35 Best Los Angeles Concerts of January: Spencer Ludwig, Thee Oh Sees, Lord Huron, Talib Kweli

Surf Curse

Surf Curse — Photo by Matthew James Wilson

January 13 — Surf Curse at El Rey Theatre
Hailing from Reno, Nevada are lo-fi surf rock duo Surf Curse. On this Friday night, the band will perform songs off their debut record released via Danger Collective Records. In addition to new tracks, look out for songs off their 2013 EP release Sad Boys featuring some hella catchy songs such as “I’m Not Making Out With You” and “Forever Dumb.” Palm Reader and BOYO support. Get Tickets!

January 16 & 17— Hamilton Leithauser with Alexandra Savior at Teragram Ballroom
Former member of Vampire Weekend, Rostham Batmanglij and former frontman forthe indie rock band The Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser, collaborated on the release of Leithhauser’s third album, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine. So far, an international tour lasting all through June is scheduled for half of the year. See him debut “In A Black Out” and “A 1000 Times” off the critically acclaimed album for two nights at the Teragram Ballroom! Alexandra Savior opens up the night. We can’t get enough of this rising star. Trust, she is not to be missed! Get Tickets!

January 18 — Goon at The Echo
We last caught Kenny Becker (aka Goon) for a quick chit chat about his impressive debut EP Dusk of Punk released this past year. A mix of garage rock, grunge, and lo-fi sounds soar throughout on tracks like “Dizzy,” “Merchant Hall,” and “Gay Rage.” So far only this is the only show date on Goon’s schedule, but we’re excited to see what’s to come in further months! Young Jesus, Pastel Felt, Draag support. Get Tickets!

January 18 — Mogwai at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Glasgow post-rock band, Mogwai have announced a North American tour with the first show date taking place in downtown L.A! The “Hungry Face” band will perform songs off the Mark Cousins’ documentary soundtrack, Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise. This will definitely be an eerie, captivating listen given the film portrays the horrors of the nuclear age. Get Tickets!

January 18 — Gregory Uhlmann at Bootleg Theater
Not only is Gregory Uhlmann a performing artist/composer, but the L.A. based musician has participated in coordinating workshops at CalArts, University of Oregon, University of Nevada, and more. Wednesday night for the multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass clarinet, viola, pump organ), is set for the debut of his first album release. Get Tickets!

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

January 19 — Talib Kweli at Belasco Theater
Recording artist, entrepreneur, and social activist Talib Kweli has announced The 7 Tour in support of his latest album release Awful People Are Great at Parties. The album dropped this past November via his record label Javotti Media, featuring appearances by Aloe Blacc, Chazmere, and Scotty ATL. Styles P and K’Valentine join him on tour. Get Tickets!

January 20 — The Aggrolites at The Echo
Get your groove on during the first month of the new year to the chill vibes of reggae band The Aggrolites. Yes, it has been a while since the five-piece band released a new album but none of that matters when you have six albums and more than sixty songs to choose from. Come hear classics like “Free Time,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Complicated Girl.” Its gonna be a jiggly good time. Get Tickets!

January 21 — The Sonics at The Echoplex
After 48 years, the influential garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington released their latest album This Is The Sonics back in 2015. The album was greatly received among critics and fans of the band, proving they still got it! Come and be taken back to the sound of where one of this century’s most prominent genres began. Get Tickets!

January 21 — Caught A Ghost at Bootleg Theater
Back in 2013, we published a feature on the Venice Music Crawl where local artists/bands participated in performing their music live over the Lincoln Blvd. strip. The electronic artist Caught A Ghost was one of our picks that day, as well as for this list! The singer, producer, and songwriter Jesse Nolan, has announced the release of a sophomore album for this year, including his single “VICTORY LAP” this upcoming Spring. In the meantime, he will be supporting the Million Women March by benefitting this show to Planned Parenthood. Clara-Nova, and Dream Machines support. Get Tickets!

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