These Are the Most Exciting (and Mostly Free) Shows Happening in L.A. in July

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Stars at Night at Harvard and Stone (July 5, 12, 19, and 26)

The band released its self-titled second album–their first offering in six years–at the end of May. Since then, its dance card has been busy, with gigs at East L.A.’s Love Hate Bar, downtown’s The Smell, and, in July, Hollywood’s Sassafras Saloon.
Think: If the hard rock heyday of the Sunset Strip returned with a handful of Cure albums in tow.
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: Free


Uncles at Hi Hat (July 5, 12, 19, and 26)

The foursome headlines at its regular haunt throughout the month; the band made its debut with all four members here in March and came back to the Highland Park favorite in June.
Think: A beachside shack soundtrack with Broken Social Scene vibes.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free


Sam Fischer at Hotel Cafe (July 6, 13, and 20)

The singer/songwriter’s busy spring does not look to be slowing in the summer heat. Fischer’s debut single, “Lean,” came out in early May, and he opened for soul singer Charles Bradley at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. He’s played the Hotel Café, Resident, and Dirty Laundry in 2016.
Think: Charlie Puth for grownups.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: $10


Taylor John Williams at Hotel Cafe (July 7, 14, 21, and 28)

The fifth-place finisher from season seven of The Voice has a new E.P. due out on July 5, a follow-up to last year’s Song of a Dead Man. His covers from the reality television show included songs by Lorde, Glen Hansard (the closest analogue), The Beatles, and Chris Issak.
Think: The most talented troubadour at the coffeehouse’s open mic.
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: $10


Forebear at Silverlake Lounge (July 11, 18, and 25)

The members of Forebear stay busy as parts of other L.A. favorites like Figs Vision and Haushold. The quartet’s debut album, Good God, is set for release at the end of August.
Think: Widescreen pop, with strings and a driving rhythm section.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free


TeamMate at Satellite (July 11, 18, and 25)

The duo’s latest single, “Nothing’s Ever Over,” has been added to the rotation at mtvU (the MTV station that still plays music videos). This year’s gigs have included Louisville (opening for AWOLNATION) and Las Vegas, plus some radio support from KROQ and ALT 98.7.
Think: Shimmering, propulsive, synth-heavy indie pop.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free


Valley Queen at Bootleg Theater (July 11, 18, and 25)

The quartet has been focused on playing the festival circuit in 2016 and has already been a part of Make Music Pasadena, Broke LA, and Lightning in a Bottle. In September, the crew will be heading to Elizabethtown, New York for Otis Mountain Get Down. Supporting acts over the course of the month will include Scout Willis and Reggie Watts.
Think: Hazy surf-rock, like the soundtrack to a drive up the PCH during June Gloom.
Listen: via BandCamp
Cost: Free


Emmett Skyy at Hotel Cafe (July 12 and 26, August 2 and 9)

The singer/songwriter has recorded with Ringo Starr and performed with Beyonce for the Steve Wonder Grammys tribute in 2015. His current single, “Love Leads to Nothing,” precedes a to-be-announced album.
Think: Quasi-acoustic soul.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: $10

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