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THURSDAY, FEB. 28
Matt Pond @ Echoplex (Echo Park)
Having sold over 100,000 albums to date, Matt Pond has shed the PA from his stage moniker, partnered with a new label and focused all of the reinvigorated energy into a new album. I'm quite addicted to "Love To Get Used," the first single off the New York-based artist's latest effort, The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand, released earlier this month. The entire album is full of honest yet optimistic tunes that are sure to have every body in the Echoplex moving along to the music.
Wayne Federman International Film Festival @ The Cinefamily (Mid-City West)
Although you may not recognize his name, you'll surely remember Wayne Federman's face from his numerous film and TV credits, including Step Brothers, Funny People and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Work by the actor, and former "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" writer, is celebrated in this second annual, three-day event. Each film is curated by stand-up comedians – who will also be on hand to introduce and field Q&A questions – including Sarah Silverman's choice Crimes and Misdemeanors tonight, Aziz Ansari with Back to the Future on Friday and Nick Kroll with Raising Arizona on Saturday, among others.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1
In Theaters This Week
The must-see film of the week is A Place at the Table, a documentary that focuses on hunger in America. See it, and take action here; Bryan Singer directs Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor and Bill Nighy in Jack the Giant Slayer, based on the "Jack and the Beanstalk" story; Ed Harris and David Duchovny in Phantom; A twisted family drama, Stoker stars Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman; Ray Winstone, rapper Plan B, Damian Lewis and Hayley Atwell in The Sweeney. Also in theaters: 21 & Over; Genius on Hold; The Last Exorcism Part II
Free Energy @ Bootleg Bar (Westlake)
It's impossible to watch the quintet's video for "Girls Want Rock" and not burst out laughing. It's also hard not to break out dancing while listening to most of the songs on their recently released sophomore album, Love Sign. Wake Up Lucid and the Chances get the party started tonight at Bootleg.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2
Big 'Cap Day @ Santa Anita Park (Arcadia)
Featuring a $750,000 handicap, attendees can expect some exciting races throughout the day. Not only that, but KROQ is hosting a performance by Youngblood Hawke, DJ sets between races, premium food trucks and a selection of 50 craft/microbrew beers. All the entertainment is free with your $5 General Admission to the track.
Willow @ The Aero (Santa Monica)
Most people know Warwick Davis as Griphook from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or the final season of "An Idiot Abroad," but he will forever be Willow Ufgood to me. The reluctant hero must protect the infant Elora Danan from evil Queen Bavmorda with the help of Madmartigan (Val Kilmer) and Sorsha (Joanne Whalley). American Cinematheque celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fantasy adventure with a screening of the film and a discussion with screenwriter Bob Dolman, moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Geoff Boucher.
Katie Noonan @ Room 5 (Mid-City West)
Katie Noonan sings like an angel, an extremely soulful, jazzy angel. The Australian songstress – who has worked with Bruno Mars, Sia and Tim Finn, among others – makes her West Coast debut at Room 5 Lounge. She's touring in support of her latest album, Songbook, and has performed with world-famous orchestras, for several Prime Ministers, members of the British and Danish royal families and the Dalai Lama.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 3
The Last Royals @ The Troubadour (West Hollywood)
The Brooklyn duo kick of a West Coast tour with the Hush Sound tonight at the Troubadour in support of their debut album, Twistification (out now via Ooh La La). If you haven't seen their video for "Crystal Vases," it's a definite must-watch. I'm sure that their live shows are just as fun, so make sure to strap on your dancing shoes before heading out to WeHo.
MONDAY, MARCH 4
BRAINSTORM @ The Echo (Echo Park)
The Portland, Ore. trio of Adam Baz, Patrick Phillips and Tamara Barnes join the lineup for the first night of Harriet's March residency. As you listen to their latest album, last October's Heat Waves, and their recently released new single, "She Moves," it's a little hard to believe that their big, art-pop sound is created by only three people. Can't wait to experience it all in person.
TUESDAY, MARCH 5
Maserati @ The Satellite (Silver Lake)
Listening to music from the Athens, Ga. foursome is the perfect way to get energized for the week ahead. Experiencing their powerful, thundering sound fill a small venue like the Satellite is even better. They released Maserati VII, their first album since drummer Jerry Fuchs' passing, to much acclaim last fall, and it definitely carries on the hard-driving, relentless rhythms they have come to be known for.
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