The best concerts this week (for ticket information, click artist name):
Monday, Sept. 12
Local L.A. band The Buttertones play melodic garage rock almost in the vein of The Growlers. They’re doing a Monday night residency at The Echo. For free, as you know by now.
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Tuesday kicks of a few big shows: Petty Fest celebrates the 40th anniversary of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The man himself won’t be there (as far as this writer knows) but the celebration boasts a huge lineup featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, Norah Jones, Darren Criss, Jakob Dylan, and many, many more. It’s at the Fonda. The first night on Tuesday is sold out, but a second show was added on Wednesday. Tickets for that night here.
Then Wilco will play a three-night stand at the theatre at The Ace Hotel beginning on Tuesday. It’s sold out at the time of writing, but maybe you’ll luck up and get in somehow. Info here.
English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg will be over at The Wiltern.
Smooth and soulful, Jamie Lidell will perform at The Echo.
Australian hard rock outfit Airbourne will fly into The Roxy.
Wednesday, Sept. 14
The biggest show this week is the Queen Bey herself, Beyoncé at Dodger Stadium. Surprisingly, there are still a few tickets left, see what you can snag here.
Carrie Underwood is also in L.A. for her tour. The Staples Center is the place.
And if you want more country, Kacey Musgraves will perform at The Greek for the night.
The Observatory will host noise rap extraordinaires Death Grips.
Or maybe the biggest show this week is Clams Casino and Lil B? In some circles, that’s the case, and if you’re in those circles, go chef up at The Novo.
Syd Arthur sounds like one dude, but it’s actually a four-piece indie rock group. The Echo will have them.
Earnest indie pop band Grouplove will be at El Cid.
Thursday, Sept. 15
Well, this is the week. This is the time. It’s Prophets of Rage. See the supergroup at The Forum.
It’s a pop rock double bill at The Greek as Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer stop by for a show.
Cass McCombs just released his stellar ninth studio album, Mangy Love. Catch the singer-songwriter this week at Teragram.
The other Jonas Brother Joe Jonas has a band called DNCE, and they’ll be at Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. Tickets for that here.
L.A. band Cosmonauts are back this year with their new LP A-Ok! their first album in three years. And with album releases comes album release parties and the ‘Nauts (we’re not sure if anyone calls them the ‘Nauts. Please forgive us if no one does) will be at Echoplex for what should be a celebratory lap.
At AXS we’ve been busy with our brand new Patio Sessions video series that takes place right here at our office. One of our first Patio Sessions welcomed Guy Blakeslee aka Entrance. You can watch that video here, and you can also see Entrance yourself, as he visits Resident for a gig.
Friday, Sept. 16
Local Natives play a hometown show at The Greek.
EDEN is the stage name of producer Jonathan Ng, who peddles a brand of dreamy and dance-driven electronic pop music. Find him at the El Rey on Friday.
More electronic music as What So Not plays the Fonda.
Porches is the project of Aaron Maine and he released his LP Pool this year to strong reviews. He’ll be at Echoplex, and the night figures as a double-bill of sorts as the melancholy jangle of Japanese Breakfast opens along with Rivergazer. Pretty great.
DIY dance-punk group Guerilla Toss is also at The Echo on Friday.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Saturday brings three big shows. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas return to L.A. for a gig at The Forum.
Chance The Rapper rolls into The Greek.
And then Brainfeeder at The Hollywood Bowl will take place with a lineup that, from tits to toes, is fire: Flying Lotus, Parliament Funkadelic with George Clinton, Thundercat, Shabazz Palaces, Gaslamp Killer, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Sunday, Sept. 18
On Sunday the Hollywood Bowl gets even better with German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, who will bring their 3-D spectacle in town for a show.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be at the Honda Center.