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

March 2015

Ani DiFranco

Other artists may come and go, but the prolific Ani DiFranco goes right on spinning her staccato, stream-of-consciousness songs. The feminist icon, social activist and fiercely independent songwriter is beloved for the songs that made her a cult star in the '90s, but she continues to churn out excellent new material, as evidenced on her new album, Allergic to Water. Hear her smart spin on American folk and alt-rock at the Orpheum.

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Orpheum Theatre Until Wed Mar 18

Trash Talk

Sacramento hardcore band Trash Talk bring their Cookie-Monster vocals and thrashing guitars to the Echoplex. Playing behind its latest album, No Peace, the band will headline the monthly open-format party Check Yo Ponytail, with Ratking and Lee Bannon rounding out the bill. Grab your skateboard, take off your shirt, and get ready for some bruises and ear damage—in the best way possible.

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Echoplex Until Fri Mar 20

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

At 73, Parliament/Funkadelic frontman Clinton is still rocking out. Expect outlandish costumes and plenty of politico-funk from the one and only Uncle Jam as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer plays from Funkadelic's brand-new First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, as well as his extensive back catalog, with support from his legendary funk music collective. Free your mind at this Saturday-night showdown, and your ass will most certainly follow.

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The Observatory Until Sat Mar 21

Tweedy

Master tunesmith and Grammy-winning Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has finally found a way to fight loneliness—by teaming up with his 18-year-old son, Spencer, for his most recent album, Sukierae. The album plays like a lovely distillation of everything the Wilco bandleader does well, from spare folk to alt-country to krautrock. The father-son duo—the younger Tweedy plays drums—stop at the Theatre at Ace Hotel for two nights, playing with a full band. The elder Tweedy will also perform an acoustic set of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo tunes, for good measure.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel Until Sun Mar 22

of Montreal

For folks who feel invested in what the zany Athens, GA, outfit has been doing for the past decade and a half, of Montreal’s disorderliness seems inseparable from its off-kilter charm. You get into it precisely because you think music needs more sprawl, more complexity, more "more." Luckily, Kevin Barnes and company have a new album, Aureate Gloom, due out this March, which recalls the mid-to-late '70s music scene in New York, a la Talking Heads. The band hits the road again with a trippy multimedia spectacle; catch them at this Spaceland- and KCRW-presented show at the newly revived Regent Theater.

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The Regent Theater Until Sun Mar 22
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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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Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" 50th anniversary

Critics' pick

Rich with folk-style tunes, the famed Arlo Guthrie is harking back the 1960’s with a commemorative 50th anniversary tour that’ll have us missing our bell-bottom hippie garb. The soulful icon will strum his guitar to the 1967 hit “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” “Coming into Los Angeles,” and a myriad of other folky ballads in all it’s acoustic splendor at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall Monday April 6 2015

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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May 2015

NKOTB, Nelly and TLC

The OG boy band of the late '80s, early '90s are retaking the blocks one stage at a time—step by step—with the added hip-hop flares of the all-girl crew TLC and rapper Nelly (swoon). Let loose at the ultimate throw back show and watch these once teenage, leather-donning heartthrobs belt out your favorite hits.

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The Forum Saturday May 9 2015

Torres

Brooklyn transplant Mackenzie Scott is bringing her acoustic indie rock stylings to the Eastside’s favored music hub, The Echo. Gather amongst rugged hipsters for an expressive ballad of soft body-swaying tunes and impressive belted notes. With a cold beer in hand, switch out your taco Tuesday for a night jamming with NY's singer-songwriter gem.  

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The Echo Tuesday May 12 2015

Two Gallants

Rockin’ San Franites Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel are hitting Hollywood's Roxy theatre with an exhilarating blend of echoing drums and rich guitar. Sip down a ginger whiskey while immersing yourself in the gravelly lows and impassioned heights of one badass rock duo.

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The Roxy Theatre Saturday May 16 2015

Lana Del Rey

Kick off your endless summer amidst the Hollywood Bowl’s starlit ceiling to the ethereal sounds of pop rock icon Lana Del Rey. Blending breathy indie rock with catchy pop ballads, this Brooklyn-based brunette is capturing LA’s best outdoor venue with her latest nation-wide tour.

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Hollywood Bowl Monday May 18 2015

Neil Diamond

Reserve this Tuesday night in May for a music-filled evening amidst the stars (preferably with wine in hand) and lend your ears to the gravelly, body-swaying sounds of Neil Diamond. Kicking off his 2015 world tour, we can imagine he’ll be strumming to hits from his newest album, as well as throwing back to the great 60’s-80’s cult classics like “Sweet Caroline” and “I Am…I Said”—the man's still got it. 

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Hollywood Bowl Tuesday May 19 2015

U2

With a global icon and music legend like U2, we Angelenos can expect nothing less than a jam-packed full house and downright wicked show. Performing sets from their latest 2014 album Songs of Innocence, the Dublin-based band will rock the stage from North America to Europe in the 2015 Innocence + eXperience world tour.

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The Forum Tuesday May 26 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015

Neutral Milk Hotel

Critics' pick

Marking the last foreseeable tour of this 1980’s indie rock band, Neutral Milk Hotel is taking over Pioneertown’s Pappy and Harriet’s—eclectic sound in an equally unique venue—for an impassioned show of their dream-like folky tunes. Skip town for the weekend and engage in the musical dialogue of Anne Frank inspired lyrics, meditative folk songs, soulful instrumentals, and the gravelly notes of singer Jeff Mangum.

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Pappy and Harriet's Saturday May 30 2015
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June 2015

Sufjan Stevens

Fusing electronica with lo-fi folk rock (think rhythmic synth beats and acoustic guitar), this Michigan native will serenade you with hits from his latest tracks like “Should Have Known Better,” “Chicago,” and “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross.” Indie rock lovers will appreciate the relaxed breathy tunes and instrumental prowess of this one-man band, while electronica enthusiasts will likely enjoy the Technicolor costumes and eclectic beats.

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Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Wednesday June 3 2015

Mountain Goats

Folk-style indie rock band The Mountain Goats are bringing their acoustic stylings and good vibes to Downtown’s Mayan nightclub—likely amidst the rugged man-bun donning, flannel-wearing hipsters of LA. These coffee shop cool tunes will fill the 3-story club (known for its’ Latin flare) for a wild card show at this dimly lit, impressively decked out venue.

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Mayan Wednesday June 3 2015

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