LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in November 2013

Explore our detailed LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this November. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene this month include Father John Misty, Misfits and Chvrches.

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Bernhoft

  • Price band: 2/4
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Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and singer Bernhoft—former frontman of alt-rock group Span—is quite literally a one-man band now. His unforgettable live shows consist of ingenious looping of acoustic guitar, his own beatboxing and lyrics to create his modern-meets-retro R&B sound. Close your eyes at his upcoming Troubadour set and you'll swear there are at least three guys by his side.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Fri Nov 1
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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 November, Tillman drops by the Wiltern for what is sure to be a magical show.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Sat Nov 2
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Photograph: Courtesy Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe

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Janelle Monáe has claimed to be an alien, and given her otherworldly quirky and understated charm, we just might believe her. The bright-eyed Covergirl spokeswoman and "We are Young" guest vocalist just released her second studio album, the Electric Lady, which continues her music's utopian cyborg theme. She'll be at Club Nokia to sing a mixture of soul, jazz, pop-punk and even gospel tunes.

  1. Club Nokia 800 W Olympic Blvd
  2. Until Sun Jun 22
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Photograph: Courtesy Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

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Former Smiths founder, composer and current alt-rock guitar god Johnny Marr has worked with a who's who of musicians throughout his magnificent career. Since the Smiths' disbanding he's spent every year as a fully-fledged member of at least one band, from the Pretenders to Modest Mouse, as well as serving as Noel Gallagher's mentor and even helping Hans Zimmer score Christopher Nolan's "Inception." This year Marr released his first-ever solo album, the Messenger, filled with his euphoric playing. Listen to his licks in person at the Fonda.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Sat Nov 2
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Photograph: Courtesy Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club + Capital Cities

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Irish indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club are bringing their unfailingly upbeat tunes to the charming outdoor arena. Fresh off a breakthrough performance at Coachella this year, the band is promoting its new album, Beacon, in a headlining tour. Recent radio darlings Capital Cities (of "Safe and Sound" fame) as well as the South Africa-inspired St. Lucia will set the mood as openers.

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Until Sat Nov 2
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Photograph: Courtesy Charli XCX

Charli XCX

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Charlotte Emma Aitchison—known by her stage name, Charli XCX—erupted onto the music scene after penning Icona Pop's smash hit "I Love It." But the British-girl-power champion has been honing her live performance skills since she was only 14, including opening for Paramore and Coldplay. Now she's released her own fully realized album, True Romance, full of her specialty—catchy pop with a dark underbelly. Catch the up-and-coming star at the El Rey.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Mon Nov 4
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Photograph: Courtesy Geographer

Geographer

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Spin-lauded Bay Area band Geographer stops by the Echoplex to share a set of its synth-heavy, dreamy rock. The trio is known for energetic live shows that perfectly complement its beautifully haunting ballads. Joining them will be Knoxville, Tennessee indie rockers Royal Bangs; the band just released its fourth album, Brass, but has gained national attention thanks to the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, who helped produce the LP.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Tue Nov 5
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Selena Gomez

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It’s not every Texan girl who gets the better of Jay Z on their twenty-first birthday. But as Selena Gomez celebrated reaching US legal drinking age this past July, she also revelled in knocking the hip hop titan off the top of the album charts. Gomez’s solo debut ‘Stars Dance’ sold 100,000 copies in its first week. Add to this the 100 million views of her almost indecently sexy single ‘Come and Get It’ on YouTube, and this Staples Center gig, and you start to get an idea of just how big this 5' 4 singer and actor is becoming.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Until Wed Nov 6
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Photograph: Courtesy Atlas Genius

Atlas Genius

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Aussie alt-rock band Atlas Genius is moving on up: Last fall, its overnight hit "Trojans" became a rock radio mainstay. Just this March the band opened at the Wiltern for Imagine Dragons, and now it's headlining the venue at a KROQ-presented show to promote its full-length debut, When It Was Now. Local band Family of the Year and indie darlings Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. assume the role of openers. Tip: To avoid hefty service fees, you can pick up tickets at the Palladium on Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Wed Nov 6
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Photograph: Courtesy Veta & Theo for Ovvio Arte

Those Darlins

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Tennessee troupe Those Darlins plays old-fashioned rock 'n' roll with touches of garage, punk, country and bratty girl-group pop. The group knows when to be slick and when to be sloppy—and has charm to spare. Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino has endorsed the band as one of her faves. Check them out at an intimate Echo show as they promote their third album, Blur the Line.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
  2. Thu Nov 7
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Nine Inch Nails at 2013 Leeds Festival.

Nine Inch Nails at 2013 Leeds Festival. Photograph:Rob Sheridan, Courtesy Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails

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Nine Inch Nails is back with a vengeance—after five years sans new music, the band is giving fans a new album, Hesitation Marks, a music video for single "Came Back Haunted" directed by none other than David Lynch and now a North American arena tour. After the hiatus, Trent Reznor's electronic juggernaut still continues to push the boundaries of rock music. Expect his beautiful melodies teeming with industrial grit to get—and stay—under your skin. Renaissance man Reznor promises the "full-on NIN live experience" presented like never before.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Mon Aug 25
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Photograph: Courtesy Goldroom

Goldroom

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LA's own Goldroom—a solo project of synthpop trio NightWaves' Josh Legg—will play his dreamy synth-disco in a live set at Pomona's Glass House. The master remixer's sounds paint a picture of summer in Los Angeles. He'll perform alongside fellow local bands Story of the Running Wolf, Let Em Riot and Dead Times.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Fri Nov 8
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Frank Ocean.

Frank Ocean. Photograph: Courtesy Frank Ocean

OFWGKTA Carnival with Tyler, the Creator & Frank Ocean

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LA hip hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All is hosting its second annual carnival-slash-concert, presented by "Camp Flog Gnaw." Headlining will be Frank Ocean, the song scribe-turned-alternative rapper whom the collective helped launch into stardom. The "Pyramids" and "Forrest Gump" singer will perform alongside Odd Future founder Tyler, the Creator, as well as special guests Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt and more. For the kid in you, tickets come with unlimited access to carnival games and rides—the perfect prelude to a great show.

  1. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 3939 S Figueroa St
  2. Until Sat Nov 9
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Photograph: Patrick Heagney

of Montreal

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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. Until Sun Nov 10
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Photograph: Courtesy Observatory

Thee Oh Sees

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San Francisco's garage rock superstars Thee Oh Sees are riding their "Tidal Wave" into town. Punk artist John Dwyer—infamous for his take-no-prisoners work in Coachwhips and countless other outfits—channels his raw aesthetics into something anyone could love in this badass psych-pop outfit. The band hits the Observatory's Constellation Room to support its latest release, Floating Coffin, along with supporting acts the Blind Shake & OBNIIs.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Until Wed Nov 13
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Photograph: Courtesy Big Freedia

Big Freedia

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Shake and twerk the night away to the call and response stylings of New Orleans' "Queen Diva" of urban bounce music. (Born Freddie Ross, gay icon Freedia's stage persona is a "she.") Dance along to energetic and fun-loving tracks like "Azz Everywhere" and "Gin in my System." Innovative DJ Dirty Dave will spin an opening set.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Until Thu Nov 14
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Photograph: Courtesy the Black Dahlia Murder

Black Dahlia Murder

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Black Dahlia Murder will murder your ears with their melodic death metal when the Detroit heavyweights take over the Glass House. The band practices an immaculate form of hero worship, aping extreme-thrash legends At the Gates to a T. Original they aren't, but as heard on their current release, Everblack, these guys never fail to summon white-knuckle intensity. Skeletonwitch, Fallujah and Noisem round out the bill.

  1. The Glass House 200 W Second St
  2. Sat Nov 16
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The Misfits

The Misfits

Misfits

  • Price band: 2/4
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New Jersey's legendary horror punk act—currently made up of punk rock lifers Jerry Only/Dez Cadena/Robo and long divorced from original singer Glenn Danzig—have that potent combination of punk heritage, theatrical B-movie-inspired aesthetics and a logo that's arguably more recognizable than its purist-pleasing, horror-soaked late ’70s punk/’80s hardcore—all of which make the band kind of a right of passage. Don't miss them at the Ventura Theater this month.

  1. Location T.B.A.
  2. Until Sun Nov 17
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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 summer dates have whipped them into shape for this gig at the Wiltern.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Mon Apr 14
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Photograph: Jason McDonald

Albert Hammond Jr.

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Albert Hammond Jr.—son of veteran British songwriter Albert Hammond as well as the Strokes' guitarist—branches out on his own in between Strokes albums with his new solo EP, AHJ, released on bandmate Julian Casablancas' Cult Records. Hear the LA native's Guided by Voices and John Lennon-influenced tunes live at the El Rey.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Wed Nov 20
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Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton Heat

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What's a good concert calendar without a little psychobilly thrown in for good measure? The Dallas, Texas trio, fronted by Jim "Reverend Horton" Heat, mix punk, rockabilly, surf and country at their Nov. 22 Observatory show.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Until Sat Nov 23
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Photograph: Courtesy High Rise PR

Kate Nash

  • Price band: 2/4

Cheeky 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. Emmy the Great, the Aquadolls and Skating Polly will open.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Mon Apr 14
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Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam Photograph: Danny Clinch

Pearl Jam

  • Price band: 3/4

After defeating Mother Nature during an intense storm in the midst of their Wrigley Field show in Chicago this July, the band started their North American tour behind their newest, Lightning Bolt. Catch the peristent rockers in LA this November and hope to hear less political ranting and more new (and old) tunes, including the new album's first single, "Mind Your Manners."

  1. Los Angeles Sports Arena 3939 S Figueroa St, 90037
  2. Until Sun Nov 24
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Sinad O'Connor

Sinad O'Connor Photograph: Neil Gavin

Sinead O'Connor

  • Price band: 2/4
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The ultra-courageous queen of the emotional/political pop crossover came out of hiding last year to promote a new (lauded) album, 'How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?'. This year she hits the road on her delightfully-titled 'Crazy Baldhead Tour,' when she's not mentoring (slash patronizing) Miley Cyrus. Tonight's intimate set has the singer accompanied by keyboard and guitar.

  1. The Luckman Fine Arts Complex 5151 State University Dr
  2. Until Sun Nov 24
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Photograph: Courtesy Night Beats

Night Beats

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These Seattle-based psych-garage rockers have toured with the likes of the Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Lips. Hear their experimental R&B sounds as they promote new album Sonic Bloom with a live show at Costa Mesa's Detroit Bar, presented by Santa Ana's Observatory.

  1. Detroit Bar 843 W 19th St
  2. Mon Nov 25
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