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April 28, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
During 50 years of performing, the Rolling Stones have done some peach gigs: They've stood before Hells Angels at Altamont, sold out Wembley Stadium and Madison Square Garden, gigged the Palladium in Hollywood, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for "The T.A.M.I. Show" and countless rounds at the Forum. Until Saturday night, though, the band had never played Echo Park.   In a surprise gig described early in the set by Stones singer/dancer/showman Mick Jagger as “the first show of our North American tour,” the band played the Echoplex, a basement club with a capacity of 650. In the crowd were friends, family and a few hundred lucky, patient fans who'd won a ticket lottery earlier in the day.  I am a very fortunate Rolling Stones fan, and watched from a peach spot just in front of the sound board as the London band, currently celebrating 50 years as a unit, performed 60 minutes' worth of classic material that focused on their work from the late 1960s through the early '80s, including “Love in Vain,” “Street Fighting Man,” “Respectable” and “Miss You.”   PHOTOS: The Rolling Stones at the Echoplex They did so on an extended stage that cut the Echoplex's dance floor by half, so the Stones gig felt even smaller than those who know the venue might expect.
April 28, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
“The best bar band ever,” one woman gushed, as she and hundreds of other lucky fans emerged from the Echoplex nightclub Saturday night. She was referring, of course, to the Rolling Stones. The legendary British rockers played a surprise “warm up” gig at the tiny Echo Park club before officially launching their “50 and Counting Tour,” which begins at the Staples Center on Friday. The club show was announced earlier Saturday via Twitter with a few hundred tickets selling for a mere $20. Throughout the evening, strains of such Stones classics as “Street Fighting Man” and “Jumping Jack Flash” could be heard outside the Sunset Boulevard venue.
April 27, 2013 | By Todd Martens, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
By the time you read this post it will likely be too late, but the Rolling Stones have scheduled a last-minute club gig in Los Angeles on Saturday night in preparation for the continuation of the band's "50 and Counting" anniversary tour. Tickets to the show, which appears to be scheduled for the Echoplex in Echo Park, are $20, cash only, and could be purchased starting at 1 p.m. at the El Rey. The ability to purchase tickets was to be assigned via a lottery and there is a one-ticket limit.
April 5, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
All eyes in dance-land turn to Indio for Coachella next weekend, as both the Sahara Tent and the new Yuma Tent host EDM stars, '90s survivors and an especially adventurous young undercard. As always, there will be satellite parties during both weekends — Desert Gold at the Ace Hotel (this year partnering with Jack White's Third Man Records, Warp Records, the Do-Over and more) and the Filter Magazine Yacht Club (this year with a set from the great electro-rock act St. Lucia) are perennial favorites.
April 4, 2013 | By August Brown
While L.A. dance fans are prepping their sunscreen and skimpy attire for Coachella, another Southland electronica festival has announced a lineup worth noting. The Do LaB's annual Lightning in a Bottle made its poster official today, and it features some unexpected top billings. Nicolas Jaar, the young jazz-infused experimentalist who stunned a sold-out Echoplex last year , leads a pack of electronic acts that includes the reggae-dabbling dubstep auteur Rusko, Tycho's psychedelic meditations and the globe-trotting acid house vet Lee Burridge.
April 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The Grand Ole Echo weekly series of free all-ages concerts by Americana and country bands gets off to its eighth season on April 14 with the Americans, Phoebe Bridges and La Route playing from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The first concert will be held at the Echoplex, below the Echo, but in succeeding weeks the afternoon music and barbecue event will move back upstairs to its traditional home...
March 28, 2013
The L.A. duo Foxygen had a rough go at this year's South by Southwest, canceling several shows and getting in some verbal altercations with their crowd. But it was a rare misstep in their meteoric rise, on the strength of their glammy, trashy classic rock that takes old ideas (T. Rex pomp, Zeppelin riffage) and plays them for a caffeinated digital generation. Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. $10. .
March 8, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The winter hibernation is nearing its end. Bleary-eyed musicians are crawling out of their windowless studios after months - and in some cases, years - of isolated dream-capturing. The bottomless espresso cup awaits, and a queue next to the stereo is stacked high with new sounds. The spring 2013 pop music season promises grand returns, highly anticipated debuts and assured follow-ups. Early in the season arrive both David Bowie's "The Next Day" and Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience.
January 18, 2013
Using a gravy-smothered, horn-heavy approach to original songs, this Brooklyn-based collective conjures up images of movies starring Fred Williamson and Richard Roundtree, gold chains inside open-necked collars and gigantic '73 Cadillacs with a mix of vintage funk and Afrobeat. But Budos Band is unquestionably part of the present, with the 2010 album "The Budos Band III" flexing an irresistible, crowd-moving edge. The Echoplex, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. Sun., 8:30 p.m. $20-$23. .
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