Worth The Drive: LA's Best Music Venues

Where to catch LA's best live music, from iconic bands to buzzy new acts

Monday, Sep 16, 2013  |  Updated 7:45 AM PDT
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It's not the drive, it's the destination. Or is that vice versa? When you pair the Cadillac ATS with LA's best live music venues, it's both.


Behind the wheel of the 2013 ATS, you'll arrive at any rock show in high style and supreme comfort, with just the right amount of edge. Combining the nimbleness of a road-hugging sports car with the luxury and pedigree that goes hand-in-hand with a Cadillac, the ATS is a true driver's automobile. Add the revolutionary CUE (Cadillac User Experience) - an intuitive entertainment and navigation system that allows you to access maps, apps and XM Radio all with the swipe of your finger or the sound of your voice - and you might never want the drive to end.

That is, until you arrive at one of our favorite LA music venues. With a wide variety of shows, from iconic bands to up and coming indie acts to major pop artists, you'll be ready to step out from behind the wheel and head for the stage. Let's take a closer look at three of LA's best venues to catch a show and what they've got on tap for this fall.

The Fonda Theater

Built in the 1920s, The Fonda Theatre (formerly The Henry Fonda Theatre and The Music Box) is historic as they come. But these days, the iconic venue hosts some of LA's best electronic music, with upcoming shows by pioneers like The Orb and Primal Scream as well as new acts like New York disco revivalists Holy Ghost! Rock is represented too, and you can catch veterans like Peter Hook and Johnny Marr (of New Order and The Smiths, respectively), or newer acts like The Fratellis and Ra Ra Riot.
 
Troubadour
From Elton John to James Taylor, some of music's biggest acts cut their teeth at West Hollywood's Troubadour. Comedians flocked here, too, from Lenny Bruce to Richard Pryor, but today the intimate space is a haven for indie darlings. Upcoming shows include Grouplove, Deer Tick and Blitzen Trapper.
 
Echoplex
Though the youngest venue on our list, Echoplex has been quick to establish itself in LA's vibrant music scene as a venue attracting some of today's buzziest bands. Expect plenty of up and coming acts and music blog favorites at this hipster-heavy, subterranean boite on Sunset, not to mention electronic music galore. This fall you can shake it to the dubby grooves of England's Mount Kimbie, hometown boy Daedelus' frenetic, baroque stylings and even take in a showcase of Ghostly International, one of America's premiere dance music imprints.  Added Bonus: They serve Two Boots Pizza.

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