By Talia DeRogatis

LA Happenings in the months of November and December

Costa returns to House of Blues

Singer-songwriter Matt Costa will return to his frequently played venue, the House of Blues in Anaheim, on November 24 at 7 pm. The professional skateboarder turned musician began his career in 2003 by circulating his demos amongst his friends and neighbors in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California.

Since then, he has released three albums and gained a strong presence in the folk rock world.  His newest album, Mobile Chateau, was released in September of this year and marked Costa’s first time producing an album.

Tickets to see Costa perform his new songs as well as some of his older hits range from $60 to $90.

Slightly Stoopid tour hits the Roxy

Slightly Stoopid will perform their celebrated fusion of rock, blues, reggae, ska and hip-hop on November 20 at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

The band, formed in 1995 in Ocean Beach, California by childhood friends, still tours frequently despite not having released an album since 2008.

The musicians enjoy touring for the sake of bringing energy and a good time to their fans, not necessarily for promotional reasons.

While influenced by groups such as Sublime, Rancid and Streetwise, Slightly Stoopid has developed a unique style that has fans paying anywhere from $65 to $300 to see them live at the Roxy.

Passion Pit plays at the Palladium

Passion Pit, an electronic pop band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, will perform at the Hollywood Palladium on December 7. The band, whose members attended the Berklee College of Music, derived their name from a slang term for the make-out spot at drive-in moving theatres.

The name reflects the group’s youthful and romantic music, which appeals to all age groups, especially teenagers. With one EP and one album under their belt, the band continues to enlarge its following through singles, covers and live performances. Demand to see them live has skyrocketed in the past year, as evidenced by ticket prices ranging from $60 to $340.

Ok Go set to rock Club Nokia

OK Go, a Grammy Award-winning rock and power pop band from Chicago, will perform at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on November 27.  The band has released three studio albums and gained legions of fans by releasing songs and appearing on television and in movies.  However, the band is probably most famous for their creative and often low-budget music videos, and this creativity is said to come across in their live performances as well.

Opening for Ok Go is A Fine Frenzy, the stage name of singer-songwriter Alison Sudol.  A Fine Frenzy is known for a combination of unique, energetic pop songs and beautiful, haunting ballads.  Tickets to see these two celebrated musicians range from $20 to $130.