Upcoming concerts in LA

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

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Whether you're looking for local up-and-comers or festival headliners, there are plenty of concerts in LA every night of the week, and this calendar is the best place to find the best acts. We scour venue listings and scope out new artists so you don't have to—it's all right here, the best live music in LA.

Shuggie Otis

Shuggie Otis, a singer-songsmith who issued a couple of psychedelic-soul classics in the early ’70s (before dropping out of sight for decades), reemerges for the release of his latest album, Live in Williamsburg. Since the 2013 debut of Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love, this musical comeback story is still being written. With a major North American tour lined up, we can expect this bluesy legend to remain in the spotlight.

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Troubadour Sunday May 24 2015

Big Talk

You may have shed some tears ever since The Killers went on hiatus (we did too), but it looks like fans aren’t the only ones who couldn’t take the break. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci set his eyes on a new drum set with a debut indie pop-rock band Big Talk. It’s an epic indie rock meets synth mash up that's all too familiar. Belt out to hits like “The Getaways,” “Replica,” and “Big Eyes” at Santa Ana’s The Constellation Room—it’s well worth the drive.

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The Observatory Monday May 25 2015

Taken By Trees

Echo-y dreamlike vocals and indie pop tunes fuse into one psychedelic cocktail from singer Victoria Bergsman. Prior frontwoman of the band the Concretes, this eclectic songsmith brings forth a whole new sound in the album Other Worlds. Any show at The Satellite promises a cold beer and body-swaying indie tunes. Get ready to sing and clap along to hits like “I Want You” and “Your Place or Mine,” as well as tracks from her former releases.

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The Satellite Thursday May 28 2015

The Knocks

It'll be a fun, intimate Echoplex show from this NY duo made up of Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "JPatt" Patterson. The two DJs/producers/remixers have worked with the likes of Passion Pit, Chiddy Bang and Ellie Goulding, and offer a euphoric, cut-and-paste take on disco house. LA's own up-and-comer Phoebe Ryan opens.

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Echoplex Friday May 29 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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Robert Plant

An inspired pairing for those who love brainy riffs brings the erstwhile Led Zepellin frontman and the pioneers of loud-quiet college rock. Plant continues to wander the sandy roads of world music fusion with his latest backing back, the Sensational Space Shifters. The band plays the Greek in support of their latest release, lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.

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Greek Theatre Tuesday June 2 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

Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts

Prior Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland may have gotten the boot from the band that made him a star, but it certainly paved a successful solo route. Set to debut his latest album Blaster alongside the Wildabouts, Angelenos can expect tracks of pure rock and roll genius. Mixing grunge-era styles with 70’s rock, the average listener can belt out to songs like Hotel Rio, 20th Century Boy, and other hits you already know the words to.

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El Rey Theatre Saturday June 6 2015

Seinabo Sey

Stockholm native Seinabo Sey debuts her latest pop centric tracks with jazzy vocals that guarantee a body-swaying, hand-clapping experience at El Rey’s theatre. This fervent Swede packs a soulful punch in her worldwide tour, following the newest album release of For Madeline—naturally, highlighting her powerful vocals. Sip down a cozy cocktail and sway your phones to songs like Younger, Pistols at Dawn, and Rather Be.

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El Rey Theatre Tuesday June 9 2015
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Calexico

Critics' pick

Born in Tucson, Tex-Mex bandits Calexico blow into town with a full band and their distinctive, wonderfully evocative blend of alt country, mariachi, twanging desert blues and Morricone-style soundtrack material. There will be whistling. Where better to witness such things than the Regent Theater in DTLA.

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Regent Theatre Tuesday July 7 2015

Son Lux

Ryan Lott has been busting out ethereal, melodic alt-hip hop as Son Lux since 2008, collaborating with Sufjan Stevens and These New Puritans, along the way. The moody electronica maverick assembles engaging grooves on his computer with the ear of a modern classical composer and the bounce of a hip-hop producer. Last year, he released a new EP, Alternate Worlds, featuring reworkings of four tracks from 2013's Lanterns—among them a collaboration with New Zealand wunderkind Lorde. Catch him do his thing at the El Rey to get in on all the esoteric hype.

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El Rey Theatre Thursday July 9 2015

The Smashing Pumpkins + Marilyn Manson

We hope Billy breaks out the old black leather skirts for this one. Oh, right, he goes by William now. Both the Pumpkins and Manson have been on a downward spiral (sorry, wrong electro-goth reference there) since the 1990s, but the two also released their strongest albums in a good while recently, wisely economizing and getting back to loud guitar riffs. Monuments to an Elegy and The Pale Emperor don't just go back to their roots, but to the big, chunky sounds of 1980s acts like the Cult. They've finally realized their not an alternative, but rather classic rock.

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Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Thursday July 9 2015

Active Child

Red-haired harpist Pat Grossi blends synth electronic beats with alternative rock in his latest album release Mercy—a compilation of pop with Active Child's iconic strings and piano tonnage. Set against the ethereal, antique backdrop of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, local Angelenos can sing along to these breathy tracks for an epic show. Note: Church bells make an appearance in songs like “Evening Ceremony,” which makes the setting that much more surreal.

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Immanuel Presbyterian Church Friday July 10 2015

X

There’s no doubt these mega 70’s punk rockers have moxy and badass, ultra legendary songs to match. We’re all guilty of jamming out to “Wild Thing” and other catchy big-time throwbacks on our playlists, but come July 7 through 12, you’ll be belting out to the classics at Santa Ana’s neighborhood music hub. Snag back-to-back tickets to a four-night extravaganza of pure X mastery, featuring a different album per show (Los Angeles, Wild Gift, The Big Black Sun, More Fun In The New World).

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The Observatory Thursday July 9 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015
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