LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in May 2013

Explore our detailed LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this May. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene this month include Fleetwood Mac, Paramore and the Killers.

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Paramore

  • Price band: 2/4

Probably our favorite band in the Warped Tour universe, Paramore gives aboveground punk a good name, delivering the sheen the mainstream craves, along with some genuinely angsty bite. The Tennessee band lost two founding members in 2010, but not to worry: Superstar frontwoman Hayley Williams is still providing her spunky fireworks and Paramore's self-titled fourth album drops in April.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Wed May 7
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The Killers

  • Price band: 2/4

The Brandon Flowers–led, synth-happy Vegas quartet re-emerged last year with a long-awaited (by some) new album, Battle Born. While it wasn't quite the second coming of "Mr. Brightside," the band still delivers a full-bodied live performance and will surely toss in a few Hot Fuss classics.

Honda Center 2695 E Katella Ave

  1. Los Angeles Sports Arena 3939 S Figueroa St, 90037
  2. Wed May 1 - Thu May 2
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Photograph: Courtesy Big Hassle

Old Crow Medicine Show

  • Price band: 2/4

This rootsy Nashville string ensemble started as a group of buskers roaming through Canada before opening for Dolly Parton and becoming a fixture at the Grand Ole Opry and on A Prairie Home Companion. The group’s 1920s-style instrumentation is harmonica-laced and heavy on fiddle, banjo and slide guitar, and its members jam with an Appalachian-like muscle that can evade mainstream counterparts such as Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers. At the El Rey in May, they play behind last year's Carry Me Back.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Wed May 7
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Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

  • Price band: 1/4

Scenester buddies Adam Green, formerly of the Moldy Peaches, and Binki Shapiro of Little Joy have found breezy antifolk bliss together, as a duo LP of ’60s-style pop songs, released in January, reveals. They give you a sampling of their reverie at the Echo in May.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Wed May 7
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Photograph: Courtesy of the Windish Agency

Clinic

  • Price band: 1/4

Those who dismissed Clinic as a gimmick when the band emerged from Liverpool at the turn of the ’00s—their faces forever hidden behind surgical masks—may now bite their tongues. A decade on, Liverpool's "lab four" have maintained an unerring cool. Hear tunes from the quartet's latest, 2012's psychedelic Free Reign, at the Troubadour in May.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Wed May 7
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Photograph: Mark Seliger

The Rolling Stones

  • Price band: 4/4

The world's greatest rock & roll band should be spending its 50th-anniversary year in full-on reunion mode, but it seemed to require diplomacy of Nobel Prize–winning magnitude to reunite Mick and Keith after the singer took umbrage over a "little something" in the guitarist's memoir. Still, here they are, with a new greatest-hits package and a few desultory new cuts to flog—and you know that you want to be at one of these gigs.

Honda Center 2695 E Katella Ave

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Thu May 3 - Mon May 20
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Os Mutantes

  • Price band: 1/4

Os Mutantes, the legendary Brazilian psychedelic-tropicalia band so cool that Beck named an album after it, comes to the Troubadour for a joyously trippy show.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Thu May 8
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Photograph: Courtesy Big Hassle

Maps & Atlases

  • Price band: 1/4

Chicago's Maps & Atlases play colorful, technically impressive indie rock accented by Dave Davison's quirky baritone. They're touring in support of last year's catchy release, Beware and Be Grateful.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Thu May 8
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Lights

  • Price band: 2/4

No, not the Brooklyn indie-folk crew—this Lights is a young singer from Toronto who is buddies with Owl City dude Adam Young. Her super-lite pop songs suggest Death Cab for Cutie as envisioned by Smurfette.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Thu May 8
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Blackstreet

  • Price band: 2/4

If you don't start singing along when you hear Blackstreet's "No Diggity" or "Don't Leave Me," we assume your ears have been stolen. This May show at Club Nokia finds the R&B kings playing with a couple of lineup switcheroos, but still including Dave Hollister and operating under the leadership of New Jack Swing pioneer Teddy Riley.

  1. Club Nokia 800 W Olympic Blvd
  2. Fri May 9
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Photograph: Courtesy Mexican Summer

Tamaryn

  • Price band: 1/4

San Francisco (via New Zealand) singer Tamaryn floats her haunting vocals over reverb-soaked rock, creating quite the dreamy, fuzzy sound on her sophomore album, Tender New Signs.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Fri May 9
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Ozomatli

Ozomatli puts out a high-powered, Latin-flavored dance groove. Its recent LP, Fire Away, captures the explosive live experience better than past efforts, though it’s still a little flatter than we’d like.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Fri May 9
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Mindless Self Indulgence

  • Price band: 1/4

Mindless Self Indulgence is the Cartoon Network's version of digital hardcore. The semielectronic spazcore band's albums may not grab your attention, but its show certainly will: It's hard to find a higher level of energy anywhere else at this point, onstage and in the audience.

  1. Club Nokia 800 W Olympic Blvd
  2. Sat May 4
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Brad Mehldau Trio

  • Price band: 2/4

Piano poet Brad Mehldau and his band head to Westwood for a date at Royce Hall, an ideal venue for his cool, reflective originals and interpretations.

  1. Royce Hall 340 Royce Dr, at UCLA
  2. Sat May 4
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Photograph: Andrew De Francesco

Bonobo

  • Price band: 2/4

The U.K.’s Simon Green is the man behind Bonobo, the Ninja Tune recording persona responsible for some very left-field down-tempo material; he plays a mix of sounds that range from hip-hop and funk to psych rock and drum ’n’ bass. During a pair of Southland dates, you'll hear from a new disc, The North Borders.

The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Sat May 4 - Sun May 5
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Marina and the Diamonds

  • Price band: 1/4

Flamboyant and frankly gorgeous Welsh singer Marina Diamandis hits the Southland for a pair of headline shows, following a stateside trip last year supporting Katy Perry. The 27-year-old singer offers up a more commercial, dance-oriented slant on quirk pop with her second opus, 2012's Electra Heart, which features such songwriting big-hitters as Stargate and Dr. Luke. Expect a cheeky and energetic set from this highly stylized popstrel.

The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd

  1. Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center 665 W Jefferson Blvd
  2. Tue May 7 - Sat May 11
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Kurt Vile and the Violators

  • Price band: 1/4

The Philadelphian troubadour—and The War On Drugs collaborator—and his crew hit the Echoplex, peddling lo-fi psych and an echo-sodden, agreeably eccentric blend of folk and rock, as per 2011 album Smoke Ring for My Halo. Expect to hear new tunes from Vile's April release, Wakin on a Pretty Daze.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Tue May 7
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Photograph: Aaron Redfield

Sara Watkins

  • Price band: 1/4

Best known up to now for her airy singing and gritty fiddling in the brilliant young newgrass combo Nickel Creek, Sara Watkins issued a gorgeous, assured eponymous solo album on Nonesuch in 2009, which served notice of an undeniably grown-up talent. At the Bootleg Theater in May, she plays from her equally lovely, even more ambitious sophomore disc from 2012, Sun Midnight Sun.

  1. Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Blvd
  2. Thu May 9
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Photograph: Courtesy High Rise PR

Kate Nash

  • Price band: 1/4

Londoner Kate Nash’s smart-ass songs about boyfriend troubles (they’ll act like dickheads, throw up on your footwear and so on) made her a star in her native land, in the mold of Lily Allen. Now the sassy songstress is playing behind her new, fan-financed third album, Girl Talk, which takes her hooky pop in a grittier direction.

The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd

Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Thu May 9 - Tue May 21
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Photograph: Carlie Armstrong

Yo La Tengo

  • Price band: 2/4

A thread of ambiguity runs throughout Fade, the serene but unsettled 13th album from indie-rock cornerstone Yo La Tengo. It’s a lot of uncertainty for a band that released its first LP in 1986, but it shows that the trio is still searching, refusing to coast on what it already has figured out. At the Fonda in May, the New Jersey band will celebrate the album’s release with its patented mix of hushed vocals, crunchy guitars, insistent drumming and unmistakable sincerity.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Thu May 9
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Photograph: Patrick Heagney

of Montreal

  • Price band: 1/4

For folks with some investment in what the Athens, GA, outfit has been doing for the past decade and a half, of Montreal’s disorderliness seems inseparable from its off-kilter charm, as seen on its latest, eleventh album, Paralytic Stalks, released in 2012. You get into it precisely because you think music needs more sprawl, more complexity, more more. The band hits the road again with a trippy multimedia spectacle.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Thu May 9
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Photograph: Naki Kouyioumtzis

Steven Wilson

  • Price band: 2/4

In his work with the English band Porcupine Tree, singer and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson has definitively earned the title of progressive rock’s most ardent latter-day acolyte. The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories), Wilson’s recently issued third solo LP, is among the grandest statements of his convictions yet. Not quite a concept album, the disc mixes dreamy prog-rock grandeur and airy fusion-jazz flash in a cycle of elaborate original ghost stories. Played by a well-seasoned touring group that includes veterans of Asia, U.K., Kajagoogoo (!) and Miles Davis’s ’80s electric bands, Raven proves that fondness for the past doesn’t have to mean living in it—Wilson’s vitality and authority are firmly of the moment.

  1. Club Nokia 800 W Olympic Blvd
  2. Fri May 10
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Photograph: Neil Krug

Jim James

  • Price band: 2/4

Jim James, leader of Louisville psych-roots-pop juggernaut My Morning Jacket, steps out for a gig at the Fonda in support of the recent Regions of Light and Sound of God, his first proper solo LP. It’s a sharp set, with a John Lennon–gone-sci-fi vibe that’s sure to please fans of MMJ’s more Beatlesque material.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Sat May 11
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

  • Price band: 1/4

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. takes its Motor City roots and tongue-in-cheek moniker to extremes—the members don racing suits and trucker hats onstage. Don't let the gimmick inhibit you; their sunny pop and effortlessly fun live sets are totally worthwhile.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Thu May 16
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Photograph: Ysa Perez

Danny Brown

  • Price band: 1/4

Don't miss profoundly weird hip-hop dude Danny Brown, a word-drunk lyricist with the technical skills of a Scribble Jam champion (that's a hip hop music fest in Ohio, not a Scrabble typo, though he is good with his words). Get close enough to the stage and you'll see he's quite proudly missing his front tooth.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Sun May 19
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Photograph: Ruvan Wijesooriya

Holy Ghost!

  • Price band: 1/4

Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser, otherwise known by the marginally sacrilegious moniker Holy Ghost!, have paid their dues: They spent years working their fingers to the bone in DFA’s back-room studio-sweatshop, toiling away as the label’s in-house musicians. After a series of absolutely fabulous remixes for artists ranging from Moby and Jazzanova to In Flagranti and MGMT, the duo’s 2010 Static on the Wire EP blew away fans of hook-stuffed electronic disco. And now? Well, the guys are bona fide rock stars, with a full band and (we presume) a bevy of groupies just begging for more.

The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Sun May 19 - Mon May 20
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JJAMZ

  • Price band: 1/4

Last year, local supergroup JJAMZ released Suicide Pact, one of 2012's most fun indie-rock records—full of sticky tunes, chewy guitar textures and some excellently icy vocals. The quintet, which features former members of Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley, the Like and Phantom Planet, headlines a lively gig at the Observatory in May.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Wed May 22
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Shout Out Louds

  • Price band: 1/4

Sweden's answer to the Strokes, the Shout Out Louds touch down in the City of Angels to celebrate a new album, Optica—the band's first new music in three years.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Thu May 23
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Photograph: Marina Chavez

Imperial Teen

  • Price band: 1/4

Faith No More's impressively named keyboardist, Roddy Bottum, fronts queer San Fran indie-pop crew Imperial Teen. After a five-year hiatus, the band returned last year with its fifth album, Feel the Sound.

  1. The Satellite 1717 Silver Lake Blvd, at Effie St
  2. Sat May 25
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Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac Photo courtesy Fleetwood Mac

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.

Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue

Honda Center 2695 E Katella Ave

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Sat May 25 - Wed Jul 3
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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.

  1. Hollywood Palladium 6215 W Sunset Blvd, between N Argyle & N El Centro Aves
  2. Wed May 29 - Thu May 30
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Photograph: Courtesy Big Machine Media

Scott Weiland

  • Price band: 2/4

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland recently got the boot from the band that made him a star, thanks in part to this current tour, focused on songs from STP's early-career alt-rock staples, Core and Purple. (It seems he neglected to invite the other three dudes along.) For the average listener, there's really no downside: Weiland will still be up there, belting out "Plush," "Creep," "Interstate Love Song" and all the others you secretly know by heart.

  1. House of Blues 8430 W Sunset Blvd, at N Olive Dr
  2. Wed May 29
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More concerts in LA in May 2013

  • May 1: Alejandro Sanz at Nokia Theatre LA Live
  • May 2–3: Built To Spill at the Observatory and the Troubadour
  • May 5, 7: Machine Gun Kelly at the Glass House and the Fonda Theatre
  • May 5: Kottonmouth Kings at the Troubadour
  • May 7–8: Prince at City National Grove of Anaheim
  • May 7: Joshua Radin at Largo
  • May 9: All Time Low at Hollywood Palladium
  • May 10: Foreigner at the Canyon Club
  • May 11–12: Tom Jones at the Troubadour
  • May 14: Sara Bareilles at the El Rey Theatre
  • May 14: Gold Panda at the Echo
  • May 14, 16: Devendra Banhart at the Observatory and the Fonda Theatre
  • May 15: Olly Murs at House of Blues Anaheim
  • May 20: Flobots at the Observatory
  • May 21–22: Daughter at the Troubadour
  • May 22–23: Presidents of the United States of America at the Observatory and House of Blues Los Angeles
  • May 23: Breathe Carolina at the Troubadour
  • May 23: Dick Dale at the Canyon Club
  • May 23, 26: The Damned at House of Blues Anaheim and El Rey Theatre
  • May 23, 25: Turbonegro at the Observatory and the El Rey Theatre
  • May 24: Cold War Kids at the Fonda Theatre
  • May 25: Juanes at Nokia Theatre LA Live
  • May 25: WAR at the Greek Theatre
  • May 25: K'Noup & Kelly at the Troubadour
  • May 26: Raphael at Nokia Theatre LA Live
  • May 28: Crystal Bowersox at the Troubadour
  • May 29–30: Junip at the Troubadour
  • May 31: Psychedelic Furs at the Canyon Club

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