Normally, we'd reserve a post like this for the weekend. But looking ahead at the calendar, Saturday and Sunday pale in comparison to the handful of noteworthy events happening midweek and through Friday. You should be reminded of the latter.
First off, remember, music fans: Tonight is the one-night-only screening of Shut Up and Play the Hits, a film chronicling the final week of acclaimed electro-rock band LCD Soundsystem and climaxing with footage from its final, epic show at Madison Square Garden. There'd better be dancing in the aisles, just like there was during the South Point screening of The Chemical Brothers' concert film Don't Think in February. Shut Up plays at Rave Town Square 18 at 7:30 p.m. and you can buy tickets here. If you need to cut loose some more after the flick, we recommend taking in a DJ set by Brazilian dance-rock act CSS at Ghostbar.
Tomorrow night, Rhyme N Rhythm headlines the House of Blues in a show called "Elements," which will focus on the core aspects of hip-hop culture: emceeing, graffiti-writing, beatboxing, deejaying and breakdancing. The band will perform, as will a slew of other local hip-hop artists, such as Marion Write, Phoenix Orion, Mikey VIP, Mr. E Branes. Tickets are $12 for the 9 p.m. show and proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Club.
On Friday, punk heroines The Dirty Panties will celebrate the release of their new album I am a Robot by playing it in full at the Double Down Saloon. They will be joined by labelmates The Gashers, The Wastrels and The Quitters, and the free show starts at 10 p.m. If you like your punk rock on the quieter side, Trever Keith and Scott Shiflett of SoCal punk act Face to Face will give a rare acoustic performance of its 1999 album Ignorance in Bliss in full at the Cheyenne Saloon ($20). When it comes to their regular shows, Face to Face ignores the album, which divided its fans at the time of release, but over time the record has become one of their most beloved. Here's your one shot. Bliss fans. Friday night also sees an alt-rock double feature of Airborne Toxic Event and The Henry Clay People at the Hard Rock Hotel Soundwaves pool ($25).
Now you know what to check out. Here's what you should avoid: Planet Hollywood's Beach Boys-themed Surf the Musical. David McKee lays into the low-camp production here.