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Twenty Musical Events Not To Be Missed In Los Angeles In October

Paul Banks of Interpol


For some reason, October is always a busy month in Los Angeles music-wise, there are so many of concerts happening that it’s a hard task to choose. Here are 20 picks, 20 musical events I actually would like to attend. But since there are only 24 hours in s day, I will certainly go to some of them, but not all of them….

– Roky Erickson, Death Valley Girls, Wednesday 3rd at the Teragram Ballroom: Death Valley Girls have a new album, ‘Darkness Rains’ and they are a truly entertaining band fronted by the ferocious Bonnie. Combined with the legendary psychedelic rocker, it should be a good night.

– Interpol, Thursday 4th at the Hollywood Bowl with the Kills and Sunflower Bean: Paul Banks and his band are here to promote their new album, Marauder, but they will play the old ones as usual. When you are filling the Hollywood bowl, you are true stars.

– Courtney Barnett, Friday 5th at the Greek with Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Waxahatchee: Barnett minus Vile, she will sing the songs of her latest album, ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’, this woman has the indie rock anthems and will prove it to you.

– Cal Jam 2018, Saturday 6th at Glen Helen Regional Park: the Foo Fighters’ fest, that I should not promote because they decline to give me a press pass. It’s a bit far anyway, and I don’t care for Dave’s throne and the carnival rides, but this lineup, which includes Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, sounded cool enough.

– Adult Swim Festival, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th, Downtown LA: the new Adult Swim fest, which will take over ROW DTLA for two consecutive days. It looks different and interesting with a killer lineup featuring Run the Jewels, Hannibal Buress, Thundercat, Wavves, Zola Jesus, Big Freedia, Dan Deacon, Julianna Barwick, Mastodon, Neko Case, Flying Lotus, T-Pain, Dawn, Code Orange, Chad Van Gaalen, Com Truise, Joe Pera, Jo Firestone, Kitty, Clams Casino… plus the Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience, a 37-piece orchestra!

– The Buttertones, Prettiest Eyes, Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th at the Fonda Theatre: Some ‘old friends’, two bands that I watched from their humble beginning. Happy to see them playing the Fonda, it’s gonna be a wild ride.

– Ozzy Osbourne, Thursday 11th at the Hollywood Bowl: It would be cool to see the Prince of darkness for once, because he won’t be around too much longer.

– Tom Morello, Thursday 11th & Sunday 14th at the Lodge Room: The first show is already sold out, and I wonder if he will do some old the Rage Against the Machine songs, since they resonate very loudly these days.

– Desert Daze, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th: The desert bazaar of mystics and wanderers with a crazy good lineup: Tame Impala, Warpaint, Connan Mockasin, Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats, Jarvis Cocker, Hinds, Pond, IDLES, DakhaBrakha, Wand, Gum, All Them Witches, True Widow, Mary Lattimore, Sons of Kemet, Lumerians, Yonatan Gat, Eastern Medicine Singers, L.A. Witch, Boogarins, Tropa Magica, Sugar Candy Mountain, Ian Svenonius, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Slowdive, Mercury Rev, Chelsea Wolfe, Wooden Shjips, Beak>, A Place to Bury Strangers, Shannon and the Clams, Kevin Morby, Kikagaku Moyo, Malcolm Mooney, Damien Echols, Boogarins, Ex-Cult, Deap Vally, Cosmonauts, Prettiest Eyes, Cut Worms, JJUUJJUU, Ulrika Spacek, Al Lover, Hand Habits, Mannequin Pussy, Stonefield, Cat Scan, My Bloody Valentine, Death Grips, Shellac, Ty Segall, White Fence, Earth, Preoccupations, King Khan & The Shrines, Julia Holter, Earthless, Follakzoid, Bedouine, ESCAPE-ISM, The Holydrug Couple, Imarhan, Death Valley Girls, Here Lies Man, Sextile, Vinyl Williams, Goon, Gladys Lazer, The Mad Walls, Steve Albini… is that enough for your desert retreat?

– David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption, Saturday 13th at The Theatre at Ace: Another interesting and eclectic lineup, unfortunately happening the same weekend: RZA, Vic Mensa, Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire), Mike Patton, DJ Q-Bert, Liminal Soundbath (w/ Jonsi of Sigur Ros), Francis Ford Coppola, Carrie Brownstein, Grace Jones, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra,…

– The Lemon Twigs, Jungle Green, Monday 15th at Hollywood Forever Cemetery: The D’Addario brothers are hot, and they are all over LA in October.. see the next pick. They have the catchy tunes and the crazy jumps, I would go see them without hesitation.

– Arctic Monkeys, The Lemon Twigs, Mini Mansions, Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th at the Hollywood Bowl: Two dates for the British garage-rockers who are returning after a four-year hiatus… they have also a new album, a bit different I have heard, but don’t blame them for evolving.

– Likke Li with TiRon & Ayomari, Tuesday 16th at the Wiltern: The Swedish pop singer is back with her synth-driven songs and dark percussive ambiance, she is a must-see if you are into somber moods.

– Alex Cameron, Lola Kirke, Tuesday 16th at The Regent Theater: my favorite Aussie, after this other famous Aussie. Alex Cameron is an original and his songs are captivating.

– Le Butcherettes, The Real Niña Dioz, Le Ra, Stars at Night, Saturday 20th at The Hi Hat: Teri Gender Bender has a magnetic presence on stage, and nothing should stop you to go to this show

– Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cigarettes After Sex, Sunday 21st at the Forum: Of course he is my favorite Aussie! But he has an entire cult following him and the Forum will fill up with many Bad Seeds. I just wonder how he will be able to top the concert I saw at the Greek a year ago.

– BORNS, Twin Shadow, Wednesday 24th at The Greek Theatre: BORNS is out of this world, a bit surreal, and certainly not human… I have compared him to a Boticelli painting and his fans, all genders included, agree.

– Timmy’s Organism, Zig Zags, The Fly Traps, Saturday 27th at The Hi Hat: A rocking night not to be missed, badass and probably terrifying.

– Thee Oh Sees, EXEK, Prettiest Eyes Wednesday 31st at the Teragram Ballroom: Again some ‘old friends’, I have seen these bands many times, but they deserve to be seen over and over. Another rowdy night!

– Morrissey, Wednesday 31st at Ventura Theater: It’s a bit far, and Wednesday is a still school night, but if you can go (and if Morrissey doesn’t cancel), you should have an excellent time with the Moz, there’s only one like him.

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