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

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August Eve at Club Los Globos (June 1 and 8)


The local teenager and multi-instrumentalist was singing in the choir of late Grammy-nominated conductor Paul Salamunovich before she was ten years old. Her debut EP was accompanied by a music video for the song “Ghost,” which Eve directed herself.
Think: Piano-centric pop, like Lilith Fair at sunset.
Listen: via Soundcloud 
Cost: $8


Groves at the Hi-Hat (June 7, 14, 21, and 28)


The Texas-bred, L.A.-based trio released its first single in late 2015 ahead of a debut album due this summer. The band will also be performing at Make Music Pasadena on June 11 before hitting the road for gigs in Arizona and Texas at the beginning of July.
Think: A dreamier version of Foster the People.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free


Gold Star at Harvard & Stone (June 7, 14, 21, and 28)


Marlon Rabenreither, performing under the stage name Gold Star, toured with Ryan Bingham throughout the Southland in 2015 and opened for Korey Dane during the latter’s April residency at The Echo. His debut album, Dark Days, came out in June of last year.
Think: A lonely troubadour, traveling between roadhouses.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free


Franky Flowers and The Chavez Ravine at The Echo/Echoplex (June 6, 13, and 27 at The Echo; June 20 at Echoplex)


The former is a trio of high schoolers that took time off from school to hit up Noise Pop in San Francisco and SXSW in Austin. The latter is a trio of music veterans with roots everywhere from fuzz rockers Distortion Felix to Morrissey’s touring band.
Think: Beachy shoegaz –sandalgaze?—and urgent drone-punk, respectively.
Listen: via BandCamp (Franky Flowers) and via Soundcloud/Buzzbands (Chavez Ravine)
Cost: Free


Steady Holiday at the Satellite (June 6, 13, 20, and 27)


It’s been a tremendous spring for Steady Holiday’s Dre Babinski: Not only does she have a Coachella performance under her belt, but her debut album is on the way later in June. She’s even received a co-sign from Elton John, who played a Steady Holiday track on his Beats Radio show in late May.
Think: If Hope Sandoval had grown up with Amy Winehouse’s record collection.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free


Midnight Faces at the Bootleg Bar (June 6, 13, 20, and 27)


The band’s new album, Heavenly Bodies, is due out in August and will be the first the band releases as a trio. Their previous record, The Fire is Gone, received positive notes from AV Club and NYLON, along with a video debut for single “Hold Tight” on Conan O’Brien’s website.
Think: New wave-y goodness of an uncommon depth.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free


Ghost Lit Kingdom at the Hotel Café (June 3, 10, 17, and 24)


The final show of the band’s residency will double as the release date for their new EP, We Were Alive Once. To warm up, they’ve been playing gigs everywhere from Lucky Strike to The Mint.
Think: Anthemic pop with dueling male-female vocals, like a less-hippiefied Grouplove.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: $10


The Ills at the Lost Knight (June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29)


The band relocated to Los Angeles from Santa Cruz last year, and since then they’ve played the Knight, Silverlake Lounge, and O’Briens in Santa Monica (among other venues). According to posts on the Ills’ Facebook page, the quintet is currently in the studio working on new music.
Think: Rockabilly without the posing, a la The Amazing Crowns.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free