The best live music in Los Angeles

Your complete guide to live music Los Angeles style, from concert calendars to iconic venues and more

Sylvan Esso at 30 Days in LA
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanSylvan Esso at 30 Days in LA

When it comes to live music, Los Angeles reigns. Ours is a storied history, from the rambling folk history of Woody Guthrie to the rock 'n' rolling, raunchy ways of bands like the Doors, Van Halen and Motley Crue. And to this day, the city remains one of the best for amazing concerts—and amazingly free concerts—not in small part due to its wide array of venues, from gorgeous outdoor amphitheatres to hole-in-the-wall clubs and dive bars. There's a steady stream of impressive local talent here, and no big-name artist completes a tour without stopping in L.A. We've got it all, when it comes to live music in Los Angeles and we're damn lucky—see for yourself below.

Where to see live music in Los Angeles

The best live music venues for big-name bands
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The best live music venues for big-name bands

The best live music venues for mid-sized bands
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The best live music venues for mid-sized bands

The best live music venues for local bands
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The best live music venues for local bands

The best live music venues in Hollywood
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The best live music venues in Hollywood

The best live music by month

November
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November

December
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December

January
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January

February
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February

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Music festivals near Los Angeles

Music festivals within driving distance of L.A.
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Music festivals within driving distance of L.A.

EDM music festivals near L.A.
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EDM music festivals near L.A.

Summer music festivals in and near L.A.
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Summer music festivals in and near L.A.

A guide to Coachella
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A guide to Coachella