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.
Weekend Music Picks
Fri 6/2 - Mike Stinson/ Flash Express/ Stax of Women @ El Cid ($7) – Mike Stinson is one of LA’s finest practitioners of honky tonk music. He’s obviously a huge Gram Parsons fan, but also pays tribute to Parsons’ heroes like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Dwight Yoakam opened his Population Me album with Stinson’s “The Late Great Golden State.” His extremely talented guitarist, Tony Gilkyson (X, Lone Justice) has an effortless style that’s absorbing live. If you like Jon Spencer’s high energy garage-blues, then check out The Flash Express. Download “The Beat That Kills” Stax of Women is a talented cover band that keeps changing their name. The members have big record collections, so they’ll pleasantly surprise you. Or if you’re a Journey fan, check out Infinity at Spaceland.
Sat 6/3 - The Boy Least Likely To@ the Roxy ($12) – Yes these Brits are a little fey, but they’re also incredibly entertaining. Their show on April 8th at Spaceland exceeded all expectations – even better than the album. They’re a playful pop duo, but tour with a full live band. Indie tastemakers, Pitchfork gave their debut album an 8.5/10. Follow this link and watch a VIDEO and download “Rock Upon a Porch With You” They’re also appearing for free at Fingerprints Records in Long Beach at 2:00 PM (which might be a better option if you’re Sunset Strip-phobic). Otherwise check out Danielson at Spaceland or the Liars at the Troubadour.
Sun 6/4 - Kool Keith/ Tash (Alkaholiks) @ the Knitting Factory ($12 adv / $15 dos) – You probably know Keith from his first band, Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis, Analog Brothers, or one of his other personas. He’s eccentric (maybe borderline crazy) but still incredibly entertaining and one of the funniest guys in rap. His live shows can be a little erratic, but this one’s reasonably priced. By the way, there’s another Dr. Octagonalbum coming out on July 27th. Does anybody know whatever happened to those sessions Beck did with Kool Keith? If you want some free daytime fun go see Birdmonster, Let’s Go Sailing and Run Run Run at the Little Radiowarehouse.
Photo: Mike Stinson and Kool Keith (improbable photo mates)
Donald Trump was a fading TV presence when the WGA strike put a dent in network schedules.
Pickets are being held outside at movie and TV studios across the city
For some critics, this feels less like a momentous departure and more like a footnote.
Disneyland's famous "Fantasmic!" show came to a sudden end when its 45-foot animatronic dragon — Maleficent — burst into flames.
Leads Ali Wong and Steven Yeun issue a joint statement along with show creator Lee Sung Jin.
Every two years, Desert X presents site-specific outdoor installations throughout the Coachella Valley. Two Los Angeles artists have new work on display.