LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in July 2013

Explore our detailed LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this July. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene this month include Alabama Shakes and Pink Martini.

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Beyoncé

  • Price band: 3/4

After shutting down the Super Bowl, Beyoncé's global takeover continues with the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, which arrives at Staples Center in early July. Let's hope management has some backup generators just in case. Queen Bey also takes the Staples stage a few days prior to headline the BET Experience at L.A. Live.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Fri Jun 28 - Mon Jul 1
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Fleetwood Mac

  • Price band: 3/4

Over the past few years, the indie-rock sphere woke up to the potent bittersweetness summoned by the Lindsey Buckingham–Stevie Nicks tandem. Expect cathartic scream-alongs this spring, as the pair joins veteran members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie on a jaunt supporting a new deluxe reissue of Rumours.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Sat May 25 - Wed Jul 3
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Photo courtesy New Kids on the Block

Photo courtesy New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block + Boyz II Men + 98 Degrees

  • Price band: 2/4

The five members of 80s teen pop sensation NKOTB may be in their mid-40s now, but that won’t stop an audience filled with tens of thousands of rabid women (and a few men, too) from shrieking their names just as loudly as they did back in their neon-clad golden years. The headliners will be supported by all-time best-selling R&B group Boyz II Men’s soulful harmonies and 90s hitmakers 98 Degrees, touring for the first time in over a decade.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Fri Jul 5
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LL Cool J

LL Cool J Photograph: WME Entertainment

LL Cool J + Public Enemy + Ice Cube

  • Price band: 2/4

The Kings of the Mic tour brings together several master rap lyricists at the Greek. LL Cool J, now notorious for his romantic ballads (Ladies Love Cool James, after all), was once better known as a pioneering crossover hip hop act. Former NWA member Ice Cube, though mellowed out with a film career, is also known as one of the founders of ‘gangsta rap’ and among the all-time greatest MCs. Rounding out the show will be the legendary, politically charged Public Enemy.

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Until Sun Jul 7
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Surfer Blood + Terraplane Sun

  • Free

Floridians Surfer Blood headline the first in a series of free summer Twilight Concerts taking place at Santa Monica Pier. The ‘90s-harkening band will perfectly complement the beachy setting with their catchy indie rock lined with light reverb, hooky guitars and, yes, surf stylings.

  1. Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier
  2. Until Thu Jul 11
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Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man Photograph: Hayley Young

Portugal. The Man

  • Price band: 2/4

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 at the Wiltern to play oldies, plus songs from its brand new release, Evil Friends.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Fri Jul 12
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Photo courtesy Psychedelic Furs

Psychedelic Furs

  • Free

The Psychedelic Furs will give new wave enthusiasts a huge thrill when they perform a free show at DTLA’s Pershing Square. Best known for 1981 hit “Pretty in Pink” that featured in the classic John Hughes film, they have a knack for fine pop hooks and can name major hitmakers like the Killers among their fans.

  1. Pershing Square Park 532 S Olive St
  2. Until Sat Jul 13
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Black Flag

Black Flag Photograph: Robert Kenney

Black Flag

  • Price band: 2/4

Like most devotees of Black Flag, we're simultaneously skeptical and mighty curious re: the legendary SoCal hardcore act's current reunion, spearheaded by founding guitarist Greg Ginn. Don't show up expecting to see Henry Rollins; on the mike will be Ron Reyes, who fronted the band for a mere six months in 1979–80 but was on hand for both the Jealous Again EP and the band's appearance in seminal doc The Decline of Western Civilization.

  1. The Vex Arts Center 5240 Alhambra Ave
  2. Until Sun Jul 14
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Seu Jorge

  • Price band: 2/4

You might be more familiar with this Brazilian’s dramatic performance in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, singing recognizable David Bowie melodies, or his role as Knockout Ned in City of God. But it’s his haunting tone—inspired by soulful legends like Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson—combined with elegant Portuguese over acoustic melodies that keep fans engaged. It’s hard to believe the Sao Paulo based singer/songwriter (and father of two) didn’t pick up a guitar until he was 20. His acting career may have brought him stardom, but for Jorge, “the renewer of pop samba,” who played with Theivery Corporation earlier this year, music comes first.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Sat Jul 13
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Photo courtesy Devotchka

Devotchka + Rodrigo y Gabriela + Lord Huron

  • Price band: 2/4

KCRW’s World Festival has put together a must-see trifecta for this Hollywood Bowl show. Slavic revivalists Devotchka are sure to wow with songs that vary from rollicking gypsy pop to those seemingly composed for Little Miss Sunshine 2. Sharing the bill are Rodrigo y Gabriela, the Mexican duo famed for their incredible acoustic guitar shredding skills. They defy categorization, but if pressed you might settle on heavy-metal flamenco. Lord Huron, a very buzzy LA folk-pop band, will open the show with gorgeous harmonies that draw comparisons to Local Natives.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Sun Jul 14
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Photo courtesy Belle & Sebastian

Belle & Sebastian + Best Coast

  • Price band: 2/4

This gig will be absolutely lovely, with Scottish twee-poppers B&S plowing through gems from their remarkable ’90s run of quotable retro-rock LPs (Tigermilk, If You’re Feeling Sinister, The Boy with the Arab Strap) as well as more recent songs. Support comes from catchy Cali-loving surf-pop trio Best Coast.

  1. Santa Barbara Bowl 1122 N Milpas St
  2. Wed Jul 17
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Photograph: Don VanCleave

Alabama Shakes

  • Price band: 2/4

Athens, AL, quartet Alabama Shakes has made it clear it is here neither to impart bedroom-conceptualized innovation nor to expound a straightforward revival of past genres—instead, the group plays timeless Southern soul made fresh by an infusion of energetic rock & roll, as buoyed by the tremendous vocals of newbie Brittany Howard.

  1. Hollywood Palladium 6215 W Sunset Blvd, between N Argyle & N El Centro Aves
  2. Wed Jul 17 - Thu Jul 18
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Photo courtesy Under the Influence Tour

Wiz Khalifa + A$AP Rocky

  • Price band: 2/4

A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa announced their Under the Influence Tour on 4/20, so you know the young guys and their protégés are going to show their audience a good time. Khalifa is advancing quickly in his quest to dominate the pop-rap genre with hits like “Black and Yellow” and “Young, Wild and Free,” while Harlem’s stylish A$AP is shining bright as one of rap’s top rising stars. Rounding out the crew will be fellow dollar-sign enthusiasts Joey Bada$$ and Trinidad Jame$ as well as crossover pop hitmaker B.o.B.

  1. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 8808 Irivne Center Dr
  2. Until Thu Jul 18
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Photo courtesy the B-52s

The B-52s + X

  • Price band: 2/4

Kooky new wavers the B-52s are sure to get the party started at Pacific Amphitheatre when they perform their fun hits ("Rock Lobster," anyone?). Now in their 50s and 60s but still proudly decked out in technicolor outfits and huge hair onstage, the “Love Shack” quartet will show their audience how to let their freak flags fly in the best way. Supporting them will be influential 70s punk rockers X.

  1. Pacific Amphitheatre 100 Fair Dr
  2. Until Thu Jul 18
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Photo courtesy Mucca Pazza

Fanfare Ciocărlia + Mucca Pazza

  • Free

Free LA concerts in July abound, but this one is definitely worth a second glance. Part of the fab Grand Performances series at DTLA’s Grand Park, two outrageously fun bands will share the bill for this night. Mucca Pazza, a deranged (read: great), 30-piece marching band from Chicago that offers zany, clap-along circus punk will join the mighty and always reliably funky Fanfare Ciocărlia, a Balkan gypsy brass band with a wild show. Expect… well who knows, frankly, but something furious and humour-filled to be sure.

  1. Grand Park 210 W Temple St
  2. Fri Jul 19
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Photo courtesy the Wallflowers

The Wallflowers

  • Price band: 2/4

The Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan has a great set of genes, but his LA-based band's rootsy fare is generally pretty innocuous compared to his rabble-rowser dad. This tour finds Dylan & Co. plugging their first release in seven years, which was recorded in Dan Auerbach's (of the Black Keys) studio.

  1. The Majestic Ventura Theatre 26 S Chestnut St
  2. Fri Jul 19
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Photograph: Autumn de Wilde

Pink Martini

  • Price band: 1/4

This chic retro-Latin Portland, OR, collective plays melodic cocktail music that happily veers into ragtime, Brazilian and European art music territory, lifted beyond chintzy by the sexy brilliance of frontwoman China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale. Perfect for warm summer nights at the Hollywood Bowl, so get your picnic basket and blankets ready.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Fri Jul 19 - Sun Jul 21
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Photo courtesy Bastille

Bastille + Little Daylight

  • Price band: 1/4

Expect lots of sparky, soaring indie-tronica and melancholic anthems from London-based Bastille’s Dan Smith and his gravity-defying coiffure. His band has recently exploded in popularity in the UK, with debut album Bad Blood shooting straight to #1 in the charts. Openers Little Daylight have their fair share of hype as well, making blogs froth over their danceable debut single “Overdose.”

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Tue Jul 23
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The Postal Service

The Postal Service Photograph: Courtesy of Move Forward Music

The Postal Service

  • Price band: 3/4

Ahoy, nostalgic, glasses-wearing romantics! After many years of dormancy, the indie-electro project of Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello is making a return to the limelight. Expect a plentiful helping of tracks from the duo's sole album, the dorm-room staple Give Up, which turns the big 1-0 this year, as well as a sprinkling of new material. Look out for super-babe Jenny Lewis on backup vocals.

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Until Wed Jul 24
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Savages

Savages Photograph: Courtesy Press Here Publicity

Savages

  • Price band: 1/4

This all-female post-punk rock group, formed in 2011, hails from London and brings with it their native land's gritty take on punk rock. After performing a triumphant and rowdy set at Coachella, the ladies are back with intense showmanship that is not to be missed (if you're into that sort of thing).

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Wed Jul 24
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Photo courtesy No Age

No Age + Tijuana Panthers

  • Free

Headlining the third night of Santa Monica Pier’s blissfully free Twilight Concerts series are local latter-day punk poster boys No Age. Grown out of the fertile scene in DTLA’s infamous all-ages club The Smell, this duo has dramatically shifted gears from record to record, so the only thing you can pretty much guarantee at one of their live shows is ear-splitting volume.

  1. Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier
  2. Thu Jul 25
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Photo courtesy Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts + Girl in a Coma

  • Price band: 2/4

Joan Jett's brand of attitude-laden bar rock got a boost a couple years back when Kristen Stewart played her in the Runaways biopic, and now the punk hero is back for an extended national tour. Wanna holler along to "I Love Rock ’n' Roll,” beer in hand? You got your wish.

  1. Pacific Amphitheatre 100 Fair Dr
  2. Thu Jul 25
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Photo courtesy Tijuana Panthers

Tijuana Panthers

  • Price band: 1/4

Long Beach trio Tijuana Panthers create party-ready surf rock with a punk edge, and they’re quickly gaining momentum after a buzzy SXSW run earlier this year. The laid-back guys are touring their May release Semi-Sweet with a live show that's not to be missed if you’re looking for some rowdy fun.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Fri Jul 26
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Photo courtesy Justin Stephens

Weezer

  • Price band: 2/4

Weezer, though far-removed from their glory period (the Blue Album and Pinkerton being iconic, massively influential indie rock records), can still pump out entertaining, sometimes ham-fisted rock fare, evidenced by newer songs like "Can't Stop Partying" and the U.S. Soccer anthem "Represent." The LA-based band revs up the nostalgia for one night at the Pacific Amphitheatre.

  1. Pacific Amphitheatre 100 Fair Dr
  2. Fri Jul 26
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Photo courtesy Fitz & the Tantrums

Fitz & the Tantrums

  • Price band: 2/4

Fitz and the Tantrums’ hit single “Out of My League” has gotten tons of radio play and sounds like the infectious hollering of a scrawny British teen, but it’s actually 40-year old Angeleno Michael Fitzpatrick and his talented band, who used to be known for soulful Motown ballads rather than their new 80s Britpop direction. Both styles should mix very intriguingly live, where you can expect the Tantrums to send an all-ages crowd into a frenzy with their high-energy live set.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Sat Jul 27
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Photo courtesy Geographer

Geographer

  • Free

July is a particularly strong month for free concerts this summer, and this Geographer show at Getty Center for their Saturdays Off the 405 series is no exception. The San Francisco-based band mixes sweet sounds of cello, synth and singer Mike Deni’s beautiful vocals with some intense urgency to produce infectious songs that will likely start a dance party at the museum’s courtyard. If you can't make that show, they will play the Observatory the next day.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Until Sun Jul 28
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Photo courtesy Cayucas

Cayucas

  • Free

Santa Monica band Cayucas are performing their sun-kissed pop rock for free at North Hollywood’s Federal Bar. Appropriately named after a sleepy beach town a few hours north of LA, this promising young band makes instantly charming surf-pop that sounds like a combination of the Beach Boys and Vampire Weekend.

  1. The Federal Bar 5303 Lakershim Blvd
  2. Sun Jul 28
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Legends of the Summer, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake

Legends of the Summer, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake + Jay-Z

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

There may be a hefty price tag on Jay-Z and JT’s Legends of the Summer tour, but that hasn’t stopped tickets from selling briskly (some tickets are still available, but forget about paying anything less than $90 a pop). If you’ve got one, consider yourself lucky: This is arguably the arena-music event of the season, with Timberlake in triumphant mode after his long-awaited comeback, and Hova– well, he’s always triumphant.

  1. Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr
  2. Until Sun Jul 28
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Photo courtesy Dr. John

Dr. John's Tribute to Louis Armstrong

  • Price band: 2/4

Veteran R&B piano man and Big Easy icon Dr. John pays loving tribute to New Orleans’ most famous son, the great Louis Armstrong, with his show ‘Props to Pops.’ The Doc will bring the legend's works to life with a boogaloo stride and spiritual growl that’ll put any bag of bones in motion.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Wed Jul 31
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Photo courtesy the Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips

  • Price band: 2/4

Psychedelic rockers the Flaming Lips, widely considered one of today’s top live bands, are bringing their bombastic live show to the Pacific Amphitheatre. However, don’t go in expecting the usual display– the Lips have taken a bleak turn in their new album The Terror, and their live show has followed suit. Gone are the giant hands and animal costumes, replaced by an ominous tentacled dome and only black confetti. But don’t worry, one can’t just take the flamboyance out of this band–there will still be plenty of fun madness.

  1. Pacific Amphitheatre 100 Fair Dr
  2. Wed Jul 31
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Taylor B
Taylor B

This is a great list (wish it was a *little* more well-rounded, but hey!). I have my nephew for 3-4 nights/month, and I'm always looking for good evening music/theater to take him to (I work in the music business, sometimes with LA Phil, so I'm trying to turn him on to some quality music other than Miley Cyrus [shudder]). We're going to Bugs Bunny @ The Symphony this weekend http://hbowl.com/BugsBunny2013, and the Grease Sing A Long later in the month...I myself will be having a "grown up night" with Fitz & The Tantrums @ Wiltern. Thanks for this great list...wouldn't mind seeing some kid friendly or classical choices in the future, too!

More concerts in LA in July 2013

  • Jul 1: LeAnn Rimes at the El Rey
  • Jul 7: Kenny G at City National Grove of Anaheim
  • Jul 10: Queen Latifah + Roy Ayers at Hollywood Bowl
  • Jul 11: Todd Rundgren at Canyon Club
  • Jul 15: The Neighbourhood at the Fonda
  • Jul 17: Matchbox Twenty + Goo Goo Dolls at Gibson Ampitheatre
  • Jul 20: Rogue Wave at the El Rey
  • Jul 26: Courtney Love at Canyon Club
  • Jul 29: Bad Rabbits at the Troubadour

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