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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.

Nick Waterhouse

Permeating the high desert’s finest saloon with a mash up of blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, Nick Waterhouse promises soulful, shoe-tapping tunes and a whole lot of gusto. Donning a sleek suit, hipster specs, and a guitar, this Huntington Beach native is a far cry from orange tans, surfers and henna tattoos. You’ll likely hear classic jazzy covers and original tracks of semi-dark, dreamlike splendor. Be sure to reserve a table for this dinner-only show and catch this soulful singer songwriter in action.

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Pappy and Harriet's Saturday August 29 2015

John Mellencamp

Fans of 80’s rock, you’ll want to reserve July 28 on your calendars. Bringing back all the feels of oversized leather jackets, combat boots, and rocker mullets, Grammy-award winner John Mellencamp takes the stage once again for the ultimate comeback tour. If you caught a glimpse of his “Longest Days” performance on David Letterman’s final showing, you know this raspy-voiced, diehard rocker still has it. Whisk away to the Nokia Theatre and jam out to tunes you already know the words to.

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Nokia Theatre LA Live Tuesday July 28 2015

Rodrigo Amarante

Let Brazilian singer songwriter Rodrigo Amarante serenade you with indie rock tunes from his latest solo drop album “Cavalo.” Acoustic instrumentals, breathy vocals (in his native tongue), and soft beats combine for a dream-like compilation of songs that make you want to book your next road trip. Head out to the new Teragram Ballroom early for drinks and bites at the built-in bar and restaurant pre-show.

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Teragram Ballroom Tuesday July 28 2015

Moses Sumney

Critics' pick

LA's own Moses Sumney is a promising soul-folk songwriter, armed with a guitar and a loop pedal, conjuring intimate, yet powerful vocals, as heard on his Mid-City Island EP. Catch the local talent play the Echo for a one-night-only summer show.

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The Echo Thursday July 30 2015

Juanes

You might have to fan yourself off when Colombian native Juanes hits the stage—this Grammy award winner turns the spice factor all the way up. Filling Nokia Theatre with a mean acoustic guitar, lively Latin beats, and probably a steamy smolder, you’re in for one animated night. Score tickets for this two-day jam fest, alongside special guest Ximena Sariñana.

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Nokia Theatre LA Live Friday July 31 2015 - Saturday August 1 2015
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Milky Chance

Kick off August summer concerts right with catchy folk-style tunes from Milky Chance live at Shrine Expo Hall. Somewhere in between soft coffeehouse tracks and high tempo pop rock, this German-based duo has found their niche. Clap along to global hits like “Stolen Dance,” and “Flashed Junk Mind,” as well as newer drop singles like “Nevermind.”

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Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center Tuesday August 4 2015

Wilco

The last time you had a philosophical car ride in which you pondered life, love, and relationships, you probably had Wilco playing in the background—and if you haven’t endured this out of body experience, you should. Cozy up to this indie rock band at the Greek Theatre; an ideal setting for Wilco’s older track, “California stars” (perhaps, chant for a throwback) and other feel-good songs. This six-man group of Chicagoans promises a show with the best hits from every album, so be sure to snag tickets before it sells out.

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Greek Theatre Wednesday August 5 2015

DJ Windows 98

If DJ Windows 98 doesn't sound familiar, the man behind the pseudonym probably will—it's Arcade Fire vocalist Win Butler, taking to the tables to produce retro, '90s-ish computer tunes inspired by a simpler time when computers were for pretending to be a 16-year-old girl in chatrooms and playing Oregon Trail and nothing more. It's a somewhat head-scratching side project for the indie rocker, but worth catching, especially at this cozy Constellation Room show.

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The Constellation Room Wednesday August 5 2015

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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.” The band stops by The Roxy for a sold-out show in support of its celebrated new effort, Multi-Love.

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The Roxy Theatre Thursday August 6 2015

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 derivative: old-fashioned, newfangled and timeless all at once. They play two sold-out shows at Hollywood Forever this summer (shop around in just the right places, and you might still be able to score a ticket).

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery Thursday August 6 2015 - Friday August 7 2015
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Ducktails

Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile's solo project, Ducktails, is a nostalgia-soaked enterprise, featuring lo-fi pop textures deeply indebted to ’80s cartoons and video games. Don't miss it as he drops by the Echo for an intimate Indian Summer performance.

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The Echo Friday September 4 2015

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz

Critics' pick

The moodily charismatic Strokes frontman follows up on a global tour with a pit stop at Pioneertown's Pappy and Harriets. Fresh into the second year of his solo venture since the 2009 debut album, Phrazes for the Young, you’ll score a taste of ‘80s punk and metal fusion evident in the 2014 drop Tyranny. Take the drive to LA’s favorite western-style saloon in Orange County for a live show of Julian Casablancas and the Voidz on September 8.

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Pappy and Harriet's Tuesday September 8 2015

The Church

Although the band scored a fluky pop hit with 1988’s “Under the Milky Way,” the Church has always been a psychedelic-leaning prog-rock outfit at heart. The Australian quartet plays the Roxy behind its new, 25th LP, Further/Deeper; and for a $130 meet-and-greet VIP ticket you can congratulate them in person.

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The Roxy Theatre Thursday September 10 2015

Man Man

This Philly-based duo practically fashions their own genre, creating an experimental sound you can’t quite label, but dig enough to hum along to. Man Man’s latest LP Oni Oni Pond released in 2013 and boasted a head-bopping cocktail of classic rock n’ roll, hip-hop, psychedelic rock, and soul. Intrigued? Catch these Phillites rock the stage at the Observatory on September 10 and again, at the Echo on September 11.

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The Observatory Thursday September 10 2015 - Friday September 11 2015

Onra

Critics' pick

Everything comes around again sooner or later, and so it has been with '80s electro, which has infiltrated beatmaker circles with surprising efficiency over the past few years. From LA's own Dam-Funk to Glasgow's Rustie, everybody seems to be setting the dial back 25 years—and French producer Onra is no different. Over the last decade, Onra has consistently released synthy, throwback beats with late '80s-inspired production and nostalgia. He plays the Teragram Ballroom behind his latest release, Fundamentals.

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Teragram Ballroom Friday September 11 2015
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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