Instead of: Sunset Strip
Do this: The Eastside Music Crawl
It's almost hilarious that tourists still consider the Sunset Strip LA's live music hub. Though The Viper Room occasionally hosts a decent band and The Roxy's certainly upped its game since Goldenvoice took over a few years ago, the glory days of decadence are long, long, long gone. But every Monday on the Eastside, at The Echo, Satellite, Silverlake Lounge, and The Bootleg, music is both free and easily hoppable. Did we mention it's also really good?
We've seen just about every major breakout rocker of the last decade, from Silversun Pickups to Cold War Kids to St. Vincent (pictured at The Echo above) start at one of those clubs, often on their free nights. If you want to vet your music even more, you've got to read Kevin Bronson's Buzzbands LA, unquestionably the best local music resource out there, and plan your night around the set times posted daily via the Scenestar.