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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.

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, Echo Park Friday September 4 2015

Tijuana Panthers

Kick off the first Friday of September with Long Beach trio Tijuana Panthers—creators of party-ready surf rock with a punk edge. Since taking over the stage at SXSW a few years back, these native Angelenos have gained quite the momentum. Catch head-bopping tunage from their latest album drop Wayne Interest at the Regent Theatre for under $15—and with that kind of pricing, you might as well snag an indie looking band tee.    

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The Regent Theater, Downtown Friday September 4 2015

2 Chainz

Absurdly hot Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz cut his teeth as Tity Boi with Playaz Circle (remember their Lil Wayne–assisted hit, "Duffle Bag Boy" in '07?), before dropping a selection of mixtapes including 2011's excellent T.R.U. REALigion collection. Playing to promote his recently released 2015 debut album T.R.U. Jack City, this fierce rapper flexes darkly explicit flows over hypnotic and often relatively sparse backing. Don't miss.

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The Observatory Sunday September 6 2015

Yes + Toto

Dubbed pioneers of progressive rock, the Yes crew is returning to the world stage starting with LA’s iconic Greek theatre—and it’s just soo yes. Kicking off the night is the equally talented rock band Toto, who’s set to play throwback songs like “99” and other jams that we already know the words to. Top off your week with a Sunday night showing of these two Grammy award-winning rockers for $30-$100.

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Greek Theatre, Griffith Park Sunday September 6 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, Beyond L.A. Tuesday September 8 2015
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BORNS

LA transport Garrett Borns is making a pit stop at this city’s beloved (and slightly eerie) music venue, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, for a late night show you don't want to miss. Boasting an eclectic blend of folk, glam, and electric rock, the BORNS band hits the stage on October 1 to perform tracks from last year’s Candy EP.

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood Thursday October 1 2015

Duran Duran

Amp up your thirsty Thursday with the Hollywood Bowl as your backdrop. Throw in a live concert from Duran Duran and it might as well be the weekend. Sing along to killer hits from this British boy band that rocked the 80’s with hits like “Hungry Like The Wolf” and “Save a Prayer,” as well as later tracks like, "Pressure Off." Tickets can be purchased online for the October 1 show, and be sure to hit the parking lots early as to avoid the signature Hollywood Bowl chaos.  

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Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Thursday October 1 2015

The Bluegrass Situation

Critics' pick

Guys, we have a situation here. Ed Helms, one of our favorite banjo picking actors (tied with Steve Martin, in fact), and Amy Reitnouer and Cameron Matthews started this two-day festival back in 2010. In those five years, it's grown from a weekend of bluegrass, folk and Americana rowdiness at the Largo, to a one-night engagement at the gorgeous, outdoor Greek Theatre. Here's this year's line-up: SATURDAY: Dawes, Punch Brothers, The Lone Bellow, Gregory Alan Isakov, Della Mae, Johnny Fritz, Sam Outlaw, Spirit Family Reunion, Dustbowl Revival, The Wild Reeds Read our interview with Ed Helms about The Bluegrass Situation here.

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Greek Theatre, Griffith Park Saturday October 3 2015

Beirut

Critics' pick

Band chief Zach Condon, a multitasker who performs vocals, trumpet and ukulele, has become a bona fide indie-rock star by mining sounds from foreign lands, giving color to his Morrissey-like vocals. Originally a one-man band, Beirut recently expanded to include members Nick Petree, Paul Collins, Ben Lanz, and Kyle Resnick. Check out their catchy, world-traveled inspired sound at the Hollywood Polladium on October 7-8.

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The Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood Wednesday October 7 2015 - Thursday October 8 2015

Garbage

This eclectic crew of alternative rock junkies may have taken a lengthy hiatus a few years back, but in 2012, they launched back into the music scene with a new album titled Not Your Kind of People. For Garbage fans, it was a much-needed dose of Shirley Manson and her rocking trio. Come October 8, ring in the band’s 20th anniversary with tickets to the Greek Theatre for the 2015 tour.

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Greek Theatre, Griffith Park Thursday October 8 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