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    Gym Class Heroes Rock L.A. at SPIN Show!

    Fronted by the tattooed, pierced and suspendered Travis McCoy, Gym Class Heroes are known for hip-hop smashups with catchy choruses, and last night's show at L.A.'s Key Club - part of SPIN, adidas Originals, and Citi Private Pass' Ruby Series partnership -- was no exception. The band kicked off the show with "Home," a song of their new album, The Quilt. "I don't think we've been to the Key Club since Snakes on a Plane was out," McCoy tells the crowd, who squeals with delight at his every move. "So I want to see you get sexy, Los Angeles." This starts what can only be considered a game of hip-hop Simon Says: hands up, jump up, clap slow, clap fast, sing. At one point, we're ordered to hug our neighbors. We're even dared. "Los Angeles, I double dare you to try and stay quiet during this song," says McCoy. The song: "The Queen and I." Do they stay quiet?

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    Calexico's Spanish Flavors Cross Borders in Los Angeles

    "I've always had this idea for a Monday night show where everyone brings in tequila," Calexico's Joey Burns told the crowd at Hollywood's Music Box. While it was indeed a Monday night, there was more Bluetooth in the room than blue agave. But thanks to Calexico's tunes, there was certainly no shortage of anything from south of the border. Like a crossroads between Wilco-age indie rock and mariachi horns, Calexico's music offers plenty of shouting words en espanol, smooth acoustic jams, and low-tone singing. There's also never a shortage of instruments onstage, and throughout their set last night, Calexico utilized everything from a trumpet to a melodica, to a percussive egg. The result, especially on "Two Silver Trees" and "The News About William," both from Carried to Dust, was a thick and rich sound that's oddly quiet for its complexity.

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    Kid Rock Wows Fans in L.A.

    "I want you to know there's no tape recorder here tonight, no backing tracks," Kid Rock told the crowd of mock-Playboy bunnies, spaghetti-western cowboys, and C-list celebrities Thursday night at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheater. "This isn't American Idol. This is American badass!" Indeed. Earlier, before Rock entered the amphitheater, some words appeared on the jumbotron screen behind the band: "Where's Kid?" Thus launching us on a mini-search party. Is Kid in the tour bus with the strippers? Nope! Is Kid outside? Don't see him. Is Kid in the Waffle House? Certainly not. So where's Kid?

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