The 23 concert events and albums we’re most excited for in 2023

2023 brings festivals and concert events of each stripe — from January’s Calibash to April’s Coachella, and that includes Gen X reunions (Blink-182, Postal Service), once-in-an-epoch baby-boomer occasions (Joni Mitchell at Washington’s Gorge, the Oyster-Bay-meets-Santa-Monica pairing of Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks), two generations of R&B genius (SZA, Janet Jackson) and, Ticketmaster keen, 5 nights of Taylor Swift at SoFi. There might be new albums from an energized Sam Smith and SoCal singer-songwriters Lana Del Rey and Blondshell. And on Feb. 12, all eyes might be on the Tremendous Bowl LVII halftime present, the place Rihanna lastly makes her return to the stage, hopefully a prelude to a brand new album and tour.

Hardy, “The Mockingbird & the Crow” (Jan. 20)
One of many key figures in Morgan Wallen’s coterie of songwriting bros, Hardy scored a Prime 10 nation hit of his personal in 2022 with “Wait in the Truck,” a stark, “Thunder Rolls”-ish account of vigilante justice co-starring Lainey Wilson as a sufferer of home violence. This month, he’ll drop his second solo studio album, which spreads 17 very artful (and typically pandering) tracks throughout two halves: one leaning nation, the opposite leaning exhausting rock. Catch him on the highway as a headliner and as a gap act on Wallen’s 2023 stadium tour, together with a July 22 cease at SoFi Stadium. — Mikael Wooden

Calibash, Crypto.com Enviornment (Jan. 21-22)
L.A.’s annual música urbana competition, Calibash, is celebrating its Candy 16 with an arena-sized perreo at Crypto.com. Hosted by native radio station Mega 96.3, the two-night dance social gathering has been a vital gateway for MCs from so far as Puerto Rico and Colombia to nook the Latin market in Los Angeles; international famous person Dangerous Bunny made a visitor look in 2020. This 12 months’s Calibash might be headlined by reggaetón titans Ozuna and Karol G, and have Ivy Queen, Farruko, Myke Towers, Sech, Feid and hometown heroine Becky G. — Suzy Exposito

Sam Smith, “Gloria” (Jan. 26)
Smith has known as their upcoming album “Gloria” an “emotional, sexual and spiritual liberation.” Lead chart-topping single “Unholy,” that includes Kim Petras, checks all these bins, as Smith sings of an adulterous night time at an L.A strip membership over mangled synths. It’s Smith’s second album since they got here out as nonbinary in 2019, following 2020’s “Love Goes,” which gained a GLAAD media award for excellent music artist. For his or her fourth album, Smith will reunite with Grammy-winning producers Jimmy Napes and Stargate, together with Swedish Persian songwriter and producer ILYA. — Kenan Draughorne

Beyoncé is nominated for 9 Grammy Awards.

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sixty fifth Grammy Awards, Crypto.com Enviornment (Feb. 5)
The Recording Academy hasn’t but introduced who will carry out at music’s most prestigious awards present, however given the nominees, this Grammys telecast will be the starriest in ages: Anticipate appearances by A-listers together with Adele, Harry Types, Lizzo and Beyoncé (every of whom is up for album, document and tune of the 12 months), in addition to Dangerous Bunny (whose “Un Verano Sin Ti” is the primary Spanish-language LP ever nominated for album of the 12 months) and Brandi Carlile (a confirmed Grammys show-stealer with seven nods this go-around). Among the many races to observe are tune of the 12 months, which Taylor Swift might lastly win on her sixth nomination, and greatest new artist, which, minus a transparent front-runner à la Olivia Rodrigo or Billie Eilish, feels up for grabs. — M.W.

Blondshell, Fonda Theatre (Feb. 10) and El Rey Theatre (Feb. 11)
Her newest single is titled “Veronica Mars,” after the mid-2000s teen TV drama, however L.A.-based Sabrina Teitelbaum seems to be again a bit additional than that within the fuzzed-out guitar pop she data as Blondshell: In a handful of songs which have racked up a whole bunch of 1000’s of streams every on Spotify, Teitelbaum expertly channels the wounded melodicism and deadpan cool of ’90s queens like Liz Phair, Gap and That Canine for a technology discovering fight boots and unskinny denims for itself. Blondshell’s debut LP is due in spring from Partisan Data; earlier than that, she’ll hit the highway as Suki Waterhouse’s opener on a tour that may wrap with a pair of hometown gigs. — M.W.

Kelela, “Raven” (Feb. 10)
Ethiopian American singer Kelela has taken her time since her acclaimed album “Take Me Apart” — six years, to be precise. She’s set to return in 2023 with “Raven,” of which three songs have already been launched this 12 months. Throughout her catalog, she’s straddled the steadiness between danceable digital sounds and extra mellow R&B, however within the wake of the 2020 racial reckoning, she’s centering “Raven” across the individuals who’ve all the time held her down: Queer Black individuals, she instructed Billboard. — Ok.D.

Paramore, “This Is Why” (Feb. 10)
Nashville emo legends Paramore will launch its first album in virtually six years, “This Is Why,” a topsy-turvy, post-punk ramble written and recorded throughout the COVID period. The band will start its world tour on Feb. 6 and involves Kia Discussion board on July 19 and 20. As well as, it’ll assist kick off Taylor Swift’s stadium tour on March 17 and 18 in Glendale, Ariz. — S.E.

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Rihanna in 2021.

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Rihanna, Tremendous Bowl LVII halftime present (Feb. 12)
Rihanna hasn’t been slacking since her final album, “Anti,” in 2016 — she grew to become a billionaire and had a child, in any case. However the launch day for her long-awaited, still-unannounced “R9” LP is likely to be getting nearer, on condition that she’ll return to the largest stage conceivable on the 2023 Tremendous Bowl halftime present in Glendale, Ariz. Someplace in her best hits efficiency, she is going to probably pattern a couple of bars from her first new album since Obama was in workplace. — August Brown

Caroline Polachek, “Desire, I Want to Turn Into You” (Feb. 14)
Within the 4 years since releasing her art-pop revelation, “Pang,” singer-songwriter Polachek toured the world with Dua Lipa, melded minds with Charli XCX and Flume and spawned a TikTok dance craze. This 12 months, she’s rising from the studio with a brand new work of synth-laden romanticism, her sophomore album “Desire, I Want to Turn Into You,” aptly timed for Valentine’s Day. She’ll probably carry out a lot of the brand new LP on the Shrine Auditorium on April 29. — S.E.

“Daisy Jones & the Six” (March 3)
The latest demise of Christine McVie prompted fond reminiscences of the thrill and chaos of the ’70s rock scene in L.A. This Prime Video miniseries, primarily based on the Taylor Jenkins Reid novel loosely impressed by Fleetwood Mac, chronicles a younger band’s ascent in a haze of sunshine, cocaine and torrid affairs, starring Riley Keough (Elvis Presley’s granddaughter) because the singer and songwriter on the heart of the storm. — A.B.

Rolling Loud, Hollywood Park (March 3-5)
The defining hip-hop competition in America involves Hollywood Park in Inglewood for its 2023 version. The lineup is stacked as all the time, with headliners Travis Scott (in his first L.A. efficiency because the Astroworld tragedy), Future, Playboi Carti and Lil Wayne, whereas assist acts equivalent to Metropolis Ladies, Don Toliver, Ice Spice, Child Stone Gorillas and Coi Leray make the massive invoice a must-see. — A.B.

Lana Del Rey, “Did You Know There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd” (March 10)
Del Rey’s new album continues to be two months away, and it already has the pettiest rollout of 2023. Unsurprisingly, the singer employed a billboard marketing campaign to advertise the brand new album, however the location of the lone billboard that’s been put in has raised eyebrows — it’s in Tulsa, Okla., the hometown of her ex-boyfriend she reportedly severed ties with in 2020. Del Rey confirmed the billboard’s placement was solely intentional, merely writing “It’s. Personal.” below a photograph of the billboard on her non-public Instagram. The album’s title monitor refers to a “a long-forgotten Art Deco pedestrian tunnel,” as The Instances wrote in 1992, that “lies beneath Ocean Boulevard” in Lengthy Seashore. — Ok.D.

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks, SoFi Stadium (March 10)
He’s a proudly uptight New Yorker, she a vibey purveyor of California cool — a bottle of pink and a bottle of white, if you’ll. Regardless of their variations in fashion and temperament, Joel, 73, and Nicks, 74, play to overlapping audiences of boomers (and graying Gen X-ers) desirous to revisit an period when FM radio may preserve a star’s profession alive nicely into center age. And with catalogs the dimensions of theirs, count on an evening of wall-to-wall singalongs — and a few inevitable disappointment over the classics every has to skip for time. — M.W.

100 gecs, “10,000 gecs” (March 17)
It’s exhausting to get a lot louder than 100 gecs’ debut album “1000 gecs,” however the title of the follow-up suggests they’re ratcheting up the depth. “10,000 gecs,” that includes “mememe” and “Doritos & Fritos,” will carry again the glitched vocals and brain-breaking beats that make you’re feeling such as you stuffed pop rocks into your ears. — Ok.D.

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SZA will carry out on the Kia Discussion board on March 22.

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SZA and Omar Apollo, Kia Discussion board (March 22)
Should you’ve scorned a former lover over the past 12 months, enter SZA’s upcoming Discussion board date at your individual threat. The singer takes intention at an ex who did her flawed all through her new album “SOS,” typically by way of retaliatory barbs equivalent to “Forgiveless,” but in addition with longing odes to what was as soon as lovely on “Nobody Gets Me.” Now set to tour for the primary time since 2017, count on chants of “I might kill my ex” to fill the Discussion board. Finest new artist Grammy nominee Omar Apollo opens. — Ok.D.

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Competition, Empire Polo Membership, Indio, Calif. (April 14-16 and 21-23)
The theme of this 12 months’s Coachella? “Back to Normal,” most probably. After two years of pandemic cancellations and a particularly chaotic 2022 through which Travis Scott and Kanye West every dropped out as headliners, this 12 months’s version has no less than one locked-in headliner (Frank Ocean, rescheduled from 2020) and a ton of A-list pop and even rock stars to take a position over. Dangerous Bunny? Rihanna? Taylor Swift? Adele? Blink-182? Let the baseless rumors swirl. — A.B.

Sick New World, Las Vegas Competition Grounds (Could 13)
After the success of Stay Nation’s emo nostalgia fest, When We Have been Younger, it’s solely truthful that metallic millennials have their day in Vegas too. Enter Sick New World, the nü-metal, exhausting rock and goth fest headlined by important acts like System of a Down, Korn, Deftones, Incubus and Evanescence. Peppered with O.G.s like Ministry and Sisters of Mercy and younger bloods like Turnstile and Machine Lady, will probably be a headbanger’s ball to recollect. — S.E.

A woman in a beret sits in a throne-like seat onstage

Joni Mitchell performs on the Newport Folks Competition in 2022.

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Joni Mitchell and Brandi Carlile, the Gorge Amphitheatre (June 9/11)
Mitchell blew minds when she appeared unannounced at July’s Newport Folks Competition for her first full public live performance since she suffered a debilitating aneurysm in 2015. Now the 79-year-old singer-songwriter is ready to carry the so-called Joni Jams she’s been internet hosting at her Bel-Air residence to the scenic Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington. The present will function the centerpiece of a three-night stand organized by Carlile, who additionally organized Mitchell’s Newport gig, known as Echoes By the Canyon; along with Carlile and Mitchell, the occasion will characteristic performances by Marcus Mumford, Allison Russell, Tanya Tucker and Carlile’s Highwomen supergroup with Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires. — M.W.

Janet Jackson, the Hollywood Bowl (June 10)
Jackson is framing her newest North American tour as a celebration of her fiftieth 12 months in present enterprise and of the twenty fifth anniversary of her album “The Velvet Rope” (which truly got here out in late 1997, however nonetheless). Collectively Once more, because the highway present is billed, additionally comes within the wake of a docuseries that aired final 12 months and after her 2019 induction into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame — each initiatives meant to emphasise Jackson’s inventive ingenuity (and her affect on the likes of SZA and FKA twigs) over the tabloid-fodder occasions of her private life. Turning his focus again to music after years appearing within the “Fast and Furious” franchise, Ludacris is booked as Jackson’s warm-up act; right here the pair’s present will open the Hollywood Bowl’s summer season season. — M.W.

Blink-182, Banc of California Stadium (June 16-17)
They’re lastly coming: After a near-decade spent disbanded, the unique lineup of Blink-182 has reunited. The raunchy pop-punk legends made their comeback in October once they launched “Edging,” the lead single off their upcoming tenth studio album, and the primary to characteristic guitarist, singer and extraterrestrial scholar Tom DeLonge since 2012. The trio — DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker — is ready to start its world tour on March 11 in Tijuana, and can carry the ruckus to L.A.’s Banc of California Stadium with Turnstile on June 16 and 17. — S.E.

A blond woman playing a guitar and singing into a microphone on a stage covered with autumn leaves

Taylor Swift performs on “Saturday Night Live” in 2021.

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Taylor Swift, SoFi Stadium (Aug. 3-5 and 8-9)
Because of Ticketmaster’s epic fumbling of its presale, Swift’s first tour in 5 years obtained off to a tough begin earlier than she even sang a observe. But the pop famous person boasts such a faithful following that any in poor health will is prone to have dissipated by the point Swift launches the Eras Tour in mid-March in Arizona (to say nothing of its concluding five-night run at SoFi). The singer has described the manufacturing as “a journey through all of my musical eras,” which as a result of COVID features a whopping 4 studio albums — “Lover,” “Folklore,” “Evermore” and “Midnights” — she has but to tour behind. Among the many openers she’ll carry alongside to Inglewood are Gracie Abrams, Gayle and everybody’s favourite L.A. sister act, Haim. — M.W.

Metallica, SoFi Stadium (Aug. 25 and 27)
The thrash-metal juggernauts are returning to the highway with an album, “72 Seasons,” bearing probably the most garish covers in rock historical past. However of their fifth decade of shredding, the quartet are metallic’s lions in winter — their two-night stand at SoFi will characteristic two completely different units with no repeats. — A.B.

The Postal Service and Loss of life Cab for Cutie, the Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 13)
Mud off your favourite moth-eaten cardigan! In honor of their twentieth anniversaries, singer-songwriter Ben Gibbard might be performing two of his most beloved recordings in full on the Hollywood Bowl: “Give Up,” the synthpop album he launched with Jimmy Tamborello below the moniker the Postal Service (they’ll be joined by sometime-band-member Jenny Lewis), in addition to “Transatlanticism,” the landmark indie-rock album by his full-time band Loss of life Cab for Cutie. — S.E.