Best Shows This Week: October 1 to October 7, 2018

The fall concert season is shaping up to be an especially wild one, and our first Best Shows This Week calendar of October highlights several must-attend festivals and shows all happening at the same time. This year’s Rocktober launches with Foo Fighers’ Cal Jam 18, the Adult Swim Festival, an intimate piano show with St. Vincent, Japanese Breakfast, Desert Daze kick off shows with Chelsea Wolfe and Ty Segall and White Fence and much more. For all the tough decisions, study our full calendar below.


School Night feat. Francisca Valenzuela, TeamMate, Teischa, Nicky Blitz, DJ sets by Jes Danz, William Reed at Bardot, 21+, 7:30 PM, FREE with RSVP

Graham Coxon, Okudaxij at Lodge Room Highland Park, all ages, 8 PM, $35

The Vaccines, Jesse J Stark at Teragram Ballroom, all ages, 8 PM, SOLD OUT


Japanese Breakfast, Ought at Fonda Theatre, all ages, 8 PM, $23.00

FEATURED SHOW OF THE WEEK: We’ve been lucky enough to catch Japanese Breakfast a couple of times the last year or so and she always delivers a killer performance. Don’t miss this dope doubleheader with Ought opening things up, real value to see these two acts for less than $25.

St. Vincent at The Belasco Theater, all ages, 7:30 PM, SOLD OUT

Amy Shark, Tyler Hilton at El Rey Theatre, all ages, 8:30 PM show, $20.00

Ty Segall and White Fence, Chad Ubovich from the Meatbodies (Solo), DJ Cren$haw at Echoplex, 18+, 8:30 PM, SOLD OUT


Roky Erikson, Death Valley GIrls at Teragram Ballroom, all ages, 7 PM, $30

Twilight on the Pier with FELA! the Concert, Tiffany Gouche, Twilight Drum Circle, DJ Nnamdi at Santa Monica Pier, all ages, 6:30 PM, FREE with RSVP

Alice Merton, Foreign Air at The Roxy, all ages, 8 PM, $22.00

Boy George & Culture Club, The B-52s, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey at The Greek Theatre, all ages, 5:30 PM, $59.50-499


Chelsea Wolfe, Russian Circles at The Regent Theater, 18+, 8 PM, $25.50

Interpol, The Kills, Sunflower Bean at Hollywood Bowl, all ages, 7 PM, $37.50-125

Ulrika Spacek, Mint Field, Deep Fields at The Echo, 18+, 8:30 PM, $10

Johnny Marr, Call the Comet, The Belle Game at Theatre at Ace Hotel, all ages, 7 PM, SOLD OUT

Lawrence, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Jacob Jeffries at El Rey Theatre, all ages, 8 PM show, $22.00

CupcakKe, Dana Dentata, Swsh, Lulo at Echoplex, all ages, 8 PM, $20 advance/$27 day-of

Chief Keef at The Wiltern, all ages, 7 PM, $5-30


Courtney Barnett, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Waxahatchee at The Greek Theatre, all ages, 6 PM, $29.50-49.50

Shonen Knife, Kim and the Created, Nani at Bootleg Theater, all ages, 8:30 PM, $13

Gary Numan, Nightmare Air at Fonda Theatre, all ages, 8 PM, $40

Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam 18 Friday Night Party with Billy Idol, Bridget Everett, Mexrrissey at Glen Helen Amphitheater, all ages, 1:15 PM, $30

Adult Swim Festival feat. T-Pain, Open Mike Eagle, Metro Boomin at Row DTLA, 18+, 4 PM, $49 day/$255-three-day


Cal Jam 18 feat. Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop with Post Pop Depression, Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet and more, all ages,11 AM, $49

Adult Swim Festival feat. Flying Lotus, Mastodon, Com Truise, Thundercat, Zola Jesus and more at Row DTLA, 18+, 12 PM, $85 day/$255-three-day

Pharcyde Phestival with The Pharcyde, Bas, Freddie Gibbs, The Free Nationals, People Under the Stairs and more at The Novo, all ages, 5 PM, $35-45

Will Ferrell’s Best Night Of Your Life with Jerry Seinfeld, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, Zooey Deschanel, Kumail Nanjiani and more at The Greek Theatre, all ages, 4 PM, SOLD OUT


Adult Swim Festival feat. Run the Jewels, Neko Case, Rick and Morty Musical Experience, Big Freedia and more at Row DTLA, 18+, 12 PM, $85 day/$255-three-day

Chelsea Wolfe top photo by Frank Mojica