Part Time Punks does something few other local nights have ever accomplished: They’ve taken what is, to most, a time-capsule micro genre and turned it a current major industry. “They” is actually just one man, Michael Stock, the DJ, promoter, flyer-maker as well as a radio show host for a KXLU show of the same name. Through the expertise of Stock, the regular Sunday night event focuses on DIY and indie music of the present and past, and has played host to a ridiculously prolific list of guest genre bands. Oh, and it’s been running since 2005, which is unheard of for almost anywhere. Funky Sole is just as good: A raw soul party that will transport you straight to Funkytown every Saturday night. The DJs dig deep in their crates to bring you unique, obscure grooves from the late 1960s and early ’70s (many so rare that your phone app won’t even recognize them). But even if the tunes are vintage, the moves on the floor are up-to-the-minute. A critical mass of b-boys and b-girls show up to break on the funk beats, making the music seem as fresh as ever. The mood is buoyant, the dancers are gawk-worthy and the journey’s sure to funk you up.
When you want to do some serious business on the dance floor, it’s best to head to smaller, no-frills spots and classic live music venues where the grooves are infectuous and busting a move is the main event. Our picks for the best clubs in Los Angeles will play dance party hits and feed your need for everything from hip hop and salsa to reggae and soul.