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Cool Concerts in L.A. 7/25/18 to 7/31/18

Wednesday 7/25
Avi Buffalo at Lot 1- Free!

Thursday 7/26
Cut Chemist at the Hammer Museum- Free!

Friday 7/27
Reggie Watts & Karen at the Moroccan Lounge- Sold out 😦
Jon Brion at Largo at the Coronet- $30
Save Ferris at the Cave- $30 to $50
Now, Now at the Troubadour- Sold out 😦
Blondie and Adam Ant at the Microsoft Theater- $48 to $18

Saturday 7/28
Feels at the Resident- Free!
Blondie and Adam Ant at the Microsoft Theater- $35 to $115
Ozomatli and Jenny & the Mexicats at Pershing Square- Sold out 😦
Lola Kirke at the Getty Center- Free!
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas at Alex’s Bar- $12
She Wants Revenge at the Cave- $25 to $45

Sunday 7/29
The Weirdos at the Echo- $15

Monday 7/30
Meg Myers at Amoeba Hollywood- Free!
Cayucas at the Moroccan Lounge- $10
Johanna Samuels at the Bootleg- Free!

Tuesday 7/31
The Decemberists at the Greek Theatre- $29.50 to $49.50
Animal Collective at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel- $33.50 to $45

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Cool Concerts in L.A. 7/18/18 to 7/24/18

Wednesday 7/18
Paramore, Foster the People, and Jay Som at the Forum- $39 and up
Corinne Bailey Rae (with Seal) at the Hollywood Bowl- $21 and up
Honus Honus at the Hi Hat- $12
Jim James at the Pico-Union Project- Sold out 😦
The Adicts at Marty’s on Newport- Sold out 😦

Thursday 7/19
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks at the Roxy- Sold out 😦
Wye Oak at the Lodge Room- Sold out 😦
Kauf at the Hammer Museum- Free!
The Adicts at Marty’s on Newport- Sold out 😦

Friday 7/20
Charlotte Gainsbourg at the Fonda Theatre- $60 to $85
Juliette & the Licks at the Teragram Ballroom- $25
U.S. Girls at El Rey Theatre- $18.50
The Buttertones at Sealegs- Free!
Car Seat Headrest at the Wiltern- $30
The Adicts at the Fox Theater Pomona- $24.50
X at the Canyon Agoura Hills- $24 to $48
Colleen Green at Highland Park Bowl- Free!
Phoebe Bridgers at Soho- $16
Hot Chip (DJ set) at Exchange LA- $20 to $90
Surf Curse at Chain Reaction- Sold out 😦

Saturday 7/21
Glassjaw at El Rey- $29.50
She Wants Revenge (with the Psychedelic Furs) at Pershing Square- Sold out 😦
X at the Canyon Santa Clarita- $24 to $48

Sunday 7/22
My Bloody Valentine at the Shrine- Sold out 😦
Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries at the Garage- $5

Monday 7/23
Johanna Samuels at the Bootleg- Free!
Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries at the Smell- $5

Tuesday 7/24
Colleen Green (with Jon Daly Kills It) at the Satellite- $8
Dead Sara at Amoeba Hollywood- Free!

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Cool Concerts in L.A. 7/11/18 to 7/17/18

Wednesday 7/11
We Are Scientists and Beverly at the Moroccan Lounge- $20
Kina Grannis at the Teragram Ballroom- $25

Thursday 7/12
We Are Scientists and Beverly at the Moroccan Lounge- $20
María del Pilar (with La Chamba) at Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park- Free!
Chris Isaak at the City National Grove of Anaheim- $55 and up
Brandi Carlile at the Grammy Museum- Sold out 😦

Friday 7/13
Sotomayor at Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park- Free!
Body/Head at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery- $20
The Coathangers at the Resident- $15
Annie Hardy (of Giant Drag), Cory Becker (of Living Things), and Nima Kazerouni (of So Many Wizards) at Stories- Free!
Melvins at the Troubadour- Sold out 😦

Saturday 7/14
Best Coast (and the Bangles) at Pershing Square- Sold out 😦
Popfuji 2018 with Death Valley Girls and more at Brouwerij West- Free!
Feels at the Getty Center- Free!
L.A. Witch at Twisted at the Pike at Summer and Music in Long Beach at the Pike Outlets- Free!
Y La Bamba at the Bootleg- $12

Sunday 7/15
Freedom Fry and Great Lake Swimmers at the Federal Bar North Hollywood (early show)- Free!
Chris Isaak at the Fox Performing Arts Center- $45 and up

Monday 7/16
Johanna Samuels at the Bootleg- Free!
Flasher at the Echo- $10

Tuesday 7/17
Jim James at Jimmy Kimmel Live- Waitlist available

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Cool Concerts in L.A. 7/4/18 to 7/10/18

Wednesday 7/4
Nosaj Thing at Low End Theory- $10

Thursday 7/5
Surf Curse at Marty’s on Newport- $15
La Santa Cecila at the Concert Lounge- Sold out 😦

Friday 7/6
Imaad Wasif at Gold Diggers- Free!
Surf Curse at the Hi Hat- Sold out 😦
Os Mutantes at the Union Nightclub- $30
Petal and Camp Cope at the Bootleg Theater- $15

Saturday 7/7
Surf Curse and Lunch Lady at the Hi Hat- Sold out 😦
Dean & Britta at the Resident- Free with RSVP!
Wanda Jackson at Marty’s on Newport- $20

Sunday 7/8
Inara George at the Moroccan Lounge- $20
Surf Curse at the Roxy- Sold out 😦

Monday 7/9
Johanna Samuels at the Bootleg Theater- Free!

Tuesday 7/10
Sylvan Esso at the Greek Theatre- $24-$40
Jenny O. at the Moroccan Lounge- $10

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Cool Concerts in L.A. 6/27/18 to 7/3/18

Wednesday 6/27
Gavin Turek at the Grove- Free!
Smashing Pumpkins at the Troubadour- $19.79 on sale at Amoeba
Glasser at Zebulon- $10

Thursday 6/28
Feels at Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park- Free!
Janelle Monáe at the Greek Theatre- Sold out 😦
Dâm-Funk at the Resident- $10

Friday 6/29
The Regrettes at the Teragram Ballroom- $16
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the Regent Theater- $23.50
Fishbone at Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park- Free!
The Big Pink at Zebulon- Free!
Devon Welsh (of Majical Cloudz) at the Getty Center- Free!
Jon Brion at Largo at the Coronet- $30
James Supercave at the Wayfarer- $12

Saturday 6/30
Cold Cave at the Fonda Theatre- $23
Snail Mail at the Bootleg- Sold out 😦
Gang Gang Dance and more at the Broad- $30

Sunday 7/1
Dirti Penni Fest with No Age, Sadgirl, Feels, and more at the Echo and Echoplex- $20
The Horrors at the Regent Theater- Sold out 😦
Snail Mail at the Bootleg- Sold out 😦
Dynasty Handbag at Zebulon- $15
Carah Faye (of Shiny Toy Guns) at the Moroccan Lounge- $10

Monday 7/2
Draemings at It’s A School Night- Free with RSVP!

Tuesday 7/3
Frog Eyes at the Moroccan Lounge- $15

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Cool Concerts in L.A. 6/20/18 to 6/26/18

Wednesday 6/20
Nina Diaz at the Hotel Cafe- $12.50
Joe Cardamone (Icarus Line), Annie Hardy (Giant Drag) & Melissa Brooks (the Aquadolls) (plus a screening of the film “The Icarus Line Must Die”) at the Regent Theater- $17.50
Stars and Shamir at the Glass House
Marissa Nadler at the Standard Hollywood- Free!

Thursday 6/21
Dawes at Amoeba Hollywood- Free!
TT (Theresa Wayman of Warpaint) at the MOCA Music at the Geffen Contemporary- Free with RSVP!
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at the Echo- $24

Friday 6/22
La Luz at the Teragram Ballroom- $15
Wavves at FIGat7th- Free!
Death Valley Girls and Lydia Lunch at Zebulon- $20
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at the Echo- Sold out 😦
Olafur Arnalds at the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian- Sold out 😦

Saturday 6/23
Arroyo Seco Weekend, with Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Jack White, Seu Jorge, Belle and Sebastian, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and more at Brookside at the Rose Bowl- $154 and up
Japanese Breakfast at the Glass House- $16

Sunday 6/24
Father John Misty, Gillian Welch, and Big Thief at the Hollywood Bowl- $19 and up
Arroyo Seco Weekend, with Kings of Leon, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Alanis Morissette, and more at Brookside at the Rose Bowl ($154 and up)
Batwings Catwings and more at the Hi Hat- $6

Monday 6/25
Cat Scan at the Echoplex- Free!
Meg Myers at the Echo- Sold out 😦
Ex Stains (plus a screening of “Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits” and Q&A) at the Regent Theater- $10

Tuesday 6/26
Shopping and Alice Bag at the Echo- $10

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Cool Concerts in L.A. 6/13/18 to 6/19/18

Wednesday 6/13
Nina Diaz at the Hotel Cafe (8pm)- $12.50
Dirty Projectors at El Rey- $30
Eliza Rickman at the Hotel Cafe (7pm)

Thursday 6/14
Amadou & Mariam at El Rey- $35
Psychic Twin at the Bootleg- Free with RSVP!
Nicole Atkins opening for JD McPherson at the Teragram Ballroom- $22.50

Friday 6/15
Sunflower Bean and Jesse Jo Stark at the Teragram Ballroom- $16
Har Mar Superstar (sings Sam Cooke) at the Regent- $15
Upset opening at the Hi Hat- $8
Gabriel Garzon-Montano at Figat7th- Free!

Saturday 6/16
The Roots at the Queen Mary- Sold out 😦
Pinky Pinky at the Echo- $10 (early show)
Questlove at 1720- $10
Brownout at Alex’s Bar- $15
Dan Deacon at the Echoplex- $15

Sunday 6/17
Flying Lotus, Little Dragon, and BADBADNOTGOOD at the Hollywood Bowl- $24-$134

Monday 6/18
Cat Scan at the Echo- Free!
Stars at the Teragram Ballroom- $26

Tuesday 6/19
Ana Tijoux at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery- $25
Haunted Summer at the Bootleg- $10

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FYF 2013


FYF is always one of the best things about summer in Los Angeles.  Sean Carlson, founder of the festival, consistently puts together a fantastic lineup.  This year was no exception.

Here are some highlights from the festival.


Kumail Nanjiani


Last year Kumail Nanjiani was supposed to perform in the comedy tent, but cancelled without warning.  This year, he was initially on the lineup, was taken off, and was added days before the festival on the FYF phone app.  His set was definitely the best comedy set on Saturday and resonated well with the audience.  He was super familiar with FYF’s demographic, he’s on the TV show Portlandia, and knew what material would go over well.  Kudos!



METZ are a solid punk band.  FYF started out 10 years ago as a DIY festival, so it’s great that there are always punk and hardcore bands on the lineup.  METZ were full of energy and interacted well with the audience.  It was very cool to see them at an outdoor festival, especially because there were mosh pits forming (okay, 1).  They put on a fun show and helped start the festival nicely.

The Breeders


The Breeders are such an influential band, hopefully most attendees did not miss them.  They played their album Last Splash in its entirety and celebrated its 20th anniversary.  For most of the people in the audience, largely 20-somethings, they were not even musically aware of The Breeders at the peak of their success.  The band had such a positive chemistry on stage and it was a great performance of the album.  They even brought the original wind chimes they used on the album to use in this very special show.



Black Flag were a quintessential LA band and have had a huge influence on the LA music scene.  It was super appropriate to see FLAG (with members of Black Flag) with the LA skyline behind them.  Their set was about an hour long, a lengthy set for a band with 2 minute songs as their average.  It was a good balance to see Keith Morris and Dez Cadena (he introduced himself as “Uncle D”) trading off on vocals, although Keith Morris undoubtedly has a better stage presence.  Even though the band members are all over 47, their age is no hindrance and they were able to play a fantastic show, with more energy than most younger bands.  Stand out songs included “Wasted” and “Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie.”  Fuck yeah.

Honorable Mentions:

Charles Bradley

I did not get to see all of Charles Bradley’s set, so unfortunately, I did not get the full experience.  However, he is an undeniably powerful vocalist and performer.  He hugged the audience at the end of his performance and seemed to be genuinely thrilled to be at FYF.

The Locust

The Locust are a band best enjoyed live.  It’s the only arena where you can fully comprehend the intent of their music.  They are dressed like flies and sound like what music would probably sound like to a fly.  Or some kind of bug, it coincides with their band name regardless.  This was one of their first dates back together as a band after an extended hiatus, so they were fresh and ready to play.


Fear of Men


Fear of Men’s band name alone is awesome.  They started Sunday out on a high note and maintained a decent sized audience for the majority of their set.  Pretty good, considering a large portion of the crowd showed up later in the day, probably nursing hangovers.  It should be exciting to hear more about this band in the future.

Chelsea Wolfe


Chelsea Wolfe’s performance was astounding.  Goosebumps swarmed my arms during her set, it was everything I hoped it would be. The set was beautiful and hypnotic.  Her voice is strong, operatic, and commands attention.  All her dedicated fans were standing toward the front of the stage, silent and fixated on her throughout the set.  Even though she played in the daylight, the set was just as impressive as if she had played in the seemingly more appropriate dark.  She played a lot of new music from her upcoming album, Pain Is Beauty.  She is Goth, at its finest.



!!! always puts on a fun show.  When they started, about half the crowd was dancing, but as they progressed, they were able to even convince the most resistant audience members to dance.  !!! just have that effect over people.  Lead singer Nic Offer is so enthusiastic and entertaining as a front man.  He wore short shorts with the album cover for Rolling Stones’ Some Girls printed all over them.  It was so appropriate and am convinced it also improved his dancing abilities.

Beach House


Beach House are moving live.  They take you away from where you are in the present and into a different world.  They put you into a dream-like state.  Even though they have light show, they don’t need any theatrics.  Their music speaks for itself.  They evoke an emotional response from you live.  There is something soothing about Victoria Legrand’s voice.  The textures and sounds Beach House are able to create with three people are absolutely stunning.  They played for one of the largest crowds of the weekend.  Their sound is larger than life and it was great to see them properly recognized.

Honorable Mentions:


Cameron Mesirow’s vocals were ok, but the woman who played the percussion instruments was incredible!  She played with four mallets on the vibraphone during much of the set and was also able to easily transition over to drums.  She was really impressive.

My Bloody Valentine

I used to listen to Loveless all the time, so I was super excited to see My Bloody Valentine live.  Unfortunately, their set was really loud.  I have been to hundreds on concerts in my lifetime and this performance was without a doubt, the loudest.  It was so loud, that the sound was a bit distorted and was not enjoyable.  Thankfully, they played my favorite song of theirs, “I Only Said,” first in their set, so I didn’t have to subject my eardrums to the rest of their set.