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Clocked Out: Where to see DJs and bands in Long Beach this week

From The Good Foot to Puerto Rican garage rockers to an evening with The Iron Maidens — here's the lineup.

Clocked Out: Where to see DJs and bands in Long Beach this week
Vulture Feather plays at Alex’s Bar in the Zaferia neighborhood of Long Beach. Photo by Kat Schuster.

Have you ever tried to Google “live music in Long Beach”? Go ahead, I’ll wait.

The top results didn’t include Vine, Supply and Demand or Alex’s Bar, did they? I don’t know how Google’s search engine works, but I do know the best places in town to find live bands and DJs almost any night of the week — and often for free.

My first year living in Long Beach is peppered with memories of dancing myself into exhaustion at the city’s longest-running DJ night, The Good Foot, and bopping around to a revolving door of surf-rock, psych and punk bands that would come through 4th Street Vine (now called Vine).

Then a few years later I found myself at The Hawk or The Grasshopper late into many summer nights, cutting proverbial rugs to anything from cumbia to city pop before I’d end up behind the turntables myself to start my own post-punk dance night.

Since, I’ve spent so much time, uh, in local bars, I’m willing to wager that my suggestions will trump Google’s any day.


Kat Schuster was laid off from the Long Beach Post on March 22, yet she still authors Clocked Out and serves as editor of the Watchdog without pay. Thank her for her work.


Below you’ll find a list of some of the best musical happenings for the rest of the week and weekend. Here’s who’s spinning records and playing live:

Thursday, June 20

  • What: Davilla 666 (Puerto Rico-based garage rock), Soft Palms and Mad Menace & The Murder Docs

    Where: Alex’s Bar - 2913 E. Anaheim St.

    When: June 20, 8 p.m.

    How much: $15 online or $20 at the door. Find tickets here.


  • What: Pleasures (synth-pop), Science in Nature and Problems

    Where: Supply and Demand - 2500 E. Anaheim St.

    When: 7 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.

    How much: $10


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  • Country Night and line dancing with DJ Coral Rodriguez at The Gaslamp.

  • Y2K Get the Party Started with DJ Annalyze at The Bungalow.


Friday, June 21

  • What: If You Know You Know (Matinee)

    Where: Alex’s Bar

    When: 7 to 10 p.m.

    How much: $59.74. Find tickets here.


  • What: The Good Foot! DJs Dennis Owens, Scott Weaver, Lili Bird and Nick at Night will be spinning world, funk, Latin, soul and more all on vinyl.

    Where: Alex’s Bar

    When: 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    How much: Free. 🤑


  • What: System: A House Music Affair presents Reach with DJs Mr. Koolaid, Henry Gollete and George Cota.

    Where: DiPiazzas - 5205 Pacific Coast Highway

    When: 9 p.m. to close.

    How much: Free 🤑


  • What: Album Attack presents Turn on the Bright Lights with Fellow Robot.

    Where: Vine - 2142 E. Fourth Street

    When: 7 p.m. to midnight

    How much: Free 🤑


  • What: Sins of Summer Fest with Dr. Monica, Automatic Loverz, Jackpot, Dawg, Cain, Tetris Cowboy, Millionaire Motel, RandyHip, The Hypnodelics, the Good Daze and more.

    Where: Supply and Demand

    When: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    How much: $15. Get tickets here.


MORE FRIDAY
  • Tropa Majica with Viaje Najual at The Bamboo Club.

  • 80s Night with cover band Knyght Ryder at The Gaslamp.

  • Sabor: Salsas, Cumbias y Purro Pinche Parri with DJ Caveman Leo, Costa y Funky Ghetto Soul at The Grasshopper.


Saturday, June 22

  • What: FANG and Dr. Know with special guests Love Canal, The Besmirchers, and Beach Waste.

    Where: Alex’s Bar

    When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    How much: $18.54. Get tickets here.


  • What: The Iron Maidens (an all-female tribute to Iron Maiden) with special guests Project UFO and Tornadic.

    Where: The Gaslamp

    When: 7:30 p.m.

    How much: $22.50. Find tickets here.



  • What: FartBarf (an LBC must-see), Clown Sounds and Soft Jaw with DJ Sister Midnight. This is also a birthday celebration of The Dog (IYKYK)

    Where: Vine

    When: 7 p.m.

    How much: Free 🤑


MORE SATURDAY
  • Detour Posse feat. Erick Walsh + Nico Marks at DiPiazzas.

  • Solar Haze, Supernaut, Pegzilla and PeacePipe + a street fair with food and art at Supply and Demand from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Phobia, Armistice, Holokaust, The victims, The Pawns and more at Supply and Demand from 7 p.m. to close.


Sunday, June 23

  • What: LA Synth Club Showcase. Attendees are welcome to come jam and enjoy synthesizer and sequencer performances by the club’s many members.

    Where: Alex’s Bar

    When: 8 p.m.

    How much: Free 🤑


  • What: Schplit, a psych-rock outfit touring from Arizona.

    Where: Vine

    When: 7 p.m.

    How much: Free 🤑


  • What: Mess (touring from Mexico), Prison Postumo, Dogface Bastards, Bomber, Broken Cuffs and DJ Queen of Hearts.

    Where: Supply and Demand

    When: 1 p.m.

    How much: $15 online, $20 at the door. Get tickets here.

OK but in all seriousness, we both have places to be so I’ll stop there. Where are you drinking- I mean seeing live music this weekend? Email me your favorite spots at kat@lbwatchdog.com.


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