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THURSDAY, SEPT. 5
D.H. Peligro @ Book Soup (West Hollywood)
The explosive Dead Kennedys and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer discusses and signs copies of his memoir, Dreadnaught: King of Afropunk, which releases in paperback Sept. 17. The punk legend offers an intimate glimpse into his childhood in a St. Louis ghetto, his years in San Francisco with Dead Kennedys and in Los Angeles with the Chili Peppers, as well as his battles with drug and alcohol abuse.
Robert Walter's 20th Congress @ The Mint (West Los Angeles)
The revered organist, keyboardist and founding member of the Greyboy Allstars is also an accomplished film composer, working on the scores for projects like Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher and "New Girl" with Michael Andrews. He started Robert Walter's 20th Congress in the late 1990s, and they just unveiled their first new album in 10 years, Get Thy Bearings. To celebrate the release, the band performs tonight at the Mint.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 6
In Theaters This Week
Hell Baby, from the hilarious team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, stars Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb; Vin Diesel reprises his role as the title character of Riddick, the third installment of the sci-fi/action series; Shane Salerno's documentary that delves into the life of J.D. Salinger; Jennifer Hudson is Winnie Mandela as she falls in love with Nelson (Terrence Howard), works by his side and tirelessly during his imprisonment. Also in theaters: 99% The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film; Best Kept Secret; Dead Before Dawn 3D; Good Ol' Freda; My Father and the Man in Black; Our Nixon; Out of the Clear Blue Sky; Populaire; Shuddh Desi Romance; Snake & Mongoo$e; The Ultimate Life
Gold Fields @ Troubadour (West Hollywood)
The Australian quintet's very first North American headline tour makes a stop at the Troubadour in support of their debut, Black Sun, which released in February via Astralwerks. Upon the album's release, Billboard and MTV named the synth-pop group as Artist to Watch, and they garnered praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Alternative Press and The New York Times. It's easy to see what all the buzz is about with just one listen of tracks such as "Dark Again," "Treehouse" and "Happy Boy."
If you're in the mood for something a bit more bluesy, then ZZ Ward is the woman for you. Growing up in rural Oregon, she started performing with her father's blues band when she was 13. Her love of hip-hop and rap led to singing hooks for local rappers at underground clubs in Eugene, and there are definite hints of R&B, soul and the blues in her songs. She just released the 365 Days EP with alternate versions of tracks like "Blue Eyes Blind" and "Move Like You Stole It" from her debut album, last year's Til the Casket Drops, which featured appearances from Kendrick Lamar and Freddie Gibbs. Surely the night holds a few of those special versions in store for the crowd at HOB.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 7
All About Eve @ Hollywood Forever (Hollywood)
Cinespia hosts a screening of the Joseph L. Mankiewicz classic. The film won the Oscar for Best Picture, as well as the awards for Best Supporting Actor, Costume Design, Director, Screenplay and Sound, but will always be remembered for Bette Davis' performance as Margo Channing. Whether you've never seen it or watched it 20 times, it's always a special treat to see it an atmosphere that only Cinespia can provide.
Fifth Annual Good Food Pie Contest @ LACMA (Mid-City West)
I can't believe it's been five years since my amazing baker of a little sister competed in the first contest. If you're a home cook, professional pastry chef or just a pie lover, there is so much fun to be had at the annual KCRW event. Tasting of the record-breaking 347 pies entered in the contest begins at 2 p.m. in the categories of fruit, nut, cream/chiffon/silk, savory, vegan and LACMA art-inspired pie. Judges such as Moby, Jonathan Gold, Gustavo Arellano, Susan Feniger, Karen Hatfield and Valerie Gordon select the winners, while Even Kleiman presides over all the festivities.
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Rock the Bells @ San Manuel Amphitheater (San Bernardino)
The festival celebrates its 10-year anniversary with dates in San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and New York, kicking off with a two-day event here in San Bernardino. Saturday's lineup includes Kid Cudi, KRS ONE, A-Trak, Common, Chase & Status, Talib Kweli, Pusha T, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Tech N9ne, Jurassic 5 and Immortal Technique. There are performances from Wu Tang Clan, Girl Talk, J Cole, E-40 & Too Short, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh and Dilated Peoples on Sunday. In addition, many of the artists will be doing VIP meet and greets throughout the weekend.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 8
ABBA Fest @ Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood)
If you didn't catch the video of voice coach Sarah Horn being randomly selected from the Hollywood Bowl audience to get up onstage and sing a duet of "For Good" with Kristin Chenoweth last week, then please go watch it now. She blew the entire venue away with her pipes, including a stunned Chenoweth, and is going to perform as a special guest at the Bowl's celebration of the Swedish pop group. Horn also acts as judge for an ABBA-Cappella sing-off between three of the area's best collegiate groups, Chapman University's SoundCheck, UCLA's the Scattertones and USC's the SoCal VoCals, with versions of ABBA hits such as "Take a Chance on Me," "Money, Money, Money" and "Does Your Mother Know." The evening is capped off with a performance from tribute band, ABBA, The Concert.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11
On An On, Hands @ The Satellite (Silver Lake)
Midwest trio, On An On, swing through Los Angeles in support of their debut, Give In, which released at the beginning of the year. Your body will have no problem immediately giving in to the call of their airy synths and pulsating drums and just letting loose. Make sure to visit their merch booth to pick up a copy of their new cassette with covers of Hot Chip's "Boy From School" and Björk's "Unison." Los Angeles' Hands – who were named as one of TIME Magazine's 11 Bands You Don't Know (But Should) List – offer support, armed with the energetic tracks from their debut, Synethesia.