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The Forum
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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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What’s on

Bleachers

  • Rock and indie

When he’s not busy playing guitar in Fun, penning songs with Taylor Swift or racking up Grammys, you can catch Antonoff fronting his ’80s-inspired indie pop moniker, Bleachers.

Machine Gun Kelly

  • Pop

That early-aughts–style pop-punk has made a resurgence is no surprise (hello, 20-year nostalgia cycle). But who knew that one of the most competent revivalist would come by way of rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who’s teaming up with Avril Lavigne and WILLOW for his show at the Forum.

Odesza

  • Dance and electronic

If you love electronic music, you might want to catch buzzy Odesza at the Forum, with support from Tycho and Golden Features.

Kid Cudi

  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B

The master of mixtapes and king of collaborations is back with a new tour in support of his latest album, Man on the Moon III: The Chosen.

Jack Harlow

  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Long before Jack Harlow was featured on a Lil Nas X track and performed on Saturday Night Live, the Kentucky-born emcee was spitting rhymes into a Guitar Hero microphone. It wasn't until Harlow moved to Atlanta that he was discovered by DJ Drama and jumpstarted his career—something that the viral TikTok success of his single “Whats Poppin” only accelerated.

Gorillaz

  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B

It’s an event, to say the least, when the world’s biggest cartoon band brings its chart-topping show to town. Murdoc & Co. are of course helmed by Damon Albarn and cult cartoon artist Jamie Hewlett, with a cast of impressive (as in, spit-out-your-drink-impressive) collaborators.

Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert

  • Rock and indie

Celebrate the life of late Foo Fighters drummer Tarylor Hawkins as Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee come together for this tribute concert at the Forum (as well as a show in London earlier in the month). As for the lineup, the September 27 show includes appearances from Chris Chaney, Stewart Copeland, Miley Cyrus, Omar Hakim, Joshua Homme, Joan Jett, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Alanis Morissette, Mark Ronson, Gene Simmons, Nikki Sixx, Chad Smith, Luke Spiller, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor, Jon Theodore, Wolfgang Van Halen, Brad Wilk, Pat Wilson, Chevy Metal, P!NK, LeAnn Rimes, John Paul Jones, Alain Johannes, Nancy Wilson, Krist Novoselic and Greg Kurstin.

Roxy Music

  • Rock and indie

The serene-sounding Bryan Ferry dusts off his classically cool, arty new-wave band once again to perform their hits of the ’70s and ’80s for this 50th anniversary show at the Forum.

Bring Me the Horizon

  • Punk and metal

The phenomenally popular metalcore combo comes to town for a show at the Forum.

The Black Keys

  • Folk, country and blues

The blues-y Ohio natives return for an arena tour of soulful, crunchy grooves. Hear Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney float through some nifty psych boogies at the Forum, with support from Band of Horses.

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