LA concert calendar: Live music in LA in September 2013

Explore our detailed LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this September. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene this month include Black Sabbath, fun. and Hanson...yep, that Hanson.

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Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The headbanging faithful drooled over a 2011 announcement that the original Black Sabbath lineup—the first and greatest heavy-metal band—was reuniting. Even when drummer Bill Ward broke ranks over a contract dispute, the train rolled on without him. Here you’ll witness a not-too-shabby 75 percent of Sabbath 1.0, pounding out doom & roll chestnuts and selections from a hotly anticipated new disc, 13.

  1. Los Angeles Sports Arena 3939 S Figueroa St, 90037
  2. Until Tue Sep 3
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Blonde Redhead

Blonde Redhead Photo courtesy Blonde Redhead

Blonde Redhead

  • Price band: 2/4

In recent years, NYC's hyperchic Blonde Redhead has abandoned some of its sleek bombast in favor of a classy, angelic sound. Still, when the Pace brothers get the rhythms pounding live, buckle yourselves in for the fierce stage presence of sexy singer Kazu Makino. They play dreamy songs from their new album, Penny Sparkle.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Tue Sep 3
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Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara

  • Price band: 2/4

Canadian twins Tegan and Sara return to LA with their winning brand of indie pop—all layered vocals, scuzzy guitars and tempered angst. They’ll be treating the audience to licks from their seventh album, the acoustic guitar and synth-driven Heartthrob.

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Until Tue Sep 3
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fun.

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fun. + Tegan and Sara

  • Price band: 3/4

We can’t think of a pair of bands it’d be more of a blast to bounce around in the sunshine with than these two. Last year’s Some Nights propelled popsters fun. to Top 40 fame and double Grammy wins, due in large part to hits “We Are Young” and the disc’s title track. Twin sisters Tegan and Sara released their seventh album, Heartthrob, earlier this year, which is all layered vocals and tempered angst. Just try not to sing along.

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Until Wed Sep 4
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Backstreet Boys.

Backstreet Boys. Photograph: David Steele

Backstreet Boys + Jesse McCartney + DJ Pauly D

  • Price band: 2/4

Backstreet's back, all right: Surely not content to let New Kids on the Block (who are also touring this summer) have all the fun, Orlando's Backstreet Boys head to LA for a show at the Gibson. Apparently they've released three albums since they faded from the limelight (two since original member Kevin Richardson left the band), including 2009's clumsily-titled This Is Us. We're just as surprised as you are.

  1. Gibson Amphitheatre 100 Universal City Plaza
  2. Until Wed Sep 4
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Dave Matthews Band.

Dave Matthews Band. Photograph: Danny Clinch

Dave Matthews Band

  • Price band: 2/4

In 2008, DMB lost LeRoi Moore after 17 years as saxophonist and founding member. Since then, Dave Matthews has solidly taken the reins of his band, enlisting old friends like guitarist Tim Reynolds and Béla Fleck for live work and for last year's No. 1 album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. Head to Irvine on the 7th and see how the band is holding up.

  1. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 8808 Irivne Center Dr
  2. Sat Sep 7
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Photo courtesy the Zombies

The Zombies

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

After 51 years together, the current incarnation of the Zombies isn't quite what it once was. In their British Invasion heyday, the Zombies made music of subtlety and sophistication, culminating in the psychedelic masterpiece Odessey and Oracle. Today's band, led by original singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, trades much of the musical and emotional nuance of their vintage work for arena-rock bombast. However, changed or not, these guys are the stuff of legend and worth checking out.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Until Tue Sep 10
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Photo courtesy Local Natives

Local Natives + Wild Nothing

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The venues keep getting bigger for this beloved Silver Lake five-piece. No surprise here: their soaring, sweetly melodic and slightly mournful alt.pop—which tips its hat to Simon & Garfunkel, Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene—is made for stages like the Greek. Support comes from Wild Nothing, Jack Tatum’s deliciously dreamy ’80s-style one-man band.

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Fri Sep 13
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Ra Ra Riot + Caveman

  • Price band: 2/4

Back in 2008, fresh-faced college grads Ra Ra Riot won fans by mixing mischievous chamber-pop with unselfconscious fun. At the Fonda, the band will celebrate the release of their poppy, synthy new third album Beta Love. We dare you to watch the hilarious retro music video for their same-named first single and not fall in love. Support at Tuesday's show comes from melodic Brooklyn indie-rockers Caveman.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Sat Sep 14
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The Weeknd

The Weeknd Photograph: Courtesy of the Weeknd

The Weeknd

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

As Drake, Frank Ocean, Miguel and J Cole make their mark on Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B today, in comes Abel Tesfaye, the voice of The Weeknd, to mysteriously mix, re-mix and re-define it all. But with two L.A. shows (where Angeleno BANKS will open) we're banking on his secrets being revealed. The enigma began with three mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday, Echoes of Silence)—combining original artwork, sensual lyrics and psychedelic beats—that generally sang of (or led to) an epic hangover. That same year (2011) came a collab with fellow Canadian Drake on "Crew Love," and a fan base who were only able to identify Tesfaye by his vocals and tweets. Despite his recent record deal, debut at Coachella and engaging website which (we're guessing purposely) lacks an "about the artist" section, it seems the Weeknd likes to stay in the dark with his tunes.

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Mon Sep 16
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Fidlar

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Fidlar + The Orwells

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The rambunctious, young L.A. garage-rockers of Fidlar pump out snotty, lo-fi songs about smoking weed, getting laid and being broke: The band's recent EP, Don't Try, is a must-listen for fans of Harlem or early Black Lips. Most notable is the band's ability to inspire even the most demure of crowds to toss beers in the air, pogo and shove each other—so be warned.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Until Thu Sep 19
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Cold War Kids

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Cold War Kids

While we still don't think that California's Cold War Kids have yet topped their anthem "Hang Me Up to Dry," they've a fine new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, just out.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Thu Sep 19
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Thievery Corporation

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Thievery Corporation

  • Price band: 3/4

Formed in 1995, the Washington D.C. based duo (Rob Garza and Eric Hilton), are crowd-pleasing veterans, and they don't plan on stopping any time soon. While their mellow, trip-hoppy tunes have been booming through the speakers of hotels, lounges and cafes around the world—Garza and Hilton were drawn together through a love of dub, bossa nova and jazz—it's "Lebanese Blonde," that never fails to give us chills. You know, that song from that movie Garden State, the one with the flawless soundtrack?

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Until Fri Sep 20
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Photo courtesy Gold Panda

Gold Panda

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Colorful British electronicist Derwin "Gold Panda" Powers, whose choppy yet melodic beats made his debut album Lucky Shiner a big success, has followed up with banging, internationally-flavored sophomore effort Half of Where You Live. Panda will make a pit stop at the Fonda, where his army of alt-techno-addicted fans will sway to infectious staple tunes such as "You."

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Until Fri Sep 20
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M83

M83 Photograph: Courtesy of the Windish Agency

M83 with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra + Phantogram

  • Price band: 2/4

This is going to be special: M83 is playing a very rare show at the Bowl, accompanied by the illustrious Hollywood Bowl Orchestra no less. French electronic whiz frontman Anthony Gonzalez has adopted a no-holds-barred approach to his innovative synthpop and he isn’t pulling any punches onstage, either; his previously tiptoeing vocals have waltzed to the front and center, gaining both clarity and decibels. Support will come from the eerie, post-math-rock atmospherics of Phantogram.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Until Sun Sep 22
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Photo courtesy Little Boots

Little Boots

  • Price band: 1/4

British synth-disco princess Little Boots ( Victoria Hesketh), equal parts Kylie and Hot Chip, is back in LA after playing last May’s BritWeek. Her upcoming Troubadour and Observatory shows promise a fair share of her danceable new sophomore album Nocturnes, which is full of glam ‘90s house revival, as well as plenty from her infectious pop debut Hands. She seemed groomed for superstardom a few years back, but these days the pint-sized popstrel has found her niche blazing her own trail.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Mon Sep 23
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Photo courtesy Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher draw on their immense back catalogue of classics and plug their better-than-expected new album, Delta Machine, at four very nearly sold-out SoCal shows. Expect a night of darkly melodramatic and sleazy, stadium-scaled electro rock, offset by the odd tender pop ballad, as only DM can pull off.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Until Wed Oct 2
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Hanson

Hanson Photo courtesy Hanson

Hanson

  • Price band: 3/4

Yes, that Hanson, of "MMMBop" fame. They've grown into those shaggy haircuts and become a perfectly respectable power-pop trio with heart and a healthy sense of humor, celebrating their 21st anniversary(!) at these two shows while plugging a brand-new album, Anthem.

  1. House of Blues Los Angeles Sunset Blvd., 90069
  2. Until Thu Sep 26
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Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. Photograph: Frank Maddocks

Gary Clark Jr.

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Gary Clark Jr. isn't new to the game, it's just taken a little longer for him to make his way through our speakers. But when this blues-banging, guitar-riffing Texan sang "You gonna know my name by the end of the night," in his catchy single "Bright Lights," he wasn't kidding. When you've shared a stage with legends like B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, and are asked to salute Buddy Guy with the likes of Tracy Chapman and Bonnie Raitt (35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, 2012), talented is an understatement. Buy your tickets soon, we're positive this will be a sold out show.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Thu Sep 26
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The Lumineers

The Lumineers Photograph: Scarlet Page

The Lumineers

  • Price band: 2/4

With the release of their self-titled debut, the indie-folk band quickly became a household name with popular singles like "Stubborn Love". So, it was no surprise when Denver-based trio were nominated for two Grammys (Best New Artist and Best Americana Album). We think, it's only a matter time before they bring home one of those gold gramophones. Buy your tickets soon, as their back-to-back fall shows at the Fonda sold out faster than you can shout "Ho Hey!"

  1. Greek Theatre 2700 N Vermont Ave, in Griffith Park
  2. Until Fri Sep 27
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Photo courtesy Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Jackson Scott

  • Price band: 1/4

Super buzzy New Zealand-via-Portland trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra makes colorful, ’60s-style psychedelic rock with song names like “Ffunny Ffrends” and “How Can You Luv Me.” Tonight the band plays behind its celebrated new sophomore effort, 11.

  1. Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, at N Doheny Dr
  2. Until Fri Sep 27
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The Naked and Famous

The Naked and Famous Photo courtesy the Naked and Famous

The Naked And Famous

  • Price band: 3/4

With their breakthrough single 'Young Blood', this New Zealand electro-pop quintet struck out firmly in the euphori-pop direction previously trodden by Passion Pit and MGMT. Their instantly likeable blend of melodic grunge, shoegazey pop and twisted electronica has made them a shoe-in for dozens of emotionally fraught scenes on American TV shows, meaning you may already have heard a good deal of their music without realizing it.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Fri Sep 27
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Photo courtesy Wild Belle

Wild Belle + Saint Rich

  • Price band: 1/4

Chicago’s buzzy brother-sister band Wild Belle rode a wave of hype based initially on the strength of just one summery Jamaican-flavored single, "Keep You," and deservedly so. Tonight the duo returns to SoCal after playing Coachella last April, touring its full-length debut Isles, full of sweetened Amy Winehouse-style vocals over reggae beats. We can already smell the royalties a mile away, so pounce on this affordable Echoplex show before the talented duo blow up.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Until Sat Sep 28
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Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend Photograph: © Soren Solkaer Starbird

Vampire Weekend + Beirut

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

In yet another impressive Hollywood Bowl show this summer, two prodigious bands share the bill for one night of fantastic music. After storming Coachella, beloved world-pop preppies Vampire Weekend will share their fun hits as well as cuts from classic rock ’n’ roll-inspired new album Modern Vampires of the City. Joining them are style-sampling star outfit Beirut. Band chief Zach Condon, a multitasker who performs vocals, trumpet and ukulele, has become a bona fide indie-rock star by mining sounds from foreign lands, giving color to his Morrissey-like vocals.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Until Sat Sep 28
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The xx

The xx Photograph: Courtesy XL Recordings

The XX + Chromatics

  • Price band: 2/4

Taking minimalism to the next level with last year’s second LP, Coexist, hot London trio the xx manages to communicate volumes in its elegant, subdued and understatedly sensual tones that should be perfect for the ambient Hollywood Bowl. Able support comes from Portland’s darkly romantic Chromatics, who have seen a spike in support since main man Johnny Jewel was involved in soundtracking Ryan Gosling's Drive.

  1. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Avenue, at US 101
  2. Until Sun Sep 29
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Photo courtesy Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

  • Price band: 3/4

Arctic Monkeys are well past their breakout world-conquering ‘06 heyday, but the talented rockers, lead by lyrical acrobat Alex Turner, have cranked out another 4 albums in just 5 years and are still all under 30. Not bad for those dishevelled lads from Sheffield blustering that whatever-people-say-they-are-that's-what-they're-not. New release AM has been heralded a return to form after an underwhelming dip with last album Suck It and See, and if three sold-out Wiltern shows in a row is any indication, there’s still plenty of hype left for these guys.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Tue Oct 1
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Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent Photo courtesy Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Phosphorescent is a Brooklyn (by way of Athens, Georgia) band featuring singer-songwriter Matthew Houck and a cast of hirsute rogues. Houck’s voice cracks and moans in ways reminiscent of Will Oldham, yet over the course of five albums, he’s become something of a bona fide rock star. Catch him at TK this TK.

  1. El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd, between Burnside & Dunsmuir Avenues Miracle Mile
  2. Until Mon Sep 30
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More concerts in LA in September 2013

  • Sept 1: Lil' Wayne at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • Sept 4: Superchunk at the El Rey
  • Sept 6: Gold Fields at the Troubadour
  • Sept 11: Sara Bareilles at the Greek Theatre
  • Sept 13: Earth, Wind & Fire at Hollywood Bowl
  • Sept 15: Carly Rae Jepsen at the Greek Theatre
  • Sept 17: King Krule at the Echo
  • Sept 20: Fall Out Boy at Honda Center
  • Sept 20: Stars at the Glass House Pomona
  • Sept 21: Diana Krall at the Greek Theatre
  • Sept 26: Real Estate at the Observatory
  • Sept 27: Keith Urban at Hollywood Bowl
  • Sept 28: Marc Anthony at LA Live
  • Sept 28: Air Supply at City National Grove of Anaheim

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