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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…


  • 07.22 NEW ROMANTIC NITE with Guest DJs Paul V. & Alex Transistor

    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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  • 07.29 AIRIEL + TENNIS SYSTEM + TOPOGRAPHIES

    Part Time Punks is proud to bring one of its favorite alltime shoegaze bands to The Echoplex stage -- AIRIEL -- for their 1st LA gig in decades. Their long-awaited 2nd LP, "Molten Young Lovers" released last year on Shelflife Records was featured on Part Time Punks Best of 2017, but PTP's love for the band dates all the way back to 1997, when the band first started. So this show means a lot to PTP (and ME!!)

    Listen to AIRIEL.

    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.

    Formed by Gray Tolhurst (Gray Tolhurst, Coo Coo Birds), Jeremie Ruest (Cerf Volant, Your Friend, Lavender Blush), Justin Oronos (Solip), and Lauren Grubb (Minipop, To The Wedding) in 2017, TOPOGRAPHIES meshes the crushingly loud guitars and hushed vocals of 90’s shoegaze with the urgency and mechanical rhythms of post-punk. Their debut EP was recorded and produced at New, Improved Recording in Oakland, California by Alexis Berthelot (Gojira, Wolfgang Tillmans, Enablers) in late 2017.

    Listen to TOPOGRAPHIES.

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  • 08.05 PLANNING FOR BURIAL + DROWSE + DEVOURED BY FLOWERS + SPRAIN

    For over a decade, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania-based musician Thom Wasluck has been unleashing his signature gloomy dirges under the name PLANNING FOR BURIAL at a nearly relentless pace. He now has three full-length albums under his belt (most notably 2017's monumental Below the House) as well as numerous EPs and splits. Wasluck writes and records everything himself and has toured extensively as a one-man band, playing hundreds of shows over the years. Both incredibly loud and intimate, Planning For Burial performs with an unrivaled passion and funereal grace that is equally at home in basements and concert halls.

    Listen to PLANNING FOR BURIAL.

    DROWSE is a peek inside the mind of Kyle Bates, the band’s only full time member. After a severe mental breakdown, Kyle Bates of Portland OR's Drowse was prescribed a plethora of antipsychotic drugs to subdue his paranoia and suicidal ideation. Several unmedicated years later Bates’ anxiety began to resurface, and he turned to Klonopin and alcohol to blanket the intrusive thoughts. It was during this time that Bates wrote and recorded Drowse's second full-length album, Cold Air. The shimmering dissonance with hints of slowcore, noise-pop, ambient and shoegaze that characterizes Cold Air will appeal to fans of Mount Eerie, Grouper, Planning for Burial, and Have a Nice Life. Many of these songs feature vocals from the band’s creative partner Maya Stoner. Drowse is a complex and layered project set apart by its raw ambition.

    Listen to DROWSE.

    DEVOURED BY FLOWERS is a Psychedelic Dreampop Music group based in Portland, Oregon. They employ deep, elegant male vocals, and a mix of electric and acoustic guitars set to entrancing rhythms that unfold into lush songscapes and passionate lyrical themes. They recently released their first full length album one year after The Luminescent EPMoonscape Hotel is a beautiful follow-up release with an epic sound akin to Echo and the Bunnymen, The Sound, The Chameleons, and perfect to daydream to.

    Listen to DEVOURED BY FLOWERS.

    SPRAIN is the artistic vessel of collaborators and friends Alex Kent, April Gerloff, and Aidan Gould. Combining the glacial tempos and sparse arrangements of slowcore, aggression of noise rock, and winding compositions of post rock, Sprain often creates jarring and unsettling music. Vocals are muffled and hushed under dissonant guitar lines, drums crawl along, and bass barely holds the fragile compositions together. These compositions, often unpredictable, can result in anything from noise-guitar freakouts, to crushing doom climaxes, to tender ambience. Through varied influences and passionate performances, Sprain offers a uniquely haunting take on indie rock music.

    Listen to SPRAIN.

     

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  • 08.12 PANDA RIOT + XO

    Inspired by the dreamy underwater imagery of their collaborative short film, Dolphins and Porpoises, Rebecca Scott (vocals, keys) and Brian Cook (drum machine, guitar) formed the equally dreamy indie pop group PANDA RIOT in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania circa 2005. The band's buzzy guitar riffs, gossamer vocals, and swaths of synthesized distortion (the duo filtered their keyboards through a death metal pedal) gave a nod to early-'90s acts like Tender Trapthe Softies, and My Bloody Valentine. Their newest (double) album, breaks all new ground in terms of dreamy melodies, textures and layers and is one of PTP's favorites of the year.

    Listen to PANDA RIOT.

    Celebrating the release of XO's Part Time Punks Sessions on tape tonite! Expect loud & lovely swirling melodics inside a wall of sounds incorporating reverb and delay, stacked vocals, lush guitars, doubled drums that would fell or maim or tame even Phil Spector.

    Listen to XO.

     

    NOTE: Both Sally Dige and Iris have had to postpone their US tours. But they have both promised to play PTP when they come thru LA. So. Stay tuned to this spot for details when they become available...

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  • 08.19 80s MIXTAPE NITE with Guest DJs Alex & Ray (from Smiths & Depeche Mode Conventions)

    Part Time Punks devotes by an evening to the coolest of indie & underground dance floor sounds of the 1980s. What to expect? Why, lots of sounds from PTP stalwarts, The Smiths, New Order, The Cure, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Bauhaus, Siouxie & The Banshees, Sisters Of Mercy, Nitzer Ebb, The Normal, Jesus & Mary Chain, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Chameleons...

    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, Ultravox, Tears For Fears, Psychedelic Furs, Pet Shop Boys, Flock Of Seagulls, Berlin, Bronski Beat, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Sinead O'Connor, Kate Bush and John Peel only knows what else...

    With PTP's good friends and regular collaborators, Guest DJs Alex Luevano and Ray DeVries (who host the annual Depeche Mode and Smiths Conventions here in LA).

    For fans of MTV's rule & groundbreaking program 120 MINUTES and classic "alternative music" of the 1980s...!

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  • 08.26 SISTERS OF MERCY NITE with Guest DJ Xian Vox [LADEAD]

    Finally. By popular request. A nite devoted to the dark and menacing and beautiful sounds of SISTERS OF MERCY. So expect to hear yer favorite b-sides and deep cuts from all the band's albums...plus The Sisterhood...AND plenty of Sisters clones and contemporaries and inspirations: Suicide, Bauhaus, Clan Of Xymox, The Mission, The March Violets, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Fields Of The Nephilim, Killing Joke, Joy Division, Virgin Prunes, Skeletal Family, Specimen, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Xmal Deutschland, The Danse Society, Tones On Tail, Alien Sex Fiend, Southern Death Cult, Play Dead, Minny Pops, Rosetta Stone, Venus In Furs, Fad Gadget, Ghost Dance and more.......

  • 09.02 SMITHS/MORRISSEY NITE with Guest DJ Jose Maldonado (from Sweet & Tender Hooligans)

    Come spend the evening oscillating wildly to the songs that saved your life...aka your favourite tunes by Morrissey and The Smiths!  With a healthy dash of Moz's inspirations and contemporaries (and even a few Smiths clones thrown in to see just how big of fan you really are...)  Of course Cut Out Morrissey will be there courtesy of PTP photog, Dylan Gordon aka D-M-A-X, for all your endless dancefloor contortions and photo op demands...

    [And since the next day is a holiday you don't even hafta call in sick to work or school!]

  • 09.09 13TH CHIME + KOMMUNITY FK + OTZI

    Legendary UK goth outfit 13TH CHIME play their 1st-ever LA gig! Formed in 1980. Between 1981-82 13TH CHIME released 3 singles Coffin Maker, Cursed and Fire. 13th Chime are drawn to morbidsubjects. Early pictures featured coffins and screaming witches.The group folded in 1984. In 2009, Sacred Bones released 2 LP's and discography collection. The group reformed in 2015. In 2016, 13th Chime released Noir. Noir is the connection between the past and present  

    Listen to 13TH CHIME.

    Classic LA deathrock goth outfit KOMMUNITY FK return to Lost Angeles for a rare live show to celebrate their 40th anniversary of blasphemous existence! KOMMUNITY FK was created by Patrik Mata in 1978 in the midst of the LA punk explosion. Patrik's new musical genre became a cross between post punk against a darker gloom that became the genesis of American gothik/deathrock. Kommunity FK's beginnings were raw. Mata's influences of William S. Burroughs, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali, and early Bowie were woven through a dreamy musical side combined with experimental synthesized art punk. Mata's visionary soundscapes were all his own. The original pronunciation of Mata's new creation was "Kommunity Fuck". Very daring for the time when the later part of the band name was the top word of what was then known as the FCC's 'seven words not to be uttered' list. Changed by Mata to "Kommunity FK" so promoters back in the day had no problem placing the headliners name on their marquees. The FK has stuck throughout the decades ever since the bands live performance inception. Kommunity FK performs internationally and releases new material in the same tradition as they always have since 1978 with a 21st Century Deathrock twist... ~We Will Not Fall~

    Listen to KOMMUNITY FK.

    “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.

    This will sell out, without a doubt! Tix on sale SOON...

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  • 09.16 RUBELLA BALLET + READERSHIP HOSTILE

    RUBELLA BALLET formed in 1979 by Sidation (Flux of Pink Indians), Zillah Minx, Pete Fender & Gem Stone (Fatal Microbes) at the Crass gig at Conway Hall where Crass invited the audience to use their equipment and finish off the evening doing their own thing as they wanted and left the crowd in charge. So Sid being 6” 9 inches tall and at the front of the stage climbed up with Zillah and jumped on Penny’s drum kit, Zillah grabbing Steve’s mic, Pete & Gem jumping straight up and taking the bass and guitar, plugged in and started playing. Sounding like rather organised chaos this was the start of a very colourful part of what was and is the British anarcho punk scene. 

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    RUBELLA BALLET formed in 1979 by Sidation (Flux of Pink Indians), Zillah Minx, Pete Fender & Gem Stone (Fatal Microbes) at the Crass gig at Conway Hall where Crass invited the audience to use their equipment and finish off the evening doing their own thing as they wanted and left the crowd in charge. So Sid being 6” 9 inches tall and at the front of the stage climbed up with Zillah and jumped on Penny’s drum kit, Zillah grabbing Steve’s mic, Pete & Gem jumping straight up and taking the bass and guitar, plugged in and started playing. Sounding like rather organised chaos this was the start of a very colourful part of what was and is the British anarcho punk scene. 

    Listen to RUBELLA BALLET.

    READERSHIP HOSTILE is a cathartic collision of deathrock, goth, early punk and contemporary psych propelled by aneffervescent, force-of-nature frontwoman. Darkly ornate yet visceral, the band ambushed its native Los Angeles with a string of startling performances in 2013, before bottling its organic on-stage aura into a brutally beautiful debut EP.   

    Listen to READERSHIP HOSTILE.

    Don't miss RUBELLA BALLET's 1st LA show since 1986!

    This will sell out. No question about it. 

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  • 09.20 NOTHING + CULTURE ABUSE + BIG BITE + SMUT @ The Regent

    Part Time Punks is proud to bring NOTHING to The Regent in DTLA.......celebrating the release of their mindblower 3rd LP, 'Dance On The Blacktop' on Relapse Records...

    Listen to NOTHING.

    PLUS another PTP fave -- CULTURE ABUSE -- also celebrating a new LP "Bay Dream" on Epitaph.

    Listen to CULTURE ABUSE.

    And joined by a pair of scorchers opening -- BIG BITE and SMUT...

    Listen to BIG BITE.

    Listen to SMUT.

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  • 09.30 TRISOMIE 21 + SOFT KILL + ACTORS

    Centered around brothers Philippe and Hervé LomprezTrisomie 21 (often abbreviated to T21) are a French cold wave group who have endured since the early '80s, spanning styles such as brooding, experimental post-punk as well as a more danceable synth pop sound. The two Lomprez brothers were initially joined by keyboard player Jean-Michel Matuszak (who also served as their manager) and bassist Pascal Tison, and their music was influenced by dark post-punk acts like Joy Division and the Cure as well as the experimentation of the Residents and Yello. Belgian label Stechak released T21's debut mini-album, Le Repos des Enfants Heureux, in 1983. Bassist Laurent Dagnicourt replaced Tison for the group's 1984 full-length Passions Divisées. Emphasizing the band's rhythm section while keeping their keyboard-heavy experimentation intact, the album included the haunting "La Fête Triste," which would emerge as one of their signature tunes. The Lomprez brothers secretly returned to the studio in 2017, with early member Tison contributing to some of the sessions. The full-length Elegance Never Dies was released by the group's own Chromo Music Production by the end of the year, and the group toured throughout Europe in support of the album. Additionally, the American label Dark Entries released Chapter I-IV, a vinyl box set containing expanded editions of T21's first four records, which were also reissued individually. The group also released a three-CD box set of early material titled Originally in 2018.

    Listen to TRISOMIE 21.

    Haunted by the ghosts of The Cure, Killing Joke and Joy Division, THE SOFT KILL's sound is full of skittering single-note guitar runs,  propulsive dirges and melodic art damage. IF you were among the 1500 or so who crammed into The Regent last fall for Part Time Punks when they opened for ChameleonsVox, or the 900+ who crammed into The Echoplex for either Clan Of Xymox or Modern English earlier this year then you already know they're also INCREDIBLE live.... And their new LP, "Savior" is one of Part Time Punks favorite records of 2018, so surely you've been hearing that IF you ever tune into the PTP radio show on KXLU 88.9FM in LA Thursday afternoons...

    Listen to SOFT KILL.

    The term "post-punk", like many terms with a similar prefix, is firmly planted in a time in history, and signifies an added precision and experimentation to a thrilling genre that has echoed forward in both style and attitude. The Jason Corbett-led outfit ACTORS are standing on the shoulders of titans with their brand of the style, and could almost be referred to as "post-post-punk".   

    Listen to ACTORS.

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  • 10.14 DARK 80s NITE with Guest DJ Xian Vox [LADEAD]

    The first 2 times we did this were amaaaazing (and PACKED) -- so it's back!!! An all-new PTP dance nite at Part Time Punks 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!!!

  • 10.26 EXPLODED VIEW + EXEK + SONODA

    Exploded View is a new collaborative project helmed by the UK-born, Berlin-based political-journalist-turned-musician Anika (Invada Records / Stones Throw). After playing a string of 2014 solo shows in Mexico with a backing lineup composed of local producers Martin Thulin, Hugo Quezada and Amon Melgarejo, Anika and her new bandmates discovered a chemistry that they simply had to capture on tape.

    Listen to EXPLODED VIEW.

    Melbourne’s EXEK buck the trend for every Australian band to have a record released in the 2010’s by not being a psych-rock outfit. In fact, they’re an intriguing and smart group with shades of ESG, Public Image Limited and Melbourne royalty The Birthday Party. Tracks like ‘Weight Loss (Henry’s Dream)’ have more groove in their little finger than King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard had across the seven million albums they released in 2017.

    Listen to EXEK.

    SONODA is the full-band realization of Lisa Sonoda's solo bedroom project. The songs on Clearing (released in 2017 via Never Anything Records) are reveries for the heartbroken— reverberant lullabies about memories, the stars, loneliness and goodbyes. In Sonoda, the songs are embodied by Lisa's ethereal voice— simultaneously haunting and enchanting— nestled in a stereophonic dream landscape of fluttering guitars, blooming synthesizer textures, and lush casio organ overtones.

    Listen to SONODA. 

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  • 10.28 THE OCEAN BLUE + THE LUXEMBOURG SIGNAL

    Part Time Punks is over the moon to welcome THE OCEAN BLUE back to The Echoplex stage -- and this time around to celebrate the release of their forthcoming new record!!!!  Plus a very special opening act -- dreampop labelmates on the Shelflife label, THE LUXEMBOURG SIGNAL.

    This WILL without a doubt sell out, so get yer tix NOW!

    Listen to selections from 'THE OCEAN BLUE'.

    Listen to THE LUXEMBOURG SIGNAL.

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  • 11.04 CLAN OF XYMOX + CURSE MACKEY + SECOND STILL

    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 the beyond sold out show they played for PTP a few years ago 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.

    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. 

    "Like looking at a snowflake under a microscope; beautiful crystalline ice in exquisite contrast to the black void that lies beyond." (SECOND STILL, according to the venerable Lord Venom). For fans of Xmal Deutschland, Sad Lovers & Giants and of course Modern Eon (where the band name originates). TONITE we celebrate the vinyl release of the band's debut LP.  One of PTP's favorite bands in the country right now! Come & see & hear why....

    Listen to SECOND STILL.

    This WILL sell out (of course). So grab yr tix NOW!!!

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  • 03.10 THE MONOCHROME SET + special guests

    THE MONOCHROME SET consist of, original Monochrome Set members, Bid (Guitar/Vocals) and Andy Warren (bass) with John Paul Moran (keyboards) and Mike Urban, who was previously in the band in the early 90s, on drums, The Monochrome Set formed in 1978, and were heavily influential in the ‘post-punk’ scene that evolved after the initial scorched earth of punk. The band’s early releases were on the legendary Rough Trade Label before signing with Virgin offshoot Din Disc. They also released several albums on the Cherry Red label, making a notable appearance on that label's well known ‘Pillows and Prayers’ compilation. Though The Monochrome Set split in 1985 the next decade saw several reunions for both live gigs and further studio recordings, their album release count now being well into double figures. After a hiatus of over a decade the band reformed full time in 2010 and have since toured all over the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, whilst also releasing five new, critically acclaimed, studio albums, the most recent, ‘Maisieworld’, on the German ‘Tapete’ label in February this year. 2018 sees the 40th year since the band formed and they will be gigging worldwide to celebrate this.

    Listen to THE MONOCHROME SET.

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