Watch This! Queen Caveat, Moon Taxi, The Milk Carton Kids

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Our inbox was flooded with goodies this morning. A few of our favorite bands have videos released today. Check them out!

 

Queen Caveat – “Breathe”

I had the pleasure of participating in this particular video shoot so I’m especially proud of the final product. I love this song by my favorite LA rockers, Queen Caveat. It’s off their recently released EP, Manufactured Happiness.

Moon Taxi – “Morocco”

Just say the name Morocco and I start groovin’ to this song. Go to EW’s website to watch the video

http://music-mix.ew.com/2014/04/23/moon-taxi-morocco-video/

 

The Milk Carton Kids – “Live From Lincoln Theatre”

This one might not be up for long, but it’s a special preview of the forthcoming The Milk Carton Kids DVD release. The best part of this magical duo is their live performance. It’s the most unique combination of beautiful melancholy and absolute gut-busting hilarity. I don’t own many performance DVDs, but this one will almost certainly make my collection.

 

~ Kristen

New Music Tuesday 4/22/14 featuring Semi Precious Weapons, Neon Trees, Augustana

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This week is chock full of awesome new releases including tons of LMN favorites!

Semi Precious WeaponsAviation

This is probably one of the most anticipated album releases for me and other SPW fans because it’s taken so long (read: four years!) for them to finally get new music out! Thankfully the album is out and we can finally blast songs like “Drink,” “Free Booze,” and “Cherries On Ice” on repeat in our vehicles. This album is a mix of brand new tunes and songs we’ve heard them play for a few years (as noted above) but it’s all 100% Semi Precious Weapons. I also have to say, the production work on this album only enhances everything we’ve come to love about the band, it’s sexy, sensual, anthemic and rock and roll. I foresee this album being on repeat for a good long while.

 

Neon TreesPop Psychology

This is another big and exciting release because it’s been two years since Picture Show and it’s also a peek inside of frontman Tyler Glenn’s head. He’s always provided lyrics I’ve loved and related to with the poppy dance backbone and a kick-ass drummer that’s just so hard to deny. Admittedly, I’m really curious about the album as a whole since Glenn has openly stated it’s a very personal album and it reflects his time spent seeing a therapist and learning to become happy with himself. It also has commentary on love in the digital age with songs like “Love in the 21st Century” and “Sleeping With a Friend” which, let’s face it, we all struggle with. I haven’t had the opportunity to listen the whole way through and even with the upped pop factor, I’m still really excited to see what’s inside this new album.

 

Augustana- Life Imitating Life 

Two songs into the stream for this album, I was online, shopping for the best deal (hint: check out Amazon where you also get their last amazing album on sale). Dan’s voice, whether it be gravely or soaring, laid atop a pleading piano is impossible to resist.  Augustana has always been a band that easily elicits emotion and the primary sentiment in Life Imitating Life seems to be happiness! The tunes reflect a growth and maturity, a reflection upon life after a little bit of life has been lived. After first listen, my favorite track is “Alive”, a song I first heard performed live a while ago and instantly feel in love with. This is one of those albums, I feel, whose songs will only improve upon further listening.

 

Here are a few more albums out today we’re looking forward to hearing:

  • Patrick Park - Love Like Swords
  • The Apache Relay - The Apache Relay
  • Eels - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett 
  • The Whigs - Modern Creation
  • To Kill a King – Cannibals with Cutlery
  • Sharon Corr - Same Sun
  • Finch - What it Is To Burn X

 

~ Amanda and Kristen

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 4/21-4/27

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I hope everyone had a wonderful and enjoyable Sunday yesterday. I myself spent it in recovery mode after going to three shows this week! Recovery for me included Mexican food, Netflix, napping, and some Chinese food. All in all, a great lazy Sunday. I do wish I had some kind of marshmallow goodness to munch on though.

Anyways, I hope you have rested up because this week is jam packed full of goodness! Apparently, Sunday is the night to be out with about nine different acts playing that evening. But don’t fret, if you can’t make something work on Sunday, The Reader on Tap show is an option for Friday with Transfer, Dead Feather Moon, and more. Or maybe you feel a little folky so some Miner and Spero on Monday night is more your scene.There’s also Kevin Martin on Wednesday or Shakey Graves on Saturday, or……

So. Much. To. Choose. From.

 

Monday: Miner, Spero @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Josh Damigo, Suzanne Harper and Mark Christopher Lawrence @ House of Blues Voodoo Stage at 7pm
AND: Weatherbox @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Tuesday: Teenage Exorcists @ The Hideout at 9pm
AND: Western Setting, The Rebound @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Infamous Stringdusters @ Belly Up at 8pm

Wednesday: Jeff Bridges and The Abiders @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Kevin Martin, Tim Connolly @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Oliver Trolley @ Casbah at 9pm

Thursday: Three Of Clubs Tour feat: Terraplane Sun, Little Daylight, Flagship @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Sarah Jarosz @ Belly Up at 8pm

Friday: Reader on Tap feat: Transfer, Dead Feather Moon, The Creepy Creeps, Low Volts and The Schitzophonics @ North Park Theater at 6pm
AND: Daley @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Grand Tarantula @ The Whistlestop Bar at 9pm
AND: Bloodflowers @ The Merrow at 8pm

Saturday: Shakey Graves @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: River City @ Tin Can Alehouse at 9pm
AND: Schroeder-Kelley with Moon Honey @ Bar Pink at 9pm
AND: Adams Ave. Unplugged @ Lestats at 12pm

Sunday: Trampled By Turtles @ Belly Up at 9pm- SOLD OUT
AND: Augustana, Twin Forks @ Soma at 7pm
AND: Eric Hutchinson @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Reignwolf, The Heavy Guilt @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Above Seclusion @ Epicenter at 3:30pm
AND: The Jim Jones Revue @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Sunday Roundup feat: Two Wolves, Shake Before Us, and Octagrape @ Shakedown Bar at 7pm
AND: Adams Ave. Unplugged at 12pm
AND: Los Lonely Boys @ Casino Pauma Pavilion at 7pm

 

Keep in Mind:
April 28th- O.A.R. @ Belly Up
April 29th- O.A.R. @ Belly Up
May 2nd- Said the Whale @ Casbah
May 6th- Manchester Orchestra @ House of Blues
May 9th- Cherry Poppin’ Daddies @ Syucan Casino
May 15th- Journey and Steve Miller Band @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 17th- Augustana @ House of Blues
May 19th- Band of Skulls @ House of Blues
May 21st- The Unlikely Candidates @ Soda Bar
May 23rd- Against Me! @ House of Blues
May 24th- HELLOGOODBYE @ The Irenic
May 26th- Jamestown Revival @ Soda Bar
May 28th- Wildcat!Wildcat!, The Chain Gang of 1974 @ Casbah
May 30th- X-Fest @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre
June 1st- Pete Yorn @ Casbah
June 2nd- One Republic, The Script @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre
June 2nd- Lady Gaga @ Viejas Arena
June 6th- Neon Trees @ Humphreys
June 6th- Sunset Sessions Rock @ Belly Up
June 7th- Sunset Sessions Rock @ Belly Up
June 7th- Little Hurricane @ House of Blues
June 12th- Crash Kings @ Casbah
June 15th- Electric Six @ Casbah
June 22nd- The Milk Carton Kids @ Belly Up
June 25th- Vans Warped Tour @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre
June 30th- Devo @ Belly Up
July 30th- Mötley Crüe @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre
August 1-3- Lollapalooza @ Grant Park
August 6th- Arctic Monkeys @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
August 11th- The Head and The Heart @ North Park Theater
August 27th- Panic! at the Disco, Walk the Moon, Youngblood Hawke @ SDSU Open Air Theater
August 30th- Jack Johnson @ RIMAC Field
September 16th- Linkn Park and 30 Seconds to Mars @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 4/21-4/27

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I was not in a good mood last week due to some frustrating computer issues. The best way to turn my mood around is to spend an evening at my favorite music venue, The Hotel Cafe, so Friday night I ventured to Hollywood and spent 5 hours absorbed in the music and the people and I came out the other end feeling like a completely different person. It’s absolutely amazing how a good night can do that…

I’m hoping this week goes a little better. Show pick goes to Hunnypot Radio live Monday night at The Mint. One of my favorite bands, Rags & Ribbons will be down from Portland doing a live set.

Here are all my recommendations:

Monday: Hunnypot Radio live f. Rags & Ribbons FREE at The Mint (7pm)
ALSO: Mosco Rosco FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: The Cordovas FREE at Harvard & Stone (10pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night FREE at Bardot featuring Max Jury (9pm)
ALSO: Music Mondays FREE at Room 5 (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Deluka and The Echo and The Sound FREE at Loaded Hollywood (8pm)
ALSO: Heaps N Heaps with Holly Conlan FREE at Harvard and Stone (9pm)
ALSO: Tove Lo at The Echoplex (10pm)
ALSO: Leopold and His Fiction and The Soft White Sixties at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: The Basement Sessions FREE at Hemingways featuring decoded (10pm)

 

Weds: Kiven FREE at Hemingway’s (10pm)
ALSO: Tom Brosseau with Max Jury at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: Terraplane Sun at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: Nina Storey at WitZend (8pm)
ALSO: Revolver Golden Gods at Club Nokia f. Guns N Roses, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Pretty Reckless, and more (7:30)

 

Thursday: Raquel Rodriguez at The Troubadour (9pm)
ALSO: The Alarm Science at The Viper Room (9pm)

 

Friday: David & Devine and The Record Company at The Hotel Cafe (9, 10)
ALSO: Matthew Jordan at Genghis Cohen (10pm)
ALSO: Kristen Toedtman at Room 5 (8pm)
ALSO: Lebowski Fest at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: The Dandy Warhols at The Roxy (9pm)

 

Saturday: Sleeper Agent at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Casey Abrams at WitZend (9pm)
ALSO: Drive-By Truckers at Fonda Theatre (9pm)

 

Sunday:

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
April 28th/29th: Augustana at The Troubadour
May 1st: Bernhoft at The Troubadour
May 1st: Adam Arcuragi at Bootleg Bar
May 1st: All American Rejects and Youngblood Hawke at The El Rey
May 3rd: Manchester Orchestra at House of Blues
May 6th: NEEDTOBREATHE at The Wiltern
May 6th: Dead Sara at The Echo
May 7th: Ingrid Michaelson at The Wiltern
May 9th: twenty one pilots at The Wiltern
May 9th: We Are Scientists at The Troubadour
May 10th: Ed Sheeran at StubHub Center
May 14th: Dead Sara at The Echo
May 17th: Birdy at The Wiltern
May 19th: James Blunt at The Balasco Theater
May 20th: Hozier at The Troubadour
May 21st: Nickel Creek at The Wiltern
May 21st: Dead Sara at The Satellite
May 22nd: Nathaniel Ratliff at The Echo
May 23rd: Ben Sollee at Largo
May 24th: William Fitzsimmons at The Troubadour
May 24th/25th: Against Me! at The Roxy
May 28th: First Aid Kit at El Rey Theatre
May 31st: Ron Pope at The Roxy
June 5th: OneRepublic and The Script at Hollywood Bowl
June 14th: The Both at El Rey Theatre
June 18th: Matt Nathanson at Greek Theatre
June 19th: Dan Wilson at Largo
June 21st: The Milk Carton Kids at Japan America Theatre
July 24th: The Neighbourhood at Greek Theatre
August 10th: Iron and Wine and Glen Hansard at Hollywood Bowl
August 25th: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Hollywood Bowl
August 26th: Youngblood Hawke at Greek Theatre

~ Kristen

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New Music Tuesday 4/15/14 featuring NEEDTOBREATHE, Dan Wilson, The Both

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Well, this was written several days ago in the midst of an apocalyptic computer…issue,  If I can get this up now before things decide to freeze again, we will have a major success on our hands. Yay!

NEEDTOBREATHERivers in the Wasteland

NEEDTOBREATHE is a band on my list of the top shows that I have ever seen. I am very much looking forward to hearing what these southern boys have cooked up since The Reckoning (one of my favorite albums of 2011). While I hear this new record on a whole is less “rockin’” than previous releases, I trust I will enjoy whatever musical journey this group decides to take me on. I am especially looking forward to seeing them at The Wiltern on May 6th. They are also doing a live in-store in Long Beach at Fingerprints tomorrow (4/16) if you are so lucky as to be able to make that one.

Dan WilsonLove Without Fear

I have long said Dan Wilson is my favorite songwriter… since his album, Free Life, was released 7 years ago. Since then, he has proven his songwriting skills with Grammys and notable co-writes with mega-stars. This album, however, is the one I’ve been waiting for. I’ve been listening to the stream all day. The songs may sound simple at first listen, but it’s harder than you might think to write a song that comes off as simple yet eloquent.

Steam it here: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/04/14/dan-wilson-returns-with-new-lp-love-without-fear-album-premiere/

 

The BothThe Both

I haven’t hear this album yet, but it’s Aimee Mann and Ted Leo and I just know it’s going to be brilliant! Amiee Mann’s voice just transports…

 

Here are some other albums out today that I’m looking forward to digging into. Maybe you will too!

  • Emerson Hart - Beauty in Disrepair 
  • David Ramierez - RAW EP
  • Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
  • Shawn McDonald – Brave
  • Kwesi K - Lovely EP
  • Plauge Vendor – Free To Eat
  • Three Oh Sees - Drop 
  • The Birds of Satan - The Birds of Satan
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield - Make My Head Sing

~ Kristen

  • Justin Nozuka - Ulysees 

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 4/14-4/20

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Well, Coachella weekend 1 is over and I saw a slew of photos from it on my Facebook feed. However, Coachella is coming to us this week because the bands need something to do between weekends, right? So if you didn’t get tickets to Coachella this year, don’t worry because we have the likes of Cage the Elephant, Broken Bells, City and Color, Mogwai, Bonobo, Broken Bells, Bryan Ferry, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Bear Hands here to play some shows. If you’re anti-Coachella and that establishment, don’t fret. There is still a lot of great non-Coachella related bands to see like Semi Precious Weapons, Rags and Ribbons, and The Midnight Pine. So, chose you’re own adventure this week. You’re guaranteed a good time.

 

Monday: Cage the Elephant @ Belly Up at 8pm- SOLD OUT
AND: Proud Mary, Ape Machine, and more @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Josh Damigo @ House of Blues Voodoo Stage at 7pm

Tuesday: Mogwai @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: City and Color, NO @ Humphrey’s at 7:30pm

Wednesday: Somekindawonderful, Semi Precious Weapons @ U-31 at 9pm
AND: Smallpools @ Porter’s Pub at 9pm
AND: Bonobo @ Belly Up at 9pm- SOLD OUT
AND: Broken Bells @ Humphrey’s at 7:30pm

ThursdayBombay Bicycle Club @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: The Midnight Pine @ Bar Pink at 9pm
AND: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Bryan Ferry @ Humphrey’s at 7:30pm

Friday: Bear Hands, Hills Like Elephants @ Casbah at 9pm

Saturday: Ummmmmm?

Sunday: Rags and Ribbons @ Bar Pink at 9pm
AND: The Soft White Sixties @ Casbah at 9pm

 

Keep in Mind:
April 23rd- Jeff Bridges and The Abiders
April 26th- Shakey Graves @ Soda Bar
April 27th- Trampled By Turtles @ Belly Up
April 27th- Reignwolf @ Casbah
April 27th- Augustana @ Soma
April 27th- Above Seclusion @ Epicenter
April 28th- O.A.R. @ Belly Up
April 29th- O.A.R. @ Belly Up
May 6th- Manchester Orchestra @ House of Blues
May 9th- Cherry Poppin’ Daddies @ Syucan Casino
May 15th- Journey and Steve Miller Band @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 17th- Augustana @ House of Blues
May 19th- Band of Skulls @ House of Blues
June 2nd- One Republic, The Script @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre
June 2nd- Lady Gaga @ Viejas Arena
June 7th- Little Hurricane @ House of Blues
June 22nd- The Milk Carton Kids @ Belly Up
June 25th- Vans Warped Tour @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre
July 30th- Mötley Crüe
August 27th- Panic! at the Disco, Walk the Moon, Youngblood Hawke @ SDSU Open Air Theater
August 30th- Jack Johnson @ RIMAC Field
September 16th- Linkn Park and 30 Seconds to Mars @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 4/14-4/20

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We’ve got some great out-of-country bands on the list this week. Birds of Tokyo (Australia), Mads Langer (Denmark), Heathers (Ireland),  and several UK artists (Sam Smith, Kate Nash, To Kill a King, The 1975)…all acts you might want to check out now because they are based overseas and might not be back for a while. Several of these shows are sold out or nearly so, so if you want to go, don’t wait to look into ticket options.

If you want to keep it more local, I would suggest Thursday night at the Slidebar in Fullerton or Friday night at The Hotel Cafe (see below for more details)

Here are the rest of my picks:

 

Monday: Mosco Rosco FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring To Kill at King (9pm)
ALSO: Kate Nash at The Roxy (9pm)
ALSO: David Crosby at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Music Mondays FREE at Room 5 (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Birds of Tokyo at Bootleg (9pm)
ALSO: Sam Smith at The Belasco Theater (7pm)
ALSO: Act As If, The Cerny Brothers, Sam Outlaw FREE at The Mint (8pm)
ALSO: To Kill a King at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Deluka at Loaded Hollywood (8pm)
ALSO: David Crosby at The Troubadour (8pm)

 

Weds: Sam Smith at The Belasco Theater (7pm)
ALSO: Mads Langer and Mike Sempert at The Hotel Cafe (7, 10)
ALSO: Kiven FREE at Hemingway’s (10pm)
ALSO: Mike Viola at The Mint (9pm)
ALSO: Adam Bones at The Redwood Bar (10:30)
ALSO: The 1975 with Sir Sly and Bad Suns at Club Nokia (9pm)
ALSO: MGMT at The Orpheum Theatre (9pm)

 

Thursday: Heathers at The Mint (7pm)
ALSO: Dear Boy, NO, and Night Riots FREE at Sidebar in Fullerton (8pm)
ALSO: Tyler Lyle at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Black Belt Karate at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: David Crosby at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Neko Case at The Orpheum Theatre (8pm)

 

Friday: Lakes, Joel Eckels, The Record Company, Song Preservation Society at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9, 10, 11)
ALSO: Terra Naomi and Our Lady J at WitZend (9, 10)
ALSO: Gun Hill Royals at American Legion Post 43 (10:30)
ALSO: David Crosby at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Rufus Wainwright at The Orpheum Theatre (8pm)

 

Saturday: Jake Newton and Kevin Earnest at The Hotel Cafe (9, 10)
ALSO: Zookeeper’s Palace at The Mint (9pm)
ALSO: Madi Diaz and Royal Canoe at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Timmy Sean & The Celebrities FREE at O’Brien’s (10:30)
ALSO: Checkpoint Charlie and Matt Sorum’s Darling Stilettos at The Viper Room (10pm)

 

Sunday: The Ten Thousand and The Ventriloquists at The Mint (2pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
April 21st: You Me at Six at The Troubadour
April 21st: Rags & Ribbons at The Mint
April 22nd: Tove Lo at The Echoplex
April 23rd: Terraplane Sun at The Troubadour
April 28th/29th: Augustana at The Troubadour
May 1st: Bernhoft at The Troubadour
May 1st: Adam Arcuragi at Bootleg Bar
May 1st: All American Rejects and Youngblood Hawke at The El Rey
May 3rd: Manchester Orchestra at House of Blues
May 6th: NEEDTOBREATHE at The Wiltern
May 6th: Dead Sara at The Echo
May 7th: Ingrid Michaelson at The Wiltern
May 9th: twenty one pilots at The Wiltern
May 9th: We Are Scientists at The Troubadour
May 10th: Ed Sheeran at StubHub Center
May 17th: Birdy at The Wiltern
May 19th: James Blunt at The Balasco Theater
May 20th: Hozier at The Troubadour
May 21st: Nickel Creek at The Wiltern
May 22nd: Nathaniel Ratliff at The Echo
May 23rd: Ben Sollee at Largo
May 24th: William Fitzsimmons at The Troubadour
May 24th/25th: Against Me! at The Roxy
May 28th: First Aid Kit at El Rey Theatre
May 31st: Ron Pope at The Roxy
June 5th: OneRepublic and The Script at Hollywood Bowl
June 14th: The Both at El Rey Theatre
June 18th: Matt Nathanson at Greek Theatre
June 19th: Dan Wilson at Largo
June 21st: The Milk Carton Kids at Japan America Theatre
July 24th: The Neighbourhood at Greek Theatre
August 25th: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Hollywood Bowl
August 26th: Youngblood Hawke at Greek Theatre

~ Kristen

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