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20 Must-See Indie Gigs That Will Cost You Less Than $30

By / August 29, 2018

Dropping one hundred bucks on a stadium show — or even a few hundred bucks on a music festival — might be worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but the truth is you don’t need to rack up a credit card debt to see good music.

After all, we live in Los Angeles, a place where you can not only see music every night of the week, but where your weird reclusive neighbor was probably the drummer in some once-legendary band.

With a little digging, it’s not hard to find noteworthy up-and-coming acts or iconic musicians playing intimate shows for as little as $10. Here are 20 gigs that we think are worth checking out and cost less than your last Postmates order.



Rico Nasty

The Echoplex

Recently hyped by the Fader as one of rap's most exciting new talents, Rico Nasty plays the Echoplex with support from Maliibu Miitch.

$18 - $20 / RSVP

Saint Etienne

Fonda Theater

London indie pop trio Saint Etienne celebrate 20 years of their classic album Good Humor with a US tour.

$30 / RSVP

Deaf Wish


Deaf Wish's 2018 album Lithium Zion was released on Sub Pop and garnered positive comparisons to Sonic Youth. Catch them on a rare tour of North America.

$12 / RSVP


Fonda Theater

Fans of the trans-Atlantic pop group Superorganism include the likes of Frank Ocean and Ezra Koenig, to name just two. See them perform their quirky pop in the flesh at the Fonda Theater.

$24 / RSVP

Haley Heynderickx

Lodge Room Highland Park

Portland singer/songwriter Haley Heynderickx's debut album has garnered widespread praise from outlets such as NPR and Stereogum. This is your chance to catch her lush, unpredictable sound live.

$15 - $19 / RSVP

Eleanor Friedberger

Teragram Ballroom

Ex-Fiery Furnaces front woman Eleanor Friedberger launches her critically-acclaimed fourth solo album, which was inspired by a goth nightclub in Athens.

$20 / RSVP

Japanese Breakfast

Fonda Theatre

Japanese Breakfast is the solo project of Michelle Zauner of Little Big League. Join her at the Fonda Theatre for the launch of her second full-length album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet.

$23 / RSVP

Ty Seagall and White Fence

The Echoplex

The collaboration between Ty Seagall and White Fence AKA Tim Presley has produced two albums that explore psychedelia, power pop, punk, and more. Join them for a mind-blowing live gig.

$23 - $30 / RSVP


The Echo

New York rapper Shayna McHayle AKA Junglepussy comes to Los Angeles to promote her critically-acclaimed third album, JP3.

$18 - $20 / RSVP

Roky Erickson

Teragram Ballroom

Founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators and legendary pioneer of psychedelic rock Roky Erickson plays a solo show the Teragram Ballroom.

$30 / RSVP

Courtney Barnett

Greek Theatre

Known for her quirky lyrics and laid-back alt-country vibes, Australian indie rocker Courtney Barnett has become a global sensation in just a few years. Support by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

$29 - $49 / RSVP


The Echoplex

Known for her outrageous lyrics and anything-goes attitude, prolific Chicago rapper, Cupcakke, comes to Los Angeles to promote her acclaimed new album Ephorize.

$20 / RSVP

ADULT. and Plack Blague


ADULT. is the music and art project of Detroit duo Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller. Over seven albums of electronic pop, the duo have gained a cult following throughout the US and Europe.

$18 - $20 / RSVP

The Field

Lodge Room Highland Park

Swedish electronic music producer and DJ Axel Willner brings his critically-acclaimed, atmospheric techno to the Lodge Room for a mini-rave to remember.

$21 - $25 / RSVP

Shannon and the Clams

Regent Theatre

Oakland-based garage punk quartet Shannon and the Clams have developed a devoted following with their mix of doo-wop, old-school R&B, surf rock, and psychedelia.

$20 - $25 / RSVP

Marisa Nadler

Moroccan Lounge

Folky, dream-pop songstress Marisa Nadler celebrates the release of her eighth full-length album, For My Crimes, which was recorded in Laurel Canyon in early 2018.

$15 / RSVP


Teragram Ballroom

Fronted by notorious producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, Page and Plant), Shellac bring their screeching, minimal noise-rock to the Teragram Ballroom.

$22 / RSVP

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Lodge Room Highland Park

Experience the warped electronic pop of Black Moth Super Rainbow at this all ages show at the Lodge Room for the launch their 2018 album, Panic Room.

$25 / RSVP

Molly Nilsson

The Echo

Berlin-based DIY singer/songwriter Molly Nilsson delivers her deadpan, art damaged take on electronic pop and modern romance in Los Angeles.

$12 / RSVP


The Wiltern

Japanese-American indie pop wunderkind's 2018 album Be the Cowboy landed rave reviews on sites like Pitchfork and the New York Times. This concert is not to be missed.

$20 - $30 / RSVP


Matthew O’Shannessy is a writer living in Los Angeles. He grew up in Tasmania, Australia and moved to LA via Melbourne where he joined an art collective and worked for the Melbourne International Film Festival. His work has been published in various magazines and he’s currently co-editing an arts anthology. He lives in Echo Park, but you can often find him scouting out the San Fernando Valley.

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