LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in August 2013

Explore our detailed LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this August. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene this month include One Direction, the National and Alt-J.

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Kitten

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

LA's own Kitten does snarly, neo-new-wavey electro-rock, with heavy ’80s overtones. Young frontwoman Chloe Chaidez—her dad was a first-wave LA punker—handles dreamy yearning and spunky sass with the same impressive command.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Fri Aug 2
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Photograph: David Gahr

Bob Dylan + Wilco + My Morning Jacket

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The Americanarama festival ain't your daddy's dad-rock: It's your dad-rock and your daddy's dad-rock, united. This mammoth bill brings together three critical darlings who have each pushed folk-rock into bold, unique territories. The purists revolted against Dylan when he went electric. Imagine what they did when Wilco and MMJ got all Radiohead on their asses. If there's not some kind of epic, hazy, everyone-onstage-at-once mega-jam, you've been had. More bands to be announced, undoubtedly of the Paste magazine variety.

  1. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 8808 Irivne Center Dr
  2. Sat Aug 3
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Diana Ross

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The supreme Supreme's current tour focuses on her greatest hits, which are immeasurable and iconic. "I Hear a Symphony," "Reflections," "You Can't Hurry Love"… these songs form America's pop fabric and will fit nicely at the Hollywood Bowl.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Sat Aug 3
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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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LA’s Alex Ebert fronts this 12-piece neo-hippy folk band, which recalls a more accessible Polyphonic Spree with just as engaging a live show. Expect an unforgettably epic sing-along to their touching ‘09 ballad “Home,” which has quietly become a bona fide cult classic anthem through endless Pandora streams and word-of-mouth.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Sun Aug 4
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Phish

  • Price band: 2/4
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Phans, rejoice! This August, the tireless jam-band vets hit the Hollywood Bowl with another crowd-pleasing set for its extremely loyal fanbase. Fan culture at Phish concerts is the fuel of the band’s success, with a euphoric dreadlocked attendees under the influence of more than just music. After all, there’s a reason the band’s light shows are out of this world. Should be a phun time for all.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Mon Aug 5
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Photograph: Tom Beard

Palma Violets

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Named after an old-fashioned British candy, the members of this indie-rock four-piece from South East London look like they’d blow their first paycheck on Clearasil and cigarettes—so far, so Arctic Monkeys. But Palma Violets have a sound all their own, even if it has been stitched together from their favorite records. Over and above the hype, Palma Violets bristle with youth—with silliness and drunken rage and delight. You don’t need a poll to tell you that’s going to be a good time live.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Tue Aug 6
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One Direction

  • Price band: 2/4

What can you expect at this show from Simon Cowell–groomed U.K. boy band One Direction? Nonstop screaming, barstool serenades, cheeky bromance, and a million bucks’ worth of camera-phoneage. Not to mention “What Makes You Beautiful” and other maddeningly catchy boy-band anthems. Like it or not, 1D's rabid fanbase is the closest thing we've got to Beatlemania today, and for four days they are likely going to fill Staples Center with its most ear-splitting pitch of the year.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Until Sat Aug 10
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Hall & Oates

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Hall & Oates

  • Price band: 2/4

The #1 best-selling duo in music history is stopping at the Pacific Amphitheatre with their self-proclaimed "rock and soul" hits. Hall & Oates rarely saw critical acclaim, but today they’re having the last laugh, experiencing a resurgence with younger generations through boosts like popular soundtrack features ("You Make My Dreams" in 500 Days of Summer's fun dance scene). This show, which sold out months in advance, should be a good time full of infectious hooks and sing-alongs.

  1. Pacific Amphitheatre 100 Fair Dr
  2. Sun Oct 26
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Photograph: David McClister

An Evening with Willie Nelson and Family

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Mellow outlaw-country figurehead Willie Nelson brings his road-sharpened crew to the Hollywood Bowl for one night only. The American icon just turned 80, and musically he can still roll with the best of them (as well as in other regards—Snoop Dogg recently claimed Willie is the only person who has out-smoked him). Don’t miss this chance to see the living legend in action, with witty lyricist Lyle Lovett and his Large Band opening the show.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Until Fri Aug 9
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Photograph: Barbara Anastacio

Grizzly Bear

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Five years after Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood named Grizzly Bear his favorite band, and four years after the group became everyone's favorite band with the release of harmony-laden indie-pop gem Veckatimest, Brooklyn indie-rock-faves-made-good Grizzly Bear play a high-profile gig in support of their most recent LP, Shields, in the dreamy landscape of Hollywood Forever cemetery.

  1. Hollywood Forever Cemetery 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  2. Until Fri Aug 9
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Photograph: Keith Klenowski

The National + Daughter

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

How in the world did this Brooklyn-via-Ohio band become one of the biggest rock acts under the sun? It's a mystery, but melancholy singer Matt Berninger’s hauntingly beautiful voice and lyrics are undoubtedly part of the answer. We're curious to see how the group's brooding songs and debauched elegance go down when they promote their new release Trouble Will Find Me at two of LA’s most popular venues.

  1. Hollywood Forever Cemetery 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  2. Until Sun Aug 11
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Photograph: James Moriarty

Jessie Ware

  • Price band: 2/4

Already a big deal over in the U.K.—the Londoner's debut album, Devotion, was recently nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize—Ware first piqued the interest of tastemakers back in 2011 after contributing her velvety vocals to a few tracks by postdubstep bass master SBTRKT. Her debut Devotion is a beguiling effort that takes the silken soul-stylings of Sade and gives them a modern polish. Catch the 28-year-old now as her star continues to rise.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Until Sat Aug 10
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Foals

  • Price band: 2/4
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This Oxford quintet set themselves apart from the Rapture-like, punk-funk cum retro synth-pop pack of the mid-oughts new wave craze by flashing an unselfconscious intelligence and bashing out smart, danceable pop tunes. They will play to promote their new album Holy Fire. Think math rock mixed with indie, new wave and a hint of kraut.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Fri Aug 9
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San Cisco + Smallpools

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Perky Aussie indie-popsters San Cisco are hitting the states to plug their self-titled debut album. The four-piece is shockingly young (ages 18-20), but they show off serious songwriting talent with catchy tunes about first loves and awkward texting. Singer Jordi Davieson is a cool combo of Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), and sparks fly when he duets with drummer Scarlett Stevens’ adorably sweet vocals.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Until Tue Aug 13
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Yeasayer

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Arty indie faves Yeasayer support their latest, Fragrant World, during this jaunt into the Southland. 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."

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Until Mon Aug 12
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The Monkees

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The most famous fake band of all time plays a new local gig to roll out some of its very real hits. Expect deep album cuts and fan favorites such as "I'm a Believer," as well as rare films and one-of-a-kind photographs. The original LA-based bandmates (minus the dreamy Davey Jones, who passed away last year) will perform in this stop of the 24-city tour.

Deap Vally

Deap Vally Photograph: Bryan Sheffield

Deap Vally

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LA’s Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards are known for donning racy hot pants and belting out grrrl-power blues-rock anthems like “Gonna Make My Own Money.” They’re a certifiable buzz band in London, but will they cross over to their homeland? Check out Vally’s hard-partying live show and decide for yourself.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Tue Aug 13
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Photograph: J Odell

Queens of the Stone Age

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Josh Homme and his thrillingly intense band stir up their irresistibly sexy mixture of desert rock, blues, stoner metal and grunge. For one night at the (soon-to-be-demolished) Gibson Amphitheatre, they're bringing their new record ...Like Clockwork to Los Angeles, along with a hugely impressive 15-year back catalogue packed with towering riffs.

  1. Gibson Amphitheatre 100 Universal City Plaza
  2. Until Sat Aug 17
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Best Coast

  • Price band: 2/4

LA-based surf-pop trio Best Coast deliver a live set full of groovy, preloved licks and lo-fi, sweetly melodic fuzz. Fiery frontwoman Bethany Cosentino’s best songs are full of yearning and heartache that her sweet-with-an-edge voice pulls off perfectly, and sounds just as great live as recorded. Opening are SFV sister duo Bleached, currently riding on a wave of hype with their retro garage rock.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Mon Aug 19
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Taylor Swift + Ed Sheeran

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For an impressive (and nearly all sold-out) four nights, the 23-year-old star Taylor Swift brings her blond tresses and army of fans to the Staples Center in support of her latest country-pop opus, Red, which has made converts of pop skeptics and indie rags alike. Whether the rumors that she and opener Ed Sheeran are hooking up (which the two deny) are true or not, we dig their work both separately and together. For a taste, check out the talented Brit's cover of Swift's dubstep-tastic hit, "I Knew You Were Trouble."

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Until Sat Aug 24
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Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy Photograph: Paul Natkin

Buddy Guy + Funky Meters

  • Price band: 2/4

Legendary bluesman Buddy Guy showcases his latest release, 2010's Living Proof—something of a sonic autobiography, running from tracks like "Where the Blues Begins" (which has Carlos Santana on ax duties) to "74 Years Young." Oh, and a song called "Skanky." Still got it.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Until Wed Aug 21
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Photograph: Chris Woo

Pinback

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The poppy indie-rock group Pinback might seem 180 degrees removed from the dazzling virtuosity of outfits like Battles, but at its best, the San Diego crew’s music is only slightly less architecturally exquisite. The soaring hooks of singer-songwriters Rob Crow and Zach Smith keep the long-running band—touring in support of its fifth full-length—sounding warm, even when its arrangements tilt toward the brainily angular.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Until Thu Aug 22
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Heart

Brand-new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart are stopping at the Greek Theatre to perform their classic hits, including catchy “Magic Man” and “Barracuda.” The hard rock band, one of the first of its kind to have a frontwoman, has been going strong on the charts for four decades and still puts on a terrific live set. Joining them will be Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, a tribute to the music of his late father John Bonham's legendary band.

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Until Fri Aug 23
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The Airborne Toxic Event

The Airborne Toxic Event Photograph: Autumn DeWilde

Airborne Toxic Event + Delta Spirit

  • Price band: 2/4

Named after a section from an apocalyptic Don DeLillo book and born out of the short-lived neo-Springsteen fad a few years back, LA's Airborne Toxic Event plays epic, moody indie rock with light classical adornments, and has been gigging with the excellent Calder Quartet for some years now. Fittingly opening the show will be soulful Americana rockers Delta Spirit.

  1. Pacific Amphitheatre 100 Fair Dr
  2. Until Fri Aug 23
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Goat Rodeo

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A quartet of renowned virtuosos make up Goat Rodeo—Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Chris Thile on mandolin, Edgar Meyer on bass and Stuart Duncan on fiddle. Together the incredibly skilled musicians blend bluegrass and classical stylings, and they are sure to thrill adventurous music listeners of both genres when performing their Grammy-winning compositions live at the Hollywood Bowl.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Until Sun Aug 25
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Alt-J

Alt-J Photograph: Jory Cordy

Alt-J

  • Price band: 2/4

The brilliant symbol-named quartet from Leeds, who are rising at a phenomenal rate and selling out shows all over the place, ply their reverb-smothered, off-kilter, bluesy alt indie that alternately echoes Yeasayer and Jeff Buckley. Expect tracks from their stunning debut LP, An Awesome Wave, which somehow sound even better live.

  1. Hollywood Palladium 6215 W Sunset Blvd, between N Argyle & N El Centro Aves
  2. Until Tue Aug 27
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Photograph: Courtesy Icona Pop

Icona Pop

  • Price band: 1/4

All hail the Bananarama-esque straggly pop stylings of stylish Swedish duo Icona Pop, pumping out catchy, melodic, bratty dance pop. Their summer hit “I Love It” is everywhere, and for good reason. A visit to their wildly fun live show proves that these ladies are more than just hype.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Thu Aug 29
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More concerts in LA in August 2013

  • Aug 2: Chicago at The Greek Theatre
  • Aug 3: Gipsy Kings at The Greek Theatre
  • Aug 7: The Wanted at Pacific Amphitheatre
  • Aug 10: Emeli Sandé at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • Aug 16: Jonas Brothers at Gibson Amphitheatre
  • Aug 16: Wang Chung @ Canyon Club
  • Aug 23: Kristin Chenoweth at Hollywood Bowl
  • Aug 24: Steely Dan at Nokia LA LIVE

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