The 43 Best Los Angeles Concerts This August

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Summer ain’t over just yet, so we at Grimy Goods highly suggest that you take advantage of all the amazing live music experiences that still await you this August. There’s plenty to look forward to – from the badass neighborhood block party Echo Park Rising to wildly fun festivals like Berserktown II, and Riot Grill Fest with Babes in Toyland, to more intimate club shows featuring local talent aplenty: The Bulls, Cassandra Violet, etc. August is no doubt the time to dance, move, groove, mosh and let loose! It’s not too late to jump on the Summer music train because it’s headed forward, full speed ahead. Get on it!

August 1 — Sound In Focus concerts with De La Soul and Quantic at Annenberg Space for Photography
NYC trio and longtime hip-hop heavyweights De La Soul will be putting on a must-see performance at the Annenberg Space for Photography, as part of the Sound in Focus outdoor Summer concert series, co-presented by KCRW. De La Soul are also in the process of recording a new album and lucky attendees may get a preview. Quantic opens with his mix of Funk, Latin and Soul and will be heading a group of 10+ musicians for one very special performance.
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August 2 — Aretha Franklin at Microsoft Theater
Aretha Franklin aka The Queen of Soul and one of the most inspiring women in music is taking to the LA stage to belt out some very special tunes. She’s on tour in support of her 38th album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, which is a compilation of cover songs by other notable artists such as Adele, Alicia Keys, etc. Comedian Jonathan Slocumb supports.
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August 4 — Milky Chance at Shrine Expo Hall
German folk-tronica outfit Milky Chance knows how to drive Los Angeles fans wild. The group is back on tour in the states and ready to rock your world when they take over The Shrine Expo Hall on Aug. 4th. Hear jams off their debut album Sadnecessary, including international hit “Stolen Dance,” live! New York’s soulful alt-rockers X Ambassadors support.
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August 5 — First Aid Kit at The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian
The enchanting Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, comprised of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, are on tour in support of their new album Stay Gold, which features the singles “Cedar Lane,” and “My Silver Lining.” Hear the gorgeous tunes live! Andy Shauf opens.
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Wilco

August 5 — Wilco at Greek Theatre
We recently caught indie alt-folk rockers Wilco giving a standout performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival, playing songs off their newly released album Star Wars as well as old school classics. Now the group takes over the Greek Theatre for a must-see performance under the stars. Supporting act is Vetiver.
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August 6 — DJANGO DJANGO at The El Rey (moved from The Mayan)
Scottish four-piece Django Django’s specialty brand of psych-infused electronic art-rock and addictive harmonies will have you hooked in no time. Hear fresh songs off their sophomore album Born under Saturn, which features the catchy single, “First Light.” Seattle electronic indie-pop group Beat Connection gets the party started.
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August 6 & 7 — Tame Impala at Hollywood Forever
Aussie rockers Tame Impala will be touching down in LA for two back to back nights of music, played in the lush, green Hollywood Forever Fairbanks lawn. The band recently released their highly anticipated new album, Currents (Interscope) which features dynamite tracks such as “Let It Happen”, “‘Cause I’m a Man”, “Disciples”, and “Eventually”.
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August 6 — Unknown Mortal Orchestra at The Roxy
Portland sonic slayers Unknown Mortal Orchestra have been blowing up on the music scene over the past few years and it’s no surprise because they put out great music and incredible live performances. The band is on tour in support of their third album Multi-Love out now via Jagjaguwar.
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August 7 — Riot Grill Fest w/ Babes in Toyland and Le Butcherettes at The Regent
Get excited because Riot Grill Fest is here! Presented by Spaceland and Bitchin’ Kitchen, the all femme music and food takeover will take place at The Regent in downtown LA and will feature: Babes In Toyland, Le Butcherettes, Slutever, The Menstruators, Sara Schaefer, Nadia G’s Bitchin Kitchen and more. Rock n’ roll and tasty eats! What more could you want?!
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August 7 — Echo & The Bunnymen at The Pacific Amphitheatre
Post-punk, new-wave icons Echo & The Bunnymen are well known for their dark and magical live performances and we couldn’t be more excited to see them headlining The Pacific Amphitheatre this month. Electro synth-pop originals Berlin, led by vocalist Terri Nunn, co-headline.
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August 8 — Low End Theory Festival at Shrine Expo Hall
The weekly electronic/hip-hop club night Low End Theory is one of those unique LA music experiences that make this city so special. The intimate club experience is getting blown up for a massive one day festival this month. The super fantastic lineup includes performances from Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt, Thundercat, Nosaj Thing, Daedelus, Jonwayne, Sister Crayon, Open Mike Eagle, Daddy Kev, The Gaslamp Killer, and more!
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August 9 — A.A. Bondy at The Echo
Noted by some as the hillbilly Kurt Cobain, the deeply intense singer-songwriter A.A. Bondy has made some enchanting music in recent years, including 2011’s Believers (Fat Possum Records). We are stoked that he’s back on tour this Summer and gracing The Echo stage once again. Grandma Sparrow supports.
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August 10 — The Bulls at The Satellite
Lush shoegaze dream-pop duo The Bulls, comprised of Anna Bulbrook (The Airborne Toxic Event, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros) and Marc Sallis (The Duke Spirit), have been making waves on the local music scene with their single, “Come Unwound.” Hear that along with other new songs off their upcoming debut EP. The duo’s Satellite residency takes place every Monday in August but we are especially stoked for this show as supporting acts Nightjacket, NANCY, and Ultra Violet Rays round out the bill.
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August 10 — Coasts at The Roxy
English 5-piece Coasts know how to charm the pants off of you with their endearing brand of indie rock. We’ve seen them woo Los Angeles fans before alongside Bad Suns and are stoked they’re back in town with a headlining show at The Roxy. Hear catchy tunes like “Rush of Blood” and “Oceans” live!
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August 11  — Hot Chip at Greek Theatre
Ready for an electrifying dance party? Look no further! London’s Hot Chip are at your service! Prepare to get down to the electronic bangers from their sixth album Why Make Sense? Supporting acts !!! and Com Truise kick things off right.
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August 11 — Cassandra Violet at The Satellite
We were thrilled when we discovered Los Angeles singer-songwriter Cassandra Violet and her gut-wrenching Beyond the Fray EP last year. We dug it so much that we featured her in a Hot Artist Alert. She is a high school English/theater teacher in East L.A. by day — and a coaxing, songstress by night. Don’t miss her single and video release party at The Satellite this month!
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August 13 — Tim Hecker at Teragram Ballroom
Canadian musician Tim Hecker entices listeners with a truly out of the box electronic music experience that has been described as “structured ambient,” “tectonic color plates,” and “cathedral electronic music.” Experience it for yourself when he headlines the Teragram Ballroom. Supporting act is experimental percussion/electronics artist Tyondai Braxton.
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August 13 & 14 — Rise Against at Hollywood Palladium
We last caught Chicago melodic alt-hardcore rockers Rise Against inciting a massive mosh pit at the Made in America festival. The band is back in Los Angeles for two back to back dates in support of their newest album, The Black Market. Killswitch Engage and letlive support. Keep calm, thrash on!
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August 13 — Alabama Shakes at Greek Theatre
Alabama Shakes are stellar musicians and one of the best new bands out there who always please with their earth-shattering performances. We’ve seen them tear it up everywhere from Apogee Studios to Coachella. Don’t miss your chance to let loose to songs off their new album Sound & Color, under the stars at the Greek Theatre! Blake Mills supports.
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August 13 & 14 — Grace Potter at Fonda Theatre
While talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter is usually seen fronting her band The Nocturnals, this Summer/Fall she’s hitting the road on her own in support of her solo album, Midnight. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear her perform brand new tracks before and on the album release date (8/14)! Rayland Baxter opens. #Humblebrag
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August 14 — Cayucas at El Rey Theatre
We recently caught indie pop duo Cayucas engaging fans with sweet Summer vibes and rich, charming melodies from songs off their new album, Dancing at the Blue Lagoon. Keep those good vibes alive and continue to celebrate that Summer sunshine along with Cayucas at the El Rey Theatre this August. Dream-pop singer-songwriter Hibou supports.
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August 14 – 16 — Echo Park Rising
Music. Art. Fun. Food. barely sums up the totally spectacular three day Echo Park neigborhood festival, known as Echo Park Rising, that is now in its fifth year running. This year’s lineup includes musical performances by Blank Tapes, Boogaloo Assassins, Corners, Deap Valley, Dengue Fever, Fakers, Fever the Ghost, Hanni El Khatib, Kera & the Lesbians, Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel, Sex Stains, Sofar Sounds, Tennis System, The Two Tens and more!
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August 14 – 16 — Berserktown II at The Observatory
The second annual Berserktown Festival is taking over The Observatory in Santa Ana for a wild three day hardcore/punk/rock extravaganza. This year’s festival features the reunion of Royal Trux and danish punks, No Hope for the Kids. Other bands on the lineup include: Thee Oh Sees, Wax Idols, Screaming Females, Tony Molina, Destruction Unit, Dead Moon and more!
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August 15 — Sound In Focus concerts with Cold War Kids and Other Lives at Annenberg Space for Photography
The final night of the Sound in Focus outdoor Summer concert series includes a very special double header, featuring performances by Long Beach natives and indie rockers Cold War Kids and Oklahoma alternative trio Other Lives. Both bands have new albums out, Hold My Home and Rituals, respectively. You can be the cool kid who hears all the new tunes first!
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August 18 — Fucked Up at Teragram Ballroom
Candian punk rockers Fucked Up have expanded their live lineup with members of DOOMSQUAD on this current leg of touring, bringing to life their new masterpiece series Zodiac – a collection of exclusive records, perhaps considered their most experimental and ambitious music to date. Doomsquad supports.
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August 18 — Raekwon and Ghostface Killah at The Belasco
Two of Hip-hop’s biggest names, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan fame, are headlining the iconic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles for a ballin’ night of beats and rhymes. The ferocious rappers will be finishing off their Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 20th Anniversary Tour right here in L.A. – don’t miss out! Special guest Dillon Cooper supports.
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August 18 — Tinariwen at The Regent
Mali’s musical soul rebel, poet-guitarists Tinariwen have been on the Grimy Goods radar for some time and this desert rock band has proven time and time again that they know how to put on an authentic and magnificent performance. The group is currently touring in support of their newest album Emmaar, and we are excited to welcome them back to Los Angeles once again. Tinariwen pairs up with the genre-defying Insects vs Robots for an unforgettable night of music.
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August 19 & 20 — The Jesus and Mary Chain at Fonda Theatre (also playing The Glass House on August 13th)
For the past year, The Jesus and Mary Chain have been celebrating the 30th anniversary of their iconic album Psychocandy. As part of their Psychocandy tour, we caught the band at Austin Psych Fest this past May and it was a transcending experience that is sure to be repeated when they headline both the Fonda Theatre and The Glass House this month. A Place to Bury Strangers and Willow Robinson support. Don’t miss this must-see show!
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August 20 — Bloc Party at The Roxy (also playing Glass House on August 19th)
We’ haven’t seen British indie rock outfit Bloc Party perform live since we covered their show at the Hollywood Palladium in 2012, around the same time that they released their fourth record, Four. We’re going to bet that Bloc Party’s return to the stage this August may include a preview of what’s brewing for a fifth album that is allegedly in the works. Cross your fingers and don’t snooze on getting tickets for these shows!
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August 20 — Twilight Concert Series with Ariel Pink at Santa Monica Pier
Singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ariel Pink takes center stage at the Santa Monica Pier for the Twilight Concert Series this month. Hear wild and wonderful jams off his newest album Pom Pom. Don’t miss out on this show because Pink isn’t scheduled to play again until October – and that feels like too damn long of a wait! Local indie pop-soul outfit The Mynabirds support.
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August 20 — Metz at The Echo
Toronto punk trio Metz are on tour in support of their new album II which dropped earlier this year on Sub Pop. We’ve described it as an electrifying noise-punk opus but hear it live and decide for yourself. Opening acts Retox and Obliterations get the show rolling. Time to jump in the pit!
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August 21 — Melody’s Echo Chamber at El Rey
Paris based songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Melody Prochet is the heart and soul behind the psych-infused dream-pop of Melody’s Echo Chamber. While we anxiously await MEC’s forthcoming 2015 album release (via Rayon Vert Records), in the meantime, it’s best to treat your ears to the enthralling single “Shirim” and hear it live.
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August 21 — Dinosaur Jr at The Roxy
Grunge alt-rock pioneers Dinosaur Jr are well known and beloved for their epic, live wall of sound and vast, influential discography that includes signature albums such as DinosaurBug and You’re Living All Over Me. See and hear why this band continues to be highly regarded by critics and fans alike. The Sloths open.
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August 21 — Modest Mouse at Hollywood Forever
Famed indie rockers Modest Mouse will be serenading fans this month with a show at Hollywood Forever on the lush green Fairbanks Lawn. Expect to hear tracks off their newest album Strangers to Ourselves, which features addictive singles, “Lampshades on Fire,” and “The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box.”
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August 21 — Lower Dens at The Echo
Baltimore indie pop outfit Lower Dens is playing FYF Fest but you can also catch them up close and personal at The Echo. Dance along to songs from their third and newest album, Escape From Evil, out now via Ribbon Music. Empress Of supports.
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August 22 & 23 — FYF Fest at L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park
One of the biggest and best Summer Festivals is back! That’s right, the two-day FYF Fest will be drawing crowds and turning heads with this year’s lineup, which includes: Morrissey, Frank Ocean, D’Angelo & The Vanguard, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Savages, Chet Faker, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, and more!
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August 24 — Fat Wrecked for 25 Years ft. NOFX and Lagwagon at Hollywood Palladium
Fat Wreck Chords has been churning out badass punk rock albums for 25 years and the influential label is celebrating with the Fat Wrecked for 25 Years Tour. The tour rolls through Los Angeles this month with NOFX and Lagwagon at the helm. Supporting acts for this punk fueled party are Strung Out, Swingin Utters, The Flatliners, Masked Intruder, Bad Cop and Toy Guitar.
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August 25 — Death Grips at The Glass House
Experimental/industrial hip-hop outfit Death Grips may have disappointed in the past (cancelling gigs/breaking up) but it seems that they’re truly back now, eager and willing to treat fans to new music from their 2015 album, The Powers That B.
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August 26 — Savages at The Roxy
We are absolutely over the moon that London’s all female, post-punk badasses Savages are back in Los Angeles and ready to rock! The group is currently in the process of mixing their forthcoming album with electronic mastermind Trentemøller but we’re gonna bet that lucky concert attendees will get a nice glimpse of the new tunes to come.
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August 28 — The Black Ryder at The Roxy
Before they hit the road with The Jesus and Mary Chain this Fall, be sure to catch Australian shoegaze/experimental rock duo The Black Ryder headlining The Roxy. Indulge in excellent songs from their new album The Door Behind the Door. The Vacant Lots and Tennis System round out the bill for a perfect night.
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August 28 — MSTRKRFT at The Regent
Electronic production/DJ duo MSTRKFRFT are scheduled to headline and transform The Regent into a raging dance party – a perfect opportunity to say goodbye to Summer with a bang! The duo has also been known to do killer remixes for the likes of Death From Above 1979, Kylie Minogue, Justice, Wolfmother, Metric, and The Kills, just to name a few. Franki Chan and Tamara Sky support.
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August 29 — Nick Waterhouse at Teragram Ballroom
It’s impossible not to bop your head and dance to the retro R&B/soul tunes of swanky singer-songwriter Nick Waterhouse. Waterhouse and his combo will be wrapping up a set of Summer tour dates right here at home in Los Angeles. Paul Bergmann and Pearl Charles open for a whimsical night of music.
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August 30 — Erykah Badu / St Vincent at Hollywood Bowl
Talk about a powerful musical combination! The Queen of Neo-Soul Erykah Badu is teaming up with compelling and inventive guitarist/singer St. Vincent for a night to remember at the Hollywood Bowl. Los Angeles breakout singer/songwriter Moses Sumney supports and KCRW’s Garth Trinidad hosts. Groove on with your awesome self!
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