Three fantastic free shows, and other fabulous ones:
► The first week of this year’s Also I Like to Rock at the Hammer Museum was a smash hit — and tonight’s second installment of the four-week series promises to be every bit as rockin’. The Soft Pack (pictured), who are working on a follow-up to their 2010 Kemado Records debut, headline. Opening is Hanni El Khatib, who will be performing material off his forthcoming debut “Will the Guns Come Out.” The free show in the museum’s courtyard kicks off at 7 p.m. with a DJ set from KCRW’s Chuck P. The Hammer’s galleries will be open until 9 p.m., and parking is $3 in the deck beneath the museum. The series is sponsored by KCRW and curated by Buzz Bands LA.
► The Bangles, who last week announced that their first album in eight years “Sweetheart of the Sun” will be out Sept. 13, do a free show (7 p.m.) at the Santa Monica Pier.
► And the free Spaceland Under the Stars series at Pershing Square downtown features the Californian.
► Rademacher celebrates the release of the first part of its “Baby Hawk” trilogy with a show at the Bootleg Theater that also features Radars to the Sky and Auditorium.
► And New Orleans’ Generationals hit the Echo, supported by flute-wielding Santa Barbara quintet Gardens & Villa.
||| Download: Hanni El Khatib’s “Loved One” (via KCRW)
Colbie Caillat at the Troubadour
The Delta Mirror at the Satellite
Sean Smith and Jack Littman at the Silverlake Lounge
Streetlight Manifesto and Reel Big Fish at Club Nokia
Widespread Panic at the Wiltern
Parade of Lights at the Viper Room
Outliar at the Roxy
Deap Vally and Gothic Tropic at Lot 1 Cafe
Laura Warshauer, Sarah Winters and See Green at the Hotel Cafe
U.S. Air Guitar Championships at the Key Club