We may only be a quarter of the way through 2019, but there’s already enough buzz around both recently released and soon to be released albums to last us through the year. As Angelenos, we have access to the best live music in the world. It isn’t often that an artist skips our grand city while touring. And with Summer quickly approaching, it’s time to get out there and live life to the fullest. To help you get started, here are four amazing upcoming shows with Pavemint parking at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.
Thursday, May 2
Indie music lovers and critics alike have been fawning over Big Thief since they released their 2016 debut album Masterpiece. The following year, they released their sophomore album Capacity, which was equally well-received. NPR’s Bob Boilen said, “I don’t recall the last time I had the same band in my top five albums for two years in a row. But this year’s Capacity (my No. 1 album) and last year’s Masterpiece (my No. 4 album) did just that.” Frontwoman Adrianne Lenker’s tender vocal style and agile guitar playing make Big Thief a band that you don’t want to miss. This May, they release the third album, U.F.O.F. and WE. CAN. NOT. WAIT.
Thursday, May 9
Hailing from Long Beach, Rival Sons released their sixth studio album in January. From bluesy rock songs to more intimate folk tunes, every song on the album finds a place in your brain with catchy guitar riffs and melodies. These touring veterans will undoubtedly play an amazing show at the Fonda next month. If you’ve never heard of them before, their new album Feral Roots is the perfect place to start.
Friday, May 10
Yes, we realize that iamamiwhoami looks more like a string of random letters than a band, but for lovers of weird, dreamy, synth-heavy music, this audio-visual project from Swedish singer Jonna Lee is so much more. Since 2009, Lee has been releasing music and accompanying videos on her YouTube channel, garnering a devoted cult following, as well as a number of awards and nominations, including a Grammis award (Sweden’s version of the Grammy’s, of course) in 2011 for Innovator of the Year.
Monday, May 13
The Japanese House AKA Amber Bain is an English singer-songwriter from Buckinghamshire, UK. When she first began releasing music in 2015, she was a shy androgynous 19-year-old. Over the last four years, she has released four EPs, each one a little better and a little brighter than the last. Now 23, Bain’s musical persona is mature and well-formed. She released her first full-length album, Good at Falling on March 1st of this year. Her music is perfect for bedroom-pop aficionados, breakup album-enthusiasts and basically anyone with ears.
To see the full calendar of upcoming events at the Fonda Theatre, check their website. Don’t forget to book your parking with Pavemint next time you’re seeing your favorite band and you need parking at the Fonda.