LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in January 2014

Explore our detailed LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this November. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene this month include Volcano Choir, Justin Timberlake and Grizfolk.

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Photograph: Courtesy Yacht Rock Revue

Yacht Rock Revue

  • Price band: 1/4

A half-assed yacht-rock cover band? We can't go for that, no can do. Luckily for us, and you, Yacht Rock Revue's spot-on covers of Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan and the rest of the Time Life infomercial catalog are by far the best '70s light rock tribute out there. Part tribute, part original act, part comedic troupe, these guys dress and act the part, and their singing isn't half bad either.

  1. House of Blues 8430 W Sunset Blvd, at N Olive Dr
  2. Sat Jan 4
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Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Santa Ana's Observatory ups its ante as it kicks off 2014 by playing host to the newly Rastafarian Snoop Lion himself. The Long Beach native will be performing his "classic smash hits" as well as, no doubt, some material from his latest album: 2013's Reincarnated.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Fri Jan 10
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Photograph: Kyle Johnson

Pickwick

  • Price band: 1/4

This buzzworthy Seattle band released its debut full-length album, Can't Talk Medicine, this past March and has already been compared to acts from the Alabama Shakes to Sam Cooke. Plus, NPR recently named its track "Lady Luck" (featuring Sharon Van Etten) as one of Public Radio's Songs of 2013. We like their name; they call themselves Pickwick after a record label where Lou Reed worked as a songwriter in the '60s. Check them out at this LA date at the Troubadour.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Fri Jan 10
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Photograph: Courtesy the White Buffalo

The White Buffalo

  • Price band: 2/4

SoCal's own Jake Smith—aka the White Buffalo—returns to OC's Observatory with his band to play songs from his new LP, Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways. The husky, bearded creator of mellow country-Americana's songs have, unsurprisingly, been featured in Sons of Anarchy this season. Hear his rough-hewn baritone as he growls his songs about "rebels, outsiders and troubled souls."

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Sat Jan 11
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Sea Wolf

  • Price band: 2/4

Sea Wolf (the musical alias of Alex Brown Church) has a charming summery vibe, —perfect for shaking your winter blues—that's reminiscent of the Ladybug Transistor and Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst's right-hand man, Mike Mogis, produced one of Sea Wolf's albums). Catch the LA-based indie folk singer's special acoustic show—it's the release party for his new, Kickstarter-funded, stripped-down album—in the intimate Masonic Lodge. Alex will be playing tracks, telling stories and answering questions from fans.

  1. Hollywood Forever Cemetery 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  2. Sat Jan 11
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The Eagles

  • Price band: 3/4

With a combined age of 267 these California legends of classic rock may not live life in the fast lane any more, but they're still traveling the world to bring their slick, plastic country-rock and perfect harmonies to their whopping international fanbase. "Hotel California," "Best of My Love," "Take It Easy," "One of These Nights": you'll no doubt hear them all during the band's two-week LA run at the Forum, as the shows are part of the tour supporting the band's new documentary, History of the Eagles. You can also expect to hear hits from the band members' solo careers. Even the band's original guitarist, Bernie Leadon, has popped up for some of the tour dates so far.

  1. Forum 3900 W Manchester Boulevard, at S Prairie Avenue
  2. Until Sat Jan 25
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Photograph: Courtesy Moon Taxi

Moon Taxi

  • Price band: 1/4

Nashville progressive-rock quintet Moon Taxi hits LA on a noteworthy buzz wave. Their third album Mountains Beaches Cities was released this past September. It was mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather) and boasts an overall bigger sound, which should translate nicely to their live shows.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Thu Jan 16
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Photograph: Chris Woo

Pinback

  • Price band: 2/4

Poppy indie-rock mainstays 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 ornate. The soaring hooks of singer-songwriters Rob Crow and Zach Smith keep the long-running band—touring in support of its fifth full-length, which has unusual emotional resonance—sounding warm, even when its arrangements tilt toward the brainily angular. Sharing the bill tonight is Deathfix, a proggy, retro-leaning D.C. art-pop band that includes Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty—handling guitar and vocals here—and Rich Morel, Bob Mould's partner in his Blowoff venture.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Fri Jan 17
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Photograph: Courtesy Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Brooklyn's increasingly buzzy Parquet Courts do lo-fi, geek-chic, indie garage rock with a hint of punk. Brothers Max and Andrew Savage, along with their bandmates, are doing the once-a-generation job of stripping it all back to something tight and brilliant. Don't miss them as they play from their incredible debut album, Light Up Gold, at the Fonda. Also on the bill are White Fence and Destruction Unit.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Fri Jan 17
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Photograph: Courtesy Harriet

Harriet

  • Price band: 1/4

Former Dawes member Alex Casnoff fronts this local band—LA mainstays and SXSW veterans. The all-male group is named for Casnoff's grandmother and has drawn attention in the past two years for tongue-in-cheek songs like "I Slept With All Your Mothers," its cinematic songwriting and its Americana-meets-electronica sound. Its Bootleg Bar show will be rounded out by Z Berg and rockabilly LA band the Americans.

  1. Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Blvd
  2. Sat Jan 18
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Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake Photo courtesy 2013 MSG Holdings LP

Justin Timberlake

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Justin Timberlake isn't the smoothest when it comes to between-song banter, but that's the only thing you might find lacking in his current big-box tour—his first major solo tour in six years—behind his recent double platinum album The 20/20 Experience. A consummate pro, J.T. mixes a young Sinatra's swagger and charisma with the airtight funk of Michael Jackson at his peak, making magic night after night with an accompanying big band. Catch his return to LA after sharing the stage with Jay-Z over the summer; without his famous friend in tow, Justin will have even more time to devote to giving his fans the 20/20 Experience—whatever that means.

  1. Forum 3900 W Manchester Boulevard, at S Prairie Avenue
  2. Until Tue Aug 12
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Photograph: Parker Fitzgerald

Pure Bathing Culture

  • Price band: 1/4

Bringing their sparkling dream-pop sounds to LA, Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille of Portlandian duo PBC used to play with Vetiver. They've kept their old band's folk framework, but sharpened it with chiming guitar and synths to the point where they've started inviting Fleetwood Mac comparisons. They're touring to promote their luxurious 2013 album Moon Tides, along with Seattle band La Luz.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Tue Jan 21
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Birdy

  • Free

This 17-year-old young Scottish songstress won the music competition Open Mic UK at only 12 and was one of the first acts to break out on YouTube by covering artists such as Bon Iver and Phoenix, cunningly restyling their songs into coffee shop-friendly piano ballads. Her debut album contained only one original, but the genuine-sounding follow-up, Fire Within, proves that she's not just a pretty voice via some touching originals. She'll be playing an exclusive show this weekend at the Masonic Lodge, but the only way to score tickets is through a Hollywood Forever-hosted contest: email your name and zip code to birdyhollywoodforever@gmail.com to enter.

  1. Hollywood Forever Cemetery 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  2. Tue Jan 21
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Photograph: Patrick Heagney

of Montreal + Wild Moccasins

  • Price band: 2/4

For folks with some investment in the undefinable Athens, GA, outfit, of Montreal’s disorderliness seems inseparable from its off-kilter charm, as seen on its latest offering, Lousy with Sylvianbriar—the twelfth overall and the fourth in the last five years. The band has spent the better part of two decades crafting neo-psych indie pop with notes of funk, electronica, Afrobeat, glam, krautrock—essentially anything that'll stick—leading to a wildly diverse back catalog, united only by frontman Kevin Barnes's introspective, melancholic lyrics. Houston quintet and live favorites Wild Moccasins will open at the Glass House-presented show at Long Beach's Art Theatre (2025 E 4th St).

Wooden Shjips

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

San Francisco quartet Wooden Shjips (gotta love the spelling) turn out fuzzed-up pyschedelic rock with a hint of Krautrock that will appeal to the hippie in you. Leader Ripley Johnson originally formed the band with the intention of creating music with a group of non-musicians, in the hope that untrained players could contribute a fresh outlook. But once Rolling Stone caught wind of them, the band lost its right to obscurity. Catch them at this intimate Echo show. Fellow NorCal band Carlton Melton will open with their one-take instrumental psychedelic music.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Fri Jan 24
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Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

  • Price band: 2/4

British whippersnapper Jake Bugg, given an early seal of approval by Noel Gallagher, has rocketed to fame both in the U.K. and stateside since his self-titled singer-songwriter debut in 2012. Here, the 19-year-old performs his retro-modern brand of indie country-folk in the wake of his second album, Shangri La. Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. will present songs from his recent AHJ EP and Brooklyn rock quintet the Skins will also open.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Fri Jan 24
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Darkside

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

New York producer Nicolas Jaar and like-minded multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington—they met each other as students at Brown University—join forces to make scuzzy, brainy, blues-meets-disco-meets-ambient electronica. Their specialty is blues-oriented, mesmerizing dance music—they're also known for their remix of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which they released under the pseudonym Daftside. Get your groove on at this stop on the band's tour as it promotes its debut LP, Psychic.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Sat Jan 25
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Photograph: Courtesy Superhumanoids

Superhumanoids

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Head to the Observatory's Constellation Room in Santa Ana to hear hazy synth-pop and new wave tunes from this Silver Lake band. The buzzy LA trio's self-produced debut album, Exhibitionists, was released just last year. They've toured with Local Natives and Cold War Kids and are venturing out on their own this month with their "music to help kiss the doldrums away."

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Sat Jan 25
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Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty Photograph: Kirk Edwards

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

  • Price band: 2/4

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews grew up playing alongside New Orleans' nimblest brass men. Now in his twenties, he's developed into one of the Big Easy's best. His most recent offering, Say That to Say This, showcases a more soulful R&B sound—but make no mistake, his powerhouse band, Orleans Avenue, pumps out raw, funky grooves for maximum ass-moving.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Sat Jan 25
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Photograph: Courtesy Grizfolk

Grizfolk

  • Price band: 1/4

SoCal band Grizfolk was founded by three LA implants—one from the South and two from Stockholm, Sweden—who found inspiration in "ghetto by the sea" Venice Beach. Expect poppy folk-rock with a traveling vagabond's touch, complete with boot-stomping guitar riffs. Joining them will be In The Valley Below: LA residents Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail create sultry, synthetic atmospherics with dual male-female harmonies, all delivered with a slightly menacing air. If you think that sounds a bit like a goth Fleetwood Mac… you're right.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Wed Jan 29
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Washed Out

Washed Out Photograph: Will Govus

Washed Out

  • Price band: 3/4

Atlanta's Ernest Green is Washed Out, the purveyor of some woozy and fractured, beats-based, sun-bleached, post-house psych-pop. Proof of his hipster cred? His song "Feel it all Around" is the theme song of Portlandia. His first album, Eyes Be Closed, was the archetypal record of the short-lived chillwave movement, but on the follow-up, Paracosm, he's taken a slightly more lo-fi, psychedelic approach. New wave pop rock duo and LA natives Kisses will open the sold-out show.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Mon Jan 27
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Photograph: Courtesy the Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers

  • Price band: 2/4

A far cry from Medeski Martin & Wood's groove-jazz improv, bassist Chris Wood’s Nashville-based Americana roots side project focuses on his older brother's singing and songwriting (Mumford & Sons and Avett Brothers fans, take note). Vocally, the siblings are a match only genetics could muster. Get up close and personal tonight as they celebrate their new LP, The Muse. NY folk outfit Ollabelle member Amy Helm—daughter of the late, great Levon—will bring her sweet voice and rootsy sounds as the night's opener.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Fri Jan 31
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Robert DeLong + Mystery Skulls

  • Price band: 2/4

Genre-bending Los Angeles drummer, producer and electro singer-songsmith DeLong impressed at last year's Coachella. Now he brings his sunny, Postal Service-styled electropop to the El Rey to promote his intensely danceable debut album, Just Movement. He's like an edgier, more fun Owl City, who creates his sound with keyboards and drums but also MIDI interfaces and game controllers. He'll be joined by fellow LA transplant Luis Dubuc—aka Mystery Skulls—an indie pop/electronica performer originally from Dallas.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Fri Jan 31
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