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Monday August 24th

August 29, 2009

This is the weekly number one lowdown on the shows not to be missed in Los Angeles. This week we have everything from Indie glory kids to the king of Reggae, enjoy.

Monday 24th
Friendly Fires @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Tuesday 25th
Mellowdrone @ Spaceland, Silverlake

The Dead Weather @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles

Wednesday 26th
@ The Henry Fonda, Los Angeles

Fruit Bat @ Spaceland, Silverlake

Thursday 27th
Franz Ferdinand @ Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

Pete Yorn
@ Henry Fonda, Los Angeles

Matt and Kim
@ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band @ Echoplex, Echo Park

Friday 28th
The Warlocks
@ Spaceland, Silverlake

JJ Grey & Mofro @ El Rey, Los Angeles

Saturday 29th
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Club Nokia, Los Angeles

The National @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles

Sunday 30th
The Mars Volta
@ Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

Rx Bandits @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Check back next Monday for next week’s Showdown!

30 Years and Counting…

July 29, 2009

Words and Photos By: Pauline Kurks

The iconic Roxy on Sunset played host to the even more iconic Cure on Saturday night. With artwork by rock icon painter Scott Hamilton for sale and Robert Smith’s face (and legendary hair) adorning every wall, The Roxy resembled more of a shrine than a musical landmark.

The mainly black clothed audience had piled into The Roxy on the sweaty July evening to pay tribute to 30 years of The Cure. Although the band, which has sold over 27 million albums worldwide, weren’t there to entertain, we did get the next best thing. The Curse has been hailed as the ultimate Cure tribute act and are the longest established tribute to the British rock band in Southern California.

Taking requests from the audience and playing two, hour-long sets, they rested up while the house dj played even more hits to satiate your Cure fever. What was striking about The Curse was they make no attempt to dress like their hero’s, but instead concentrated on the validity of the music. They have received numerous praises over the years even from celebrated British dj Richard Blade who has said, “Close your eyes and you would swear you were in a small crowded London club in the early 80’s with Robert and the boys playing away at the height of their power”.

Scattered around the club were Mr Smith look-a-likes, fans of all ages and beer drinking rockabilly’s, with the obligatory sculpted hair, of course. The merch booth overflowed with free pins with The Cure staring back at you from t-shirts, photos and much more.

The Curse played their sets with vigour and passion to create a step towards their idols for their eager fans. Drinks flowed, the air got sweatier and darker, and if you dared to close your eyes, you too could feel like you were witnessing one of the seminal bands of the 80’s and 90’s, up close and personal.

The Curse

The Roxy
9009 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, California 90069