The 40 Best Los Angeles Concerts This June

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Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters

June gloom? Nah, I don’t think so. At least not when it comes to the wide array of fabulous must-see concerts in Los Angeles this June. This month’s round up features several boss shows, from local hip-hop legend Aceyalone to pop guru Brian Wilson to garage-psych upstarts Cosmonauts – there’s a show (or two, or three or ten) for everyone. Not to mention some very rad music festivals such as Make Music Pasadena, Ink-N-Iron and Lolipalooza will be kicking the Summer into high gear. Welcome Summer concert season, we missed you!

June 1 — Aceyalone at Echoplex
Old school Los Angeles hip-hop artist and member of the famed Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone, continues to wow and excite fans with his swift raps and sick beats. Be sure to catch him live at The Echoplex this month as he plays in support of his new album, Action, an homage to the history of R&B. Supporting acts include 2mex, Bionik, Acid Reign, and King.
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June 1 — Delta Spirit at Teragram Ballroom
Delta Spirit are bringing their intimate “Delta Spirit and Friends Tour” to the new Teragram Ballroom in Downtown Los Angeles. The show will feature special guests from bands such as The Walkmen, Deer Tick, Dr. Dog, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and more. Expect to hear old school jams, covers, re-workings and stripped down versions of their hits, including songs off of their new album, Into the Wide.
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June 2 — Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters at Greek Theatre
The legendary Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant is bringing his new group, The Sensational Space Shifters, to the Greek Theatre this month for a one of a kind performance that takes blues rock and world music to a whole new level. The all star group backing Plant is composed of guitarist Justin Adams (Tinariwen, Sinead O’Connor), keyboardist John Baggott (Massive Attack, Portishead), bassist Billy Fuller (Beak>, Massive Attack), guitarist Liam “Skin” Tyson (Cast, Men from Mars), violinist Juldeh Camara, and drummer Dave Smith. Don’t miss out on this stunning performance!
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June 2 — Ryley Walker at The Echo
Chicago folk singer-songwriter Ryley Walker will be bringing his acoustic swagger to Los Angeles this month – prepare to swoon! Float away to the sweet serenade of new songs from his 2015 release Primrose Green (Dead Oceans). Opening acts include Pearl Charles and Matt Kivel.
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June 3 & 4 — Todd Rundgren at The Roxy
Groundbreaking rock icon Todd Rundgren is playing two epic back-to-back nights at The Roxy. The singer/guitarist is on a world tour in support of his 25th studio album release, Global, which features various musical styles from rock to soul and even EDM. Joining him on stage will be two female vocalists and a DJ/keyboardist and promises of additional surprises on stage. Be there!
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June 3 & 4 — Sufjan Stevens at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens is proficient in playing the guitar, oboe, theremin, banjo, and more, which he puts to good use through his wide and wondrous musical explorations of indie folk, pop, and electronica. Stevens is touring North America now in support of his new album, Carrie & Lowell.
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June 5 — The Standells at The Satellite
’60s garage rockers The Standells may be best known for their retro hit “Dirty Water” but the band is back in action and will be celebrating the release of their new album, The ’60s: The Standells this month at The Satellite. The band features original members Larry Tamblyn (vox/keys) and John Fleck (bass) who will be leading the way for this badass night of rock n’ roll. Supporting act The Sloths kick things off, plus the addition of a special, top-secret guest. Don’t miss out!
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Kim & The Created

June 5 — Kim & The Created at The Smell
We recently featured Burger Records and Lolipop Records recording artist Kim & The Created in our live footage/interviews at Desert Daze 2015. The raucous rock n’ rollers, fronted by Kim House, are scheduled to headline The Smell for what will be an undeniably wild night. Vaguess, Wild Wing and Sad Girl kick off the show.
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June 5  — Miami Horror at The Roxy
Australian electronic outfit Miami Horror’s new album, All Possible Futures, is a smooth blend of synth-funk, post-disco and pop that will have you movin’ and groovin’ on the dance floor in no time. Opening acts are De Lux and DiRTY RADiO. Get ready for the perfect Summer time dance party!
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June 5 — Palma Violets at Tergram Ballroom
We’ve seen the madness that London rockers Palma Violets can stir up, driving fans into nothing short of a wild, rock n’ roll frenzy. Now the band is on tour in support of their new album Danger In The Club. The album was produced by John Leckie (The Stone Roses, The Verve, Radiohead) and released this month via Rough Trade. Hear, feel and see it live! Public Access TV open.
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June 6 — Bomba Estéreo at Fonda Theatre
Last year we saw Colombian electro tropical group Bomba Estéreo making waves at the Supersonico Festival in support of their 2012 release Elegancia Tropical. Now the band is back in Los Angeles with a special headlining concert at the Fonda Theatre to celebrate the release of their new record Amanecer. Supporting acts Little Jesus and Santé Les Amis get the fiesta started!
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June 6 — Make Music Pasadena
The annual Make Music Pasadena festival is back and it has come to be one of the best free music festivals in Los Angeles. This year’s lineup is off the hook and includes performances by How To Dress Well, Sir Sly, Kishi Bashi, Hundred Waters, Nick Waterhouse, Kaleo, Caroline Smith, Avid Dancer, The Moth and The Flame, Kera and the Lesbians and more!
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June 8 — D’Angelo at Club Nokia
R&B, neo-soul artist D’Angelo fell off the musical radar for several years but now the master of all things smooth, sensual, spiritual and seductive is back with his new album, Black Messiah, and backing band The Vanguard. D’Angelo is rocking the Summer festival circuit, including a performance at FYF, but you can catch him before everyone else when he brings The Second Coming Tour to Club Nokia this month. Meg Mac supports.
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June 9 — Seinabo Sey at El Rey Theatre
Seinabo Sey is an R&B, electro-pop vocalist and song-writer who has been making waves in Sweden with her soulful sound, which can be heard and felt on her newest album releases For Maudo (2015) and For Madeline (2014). Be sure to catch her powerhouse performance! Joining Sey on stage is Los Angeles sibling trio James Davis (aka JMSDVS).
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June 10 — Cosmonauts at Echo
Burger Records recording artist Cosmonauts are ready to take you on an unforgettable, tripped out garage-psych-trance fueled musical journey through time and space. The band’s West Coast Tour wraps up right here at home at The Echo. Joining them for this wondrous ride are supporting acts Morgan Delt, Dahga Bloom, LA Witch and JJUUJJUU.
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June 10 — Sharon Jones at Greek Theatre
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are at the top of their funk/soul game! The group is scheduled to share a bill with blues rock maestros Tedeschi Trucks Band for their Wheels of Soul Tour – the perfect earth-shattering combo of rock and soul. Time to jam under the stars! Special guest Doyle Bramhall II kicks off this impressive evening of music.
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June 12-14 — Ink-N-Iron
Ink-N-Iron Festival will be kicking off at the Queen Mary in Long Beach for the ultimate in custom car/motorcycle culture, tattoos, vintage fashion, burlesque, and of course, live music! This year’s musical lineup includes: Pennywise, Wanda Jackson, The Bouncing Souls, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Peter Murphy, Gary Numan, Nekromantix and more!
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June 15 — Jedi Mind Tricks at The Roxy
Philly underground hip-hop kings Jedi Mind Tricks have been kickin’ it since the ’90s and now the group is touring in support of their forthcoming album, The Thief and The Fallen, due out June 2nd. The new album features killer tracks such as “Fraudulent Cloth” feat. Eamon and “Deathless Light” – don’t miss your chance to hear them live! Opening act is Cooper Rivers.
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June 15 — Pins at The Echo
Hailing from Manchester, UK, four-piece rock outfit PINS recently opened for Sleater Kinney in the UK and now they’re making their way stateside for a headlining show at The Echo. The band’s new album Wild Nights is due out June 9th on Bella Union and features pristine jams such as, “Too Little Too Late” and “Molly.” Get to know this awesome band! Queen Kwong and Pretty Little Demons support.
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June 16, 17 & 19 — Butch Walker at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
When it comes to describing singer-songwriter/guitarist Butch Walker’s upcoming tour, he himself says it best, “This tour is gonna be so good, shared Walker via his website. “I’m gonna take your brain on an emotional roller coaster that’s gonna piss you off, make you laugh, and probably get sad occasionally. But in a good way. To quote the Internet, ‘It’ll have ALL the feels’.” Expect to hear songs of his seventh album Afraid of Ghosts which was released earlier this year on Dangerbird Records. Jonathan Tyler opens.
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June 17 — Robert Glasper at El Rey Theatre
Robert Glasper is reuniting (and yes, it feels so good) with his acoustic jazz trio to perform and celebrate the release of his new album Covered, due out June 16th on Blue Note Records. The new record features Glasper’s take and twists on favorite songs by the likes of Radiohead, Jhené Aiko, John Legend, Kendrick Lamar and more. Warm up those vocal chords and sing along!
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June 18, 19 & 20 — Misfits at The Observatory Santa Ana
Get stoked hardcore Misfits fans! The iconic horror punk rock group, Misfits, are playing three back-to-back dates at The Observatory where they will performing the holy trifecta of their best albums, in their entirety, including: Static Age (1996) on Thursday, June 18th, Walk Among Us (1982) on Friday, June 19th, followed by a closing set on Saturday, June 20th where Earth A.D. (1983) will take its spin. Each album performance will be preceded by a greatest hits set. Get on it! Supporting acts include She Demons, Duane Peters Gunfight, Love Canal, and Slaughter and the Dogs.
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June 19 — Surfer Blood at Troubadour
West Palm Beach’s Surfer Blood have had a challenging year due to guitarist Thomas Fekete undergoing cancer treatment, but with him in their thoughts, the band is trekking on. The indie surf-rockers just released a catchy new album, 1,000 Palms, via Joyful Noise Recordings and we are stoked to hear it live when they take to the Troubadour stage for what will no doubt be a riveting performance. Gothic Tropic and Alex Calder support.
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June 19 — Fever The Ghost at The Echo
We recently caught up with Fever the Ghost who were jamming hard at this year’s Desert Daze Festival – proof that seeing them once is simply not enough. Don’t miss your chance to catch them up close and personal when they complete their U.S. tour here in Los Angeles at The Echo. Ex Cops support.
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June 20 — Shannon and The Clams at The Getty
Oakland’s beloved rock n’ roll outfit Shannon and The Clams draw from a well of inspiration in ’50s, ’60s doo-wop and rock n’ roll, but also punk rock and rockabilly, and they always have a good time doing it! If you’re looking a super fun show to go to, look no further.
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June 20 — Brian Wilson at Greek Theatre
Ready for a night to remember? Legendary Beach Boys founding member Brian Wilson is bringing his No Pier Pressure Tour to Los Angeles. Wilson is touring in support of his forthcoming album No Pier Pressure, but will also please fans with classic Beach Boys hits as well. Former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will also be joining him for this beautiful pop-fueled performance under the stars at the Greek Theatre. Special guest Rodriguez opens.
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June 21 — Summer Fest at The Satellite
Dirty Laundry TV presents Summer Fest at The Satellite which will feature performances by Rob Zabrecky and members of Possum Dixon, Audacity, Colleen Green, Mike Watt & The Secondmen, The Abigails, Kera and the Lesbians, Death Hymn Number 9, Girl Tears and more! There will also be a swap meet and BBQ available as well. Summer is officially here!
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June 21 — Underworld and Jungle at Hollywood Bowl
Musical performances at the Hollywood Bowl are one of the hands down best things about Los Angeles. Electronica icons Underworld are touring in support of their classic 1994 albumubnobasswithmyheadman, which is chock full of bangin’, game changing dance beats. Co-headlining is modern funky soul collective Jungle, who may be new to the game but they’re already killing it with groove and style. KCRW DJ Jason Bentley hosts.
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June 24 — The Very Best at The Roxy
Afro-Euro music duo The Very Best is comprised of Esau Mwamwaya and Johan Hugo who create dynamic global pop music for open ears. Currently touring the U.S. in support of their new album Makes A King, they’ll be wrapping things up in Los Angeles with a highly anticipated stop at The Roxy. Don’t miss these musical trailblazers live!
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June 26 — Vetiver at Troubadour
We’ve been anxiously awaiting a follow up from San Francisco indie rockers Vetiver since their  impressive, last release The Errant Charm (2011). Now the group, led by front man Andy Cabic, are traveling up and down the West Coast this month to perform songs, both introspective yet relatable, off their new album, Complete Stranger. The Donkeys support.
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June 26 — Head Wound City at Echoplex
We recently caught the reunited super group Head Wound City (The Locust, Blood Brothers, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) absolutely shredding it up at BEDROCKtoberfest. The band is only doing a short West Coast run so be sure to get tickets ASAP! Loma Prieta kick off this raucous night of hardcore noise rock.
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June 27 — Braids at Lyric Theatre
Canada’s indie darlings Braids have been on our radar since 2010 when they released their stunning debut Native Speaker. Now the band is back on tour in support of their new album Deep In The Iris, which features luscious tunes such as “Taste” and “Warm Like Summer.” Hear the new songs live, thank us later.
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June 27 — Lolipalooza 2 at Echoplex
Last year’s Lolipalooza festival took us on a swirly ride through many flavors of music nostalgia. Now it’s time for round two! This year’s festival, presented by Lolipop Records, features performances by White Fence, Cosmonauts, Corners, Feeding People, LA Witch, Death Valley Girls, Joel Jerome, The Sloths, Adult Books, Drinking Flowers and more!
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June 27 — The Roots at Club Nokia
Now for the band that needs no introduction – the beloved and well-known hip-hop/soul band The Roots are headlining Club Nokia this month. But wait, there’s more, they’ll be teaming up with neo-soul priestess Erykah Badu, to present a special performance of the music of legendary rapper/DJ/producer J Dilla. Ok, you can freak out now!
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June 27 — Mono at Troubadour
Japan’s instrumental rock heavyweights Mono will no doubt blow your mind when they take over the Troubadour stage this month. Not only do you get to hear one new album, but two new albums, as the group recently released The Last Dawn/Rays of Darkness as companion albums, which cover and explore a wide array of material, sounds and concepts. Holly Hunt opens.
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June 27— Best Coast at The Wiltern
Los Angeles indie-pop hometown heroes Best Coast are touring in support of their new album California Nights (via Harvest). Stream new singles such as “Feeling Ok,” “Heaven Sent” and title track now, then go jam out to it live! Bully supports.
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June 28 — Gary Wilson with Puro Instinct at The Echo
Proto-new wave cult hero Gary Wilson and his band The Blind Dates are keeping things fresh and weird! Part Time Punks has paired them up with synth-fueled electro sibling duo Puro Instinct for what will no doubt be a jaw-dropping, spellbinding performance. Au.Ra supports.
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June 28 — Basement Jaxx at Hollywood Bowl
Things are about to get downright funky at the Hollywood Bowl when Grammy Award winning dance music duo Basement Jaxx perform live in support of their new album Junto. For the last 20 years Basement Jaxx have been making electronic music with lots of flavor and cross genre experimentation, mixing in element of pop, house, funk, ambient techno, R&B and more. Joining them on stage is Bootsy’s Rubber Band led by the legendary funk master himself Bootsy Collins. Tuxedo opens.
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June 30 — Jacco Gardner at The Echo
Dutch multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner is touring in support of his new album Hypnophobia. Grimy Goods staff reviewed the album and found it to be a masterful blend of vintage reminiscing and contemporary styling. Get lost in this dreamy psychedelic world of sound! Calvin Love and Mild High Club get the night rolling.
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June 30 — Big Business at Alex’s Bar
Stoner/sludge metal band Big Business exploded onto the Los Angeles music scene in 2006 and have been going strong ever since. Be sure to catch them on this round of West Coast tour dates before they hunker down and get back into writing mode for a brand new album. Prepare for some minor whiplash because there will be headbanging!
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