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Show reviews: Meat Puppets, The Middle Class, and Phranc at Track 16; Patti Smith at Amoeba; Electric Guest and Black Shakespeare in Eagle Rock

Can anything be better than a rad display of photography from the early ’80s L.A. punk scene accompanied by full sets from legendary bands? For free? That would be last weekend’s closing party from the We Got Power magazine crew’s We Survived The Pit installation of photos (live, candid, behind the scenes) and artifacts (zines, skateboards) featuring live music by Meat Puppets, The Middle Class, and Phranc. Well, catching even more music earlier in the day isn’t a bad thing.

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Show reviews: Redd Kross at Amoeba, The One AM Radio at the Satellite

Of course, Redd Kross were totally amazing at Amoeba last night. What you might not have expected is that they’d play for about an hour! The set was heavy on the supremely catchy and totally ripping new songs (“Downtown,” “Uglier”) which will grow on you like fungus, but dug back to the very oldest and rawest cuts (“Linda Blair,” “St. Lita Ford Blues”) for the old timers who saw the McDonald brothers when they were teenagers. Me? I’m in the middle somewhere, having discovered them on the Neurotica (“Frosted Flake”) tour when they played a free lunchtime show at UCLA. Even under the bright lights of Amoeba at the ungodly hour of 6:00, they rocked like hell and how could...

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TV on The Radio/Arctic Monkeys at the Hollywood Bowl, Dum Dum Girls at Amoeba

TVOTR at the Hollywood Bowl Last Friday may have been the first day of autumn, but the last day of summer was a couple of days later on Sunday. That’s when TV on The Radio and Arctic Monkeys co-headlined a killer show at the Hollywood Bowl. The historic venue was built on classical and jazz, and typically only books rock shows on special occasions. People still talk about The Beatles, Stones, and Doors gigs there back in the ’60s. Nowadays it’s Radiohead and Pavement, so it was a big deal when a gang of mostly younger bands took the stage to close out the season. Smith Westerns, Warpaint, and Panda Bear/Sonic Boom at the Hollywood Bowl Smith Westerns kicked off...

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