38 Best Los Angeles Concerts This January: Patti Smith, Erykah Badu, Charlift and more

A Place to Bury Strangers

Time to ring in 2016! We can’t believe it’s here already either but we’re stoked that there’s an eclectic variety of concerts to attend this January. Jam hard every Tuesday with psych-soul-jazz atmospheric outfit Brainstory or catch old school industrial rockers Killing Joke‘s one-of-a-kind show. Support badass ladies in music by attending the three day GIRLSCHOOL festival, getting your groove on to Erykah Badu, or singing along to the classics of living legend Patti Smith. We could go on, and we do, so read on for the best concerts in Los Angeles this month!

January 1 — A Place To Bury Strangers at Viper Room
If you take your noise rock/post-punk loud as fuck then catching A Place To Bury Strangers’ upcoming performance at the Viper Room is for you. Last time we caught them live it was a tremendous performance full of energy, darkness and mayhem! So be sure not to miss out this killer live show on New Year’s Day. Spindrift, Sisu and Author & Punisher support.
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January 2 — Surf Curse at Teragram Ballroom
Lo-fi surf-rock duo Surf Curse are self-described dudes who love pizza, music, movies and each other, and what’s not to love about that? Trip out on their latest Demos release and let loose! Joining the band for a wavy good time are The Lovely Bad Things, Sad Girl and Jurassic Shark.
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January 5 — Brainstory Tuesday Residency at The Resident
Brothers Tony and Kevin hail from Rialto, CA and together they form the psych-soul-jazz experience known as Brainstory and their Tuesday night residency will be kicking off at DLTA’s hottest new music venue and craft beer spot The Resident. Hear jams from their 2015 debut EP A Natural Phantasm (El Relleno Records) and then some. No better reason to get out on a Tuesday night! Spectacular supporting acts include The Vim Dicta, Miss Chief, Joel Jerome, Triptides, The Buttertones, and Rudy De Anda.
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January 8 — Feels at The Echoplex
Get all the feels when LA’s psych-punk-grunge outfit FEELS take The Echoplex by storm for a raucous night of rock n’ roll and beyond! The band’s upcoming Ty Segall produced self-titled debut is scheduled for release in 2016 via Castle Face Records and lucky concert attendees may just get a sneak peek! Adult Books and Walter open.
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January 8 — Surfer Blood and Cayucas at Teragram Ballroom
Talk about a helluva double header! Turn-it-up-loud surf rockers Surfer Blood and hazy, indie-pop duo Cayucas are joining forces to bring those Summer vibes to life this Winter for a massive show at Teragram Ballroom. Prepare to kick back and have some fun!
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Patti Smith

January 8 & 9 — Patti Smith and her band perform Horses at Wiltern
We’ve featured Patti Smith on our Vintage Gold and Woman Crush Wednesday features because we love the Godmother of Punk! Now the iconic singer is making a much anticipated appearance at the Wiltern to perform her critically acclaimed album Horses in its entirety. Stop drooling and get to this show!
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January 9 — Moon Block Rock N Roll Circus featuring Fever the Ghost at Teragram Ballroom
Who needs acid when you’ve got the Moon Block Rock N Roll Circus?! Trip out because they’re presenting a truly unique show. There will be a seamless performance, with no sets or switchovers, but instead one continuous musical experience that will blend the harmonious sounds of some of Los Angeles best local groups including Fever the Ghost, Morgan Delt, JJUUJJUU, Vinyl Williams and Hott MT. The show will also feature installation artists Exodus, Brad Hansen, and more.
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January 9 — Shark Toys with Terry Malts at Bootleg Theater
Los Angeles alt-punks Shark Toys are celebrating their 7″ UV-TV Record Release show at Bootleg Theater this month and we recommend celebrating with them! Bay Area buds Terry Malts join them for a killer night of music. Supporting acts are Sea Lions and Rearranged Face.
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January 13 — Brazilian Girls at The Roxy
Good times alert! NYC experimental four-piece Brazilian Girls incorporate a little bit of everything into their slick sound, from electronica to jazz to bossa nova. The band is playing a handful of dates this Winter including a headlining show at The Roxy, so be sure to slip on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake what your momma gave ya!
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Erykah Badu

January 13 — Erykah Badu at The Observatory
The queen of neo-soul and style Erykah Badu is taking over The Observatory for an injection of fresh, diverse, soul-satisfying music. Be of the first lucky fans to hear all the bumpin’ tunes from her newest mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone, live!
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January 13 — Oh Wonder at El Rey Theatre
London alt-pop duo Oh Wonder are embarking on a massive world tour in support of their self-titled debut album. The album was the brilliant result of their commitment to writing a song each month over the course of a year and during that process they became a viral sensation. Now you can catch this buzz-worthy duo live when they headline the El Rey Theatre this month.
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January 14 — An Evening with Sun Kil Moon at The Regent
Indie folk singer-songwriter Sun Kil Moon (aka Mark Kozelek) greatly impressed us with the emotional depth on his 2014 album Benji. 2015 also proved to be a busy year for the artist who released his 7th full length, Universal Themes, a free EP Down in the Willow Garden, and a spoken word album Dreams of Childhood, which he collaborated on with Argentine actor Nicolaus Pauls. Now get up close and personal with the hard-working and ever creative Sun Kil Moon live!
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January 15 & 16 — Van Morrison at Shrine Auditorium
Composer/singer/performer Van Morrison may be best known for his ’67 hit “Brown Eyed Girl” but his extensive career-long catalog is nothing short of accomplished and astonishing, including the release of his 2015 album Duets: Re-working The Catalogue. Don’t miss this icon live at the Shrine!
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Ty Segall

January 15 — Ty Segall & The Muggers at Teragram Ballroom
The cat’s out of the bag! Beloved rock and roller Ty Segall is ready to melt faces with songs from his new 11-track album Emotional Mugger, due out January 22nd via Drag City. The tour kicks off right here on the West Coast so get on it! Vial and CFM support.
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January 16 — Devotchka at The Roxy
Whether they’re dabbling in polka, rock, or Eastern European sounds, Devotchka’s particular brand of music has retained an eclectic, genre-crossing sound since 1997 that remains catchy and brilliant to this day. Be sure to check out this phenomenal group live on their Winter tour!
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January 17 — FOMO Fest at The Echoplex
The all-day, all-ages FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) Fest will be taking over The Echoplex for a simply awesome day of music. FOMO Fest will feature standout performances from Bird Dog, Breakfast, Cobalt Cranes, Draemings, Ford Madox Ford, James the Human, Jim and Sam, Miya Folick, The Molochs, Northern American, Prettiest Eyes, Sego, Sun Drug, and Veronica Bianqui. After your Sunday brunch, get over to this show!
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January 18 — Martin Courtney (of Real Estate) at The Echo
Martin Courtney, front man of Real Estate, has switched gears, bringing his singer-songwriter solo project to life. Hear new stripped down tracks for his 2015 album release Many Moons (Domino Recording Co.), including single “Northern Highway,” when his 2016 Winter Tour makes a stop in Los Angeles. Matt Kivel supports.
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January 18 & 19 — The Mayer Hawthorne Revue at Teragram Ballroom
Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, DJ/producer Mayer Hawthorne is bringing his A-game to Teragram Ballroom with a one-of-a-kind musical showcase dubbed The Mayer Hawthorne Revue. Rock out to songs from across his discography, including his latest Where Does This Door Go. Hawthorne’s two side collaborations Tuxedo (with Jake One (Taurus)) and Jaded, Incorporated (with 14KT) kick things off.
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Talib Kweli

January 21 — Talib Kweli and Hi Tek as Reflection Eternal at Belasco Theater
Brooklyn lyrical genius Talib Kweli and underground hip-hop producer/DJ Hi-Tek are teaming up for a super dope, conscious hip-hop show, under the moniker of Reflection Eternal. Let your mind open wide and your body move to the beat!
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January 21 — JD McPherson at Alex’s Bar
Need a rock n’ roll fix? JD McPherson incorporates a range of vintage musical styles including rockabilly and rhythm and blues and has proven time and time again that he knows how to put on a damn good show. Get down to the sweet sounds of JD McPherson! Honeyhoney and DJ Big Sandy from Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys support.
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January 22 — Stick Figure at The Regent
Roots reggae, dub quartet Stick Figure, led by front man and multi-instrumentalist Scott Woodruff, have been on a roll, touring the U.S. in support of their upbeat and infectious new album Set in Stone. The new album includes catchy singles “Smiles on Faces,” “Smokin’ Love” and “Choice is Yours,” and collaborations with the likes of Slightly Stoopid and Collie Budz, just to name a few. Fortunate Youth and Katastro open.
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January 22 — The Muffs at The Echoplex
Los Angeles’ ’90s punk rockers The Muffs are back at it and kicking even more ass than they did in their hey day! The band recently released Whoop Dee Doo for Burger Records, their first full-length in 10 years chock full of catchy, brand-spankin’ new tunes such as “Paint By Numbers” and “Where Did I Go Wrong.” Opening acts are Prima Donna, Soraia, The Professor Manfred Jones of The Woggles.
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January 22 — Chicano Batman with Tijuana Panthers at The Glass House
Local music heroes Chicano Batman draw from a well of inspiration, from bossa nova to psych to cumbia, always melding them in a way that will make your head bob and your hips shake. This double header at The Glass House also brings Long Beach surf-rockers Tijuana Panthers into the fold for a must-see show. Sad Girl opens.
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January 23 — Charlift at Teragram Ballroom
NYC’s R&B infused pop-duo Chairlift have their own city to thank for inspiring their latest forthcoming release, Moth, due out in January 2016 via Columbia Records. The duo have worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Blood Orange, Kelela and more but are ready to shine bright on their own.
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January 23 — Dawes at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Last time we caught Los Angeles Americana rockers Dawes live they weaved together a great night of lyrical storytelling and rich harmonies. Now the band is ready to dazzle fans and listeners with songs off their 2015 album release All Your Favorite Bands. SF indie folk rock outfit Vetiver opens.
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January 24 — Shigeto at The Echoplex
Shigeto aka Zach Saginaw brings us deep into his musical mind and growth as an artist with the latest tracks off his 2015 album Intermission, via Ghostly International, his longtime label. Truly immerse yourself in Shigeto’s unique blend of jazz, electronic, hip-hop and folk. Groundislava supports.
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January 26 — Saintseneca at The Echo
Indie folk group Saintseneca worked closely with multi-instrumentalist/producer/engineer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) to create their latest and greatest, Such Things, released earlier this year on Anti Records. Hear their greatest pop-infused masterpiece yet! Opening act is Des Ark.
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January 26 — PWR BTTM at Bootleg Theater
Glam queer punk duo PWR BTTM comprised of college friends Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce enhance their music with elements of drag artistry and theatrical performance. Hear awesome new songs off their debut LP Ugly Cherries. Melodic pop driven punk group Upset, led by Ali Koehler (Best Coast, Vivian Girls) and featuring adored drummer Patty Schemel (Hole, Death Valley Girls) kick off this badass night of music!
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The Futurebirds

January 27 — The Futurebirds at The Echo
It’s been two long years since we last enjoyed a knockout performance from some of Georgia’s finest, The Futurebirds. The alt-psych Americana group always pleases with their high energy performances and this time around fans can get down to their new, twangy release Hotel Parties. Bust out those boogie shoes!
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January 28 — Killing Joke at The Regent
Old school English industrial rockers Killing Joke (original lineup) will be headlining The Regent this month. The band has been influential since it’s late ’70s heyday all the way through the present, with their 2015 album release Pylon. See them slay! Supporting acts are The Soft Moon and Rev John (DJ Set / Das Bunker).
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January 28 — Winter at The Echo
Los Angeles shoegaze/dream pop quartet Winter are making this Winter season a lot cozier with jams off their 2015 Lolipop Records full-length debut Supreme Blue Dream. Warm up to their dreamy tunes live! Dante Elephante, Summer Twins and The Dream Ride support.
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January 28 — Holly Herndon at Teragram Ballroom
Electronica artist Holly Herndon’s sophomore album Platform journeys into the intricate layers of technology and the dedicated role it plays in music and humanity’s political and social lives. Hear and feel the nuanced and ambient experimental explorations. Elon Katz and Julius Smack open.
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January 29 — The Black Queen at Complex
The Black Queen is the new musical project from The Dillinger Escape Plan front man Greg Puciato and Steven Alexander and Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv. Don some dark garb and be of the first lucky bastards to rock out to fresh songs off their new album Fever Daydream which drops the same day. Opening act is darkwave, dream pop act Drab Majesty.
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Jenny Lewis

January 29 — Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins at Cathedral Sanctuary
Geek out Jenny Lewis fans! 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Jenny Lewis’ debut solo album Rabbit Fur Coat, featuring The Watson Twins, and the singer is celebrating by touring in support of it and re-issuing it on special edition red vinyl.
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January 29, 30, 31 — GIRLSCHOOL Field Day Weekend at Bootleg Theater
GIRLSCHOOL, founded by Anna Bulbrook (the Bulls, Airborne Toxic Event, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) is a new music and arts collective that celebrates female artists, leaders and voices and they”ll be doing just that over a three day weekend with loads of great musical talent. Performances by Alina Bea, Conway, Doe Paoro, Gothic Tropic, Kat Corbett (DJ Set), Kate Nash (DJ Set), Kera and the Lesbians (acoustic set), Kim & The Created, Maria Taylor, Miya Folick, Nightjacket, Phoebe Bridgers, Riothorse Royale, Steady  Holiday, The Bulls and White Sea. Bonus, proceeds benefit the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls!
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January 30 — Kitten at Fonda Theatre
We’ve interviewed the lovely Chloe Chaidez of Kitten and we’ve seen the synthpop group perform an absolutely electric, unforgettable night of music, so there’s no excuse to miss this show. The band has also mentioned on Facebook that their new EP is almost finished and that they’re planning on playing new music at their headlining Fonda show. Hunny and Olivver the Kid support.
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January 30 — Julia Holter at Teragram Ballroom
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Julia Holter has released her most personal and intimate album yet, Have You In My Wilderness, chock full of brilliant ballads that captivate and amaze. Catch Holter’s vocals shimmer across the room and we bet you won’t be disappointed.
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January 30 — Buyepongo at El Rey Theatre
Don’t miss out on Buyepongo’s Record Release Party at the El Rey Theatre where they’ll be sharing songs from their new album Todo Mundo. Buyepongo is known for keeping their Latin music roots vibrant and kicking with groove fueled elements such as cumbia, merengue, jazz, funk etc. Special guests Dexter Story and Changüí Majadero get the party started. Don’t be shy, it’s time to dance, dance, dance!
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