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Tonight & This Week in Rock: Busy, Busy Week

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West Indian Girl at this weekend's Lightning in a Bottle Festival. They play Thur. @ Temple Bar | iPhone Photo by Scott Kampmeyer/LAist

The stars must be aligned, this week is full of music goodness. Today may be a holiday, but that doesn't mean there is a sonic dry spell out there. And while Lightning in a Bottle has ended, two festivals still go on today: Jazz Reggae Festival at UCLA and Topanga Days up in Topanga. And you can't beat getting into the Viper Room for free by taking Metro, can you?

This week also marks many beginnings and celebrations. For one, Green Day side project, the Foxboro Hot Tubs, play two concerts locally as part of their first tour (from the band's website: "Tickets for these shows will not be available until the day of the show at the venue box office ONLY. Tickets will be $20 cash. There is a two ticket maximum per person"). Also playing two concerts are the ingenues, The Like, who've had a long break since last Fall. Over at the Hollywood Bowl concerts start picking up with The Police, R.E.M., Modeest Mouse and others.

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And on a more level, there's a benefit concert for Griffith Park featuring Ludacris and Tommy Lee at the Greek Theatre, Afro Funke, Zanzibar's Thursday night club, will celebrate its fifth anniversary and three very good new bands play Tuesday night at the Silverlake Lounge in a show presented by Rockinsider and Web In Front.

Listings are below after the jump...

Topanga Days @ Topanga, CA
Jazz Reggae Festival @ UCLA
Castledoor, Hecuba, Fire in Cairo @ Detroit Bar (Costa Mesa)
Anavan, Attractive & Popular, Voodoo Organist @ pehrspace
Le Switch, The Minor Canon, The World Record, Vanessa Micale @ The Echo
Mezzanine Owls, The Quarter After, Asteroid #4, Exitmusic @ Spaceland
Foreign Born, Willoughby, Restaurant, Ride on Rides @ Viper Room (take the Metro, get in free, more details here)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Babasonicos @ El Rey
The Muslims @ La Cita
Foxboro Hot Tubs @ Roxy
The Police, Elvis Costello @ Hollywood Bowl
Django James and the Midnight Squires @ Key Club
Brendan James, Chrissy Depauw, Jes Hudak, Hana Pestle @ Hotel Cafe
The Fast Sails @ Bordello Bar (featuring LAist contributor Simone Snaith)
Manhattan Murder Mystery, The Monolators, Santina, Jellmunekita @ Mr. T's Bowl
Everybody Else, William Tell, We Shot the Moon, Lido Beach, The Summer Set @ Troubadour
The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, Vaudeville, Sarah Woods, Jake Blanton (feat. Wendy of The Sweet
Hurt) @ Silverlake Lounge

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Lizz Wright @ Roxy
The Like @ Club 86
Foxboro Hot Tubs @ Alex's Bar
The Police, Elvis Costello @ Hollywood Bowl
The Swayback, The Billionaires @ Spaceland
Superdrag, Kay Hanley @ The Troubadour
Mates of State, Biirdie @ Music Box/Henry Fonda
Ludacris, Tommy Lee @ Greek Theatre (Griffith Park Benefit)
Voxhaul Broadcast, Saint Motel, Ride on Rides @ Viper Room
Abe Vigoda, Parenthetical Girls, PWRFL POWER, AU @ The Smell
Meiko, Jessie Malin, Dito Montiel, Christine Smith, Heather Waters @ Hotel Cafe
White Rabbits, The Happy Hollows, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ The Echo

Thursday, May 29, 2008
Jamie Lidell @ El Rey
Ariel Pink @ The Echo
West Indian Girl @ Temple Bar
uperdrag, Kay Hanley @ Troubadour
Thrice, Pelican, Circa Survive @ Avalon
Ladytron, Datarock @ Music Box/Henry Fonda
R.E.M., Modest Mouse, The National @ Hollywood Bowl
The Happy Hollows, Forcefield ON, The Meemies @ Alex's Bar

Friday, May 30, 2008
Nightmare of You @ Knitting Factory
Datarock, Mr. White, Devyn C @ Detroit Bar
The Like, BlackBlack @ 6th Street Warehouse
Flight Of The Conchords @ Orpheum Theatre
Ladytron, Datarock @ Music Box/Henry Fonda
Beirut, The Brunettes, Devon Williams @ Wiltern
The Fiery Furnaces, Grand Ole Party @ Spaceland
Crystal Antlers, Unwed Sailor, Sybris @ Cafe Mariposa
Iron Maiden, Anthrax @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Die Rockers Die, Mospeada, Bastidas, Michael Naht @ pehrspace
The Why Because, VxPxC, On Holiday, Shimomitsu @ Echo Curio
Greg Laswell, Anya Marina, Val Emmich, Kelly Dalton @ Hotel Cafe