5 Highlights of San Diego Music Thing 2014

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I know I’m the LA half of LMN, but I too love the music community down in San Diego. One of my favorite annual events is the San Diego Music Thing. It gives me a chance to catch up with what’s happening with some of my favorite SD bands, venues, and fellow music-lovers. I didn’t go down so much to cover as to enjoy, but I wanted to share some of my experiences, thoughts, and of course, new band discoveries! Here are my 5 highlights from SDMT 2014.

  1. New Band Love: Colony HouseP1550121

The block party on Saturday was full of musical gems but I was particularly impressed by this band from TN. Colony House delivered in both performance and sound which reminded me a bit of Ivan & Alyosha (probably due to the fact that the singer was wearing an I&A t-shirt). They have a fun dance-able indie pop sound with catchy melodies and pristine vocals, but what really drew me in was the band’s rock flavor. They are not afraid of throwing in a fun guitar riff or head-banging moment. This was more evident in their live performance, but you can get a taste in their single, “Silhouettes”. You can catch Colony House on the road with Knox Hamilton who played before them at the block party and are also worth a good listen and follow.

  1. Best Food Discovery: City Taco

Friday was such a crazy day, getting dinner didn’t really happen until way past dinner time. I got lost trying to find The Irenic where Justin Furstenfeld was surely putting his audience in a music-induced trance and I ran into Amanda instead, realizing that perhaps this was my subconscious telling me to eat something. The San Diego food expert took me to City Taco where affordable gourmet tacos were the order of the day. I don’t know if it was my extreme hunger or the quality of the chorizo asado taco (with caramelized pineapple!) but the food was so tasty we ended up going back the next evening where I sampled an equally enjoyable and slightly less messy pollo asado taco complete with raisins and almonds. Delicious!

 

  1. Feels Like Home: Friday Night at U-31

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Usually, I’m more inclined to run around and sample bands, a few songs here, half a set there, but the lineup and people Friday night at U-31 kept me pretty glued to that venue. I walked in dancing to LA staples, The Janks (pictured right). They were followed by the very last show of one of my favorite SD rock bands, Deadly Birds. Although the singer of Deadly Birds had been in an accident and was unavailable, the rest of the band delivered a rockin’, more jam-y set, as bassist Johnny Rey stepped up to the mic. They brought up a guest vocalist, Jacob Underwood, who before whaling into the mic, revealed he was a member of the MTV-crafted pop group O-Town who I subsequently gathered has recently released a new album. After the Deadly Birds finale (sadness!), my beloved rockers Queen Caveat (pictured left) took the stage to share with an eager crowd the new music they have been working on. Per usual, singer Lauren Little, got the crowd going and despite a minor broken bass issue, the set was one of the best I caught that weekend. I’m loving the new Queen Caveat tunes. One of the highlights of the evening happened between the sets catching up with so many people including friends from Hunnypot Unlimted and Badass Bands Blog. I was surrounded by so many friends, it really felt like home. Dead Feather Moon closed out the evening with a late late set. I had to leave before I got too sucked in. Sometimes sleep > more music.

 

  1. We Are Perpetual Scholars – The SDMT Conference

SDMT is more than watching music, it’s a conference designed to gather together the local music community to help them grown and learn more about the business they are in. Panels on both Friday and Saturday made experts available on all kinds of topics from legal issues to social media, PR, and management to music writing and blogging. Witnessing the eager participants networking with each other and getting valuable advice to help them advance their careers is inspiring. Saturday, I sat in on a few panels just absorbing information. I love conferences. They make me feel like what I’m doing with my life is bigger than just me, more important I guess. As a bonus, in between panels and mentoring sessions, the day stage hosted some talented musicians like Dani Shay and Josh Damigo. Another bonus, the several pools located around the Town & Country Resort where the conference was taking place. Work doesn’t feel so much like work when it’s done next to a pool.

 

 

  1. Set of the Weekend: Meg Myers

I am a fan girl when it comes to Meg Myers. There is something about the power and intensity behind every performance she gives that just makes me giddy. Saturday at the SDMT block party Meg and her band were on point.  She dominated that stage playing many of my favorite off her newest Make a Shadow EP and even breaking out a song so new she needed a lyric cheat-sheet. The set was relatively early in the evening and I almost feel like the rest of my night was spoiled because of it as no one else could possible top the Meg Myers high.

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~ Kristen

New Music Tuesday 9/16/14 f. Sir Sly, Fever Fever, Sleepwave

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I’ve been a bit out of it with album releases, but here’s what I’ve got for your new music craving ears this week:

Sir SlyYou Haunt Me

All I can say about this release is FINALLY! From their mysterious beginnings and buzz-tastic videos to their local residencies, festival dates, and national tours, I’ve been keeping my eye on this electro-rock outfit from California. Their songs have a creative flair that is both compelling and distinctive and their live performance grows more dynamic with every viewing. I am thrilled that the band finally has a solid product to offer the world. This is a must listen!

Still my favorite Sir Sly song:

 

Fever FeverAftermath

I found the stream for Fever Fever’s new album in my inbox. I clicked play and twelve songs later, I wanted to press play again. I think that’s a good sign. The music kind of swells around you and feels a bit like that comfy sweater you don’t want to take off. It just feels good!

 

Sleepwave Broken Compass

I enjoy a straight up, solid rock band. Sleepwave, the new band from the front man of Underoath, has potential to be just that.  I’ve only heard this one song, but it made me want to hear more.

 

 

Other albums I’m hoping to check out:

  • Mike Doughty – Stellar Motel
  • Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love
  • Train – Bulletproof Picasso
  • The Wilderness of Manitoba – Between Colours
  • The Henry Millers – Posies
  • Somebody’s Darling – Adult Roommates
  • Hands Like Houses – Reimagine EP

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 9/15-9/21

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I apologize for the delay but I have to keep this brief. I’ve been having some technology issues and I have to run off in a few and get them checked again. You can expect a more thorough calendar when I get a chance either later today or tomorrow.

 

Monday:

Tuesday: Linkn Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI @ Sleep Train Amphitheater at 7pm

Wednesday: Augustana, Paul Cannon @ Birch Aquarium @ Scripps at 8pm
AND: Miner, Taken By Canadians, Katie Leigh and The Infantry @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: The Tree Ring @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Macy Gray @ Belly Up at 8pm

Thursday: Rise Against @ RIMAC Arena at 7pm
AND: Darling Parade @ House of Blues at
AND: Stephen Rey @ Sycamore Den at 9pm
AND: Young Dubliners, Lexington Field @ House of Blues at 7pm

Friday: Andrew Bird and The Hands of Glory @ Humphreys at 7:30pm
AND: 22 Kings @ Riviera Supper Club at 9pm

Saturday: Kopecky Family Band, Spero @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: O.A.R. @ Petco Park at 5:30pm
AND: Jungle @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: The New Kinetics @ Tin Can Alehouse at 9:30pm
AND: Citizen @ House of Blues at 6pm
AND: Sunset Strip Music Festival @ Sunset Strip at 2pm

Sunday:

 

Keep in Mind:
September 22nd- Better Than Ezra, Scars on 45 @ Belly Up
September 22nd- Lykke Li @ North Park Theatre
September 23rd- Allen Stone @ House of Blues
September 27th- The Pixies @ Humphreys
September 28th- Sir Sly @ The Irenic
September 30th- The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me! @ House of Blues
October 1st- Bombay Bicycle Club @ Soma
October 5th- Moon Taxi @ House of Blues
October 6th- Agnus and Julia @ House of Blues
October 7th- Anberlin @ House of Blues
October 9th- Kasabian @ House of Blues
October 10th- Lorde @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater
October 10th- Wakey! Wakey! @ House of Blues
October 12th- The Pretty Reckless @ House of Blues
October 15th- Cherub @ House of Blues
October 17th- Kodaline @ House of Blues
October 17th- Yellowcard @ North Park Theater
October 23rd- Wildcat! Wildcat! @ Casbah
October 24th- Alt J @ Soma
October 24th- St. Lucia @ Humphreys
October 20th- New Politics @ House of Blues
October 29th- Sean Mullins @ Belly Up
November 1st- Delta Spirit @ Belly Up
November 9th- The Black Keys, Jake Bugg @ Viejas Arena
November 9th- Shakey Graves @ The Irenic
November 19th- Bastille @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl
November 21st- The 1975 @ Soma
December 2nd- Fleetwood Mac @ Viejas Arena

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 9/15-9/21

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Coming back to the land of the healthy, I spent a lovely weekend re-connecting with San Diego for San Diego Music Thing. It was a great time for discovering new music, seeing favorite bands, hanging with friends, eating tacos, and generally reminding myself of how great the San Diego music community can be.

Next weekend it’s LA’s turn to shine as the music lovers descend upon the Sunset Strip for the annual Sunset Strip Music Festival. For more info on the event: http://ssmf.com/. It’s going to be a good one!

There are quite a few exciting musical options next week. If I could live at one venue, it would probably be The Troubadour. From Monday with You Me at Six and Young Guns to Friday’s Kopecky Family Band, every night is a can’t miss!

 

Here’s what else I would recommend:

 

Monday: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. Black Taxi, Nick Mulvey, Mosco Rosco (8:30)
ALSO: Michael Bernard Fitzgerald at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: You Me at Six w/ Young Guns, Stars In Stereo, The Downtown Fiction at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Bones Muhroni and Drug Cabin FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Fenech-Soler FREE at The Echo (11pm)
ALSO: Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars, AFI at The Hollywood Bowl (6:30)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 f. David & Devine, Jesse Thomas, Clare Means, Joel Eckels, and more (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Sugar and The Hi-Lows, Andrew Belle at The Troubadour (8:30, 9:30)
ALSO: Jesse Thomas at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Tall Tales & The Silver Lining FREE at Harvard & Stone (10pm)
ALSO: Rise Against at The Wiltern (6:30)

 

Weds: Empires, Augustines at The Troubadour (8:30, 9:30)
ALSO: The Basement Sessions presents f. Mary Has A Gun,  decoded at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Hamish Anderson at Downstairs at Fifty Seven (9pm)
ALSO: Satellites at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Sheppard at The Lyric Theatre (7:30)
ALSO: Beatles Tribute Night at Room 5 f. Jesse Thomas, David & Devine, Brother Sal, Holly Conlan, Kevin Earnest, Nina Storey, and more (8pm)
ALSO: Rise Against at The Wiltern (6:30)

 

Thursday: Irontom and Meg Myers at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: Blake Mills at The El Rey (9pm)
ALSO: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and Chuck Ragan w/ Rusty Maples at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9:30)
ALSO: Marc Ford, Elijah Ford at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Cloud Cult at The Troubadour (8pm)…playing two sets, one acoustic and one electric

 

Friday: Kopecky Family Band at The Troubadour (9:30)
ALSO: The Dig, Fim, Cheers Elephant, Joey Siara at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Chuck Ragan w/ Brian Marquis at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: The Filthy Souls, 8MM at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: The Cerny Brothers at The Mint (10pm)
ALSO: Bell X1 at Largo (8pm)

 

Saturday: The Silent Comedy FREE at The Slidebar in Fullerton (8pm)
ALSO: Better Than Ezra with Scars on 45 at The House of Blues (8pm)
ALSO: Anais Mitchell at McCabe’s Guitar Shop (8pm)
ALSO: Beck at The Orpheum (8pm)
ALSO: SSMF f. Jane’s Addiction, Cold War Kids, Nightmare and The Cat, Beware of Darkness, Queen Caveat, and more!

 

Sunday: The Elizabeth Kill at The Other Door (8pm) Record release!
ALSO: Beck at The Orpheum (8pm)
ALSO: Trapt at The House of Blues (7pm)
ALSO: Andrew Bird at The Hollywood Bowl (7pm)
ALSO: Kimbra & Bootleg HiFi present Space Jam FREE at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)
ALSO: SSMF f. Empire of the Sun, Mayer Hawthorne, Tove Lo, Fenech-Soler, Signal City, and more!

 

To Keep in Mind:
September 25th: Allen Stone at The Mayan
September 25th: Rocco DeLuca & The Burden at The Troubadour
September 26th/27th: Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder at Santa Monica Pier
September 28th: The Gaslight Anthem at Hollywood Palladium
September 29th/30th: Sir Sly at The El Rey Theatre
September 30th: Sam Smith at Greek Theatre
October 2nd/3rd: The War on Drugs at Fonda Theatre
October 3rd: Ben Kweller at The Roxy
October 6th: Carbon Leaf at The Roxy
October 6th: Moon Taxi at House of Blues
October 6th: Boy & Bear at Fonda Theatre
October 6th/7th: Lorde at The Greek Theatre
October 8th: Rags & Ribbons at Bootleg HiFi
October 8th: twenty one pilots at Hollywood Palladium
October 8th: Sondre Lerche at The Troubadour
October 9th: Wakey! Wakey! at The Roxy
October 9th: Anberlin at House of Blues
October 10th: The Pretty Reckless at The Wiltern
October 13th: Gerard Way at The Troubadour
October 14th: Gerard Way at Fonda Theatre
October 14th: Catfish and the Bottlemen at The Echo
October 15th: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at The Fonda Theatre
October 16th-18th: Culture Collide Festival
October 16th: Hozier with James Bay at Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian
October 18th: Kodaline at The Fonda Theatre
October 21st: Dry the River at The Troubadour
October 21st: Wildcat Wildcat at The El Rey
October 22nd: Lewis Watson at The Troubadour
October 22nd: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Cafe
October 23rd: The Dunwells at The Hotel Cafe
October 24th: Truth & Salvage Co. at The Hotel Cafe
October 27th: Rachael Yamagata at The Troubadour
October 27th: Ben Howard at The El Rey
October 29th: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Cafe
October 29th: The Wild Feathers and The Apache Relay at The El Rey
November 1st: New Politics at The Fonda Theatre
November 4th: Penny and Sparrow at The Troubadour
November 5th: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Café
November 7th: The Kin at Bootleg HiFi
November 10th: Jamie Scott at The Troubadour
November 11th: Lights at Fonda Theatre
November 12th: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Cafe
November 14th: Jay Nash at The Hotel Cafe
November 20th: Bastille at Shrine Expo Hall
November 21st/22nd: The Matches at The Troubadour
November 28th: Vance Joy at The Fonda Theatre
December 9th: Augustana at The Fonda Theatre
December 10th: Howie Day at Saint Rocke
December 13th: Howie Day at The Hotel Cafe

 

~ Kristen

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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 9/8-9/14

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This weekend is the San Diego Music Thing which is a very exciting event to attend! I like to equate it to a very mini version of SXSW (mainly around North Park) but we get a lot of exciting acts that play including but not limited to Sad Robot, Queen Caveat, Josh Damigo, Dr. Seahorse, Deadly Birds (last show), Little Dove, The Moth and the Flame, Dead Feather Moon, Barcelona, Meg Myers, The Griswolds, Andrew Belle, Fenech-Soler just to name a few. If you want to see who is playing and where/when, take a look here because there’s just too much for me to list.

 

Monday: Shiny Toy Guns, No, Nicky Venus @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Last Internationale, Reason to Rebel @ Casbah at 9pm

Tuesday: Tele Novella @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Wednesday: AND: Sean Hayes @ Belly Up at 8pm

Thursday: San Diego Music Thing Kickoff Party @ Soda Bar at 8pm

Friday: San Diego Music Thing
AND: Tin Can Country Club Record Release Party @ Tin Can Alehouse at 9pm
AND: Chicago @ Humphreys at 8pm
AND: Ambrosia @ House of Blues at 7pm

Saturday: San Diego Music Thing
AND: My American Heart Acoustic Show @ Lestats at 9pm

Sunday: Passenger @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Avi Buffalo @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Inspired and The Sleep, Oliver Trolley @ Belly Up at 7pm

 

Keep in Mind:
September 16th- Linkn Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
September 17th- Augustana, Paul Cannon @ Birch Aquarium @ Scripps
September 21st- Kaiser Chiefs @ House of Blues
September 22nd- Better Than Ezra, Scars on 45 @ Belly Up
September 22nd- Lykke Li @ North Park Theatre
September 23rd- Allen Stone @ House of Blues
September 27th- The Pixies @ Humphreys
September 28th- Sir Sly @ The Irenic
September 30th- The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me! @ House of Blues
October 1st- Bombay Bicycle Club @ Soma
October 5th- Moon Taxi @ House of Blues
October 6th- Agnus and Julia @ House of Blues
October 7th- Anberlin @ House of Blues
October 9th- Kasabian @ House of Blues
October 10th- Lorde @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater
October 10th- Wakey! Wakey! @ House of Blues
October 12th- The Pretty Reckless @ House of Blues
October 15th- Cherub @ House of Blues
October 17th- Kodaline @ House of Blues
October 17th- Yellowcard @ North Park Theater
October 23rd- Wildcat! Wildcat! @ Casbah
October 24th- Alt J @ Soma
October 24th- St. Lucia @ Humphreys
October 20th- New Politics @ House of Blues
October 29th- Sean Mullins @ Belly Up
November 1st- Delta Spirit @ Belly Up
November 9th- The Black Keys, Jake Bugg @ Viejas Arena
November 9th- Shakey Graves @ The Irenic
November 19th- Bastille @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl
November 21st- The 1975 @ Soma
December 2nd- Fleetwood Mac @ Viejas Arena

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 9/8-9/14

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It makes sense that once everything started to slow down, I would get sick. At least I got some life sustaining shows in last week. For those of you more inclined to be upright, here are the musical adventures I would suggest for you this week:

 

Monday: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. Maudlin Strangers, Charlotte OC (8:30)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live FREE at The Mint (7pm)
ALSO: Songwriters in the Round at Room 5 f. Chris Pierce, Trevor Menear, Pauline Cerra, and Joel Eckels (9pm)

 

Tuesday: Charlotte OC and Melissa Polinar at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9)
ALSO: Barcelona with The Young Wild at the Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: George Stanford FREE at The Piano Bar (10pm)

 

Weds: Kyle Riabko, Chris Joyner, Capsolin at Room 5 (8, 9, 10)
ALSO: Dig the Kid at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: The Basement Sessions FREE at Hemingways f. Hamish Anderson (9pm)

 

Thursday: John Flanagan FREE at State Social House (8pm)
ALSO: Mia Dyson at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Sabrosa Purr FREE at Harvard and Stone (9pm)

 

Friday: Otis Heat at Silverlake Lounge (10pm)
ALSO: Belmont Lights at House of Blues (7:30)
ALSO: Colony House at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Katrina Parker at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Keaton Simons and Katey Sagal and the Forest Rangers at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Lobster Fest at Port O’ Call Village f. Beware of Darkness (7pm)

 

Saturday: Chinatown Moon Festival FREE downtown f. Crash Kings, SD3, and more (6pm)
ALSO: Black Hi-Lighter and The Active Set at El Cid (10pm)
ALSO: William Beckett at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Passenger at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: Black Taxi at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: Owen Pallett at The El Rey (9pm)
ALSO: Lobster Fest at Port O’ Call Village f. Queen Caveat, Irontom, Berlin featuring Terri Nunn (1pm)

 

Sunday: Tyrone Wells and Keaton Simons at Saint Rocke (7pm)
ALSO: The Avett Brothers with Dawes at Shrine Auditorium (7pm)
ALSO: Steve Poltz w/ special guests at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Kimbra and Bootleg HiFi Present Space Jam FREE at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)

 

To Keep in Mind:
September 15th: You Me at Six, Young Guns, Stars in Stereo at The Troubadour
September 18th: Meg Myers and Irontom at The Echo
September 18th: Blake Mills at The El Rey
September 19th: Kopecky Family Band at The Troubadour
September 20th: Better Than Ezra and Scars on 45 at The House of Blues
September 20th: Anais Mitchell at McCabe’s Guitar Shop
September 20th/21st: Sunset Strip Music Festival
September 20th/21st: Beck at The Orpheum
September 21st: The Elizabeth Kill at The Other Door
September 25th: Allen Stone at The Mayan
September 25th: Rocco DeLuca & The Burden at The Troubadour
September 26th/27th: Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder at Santa Monica Pier
September 28th: The Gaslight Anthem at Hollywood Palladium
September 29th/30th: Sir Sly at The El Rey Theatre
September 30th: Sam Smith at Greek Theatre
October 2nd/3rd: The War on Drugs at Fonda Theatre
October 3rd: Ben Kweller at The Roxy
October 6th: Carbon Leaf at The Roxy
October 6th: Moon Taxi at House of Blues
October 6th: Boy & Bear at Fonda Theatre
October 6th/7th: Lorde at The Greek Theatre
October 8th: Rags & Ribbons at Bootleg HiFi
October 8th: twenty one pilots at Hollywood Palladium
October 8th: Sondre Lerche at The Troubadour
October 9th: Wakey! Wakey! at The Roxy
October 9th: Anberlin at House of Blues
October 10th: The Pretty Reckless at The Wiltern
October 13th: Gerard Way at The Troubadour
October 14th: Gerard Way at Fonda Theatre
October 15th: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at The Fonda Theatre
October 16th-18th: Culture Collide Festival
October 16th: Hozier with James Bay at Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian
October 18th: Kodaline at The Fonda Theatre
October 21st: Dry the River at The Troubadour
October 21st: Wildcat Wildcat at The El Rey
October 22nd: Lewis Watson at The Troubadour
October 22nd: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Cafe
October 23rd: The Dunwells at The Hotel Cafe
October 27th: Rachael Yamagata at The Troubadour
October 29th: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Cafe
October 29th: The Wild Feathers and The Apache Relay at The El Rey
November 1st: New Politics at The Fonda Theatre
November 5th: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Cafe
November 11th: Lights at Fonda Theatre
November 12th: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Cafe
November 14th: Jay Nash at The Hotel Cafe
November 20th: Bastille at Shrine Expo Hall
November 21st/22nd: The Matches at The Troubadour
November 28th: Vance Joy at The Fonda Theatre

 

~ Kristen

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