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PART TIME PUNKS takes place at The Echo on 1822 Sunset in Los Angeles, every Sunday night.

PART TIME PUNKS is a club that takes over noted Echo Park live music venue, The Echo on 1822 Sunset, every Sunday night. The night focuses heavily on DIY and Indie vinyl coming out of the U.S., UK and Europe from 1977 to the present: Punk, Post-Punk, Synth-Punk, Synthpop, Minimal Synth, Dark/Cold/Minimal Wave, NDW, Industrial, New Wave, No Wave, C86, Indiepop, Twee, Shoegaze, Baggy and even Krautrock…


  • 06.02 NEW ROMANTIC NITE with Guest DJs Alex Transistor & Ray Kaos [Smiths/Depeche Mode Conventions]

    Once again Part Time Punks devotes a dance nite to the sound of the New Romantic scene of the early 1980s -- a scene which was originally both a rebellion against punk and an embrace of the glam era of the early 1970s that preceded it -- but ended up producing some of the biggest names in 1980s synthpop (thanks largely to a new televisual innovation by the name of MTV (short for Music TeleVision, in case you'd forgotten). In terms of style it rejected the austerity and anti-fashion stance of punk and embraced the androgynous.  So what does that mean for the dancefloor? Expect a lot of 80s sounds by the likes of Duran Duran, Ultravox, Flock Of Seagulls, Human League, Visage, Spandau Ballet, Japan, Tears For Fears, Adam & The Ants, Culture Club, ABC, O.M.D., Classix Nouveaux, Berlin Blondes, Steve Strange, Thomas Dolby, Soft Cell, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, Dead Or Alive, Echo & The Bunnymen, Psychedelid Furs, Talk Talk, Blancmange, Alphaville, Heaven 17, Simple Minds, China Crisis, Kajagoogoo, Yazoo, Propaganda & Altered Images -- PLUS a smattering of the 70s sounds that inspired the movement -- ie David Bowie, T-Rex, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, Queen, Slade, Sparks, The Sweet, New York Dolls and of course Gary Glitter. 

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  • 06.09 THE CURE NITE with Guest DJ Alex Transistor

    Come spend an evening devoted to one of PTP's all-time favourite bands: THE CURE.  Dance from 10pm to 2am to tracks spanning the 35 years of THE CURE's back catalogue...from the punky stylings of The Easy Cure to the band's lovely/catchy 2008 comeback, "4:13 Dream"...and of course all the records in-between...  PLUS, you can expect tracks by Robert Smith's collaborations (Cult Hero, The Glove & Siouxsie And The Banshees), Simon Gallup's side projects (Fool's Dance & Lockjaw),  some Cure-clones who are so close you won't be able to tell the difference (The Essence, just to name one), and possibly some trax by The Presence & And Also The Trees for good measure...

    With Guest DJ Alex Transistor from The Smiths & Depeche Mode Conventions (and regular collaborator from PTP's Depeche Mode, Pulp & Britpop Nites)!

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  • 06.16 NEW DARK SOUNDS w/Guest DJ Xian Vox

    Part Time Punks' favorite new dance nite returns to the rotation...a nite devoted to the best of New Dark Sounds of the 21st Century! (Most of whom, you'll note have played at PTP at some point!) So, expect to dance to the sounds of... Lebanon Hanover, She Past Away, Xeno & Oaklander, Drab Majesty, The KVB, Sextile, The Agnes Circle, Boy Harsher, Them Are Us Too, Linea Aspera, Skeleton Hands, Ritual Howls, The Soft Moon, Chasms, Lycia, In Death It Ends, Actors, Zanias, Kaelan Mikla, Cold Cave, IAMX, Soft Kill, Koban, Soviet Soviet, Selofan, Inhalt, All Your Sisters, Be Forest, Death Of Lovers, Qual, Kelular, Paradox Obscure, Tr/St, Balvanera, Ritual Veil, HTRK, Kontravoid, Odonis Odonis, Tearful Moon, Void Vision and more...

  • 06.21 MISS JUNE + tba @LaCita

    With their fuzzed-out punk riffs and unapologetic vocal deliver, Auckland, New Zealand's four-piece MISS JUNE are an all out kick to the nose. With a string of consistently blistering singles under their collective belt, and a a debut LP poised to drop this summer, the band are about to make their first trip to the US. And Part Time Punks and Punky Reggae Party are proud to be hosting their 1st LA show at LaCita in DTLA!

    Listen to MISS JUNE.

  • 06.23 CHANDRA + CRUEL SUMMER + MISS RAYON + LUNCH LADY

    CHANDRA aka  Chandra Oppenheim was Hell’s Kitchen’s youngest no waver in 1980: at age 12, Chandra and her adult band (feat members of The Dance) released the discordant, danceable “mutant disco” EP Transportation with the help of Chandra’s dad, conceptual artist Dennis OppenheimChandra – the band – were steeped in New York’s prolific post-punk, funk and no wave scenes, but until recently their music was largely forgotten. But a new reissue, along with forthcoming live shows, is bringing Chandra’s story back into focus. “I thought it would be three years before I picked up this music again,” says Oppenheim, now 50. “But it’s been more like three decades.” This will be her very 1st live show in Los Angeles! For fans of ESG, Delta 5, The Dance, Liliput, Y Pants, Maximum Joy and other Mutant Disco conteimporaries...

    Listen to CHANDRA.

    CRUEL SUMMER offer a fuzzy bliss dream of shimmering guitars and hazy, fuzzy pop. Reminiscent of the mid to late 80's C86 and SARAH sound with a dash of 4AD's hazy early 90's catalogue.  A nod to hours spent as a teenager in the late 80s digging through NME and Melody Maker issues to find out who the secret overseas DIY pop hit-makers were.  Pick up their brill debut 12" in stunning die-cut sleeve, courtesy Mt.st.mtn and dream a little louder...

    Listen to CRUEL SUMMER.

    Portland, Oregon’s MISS RAYON was started by Detroit/Flint Michigan area native, Eric Sabatino, after years of playing withnumerous Portland bands left him craving a project where he could follow his personal influences.
    Residing somewhere on the spectrum between New York no wave and Manchester post-punk, one can hear influences as broad as Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, ESG and Magazine.

    Listen to MISS RAYON. 

    Cal-punk four piece, LUNCH LADY, is the sum of its many parts. In the past, members Rachel Birke (27), Victor Herrera (32), Juan Velasquez (32), and Robert Wolfe (29), performed in celebrated DIY bands like Abe Vigoda, Heller Keller, Roses, and Stephanie, amassing individual cult followings with each respective project. In the summer of 2016, long time friends and collaborators, Birke and Velasquez dreamt of a band that married their mutual love of Southern California punk acts like X and Suburban Lawns with their fascination American Kitsch. After continuing to talk about it over a number of weeks, the pair decided to make the fictional band in their mind a reality and enlisted their friends from the scene, percussionist Robert Wolfe and bass player Victor Herrera, for the rhythm section. Once assembled, the four members tossed around a few names before landing on Lunch Lady, a name Birke suggested, given the campy American nostalgia that hit all of your senses after hearing it said out loud. 

    Listen to LUNCH LADY.

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  • 07.03 DAVID BOWIE NITE w/Guest DJ Jose Maldonado -- and YES this is a WEDNESDAY nite!

    Part Time Punks devotes an entire evening to the 40+ years of David Bowie's brilliant back catalogue... From psychedelic folk to glitter and glam, from funk to soul and the thin white duke. From Ziggy to Iggy to Eno to Fripp to Bolan to Lennon to Jagger and Lou and Andy and Freddy (Mercury) and even Nicholas Roeg and David Lynch...all the best of Bowie's collaborations will get a spin, too, not to mention his glam contemporaries and post-punk disciples...  

    We are doing this special Wednesday nite edition of PTP this summer because Thursday is a holiday, which means no work, no school and ALL play...you can ALL come out & dance 'til 2am (and still hit all the BBQs the next day!)

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  • 07.07 DARK 80s NITE w/Guest DJ Xian Vox

    One of PTP's favorite new dance nites is back!! As the name suggests, this is a nite devoted to all the best in dark sounds from the 1980s... So, expect to hear the sounds of...Sisters Of Mercy, Clan Of Xymox, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Cocteau Twins, Xmal Deutschland, The Cure, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Bauhaus, Killing Joke, Fad Gadget, Asylum Party, Alien Sex Fiend, Soft Cell, Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, Trisomie 21, Tears For Fears, Gary Numan, New Order, Marc & The Mambas, The Bolshoi, The Church, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Psychedelic Furs, All About Eve, Nizer Ebb, The Chameleons, Kate Bush,  Dead Or Alive, Flesh For Lulu, Play Dead, Virgin Prunes, Corpus Delicti, Visage, Norma Loy, Poesie Noire, Depeche Mode, B-Movie, Public Image Limited, New Model Army, The Cult, Wolfgang Press, Love & Rockets, Human League, The Damned, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Front 242, Adam Ant, D.A.F., Nina Hagen, Ministry, This Mortal Coil...and so much more!!!

  • 07.21 RINGO DEATHSTARR + TENNIS SYSTEM + BLUSHING + THE MEETING PLACES
    Another amazing nite of shoegaze bands tonite at Part Time Punks!!!

    RINGO DEATHSTARR has been one of PTP's favorite new bands in the new shoegae scene. These are the lushest and densest of shoegaze sounds--MBV's "Loveless" rolled into Cocteau Twin's "Treasure" in the reverb chamber... And the band will be celebrating the release of their incredible new LP "Pure Mood".
     
     

    Sharing their namesake with a song by predecessor noise pop group The Lilys, TENNIS SYSTEM are keeping the legacies of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and the Jesus and Mary Chain alive with their expansive, catchy-as-hell pop songs.  Matty Taylor and and co. are masters of loud and dirty anthems, but rising above the noise that blankets them are Taylor's beautifully sung, dreamy lyrics inspired by both love and art, from the drawings of Egon Schiele to the writing of Aldous Huxley.

    Listen to TENNIS SYSTEM.

    Comprised of two husband and wife teams, BLUSHING is an Austin TX based dream pop / shoegaze quartet that originated in the summer of 2015. Their debut EP "Tether" was self-released in 2017, followed by their EP "Weak" on Austin Town Hall Records in January of 2018. Gaining infectious momentum, Blushing have since been asked to play official SXSW showcases in 2018 and 2019, Athens Pop Fest and have shared stages with the likes of La Luz, Snail Mail, Sunflower Bean, BRONCHO and many more. They released the single "The Truth" (b/w “Sunshine”) on October 26th both digitally and on 7" pink vinyl via The Nothing Song Records. Recorded, mixed and produced by Elliott Frazier (Ringo Deathstarr) both "The Truth" and "Sunshine" showcase a growth in the band's expansive, cascading sound laden with ethereal vocals and fervent guitar, simultaneously capable of reining in with emotional and melodic space.
     
     

    THE MEETING PLACES was founded in September 2001 in Los Angeles, California by four guitarists, including Scott McDonald (Closedown, Alison’s Halo and Brad Laner’s post-Medicine project, Amnesia), the architect of the quartet’s signature reverberating washes. Dean Yoshihara soon shifted to drum kit, Arthur Chan lent his talents to bass guitar, and singer and lyricist Chase Harris remained on rhythm guitar.  Each member contributed to the songwriting process on their debut album for Words On Music (Dean and Arthur picking up the guitar again for passages in “Take to the Sun” and “On Our Own” respectively). Find Yourself Along the Way is a stream of peerless compositions that inconspicuously tours the best of the early 1990s dream pop scene. But, due in large part to Harris’ deliciously nonchalant voice, the songwriting progresses from that scene with momentum towards a sparkling style of noise-pop that is equally memorable and provocative.

    Listen to THE MEETING PLACES.

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  • 07.28 SHE PAST AWAY + TWIN TRIBES

    Five years in the planning....this is FINALLY happening...........SHE PAST AWAY comes to Lost Angeles!

    Advance tix sold out in less than a week but there WILL be more tickets release closer to the show, so keep an eye on this page & an ear on the Part Time Punks radio show Thursday afternoons 3-6pm PST on KXLU 88.9FM LA for details!

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  • 09.15 PINK TURNS BLUE + TOTENWALD

    Part Time Punks is proud to present the 1st-ever LA appearance of PINK TURNS BLUE, post-punk legends from Berlin, Germany. Formed in 1985, they quickly put out their first LP, If Two Worlds Kiss (1987) expressing a sound reminiscent of new wave with very dark undertones and use of synthesizers, only to become one of the pioneers of the developing subgenre of first darkwave (Meta 1988) then cold wave (Eremite 1990, Aerdt 1991). After many hits like "Michelle", "Walking on Both Sides", "Your Master Is Calling", "The First", "I Coldly Stare Out", "Touch the Skies", "Catholic Sunday", "Missing You", "If Two Worlds Kiss", "Moon" and "Seven Years", they split up in 1995.  In 2003, they reformed to appear in a few festivals. Because of the success of the reunion, they released a Best Of album called Re-Union, in 2005 their studio album Phoenix and in 2017 “Ghost”. The latest Album is called “The AERDT – Untold Stories”

    Listen to PINK TURNS BLUE.

    Amongst the smoke-filled basements of the Berlin underground lurks the dark punk quartet Totenwald.  Created in 2014 by bassist Sergej Pride, vocalist Trish Tank, and guitarist Janis K., Totenwald exists as an anomaly in their scene; more inspired by the early 80s roots of Berlin’s anarchist punk and Neue Deutsche Welle sound rather than more typical punk and hardcore tropes, the band utilizes the cold dynamics of a drum computer as the backbeat for their driving sound.

    Listen to TOTENWALD.

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