Culture | March 11, 2022 10:38 am

The 21 Can’t-Miss Concerts Coming to LA This Spring

See you at the Mountain Goats show

John Mayer, Tyler the Creator and Lorde
John Mayer, Tyler the Creator and Lorde are all slated to play this spring.
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Live music and Los Angeles go hand in hand. Whether it’s a night to remember at a box at the Hollywood Bowl, a romantic evening under the stars at the Greek Theatre, or a quick rock session at The Fonda, there’s plenty of musical occasions for everyone in this jam-packed entertainment city. 

Between the recent re-naming of Staples Center and two years of canceled and rescheduled tours, music-loving Angelenos have been through a lot. This spring, though, there’s plenty to look forward to — and the chance to support the live musicians who make all of our lives infinitely better. In that spirit, here’s a selection of the best shows to see in the coming months.

Because Sob Rock channels all the ‘80s nostalgia you didn’t know you were missing

John Mayer at The Forum, March 15 and March 16

Because the modern disco era is upon us, and long-delayed stadium tours are finally happening 

Dua Lipa at The Forum, March 22 and March 23

Because no outdoor venue on the planet rivals Santa Barbara Bowl, and this is the kind of double header that early ‘00s indieheads dream about

Alt J and Portugal The Man at the Santa Barbara Bowl, March 26

Because everybody loves to say they saw the next “it” band before they got massive

Wet Leg at The Fonda, March 30

Because the continuous reinvention of Tyler, The Creator is one of the most fascinating spectacles in modern rap

Tyler, The Creator at Crypto Arena, March 31

Because some nights you just need to dance it out to a bunch of lowkey bangers

Charli XCX at The Greek Theatre, April 3

Because New York synth-pop sounds even better in LA

Porches at El Rey Theatre, April 5

Because Billie made a jazzy, bossa nova album that still fills stadiums

Billie Eilish at The Forum, April 8

Because shoegaze and date night go hand and hand, especially at The Greek

Beach House at Greek Theatre, April 9 and April 10

Because Philly punk will never die, and neither will the appeal of a night at Zebulon

Sheer Mag at Zebulon, April 15

Because guitar solos and talk-singing are back in a big way

PUP at The Fonda, April 21

Because belting “I’m gonna make it through this year, if it kills me!” with a whole crowd of Mountain Goats fans has never been more cathartic. Not ever

The Mountain Goats at the Regent Theater, April 28

Because everyone you know will be there, including most of the cast of Licorice Pizza

Haim and Waxahatchee at the Hollywood Bowl, May 1

Because Lorde is the anti-pop star, and even if the new album isn’t great, that idea is

Lorde at The Shrine Auditorium, May 5 and May 6

Because this band somehow makes every kind of music sound good

Big Thief at The Wiltern, May 10 and May 11

Because this TikTok-famous producer is more Dilla than D’Amelio

PinkPantheress at the Mason Lodge, May 10

Because we owe so much more than we realized to the genius of T-Pain

T-Pain at The Novo, May 12

Because Kurt Vile is a modern day guitar legend

Kurt Vile at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel, May 12

Because he’s the man, the myth, the legend, and, for all intents and purposes, The Beatles

Paul McCartney at SoFi Stadium, May 13

Because this fast-rising pop icon will never play a venue this small again

Olivia Rodrigo at The Greek Theater, May 24 and May 25

Because your dad’s favorite band is back in style, and playing the best venue in the city. Only a fool would skip that

Steely Dan at the Hollywood Bowl, May 27