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

January 2015

The Roots

What better way to greet the new year than with a top-notch concert? Justly venerated Philadelphia rap crew The Roots will take a recess from their Tonight Show stage to bring their jazzy take on hip-hop to Santa Ana's Observatory. Expect drummer ?uestlove, rapper Black Thought and company to play from their latest album, ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, with songs that take a satirical look at violence.

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The Observatory Until Thu Jan 1

Foxygen

Our very own Cali-born psych-pop duo Foxygen is comprised of twenty-somethings Sam France on vocals and Jonathan Rado on guitar and keybaords. The songwriting twosome strikes us as a gentler, cuddlier version of MGMT, but this time around they've morphed into a nine-piece punk touring machine, dubbed "Star Power." Catch them play an LA gig at the Roxy in support of their hot third LP, ...And Star Power.

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The Roxy Theatre Until Fri Jan 2

American Nightmare

Cold Cave's dark prince of neo-new wave, Wesley Eisold, revisits his punk past each year, when he joins up with his old Boston hardcore punk band—fearsome and eclectic underground faves Give Up the Ghost (originally called American Nightmare)—for a handful of high-profile reunion gigs. Bl'ast! and ROTTING OUT will open this L.A. date at the El Rey.

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El Rey Theatre Until Sun Jan 4

Chain And The Gang

Eccentric Washington D.C.-based singer Ian Svenonius—you might know him from Nation of Ulysses, Weird War or the Make-Up—takes the stage with his kitsched-up garage-rock vehicle Chain And The Gang. Hear him and his band put post-hardcore music to a conspiracy theory that decries liberty and idolizes a new breed of bondage, as they play behind their newest album, Minimum Rock N Roll, at the Satellite.

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The Satellite Until Thu Jan 15

Little Hurricane

San Diego's Little Hurricane is another boy-girl duo à la the White Stripes that creates the type of grungy, head-nodding beat perfect for cranking on a Friday night: Listening to their down-and-dirty blues makes you feel pretty badass. The vibe is similar to the Black Keys, but with a Southern-sounding twang and a feminine voice to balance out the intense blues guitar and pounding drums. Hear them play behind their new album, Gold Fever, at the Troubadour.

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Troubadour Until Fri Jan 16
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February 2015

Willie Nelson & Family

Mellow outlaw-country figurehead Willie Nelson is bringing his "family"—what he calls his long-time touring and recording team—to the Majestic Ventura Theater for one night only. The prolific American songwriter/author/activist/legend turns 82 this year, and he can still roll with the best of them musically (as well as in other regards—Snoop Dogg has claimed Willie is the only person who has ever out-smoked him). Expect to hear some songs from his latest album, December Day, full of tracks he recorded with his sister. Nab your tickets stat so you don’t miss this chance to see the icon in action.

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The Majestic Ventura Theatre Wednesday February 4 2015

Dengue Fever

Named after a tropical disease carried by mosquitoes, this excellent L.A.-based band features a bunch of indie vets playing in the style of ’60s Cambodian rock—with songs, oftentimes sung in Khmer, that have been featured in several films. More spooky than kitschy, the group's crowning moment was finding singer Chhom Nimol—a native of Phnom Penh who performed for the king and queen of Cambodia before moving to California—who sings in an intense, captivating quaver. The band is finishing up a new record—the follow-up to 2011's Cannibal Courtship—but in the meantime, you can catch them at this Echoplex show.

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Echoplex Thursday February 5 2015

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

What at first seemed like a fluke-y, unlikely duo has apparently blossomed into a beautiful friendship, with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga each fostering the other's career. "Tony and Lady" recorded an album of classic jazz standards, Cheek to Cheek, together this fall, and are now hitting the road for a duet tour. See the veteran crooner and eccentric pop icon in top form at a Wiltern show in February and at the Hollywood Bowl in May.

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Zola Jesus

A former opera singer, Nika Roza Danilova now makes dark, artsy electro-pop layered with enigmatic wailing as Zola Jesus—a name she came up with to alienate herself from bullies while at school. Now the 25-year-old is touting a sparkling new album, Taiga—her fifth full-length, and her first for the Mute record label. She'll bring her soulful synth-pop to the Constellation Room, inside of the Observatory in Santa Ana.

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The Constellation Room Sunday February 8 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, to the music he's now releasing 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'll play this sold-out show at the Roxy on the day before his newest album, I Love You, Honeybear, drops.

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March 2015

Electric Six

Dick Valentine and his gang of entertaining Detroit disco-rockers come to town, no doubt blasting out plenty of tracks from their 2003 debut, Fire ("Danger! High Voltage" and "Gay Bar," for sure), but also selections from their latest release, Human Zoo. They're still the closest thing to a modern Roxy Music we have (the fun version, before they got all Avalon), so embrace oddity where you can get it. This month, you'll find it both in Hollywood at the Roxy and at Santa Ana's Observatory.

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The Roxy Theatre Thursday March 12 2015 - Friday March 13 2015

Kate Tempest

Buzzy Brit rapper, poet and playwright Kate Tempest's unassuming demeanor belies her audacious nature and capabilities. Her latest album, Everybody Down, was nominated for the Mercury Prize—the UK's top musical honor. During her shows, she tells stories and tackles big issues with a rap-spoken word hybrid, backed by a live band and dance troupe. The prolific multihyphenate from South London will bring her arresting celebration of the spoken word to the Echo for an intimate performance.

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Echo Saturday March 14 2015

Shpongle

Britain's Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) and Raja Ram (one third of the Infinity Project) of Shpongle deliver psychedelic electronica to their devoted, rave-y fans. The trippy psychonaut duo brew up a unique blend of "psybient" music—that's psychedelic trance and ambient tunes mixed with world music, with a smattering of traditional sounds and even, sometimes, Turkish operatic singing. Suffice it to say, Shpongle is a musical experience that almost defies classification. See for yourself at this Fonda show, dubbed "Simon Posford Presents the Shpongletron 3.1."

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The Fonda Theatre Saturday March 14 2015

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 Sunday March 22 2015
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