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32 Must-See Live Music Shows in Los Angeles

[dropcap size=big]W[/dropcap]ith loads of live concerts sprouting all over the L.A. area, it can get difficult choosing the right show to attend. Well, we just made it slightly easier for you. From electro-cumbia in intimate settings to strange trip-hop in legendary theatres, to heavy metal festivals and stadium rock to boot, here are our personal recommendations of live performances to watch in the next four months.

December 2018

December 7

She & Him @ The Wiltern

Koreatown
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Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are celebrating Christmas at the Wiltern. The first night is already sold out so act quickly if you want to catch the party. 

December 7

Mariachi Sol de México @ Fox Performing Arts Center

Riverside
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“To believe in mariachi means to have a passion for life itself,” once professed José Hernández, founder of L.A.-based Mariachi Sol de México. Attendees can anticipate his mariachi troupe to belt out heartwarming holiday jams from their newest album, the punny Merry Achy Christmas.

December 8

Bomba Estéreo @ The Novo by Microsoft

DTLA
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Armed with their signature psychedelic cumbia punk, Colombian pair Bomba Estéreo will maintain the fire lit at the Novo. Elegancia tropical abounds at their shows.

December 11

Kurt Vile @ The Wiltern

Koreatown
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Kurt Vile & the Violators are invading the Wiltern. Vile is fresh off releasing his eighth studio album Bottle It In. Folk specialist Jessica Pratt is an invited guest and cool bonus for freak folk fans. 

December 7,8,11,and 12

Jesus and Mary Chain & Nine Inch Nails @ The Palladium

Hollywood
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The Scottish alternative rock legends join forces with the moody industrial project of Trent Reznor for a series of coolly maddening shows at the Hollywood Palladium.

December 12

Draco Rosa @ Regent Theatre

DTLA
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The Puerto Rican visionary madcap returns to the stage with his newly released Monte Sagrado, a darkly delicious piece of vampiric rock.

December 14 & 15

La Santa Cecilia @ Marty’s on Newport

DTLA
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Rest assured that this Grammy-winning Latinx band from Los Angeles knows how to turn up the dance floor with their savory mix of cumbia, rancheras, rock, and everything in between.

December 16 & 17

Childish Gambino & Vince Staples @ The Forum

Inglewood
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The multi-hyphenate star Donald Glover teams up with fellow SoCal rapper/actor Vince Staples, and together they shall throw the house down.

December 19 & 20

Thom Yorke @ Orpheum Theatre

DTLA
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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke will be presenting a mix of moody songs from his two solo albums, including tunes from his latest soundtrack workings, the horror-tinged, piano-laced Suspiria.

December 19

Thundercat @ The Observatory

Santa Ana
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With his genre-hopping prowess, Stephen Lee Burner, better known as Thundercat, has made notable features alongside Kendrick Lamar, Suicidal Tendencies, and Flying Lotus. As a soloist, the multi-instrumentalist slyly maneuvers from funk, to R&B, to acid jazz, and electronica.

December 29

Ludacris @ House of Blues

Anaheim
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In preparation of his highly anticipated pre-Super Bowl performance early next year, catch the Atlanta rapper who helped push southern rap further.

December 31

Ozzfest 2018 @ The Forum

Inglewood
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The hardest, weirdest and most outlandish bad boys (or men) of heavy metal unite to ferociously ring in the New Year, starring Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Body Count, and Jonathan Davis.

JANUARY 2019

January 5

Washed Out (DJ Set) @ Exchange LA

DTLA
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Perhaps most recognized for his Portlandia theme song, the daydreamy “Feel It All Around,” the Georgia-based producer will be spinning some euphoric pop days after the New Year. So skip the holiday blues and bliss out.

January 10

Metalachi @ Canyon Club

Agoura Hills
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What are two unlikely things that mix together pretty damn well? The metal and mariachi conflections of Metalachi. The L.A.-rearing bunch of debauchees come at you with hard violin riffage, thundering guitarrón basslines, and some screeching wails that just might make Axl Rose grin.

January 11

SadGirl @ The Observatory

Santa Ana
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Let this trio of sad cholas (punky hipsters, actually) take you back to the glory days of rockabilly, with a romantic slacker skate edge.

January 12

Wild Child, a Jim Morrison Celebration @ Saint Rocke 

Hermosa Beach
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Arguably one of the most spot on Jim Morrison impersonators out there, this Doors tribute band will lead to a late ‘60s journey as they resurrect the dark, theatrical poetic rock of the L.A. foursome.

January 19

TLC @ Microsoft Theatre

DTLA
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Angelenos and bystanders at Microsoft Theatre will witness T-Boz and Chilli hark back to the cheekiness of their ‘90s-era bravado. Last year, the remaining two members of TLC dropped their fifth eponymous album after a 15-year hiatus. Expect to hear their new and classic jams.

January 24

Celso Piña @ Marty’s on Newport

Tustin
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El maestro del acordeón himself Celso Piña will make a stop at Marty’s on Newport to unleash his cumbia power.

January 25

Alex Anwandter @ The Roxy Theatre

West Hollywood
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Latin alternative wunderkind and LGBTQ champion Alex Anwandter will grace the stage at the Roxy with his infectious disco pop bangers that are bound to make your hips swivel.

FEBRUARY 2019

February 7

MØ @ The Wiltern 

Koreatown
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You know her for her massive collabo with Major Lazer and DJ Snake on their megahit “Lean On.” She’s also a torchbearer of Scandinavian pop. See her light up the stage.

February 12 & 16

KISS @ Honda Center

Anaheim
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Living up to their philosophy of rock ‘n’ rolling all night while partying every day, these iconic rock stars continue to astound with their jaw-dropping pyrotechnics, outrageous costumes, and their mean and dirty guitar hooks.

February 14

Los Temerarios @ The Forum

Inglewood
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Be romanced by the tender love ballads and heart-rending rancheras of these legendary Mexican crooners on Valentine’s Day.

February 16

Ramon Ayala, DJ Malechin, Los Tiranos @ House of Blues 

Anaheim
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If you couldn't get enough of Los Temerarios’ Northern Mexican balladry, then the gut-wrenching norteñas of Ramon Ayala is a fantastic follow up. Get lost to his regional sounds with a side of tragos amargos.

February 17

CNCO @ Microsoft Theatre

DTLA
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On par with the impeccable choreographies of K-pop idols, this Latin American boy band excite with their dashing good looks and polished urban pop songs. It’s all about that reggaeton lento. ¿Bailemos?

February 22

Justin Timberlake @ Honda Center

Anaheim
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Two decades ago, he was the front boy of NSYNC. Today he is the Man of the Woods.

February 23

Robyn @ The Palladium

Hollywood
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This synth-wielding disco queen might just inspire you to shimmy across the dance floor, but she might too make you shed a tear via her soul-baring pop confessionals.

February 28

Lukas Graham @ The Wiltern 

Koreatown
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[Sponsored]

Catch Danish pop and soul band Lukas Graham in Koreatown at the Wiltern as they start their 12-date U.S. tour promoting 3, their third LP.

MARCH 2019

March 2

Diego El Cigala @ Luckman Fine Arts Complex 

El Sereno
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If anyone can reach the depths of human emotion with just one rasp, it’s the voice of this flamenco virtuoso.

March 5

Beirut @ The Wiltern

Koreatown
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Balkan brass collides with baroque pop and a dash of Mexican mariachi in the sonic musings of this New Mexico ensemble. They’ll be performing new music off their 2019 release, Gallipoli.

March 8

Albert Hammond Jr. @ Fonda Theatre

Hollywood
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The ex-Strokes indie rocker churned out a beautifully scrappy yet melodic release in 2018’s Francis Trouble (an ode to his lost twin brother who died while Hammond was in utero). It’s not somber, but packed with upbeat rock stunners you can head bop to at the Fonda.

March 9

LP @ The Wiltern

Koreatown
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Laura Pergolizzi better known as LP has written songs for  Cher, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, and others. LP's video for her single "Recovery" is currently burning up the charts. The Wiltern show is the last chance to catch her in the states before she takes Her Heart to Mouth tour international.

March 9

Empress Of @ El Rey Theatre

Mid-Wilshire
Tickets

A follow up to the loner pop of 2015’s Me, 2018’s Us by the alt-pop musician is a collaborative opus that’s bouncier, more communal, and brighter than her previous LP — indicators of what to expect at her El Rey Theatre gig.

March 16

Brenton Wood @ Marty’s on Newport

Tustin
Tickets

Lowrider cruisers, bomber car riders, and lovers of oldies but goodies can come together and revel in the feelgood classics of this soul legend.

March 23

Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers @ Troubadour

West Hollywood
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Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers is the newest project of the former Against Me! anarcho-punk singer. Hear the foursome howl along to ferocious and raucous sounds off their 2018 debut Bought to Rot.

March 29, 30, 31

Massive Attack @ The Palladium

Hollywood
Tickets

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of their landmark album Mezzanine, the gloomy Bristol collective who helped bring trip-hop to the fore embarks on a North American and European tour in 2019.

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