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• Hot Hot Heat perform at Avalon.
• The Hold Steady are on stage with United States of Electronica and DJ Hosef tonight at the Troubadour. Tickets are $10; doors open at 7:30 PM.
• Filter Magazine presents a free show from Innaway with Asher and Monte Carlo 76 tonight at Silverlake Lounge. The show starts at 9 PM.
• Michelle Shocked performs a free in-store at Amoeba Music tonight to celebrate the release of Threesome at 7 PM.
• Bright Eyes is on stage at the Grand Olympic Auditorium at 8 PM with The Faint and Airborn Audio. Tickets are $30.
• The Raveonettes perform tonight with Gram Rabbit in the first of a three-night gig at Spaceland. Doors open at 9 PM.
• Wilco play the Greek Theatre with The Roots tonight at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $39.50–44.50.
• Doves perform tonight at the Wiltern LG with Feist and the Brunettes. Doors open at 7 PM, tickets are $30.
• LACMA screens the Sam Peckinpah classic Ride the High Country this afternoon at 1 PM.
• At the Knitting Factory, see J Live with Vaste Aire and Vordul Mega (of Cannibal Ox), C Ray Walz, Karniege, 4th Pyramid and Pro-verbs tonight at 8 PM. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door.
• Day two of The Raveonettes at Spaceland features guests Amusement Parks on Fire. Doors open at 9 PM.
• The Smell features the opening for "Art Flag," a group show celebrating Old Glory, at 9 PM. Featuring the work of Mark X Farina, Brendan Fowler, Andy Heinz, Matt Monahan, Samantha Ott, Paloma Parfrey, Lara Schnitger and Arlene TextaQueen, with music by Randy Randall (of Wives), Sam and Grant (of Magma Tactics), Todd Wisenbaker and Solitary Hunter.
• Himsa performs tonight at the Glasshouse with Scars of Tomorrow and Agony Scene. Doors open at 7 PM; tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door.
• The Egyptian Theatre screens Serge Gainsbourg's Je t'aime moi non plus, starring himself and wife Jane Birkin, at 7:30 PM.
• AFI at ArcLight presents Lawrence of Arabia tonight at 8 PM.
• REDCAT features the opening of In the Sweet Bye & Bye, showing the works of the late Margaret Kilgallen (you would know her work from the inside of LACMA's parking structure), put back together by her husband, Barry McGee (aka Twist), plus music by The Hallflowers, Peggy Honeywell, and Tommy Guerrero. The opening runs from 7 PM – 12 AM; admission is free.
• At the Knitting Factory, check out Red Sparowes (members of Isis, Neurosis, Pleasure Forever, Angel Hair and Halifax Pier) with Darker My Love, Skull Sküll (members of Liars and Young People), DJ Travis Keller and DJ Sam Velde at 8 PM. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door.
• The Raveonettes wrap up their last night at Spaceland with She Wants Revenge and Be Your Own Pet. Doors open at 9 PM.
• At The Echo, see Apostle of Hustle with Idaho Falls and Pink Mochi at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $10. [18+]
• Little Pedro's features La Polla Loca with the Gay-Gays, resident DJs Senior and Rudy Bleu and a Butt Magazine butt contest hosted by Vaginal Davis tonight at 10 PM.
• Author Nick Hornby is at Dutton's Beverly Hills tonight at 7 PM signing his new book, A Long Way Down.
• Electrelane performs tonight at the Troubadour with Be Your Own Pet and the Slow Signal Fade at 8 PM. Tickets are $12.
• Aesop Rock performs tonight with Mr Lif, DJ Big Wiz and Cage at the Henry Fonda Theater. Doors open at 8 PM.
• Ultimate geek-rockers Nerf Herder perform tonight at Spaceland with the Orange Peels. Doors open at 9 PM.
• The Mean Reds are at The Echo tonight with Wires on Fire and Kill Radio. Doors open at 7 PM; tickets are $7.
• At Tangier, 8 PM brings out Bedroom Walls and L'altra. Tickets are $8.
• Beyond Baroque celebrates Open Windows: Selections from Winners of Poetry in the Windows 1995-2003 with readings tonight at 7:30 PM. Includes readings by William Archila, Larry Colker, Liz Gonzalez, Alicia Vogl Saenz, Jackson Wheeler and Mary Armstrong.
• The Go-Betweens perform tonight at the Troubadour with The Court & Spark. Tickets are $15 advance, $17 at the door. Doors open at 8 PM.
• Planes Mistaken For Stars, Bear vs Shark, Bullet Train To Vegas, In Memory, Shot Blue and Navajo Code are at the Knitting Factory tonight at 7 PM. Tickets are $10.
• KCRW presents Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter tonight at El Cid, along with Inara George and Tom Brosseau. The show starts at 9:30 PM; tickets are $12.
• Catch the "Rock Never Stops" tour tonight at the Greek Theatre, featuring Cinderella, Ratt, Quiet Riot and Firehouse. Tickets are $44 and doors open at 7 PM.
• At The Smell, The Mae Shi celebrate the release of their new EP with Wooden Wand and Vanishing Voice, Experimental Dental School and Whitman tonight at 9 PM. Tickets are $5.
• Enjoy the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary The Writer of O, about the mysterious author of the racy French S&M novel The Story of O, a woman who willingly remained anonymous since the novel's publication in the '50s. The film begins at 6 PM.
• Nick Hornby will present and sign A Long Way Down at BookSoup today at 2 PM.
• Umberto Eco signs his new book, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, at 7 PM tonight at Dutton's Beverly Hills.
• Head for the Vineland Drive-In from 6-8:30 PM to enjoy a car show, live music, giveaways and screenings of Batman Begins and The Perfect Man—this is the last event to be held here before the drive-in is destroyed to make room for a new development.
• Rilo Kiley are on stage tonight at the Wiltern. Doors open at 7 PM; tickets are $23.
• Michael Cunningham (author of The Hours) signs his new book, Specimen Days, at Dutton's Brentwood today at 2 PM.
•, At LACMA, enjoy at 2 PM lecture and tour by Jonathan Weinberg, titled Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art.