Best Concert Venues in Los Angeles

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Welcome to the city with too many choices, ugh. Los Angeles can be tricky to navigate without some help, and the cities reputation as a playground for music culture attracts fans from all over the world.

Let’s admit it – L.A. has the best music scene in America. We are also blessed with the most diverse venues. The city offers a diverse variety of options every night of the week. Whether you prefer a sweaty dive, a historic theater or a swanky club venue, L.A. has the best concert-going experience for every person.

Here are our top 8 L.A. live-music destinations, in no particular order. The list is based on venue bookings, sound quality, the overall atmosphere, history of the venue and how pricey it is to get a damn drink.

Club Nokia

Get away from the chaotic Staples Center and hang with a crowd that’s always down to party. This multi-story club fits around 2,300 people and there are excellent sight lines to the DJ from any vantage point. The fashion here is “club going up on a Tuesday” chic. While we think the bottom area houses the best experience, there’s a balcony that offers the perfect escape. The bar has strong drinks and the production is always on-point with big sound and bigger artists.

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown,

Hollywood Bowl

At the bowl, you’ll see attendees swarm the front gates for a pre-show picnic and feel good pre-game vibes. The Bowl’s regular season events are BYOB, but we suggest double checking your ticket before you stock up on alcohol. Since its opening, the bowl has blessed L.A. with iconic performers – from Frank Sinatra in 1943 to Avicii in 2013. This outside amphitheater has wonderful sound quality and is nestled out of earshot from the bustling noise of Hollywood. Usually, fans get to soak up a stellar firework show after the performance. The only downside is the parking.

2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068.

Hollywood Palladium

If you’re looking for a kick-ass performance, this vintage Art Deco style venue fits about 3,500 fans. Music trends have changed over the years, but this retro Hollywood staple still attracts the best performers. The sound is clear and the venue features a top-notch balcony area. Plus, there’s a stellar booking history of A-listers including Above & Beyond and Armin Van Buuren.

6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Avalon Hollywood

If you want a club that will to melt your face off, this L.A. dance club has the best EDM sound system in town. There’s plenty of space to dance and many levels to explore. If you buy tickets in advance, the experience is hassle-free. They pump trap and dubstep on Fridays, and on Saturdays the speakers are filled with trance and big-room house.

1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

El Rey Theatre

This is a relatively small setting, so if your favorite artist swings by for a show, grab a ticket fast. El Rey has a reputation for booking rising or relatively unknown artists who are on their way to stardom. It’s an Art Deco flashback venue with good sound and hip crowds. It’s always a smart choice to wear comfortable shoes, because you’ll likely dance all night.

5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

The Wiltern

For good vibes visit this venue nestled in the heart of L.A. There’s not a bad spot in the house at the Wiltern. Equipped with balcony seating and levels of standing room, fans can view the stage from every possible corner of the glamorous theater. It’s an L.A. landmark with a capacity of up to 2,200 fans.

3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

The Viper Room

Want to party somewhere historic? This intimate local venue is tucked away on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. What sets apart this venue from others is the size. The 250-person capacity dissolves the barrier between the fans and the artist. The sunken dance floor allows fans to get up close and personal with their favorite artist.

8852 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

The Fonda Theatre

Who doesn’t love venues that are small, yet have enough space to move freely? The Fonda packs about 1,200 and has a huge dance floor, rooftop bar and balcony seats. There’s plenty of space to get lost. Plus, it’s a good place to enjoy high-qualify performances. The metro is two blocks away and parking is decent. Big names have performed here, including The Rolling Stones, Justice and Moby.

6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

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In celebration of tonight’s #DimMakTuesday #OogieBoogie festivities, we’re giving you a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween mix from our BFF Bones! The mix will be featured on #DimMakStudios Evolution Radio 7 pm PST // 10 pm EST THIS Thursday 10/31 so be sure to tune in!

Just in time for your frightful festivities, I give you this years installment to my Halloween mix series. Unlike the DEEP END, this mix ventures into the harder, the heavier, the retched and the rave. I kept it to 30 minutes so you can get your chills quicker and straight to the vein. Be sure to listen while in the dark, drinking blood, causing mischief or just getting into the ghastly spirit. Happy Halloween my pretties….. ~ BONES

*WARNING* Listen w/ headphones or HQ speakers for the ultimate experience! *WARNING*




Cryptkeeper – Intro
Destructo – Higher
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Tony Quattro – Superbad
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Chris Lorenzo & Pete Graham – Dorothy’s Forest
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ALSO, be sure to follow the Dim Mak Instagram @DimMakRecs for daily costume ideas inspired by pop-culture in 2013. See below for a preview of some of the get-ups we’re suggesting:


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[BEATPORT CHART] Tocadisco “A DJ Is Not An iPod” // FREE Tocadisco Show Tonight!

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In celebration of his second release on Dim Mak Records “A DJ Is Not An iPod” (New Noise Vol. 5), Tocadisco has put together a special playlist for your listening pleasure! If this chart doesn’t make you want to throw on those dancing shoes, we don’t know what will!

Catch Tocadisco at Dim Mak Studios TONIGHT with Garmiani, Astronomar, DJ Metric, & Bones!




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SOUNDS LIKE FUN: Making Moves, Fusing Genres, Party Rockin’, and #ChuckFACE

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If you’ve ever been to a Sounds Like Fun event, you know to expect the unexpected and leave with at least one or two less items of clothing by the end of the night. The entire experience becomes one steamy-hot fusion of futuristic hip-hop and electronic sounds, coupled with an energetic, funky crowd vibe.

The brainchild of leading Chicago hip-hop tastemaker Chuck Inglish, founder of The Cool Kids and recent producer for artists such as Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Asher Roth, Casey Veggies, and Curren$y, Sounds Like Fun is an emerging lifestyle brand that is creating a central home for LA’s experimental hip-hop/electronic scene. With past performances from artists like A-Trak, King Chip, Asher Roth, Jesse Marco, King Chip, OG Ron C, Theophilus London, Xaphoon Jones, Yasmin, Fat Tony, Bushwick Bill, and others, Sounds Like Fun is making moves and giving the current, rapidly evolving hip-hop/EDM generation what they want.

Having recently teamed up with the Dim Mak fam to host a monthly event at Dim Mak Studios, Sounds Like Fun has taken the party to a whole new level: it’s literally BLING BLING meets TWERK NATION meets TURN UP meets TRILL AS F*CK. It’s an experience you DON’T want to miss. Check the video and photos below for a taste of what’s in store in a couple of weeks and “Like” Dim Mak Live on Facebook to stay up to date on all the epic SOUNDS LIKE FUN // DIM MAK parties!

2013 UP ALL NIGHT BEATPATROL SERIES: Parts 1 & 2 “The Riot”

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THIS JUST IN: Parts 1 & 2 of our eagerly awaited three-part Dim Mak 2013 Up All Night Beatpatrol series is now live on our YouTube channel!

The Dim Mak Krew definitely kicked off the summer in true, up-all-night party spirit at this two-day rage fest of EDM madness – even if you weren’t able to participate in person, we’ve brought the experience to you in the videos & photos below….100% uncensored.

Also be sure to subscribe to the Dim Mak YouTube channel for the upcoming release of Part 3, the grand finale, of the series! #UpAllNightDM


Official Music Video: New Ivory ‘Youth and Old Age’

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NEW IVORY has premiered their official music video for “Youth And Old Age” from their new ‘Nothing’ EP. The video pays homage to classic teen movies with a warped and modern twist. NEW IVORY performs at a house party full of beautiful girls, rugged boys, booze, moshing, and crazy party antics. What’s better than that? Nothing. ‘Nothing’ EP, that is. NEW IVORY brings back your youth with four tracks of grinding, writhing indie rock that’s reminiscent of the early 90s, but with far more heart and better style. So go get ‘Nothing,’ out now on Dim Mak Records. Follow NEW IVORY as they continue to make music that will ensure their place on the throne of musical geniuses for years to come.






DIRTY TV: Dirtyphonics – IRREVERENCE Tour – Classy As F*ck (Episode 1)

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What’s more filthy than the grimy electrifying beats of Dirtyphonics? Well, nothing… Except their Irreverence tour! The four dirty boys from France will be touring around the US in celebration of their forthcoming debut full-length album ‘Irreverence’ released on Dim Mak Records on March 19, 2013.

Dirtyphonics never fail to put on an epic performance with their high energy, speaker thumping tunes, “At a show, it blows your face off”, says Pitchin. The quartet will be showcasing their nasty new tracks like “No Stopping Us (featuring Foreign Beggars)” which is featured here on their Dirty TV tour video Classy As F*ck (Episode 1). Don’t miss your chance to get down and “DIRTY” with Dirtyphonics when they come to a town near you!


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Dim Mak Staff Surprise Party for Steve Aoki

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The Dim Mak family hosts a surprise bowling session for Steve Aoki’s birthday in LA on Monday 26th, 2012. Team Aoki ended up winning by 1 point, but it was a close one! Special thanks to the Shatto bowling alley in Korea Town.

Dim Mak Takes Over Bowling Alley For Steve’s Surprise Birthday Party

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Last night I learned just how competitive bowling is when the Dim Mak family came together in downtown Los Angeles for Steve’s surprise birthday party. We took over four lanes for the celebration and filled it with good company, balloons, beer, strike outs, and birthday cake. To wrap up the night we couldn’t leave with out an Aoki jump to remember the night of fun.

Video: Dim Mak WMC Miami 2012/2013 Teaser

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Every year, Miami hosts one of the biggest weeks in electronic music alongside Ultra Music Festival, the Winter Music Conference/ Miami Music Week. Join us in our latest video installment as the Dim Mak team takes over Miami in this recap video capturing our official showcase at Mansion, pool party at Dream Hotel, Steve Aoki’s set at UMF and everything in-between.

New video from Kid Cudi ‘Just What I Am ft. King Chip’

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Long time friend of the Dim Mak family, Kid Cudi is back with his first single from his upcoming album Indicud, which is anticipated for release in early 2013.

The video for Just What I Am featuring fellow Cleveland native King Chip, takes us on a top-down joy ride through DTLA to a laid back warehouse party. The raw flicker show style visuals captivate you and bring you along for this slow-mo, cosmic party experience full of red cups, hot babes and of course it wouldn’t be an LA party without Steve Aoki in the DJ booth.

Dim Mak Sundays x Drai’s Hollywood x RL Grime x The Cobrasnake

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If you live in the Los Angeles area, and didn’t make your way to Dim Mak Sunday at Drai’s for RL GRIME yesterday, you definitely missed one hell of a night. RL Grime did what he did best, and had everyone in the building on their feet with his trap set. Along with the great set, Steve Aoki, the man always on tour made a special appearance to show support along with a few other familiar faces. We’d like to thank everyone that was able to come out, and hope to see you all next Sunday for another wild night. If you weren’t able to join us check out our snapshots from the event, courtesy of The Cobrasnake.

Check out the full set on our Dim Mak Live Facebook page.