Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 2/8-2/14

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Did you all watch the Superbowl? I did not. I was watching Numb3rs and napping. I did see a bit of Lady Gaga’s National Anthem but I was not concerned enough with any of the teams, commercials, or anything else to spend that much time watching a game. Maybe if I was at a Superbowl Party or something. With pizza. And guacamole. And chips with dip. And… I think I would just eat the entire time!

Anyways, let’s check out what this week has in store…

 

Monday: Emily King @ Soda Bar at 9pm- SOLD OUT

Tuesday: Rachel Platten @ Observatory North Park at 7pm

Wednesday: Waters, Max and the Moon @ The Loft @ UCSD at 9:30pm
AND: Jess Glynne, Conrad Sewell @ House of Blues at 8pm

Thursday: Jesse LaMonaca & The Dime Novels @ Sycamore Den at 9pm
AND: Glen Phillips (Toad and The Wet Sprocket), Sean Watkins @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: The Donkeys, The Palace Ballroom at Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Tiger Army @ Observatory North Park at 7pm

Friday: Panic is Perfect, Anya Marina @ The Loft at UCSD at 9pm
AND: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Sycuan Casino at 8pm
AND: Mrs. Magician @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Saturday: Tyler Hilton, Kate Voegele @ Lestats at 7pm
AND: Peter Bradley Adams @ Soda Bar at 6:30pm
AND: Hawthorne Heights @ House of Blues at 7pm
AND: Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Park & Rec at 9pm

Sunday: Citizen Cope (Acoustic) @ Music Box at 9pm
AND: Lillie Lemon, Bearcoon @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: P.O.D. @ House of Blues at 8pm

 

Keep in Mind:
February 20th- Dr. Dog @ Observatory North Park
February 20th- Get Back Loretta, Brothers Weiss @ Brick by Brick
February 22nd- Lee Ann Womack @ Belly up
February 24th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 25th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 27th- Nick Carter @ Belly Up
February 29th- Vance Joy @ Balboa Theatre
March 2nd- Mutemath @ House of Blues
March 5th- Eliot Sumner @ Soda Bar
March 8th- St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park
March 12th- Kaleo @ Soda Bar
March 23rd- Wolfmother @ House of Blues
March 26th- Brian Fallon & The Crows @ Observatory North Park
March 27th- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up
April 8th- Third Eye Blind @ The Observatory North Park
April 15th-17- Coachella Weekend 1
April 17th- James Bay @ Humphreys
April 21st- Parachute @ House of Blues
April 22nd-24th Coachella Weekend 2
April 23rd- Say Anything @ House of Blues
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 14th- Billy Joel @ Petco Park
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 21st- Jewel @ Humphreys
May 26th- Walk the Moon @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
June 4th- Thrice
July 16th- Halsey @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena
July 26th- Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 31st- Duran Duran @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 3rd- Weezer, Panic! at the Disco @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 30th- Journey @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 2/8-2/14

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Feeling introspective at the moment. I’m not sure what the rest of you were doing these last few hours (something involving a TV and snack foods perhaps), but I was on the phone with my best friend. The call started with tears of sorrow but ended, per usual, with laughter. I think the conversation devolved somewhere in between discussing the relevance of “do-nothingism” and musing over Jesus’ potential bladder control issues in Gethsemane.  Regardless, I’m feeling better about life.

And with that attitude I will approach this week of music trying to think about all the good shows I will see and not the ones I will miss. Yes, this is a week of tough musical choices! Show pick will have to go to UK’s Nothing But Thieves whose already sold out show at The Troubadour is bound to be one for the books. If you’d rather stick to your local rock bands, don’t miss Badflower Thursday night at Lucky Strike in Hollywood.

Here are the rest of my picks:

 

Monday: Nothing But Thieves w/ The Wrecks at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: It’s A School Night at Bardot f. Tor Miller (8:30)
ALSO: Leo James Conroy, Patrick Droney, David Ryan Harris, Honey County at The Hotel Cafe second stage (7,8,9,10)
ALSO: Wild Wild Horses w/ The New Electric Sound FREE at The Echoplex (8:30)
ALSO: The Crazy Brave at Harvelle’s (9pm)
ALSO: Celebrating David Bowie at The Roxy w/ Nikka Costa, Ewan McGregor, and more (8pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot FREE at The Mint f. Miranda Lee Richards and more (7pm)

 

Tuesday: The Cordovas at The Hotel Cafe second stage (9pm)
ALSO: Jukebox The Ghost w/ The Family Crest at The Regent Theater (7:30)
ALSO: Partybaby w/ Tower at The Echo (8pm)
ALSO: Charlie Overbey & The Broken Arrows, Jillette Johnson FREE at The Hi Hat (8pm)
ALSO: The Living Room f. Jacob Luttrell at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Andrew Bird at Teragram Ballroom (9pm)
ALSO: Fleetwood Mac Fest at The Fonda (8pm)

 

Weds: Antigone Rising, Robert Jon & The Wreck, The Outer Vibe at The Hotel Cafe (8,10,11)
ALSO: Guster at Teragram Ballroom (8:30)
ALSO: JP Saxe, Amie Miriello at Molly Malone’s (7:30, 9:30)
ALSO: Fleetwood Mac Fest at The Fonda (8pm)

 

Thursday: Badflower FREE at Lucky Strike Hollywood (10pm)
ALSO: Hawai, Anya Marina, Panic is Perfect at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Jim and Sam at The Lost Room (8pm)
ALSO: Guster at Teragram Ballroom (8:30)

 

Friday: The Record Company w/ The Dustbowl Revival, The Americans at The Echoplex (8pm)
ALSO: Cordovas at Resident (7pm)
ALSO: Patrick Joseph at Grand View Market (9pm)
ALSO :Nikka Costa & Strings at Largo (8:30)

 

Saturday: Gun Hill Royals at Refuge Salon (8:45)
ALSO: Americana’s Pre-Grammy Salute and Tribute to Glenn Frey at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Cardinox at The El Rey (8:30)

 

Sunday: Kate Voegele and Tyler Hilton at Saint Rocke (7:30)
ALSO: The Wild Reeds, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining at The Echo (8:30)
ALSO: Selective Songwriter Showcase at The Fox and Hounds (midnight)

 

To Keep in Mind:
February 16th: Brian Fallon & The Crowes at The Troubadour
February 17th: She Wants Revenge at The Fonda Theatre
February 18th: Joe Purdy at The Troubadour
February 18th: Ben Folds at The Grammy Museum
February 18th: Coyle Girelli at The Hotel Cafe
February 19th: Griffin House at The Hotel Cafe
February 20th: Keaton Simons at The Hotel Café
February 20th: The Yound Wild at The Roxy
February 24th: Jamie N Commons at The Troubadour
February 26th: Lake Street Dive at The Wiltern
February 26th: Knox Hamilton at The Troubadour
February 26th: Stone Foxes at Saint Rocke
February 26th: Melanie Martinez at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
February 27th: Jordie Lane at The Hotel Cafe
March 1st: Meiko at The Troubadour
March 3rd: Vance Joy w/ Elle King at The Shrine
March 4th: Penny and Sparrow at The Hotel Cafe
March 4th: Vance Joy at Fox Theater Pomona
March 5th: My Brothers and I at The Hotel Cafe
March 9th: Natalie Merchant at Orpheum Theatre
March 9th: The Virginmarys at The Mayan
March 10th: Arkells at The Roxy
March 11th: Jack Garratt at The Fonda Theatre
March 11th: Kaleo at The Troubadour
March 12th: Anderson East at The Troubadour
March 13th: Bronze Radio Return at The Troubadour
March 17th: Ben Rector at The Fonda
March 25th: X Ambassadors at The Wiltern
March 28th/29th: Everything Everything at The Roxy
March 29th: Lissie at The El Rey
April 3rd: The Crookes at Teragram Ballroom
April 6th: The Wild Feathers at The Troubadour
April 19th: James Bay at Theatre at Ace Hotel
April 19th: The 1975 at The Shrine
April 22nd: Jon McLaughlin at The Fonda Theatre
April 26th: Josh Kelley at The Troubadour
April 29th: The Avett Brothers w/ The Milk Carton Kids at Greek Theatre
May 5th: Gin Wigmore at The El Rey
May 10th: The Griswolds at The Fonda Theatre
May 18th: Doton at The Orpheum Theatre
June 3rd: Thrice at Shrine Expo Hall
July 23rd: twenty one pilots at The Forum
October 10th: The Dixie Chicks at The Hollywood Bowl

~ Kristen

 

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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 2/1-2/7

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I can’t believe February is upon us. I’m kind of happy for it though. January was full of a lot of stress and somewhat major changes and transitions that resulted in a few missed shows because of long days and exhaustion. I did barely get my butt out to see The Silent Comedy at a (over) sold out show at the Casbah on Saturday. If you were there, you know how crazy it was. If you weren’t there…. well it was crazy.

But it’s a brand new month with a whole new array of show opportunities. Wheeeee!

 

Monday:

Tuesday: Dead Rosemary Blue @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: Bullet for My Valentine @ House of Blues at 7pm

Wednesday: The Crossing, Josiah Falco, Melvus @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: Triumph of Wild @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Gallows Bound, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Thursday: Ben Folds & San Diego Symphony @ Concert Hall at 7:30pm
AND: Listen Local All Access Fest @ Music Box at 7pm
AND: Hills Like Elephants, Dani Bell and the Tarantist @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Family Mansion, Chris Carpenter @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Jack & Jack @ House of Blues at 6:30pm
AND: Them Weary Bones, Feathers and Lead @ Sycamore Den at 9pm

Friday: Saintseneca, Torches

Saturday: Jason Cruz And Howl @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Johnny Deadly Trio, The Shifty Eyed Dogs @ The Merrow at 9pm

Sunday: Second Cousins @ Soda Bar at 9pm

 

Keep in Mind:
February 10th- Waters, Max and the Moon @ The Loft @ UCSD
February 12th- Anya Marina @ The Loft at UCSD
February 12th- Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Sycuan Casino
February 13th- Hawthorne Heights @ House of Blues
February 14th- Citizen Cope (Acoustic) @ Music Box
February 20th- Dr. Dog @ Observatory North Park
February 20th- Get Back Loretta, Brothers Weiss @ Brick by Brick
February 22nd- Lee Ann Womack @ Belly up
February 24th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 25th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 27th- Nick Carter @ Belly Up
February 29th- Vance Joy @ Balboa Theatre
March 2nd- Mutemath @ House of Blues
March 5th- Eliot Sumner @ Soda Bar
March 8th- St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park
March 12th- Kaleo @ Soda Bar
March 23rd- Wolfmother @ House of Blues
March 26th- Brian Fallon & The Crows @ Observatory North Park
March 27th- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up
April 8th- Third Eye Blind @ The Observatory North Park
April 15th-17- Coachella Weekend 1
April 17th- James Bay @ Humphreys
April 21st- Parachute @ House of Blues
April 22nd-24th Coachella Weekend 2
April 23rd- Say Anything @ House of Blues
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 14th- Billy Joel @ Petco Park
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 21st- Jewel @ Humphreys
May 26th- Walk the Moon @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
June 4th- Thrice
July 16th- Halsey @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena
July 26th- Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 31st- Duran Duran @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 3rd- Weezer, Panic! at the Disco @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 30th- Journey @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 2/1-2/7

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After a rousing weekend of art, science, music, and cats, my brain (and my back) are giving out on me. I’ve got The Silent Comedy running through my head. “One day, will this be over?” indeed.

Hopefully all will be well by Tuesday in time for Irontom at The Echo. See you there!

Here are my other picks:

 

Monday: Chasing Kings FREE at The Satellite (9pm)

 

Tuesday: Irontom w/ Flower Punks, Night Talks, Cillie Barnes at The Echo  (8pm)
ALSO: The Living Room f. Jacob Luttrell at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: The Echo and The Sound at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Taking Back Tuesday: Emo Night LA at The Echoplex (9pm)

 

Weds: Stephen Kellogg, Night Lights  at The Hotel Cafe (7, 9:30)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. ASTR (8:30)
ALSO: The Brevet, Ryan Mountbleau Band at The Mint (8:45, 9:50)
ALSO: Unknown Mortal Orchestra at The Fonda Theatre (9pm)

 

Thursday: The Soft White Sixties w/ Warbly Jets, Alyeska at The Hi Hat (8pm)
ALSO: Andy Davis, Kevin Earnest at The Hotel Cafe (8, 10)
ALSO: Ivory DeVille at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Dig the Kid at Silverlake Lounge (9pm)

 

Friday: Javier Dunn, Sleeping Wolf, Cary Brothers at The Hotel Cafe Second Stage (8,9,10)
ALSO: Smithfield Bargain, Freddy & Francine, The Battlefield at The Hotel Cafe (8,9,10)
ALSO: State to State at The Lost Room (8pm)
ALSO: SafetySuit at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Red Hot Chili Peppers at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (8pm)

 

Saturday: Herbert Bail, Zmed Brothers at The Hotel Cafe (9,11)
ALSO: Jesse Thomas and friends at The Hotel Cafe second stage (7pm)
ALSO: Armors at The Echo (11pm)
ALSO: Waters w/ Max and The Moon at The Troubadour (8pm)

 

Sunday: Evol Walks at The Mint (10pm)
ALSO: Songwriter Sundays at The Fox and The Hounds (8pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
February 8th: Nothing But Thieves at The Troubadour
February 9th: The Cordovas, Brian Wright at The Hotel Cafe
February 9th: Jukebox the Ghost at The Regent Theater
February 9th: Andrew Bird at Teragram Ballroom
February 10th/11th: Guster at Teragram Ballroom
February 11th: Badflower at Lucky Strike Hollywood
February 11th: Anya Marina at The Satellite
February 12th: LP at The Lyric Theatre
February 12th: Nikka Costa at Largo
February 14th: Tyler Hilton at Saint Rocke
February 16th: Brian Fallon & The Crowes at The Troubadour
February 17th: She Wants Revenge at The Fonda Theatre
February 18th: Joe Purdy at The Troubadour
February 18th: Ben Folds at The Grammy Museum
February 18th: Coyle Girelli at The Hotel Cafe
February 19th: Griffin House at The Hotel Cafe
February 20th: Keaton Simons at The Hotel Cafe
February 24th: Jamie N Commons at The Troubadour
February 26th: Lake Street Dive at The Wiltern
February 26th: Knox Hamilton at The Troubadour
February 26th: Stone Foxes at Saint Rocke
February 26th: Melanie Martinez at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
February 27th: Jordie Lane at The Hotel Café
March 1st: Meiko at The Troubadour
March 3rd: Vance Joy w/ Elle King at The Shrine
March 4th: Penny and Sparrow at The Hotel Cafe
March 4th: Vance Joy at Fox Theater Pomona
March 5th: My Brothers and I at The Hotel Cafe
March 9th: Natalie Merchant at Orpheum Theatre
March 9th: The Virginmarys at The Mayan
March 10th: Arkells at The Roxy
March 11th: Jack Garratt at The Fonda Theatre
March 11th: Kaleo at The Troubadour
March 12th: Anderson East at The Troubadour
March 13th: Bronze Radio Return at The Troubadour
March 17th: Ben Rector at The Fonda
March 25th: X Ambassadors at The Wiltern
April 6th: The Wild Feathers at The Troubadour
April 19th: James Bay at Theatre at Ace Hotel
April 19th: The 1975 at The Shrine
April 22nd: Jon McLaughlin at The Fonda Theatre
April 29th: The Avett Brothers w/ The Milk Carton Kids at Greek Theatre
May 5th: Gin Wigmore at The El Rey
May 10th: The Griswolds at The Fonda Theatre
May 18th: Doton at The Orpheum Theatre
June 3rd: Thrice at Shrine Expo Hall
July 23rd: twenty one pilots at The Forum
October 10th: The Dixie Chicks at The Hollywood Bowl

~ Kristen

 

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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 1/25-1/31

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This week is going to be a good one! One of my favorite bands The Silent Comedy are playing not one but two shows this week! Granted one is in Hermosa Beach but they are definitely worth the drive. Actually, I started getting my TSC fix last week when they played on Friday at the Pour House. That was a really good time! I was sore after from dancing around. Let’s see what else this week has in store…

 

Monday: Little Heroine, The Native @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Granger Smith @ Belly Up at 8pm

Tuesday:

Wednesday: Tony Lucca, Dustan Louque @ Soda Bar at 9m
AND: Dawn and Hawkes, Lee Coulter, Dave Booda @ Lestats at 9pm

Thursday: Joshua Taylor, Ves Frank @ Sycamore Den at 9pm
AND: PWR BTTM, Gone Baby Gone @ Hideout at 9pm

Friday: G. Love and Special Sauce @ Belly Up at 9pm- SOLD OUT
AND: The Silent Comedy @ Saint Rocke at 9pm
AND: The New Kinetics, The Nervous Wreckords @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Caroline Corn, Avery, Sophia Bacino @ Lestats at 9pm

Saturday: The Silent Comedy, Creature & The Woods, Robert Jon and The Wreck @ Casbah
AND: Dr. Seahorse, The Lovebirds @ Belly Up at 1:30pm
AND: The Whiskey Circle @ Hideout at 9pm
AND: Alice Wallace @ Lestats at 9pm

Sunday: Marty O’Reilly, Kimmi Bitter @ Soda Bar at 9pm

 

Keep in Mind:
February 12th- Anya Marina @ The Loft at UCSD
February 14th- Citizen Cope (Acoustic) @ Music Box
February 20th- Dr. Dog @ Observatory North Park
February 22nd- Lee Ann Womack @ Belly up
February 25th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 27th- Nick Carter @ Belly Up
March 2nd- Mutemath @ House of Blues
March 5th- Eliot Sumner @ Soda Bar
March 8th- St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park
March 23rd- Wolfmother @ House of Blues
March 27th- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 1/25-1/31

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Approximately T-1 hr. ‘til new X-Files!!! During college, it became a Sunday night tradition to watch an episode or two of The X-Files to reset for the week to come. I really need a good reset this week, so if anything can do the trick, this will. Extreme bonus points go to my college roommate, Colleen, who I will be watching with through some kind of video chat method that we have about an hour to figure out…

If you want to chat X-Files with me next week, why don’t you join me Friday at Saint Rocke to see one of my very favorite bands, The Silent Comedy take the stage after a seemingly endless number of months since they’ve played in Los Angeles. Even if you don’t want to talk TV, you should probably join me anyway.

Other fantastic show options for the week as follows (I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one):

 

Monday: SWIMM w/ The New Electric Sound, Good Graeff FREE at The Echo
ALSO: Magic Bronson Residency FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Susanna Hoffs w/ special guests at Largo (8:30)
ALSO: Matt Corby at Teragram Ballroom (8pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live f. Polaris Rose FREE at The Mint (7pm)

 

Tuesday: Tony Lucca, Jim Stapley, Jacob Luttrell at The Hotel Cafe (8,9, 10)
ALSO: Night Lights FREE at Dirty Laundry (11pm)
ALSO: Gun Hill Royals FREE at Crane’s Downtown Bar (10pm)
ALSO: Matt Corby at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (9pm)
ALSO: Susanna Hoffs w/ special guests at Largo (8:30)

 

Weds: Jake McMullen at The Resident (8pm)
ALSO: Greyson Chance at The Troubadour (9:30)

 

Thursday: Parade of Lights at Bootleg Bar (9pm)
ALSO: Fiona Grey FREE at Mrs. Fish (9:15)

 

Friday: The Silent Comedy at Saint Rocke (8pm)
ALSO: Jimmy Gnecco w/ Mount Holly at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Harriet w/ Ciara-Nova and Korey Dane at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Rin Tin Tiger at The Resident (8pm)
ALSO: The Music of David Bowie w/ The Absolute, BOOTY, Mars and The Massacre (10pm)
ALSO: Girlschool Field Day Weekend at Bootleg Theater f. Dead Sara, The Bulls, and more (7:30)

 

Saturday: Kitten at The Fonda Theatre (9pm)
ALSO: Girlschool Field Day Weekend at Bootleg Theater f. White Sea, Maria Taylor and more (7:30)

 

Sunday: Distant Cousins at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Girlschool Field Day Weekend at Bootleg Theater f. Riothorse Royale, Allison Weiss, and more (7:30)
ALSO: Selective Songwriter Showcase at The Fox and Hounds (midnight)

 

To Keep in Mind:
February 2nd: Irontom at The Lost Room
February 3rd: Stephen Kellogg at The Hotel Cafe
February 5th: SafetySuit at The Troubadour
February 5th: The Neighbourhood at Fox Theater Pomona
February 5th: Cary Brothers at The Hotel Cafe
February 8th: Nothing But Thieves at The Troubadour
February 9th: The Cordovas, Brian Wright at The Hotel Cafe
February 9th: Jukebox the Ghost at The Regent Theater
February 9th: Andrew Bird at Teragram Ballroom
February 10th/11th: Guster at Teragram Ballroom
February 11th: Badflower at Lucky Strike Hollywood
February 12th: Nikka Costa at Largo
February 14th: Tyler Hilton at Saint Rocke
February 16th: Brian Fallon & The Crowes at The Troubadour
February 17th: She Wants Revenge at The Fonda Theatre
February 18th: Joe Purdy at The Troubadour
February 19th: Griffin House at The Hotel Cafe
February 20th: Keaton Simons at The Hotel Cafe
February 24th: Jamie N Commons at The Troubadour
February 26th: Lake Street Dive at The Wiltern
February 26th: Knox Hamilton at The Troubadour
February 26th: Melanie Martinez at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
February 27th: Jordie Lane at The Hotel Café
March 1st: Meiko at The Troubadour
March 3rd: Vance Joy w/ Elle King at The Shrine
March 4th: Penny and Sparrow at The Hotel Cafe
March 9th: Natalie Merchant at Orpheum Theatre
March 9th: The Virginmarys at The Mayan
March 10th: Arkells at The Roxy
March 11th: Jack Garratt at The Fonda Theatre
March 11th: Kaleo at The Troubadour
March 12th: Anderson East at The Troubadour
March 13th: Bronze Radio Return at The Troubadour
March 17th: Ben Rector at The Fonda
March 25th: X Ambassadors at The Wiltern
April 19th: The 1975 at The Shrine
April 22nd: Jon McLaughlin at The Fonda Theatre
April 29th: The Avett Brothers w/ The Milk Carton Kids at Greek Theatre
May 10th: The Griswolds at The Fonda Theatre
May 18th: Doton at The Orpheum Theatre
June 3rd: Thrice at Shrine Expo Hall
July 23rd: twenty one pilots at The Forum
October 10th: The Dixie Chicks at The Hollywood Bowl

~ Kristen

 

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Amanda’s Top Acts of 2015- James Bay

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Every year closes and there’s always a select number of events and things that stick around in my brain and really stand out as something memorable. I mean, if it wasn’t that memorable, I probably wouldn’t be able to recall it as vividly as I do after an entire year passes by. For me, 2015 was filled with a fair amount of music related trips and some really “omg this is really happening?!” moments. To be honest, you already know about these artists from our site but I’d like to share what makes them special and why going out to see a band/artist is such an awesome experience for me…

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James Bay is someone who’s name you should be familiar with from reading our site. He’s an amazing artist with a really soulful and gritty voice with lyrics that can cut you to the quick and reverberate through your soul. I was lucky enough to see him a few times this year with the standout moment being at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. Bay had been scheduled to play there back in May and I missed out on the tickets. (Drat!) Then the show had been rescheduled to August and I missed tickets again. (Bummer!) Finally, the date was rescheduled to November and I discovered it just in time to get tickets to the show in November. What luck!

Back in July I had seen James Bay sell out the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, which according to Wikipedia, holds 3,500 people for musical events. So, the opportunity to see someone who was literally selling out arenas across the US at the 600 capacity Belly Up was something truly special and unique. Also, something that wasn’t likely to happen again. Since I knew this would be a really unique opportunity to be up close and personal, I decided to get there a few hours early and wait in line. I’d say the wait paid off in spades by being part of the first line of people against the stage. There isn’t any kind of barrier at Belly Up so when I say we were there, we were right there!

It was a truly amazing experience and one that will likely never be reproduced. James was his highly amusing and entertaining self throughout the entire evening. He started the evening by saying that he was finally happy to be there after all the issues and “music industry bullshit” and he was just happy people showed up after all the jerking around. I won’t get into the minutiae of the entire evening here because that would take up entirely too much of your time. I will however give you these details (and maybe more if you ask me in person)… he played for over an hour, he played everything from Chaos and The Calm, he also played some of the songs from his previous ep, there was a sing along portion of the evening, and he did a cover of Proud Mary. He completely owned the stage. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see him yet, I urge you to get on it! He’s currently touring everywhere but here it seems so keep your eyes peeled!!



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