Los Angeles through the eyes of a music lover. 

If you’re a music lover like me, when you travel to a new country, you include music related activities in your itinerary. Whether it’s a record shop, concert or specialty music store, it’s going to be on your list.

Los Angeles is one of the world’s music hubs. There are loads of live shows and music events that make it an ideal place for music lovers. Here is a round-up of some of the items you should include in your list if ever you find yourself visiting Los Angeles, California–a music lover’s travel guide to Los Angeles. Note that this guide is in no way comprehensive because LA is brimming with music places, activities and experiences.

Go record hunting at Amoeba Music

Amoeba Music is an independent record shop along Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. It’s any music lover’s dream come true. It’s a massive warehouse filled with records, vinyl, movies, and music merchandise. They even hold in-house gigs as well as sell tickets to upcoming concerts.

Attend a secret gig with Sofar Sounds LA

sofar sounds los angeles

If you haven’t heard of Sofar Sounds, they’re a team of music lovers who organise intimate gigs. What makes their gigs unique are that you don’t know who’s performing and only get the gig location a day or two before the show. Think of Nick & Norah’s search for their favourite band Where’s Fluffy. It’s sort of like that except that you get a confirmation e-mail you’ve been included in the guest list and the location is revealed prior to the gig. If you want to learn more about what it’s like attending a Sofar Sounds gig, click HERE for my Sofar Sounds LA experience.

Drop by the Walt Disney Concert Hall 

Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles

The Walt Disney Concert Hall took 16 years to complete, but the long wait produced a world-class venue. Not only is it a concert venue with superb acoustics, but its design also makes it a work of art. You can catch concerts of the L.A. Philharmonic and the L.A. Master Chorale there. If you’re not able to catch a show inside the iconic music venue, it’s still worth dropping by even if only to get a glimpse of the architecture and explore its maze-like design.

Check out iconic music venues 

Hollywood Palladium

Venues like the Hollywood Palladium, Troubladour, Staples Center, and The Roxy are places where famous musicians have performed. If you want to catch a show at one of these iconic venues, be sure to plan ahead and get tickets as early as you can.

The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore
Photo by Riley McCullough

The Last Bookstore not only sells new and used books, but vinyl records and CDs as well. If you have a record or book you want to throw out, why not donate, or better yet, trade it for an item you’ll like. That way, you’ll have put your pre-loved item to good use and maybe even get a free one in exchange.

Catch an Emo Nite LA show

If you grew up listening to the likes of Blink 182, Chiodos, From First to Last and All Time Low, then Emo Nite LA is something you will want to experience. Expect waves of nostalgia that lets you bond with people who grew up listening to the same music as you.

And there you have it: a music lover’s travel guide to Los Angeles. So to recap, you can get new music from Amoeba Music or The Last Bookstore, catch a show at an iconic LA venue, attend a secret Sofar Sounds gig or experience Emo Nite LA.

Are there any music related activities you’ve experienced or places you’ve been to in Los Angeles? If not, what would you include in your itinerary if you get a chance to visit?

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Izzy launched Days in Wonderland as an avenue for avid music fans and travel bugs to find inspiration. Days in Wonderland features concert photos and write-ups, song suggestions, interviews and travel guides.
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