From A to Yo-Yo Ma and Zedd, these are the best places to get your groove (and pensive listening skills) on in LA this spring.
An electronic duo known for eccentric costumes. A cellist. A certain hip hop team responsible for giving the world “Salt Shaker.”
It’s spring in LA, and Coachella season means the live music calendar is looking even better than usual‚Äîand many of the country’s most talented artists are touching down at iconic venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Greek Theatre. Check out our top 10 picks for this season‚Äîthen update your Spotify playlist to start the pre-show hype.
Zedd Presents Welcome! Fundraising Concert
When: 6:00 PM, April 3
Where: Staples Center
Why: Organized by Zedd, this concert will benefit the ever-fearless ACLU! The stacked lineup includes many of Top 40 favorites, including Miguel, Camila Cabello, Halsey, Macklemore, and Bebe Rexha.
Hans Zimmer Revealed
When: 8:00 PM, April 14
Where: Microsoft Theater
Why: This is the first US tour‚Äîand just one of three west coast tour dates (#exclusive)‚Äîfrom the legendary film composer behind The Lion King, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and Insterstellar.
When: 9:00 PM, April 18
Where: The Novo by Microsoft
Why: ‚ÄúRunaway (U & I)‚Äù is just one of many, many incredibly catchy hits from this EDM duo‚Äîothers include ‚ÄúNo Money‚Äù and ‚ÄúPeanut Butter Jelly.‚Äù Fair warning: side effects of listening include involuntary head bopping and probably buying a ticket to Coachella.
Future Islands w/Car Seat Headrest
When: 7:00 PM, April 19
Where: The Glass House
Why: Quirky synthpop trio Future Islands‚Äôs music is hard to pin down‚Äîit‚Äôs uplifting, and edgy, simple and complex all at once. But whatever it is, it makes you want to get your groove on.
Empire of the Sun w/BROODS
When: 8:30 PM, April 19
Where: Shrine Expo Hall
Why: Empire of the Sun‚Äôs imaginative electronic beats and theatrical personas helped pave the way for the modern EDM movement. Also, you know you want to hear ‚ÄúWalking on a Dream‚Äù‚Äîthe single that had not one but two runs on the charts‚Äîlive. The single was first released in 2008, when it hit number 18; after it was featured in a Honda Commercial in 2016, it was re-released and finally hit number one.
John Mayer: The Search for Everything Tour
When: 7:30 PM, April 21
Where: The Forum
Why: Ever heard of a GRAMMY? John Mayer has seven, from 19 nominations. This newest album was uniquely released in a series of three, four-song EPs.
DMX, Too $hort & Ying Yang Twins
When: 8:00 PM, April 26
Where The Novo by Microsoft
Why: There are so many early 2000s dance jams between these three names, it‚Äôs bound to feel like a #TBT high school dance (in all the good ways, plus alcohol).
The Weeknd: Starboy: Legend of the Fall World Tour
When: 7:30 PM, April 29
Where: The Forum
Why: Insta-radio hit ‚ÄúStarboy‚Äù is at the center of this world tour, which lands at The Forum for a night of crooning (and if you‚Äôre emotional like me, probably crying).
Yo-Yo Ma w/Chris Thile
When: 8:00 PM, May 3
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall
Why: There‚Äôs a reason the show is sold-out direct through the LA Phil‚ÄîYo-Yo Ma is a genre-crossing genius who has helped to bring cello into the mainstream spotlight.
John Legend w/Gallant: Darkness & Light Tour
When: 5:30 PM, May 28
Where: Greek Theatre
Why: This tour centers on the most recent album from John Legend‚Äîmusician, actor, and husband to Chrissy Teigen (and father to Luna, who may currently be the cutest baby in Hollywood).