Tonight don’t miss ’80s New Wave tribute titans, The Spazmatics, returning to Monday nights at House of Blues Sunset Strip. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $19 GA. This show is ages 18 and older.  www.hob.com/la
 
NBC’s prime time hit “Last Comic Standing” returns for another round of cutthroat stand-up competition this Tuesday, April 29 at The Comedy Store. Join host JB Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), plus celebrity judges Roseanne Barr and Keenan Ivory Wayans, as the nation’s top comics make or break their comedic career. Tickets are $15 GA and the filming begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. www.thecomedystore.com
 
Summer nights are just around the corner… This Wednesday, April 30 get a jumpstart on your balmy evening boozing as you take in the lounge like sounds of Desert Nights at The Standard hotel. This week features performances by Lauren Barth, Honeycrisp, Brent Rademaker and Rachel Dean. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. www.standardhotels.com/hollywood
 
Reading…rocks? Get your m/ on this Thursday, May 1 at Book Soup, as you join music journalists Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn plus special guest Scott Ian of Anthrax for a signing and discussion about their new book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. Event starts at 7 p.m. and is free to all.  www.booksoup.com
 
Friday, May 2 FYF presents esoteric electronic composer/producer Pantha du Prince at The Roxy Theatre. See why critics and those “in the know” hail this German underground soundscape artist as a prodigy. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 GA.  www.theroxy.com
 
Saturday, May 3 House of Blues Sunset Strip presents a sold-out show with heartfelt, “Hotlanta” based indie rockers Manchester Orchestra. Doors open at 7 p.m. www.hob.com/la
 
“Cinco de Drinko” comes one day early this year when you head to the legendary Whisky A Go-Go for the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band – Metalachi. Quatro de Mayo kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 GA.  www.whiskyagogo.com
 
 
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