LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in April 2013

Explore our detailed LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this April. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene this month include Rihanna, Bon Jovi and Crystal Castles.

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Lindsey Stirling

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Lindsey Stirling made a name for herself as "the hip-hop violinist" when she made the quarterfinals of America's Got Talent, and her YouTube channel (lindseystomp) has racked up a whopping 223 million views. It's safe to say you can expect a high-drama performance from the musician and dancer tonight (we're pretty sure we can hear the wind machines revving up already).

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Thu Apr 4
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Phosphorescent

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Phosphorescent is a Brooklyn (by way of Athens, Georgia) band featuring singer-songwriter Matthew Houck and a cast of hirsute rogues. Houck’s voice cracks and moans in ways reminiscent of Will Oldham, yet over the course of five albums, he’s become something of a bona fide rock star.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Fri Apr 5
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The Three O'Clock

The Three O'Clock

The Three O'Clock

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This alt-rock group is associated with LA's 1980s Paisley Underground scene (think the Bangles or Dream Syndicate). Expect to hear psychedelic pop rock with a punk energy—a sound that may have been more original in the '80s, but is still pretty fun today.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Until Sat Apr 6
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Rihanna

  • Price band: 2/4

She's already one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having shifted more than 25 million albums worldwide. Thanks to such catchy pop nuggets as "Umbrella," "We Found Love" and "Diamonds," the 24-year-old is as bankable a pop star as exists right now.

  1. Honda Center 2695 E Katella Ave
  2. Until Tue Apr 9
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Angel Olsen

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Angel Olsen, an acrobatic-voiced Chicago indie-folkie whom you might have heard singing alongside Will Oldham, headlines supporting an elegant new LP, Half Way Home.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Until Mon Apr 8
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Kip Moore

  • Price band: 1/4

Georgia native Kip Moore's debut album, Up All Night, oscillates between CMT-ready Eric Church–isms and rugged, appealing blues-rock centered on the singer's narrative-ready, raspy voice. The man's been referred to as the Bruce Springsteen of country—not a bad place to start.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Tue Apr 9
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Beach House

Beach House

Beach House

  • Price band: 2/4

The Baltimore duo released Bloom, its fourth album of stunning textured dream pop, earlier last year. Beach House, having truly bloomed recently, has the potential to transform any venue into a hazy bedroom of its own design.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Until Wed Apr 10
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How to Destroy Angels

How to Destroy Angels

How To Destroy Angels

  • Price band: 2/4

How to Destroy Angels—Trent Reznor, Mariqueen Maandig and Atticus Ross—released its self-titled six-song debut EP in 2010, and their newest, Welcome oblivion, in March. They have an eerie tone with a heavy industrial sound reminiscent of NIN, only now with a female vocalist, and percussion sequences that are sure to get stuck in your head.

  1. Fox Theater Pomona 301 S Garey Ave
  2. Until Wed Apr 10
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Yeasayer + Wild Nothing + Wild Belle

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Yeasayer: Arty local indie faves Yeasayer support their latest, Fragrant World, during this show. Just don't expect a set of anthemic pop songs. Their latest album release skews toward dark, R&B-tinged—and compulsively listenable—material, although we're sure they'll throw in some poppy, sing-along hits like "Ambling Alp."

Wild Nothing: Wild Nothing is Jack Tatum's deliciously dreamy, '80s-style indie rock band. Their gorgeous sophomore album, Nocturne, came out last August. The band members are a little shy (we dare them to make eye contact onstage, even with each other) but their songs get your feet tapping and will stay stuck in your head for days—or until the next set.

Wild Belle: Siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman make up this Chicago pop rock band, whose sound volleys from psychedelic pop to ska, reggae, funk and jazz. They do a little bit of everything, which you'll hear on this year's release Isles, as well as during this show.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Until Mon Aug 12
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Romeo Santos

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Anthony Santos (heartthrob stage moniker: Romeo) is the former lead singer of bachata boy band Aventura, of "Obsesión" fame. In April, he hits the Honda Center stage to play behind his solo effort, Formula, a seductive compilation of sinuous Dominican ballads.

  1. Honda Center 2695 E Katella Ave
  2. Until Fri Apr 12
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Ghost B.C.

Ghost B.C. Photograph: Ester Segarra

Ghost B.C.

  • Price band: 1/4

Ghost B.C. (a.k.a. Ghost) are an anonymous, underground Swedish metal band. They gained a serious amount of cred with their first album, Opus Eponymous, and the hype has only increased since the release of their sophomore LP Infestissumam.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Sun Apr 27
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OMD

OMD

OMD

  • Price band: 2/4

Andy McCluskey and his Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark celebrate over 30 years in the business of making intelligent synth pop, once again reunited with Humphreys, Holmes and Cooper, who quit in 1989 but rejoined a few years ago. While waiting to shimmy to Pretty in Pink classic "If You Leave," expect to hear tunes from the band's twelfth studio album, English Electric, due to hit the airwaves this April.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Mon Apr 15
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Photograph: © Lynn Goldsmith/CORBIS

The Selecter + Lee "Scratch" Perry + Skinny Lister

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The Selecter: 2-Tone Records veterans, pop/ska outfit the Selecter—still fronted by Pauline Black—plough on through their 33rd year. They are responsible for ska classics such as "On My Radio," which we just may be lucky enough to hear during this show.

Lee "Scratch" Perry: "The Black Ark days (and the Black Ark studio itself) are a distant memory, but the mark on music—not only reggae—that Lee Perry made there during the last half of the ’70s is indelible. Given that he's most famous as a producer, it's surprising what a great performer Perry still is; bobbing around the stage, he testifies in his own indecipherable tongue, spreading joy with every hoarse syllable."

Skinny Lister: This UK-based, five piece folk act have released a series of self-released singles since their formation in 2009, and recently dropped their debut album Forge & Flagon in January of this year. Skinny Lister has been playing behind the release all year, starting with a tour in Germany, then joining Flogging Molly on the first half of their annual Green17 tour.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Until Mon Apr 15
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Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse

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The indie-rock stalwarts of Modest Mouse haven’t released a full-length album in more than six years (the last was 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank), but the band, now based in Portland, Oregon, hasn’t been resting. For a group that started out playing tiny clubs, bingo halls and dive bars, Modest Mouse fills larger spaces remarkably well, offering up a slightly frenetic live show anchored by Isaac Brock’s distinctive singing, full of yelps and shouts.

  1. Fox Theater Pomona 301 S Garey Ave
  2. Until Tue Apr 16
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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

  • Price band: 2/4

This Scottish band, formed in Glasgow in 2002, hit it big with their singles "Take Me Out," "No You Girls" and the quirky "Eleanor Put Your Boots On." They've supposedly been working on a new studio album that may or may not come out later this year, so expect to hear brand new songs from the odd rockers.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Tue Apr 16
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The Make-Up

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This American post-punk band, formed in D.C. in 1995, is led by ex-Nation of Ulyssses frontman Ian Svenonius. It's a combination of garage rock, soul and self-styled liberation theology, creating a new genre they called "Gospel Yeh Yeh," with some organ thrown in for good measure.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Until Tue Apr 16
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Foals

Foals

Foals

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Oxford quintet, who set themselves apart from the Rapture-like, punk-funk cum retro synth-pop pack by flashing an unselfconscious intelligence and bashing out smart, danceable pop tunes, will play to promote their new album Holy Fire. Think math rock mixed with indie, new wave and a hint of kraut.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Fri Aug 9
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The xx

The xx Photograph: © Aliya Naumoff

The xx

  • Price band: 2/4

Taking minimalism to the next level with last year’s second LP, Coexist, London indie pop trio the xx manages to communicate volumes in its elegant, subdued and understatedly sensual tones. If you can't make it out to their Saturday sets at Coachella, catch their dreamy sounds at Fox Theater Pomona this April.

  1. Fox Theater Pomona 301 S Garey Ave
  2. Until Wed Apr 17
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Photograph: Brantley Gutierrez

Dinosaur Jr.

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The beloved alternative rock band once simply known as Dinosaur, before legal issues forced the addition of "Jr.," are still rocking thirty years later. They'll be making a pit stop at the Glass House in between two weekend sets in the sweaty desert at Coachella.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Until Wed Apr 17
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Green Day

  • Price band: 2/4

After a respite to allow Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong to work through well-documented personal issues, the Bay Area-bred rock trio resumes their arena tour in support of 2012's trilogy of releases, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! The bilingual counting doesn't stop there—¡Cuatro! is on its way in the form of a documentary screening at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival.

  1. Los Angeles Sports Arena 3939 S Figueroa St, 90037
  2. Until Thu Apr 18
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Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend Photograph: © Soren Solkaer Starbird

Vampire Weekend + Tanlines

  • Price band: 2/4

Vampire Weekend: Beloved world-pop preppies Vampire Weekend drop by Fox Theater in between two Sunday headlining gigs at Coachella. Pop your collar and channel that chick on the (unauthorized) cover of Contra—the band's addictive second album—to fully enjoy the the restless rockers' show.

Tanlines: At first listen, Mixed Emotions, the debut full-length from Tanlines, sounds like a straightforwardly good-time album: honest pop with swelling synths and giddy arrangements. But as you delve deeper, dark undercurrents emerge and wonderfully anthemic choruses begin to convey lostness and uncertainty. Likewise, the band members engage in multiple identities: Brooklyn indie entertainers who make lighthearted synth-rock, and complex, introspective artists who disclose further depth with each album spin.

  1. Fox Theater Pomona 301 S Garey Ave
  2. Until Thu Apr 18
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La Roux

La Roux Photograph: © Andrew Whitton

La Roux

  • Price band: 2/4

As with many of today’s gifted pop starlets (we’re looking at you, Gaga), La Roux frontwoman Elly Jackson has cultivated an image that seems carefully designed to overshadow her catchy if rather conventional music—in this case: chilly, retro synth-pop. Still, behind the gravity-defying red tresses and androgynous getups is a very human performer with a powerhouse voice.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Thu Apr 18
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Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man + Lord Huron

  • Price band: 1/4

Portugal. The Man: The grandiose rock of Portugal. The Man—the most important thing ever to emerge from Wasilla, Alaska, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise—fuses soulful vintage psych-pop with hectic modern production. Inked to Atlantic after a long indie stint, the band arrives in Pomona to play oldies, plus songs from its 2011 release, In the Mountain in the Cloud.

Lord Huron: Rising LA indie folk band Lord Huron will play songs from their debut LP, Lonesome Dreams. The project began as lead singer Ben Schneider's vision and now involves four additional members, who offer campfire-ready, harmony-laden folk-pop. They were named KCRW's 2012 "band you should have known," but it's not too late! Get to know them at the Glass House in April.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Until Thu Apr 18
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Purity Ring

Purity Ring Photograph: Sebastian Mlynarski

Purity Ring

  • Price band: 1/4

Montreal duo Purity Ring can lay claim to one of last year's strongest debuts with Shrines, an original brand of future-pop that weds sugar-sweet melodies and butchered samples with evocative, deeply creepy lyrics. Live, Megan James and Corin Roddick are a revelation: Roddick’s setup features homemade lanterns, which he hits with drumsticks to trigger sounds, while James is the shrouded, drum-bashing mistress of ceremonies.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Thu Apr 18
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Bad Religion

  • Price band: 1/4

West Coast punk heroes Bad Religion, one of the genre's most distinctive and enduring bands, pays a visit to the Palladium, during which they'll survey their hooky, thought-provoking catalog and air a few tracks from their new full-length, True North.

  1. Hollywood Palladium 6215 W Sunset Blvd, between N Argyle & N El Centro Aves
  2. Until Thu Apr 18
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Bon Jovi

  • Price band: 2/4

Cheesily populist though it may be, Jersey institution Bon Jovi deserves credit for aging more gracefully than any of its hair-metal cronies, and moreover, time has failed to dull the arena-appropriate wallop of "Livin' on a Prayer," as well as the band's other classic anthems.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Until Fri Apr 19
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Tyrone Wells

  • Price band: 1/4

California alt-popster Tyrone Wells has been heard on TV shows such as Rescue Me and One Tree Hill, via his arena-ready ballads. He takes the Troubadour stage in April in support of his latest album, Where We Meet.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Sat Apr 20
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Japandroids

Japandroids Photograph: Andy Mueller

Japandroids + Cloud Nothings

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Japandroids: Since their debut LP Post-Nothing was released in 2010, Vancouver duo Japandroids have split up, got back together and guitarist Brian King nearly died from a perforated ulcer. But he didn't! And now they're back in SoCal to play their clattery, grubby rock in support of sophomore album Celebration Rock.

Cloud Nothings: The precocious Ohio foursome have outgrown their prolific lo-fi power-pop beginnings and honed a dry, personal kind of alterno on their third LP, 2012's Attack on Memory. The album was well-received, and you can probably plan to hear most of it at the Glass House in April.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Until Mon Apr 22
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Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes

  • Price band: 2/4

Career longevity hinges on reinvention, and art school refugee Natasha Khan knows this. As Bat for Lashes, the London songstress was at the top of the dream-pop tide not so long ago, leading a wave of new artists paying belated homage to Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks with shimmering sound washes and wardrobes to match. Bravely forgoing trendy pop machinery, Bat for Lashes shows us she’s still a step ahead of her peers with 2012's The Haunted Man.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Tue Apr 23
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Los Amigos Invisibles

  • Price band: 1/4

Call Los Amigos Invisibles' music anything you want; we call it glossy disco-funk from Venezuela, buoyed by recognition accrued after the band snagged a Latin Grammy for its fifth LP, Commercial.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Fri Apr 26
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Crystal Castles

  • Price band: 2/4

Toronto twosome Crystal Castles offers cool-kid lo-fi synth-pop, ranging from dreamy to ferocious. Alice Glass's silky vocals and sexy style go a long way to make a case for the group's electro-boom staying power.

  1. Hollywood Palladium 6215 W Sunset Blvd, between N Argyle & N El Centro Aves
  2. Until Fri Apr 26
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Medeski Martin & Wood

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For more than 20 (!) years now, the ever-combustible MMW has fused mainstream, avant-garde and funky inclinations into an irresistible jam with a flavor all its own.

  1. Royce Hall 340 Royce Dr, at UCLA
  2. Until Fri Apr 26
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Shuggie Otis

  • Price band: 2/4

Shuggie Otis, a singer-songsmith who issued a couple of psychedelic-soul classics in the early ’70s before dropping out of sight for decades, reemerges in support of a forthcoming reissue, Inspiration Information/Wings of Love.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Sat Apr 27
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Stereo Total

  • Price band: 1/4

Berlin-based duo Stereo Total sings in five languages and blends genres with a rare effortlessness. Beyond its dedication to groove and its general disinterest in ballads, the best thing about the group is its conviction that originality and authenticity have nothing to do with a good time.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Sat Apr 27
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More concerts in LA in April 2013

  • Apr 2: Low at the Troubadour
  • Apr 4: Colin Hay at Largo
  • Apr 5: Soul Asylum at the Roxy Theatre
  • Apr 6: Big Head Todd & the Monsters at House of Blues Los Angeles
  • Apr 6: Clint Mansell at the Orpheum Theatre
  • Apr 11: Dave Stewart at the Troubadour
  • Apr 12: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu at Club Nokia
  • Apr 17: A Day to Remember at the Wiltern
  • Apr 20: Senses Fail at House of Blues Anaheim
  • Apr 25: Rodney Atkins at Club Nokia

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