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

December 2014

1/10

Kelela

Los Angeles-based R&B savant Kelela brings her dreadlocks and electronically-charged intensity to the Fonda this December. Her lyrics weave together a romantic sensibility with an ultimate sense of loss, all while searching for that perfect synergy between vocalist, producer, and DJ. Kelela's striking and deeply personal debut, last year's Cut 4 Me, features production work from NGUZUNGUZU (also playing on Tuesday), Kingdom, DJ NA, and Girl Movement. Expect a huge, dynamic live set.

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The Fonda Theatre
2/10

Gateway Drugs

Underground LA band Gateway Drugs is an enigmatic quintet playing multi-dimensional psych rock. They won fans at a Battle of the Bands during this summer's Echo Park Rising fest. See them here, preceded by "dense danse" band Vows and the hypnotic Silver Hands—a new synth-tastic band from Love Grenades' Elizabeth Wight.

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Echo
3/10

Cass McCombs

Cult-fave songman Cass McCombs excels at both wistful psych-pop and scrappy lo-fi indie rock. Expect to hear from the itinerant enigma's latest alluring head-scratcher, the sprawling Big Wheel and Others. He's joined by the long-running Meat Puppets, who have aged from the grunge riffage you might recall to a more damaged punky folk music. Catch them all at the Troubadour.

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Troubadour
4/10

The Aimee Mann Christmas Show

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have spent quite a bit to time on the road together over the past few years. Most recently, the two singer-songwriters have been working together on Mann's project The Both. But this December, Mann brings the return of her electric holiday show, featuring herself and Ted Leo in a fit of Santa-centric carols, original tunes, video displays and sketches. For those who like their rock shows with a side of festivity.

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Largo at the Coronet
5/10

Caught A Ghost

LA singer-songwriter-producer Jesse Nolan brings his vintage-soul hybrid music to the Troubadour with his band Caught A Ghost—an eclectic lineup consisting of multi-instrumentalist Nolan, kindergarten classmate Stephen Edelstein and Veronica Mars cast member Tessa Thompson. Expect an appealing set, with notes of classic Motown, Fitz and the Tantrums, LCD Soundsystem, the Black Keys and even Cake, as they promote this year's debut album, Human Nature. The band doesn't go on until 10:30pm, but In The Valley Below, Paper Pilots and DECORATOR fill out the bill.

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Troubadour
6/10

Tokimonsta

Tokimonsta is the stage name of L.A. producer Jennifer Lee, who makes psychedelic hip-hop with skittering electronic beats. Fans of Flying Lotus—in fact, she used to be signed to the producer's label, Brainfeeder—will likely dig the Torrance native and UC Irvine alum's sound: dance music infused with ethereal beauty. See her at Santa Ana's Observatory as she performs in support of her new LP, Desiderium, with new beat bands Doja Cat and Djemba Djemba opening.

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The Observatory
7/10

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Virtuosic banjo player Béla Fleck is a staple on the jam-band circuit, but even those who don't live for perfectly executed impromptu fusion wizardry might know Fleck's work—he and his Flecktones composed incidental music for the Weather Channel. Tonight Fleck pairs with his wife, singer-songwriter-banjo-player Abigail Washburn, to perform duets at downtown's Regent Theater—newly renovated by the Echo's Mitchell Frank.

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The Regent Theater
8/10

Bebel Gilberto

Brazilian star and daughter of famed singer-guitarist João Gilberto, Bebel Gilberto is the hip songstress responsible for modernizing the classic bossa nova sound with slick electronic flourishes. A mainstay of popular film and television soundtracks, she's known for appearing alongside top artists, but now has come into her own with intimate, soulful tunes. Here, she'll play the El Rey in support of her breezy latest album, Tudo.

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El Rey Theatre
9/10

The Living Sisters: A Holiday Bonanza

LA-based indie folk supergroup the Living Sisters take a break from their solo careers—which include The Bird and the Bee and Lavendar Diamond—to perform at Hollywood Forever Cemetery's historic Masonic Lodge this December. They'll bring their retro four-part harmonies to play behind their most recent release, this fall's inclusive holiday record, Harmony Is Real: Songs for a Happy Holiday. Expect classics like "Jingle Bells" and "Little Drummer Boy," as well as a collection of originals. The jangly “Christmas In California” should go over quite nicely.

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10/10

Madi Diaz

Artsy singer-songwriter Madi Diaz plays warm, melodic pop with an '80s bent. Born in a backwoods Pennsylvania town, she recently moved to LA and adopted our fair city as her new hometown. She'll take a break from touring with Echosmith for her own headlining show at the Troubadour to promote her visceral new break-up album, Phantom. Mosco Rosco and King open the night.

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Troubadour
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January 2015

1/10

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
2/10

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 Friday January 2 2015
3/10

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 Sunday January 4 2015
4/10

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 Thursday January 15 2015
5/10

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 Friday January 16 2015
6/10

Hanni El Khatib

Buzzy LA-via-SF blues-punk rocker Hanni El Khatib knocks out distorted riffs and soulful growls sure to appeal to fans of the White Stripes and the Black Keys. Khatib, of Palestinian and Filipino descent, also churns out some unexpectedly sweet songs like “Penny,” which caught the full attention of local radio stations last year. Head out to the desert to hear him play behind his upcoming album, Moonlight.

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Pappy and Harriet's Friday January 16 2015
7/10

Dead Kennedys

The current Dead Kennedys incarnation features a respectable three quarters of the San Francisco punk heroes' classic lineup. Unfortunately, the quarter that's missing is the one that really counts: Jello Biafra, one of the funniest and most charismatic frontmen to emerge from the early-'80s hardcore scene. Still, the band's catalog of spaghetti western-tinged punk rock is deep, and current vocalist Ron "Skip" Greer does a decent enough Jello, so we'll leave the final verdict to you. Catch them at two SoCal shows: first at Santa Ana's Observatory and then at the Roxy.

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The Observatory
8/10

White Arrows

Lo-fi, funky garage-electro with vocals aping TV On The Radio crossed with Vampire Weekend makes up the sound of this seriously groovy LA five-piece. Dry Land is Not a Myth was the White Arrows' debut album and featured sweetly melded glitchy synths, pop sensibilities and tribal instrumentation into a potent, gleeful blend. At this January show they'll play from their sophomore LP, In Bardo, where the outfit has truly come into their own, tightening their gauzy electronics and hypnotic grooves.

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El Rey Theatre Friday January 23 2015
9/10

The Wombats

Indie darlings the Wombats are hitting town to play Echo Park's Bootleg HiFi. Expect a multitude of harmonies and hand-claps as the Liverpudlian trio's candy-coated indie pop fills your ears. The band will be getting fans pumped up for its highly anticipated third album, the upcoming Glitterbug. Their Friday night show is sold out, but tickets to a special matinee show on Saturday are still up for grabs. Both concerts are part of a handful of special US "Warm Up" gigs.

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Bootleg HiFi
10/10

Bad Suns

These four young California dudes—they hail from Woodland Hills—are new to the music scene, but find their inspiration in older, '70s-era punk tunes. After a couple of well-received singles and an EP, the group finally released its debut album, Language & Perspective, in 2014. Catch them now, before they hit indie pop stardom. They'll play the El Rey on Jan. 24, followed by a show at the Observatory in Santa Ana the next night.

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El Rey Theatre
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February 2015

1/5

Caribou

Now known by the nom de plume of Caribou, esoteric electronica artist Dan Snaith has always come off as dorky, earnest and uber-Canadian. Image quirks aside, the psychedelic popster has an undeniable talent for spinning expansive, thoughtful records out of a sprawling range of pop elements. His brand-new Merge release, Our Love, stands out for its evident R&B and hip-hop influences, juxtaposed with more personal lyrics than Snaith's past efforts. Catch him in one of three nights at the Fonda.

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The Fonda Theatre Thursday February 26 2015 - Saturday February 28 2015
2/5

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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3/5

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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4/5

Milo Greene

Milo Greene is in fact an L.A.-based quintet, with four out of the five members sharing lead singer duties. (They named the band after their fictitious, British, albino booking agent.) The self-described cinematic pop band creates mellow, pastoral indie-folk music that it imagines playing in movies, livened by propulsive drumming and melodic coed vocals. Here, the group plays the El Rey behind its upbeat sophomore album, Control, scheduled to drop in January.

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5/5

Wild Child

Buzzworthy Austin indie-folk outfit Wild Child has a sound and vibe similar to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros or the Black Keys, meshing multiple sounds together to create a fun, upbeat atmosphere. The lead male and female singers alternate harmonizing amongst folksy songs with pop elements and instrumentation including violins, ukeleles and banjos. Hear the group peddle its charming, homegrown ditties in L.A. at the Roxy.

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