Hopefully that wicked power-outage weather is behind us. Otherwise, you might be like SUPERGOODMUSIC and get stuck with your car locked in a garage and fail to make it out to the show you were trying to go to.
Assuming we don't find ourselves in that predicament again, here is what we were thinking about going to see....
Rakim, The Postman and Rhymefest will be performing at El Rey. Rakim just happens to be a fucking hip-hop legend and it would seem a disservice to not witness this emperor of hip-hop in your lifetime if you consider yourself a fan of the genre. I cannot vouch for his performing ability as the last time I saw him was almost a decade ago. Nonetheless, he did campaign with Erik B for President in the 80s and then reminded us that he was back ("Guess Who's Back?") in the mid 90's. See what he is cooking up in 2009 if you'd like by checking him out tonight at El Rey. The supporting artists are also pretty famous in their own right - Rhymefest penned Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" and later released an album featuring the underground hit "Brand New"; The Postman is some LA based hip-hop talent who I have yet to see.
If you want to brave the outdoors and see a fantastic concert, I'd suggest Regina Spektor at the Greek Theatre. I've only heard great things about her performance and her music is easy-listening. Jupiter Rising is supporting.
For the indier crowd, and for my tastes, I'm recommending Soulico from Tel Aviv at Spaceland. The worldly, eclectic soul and hip-hop influenced vibes will resonate well with the diverse melting pot crowd that the hipster region of Los Angeles provides. Plus, it would be a mitzvah to show some love for people who've travelled so far to bring their tasty tunes to the states.
For those Phish heads who came 2 days early - there is a Phish tribute band, One Night Only, at Brennan's in Marina Del Rey.
If none of those recs tickle your fancy, than here is a full line-up of what is going on around town tonight, Wednesday October 28th....
OCTOBER 28th CONCERTS IN LOS ANGELES
Inner Circle, The Hold Up, Hooliganz @ The Roxy
Pelican, Black Cobra, Sweet Cobra @ Troubadour
Carnival Choreographer’s Ball @ Key Club
The Binges, Nations Afire, Badluck Bandits, Dash Rip Rock, Shut Up and Dance @ The Viper Rom
DJ Smiles Davis @ The Viper Room (Downstairs) – FREE
Pamela Means, Angie Evans, Pebaluna, Shurla Vision @ The Mint
Seven Saturdays, Superbas @ Bordello
Finn Riggins, Starving Daughters, The French Semester, Halloween Swim Team @ Silverlake Lounge
Uncle Kracker @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O’Brien
The Swell Season @ Amoeba Music Hollywood
Sony Holland @ Catalina Jazz Club
Le Loup, Nurses, Random Patterns @ Echo
Dub Club @ Echoplex
Regina Spektor, Jupiter One @ Greek Theatre
Flyleaf @ Jimmy Kimmel Live
Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson
Alice Cooper, Ace Frehley @ Nokia L.A. Live Theatre
Soulico, Ceci Bastida @ Spaceland
Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Martin @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
One Night Only (Phish Tribute) @ Brennans Pub
Joshua Radin and Emily Wells with Special Guests The Watson Twins (Doors open at 7 PM) @ Henry Fonda
Steve Martin Performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers: An Evening of Bluegradd & Banjo @ Hollywood Bowl - 8PM
Rakim with The Postman, Rhymefest, Ground Common (Doors @ 8PM) @ El Rey
Dan Miles (8PM), Yellow Light Go (9PM), Adam Heldring (10PM) @ Room 5
Paper Pills (8:30PM), Ufonik (9:30PM), LoFi Man (10:30PM) @ Molly Malones
West Coast Songwriters @ 7PM. Shere @ 9PM. Dylan Nichols @ 10PM @ Genghis Cohen
Echo Robot (8PM), Scentric (9:45PM) @ Whisky A Go Go
Bobby Long with Special Guests (7PM), Tony Lucca (9PM), Jason Diaz (10PM), Downdowndown (11PM) @ Hotel Cafe
Cinematic Titanic presents The Alien Factor @ Largo - 7:30PM
The Eye presents Apache Dropout, Mad Lovers, Horse Thieves @ Redwood Bar & Grill
Within Lounge (2AM) @ House of Blues - Sunset