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10 Can’t-Miss Concerts in Los Angeles This Fall

By / September 5, 2018

As summer fades in the rearview window, we’ve got our eyes on the prize: Halloween, pumpkin spice everything, and these fall concerts. From Drake to Arcade Fire, there’s something for everyone at these top 10 can’t-miss musical events of the season.


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If you’ve forgotten what a live band sounds like: Arcade Fire

When: September 20, 8pm

Where: The Greek Theatre (Griffith Park)

Why: Whether you’re seeing Arcade Fire live for the first time or for the 10th time, husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne and their indie rock bandmates never cease to impress with their ability to use live performance to bring fans into their visual, musical, and emotional world. Brush up on Arcade Fire’s latest album, Everything Now, for hits like “Put Your Money on Me” and “Signs of Life” before heading to this stop along the Everything Now: Continued tour.



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If you’re ready to go apesh*t: Jay-Z and Beyonce

When: September 22, 7:30pm

Where: The Rose Bowl (Pasadena)

Why: Get ready to bow down to the queen (and king) at Jay-Z and Beyonce’s On the Run Tour II, the second installment of the royal couple’s co-headlined stadium tour. Jay-Z and Beyonce will perform selections individually as well as together, and attendees can expect to see jaw-dropping updates to the cinematic montages, iconic dance moves, and dramatic storylines that defined the mega-duo’s original On the Run Tour in 2014.



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If you’re looking for a fiesta: Los Angeles Azules

When: September 22, 8pm

Where: Microsoft Theater (Downtown LA)

Why: Los Angeles wouldn’t be the same without Mexican food, culture, and of course, music — and the fall concert schedule wouldn’t be the same without an appearance from record-breaking Mexican cumbia group Los Angeles Azules. Hot off a successful crossover performance at Coachella 2018, the popular Latin American band is performing live at the Microsoft Theater in LA as part of their De Plaza en Plaza Tour.



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If you’re ready to sing your heart out: Florence + The Machine

When: September 25-26, 7pm

Where: Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood Hills)

Why: In every generation, there are a few artists who stand out not only as artistic geniuses but also as masterful performers — and Florence Welsh of Florence + The Machine most certainly makes that list. Seriously: this woman broke her foot after jumping off the stage at Coachella and went on to finish her performance without as much as a limp. Prepare to get the chills, and get ready to sing along to classics like “Dog Days Are Over” and “Shake It Out” along with recent releases like “Hunger” and “Big God.”



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If you’re woke AF: Childish Gambino

When: September 26 and October 3, 7:30pm

Where: The Forum (Inglewood)

Why: Whether he’s acting as Donald Glover on Atlanta or tackling social justice as Childish Gambino, this auteur is committed to telling the stories we need to hear. A voice of the people (and the anti-Kanye West), Childish Gambino stole headlines earlier this year when he released the provocative music video for “This is America,” the hit single on his newest album. Now, he’s taking to the road to bring his message to venues across the country; Los Angeles fans have two chances to see him live at The Forum this fall.



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If you’re a Francophile: Jain

When: October 9, 8:30pm

Where: The El Rey (Mid-Wilshire)

Why: Listen to any of Jain’s songs, and you’ll see why the French have fallen in love with this whimsical pop princess. She has an upbeat, colorful, almost Wes Anderson-style aesthetic to her music videos, melodies, and personal wardrobe and makes the kind of head-bopping tunes that are almost guaranteed to get stuck in your head. You can’t help but smile when listening to songs like “Come” and “Makeba,” and you won’t want miss out on a rare chance to see Jain live in Los Angeles.



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If you only love your bed and your mama: Drake

When: October 12-14, 7pm

Where: STAPLES Center (Downtown LA)

Why: Angelenos have three chances to see chart toppers like “In My Feelings,” “God’s Plan,” and “Nice For What” live this fall as part of the Aubrey and The Three Amigos Tour. Drake will be joined by onstage by “Walk It Talk It” collaborators Migos and will light up the stage with high energy, raw emotion, and a blockbuster production each night at the STAPLES Center.



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If you’re ready to get down on the dance floor: Yung Bae

When: October 25 & 27, 11pm

Where: The Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood)

Why: We can only imagine how much fun the dance floor of this iconic Los Angeles venue will be when Yung Bae takes the stage for his two-night run this October. In fact, Yung Bae’s first show sold out so quickly that The Roxy Theatre added a second performance, giving fans of all ages another chance to get their groove on to the artist’s signature, inspired style of dance and EDM music.



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If you come from a land down under (or wish you did): Rüfüs Du Sol

When: November 1-3, 9pm

Where: Shrine Auditorium

Why: Australian alternative dance group Rüfüs Du Sol has made a major impact on the American music scene over the past few years and is continuing their international takeover in Los Angeles this fall alongside Cassian & Icarus. Though Rüfüs Du Sol was originally only booked for a single night, the Shrine Auditorium added a second and then third show to meet the high demand.



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If you love the ’90s: Goo Goo Dolls

When: November 9, 6:30pm

Where: Hollywood Palladium (Hollywood)

Why: Relive the glory days of the ’90s and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the Goo Goo Dolls’ hit studio album, Dizzy Up the Girl. With tracks like “Dizzy,” “Slide,” “Broadway,” “Black Balloon,” “Acoustic #3,” and “Iris,” the album showcased the Goo Goo Dolls’ signature musical compositions, transcendent vocals, and instrumental prowess — and established them as one of the era’s most defining and beloved alt-rock bands.


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Nile Cappello is obsessed with: words, cotton candy, Southern California and eating her way across the world. She’s an online and offline over-sharer, screenwriter, only child and total klutz. She’s an expert in LA coffee shops, iced tea varieties and uncovering compelling and unique true stories.

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