New year, new music! One of the best resolutions one can make is discovering new music and experiencing it live. Luckily, Los Angeles is one of the best cities to do that from small indie artists to arena worthy performances. At Loop Magazine, we’ve looked into some of the best concerts happening in LA this first month of 2024, and it’s starting the year strong.
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Start the year with some old school rock and roll as the Eagles are making stops in Los Angeles for their “California Concerts” in their The Long Goodbye Tour. Heartbreakingly, their final tour. What is especially iconic about these performances is that they will also celebrate the ten year anniversary of the rock band first playing at the Forum, which also happened to be the arena’s first show after its 100 million dollar renovation that has made it the staple concert venue it is today.
The Eagles were formed in Los Angeles, making this performance extra special as they will be performing in their origin city. Popular songs over this band’s 50+ years career include “Hotel California,” “Take it Easy” and “One of These Nights.” Hall of Famer band, Steely Dan, will also be joining this performance.
For tickets, visit HERE
The Kia Forum3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood@thekiaforum
Breaking Sound LA will automatically make you the cool and pop cultural knowledgeable friend as it will expose you to the hottest emerging artists. You’ll feel even cooler at this Los Angeles location. Adult’s Only is located in a secret entrance bar behind a strip mall, concealing itself as a pornography store.
The headlining artist for this event is Vivian Marie, an Afro-Latina artist who is pursuing both acting and singing. She released her self-titled EP, Viv, last year and can be found on Hulu and CBS Network shows. She will be joined by Ashley Price with her band, Bloom Theory, Sam Casper, and Kennyflowers.
Adult’s Only7065 1/2 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles @adultsonlybar
Originally formed in 1965, The Chocolate Watchband is still rocking and rolling. They are led by singer and lead guitarist David Aguilar, and their most recent album, “This is My Voice” released in February 2019. They have rotated their lineup throughout the years but have consistently kept a garage rock and psychedelic sound. They initially broke up in 1970 after creating a large following in California’s bay area, but have regathered in the 1990s and since released new music.
Whiskey a Go Go8901 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles @thewhiskyagogo
Get ready to dance and feel some contagious enthusiasm as the DJ Thadeus Labuszewski, also known as Disco Lines, is putting on a show that will showcase his popular original songs and remixes. He is coming to the Fonda Theatre for the final stop of his tour. The young DJ has made a name for himself in college towns, clubs, and festival circuits. He not only stands out for his music, but also for his love of dolphins and other oceanic creatures. He hopes to be remembered for both his musical talents and aquatic advocacy.
Fonda Theatre6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles@fondatheatre
Whether you are a hard core punk-rock fan or just need to release some energy, this Black Flag event is for you. The 1970s band is considered one of the first hardcore punk-rock bands in the United States, known for their microtonal guitar solos and tempo shifts. The band became successful off a word of mouth network, organizing their own gigs as most of their songs had messages of being against conformity and anti-authoritarian. Their name even follows that symbolism claiming that “if a white flag means surrender, then a black flag means anarchy.”
At this event, patrons will be getting a full taste of them as they will be performing two sets from My War and Best of Black Flag.
The Regent Theater448 S Main St, Los Angeles@regenttheaterla
A fun fact about When in Rome is the eccentric 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite is their claim to fame. Their song “THE PROMISE” was the movie’s signature tune, making it a hit and also giving the band recognition. This helped fuel the popularity of their other top songs “HEAVEN KNOWS” and “CHILDS PLAY.”
The original When in Rome disbanded because of musical differences, but in 2006, When in Rome II was created with founding member Michael Floreal and new singer and songwriter John Ceravolo. Since, the duo have been touring and performing and just signed a deal with Spectra Records. Their songs continue to dominate, and they are now bringing it to Whiskey a Go Go.
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Whiskey a Go Go8901 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood@thewhiskyagogo
Dessa is a triple threat. She’s an actress, a singer and writer. She’s performed at Lollapalooza and was featured on the Hamilton mixtape with her song “Congratulations,” which accumulated over 20 million streams. She even has her multiple albums, including “Parts of Speech,” which recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. She knows how to command the stage with music and without having presented a TedTalk and multiple keynote speeches. Now she’s on tour to showcase her latest music.
The Lodge Room104 N Ave, Los Angeles@lodgeroom
Based in Louisiana, the gangster rapper Juvenile is mostly known for his work from the 1990s and early 2000s. His debut album, Being Myself, released in 1995 but his first album to reach number one of the Billboard 200 was Reality Check. His top songs include “Set it Off” and “Back That Azz Up.” For this event, Mannie Fresh joins him.
The Bellwether333 S Boylston St, Los Angeles@thebellwetherla
It’s only January, but this might be one of the biggest nights of 2024 for punk rock fans. The band Anti-Heros is performing in Los Angeles for one night only. This is the first time the band has graced the City of Angels in 25 years, and they do not have a plan to return anytime soon.
The Atlanta based band has seen a lot of changes over the years with members but still keeps a prominent legacy commenting on racism and having top songs such as “Hate Edge” from their 1988 album Don’t Tread on Me.
First Street Pool & Billiard1906 East 1st St, Los Angeles@1ststreetpoolhall
Son of Bob Marley, Julian Marley is making a musical impact of his own. He is currently on tour with his band, The Uprising, celebrating their Grammy nominated song “Color of Royals.” This concert set will not only feature songs from his recent album, but he will also sing his father’s songs, continuing his legacy. Like his father. Julian Marley specializes in reggae, afro-beats music and rocks the signature Marley locks.
The Roxy Theatre9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood@theroxy
January is the month of rock music in Los Angeles, as there is another band coming to make their mark. Explosions in the Sky has a LA stop on their The End tour, named after their eighth studio album which was released in September 2023. The band is most well known for their guitar work and storytelling.
The Wiltern3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles@thewiltern
Tik tok, it’s time to get your Kesha tickets! The 2000s clubbing anthem icon has seen a lot through the years, reflected in her music’s evolution. Formally known as The Gag Tour, Los Angeles is the final stop of the now named Only Love Tour. The artist announced the name change earlier this year. “Life is too short, and I want to celebrate the freedom and love in my life with all of you,” Kesha wrote in an Instagram post.
The Roxy Theatre9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood@theroxy
It is the 20th anniversary of Morissey’s album You are the Quarry. To celebrate, the rock legend will be performing the album’s entirety and fan favorites at the Kia Forum. Before breaking out on his own, Morissey was known for being the frontman and lyricist of The Smiths. In his solo career, he is known for not only his deep, unique voice, but also his lyrics about emotional isolation, sexual feelings, and a little bit of self-roasting.
10 years ago, rapper Isaiah Rishad released his debut album Cilvia Demo which became a hit. It developed a cult following for its impactful lyrics and beats. The concept album talks about Rishad’s struggles as a teen including substance abuse, an absent father and police brutality.
The album also includes a list of impressive features such as Jean Deaux, Michael Da Vinci, SZA, ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock. To celebrate the decade of the album, Rishad will now be putting on a special performance.
The Wiltern3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles@thewiltern
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