Concerts in L.A. this October
Head to Echo Park on Mondays for free residencies at one of the best venues on the East side, the Bootleg. Theater shows happen in the Gallery, and music in the Theater (in back) and the Bar (in front). Residencies take place in the bar, with high tables and stools in the back, a bar with great craft brews and a high, open-beamed roof with great acoustics. Check the Bootleg's calendar to see who's on the bill month to month.
It's free music every Monday when sponsored, up-and-coming local bands call the Echo stage home for a one-month stint, honing their stage presence and giving various opening acts a chance at the spotlight as well. If you're worried a Monday night will fill up to capacity, you can RSVP on the Echo website for VIP entry. When a band is on its third or fourth Monday and killing it, this is a pretty convenient way to make sure you're in on the action.
Silver Lake's legit little music venue offers up some of the best local music in the city every Monday night... for free. Check out LA bands that are about to make it big (acts like Fitz & the Tantrums, Superhumanoids and even Local Natives have graced the residency stage) without spending a dime—well, except on maybe a beer, or a round for the folks onstage. Check the Satellite calendar to see who's on the bill each month. Acts often have a rotating cast of openers, so you can see different bands each week while watching the main act work on material, become more comfortable onstage and find their rhythm as the month goes on. Then a few years from now, you can say "I saw them when...."
Make your way to the desert for the Joshua Tree Music Festival, a gathering of like-minded indie musicians who will be rocking out to a dance-world-electro-funk’n groove. The biannual festival is a four-day party with over 30 bands in a unique lineup of artists who aren’t necessarily household names. There’s free water to all patrons, no service charges on tickets and yoga classes aplenty.
West Hollywood's luxe Spanish-style oasis is back with its poolside summer concert series, Live at Sunset Marquis. Kicking off June 1 through October 12, you can expect emerging and established artists—Julian Frampton Band, Emily Warren, Andy Allo, Andy Lawrence Band—to take the stage while you sip on lush cocktails poolside. Be sure to RSVP online before tickets run out, as only 200 attendees are allowed on the rooftop for a more intimate concert experience.
Now considered a legacy act of the early 2000s, Interpol quickly rose to fame with their debut album Turn on the Bright Lights, which was hailed by both NME and Pitchfork as one of the best of 2002. Since then, the band has struggled through member splits, complacency and solo projects. But don’t count them out: Paul Banks and his crew are back to promote a new album, Marauder, with support from the Kills and Sunflower Bean.
After collaborating with kindred musical spirit Kurt Vile on a collaborative album last year, Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has already cooked up a new batch of songs. Her latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, confronts the hardships of being a woman in the music industry, clapping back at critics and anonymous internet trolls through a collection of empowered, indie-rock anthems.
Foo Fighters are back to close out Cal Jam, and they’re bringing Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet and Silversun Pickups along with them for the rock-focused fest. You’ll find other familiar festival staples at Glen Helen Regional Park—carnival rides and games, a vendor village—alongside some more unique touches, like twin waterslides, a mobile recording studio and the Foo Fighters Rock ’n’ Roll Museum. The event borrows its name from California Jam, a 1974 fest that featured in Deep Purple and ELP in nearby Ontario.
Everyone’s favorite chill-out block of out-there animation is taking its signature brand of comedy and music to Downtown L.A. for an inaugural festival. The Adult Swim Festival will take over ROW DTLA on October 6 and 7. In addition to previously announced headliner Run the Jewels, the fest has tacked on sets from Hannibal Buress, Thundercat, Wavves, Zola Jesus, Big Freedia, Dan Deacon and Julianna Barwick. A second wave of headliners includes Mastodon, Neko Case, Flying Lotus and T-Pain. Expect plenty of Adult Swim show tie-ins, including games and exclusive merch. A map for the fest also shows two stages, a beer garden, an inflatable obstacle course dubbed “Smack Up My Uvula” and the Meatwad Dome, a trippy 360-degree video experience held inside of a structure modeled after the Aqua Teen Hunger Force mascot. Single-day passes cost $75 to $99, while a weekend pass runs for $230 and includes priority entry and access to a Friday night preview event.