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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…

  • 01.26 MANCHESTER NITE with live tributes to THE FALL, JOY DIVISION, BUZZCOCKS, MAGAZINE & more

    BOY DIVISION return to Part Time Punks with their ferocious tribute to Joy Division. Featuring an all-star line-up musicians, and fronted by PTP photog Dylan Tatem Gordon on vocals. Hands down. PTP's favorite tribute to Joy Division EVER.

    Listen to JOY DIVISION.

    HIP PRIEST pay tribute to the mighty Mark E. Smith & co on the 2nd anniversary of his passing. The band is an all-star line-up of Echo Park musicians, including members of Media Jeweler, Traps PS, Kit and more...

    Listen to THE FALL.

    THE EXPLODING PLASTIC INEVITABLE fill out the bill with a collection of tracks by famous (and infamous) Manchester bands like MAGAZINE, BUZZCOCKS, HAPPY MONDAYS and more, featuring an allstar line-up of guests from the US and UK, as curated by Steve Fishman, whose credits include Chrome, James White, Blondie, Dave Vanian (Damned), Hugh Cornwell (Stranglers), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Paul McCartney (Firemen) and many more... (The Exploding Plastic Inevitable was only performed in 1966 to 67 by the Warhol factory with the music of The Velvet Underground is relaunching in 2020 and will be performing a preview of some new multimedia work.)

    Listen to BUZZCOCKS.

    Listen to MAGAZINE.

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    Rising from the inferno of heartbreak with a determination towards gentility, humility, graciousness, and kindness, ROSEGARDEN FUNERAL PARTY takes influence from life’s tragedies and spins chaos into beauty. Leah Lane fronts the band with a voice like that of the lovechild between Morrissey and Siouxsie Sioux and her guitar playing has been compared to that of Daniel Ash. Wil Farrier’s bass playing takes obvious inspiration from Peter Hook. Synths trapped in the loving arms of the 1980’s. With rhythmic percussion and drums inspired by dark dance floors by Dylan Stamas, Rosegarden Funeral Party prove to be the second-coming of traditional goth.
    LORELEI K is an artist, musician and poet from Denton, Texas, known for composing and performing avant-pop with arresting vocals.
    A sense of primal breakthrough is the throughline from Lorelei K’s first album to the second, Lightbender, released on October 25th.
  • 02.02 NEW ORDER NITE w/Guest DJ Alex Transistor

    A nite devoted to one of Part Time Punks' 1st favorite bands in the world (and so shall they remain!): NEW ORDER. So, expect a night filled with deep cuts, breathtaking b-sides and of course the almost endless list of hits!  PLUS loads of BeMusic productions (aka bands produced by members of New Order like The Wake, Section 25, Stockholm Monsters, Abecedarians, Quando Quango, Nyam Nyam, Red Turns To..., Royal Family & The Poor, Thick Pigeon) and of course their labelmates on Factory Records like Durutti Colum, A Certain Ratio and of course JOY DIVISION!

  • 02.09 NEW ROMANTIC NITE w/Guest DJs Alex Transistor & Ray Kaos [Depeche Mode Convention]

    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. 

  • 02.16 80s NITE w/Guest DJ Jose Maldonado (Sweet & Tender Hooligans)
    Part Time Punks devotes by an evening to the coolest of indie & underground dance floor sounds of the 1980s -- with Guest DJ Jose Maldonado (from Sweet & Tender Hooligans).
    What to expect? Why, lots of sounds from PTP stalwarts, The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, The Cure, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Siouxie & The Banshees, Clan Of Xymox, Cocteau Twins, Soft Cell, Sisters Of Mercy, Bauhaus, Love & Rockets, Tones On Tail, Tears For Fears, Psychedelic Furs, Talk Talk, The The, Jesus & Mary Chain, Stone Roses, Pale Saints, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Chameleons, The Sound, Kate Bush, Sinead O'Connor, Erasure, Bronski Beat, Visage, Ultravox, Devo, and even The Ramones...
    PLUS a whole slew of sounds from labels like Factory, 4ad, Mute and Rough Trade. AND, of course, some of your very favorite guilty pleasures by the likes of OMD, Human League, Pet Shop Boys, Flock Of Seagulls, Berlin, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Duran Duran and John Peel only knows what else...
    For fans of MTV's rule & groundbreaking program 120 MINUTES and classic "alternative music" of the 1980s...!

    Crazy but true fact: this is the 10th Annual My Bloody Valentine Nite at Part Time Punks! An annual event on or around Valentine's Day that features a line-up of new shoegaze bands inspired by MBV, and featuring a handful of MBV covers in each set! And of course yer host & DJ will be spinning other MBV tracks, Kevin Shields-produced rarities and other jawdropping shoegaze tracks all nite long.

    SPLIT MOON (formerly LEAF) is an L.A.-based band blending heavy melodic hooks in a haze of droning, fuzzed out riffs. Or, as Jack Rabid from The Big Takeover describes: “…a mammoth, loudly crescendoing psychedelic dreampop noise racket par excellence.” 

    Listen to SPLIT MOON.

    DESERTA features Matthew Doty (from Midnight Faces and Saxon Shore). Their debut LP just dropped last week on Felte Records -- a lush, hazy new album called ‘Black Aura My Sun’.  Described as "Sigur Ros meets Slowdive" this is dynamic dream pop, with a gorgeous wall of sound building throughout the album.

    Listen to DESERTA.

    Awesome new shogaze/noisepop racketmakers SHAKI TAVI are another of PTP's new LA faves (formed from members of HOTT MT, who played PTP's MBV Nite some years back). Or, as the band describes themselves: "Los Angeles shoegaze/slackrock/slice of life anime 6 piece."

    Listen to SHAKI TAVI.

  • 03.01 DUSTER + FROTH + KAMIKAZE PALM TREE at The Regent
    Part Time Punks is proud to present the return of DUSTER -- this time to The Regent in DTLA -- to celebrate the release of their mind-blowing new LP --their first in 23 years! (And just chosen as Stereogum's album of the week: These San Jose-based innovators of slowcore, space rock and lo-fi indierock in the 1990s sold out The Echoplex last spring in under 3 hours and we are expecting this show to sell out almost nearly as fast -- so grab yer adv tix NOW!!! 

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    Part Time Punks is proud to present this mini-Fest of remarkable darkwave sounds headlined by pioneering 4ad darkwave goths CLAN OF XYMOX -- celebrating the release of their new album!!

    Yes, it is unbelieveable isn't it?!?!  But it is TRUE. Legendary 4ad darkwave/dreampop pioneers CLAN OF XYMOX are coming back to play at The Echoplex for Part Time Punks again!!  IF you were lucky enough to cram into either of the 2 beyond sold out shows they played for PTP in the past few year then you KNOW how incredible the band is live...AND you know this show will ALSO sell out -- and sooner than later -- so grab yer tix NOW! 

    Listen to CLAN OF XYMOX.

    Dark melodic sounds, synthesizers, lyrics about the undead, the occult and parallel universes. This is TWIN TRIBES. Dive in or drown.

    Listen to TWIN TRIBES.

    THE BELLWETHER SYNDICATE is a group of Chicago-based operatives of the sonic avant-garde, intent on speaking truth to power with a sharp tongue. Fronted by veteran artist William Faith (of Faith and the Muse) and Sarah Rose (aka DJ Scary Lady Sarah), The Bellwether Syndicate are coloring outside of prescribed genre lines, pushing the boundaries of style and substance into something relevant and vital.


    Austin based artist Curse Mackey is best known as lead singer and sample banger of industrial supergroup PIGFACE and tribal industrial act EVIL MOTHERS, and as a member of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. Mackey has recently launched a solo electronic industrial/darkwave project that debuted at the COLD WAVES FESTIVAL 2016 in Chicago which includes new material and revamps of classic Pigface and Evil Mothers songs (including Spider Sex and Car Wrecks). Curse's sound is a future forward homage to the surrealistic side of industrial music, with doom fueled drones, slithering synth pulsations and dirty-minded beats layered upon hypnotic noise manipulations, scream of conscious lyrical prose as well as classic Wax Trax-era industrial dance tonalities that evoke the ghosts of early Skinny Puppy,  Lustmord, Coil, and the iconic projects Mackey has been a part of. 

    Listen to CURSE MACKEY.

    Based in Vancouver, Canada, this is a SPECTRES mining both the melodic and driving elements of classic post-punk and darkwave sounds, equally propelled by propulsive motorik rhythms or even, at times, the dark & dreamier side of shoegaze. Part Time Punks has been looking forward to hosting this band in LA since their debut album in 2016!!!! Don't miss their LA debut!

    Listen to SPECTRES.

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    HTRK: Live electronic / noise / avant pop/rock act from Melbourne known for their subtlety of gesture and stubbornly languorous performances, this two-piece is capable of seducing audiences through disciplined waves of sonics, crisp 808 beats and soft, calm threats. HTRK’s music is not a quick-fix for restless, impatient minds; it needs to absorbed, contemplated and revisited. Listen to one of their records and you'll find yourself slipping deep into their sound world, where the cavernous reverberations of dub techno are mixed with frosted post-punk motifs and the gravelly imperfections of industrial, reimagined in the setting of a dingy basement.

    Listen to HTRK.

    "These six cerebral, spiky songs extract something touching and tragic from the mundanity of social media and social anxiety," proclaims Pitchfork, describing UK post-punk outfit DRY CLEANING's debut record. Cool to see they get it. Even cooler that the band is making its 1st trip to the US and making its LA debut at Part Time Punks!!! (For fans of The Slits, The Raincoats, Essential Logic and other classic Rough Trade greats from the early 80s.) 

    Listen to DRY CLEANING.

    “Badass Oakland deathrock” - Cvlt Nation
    “The majestic Oakland goth/post-punk group” - Bandcamp
    “Dark and (heavy on the) dreamy side of post punk” - Maximum RocknRoll
    “This Oakland trio has been burning a path of ecstatic destruction everywhere they go” - Stereo Embers
    "Haunting three-piece from Oakland channels the spirit of Juju-era Siouxie, Euro synth wailers and the tortured souls of early humyns trapped in glacial ice." - KDVS

    Listen to OTZI.

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    VANISHING TWIN are a heterogeneous crowd, no two members are the same nationality or speak the same language. They are would be doyens of Esperanto if it had only caught on; galactic citizens if it were an option at the passport office. They are scientists and creators excited by rituals and telepathy, book-wormed into action. Dressed for the closing night of the original Dadaist nightclub Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, they sound like they are playing jazz at the end of the world’s end. They are like nothing else. Challenging, morphing, eclectic, ethereal – engaging.

    Their new album, ‘The Age Of Immunology’, was recorded in spaces reclaimed for their experiments. There are found sounds, Euro ambience, repurposed technologies, the sea. It’s motorik, symphonic. Different. The sounds you hear are otherworldly, created by scavengers, hunters, gatherers, deft at pinging milk bottles, caressing the Varispeed, and speaking in multi-lingual monologues, punctuated by strings and things. The Vinyl Factory has likened them to fellow sonic adventurers Sun Ra, Ennio Morricone and Stereolab.

    Listen to VANISHING TWIN.

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    Led by vocalist and songwriter Xavier Paradis. AUTOMELODI have long garnered a cult underground following with his solo minimal synth project since releasing their debut LP on Wierd Records in 2006. Like labelmates Led Er Est and Frank(just Frank), Automelodi combines guitars with synthesizers and drum machines, drawing from a mixed palette of minimal electronic sounds.

    Listen to AUTOMELODI.

    SSLEEPING DESIRESS stretches the boundaries between minimal synth, coldwave, and electro with lyrical themes spanning gentrification to coping with loss. Singer/songwriter Gabriel Ramos describes it thus: "My visions of songs usually end up as a clunky homage to late 70s punk rock, a marriage of dub and krautrock repetition and cavernous space.”



    Hailing from the UK, SLOW CRUSH is a compelling abrasive shoegaze band, dealing with the aesthetics of contrasting sounds. Heavy like a gloomy dream yet soothingly vibrant. The vulnerable soft floating voice of Manchester's Isa Holliday underneath layers of grungy shoegaze soaked noisepop, seeking shelter from a f'ed up world. 

    Listen to SLOW CRUSH.

    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.

    WAR BABY is a heavy power trio from Vancouver, Canada (Namecheck Husker Du here btw.). The group is comprised of two Albertans, songwriting kindred spirits Brock Allen (vocals, bass), Jon Redditt (vocals, guitar) and Australian born drum savant Kirby Fisher (drums, vocals). The group’s RIYL (which runs the gamut of alternative, proto-punk and noise rock greats) is both relevant but also limited as they always stir their influences professionally.

    Listen to WAR BABY.

  • 05.22 WILD NOTHING + BEACH FOSSILS [both performing their 1st LPs!] + LAUNDER @ The WIltern -- Nite #1 of Part Time Punks 15-Year Anniversary

    Just announced this last Friday and it's already almost sold out!!!!!

    Grab tix in the next couple days because it will definitely sell out by the end of this week!!

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  • 05.23 HOUSE OF LOVE -- 1st LA show since 1993!! - Nite #2 of Part Time Punks 15-Year Anniversary celebration

    Yes yes YES -- a very literal dream come true here, gang!!! Part Time Punks presents the return of proto-gaze pioneers HOUSE OF LOVE to Los Angeles -- their first live show since 1993!!!!!!!!! This WILL SELL OUT -- so grab tix while you can!!!

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