Sorry to those of you who check on a daily basis as we did not have a posting for yesterday's shows - but there were some great ones. The Stone Foxes and Danko Jones tore up their free show at Highlands (Thank you Hunnypot!). And, Dramarama at Pershing Square was also free and decent (apologies for not listing it in the initial blast). FYI, Pershing Square is doing free music several nights a week - so make sure to check their listings to stay up to date on opportunities to see free music.
Anyhow, Los Angeles has a steamy weekend of music and it kicks off tonight, December 4th, with a handful of talented musicians performing all over town. If you are into the singer/songwriter variety, than I would check out Stephen Wrabel at Room 5. His song "Jupiter", while extremely depressing, is so fucking incredible it is hard to suggest that you go see someone else play.
However, that is exactly what I am going to do, because if you've never seen Charlie Hunter than you should go to The Mint because he is absolutely mesmerizing, intoxicating, overwhelming and incredible in concert. The way his hands move on his 8 string is unprecedented and if you've never seen it, it cannot be appropriately translated in these words. He MUST be witnessed and experienced to understand how incredible of a musician he is. He will be playing with his Trio at The Mint tonight as well as tomorrow.
For an eclectic mix up of music, I would highly recommend Airborne Toxic Event with the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. It is rare that you have a more mainstream artist performing at the WDCH with LA Phil and whatever beautiful music is created tonight will be unique and undoubtedly well orchestrated. If you are fortunate enough to have tickets - good for you.
For those that want to shake their booty - check out DANCEisM with Robot Love and Villains at Echoplex.
Other artists worthy of mention is the always good Jon Brion at Largo, Less Than Jake with Fishbone at House of Blues and Band of Skulls will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
And last, but not least, it is First Fridays in Venice. Stroll Abbott Kinney, drank your drank and be merry with the hordes of west-siders keeping the scene fun and funky.
Friday December 4th
Rundgren Radiocom Presents: Todd Rundgren @ The Orpheum (Doors @ 7PM)
Little Dragon with Hecuba @ El Rey (Doors @ 8PM)
Oak and Gorski (8PM), Stephen Wrabel (9PM), Sarah Dashew (10PM) @ Room 5
Dan Krikorian (8PM), The Spectacles (9PM), Kay Hanley (10PM), Dirty Mercy (11PM) @ Molly Malones
Big Whup, Cobra Lilys, Watercolor Paintings, So Many Wizards, Congratulations @ Echo Curio
Tiana, Alex Hobbs, Laura Torres @ Genghis Cohen
Bobb Bruno, Subtle Selves, Los Fantasmas Carmesi, Cardio Pulmonary @ The Smell
The Shys, Castledoor, Black Hollies @ Echo (8:30 pm)
DANCEisM w/ Robot Love, Villains, Ben Oprstu, Scorpion Breath, DJDT @ Echoplex (9 pm)
KCRW Presents Fink @ Spaceland (8:30 pm)
Camp Freddy, Darling Stilettos, I Will Never Be The Same @ The Roxy (8 pm)
Cinematic Sunrise ft. Craig Owens, Jonny Craig, Mark Rose, Tommy Simms, Sleeping With Sirens @ Troubadour
Fireball Ministry, Hillbilly Herald, Royal Highness, Yeti, House of Broken Promises @ The Viper Room
Charlie Hunter feat. Eric Kalb and Alan Ferber, DJ Bobby Soul@ The Mint
Los Pinguous, Very Be Careful @ Saint Rocke
Robben Ford, Bob Malone @ Brixton South Bay
The Secret Affair Dance Club @ Alex's Bar
Taylor Swift @ Jay Leno Show
Maryz Eyez @ Lighthouse
Band of Skulls @ Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Airborne Toxic Event, Los Angeles Philharmonic @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
Miguel, Elevaters @ Dakota Live Music Lounge
Christopher Hawley @ Trip
Marcus Foster with Blue Roses (7PM), Shane Alexander (9PM), Jim Hanft (10PM), Randy Coleman (11PM), Brian Buckley Band (midnight) @ Hotel Café
Jon Brion @ The Largo (9:30PM)
The Cranberries with Griffin House @ Club Nokia (9PM)
EFFT, Common Eider, King Eider, Missincinatti, Build @ Pehrspace
Less Than Jake with Fishbone & The Swellers @ House of Blues