Though the city is best known for Hollywood, celebs, and the sunny elite, Los Angeles’ music scene isn’t too shabby either. Competing as one of the richest and most entertaining cities in the country, it’s no surprise that music legends, breakouts, and struggling artists alike flock to LA’s venues to give it all they’ve got. Whether it’s the latest pop diva, hip hop superstars, the world’s biggest rock bands, or up-and-coming indie artists, no one’s tour is complete without a stop in the City of Angels. Check out our picks for the best upcoming concerts in Los Angeles, complete with artist bios, live performance videos, seating charts, ticket pricing info, and more. Do our picks not fit your fancy? Check out more concerts and events in Los Angeles; there’s something to suit every taste.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Lenny Kravitz is known for his musical style that transcends genre, with songs that incorporate elements of rock, soul, and funk among other influences. He has won four consecutive Grammy Awards, and currently holds the record for most wins in the category of Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. He has sold millions of albums and collaborated with everyone from Madonna to Jay-Z to Mick Jagger. Recently, Kravitz has branched out from his music career and ventured into acting, appearing in films like the Oscar-nominated “Precious” as well as the hit series “The Hunger Games.” However, he has by no means abandoned music, and released his tenth studio album, Strut, in 2014. Catch this legend live in concert at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Saturday, August 29.
with Prince Royce
Friday, September 11, 2015
Formerly a Nickelodeon star, pop singer Ariana Grande left the network (and her squeaky-clean image) behind to pursue career in music. She released her debut album, Yours Truly, in 2013, showcasing her Mariah Carey-esque vocal range and featuring appearances from artists like Big Sean and Mac Miller. Her next album, My Everything, dropped a year later, hitting the number one spot in multiple countries. The new record features several hit singles in collaboration with artists like The Weeknd, Iggy Azalea, and Zedd.
The B-52s & The Psychedelic FursTickets
Starting on Sunday, September 11, 2015
Don’t miss two eighties legends, The B-52s and The Psychedelic Furs, as they play your favorite hits of yesteryear to close out the season at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. The bands are playing three nights at the venue, followed by a spectacular fireworks show.
with Twin Peaks & Swimmers
Monday, September 14, 2015
Wavves is the indie rock project of San Diego songwriter Nathan Williams. The band came onto the scene with a lo-fi beach rock sound on their well-received eponymous debut in 2008, and following a lineup change released their sophomore effort, the notably more polished King of the Beach, in 2010. Their latest album, Afraid of Heights, shows Wavves moving towards a more punk rock sound and is their highest-charting album to date.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Ms. Lauryn Hill first made herself known as a member of the Grammy-winning group The Fugees. However, it was her 1998 solo record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill that really put her on the map. Though Miseducation remains to this day as the only studio album she has ever released, it’s all she needs. The record earned Hill five Grammy Awards, a spot atop the Billboard 200, and widespread critical acclaim, and is consistently ranked as one of the greatest albums of the 20th century.
with Special Guests 3LAU, AlunaGeorge, & Alex Metric
Friday, September 18, 2015
German producer Zedd (born Anton Zaslavski) rose to prominence in 2010 with his remix of the popular Skrillex track “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” He is best known for his 2012 single “Clarity,” which rose to the top of the Billboard dance charts. The song earned him a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2014. In addition to his own successful singles, he has released a number of popular remixes for artists like Armand Van Helden, B.o.B., and Lady Gaga. Earlier this year, Zedd released his second album, True Colors.
Ben Harper & The Innocent CriminalsTickets
Friday, September 18, 2015
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and three-time Grammy Award winner Ben Harper is known for his eclectic style, mixing genres like folk, blues, soul, and rock. Throughout his career, Harper has played several instruments, spanned multiple genres, and been associated with a number of live acts. He is currently touring with his band The Innocent Criminals, which consists of percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates, and guitarist Michael Ward, with Harper taking the lead on vocals and guitar.
One World Tour 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Of the many artists making comebacks this year, Ricky Martin is one of the ones we’re most excited about. After spending the last few years as a vocal coach on both the Mexican and Australian versions of The Voice, the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer came back in 2014 with some new singles and a new album announcement. Martin’s new album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (translated to “To Those Who Want to Listen”), came out in February of this year.
Empire of the SunTickets
with St. Lucia & Holy Ghost!
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Australian electronic glam pop duo Empire of the Sun formed in Sydney in 2007. The group, often compared to Daft Punk, consists of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, who had been collaborating together for years before officially forming Empire of the Sun. They released their debut album, Walking on a Dream, in 2008. The record went platinum in their home country of Australia, while the title track became an international hit. Their sophomore album, Ice on the Dune, arrived in 2013 and featured the hit single “Alive.” Empire of the Sun is currently working on a third album titled Every Ocean Tells a Story. Their live show is one not to miss, and features elaborate setups and extravagant costumes.
Acoustic Higher Truth Tour
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is embarking on a solo tour of his own this year. The tour begins just two days after Cornell is set to release his forthcoming solo record Higher Truth, which is due out September 18. His performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is the first stop on the tour, so it’s sure to be a great show with plenty of energy.
The Who Hits 50! Tour
Monday, September 21, 2015
The Who, considered one of the all-time greatest rock bands, will be making an appearance in Los Angeles this month as part of their 50th anniversary tour. With the classic lineup of Roger Daltrey on lead vocals, Pete Townshend on guitar, Keith Moon on drums, and John Entwistle on bass, The Who has been regarded as a legendary rock band for decades, playing a key part in the British Invasion of the 1960s. Despite the tragic losses of Moon and Entwistle over the years, The Who still remains active today with Daltrey and Townshend continuing to write and perform music. In 2014, they released the hits compilation album The Who Hits 50, which included the band’s first new material in nearly a decade.
Sonic Highways Tour
Starting on Monday, September 21, 2015
One of the most revered acts in the music world today, the Foo Fighters, are back with their first album in three years, the highly anticipated Sonic Highways. Each track on the album was inspired by and recorded in a different U.S. city, though not once on the record does the band stray from their own sound. It’s been a big year for the Foo Fighters in addition to Sonic Highways. With the release of the album also came an eight-episode HBO series of the same name, directed by Dave Grohl himself. The band also recently began a 2015 North American tour that kicked off in July, and are (as usual) selling out huge stadiums nationwide.
with LA PRIEST
Starting on Thursday, September 24, 2015
Glass Animals is an English indie rock band from Oxford consisting of childhood friends Dave Bayley, Drew Macfarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer, and Joe Seaward. They released their debut album Zaba in 2014, from which songs like “Gooey” and “Black Mambo” became big alternative radio hits. Glass Animals will be bringing their rock-meets-electronic-meets-R&B sound to LA for two back-to-back nights at the Wiltern.
Rock or Bust World Tour
Monday, September 28, 2015
One of the best-selling acts of all time, Australian rock band AC/DC, is back on the road this year for their Rock or Bust World Tour. Formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, AC/DC underwent plenty of lineup changes in its formative years, the most devastating being the loss of lead singer Bon Scott in 1980. Later that year, the band replaced Scott with Brian Johnson, after which they recorded Back in Black, their highest-grossing album and one of the best-selling albums of all time. AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, and to this day continues making music and touring around the globe. The band released a new album, Rock or Bust, in 2014, just after the departure of Malcolm Young. Their upcoming world tour will serve to promote their new album as well as celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
English electronic music duo Disclosure consists of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence. Their breakthrough came in 2012 with the hit single “Latch,” which features vocals from Sam Smith. A year later, they released their debut album Settle, earning the Lawrence brothers their first Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album. Later in the month, the duo is set to release their highly anticipated sophomore album Caracal. The new record is due out on September 25 and features collabs with The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Lorde, and more.
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Past Concerts in Los Angeles
Death Cab For CutieTickets
Sunday, July 12, 2015
This year, Grammy-nominated alternative rock band Death Cab For Cutie is back with their first album in four years, Kintsugi. Despite the recent amicable departure of lead guitarist and founding band member Chris Walla, the band remains intact with frontman Ben Gibbard still at the helm after all these years. Known for earnest lyrics across several stunning and emotional albums, highlights of which include 2003’s Transatlanticism and its 2005 follow-up Plans, Death Cab For Cutie has made an indelible mark on indie rock history. Don’t miss your chance to see them when they come to the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, July 12.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
John Fogerty rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. Following the disbandment of CCR in 1972, Fogerty went on to pursue a solo career. His first solo release came in 1973 as an album of covers issued under the name The Blue Ridge Rangers, followed by a self-titled record in 1975. After that, Fogerty remained somewhat inactive until he reemerged in 1985 with the album Centerfield, which reached #1 on the Billboard 200. His latest release, called Wrote a Song For Everyone, came out in 2013. The record features Fogerty pairing up with other artists, including Bob Seger, Alan Jackson, the Foo Fighters, and Brad Paisley, to perform songs from his catalog.
with Big Sean, YG, & Jeremih
Sunday, July 19, 2015
As the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, rapper J. Cole was surely the subject of much attention in 2011. That year, the label released his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200. He followed that up in 2013 with his equally successful, chart-topping sophomore record Born Sinner. This past fall, J. Cole dropped his highly anticipated third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which again debuted atop the Billboard 200, making it his third consecutive #1 album. Though it has only been out for a few months, the record has already been certified platinum.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Joss Stone became a mainstream success in 2003 when she was just 16 years old with her multi-platinum debut album The Soul Sessions. Armed with a big, powerful voice and soulful style, Stone has released five more albums since then, each earning similar chart success to her first, particularly in the U.K. She recently announced that she will be releasing a seventh studio album called Water For Your Soul, which she has stated will have a more eclectic sound with some reggae influence. Stone is currently in the middle of an extensive world tour that will take her to over 200 different countries and stops in LA on July 23.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Wilco formed from the remaining members of the alt country band Uncle Tupelo after the group’s disbandment in 1994. Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Jeff Tweedy, Wilco released their country-rock debut album A.M. in 1995. From then on, the band’s sound took on more of an experimental edge. Their new, more eclectic sound earned them plenty of critical acclaim, particularly for their 2002 effort Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which topped several year-end lists and was later designated one of the best albums of the 2000s by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and many others. Wilco’s latest album, The Whole Love, arrived in 2011, and the band has been actively touring ever since.
Starting on Thursday, August 6, 2015
Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala began as a bedroom recording project in 1999 when vocalist/guitarist Kevin Parker and bassist Dominic Simper were only 13 years old. The duo was joined in 2007 by drummer Jay Watson, after which the band signed with Modular Records. The ’60s-inspired, fuzzy, psychedelic sound of their 2010 debut album Innerspeaker attracted international critical praise, and their follow-up effort, 2012’s Lonerism, was even more successful, thanks to hit singles like “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” and “Elephant.” Tame Impala is now ready to release their highly anticipated third album Currents, which drops July 17.
Fall Out Boy & Wiz KhalifaTickets
with Hoodie Allen
Monday, August 10, 2015
Fall Out Boy emerged as one of the frontrunners of the 2000s pop punk scene, spurred by the success of their 2005 breakthrough album From Under the Cork Tree. They set the mid-2000s radio ablaze with hits like “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance,” both of which were top ten singles that went multi-platinum. Fans were immediately drawn to the impressive vocal chops of singer Patrick Stump and the charm and charisma of guylinered bassist Pete Wentz, and soon enough Fall Out Boy became a group of international rock stars, selling out arenas all over the world. After a few more successful albums, the band went on a brief hiatus, but made a solid return in 2013 with their album Save Rock and Roll. After extensive touring in support of the record, the band premiered their new single “Centuries” in 2014. The single was issued as a lead-up to their sixth album, American Beauty/American Psycho, which came out in January of this year and is the band’s third #1 album to date. Currently, the band is on tour with hip hop artists Wiz Khalifa and Hoodie Allen as part of the Boys of Zummer Tour.
Of Monsters and MenTickets
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The indie folk five-piece Of Monsters and Men hails all the way from Iceland. Formed in 2010, the band centers around the talents of vocalists/guitarists Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Thorhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, bassist Kristjan Pall Kristjansson, and drummer Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson. Of Monsters and Men first came into the spotlight in 2011 with their hit single “Little Talks,” which was getting airplay on radio stations all over the world and quickly propelled them to international fame. The next year, they released their debut album, My Head Is An Animal, which rapidly climbed the charts and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The band is back this summer with their sophomore record, Beneath the Skin, which they released on June 9.
with Blake Mills
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Roots rock band Alabama Shakes formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009, when lead vocalist and guitarist Brittany Howard met bassist Zac Cockrell in a high school psychology class and the two started making music together. Other members of the band include guitarist Heath Fogg, keyboardist Ben Tanner, and drummer Steve Johnson. They released their debut album Boys & Girls in 2012, and have since received several Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist and another for Best Rock Performance for their single “Hold On.” Earlier this year, Alabama Shakes released their highly anticipated second record Sound & Color, which critics are already regarding as one of the best albums of 2015.
with Mimicking Birds
Friday, August 21, 2015
Formed in 1993, indie rock band Modest Mouse would grow to become one of the most successful acts of the 2000s. The band released a few albums before really hitting it big with their 2004 commercial breakthrough Good News For People Who Love Bad News. For their next album, 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, they recruited former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to record with them. Marr eventually became a full member of the band, touring in support of the record, although he ultimately left shortly afterward to join The Cribs. Modest Mouse underwent a bit of a lull in activity since then, other than releasing an EP in 2009 and playing a few shows here and there. However, the band came back in full force in 2014, issuing the single “Lampshades On Fire” ahead of their long-awaited sixth album, Strangers to Ourselves. The new album is the band’s first full-length since ’07, but it is proving to have been worth the wait.
with Vance Joy
Starting on Friday, August 21, 2015
Calling all lonely Starbucks lovers: Taylor Swift will be coming to the Staples Center for FIVE SHOWS as part of her highly anticipated 1989 World Tour. Swift recently left her country roots behind only to emerge as a full-fledged pop singer. Having begun as a country artist, she was able to effortlessly cross over into the mainstream over the years by moving closer to a poppier sound with each album release. Her transition into a bona fide pop star is now complete, as evidenced by her latest album, 1989, which is chock-full of catchy, radio-friendly hits like the smash singles “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space.” With multiple Grammy Awards, platinum album sales, a number of film and television roles, a ubiquitous presence on Top 40 radio stations, and nearly as many Twitter followers as Barack Obama, there’s no doubt that Swift has become one of the biggest stars of our time. Haters gonna hate hate hate, but it looks like that’s not about to change anytime soon.
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Starting on Saturday, August 22, 2015
FYF Fest returns to Los Angeles this summer for a 2-day event taking place August 22 & 23. The 2015 headliners include Frank Ocean, Morrissey, Bloc Party, D’Angelo, and more, so don’t miss out on this amazing festival. Check out our full detailed listing of the 2015 FYF Fest Lineup!
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Tony Bennett & Lady GagaTickets
Cheek to Cheek Tour
Starting on Saturday, May 30, 2015
At first glance, it may seem like Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are polar opposites. One, a young and provocative pop star with ever-changing hair and outfits made of rib-eye. The other, an 88-year-old man who sings traditional, old-school jazz. However, when these two joined forces, it became clear they had many things in common. A love for show tunes, jazz, and undeniable stage chemistry. What at first seemed to be the unlikeliest of duos suddenly became one of the most remarkable collaborations we’ve seen in awhile. Their joint album, “Cheek to Cheek,” features the pair singing classic jazz standards. This year, the duo won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
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with Sweet Spirit
Starting on Saturday, May 30, 2015
Over two decades ago, Spoon came to form in Austin, Texas by singer/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno, Spoon really made a name for themselves with a series of successful and critically acclaimed albums in the early and mid-2000s. With hits like “The Way We Get By” and “The Underdog”, the band quickly became a standard in the indie-rock scene. In August, they released their eighth studio album titled “They Want My Soul,” which like all of their other works was received very favorably by critics, proving that even after a decade, they still have not lost their edge.
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space ShiftersTickets
with JD McPherson
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Robert Plant, best known of course as the frontman of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin, is currently touring with his new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, which debuted in 2012. In addition to Plant himself, rounding out the band’s lineup are Liam “Skin” Tyson, Justin Adams, Billy Fuller, John Baggot, Dave Smith, and Juldeh Camara.
with Helado Negro
Starting on Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens just released “Carrie & Lowell,” his first album in five years. The record came out on March 31 on Stevens’ own label Asthmatic Kitty Records, and it signals a return to his earlier folk roots. Sufjan Stevens is coming to LA for TWO spectacular shows at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and will be supported by labelmates Helado Negro.
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with Justin Moore & Mickey Guyton
Friday, June 5, 2015
With numerous awards and several platinum albums, Brad Paisley is undeniably one of the biggest country stars of the last fifteen years. Paisley made his recorded debut in 1999 with the album “Who Needs Pictures,” which was an instant success, quickly earning platinum certification and scoring him two No. 1 singles. Never losing momentum, Paisley now has ten incredibly successful albums, three Grammy Awards, and an induction into the esteemed Grand Ole Opry. Last year, Paisley released his tenth studio album called “Moonshine in the Trunk.” The album, which debuted at the #2 spot on the Billboard 200, proves that Brad Paisley plans to stay on top.
The Second Coming Tour
Monday, June 8, 2015
R&B singer D’Angelo came onto the scene in 1995 with his hit debut album “Brown Sugar.” After a several-year hiatus, he came back with the 2000 album “Voodoo,” for which he won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. After that, he spent the remainder of the decade making scarce recorded appearances and did not release any new material of his own until 2014, when he dropped his latest album “Black Messiah.” The new album is credited to D’Angelo and his backing band, The Vanguard.
Cama Incendiada Tour
Starting on Thursday, June 18, 2015
Mexican rock band Mana is considered one of the greatest Latin rock bands in the world. Along with four Grammy Awards and seven Latin Grammy Awards, they have earned a number of other recognitions and honors, establishing themselves as international rock superstars. Formed in Guadalajara in 1986, the band has since gone on to break records in album sales and concert attendance all over Latin America. Mana will be playing two dates this June at the Staples Center, where they hold the record for most sold out shows in the venue’s history.
Starting on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
English singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran recorded his first two albums when he was only a teenager before moving to London to focus on his music career. Through extensive touring and internet exposure, Sheeran built up a following and earned the support of artists like Elton John and Jamie Foxx. After appearing on Taylor Swift’s 2012 album “Red” and penning songs for popular boy band One Direction, Sheeran was suddenly an international star. Now, he’s all over the radio and selling out huge arena shows. His 2014 album “x” reached the #1 spot in several countries, and was recently nominated for two Grammy awards.
with Ne-Yo, Tinashe, and Rae Sremmurd
Friday, June 26, 2015
When Nicki Minaj put out her debut album “Pink Friday” back in 2010, she instantly rose to superstar status, quickly becoming the first female solo artist to have seven singles charting on the Billboard 200 at once. Her extravagant live performances are said to be amazing live, so don’t miss out when she comes to the Staples Center on Friday, June 26 along with Ne-Yo, Tinashe, and Rae Sremmurd as part of the BET Experience.
Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, & Ice CubeTickets
with Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Don’t miss your chance to see Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube headline the Staples Center on Saturday, June 27 as part of this year’s BET Experience. As if those three big names aren’t enough to get you excited about attending, the concert will also include performances from Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul. This is one event any hip hop fan will not want to miss.
with Dilla & Erykah Badu
Saturday, June 27, 2015
From platinum albums to multiple Grammy Awards to a regular gig as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots have achieved plenty since their debut in 1993. Formed in 1987 in Philadelphia by still-active members Black Thought and ?uestlove, The Roots became known for their eclectic style and impressive live performances. Over the last twenty or so years, they have received heaps of awards and endless critical praise. Now with eleven studio albums behind them, The Roots have earned the reputation as one of the most respected hip hop crews out there.