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Live: Alert Hammond Jr. @ Spaceland

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ARTICLE BY GREG CARUSO
PHOTO BY VALERIE JODOIN-KEATON

JULY 11 | SILVERLAKE—A funny thing happened to Albert Hammond Jr. on the way to Spaceland on Friday: On his way in from New York, the airport lost some of his instruments. Seeing that he had a show to play, this was just not his night. Anticipation was pretty high upon arriving at Spaceland, though, this was quite typical for a Friday night at the hipster-laden venue. Even at 11:30 p.m., the band’s “start time,” the line still went down the street, filled with folks hoping to be granted entrance into the sold-out event. Opening up the show with remarks about his unfortunate conundrum, the band still seemed stoked to perform tonight, starting with “101” from Albert’s first solo effort, Yours to Keep.

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Kk_1_2ARTICLE BY GREG CARUSO
PHOTOS BY JAMES HUDDLESTON

JULY 10 | ECHO PARK—…And on the eighth day, He created King Khan & The Shrines. This is what came to mind upon walking out of the Echo after King Khan’s performance Thursday. Rock? Check. Funk? Check. Punk? Check. Psychedelic erotic gospel? A resounding check! Fearless frontman King Khan is of Indian descent, but originally hails from Montreal. His current band, The Shrines, is an outfit from Germany, where King Khan has been cultivating his musical stylings for close to 10 years. To say that the group is unique would be a gross understatement. Aside from Khan, who boasts a James Brown on LSD-like appearance and frequently changes his wardrobe, the group consists of a raucous four-piece horn section, a nutty organ player, drums and percussion, guitar and bass and one flailing, go-go dancing cheerleader named Bamboorella—Gogo Queen of the Underworld.

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