this week in rock in la

tonight 6/3

stan ridgeway, knitting factory

aquabats, troubador

bang tango, club vodka

sam phillips, largo

friday 6/4

ben lee + jason schwartzman + sean hayes, knitting factory

keane + minibar, troubador

eagles of death metal, amoeba (free)

don mclean, hollywood park

tortise, henry fonda

the shins, wiltern

blood sweat & tears, cerritos center

saturday 6/5

prince, staples center

prince, house of blues (midnight)

krs-one, el rey

franz ferdinand, avalon

sunday 6/6

tenacious d + kevin nealon, knitting factory

pedro the lion, troubador

franz ferdinand, wiltern

monday 6/7

TSAR – Viper Room $5 (pictured)

Tsar at the Viper Room.

Since the club came under new management, the Viper�s bookings have left much to be desired, but this new weekly show just might prevent the famed rock spot from becoming another pay-to-play-level club casualty. Put on by the suddenly ubiquitous 103.1, �Check One . . . Two Mondays� kicks off with Silver Lake�s Tsar, a band who surely could�ve benefited from the station when its Hollywood Records debut came out a few years ago. It had just the kind of zesty pop hooks and glam-ish arrogance that�s all the rage these days, but it never broke through. Since then, the band have been in limbo, biding time till � or if � Hollywood releases its sophomore effort by giving out samplers at shows, which at times have been with groups that went on to surpass Tsar (Jet opened up for them last year). Still, the quartet chug on, if the sampler is any indication, with even heavier but no less haughty (see �Band-Girls-Money�) stabs at rock supremacy. – Lina Lecaro, LA Weekly 6/4

dmx, house of blues

pedro the lion, troubador

tuesday 6/8

filter + danger mouse, viper room

velvet revolver, wiltern

wednesday 6/9

b-52s, avalon

velvet revolver, wiltern

richard cheese, tower records (free)

the break-up, silverlake lounge

thursday 6/10

sonic youth, troubador

j mascis, house of blues

mission of burma, henry fonda theatre

my gorgeous wife moxie + dos boheinde and seymore + steph + candied ginger

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