It’s about to get loud on The Strip this week. It starts Monday, Jan. 3 when the Viper Room presents the hard rockin’ sounds of Aces & Eights. Hailing from The Strip’s own backyard, this guitar heavy quartet has honed a bluesy punk sound reminiscent of early GNR. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. www.viperroom.com
Head to The Comedy Store on Tuesday, Jan. 4 for their tried and true weekly showcase of 16 Headlining Comics. The name says it all; back-to-back national headliners for pennies per laugh. Always a good time for a great value. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15.
Attention all metal heads! Wednesday, Jan. 5 get your head bang on at the Key Club with Paul Di’Anno, the original voice of Iron Maiden. Performing the band’s classic self-titled debut, the vocal legend returns to the stage for a night that will make metal dreams come true. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15. www.keyclub.com
Iron Maiden fans, keep the party going on Thursday, Jan. 6 when The Roxy brings you The Sünset Strip Röckerz. The band, featuring members of the all-female tribute The Iron Maidens, will pay homage to ’80s hard rock and metal, covering classic tunes by all your favorite metal mainstays. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $12. www.theroxyonsunset.com
Friday, Jan. 7 the Key Club presents gangsta’ rap pioneers Tha Dogg Pound. The duo lesser known as Daz Dillinger and Kurupt were integral to the early success of Death Row Records by supporting major artists such as Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Don’t miss a chance to see these legendary hip-hop vets. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25. www.keyclub.com
Spend your Saturday, Jan. 8 at the House of Blues Sunset Strip rockin’ out to “Stairway” and other classic Zeppelin hits performed by world renowned tribute band Led Zepagain. Endorsed by Jimmy Page himself, the band has every detail of a Led Zep show down cold. It’s the closest you’ll get to reliving your parent’s “Dancing Days.” Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $17.50/$22.50. www.hob.com Want to fully live your Led Zep fantasy? Stop by RH bar at the Andaz – the former “Riot House” hotel where drummer John Bonham once threw a TV off a balcony – prior to the show for their cocktail tribute to Robert Plant. www.andazwesthollywood.com
Sunday, Jan. 9 Book Soup hosts writer, director, producer, and now author Spike Lee as he signs copies of his retrospective memoir Spike Lee: Do The Right Thing. Celebrating 20 years since the release of Do The Right Thing, the book presents an insider’s look at Lee’s landmark film and discusses the cultural impact and significance of the controversial issues brought to light. Get there early. Signing begins at 3 p.m. www.booksoup.com
--Brent X Mendoza