LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in March 2014

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 St. Vincent and Papa.

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Lord Huron.

Lord Huron. Photograph: Graeme Flegenheimer

Lord Huron

  • Price band: 2/4

Rising LA-based indie folk band Lord Huron will bring songs from their 2012 debut LP, Lonesome Dreams, to LA for two nights. The project began as lead singer Ben Schneider's vision and now involves four additional members, who offer campfire-ready, harmony-laden folk-pop. You can hear echoes of the Old West flowing through their music: the Ennio Morricone-immortalized whistles, the John Jacob Niles-like plaintive vocals and the enormous reverb suggesting the vast, empty prairie. Their gorgeous harmonies draw comparisons to Local Natives and back in 2012 KCRW named them the "band you should have known," but it's not too late! Get to know them at one of these two sold-out shows at the Fonda.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Mon Dec 15
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Photograph: Courtesy the Observatory

Mason Jennings

  • Price band: 2/4

Signed for a time to Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records, Hawaiian-born singer-songwriter Mason Jennings seasons his rootsy folk-rock with hints of Beatles-y pop and dashes of playful humor. Here he'll be celebrating his newly released album, Always Been. British-American actress, wife of playwright David Mamet and fellow singer-songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon will open, promoting her 2013 album, Blue Dress On.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Sat Mar 1
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Photograph: Courtesy Supreme Cuts

Supreme Cuts

  • Price band: 1/4

Chicago's dark electronic duo Supreme Cuts make their way to LA after dropping new album, Divine Ecstasy, on Jan. 27—its name is a reference to an infomercial for a miracle water. Mike Perry and Austin Kjeultes have expanded into house music, complemented by twinkling piano keys and propulsive beats; their influences range from Phillip Glass to Prince to Sam Cooke. Catch them at the Bootleg's bar—the pair's live performances are known for being more physical and immersive than most electronic acts.

  1. Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Blvd
  2. Sat Mar 1
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Papa

  • Price band: 1/4

Hotly tipped Encino group Papa channel Springsteen, the Killers and Kings Of Leon into their big, anthemic rock songs. Singing drummer Darren Weiss has experience at the indie end of things—he used to be in the band Girls—but his new duo with childhood friend Danny Presant could be filling arenas before long. Catch them while they're still coming up, promoting 2013 debut Tender Madness in the Observatory's Constellation Room.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Sat Feb 14
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The Colourist

The Colourist

The Colourist

  • Price band: 1/4

SoCal band the Colourist was formed in an underused warehouse in Orange County, and after a couple years touring with the likes of Grouplove, Metric, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and a performance at Coachella, the quartet is embarking on its own headlining tour to promote debut EP Lido. Hear their bright and catchy pop-fueled indie rock at this Troubadour show. LA's mysteriously dark Night Terrors of 1927 and Aussies Birds of Tokyo will open.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Tue Mar 4
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The Wild Feathers.

The Wild Feathers. Photograph: Courtesy the Wild Feathers

The Wild Feathers

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Disciples of Petty, Dylan and the Band, bluesy country rock quintet the Wild Feathers has seen its stock steadily rise since its eponymous debut surfaced last year. They've shared the stage with Delta Spirit and even opened for Paul Simon. Now the Nashville boys hit LA on their North American tour with support from Austin alt-rockers Saints of Valory and Southern-fried rock duo Jamestown Revival at their sold-out Troubadour show.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Wed Oct 29
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Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts Photograph: Courtesy Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Britain's indie-rock quartet with the slick, shimmery sound hits WeHo in support of their new disc, Present Tense. Tickets are sold out from all the traditional vendors, but you know where to look elsewhere to score a pair.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Thu Mar 6
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Photograph: Courtesy Typhoon

Typhoon

  • Price band: 2/4

Portland indie band Typhoon creates "death-affirming" and big-hearted post-pop indie rock a la Arcade Fire and Bright Eyes, but they cheekily list their references as David Beckham and Bill Murray. Lead singer/songwriter Kyle Morton dealt with serious illness and channeled his resulting ambivalence about life into the group's most recent album—and most ambitious to date—White Lighter, which was recorded on a farm in the Oregon town of Happy Valley. Hear the band's musings at the El Rey, with Echo Park indie band Line & Circle opening.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Thu Mar 6
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Iamsu!

Iamsu! Photograph: Courtesy Iamsu

Iamsu!

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Cali rapper and record producer Iamsu! (he changed his name from just "Su" for search engine optimization) is best known as the leader of the Richmond hip-hop collective The Heartbreak Gang. But this year he's branching out on his own, with his debut studio album, Sincerely Yours, due out in April. His is a positive, pro-individuality brand of rap that's luckily more fun than preachy, as evidenced on his new single "Only That Real," featuring 2 Chainz and Sage the Gemini. Catch him at Pomona's Glass House, with p-lo, Skipper and Trav Walls opening.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Until Thu Mar 6
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Con Bro Chill

Con Bro Chill Photograph: Courtesy Con Bro Chill

Con Bro Chill

  • Price band: 1/4

This Portland posse consists of four outlandishly theatrical lacrosse players who dress up like Day-Glo Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and perform electropop party anthems. Yes, really. We trust you can make up your own mind about this one. But for $10 a pop at the House of Blues on a Friday night, it really can't be a mistake.

  1. House of Blues Anaheim 1530 S Disneyland Dr
  2. Until Fri Mar 7
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Photograph: Courtesy Mirah

Mirah

  • Price band: 1/4

Heard most recently on 2011's Thao & Mirah, a collaborative album recorded with Thao Nguyen and produced by Tune-Yards, sweet-voiced singer-songwriter Mirah returns with her atmospheric, delicate and emotive songcraft. The Brooklyn songstress is known for her lo-fi indie pop and sincere lyrics combined with experimental instrumentation. Portland collective Ages and Ages will open the night, which will run 'til 3am.

  1. The Satellite 1717 Silver Lake Blvd, at Effie St
  2. Sat Mar 8
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Russian Circles

Russian Circles Photograph: Courtesy Russian Circles

Russian Circles

  • Price band: 1/4

This Chicago rock trio constructs towering riffscapes that pair a burly bottom end with soaring psych-metal guitar. The three-piece will headline at El Rey Theater this time, in support of their suitably elegiac 2013 rager, Memorial.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Mon Mar 10
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Real Estate

Real Estate Photograph: Courtesy Real Estate

Real Estate

  • Price band: 2/4

New Jersey's favorite jangle pop outfit spent most of 2013 working on a new record Atlas, and are toting their strings and synths to the Fonda to present the fruits of their labor. The band's wandering, interweaving guitar lines keep their daydreamy songs alive and more spirited than the raincloud subject matter would imply. $25 grants you permission to sway along for the evening.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Tue Mar 11
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Mike Gordon.

Mike Gordon. Photograph: Courtesy Mike Gordon

Mike Gordon

  • Price band: 2/4

After his original position as co-founder and bassist for jam band Phish, Mike Gordon began to focus on filmmaking, writing and releasing four solo albums—the Massachusetts native's most recent, Overstep, was just released February 25. His music explores life balance and peace with relaxing, funky-fun tunes, supported perfectly by his countrified, bluesy band. Hear the new album's sturdy rock numbers at this show at the El Rey.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Mon Mar 17
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Photograph: Courtesy Yellow Ostrich

Yellow Ostrich

  • Price band: 1/4

Yellow Ostrich is equal parts Vampire Weekend's sharp-angled pop and Andrew Bird's whimsical multitasking. The horn-happy Barsuk-signed Brooklyn indie pop crew is led by Alex Schaaf—he started the band as a solo project when he was 21. Schaaf delved into the work of astronomers as background for latest album Cosmos—out Feb. 25—and named the work after Carl Sagan's 1980 PBS series. Expect more of the band's guitar-driven rock, but combined this time around with dreamy electronic arrangements. Pattern is Movement and Thumpers will open this Echo show.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Until Tue Mar 18
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Boys Noize

Boys Noize

Boys Noize

  • Price band: 2/4

Alex Ridha, better known as Boys Noize, will perform live at the El Rey in support of his new EP, Go Hard. The German DJ and producer has always turned the tables on dance-music conventions; the man roots his sound in techno and electro, but disco, funk, rock and even hints of a hip-hop mentality find their way into the fold. The versatility is key to his popularity, which has already proven steady given his work remixing for huge names and a recent appearance at Lollapalooza with Dog Blood, his side project with Skrillex. Expect a storming light and visuals show to match the beautifully brutal beats of Ridha's original music.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Wed Mar 19
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Photograph: Courtesy Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

  • Price band: 3/4

Once a "sweat-soaked garage band," the four members of the Followill family have made the transition to arena-rock stardom with their integrity—err, somewhat intact. Bouncing into town on what they've termed their "Mechanical Bull" tour, the Nashville combo shows off songs from a new, anthemic album by the same name, and their sixth to date. LA favorites Local Natives will set the stage as special guest openers at this show at the newly renovated and revitalized Forum.

  1. Forum 3900 W Manchester Boulevard
  2. Fri Mar 21
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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.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Fri Mar 21
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Photograph: Courtesy Weekend

Weekend

  • Price band: 1/4

Weekend is a group originally from San Francisco that evokes old bands from dreary England. Although the band is young, it was a long time in the making—singer Shaun Durkan and guitarist Kevin Johnson joined creative forces when they were only 12. The now-Brooklyn trio will air its fuzz-bathed, gloomy-yet-driving indie rock and post punk at the Echo. Expect to hear songs from its recent sophomore album, Jinx, which boasts a cleaner, more melodic sound than previous efforts.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Fri Mar 21
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The Toadies

The Toadies Photograph Courtesy The Troubadour

The Toadies

  • Price band: 1/4

They released their latest album, Play.Rock.Music, in 2012 but this spring, old-school rockers Toadies will be jamming with fans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album, Rubberneck. Their platinum-selling 1994 debut—which will be reissued on 180 gram vinyl come April 1st—is equal parts raw and visceral, none more so memorable than in the hit single Possum Kingdom, a glorious five minutes of guitar-driven grunge. The Texas-based band will hit the stage at Troubadour this March with supporting acts Supersuckers and Battleme. Early tickets are going for $20 a pop, and Toadies fans can be prepared for a wave of nostalgia as the band has promised to play the entire Rubberneck album “front to back.”

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Fri Mar 21
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Photograph: Tina Tyrell

St. Vincent

  • Price band: 2/4

Anyone concerned that brilliant Oklahoma art-pop siren Annie Clark—aka indie darling St. Vincent—might one day temper her trademark perversity should be relieved by her fifth LP, titled simply St. Vincent. Lead single "Birth in Reverse" features angular post-prog ax work and droll lyrical sentiments ("What an ordinary day / Take out the garbage, masturbate") galore. Get an earful of the new material at her show at the Wiltern.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Fri Mar 21
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The Sword

The Sword Photograph: Sam Holden

The Sword

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Meat-and-potatoes Austin retro-metalists the Sword bring their bong-hoisting anthems to LA, where they’ll no doubt show off tunes from their colossally groovy latest, Apocryphon. Also on the bill: Atlanta-based rock outfit O’Brother, and Los Angeles natives Big Business. Doors open at 7pm.

  1. House of Blues Anaheim 1530 S Disneyland Dr
  2. Fri Mar 21
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The Orwells

The Orwells Photograph Courtesy The Orwells

The Orwells + Twin Peaks

  • Price band: 1/4

Given their punk-rock influences and angsty, sneering vocals, you might think that The Orwells have been channeling their inner teen spirit for the past decade. But the truth is, these Chicago-based rockers are relatively new to the music scene. Their first studio album, Remember When, was released in 2012 and they were most recently seen busting riffs and smashing drums at Lollapalooza 2013. This isn’t the bubblegum and fairy dust affair that you might expect from Katy Perry or Justin Bieber. These are five dudes from Chicago who are stuck in the adolescence and simply want to rock. With up-and-coming outfits Twin Peaks and Criminal Hygiene opening proceedings, Angeleno rock lovers should get ready to headbang the night away.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Sat Mar 22
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Photograph: Courtesy London Grammar

London Grammar

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

British indie trio and university pals Hannah Reid (vocals), Dot Major (keyboards, percussion), and Dan Rothman (guitars) transport their moody, electronica-pop to Los Angeles after a whirlwind year: they won iTunes' Album of the Year 2013, are nominated for Best British Breakthrough Act at the upcoming BRIT Awards, and are selling out shows from Australia to New York.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Tue Mar 25
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Photograph: Courtesy Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Indie-rock legend Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement fame) and his band The Jicks return to Los Angeles with their most energized set to date, showcasing material from their latest, Beck-produced album Mirror Traffic. Their newest work ranges from winsome folk ("No One Is") to hard-rocking political commentary ("Senator") to your basic kiwi pop ("Stick Figures in Love"). Although the long guitar workouts and jams will be (noticeably) absent, don't expect Malkmus' originality and energy to have gone anywhere.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Fri Mar 28
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The Sound Of Animals Fighting.

The Sound Of Animals Fighting. Photograph: Courtesy The Sound Of Animals Fighting

The Sound Of Animals Fighting

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Catch eclectic rock supergroup The Sound of Animals Fightingin a rare live appearance during this reunion tour—the first time the band will be playing in seven years. Don't worry, the name doesn't describe the sound of its music. Made up of members of Rx Bandits, Circa Survive, Finch, Good Old War and more, the experimental band—for anonymity it performs with masks and lists its members as the Walrus, the Lynx, the Nightingale and the Skunk in order to help the audience focus on the experience of the music itself—prides itself on the way it rethinks music, which is evident on the hand-crafted albums. The show's $30 tickets are sold out, so you'll have to spring for some that have been marked up.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Fri Mar 28
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Saintseneca

Saintseneca

Saintseneca

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This Ohio troupe delivers all we've come to desire from a modern-day folk band: harmonies, reverb, chanting, impassioned melancholy and mustaches. But the quartet does it with heart. Frontman Zac Little's words and sincerity keep a familiar recipe fresh. Hear the group's evocative, foot-stomping folk at the Observatory, and expect to hear some new gems from upcoming sophomore LP, Dark Arc, slated for release on April 1.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Sat Mar 29
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Baths

Baths

Baths

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Classically trained, young sample-popster Will Wiesenfeld brings Baths to Pomona in celebration of his bleaker sophomore album on Anticon, Obsidian—the follow-up to 2010's lauded chillwave staple Cerulean. The SFV-raised musician and composer creates woozy, organic experimental electronica with winsome vocals and a fine falsetto. Hear it in person at this Glass House show.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Sat Mar 29
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