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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.

The Strokes

Critics' pick

The Strokes may never have recaptured the garage rock glory of their debut Is This It, but that hasn't stopped the fervor over anything the on-again, off-again band puts out. On the hells of their latest EP, Future Present Past, the Strokes will play their only LA date this year at the City of Angeles Benefit Concert, which will raise money for three nonprofits that address local homelessness.

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The Wiltern , Koreatown Monday July 25 2016

Flight of the Conchords

Since the end of their HBO seriess in 2009, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have only performed together for the odd show or Simpsons cameo. But now New Zealand's fourth most popular folk duo are back on a North American tour, which wraps up at the Greek Theatre. The two bantering kiwis are embarking on The Flight Of The Conchords Sing The Flight Of The Conchords tour with a mix of old and new material. If you can't wait until their show at the Greek, make a day trip out of dates in San Diego and Santa Barbara. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 4 at 10am. See more upcoming comedy shows and concerts in LA.

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Tuesday July 26 2016 - Wednesday July 27 2016

Modest Mouse + Brand New

How's this for early aughts nostalgia? Modest Mouse and Brand New are co-headlining a tour together—no opening acts, just two full sets from everybody's favorite high school obsessions. Expect Modest Mouse to draw from last year's release Strangers to Ourselves, and though Brand New don't have a new record to promote, they have been taking new material on the road. For the show at the Forum, Brand New will take the stage first.

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The Forum , Inglewood Wednesday July 27 2016

The National

Critics' pick

How in the world did this Brooklyn-via-Ohio band become one of the biggest rock acts under the sun? It's a mystery, but melancholy singer Matt Berninger’s hauntingly beautiful voice and lyrics are undoubtedly part of the answer. We're curious to see how the group's brooding songs and debauched elegance go down when they promote their new release A Lot of Sorrow at one of LA’s most popular venues.

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Thursday July 28 2016

Bonnie Raitt

One of the greatest pleasures of each new record by veteran blues-rocker Bonnie Raitt is hearing her take on an unexpected selection of covers. On her latest album, Dig in Deep, the Grammy-winning artist tackles INXS' "Need You Tonight" and Los Lobos' "Shakin' Shakin' Shakes." In concert, Raitt has been known to bust out renditions of Talking Heads and Dylan tunes—who knows what songs she'll trot out at the Greek?

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Saturday July 30 2016
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The Wombats

Indie darlings the Wombats are hitting town to play the Fonda. Expect a multitude of harmonies and hand-claps as the Liverpudlian trio's candy-coated indie pop fills your ears. The band will be touring in support of last year's release, Glitterbug.

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The Fonda Theatre , Hollywood Wednesday August 3 2016

Miranda Lambert

It's always bound to be an incredible performance when this country powerhouse and two-time CMA Award winner takes the stage. Whether she busts out her guitar for an acoustic set or has a band backing her, Miranda Lambert's sweet yet sultry voice will fill up any venue and convince you to book tickets for her next gig.

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Thursday August 4 2016

Sufjan Stevens + Kurt Vile and the Violators + Ibeyi

Critics' pick

Sufjan Stevens may be the finest pop composer of the last decade, from the cinematic strings of "Chicago" to the Space Age symphonies on The Age of Adz. Stevens manages to wrap complexly arranged suites and heartbreaking acoustic songs into shows that are always memorable and never alike. He shares the bill with lo-fi psych troubadour Kurt Vile, whose echo-sodden blend of folk and rock is just as agreeably eccentric. The French/Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi open with smooth, rhythmic and haunting sounds.

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Hollywood Bowl , Hollywood Sunday August 7 2016

Radiohead

Critics' pick

Ever since Coachella 2012, Los Angeles has been anxiously pining for Radiohead to return to Southern California. Sure, Thom Yorke's band, Atoms for Peace, had its secret show in LA a few years back, but we're probably going to get ridiculed just for mentioning that as a consolation. Thankfully, our prayers have been answered: the band will play two nights at the Shrine Auditorium.

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Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center , USC/Exposition Park Thursday August 4 2016 - Monday August 8 2016

Alabama Shakes

Athens, AL, quartet Alabama Shakes has made it clear it is here neither to impart bedroom-conceptualized innovation nor to expound a straightforward revival of past genres—instead, the group plays timeless Southern soul made fresh by an infusion of energetic rock & roll, as buoyed by the tremendous vocals of Brittany Howard. Catch tunes from their sophomore album, Sounds & Color, to hear chart-stopping hits permeate the Greek Theatre. Local darlings Dawes open.

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Tuesday August 9 2016 - Wednesday August 10 2016
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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. Though this year's lineup has yet to come out, past performers include Afrojack, Kaskade and Pretty Lights, among others.

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

Drake

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

MainFest

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

Ray LaMontagne

You've probably heard “Supernova”, the cool and catchy track from Ray LaMontagne’s fifth album of the same title, on the radio—now is your opportunity to hear it live. The album, which came out in April 2014 and was produced by everyone’s favorite, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, takes LaMontagne in a decidedly new direction. Fans of the sad sack singer might miss his sorry songs—the new, happier Ray comes off just a bit trite. We'll see where his upcoming album, Ouroboros, takes the singer.

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Sunday September 11 2016
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Mad Decent Block Party

Critics' pick

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

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

Bad Boy Family Reunion

Label ringleader Puff Daddy heads up this retrospective show with a lineup that should please anyone with fond memories of the hip-hop label's mid-'90s heyday, with performances by Diddy, Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim, Mase, French Montana, Total, 112, Mario Winans and more. While Puff Daddy's profile as a hitmaker never quite returned to its '90s peak, he has been releasing worthwhile, if slightly under the radar tunes, since then. Last year, Puffy released free mixtape MMM (Money Making Mitch), which he described as a prequel to his final, seventh studio album, No Way Out 2 (release date currently TBA).

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The Forum , Inglewood Tuesday October 4 2016
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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