Whether you’re looking for local bands or Coachella-caliber headliners, there are plenty of upcoming concerts in L.A. 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 L.A.
The best upcoming concerts in L.A.
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.
Strike the electrified, amped-up harp and join the chorus: the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas lineup is here. Don’t let its dainty Christmas name fool you—the annual concert is most definitely a plugged-in affair featuring some of the year’s top mainstream, alt-rock radio staples. The first night’s lineup includes Cage the Elephant, Beck, Jimmy Eat World, Young the Giant, Angels and Airwaves, Cold War Kids, the Head and the Heart and more, while night two’s lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, the 1975, the Raconteurs, Of Monsters and Men and more.
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.
She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward offer their perfectly breezy pop confections, setting exactly the right tone for a lazy, hazy evening—and this time around, it’ll be stocked with Christmas tunes.
See Chance the Rapper, Future, A$AP Rocky and Lil Uzi Vert headline this two-day hip-hop fest, which returns to Exposition Park’s Banc of California Stadium. The absolutely massive lineup also includes the likes of Juice Wrld, Young Thug, Lil Baby, Meek Mill, YG and Playboi Carti. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 4 at 11am.
Your favorite ’90s ska-metal carnival-disco funk band is back: Mr. Bungle, the chaotically genre-hopping outfit is returning for its first live shows in almost two decades. The Mike Patton-fronted project will reuinite him with founding members Trevor Dunn and Trey Spruance, plus Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and frequent Patton collaborator Dave Lombardo on drums. For the show at the Fonda, the band will play through their 1986 demo tape, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny.
More than two decades in, Wilco sounds just as magnetic and Jeff Tweedy’s lyrics just as sweet and sharp as they’ve ever been. The Chicago group has shuffled its lineup and sound over the years, mostly ditching its alt country roots for detours into noise rock and jam band territory—or, on its latest record Ode to Joy, more quiet meditations. Live, you can expect to see the incredibly tight band alternatie between krautrock grooves and Lynyrd Skynyrd-like guitar attacks.
Silver Lake’s harmonizing five-piece Local Natives teams up with the Oxford funk-punk outfit Foals for this co-headlining tour. Westsiders Cherry Glazerr open the show at the Greek Theatre with their belovedly bratty pop-punk.