Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 4/13-4/19

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Although I have zero plans to attend Coachella, either online or in person, I’ve been really enjoying the posts from some friends who are out there experiencing the fun. I haven’t been to Coachella in a few years and part of me misses it, but the rest of me is happy to be home instead. In fact, today I went to a trampoline park for some cardio work. Sure I got sweaty, but it’s nothing to the sweat that Coachella brings. However, there will be massive sweating this week because The Silent Comedy is finally playing a hometown show and you know that’s going to be a sweaty dance party of awesome! Also, Saint Motel will be hanging down here between Coachella weekends and they are another dance party waiting to happen.We have some good stuff this week. Go out, see music.

Monday: St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park at 8pm

Tuesday: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Balboa Theatre at 7:30pm
AND: Father John Misty @ Observatory North Park at 8pm- SOLD OUT
AND: George Ezra @ Belly Up at 8pm- SOLD OUT

Wednesday: Lights, Saint Motel @ The Irenic at 7pm- SOLD OUT
AND: Jamestown Revival @ Belly Up at 8pm

Thursday: Jackson Price Band @ Sycamore Den at 9pm
AND: Keelan Donovan, Emily Hackett, Savannah Philyaw @ Lestats at 9pm

Friday: Kaleo, Josh Damigo @ House of Blues Side Stage at
AND: Belle and Sebastian @ Observatory North Park at 9pm- SOLD OUT
AND: Alanna Clarke, Caroline Corn, Jeremiah Crespo @ Lestats at 9pm

Saturday: The Silent Comedy, Barbarian @ The Irenic at 7pm
AND: Marina and The Diamonds @ Observatory North Park at 8pm- SOLD OUT

Sunday: Nick Howard, Robert Gillies @ Lestats at 9pm

 

Keep in Mind:
April 26th- Kaiser Chiefs @ House of Blues (rescheduled)
May 1st- Ok Go @ House of Blues
May 1st- Matt and Kim @ Observatory North Park
May 3rd- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up
May 7th- The Mowgli’s @ Casbah
May 9th- The Growlers @ Observatory North Park
May 16th- Lana Del Ray, Courtney Love @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
May 16th- James Bay @ Belly Up
May 17th- Passion Pit @ The Observatory North Park
May 18th- Shaky Graves @ Belly Up
May 22nd- Paramore @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
May 29th- Delta Spirit @ The Irenic
May 30th- Delta Spirit @ The Irenic
June 1st- Spoon @ Observatory North Park
June 2nd- Spoon @ North Park Observatory
June 3rd- AWOLNATION @ House of Blues
July 21st- Imagine Dragons, Metric @ Viejas Arena
August 8th- Fall Out Boy @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
September 14- The Who @ Valley View Casino Center
September 19th- Kaaboo @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
September 24th- Foo Fighters @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
October 16th- twenty one pilots @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 4/13-4/19

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While putting this week’s calendar together, I popped High Fidelity into the DVD player. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy that movie. Now I want to make all kinds of top five lists that will only hold for like 5 minutes. How about Top 5 Bands to see in LA this week. At this moment, my list would look like:

1 – The Silent Comedy

2 – The Milk Carton Kids

3 – Jakob Dylan

4 – Royal Blood

5 – Spurs (barely beating out Dark Waves but only because I haven’t seen Spurs before)

That was a toughie as there are so many great options this week. Here are the rest:

 

Monday: Lakes at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Royal Blood at The Fonda (9pm)
ALSO: Plain White T’s w/ Jessarae and Genevieve at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: The Rebel Light, Dorothy FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Desaparecidos at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Stone Temple Pilots at The House of Blues (7pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. James Hersey (8:30)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 f. Jesse Thomas, Michael Doman, Joel Eckels (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Spurs w/ Adam Arcuragi, Joel Eckels at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9)
ALSO: Dark Waves FREE at Dirty Laundry (10pm)
ALSO: Tall Tales and the Silver Lining at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Brandon Flowers at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Neil and Liam Finn at Largo (8:30)

 

Weds: Dave Green (of The Filthy Souls) FREE at Dirty Laundry (10pm)
ALSO: Kaleo, Kingswood at The Hotel Cafe (8,9)
ALSO: Bad Romantics at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: Brand New w/ Built to Spill and Desaparecidos at The Shrine Expo Hall (7:30)
ALSO: The Replacements at Hollywood Palladium (7pm)
ALSO: Sylvan Esso at The Regent Theater (8pm)
ALSO: Florence and the Machine at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (8pm)

 

Thursday: decoded at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Lisa Loeb at Saint Rocke (8pm)
ALSO: Drive-By Truckers at The Regent Theater (7:30)
ALSO: The Replacements at Hollywood Palladium (7pm)
ALSO: Interpol w/ Perfume Genius at Shrine Expo Hall (8pm)

 

Friday: The Silent Comedy at The Record Parlour (9pm)
ALSO: Polaris Rose, The Roofbeam Carpenters at The Hotel Cafe (10, 12)
ALSO: We Are The West at The Escondite (9pm)

 

Saturday: The Milk Carton Kids at Largo (8:30)
ALSO: Jeff Campbell at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Back Pocket Memory, Bad Wolf, and more at Amplyfi (7pm)
ALSO: Jakob Dylan at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Charles Bradley at The Roxy (9pm)

 

Sunday: Grand Ole Echo w/ Brian Whelan, All Spots to Black, etc. at The Echo (3pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
April 23rd: Joe Firstman at The Hotel Cafe
April 23rd: Jared & The Mill at Bootleg HiFi
April 23rd: Joe Firstman at The Hotel Cafe
April 24th: Damien Rice at The Greek Theatre
April 25th: The Kaiser Chiefs at The Wiltern
April 27th: Zane Carney at The Troubadour
April 27th: Maniac at The Echo
May 1st: Tony Lucca at The Hotel Cafe
May 2nd: The Decemberists at Greek Theatre
May 2nd: OK Go at The Wiltern
May 3rd: Tonight Alive at The Wiltern
May 5th: Kodaline at The Wiltern
May 5th: Ms Mr at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
May 8th: Jessie Baylin at The Troubadour
May 8th: The Mowgli’s at The Regent Theatre
May 11th/12th: The Bird & The Bee at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
May 14th: James Bay at The Fonda Theatre
May 16th: Two Gallants at The Roxy
May 16th: Lydia at The Troubadour
May 19th: Prides at The Echo
May 20th: Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds at The Orpheum
May 20th: Shakey Graves at The Fonda
May 20th: Rocco Deluca at The Troubadour
May 22nd: Against Me! at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
May 28th: Mae at The El Rey
May 29th/30th: The Bangles at The Troubadour
May 31st: Kopecky at Saint Rocke
May 31st/June1st: Jack Garratt at The Troubadour
June 1st: Delta Spirit at Telegram Ballroom
June 2nd: Mother Mother at The Troubadour
June 2nd: The Script at The Wiltern
June 4th: Dustin Kensrue at The Troubadour
June 11th: Neon Trees at The Fonda Theater
June 11th: Black English at The Echo
June 11th: Jukebox the Ghost at The Greek Theatre
June 11th: Ivan & Alyosha at The Roxy
June 16th, 17th, 19th: Butch Walker at The Masonic Lodge
June 24th/25th: Ed Sheeran at Hollywood Bowl
June 30th: The Griswolds at The Troubadour
July 12th: NEEDTOBREATHE at Greek Theatre
August 1st: AWOLNATION at Hollywood Palladium
August 5th: First Aid Kit at Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church
August 17th: Lights at The Greek Theatre
September 16th: Carbon Leaf at The Roxy
October 7th: Ben Howard at The Greek Theatre
October 15th: twenty one pilots w/ Echosmith at The Greek Theatre

 

~ Kristen

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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 4/6-4/12

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Sorry for the late post. I was dead tired last night and didn’t get around to writing this till the morning and then I wen to the barn and time just flew away fro me. But, I finally feel human again! Well, I’ve been feeling better since the middle of last week but haven’t been 100% sure about things so I’ve been slowly testing different foods. I finally gave in a few days ago and ordered pizza because I’d been seeing pizza ads on tv and the power of suggestion was overwhelming. Yesterday I had Mexican food for the first time since getting sick and all seems good so I’m pretty happy. Yay for health!

 

Monday: Knox Hamilton, Genevieve, Oliver Trolley @ Belly Up at 8pm

Tuesday: Twinsmith @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Wednesday: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Haerts @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Kimbra, Mikky Ekko @ Observatory North Park
AND: Mike Wojniak, L.A. Edwards @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: White Violet @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: The Maine @ House of Blues at 6:30pm
AND: Evan Diamond @ Lestats at 9pm

Thursday: Blue October @ House of Blues at 7:30pm
AND: Interpol @ Humphreys at 7:30pm- SOLD OUT
AND: Jackson Browne @ California Center for the Arts

Friday: Joe Firstman, Sutter Zachman @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Three Days Grace @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Coachella @ Empire Polo Fields

Saturday: Betty Who, Parade of Lights @ House of Blues at 8:30pm
AND: Tim Moyer @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Elliott Brood, Shelby Earl @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Coachella @ Empire Polo Fields

Sunday: Halcyonaire @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Coachella @ Empire Polo Fields

 

Keep in Mind:
April 13th- St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park
April 14th- Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Balboa Theatre
April 14th- Father John Misty @ Observatory North Park
April 15th- Saint Motel @ The Irenic
April 15th- Jamestown Revival @ Belly Up
April 17th- Belle and Sebastian @ Observatory North Park
April 18th- The Silent Comedy @ The Irenic
April 18th- Marina and The Diamonds @ Observatory North Park
April 26th- Kaiser Chiefs @ House of Blues (rescheduled)
May 1st- Ok Go @ House of Blues
May 1st- Matt and Kim @ Observatory North Park
May 3rd- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up
May 7th- The Mowgli’s @ Casbah
May 9th- The Growlers @ Observatory North Park
May 16th- Lana Del Ray, Courtney Love @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
May 16th- James Bay @ Belly Up
May 17th- Passion Pit @ The Observatory North Park
May 18th- Shaky Graves @ Belly Up
May 22nd- Paramore @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
June 1st- Spoon @ Observatory North Park
June 2nd- Spoon @ North Park Observatory
June 3rd- AWOLNATION @ House of Blues
July 21st- Imagine Dragons, Metric @ Viejas Arena
August 8th- Fall Out Boy @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
September 14- The Who @ Valley View Casino Center
September 19th- Kaaboo @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
September 24th- Foo Fighters @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
October 16th- twenty one pilots @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 4/6-4/12

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I am finally home from a long but exciting weekend at WonderCon where I was working a small press booth for High Voltage. Highlights from the weekend include a sneak peak at Wayward Pines, The Orphan Black panel, my new boba-tastic t-shirt, meeting so many cool people, and having all sorts of fun with our High Voltage fill in the blank fandom buttons (mine said I was a fan of live music most of the weekend).  All I really want to do right now is go through all my WonderCon goodies, but it’s Sunday so I must spend some time preparing for the sadly cosplay-less week ahead.

Musically speaking, we’ve got some promising shows. I missed Elliott Brood at SXSW, so I’m hoping to catch them at The Satellite this week. Another can’t miss would be the Young Romans record release show Saturday night at The Hotel Cafe.

Here’s to a great week!

 

Monday: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. Francisco The Man (8:30)
ALSO: Jonny Polonsky at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Ivory DeVille, Dorothy FREE at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Evol Walks FREE at TRiP (10:30)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 (8pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live FREE at The Mint (7pm)

 

Tuesday: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Civil Twilight w/ Knox Hamilton at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Great Ceasar at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Vans Warped Tour Kick Off at Club Nokia (7pm)

 

Weds: The Cordovas at Saint Rocke (8pm)
ALSO: The Watkins Family Hour w/ Fiona Apple and Sam Amldon at Largo (8:30)
ALSO: Sam Morrow at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Picture Atlantic at The Mint (10:20)
ALSO: Golden State and The Wilding at The Viper Room (9pm)
ALSO: Jessie Ware at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: Concert for Social Justic at The Fonda Theatre f. Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, David Crosby & Graham Nash and more (7pm)

 

Thursday: Jesse Thomas at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Forebear at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: The Dead Ships at Harvard & Stone
ALSO: Kimbra at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Jenny Lewis at The Echoplex (8:30)
ALSO: Colin Hay at Largo (8:30)

 

Friday: Elliott Brood w/ Shelby Earl and The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: We Are The West at The Hotel Cafe (11pm)
ALSO: Colin Hay at Largo (8:30)

 

Saturday: The Young Romans at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)…record release show!
ALSO: Genevieve, Afternoons, The Husth Sound  at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Sam Morrow at WitZend (7:15)
ALSO: Wake Up Lucid at El Cid (11pm)
Sunday: War & Pierce at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)

 

To Keep in Mind:
April 13th: Royal Blood at The Fonda
April 13th: Plain White T’s at The Troubadour
April 13th: Desaparecidos at The Roxy
April 14th: Brandon Flowers at The Troubadour
April 15th: Desaparecidos at The Shrine
April 15th: Night Riots at The Troubadour
April 16th: Mighty Oaks and Milky Chance at The Mayan Theatre
April 17th: The Silent Comedy at The Record Parlour
April 18th: Jakob Dylan at The Troubadour
April 23rd: Joe Firstman at The Hotel Cafe
April 23rd: Jared & The Mill at Bootleg HiFi
April 23rd: Joe Firstman at The Hotel Cafe
April 24th: Damien Rice at The Greek Theatre
April 25th: The Kaiser Chiefs at The Wiltern
April 27th: Zane Carney at The Troubadour
April 27th: Maniac at The Echo
May 1st: Tony Lucca at The Hotel Cafe
May 2nd: The Decemberists at Greek Theatre
May 2nd: OK Go at The Wiltern
May 3rd: Tonight Alive at The Wiltern
May 5th: Kodaline at The Wiltern
May 8th: Jessie Baylin at The Troubadour
May 8th: The Mowgli’s at The Regent Theatre
May 11th/12th: The Bird & The Bee at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
May 14th: James Bay at The Fonda Theatre
May 16th: Two Gallants at The Roxy
May 16th: Lydia at The Troubadour
May 19th: Prides at The Echo
May 20th: Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds at The Orpheum
May 20th: Shakey Graves at The Fonda
May 20th: Rocco Deluca at The Troubadour
May 28th: Mae at The El Rey
May 29th/30th: The Bangles at The Troubadour
May 31st: Kopecky at Saint Rocke
May 31st/June1st: Jack Garratt at The Troubadour
June 2nd: The Script at The Wiltern
June 4th: Dustin Kensrue at The Troubadour
June 11th: Jukebox the Ghost at The Greek Theatre
June 11th: Ivan & Alyosha at The Roxy
June 16th, 17th, 19th: Butch Walker at The Masonic Lodge
June 24th/25th: Ed Sheeran at Hollywood Bowl
June 30th: The Griswolds at The Troubadour
July 12th: NEEDTOBREATHE at Greek Theatre
August 1st: AWOLNATION at Hollywood Palladium
August 17th: Lights at The Greek Theatre
September 16th: Carbon Leaf at The Roxy
October 15th: twenty one pilots w/ Echosmith at The Greek Theatre

 

~ Kristen

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Top Ten Sets of SXSW ’15

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We saw a lot of awesome acts during our time at SXSW thought we don’t have enough time and energy to share with you all of the awesome act we saw, we though we should share with you the highlights of our time in Austin.

Amanda’s Picks:

1. Walking on Cars at Clive Bar

I’m sure you’re already familiar with our Walking on Cars story but just in case you aren’t, I’ll break it down for you… caught half of their first set at SXSW, second set conflicted with another, missed the third (and final) set after literally running there by just a few minutes and lamented them not playing more shows. And then…. the SXSW Magic happens. A band pulls out of a show that a friend is booking, ask them on Twitter if they’re free and want to play another show, they say yes! Like I said, magic. The thing about Walking on Cars is that there’s something really special about them musically. They have a sound that I can’t even begin to classify or describe but I can tell you that I feel their music in my heart and my soul. And it’s a pretty special thing to get a full 30 minute set from a new band love while being around friends who are also dancing along and loving the band you love. this show will forever go down in my personal SXSW History as something so magical and lucky that I still have a hard time believing it actually happened.

2. James Bay at St. Davids

Where to begin with James Bay? I mean, the guy is a guitar and lyrical powerhouse of songs that just pull at your heart and all those emotions you don’t always like to think about. He only had a few shows that were doable schedule wise and one was completely rained out to boot. I only caught half a set at Spotify and that just wasn’t enough James Bay for my taste. The opportunity to see him in a church with those kinds of acoustics is something you’d be hard pressed to walk away from. Truth be told, I almost wasn’t able to get into this show because earlier the showcase had been declared “badge only” and I, the lowly wristband wasn’t allowed in. However, after patiently waiting and enjoying some other music just down the hall, I circled back to try again and as luck would have it, I made it in. The air in the church was palpably electric and the whole room was filled with this charge that went right through your body. It was a feeling that I won’t forget anytime soon. Even though James didn’t play as long a set as he did at Spotify, I can let that go in favor of the story telling behind the song Scars and the feeling of being a part of something really unique and special.

3. Royal Teeth at Stubbs

So this show technically wasn’t during SXSW “officially” but it was still during the week and was kind of a wrap up show. After catching only 2.5 songs of Royal Teeth at the Swan Dive earlier in the week, this was my last opportunity to see a full set from them. The band didn’t disappoint and somehow managed to still have a wonderful amount of energy for the end of the week. Their infectious pop energy was enough to prop me up and keep me going even though I felt dead on my feet. Even though I (sadly) wasn’t familiar with their tunes, it didn’t matter because everyone was bouncing along. I’m not sure what the most memorable part of the show was… when singer Gary Larsen jumped off stage and got into the middle of the crowd for some drumming or maybe when the confetti went flying during their last song and everyone looked so blissfully happy. Regardless, that show was something special.

4. Zeke Duhon at Swan Dive

Truthfully, I don’t know what pulled me to the Swan Dive for Zeke Duhon. I didn’t know him or any of his music but this little voice in my head told me to make sure I made that show and I’m really glad I listened. Zeke was a surprise I hadn’t been expecting and especially after already seeing so much music and reaching a point where it all begins to blend, he was someone who managed to really stand out and make me stop to listen. Probably my favorite part of his set was when he started talking about covering these two different songs and he couldn’t decide which he liked better so he chose to do both. This ended up being a super awesome mashup of Shake It Off and Can’t Tell Me Nothing by Taylor Swift and Kayne West, respectively. I mean, seriously.

5. Colony House at Blackheart

I was so bummed about missing Colony House when they came through San Diego with Sir Sly but I was so happy to see their name on the list for SXSW. Sadly, all their showcases conflicted with something or were just too out of the way. But on SXSW Saturday, I made it a priority to see them and it was especially meant to be because they were just down the road from where I was that morning. Colony House completed slayed at Blackheart on a day that had proved difficult for other bands due to the weather. But some drizzle wasn’t going to stop vocalist Caleb Chapman from hopping onto this box in front of the stage with his mic stand and guitar and then getting some air while jumping back down to the stage, several times I might add. Their whole set was a powerhouse of rock energy that just didn’t let up until they got off the stage. If that’s how they played at the end of the week, I can only image how they are when fully rested, locked, and loaded. Whew.

HM: Jack Garratt at St. Davids

Admittedly, I didn’t really want to stay for Jack Garratt’s set as I had just seen numerous other amazing acts at the church and was pretty darn tired with a write up still to do. However, I’m so glad I did because that guy is something really special. He has the vocals of an angel with the beat skills that is sure to make more than a few established artists jealous. He’s a really interesting juxtaposition of soft melodic vocals and hard bass dropping beats that echo through your chest. As someone in our party said, “he has that combination of soft and hard that Sam Smith tries, and fails to achieve.” He really was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.

Kristen’s Picks:

1. Irontom at Lucky Lounge

Some might say it’s silly to go all the way to Austin to see a band from Los Angeles, but there is something quite special about seeing your favorite bands in a different setting. There is a comfort and joy in experiencing something familiar and a thrill from watching others fall in love for the first time.  Plus, when it’s the end of the week and everyone is delirious from exhaustion, both you and the band are going to have an experience unlike any you would have back at home. This is what made Saturday afternoon’s Irontom set at Lucky Lounge so very special. I was propped up against a wall when singer, Harry Hayes, called out to me from the stage to check that I was okay. He then proceeded to bounce on and off the stage like I’d never seen before, as the entire band gave their all in their final SXSW performance, the third that day. At the end of the set, Irontom newbies clamored for more and without hesitation, the band launched into an encore. It was a set to remember.

2. Charlotte OC at Des Moines Embassy

When I saw Charlotte OC’s name listed as a SXSW artist this year, she flew straight to the top of my “must see” list. Wednesday afternoon, as my friends were retreating back to the hotel for some rest, I insisted on squeezing in one more set when I saw Charlotte’s name on my schedule. I rushed over to the Des Moines Embassy in time to make it up to the front of the stage before she began. She opened with my favorite of her songs, “Hangover”. I knew I was going to like the song, but her live interpretation took the experience to another level. This woman has a presence on stage that goes beyond simply singing her songs. I wasn’t even able to stay for this entire set, but I was so blown away it had to make my list. Fortunately, I caught a full set at The UMG Party at Palm door a few days later.

3. Brandi Carlile at Central Presbyterian Church

Now, this was a once in a lifetime experience! Brandi Carlile took her band of musicians and unplugged them all. They used the venue as another instrument, playing with the acoustics of the room. At one point, sting instruments were placed around the venue and even up in the balconies.  At another time, the band paraded down the aisles with Brandi augmenting her voice via an old fashioned megaphone. I feel like she got through most of her hits as well as several songs off her new album, Firewatcher’s Daughter. When Brandi and the twins broke into my new favorite song, “The Eye”, I wasn’t sure if I was having an allergy attack or if tears were streaming down my cheek because I was so moved by the song in this form.

4. Frank Turner at Red 7 Patio

Frank Turner seems to be a SXSW regular and thank goodness for that! The energy he brings and can create in a room is infectious. I’m not sure that it’s possible to not have a good time at a Frank Turner show. I, for one, was clapping and singing and bouncing along at the one set I was able to catch of Frank’s at the Red 7 Patio. It seemed to be a “play the hits” kind of evening. I would have liked to hear more of the material off his upcoming new release, but it is always great fun being able to sing along with song after song. Mid-way through the set, there was a t-shirt swap with a fan. I hope this becomes a tradition!

5. The Contenders at Bethel Hall

SXSW 2015 offered the first opportunity I’ve had to see this new duo formed by Jay Nash and Josh Day. I was expecting the music to be good (and it was), but more unexpected was the humor and warmth created by the musicians personas revealed through the in between song chit chat. These guys are rivaling The Milk Carton Kids for the award for best banter! The dapper duo captured the audience in the small church hall, delivering a series of sad tunes with happy smiles. At least I had a goofy smile on my face the entire set. I look forward to hearing more from this band.

HM: Young Rising Sons at Maggie Mae’s

I was familiar with their infectious single, “High”, but Young Rising Sons, had an entire set worth of fun and memorable tunes. I’d also call this set a right place, right time kind of deal. I ended up at Maggie Mae’s because there were a lot of great bands at that venue that night. I was tired, but Young Rising Sons provided a perfect pick-me-up. They were fun and easy to enjoy. Sometimes you need a band with good pop sensibilities that can make you dance without thinking. Young Rising Sons came to me just when I needed them and became one of my most fondly remembered sets of the week.

 

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 3/30-4/5

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I can’t believe it’s already been a week since I got back from SXSW. I did bring back a minor cold with me, which is better than last year when I showed up and left with a cold. So there’s that. However, I will admit to not being 100% myself today when doing this post. I ended up in Urgent Care on Saturday and although I feel loads better than when I went in, I’m not really myself. So consider this an advance apology if anything is missing from the calendar this week.

 

Monday: Little Dove @ Casbah at 9pm

Tuesday: Have Mercy, Weatherbox @ The Irenic at 6:30pm
AND: Leave The Universe, Michael McGraw and The Butchers @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: Kitty, Daisy, and Lewis @ Belly Up @ 8pm

Wednesday: Punch Brothers @ Observatory North Park at 8pm
AND: Viva Apollo, Whiskey Circle @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Thursday: TV on The Radio Acoustic in Store Performance @ M-Theory Records at 6pm
AND: TV on The Radio @ Observatory North Park at 8pm- SOLD OUT
AND: Sydney Blake and The Misters @ The Merrow at 9pm

Friday: The Used @ House of Blues at 7pm
AND: Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact @ Whistlestop Bar at 9pm
AND: Fire In The Hamptons @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: The Swellers @ House of Blues at 7:30pm

Saturday: Masked Intruder, Caskitt @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Sunday: 22 Kings, Melly Frances and the Distilled Spirit Duo @ Sycamore Den at 9pm

 

Keep in Mind:
April 8th- Kimbra @ Observatory North Park
April 8th- Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness @ Belly Up
April 9th- Interpol @ Humphreys
April 11th- Betty Who @ House of Blues
April 13th- St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park
April 14th- Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Balboa Theatre
April 14th- Father John Misty @ Observatory North Park
April 15th- Saint Motel @ The Irenic
April 17th- Belle and Sebastian @ Observatory North Park
April 18th- The Silent Comedy @ The Irenic
April 18th- Marina and The Diamonds @ Observatory North Park
April 26th- Kaiser Chiefs @ House of Blues (rescheduled)
May 1- Ok Go @ House of Blues
May 1st- Matt and Kim @ Observatory North Park
May 7th- The Mowgli’s @ Casbah
May 9th- The Growlers @ Observatory North Park
May 16th- Lana Del Ray, Courtney Love @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
May 17th- Passion Pit @ The Observatory North Park
May 18th- Shaky Graves @ Belly Up
May 22nd- Paramore @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
June 1st- Spoon @ Observatory North Park
June 2nd- Spoon @ North Park Observatory
June 3rd- AWOLNATION @ House of Blues
July 21st- Imagine Dragons, Metric @ Viejas Arena
August 8th- Fall Out Boy @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
September 14- The Who @ Valley View Casino Center
September 19th- Kaaboo @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
September 24th- Foo Fighters @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
October 16th- twenty one pilots @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 3/30-4/5

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I tried a new boba establishment today. I went all the way to Little Tokyo to get it, but the brown sugar milk tea was top notch!  It was almost worth the ridiculous drive home fighting all the beach traffic. I guess this is what happens when LA decides to be ridiculously warm in March…sigh. I’m looking forward to next week when the weather (hopefully) cools down a bit. Next weekend is WonderCon in Anaheim. If you’re planning on being there, come visit The High Voltage small press booth. There will be some fun fill in the blank buttons!

As for music, my show pick of the week is Thursday  night at The Hotel Cafe for the Tim Jones record release show. Tim is a member of Truth & Salvage Co., one of my beloved LA bands (before they up and moved to Nashville). The special guest list looks includes Cary Brothers, Scott Kinnebrew, and Leslie Stevens. It’s going to be a great night!

Here are the rest of my picks:

 

Monday: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts
ALSO: Conway FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Brian Fest at The Fonda Theater (8:30)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Dark Waves FREE at Dirty Laundry (10pm)
ALSO: Spurs w/ Adam Arcuragi, Great Ceasar at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9)
ALSO: The Two Tens at Los Globos (9pm)
ALSO: George Stanford FREE at The Piano Bar (10pm)

 

Weds: Bronze Radio Return w/ Swear and Shake at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: The Soft White Sixties at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Ibeyi at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (9pm)

 

Thursday: Tim Jones w/ special guests at The Hotel Cafe…record release show (9pm)
ALSO: The Mondegreen’s at Silverlake Lounge
ALSO: Spin Cycle Music Series FREE at TRiP f. Gun Hill Royals (8pm)
ALSO: Guster at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: Punch Brothers at The Fonda (9pm)
ALSO: Sam Jam w/ HAIM at The Troubadour (7pm)

 

Friday: Dear Boy and Kitten at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: The Cerny Brothers, The Roofbeam Carpenters at The Hotel Cafe (10,12)
ALSO: AMFMS, Western Scene at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Nikka Costa at The Roxy (9pm)

 

Saturday: Ernie Halter at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Tobias Jesso Jr. at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: Puddle of Mudd at The El Rey (7:30)
ALSO: Ben Sollee and Yonder Mountain String Band at The House of Blues (8pm)

 

Sunday: Tobias Jesso Jr at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)

 

To Keep in Mind:
April 7th: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at The Roxy
April 7th: Civil Twilight at The Troubadour
April 9th: Kimbra at The El Rey
April 13th: Royal Blood at The Fonda
April 13th: Plain White T’s at The Troubadour
April 13th: Desaparecidos at The Roxy
April 14th: Brandon Flowers at The Troubadour
April 15th: Desaparecidos at The Shrine
April 15th: Night Riots at The Troubadour
April 16th: Mighty Oaks and Milky Chance at The Mayan Theatre
April 17th: The Silent Comedy at The Record Parlour
April 18th: Jakob Dylan at The Troubadour
April 23rd: Joe Firstman at The Hotel Cafe
April 23rd: Jared & The Mill at Bootleg HiFi
April 23rd: Joe Firstman at The Hotel Cafe
April 24th: Damien Rice at The Greek Theatre
April 25th: The Kaiser Chiefs at The Wiltern
April 27th: Zane Carney at The Troubadour
April 27th: Maniac at The Echo
May 1st: Tony Lucca at The Hotel Cafe
May 2nd: The Decemberists at Greek Theatre
May 2nd: OK Go at The Wiltern
May 3rd: Tonight Alive at The Wiltern
May 5th: Kodaline at The Wiltern
May 8th: Jessie Baylin at The Troubadour
May 8th: The Mowgli’s at The Regent Theatre
May 11th/12th: The Bird & The Bee at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
May 14th: James Bay at The Fonda Theatre
May 16th: Two Gallants at The Roxy
May 16th: Lydia at The Troubadour
May 19th: Prides at The Echo
May 20th: Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds at The Orpheum
May 20th: Shakey Graves at The Fonda
May 20th: Rocco Deluca at The Troubadour
May 28th: Mae at The El Rey
May 29th/30th: The Bangles at The Troubadour
May 31st: Kopecky at Saint Rocke
May 31st/June1st: Jack Garratt at The Troubadour
June 2nd: The Script at The Wiltern
June 4th: Dustin Kensrue at The Troubadour
June 11th: Jukebox the Ghost at The Greek Theatre
June 11th: Ivan & Alyosha at The Roxy
June 16th, 17th, 19th: Butch Walker at The Masonic Lodge
June 24th/25th: Ed Sheeran at Hollywood Bowl
June 30th: The Griswolds at The Troubadour
July 12th: NEEDTOBREATHE at Greek Theatre
August 1st: AWOLNATION at Hollywood Palladium
August 17th: Lights at The Greek Theatre
September 16th: Carbon Leaf at The Roxy
October 15th: twenty one pilots w/ Echosmith at The Greek Theatre

 

~ Kristen

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