Eastside Mix: Friday nights with Har Mar Superstar; rockabilly in Eagle Rock; Man or Astro-Man? plays Echo Park

By Alfred Montez

Sean Matthew Tillman, aka Har Mar Superstar, has taken over The Satellite (the former Spaceland space) in Silver Lake for a residency all month, playing every Friday night.  I have to warn you, he looks and performs a bit like Ron Jeremy, and his Wiki page is not safe for work, but the songs I sampled were not what you would expect from this chubster, who performs in bikini bottoms (I warned you).  Electro synth and drums over club style R&B dance lyrics, the music was more than I imagined from an artist who obviously doesn’t take himself too seriously. $8 gets you in (21 and over, sorry kiddos), and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Click on the link below for more show recommendations in Eagle Rock & Echo Park.

Rock & Bowl

Coming up this Sunday, Bad Seed Productions presents Rock & Bowl at Eagle Rock’s All Star Lanes.  The Blue Collar Combo, recent winners of the 2010 So Cal Rockabilly showdown, will be headlining.  Also performing will be Inazuma, a band that moved from their native land of Japan to mix it up with the local Psychobilly and Punk Rock scene and enthrall them with their aggressive take on ’50s styled rock and roll.  They’ve performed around Southern California for at least a year now, and have really garnered an energetic following.   The show is $7 for the bands and bar area, while bowling remains open as per usual.

Man or Astro-Man?

If the bowling alley isn’t your thing but you still want to take in a great rock show, the other event that really caught my eye for Sunday night is Man Or Astro-Man? at The Echo in Echo Park.  This band has some really great records under their utility belts, such as 1996’s “Experiment Zero”, which was produced by legendary knob twister Steve Albini.   Their stage presence is energetic, their energy is infectious, and The Echo is a perfect place to space out on the reverberated, tremolo dipped guitar licks.  $13 advance tickets, $15 at the door, or visit Ticketweb.com. 18 and over. Doors at 8:30 p.m

David Lombardo at Poor Kids

Last weekend, I was in Lincoln Heights and stopped in on the sort-of-secret location for the weekly Poor Kids Radio Show.

We were lucky to get in, as the special guest was Dave Lombardo of the legendary thrash band Slayer.  He was promoting a show for his side band Philm, who performed at the Whiskey A Go Go on Wednesday night.  The Poor Kids Radio Show is an eclectic mix of hardcore music, whether it’s Gangster Rap, Metal, Punk, or anything in between. The Poor Kids themselves are a gnarled group with enough energy and leather jackets to rival a European mosh pit, or a picnic for extras from a Mad Max movie.

The Poor Kids show can be heard at online on B-Real TV Saturday night into Sunday morning until the cows come home, or the host runs out of steam, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning.

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 hello@theEastsiderLA.com


  1. Ack!! Man or Astroman is SOLD OUT!!! I’m too much of a pansy to wait in line for the slim possibility of getting tickets day of show. Ergh.

  2. Damn, Man or Astroman isnt the kind of band you can see everyday either. I have to say, Amoeba has the most up to date collection of their stuff, that I’ve ever seen. If you miss em, get your fix there !

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