Concerts in L.A. this October
It’s an event, to say the least, when the world’s biggest cartoon band brings its chart-topping show to town. Murdoc & Co. are of course helmed by Damon Albarn and cult cartoon artist Jamie Hewlett, with a cast of impressive (as in, spit-out-your-drink-impressive) collaborators. For the band’s Demon Dayz Festival, they’ve recruited Erykah Badu, The Internet, DRAM and others.
Billed as the Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour, this arena-filling series finds the turtleneck-sweater–wearing, “I fuck with Turrell” rapper teaming up with the ad-libbing trio behind “Bad and Boujee.” Expect the two to at least perform together during “Walk It Talk It.”
Nick Cave hasn’t lost his flair for the down-and-dirty fury that defined his early work with the Birthday Party, which is evident on his band’s 2016 release, Skeleton Tree, as well as at his live shows—can you name another 50-year-old man you’d like to hear describe a case of the “No Pussy Blues?” Check out the cult-favorite, Aussie alt-rockers.
Only time will tell if 24K Magic’s foot-tapping facsimile of ’70s funk, ’80s disco-pop and ’90s R&B will lose its sheen over time—but we’re betting that Mars’s party tunes will still have enough funk to get you uptown (or to the Staples Center for these four shows). Though Cardi B has pulled out of the tour, Boyz II Men, Ciara, Ella Mai and Charlie Wilson have been tapped as openers.
The San Bernardino rave scene injects itself with a bit of Halloween flair at this annual music fest. Insomniac Events—the group behind EDC and the Wonderland series—is setting up four stages at the NOS Events Center; past headliners include Tiësto, Kaskade, Four Tet and more. Explore the grounds to find mazes alongside ominous artwork and freak show performers.
In honor of the late Mac Miller, a slew of friends and collaborators are coming together for a tribute show at the Greek Theatre. Chance the Rapper, SZA, Vince Staples, John Mayer, Travis Scott and Ty Dolla $ign top the Halloween night concert. Proceeds are set to benefit the Mac Miller Circles Fund, an arts charity for youth from underserved communities. The rest of the lineup includes the likes of Action Bronson, Anderson .Paak, Domo Genesis, Dylan Reynolds, Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D, Miguel, Njomza, ScHoolboy Q and Thundercat. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 5 at 10am.
Carpenter didn’t just direct seminal thrillers like Escape From New York and The Thing, he also composed their creepy, synthesizer-ridden soundtracks. He expands upon the aesthetic with both of the recent Lost Themes albums, creating original electronic arrangements that would be at home on the score of yet another Halloween sequel. Expect to hear some of Carpenter's latest work and classic cues from his films during the rare live performance.
See local bands dress up as their cult-favorite heroes during this Halloween concert and dance party. The Creation Factory will tackle L.A.’s ’60s psych rockers the Music Machine; C.G. Roxanne the Nightmares plus Cheap Tissue will assume the role of ’70s New York punk band the Dead Boys; Los Sweepers will salute ’60s Peruvian garage rock band Los Saicos; and members of L'Aura Moiré, OGOD and Babylon will honor the one and only Motörhead. Plus, Green Slime and Cretin Hop will power the tunes for a Halloween dance party.
Former Bay Area (now L.A.-based) punk artist John Dwyer—infamous for his take-no-prisoners work in Coachwhips and countless other outfits—has channeled his raw aesthetics into something anyone could love in the badass garage-pop outfit Thee Oh Sees.