The best upcoming concerts in L.A.
The prolific singer-songwriter finds room for lo-fi garage-rock riffs and acoustic strums at his shows, sometimes performed solo and at other times with the backing of his many associated bands. For this summer residency, Segall will play through a different album every Friday night at the Teragram Ballroom. Expect a noisy, fuzzed-out set during these Freedom Band-backed performances, which include playthroughs of Melted, Goodbye Bread, Emotional Mugger and Manipulator, as well as a to-be-announced slate each night (the first 500 people to purchase three or more tickets to different shows will received a limited 7” of new, unreleased music, so we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s tied to that). Tickets are available for individual shows ($28–$30) starting Friday, April 26 at 8am, or you can see all 10 for $200.
Two of our favorite L.A. music institutions team up for decades-celebrating concert. Nonprofit radio station dublab and Echo Park music hub Bedrock LA mark their respective 20th and 10th anniversaries with a property-wide party at Bedrock that includes sets from Shlohmo, Los Retros, the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, Pacoima Techno, Peanut Butter Wolf and more.
Artistic directors Christopher Rountree and Anna Bulbrook have curated a series of unbounded musical performances at specific sites across the Descanso Gardens grounds. Each performance explores a different theme, starting with the stacked “Ritual” event on September 7, featuring Zola Jesus, Jonas Baes, Low Leaf, Miya Folick and Saul Williams. The series continues on September 21 with “Light,” featuring Suzanne Ciani and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and on September 28 with “Listening,” featuring Gloria Cheng, Lisa E. Harris, L’Rain and Julia Holter.
Vampire Weekend aren’t phoneys. Firstly, they chose their name before the whole prepubescent Twilight craze kicked off. What’s more, they all studied musicology, making them that rare thing on today’s rock scene: a band who know their shit. Their music, a hybrid of pop, rock and South African influences which they’ve dubbed ‘Upper West Side Soweto’, certainly reveals a careful craft and intelligence. See them play the Bowl in support of their latest record, Father of the Bride.
The great bard of Irish R&B turns up for a show at the Hollywood Bowl. You never know what you’re going to get from a Van gig—or what mood the famously prickly singer-songsmith will turn up in—but he remains one of the least contrived performers of his generation. While Morrison’s vocals might have diminished over the years, his penchant for thrilling improvisational risk remains very much intact.
The Who—that is, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, some other musicians and two very prominent ghosts—come to town on their “Moving On!” tour. Despite the name, though, this isn’t a farewell scenario; instead, the band is pegging this as a new chapter, with their first new album in over a decade due out as well. See them during a pair of orchestra-backed shows at the Hollywood Bowl.
Don’t expect many Radiohead songs in singer Thom Yorke’s solo shows. The iconic frontman instead focuses almost solely on his solo material—with tracks from The Eraser and Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes—with an Atoms for Peace track or two thrown into the mix. This fall, he’ll be performing with Nigel Godrich and Tarik Barri under their Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes moniker.
After five years of quiet, the blues-y Ohio natives are returning for an arena tour of more soulful, crunchy grooves. Hear Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney float through some nifty psych boogies at the Forum, with support from Modest Mouse and Shannon & the Clams.
Angel Olsen’s sweet folk vocals mix with raucous hot-blooded emotion for a stage presence that carries the snarl of Johnny Cash and the tenderness of Patsy Cline.
With her latest opus, Divers, onetime “freak-folk” icon Joanna Newsom reaffirms her singular place in music, indie or otherwise. The densely packed collection showcases Newsom’s artfully swooping vocals, deft harp skills, world-building lyrics and meticulous, knotty arrangements.