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Upcoming concerts in LA

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

Photograph: Mallory Turner

Whether you're looking for local bands or Coachella-caliber headliners, there are plenty of upcoming concerts in LA every night of the week. We've scoured venue listings and scoped out new artists to bring you everything from secret shows on Sunset Boulevard to free concerts. All of the city's best music is right here in our calendar of upcoming concerts in LA.

Explosions In The Sky

Critics' pick

The powerful Texan post rockers—and true heirs to Mogwai's throne—bring their slow-building, soaring, quasi-classical instrumentals to the Theatre at Ace Hotel in support of their first new album in five years, The Wilderness.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel , Downtown Historic Core Friday May 6 2016

Sunn O)))

Hooded dronemeisters Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson are back in town with the rest of their drone/doom crew for a set of devastatingly heavy, loud and hypnotic chords. The slow, crushing rise and fall of Sunn O)))’s rhythms has an awesome physical impact and makes for an unforgettable live presence.

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The Regent Theater , Skid Row Friday May 6 2016

Hatsune Miku

Like HAL 9000 and the Coachella Tupac hologram before her, Hatsune Miku doesn't exist in the corporeal sense of the word. The singing computer program, which performs as a blue-haired teenager, was created using synthesizers and human voice samples by ominously named Japanese company Crypton Future Media. She is for real in one way, though: Miku will be touring alongside chiptune band Anamanaguchi.

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Microsoft Theater , Downtown Friday May 6 2016

Kaskade

Kaskade (né Ryan Raddon) has enjoyed a decades-long career focusing almost exclusively on euphoric house music since discovering it as a teenager hanging out at legendary Chicago club Medusa’s. The club anthem wunderkind has apprently outgrown arena-sized shows; instead he'll be performing inside of the massive Los Angeles Convention Center, the first dance music event in the venue's history.

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Los Angeles Convention Center , Downtown Saturday May 7 2016

Callings Out of Context: Junglepussy and Dan Deacon

As a musical accompaniment to the Broad's Pop Art collection, this production at Teragram Ballroom pairs musicians who embody that same avant-garde and reflective spirit. For this performance, the sultry and independent Junglepussy shares the bill with multi-instrumentalist Dan Deacon.

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Teragram Ballroom , Westlake Thursday May 12 2016
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At the Drive-In

Critics' pick

After a short-lived reunion in 2012—including a performance at Coachella—the high-energy Texans are taking to the stage once again. This time around, the highly praised post-hardcore band will have new music in tow, their first album since 2000's Relationship of Command.

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Hollywood Palladium , Hollywood Wednesday June 1 2016 - Thursday June 2 2016

Blaze 'n' Glory

You can probably guess what this music fest is all about based on its name, but don't let its 420-so-edgy name distract you from a respectable lineup, which includes Nas, Atmosphere, the Growlers, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Griz and more. While you're at the San Manuel Amphiteater, expect a mix of food trucks, carnival rides and a vendor village that will absolutely not be selling drug paraphernalia, Mom, no siree.

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San Manuel Amphitheater , San Bernardino Saturday June 4 2016

Islands

Jamie Thompson, of on-again, off-again group the Unicorns and now of Serial theme fame, fronts this arty indie rock band out of Montreal. The band is touring in support of two new albums, Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea?, their first since 2013.

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Teragram Ballroom , Westlake Thursday June 9 2016

Make Music Pasadena

Think of Make Music as a mini FYF in Downtown Pasadena. A more-than-reasonable $5 donation is requested for this otherwise free music festival, which consists of more than 150 concerts from up-and-coming indie bands, spread across multiple local venues, shops and restaurants. Check the event website to stay up to date with the lineup and schedule.

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Various locations in L.A. Saturday June 11 2016

Bob Dylan + Mavis Staples

Critics' pick

The venerable Bob Dylan and his band are coming to town, bringing his signature gruff folk lyricism to the stage. Though Dylan has a new record to promote, you shouldn't necessarily expect a concert that sticks to his latest tunes. Dylan's performances are notoriously erratic, reaching back into various corners of his catalog in the same fashion as the singer's regular Bootleg Series releases. Chicago gospel legend Mavis Staples (who once received a marriage proposal from Dylan) will open up the evening.

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Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center , USC/Exposition Park Thursday June 16 2016
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Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

The sunglass-donning, peace-sign-flashin' former Beatle returns to LA with his All Starr tour, in which a bunch of veteran rockers take turns singing their hits and jamming out in unison as one star-studded band. This time around, Ringo Starr is joined by Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette at the Greek Theatre on July 2. The LA performance will mark the end of his 12th and longest running tour. Save the best for last, right?

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Saturday July 2 2016

Woogie Weekend

Spend a weekend in the Irvine-adjacent wilderness with live painting, healthy food, morning yoga and house music. Familiar to anyone who's attended the Do LaB stage at Coachella, this fledgling fest is a continuation of the beloved Woogie Stage at Lightning in a Bottle.

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Oak Canyon Park , Orange County Friday July 8 2016 - Sunday July 10 2016

Selena Gomez

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 in 2013, she also revelled in knocking the hip hop titan off the top of the album charts. Her second solo effort, Revival, finds the pop princess and ex-Barney star stepping into more sultry, self-assured terrain.

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Staples Center , Downtown Friday July 8 2016 - Saturday July 9 2016

Modest Mouse + Brand New

How's this for early aughts nostalgia? Modest Mouse and Brand New are co-headlining a tour together—no opening acts, just two full sets from everybody's favorite high school obsessions. Expect Modest Mouse to draw from last year's release Strangers to Ourselves, and though Brand New don't have a new record to promote, they have been taking new material on the road. For the show at the Forum, Brand New will take the stage first.

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The Forum , Inglewood Wednesday July 27 2016

The National

Critics' pick

How in the world did this Brooklyn-via-Ohio band become one of the biggest rock acts under the sun? It's a mystery, but melancholy singer Matt Berninger’s hauntingly beautiful voice and lyrics are undoubtedly part of the answer. We're curious to see how the group's brooding songs and debauched elegance go down when they promote their new release A Lot of Sorrow at one of LA’s most popular venues.

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Thursday July 28 2016
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The Wombats

Indie darlings the Wombats are hitting town to play the Fonda. Expect a multitude of harmonies and hand-claps as the Liverpudlian trio's candy-coated indie pop fills your ears. The band will be touring in support of last year's release, Glitterbug.

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The Fonda Theatre , Hollywood Wednesday August 3 2016

Sufjan Stevens + Kurt Vile and the Violators + Ibeyi

Sufjan Stevens may be the finest pop composer of the last decade, from the cinematic strings of "Chicago" to the Space Age symphonies on The Age of Adz. Stevens manages to wrap complexly arranged suites and heartbreaking acoustic songs into shows that are always memorable and never alike. He shares the bill with lo-fi psych troubadour Kurt Vile, whose echo-sodden blend of folk and rock is just as agreeably eccentric. The French/Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi open with smooth, rhythmic and haunting sounds.

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Hollywood Bowl , Hollywood Sunday August 7 2016

Radiohead

Critics' pick

Ever since Coachella 2012, Los Angeles has been anxiously pining for Radiohead to return to Southern California. Sure, Thom Yorke's band, Atoms for Peace, had its secret show in LA a few years back, but we're probably going to get ridiculed just for mentioning that as a consolation. Thankfully, our prayers have been answered: the band will play two nights at the Shrine Auditorium.

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Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center , USC/Exposition Park Thursday August 4 2016 - Monday August 8 2016

Alabama Shakes

Athens, AL, quartet Alabama Shakes has made it clear it is here neither to impart bedroom-conceptualized innovation nor to expound a straightforward revival of past genres—instead, the group plays timeless Southern soul made fresh by an infusion of energetic rock & roll, as buoyed by the tremendous vocals of Brittany Howard. Catch tunes from their sophomore album, Sounds & Color, to hear chart-stopping hits permeate the Greek Theatre. Local darlings Dawes open.

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Tuesday August 9 2016 - Wednesday August 10 2016

Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry's voice is so serene, so distinguished and so utterly English that you can't help think he'd be great at (a) voiceovers and (b) late-night serenades. But instead, Ferry's most famous for fronting the very-'70s art-rock ensemble Roxy Music. Hopefully we'll hear him play some oldies but goodies at the Microsoft Theater, peppered with tracks from his latest album Avonmore.

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Microsoft Theater , Downtown Thursday August 11 2016
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Nocturnal Wonderland

While you won't find much Alice in the Wonderland series of festivals, you will find a whimsical, carnival-like atmosphere drenched in Day-Glo and pulsating lasers. The five stages at the San Manuel Amphitheater are musical platforms just as much as they're art installations, with names like the Upside-Down Room and the Temple of Om. Though this year's lineup has yet to come out, past performers include Afrojack, Kaskade and Pretty Lights, among others.

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San Manuel Amphitheater , San Bernardino Friday September 2 2016 - Sunday September 4 2016

Drake

Hip-hop’s Prince Charming hits town for two arena-show screamfests in support of Views From the 6. When our friends at Time Out New York last caught up with Drake, he told them that he has a special chest where he keeps the bras thrown at him onstage. We’re guessing that by now Drake could keep a small country in “support.” Speaking of which, elastic voiced, Auto-Tune-happy MC Future shares the bill at these gigs.

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Staples Center , Downtown Wednesday September 7 2016 - Friday September 9 2016

Ray LaMontagne

You've probably heard “Supernova”, the cool and catchy track from Ray LaMontagne’s fifth album of the same title, on the radio—now is your opportunity to hear it live. The album, which came out in April 2014 and was produced by everyone’s favorite, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, takes LaMontagne in a decidedly new direction. Fans of the sad sack singer might miss his sorry songs—the new, happier Ray comes off just a bit trite. We'll see where his upcoming album, Ouroboros, takes the singer.

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Sunday September 11 2016

Kaaboo

Kaboo is returning to the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds with another eclectic lineup of adult alternative favorites: Jack Johnson, the Avett Brothers, Goo Goo Dolls, Jason Isbell, Gavin Degraw and more. The "mix-perience" (yep) comes with clean amenities, artisanal cuisine, fashion pop-ups and local artwork. This year's comedy lineup is nothing to groan about, though, with the likes of T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Thomas Middleditch, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Doug Benson, Garfunkel and Oates, Natasha Leggero and more. Views of the main music stage can be enjoyed from a variety of vantage points: on a chaise lounge, in a pool, on a volleyball court or inside a premium cabana.

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Various locations in L.A. Friday September 16 2016 - Sunday September 18 2016

Hall & Oates

The number one best-selling duo in music history stops by the Hollywood Bowl with their self-proclaimed "rock and soul" hits. Hall & Oates rarely saw critical acclaim back in the day, but today they’re having the last laugh, experiencing a resurgence with younger generations through boosts like popular soundtrack features ("You Make My Dreams" in 500 Days of Summer's fun dance scene, for instance). This Hollywood show should be a good time full of infectious hooks and sing-alongs.

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Hollywood Bowl , Hollywood Tuesday September 20 2016
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Elliott Y
Elliott Y

AUGUST EVENT TO KEEY YOUR EYE ON: Club Bahia is launching a huge and funky monthly dance party starting Thursday, August 13th called Funk & Waffles!

Check out Funk & Waffles insta/twitter- @funkandwaffles for more information.

Platform Media Group
Platform Media Group

CATbaret is a celebrity celebration of the alluring feline through music and dance! Don't miss the one night only performance at the opulent Belasco Theater www.thebellasco.com in downtown Los Angeles on August 4th, and a chance to support a local cat and kitten rescue center, Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats (www.kittybungalow.org). This nonprofit organization focuses their outreach efforts on responsible pet ownership, adoption options, spay neuter and Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) of feral cats in low income communities, including the south LA area. Performances feature returning stars from last year's CATS for Cats fundraiser show, such as Fred Willard, Owain Yeoman, Keith David, Ioan Gruffudd, and this year's newest additions including stars from the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance as well as Sara Rue, Jasika Nicole, Chris Carmack, Steven Weber and more! CATbaret will showcase music from show tunes like BE A LION to classic rock's HONKY CAT and from bluesy BLACK CAT BONE to 60's pop WALKING MY CAT NAMED DOG with everything in between! Click below for a peek at the CATS for Cats performance. http://www.kittybungalow.org/catsforcats.html