As many of our loyal readers know, this weekend is Sunset Junction and there are many reasons to get excited. I will be heading east on Saturday only as it is (in my opinion) the much stronger lineup.
For the informed, Sunset Junction is essentially a large street fair in Silverlake with 3 stages of music and booths inbetween selling food, crafts, clothing and anything else you can imagine all for $12.
This year's line up has a varied mix of new rock and old soul. The great part about Sunset Junction is the organizers do a great job of showcasing local artists who are on the rise. The afternoon line up on Saturday is a clear example of that, with Great Northern and the Little Ones playing back to back.
The real highlights here are during the day. But if you want to stay late, hang out at the Bates stage.
Great Northern (Bates Stage 1:30 pm)
I saw these guys almost a year ago and I liked them instantly. They finally got their act together and gave Sea Level some more EPs. I am not sure if they have any more, but it has been one of my favorite things this year. Think Grandaddy with female vocals.
The Little Ones (Bates Stage 2:15 pm)
Tell all your friends you saw them in 2006. I saw them 2 Mondays ago for the second time and they continue to impress me with their pop sensibilities and their great stage presence.
Lavender Diamond (Bates Stage 4:30 pm)
Lead singer Becky Stark was that girl in elementary school who ate paste but all the boys loved because she was really cute. She has grown up and she started a fun little band. She wears old prom dresses and sings about people breaking her heart.
The Elected (Bates Stage 6:15 pm)
Last year, Rilo Kiley played Sunset Junction. This year we get spin off The Elected and their super ironic mustaches. I have had enough of the Elected. I will be leaving around this time to head to Royce Hall to see Jenny Lewis, Aimee Mann, Mountain Goats, etc.
Millie Jackson (Edgecliff Stage 7:30 pm)
1970s soul singer who apparently is still putting on good shows at 62.
Ashford and Simpson (Edgecliff Stage 9:00)
Former Motown songwriters turned performers. When I think of them, I think of smooth jams.
eels (Bates Stage 8:00)
eels frontman "E" is a genius. He is known for trying something new on every album. His last "Live with Strings" album is very good.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Bates Stage 9:30)
Their song, "Whatever Happened To My Rock n' Roll" describes these guys best. Serious rock for serious music fans. I have never seen them live but enjoy all of their albums.
Redd Kross (Bates Stage 7:00 pm)
Former pop-punk band from the 1970s is doing a reunion thing here and at the LA Weekly Detour Music Festival. I dont think Mrs. Greenberger (my 7th grade English teacher) would approve of their spelling though.