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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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 3/23-3/29

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Howdy Friends! I’m still in Austin, waiting for my 8:30pm flight to take me home and even though I’ve check out of the hotel, I’m hanging out on the second floor with cozy chairs, free wifi, and free hot teat. I’m pretty happy to hang here until I need to get going. I also can’t wait to get back to real life. I’m not sure Kristen agrees with me but I’ve been missing my gym classes. Walking and standing all day might make me sore, but it’s not the good kind of sore from a good workout. Anyways, we got some great acts coming through this week. I wish I was back in town in time to catch Neulore at the Casbah tonight. Some SXSW acts are coming through this week like The Ting Tings, Rubblebucket, Jeff The Brotherhood, Broncho, and Black Rivers so you should go catch one of them. There’s some other great stuff this week. Check it out below….

 

Monday: The Last Bison, Neulore @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: The Ting Tings @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Black Rivers, Sundrop electric @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Tuesday: The Airbourne Toxic Event @ House of Blues
AND: Tweedy @ Balboa Theatre at 8pm

Wednesday: Night Riots @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Rubblebucket @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Gang of Four @ Belly Up at 9pm

Thursday: Brawley, Alex Woodard, Sam Outlaw @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Jeff The Brotherhood, Bully @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Charlie Rae, Ashley Pond @ Sycamore Den at 9pm
AND: 22 Kings, Western Collective @ Lestats at 9pm

Friday: Elephant Revival, Trouble in The Wind @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Lady & The Lion @ Whistelstop Bar at 9pm
AND: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Leopold and His Fiction @ The Merrow @ 9pm
AND: Broncho @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Swimmers @ House of Blues Voodoo Room at 7:30pm

Saturday: Indiefest 9 @ City Heights Urban Village
AND: Tyrone Wells @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ The Hideout at 9pm

Sunday: Echosmith, The Colourist @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Rosewood & Rye @ Sycamore Den at 9pm
AND: Jonny Lang @ Belly Up at 8pm- SOLD OUT

 

Keep in Mind:
April 1st- Punch Brothers @ Observatory North Park
April 2nd- TV on The Radio @ Observatory North Park
April 3rd- The Used @ House of Blues
April 8th- Kimbra @ Observatory North Park
April 8th- Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness @ Belly Up
April 9th- Interpol @ Humphreys
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: 3/23-3/29

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I hope you’ve been checking out my SXSW recaps on both LMN and High Voltage. Austin, as usual, has given me everything I wanted and more during this most special week of the year (including an amazing birthday). I’m heading back to LA tomorrow with great sadness.

Next week, I’d highly recommend checking out Jack Garratt at The Hotel Cafe Thursday night. Also Thursday, I’ve been hearing great things about the Swedish band, Indevotion playing Amplyfi.

Here’s the rest of my suggestions:

 

Monday: Years & Years w/ Laura Welsh at The Avalon (8pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio FREE at The Mint (7pm)
ALSO: Airbag One FREE at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: Conway FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: of Montreal at Largo (8:30)

 

Tuesday: Neulore and The Last Bison at The Mint (9pm)
ALSO: Greg Holden, Toby Lightman at The Hotel Cafe (7, 8)
ALSO: Oh Honey at The Roxy (8:30)
ALSO: Matthew E. White at The Echo (10pm)
ALSO: The Delta Riggs at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Rubblebucket w/ SWIMM at The Echoplex (8pm)
ALSO: The Ting Tings at The Fonda (9pm)

 

Weds: Years & Years w/ Laura Welsh at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Orla Gartland, Distant Cousins at The Hotel Cafe (8, 10)
ALSO: The Watkins Family Hour at Largo (8:30)

 

Thursday: Jack Garratt w/ Javier Dunn at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Indevotion at Amplyfi (8pm)
ALSO: River City Extension, The Wild Reeds, Air Traffic Controller at The Troubadour (8pm)

 

Friday: Jim Bianco, The New Peter Gabrielz at The Hotel Cafe (9, 10)
ALSO: Echosmith at The Fonda Theater (9pm)
ALSO: JEFF the Brotherhood at The Troubadour (8pm)

 

Saturday: Michael Bernard Fitzgerald at The Hotel Cafe (midnight)
ALSO: The Entrance Band, Twerps, Happyness at The Echo (9pm)

 

Sunday: The Brevet at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Dana Fuchs at Saint Rocke (7pm)
ALSO: Hawthorne Heights at The Mint (8pm)

 

To Keep in Mind:
March 30th: Brian Fest at The Fonda Theatre
April 2nd: Guster at The Wiltern
April 2nd: Punch Brothers at The Fonda
April 3rd: Jason Walker at The Hotel Cafe
April 3rd: Dear Boy at The Troubadour
April 4th: Ben Sollee at The House of Blues
April 7th: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at The Roxy
April 7th: Civil Twilight at The Troubadour
April 13th: Royal Blood at The Fonda
April 13th: Desaparecidos at The Roxy
April 15th: Desaparecidos at The Shrine
April 16th: Mighty Oaks and Milky Chance at The Mayan Theatre
April 17th: The Silent Comedy at The Record Parlour
April 23rd: Joe Firstman at The Hotel Cafe
April 23rd: Jared & The Mill at Bootleg HiFi
April 24th: Damien Rice at The Greek Theatre
April 25th: The Kaiser Chiefs at The Wiltern
April 27th: Zane Carney at The Troubadour
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 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 29th/30th: The Bangles at The Troubadour
June 11th: Ivan & Alyosha at The Roxy
June 16th: Butch Walker at The Masonic Lodge
June 24th/25th: Ed Sheeran at Hollywood Bowl
July 12th: NEEDTOBREATHE at Greek Theatre
August 1st: AWOLNATION at Hollywood Palladium
September 16th: Carbon Leaf at The Roxy

 

~ Kristen

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SXSW 2015 Saturday Recap

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I think it was Amanda who said SXSW is all about the small miracles.  From stumbling upon your new favorite band to feeling hungry and wandering into a party with free food to constantly running into your friends, SXSW is just a magical place where everything seems to go right. This year has been particularly generous with the miracles. Today’s manifested itself in a last minute set from our new favorite Irish rockers, Walking on Cars. We were devastated to miss their final show so when a friend had a band cancel a showcase, we helped reach out to Walking on Cars (thank you twitter!) and somehow, about an hour later, the band was on stage performing for us. Dream come true!

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After this unexpected glory, the rest of the day was just gravy. The sky drizzled, but the weather held fairly well as we spent the early afternoon wandering around The Rainey Street area. We sampled parties such as the Culture Collide/Hard Rock event, The Noisetrade Party, and the Closets for Causes event which featured some pretty amazing Australian yogurt. Other band highlights include the incredibly fun and infectious Taymir and Nashville’s Colony House. I had seen Colony House before, but I had forgotten just how hard the band can rock. They made me very excited about their upcoming tor opening for NEEDTOBREATHE.

Our final day party was at Lucky Lounge, our first real venture to the west side all week (!). We went to see Irontom.  I’ve seen this LA band countless times, but there is something special about seeing a favorite band at the end of SXSW on the brink of delirium. Everyone was exhausted but still having the time of their lives. The band didn’t even blink when the audience demanded an encore and they launched into their high energy cover of Gorillaz’s “Feel Good Inc.”  This will go down as one of my top sets of the week…and not just because we got a song dedication.

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Saturday night, I tried to get in as many sets as possible, seeing artists I’d missed earlier in the week. I finally got to see a full set from UK rock outfit, Mallory Knox. I also was thrilled to catch bits of Rueben and the Dark, Not In Your Face, Air Bag One, The Two Tens and Steve Smyth. However, more so than discovering new music, the end of the evening became about spending some last moments with friends, both new and old. I kept running into people on the street which is an amazing feat considering the flood of pedestrians on Sixth Street. The midnight set of Mini Mansion brought out quite a few familiar faces. It was an experience seeing some of the musicians I am used to seeing on the stage, being in the audience and completely geeking out over live music.

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The end of SXSW became like the end of any good show with that slow walk to the door becoming a slow walk to the hotel, taking time saying goodbye and goodnight to everyone. Lots of hugs. Always lots of hugs. I interviewed the singer from Colony House earlier in the day and asked what he learned from his SXSW experience. He mentioned the importance of hugs. I think he knows what’s up.

So, there you go. SXSW, all about miracles and hugs. I already can’t wait for next year!

 

If you are still around Austin, Stubb’s is hosting a great party today. Stellar line-up including several of our SXSW 2015 faves. Check it out here: http://consciousimmaturity.org/

 

~ Kristen

SXSW 2015- Friday Recap

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Although Kristen is still running full steam ahead (however exhausted she might be) I’m beginning to tap out mentally and physically in a way that is not very enjoyable for me. That being said, today was another wonderful day of music even though there were some slight detours and changes along the way.

My day started a little later than I would have liked because I was up until 5 am doing a write up for High Volatage and getting up before 10am was not in the cards for me. After I finally got myself moving, I went on a quest for some breakfast but apparently a girl can’t find any breakfast at 12:30 in the afternoon. I wandered aimlessly around and down 6th St looking for something to occupy myself while I waited to meet up at 1pm for a thing. I heard this wonderful sound but could never figure out where it came from and who was playing.

SXSW: 1 Amanda: 0

Not to be deterred, I did stop for a minute to listen to a band called The Miseries, according to the signage out front of the venue. I thought I would stop for a carnitas bowl at the Wahoo’s stand which I have visited twice already. it’s been a handy thing to have but for some reason, they were not set up despite it being lunch time and the line for Chi’lantro was 10 people deep. No way was I going to make the meet up time with that happening. I blamed it on the impending rain.

SXSW: 1 Amanda: 0 Rain: 1

I decided to hang at the meeting spot and grab a caffeine fix while I waited to meet up with everyone. There was a coffee shop inside the Hilton that served Starbucks coffee. I ordered a black tea lemonade and after realizing they also had almond milk (yay!) I ordered a chai latte. However, the cashier forgot to ring up my lemonade tea and ended up giving me a pass so score for a free drink and serving almond milk!

SXSW: 1 Amanda: 2 Rain 1

We went to our event but sadly did not make it back in time to catch the very last set from one of my new loves, Walking On Cars or older favorite Dear Boy. Things were not looking good as it was already past 2pm and I had not managed to see a single band yet. It’s also worth noting that at this point, there is a really steady drizzle coming down and I have no form of rain protection on me.

SXSW: 2 Amanda: 2 Rain: 2

This is where the theme of persevering kicks in. Hang with me here. Kristen and I decide to head to the Palm Door to catch something interesting on our list and even though the venue was running late, we got to sit down and access the situation and devise a new plan of attack. The rain was a game changer in the sense that there would be no long walks and we would be hanging around 6th or at least finding a venue we could hole up in for awhile. Charlotte OC took the stage at Palm Door and completely blew me away with her vocal prowess. Such an emotive voice with an obvious passion for her music made her a joy to watch. I hope to catch her again this week if I can!

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After Charlotte, I decided to head to the Empire Garage for the Baeble Day Party to check out Night Terrors of 1927. The rain had picked up by then and despite having an umbrella, I was fairly wet and unamused. After catching a few songs, I had to run back to the hotel to change into something dry and bring out the reinforcements in the form of a poncho, rain boots, and a pleather jacket and hoodie.

SXSW: 2 Amanda: 2 Rain 3

After having changed into something dry, it was time to set out again for more music. The show at Empire had a few more acts I wanted to catch so I walked back that way but not before stopping along the way to listen to Lenka who was playing at the Aussie BBQ. It was hard to not walk in but with the rain coming down and the pull of other artists, I had to more on. I made it back to Empire for the tail end of The Mowgli’s set and I caught a song of Cody Simpson’s before deciding to head over to Swan Dive for a few artists there.

I got in during the tail end of the Royal Teeth’s set (it also took some maneuvering to get my ID out of my bag which was under my poncho) but I got in just in time to finish up the dance party. I really enjoyed seeing them play and thankfully they did because their show was originally out on the patio but they moved it inside due to the weather. I’m just glad they didn’t cancel. See? Persevere!

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That being said, there was a rather large lull between 6pm and 8pm in terms of music. A lot of the options were a good long walk away and that just wasn’t happening so I took the defeat and stopped for dinner and some power up time in the hotel.

SXSW: 3 Amanda: 2 Rain: 4

After the much needed chill time (thanks weather), it was time to head back out. Kristen came with me back to the Swan Dive and we watched a very entertaining guy by the name of Zeke Duhon. Not only did I love his voice, he did a really great mashup of Shake It Off and Can’t Tell Me Nothing by Taylor Swift and Kayne West, respectively. On top of that, we got a recommendation from a friend at the show that we should check out the guy out back, Luke Wade. He was another exciting find! However, they were late to get started and we had other plans in the form of an evening at church with Jay Nash and Josh Day- We Are The Contenders, James Bay, and Jack Garrat. It was a short walk with no rain so score for us!

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SXSW: 3 Amanda: 3 Rain: 4

The evening was not without it’s issues for me though. After a lovely set from The Contenders (+1 Amanda) my attempts to get in to the big hall to wait it out for James Bay were thwarted by the venue changing to “badges only” (after Kristen got in) because they were so far over capacity that no wristband was going to get in and some badges wouldn’t make it in either. It was a tough blow (+1 SXSW) but I decided to head back to the smaller room and hang with Chelsea, just in case some miracle happened. I walked in during the last bit of The Bros. Landreth who would harmonize like no other. I wish I had decided to come back earlier to catch more of their set but that’s the way things happen. Next was Hamish Anderson who had a very different feel from the first time I saw him. He played some amazing tunes, great covers, and had some guitar solos that were beautiful on the ears.

It was time to try my luck again for James Bay, especially after Kristen told me half the church emptied out when the act before him finished. I walked up and they were still calling for badges only. Not to be deterred (must persevere!) they suddenly called for badges AND wristbands so I hustled butt and made my way in just before James Bay started. If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is…

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SXSW: 4 Amanda: 5 Rain: 4

The feeling in the room was electric and palpable. There’s something about being in a church and seeing artists play. It was amazing. I wish I had better words to describe it but it was just an experience. After a set that was much too short, it was time to see what this Jack Garrat guy was all about. He was an interesting juxtaposition at the start because here’s a guy that looks hip hop but when he opened his mouth, it was like the voice of an angel came out. He was such an interesting mix of vocal prowess, sick beats, and obvious musical chops. I’m sad that this was the only time I got to see him play, but he’s someone I will be keeping an eye out for.

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All in all, despite the rain and a few setbacks, the day was a win. As illustrated by the scores below.

SXSW: 4 Amanda: 6 Rain:4

 

A few options for your SXSW Saturday:

1:45pm- Taymir @ Container Bar
3pm- Colony Hose @ Blackheart Outdoor Stage
4pm- Civil Twilight @ Little Woodrow’s
6pm- K. Flay @ The Brew Exchange
10pm- Mallory Know @ Red 7 Patio
1am- Not In The Face @ Holy Mountain Backyard

SXSW 2015 – Thursday Recap

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Man oh man, I am loving SXSW 2015! My feet are killing me and my memory is foggy, but I’ll do my best to relay the glories of my Thursday in Austin.

The rain held off for another day, but the morning heat was a bit much to deal with. After a breakfast of fruit and bagels at the Planet Quebec Mixer, I found myself standing in the sun, dripping with sweat, waiting for James Bay to take the stage. Thankfully, by the time he got there, I had squeezed my way into the shade of the speakers so I could fully enjoy his set. I keep seeming to miss James but his song “Move Together” is in regular rotation in my head radio. I was thrilled when he played it. Thrilled! If the audience at The Spotify House is any indication, this guy is going places.

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Most of the afternoon, Amanda and I spent running from set to set sampling as many bands as we could. We danced with Misterwives and Whiskey Shivers, ate McDonald’s French Fries with Yukon Blonde, and chilled with The Ballroom Thieves and some Boston-ites at the Berklee Music Party. Today also had some slower grooves. Paper Aeroplanes at The British Embassy sounded like a breath of fresh air after walking down the noise of 6th street. I also really enjoyed Thrice frontman, Dustin Kensrue showing his softer side with just his voice and acoustic guitar.

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At some point, we found our way into the convention center meandering around the Gear Expo and Flatstock, an exposition of poster art design. The later was like an art museum. It was fascinating to see the different styles and techniques. We also had run-ins with a couple bands we saw and enjoyed yesterday, Buffalo Sunn and Mallory Knox.

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The evening began with the Nylon Party at The W Hotel where we were entertained both by the bell-bottomed rocking Zella Day and a photo booth where people could pose with pink Nylon guitars.  Then it was on to dinner and dancing. Dinner provided by the King’s Hawaiian food truck at Rachael Ray’s Feedback Party (desert courtesy of Jeni’s ice cream) and dancing with Rubblebucket at the IFC Fairgrounds and Jared & The Mill at The Feedback Party. The highlight for me was Jared & The Mill’s harmonious “Breathe Me In”.

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We capped off the night with a one two punch from Frank Turner and Butch Walker. After seeing the pair at The Hotel Cafe a couple months ago, having them play back to back seems the most obvious thing in the world. Frank incited the room at The Red 7 Patio, playing hit after hit, joking about his struggles to keep the drinking to a minimum, and swapping shirts with a fan onstage. Butch took it down a notch next door at Red 7, singing songs off his new album, Afraid of Ghosts, and telling tales of his SXSW experiences. The man knows how to hold an audience. The cries for an encore did not move the venue to adjust their schedule, but on the bright side, it meant home and in bed just that much sooner.

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We had one on the street random run-in with Taylor Hanson and thus ended Thursday SXSW 2015.

 

~ Kristen

 

If you’re in Austin, here are a few acts we recommend for tomorrow (Friday 3/20):

1:55 – Walking on Cars at BD Riley’s (Great Irish Breakfast)

2:30 – Charlotte OC at Palm Door Indoors (UMG Experience)

3:15 – Clockwise at Brush Square Park

4:30 – Young Rising Sons at Palm Door (UMG Experience)

6-9pm – Dotan, The Mowglis, and Charles Hamilton at Republic SX Compound

8:45 – Laura Marling, Foreign Fields, Leon Bridges, James Bay, and Jack Garratt at St. David’s Church (go for the whole night and stay out of the rain!)