1. Thursday, June 3, 2004

    this week in rock in la 

    tonight 6/3

    stan ridgeway, knitting factory

    aquabats, troubador

    bang tango, club vodka

    sam phillips, largo

    friday 6/4

    ben lee + jason schwartzman + sean hayes, knitting factory

    keane + minibar, troubador

    eagles of death metal, amoeba (free)

    don mclean, hollywood park

    tortise, henry fonda

    the shins, wiltern

    blood sweat & tears, cerritos center

    saturday 6/5

    prince, staples center

    prince, house of blues (midnight)

    krs-one, el rey

    franz ferdinand, avalon

    sunday 6/6

    tenacious d + kevin nealon, knitting factory

    pedro the lion, troubador

    franz ferdinand, wiltern

    monday 6/7

    TSAR – Viper Room $5 (pictured)

    Tsar at the Viper Room.

    Since the club came under new management, the Viper�s bookings have left much to be desired, but this new weekly show just might prevent the famed rock spot from becoming another pay-to-play-level club casualty. Put on by the suddenly ubiquitous 103.1, �Check One . . . Two Mondays� kicks off with Silver Lake�s Tsar, a band who surely could�ve benefited from the station when its Hollywood Records debut came out a few years ago. It had just the kind of zesty pop hooks and glam-ish arrogance that�s all the rage these days, but it never broke through. Since then, the band have been in limbo, biding time till � or if � Hollywood releases its sophomore effort by giving out samplers at shows, which at times have been with groups that went on to surpass Tsar (Jet opened up for them last year). Still, the quartet chug on, if the sampler is any indication, with even heavier but no less haughty (see �Band-Girls-Money�) stabs at rock supremacy. – Lina Lecaro, LA Weekly 6/4

    dmx, house of blues

    pedro the lion, troubador

    tuesday 6/8

    filter + danger mouse, viper room

    velvet revolver, wiltern

    wednesday 6/9

    b-52s, avalon

    velvet revolver, wiltern

    richard cheese, tower records (free)

    the break-up, silverlake lounge

    thursday 6/10

    sonic youth, troubador

    j mascis, house of blues

    mission of burma, henry fonda theatre

    my gorgeous wife moxie + dos boheinde and seymore + steph + candied ginger