All posts by Liz O.

I'm a longtime, cross-genre DJ and writer living in Los Angeles.

“Energy: A Documentary About Damo Suzuki” Premiered in L.A. at Philosophical Research Society

Auditorium lobby at Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz, Los Angeles with sign for screeening of "Energy: A Documentary About Damo Suzuki" in foreground and portrait of Manly P. Hall in background.
Energy: A Documentary About Damo Suzuki, premiered in L.A. at Philosophical Research Society on April 13, 2024. Portrait in the background is of PRS founder Manly P. Hall. (Pic: Liz O.)

Energy: A Documentary About Damo Suzuki had its Los Angeles premiere on Saturday, April 13 at the Philosophical Research Society. Fortunately, I was able to attend, so I’m writing this post now to tell you that you should: 1. Seek out Energy and watch it. 2. Go to the Philosophical Research Society. 

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Here’s What I Played at Underground on April 12, 2024

Club Underground at Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown, Los Angeles on April 12, 2024. DJ Liz O.
I took a photo while I was DJing and then remembered why I don’t take photos when I DJ.

Thanks to Larry G. for having me back at Underground on Friday night and for everyone who showed up and hit the dance floor. Some notes on last night’s set: I played the newest additions to my virtual crates really early, so you probably didn’t hear them. Mostly, I wanted to see what “Cadenas de la Infancia” and “I Forget” sounded like in a club. I might stick with them. I might not, but both Mueran Humano’s album, Reemplazante, and Jaako Eino Kalevi’s album, Chaos Magic, have been playing on repeat at home and I absolutely recommend getting both.  

I’m so happy to see people digging Pet Shop Boys’ recent single “Loneliness.” It’s a jam. The lyrics are poignant in a way that only PSB songs are. Plus, we’re only two weeks away from the new album and I, for one, can’t wait to hear Nonetheless. And— omg!— Neil Tennant sang “Rebel Rebel” with Johnny Marr in London last night. (And they did “Getting Away With It” too!) Anyhow, here’s the set list.

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Happening in L.A.: Thursday, April 11 – Wednesday, April 17

Club Underground Grand Star Jazz Club March 8, 2024 (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)
When everyone is vibing to Animal Collective at Underground and they realize I’ve turned my camera on the crowd.

I’m back at Club Underground on Friday night for The Strokes Nite. Both floors of Grand Star Jazz Club will be open, with Larry G. and me playing from 9:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tickets are available now via either Eventbrite or Dice. Hope to see you there! Here’s what else is happening in L.A. this weekend and into next week.  

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Here’s What I Played at Disco Matinee on April 7, 2024

Toto Coelo "Milk from the Coconut" extended dance mix 12" single on vinyl (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)
Toto Coelo 12″ single with the extended dance mix of “Milk from the Coconut.” (Pic: Liz O.)

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Grand Star on Sunday for Disco Matinee. It was so much fun to dig through my vinyl crates for this one and even more fun to play alongside Jus’ B and Televandalist. 

Details for the next Disco Matinee are coming soon. In the meantime, get your tickets for The Strokes Nite at Club Underground, which is happening at Grand Star Jazz Club this Friday, April 12. 

Here are my set lists from Disco Matinee on April 7, 2024. 

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The Strokes Nite at Underground Is This Friday

The Strokes Nite at Club Underground with DJ Larry G. and DJ Liz O., Friday, April 12, 2024 at Grand Star Jazz Club in Los Angeles

This Friday, April 12, is The Strokes Nite at Club Underground and I’ll be DJing alongside Larry G. for it. Both floors of Grand Star Jazz Club will be open, so you’ll get a good dose of hits and deep cuts from The Strokes, as well as all your Underground favorites. The party starts at 9:30 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m.

Tickets are available now on both Dice and Eventbrite, so scoop up yours now.

The Grand Star is located at 943 N. Broadway in Chinatown’s Central Plaza. Both street and lot parking is available and the venue is a short walk from Metro’s A Line station in Chinatown. This is a 21+ event.

See you this Friday at Underground!

Liz O. is an L.A.-based writer and DJ. Read her recently published work and check out her upcoming gigs.

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Here’s What I Played for Night Shift at Bar Franca on April 4, 2024

CDJ with Taleen Kali "Flower of Life" Dildox Remix playing
I got to play Dildox’s remix of Taleen Kali’s song “Flower of Life” in my set last night.

Here’s most of the set list from Night Shift at Bar Franca on on Thursday, April 4. I was using flashdrives and wrote everything down because it just takes too long to wait around for the history to load into Rekordbox on my laptop and I have no patience for that. I definitely forgot to write down a couple songs and can’t remember what they were. There’s at least one instance where I couldn’t read my own handwriting, which is generally terrible and always gets worse the more I write. The important thing, though, is that the new tunes in last night’s set include Taleen Kali “Flower of Life” remixed by Dildox, “Monaco” by Ride, Optometry’s cover of “Into the Groove” and Pedal Steel Noah’s cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” They’re all keepers.

Next gig is Disco Matinee on Sunday at 3 p.m. With Jus’ B, Televandalist and I digging for our punkiest, funkiest jams, I have a feeling this will be a good one. Click here to get discount advance tickets now on Restless Nites.

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Happening in L.A.: Thursday, April 4- Wednesday, April 10

Flyer for Disco Matinee: Punk 'n' Funk edition at Grand Star Jazz Club on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. with DJs Televandalist, Liz O. and Jus' B

Kickstart this weekend on Thursday night with Night Shift, where I’ll be playing post-punk, synthpop, darkwave and shoegaze at Bar Franca from 9 p.m. until close. There’s no cover and there will be a drink special. Also, on Thursday, DTLA ArtNight is happening in various locations across downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., so maybe come by early, browse the galleries and get dinner beforehand. Bar Franca is located at 438 S. Main Street. Look for the cherry above the door. 

(Click here to see what I played at last month’s Night Shift.)

Then, finish your weekend on Sunday afternoon with Disco Matinee at Grand Star Jazz Club. Guest DJ Televandalist, who always drops heat on the dance floor, will be joining Jus’ B and me from 3 to 7 p.m. The theme is punk ’n’ funk and if you want an idea of what I’m playing, head over to my Insta for a sneak peek. The Grand Star is located at 943 N. Broadway inside Chinatown’s Central Plaza, right next to the Bruce Lee statue. This is a 21+ event. Advance tickets are $6.50. The cover at the door will be $8 (cash or Venmo). 

Click here to buy advance tickets on Restless Nites. 

Keep reading to find out what else is happening this weekend and early next week. 

Friday, April 5

Queerspace w/Street Fever, MMDA, Jehanne, DJs Geneva Jacuzzi, Spike Hellis @Silverlake Lounge 

2906 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake 90026; 9:30 p.m.; no cover; 21+

Molly Nilsson, Air Waves @ The Echo

9 p.m.; all ages; Tickets available via Live Nation

Tokyo Love Song w/ DJs XL Middleton, Kaistar and Tsugu Itagaki @ Hello Stranger

320 E. 2nd Street, Little Tokyo 90012; 9 p.m.; 21+; Tickets available on Eventbrite

Club Underground w/Larry G. @ Grand Star Jazz Club

943 N. Broadway, Chinatown 90012; 9:30 p.m.; 21+; Tickets available on Eventbrite or Dice

Saturday, April 6

Johnny Ruiz and the Escapers, The Intuitions, Los So-Lows @ The Paramount

2708 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave., Boyle Heights 90033; 8 p.m.; Tickets available on Dice

Afterbirth Cartoons, War Pact, Koitus @ The Smell

 8 p.m.; all ages; Tickets available on The Smell’s website

Repo Man (film screening) w/live performances from The Dark, Personal Damage, Haunter @ Gardena Cinema

14948 Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena 90249; 7 p.m. (bands), 9 p.m. (movie); all ages; Tickets available on Eventbrite

“The Mystery of Korla Pandit” Presentation by Brian Kehew @ Philosophical Research Society 

3910 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz 90027; 7 p.m.; all ages; Tickets available on Eventbrite

Monday, April 8

Communicant, Nightjacket, Powder Pink & Sweet @ Moroccan Lounge

901 E 1st St., DTLA 90012;  6 p.m., 21+; Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Tuesday, April 9

Dolce Vita @ The Mermaid

428 E. 2nd Street, Little Tokyo 90012; 8 p.m.; 21+; no cover

Wednesday, April 10

March Adstrum @ The Silverlake Lounge

2906 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake 90026; 7:30 p.m.; 21+; Tickets available on Dice

Wild Up plays Arthur Russell @ 2220 Arts + Archives

2220 Beverly Blvd., Historic Filipinotown 90057; 7:30 p.m.; 18+; Tickets available on Dice

Liz O. is an L.A.-based writer and DJ. Read her recently published work and check out her upcoming gigs.

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Here’s What I Played at Klub Nocturno (New Wave vs. Darkwave Room) on March 30, 2024

New Wave vs. Darkwave room at Klub Nocturno at Catch One in Los Angeles on March 30, 2024
View from the DJ booth.

Klub Nocturno is the be exception to the “nobody in L.A. goes out in the rain” rule. Saturday night was the second time I played a Nocturno event at Catch One and, just like the first time, a storm hit. Yet, the crowd was still massive. And so much fun. Shout out to Kill for Kickz and Color Void, both of whom played fantastic live sets in the New Wave vs. Darkwave room. 

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Pet Shop Boys, Optometry, Ride and More New Music

Cover for Interplay 2024 album by Ride
Cover for Ride’s new album, Interplay, which I was listening to for the first time while finishing this post.

It sounds like we’re on the verge of another Pet Shop Boys moment. Or, at least, that’s how I hope 2024 will sound and, judging from the response on the dance floor, the L.A. crowds seem to agree. But, then again, L.A.’s affinity for the British duo has endured since the 1980s. 

In January, I fell for the cover of “Being Boring” by TR/ST, with guest vocals from Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters. Shortly after that dropped, Pet Shop Boys themselves released “Loneliness,” the first single from their forthcoming album, Nonetheless. It’s a gorgeous dance song that reflects the strange isolation of 2020s life. (The Guardian has a good interview with the band, if you’re interested in reading more about Pet Shop Boys’ new music.) Around the same time, I stumbled across a cover of “Rent” that Sally Shapiro released last fall. I wondered how I missed this release last year, then snapped it up on Bandcamp

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L.A. Music Events: Thursday, March 28 – Wednesday, April 3

Flyer for Klub Nocturno at Catch One in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 30, 2024

I’m so excited to be back at Catch One with Klub Nocturno this Saturday, March 30, in the New Wave vs. Darkwave room. Playing Nocturno’s L.A. party in January was such a wild vibe, as was last month’s party at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Saturday night has in store. Tickets are already sold out online, but there will be a few at the door, so if you want one of those, please be sure to arrive early. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. for this 21+ event. Catch One is located at 4067 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90019. 

As for the rest of the weekend and into early next week, here are my recommendations. 

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