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Two Weeks In Rock: Palmer Kisses Perry, Dolls Kick Ass & Take Names

from Metblogs contest winner OtterFreak

It’s been a brilliant last few weeks in rock here in LA, and I though I’d post some pics taken by friends of LA Metblogs / winners of LA Metblogs ticket contests.

From Metblogs contest winner Burns!
From Metblogs contest winner Burns!

To the left, Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls in her powerful solo show, introduced by Neil Gaiman (“Amanda Palmer is dead”) and joined at the end of her performance (after a rendition of Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” complete with real rain) by a (possibly faux?) Katy Perry and a very real Margaret Cho, who conspired with Palmer to ensure Perry actually really kissed a girl, and not just for record sales (plus a gay wedding!).

From Friend of Metblogs Michael Chavarria

A few days later came the Cracker / New York Dolls/ X show at the brand-spankin-new Club Nokia, where Cracker (one of my fave bands) delivered a solid set and a slam-bang version of “Lonesome Johnny Blues” (crossing my fingers they’ll do their Campout again next year).

From Friend of Metblogs Andy Sternberg (LAist)

Then the New York Dolls came on with what could only be termed as a triumphant powerhouse of a performance, egging the audience on until bleach-blond waifs were wilting like flowers in the front row and disaffected emo kids were spazzing out dancing. Seeing bands like this, who’ve survived through so much, return to the stage and just KILL–it makes my little black heart glad. X followed and tore through everyone’s faves, with a dash of X-mas (har har har) spirit thrown in (and here‘s a report by Metblogs contest winner Chez Shoes).

If you have pictures, you may want to post a link in the comments as well. Thanks, everyone, for playing, and keep the entries coming! More shows will be posted in the next few days.


Win Tix to John Doe & Kathleen Edwards at the El Rey 11/13!

John Doe‘s venerable solo career has continued to sparkle long after the dissolution of X, arguably LA’s mascot-band if there ever was one. His latest album (which just dropped yesterday), “Golden State,” has guest appearances by Dave Alvin, Jill Sobule, Kathleen Edwards, Eddie Vedder, Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, Dan Auerbach (from The Black Keys), Greg Leisz, Aimee Mann, Dave Carpenter, Jamie Muhoberac and Bryan Head. Not sure who his backing band is these days (for a while it was the fabulous locals Dead Rock West), but it’s sure to be a great show. We’ll send you if you can pen a clever haiku that summarizes either an old X song or a song from Doe’s solo career. Ayup. Got two pairs of tix to give away–so may the best haiku win!!!

If you wanna risk buying tix (this might sell out), you can go here.