LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in March 2013

Explore our detailed LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this March. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene this month include Tiësto, Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons.

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Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Oh, this charming man! British national treasure Morrissey brings his Smiths and solo hits to LA for a night of tongue-in-cheeky crooning at Staples. Shoplifters of the world, unite!

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Sat May 10
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Kishi Bashi

  • Price band: 1/4

Kishi Bashi, the newest musical project of multi-instrumentalist Kaoru Ishibashi, is a refreshingly creative solution to the problem of artistic pretension. The self-recorded, self-produced side project of a violin virtuoso initially known as “the Japanese looper with the Kickstarter campaign” has reached heights far superior to those of your average DIY electropop venture, while avoiding the gimmickry that often plagues many such projects.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Fri Mar 1
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G. Love & Special Sauce

  • Price band: 1/4

When Philly singer, rapper and guitarist G. Love drops his jivey affectations, there's some real heat in his gangly acoustic hip-hop. And on his trio's latest LP, Fixin' to Die, produced by roots-music entrepreneurs the Avett Brothers, Mr. Love and his crew forge an unusually convincing fusion of styles.

  1. House of Blues 8430 W Sunset Blvd, at N Olive Dr
  2. Fri Mar 1
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Meshuggah

  • Price band: 1/4

Touring behind a characteristically brutal recent album, Koloss, neck-snapping Swedish extreme-metal juggernaut Meshuggah hits the Wiltern for what will surely prove to be one of the year's best metal shows.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Sat Mar 2
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Ryan Bingham

  • Price band: 1/4

Austin’s Ryan Bingham plays straight-up Texas roots music, made for beer and bars. Expect to hear songs from recent release Tomorrowland when he pays a visit to the HOB in March.

  1. House of Blues 1530 S Disneyland Dr
  2. Until Sat Mar 2
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Tiësto

  • Price band: 2/4

Mighty trance master Tiësto takes the controls at Staples. He's probably the world's biggest DJ, and the man's fans tend to be rabid, so expect a packed house ready to party.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Until Sat Mar 2
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Rick Springfield

  • Price band: 3/4

The singer of "Jessie's Girl" and "Don't Talk to Strangers" has sold more than 18 million albums. Who knew? He's got a recently published autobiography called Late, Late at Night, which we're sure will garner Rick an Oprah's Book Club sticker, but he'll be playing largely from 2012's Songs for the End of the World at this March gig in the Valley.

  1. Canyon Club 28912 Roadside Drive
  2. Until Sat Mar 2
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Ricardo Arjona

  • Price band: 2/4

Guatemalan singer Ricardo Arjona is beyond popular in Latin America, partly for his syrupy, seductive vocals (he's quite the heartthrob in some circles) and partly for his rebellious sociopolitical themes. He recently released his super lush and orchestral 13th studio album, Independiente, on his own record label.

  1. Nokia Theatre LA Live 777 Chick Hearn Court, 11th & Figueroa Streets
  2. Sat Mar 2 - Sun Mar 3
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Toro y Moi

  • Price band: 1/4

Toro’s ’80s-flavored synth-pop once sounded like it was coming from a ghetto blaster submerged in a murky lake (a good thing). Despite an upgrade in production values, the pleasantly dreamy vibe remains.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Sun Mar 3
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Carrie Rodriguez

  • Price band: 1/4

Fine fiddler Carrie Rodriguez is best known as a sidekick to veteran songwriter Chip Taylor, with whom she collaborated on three albums. But now she’s gone and wandered off on her own, making quite a statement with her rootsy pop; at Largo in March, she celebrates the release of her latest brassy statement, Give Me All You Got.

  1. Largo at the Coronet 366 N La Cienega Blvd, at Oakwood Avenue
  2. Until Tue Mar 5
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Rhett Miller

  • Price band: 1/4

Rhett Miller's Old 97's were never going to get Wilco-level attention for their spot-on alt-country, but the act remains one of the best bar bands in the land. Miller hits Largo in March, playing behind his latest solo record, The Dreamer.

  1. Largo at the Coronet 366 N La Cienega Blvd, at Oakwood Avenue
  2. Until Sun Aug 25
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Matt & Kim

  • Price band: 1/4

New York’s most prominent indie-rock couple (RIP Sonic Youth) Matt & Kim can always be relied on for a high-energy show. The twosome brings its irrepressible spirit to the OC, cruising behind a new LP, Lightning.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Until Fri Mar 8
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Swedish House Mafia

  • Price band: 3/4

Chances are running out to experience the testosterone-fueled, full-steam-ahead, breakdown-and-buildup-heavy house beats of the Swedish House Mafia, as the trio's Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso have dubbed their latest series of shows "One Last Tour." On top of that, these two dates at LA State Historic Park are shaping up to be a possible farewell to the group's "Masquerade Motel" blowouts—a special treat for a sea of masked Angelenos.

  1. LA State Historic Park 1245 N Spring St
  2. Until Sat Mar 9
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Green Day

  • Price band: 2/4

This March gig in Pomona is the first of three club dates for the Bay Area-bred rock trio before they resume their arena tour in support of 2012's trilogy of releases, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! The bilingual counting doesn't stop there—¡Cuatro! is on its way in the form of a documentary screening at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival.

Fox Theater Pomona 301 S Garey Ave

  1. Los Angeles Sports Arena 3939 S Figueroa St, 90037
  2. Until Thu Apr 18
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D.R.I.

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Peeved yet fun-loving punk-metalists D.R.I.—i.e., Dirty Rotten Imbeciles—have been going strong for the better part of three decades. The band’s current lineup features original guitarist Spike Cassidy and frontman Kurt Brecht.

  1. House of Blues 8430 W Sunset Blvd, at N Olive Dr
  2. Sun Mar 10
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KMFDM

  • Price band: 1/4

Industrial music has a reputation for being absurdly humorless, but KMFDM—sorry, but it doesn't actually stand for kill motherfucking Depeche Mode—has long been a welcome exception. Since 1984, the band has plied a slick techno-metal hybrid that's influenced tons of better-known groups like the Prodigy and Nine Inch Nails, all the while injecting a refreshing self-awareness (remember the refrain "KMFDM sucks!"?). Still led by cofounder Sascha Konietzko, the band is touring behind its latest full-length, Kunst.

The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Until Mon Mar 11
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Alicia Keys

  • Price band: 2/4

Alicia Keys has yet to record anything in league with the soul greats from whom she takes inspiration, but it's still nice to see the onetime R&B wunderkind continue to attract so many listeners with such straightforward and unflashy music. In March, the "Girl on Fire" singer brings a golden state of mind to the Staples stage.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Until Tue Mar 12
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Frightened Rabbit

  • Price band: 1/4

Having exiled himself to Scotland’s secluded seaside hamlet of Crail to write 2010's The Winter of Mixed Drinks, a lonely and grand emotional bender, Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison reportedly collaborated with bandmates to pen the group's forthcoming studio LP, currently slated for early 2013.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Wed Mar 13
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Maroon 5

  • Price band: 2/4

For a second there, it seemed like this Cali funk-pop crew's popularity was on the wane, but thanks to an increased profile as the host of reality talent contest The Voice, the falsetto-shrill modelizing frontman known as Adam Levine is riding high once more. Still, whatever you think of Levine, Maroon 5 are in fact extremely talented musicians who take their slick, radio-friendly rock very seriously and the boys know how to put on a great show.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Until Fri Mar 15
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Martha Wainwright

  • Price band: 1/4

By now, we're all well aware that Rufus's little sister is a gifted musician in her own right, with full-bodied and colorful lyrics. She pays a visit to Largo for an intimate show in support of 2012's Come Home to Mama, recorded at Sean Lennon's NYC studio.

  1. Largo at the Coronet 366 N La Cienega Blvd, at Oakwood Avenue
  2. Until Sat Mar 16
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Matt Costa

  • Price band: 1/4

Matt Costa is a young singer-songwriter whose work shows shades of both the Shins and Jack Johnson (his former tourmate). He plays behind a brand-new self-titled LP.

The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Thu Mar 21
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The Joy Formidable

  • Price band: 1/4

Wales-hatched, London-based indie-rock trio the Joy Formidable has gotten big props for its debut album, The Big Roar, and, perhaps more so, for its high-energy live show. The band makes a return to SoCal for a pair of dates in support of their sophomore effort, Wolf's Law, released in January.

The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Thu Mar 21
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Anti-Flag

  • Price band: 1/4

Anti-Flag doesn't add anything new to the political–pop-punk playbook, but that hasn't stopped the hard-touring Pittsburgh quartet from amassing a devoted international fan base. The band celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Troubadour in March.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Tue Mar 19
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Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

  • Price band: 1/4

Josh Ritter, the witty, wordy young bard from Moscow, Idaho, brings his verbose lyricism and vintage songwriting sensibilities to LA. He'll be playing from his new EP, Bringing in the Darlings.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Tue Mar 19
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Imagine Dragons

  • Price band: 1/4

Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons, which you probably know from its radio hit "It's Time," comes to town in support of a far-less-catchy LP, Night Visions.

House of Blues Anaheim 1530 S Disneyland Dr

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Thu May 30
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Lianne La Havas

  • Price band: 1/4

The graceful and thoroughly unpretentious Lianne La Havas has been the subject of tremendous buzz, especially in her native U.K. Is Your Love Big Enough?, her debut album produced by Aqualung, reveals a silky voice set over breathtaking yet simple jazz arrangements.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Wed Mar 20
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Wavves

  • Price band: 1/4

Nathan Williams, the leader of Los Angeles surf-punk outfit Wavves, has never strayed far from the Internet’s caustic gaze, though his powerfully punchy, melodic yet grungy surf rock is seldom the cause of controversy. Wavves is an awesome live proposition and their March gig at the Echo will feature cuts from forthcoming LP, Afraid of Heights.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Until Wed Mar 20
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Black Lips

Black Lips

Black Lips

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Fun, messy times are pretty much guaranteed at this March gig at the El Rey. Atlanta's scuzzy garage heroes Black Lips are pop songwriters in the grittiest way imaginable; submerged beneath the fuzz are some killer hooks and choruses. The band is usually excessively ribald on stage, which is fun to witness—if you're far enough away.

El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Until Fri Mar 21
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Umphrey's McGee

  • Price band: 1/4

A jammy sextet originally from the University of Notre Dame, Umphrey’s McGee navigates the proggy, Zappa-esque end of the jam-band universe (as opposed to more ubiquitous Dead and Allmans satellites). These guys are no doubt at the top of the current jam food chain.

  1. House of Blues 8430 W Sunset Blvd, at N Olive Dr
  2. Until Sat Mar 23
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Django Django

  • Price band: 1/4

Ingenious London quartet Django Django supports its self-titled debut, a tropical swirl of arty chant-choruses, ricocheting beats and Beta Band–esque psychedelia (not a random connection—the outfit's frontman is the brother of a former Beta Band member).

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Sat Mar 23
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Hoodie Allen

  • Price band: 1/4

Long Island–raised Steven Markowitz is a frat boy turned Google employee turned rapper who releases tunes under the moniker Hoodie Allen. The cut of this 23-year-old's jib is decidedly glossy, hipster hip-hop, with a side of pop that comes in somewhere between Chiddy Bang, Childish Gambino and Mac Miller. Playing at the El Rey in March, Allen will be pulling from his back catalog of three mixtapes and two albums, including last year's All American.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Sun Mar 24
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Billy Bragg

  • Price band: 2/4

Billy Bragg is to England what Pete Seeger is to the United States. He’s most famous over here for his Woody Guthrie collaborations with Wilco, but his massive folk-punk protest-song catalog is one to delve deeply into.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Thu Mar 28
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Daedelus

  • Price band: 1/4

Expect dreamy electronica galore from dapper Alfred "Daedelus" Darlington, whose style encompasses hip-hop, glitch, off-kilter pop and electronic psychedelia in equal measure.

The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Until Sat Mar 30
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Lalah Hathaway

  • Price band: 2/4

The daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway and an estimable singer in her own right, Lalah Hathaway plays behind her 2011 Stax album, Where It All Begins.

  1. Club Nokia 800 W Olympic Blvd
  2. Until Sat Mar 30
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More concerts in LA in March 2013

  • Mar 1: The Used at the Wiltern
  • Mar 1: Surfer Blood at the Echo
  • Mar 2: STS9 at the Hollywood Palladium
  • Mar 2: Starfucker at the Fonda Theatre
  • Mar 2: The Muffs at the Satellite
  • Mar 3: Method Man at the Observatory
  • Mar 6: Yes at Orpheum Theatre
  • Mar 7–8: The Ready Set at House of Blues Anaheim and the Roxy Theatre
  • Mar 8: Flogging Molly at the Fox Theater Pomona
  • Mar 8: Toad the Wet Sprocket at the Canyon Club
  • Mar 8: Johnny Gill at the El Rey Theatre
  • Mar 8–9: moe. at the Fonda Theatre
  • Mar 14: Edwin McCain at the Canyon Club
  • Mar 16: The Adicts at House of Blues Los Angeles
  • Mar 18: The Specials at Club Nokia
  • Mar 21: Flyleaf + Drowning Pool at House of Blues Anaheim
  • Mar 22: Lotus at the El Rey Theatre
  • Mar 26: Heartless Bastards at Troubadour
  • Mar 26: French Montana at House of Blues Los Angeles
  • Mar 28: Jamie Lidell at the Echoplex
  • Mar 29: Veronica Falls at Troubadour
  • Mar 30: Living Colour at the El Rey Theatre
  • Mar 30: Texas is the Reason at the Fonda Theatre
  • Mar 30: Parkway Drive at House of Blues Los Angeles

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