It's another great week for live music in Los Angeles, especially if you're into next-level soul (Miguel, Dam-Funk, The Internet) and ladies who rock (the entire Burger A-Go-Go lineup). Follow L.A. Weekly Music on Spotify for all our concert calendar playlists, and read below for more details on this week's concerts, festivals and other happenings.
Friday, Sept. 4
Fresh from a hometown show at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, future-soul sensation Miguel gets sexy in the cemetery, with a show on the lawn at Hollywood Forever. Downtown the Regent, another of the Long Beach area's best exports, Tijuana Panthers, celebrate the release of their excellent new garage-punk LP, Poster.
Saturday, Sept. 5
Burger Records returns with another festival at the Observatory in Santa Ana, but with a twist: With no great feminist fanfare, Burger A-Go-Go 2 features only all-female and female-fronted bands, matter-of-factly demonstrating that when it comes to rock festivals, the ladies can sell tickets just as well as the guys. Kathleen Hanna's latest band The Julie Ruin headlines, alongside mercurial folk 'n' soul singer Cat Power, Kim Gordon's new group Glitterbust, Girl Gang TV gadfly Kate Nash, plus Bleached, Cherry Glazerr, Kimya Dawson and many more.
Otherwise, Saturday has us saying, "Damn." At the Fonda, ageless British wonders The Damned unfurl 40 years of snarling punk and post-punk anthems, and funky cosmonaut Dam-Funk touches down at the Teragram Ballroom for an album release party for his latest, Invite the Light.
Sunday, Sept. 6
Speaking of cosmonauts...the band Cosmonauts is just one of the many outstanding locals on tap at West Adams Fiesta, a new festival happening at Club Fais Do-Do. Also rocking the fiesta's two stages: once and future Entrance Band main man Guy Blakeslee, So Many Wizards, Drug Cabin, Pearl Charles and more, all brought to you by the good folks at Delicious Vinyl and their new West Adams outpost, Delicious Pizza.
Monday, Sept. 7
Traps PS bring their jagged post-punk to Pehrspace, with Hit Bargain and Michael Vidal.
Tuesday, Sept. 8
Odd Future spinoff The Internet perform their offbeat funk, soul and hip-hop jams at the El Rey, in support of their latest album, Ego Death.
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Wednesday, Sept. 9
It's hard to tell when Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric fame) is kidding and when he's serious with his musical output, which ranges from the straight-faced yacht-rock of Heidecker & Wood to the crusty Southern rock of his urine-themed band, The Yellow River Boys (OK, he's probably kidding with that one). He'll break out tunes from those projects and others when he headlines the Troubadour. There will be no kidding around tonight at the Roxy, where Swedish post-metallers Cult of Luna top a heavy bill that also features SubRosa and Minsk.
Thursday, Sept. 10
Another season of Twilight Concerts on Santa Monica Pier draws to a close with the quirky musical gumbo of Merrill Garbus' Tune-Yards and the heart-on-sleeve power-pop of Avid Dancer. At the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, a pair of roots legends take the stage: singer-songwriter John Hiatt, still in top form on his 22nd (!) album, last year's Terms of My Surrender, and blues icon Taj Mahal, going strong at 73.