PICKS OF THE WEEK: AUG. 25-31

Tonight check out the weekly hilarity at The Comedy Store Potluck.  One of the club’s oldest traditions, the night starts with an open mic show, followed by friends and family, and ends with pop-ins from national headliners.  With The Store’s long history of breaking comics, you never know who is going to stop by and deliver a few impromptu laughs.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free before 9:00 p.m.  www.thecomedystore.com
 

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THE 411 ON BIG DATA: ALAN WILKIS PROCESSES HIS NEW FOUND SUCCESS

Currently sitting at the top of Billboard’s Alternative chart with their all over the airwaves single “Dangerous,” Big Data have suddenly found themselves riding a massive “joywave” of success as they gear up to play Day 2 of SSMF 2014.
But before taking the stage in the middle of The Sunset Strip, band leader Alan Wilkis lays down a few do’s and don’ts of festival etiquette, recalls vivid childhood memories of being frightened by Jane’s Addiction and explains how Big Data’s new video is giving some fans a “confused boner.”
 
What other bands at this year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival are you most looking forward to checking out?
There are so many great ones… Excited to see Jane’s Addiction, Big Freedia, Mayer Hawthorne, also Fenech-Soler – I did a remix for those guys a few years ago.
 

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PICKS OF THE WEEK: AUG. 18-24

Tonight The Viper Room presents an earful of local fare featuring Kill My Coquette, Hector’s Sparkle Bunny Surprise and other creatively named up-and-comers.  Discover your favorite new band before they’re a household name.  Doors open at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $10 GA.  www.viperroom.com
 
Taco Tuesdays are back at State Social House!  Each and every week enjoy your choice of $2 tacos (fried chicken, steak, shrimp, tuna poke’, pork belly, or grilled chicken), $2 Modelo draft beers and $5 margaritas.  Fiesta!  www.statesocialhouse.com
 

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THE VIPER ROOM IS FINALLY LEGAL! CELEBRATING 21 YEARS AS A LANDMARK ON THE SUNSET STRIP.

Opening its doors on August 14, 1993 with a performance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the intensely intimate, 200 capacity Viper Room has hosted thousands of legendary, “arena-sized” shows in its storied 21 year history.  To name a few: Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Oasis, Hunter S. Thompson, Green Day, Muse, Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, Smashing Pumpkins, the list goes on…
Offering music fans the chance to see mega-bands like these in a tiny club setting is what The Viper Room has become known for not only in industry circles but worldwide.  And for countless musicians, The Viper stage – given this legacy – holds a sort of reverent ethereal magic not found in any other room.

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PICKS OF THE WEEK: AUG. 11-17

Tonight enjoy some great tunes and scenic Sunset Strip views at Pearl’s new weekly rooftop residency better known as Music Mondays.  This time around, don’t miss a live performance by LA River.  Sounds start at 8 p.m.  Admission is free.  www.pearlsliquorbar.com
 
Underground hip-hop legends Dilated Peoples return to The Sunset Strip this Tuesday, Aug. 12 for a sure to sell out show at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go.  With an ever-expanding following, fans-in-the-know have helped this L.A. based trio thrive just under the radar for over 20 years.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m.  www.whiskyagogo.com
 

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PICKS OF THE WEEK: AUG. 4-10

Tonight at The Roxy Theatre, don your checkers and get your skankin’ on with The Interrupters, featuring frontwoman and songwriter extraordinaire Aimee Allen (Unwritten Law, Tim Armstrong project, etc).  Doors open at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $13 GA.  www.theroxy.com
 
Each and every Tuesday at Pearl’s Liquor bar… Don’t be shellfish!  Spend a romantic evening overlooking The Sunset Strip and sharing $1 oysters and $3 Champagne with your significant other.  Enjoy all you can shuck aphrodisiac delights from 5 p.m. till the buckets are empty.  www.pearlsliquorbar.com
 

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