LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in May 2014

Check out our concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this month. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene include Mastodon, The Glitch Mob and Chet Faker.

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The Horrors

The Horrors Photograph: Neil Krug

The Horrors

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The formerly fright-wigged, black-clad Horrors gang surprised (and impressed) everyone with their terrific experimental electronica/psychedelic pop LP of 2009, "Primary Colours." What followed were two more albums that showed off the Brits' widescreen, dramatically glittering synth-pop sound. Supporting their fourth album Luminous, The Horrors teams up with east London drone/psychedelic krautrock quintet, Toy, to perform an all-ages show at the First Unitarian Church for Britweek Music Sessions.

  1. First Unitarian Church 2936 W 8th St
  2. Until Wed Oct 15
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Photograph: Brian Nevins

Tokyo Police Club

  • Price band: 2/4

The four young guys in Tokyo Police Club—which hails from exotic Canada, not Japan—play peppy little songs with a punk undertone. Now four albums into their career, they'll be playing songs from the latest, Forcefield—which, from what we've heard so far, sounds as joyous and full-pelt as ever—at this LA stop on their spring tour. Advance tickets are sold out, but you may be able to snag some at the door.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Thu May 1
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Mastodon

Mastodon Photograph: Cindy Frey

Mastodon

  • Price band: 2/4

One of the biggest names in modern metal, Atlanta's hardcore quartet grinds out impressively convoluted, amped-up prog/metal noise more than a decade after its inception, here playing from its latest complex concept album—2011's The Hunter. Hear their epic, groove-oriented riff-fests—which are edging ever closer to straight-up rock & roll territory—at this show at Club Nokia, with Gojira and Kvelertak opening.

  1. Club Nokia 800 W Olympic Blvd
  2. Fri May 2
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George Clinton

George Clinton Photograph: William Thoren, Courtesy George Clinton

George Clinton

  • Price band: 3/4

At 72, Parliament/Funkadelic frontman Clinton is still rocking out. Expect outlandish costumes and plenty of politico-funk from the one and only Uncle Jam, as he plays from his '09 record, "George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love," with support from his colorful current crew. Free your mind at this Friday night showdown, and your ass will most certainly follow.

  1. Nokia Theatre LA Live 777 Chick Hearn Court, 11th & Figueroa Streets
  2. Fri May 2
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Photograph: Courtesy The Pizza Underground

The Pizza Underground

  • Price band: 1/4

Macaulay Culkin, The Velvet Underground and pizza. In case you didn't know, these three things are being combined by the "Home Alone" star's new band, The Pizza Underground. As you can guess, Culkin and company play VU covers—but, they turn the subject matter to pizza. It started as a joke that many thought would never last, but the band has embarked on an oddly well-received tour. Go to the gig and feel free to shout, "A lovely cheese pizza, just for me," as many times as you like.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Sat May 3
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White Fang.

White Fang. Photograph: Courtesy White Fang

White Fang

  • Price band: 1/4

Mainstays of Portland's (or as they call it, 'Potland') DIY punk scene, White Fang sticks to its roots with its latest album, Steady Truckin' for Summer. Never ones to take themselves too seriously—they name Marijuana as their manager and claim that they're stupider than they look—this Santa Ana show at the Observatory's Constellation Room guarantees a boisterously fun time. LA's awesomely named Criminal Hygiene will open the night.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Sun May 4
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Kina Grannis

Kina Grannis Photograph: Courtesy Kina Grannis

Kina Grannis

  • Price band: 2/4

Californian singer-songwriter Kina Grannis plays lovelorn acoustic guitar pop in the wispy, rhythmic, Jack Johnson style. Her 2011 disc, Stairwells, was received with acclaim on the heels of her viral YouTube hit, "In Your Arms"—a springy stop-motion video featuring 288,000 jelly beans. In anticipation of her next album, Elements (to be release in May), her show at the Troubador is already sold out. But we're guessing you know where to go to scrounge a spare ticket or two.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Tue May 6
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Photograph: Pavla Kopecna

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

  • Price band: 1/4

Blissful, heartfelt lyrics meet fuzzy guitars and anthemic choruses in this New York quartet's collegiate, melancholic indie-pop. On its eponymous 2009 debut full-length, the Brooklyn group summoned cloudy late-'80s cool in the form of jangly alt-rock, and its second LP, Belong, crawls forward toward a crisp '90s aesthetic. Here, hear them play from their upcoming third LP, Days of Abandon, at the Troubadour, with Fear of Men and Ablebody opening the night.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Wed May 7
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Tycho

Tycho

Tycho

  • Price band: 2/4

Producer and artist Scott Hansen crafts lush sonic landscapes under the name Tycho, joining electronic elements with more organic instrumentation (he writes most of his songs on guitar) to create atmospheric, leaves-rustling-in-the-sunny-winter-afternoons-of-your-mind-type music. Hear his moody dream-pop tracks live at the Fonda.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Thu May 8
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La Sera

La Sera Photograph: Marya Zoya

La Sera

  • Price band: 1/4

Vivian Girls' Katy Goodman's solo project, La Sera, contains the catchiest hooks of any Vivs-related project. Since 2011, she's been riding a wave of recent blog-love under the new pseudonym, releasing a self-titled debut followed by a second LP, Sees the Light, in 2012. La Sera's next album, Hour of the Dawn, is slated for release this spring. Catch the songbird premiere her new anthems at the Echo May 8.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Thu May 8
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We Are Scientists

  • Price band: 1/4

Berkeley-founded and now-NYC-based indie pop act We Are Scientists will make an OC stop at the Observatory's Constellation Room. Expect to hear tunes from the band's just-released album TV en Français—which treads the same catchy new wave grooves as old hits like "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt"—when the peppy, hooky, booty-shaking dance-rock crew hits the stage.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Thu May 8
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The Glitch Mob.

The Glitch Mob. Photograph: Courtesy the Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob

  • Price band: 2/4

LA's own bass-heavy Glitch Mob mixes up hip-hop samples with electro beats and tag-team vocals. Catch the trio's squelchy, rave-hop sounds, fresh off the heels of its Coachella appearance, to promote its new, more extroverted album, Love Death Immortality—which they intentionally crafted for live shows. Head to Club Nokia to feel transported to another world. Ana Sia and Penthouse Penthouse will set the night's tone as openers.

  1. Club Nokia 800 W Olympic Blvd
  2. Sat May 10
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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 sold-out night of tongue-in-cheeky crooning at the LA Sports Arena, joined by special guests Tom Jones and Kristeen Young. Shoplifters of the world, unite!

  1. Los Angeles Sports Arena 3939 S Figueroa St, 90037
  2. Sat May 10
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Broods

Broods Photograph: Courtesy Broods

Broods + Strange Talk

  • Price band: 1/4

This young, photogenic Kiwi duo is fated for comparisons to fellow New Zealander, Lorde. Both acts boast the chic brand of brooding, beat-driven chillwave pop that dominates the bedroom dramas of modern teenagers. Oh, and both acts were smartly produced by svengali Joel Little (who lends a songwriting hand to Broods, as well). It's slick, sophisticated stuff, kept aloft by Georgia Nott's breathy vocals. Accompanying the boy-girl duo is Melboune synthpop foursome Strange Talk, supporting their debut LP, Cast Away. Advanced tickets for the show are sold out, but line up early to snag a pair on standby.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Wed May 14
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Say Hi.

Say Hi. Photograph: Jenny Jimenez

Say Hi

  • Price band: 1/4

Say Hi (formerly Say Hi to Your Mom) is a Seattle-based one-man band playing lo-fi bedroom ditties with a better sense of melody than most. The man behind the music, SFV native and former Bruin Eric Elbogen, will play behind his upcoming eighth record, to be released later this year. A fellow Barsuk Records artist, Australian duo Big Scary, will round out the night with their less-is-more songs.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Thu May 15
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Photograph: Jen Carey

Connan Mockasin

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Connan Mockasin is our favorite freaky Kiwi—a New Zealand psych-rock space cadet, whose surreal back catalog includes songs like "It's Choade My Dear" and "Please Turn Me Into the Snat." Get to know him at the Echoplex, as he plays far-out tracks from his latest LP, Caramel—a squishy, psychosexual journey into Mockasin's mind cavities. As disgusting as that sounds, it's also uncannily enthralling.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Fri May 16
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Photograph: Robert Ector

Iggy Azalea

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Hyped and rising ghetto-electro rapper Iggy Azalea brings her risqué rhymes to LA. Fun fact: She named herself after her family's dog, but her real name is Amethyst. The Aussie hip hop artist, who shot to fame via YouTube, finally has an album, The New Classic. The EDM-centric record features production from Diplo, Steve Aoki and Flosstradamus. Hear her dirty beats and pop hooks live at the Wiltern.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Fri May 16
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Prince Rama to perform at Deserted at the Palms

Prince Rama to perform at Deserted at the Palms Prince Rama

Deserted at the Palms

  • Price band: 2/4

Those who prefer their desert music fests rough, tumble and relatively cheap can pencil in this day-long blowout at the dusty saloon between Palm Springs and Laughlin, known as The Palms (83131 Amboy Rd). Thirty bucks will earn you access to the best bands you'll find that deep in the desert, including Thee Oh Sees, Cate Le Bon, Prince Rama, White Fence, Nite Jewel and more. In between sets, take a moment to admire the one-of-a-kind venue, which serves up PBR on tap, a colorful crowd of cowboys and oldschool cantina atmosphere. Parking and camping are both free. The event is presented by Fever, L.A. Record and Dublab.

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger Photograph: Courtesy The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

One of many bands featuring Beatle scion Sean Lennon, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger costars his girlfriend, pouty-lipped model Charlotte Muhl. Together the pair make a disarmingly lovely kind of psych-folky pop that calls upon the sounds of Beck and the Flaming Lips. The GOASTT hits up the El Rey in support of their sonically inventive new album, Midnight Sun.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Sat May 17
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Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill Photograph: Jessica Lee

Ms. Lauryn Hill

  • Price band: 3/4

Following a mini prison stint for tax evasion last year (oops), Ms. Lauryn Hill is back where any soulful Grammy Award winner of the '90s belongs: On tour, at Club Nokia. Resurrection looks good on the 38-year-old former Fugee, and we're eager for some old Lauryn Hill favorites, in addition to whatever sonic artisty three months in the klink may have inspired. Ticket prices are steep, but so is our fandom.

  1. Club Nokia 800 W Olympic Blvd
  2. Until Sat May 17
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Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado Photograph: Steve Gullick

Damien Jurado

  • Price band: 1/4

Veteran indie chameleon Damien Jurado creates oddball rock 'n' roll landscapes with his style-spanning, visceral and vaguely religious brand of folk. His music often comes from a very personal place; it's easy to get sucked into the narratives. The prolific Seattle songman just released his 11th studio album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. Hear his Americana tunes live at the Bootleg.

  1. Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Blvd
  2. Sun May 18
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Hozier

Hozier Photograph: Courtesy Hozier

Hozier

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

With vocals to die for and an inborn nack for soul, this scruffy Irish musician got his start singing with Celtic choral group Anúna. He treaded into bluesier waters in 2013 with the release of his EP Take Me to Church, whose title track shot to viral status on YouTube. The Troubadour welcomes the contemporary bluesman to play from his '14 release, From Eden. Tickets are currently listed a sold out, but you know where to look.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Tue May 20
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Against Me!

Against Me! Photograph: Courtesy Against Me!

Against Me!

  • Price band: 2/4

Do you remember when you were young and wanted to set the world on fire? If not, Against Me!'s punk rock music will certainly remind you of angstier days when nothing mattered and you were always right. The band's powerful latest, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, deals with singer Laura Jane Grace's, well, just what the title says. Hard-charging, fist-pumping tracks like "Fuckmylife666" are far more uplifting than they read. FYF presents the group's two-night residence at The Roxy.

  1. The Roxy Theatre 9009 W Sunset Blvd, between San Vincente Blvd & Doheny Dr
  2. Until Sun May 25
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Photo courtesy JazzReggae Festival

JazzReggae Festival

  • Price band: 2/4

One of several music-centered festivals this Memorial Day weekend, the impressively student-run Jazzreggae Fest will definitely have the most 4/20 vibes of the bunch. Attendees spread out blankets all over the open UCLA Intramural Field (405 Hilgard Ave) and soak up the sun and music (no chairs are allowed in, no tables are available to eat off of—this event is strictly all-picnic). A diverse array of food vendors will offer up Thai, Carribean and of course Jamaican jerk chicken. In this 28th year of the festival, headliners of day one ("Jam Day") include Snoop Dogg (no Lion this year), Aloe Blacc and the Internet, while the second day (only reggae) will feature reggae classic Black Uhuru.

  1. Location T.B.A.
  2. Until Mon May 26
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Panda Bear

Panda Bear Photograph: Brian DeRan

Panda Bear

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

As Animal Collective lies low, its two main frontmen go solo again (they're like the hipster Genesis.) Avey Tare has his Slasher Flicks, while the more Beach Boys inspired Panda Bear tours with new tunes from an LP tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. Expect lots of loops and harmonic rounds from their back-to-back SoCal shows at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace on Monday May 26, and the El Rey the following night.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Mon May 26
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Jarell Perry

Jarell Perry Photograph: Courtesy Jarell Perry

Jarell Perry at the Bootleg Theater

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Alt-R&B newcomer Jarell Perry's debut LP "Simple Things" provides the sort of electronic/indie rock/pop hybrid that modern listeners have shown a certain 21st Century lust for (Frank Ocean, anyone?). In true new millenium fashion, Perry developed a robust YouTube following, which led him to work with urban heavyweights (and devoted YouTube scouts) Usher and Childish Gambino. The rest is history in the making. Catch the Orange, CA native before he's selling out the Hollywood Bowl for a free month-long residency at the Bootleg Theater. 21 and over only.

  1. Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Blvd
  2. Until Mon May 26
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First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit Photo courtesy First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

  • Price band: 2/4

This Swedish folk duo is comprised of sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg, barely in their twenties, but already with the calming, melodic voices of much older souls. Their harmonies will have you swooning, and if you're lucky enough to hear their cover of the Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song," there might even be tears.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Wed Nov 12
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Crystal Fighters

  • Price band: 2/4

This talented, London-based bunch knows how to provide a good groove, offering up raved-up folktronica and minimal electro-pop ranging from Animal Collective-toned delicacy to eight-bit techno. Put your dancing shoes on and head to the Troubadour for the band's Basque-folk-meets-clubland ecstasy, as it plays behind last year's Cave Rave.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Wed May 28
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Die Antwoord

  • Price band: 2/4

The South African hip hop trio, whose name translates to "the answer" in Afrikaans, combines a mixture of trashy electro beats with some gloriously bizarre lyrics. Despite dressing as raving '90s hillbillies, they're a serious troupe who attracted the help of Diplo for their single "Evil Boy," opened for M.I.A. and tour relentlessly. Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er's outsider charisma still captivates, and a third album, Donker Mag, is forthcoming, released on the band's own label, Zef Records. But truly, they're meant to be experienced in a visual medium, so you're in luck if you snagged tickets to this sold-out live show at the Fonda.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Thu May 29
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Photograph: Courtesy Chet Faker

Chet Faker

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The splendidly named Chet Faker—Nick Murphy to his pals back in hometown Melbourne—first hit the scene via his languid (and gorgeous) 2011 remake of Blackstreet's "No Diggity," and he's been working his warm, left-field R&B sound ever since. Hear his woozy, jazz-inflected electronic soul music live at the Roxy as he promotes his debut album, Built on Glass, just released in April.

  1. The Roxy Theatre 9009 W Sunset Blvd, between San Vincente Blvd & Doheny Dr
  2. Until Sat Nov 29
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Pink Mountaintops

Pink Mountaintops Photograph: Olivia Jaffe, Courtesy Pink Mountaintops

Pink Mountaintops

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Canadian outfit Pink Mountaintops—which features Stephen McBean of riff-riven retro-rock titans Black Mountain—offers an experimental take on psychedelic shoegaze. Hazy alt rock meets flithy blues on the group's new album, Get Back, whose track list boasts a veritable pu pu platter of guest artists. Catch the Vancouver natives this spring at the Echo for a one-night-only show.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Fri May 30
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Rodriguez

Rodriguez Photograph: Hal Wilson

Rodriguez

  • Price band: 3/4

A Detroit native who dropped out of the music industry in the ’70s after releasing two albums (now considered lost classics), Rodriguez is back in the public eye thanks to an Oscar-winning film about his disappearance, Searching for Sugar Man. Having at last toured South Africa, where his fans are truly adoring, Rodriguez is finally getting another crack at America. Color us very curious to see the man in action.

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Fri May 30
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Eagulls

Eagulls Photograph: Sandy Kim

Eagulls

  • Price band: 1/4

Scuzzy pop-punkers Eagulls hail from Leeds, England, circa now, but could have easily slipped into the Touch & Go Records roster sometimes in the mid-'90s, thanks to their shoegazer squalls matched with Jesus Lizard cock-punch. Either way, the punk five-piece takes their newly released debut album out west May 30. The brash outfit takes the stage at The Sattelite with support from Chicago pop-rockers Twin Peaks and local rock trio Criminal Hygiene.

  1. The Satellite 1717 Silver Lake Blvd, at Effie St
  2. Fri May 30
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