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As always, there is a whole slew of shows to entertain the locals this weekend (seriously, is there ever a quiet weekend in Los Angeles?). If you throw a dart at this weekend’s listings, you’ll probably end up at a good gig, but I’ve handpicked three acts that probably represent the highlights of the weekend’s action. Feast your eyes and ears upon something new, something old, and something particularly local.

Tame Impala @ El Rey Theater – November 16th

The Australian psychedelic quartet are currently riding a wave of acclaim for their impressive sophomore effort, Lonerism (a favorite amongst the LAmb writers), and they are treating their LA fans to a show at the wonderful El Rey Theater on Friday night. Not only that, they are playing the equally wonderful Fonda Theater the night after. Both shows are sold out, so if like me, you missed TWO opportunities to see Tame Impala, you might have to resort to doing some stranger’s house laundry for a year to get a ticket.

Grouplove @ The Wiltern – November 17th – Tickets


For something a little different on Saturday night, Grouplove will be headlining a show at the historic Wiltern in the heart of Koreatown. The Los Angeles-based band is still a relative newcomer but has already racked up a bunch of TV appearances (including a slot on Conan as recently as August) and LA dates off the back of their debut album, Never Trust A Happy Song, released late last year.

The Faint @ The Fonda Theater – November 18th – Tickets

It’s a bumper weekend down in Hollywood. On Sunday night, veteran Nebraskan indie rockers The Faint will be celebrating the re-release of their career high 2001 album, Danse Macabre, with a show at the Fonda Theater. The band has not released anything new for four years, but have surely built enough of a following to make this a Sunday night must-see.