20 Underground / Lesser-Known Bands to catch in Los Angeles this July

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There’s just too many excellent concerts in Los Angeles. From punk to pop, blues and soul, you can dive into a show of your choosing on any given night. Many of you are familiar with our monthly feature for the best Los Angeles concerts of the month which highlights concerts in July ranging from mainstream, mainstream indie and underground. What started with maybe 20 acts highlighted each month, has now grown to 40 and sometimes 50; and that’s still not enough. The past couple years we have seen at least a dozen new venues open up in Los Angeles; and with more venues comes more music. With that said, Grimy Goods decided to start another monthly feature that focuses on what we’ve been doing since 2008, discovering new acts and introducing to them to music-lovers. Below you will find our 20 selections of the best underground / lesser known bands to catch this July in Los Angeles.

Don’t forget to take a look at our existing monthly: 43 Best Los Angeles Concerts To Catch This July!

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Kyle Craft
When: Friday Jul 8, 2016
Where: Bootleg Theater
What: Sweet Southern rock with a glam dazzle
Similar Acts: Queen, David Bowie, Bob Dylan
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Margaret Glaspy
When: Saturday Jul 9, 2016
Where: Bootleg Theater
What: Singer-songwriter that WON’T bore you
Similar Acts: Alabama Shakes, The Wild Reeds, Big Thief,
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The Defects
When: Saturday Jul 9, 2016
Where: Union Nightclub
What: Punk, punk punk from the UK!
Similar Acts: GBH, UK Subs, The Clash
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Rebel and a Basketcase

Rebel and a Basketcase

Rebel and a Basketcase
When: Sunday Jul 10, 2016
Where: Bootleg Theater
What: An electro orgy of sound — if Devo, St. Vincent and Bowie had a threesome
Similar Acts: See above
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Ramonda Hammer
When: Monday Jul 11, 2016
Where: The Hi Hat
What: A throwback to many of the female-led bands you loved in the 90s
Similar Acts: No Doubt, Alanis Morissette, Hole
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Yumi Zouma
When: Tuesday Jul 12, 2016
Where: Bootleg Theater
What: Smooth, sexy electro pop for between the sheets, or the dance floor
Similar Acts: Empress of, Tops, The xx
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SAFIA
When: Thursday Jul 14, 2016
Where: Resident
What: Electro R&B ballads from down unda’
Similar Acts: James Blake, Disclosure, Purity Ring
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SPORTS
When: Monday Jul 18, 2016
Where: Echoplex
What: Tropical dream pop splendor
Similar Acts: Poolside, Hibou, Cayucas
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Tacocat

Tacocat

Tacocat
When: Tuesday Jul 19, 2016
Where: The Echo
What: Female powered pop punk with a riot grrrl throttle
Similar Acts: Bleached, Best Coast, Peach Kelli Pop
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DÄLEK
When: Tuesday Jul 19, 2016
Where: Complex
What: Dark experimental hip hop
Similar Acts: Shabazz Palaces, Tricky, Run The Jewels
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Phoebe Ryan
When: Tuesday Jul 19, 2016
Where: Troubadour
What: Sultry indie pop that begs you to sing-along.
Similar Acts: Ryn Weaver, Halsey, Misterwives
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Laura Gibson
When: Wednesday Jul 20, 2016
Where: Bootleg Theater
What: folk pop that Portland hipsters adore
Similar Acts:  Sharon Van Etten, Laura Veirs, Jessica Leamayfield
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Ezza Rose

Ezza Rose — Photo by Jen Bee

Ezza Rose
When: Wednesday Jul 20, 2016
Where: Silverlake Lounge
What:  With a touch of blues and totally enchanting vocals, Ezza is just lovely
Similar Acts: Mazzy Star, Angel Olsen, Julia Stone
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Josiah & The Bonnevilles
When: Thursday Jul 21, 2016
Where: Resident
What: Indie folk with a sweet Americana lead
Similar Acts: The Lumineers, Conor Oberst, Grouplove,
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Down And Outlaws
When: Friday Jul 22, 2016
Where: The Hi Hat
What: Ass-kicking blues rock with grit
Similar Acts: Black Pistol Fire, Alberta Cross, Stone Foxes,
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The Asteroid #4
When: Friday Jul 22, 2016
Where: The Echo
What: A brain massage; psych rock from another planet
Similar Acts: The Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Lumerians
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Alexander Jean (Mark Ballas and BC Jean)
When: Saturday Jul 23, 2016
Where: The Regent
What: Power pop duo with a rock and soul punch
Similar Acts: Elle King, Bishop Briggs, Halsey
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C.G. Roxanne and the Nightmares

C.G. Roxanne and the Nightmares

C.G. Roxanne and the Nightmares
When: Wednesday Jul 27, 2016
Where: The Hi Hat
What: Throwback rock ‘n’ roll for cool kids
Similar Acts: Iggy Pop, Ramones, Joe Strummer
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Mind Meld
When: Friday Jul 29, 2016
Where: The Echo
What: Dirty psychedelic hillbilly blues
Similar Acts: Temples, Roky Erickson, Jack White
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Black Milk with live band Nat Turner
When: Friday Jul 29, 2016
Where: Echoplex
What: Dope underground hip hop (need we say more?)
Similar Acts: Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, Dilate Peoples
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The Mystery Lights
When: Saturday Jul 30, 2016
Where: Bootleg Theater
What: Step into their time machine back to hazy 60s rock ‘n’ roll
Similar Acts: King Khan & The BBQ Show, The Kinks, ? & The Mysterians
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