LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in January 2013

Explore our detailed LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this January. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene this month include Lady Gaga, Muse and The Who.



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Social Distortion

House of Blues Anaheim; January 1, 8–9, 11–13, 18
House of Blues Los Angeles; January 19–20, 25–26

All the punks who got Social D tats back in the early ’80s like to crow about how the band ain't what it used to be. Well, yes, times indeed change, and even if the band's old fans haven't faced up to it, Social D is no longer a punk band—just a kick-ass rock band. Mike Ness and company are making themselves at home at House of Blues venues throughout the Southland this month, so you really have no excuses. $30.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

The Observatory; Thursday January 10

Bone brings its Cleveland attitude and, well, thug experiences to the OC this month. More importantly, it brings its complex rhythms and speedy rhymes that would put the Micro Machines Man to shame. $25–$100.

Sum 41

The Glass House; Thursday January 10
House of Blues Los Angeles; Friday January 11

Ontario pop-punk stalwarts Sum 41—made infamous by frontman Deryck Whibley's doomed marriage to Avril Lavigne—celebrate the tenth anniversary of their not-half-bad 2002 LP, Does This Look Infected?, by running the record down live. Fans of crunchy, lovelorn Warped Tour fare, this one's for you!; $20–$30.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Glass House; Friday January 11

New York's favourite art-punk alt-poppers headline a gig at the Glass House in Pomona. The trio hasn't released a new album since 2009, so we'd hazard a guess that this show will be a combustible greatest-hits show with a few newies thrown in. Yeah Yeah Yeahs are never less than spectacular live, so if you've nabbed a ticket, you're one lucky so-and-so. $30.

Steve Earle + Allison Moorer

Royce Hall; Saturday January 12

Though Earle is best known for penning and performing country tunes with rock inflections, it seems he broadens his artistic palette more and more as time passes. He's appeared on The Wire, and written a play (Karla), a collection of short stories (Doghouse Roses) and now a novel (I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive). Earle gets back to the music, joining wife and musical collaborator Allison Moorer—no slouch herself in the country-folk realm—for an intimate performance at Royce Hall. $15–$45.


Pantages Theatre; Saturday January 12

Hailing from the British countryside, Keane found celebrity with its first big hits, “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Bedshaped,” which were seeped in a kind of super-polite, rainy-day melancholy. The band briefly perked up its act with an electropop album, but its fourth record, Strangeland, returns to that Coldplay-bred brooding. $36–$61.50.

The Dan Band

Club Nokia; Saturday January 12

Remember the wedding scenes in Old School and The Hangover? Then you're privy to LA’s real-life Dan Band, which busts out passionate pop covers laced with wanton profanity. If you’re a sucker for the gimmick, you probably already have tickets to this latest installment. $16–$26.50.




Troubadour; Sunday January 13–Monday January 14

Scott Hansen crafts lush sonic landscapes under the name Tycho, joining electronic elements with more organic instrumentation (he writes most of his songs on guitar) to create atmospheric, leaves-rustling-in-the-sunny-winter-afternoons-of-your-mind-type pop. $20.

Andrew Bird

Largo; Wednesday January 16–Friday January 18

Andrew Bird is at it again. Not content with releasing one album in 2012, he's gone and put out two—the richly wrought baroque-pop Hands of Glory hit the stands in October. $40.


El Rey Theatre; Wednesday January 16

Calexico's increasingly diverse bag of sounds—from dusty cinematic pop to jazzish numbers—brightens rooms both big and small. This time around, the band presents a new disc, Algiers. $20.

Jake Bugg

Troubadour; Wednesday January 16

This 18-year-old British newcomer isn’t your average teenager, even if labels like “the new Dylan” (applied by The Guardian) feel like a bit much. Bugg has mastered retro-modern songwriting on his 40-minute self-titled debut LP (out this spring in the States), which fits in with a long lineage of Brit-rock forefathers, while taking cues from manifestly stateside icons such as Dylan and Robert Johnson. $15.

Photo courtesy Pinback


El Rey Theatre; Thursday January 17

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 emo-ish 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. $22.

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force

El Rey Theatre; Friday January 18

Son of the late, great Fela, Afrobeat standard-bearer Femi Kuti rode the world-music wave that swept our shores in the early part of the aughts, collaborating with neosoul singers and Native Tongues rappers. Now, with his first studio album in seven years, Day by Day, Kuti sends a political message as powerful as the horn line in his band, the Positive Force. $30.

Trampled by Turtles

The Observatory; Friday January 18

Expect to be wowed by MN quintet Trampled by Turtles, which takes the high-tempo thrash method of Slayer and applies it to bluegrass, with some seriously furious fiddling and banjo- and mandolin-strumming. $20.

He's My Brother She's My Sister

Troubadour; Saturday January 19

Lively sibling-led quintet He's My Brother She's My Sister takes the Troubadour stage to perform cuts from its debut release, Nobody Dances in This Town. Live, their cutesy folk-pop takes on a theatrical and slightly rockabilly edge, especially thanks to their tap-dancing female drummer. $12–$14.

Lady Gaga

Staples Center; Sunday January 20–Monday January 21

Lady Gaga pays a visit to her little monsters in LA on her frustratingly named The Born This Way Ball World Tour. $49.50–$175.

Cat will be there. Will you?

Cat will be there. Will you?

Cat Power

The Observatory; Tuesday January 22

Chan Marshall, who performs under the name Cat Power, sings emotionally devastating songs with a totally soulful and shiver-inducing voice. Right before the release of her latest album, Sun, her longtime partner, actor Giovanni Ribisi, ended the relationship; four months later he married a model. Marshall not only failed to crumble, but delivered her gutsiest, zestiest album yet: Sun is fun, a magnificent declaration of independence. $35.


The Echo; Tuesday January 22

The boy-girl Brooklyn duo, inked to Sony, has thus far released the fluid Candy Bar Creep Show EP—a suitable name for its sweet-sinister art pop, which features more than its share of pouty witchiness, and is often mentioned in the same breath as Lana Del Rey. Will MS MR suffer the same fate as the once-hyped songstress? We’re just as curious as you. $8–$10.

The Airborne Toxic Event

Mayan Theater; Wednesday January 23

Whether you consider the Airborne Toxic Event LA’s answer to Coldplay or art-rock usurpers to the Killers and Silversun Pickups, frontman Mikel Jollett's voice—an offbeat and weirdly compelling mix of Iggy Pop and Billy Joel—is just too strong to be denied. Add the supple strings of violist Anna Bulbrook, and you’ve got all the blissfully over-the-top symphonic bluster you could ever hope for in an indie band. $25.

Jessie Ware

El Rey Theatre; Wednesday January 23

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. Scheduled for release here in April, 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. $19.


Staples Center; Wednesday January 23–Thursday January 24, Saturday January 26

The UK-based trio tours in support of their sixth album, The 2nd Law. Fun fact: This past July, Muse's song "Survival" was adopted as the official song of the 2012 Olympic Games. Maybe if you're lucky you'll hear them play it live. $35–$69.50.


The Fonda Theatre; Friday January 25
The Glass House; Sunday January 27

Gojira, a French extreme-metal outfit that's steadily accrued a rabid following, thanks to its rare balance of complexity and catchiness, plays a gig at the Fonda in support of its latest progged-out opus, L'Enfant Sauvage. This one's gonna get intense. $22.

Midge Ure

El Rey Theatre; Saturday January 26

You may know Midge Ure as the Scottish singer behind ’80s English synth-popsters Ultravox (of "Vienna" fame), as Thin Lizzy's keys player or as Bob Geldof's cohort in masterminding 1984's Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" project. At the El Rey in January, you can expect to hear oldies, alongside highlights from Ure's solo career. $28.50.

Local Natives

The Fonda Theatre; Monday January 28
El Rey Theatre; Tuesday January 29

Local Natives’ debut, Gorilla Manor, featured three-part melodies that portend chlorine on sweat-soaked skin. Lyrical metaphors skewed towards psychedelic freak folk and Halloween on uppers, an addictive combination. Expect more of the same as they stroll through LA for a pair of gigs in support of Hummingbird, out in January. $25.

Niki and the Dove + Vacationer

El Rey Theatre; Monday January 28

Buzzy Swedish electropop duo Niki and the Dove hit the El Rey, playing behind last year's Sub Pop debut, Instinct. Don't miss Vacationer's deliciously dreamy, tropical pop. $17.

The Who

Honda Center; Monday January 28
Staples Center; Wednesday January 30

The Who—that is, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, some other musicians (including Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey) and two very prominent ghosts—performs its classic rock opera Quadrophenia, a smash double album from 1973.; $39.50–$129.50.

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More concerts in LA in January 2013

  • Jan 4: Angel Olsen at the Bootleg Theater
  • Jan 5: The Fixx at the Canyon Club
  • Jan 10: Avant at the El Rey Theatre
  • Jan 11: Wilson Phillips at the Canyon Club
  • Jan 17: Lifehouse at the Grammy Museum
  • Jan 18: Bernie Worrell Orchestra at the Mint
  • Jan 18–19: Pennywise at the Hollywood Palladium
  • Jan 19: E-40 + Too Short at the Observatory
  • Jan 19: Cameo + Klymaxx at Gibson Amphitheatre
  • Jan 22: Caro Emerald at the El Rey Theatre
  • Jan 22–23: Quicksand at the Fonda Theatre and the Glass House
  • Jan 23: Dada at the Key Club
  • Jan 24: Pentatonix at the Fonda Theatre
  • Jan 25: Cody ChestnuTT at the Troubadour
  • Jan 25: Jon Brion at Largo
  • Jan 25: Berlin at the Canyon Club
  • Jan 26: Ben Folds Five at the Wiltern
  • Jan 29: Olly Murs at House of Blues Los Angeles
  • Jan 31: Tristan Prettyman at the Troubadour
  • Jan 31: Kinky at the Conga Room

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