The Echo and the Echoplex are two of the most important music venues to have sprung up on the eastside of L.A. in the last decade. The clubs are essentially offshoots of the former Club Spaceland, which was widely regarded as the pioneering venue of the eastside rock scene. But while Spaceland was primarily a rock venue, the Echo and the cavernous Echoplex are more diverse in their booking practices.
And while both clubs do feature bands, they also play host to a number of the most successful and long-running DJ nights in L.A. The Echo, which is located on Sunset Boulevard, became popular during the hey-day of the indie rock scene, which emerged in the middle part of the last decade. Some notable bands to have appeared at the Echo include the Decemberists, Deerhoof, Spiritualized and the Airborne Toxic Event. The Echo is also the home of Funky Soul, a weekly Saturday night, get-down that features some of L.A.’s top DJs spinning an eclectic mix of vintage funk and soul.