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Tonight in Rock: Camp Freddy Packs Up

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Billy Morrison, Dave Navarro, Matt Sorum, Donovan Leitch, Jr., Chris Chaney with guests Mark Mcgrath, Jerry Cantrell, Lemmy Kilmister, Poe, and Nuno Bettencourt of Camp Freddy at The Roxy earlier this month. | Photo by Nate Christenson via The Roxy's blog

The insane madness that is Camp Freddy comes to an end tonight for their May residency at The Roxy. If you know nothing about the project, it's a loose conglomerate of old school rockers (Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison, Scott Weiland, etc) who put together jam sessions of sorts, and always with bigger name special guests. Tonight there are promises of big surprises and we can only take an educated guess based on mumblings that there will be appearances by Juliette Lewis and Billy Idol (and many more). Next month's Roxy residency will be Travis Barker and A.M.

Afro Funke celebrates five years of grooving at Santa Monica's Zanzibar tonight with a line-up of live bands and DJs that will keep people dancing until 2:00 a.m. The weekly Thursday night club was formed to be an oasis for African music and culture, which includes its influences on other music, so expect to hear anything from afro-beat to salsa to funk.

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Here's one for the bands: Diesel (yes, the clothing brand) is hosting its 8th annual competition for new and upcoming bands. Past winners have fortunately come to be names we often hear on the radio, which includes The Bravery, Tom Vek and We Are Scientists.

Tonight
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