50 Best Los Angeles Concerts of February — underground, mainstream, local acts

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February in Los Angeles is bursting with a variety of live music from talented up-and-coming acts, as well as very well-known names. From hip hop, Americana, punk rock, electro pop, industrial techno and more — our selections for the best concerts of the month always feature the best shows from all genres. While we are very aware that there are a ton of worthy shows to attend this month, we try to narrow it down to the best of the best — encompassing fresh new acts, underground acts, local acts and of course big name acts — while focusing on bands that aren’t always gracing the pages of Grimy Goods. A lot of new music to be discovered, get crackin’!

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February 1 — Run The Jewels with The Gaslamp Killer at Shrine Expo Hall
Get those hands up in the air and prepare to have you hip hop hears blown. Run The Jewels, one part EL-P and one part Killah Mike (all parts badass) are coming through Los Angeles with a show date at the Shrine Expo Hall. Hands down, one of the best hip hop acts there, These guys got the beats, rhymes and flows, and a powerful message.GET TICKETS!

February 1 — Fenech Soler at Bootleg Theater
From the UK, Fenech Soler are making their way to Los Angeles for show date at the Bootleg You won’t want to m iss. Their delicious electro pop is built to make you move and groove across the dance floor. If you want to get your dance on to some colorful and uplifting, do not miss out on Fenech Soler. Their forthcoming album Zilla arrives February 3! GET TICKETS!

February 2 — Dear Lemon Trees at Bootleg Theater
Fans of First Aid Kit, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, and Joesph will absolutely fall in love with the enchanting voices of Dear Lemon Trees. The LA-based Americana trio made up of Kathleen Grace, Jamie Drake and Leslie Stevens will soak your senses with their lulling sweet Americana. With music so soothing, it’ like giving your soul a comforting bubble bath; something we can all use right about now. Supporting the Dear Lemon Trees are Ben Jaffe (Honeyhoney) and The Fuzzy Crystals. GET TICKETS!

February 2 — Pinback at Echoplex
Get a sweet does of Southern California indie rock with San Diego’s Pinback. The band will be performing Autumn of the Seraphs in its entirety. Additionally, Pinback will be releasing Some Voices and Offcell Compiled, remastered on vinyl for the first time ever. The album will be called Some Offcell Voices and is out on March 17. Supporting Pinback at the Echoplex are Vertical Scratchers. GET TICKETS!

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Ty Segall at FYF Fest

February 2 — Ty Segall at Teragram Ballroom
Coming through the Teragram Ballroom for three nights of back-to-back gigs, Ty Segall is ready to amaze you with sounds from his new self-titled record — released January 27 via Drag City. If you ain’t never been to a Ty Segall show — well, that’s just crazy talk — do yourself a favor and don’t miss out on the next chance you get to see him live. He’s one of the most prolific garage rockers of our time. GET TICKETS!

February 2 — Miserable at The Hi Hat
Beautifully haunting and other-worldly enchanting, Bay area vocalist Kristina Esfandiari (of King Woman) takes on a new form as Miserable. She brings her compelling music to Los Angeles with headlining date at The Hi Hat. Miserable released her Uncontrollable LP this past April and it oozes with so much sullen, ethereal beauty. Must-see live! GET TICKETS!

February 3 — Oddisee at Natural History Museum
Get ready to bob yo’ head and strike a groove! Rising MC/producer Oddisee will open the Natural History Museum’s First Friday’s season on February 3 as the event’s headline performance. With powerful lyrics relative to today’s social and political climate, Oddisee still manages to make his sound smooth and grooveable. Oddisee will perform songs from his new album The Iceberg, out Feb. 24. Supporting acts include MNDSGN, and D∆WN. GET TICKETS!

February 3 — Kitten at The Roxy
LA’s Kitten, led by the alluring Chloe Chaidez has a double play at The Roxy in West Hollywood. We’ve seen this band grow from young and shy talented individuals to some serious badasses that know how to own the stage before them. Chaidez is a temptress on stage. She will swallow you whole with her stunning vocals and shimmering confidence. GET TICKETS!

February 3 — Sango at Echoplex
Know for his remixes of Aaliyah, Drake, Little Dragon, Nas, The Weeknd, and now his debut album North,Sango is one hot producer you need to see live. From Grand Rapids, Michigan — by way of Seattle, Sango is a name we don’t get too often in Los Angeles; but considering his growing global fanbase, we have a feeling we’ll be seeing Sango a lot more in Los Angeles. GET TICKETS!

February 3 — Louts at Fonda Theatre
If dancing is your only desire, then dancing is what you shall have. Lotus are bringing their groovealicious heavy beats, synths and samples to the Fonda Theatre Hollywood. The group just released their new album Eat The Light (December 2016) and it’s quite the dance-filled-splendour. Get ready to sweat! Supporting Lotus are El Ten Eleven. GET TICKETS!

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Skyler Day — Photo: Riker Brothers Photography

February 4 — Skyler Day at The Hotel Cafe
At 25-years-old, Skyler Day might be on the more polished side of folk and country, but with a voice that cuts like silver and a penchant for honest songwriting to boot, she’s poised to make quite the impact with the release of her upcoming second EP. Since Day’s move to California from Georgia at the age of 13, she’s pushed the envelope on a career that’s revolved around mostly acting; she’s made reoccurring roles on shows like NBC’s Parenthood, as well as with credits on Drop Dead Diva, Law & Order: LA, and CSI: Miami. Her musical exploits, which only surfaced to public knowledge with the beginnings of her debut EP Between the I and the U, went largely under the radar for most of her life and were a creative outlet that she reserved solely for her own personal use. GET TICKETS!

February 4 — King Shelter at The Echo
“Crafting a genre that the band has coined ‘Salad Rock’…” whatever the fuck does that mean? We’re not quite sure but we do like the sounds of King Shelter. A bit weird, a bit zany with equal amounts of surf, grunge, and early 2000’s pop-punk — King Shelter sound like they can bring something fun to the stage. Be sure to catch these LA dudes at the Echo with Emerson Star and Yip Yops. GET TICKETS!

February 4 — Samuel Kerridge at The Complex
Enter the dark disco … Samuel Kerridge will bring his slow churning industrial techno to Complex LA in Glendale for a night of dark beats that is sure to sell out. The UK noise/techno artist has been described as “fusing Sunn O)))-like walls of drone with the chug of heavy machinery.” Get into it. Supporting acts include Alexandra Atnif, SØLVE, WIRE SPINE, and The Brvtalist. GET TICKETS!

February 4 — STAL at Resident
It seems like any artist that works with M83, always seems to create something magnificent when they branch off on their own. Born and raised in the south of France, Pierre-Marie Maulini, known as the force behind STAL will headline Resident in Downtown LA for a performance you won’t want to miss. Taking the best from heavy guitar riffs, atmospheric synths and colorful vocals, STAL sounds to be something full of great energy live. Supporting acts include J GRGRY and Erik Blood. GET TICKETS!

February 5 — Lilys at Echoplex
Part Time Punks is hosting a night of rare music with the Lilys! Formed in Washington, D.C in 1988 and still led by the only original band member, Kurt Heasley — Lilys will perform a very special engagement featuring never before or rarely performed early material from 1990-1995. Heasly will perform with band members James Richardson (MGMT), Will Berman (MGMT), Travis Rosenberg, Matt Werth (RVNG Intl. founder), and Alex Craig (Limited, Ducktails, Big Troubles). Supporting acts include Dead Heavens and Tennis System. GET TICKETS!

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Tracy Bryant of Corners at The Echo — Photo: Ceethreedom

February 8 — Tracy Bryant at The Hi Hat
Tracy Bryant, the frontman of Corners, has been truckin’ along with his BURGER RECORDS-released solo album Subterranean. Still experimenting with that yesteryear rock sound full of garage rock and psychedelia, Bryant’s solo debut picks up where Corners left off. If you love Corners, you’re gonna love Tracy Bryant’s new tunes … duh. GET TICKETS!

February 8 — Alicia Keys at The Belasco
The extraordinary singer, songwriter, and pianist known as Alicia Keys will perform a gorgeous set at The Belasco. We say gorgeous, because really, what Alicia Keys performance isn’t gorgeous. This world renowned performer really doesn’t need an introduction. Here is Keys’ sixth studio album and was just released this past November. GET TICKETS!

February 9 — Adam Ant at Fonda Theatre
Adam Ant, the legendary lead singer of post-punk group Adam and the Ants will be in Los Angeles on Feb. 9 for a headline gig at the Fonda Theatre! The pop icon is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his landmark “Kings of the Wild Frontier” album. His show at the Fonda is sure to be a vivid event not to be missed! Bring on the Burundi Beat style! GET TICKETS! 

February 9 — Sting at Hollywood Palladium
After performing two back-to-back nights at the Celebrating David Bowie event at the Wiltern, Sting will headline the Hollywood Palladium on February 9. The iconic singer / musician, who also fronted the famed new wave band The Police, has about 17 studio albums to his name and just released his 12th full-length solo album. 57th & 9th is the twelfth solo studio album by Sting, his first rock album in 13 years. The album was released in November 2016. The Last Bandoleros and Joe Sumner support. GET TICKETS!

February 9 — Austra at El Rey Theatre
Austra, also known as the Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, has brought great pleasure to many patient fans with the release of her new album Future Politics.The record was just released on Jan. 20 and it’s already gracing our Best of 2017 list. We can never get enough of Austra’s signature lush, yet beautiful cryptic croon. GET TICKETS!

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Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel – Burgerama 2014 – Photo: Dominoe Farris-Gilbert

February 9 — Mr. Elevator at The Echo
While they may have dropped the “& The Brain Hotel” part of their band’s name, Mr. Elevator is still oozing out all those psychedelic jams we all know and love. Mr. Elevator will headline The Echo in support of their new album, When the Morning Greets You, out February 10 via Rad Cat Records. Get ready to max out to some awesome new psych-pop tunes from Mr. Elevator and company. GET TICKETS!

February 10 — Beck at Hollywood Palladium
Beck is bringing his wide range of music styles to the Hollywood Palladium for an evening of music you won’t want to miss. Beck’s catalog of music crosses many genres and it’s hard to believe there is anyone out there who couldn’t find at least something in his repertoire to appreciate. From the toned down ballads heard in his last album release Morning Phase (2014), to the many blends of folk, funk, soul, hip hop, rock, country and psychedelia heard in all 12 of his studio albums — Beck is an ever-changing flavor of sound. Beck is expected to release his thirteenth studio album in 2017. Maybe you’ll here some new tunes at his Palladium gig… GET TICKETS!

February 10 — Mating Ritual at The Hi Hat
LA’s Mating Ritual, led by Ryan Marshall Lawhon has just released his debut album How You Gonna Stop It? Volume 1 and he’s ready to celebrate at The Hi Hat in Highland Park. With a sound self-described as “Post-Genre-Pop” — Mating Ritual’s new album is full of colorful energy and songs so catchy you can feel them. Trust, Mating Ritual will get your body movin’. Supporting Mating Ritual is Satchmode. GET TICKETS!

February 10 — Wax Tailor at Fonda Theatre
Wax Tailor’s “By Any Beats” tour is taking the world by storm and on Feb. 10th he’ll make his way to Los Angeles for a headline performance at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. His fifth studio album By Any Beats Necessary was released this past October and fuses all the best sounds of blues, psychedelic rock, soul, funk and hip-Hop … Yeah, that sounds like a delicious gumbo of sounds you won’t want to miss out on. GET TICKETS!

Boogarins

Boogarins — Photo: Beatriz Perini

February 10 — Boogarins at Bootleg Theater
Brazilian psychedelic-pop outfit, Boogarins are hot on the heels of a Latin Grammy nomination, and are ready to shine across North America including their Los Angeles dates at the Bootleg Theater. Composed of Fernando “Dino” Almeida and Benke Ferraz, get lost in the charming Portuguese lyrics and playful sounds of Boogarins. There’s plenty of reverb and wild melodies to go around. Winter supports. GET TICKETS!

February 11 — Night Talks at The Echo
Los Angeles alt-rock group, Night Talks are gearing up for the release of their debut album, In Dreams set for release February 10. Creating music that is self-described as “dark, shimmery and kinetic,” Night Talks’ live show will unravel all those emotions tied up inside you. Whether taking it all in or trying to sing-along to leading lady Soraya Sebghati’s bewitching croon, Night Talks are sure to deliver a captivating performance. Psychic Love and Alyeska support. GET TICKETS!

February 11 — Tyvek at The Hi Hat
Craving some good ole, no frills punk rock? Yeah. So are we. Detroit’s Tyvek will pummel your cravings with a spastic surge of noise punk. Prepare to sweat, jump and let out any aggressions our current political climate may have caused you — Tyvek are the wild release you’ve been waiting for. Tyvek just released their fourth album Origin Of What this past November via In The Red Records. Co-headline with Fred Thomas, support by Shark Toys. GET TICKETS!

February 12 — Murder City Devils at Teragram Ballroom
Ugh. It’s been too long, too long since we’ve felt the playful strut of “Boom Swagger Boom” or the glorious mania of “Idle Hands.” Well, it’s time to get our fix. Murder City Devils have announced two headlining shows at the Teragram Ballroom on February 10th and 12th. Honestly, I don’t think we’ve seen Murder City Devils perform in Los Angeles since their 2014 FYF Fest spot. Don’t miss out on this one, we definitely won’t be. GET TICKETS!

February 12 — Basecamp at The Echo
When you think of Nashville, you think of rock ’n’ roll. That’s not the case with Nashville electronic trio Basecamp. They are everything but rock ’n’ roll. For all you that love to steam up the dance floor, Basceamp will provide the tunes for your dance rampage. Blending lo-fi electronic and R&B, Basecamp will seduce you with their beats and leaving you crying for more. Shallou, Lauv, Haux, Different Sleep and Sophia Black support. GET TICKETS!

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The Frights at The Smell — Photo: Jazz Shademan

February 14 — Panache’s Valentine’s Day VILLAGE OF LOVE at Teragram Ballroom
Now this is the place to be on Valentine’s Day! Panache’s Valentine’s Day VILLAGE OF LOVE will benefit Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles! The lineup is insanely good and features Ty Segall, Kevin Morby, King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, Bleached, Entrance, Shannon Lay, Rodrigo Amarante, and many more. All artists are performing their favorite love songs and cover songs. GET TICKETS!

February 14 — The Frights at El Rey Theatre
San Diego surf-punks, The Frights, can not only pummel out those awesome garage punk tunes, but they sure know how to put on the playful charm. From small club shows at The Smell and The Echo, The Frights have now graduated to headlining the El Rey Theatre! Get ready for this one, it’s gonna be a ton of fun. GET TICKETS!

February 15 — The Crazy World of Arthur Brown at The Regent
Want something vintage? Want something weird? Want something crazy? Jump through the worm hole with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Embarking on his first tour in 47 years, Arthur Brown will bring his extraordinary rock show to the Regent for a night of theatrical psychedelics and weird weird vibes. Electric Citizen and White Hills support. GET TICKETS!

February 16 — R. Kelly at The Novo
What do Donald Trump and R. Kelly have in common? Oh, nevermind … Notorious R&B musical sensation R. Kelly needs no introduction. You know the name and you already know how smooth this guys is. Hold on to those chonies! GET TICKETS!

February 16 — Crocodiles + AJ Davila at Bootleg Theater
Now this is a double-header bill you won’t want to miss! San Diego’s Crocodiles and Puerto Rico’s AJ Davila will headline the Bootleg Theater for a night of great tunes. With their new album, Dreams, Crocodiles traded in their wild reverb rock for a more suave pop-infused indie rock. AJ Davila keeps the garage-punk party going fun and strong. No need to understand his Spanish lyrics; when it comes to rock ’n’ roll, it’s all just one rockin’ language. GET TICKETS!

February 16 — Ninet Tayeb at The Echoplex
Not to be missed! Rising rock star, Ninet Tayeb has announced a Los Angeles date at The Echoplex on Thursday, February 16. The Israeli badass who has recently made Los Angeles her home will be throwing it down hard at The Echoplex in support of her new album Paper Parachute. The album marks Tayeb’s first U.S. release, and will hit the streets February 3. GET TICKETS!

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Cherry Glazerr at The Echo

February 16 — Cherry Glazerr at Teragram Ballroom
Yet another band we’ve seen grow immensely since their high school days, the young spitfires of Cherry Glazerr are bringing their punk rock show to the Teragram Ballroom. The band just released their new album Apocalipstick on January 20th via Secretly Canadian, and it’s full of some guitar heavy jams and has definitely proved to be a mature step up from the already impressive Haxel Princess. GET TICKETS!

February 16 — Lucero at Fonda Theatre
Grab your sweetheart or grab a friend, Memphis country punk-rockers Lucero are hitting the Fonda Theatre Hollywood! Whether you want to swoon to Lucero’s charming alt country, or get drunk and rowdy to their more punk tunes, this gig will give you that specific Lucero fix. GET TICKETS!

February 17 — Chad Valley at The Echo
Chad Valley, aka Hugo Manuel, know for his infectious synth-pop is on tour with a Los Angeles date at The Echo. The UK producer and singer creates a most inviting plate of synth-pop cascading with bright melodies and captivating beats. His last album Entirely New Blue was released in 2015 and we’re dying to hear some new lush tunes from Valley. While we wait and hope for some new music, we can all relish in some Chad Valley sounds, soon enough at The Echo. GET TICKETS!

February 18 — Kan Wakan at Bootleg Theater
If we could use one word to describe Kan Wakan, it would be illustrious. The Los Angeles act led by Gueorgui Linev (producer, film composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist) creates stunning music full of lush orchestral arrangements and seducing beats. With hints of soul, jazz, folk and pop — Kan Wakan swells with gorgeous layers of sultry sounds. Kan Wakan’s triple LP Phantasmagoria is on its way and will feature guest vocalists and collaborations. It’s been about a year and some change since we’ve seen Kan Wakan perform in LA; trust, you won’t want to miss this gig. GET TICKETS!

Vince Staples with Flume at Shrine Expo Hall

Vince Staples with Flume at Shrine Expo Hall — Photo: Andrew Gomez

February 18 — Air + Style at Exposition Park
Air + Style returns to Los Angeles this February 18 & 19 featuring 20 bands performing across two stages as well as 30 of the world’s top snowboarders to compete on a snow-covered, 16-story jump. Despite not having any ski resorts, this is all happening in Downtown Los Angeles. Air & Style’s musical lineup includes: Flume, Chromeo, Atmosphere, Vince Staples, Major Lazer, Zhu, YG, and TV On The Radio, and more. GET TICKETS!

February 20 — Priests at The Echo
Repping Washington, D.C., Priests just dropped their debut album Nothing Feels Natural via Sister Polygon, and we’re loving what we’re hearing. From punk fervor to melodic and soaring vocals, Priests are the meaningful slice of rock you need right now. As much as one can rock out to Priests’ robust tunes, there’s just something beautifully cathartic about their music. Alice Bag and Stef Chura support. GET TICKETS!

February 20 — Test at The Hi Hat
We don’t know too much about this Los Angeles trio called Test, but we do know that their “7th Street Metro” single alone grabbed our attention. The trio seems to thrash out that gritty noise-punk and they seem to do it well. If you like your music hard, fast and raw — we’re pretty sure Test will serve you up a swift punk-rock-punch-to-the-gut. Cigarette Bums, Melted Bodies, and L.A. Girlfriend support. GET TICKETS!

February 21 — Tash Sultana at The Echo
At first listen, it is very apparent that Australia’s Tash Sultana is an immensely talented singer/songwriter/guitarist. The woman has the voice of a soulful angel. With hints of soul, reggae, blues, hip hop and more — Tash Sultana has got it going on! Tash has made a name for herself busking on the streets of Melbourne and having homemade videos go viral getting millions of views online. Not only does Sultana have a captivating voice, but she has some serious skills on the guitar (and she can throw down a slick beat box). Tash is touring the U.S. for the fist time ever in celebration of the US release of her Notion EP (2/17, Mom + Pop). GET TICKETS!

February 21 — Charlotte Cardin at The Hotel Cafe
French-Canadian singer, Charlotte Cardin is a sultry voice that will pleasure your senses. Mixing electronic beats with jazz and classic pop, and even at times a bit of hip hop, Cardin has that lounge singer feel with a modern and edgy flair. This past October, Cardin revealed her highly anticipated debut Big Boy EP which garnered her millions of plays on Spotify and top spots of the iTunes chart. Don’t miss this enchanting songstress live in Los Angeles at the Hoel Cafe. GET TICKETS!

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Emma Ruth Rundle — Photo: Gus Black

February 21 — Emma Ruth Rundle at Complex
Singer/songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle makes compelling and beautiful music. With enthralling layers of sound from ethereal synths to distortion, Rundle’s lyrics are rich in emotion and her guitar playing makes for the perfect compliment. More on the darker and alternative side of the singer/songwriter genres, Rundle is a rare and unique treat. Rundle is performing in support of her new album Marked For Death (2016, Sargent House), in which she toured as support for Deafheaven and This Will Destroy You. Don’t miss this spellbinding voice take center stage at Complex. Black Mare and Petheaven support. GET TICKETS!

February 22 — Hazel English at Bootleg Theater
If you missed Hazel English at the Echo this past November, you won’t want to miss this Oakland-based artist perform at her next LA gig at the Bootleg! With a voice as sweet as sugar, English makes bright and breezy indie pop that you just can’t help but fall in love with. With catchy melodies and a bit of edgy reverb, English’s tunes are totally and utterly infectious. Hazel English’s Make It Better EP was released in October 2016 via Marathon Artists / Canvasback Music. Hawai will support Hazel English at her Bootleg Theater date. GET TICKETS!

February 24 — Tennis at The Roxy
Denver synth-poppers, Tennis have been owning our hearts since we first heard their 2011 release Cape Dory. The charming husband and wife duo have an on-stage chemistry that will make you cringe with envy. Tennis’ upcoming full-length LP Yours Conditionally is out 3/10 via Mutually Detrimental. The band just released a commercial for the album starring Zosia Mamet (“Girls”). Hear it all live at The Roxy in West Hollywood! GET TICKETS!

February 25 — Los Campesinos! at Teragram Ballroom
It’s been at least five years since we caught Los Campesinos! live in Los Angeles. The seven-piece indie pop band hailing from Cardiff, Wales always deliver a lively and joyous performance. The band is heavily influenced by Pavement, Modest Mouse, Blur, and The Smiths, just to name a few. Los Campesinos! are touring in support of their sixth full-length album Sick Scenes, arriving Feb. 24 on Wichita Records. GET TICKETS!

February 26 — BADBADNOTGOOD at The Regent
If you’re still not hip to the super cool vibes and smooth-as-buttah tunes of Toronto-bred four-piece BADBADNOTGOOD — you need to get on this ish! Melding jazz and instrumental hip-hop to create a sound so rich in energy and style, BADBADNOTGOOD are a sonic pleasure that must be experienced live. Their latest album IV was released in July of 2016 via Innovative Leisure and features Samuel T. Herring, Colin Stetons, Kaytranada and many more special guests. Hodgy and London O’Connor support. GET TICKETS!

February 27 — Jens Lekman at Teragram Ballroom
Swedish singer/songwriter, Jens Lekman is back with a new album, tour dates and a really hot new single that we can’t get enough of! Lekman has announced his new album, Life Will See You Now, set for release February 17th via Secretly Canadian. The 10-track record will be Lekman’s third studio album and it “plays with notions of identity and the self” while representing a significant move forward. GET TICKETS!

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