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Upcoming concerts in LA

Check out our calendar of upcoming concerts in LA to find out which of your favorite bands have shows in the city

Photograph: Mallory Turner

Whether you're looking for local bands or Coachella-caliber headliners, there are plenty of upcoming concerts in LA every night of the week. We've scoured venue listings and scoped out new artists to bring you everything from secret shows on Sunset Boulevard to free concerts. All of the city's best music is right here in our calendar of upcoming concerts in LA.

Culture Club


After years of confronting the typical pop-group problems—quibbling, intra-band romance, addiction, figuring out how to transition away from shoulder pads—Culture Club has reunited—again, after a 2014 tour cancellation. Boy George hit town behind a new solo LP earlier in 2014, but the nostalgia factor ought to make this gig even bigger.

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Hollywood Bowl , Hollywood Saturday August 27 2016

FYF Fest


Though its upstart, anti-establishment edge from its days as "Fuck Yeah Fest" is gone, FYF has come into its own as more than just an also-ran musical festival. A few location changes and growing pains later, the Downtown-adjacent festival has attracted a commuter crowd that seems to grow in number and shrink in age each year. FYF has still managed to keep room for local buzz bands while reeling in (last year's) Coachella-caliber headliners—chalk that up to sharing a promoter—without charting a course for the desert. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem, Grace Jones, Air and more.

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Exposition Park , USC/Exposition Park Until Sunday August 28 2016

Ohana Festival

The inaugural Ohana Festival will take over Doheny State Beach in Dana Point for two days, with headlining sets from Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and Lana Del Rey. Saturday's highlights include Elvis Costello, Band of Horses, X and Mudhoney, with City and Colour, Corrine Bailey Rae and Ryan Bingham on Sunday. The fest's name, as Lilo & Stitch fans can tell you, comes from the Hawaiian concept of family, and as such the beachfront festival is staging everything from an environmental exhibition curated by surfer Kelly Slater to a luau night live auction on Friday.

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Doheny State Beach , Orange County Until Sunday August 28 2016

The Game

LA's own Jayceon Terrell Taylor—better known as the Game—plays this hometown rap show .

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The Novo , Downtown Wednesday August 31 2016
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The Kills

Expect dirty, sexy blues, stuttering, no-wave disco and art pop from singer Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince (plus their trusty drum machine) as the Kills.

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Fox Theater Pomona , Pomona Friday September 2 2016 - Saturday September 3 2016

Nocturnal Wonderland

While you won't find much Alice in the Wonderland series of festivals, you will find a whimsical, carnival-like atmosphere drenched in Day-Glo and pulsating lasers. The five stages at the San Manuel Amphitheater are musical platforms just as much as they're art installations, with names like the Upside-Down Room and the Temple of Om. This year's lineup includes the likes of DJ Snake, Bassnectar, Chromeo, Knife Party and more.

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San Manuel Amphitheater , San Bernardino Friday September 2 2016 - Sunday September 4 2016


Hip-hop’s Prince Charming hits town for two arena-show screamfests in support of Views From the 6. When our friends at Time Out New York last caught up with Drake, he told them that he has a special chest where he keeps the bras thrown at him onstage. We’re guessing that by now Drake could keep a small country in “support.” Speaking of which, elastic voiced, Auto-Tune-happy MC Future shares the bill at these gigs.

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Staples Center , Downtown Wednesday September 7 2016 - Friday September 9 2016


Spend all day in Downtown Alhambra for this surprisingly with-it neighborhood festival. Capital Cities, Miami Horror, Nite-Funk (Dâm-Funk + Nite Jewel) and !!! top the lineup of the late summer fest. The action is centered around Main Street and 1st Street, with a slew of food trucks within the festival grounds as well as local favorite storefronts like Blockheads, Boiling Crab and Crème Bee.

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Various locations in L.A. Saturday September 10 2016

Jeff Lynne's ELO

The Electric Light Orchestra are back in business, with symphonic pop master Jeff Lynne playing three fireworks-filled shows at the Hollywood Bowl. Lynne was at the Fonda last year to launch ELO’s intimate new album Alone in the Universe, but this fireworks finale with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra promises more of the bombastic, string-laden '70s outfit you know and love.

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Hollywood Bowl , Hollywood Friday September 9 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016
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Pop-punk heavyweights Blink-182 underwent an unlikely renaissance a few years back thanks to its 2011 comeback album, Neighborhoods. Cofrontman Tom DeLonge has since departed, and though his trademark hyperexaggerated whine is nigh impossible to replicate, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba brings a fresh perspective to the band as his replacement. Tonight you’re sure to hear all the hits plus cuts from its latest album, California, with a loaded roster of openers warming up the crowd: Florida metalcore combo A Day to Remember and emo punk stars All Time Low.

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The Forum , Inglewood Friday September 30 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

Mad Decent Block Party


Summer is prime time for block parties, but we're guessing the ones on your street won't play host to Kesha, so this one is, admittedly, mad decent. (Actually, the name comes from Diplo's Mad Decent record label.) The touring concert's stop at LA Center Studios will also feature Diplo, Henrik the Artist, Tropkillaz and more.

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Los Angeles Center Studios , Westlake Saturday October 1 2016

Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. isn't new to the game, it's just taken a little longer for him to make his way through our speakers. But when this blues-banging, guitar-riffing Texan sang "You gonna know my name by the end of the night," in his catchy single "Bright Lights," he wasn't kidding. When you've shared a stage with legends like B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, and are asked to salute Buddy Guy with the likes of Tracy Chapman and Bonnie Raitt (35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, 2012), talented is an understatement.

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Saturday October 1 2016

KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall was something of a late bloomer: the husky-voiced Scottish songstress didn't get her break until she was 29, following an electric performance on British music show Later with Jools Holland. Now five albums in, her gutsy roots-rock has taken on elements of electronica and a dollop of country. She's a singer-songwriter and guitarist who somehow has both underground cred and millions of sales.

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The Fonda Theatre , Hollywood Monday October 3 2016


Phantogram is one of those bands that your grandmother has probably heard, based solely on the number of times its songs have been placed in advertisements for cars and razors. Melding taut hip-hop beats with shoegazing synths and Sarah Barthel's crisp pop vocals, the duo has worked its way from indie label obscurity to collaborations with Big Boi (under the name Big Grams).

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The Observatory , Santa Ana Sunday October 2 2016 - Tuesday October 4 2016
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Jens Lekman

Lekman combines shimmery Afropop guitar hooks, reggae beats and droll, Morrissey-like delivery in a way that comes off as comic and charming rather than annoying and twee. Twas ever thus: The Swedish singer has been making records since the early aughts, gently tapping into the vein of observational, wry humor championed by the likes of Belle and Sebastian and the Magnetic Fields.

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery , Hollywood Tuesday November 1 2016



Oh, this charming man! British national treasure Morrissey brings his Smiths and solo hits to LA for a night of tongue-in-cheeky crooning. Shoplifters of the world, unite!

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Bren Events Center , Irvine Wednesday November 9 2016

Temple of the Dog


Contrary to popular belief, the grunge supergroup wasn't a Pearl Jam-Soundgarden collaboration; soon-to-be-PJ members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament formed Temple of the Dog with singer Chris Cornell as a tribute to their former Mother Love Bone bandmate, singer Andrew Wood (who overdosed on heroin in 1990). Though Eddie Vedder sings on the band's hit "Hunger Strike" as well as backgroudn vocals on a few other tracks, he's not confirmed for this reunion tour—though we wouldn't be surprised if he popped up at a few shows.

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The Forum , Inglewood Monday November 14 2016

The Boxer Rebellion

The unlucky London group continue their remarkable comeback, after their initial run of success in the mid-aughts was dampened by label chaos and personal tragedy. Here they bring their melodic, epic and—thankfully—nicely understated alt rock to LA.

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Teragram Ballroom , Westlake Saturday November 19 2016

Red Fang

The Portland, OR post-punk rockers do melodic, boogified doom with cool proggy flourishes; fans of everything from Clutch to Mastodon will likely approve of the quartet's loud-and-fast rock.

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Teragram Ballroom , Westlake Sunday November 20 2016
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Rüfüs du Sol

After a wimming performance at this summer Twilight Concerts, this Austrailian three piece takes its dreamy, dance set on the road with a stop at the Wiltern.

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The Wiltern , Koreatown Friday December 2 2016

Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead is a familiar name behind insanely popular remixes like "You Know" and "Eyes on Fire." Expect the Mad Decent duo to delve into hip-hop, house, trance and dubstep. Get out on the dancefloor and get your adrenaline pumping.

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Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center , USC/Exposition Park Friday December 9 2016

Conor Oberst

Adored and decried in almost equal measure by the country-rock/alterno-pop community, Bright Eyes main man Oberst steps out solo. Expect songs with clever lyrics cloaked in a sweet wooziness and stripped-back, piano warmth, but also with gritty, kick-ass rockisms and occasional acoustic interludes.

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Immanuel Presbyterian Church , Koreatown Friday December 9 2016 - Saturday December 10 2016

The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols were never anyone’s idea of visionaries—even their best work is steeped in glorious West Coast emptiness. The Portland, OR, quartet once functioned as a dapper sponge, soaking up the culture and funneling various trendy sounds through its drone. In the ’90s, this meant paying homage to the ’60s; the early ’00s brought the band up to Reagan-era pop. Now, the Dandies catch up with contemporary sounds as the newest effort, Distortland, polishes up its songcraft with a modern pop sheen thanks to production flourishes from Jim Lowe (known collaborator with T-Swift and Beyonce).

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The Fonda Theatre , Hollywood Friday December 16 2016


Ring in the New Year with confetti, pyro and 30,000 of your closest friends. Nearly 30 dance acts invade San Bernardino's NOS Events Center for this year-end fest, which has now expanded to two nights. This year's lineup is yet to come out, but last year's toast to the new year included the likes of Kaskade and DJ Snake.

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NOS Events Center , San Bernardino Friday December 30 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

Seasonal concert calendars


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