Eastside Mix: Finish February on a musical note

Sebadoh performs tonight at the Echoplex, Echo Park

By Alfred Montez

Although February is the shortest month of the year there’s no reason why we shouldn’t celebrate getting through it by going out this weekend and cutting loose to some good live music. So here are just a few things going on across the Eastside:

Sebadoh will be performing at the Echoplex in Echo Park tonight (February 25). Formed in 1986, this indie band has been touring forever and over the years has developed a loyal and still growing fan base all around the world.   Their music is rock and roll, a little more on the post punk side, but very intriguing, with thoughtful lyrics and visually interesting videos.  Some of their videos are collections of home movies edited to the bands tracks.  This lets the music speak for itself, and it does so loud and clear.

Midnight Mariachi Boy Band

Taking the stage/bar every Friday at Eastside Luv in Boyle Heights is  The Midnight Mariachi Boy Band. So if you’re in the mood for a good old fashion mariachi show, be sure to stop by this intimate beer and wine bar in the heart of Mariachi Plaza.

Aztlan Underground

On Saturday,  Aztlan Underground will be performing at The BLVD with Pop Bottle Bombers from Watsonville. Aztlan Underground has been a mainstay of the East Los Angeles music scene since at least the mid nineties.  The BLVD itself has been going through a continual face lift, and from what I see online, they now have a full bar (in case you like cocktails with your music). Also performing will be Fitter, who, according to their flier, are an “Afro Dub-Rock Experimental” band. Some of their music is reggae infused, some Latin jazz, and at times, like they said, experimental.

Lysol Gang

Lysol Gang will be performing Saturday night at Mr. T’s Bowl. Definitely an interesting band as singer/guitarist/songwriter Pat Guererro unleashes his latest project on Mr T’s crowd.  His catchy, melodic and sometimes downright surprising writing style is distinctive, and the energy put through the guitars is delivered at full volume to the crowd. There is a $5 cover charge, 21 and over, and it looks like Lysol Gang is opening up the night, so you may want to show up early to catch their set. Also performing are the Perverts, and Turnstile Rebellion, an in your face, old school punkish quartet known to romp their way through a rowdy set.

The Ghost

After  finishing off February, welcome the first day of March by heading back to  Echo Park on Tuesday to hear Jukebox The Ghost at The Echo.  Their music is a little on the poppy, happy side but with deep, dynamic vocals.  This makes for a cheerful sounding mix, with energetic keyboards and guitar up front.  Their song Schizophrenia reminded me of some old Modest Mouse on their happier, less melancholy trips. A little more upbeat and melodic, and definitely happier, Jukebox the Ghost makes for some modern feel good music. Probably not for the fan of the more aggro rock.

There’s a lot of music out there. Eastside Mix will  help guide you to noteworthy shows and keep you up to date on Eastside venues, bands, artists and labels. Did we miss something? Send an email to [email protected]


  1. OMG, Been listening to AZTLAN UNDERGROUND for years. when i request there music people say WHO?. anywho rock/hip hop on ATZLAN. Your a blast! MUSIC HAS NO AGE for me.

  2. Man, I wanted to go see them…. those 18+ rules are kane!!

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