Rocktober is sweeping music venues all across Los Angeles this October. This cornucopia of concerts is the perfect opportunity to dance until you drop, headbang until it hurts, and groove until you just can’t groove no more. There are no genre boundaries or limits this month either. From diverse music festivals such as Supersonico Fest, Beach Goth 4, and The LA Bluegrass Situation to the dark, otherworldly sounds of Ghost and Danzig to an abundance of indie rock options such as Beirut, Braids, The Mynabirds and more, there is something for everyone. Best to get out there now and rock hard before the number of concerts to attend dwindles down due to the November/December holiday slump. Give thanks live music fans because Rocktober is here!
October 1 — Duran Duran at Hollywood Bowl
We recently caught ’80s new wave icons Duran Duran giving a hit fueled set in Vegas to a wide array of rabid fans. Get your groove on under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl to their signature synth-pop dance rock sounds! The fabulous Chic feature Nile Rodgers and Clean Bandit support.
October 3 — Supersonico Fest at Hollywood Palladium
Celebrate the musical diversity of all that alternative Latin music has to offer at this year’s Supersonico Festival at the Hollywood Palladium. The fantastic lineup includes performances by Aterciopelados, Ximena Sariñana, Kinky, Nortec: Bostich & Fussible, Mala Rodriguez, Mariachi El Bronx, Mexican Institute of Sound, Chicano Batma, Hello Seahorse!, Prayers, Astro, Alex Anwandter, Chancha Via Circuito, El Mato A Un Policia Mortizao, Torreblanca, DJ Afro, Dengue Dengue Dengue!, Calentura, and Mr. Pauer. Vamos a bailar!
October 3 — The LA Bluegrass Situation Featuring Dawes at Greek Theatre
The month of October is kicking off with a day of food, fun and the very best in Americana roots music when The 2015 LA Bluegrass Situation, founded by Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover) takes over at the Greek Theatre. This year’s fantastic folk lineup includes Dawes, Punch Brothers, The Lone Bellow, Gregory Alan Isakov, Della Mae, Jonny Fritz, The Dustbowl Revival, Sam Outlaw, Spirit Family Reunion and The Wild Reeds.
October 3 & 4 — Hiatus Kaiyote at El Rey Theatre
We recently caught psych, future soul outfit Hiatus Kaiyote putting on a soothing, crowd pleasing live set and couldn’t be more excited to have the Australian group back in Los Angeles and headlining the El Rey Theatre. Hear songs off their new album Choose Your Weapon. Knxwledge supports.
October 3 — Holly Miranda at The Echo
Hear the dashing pipes of singer-songwriter Holly Miranda when she brings her sweet, soulful sounds to The Echo for the final night of her Fall tour. Don’t miss out on your chance to catch tunes such as “The Only One” and “All I Want Is To Be Your Girl” off her new self-titled third album. Opening act is Gracie and Rachel.
October 5 & 6 — Ariel Pink with Black Lips at Teragram Ballroom
Time to get weird and freaky Los Angeles! Atlanta’s garage-punk party starters The Black Lips are teaming up with experimental psych-pop singer Ariel Pink for a memorable night of music. Don’t miss out on seeing this badass double header! All vinyl DJ Nina Tarr supports.
October 6 — Civil Twilight at The Roxy
South African four-piece Civil Twilight are ready to sweep you off their feet with their poetic, story-telling style alt-pop tunes. Swing and sway to inspiring lyrics and sounds off their new album Story Of An Immigrant. Knox Hamilton and Tower support.
October 7 & 8 — Beirut with Julia Holter at Hollywood Palladium
Indie rock meets world music maestros Beirut, led by front man and crooner Zach Condon, are currently touring in support of their brand new album No No No. The group is playing two back to back nights at the Hollywood Palladium so don’t miss out on being of the first lucky fans to hear the new songs live! Singer-songwriter Julia Holter joins Beirut and you can hear songs off her latest Have You In My Wilderness.
October 7 — Ben Howard at Greek Theatre
British folk rock singer-songwriter Ben Howard puts on heartwarming live performances wherever he goes. Expect to be transfixed by his gorgeous melodies and melancholic tunes off his latest musical release I Forget Where We Were. Bring open ears and a pack of tissues! Special guest Daughter supports.
October 7 — ALCEST at The Regent
Paris duo Alcest have been known to push musical boundaries, traversing between genres such as blackgaze (black metal meets shoegaze) and ethereal dream pop. Hear highly intriguing and captivating tunes from their latest release Shelter. LA guitarist/singer-songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle (Marriages, Red Sparowes) supports.