57 Best Los Angeles Concerts This October

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Queens of The Stone Age — Photo by Monique Hernandez

It’s Rocktober ladies and gents, the month before we go into a holiday slump. But before shows begin to slow their roll, take advantage of the flurry of concert activity and go out with a bang this October! There’s a little bit of everything going on this month — from a FREE intimate performances with hip-hop goliath GZA and a triple-header with So Cal Americana-indie favorites Delta Spirit to all day fests, such as Desert Stars Festival and the 16th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival. Not to mention Halloween bashes galore with Queens of the Stone Age, Yelle and Pond. Check it all out below!

Oct. 1 — Ryan Adams — Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara 
Prolific singer-songwriter Ryan Adams is touring in support of his 14th full-length album. The self-titled new record just came out last month on his own Pax-Am Label / Blue Note. The man puts out quality song after song – faster than the energizer bunny! Hear the new tunes live!
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Oct. 2 — GZA — Echoplex
We last caught Wu-Tang Clan member GZA getting down with the crowd at The Echoplex last Fall, now he’s back again and ready to kick it with y’all! Supporting act is creative hip-hop/soul duo Black Fantastic. Don’t miss out on a sick night of beats, rhymes and everything in between! FREE!
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Oct. 3 – 5 — Desert Stars Festival — Pappy & Harriets
Yearning for a magical night of music under the stars? Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown has got you covered for not just one, but two, superb nights of music! Lineup includes The Dandy Warhols, Ringo Deathstarr, He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, Death Valley Girls & More!
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Oct. 3 — Boys Noize X Baauer — Club Nokia
Los Angeles, prepare to dance your ass off! Bass and trap producer Baauer is teaming up with electronic music magnate Boys Noize for a set of North American shows on their Run X Tour. Opening up this evening of non-stop dance pleasure is Lido, Spank Rock and Nadus.
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Oct. 3 — Pleasure Leftists, DARK BLUE— Jewels Catch One
Prepare yourself for maximum post-punk pleasure: Cleveland outfit Pleasure Leftists, fronted by fierce vocalist Haley Morris, are ready to rock your world. Philly punk power trio DARK BLUE co-headline. Kicking off the night are Institute, Drab Majesty and Human Particle.
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Oct. 3 — DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist — Hollywood Palladium
DJ Shadow is joining forces with Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5) and bringing his all vinyl The Renegades of Rhythm Tour – an homage to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa – to the Palladium dance floor in Los Angeles. Get ready for the ultimate, old-school, booty-shakin’ dance party! Supporting acts are Edan and Paten Locke.
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Oct. 4 — 16th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival — Eagle Rock
Listen, dance, eat! That’s exactly what you’ll be doing when the 16th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival kicks off on historic Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock on Oct. 4th. The vibrant musical lineup this year includes Aloe Blacc, Quetzal, Buyepongo, Maya Jupiter, Honey Whiskey Trio & More!
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Oct. 4 & 5 — Elton John — STAPLES Center
Legendary music superstar Elton John has been entertaining audiences for five decades and shows no sign of slowing down. Sir Elton and his band will be gracing the Staples Center stage for two nights, so don’t miss out. Expect to hear all the classics and warm up those pipes so you can sing along!
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Oct. 5 — John Prine and Conor Oberst — Greek Theatre
Iconic country/folk singer-songwriter John Prine is teaming up with dreamy modern folk artist Conor Oberst for a show at the Greek Theatre. Expect to hear classic Prine songs as well as new Oberst songs from his 2014 release Upside Down Mountain – lucky concert-goers will enjoy the best of both worlds!
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Beach Fossils – Photo by Angela Holtzen

Oct. 6 — Beach Fossils — Echoplex
We last caught these dream-pop shoegaze rockers jamming non-stop at the City of Costa Mesa’s birthday bash and are stoked that they’re back again to tear it up! With opening acts Heavenly Beat, Axxa/Abraxas and DJ Michael Stock (Part Time Punks) on the bill, expect an electrifying musical ride!
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Oct. 6 & 7— Belle and Sebastian — The Theater at Ace
The long wait is over! Indie pop lovelies, Belle and Sebastian are back in Los Angeles after several years. While finishing touches are yet to be completed on their ninth studio album, the band will be releasing It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career – back catalogue vinyl reissues to hold excited fans over in the meantime. Lucky concert-goers may get to hear new songs and old school classics!
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Oct. 6 & 7 — Lorde — Greek Theatre
Oh Lorde! The New Zealand pop princess is on a North American tour and ready to show off her chops in Southern California. We last caught her delivering a solid, enjoyable set at the iHeart Radio Music Festival and are anxious to see her deliver the musical goods again! Special guest Majical Cloudz supports.
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Oct. 7 — Angus & Julia Stone — Fonda Theatre
Australian sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone are ready to woo you with their special brand of polished bluesy, folk-pop. The duo is on a North American tour in support of their self-titled, debut album, available now via Republic Records and produced by Rick Rubin. Supporting act is imaginative songwriter Conner Youngblood.
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Oct. 7 — The King Khan & BBQ Show — El Rey Theatre
Prepare to shake, rattle, roll and then some on the kooky musical ride that is a King Khan & BBQ Show concert.  With support from ghoulish rock n’ rollers Isaac Rother and The Phantoms there is no doubt that the crowd will go bonkers and the dance floor will be left in shambles!
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Oct. 8 — Shonen Knife — Bootleg HiFi
Japanese female trio Shonen Knife have been touring for three decades but they haven’t aged a day! It seems like no time has passed because they still kill it live every time. The Garden and Death Valley Girls support – a perfect opportunity to rock out and get weird!
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Oct. 9 — Sun Kil Moon with Carina Round — Fonda Theatre
We highly recommended listening to the elegant and fascinating Benji, Sun Kil Moon’s (aka Mark Kozelek) 2014 album release on Caldo Verde Records. We expect the live performance to be just as memorable as the album! Opening the show is alluring singer-songwriter Carina Round (Puscifer).
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Oct. 9 — Black Joe Lewis — The Glass House
Austin’s Black Joe Lewis mixes a perfect, spicy blend of soul, blues, and punk – always keeping it real, real funky! Don’t miss your chance to groove at The Glass House as Black Joe Lewis only has a small handful of West Coast tour dates lined up. Pre-game by jammin’ to their 2013 release, Electric Slave! Vug Arakas supports.
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Oct. 9 — Operators — The Echo
We recently caught Operators, the new side project from Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), opening up for Future Islands with a catchy, ’80s fueled synth-pop heavy set. Their first EP is out now and we see this band blowing up in just a matter of time. Catch this show before the band heads to Europe!
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Oct. 9 — Zola Jesus — El Rey Theatre
Enthralling songstress, Zola Jesus, is set to release her new album, Taiga, featuring the single “Dangerous Days” on October 7th – a mere two days before her headlining show at the El Rey Theatre. See this show and earn some bragging rights, you may be amongst the first to hear the new tunes live! Support comes from Switzerland’s experimental rockers Leech.
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Oct. 9 — The Weeknd — Hollywood Bowl
The Weeknd is hitting the road for just a handful of select shows this Fall, including a hot night of smooth-as-butter r&b and grind worthy hip-hop beats, at the Hollywood Bowl. Opening this stellar night of music under the stars are Schoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko.
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Oct. 10 — Twin Shadow — The Glass House
Be sure to catch Twin Shadow now, as this is the electro-pop artist’s only North American tour run in 2014. It will be a dance-and-sweat fueled intimate affair at The Glass House! Opening up the night is Lawrence Rothman.
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Oct. 10 — The Thurston Moore Band / Sebadoh — Echoplex
The Thurston Moore Band, led by the iconic Sonic Youth founder himself, are set to co-headline The Echoplex with indie rock pioneers Sebadoh. The Thurston Moore Band’s new album Best Day is scheduled for an October 21st release on Matador Records and Sebadoh are touring North America and Europe this Fall. Rock out like it’s 1993!
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Oct. 10 — Kera & The Lesbians — Bootleg HiFi
Get sexy, get dramatic, get manic-alt-folk with one of our favorite local bands, Kera & The Lesbians. If you’ve never been to a KATL show, you’re truly missing out on a thrilling experience. You’ll dance while being enamoured by Kera’s intoxicating musical spell.
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Oct. 10 — The Dead Ships — The Satellite
We’ve seen hometown heroes The Dead Ships slaughter live time-and-time again and it just keeps getting better.  Dig on their new video for garage-rock single “Golden Room” from their upcoming sophomore album, produced by Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene) – then jam out to it live! Hin Du (fka The Hindu Pirates) and Bear on Fire open up a fun-tastic night!
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Oct. 10 — Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — The Forum
Classic rock icons Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will be gracing the Forum stage this month. Always amazing live, TP&H know how to flawlessly unite young and old fans alike with songs that never grow old. Special guest Steve Winwood supports for a show that will be nothing short of incredible.
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Oct. 11 — Supersonico — Shrine Expo Hall
Aye dios mio! Supersonico Fest: A Cultural Happening – will be the ultimate Latin musical festival in Los Angeles this year. The lineup is insanely good and features Café Tacvba, Calle 13, Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estéreo, La Santa Cecilia, La Vida Bohéme y mas!
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Oct. 11 — Ray Lamontagne — Greek Theatre
Pitch perfect and Grammy Award winning folk-rock singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne is touring in support of his 2014 album, Supernova. In addition to the new album he’s got a fresh backing band and a newfound penchant for playing more electric guitar live, so prepare to be rocked and rolled! Supporting act is Belle Brigade.
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Oct. 12 — Ex Hex with Speedy Ortiz — The Echo
Mary Timony’s new power trio, Ex Hex, know how to let it rip, and they did just that on their new album Rips, set for an October 7th release on Merge Records. See what the new songs are all about and rock the hell out! Massachusetts indie noise outfit Speedy Ortiz co-headline and local indie-rock darlings LA Font open.
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Mozes and the Firstborn – Photo by Monique Hernandez

Oct. 12 — Mozes and the Firstborn — The Satellite
Young underground act Mozes and the Firstborn made our recommended album streams this past winter with their self-titled debut on Burger Records — think early Rolling Stones meets The Black Lips. This lineup rounds out nicely with supporting acts Summer Twins, Dancer and Wyatt Blair – don’t miss it!
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Oct. 12 — Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey — Yost Theater
Rapper Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey celebrates the 15 year anniversary of his debut album Black on Both Sides with a headlining show at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana. Mos Def never holds back live either…there will be swagger, beats and rhymes for days!
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Oct. 13 — Broods — El Rey Theatre
New Zealand sibling synth-pop duo Broods delivered a magnetic performance in May that we were lucky to catch. Get psyched to hear some brand spankin’ new songs from their forthcoming album, Evergreen, set for an October 7th release on Polydor.
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Oct. 15 — The Horrors — The Mayan
London rockers The Horrors are touring in support of their new album, Luminous and we’re stoked they’re back in town. They prove themselves to be an amazing live act so we know this show is bound to be a blast! Kicking off this killer night is Moon Duo.
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Oct. 16 — Massive Attack — The Greek Theatre
Trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack are scheduled to headline the Greek Theatre – a perfect opportunity to woo your crush or treat yo’ self to a night of hypnotic, eclectic grooves under the stars.
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Oct. 16 — MØ — The Regent
Buzzworthy Danish songstress MØ is touring support of her debut album, No Mythologies to Follow. She brings her self-described, electronic soul-meets-street-vibe indie-pop, to the soon-to-open The Regent in DTLA. Compared to the likes of Grimes and Twin Shadow, we expect nothing but good stuff from this breakout newbie. Kicking off the evening is Holychild.
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Oct. 16 — Mutual Benefit — The Echo
Jordan Lee is the musical mastermind behind the project Mutual Benefit.  However, he often brings on a slew of collaborators that help elevate his indie-folk rock jams to a whole new level, adding layers of everything from violin to electronics to enhance the sound. His newest release, Love’s Crushing Diamond, is out now. Supporting act is guitarist/singer-songwriter Julie Byrne.
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Oct. 16 – 18 — Culture Collide — Various Venues
The 5th annual Culture Collide festival will be taking over various Echo Park venues from October 16 – 18, showcasing a wide range of talented bands from around the world. This year’s fantastic lineup includes: Cloud Nothings (USA), Nina Persson (Sweden), Quantic live (Colombia), PINS (UK), Go Back to the Zoo (The Netherlands), Beat Connection (USA), In the Valley Below (USA), Glen Check (Korea), Glass Towers (Australia), PUP (Canada), Alphabetics (Costa Rica), KLP (Australia), and many more!
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Oct. 18 — Moon Block Party — Pomona Fairplex
Moon Block Party will be hosting 3 stages of live music with a killer lineup including Spoon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Angels, Band of Skulls, Black Lips and more! On site festivities also include clothing vendors, food, libations and a costume contest. No doubt this will be one rad event!
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Oct. 19 — Bass Drum Of Death — The Echo
Lo-fi garage rockers Bass Drum of Death, led by frontman John Barrett, are always ready to kick ass live! Touring now in support of their forthcoming album, Rip This, due for release October 7th on Innovative Leisure. Prepare to headbang!
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Oct. 20 & 21 — Alt J — Greek Theatre & Fox Theater Pomona
Brit-pop outfit Alt J are touring in support of their new sophomore album, This Is All Yours, the much anticipated follow up to their Mercury Prize winning 2012 debut release An Awesome Wave. Happy to have these lads in Los Angeles! Supporting act is The Acid (for Greek Theatre).
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Metronomy – Photo by Michelle Borreggine

Oct. 21 — Metronomy — The Regent
We last caught the English indie electronic quartet in June delivering an arsenal of whimsical visuals and antics and couldn’t be more excited to have them back in Los Angeles. Feel the magic of Metronomy’s enthralling soundscapes! Supporting act is Mad Decent/Downtown Records artist Dawn Golden.
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Oct. 21 — White Denim — Fonda Theatre
Austin’s eclectic indie-fusion outfit White Denim wrap their North American Tour with a special show at the Fonda. The band has been touring in support of their newest gem of a release, Corsicana Lemonade. Kicking off a spastic night of fun is Heathers – don’t miss out!
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Oct. 21 — BANKS — The Wiltern
Burgeoning star and female vocalist BANKS has some serious pipes and she greatly impressed us with her Coachella performance this past Spring. The Los Angeles native is touring in support of her 2014 album release, Goddess, and we’re betting she will rock it again live, here in her hometown. Supporting acts are Movement and Lil Silva.
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Oct. 22 & 23 — TV On The Radio — The Regent
Los Angeles just can’t get enough of indie rockers TV On The Radio, so due to popular demand they’re playing two dates at The Regent. The group are touring in support of their forthcoming release for Harvest Records, Seeds. Jam out to their new single “Happy Idiot” then check it out live! Supporting act for both nights is Portland based electronic producer/singer Natasha Kmeto.
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Oct. 23 — The Melvins with Le Butcherettes — The Troubadour
American experimental heavy metal group The Melvins have been a major influence on the scene since 1983. The band is touring this Fall in support of their new album, Hold It In, due out Oct. 14th – headbang heavily to the new songs! Co-headlining is Mexican garage-rockers Le Butcherettes, led by the wildly wonderful Teri Gender Bender, touring now in support of their firey new album Cry is For The Flies.
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Oct. 23 — La Femme — Echoplex
French psychedelic surf-pop connoisseurs La Femme made quite an impression on us at SXSW this year and we were diggin’ on their debut album Psycho Tropical Berlin. Stoked to have them back, touring in the U.S. this Fall! Openings acts are Drinking Flowers and Sego.
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Oct. 23 — Jessie Ware —Tower Theatre (DTLA)
UK soul songbird Jessie Ware is scheduled to headline just a few North American tour dates, following her European trek, in support of her critically acclaimed debut album, Devotion. Don’t miss your chance to see her enchanting performance live before she heads back across the pond!
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Oct. 24. — The Spits — Los Globos
Skate punks, the Spits got wild at Burgerama last year and we’re sure this headlining show, presented by Blundertown, will be one sweaty, wild, not-to-miss ride! Expect to hear songs from their fifth, self-titled full-length out now on In The Red Records. Supporting acts Doses and Timmy’s Organism get the party started!
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Broken Bells – Photo by Ceethreedom

Oct. 24 & 25 — Broken Bells — The Orpheum Theatre
Cosmic indie soul duo Broken Bells are set to headline two back-to-back dates at the Orpheum – amen to that! Their newest album, After the Disco, fascinates in the live setting and we highly recommend you witness it. Kicking off these two spectacular nights of music is Austra.
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Oct. 24-26 — Bob Dylan — The Dolby Theater
There are three good opportunities, October 24, 25 & 26, to catch living folk legend Bob Dylan and his band live here in Los Angeles. His previously unreleased Basement Tapes, from a 1967 recording session with The Band, are set for a November 4th release, but if you’re lucky you’ll hear the tracks before anyone else at this show!
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Oct. 25 — Festival Supreme — Shrine Expo Hall
Festival Supreme is the ultimate music and comedy festival, which finds it’s new home this year at the Shrine – prepare to laugh, sing and cry until it hurts! This year’s lineup boasts Tenacious D, Dethklok Metalocalypse, Cheech & Chong, Workaholics, Margaret Cho, Nick Kroll, Fred Armisen, Drunk History, Eagles of Death Metal, The Aquabats, DJ Lance Rock, Doug Benson & More!
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Oct. 25 — St. Lucia with Robert DeLong — The Regent
St. Lucia, led by South African native Jean-Philip Grobler, have impressed us before with their groove-fueled dream-pop, electro vibes. Touring in support of their Summer release, When The Night, expect to dance the night away to some glorious new tunes! The “8-bit warrior” Robert DeLong kicks off the show.
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Oct. 25 — Beach Goth — The Observatory
The most talked about festival on twitter, Beach Goth, is back for it’s third year of fantastic musical mayhem! This year’s lineup features The Growlers, The Drums, DIIV, GZA, Joyce Manor, MØ, The Sweet & Tender Hooligans, Bleached, Alice Glass of Crystal Castles DJ Set, La Femme, Chelsea Wolfe, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Mariachi El Bronx & so much more!
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Oct. 26 — Daryl Hall & John Oates — Greek Theatre
2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and best selling duo in music history, Daryl Hall & John Oates are scheduled to turn the Greek Theatre upside down with their guitar-fueled, memorably crafted rock and soul. Joining them is special guest Mutlu.
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Oct. 28 — Delta Spirit — The Satellite
Get intimate with Southern California’s Delta Spirit when they headline the Satellite, a much anticipated stop on their Fall tour.  Their fourth full-length, Into The Wide, was just released last month and it’s chock full of those sweet Americana infused indie-rock jams that we crave!
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Oct. 31 — Queens of the Stone Age with The Kills — The Forum
Queens of the Stone Age are celebrating Halloween with a bang! QOTSA will be performing with a lineup to die for – The Kills, JD McPherson, and Nick Oliveri’s Uncontrollable. The “End of the Road” Halloween bash will also feature pagan festivities, freak shows, appearances by SuicideGirls, a Blackout Haunted House, and a King and Queen of Halloween Costume Competition. It will be a night to remember!
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Oct. 31 — Pond — The Echo
Australia’s psychedelic space rockers, Pond, will wrap their North American tour at The Echo, with a special night of cosmic, musical thrills. Trip out to songs from their newest album Man It Feels Like Space Again! Supporting acts are Doctopus and Peter Bibby.
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Oct. 31 — Yelle — Fonda Theatre
Celebrate Halloween right by dancing the night away to French electro-pop sensation Yelle.Touring in support of their newest release, Completement Fou – expect to hear some new bangers live.  Brooklyn plush electro-pop trio Lemonade get the party rolling.
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