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Time Out says

It had been a while since this 17,500-seat space was the city’s go-to arena, and its fading halls were beginning to belie its rich history: “Showtime” Lakers, Gretzky-era Kings, ‘84 Olympics, Led Zeppelin, Queen and a ridiculously long set from Guns N’ Roses. The Crypto.com Arena (née Staples Center) had been hogging the spotlight ever since, but around the half-century mark the Inglewood venue regained some of its former glory. After a $100 million renovation—thanks to New York’s Madison Square Garden Company—the Forum (now with Kia branding at the front of its name) has shaped up to be fabulous once again, and the destination for arena shows.

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Chicano Batman

Dressed to the nines in matching suits, L.A.’s own Chicano Batman combine Tropicalía with the effortless swagger of ‘70s soul music. The quartet plays music that’s somewhere in between surf, psych rock and tropicalia, all rolled up into a tight groove and a Devendra Banhart-like lilt.

  • Funk, soul and disco

Cage the Elephant

Bowling Green, KY natives Cage the Elephant first found fame (strangely enough) in England, as well as with their showing at SXSW in 2007 and their eponymous debut album released the following year. Their take on classic garage punk is a chaotic listen that draws on psychedelia, ’70s southern rock, glam and contemporary indie: just the thing for a rollicking live show.

  • Rock and indie

Alanis Morissette

I’m broke but I’m happy because Alanis Morissette is playing the Forum (and, let’s face it, we’ll be even more broke once we shell out for tickets). The singer-songwriter who we’ve all attempted to emulate during drunken karaoke is hitting the road, and she’ll be playing all the hits (and probably even more classic songs than you remember). Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Morgan Wade open the August 10 show at the Forum. And I’m here to remind you that tickets go on sale Friday, November 17 at 10am, with presales starting as early Tuesday, November 14.

  • Rock and indie

Olivia Rodrigo

A little bit piano ballad a little bit pop-punk, the “driver’s license” singer hits the road in support of GUTS, the follow-up to her smash album SOUR, with four nights at the Forum and two at the Intuit Dome.

  • Pop

Kings of Leon

Once a “sweat-soaked garage band,” the four members of the Followill family have made the transition to arena-rock stardom with their integrity—err, somewhat intact.

  • Rock and indie

Santana + Counting Crows

Air-guitar like your life depends on it and enjoy the legendary Santana’s half-century discography. A now-dreadlockless Adam Duritz and the rest of the “Mr. Jones” crew share the bill for this show at the Forum.

  • Rock and indie

Nicki Minaj

Following the release of her fifth studio album, Pink Friday 2, at the end of last year, Minaj comes to L.A. for shows at both the Crypto.com Arena and Kia Forum.

  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Kacey Musgraves

Country star Kacey Musgraves mixes a classic, honeyed sound with a subversive lyrical take on the traditionally straitlaced genre. For her dates at the Forum, catch her with some pretty excellent support, too, thanks to opening sets from Father John Misty and Nickel Creek.

  • Folk, country and blues

Iron Maiden

In any discussion of rock acts that have improved with age, English heavy-metal institution Iron Maiden has to come in somewhere near the top: Even if Bruce Dickinson can’t hit every screeching high note of his prime (cut him some slack, the guy overcame tongue cancer), he deploys his resources for maximum impact, something that could be said equally for his restless bandmates.

  • Punk and metal

Charli XCX + Troye Sivan

With bouyant beats and catchy refrains, Charli XCX teams up with charismatic pop singer Troye Sivan for their coheadlining “Sweat” tour, with special guest Shygirl.

  • Pop
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