LA concert calendar: Upcoming concerts and live music in LA

Check out our LA concert calendar to find out which of your favorite bands and artists have upcoming shows in the city

Photograph: Ben Irwin

February 2015

Scott H. Biram

Scott H. Biram—aka the Dirty Old One Man Band—comes to LA for a raucous gig at the Echo to play behind his latest album, Nothin' But Blood. Not just another dude with a guitar hailing from Austin, the metal-country-punk bluesman-slash-record producer has garnered a serious reputation for his badass live performances—a one-man act, he plays all of the instruments himself simultaneously amid an impressive collection of vintage guitars and a handmade stomp board.

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Echo Until Wed Feb 18

Billy Idol

The man with the iconic sneer (no, not Elvis) hits town with a new autobiography and his first LP in nearly a decade, Kings & Queens of the Underground. Dig the new material, and expect to dance in rockin' '80s-leather fashion to hits like "White Wedding," "Rebel Yell" and "Hot in the City" from the former Generation X punk. Oklahoma garage-rock brothers Broncho will open Idol's two Wiltern dates, with a sweet scuzz that should please fans of FIDLAR and the Black Lips. The Feb. 18 show has sold out, but tickets are still available for the following night.

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The Wiltern Until Thu Feb 19

Milo Greene

Milo Greene is in fact an L.A.-based quintet, with four out of the five members sharing lead singer duties. (They named the band after their fictitious, British, albino booking agent.) The self-described cinematic pop band creates mellow, pastoral indie-folk music that it imagines playing in movies, livened by propulsive drumming and melodic coed vocals. Here, the group plays the El Rey behind its upbeat sophomore album, Control, scheduled to drop in January.

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Wild Child

Buzzworthy Austin indie-folk outfit Wild Child has a sound and vibe similar to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros or the Black Keys, meshing multiple sounds together to create a fun, upbeat atmosphere. The lead male and female singers alternate harmonizing amongst folksy songs with pop elements and instrumentation including violins, ukeleles and banjos. Hear the group peddle its charming, homegrown ditties in L.A. at the Roxy.

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Machine Head

Oakland's veteran metal icons Machine Head have been on a roll ever since the release of their 2003 LP, Through the Ashes of Empires, with a Grammy nomination and newfound respect to show for their labors since then. Now the group hits town in support of its freshly released, visceral eighth studio album, Bloodstone & Diamonds. Catch them at the newly revived Regent Theater, as Spaceland presents "An Evening with Machine Head."

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The Regent Theater Until Fri Feb 20
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March 2015

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile is a singer-songwriter from Seattle with a batch of sad, romantic songs and a forceful, wide-ranging voice that verges on histrionic (we mean that in a good way). Also, she has a tattoo of the snake symbol from The NeverEnding Story on each of her shoulders. Fact! For all these reasons, you're gonna want to snag a ticket to her one-night-only show at the Troubadour—technically it's sold out, but we're confident you know where to look to get around that.

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Troubadour Wednesday March 4 2015

Eleanor Friedberger

Fiery Furnace–gone-solo Eleanor Friedberger hits the Echoplex for a March gig, playing largely from her 2013 sophomore LP, Personal Record. Fans of girl-group pop and whip-smart lyrics will find much to love in her deliciously catchy songs.

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Echoplex Thursday March 5 2015

Galactic

With 10 albums under their belt, New Orleans jam band Galactic bring their funk to the El Rey. The band is the real deal—they hail from NOLA, where Galactic plays an annual all-night show from Lundi Gras into the morning of Mardi Gras. Their latest album, Carnivale Electricos, features special guests from Al "Carnival Time" Johnson to the KIPP Renaissance High School Marching Band. A surefire good time, come listen to Galactic weave their influences of hip-hop, electronica, world music, rock, blues and jazz into a belated Mardi Gras party.

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El Rey Theatre Thursday March 5 2015

The Wild Reeds

Local band the Wild Reeds—whose members hail from Koreatown to Highland Park—recently expanded from a harmonic trio to a five-piece indie-folk-rock force. They played with the likes of the Local Natives and Lucinda Williams at last fall's Way Over Yonder fest. Now, they'll head out to the desert for a free show at Pappy & Harriet's, touring behind their 2014 debut album, Blind and Brave. If you dig smooth melodies, driven banjos and swirling guitars, you're in for a perfect night.

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Pappy and Harriet's Friday March 6 2015 Free

Viet Cong

Sensuous, hard-driving Alberta postpunk crew Viet Cong—a spin-off of Women, which broke up in 2010 at the height of its buzz—stops at the Echo to support their new self-titled LP on the tastemaking Jagjaguwar imprint. Rest assured, the band's brilliant racket is just as wild and perplexing as their name. Make sure to arrive at this March 6 show early—advance tix are sold out, and they'll be limited at the door.

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Echoplex Friday March 6 2015
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April 2015

Ibeyi

Critics' pick

French/Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz roll into town singing their songs in both English and the Nigerian language Yoruba (in which "Ibeyi" means "twins). Daughters of famous late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz of the Buena Vista Social Club, the two followed in his footsteps, studying the folk songs of their father's Yoruban culture. Now the two are working on an eponymous debut full-length album, due out this year. In the meantime, the ladies will perform an intimate show at Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge.

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery Wednesday April 1 2015

Kaki King

Local guitarist Kaki King moves effortlessly between punky, spiky fretwork and dreamy, moody playing. Here she turns up with her recent multimedia work, The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body, which served as inspiration for her new album of the same name. The mystical Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever serves as the perfect venue.

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Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Andrew McMahon's new solo reincarnation—Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness—is a deeply personal project. Known for his work with bands Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin, this new chapter of his musical life was inspired by life experiences both bad (battling leukemia) and good (welcoming a baby girl). McMahon's eponymous solo debut was recorded all throughout Southern California; soaring single "Cecilia and the Satellite" is an ode to his new daughter. Now he'll sing his heart out and pound away on his piano to a sold-out crowd at the Roxy.

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The Roxy Theatre Tuesday April 7 2015

Jenny Lewis

Critics' pick

Indie rock's darlingest red head Jenny Lewis left her low-key pop band Rilo Kiley in 2007, but as a solo act, she's still at it. This spring, the Vegas-born singer-songwriter performs two SoCal shows (at The Glass House and Pappy & Harriet's), playing from last summer's album The Voyager. Snag your seats now to witness Lewis's undoubtedly hypnotic (and muy hummable) new tunes.

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Tame Impala

Tame Impala’s celebrated debut LP, Innerspeaker, parlayed fuzz-soaked tidal waves of melodic psych-rock into massive anthems that, dare we say it, channeled John Lennon at times. Its Grammy-nominated successor, Lonerism, extends that winning formula into a sound that's referential but never merely derivative: old-fashioned, newfangled and timeless all at once. They play a sold-out show at the Fox Theater this April. Shop around in just the right places though, and you might still be able to score a ticket.

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Drive Like Jehu

The early 90s' favorite post-hardcore emo foursome from San Diego, Drive Like Jehu, disbanded right around the time Justin Bieber was born. Coincidence? Maybe. But after a wildly successful reunion last year, the group is back in the game. They'll be playing Coachella this year, but if you want to catch them in a more intimate setting beforehand (or instead of), head to The Glass House in Pomona April 8th.

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Kimbra

Heat-seeking New Zealand songstress Kimbra is much more than the crystal-clear–voiced cameo artist on Gotye's 2011 viral hit, "Somebody That I Used to Know." As a follow-up to 2012's Vows, a heavily rhythmic jazz-and-soul-inflected pop concoction, the 24-year-old released The Golden Echo last year—a feat which has begun to earn her the stateside name recognition she enjoys at home. This El Rey show is currently sold out, but look in the right places, and you'll likely find a spare ticket or two.

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El Rey Theatre Thursday April 9 2015

Benjamin Booker

This New Orleans-based blues-rock singer-songwriter caught Rolling Stone's eye last summer as an artist to watch out for, and now he's coming to LA playing behind his eponymous debut LP. Taking inspiration from T. Rex and Blind Willie Johnson, Benjamin Booker and his drummer and bassist he tours with spent last year opening for Jack White on tour, snagged a spot on Lollapalooza's lineup and made an appearance on Letterman. His buzz precedes him; this Roxy show is already sold out.

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The Roxy Theatre Thursday April 9 2015

Odesza

If you love electronic music, you might want to catch buzzy Odesza at the Glass House in Pomona on April 9 — before they make their return trip to Coachella. The Seattle duo are hot off their second full-length release, In Return, and are shaking it up, incorporating a percussionist into their live DJ sets.

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The Glass House Thursday April 9 2015

Caribou

Now known by the nom de plume of Caribou, esoteric electronica artist Dan Snaith has always come off as dorky, earnest and uber-Canadian. Image quirks aside, the psychedelic popster has an undeniable talent for spinning expansive, thoughtful records out of a sprawling range of pop elements. His new Merge release, Our Love, stands out for its evident R&B and hip-hop influences, juxtaposed with more personal lyrics than Snaith's past efforts. Catch him live when he stops in SoCal.

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Yelle

Yelle may sing and rap in French, but her goofy energy and terminally catchy ’80s-style electropop know no borders—this is the international language of partying. You may know her from a guest spot on the remix of Katy Perry's "Hot 'n' Cold." Now, the disco chanteuse comes to LA to promote her third LP, Completement Fou—aka "completely crazy"—produced by Dr. Luke, who's famous for working with big names like Perry and Britney Spears. Catch Yelle with bandmate GrandMarnier when they play the Roxy.

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Balance and Composure

What do you do when you grow up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania? If you're one of the members of Balance and Composure, you probably spent many hours in your bedroom listening to Sunny Day Real Estate, Brand New and Nirvana. Suffice it to say the indie-rock boys wear their hearts on their sleeves. Catch them at the Roxy as they play behind their second album, The Things We Think We're Missing.

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Fleetwood Mac

Though the band has been touring heavily for the last couple years, there's new reason to shell out big bucks for the eternally great Mac. Sixteen years after leaving the band, Christine McVie has returned for the aptly named On With the Show tour, making its second stop in LA at the Forum. This means we can again hear her sing "Everywhere," "Hold Me" and "Think About Me," which is a very, very good thing. Oh, and Lindsey Buckingham is still the coolest.

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The Forum Friday April 10 2015

Royal Blood

U.K. rock duo Royal Blood plays virile, riffy rock & roll à la the Black Keys and Deap Vally. Fresh from the number one success of their self-titled debut album and with a healthy amount of corresponding buzz, we predict things will escalate quickly for the Brighton boys. The hotly tipped bass-and-drums twosome perform at the Fonda this April—tickets are ostensibly sold out, but you might be able to scrounge up a few in the usual places.

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The Fonda Theatre Monday April 13 2015

Desaparecidos

Conor Oberst (aka Bright Eyes) finally accepts his fate: fronting a full-on, balls to the wall emo band. Oberst's vocals sit well over a wall of distorted guitars, having returned with the band in 2013 after a ten year hiatus. In the interim My Chemical Romance may have stolen some of their thunder (and sound) but they're sure to be on rocking form. This show at the Roxy is sold out already, but hunt hard enough and the Internet will probably help you get around that.

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The Roxy Theatre Monday April 13 2015

Father John Misty

The buzzy aura surrounding Father John Misty extends beyond his past life as a Fleet Foxes member under his given name, J. Tillman. As a solo artist, his 2012 Sub Pop debut, Fear Fun, featured soaring, soulful folk-rock spiked with energy and cleverness, notably uniquely L.A. single "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings." He plays this Glass House show in support of his newest album, I Love You, Honeybear. He's joined by King Tuff, complete with beyond-catchy cuts of glam power pop, Stonesian riffs and matchless sneer.

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The Glass House Monday April 13 2015

Jenny Lewis

Critics' pick

Indie rock's darlingest red head Jenny Lewis left her low-key pop band Rilo Kiley in 2007, but as a solo act, she's still at it. This spring, the Vegas-born singer-songwriter performs two SoCal shows (at The Glass House and Pappy & Harriet's), playing from last summer's album The Voyager. Snag your seats now to witness Lewis's undoubtedly hypnotic (and muy hummable) new tunes.

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Ride + Eagulls

Veteran shoegazers Ride blazed the trail for the genre in the early '90s until their breakup in '96, but like all great bands, there is a reunion, and luckily the shows land in SoCal—first at Coachella and then at this Pomona gig at the Fox Theater. Ride will be joined by fellow (younger) Brits Eagulls who will kick off the night with their post-punk fuzzy rock 'n' roll, playing behind last year's eponymous debut.

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Fox Theater Pomona Tuesday April 14 2015

Stromae

If you still haven't heard of Stromae, get ready—he's about to be everywhere. The electro-songsmith (real name: Paul Van Haver) specializes in soulful bangers that sound at once sophisticated and bombastic. He's a huge star in his native Belgium, where he gained buzz for breakout hit "Alors on Danse," plus he's collaborated with Kanye West, made his debut on US television last summer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and is even featured on the latest Hunger Games soundtrack with Lorde. The singer and, now, fashion designer, comes to LA, playing behind second LP Racine Carrée at Club Nokia.

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Club Nokia Tuesday April 14 2015

FKA Twigs

London alt-R&B enigma FKA Twigs is bubbling just under superstardom. Like labelmates and eschewers of capitalization the xx, Twigs makes super soulful electropop, with a sound that's lush and just as dramatic as her appearance. Expect to hear songs from her debut full-length, LP1, which debuted just last summer, including the pretty (and pretty nasty) "Two Weeks." This Localchella show was originally scheduled for the Theatre at Ace Hotel, but the gig's been moved to downtown's Belasco Theater.

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Belasco Theater Tuesday April 14 2015
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