LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in June 2013

Explore our detailed LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this June. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene this month include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Justin Bieber and Beyoncé.

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Chvrches

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Scottish electropop trio Chvrches (pronounced “churches”) caused a serious stir with its single “The Mother We Share,” a shimmering, gothic synth cut that fuses singer Lauren Mayberry’s vulnerable Glaswegian vocals with corrugated samples. Last we checked, the group was still working out the kinks of its live show, but we’re hoping a slew of spring dates have whipped them into shape for this sold-out gig at the Troubadour.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Sat Jun 1
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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BRMC can get a little too swept up in their leather-and-denim, Kerouac-and-Dean Americana. The promotion videos for its latest, Specter at the Feast, are nearly identical to those poetic Levi's ads. But the black-clad band has emotional weight, dedicating the record to guitarist-vocalist Robert Levon Been's father, BRMC's sound engineer, who passed away while working for his son's group. There's a cover of the elder Been's "Let the Day Begin," which storms atop the pummelling toms of Leah Shapiro, next to Jack White backer Carla Azar in the pantheon of ass-kicking female drummers.

The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Sat Jun 1 - Sun Jun 2
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Photograph: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Björk

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No one could accuse Icelandic alt-diva Björk of thinking inside the box for the 2011 release of Biophilia, a CD that incorporated smartphone apps, a website, multimedia installations and oh, yes, live shows. She brings the entire expansive concept to LA for three shows at the Palladium, followed by a performance at the Hollywood Bowl.

Hollywood Palladium 6215 W Sunset Blvd

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Sun Jun 2 - Tue Jun 11
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Few would contend that Tom Petty deserves the rock-bard designation rightly bestowed on Neil Young or Bob Dylan, but then again, Petty has penned more indelible radio hits than the two men combined. This June, the "Free Fallin'" songsmith and his bandmates will stage a six-night residency at the Fonda. In addition to all the smashes, expect to hear a bit from 2010's Mojo, a typically slick and sassy affair.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Mon Jun 3 - Tue Jun 11
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Capital Cities

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Perez Hilton–endorsed indie-pop duo Capital Cities hails from LA (of course). At several hometown dates in June, they toast their debut disc, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, which features the super-summery single "Safe and Sound."

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Wed Jun 5 - Fri Jun 7
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Photo courtesy Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar + Cheap Trick

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In one of the most intriguing team-up tours of the summer, trailblazing pop diva Pat Benatar and husband/guitar whiz Neil Giraldo will share the stage with rockers Cheap Trick—also founded in the early 70s—who are considered the American Beatles in Japan and consistently put on a manic, rowdy live show. With iconic hits like “Love is a Battlefield” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” from the former, and “I Want You to Want Me” from the latter, their crowd will be plenty pleased.

  1. Santa Barbara Bowl 1122 N Milpas St
  2. Sun Jun 14
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Fall Out Boy

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The foremost boy band for the cutter generation, Fall Out Boy slaps on some guy-liner and returns to touring after a four-year absence with a new album, Save Rock and Roll.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Thu Jun 13
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Photo courtesy Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

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Pop culture icon Cyndi Lauper is bringing her 30th anniversary She’s So Unusual tour to LA for one night only. The 80s songstress, currently riding high on a fresh wave of success thanks to her multi-Tony-nominated Broadway musical Kinky Boots, will perform the entirety of her irresistible debut album including timeless hits “Girl Just Want to Have Fun” and “Time After Time.”

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Thu Jun 13
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Melissa Ferrick

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Melissa Ferrick is tireless (she seems to live on the road), and she often applies that energy to songs so bombastic that she makes Melissa Etheridge sound positively kittenish. Given half a chance, Ferrick will strum the night away, much to the joy of her worshipful fans. She's here to celebrate the release of her latest album, The Truth Is.

  1. Hotel Café 1623½ N Cahuenga Boulevard, between Hollywood Boulevard & Selma Avenue
  2. Thu Jun 13
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Photograph: © Scott Spychalsk

The Dandy Warhols

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The Portland, OR, quartet—long-standing purveyors of glorious West Coast emptiness—strolls into the Southland to perform its turn-of-the-millenium classic, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, in its entirety.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Fri Jun 14
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Photo courtesy Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

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Following a successful six-week run of shows on Broadway, self-proclaimed “Justin Bieber of the 70s” Barry Manilow is now touring the same show all over the nation, packed full of easy-listening hits from his massive catalogue. He may not be the height of cool, but he’s definitely a classic, and the rabid Fanilows in the audience might just put Beliebers to shame.

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Until Sun Jun 16
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Photograph: Shervin Lainez

They Might Be Giants

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Whether your day has been good or bad, it's tough to imagine a band that can either amplify your joy or pull you up from the doldrums with more surefire personality than TMBG. And it’s a kick to hear that after nearly 30 years of spirited dabbling, their appetite for variety remains unsatisfied.

  1. House of Blues Anaheim 1530 S Disneyland Dr
  2. Sat Jun 15
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Camera Obscura

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Scottish quintet Camera Obscura have been releasing gorgeous melancholic pop music since 1996, and their hot-off-the-presses fourth album Desire Lines looks to pick up right where they left off four years ago. Catch them live and witness singer Tracyanne Campbell’s enchantingly sweet voice provide a deceptive compliment to the bite of her wry lyrics.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Tue Jun 18
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Steve Miller Band

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Legendary rock guitarist Steve Miller and his band, formed in San Francisco in 1967, will grace both the Greek Theatre and Santa Barbara Bowl with their signature blues-inspired rock n’ roll. Catch them perform their string of classic 70s rock anthems, including “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Rock ‘n Me.”

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Until Thu Jun 20
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Photograph: Courtesy the Agency Group

Alice Smith

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When she sings softly, Brooklyn soul singer-songwriter Alice Smith has a silky flow that recalls Alicia Keys. When she hits the big, high runs, she's like no one else—goosebumps guaranteed. Having split with her old label, Epic, she plays tonight behind her excellent new Kickstarter-funded album, She.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Mon Jun 17
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Pitbull + Ke$ha

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Here’s what you can expect from this glitzy blowout: radio-tailored bleeps and bloops, swagged-out shades, heaps of glitter, and hands-in-the-air, bottle-popping entertainment. Miami party-rapper Pitbull offers little more than bangers to soundtrack a sweaty club soiree, but the underrated Ke$ha alone is worth the price of admission. Despite her maddeningly ditzy veneer, the snotty star sparkles with joy, honesty and a deadly serious commitment to having fun.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Tue Jun 18
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Photograph: Michael Rubenstein

Eleanor Friedberger

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Touring behind a new sophomore LP, Personal Record, Fiery Furnace–gone-solo Eleanor Friedberger will hit the Echo for a June gig. Fans of girl-group pop and whip-smart lyrics will find much to love in her deliciously catchy songs.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Tue Jun 18
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Wildcat! Wildcat!

Wildcat! Wildcat! Photograph: Courtesy Wildcat! Wildcat!

Wildcat! Wildcat! + In the Valley Below

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Don’t let the silly name mislead you, Wildcat! Wildcat! are an LA trio deserving of serious attention, with instantly catchy indie pop full of sexy shimmering melodies and airy vocals. They’ve even been handpicked by boutique label Neon Gold, who launched the careers of Ellie Goulding and Passion Pit. Fellow locals In the Valley Below, a boy and girl duo, will join them with lovely, haunting songs that recall Beach House.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Until Sun Oct 6
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Sea Wolf

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Sea Wolf (the musical alias of Alex Brown Church) has a charming summery vibe—one part heartbreak, the other vacation—that’s reminiscent of the Ladybug Transistor and Bright Eyes.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Fri Jun 21
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Photograph: Maximilla Lukacs

Father John Misty

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The buzzy aura surrounding Father John Misty extends beyond his past life as a Fleet Foxes member under his given name, J. Tillman, to the music he's now releasing as a solo artist. Last year's Sub Pop debut, Fear Fun, featured soaring, soulful folk-rock spiked with energy and cleverness. In June, Tillman drops by the Glass House for what is sure to be a magical show.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Sat Jun 22
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Photograph: Allen Clark

Josh Rouse

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Expressions like criminally underrated are criminally overused, but in Josh Rouse's case, it seems unbelievable that the sweet-voiced singer-songwriter isn't playing giant venues. Now nine albums into his career (1972 and Nashville were the breakthrough discs), Rouse has shown himself to be an artist who delivers warm, witty, moving records time and again, the latest of which is The Happiness Waltz. Given that Rouse now lives in Spain, we recommend you try very hard to get into this show at the Troubadour.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Sat Jun 22
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She & Him + Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

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In their 2008 debut, Volume One, the indie power duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward proved they were more than some actress’s vanity project playing for the ironic-T-shirt set. 2010's Volume Two furthered the band’s signature blend of vintage twang and sunny AM-radio pop. Armed with tunes from the just-released Volume 3, She & Him will set the summertime mood at the Hollywood Bowl in June. Roots-music royalty will also be on the scene when alt-country godmother Emmylou Harris hits the stage with her longtime compadre, singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, to showcase material from their handsomely twangy joint CD, Old Yellow Moon, issued on Nonesuch.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Sun Jun 23
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Photo courtesy Treetop Flyers

Treetop Flyers

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Folk rockers Treetop Flyers hail from London, but they sound like they time traveled from early 70s Malibu. A combination of Fleet Foxes and Crosby, Stills and Nash, their lush harmonies on debut album The Mountain Moves are generating critical acclaim and plenty of buzz, so catch them now before they graduate to less intimate venues.

  1. Bardot 1737 Vine St
  2. Until Sun Jun 23
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Photograph: Courtesy PMK BNC PR

Justin Bieber

  • Price band: 3/4

When he's not signing Anne Frank's guestbook or breaking up and getting back together with fellow teen pop idol Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber also performs arena tours around the globe. This time around, the Biebs hits Staples Center for two gigs in support of last year's Believe.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Mon Jun 24 - Tue Jun 25
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Photograph: Laura Crosta

Rachael Yamagata

  • Price band: 1/4

When she emerged with Happenstance in 2005, Rachael Yamagata's exotic good looks and boomer-friendly piano-based compositions tempted comparisons to Norah Jones, but her material is actually much more forceful. She continues her quest to convey honest emotions beautifully on her third album, 2011's Chesapeake, and a 2012 EP, Heavyweight.

Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Tue Jun 25 - Wed Jun 26
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Photograph: Fred Jonny

Bernhoft

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Smooth, bequiffed Norwegian neosoulster Bernhoft is something of a one-man everything, looping and layering his vocals and instrumentation. His live performances can be jaw-dropping—check out the video to "C'mon Talk," which has racked up more than 5 million views. But over and above his impressive technique and velvet voice, his songs are rock solid, and at this Troubadour show you'll hear from latest album Solidarity Breaks. Well worth checking out.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Thu Jun 27
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Photograph: Courtesy Schure Media

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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Photograph: © Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

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Erykah Badu's influence on contemporary R&B can't be understated. She's served as the muse for rappers from Andre 3000 to Common, and her albums—including Baduizm and Mama's Gun—helped define the neo-soul movement. In late June, watch the queen touch down in LA for a headlining gig at the BET Experience.

  1. Club Nokia 800 W Olympic Blvd
  2. Fri Jun 28
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Photograph: Alex John Beck

Twin Shadow

  • Price band: 2/4

In the three years since George Lewis Jr. introduced himself to the public as Twin Shadow, he's made a name for himself as a standout among the many one-man laptop-wave acts moping around North Brooklyn these days, added a live band to the fray and made for some kind of indie-Prince endeavor—which is to say that it's awesome. He's also released two excellent LPs, the latest being 2012's Confess.

The Glass House 200 W Second St

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Fri Jun 28 - Sat Jun 29
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Photo courtesy R. Kelly

R. Kelly + New Edition + The Jacksons

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The BET Experience is presenting three generations of R&B evolution in one night: irresistibly outlandish 90s crooner R. Kelly, 80s trailblazers of the boy band craze New Edition, and the 70s blueprint for all boy bands to come, the Jacksons (performing both Jackson 5’s and Michael’s songs). Don’t miss the iconic soulful musicians perform their huge hit catalogues.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Until Sun Jun 30
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More concerts in LA in June 2013

  • Jun 4: Lenka at the Hotel Cafe
  • Jun 7: Musiq Soulchild at City National Grove of Anaheim
  • Jun 8: Rufus Wainwright at CSUN Valley Performing Arts Center
  • Jun 11–12: Alkaline Trio at House of Blues Los Angeles and House of Blues Anaheim
  • Jun 13: Beth Orton at the Troubadour
  • Jun 20: Joseph Arthur at the Troubadour
  • Jun 22: Nekromantix at the Observatory
  • Jun 22: Big Country at Canyon Club
  • Jun 29: The Roots at Club Nokia
  • Jun 28: Everclear + Live + Filter + Sponge at the Wiltern

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