This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Catchy Pop Concert, Super Serious Show, & Dan Sung Sa

WEDNESDAY: Catchy Pop Music Hits The Echo
If slinking toward a member of the opposite sex, drink in hand, amid pulsing, catchy music is your thing, then head over to The Echo on Wednesday, when Sir Sly, Kitten, Onuinu, and DJ Captain Cuts perform their swerve-inducing melodies. And it’s free.
The Echo (1822 W. Sunset Blvd, Echo Park) Check the listing at BlackBook Guides for the inside scoop.

THURSDAY: The Super Serious Side Of Humor
Every month at 8pm inside the historic Café Club Fais Do-Do, the super fun Super Serious Show takes over to bring you one of the best nights of comedy in L.A. This show has everything from free cookies (Kyle’s Cookies), wine (Cube Café), beer (Eagle Rock Brewery/PBR) and drinks (Aqua Hydrate). Beyond all of that, it’s an evening watching your favorite comic geniuses like Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Central, Conan, Best Week Ever) Andy Haynes (Conan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) and Bobcat Goldthwaite (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chappelle’s Show) take the stage. Missing this show is like staying at home on New Year’s Eve to find ingrown hairs.  Go.
Super Serious Show is happening at Café Club Fais Do-Do (5253 W. Adams Blvd., South L.A.) at 7pm. Order $10 tickets online here or get $15 ones, cash only, at the door. Visit the listing for the Café at BlackBook Guides.

NOW: Dan Sung Sa: The Dive Bar With Heart And Seoul
It’s late; the party’s over, and hunger pains have set in – a common problem arising from eating cocktails for dinner. The solution lies within the dimly-lit Dan Sung Sa, a Korean eatery that feels more like a kitschy beach house than a canteen in the heart of Korea town. This izakaya-esque joint is perfect for large groups, late-night eats, and appetites for adventure. It’s been Anthony Bourdain-approved and modeled after pojangmachas: small food tents that popped up after the war and now roam the streets of Seoul selling tapas. Hite and Soju flow like water, and the menu has more selection than a 40-year-old on Match.com.
Dan Sung Sa (3317 W. 6th St., Koreatown) is now open. Read the listing at BlackBook Guides for the inside info.

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BlackBook Tracks #11: Summer is Ending

Labor Day approacheth, signaling the death knell of summer. It’s time to put on your finest jean shorts and seize the end of the season. Here’s the playlist for your long weekend. Wear some white shoes.

Is Tropical – “Land Of The Nod”

The London trio pairs a laid-back vibe with a driving beat to create a perfect soundtrack for soaking up the sun.

Slam Donahue – “Cmon Cmon”

This highlight from the recently released Hemlock Tea EP sums up all of the summer romances that could have been. Sure, there’s some amount of regret involved, but the Brooklyn duo stays cool and breezy.

ALB – “Brand New Start”

There’s not too much information out there about the French indie-pop artist ALB, but he’s an immensely gifted songwriter worth seeking out. “Brand New Start” is an ode to moving on that’s equal parts joy and tension. Also, there are handclaps!

TV Girl – “Misery”

True to retro-pop form, the LA duo makes a song called “Misery” that actually sounds pretty happy.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – “My Terrible Friend” (Washed Out Remix)

Lovelorn shoegazers stating the facts of heartbreak get an assist from the sunbleached stylings of Washed Out.

Smith Westerns – “All Die Young”

The garage-glam trio’s been working on their third LP, and 2011’s Dye It Blonde is worth revisiting on hot, late nights.

Beck – “Black Tambourine”

Guero may not be old enough to be a part of the classic Beck canon, but it speaks of summer in a way that needs to be capitalized on right now.

Kitten – “Cut It Out”

There’s a lot to love about the current wave of young women in electro-pop, and L.A.’s Kitten capture teen longing in the airy, immediately memorable “Cut It Out.”

The Strokes – “Take It Or Leave It”

It’s a classic.

JEFF the Brotherhood – “Hypnotic Mind”

Go hard and shred forever with these Nashville bros. End the summer on a high note.