Tonight, headbang the last of that Cinco de Mayo hangover out of your system with Cliff ‘Em All at the Viper Room. That’s right, get your metal on with the classic, Cliff Burton-era Metallica tributarians and special guests Barbarian Overlords, Devil In Drag, Black Magic Driver and, of course, Thunderdikk. It's the perfect cure for a case of the Mondays. Doors open 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12. www.viperroom.com
Head to the Whisky A Go-Go on Tuesday, May 8 as Goldenvoice presents hardcore punk supergroup Off!. Featuring members of Circle Jerks, Burning Brides, Redd Kross and Rocket From The Crypt, this all-star cast has been garnering quite the buzz from old school punk fans in the know. See what all the hype is about! Doors open 9 p.m. www.whiskyagogo.com
Wednesday, May 9 it’s the second installment of The Spazmatics’ May residency at the Viper Room. Sing-a-long to all your favorite New Wave hits during this live, L.A. institution. Don’t miss the snazziest dance party on The Sunset Strip. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance/$12 day of show. www.viperroom.com
Head to The Sunset Strip’s version of The Leaning Annex this Thursday, May 10 as author Heather Rutman discusses her new “self-help” page turner, The Girls Guide to Depravity: How to Get Laid Without Getting Screwed. Based on the blog and upcoming TV series of the same name, this no-holds-barred guide to hooking up breaks down the do’s and don’ts for today’s feminist femme fatale. Signing and discussion begins at 7 p.m. www.booksoup.com
Friday, May 11 marks the triumphant return of Sunset Strip staple the Skybar! The notorious pooldeck and bar that features sprawling views of L.A. just completed a renovation. Check out the new digs – and always stellar views – this Friday and save the date for the return of Modrian Sessions, featuring Dam Funk, on May 18.
After you’ve soaked up some sun (or moonlight), head west to the Viper Room for some real deal desert rock with Boots Electric. Catch Eagles of Death Metal founder Jesse “The Devil” Hughes as he takes the stage along with direct support from The Black Marquee and Gram Rabbit. That’s three headliners for the price of one! Doors open 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. www.viperroom.com
PICK OF THE WEEK: Getting bigger and better each year, The LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival returns to The Roxy Theatre this Saturday, May 12. Enjoy unlimited pours of more than 50 craft beers, the best of the best in vegan food trucks and live performances by Kevin Martin, 28 North, Torrey Summer and The Country. Who said vegans aren’t fun? Doors open at noon. Advanced ticket options include $60 VIP, $50 GA and $25 non-drinking. For more ticket information, visit http://roxy.la/LAVBFtix or contact the Roxy box office at 310-278-9457. www.theroxyonsunset.com
Once your belly full of beer has reached maximum density, hail a cab eastbound to the House of Blues Sunset Strip for some escapism of a different variety during Dita Von Teese “Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!” This renowned erotic variety show brings together the top(less) strip tease performers from around the world for your overindulgent pleasure. Tickets available for two separate shows at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. www.hob.com
Remember to treat your mother right this Sunday, May 13, as Sunset Strip establishments are rolling out the red carpet for the woman who raised you. Mothers can receive free entrance to The Comedy Store shows and RH at Andaz (next door) is offering a delicious brunch featuring a mimosa bar with fresh juices, homemade syrups and artisanal cordials. Looking for a gift? Myster Pier Books is offering a 20% discount on gifts for mom from now until May 13, and LIVE! On Sunset is hosting a sale with discounts up to 50-75%.