Arm @ The Cage
Automatic Drawing (EP release gig), Logan's Heroes, Army Of Kings, Knights of Monte Carlo @ Viper Room
Super Karma, Telematique, Laundromat United @ Site LA
Rafter, Fol Chen, DJ Joe from Radio Free Silver Lake @ Pehrspace
Automatic Drawing, Logan's Heroes, Army of Kings, Knights of Monte Carlo @ The Viper Room
Sybris, A Decent Animal @ Spaceland
The Sword, Black Cobra, Bison b.c. @ The Henry Fonda Music Box
Moggs, Polar Goldie Cats, Empty Rooms, Peter Kolovos @ Echo Curio
Descarga @ The Echo
Ron Sexsmith, Meaghan Smith @ The Troubadour
Noise For Obama and The Smell Presents: A Barack Obama benefit show! w/ The Mae Shi, Bad Dudes, Bastidas, The Widow Babies @ The Smell
Hoist The Colors, The Dirges, The Mighty Regis, The Gobshites @ Mr T's Bowl
Echo and F Yeah Presents: Denali, The Holloys, The Valley Arena @ Echoplex
These United States, Vandaveer, Intricate Machines, Stop Revolt @ The Cocaine at Live Jazz
Sara Bareilles, Marc Broussard, Raining Jane @ Wiltern
Stephen Pearcy of RATT @ Knitting Factory
Alejandro Sanz, Jennifer Lopez, Juanes, Mana, Marc Anthony @ Nokia Theatre
The Crystal Method @ Vanguard Theatre
LiskFest w/ Every Time I Die, H20, Rival Schools, Pennywise, Gorilla Biscuits, The Aquabats, Bleeding Through, Ignite, Death By Stereo, Dear Hearts, Dead Sara and Special Guests @ Oak Canyon Ranch
Hotel Cafe Tour w/ Priscilla Ahn, Meiko, Erin McCarley, Brooke Fraser, Holly Conlan and others @ House of Blues Anaheim