Best New Year’s Eve concerts in L.A.
Giving a voice to the voiceless through superbly soulful tunes, L.A.'s own Chicano Batman is poised to break out on a much larger scale than the local music scene. The quartet plays music that's somewhere in between surf, psych rock and tropicalia, all rolled up into a tight groove and a Devendra Banhart-like lilt. Hanni El Khatib and Thee Commons open.
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.
Nick Waterhouse brings his hybridized blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll to town, promising soulful, shoe-tapping tunes and a whole lot of gusto. Donning a sleek suit, hipster specs and a guitar, this Huntington Beach native is a far cry from orange tans, surfers and henna tattoos. You’ll likely hear classic jazzy covers and original tracks of semi-dark, dreamlike splendor.
Diplo’s best buddy Dillon Francis headlines the IDGAFOS NYE Experience, an EDM dance party with the likes of Whethan, Valentino Khan, Yung Pinch and Team EZY. Best known for collaborations with rappers like G-Eazy and fellow producers like Skrillex and Kygo, Francis recently gave up his major label deal to become an independent artist once more.
The recent albums are disappointing and the band lineup is different, but Stephan Jenkins still knows how to deliver a ‘90s alt rock anthem. You're not here for the deep cuts; you want to hear “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper” and belt them out with thousands of others. Pedro the Lion and Emo Night Brooklyn open.
It’s tricky to find New Year’s Eve plans that won’t leave you feeling both out of place and out of money, but this music-centric fest at the Commune at Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs solves both holiday conundrums with sets from Wavves, the Love Language and Desert Daze DJs. Finish off your night of good vibes with a midnight champagne toast, included with the well-worth-it price of admission.
Spend New Year’s Eve with the good people behind Burger Records and Gnar Tapes during the cleverly titled Gnar Years Eve. Cosmonauts, White Fang, Bud O.D. and a slate of DJs are all slated to play at the Standard, Hollywood.
VNV Nation (those letters stand for Victory Not Vengeance) is an Irish-English duo who present a self-described “future-pop” sound (imagine a hybrid of aggressive trance and the more Teutonic end of ’80s synthpop) in a live setting.
In the years since the demise of Chappelle’s Show, this comic’s mystique has grown almost as much as his fans’ reverence. But now Dave is back, and he’s bringing John Mayer along for this “Controlled Danger” gig.