Wherever you stand on Marilyn Manson's once-novel, now-tired brand of scary-carnival hard rock, there's no denying that he is a consummate performer—which explains why he still pulls in the black-lipped crowds. Case in point: These shows—one night at Santa Ana's Observatory and two Halloweentime shows at the Roxy—all sold out immediately.
Before they became big-haired ’80s icons, the Bangles began life as a British Invasion–worshipping, ’60s-fixated garage combo, one of the brightest lights in the Los Angeles neopsychedelic Paisley Underground. This November, the rock stars bring their timeless grrrl power home. "Walk Like an Egyptian" to the Los Angeles natives'—and Lorelei-Gilmore favorite's—intimate Troubadour performance. Expect to hear old 80s hits, in addition to selections from their new millennium material.
This mighty Melbourne trio first stole our hearts and directed our dancing feet way back in 2004 with the perky, sun-dappled disco-meets-krautrock-meets-New Order electro-pop of their fine debut LP, Bright Like Neon Love. They're now onto their fourth album, Free Your Mind and will be showcasing new material in addition to tracks from Zonoscope, In Ghost Colours and their debut at the Luxe City Center Hotel parking lot as a part of Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in LA. The show is technically sold out at this point, but those who know their way around the web can probably still nab a ticket or two.
Breakout band Iceage turned heads in 2011 with its killer debut, New Brigade, a messy, impassioned and surprisingly hooky art-punk salvo. This November, the Copenhagen quartet plays the Echo in support of its flailing, fuzzed-out 2013 Matador debut, You're Nothing—the band's third album. Nihilists, put on your dancing shoes.
Aussie quintet the Preatures brings its grooving, ’70s-flecked rock to the Sayers Club as a part of Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in LA. The alt-rock five-piece formed in 2010 and with their increasingly fine-tuned funky bass and drums topped with slinky R&B vocals, they could blow up at any moment. At this 21+ show, expect to hear from last year's EP Is This How You Feel?, as well as cuts from the band's just-released full-length debut, Blue Planet Eyes. Nab your tickets online before they're all snatched up.
Jack Antonoff should quit his day job. His solo debut under the Bleachers name easily eclipses his work as the guitarist in prom-ballad pop act Fun. Bright hooks illuminate dark autobiographical material in songs that gleam and hop like '80s radio. "Rollercoaster" is a more bittersweet Killers, "I Wanna Get Better" balances mental health and huge chorus like Passion Pit, and glorious pangenerational outsiders like Grimes and Yoko Ono crop on Strage Desire. His exuberance gets a crowd hopping, as does the odd Cranberries cover. Bear witness to the top-qual tunage November 5 at The Wiltern.
After the sleek, commercial sound of El Camino, The Black Keys return to a more soulful groove on the new Turn Blue. Produced again by Danger Mouse of Broken Bells, the blues-y Ohio natives float through some nifty psych on the record. Two word review: Brothers Bells. It's mellower, for certain, but lest you think that won't fare well live, there is a fresh spritz of Pink Floyd to the affair. The Keys swing through LA to play the Forum November 6.
Over the past 20-plus years Boots Riley has been on the music scene with his radical political commentary, and he shows no signs of slowing down. The activist/vocalist/writer, joined by the musicians who make up The Coup, will play a 21+ show at The Satellite this November. Influenced by the punk, funk and hip-hop genres—think The Clash, Japanther and Rage Against the Machine—the band may not fit into one category, but always performs music that's "aggressive and danceable," according to Riley. Look out for songs from all 6 of their albums, including their latest, Sorry To Bother You (2012).
The moodily charasmatic Strokes frontman follows up on a back-to-back performance at FYF (with both the Strokes and the Voidz) with a Wiltern show featuring his first solo venture since his solid 2009 debut, Phrazes for the Young. This time around, he and his new band tackle '80s punk and metal, as evidenced on their fall album, Tyranny.
After a meteoric rise in 2011, the LA quartet comes home to awe us with more eerily sweet psychedelia and experimental melodrama. As well as tracks from their spooky-but-sexy debut album The Fool, they'll play plenty of songs from their new self-titled second album, one of the standout records of this year. Part of Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in LA, the group's Echoplex show is currently sold out, but you'll likely be able to scrounge up a few extra tickets in the usual Internety places.