The best concerts in December 2018
Sofa-lipped singer Ian McCulloch and his merry band make up the British gloom-pop troupe behind hits such as “The Killing Moon” and “Lips Like Sugar.”
She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward offer their perfectly breezy pop confections, setting exactly the right tone for a lazy, hazy evening.
Fucked Up has a remarkable knack for inciting indie-rock types to care about hardcore, probably because the Toronto outfit brings an operatic complexity to an often monochrome genre. The band returns to town with local noise rock wizards No Age and L.A. punks Fraude.
Trent Reznor is back with an electronic juggernaut that still continues to push the boundaries of rock music. Expect his beautiful melodies teeming with industrial grit to get—and stay—under your skin. They’re joined by Scottish noise pop icons the Jesus & Mary Chain. To fight scalpers, tickets will initially only be available at the box office. You’ll have to show to the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, May 19 from 10am to 3pm. Any remaining tickets will be sold at a later date.
Gifted alt country songstress and New Pornographers collaborator Neko Case is equally at ease fronting power pop gems and murder ballads alike. Over two decades into her career, her voice is still as haltingly spectacular as its ever been—and particularly powerful live.
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 Smashing Pumpkins, Third Eye Blind, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Greta Van Fleet, AFI, AJR, Badflower, Bad Religion and the Interrupters, while night two includes Florence + The Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, Mike Shinoda, Billie Eilish, Chvrches, Lovelytheband, Mike Posner and Young the Giant.
The Philadelphian troubadour—and the War On Drugs collaborator—and his crew hit L.A. peddling lo-fi psych and an echo-sodden, agreeably eccentric blend of folk and rock.
If you’ve ever had a soft spot for the Mac, you owe it to yourself to catch the group on its current tour. We imagine the M.O. will be the same as usual: a set list crammed with hits, during which Stevie and Christine (but sans Lindsey) graciously share the spotlight. And try not to grin when Mick Fleetwood takes his lovably kooky drum solo during the encore.
See Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert headline this two-day hip-hop fest, which this year has moved from the far reaches of San Bernardino to a much closer locale: Exposition Park’s Banc of California Stadium. The absolutely massive lineup also includes the likes of Wiz Khalifa, 21 Savage, Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug, Kodak Black, Playboi Carti, Tyga and Lil Yachty. Tickets are on sale now, staring at $199 for a weekend pass.
There was a time when Donald Glover was just a sitcom star who released clever, embarrassingly confessional rap tracks under a moniker devised by a Wu-Tang Clan name generator. These days, he’s the creator of genre-defying FX show Atlanta, a part of the Star Wars universe (as young Lando Calrissian) and the creative voice behind the striking music video for his latest track, “This is America.” On tour behind his not-yet-titled “final” album, Glover will be joined by Mississippi hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd and Long Beach rapper Vince Staples.