LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in February 2014

Explore our detailed LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this February. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene this month include Delorean, Miley Cyrus and Lord Huron.

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Photograph: Courtesy Lucius

Lucius

  • Price band: 1/4

Brooklyn gals Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sing super-sweet harmonies as part of five-piece indie-pop combo Lucius. The critics' darlings wowed at this year’s SXSW, and you can expect to hear selections from their buzzy new debut album, Wildewoman. Support comes from Boston duo You Won't at their Feb. 1 Observatory-presented show at Detroit Bar. Then the ladies will make their way to Hollywood for a sold-out night at the Troubadour Feb. 4.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Tue Feb 4
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White Denim

White Denim Photograph: Michael Hammett and Bobby Weiss

White Denim

  • Price band: 2/4

Austin's trio-turned-quartet White Denim offers their uncommonly ambitious blend of laid-back folk-pop, feverishly intricate art rock and psychedelic soul—insular stuff, yet super inviting all the same. They'll be in town promoting their new album, Corsicana Lemonade, at two sold-out dates at the Troubadour. Nashville rockers Clear Plastic Masks will open both nights.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Sat Feb 8
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Delorean

Delorean

Delorean

  • Price band: 1/4

Set your flux capacitors for Feb. 8 at the Observatory in Santa Ana to catch Barcelonan dance rockers Delorean. The band's atmospheric, pulsating jams turn even the typical arms-crossed, cement-still concertgoer into a dancing fiend. The indie darlings and master remixers—they've been commissioned to do remixes for Franz Ferdinand and the XX—will be promoting their fourth album, Apar.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Sat Feb 8
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Photograph: Courtesy the Warlocks

The Warlocks

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

LA's own Velvet Underground devotees the Warlocks bring their droney, dreamy, dark psych rock to the Bootleg with a party to celebrate the release of their new record, Skull Worship. We're guessing the four-year gap between records may have something to do with the Hell's Angels shooting that took place outside a show at the Echo the band played in 2010. Either way, expect more of the band's signature sinister beauty, helmed by key Warlock Bobby Hecksher and the revolving door of musicians that make up the group. Tashaki Miyaki, Raw Geronimo, Von Haze, Cat Museum and Drinking Flowers round out the lineup.

  1. Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Blvd
  2. Sat Feb 8
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Photograph: Olivia Oyama

Secret Chiefs 3

  • Price band: 2/4

Madcap guitarist-conceptualist (formerly of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle) Trey Spruance leads this genre-munching collective. The art rock band performs proggy fantasias that draw on Bollywood-esque melodies, Persian death metal and surf rock. The veteran band—it's been around since '95—will play its musical "ancient truth against modern superstition" at the Observatory's Constellation Room to promote its new album, Book of Souls, Folio A.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Tue Feb 11
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Band of Horses

  • Price band: 3/4

The South Carolina quintet who formed from the ashes of decade-old outfit Carissa's Weird delivers woodsy, dreamy and sadly beauteous epic songs, which favor the reverb-heavy vocals of Ben Bridwell and are clearly in thrall to My Morning Jacket, although they're no less affecting for that. The band blows into town for two special acoustic performances—first at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, then at Immanuel Presbyterian Church the second night—promoting its most recent album, Mirage Rock.

Photograph: Courtesy the Glass House Concert Hall

Brandon Boyd and Sons of the Sea

  • Price band: 2/4

Oh-so-dreamy Incubus frontman, multihyphenate and California native Brandon Boyd is adding to his ego—er, repertoire—with new solo project Sons of the Sea. He, along with frequent Incubus producer Brendan O'Brien, created an album of poppier, more vibrant tunes during the band's hiatus. Boyd used the creative freedom to make an eclectic, "quintessential Brandon Boyd record." Tip: If you like the tunes, buying the album will score you a free ticket for the show.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Until Wed Feb 12
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Photograph: Courtesy St. Lucia

St. Lucia

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Impress your music-loving Valentine by taking him or her to see Brooklyn-based but South African-born Jean-Philip Grobler—aka St. Lucia—this Feb. 14. He—along with the four bandmembers who join him during live shows—will bring his retro but refreshingly unkitschy, hypnotic and thumping electropop to OC's Observatory in support of his new, debut LP When the Night.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Fri Feb 14
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Imagine Dragons

  • Price band: 4/4

Las Vegans Imagine Dragons make impassioned sort-of-indie rock with plenty of synthesizers, turning out one radio hit after another that you actually don't mind hearing repeatedly—they're like the American Coldplay. It's all there: songs that move from piano balladry to thumping choruses; portentously life-affirming lyrics; earnest, high-pitched vocals; clever album artwork... you get the idea. Their debut album, Night Visions, came out arena-ready in 2012, with production by Alexander Grant (Nicki Minaj, Eminem), and they'll most likely be playing a hefty percentage of it tonight. Fellow up-and-comers the Naked and Famous will open the sold-out Valentine's Day show.

  1. Forum 3900 W Manchester Boulevard
  2. Fri Feb 14
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Spiritualized

  • Price band: 4/4

Jason Pierce brings his veteran space-rock outfit Spiritualized over from London (not quite the outer reaches of the galaxy, but still) to play legendary album, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space—one of the saddest albums of the last quarter century—in its entirety for the first time on the West Coast. He'll be joined by a full 30-piece orchestra and gospel choir. Performed at the newly re-opened historic United Artists Theatre—on Valentine's Day, no less—it should make for an astounding night. The in-demand show sold out within a day, so if you want to score tickets they'll cost you upwards of $200 a pop.

  1. Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles 929 South Broadway
  2. Fri Feb 14
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Amon Amarth

  • Price band: 2/4

Veteran Swedish melodic vikings AA play some of the most hilariously over-the-top, head-banging epic metal you're likely to find these days. They take the name Amon Amarth from the Sindarin (J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional language) term for Middle-earth's Mount Doom, which gives you a good idea of their music's subject matter. The band is touring behind its ninth studio album, Deceiver of the Gods. See the burly, bearded horde as it rolls into the Wiltern, joined by Enslaved and Skeletonwitch. Tip: to avoid pesky service charges, get your tickets at the Palladium any Saturday leading up to the show from 10am-2pm.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Sat Feb 15
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Photograph: Courtesy Paul Simon

Paul Simon & Sting

  • Price band: 3/4

Moms, dads, lovebirds, tourists, poetic souls of all stripes, rejoice! Two of the most regal purveyors of adult pop will share the newly revitalized Forum's stage—that is, after they perform solo sets with their respective bands. Expect a parade of classy-as-hell hits, both new and old, drawn from the two old friends' super-deep back catalogs.

  1. Forum 3900 W Manchester Boulevard
  2. Sat Feb 15
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Chuckie

  • Price band: 3/4

Dutch-Surinamese spinner Chuckie—pioneer of the "Dirty Dutch" genre—will bring his explosive beats to headline this sold-out LA EDM extravaganza: "Finger Lickin' at the Shrine with Chuckie & Showtek." His full-bore, big-room electronic thumpery finds favor with the David Guettas and Erick Morillos of the world. The big-room blowout will also feature the punk-dance Pegboard Nerds, San Diego's TJR and tech-trance producer Ummet Ozcan.

  1. Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center 665 W Jefferson Blvd
  2. Sun Feb 16
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Photograph: Courtesy Lawrence Arms

The Lawrence Arms

  • Price band: 2/4

Gritty Chicago punk band the Lawrence Arms is playing the El Rey to promote its first full-length album in almost eight years, Metropole, and will come out swinging with its signature fiery spirit and a whole new energy. Expect songs that place more of an emphasis on storytelling and instill a feeling of urban isolation. Their influences range from Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment to late-'90s hip-hop, which translated into lyrics like this Guns N' Roses nod: "Take me down to that city where the girls just look okay."

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Sun Feb 16
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Photograph: Courtesy New Politics

New Politics

  • Price band: 1/4

Raucous indie rock trio New Politics have been a band for years but after moving from Copenhagen, Denmark to Brooklyn they found breakthrough success this past year by urging rock radio listeners everywhere to "shake it like a bad girl up in Harlem." Hear their high-energy, Bravery-style pop-rock at this Observatory show, where they'll be joined by Magic Man and Sleeper Agent.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Tue Feb 18
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Photograph: Courtesy John Butler Trio

John Butler Trio

  • Price band: 2/4

Dreadlocked skate punk John Butler went from humble street performer to chart-topper in his native Australia (he was born in Torrance, CA but moved Down Under as a child). His work is equal parts Dave Matthews (especially in the vocal department) and Ben Harper, and his trio has a brand new album, Flesh & Blood, out Feb. 7. The band names everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Martin Luther King, Jr. as influences. Hear the Aussie rockers play their multitude of genres—roots, rock, dancehall, you name it—at this Fonda show.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Fri Feb 21
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Photograph: Courtesy L.A. Arena Company, LLC

Miley Cyrus

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The Disney star turned twerkaholic wrecking ball definitely knows how to get attention. After her 2013 escapades, Barbara Walter just named her one of the "10 Most Fascinating People" of the year. Judge for yourself as she swings into LA on her Bangerz tour. If it's anything like her recent awards show performances, the show will be a tawdry, headline-grabbing, attention-seeking, must-see masterclass in quintessential pop spectacle. Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop (of "I Love It" fame) will join her for a modern girl-power party.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Sat Feb 22
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Propagandhi

Propagandhi Photograph: Mandy Malazdrewich

Propagandhi

  • Price band: 2/4

Long-serving cult-ish punk rockers Propagandhi will play behind their 2012 album Failed States at the Echoplex. The cleverly named group names Rush and Sabbath among their influences and prides themselves on social consciousness, previously focusing band energy on volunteering and fundraising projects. The Flatliners and War on Women will open the show. Advance tickets for the show are sold out, but a limited amount may be for sale at the door.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Sun Feb 23
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Photograph: Courtesy David Crosby

An Evening With David Crosby

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Rock 'n' roll legend David Crosby (minus Stills, Nash and Young) brings his music to five nights at the Troubadour for an intimate series of shows. The event promises to be a blast from the past, as Crosby will play material spanning his entire career at the venue where he used to play during its 1960s heyday. But he'll also be supporting his January 2014 release Croz—his first solo album of studio material in 20 years. The $56 tickets for all the shows sold out almost instantaneously, so if you track some down expect to pay at least double.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Fri Feb 28
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Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog Photograph: Chris Crisman

Dr. Dog

  • Price band: 2/4

Oddball Philly psych-pop faves Dr. Dog has been making records for over a decade now, and its unabashedly joyful live shows attracted comparisons with the Muppet band from the get-go. And yeah, their songwriting is openly in thrall to late-era Beatles (off-kilter chord changes, dexterous basslines) and the Beach Boys’ splayed-out harmonies, but the band has really come into its own recently, as on new album B-Room, which it will promote at this Observatory show.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Wed Feb 26
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Photograph: Kit Chalberg

The Wailers

  • Price band: 2/4

The current version of the Wailers, the biggest Jamaican group of all time with more than 250 million albums sold worldwide, returns to the stage. In the absence of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh (may both RIP) and Bunny Wailer, original Wailers bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett keeps the legacy going, with a new musical crew performing those classic reggae grooves. Former Aswad singer Brinsley Forde takes over Bob Marley's vocal duties, and the group will be playing its 1984 best-of album, Legend, in full, which means hit after hit after hit.

  1. House of Blues 8430 W Sunset Blvd, at N Olive Dr
  2. Until Thu Feb 27
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Lord Huron.

Lord Huron. Photograph: Graeme Flegenheimer

Lord Huron

  • Price band: 2/4

Rising LA-based indie folk band Lord Huron will bring songs from their 2012 debut LP, Lonesome Dreams, to LA for two nights. The project began as lead singer Ben Schneider's vision and now involves four additional members, who offer campfire-ready, harmony-laden folk-pop. You can hear echoes of the Old West flowing through their music: the Ennio Morricone-immortalized whistles, the John Jacob Niles-like plaintive vocals and the enormous reverb suggesting the vast, empty prairie. Their gorgeous harmonies draw comparisons to Local Natives and back in 2012 KCRW named them the "band you should have known," but it's not too late! Get to know them at the Fonda.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Mon Dec 15
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