72 Hours: The rescheduled Sunset Junction gigs edition [UPDATED]
The cancellation of Sunset Junction has resulted in some last-minute scrambling among the many acts scheduled to play. Here's a look at the ever-growing list, and Pop & Hiss has its fingers crossed that what's listed below won't continue to change.
• The Butthole Surfers @ the Echoplex. The alt-rock weirdos play only sporadically these days, but shows are still full of plenty of punk rock spectacle lest anyone get too nostalgic. With local vets 400 Blows. The Echoplex, 154 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets are $22.
• Butch Walker @ Dangerbird Records. The career of this dark-haired singer-songwriter has run the gamut from glam metal to folk rock. These days, his Americana-inflected rock band Butch Walker and the Black Widows melds vivid storytelling with hum and strum pop sensibilities. Playing with The Fling, Useless Keys, Milo Greene, Vanaprasta, Chasing Kings and more. 12-6 p.m., 3801 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. The event is free, but donations to the Pablove Foundation are encouarged.
• Helmet @ Viper Room. These longtime heroes of alt-metal combine crushing mosh-pit-inspiring riffs with melodically forceful vocals and have never been afraid to bring an artistic bent to tough-guy metal. Playing with Stretford End, Royal Pirates and Delta Rose. The Viper Room, 8852 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Tickets are $20.
• Marvelous Toy @ R Bar. This outfit of indie popsters from Eagle Rock are a continued staple on the local music scene, separating themselves from the pack with taut and tuneful layers of group vocals that still manage to carry a heavy helping of punk passion. Playing with the Broken Numbers Band. R Bar, 3331 West 8th St. Los Angeles.
• Art Brut, Art vs. Science and the Hundred Days @ the Satellite. Eddie Argos' comedic rock 'n' roll tales of dating and pop culture have lost a little luster over its four albums, but he's a master entertainer and Art Brut has plenty of sloppy, pint-raising riffs to guarantee a good time. With atmospheric Aussies Art. vs. Science and dance-club-ready rockers the Hundred Days. The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd. Tickets are $15 and showtime is early at 5 p.m.
• Manhattan Murder Mystery @ Origami Vinyl. Listening to the screeching, bouncy power-pop fronted by bearded guitarist/vocalist Matt Tear Drop, it's easy to see why they'd name themselves after a movie by an offbeat screwball like Woody Allen. But unlike the 1993 movie, there's no foul play here. Origami Vinyl, 1816 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. The event is free.
• Peaches @ Freak City. Primarily regarded as the high priestess of electro-sex and bass-rattling nihilism, the 42-year-old electroclash provocateur wears many hats -- underground pop star, opera vocalist, DJ and Space Age fashionista among them. Inside the '80's-drenched hipster jungle of Freak City, she's liable to be wearing them all for her late-night performance with special guests. Freak City, 6613 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. The show starts at 9 p.m., and monitor Freak City's Facebook page for admission information.
• Olin and the Moon @ What Cheer? Bar. Sporting a harmony-filled twist on Ryan Adams-esque rock 'n' roll, the reflective songs of this L.A. five-piece thrives on upbeat folk rattlings complete with banjo, lap steel and gang harmonies. Doors at 1 p.m. and music at 3. Also Saturday. Monitor Facebook for updates to lineup and set times. 3213 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles. Free.
• Clap Your Hands Say Yeah & Charles Bradley @ the Echoplex. Dancey indie-rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are gearing up to release their third album, but the real treat of this gig is soul veteran Charles Bradley. A former tribute artist, Bradley's career was resurrected by members of rhythm & blues experts the Dap Kings. The Echoplex, 154 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles. Tickets are $18.
[UPDATED AUG. 27, 2011, 4:57 p.m.] Clay Your Hands Say Yeah will no longer be performing on Sunday night. Here's the official statement: "Due to the fact that all of our flights have been canceled, there is no possible way for us to make it to LA to play our show at the Echoplex. We were really looking forward to coming out west and seeing all your lovely faces! Between Sunset Junction and Irene it's been a rough couple of days. We'll make it back to LA soon, we promise."
-- Nate Jackson & Todd Martens
Photo: Butch Walker & the Black Widows. Credit: Shore Fire Media