No Sunset Junction? No Problem.

Me thinks the Sunset Junction rebound might turn out to be way better than the fest itself. (Isn’t it always that way?) Check out these last-minute events to make your hot weekend even hotter.

Dangerbird Records
On Saturday, Dangerbird Records is hosting an Austin-style backyard (or more like parking lot) show for some of the local bands that found themselves suddenly without venue. Starting at noon, catch Butch Walker, Milo Greene, Useless Keys, Chasing Kings, the Fling, Vanaprasta, Francisco the Man, and Holly Conlan. It’s suggested donation at the door, with proceeds going to Silver Lake’s local charity, the Pablove Foundation.

The Echo and Echoplex
These two venues are picking up the majority of the bands for what they’re calling Echo Park Rising. (Does anyone else smell the birth of a new annual tradition?) Saturday brings onetime Sunset Junction headliners the Butthole Surfers to the Echoplex along with 400 Blows. TheEcho will see DNTEL, One AM Radio and Geotec. Sunday, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah find a new main stage at the Echoplex along with Charles Bradley, while the Echo will host Craft Spells and Seapony. Check the website for exact schedule.
Origami Vinyl
Adding onto the killer Echo Park Rising impromptu festival, Origami Vinyl is picking up shows by Barrio Tiger, Vaz, and Pygmy Shrews on Saturday, and on Sunday Medi Diaz, Keegan Dewitt, Dice, and Manhattan Murder Mystery take the stage.

The Satellite

On Saturday, the place formerly known as Spaceland will be filled with fans for Art Brut, along with Art vs. Science and The Hundred Days. Sunday, check out R. Stevie Moore, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, and Diva Dompe. DJs fill the time in between on both nights.
Lot 1, 4100 Bar, and The Living Room
An assortment of smaller, as-yet-unnamed acts is playing at these venues and more across L.A.’s nouveau Eastside.

Happy Ending Bar

Missing the leather-daddy side of Sunset Junction more than the tunes? There’s something for you too! The Boot & Ride Rally invites motorcycle aficionados throughout SoCal on a 65-mile ride around the Hollywood Hills for a good cause: Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit seeking to raise awareness and funds for the issue of veterans’ unemployment. The event will kick off and end at Hollywood’s Happy Ending Bar on Sunday, August 28. Bike’s in the shop? Starting at noon, a Boot Rally is open to the public (fro $25 admission) with performances by Derek Sholl and appearances by the cast of Sons of Anarchy. Yee haw. For more information visit
For another great, continually updated list of Sunset Junction replacement events, check out L.A. Weekly’s West Coast Sound blog post here.
And for our always large and in-charge list of all your weekend to-do needs, check out The Guide. Keep cool, Los Angeles.