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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. Octagon album 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 Radio warehouse.

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Photo: Mike Stinson and Kool Keith (improbable photo mates)