2015 is coming to a close and we’re boogie-ing all the way. From Riot Grrl mosh pits to the Sound of Music, psychedelic vibes to holiday shows, there’s no shortage of audible opportunities this month. Here are the Culture Trip’s top picks for Los Angeles, and they are all under $5.
TÜLIPS released their debut record in November and toured up the coast to celebrate. Now the riot Grrl four-piece is making their home-base fans happy with a comeback show at their very own record label’s shop.
Dec. 3: Matthew Szlachetka
After a long national tour, Matthew Szlachteka returns to his favorite Hollywood spot for a night of his sweet serenades. Jamie Wyatt will join for some beautiful harmonies.
yOya appropriately dubbed November ‘yovember’ after a month-long nationwide tour. Now they’re celebrating their homecoming with James the Human and Dre Babinski’s (formerly of Hunter Hunted) new project Steady Holiday. $5 entry.
Always a great spot to catch the best up-and-comers across the globe, It’s A School Night hosts New York progressive rockers Caverns, LA’s Sun Drug, the indie pop of Oakland’s Hazel English, and The Shadowboxers’ R&B from Nashville.
SPIN is bringing their legendary Year in Music Party from New York to LA to celebrate the best in music of 2015. California dreamers Best Coast lead the way with their swooning pop, while Tink represents female rappers and Alex G brings the lo-fi Philadelphia pop. Technology-advanced YACHT will spin in-between for a nonstop dance party. Free with RSVP.
Buzzbands.LA is celebrating the holidays with local music. SWIMM and Babes are two solid acts that should already be on your 2015 mix tape. As for Memory Rounds, the new collaboration between Ryan Kirkpatrick (ex-Red Cortez) and Matt Aveiro (ex-Cold War Kids), this is their first show right on the heels of the release of their debut album. DJ Bumbaclot will be spinning between sets. $5 entry.
Dec. 13: Screening of The Sound of Music
The Hammer’s Family Flicks Film Series continues with The Sound of Music, celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year. Tip: do not resist the urge to sing along.
New Professor Music is kicking off the holiday season with a showcase of the label family. A lot of love goes into these artists, so if this label isn’t on your radar, make it a New Year’s resolution to know them and start early in 2016.
Dec. 18: Music Center Holiday Sing-Along
Grab the whole family for the biggest caroling night of the season! A live band will play and lyric sheets will be handed out. Get there early as entry is first come, first served.
Dec. 19: Adult Books, Psychomagic, HOTT MT
Three great LA psych bands in one place, but what sets this night apart? Psychomagic is premiering their first official music video for ‘Flowers on the Sun.’ Lolipop Records presents. $5 entry.
Rainbow Jackson is taking over the Satellite every Monday in December with their retro-rock along with local friends like Fakers, The Fuzzy Crystals, and Down and Outlaws. This particular evening features Joel Jerome DJing.
Dec. 24: LA County Holiday Show
Three hours of choirs, dance companies and over 20 music groups: the LA County Holiday Show
is a great opportunity to gather the family for some holiday cheer. Going strong since 1959, this holiday celebration thrills nearly 5,000 people every year and that’s without counting the crowds watching live on PBS.
It’s the third-annual New Year’s Eve celebration at Grand Park! Celebrate the countdown Times Square style, packed with food trucks, live music, photo booths and more. It’s the biggest and best free NYE party this city has to offer. Tip: Take the subway — It pops out right at Grand Park.
By Britt Witt