Music & Nightlife

Your guide to the best live music, nightclubs, gay clubs, comedy clubs, after-parties, dance parties, bands and dating events in Los Angeles

Music

The 50 best drinking songs

A soundtrack for your Cinco de Mayo drinkin'.

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Music

The 45 sexiest album covers of all time

Sexiness is largely subjective—do you agree with our picks? Oh, by the way, NSFW warning.

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Things to do

Are you an LA comedian?

Some of LA's best comics sound off with 16 ways of knowing exactly who they are, for better or worse.

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Music

The 50 best breakup songs

Heaven knows you’re miserable now—so you may as well wallow in it with the best breakup songs ever made.

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Music

Live jazz in LA

These sophisticated LA haunts are as smooth as the live jazz they showcase.

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Live music in May

Max and the Moon

Switch out your wine down Wednesday plans for a hump day dose of indie rock at LA’s the Echo. Chino Hills natives Max and the Moon are taking the stage on the eastside, strumming out alternative rock hits like "Harps" and "Modern Love." With opening sets from indie pop band Beginners, you’ll be losing yourself in catchy, hand-clapping tunes that’ll make you think it’s the weekend.

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Esperanza Spalding

Radiating cool jazzy sounds, Esperanza Spalding spotlights at Hollywood’s El Rey Theatre with her iconic bass-infused tunes and breathy vocals. If you haven’t yet heard her Grammy-Award winning hits from Chamber Music Society and the latest Radio Music Society, or if you're a major jazz junkie, it’s time to reserve this thirsty Thursday for a soulful night among the crowd.

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NKOTB, Nelly and TLC

The OG boy band of the late '80s, early '90s are retaking the blocks one stage at a time—step by step—with the added hip-hop flares of the all-girl crew TLC and rapper Nelly (swoon). Let loose at the ultimate throw back show and watch these once teenage, leather-donning heartthrobs belt out your favorite hits.

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Giraffage

Giraffage is the stage name of San Francisco electronic-music producer Charlie Yin (formerly Robot Science). He's garnered early praise from the likes of Pitchfork and The Fader for both his solo tracks and beloved R&B remixes—The-Dream and R. Kelly are just two of the artists he's reworked lately. Come watch Mr. Yin lay down his beats at The Observatory for a late night show behind his latest release, EP No Reason.

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More live music in LA

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Upcoming concerts

Check out live shows coming through town over the next two months.

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Music

Free concerts in LA

You're in luck—music (aside from film, possibly) is the city's most abundant form of entertainment.

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Clubs

The best places to dance every night of the week

These LA dance clubs will feed your need for everything from hip hop to salsa, Sunday through Saturday.

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Clubs

Sunset Boulevard's best live venues

The sprawling strip of Sunset Boulevard takes the cake for both quantity and quality of music venues in LA.

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Sex & dating in Los Angeles

Sex and dating

Fun and easy dates ideas

From first dates to friend dates, single bars to romantic restaurants, we've got your dating needs covered.

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Blog

Meet Nick (31, straight)

Single readers, you're in luck. Each week, Time Out will feature one of our very own smart, sexy, eligible buddies for your potential dating pleasure.

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Sex and dating

Draw your most scandalous sexual encounter

We asked Angelenos to draw their sexiest sex.

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Shopping

Best lingerie stores in LA

The best lingerie stores for everything from eco-friendly fabrics to lacy bra-and-panty sets.

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Hollywood clubs

Clubs

Sound Nightclub

Sound has quickly made a name for itself among serious househeads and music lovers by delivering high profile acts that were doing dance music well before EDM hit the top 40. Sure, the new space has the markings of a typical Hollywood super club scene: 8,000 square feet of playspace with a sunken dance floor and elevated DJ booth, fancy 3D mapping visuals and a custom Funktion One sound system. But where it emerges ahead of other Hollywood clubs is its focus on the music (hence the name)—not by flaunting celebrity patrons or by playing into the hottest bottle service contest. Acts like Stanton Warriors turn out a Monday night crowd at Social—the 17-year-old landmark party has just set down roots at Sound—and burners find a second home at the club’s Friday party, where face painters, neon-clad dancers and green screen booths bring the spirit of La Playa to LaLa Land. The 500-capacity crowd basks in perks such as burlesque dancers, impromptu celebrity visitors and a frequent 4am closing time, all without the overcrowded feeling of a mega-club.

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King King

King King descends from a legendary, smoke-filled Chinese restaurant on South La Brea Avenue that used to host everything from acid jazz bands to DJ-driven parties that felt as illicit as they were artistic. It was a place of reprieve from a (then) metal-heavy Hollywood. The red-lit Hollywood reincarnation is larger and more mainstream but is still billed as an intimate, single-room space—complete with backdoor entrance—that retains its Chinese heritage via lucky red and black decor. The King King has become a go-to space for cabaret, theater and live music performances, but we love it most for the DJs and electronic music nights it features. Legendary house music pioneers like Miguel Migs and Mark Farina drop in to play house and Detroit techno sets at stalwart parties like DJ Marques Wyatt’s Deep and West Coast Soul Events. Of course, the music comprises only half of what makes a magical night out: King King has a friendly staff, wallet-friendly covers, and a rare-in-Hollywood, come-one-come-all inclusive door policy (Dude rolling solo? Come on in. Not-so-svelte house music lover in a t-shirt and sneakers? You’re good to go). Hence, the crowd it attracts keeps an old legend energized with packed dance floors and friendly vibes.

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Lure

By the sheer look of the place, Lure has all the makings of another slick Hollywood club, where bottle service and bodycon dresses spur a sit-and-stare vibe. Consider the pulsating LED walls, galaxy of glowing moonlike orbs that hover above the dance floor, gorgeous honey-lit VIP bar and elevated DJ stage—all framed in a massive open room where everyone and everything can be seen. Then, venture out to the expansive patio, where you’ll find winding, white tufted banquettes in cabanas framed by green, living walls. The hostesses are remarkably attractive, and beautifully lit palm trees and footbridges over ponds also disorient—it feels more like a 5-star resort than a Hollywood club. It almost seems like a trap for big spenders in shiny shirts looking for no more than a little bump and grind. But Lure is also where some of the best DJs and acts are throwing down: beneath its beautiful façade, Lure is all about the beat. No cultural ground is being broken, and it can be expensive, but the casual and sexy LA vibe is certainly in full bloom.

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The Sayers Club

Live music fiends used to get their fix by entering the Sayers Club via an unassuming hotdog shop. But SBE has commandeered the former Green Papaya to make for a more grown-up precursor to the Sayers experience: the Front Room. It’s fashioned after a neighborhood bar and lounge—the kind of place where you can order a woodfired pizza or a mean old fashioned. But the gunmetal tin-tile walls, which are punctuated with framed guitars, serve as a not-so-subtle tell: serious music lies just beyond the back wall. The actual club is a place where cozy Turkish rugs are piled atop hardwood floors, and whiskey leather couches, exposed brick walls and industrial touches make for a cozy (and exclusive) man cave away from home—well, if that man cave happened to belong to the most connected music buff in town. In this case, that buff is Jason Scoppa and he rules the musical roost. Scoppa is famous for orchestrating Bardot Sessions, now Sessions at the Sayers Club, in which both up-and-coming and world-famous musicians play cover tunes. Of course, it’s the performances from beloved groups like The Black Keys, impossible-to-see-outside-of-an-arena musicians like Prince and actors like Emmy Rossum that seal the Sayers' fate as the best little room in Hollywood to catch major—and sometimes unexpected—talent.

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Time Out music lists

Music

Best breakup songs ever recorded

Whether you're wallowing in sorrow or super pissed, we've got the breakup ballad for you.

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Music

Cruisin' road trip songs

Hit the road, Jack, and crank up the dial with our definitive list of the best road trip songs ever made.

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Music

The 50 best drinking songs

Raise a toast to the greatest drinking songs ever recorded about beer, whiskey, wine and white lightning.

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The best songs from ’80s movies

Bust out your leg warmers and warm up your Roger Rabbit—it’s time to hit the ’80s disco of your dreams.

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Music

Dance-party playlist

House party, BBQ, wedding party or just a bedroom disco, we have the party playlist you need to get the place moving.

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