No Age, Ty Segall, Best Coast to Play Smell Anniversary Shows and Relocation Benefit

The Smell in Los Angeles
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The Smell, a Los Angeles music venue, photographed circa 2008.

Three nights of music will include label showcases by Penniback Records and Danger Collective.

The Smell, a beloved Los Angeles based DIY venue, has announced a slate of three consecutive shows Jan. 6-8 both to celebrate its 19th anniversary and to benefit its relocation fund. No Age, Ty Segall and Best Coast will headline the Belasco Theater show on Jan. 7, which is bookended by two label showcase nights at the Smell: a Penniback Records night on Jan. 6 and a Danger Collective Records showcase on Jan. 8.

The full line-up for the Belasco includes Bleached, Vice Cooler and a "special surprise guest"; the Penniback Records line-up features The Jurassic Shark, Super Lunch, Clit Kat and Kuromi; and the Danger Collective night will have Current Joys (member of Surf Curse), TEEKS, BOYO (solo) and Momma on the bill.

This past Memorial Day weekend, the Smell, located in rapidly gentrifying downtown L.A., received an official demolition notice from its landlords, the L&R Group of Companies. The all-ages, vegan and non-alcoholic space with a capacity of 200 -- which is staffed entirely by volunteers -- has since started a GoFundMe page, which has thus far raised $58,239 of its hefty $1.4 million dollar goal towards enabling the venue to purchase its own property.

Founded in 1997 by Jim Smith, who still runs the venue as a volunteer, The Smell has helped foster the careers of many established indie acts, including No Age, Segall, HEALTH, Mika Miko (now Bleached), Abe Vigoda and Vivian Girls. At the same time, The Smell has drawn larger artists too, such as Animal Collective, Kathleen Hanna, Quasi, Peter Bjorn and John and Thurston Moore.


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