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Sometimes in dire places like East LA, one can only throw a killer birthday party with a brutal punk rock show. Skunk & Pedz did that last Friday night in East LA with a show filled with great local hardcore punk bands. This show saw many lineup changes in the few days prior to this show, and as a result, the show did not start until close to 9pm.

Opening the night, new band Evul Maniax opened to a small crowd. Coined as thrash punk, they sound very much like old D.R.I. with some metal or thrash influences. If you take D.R.I. vocalist Kurt Brecht and place him in a metal band, you get Evul Maniax.

Up next and still downstairs, we get a set from Underground Alliance. I had seen these guys at shows in the past, but never actually saw them perform until this show. Luckily I got to finally see them play, as they have a nice unique hardcore sound to them thanks to their vocalist. The instrumentals aside, vocalist Tony has what I can only describe as a comedian’s voice, yet applied to a punk rock background. I hope to see more of these guys soon.

Moving upstairs, we move to License To Kill. For such a generic name, they carry a darn good sound. If you have listened to songs from The Unseen, then you could say that License To Kill sounds like a harder version of The Unseen.

Skunk decided to make something happen for his birthday by drumming for the next band, Poor Ignorant Nuisance A.K.A. The P.I.N.s. Imagine the instrumentals of The Casualties and add the vocals of Narcoleptic Youth. This more or less describes how The P.I.N.s sound.

Skunk returned to play guitar for Empty Pockets up next. If these guys all look familiar, Empty Pockets represents a supergroup of the local music scene, including Justus from Slow Children. Fans of F-Minus will love Empty Pockets, as they sound like F-Minus that came from the backyard shows of East LA.

At long last, Destruction Made Simple could finally get onto the stage to bring the house down. I see these guys perform a lot, and they never disappoint. As a band that has existed for over a decade, they have not allowed the test of time to wear them down. Expect to see some great things from these guys in the near future.

The headliner finally came on right before the venue started to close, so Resilience wasted no time jumping into their set. As the headliner, they naturally drew much of the crowd towards the front of the stage. Their old school oi sound resonates well with any punk fan, bringing back memories of 80’s punk or British punk. If you like to see classic punk in action, head to a Resilience show while they still have their youth in them.

Check out all of the bands’ Facebook pages to stay up to date with all the news about the bands. Every band has shows coming up now that September has arrived indicating the year’s end when all the best shows come around.

Jacob’s Birthday – Free Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy a free show headlined by The Maxies this Wednesday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Chinatown After Dark
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

Chinatown enters the Night Market field this Thursday night, as Chinatown transforms into an outdoor nighttime market filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, and more. Free for all ages, guests should park east of Spring St and/or north of College St.

Rock Rock Rocksteady Go
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 17
The Airliner, Los Angeles

Get your skanking on this Thursday night at The Airliner in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 9:30pm and $5 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

WonderCon 2014
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 18
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 19
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 20
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

Comic book fans and film buffs rejoice! The annual WonderCon returns to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. At this weekend-long convention, find plenty of comic books, action figures, DVDs, and more for sale, and check out all of the autograph sessions of artists, writers, actors, and more. In addition, do some people-watching as the countless fans cosplay as their favorite fictional characters. The Saturday pass has already sold out, but adults can attend Friday for $25, or Sunday for $15. Teenagers 13-17 and military get in for a discounted price, while children 12 and under enter free with a paid adult’s admission. Bring plenty of cash for parking and vendors, as guests may not likely use credit cards to purchase anything here.

K-Town Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 18
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles

Experience Korean nightlife this weekend at the annual Koreatown Night Market! Free to attend for all ages, this event celebrates Korean culture by immersing visitors into the night market experience similar to that of South Korea. Over 40 food vendors and 11 food trucks will serve up delicious Korean delectables, while visitors can check out the live entertainment, art exhibits, and vendor village in this outdoor market. Visitors can find $5 parking at nearby parking lots around the venue.

Decry @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Take in your weekly dosage of punk rock this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim, as Decry headlines this small show. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19
El Dorado Park, Long Beach

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale and $40 at the gate.

Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19-20
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank

Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.

2014 Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 19
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale and $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

7th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 19
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $40. No one under 21 may enter.

4th Annual Brokechella
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, Downtown Los Angeles

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Brokechella, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $10 presale and $20 at the door.

L.A. Foodie’s Float Trip
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles

L.A. Foodie returns with another beercentric event at Angel City Brewery this Saturday evening. For just $9 per person, attendees get treated to three ice cream & beer floats and pick the flavors of each of them. In addition, attendees also get to munch on sweet treats, such as cookies and mini cupcakes, while supplies last. Regular patrons to Angel City Brewery can still order beer normally at the counter, and order food from the food trucks that will serve during this time. Street parking meters around here go free after 4pm or 6pm, depending on the street, so search around for parking. Take note that Brokechella will go on this same time not far from here, which will clutter up the parking in this area.

Circle One @ The Overtime
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Overtime Bar & Grill, Carson

Hardcore punk band Circle One headlines a small show this Saturday night in Carson. The cover for this show costs $7, or $10 for two people. No one under 21 may enter.

Radioactive Chicken Heads @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
La Habra Bowl, La Habra

This Saturday gets a little weird when Radioactive Chicken Heads headline this all-ages show in La Habra. Come get clucky with them and some other fun openers for just $5.

Mary Jane’s Pre-Birthday Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Que’s Bar & Grill, Rosemead

Ring in 4/20 with some hardcore punk for your ears. The cover for this show costs $2 before 9:30pm and $3 afterwards. No one under 21 may attend.

Mike V’s Birthday Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles

Enjoy a fun punk show this Saturday night at Cafe NELA, northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The event does not specify a cover charge, so have cash available for whatever they charge. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-15
Participating locations, Old Pasadena

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

Orange County Cocktail Week
March 2-8
Participating locations, Orange County

Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and pairings at participating locations all week for $20.14 per person.

Stone Brewing: Pairing Dinner @ 38 Degrees
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 5
38 Degrees, Alhambra

Enjoy a five-course dinner paired with five different special cask beers from Stone Brewing Co. this Wednesday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. For $55 per person (gratuity not included), guests get treated to five courses, five select cask beers to pair with each dish, and a meet & greet with brewers from Stone. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 5
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Ska Night @ The Airliner
7:30 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
The Airliner, Los Angeles

Get your skanking on this Thursday night at The Airliner in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 9:30pm and $5 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across from the venue.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 7
Various locations
Long Beach:

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

Stomper 98 – Live in Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Down And Out, Los Angeles

Catch some European punk rock bands plus Old Firm Casuals and more this Friday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this show costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Eyes LP Release
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Viper Room, West Hollywood

Catch a good ol’ rock show this Friday night at The Viper Room in West Hollywood. Entry to this show costs just $10.

Naked Aggression @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Punk rock legends Naked Aggression will headline this local show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Circle One: Free Show in Lomita
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 7
The Firehouse, Lomita

A taste of nardcore comes to the South Bay this Friday night, as Circle One headlines this FREE show at The Firehouse in Lomita. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

2014 Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
10:30 am – 8:00 pm, March 8
Excelsior High School, Norwalk

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the annual Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every two hours starting at noon. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Hurt Night: A Night of Art, Imagery, and Music
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 8
Ink’d Chronicles and Characters Sports Bar, Downtown Pomona

Immerse yourself in this two-part event covering Downtown Pomona this Saturday evening. At Ink’d Chronicles from 5pm to 9pm, check out a free and all-ages art show with tons of skateboard art and memorabilia. At Characters Sports Bar starting at 8pm, catch the 21+ after-party with a handful of punk rock bands for just $5 before 10pm and $7 afterwards.

OC Music Awards
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 8
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim

The OC Music Awards honors the best of rising bands from Orange County, and gives them needed exposure to rise further. The actual awards show begins at 8pm and lasts two hours, followed by an after-party. Tickets to attend cost $40 plus Ticketmaster fees.

40th Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 9
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

Punk Rock & Tacos II
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy some local punk rock bands at this FREE show all day this Sunday at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. Guests can purchase tacos from 3pm to 9pm. No one under 21 may attend.

One does not simply waltz into a mosh pit and expect to not get hit. In most types of rock music, a live concert almost always involves some sort of a mosh pit. Depending on the genre, the mosh pit adopts different movements and actions. Harder genres like metal sees more unorganized movements with pushing, elbowing, and arm flailing. Modern hardcore involves a lot of jumping on or over people, as far as I have observed. Punk rock and ska involve a circle pit of either slam dancing or skanking, respectively. For now, we shall focus on slam dancing, and its importance to the history of punk rock. In the early years of punk rock, slam dancing merely involved moving, typically in a circle, and slamming into others in the pit. Those in the pit expected to get pushed around and even knocked down, only to get picked up, shrug it off, and continue slam dancing. True slam dancing has toned down significantly since those days, since most kids nowadays cannot take a solid hit without crying about it. However, a show in East LA last week aimed to celebrate the slam dance by booking bands prevalent in local street punk, the genre known for the most brutal slam dance pits.

The Slam Dance Fest wrapped up the end of May with a show originally containing 20 bands booked. This 7+ hour show at The Airliner in East LA brought street punk bands from all over Southern California to play this crazy show at a venue containing two stages – one on the main floor, and one upstairs. For an old building, the walls contained enough insulation to block out the sound between the two rooms. Although the bill contained 20 bands, only 11 bands ever played this show. The other nine bands (Testicle Difficulties, Short Temper, Child Abduction, Corrupted Youth, Underground Alliance, The Runts, The DiPS, Infirmities, and RF7) failed to adhere to the 18 & over rule by forgetting to bring ID’s. Looking back, this also prevented many of the bands’ fans from attending this show, as a lot of the kids did not have an ID, as I observed them all standing outside the venue as I entered. All the bands that played all played the loudest, angriest show they could muster up.

A band called Desastre opened the night, playing to a very light crowd. I actually had not arrived at the venue until the next band, so I completely missed Desastre.

I arrived at the venue during Slow Children‘s set. As I entered, I immediately recognized them from a show I attended back in February. They kept up the same energy as they did at that show. As the night had not truly started, they played to no more than ten people in the room. I still believe they deserve a larger audience, as they have a great sound, more than just a typical garage band.

Although the show’s organizer originally booked Hollywood Hate to play later in the night, no other band had arrived to set up for the next show, whereas Hollywood Hate had all already arrived at the venue. As a result, they decided to play following Slow Children. Much like the last show I saw them at, their set contained fast and angry songs designed to motivate the crowd into entering a berserker frenzy. Their reputation as a hard-hitting band preceded them, as I encountered many people from the last show at this one. After all, once you go to enough shows, you start to recognize other fans. However, once their set ended, their night would not – more on this in a bit.

Age of Fear opened the upstairs stage. This new local band played their first show only a month prior, so they never even officially made it onto the show’s lineup until very recently. They ended up playing a rather short set because the lead vocalist broke a guitar string. Their music sounds like a mix of street punk and anarchy punk, with lots of loud and angry hits. This upstairs stage contained significantly more space to move around in compared to the downstairs stage, so Age of Fear actually managed to incite a pit, albeit a small one.

As mentioned above, the night would not end for some of Hollywood Hate’s members. A rare treat for LA, Last Round Up played next in the downstairs stage. Although they arrived shorthanded, they received assistance in the form of Chris and Suzy from Hollywood Hate, filling in on bass and drums, respectively. Last Round Up carries the similar loud, fast, and angry sound of Hollywood Hate, but with their own personal take on the music, which ends up slightly catchy as long as you can wrap your head around the slam dancing going on in the tiny space in front of a small stage. With the night finally in full motion, bands now played back to back alternating between the stages.

Once I stepped upstairs for the next band, I knew I had gotten more than my money’s worth when I witnessed familiar faces that I had not seen in a decade. Much like with my recent discovery of the return of Destruction Made Simple, I pumped myself up for the first All Out Attak show since my high school days. This rad female-fronted metal-punk band from Wilmington used to rock backyards back in the day with other local bands like Just Like Before. After that, they just disappeared from the local music scene. However, they recently made a comeback starting in March, and I now know that I can relive my teenage punk youth vicariously through All Out Attak. As a Slam Dance Fest, All Out Attak truly represents an icon in slam dancing, as they play fast and loud enough that large pits may not even keep up. Their set list included plenty of older songs, and since I listened to their CD so much in high school and college, I sang along to some of the songs. “Screams” vocalist Vanessa saw me and allowed me some mic time on some of their songs. I may have killed my voice during the set, but how often can you rock out with a significant band that you had not seen in years?

Whomever the organizers planned to play downstairs at this time did not show up, and neither did the subsequent bands for the downstairs stage. This allowed for some downtime until Evacuate could start their set. If the vocalist looks familiar, recall the famous bands The Virus and Cheap Sex. Take their lead vocalist, and place him in a new local band called Evacuate. The intensity in the room slowly escalated throughout the set, starting from a minor pit and evolving into a full-blown violent mess. Evacuate even had to stop mid-song because of the massive fight that erupted in the room. I had not witnessed a full stop to a song since T.S.O.L. at Musink when they stopped after people started recording a fight on their phones. Regardless, Evacuate played a hard and furious set, enough to please all punk fans, and especially The Virus and Cheap Sex fans.

Continuing upstairs, Decry made a rare appearance in Los Angeles to play at Slam Dance Fest. As one of the oldest bands to play this night, much of the crowd consisted of adults by now, as opposed to teenagers and young adults. The crowd did seem to whittle down following Evacuate – a shame, since Decry has stuck around the punk rock industry since the 1980’s and deserves everyone’s attention. Decry plays music like a UK punk band. Imagine a band like One Way System, then tone down the screams, and you have Decry. As the last of the night’s main headliners, only the sub-headliners and small font bands remained.

The downstairs stage now had a band fully set up, so Hari Kari wasted no time getting started with their set, as they started well after midnight. Hari Kari mainly played cover songs, a strange behavior for a band with so much history. As another band that started in the 1980’s, Hari Kari could have played an entire set of original songs, so playing a set of mainly cover songs struck me as peculiar. However, because they started so late, Hari Kari had to cut their set shorter than normal. The rest of the bands following Hari Kari would also have to greatly cut their sets due to time constraints.

As the last band to grace the upstairs stage, Civil Disgust played to a nearly empty room, as most of the crowd had left following Evacuate and Decry. Because they started so late in the night, Civil Disgust only had time for a few songs, so they picked their fastest, most offensive songs to give the crowd something to remember. Civil Disgust plays old school punk rock music, reminding us all about the glory days of punk rock when fans accepted slam dancing and never got butt-hurt about getting pushed. Sadly, they only played for no more than ten minutes, which would occur to the next band as well.

The UNDead Kennedys closed out the night with their tribute set to the Dead Kennedys. They would have played a handful of popular Dead Kennedys songs, but because they started after 1:30am, the venue only allowed them to play two songs. The UNDead Kennedys resemble a band for entertainment and amusement rather than slam dancing, so they appeared out of place for Slam Dance Fest. That did not prevent the remaining member of the crowd from attempting to slam dance in this small downstairs area.

Missed this epic night of punk rock? You can still catch a weekend full of punk rock and rockabilly at the 2013 Ink-N-Iron Fest this weekend in Long Beach. This weekend contains plenty of local punk rock shows, including the Full Eight Fest. Keep an eye out for my Upcoming Events post next Monday, as the following week contains lots of punk rock shows as well.