Top LA Concerts to Satisfy Your Leftover Teen Angst

Porches with Japanese Breakfast

Friday, Sept. 16, @ 8 p.m.

Echoplex, Los Angeles

$10.50 – $16.50

Porches, led by Aaron Maine, has developed a unique style that infuses chill electronic beats with indie sulkiness. This year, Maine released a second full-length record, featuring moody atmospheric hits like "Underwater" and "Be Apart." Check out this artist if you’re looking for a laid-back evening at the Echoplex.

 

Frankie Cosmos

Saturday, Oct. 1, @ 6 p.m.

The Echo, Los Angeles

$12.50 – $14.50

 

Singer and songwriter Greta Kline assumed the stage name Frankie Cosmos in 2012 when she dropped out of college to pursue music full-time. With soft vocals and quirky lyrics, Kline tells stories of youth, identity, and lovesickness. Each song drips with nostalgia and offers a kind of intimacy that convinces you Kline might be performing each track just for you as she sits cross-legged on the floor of your dorm room. Listen to her singing live about that time she stood in the street and stared at the window of her crush’s house.

 

TOPS

Wednesday, Oct. 5, @ 9 p.m.

SOHO Restaurant & Music, Santa Barbara

$12

This Montreal-based bedroom pop group has stunned critics with its dreamy, humming tracks. Breezy vocals by Jane Penny and artful songwriting combine to produce an atmosphere of airy romance and tender heartache. Swoon with me this October!

 

Beach Fossils

Thursday, Oct. 13, @ 8 p.m.

The Observatory, Santa Ana

$20

Beach Fossils are an underground indie pop band that offer dark, lo-fi ballads. They are best suited for cloudy beach days and late night strolls around the dimly-lit Village streets. Or, better yet, catch them live in Santa Ana, just a 45-minute drive from Claremont.

 

Day Wave

Wednesday, Nov. 2, @ 8 p.m.

Troubadour, West Hollywood

$15

 

Oakland native Jackson Phillips constructed Day Wave around steady bass lines and beautifully sorrowful lyrics. Phillips layers his sulky songwriting over drum-driven beats and lowkey '80s pop-inspired ambience. Tracks like "Gone," "Drag," and "Stuck" are perfect for your late summer road trip playlist, and even better for a live show in West Hollywood.

 

SALES

Friday, Nov. 11, @ 8 p.m.

The Regent Theater, Los Angeles

$15.50 – $19.50

 

SALES recently released their first LP, a minimalistic record that features pulsating rhythms and whimsy vocals. The duo’s soft melodies and dreamlike lyrics captivate audiences and have propelled several of their songs—including "Getting It On" and "Jamz"—to the top of the indie charts.

 

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Friday, Dec. 9, @ 8:30 p.m.

The Roxy Theater, Los Angeles

$17

BFL stands apart from other bands on this list because of his knack for producing gloomy but beautiful acoustic melodies. On “Tilikum” he sings in his signature breathy vocals, “Be my rose, growing in the cold. Be my light in the window at home.” Leftwich’s poignant storytelling is reminiscent of Daughter, Elliott Smith, and Ben Howard. This show is ideal for anyone who tends to pretend early December in Southern California might actually turn cold and gloomy.

 

Wild Child

Tuesday, Dec. 13, @ 8 p.m.

Troubadour, West Hollywood

$15

Indie pop stars Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins lead Wild Child. You can rely on them to bring you a vocal love letter with every song. Beggins’s ukulele leads their folksy tunes as the two sing of sentimentalism, heartbreak, and lovesickness. To give you a taste of what is to come in their show on Dec. 13, here is a line from their top track, "Pillow Talk": “This pillow talk, don’t wake me up—my dream is done. I’m still in love—I know your fears. Just lying here—I think I’ll leave. Please don’t, my dear.”