L.A. Music Events: September 15 – September 21, 2023

Taleen Kali Residency Harvard & Stone Los Angeles September 20, 2023 with DJ Liz O.

This coming week, I’ll be joining Taleen Kali’s residency at Harvard & Stone for a special DJ set before, after and in between the bands. More info on that below the jump. Plus, I’ve included a handful of other L.A. music events, including clubs, concerts and record fairs that are on my radar for the week. Keep reading and mark your calendars. 

Friday, September 15

Bastidas!, Banana Leaf Boy @ La Cita

If you work downtown and need a music fix, this week’s Angry Hour at La Cita is ideal. Bastidas! and Banana Leaf Boy are playing live, with the performance set to begin at 7 p.m. Angry Hour itself goes from 4-9 p.m., so head there early enough to catch the Happy Hour specials and stick around for the show. It beats spending your Friday evening stuck in traffic. 

336 S. Hill St., DTLA, 90013; 4-9 p.m.; 21+; no cover 

Nervous Gender Reloaded, Chaki, Suburban John, Care @ Corbin Bowl

Corbin Bowl is a great spot to check out live music. It’s small. It’s literally in a bowling alley. Even better, it’s in a bowling alley right next to a Zankou Chicken *and* there’s free parking. If you haven’t previously been to Corbin Bowl, Friday should be a good night to check it out. The lineup is fantastic, headlined by Nervous Gender Reloaded and including Chaki, Suburban John (featuring members of Suburban Lawns) and Care. Arrive early because Care, who I got to see at Oracle Tavern back in July, is fantastic and goes on at 8:15 p.m. 

Corbin Bowl, 19616 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana 91356; 8 p.m.; all ages; $10

The Good Foot 25th Anniversary @ Alex’s Bar

If you’re looking for an all-vinyl night of soul and funk, head to Long Beach because The Good Foot is celebrating its quarter-century anniversary on Friday night. There’s no cover and the lineup is stacked with sets from DJs Abel, Angelina, Caveman Leo, Clifton, Dennis Owens, Lili Bird, Music Man Miles and Scott Weaver. There’s no cover, but you can reserve tickets on Dice

Alex’s Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, 90804; 8 p.m.; 21+; no cover. 

Underground @ Grand Star Jazz Club

It’s Friday night, so you know Club Underground will be there with Larry G. in the DJ booth ready to drop indie, Britpop, synthpop, darkwave and more alt jams for you from 9:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. Advance tickets are available on Eventbrite

Grand Star Jazz Club, 943 N. Broadway, Chinatown, 90012; 9:30 p.m.; 21+; cover varies. 

Saturday, September 16

6th Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale @ Rappcats

I’ve never been to one of DJ Shadow’s storage sales and have no idea what to expect, but I am down to find out this weekend. The sale is happening on Saturday and Sunday at Rappcats in Highland Park and is said to include a new, exclusive 45 from the famed DJ as well as vinyl from his personal collection. There will also be CDs and cassettes available. On Sunday, a half-price blowout on items $10 under will happen between 4 and 6 p.m. See Rappcats website for more information. 

Rappcats, 5638 York Blvd., Highland Park, 90042; 12-6 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday); all ages; no cover

Shibuya Starlight @ Grand Star Jazz Club

Since earlier this year, my pals from Tune in Tokyo have been throwing monthly party Shibuya Starlight at Grand Star Jazz Club and it’s so much fun. For this Saturday night bash, the crew brings together a unique mix of future funk, city pop, J-pop and deep house. This month will include sets from Dave Tada (deep house), DJ Curry (future funk) and guest DJ Daniel Omectin (city pop and kayokyoku on vinyl). Advance tickets are available now for $10 on Eventbrite

Grand Star Jazz Club, 943 N. Broadway, Chinatown, 90012; 9 p.m.; 21+; $10-15

Sunday, September 17

Beat Swap Meet presents Los Angeles Record Fair @ HiDef Brewing Company

It’s been a long time since I’ve hit up a Beat Swap Meet event, but I’ve found a lot of heat in the bins at their record fairs over the years. That said, if you’re downtown on Sunday and you’re looking for vinyl, carve out a couple hours in your schedule to do some digging here. 

HiDef Brewing Company, 1203 S. Olive Street, DTLA, 90013; 1-6 p.m.; all ages; no cover

Smorgasburg Record Fair @ The Row

Can’t get enough vinyl. Smorgasburg’s Record Fair is back on September 17 at The Row from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. I saw that Rubycon, who had the Paul Parker I picked up last weekend at Alamo Drafthouse, will be there, so stop by their booth if you’re in the market for synth-heavy pop, disco, etc. 

The Row, 777 S. Alameda St., DTLA 90021; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; all ages; no cover

Riddim ’n’ Brews @ Benny Boy Brewing

I don’t always get to go to monthly bash Riddim ’n’ Brews, but, anytime I do is a great Sunday. Resident selector Ted Morris and guests serve up an afternoon of classic Jamaican tunes on 45s at Benny Boy Brewing, a spacious venue with a large, outdoor area. This month’s guests are Jon Offbeat and Killa Jo. 

Benny Boy Brewing, 1821 Daly Street, Lincoln Heights, 90031; 2-7 p.m.; 21+; no cover

Tuesday, September 19

Dolce Vita @ The Mermaid

Jose Shuton and Joey Radikal are up at Dolce Vita this Tuesday night with freestyle vs. Italo sets and I’m really looking forward to hearing what they play. Party goes from 9 p.m. until last call at The Mermaid in Little Tokyo. 

The Mermaid. 428 E. 2nd Street, Little Tokyo, 90013; 9 p.m.; 21+; no cover

Wednesday, September 20

Taleen Kali, Izzy Outerspace, Lux Lawless, DJ Liz O. @ Harvard & Stone

The shoegaze vibes will be strong for the third week of Taleen Kali’s residency at Harvard & Stone with Izzy Outerspace and Lux Lawless on the bills. Also, I’ll be your DJ for the night and am currently going through my collection to put together a special theme set for the event. Hope to see you at Harvard & Stone on Wednesday night. 

Harvard & Stone, 5221 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood; 90027; 8 p.m.; 21+; no cover. 

Thursday, September 21

No Controles! With Cosmic Kitten, Glitter Ghost, DJ Scarlett Casanova @ The Offbeat

Start your weekend early with No Controles! This month Scarlett Casanova and L.A. Art Society’s monthly party at The OffBeat features performances from Cosmic Kitten and Glitter Ghost. Plus, Scarlett and guest DJ Jeremy Hammett will be playing a mix of ‘80s new wave, post-punk, indie and funk and Audiobahn will be on-air live out on the patio from 9-11 p.m.. There’s no cover before 10 p.m. and it’s only $5 after that. 

The OffBeat, 6316 York Blvd., Highland Park 90042; 9 p.m.; 21+; no cover before 10 p.m., $5 after that.