54 Best Los Angeles Concerts this April Featuring M83, Savages, Courtney Barnett, Iggy Pop

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Spring has arrived and with it comes the Coachella side show frenzy! Whether you’re attending the festival and don’t want to miss any potential overlapping sets or if you’re skipping the festival but still want to see a few of your favorite performers or catch some new up-and-coming acts, April is bringing nothing but the best when it comes to exceptional performances. Bask in the glow that is Courtney Barnett‘s riveting performance or hear strikingly beautiful new tunes from Savages. Rage all night to the electronic jams of M83 or rock out hard to garage icon Iggy Pop. There’s something for everyone this month!

April 1 — HINDS at The Echoplex
We recently caught Spanish lo-fi garage rockers HINDS giving it their all with a highly charismatic performance at this year’s SXSW festival. The band has toured with the likes of The Black Lips and Glass Animals but now they take center stage. Get ready to rock out to songs from their debut album Leave Me Alone. Opening acts are Cotillon, Adult Books and DJ LEE NOiSE.
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April 2 — DERU with Telefon Tel Aviv at The Echo
Emmy Award winning composer/sound designer/producer, Deru (aka Benjamin Wynn) is ready to knock your socks off with genre-jumping songs from his new conceptual album 1979. Joining Deru for this special evening of music is Telefon Tel Aviv aka Joshua Eustis (formerly a two-piece with Charles Cooper, until his untimely death in 2009). Eustis has been busy with other projects such as The Black Queen and performing with Puscifer and Nine Inch Nails but we welcome his return as Telefon Tel Aviv. Creative motion director EFFIXX (aka Anthony Ciannamea) provides the night’s visual stimulation.
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April 2 — Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit) at Bootleg Theater
Matthew Logan Vasquez, of famed indie band Delta Spirit, is branching out solo and headlining the Bootleg Theater this month. Hear tunes of his full length Solicitor Returns and previous debut The Austin EP, a true psych-folk rock n’ roll vision. Supporting acts are Reverend Baron and Dustin Lovelis.
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April 2 & 3 — Elvis Costello at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Rock icon Elvis Costello is bringing his Detour Tour to The Theatre at Ace Hotel downtown this month. Expect to hear a wealth of classic hits from across the famous singer-songwriter/guitarist’s discography. Rock n’ soul sister duo Larkin Poe open and perform as part of Costello’s backing band.
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April 3 — Geographer at Teragram Ballroom
San Francisco’s synth-pop infused indie rock outfit Geographer always put on a marvelous performance as we’ve seen time and time again. Put on your dancing shoes and get down to some seriously explosive sonic grooves that will have you bouncing all over the dance floor. The Crookes support.
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April 4 — Facial with Fakers at The Hi Hat
Colorado experimental math rock trio Facial are ready to blow your mind grapes with their musical chops and curiously catchy instrumental jams. Los Angeles’ loud gentlemen rockers Fakers (feat. members of Piebald, The Henry Clay People, Vanaprasta and Summer Darling) co-headline. The Primals and KMART kick things off.
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April 6 — The Coathangers with Death Valley Girls at The Echo
Ready for a raucous night of rock n’ roll? Look no further! Atlanta punk rock trio The Coathangers will be sharing a bill with Los Angeles locals Death Valley Girls for a bad ass night of music. Be of the first to hear new songs off The Coathangers forthcoming album Nosebleed Weekend, due out April 15. Lace up your Doc Martens and prepare to pogo until you drop! Also, be sure to arrive early and wild out to the crazy punk anthems of Death Hymn Number 9.
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April 6 — Michael Kiwanuka at The Roxy
British soul-singer Michael Kiwanuka made some major musical waves with his 2012 album Home Again and now the hype for the much anticipated follow up Love & Hate (due out May 27th) is building some serious momentum. Listen to first single “Black Man in a White World” and get stoked for his headlining performance at The Roxy.
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April 7 — Calentura feat. Buraka Som Sistema at The Roxy
Portugal’s club music party starters, Buraka Som Sistema will be headlining Calentura, the ultimate global dance event, thrown right here in Los Angeles. Expect to dance all night long and be sure to arrive early and catch supporting act and tropical bass group Alo Wala for their first ever U.S. show.
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The Dead Ships

April 8 — The Dead Ships with The Soft White Sixties at Acerogami
Los Angeles rock trio The Dead Ships never cease to amaze with their riveting performances, and their upcoming show at Acerogami in Pomona is no exception. Hear bold new tunes such as “Big Quiet” from their newest release EP I and be sure to catch them up close and personal before they make their way to Coachella. Splitting the bill are San Francisco’s rock n’ soul outfit The Soft White Sixties. Hear their infectious new single “Sorry to Say” and more live!
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April 9 — The Residents at The Regent
There is no other band out there quite like The Residents. The experimental cult music heroes celebrate 40+ years of offbeat, genre-bending and mind-melting music. The band is presenting a special show dubbed “Shadowland” which will not only cover their vast musical catalog but will touch upon themes of birth, re-birth, reincarnation and near death experiences.  It may be the oddest concert you attend but it will no doubt be one of the best.
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April 9 — Operators (Wolf Parade / Divine Fits) at Bootleg Theater
Analog post-punk trio Operators, spearheaded by guitarist/singer-songwriter Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade / Divine Fits), know how to incite dance floor excitement. The band’s new album Blue Wave drops April 1st via Last Gang Records, the buzzed about follow up to 2014’s EP1. Hear it live first! Supporting act is synth-pop duo Bogan Via.
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April 9 — Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake at Constellation Room
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of surf music, the sweet musical pairing of Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake may just change your tune. John Reis hails from bands like Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes and Drive Like Jehu and when teamed up with Minneapolis surf/punk band The Blind Shake, the results are nothing short of fantastic. Hear them play badass tracks from their latest release Modern Surf Classic.
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April 10 — John Doe and Miya Folick at USC Campus
John Doe, member of famed Los Angeles punk rock group X, was recently seen at SXSW playing new music from his forthcoming psychedelic, soul album from the Arizona desert, aptly titled, The Westerner. Doe is also scheduled to release a book this April, Under The Big Black Sun, A Personal History of L.A. Punk. Joining him for a FREE afternoon show at the USC campus is Santa Ana grunge-folk artist Miya Folick, a perfect pairing for Doe. Don’t miss it!
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Youth Code

April 10 — Youth Code at The Regent
We were thoroughly impressed with EBM/industrial duo Youth Code’s fierce single, “Anagnorisis,” from their sophomore album Commitment to Complications, due out April 8th via Dais Records. The band has played alongside the likes of Skinny Puppy and now they’re ready to take The Regent by storm, in the headlining slot, with industrial bangers that will no doubt incite dance-floor chaos. Wreck and Reference, Doses and Field Agent support.
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April 10 — Missing Persons at The Echo
Part Time Punks is proud to present their first ever new wave night at The Echo and they’ll be kicking it off with a bang thanks to a special performance by ’80s new wave legends Missing Persons. Dance the night away to hits like “Walking in LA” and “Words,” just to name a few. Supporting acts are Panthar and Fatal Jamz.
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April 10 — Peelander-Z at Alex’s Bar
At this year’s SXSW festival we had a chance to catch the colorfully clad Japanese action comic punk band Peelander-Z. The band has become known for theatrical and highly engaging performances that include lots of audience participation, exercise and wacky good times. Opening acts are Skapeche Mode and Tartar Control.
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April 11 — Diarrhea Planet at Echoplex
If you missed Nashville garage punk band Diarrhea Planet’s badass shredding at SXSW be sure to check out our epic photos but also see them work their rock and roll magic live at The Echoplex this month. Supporting act is fellow Nashville rockers Music Band.
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April 12 — PPL MVR Residency at The Hi Hat
Powerhouse rock trio PPL MVR really speak to one’s inner animal — unleash your wild side by howling, chanting, singing along and losing your damn shit! PPL MVR will be taking over The Hi Hat in Highland Park for a must-see residency that also features supporting performances by Mereki on 4/12 and Brick + Mortar on 4/19.
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Underworld

April 13 — Underworld at Fox Theater Pomona
It seems like just the other day that Los Angeles got to see British electronic music pioneers Underworld kick off the first day of Summer at the Hollywood Bowl with a thrilling performance. This time Pomona will be able to experience the pure bliss that is an Underworld show, so be prepared to dance, dance, dance. Bob Moses supports.
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April 13 — Aristophanes + Very Special Guests at Resident
Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes creates a seamless blend of hip-hop, jazz, soul, electronica and slam poetry that will leave your ears buzzing for days on end and we are stoked to see her make her LA debut at Resident this month. Aristophanes is currently working on her debut album, which is said to be inspired the Stanley Kubrick classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. She also notably collaborated with Grimes on the single “Scream,” from the album Art Angels. Meishi Smile and Plaster Cast open.
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April 13 — Fat White Family at The Satellite
Young London rockers Fat White Family are poised to rule Los Angeles for a night with a show at The Satellite. Hear boundary-pushing tracks off their 2016 sophomore effort Songs For Our Mothers, the follow up to their 2013 debut Champagne Holocaust. Splitting the bill with FWF is Los Angeles’ self-described drug-pop outfit Gateway Drugs who always bring their infectious energy to the stage.
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April 14 — Courtney Barnett, Alvvays at The Glass House
Grammy nominated Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett was recently featured on our Top 20 Badass Frontwomen in Indie/Underground Music list for her undeniably creative and catchy songwriting skills and melt-your-face performances. Nova Scotian indie group Alvvays share the bill, as both artists are schedule to play Coachella on Saturday April 16 and 23rd but in advance of that they’ll bring the house down at The Glass House, as a part of the Coachella sideshow series.
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April 14 — Lush at The Roxy
Get excited Los Angeles! Shoegaze heroes Lush are reuniting (and it feels so good) for the first time since 1996 to play a slew of East and West Coast tour dates, including a festival performance at Coachella and an intimate show at The Roxy. The band is set to release their new Blind Spot EP on April 22nd via their own label Edamame Records. Peep the badass single “Out Of Control,” and then get over to this show!
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April 15 — American Nightmare at Echoplex
Last Winter we saw Boston hardcore punks American Nightmare (aka Give Up The Ghost) absolutely tear shit up with a blizzard of sound and fury and we couldn’t be more excited to hop in the mosh pit at The Echoplex for round two. Get there early and catch ear-crushing sets from The Trouble, Nomads and True Love.
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April 15 & 16 — Iron Maiden at The Forum
British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden need no introduction. The band is bringing The Book of Souls World Tour to Los Angeles, in support of their newest album of the same name, for two back-to-back nights of heavy fucking grooves, exceptional shredding and those classic vocals from singer Bruce Dickinson. The Raven Age opens. Get ready to scream Los Angeles!
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Savages

April 18 — Savages at El Rey Theatre
Savages recently released their fantastic sophomore album, Adore Life, via Matador Records. The post-punk group, led by badass front woman Jehnny Beth, will also be playing both weekends of Coachella. If you can’t make it to the fest we suggest you grab tickets and catch them up close and personal at the El Rey Theatre for their much anticipated Coachella sideshow.
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April 18 — DMAS at The Echo
We just caught Aussie rockers DMAS giving a helluva performance at SXSW and also featured them as a must-see Coachella undercard. Their Brit-pop sound is reminiscent of early Oasis and packs some serious punch. Don’t miss their intimate performance at The Echo before they hit the big stage at Coachella.
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April 18 — Rhye at The Fonda Theatre
We’ve seen multi-instrumentalist duo Rhye bring a world of smooth and sexy sounds to the stage before and we welcome them back with open ears for what we believe will be a riveting Los Angeles performance. Be sure to catch them up close and personal before they knock the socks off the Coachella crowd. Ibeyi opens.
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The Kills

April 18 — The Kills at The Mayan
London rock duo The Kills are happy to announce their fifth record Ash & Ice, which features killer single “Doing It To Death,” is scheduled for a June 3rd release. Eek! Be one of the lucky bastards that gets to hear it live first! Also, front woman Alison Mosshart is totally badass and always puts on a fierce and alluring performance that you’ll never forget.
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April 19 — Rancid at The Roxy
If you’re looking for a little punk rock mayhem to get into be sure to catch Rancid at The Roxy, a pretty small venue compared to what they’re used to playing. Last time we caught the ’90s punk rockers live they gave fans an awesome show, playing all their classic songs which had the crowd roaring, moshing and crowd-surfing throughout their set.
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April 19 — The Arcs at Fonda Theatre
The Arcs is a new project featuring Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. They just released their debut record Yours, Dreamily this past September via Nonesuch Records and now the psych rock outfit is poised to make a splash at Coachella but you can also see them rock out at Fonda Theatre too. Mariachi Flor de Toloache supports.
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April 19 — M83 at Fox Theater Pomona
Alternative electronic artist M83 is headed to Southern California and we couldn’t be happier! This will be the perfect opportunity to hear new songs such as “Solitude” off their latest release Junk, which drops April 8th via Mute Records in the U.S. If you’ve been yearning for new M83 jams since 2011’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, then now’s your chance to really get down to ’em. YACHT opens.
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The Damned

April 20 — The Damned at The Glass House
Not only are punk rock icons The Damned celebrating ’35 Years of Anarchy, Chaos and Destruction’ with a sweet Record Store Day exclusive this year you can catch their top notch performance at The Glass House. Hear all the classics such as “Neat Neat Neat,” “New Rose,” and “Smash It Up” live! Opening acts are 45 Grave and The Flamethrowers.
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April 20 — The Last Shadow Puppets at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
The Last Shadow Puppets is the side project of Alex Turner and Miles Kane of Arctic Monkeys fame and their show at The Theatre at Ace Hotel is definitely going to be ace! The duo’s new album Everything You’ve Come to Expect drops April 1 via Matador Records and you can rock out to all the sick new jams live in between Coachella performances. Alexandra Savior supports.
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April 20 — The Front Bottoms with Diet Cig at The Regent
4/20 is about to rip as The Front Bottoms and Diet Cig team up and take over The Regent downtown for some seriously good times! From New Jersey’s quirky indie rockers, TFB, expect to hear imaginative, fun tunes off their newest album Back On Top.  And if self-described ‘slop-pop’ duo Diet Cig’s recent SXSW performance is any indicator, they’re bound to please with their energetic, attention-grabbing set!
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April 20— Christeen and The Queens at El Rey
French alt-electronic group Christeen and The Queens are touring the U.S. in support of their debut self-titled album. Hear magnificent new songs such as “iT” (recently featured on HBO’s GIRLS) and “Here” live and see what all the hype is about! Supporting act is HANA.
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April 20 — HÆLOS at The Echo
London’s dark wave, synth-pop trio HÆLOS mesmerized us with their delicately layered vocals at SXSW this year and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to Los Angeles this month for another night of dark euphoria. Expect to hear songs off their new album Full Circle, out now via Matador Records. Opening acts are Hayley Kiyoko and Smoke Season.
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April 20 — Bat For Lashes at First Presbyterian
Bat For Lashes aka the solo genius project of Natasha Khan is playing churches across the US and UK in support of her new wedding themed album The Bride, which features gorgeous tunes such as the harp-centric track “I Do.” Appropriately enough she’ll be headlining First Presbyterian in Los Angeles this month. Don’t miss out on this unique musical performance.
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April 20 — Miike Snow at The Fonda Theatre
Indietronica group Miike Snow are killing it with their third studio album III which features awesome tracks (and videos to boot!) such as “Genghis Khan” and “Heart Is Full.” As our writer Steven Ward so eloquently put it, “Miike Snow have once again proved the limitless levels of dexterity that emanates from their music, fearlessly bashing any complaints of lack-of-substance with every explosively catchy hook and sublime harmony.” Museum of Love supports.
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April 20 — The Heavy at The Roxy
British rock n’ soul group The Heavy, fronted by the magnetic Kelvin Swaby, know exactly how to get a crowd moving, grooving and singing along. Rock out to scorching songs off their new album Hurt & The Merciless which drops April 1st. Expect to sweat your ass off throughout their set. Jesse Jo Stark opens.
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April 21 —Låpsley at El Rey Theatre
As our writer Steven Ward has mentioned, British songstress Låpsley ‘s debut album Long Way Home is sublime. We’re so impressed with her powerful pop, alt-R&B ballads that we we even featured her as a Must-See Coachella Undercard this year. Catch this musical gem live at the El Rey Theatre this month.
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Ex Hex

April 21 — Sheer Mag with Ex Hex at The Echo
We here at Grimy Goods loved all female power trio Ex Hex’s debut album Rips and they’ve proven that they know how to seriously shred live. They’ll be teaming up with Philadelphia punk n’ rollers Sheer Mag for an unforgettable night of loud, rock n’ roll joy!
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April 21 — St. Germain at Fonda Theatre
French electronic artist St. Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre) took a fifteen year hiatus from music before returning triumphantly in 2015 with his self-titled record that incorporated fine-tuned jazz, blues, and West African roots music and sounds. Be sure to catch this unique artist when he rolls through Los Angeles this April.
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April 21 — Nosaj Thing at The Regent
Los Angeles electronic music maestro Nosaj Thing has collaborated with some hip-hop heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi and Chance the Rapper, just to name a few. Now he’s headlining The Regent in between Coachella weekend performances. Expect to groove to new stripped down jams off his third album release Fated. D Tiberio opens.
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April 21 — Bombino at Teragram Ballroom
International guitar hero Bombino hails from Niger but this month he’ll be touching down in the states, ready to shred his heart out for Los Angeles audiences. He brought some tantalizing flavor to Coachella two years ago and we’re stoked to catch him live again. Last Gold Tooth supports.
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April 22 — J Mascis at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
We look fondly back on the last time we caught Dinosaur Jr. front man J. Mascis live giving a stunning acoustic performance. Now he’ll be gracing the snug stage at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever. Hear the iconic grunge alt-rocker do his solo thing.
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April 23 — Melody’s Echo Chamber at The Roxy
Psych meets dream-pop artist Melody’s Echo Chamber is the musical vision of Paris based songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Melody Prochet. If you miss out on her Coachella performance be sure to catch her live in the intimate Roxy venue. Prepare to be enchanted by the sweet and supple sounds of MEC! Blank Blue opens.
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April 23 — Crystal Fighters at Teragram Ballroom
It’s been quite some time since we saw Spain’s Crystal Fighters signature, high energy performance. Luckily, the wait is over and the synth-pop outfit is due back in Los Angeles this month with the sole goal of getting you to get wild and crazy on the dance floor.
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Black Mountain

April 27 & 28 — Black Mountain at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
If you need a potent dose of psych rock in your life be sure to catch Black Mountain in the cozy Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever. Trip out on the Vancouver band’s out-of-this-world tracks such as “Constellations” and “Florian Saucer Attack” off their new record IV, out now via JagJaguwar. Marissa Nadler supports.
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April 27 — Flatbush Zombies at The Fonda Theatre
Hip-hop group Flatbush Zombies know how to lay down beats and rhymes so delicious, you can practically taste ’em. We recently saw the Brooklyn rappers putting their mad skills to work at SXSW and are stoked to have them bringing it to the Fonda. A$AP Twelvyy and Remy Banks support.
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April 28 — Iggy Pop at Greek Theatre LA
This month marks the return of garage rock n’ roll king Iggy Pop to the stage! Iggy recently teamed up with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age for his new kick ass album, Post Pop Depression. The Post Pop Depression tour will feature the one-time only, must-see lineup of Iggy Pop, Joshua Homme (Queen’s of the Stone Age), Dean Fertita (Queen’s of the Stone Age, Dead Weather), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), Troy Van Leeuwen (Queen’s of the Stone Age) and Matt Sweeney (journeyman). Jam hard to new material and the gritty, beloved Iggy classics too!
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April 29 — Thao & The Get Down Stay Down at The Regent
Genre-jumping alternative artist Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, led by badass front woman Thao Nguyen, continue to push their own musical boundaries with their latest album, A Man Alive. The new record was produced by the equally badass Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards and doesn’t disappoint with a diverse set of tracks such as raw garage-punk number “Nobody Dies” and experimental hip-hop jam “Meticulous Bird.” Supporting act is Seratones.
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April 30 — Scott Biram at Resident
Last time we caught one-man band Scott Biram and Americana singer-songwriter Jesse Dayton live they truly brought a piece of the deep south to Los Angeles, singing their hearts out with some good ole’ fashioned blues, country and rock n’ roll. We expect their return is gonna be a hootenanny!
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