Concerts in L.A. in May
Most recollections of Bikini Kill—we suppose this one included—start with the trio’s legacy: their pioneering place among riot grrrl acts and the streak of fiery feminism they’ve inspired in music to this day. But the songs also stand alone; only a few seconds of female bonding anthem “Rebel Girl” is enough to convince you that Bikini Kill was onto something special. Bikini Kill will reunite for a select series of shows in New York and L.A. Frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, drummer Tobi Vail and bassist Kathi Wilcox (plus guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle) will play the Hollywood Palladium in April and early May. Outside of a small 2017 show, this’ll mark the band’s first major live shows together in two decades. Tickets for the final L.A. date go on sale Friday, January 25 at noon.
The LA Phil celebrates Fluxus—an art movement in the 1960s and ’70s that stressed process—with a series of performances both within the Walt Disney Concert Hall and at off-site locations. Highlights include violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja at the Getty, Ragnar Kjartansson’s staging of a twelve-hour loop of the final scene of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro at REDCAT, and a trio of pieces at the Disney Hall that include a Yoko Ono survey, a piano recital, immersive theater and crowdsourced singing.
This inaugural surf-inflected music fest will take over the Redondo Beach coastline for three days, with a laid-back lineup that includes the likes of Bob Weir, Brian Wilson, Violent Femmes, Willie Nelson, Best Coast, Ziggy Marley, Grace Potter and more, plus a preview night performance from X. The inaugural beachfront fest comes from restaurateur Allen Sanford and Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg
If you’ve noticed a lack of aughts indie favorites among this year’s music fest lineups, it’s probably because they’re all playing Just Like Heaven. Seriously, all of them. The inaugural fest features a lineup that’s straight out of an era when you stored music on an iPod: Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT and Beach House top the two-day fest, held on May 3 and 4 at the Queen Mary Park. You’ll also find additional sets from Miike Snow, Passion Pit (marking the 10th anniversary of Manners), the Rapture and Grizzly Bear. After tickets sold out startlingly quickly, a second date—May 3—has been added, with passes going on sale Friday, February 15 at 10am. Tickets start (a distinction that wasn’t entirely clear during the first round of sales) at $99 and VIP for $225. As soon as those are swooped up, the prices increase, ultimately to $170 and $270, respectively. Oh, we’re not done with the lineup, by the way—we just needed to take a breath before. Other performers include STRFKR, the Faint, She Wants Revenge, Peter Bjorn and John, Tokyo Police Club, Breakbot, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Miami Horror, Shiny Toy Guns, Ra Ra Riot, Tennis, RAC, Funeral Party and Greer. Like we said: It’s literally everything from your decade-old iPod.
L.A.’s on-the-rise rap group plays a pair of headlining shows at the Shrine Expo Hall.
BTS, the first K-pop boy band sensation to make a splash in America, is embarking on a massive world tour. Lucky for us Angelenos, the Bangtan Boys are stopping by the Rose Bowl. Tickets go on sale May 4 at 10am—and we wouldn’t be surprised if all of the seats are snatched up immediately.
San Francisco label Dirtybird started its famed BBQ in the Bay Area, but now it’s taking the bash on the road. This year, the lineup—including daddy bird Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin and J.Phlip, among others—will perform in a festive set-up in Exposition Park with killer barbecue and Best of Show contests throughout the day.
Between the tragic Manchester Arena bombing, the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and the very public end of her brief engagement to SNL star Pete Davidson, the past year has been a rough one for Ariana Grande. But amid the turmoil, the singer released Sweetner, her most impressive collection of songs to date, filled with empowering anthems and soaring R&B ballads (not to mention the inescapable single “God is a Woman”). The former Nickelodeon star will take her latest album on the road this spring, including stops at the Staples Center and the Forum, where Grande can fill the cavernous venues with her expansive vocal range. No word yet on whether or not her pet pig, Piggy Smalls, will make an appearance, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 5 at 10am.
Moby’s quiet roles as an animal rights advocate, vegan and blogger belie his fervent musical output: over a dozen studio albums that’ve jumped from hardcore and dance to blues and glam rock. The DJ (and local restaurateur) discusses the second part of his memoir.
After years on the Central Coast, the annual event has made a move significantly closer to L.A., at Bakersfield’s Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area. Sure, it’s still a bit of a trek, but where else can you find a sustainable, vegetarian festival dedicated to equal parts music, food, art, yoga and wellness? Lightning in a Bottle has stepped up its musical lineup in recent years, with Disclosure, Big Gigantic, Flying Lotus and Santigold topping the 2019 bill. Expect to do some serious soul-searching during this six-day retreat, all while immersing yourself in everything from a speaker series at the Lucent Temple of Consciousness to the old timey Grand Artique trading post.