December 13 — The Sounds at The Belasco
Swedish new-wave dance punk outfit The Sounds, fronted by the badass and spunky Maja Ivarsson, are ready to turn it up and rock Los Angeles fans’ world once again. This time the band is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their breakthrough sophomore album Dying to Say This to You. Dance your ass off all night to the hit favorites such as “Free Fall” and “Queen of Apology.” Opening acts Zipper Club and My Jerusalem will be stirring things up at the start to get the crowd moving.
December 13 — Yasiin Bey at Saban Theatre
Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def knows how to light up a stage with his highly charismatic swagger and rapid fire, thought provoking rhymes. Bey’s most recent project dubbed December 99th, a collaboration with producer Ferrari Sheppard is due out December 9th, and L.A. fans will be of the first to hear nine new tracks such as “N.A.W.” and “Local Time.” This is also a rare chance to catch him live before he relocates to Africa in January and the online buzz is that he will also perform some old school Mos Def catalog favorites.
December 14 — Royal Teeth at The Hi Hat
Louisiana indie dance-pop quartet Royal Teeth are back in action and ready to make you move with fresh dance-floor ready hits off their new EP Amateurs. The band is holding nothing back on this tour and will surely deliver the high octane performance (sometimes with confetti cannons!) that they’ve become well known for. Supporting act is glam-a-billy duo Kolars (featuring members of He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister).
December 14 — Living Legends at The Novo
The 10th Annual How The Grouch Stole Christmas extravaganza is in full effect! Check out the jaw-dropping line up which features the cream of the crop of hip-hop. Don’t miss Living Legends (ALL ORIGINAL MEMBERS) with Evidence, Grand Tapestry, The Grouch, Murs, Eligh, Scarub, Aesop, Picasso, Luckyiam, Sunspot Jonz, DJ Fresh and special guests TBD. Happy hip-hop holidays y’all!
December 15 — Weyes Blood at The Echo
Folk artist Weyes Blood aka Natalie Mering’s sings with passion and poise on her new record Front Row Seat to Earth, which features hauntingly beautiful tracks such as “Be Free” and “Do You Need My Love.” Her sound harkens back to the ’70s West Coast folk era but Mering maintains a unique style all her own. Hear it live! Opening act is experimental psych-folk group Tasseomancy.
December 16 — Naked Agression with The Generators at The Hi Hat
Madison, Wisconsin socio-political punk rockers Naked Aggression have been stirring shit up since the early ’90s and were even featured in the third incarnation of punk doc classic The Decline of Western Civilization. Now more than ever do we need their boisterous energy, DIY spirit and insight. Joining them are influential L.A. street punk n’ roll band The Generators. Opening acts are Plexikill, Let Rage and Abactive Ramex.
December 16 — The Dandy Warhols at Fonda Theatre
Garage-pop rock n’ rollers The Dandy Warhols are ready to impress fans, per usual, with their genuine swagger, catchy hooks and high energy. Shake everything that your momma gave you to badass songs such as “You Are Killing Me” off their latest release Distortland (Dine Alone Records). Supporting acts Telegram and Warbly Jets get the rock n’ roll party started.
December 16 — Dios at The Echo
Los Angeles indie rockers Dios draw from an interesting array of influences such as Os Mutantes, Karp and Chavela Vargas, yet still maintain a cool sound all their own. It’s been awhile since the band released an album (WEAREDIOS in 2009) so we’re stoked to hear what these hometown boys have in store. Opening acts are experimental post-pop group HOTT MT and Boyle Heights rockers The Tracks. Support local music!
December 17 — James Supercave with SWIMM at Troubadour
James Supercave have shared stages with indie titans Warpaint, Future Islands, and Chet Faker but now the Los Angeles psych-pop juggernaut will be front and center, treating concert-goers to an out-of-this-world musical experience when they grace the Troubadour stage. Expect to hear songs off their debut album for Fairfax Recordings, Better Strange. Melodic indie pop duo SWIMM also top the bill and will be sharing fresh tracks such as “Man’s Man” for all those hungry ears out there and singer-songwriter Lukas Frank opens.
December 17-18 — Power of The Riff at The Regent
Los Angeles underground hardcore and metal fans, it’s time to raise a glass and cheers because The Power of The Riff Festival is ready to turn it up load and tear everything to shreds for two back to back nights at The Regent. Night one features performances by Wolves in the Throne Room, Incantation, Pelican, Bloodclot (Members of Cro-Mags, Warzone, Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age}, Gag, Necrot and Crypt Rot. Night two is locked and loaded with Neurosis, Kowoloon Walled City, Gatecreeper, Obliterations and Lies.