7 ARTISTS TO SEE THIS MONTH IN LA
The best part of living in LA? There’s so much music. The worst part of living in LA? How can you possibly see it all!? The struggle is real, which is why we’ve helped narrow it down to the top 7 artists you should be seeing live this month.
Where: The Echo
At only 17 years old, pop artist Olivia O’Brien has already gone triple-platinum, with over 1 billion streams worldwide. After garnering such incredible attention, O’Brien has recently released her new single, “RIP,” which tells the story of feeling like you lost someone you care about after watching them relentlessly change. In an interview with LADYGUNN, she said the song was about “one of my first friends in LA, his name was Kyle. I had a huge crush on him the whole time but he never reciprocated it and after some drama that happened...I got upset and things started going south….Eventually, I just wasn’t in the picture anymore.” Watch Olivia O’Brien pour her heart out live at The Echo September 19th.
Where: Shrine Auditorium
Kacy Hill, the redhead known as Kanye’s protégé, has just released her first full-length album, Like A Woman, through Def Jam, and it’s incredibly sultry, empowering, and catchy. Before the immense success of her 2015 EP, Bloo, the young artist started out as a model at the age of 16 for American Apparel. Later on, she became a backup dancer for Kanye’s YEEZUS tour, and here we are today. Like A Woman was released this June, and now Hill is back experiencing #tourlife with Glass Animals. You definitely don’t want to miss her at Shrine Auditorium.
Where: The Wiltern
LA artist and producer Jennifer Lee, known as TOKiMONSTA, has everyone on their toes with her new single, “We Love,” from her forthcoming album, Lune Rouge, out October 6th. The album features everyone from Isaiah Rashad to Joey Purp, to Ambré Perkins. While the song is upbeat with a great hook, the entire album stems from a very emotional journey. After being diagnosed with moyamoya, a rare disease where certain arteries in the brain are constricted, having brain surgery, and recovering from losing her musical abilities, Lune Rouge was TOKiMONSTA’s catharsis. Her performance will be epic, to say the least. And of course, We Are: The Guard couldn’t be more proud to have TOKiMONSTA on our sister company's publishing roster.
Where: Hollywood Bowl
After a six year hiatus, Fleet Foxes is back for their first LA show in a hot minute. Their third full-length studio album, Crack-Up, was released this past June via Nonesuch and Bella Union. Fleet Foxes was perhaps one of the biggest indie bands in the early 2000s. I’m sure you’ve all heard “White Winter Hymnal.” (If you haven’t, go listen. Right now.) After being nominated for a GRAMMY, lead singer Robin Pecknold decided to pursue other passions and put music on hold. After taking up new hobbies and going to college in New York City, Fleet Foxes is back with what’s sure to be a chart-topper.
Where: El Rey Theatre
From growing up in a small town with less than 1,000 people to going platinum five times, Norwegian pop artist Astrid S has definitely come a long way. Starting out at the age of six writing songs on piano, she’s now won her first Norwegian GRAMMY and has collaborated with various music industry veterans including Avicii. Her latest EP, Party’s Over, was released this past summer. After spending most of 2016 opening for Troye Sivan and selling out her own headlining tour in Europe, Astrid S. is now headlining her first world tour.
Where: The Fonda Theatre
This isn’t Bleachers’ first rodeo. Bleachers, who is actually Jack Antonoff, started out playing in well-known bands such as Fun and Steel Train and has written for the likes of Lorde, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sia, and more. He’s won three GRAMMYs and even started his own music festival, Shadow of the City, in New Jersey. With such an incredibly diverse background, Antonoff is definitely crushing the game. Bleachers’ sophomore album, Gone Now, came out this past June. Spend your Tuesday night letting loose at The Fonda Theatre.
Where: El Rey Theatre
Hailing from Nashville, the indie-rockers have been adventuring on the road since they formed together over 10 years ago in 2006. The band met while attending Belmont University and now this year alone they’ve gone on to play Coachella, perform on Late Night With Seth Myers, and recently released the first single, “Two High,” from their upcoming untitled album. “Two High” premiered on SiriusXM’s Jam On, where vocalist Trevor Terndrup explained the song is about hope…”hope for understanding, hope for acceptance, and hope for our future. We were inspired by the simple and universal peace sign. It's a gesture we would like to see more of." Feel inspired on September 29th watching Moon Taxi play it live.
There you have it, the top artists you need to see this month if you live in LA. Even if you don’t live in LA, check if these artists are coming to a town near you. Or if you’re feeling adventurous enough, just road trip over here. Who are you excited to see this month? Comment below.
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