This sprawling dive, formerly known as Spaceland, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015, and it remains the leading LA shrine to all things indie. The sound isn't great and parking is a combat sport, but the venue has good sound and an upstairs lounge with a less-crowded bar and a photo booth (that actually works, on good nights!). The Monday night program, which features free monthly residencies for buzzy local bands on their way up, is always worth a look.
Small live music venues in LA are like coffee shops—there are lots of them in every neighborhood. That means you can see a concert any night of the week, anywhere in town, without breaking the bank or planning too far in advance. And not just any concert: Many of these local acts are bands that hit it big after catching their break at a free concert during a Monday night residency (we're talking Moses Sumney, Local Natives, Foxygen... we could go on.) These venues are cozy, storied neighborhood joints that have hosted everyone from your cousin's girlfriend's punk band to, um, the Rolling Stones.