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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 4/25-5/1

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This weekend was spent going to a show, a baseball game, and some spring cleaning. Spring cleaning isn’t finished yet but I’m happy that I got to spend some more time with Kristen this weekend. I am sad that I missed out on Judah & The Lion last week but hopefully they get back to town soon! This week is another jam packed one musically speaking with the exception of Friday. There’s lots of options and choices out there so go enjoy!

 

Monday: Switchfoot @ The Music Box at 8pm
AND: Tori Roze & The Hot Mess @ Bar Pink at 9pm

Tuesday: Nathaniel Rateliff @ Quartyard at 6pm
AND: Robin Henkel @ House of Blues at 7pm

Wednesday: Jamestown Revival, Aubrie Sellers @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: The TenFiveSixty, Hummingbird & Dove @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Har Mar Superstar @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Humans @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Thursday: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Gone Baby Gone @ Bar Pink at 9pm
AND: Susto @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Friday: End Thought, Misc. Ailments @ The Merrow at 9pm

Saturday: Billy Sunday @ Park & Rec at 9pm
AND: Josh Garrels @ Belly Up at 9pm- SOLD OUT
AND: Johnny Deadly Trio @ The Riviera at 9pm
AND: Adams Ave. Unplugged (schedule here) at 12pm
AND: Ciggarettes After Sex

Sunday: Puscifer @ Copley Symphony Hall at 7pm
AND: Chris Stapleton, Anderson East at Humphreys at 7:30pm
AND: Adams Ave. Unplugged (schedule here) at 12pm
AND: Fighting Friction @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Hit The Lights, Can’t Swim, Boston Manor @ House of Blues Voodoo Room at 7pm

 

Keep in Mind:
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 4th- Blaqk Audio @ House of Blues
May 6th- Violent Femmes @ Humphreys
May 13th- Gwen Stefani @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 14th- Billy Joel @ Petco Park
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 20th- The Cult @ Humphreys
May 21st- Frightened Rabbit @ Belly Up
May 21st- Jewel @ Humphreys
May 26th- Walk the Moon @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
May 27th- The Lumineers @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
May 27th- The Who @ Valley View Casino Center
June 4th- Thrice @ House of Blues
June 5th- X-Fest @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 13th- Bob Dylan and His Band @ Humphreys
June 14th- Bob Dylan and His Band @ Humphreys
June 22nd- Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man @ Valley View Casino Center
July 1st- Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ Humphreys
July 9th- Lyle Lovett and his Large Band @ Humphreys
July 16th- Halsey @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena
July 26th- Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 31st- Duran Duran @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 3rd- Weezer, Panic! at the Disco @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 5th- Warped Tour @ Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot
August 15th- Grace Potter @ Humphreys
August 22nd- Guns N Roses @ Qualcomm Staduim
August 23rd- Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals @ Humphreys
August 30th- Journey @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 21st- Leon Bridges @ Humphreys

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 4/18-4/24

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Last week was full of adventures! I drove up to Anaheim for Royal Teeth, Handsome Ghost, and The Summer Set and had such a blast. Then Friday I took a train up to Fullerton to see The Silent Comedy at the Slidebar. Sunday was James Bay at Humphrey’s who is always amazing and wonderful. I discovered a new band called Joseph who are a trio of sisters that can harmonize like nobody’s business. Super wonderful week!

This week is absolutely jam packed with shows, so I suggest you take full advantage!

 

Monday: Rosewood & Rye @ Tin Roof at 7pm
AND: The Front Bottoms, Brick + Mortar @ Casbah at 9pm

Tuesday: Judah & The Lion @ The Loft at UCSD at 9pm
AND: Silversun Pickups @ Observatory North Park at 9pm
AND: Bighorn Run @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Robin Henkel @ House of Blues at 7pm

Wednesday: Never Let This Go, Sweet Ascent, and more @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: The Big Pink, Sundrop Electric @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: The Arcs @ Observatory North Park at 8pm- SOLD OUT

Thursday: Parachute, Jon McLaughlin @ House of Blues at 7:30pm
AND: Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Dustbowl Revival @ The Hideout at 9pm

Friday: Dead Feather Moon, The Nervous Wreckords, Mrs. Henry @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Deerhunter @ Observatory North Park at 8pm
AND: Coachella Weekend 2 @ Empire Polo Fields

Saturday: Say Anything, mewithoutYou @ House of Blues at 7pm
AND: Lady Dottie & The Diamonds @ Park & Rec at 9pm
AND: The Ann Wilson Thing @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Coachella Weekend 2 @ Empire Polo Fields

Sunday: Holy Holy w/ Jessica Morgan @ Music Box at 9pm
AND: Jonny Craig @ House of Blues at 7pm
AND: Coachella Weekend 2 @ Empire Polo Fields

 

Keep in Mind:
April 27th- Jamestown Revival @ Belly Up
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 4th- Blaqk Audio @ House of Blues
May 6th- Violent Femmes @ Humphreys
May 13th- Gwen Stefani @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 14th- Billy Joel @ Petco Park
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 20th- The Cult @ Humphreys
May 21st- Jewel @ Humphreys
May 26th- Walk the Moon @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
May 27th- The Lumineers @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
May 27th- The Who @ Valley View Casino Center
June 4th- Thrice @ House of Blues
June 5th- X-Fest @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 13th- Bob Dylan and His Band @ Humphreys
June 14th- Bob Dylan and His Band @ Humphreys
June 22nd- Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man @ Valley View Casino Center
July 1st- Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ Humphreys
July 9th- Lyle Lovett and his Large Band @ Humphreys
July 16th- Halsey @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena
July 26th- Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 31st- Duran Duran @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 3rd- Weezer, Panic! at the Disco @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 5th- Warped Tour @ Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot
August 15th- Grace Potter @ Humphreys
August 22nd- Guns N Roses @ Qualcomm Staduim
August 23rd- Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals @ Humphreys
August 30th- Journey @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 21st- Leon Bridges @ Humphreys

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 4/11-4/17

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Well, it’s been one really long and sleep deprived weekend but not in the good kind of way. I will say that I’m looking forward to not having to be up every few hours. I’m not going to go into detail about it but I am looking forward to what looks like a better weekend than this one. I do have the promise of James Bay on Sunday to look forward to. Le sigh.

 

Monday:

Tuesday: Diarrhea Planet, The Soaks @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Wednesday: Declan McKenna @ M-Theory Music at 5:30pm
AND: One I Red @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: Patrick Sweany, Rin Tin Tiger @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Iska Dhaaf @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Lord Huron, Night Times @ Belly Up at 9pm- SOLD OUT
AND: CHVRCHES @ Observatory North Park at 8pm- SOLD OUT

Thursday: Kimmi Bitter @ The Merrow at 9pm

Friday: The Silent Comedy, Night Lights, Rin Tin Tiger @ The Slidebar at 8pm
AND: The Summer Set, Royal Teeth @ The Irenic at 7pm
AND: Coachella Weekend 1 @ Empire Polo Fields

Saturday: Coachella Weekend 1 @ Empire Polo Fields

Sunday: James Bay @ Humphreys at 8pm
AND: Laura Stevenson @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Coachella Weekend 1 @ Empire Polo Fields
AND: Foals, Kiev @ Observatory North Park at 8pm
AND: Shinedown @ House of Blues at 8pm

 

Keep in Mind:
April 19th- Judah & The Lion @ The Loft at UCSD
April 19th- Silversun Pickups @ Observatory North Park
April 21st- Parachute @ House of Blues
April 22nd-24th Coachella Weekend 2
April 23rd- Say Anything @ House of Blues
April 27th- Jamestown Revival @ Belly Up
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 4th- Blaqk Audio @ House of Blues
May 6th- Violent Femmes @ Humphreys
May 13th- Gwen Stefani @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 14th- Billy Joel @ Petco Park
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 20th- The Cult @ Humphreys
May 21st- Jewel @ Humphreys
May 26th- Walk the Moon @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
May 27th- The Lumineers @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
May 27th- The Who @ Valley View Casino Center
June 4th- Thrice @ House of Blues
June 5th- X-Fest @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 13th- Bob Dylan and His Band @ Humphreys
June 14th- Bob Dylan and His Band @ Humphreys
June 22nd- Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man @ Valley View Casino Center
July 1st- Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ Humphreys
July 9th- Lyle Lovett and his Large Band @ Humphreys
July 16th- Halsey @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena
July 26th- Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 31st- Duran Duran @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 3rd- Weezer, Panic! at the Disco @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 5th- Warped Tour @ Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot
August 15th- Grace Potter @ Humphreys
August 22nd- Guns N Roses @ Qualcomm Staduim
August 23rd- Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals @ Humphreys
August 30th- Journey @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 21st- Leon Bridges @ Humphreys

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 4/4-4/10

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I am finally almost over my cold. This thing has been lingering for awhile. The good news is, I’m no longer napping like a baby every day. Maybe that’s not such good news. Ha! I didn’t make it out to any shows this week though. Too tired. Hopefully this week will be better. This is what we have in store for the week….

 

Monday: Tinashe @ House of Blues at 8pm

Tuesday: Wild Feathers @ Belly Up at 7:30pm
AND: Tori Kelly @ Humphreys

Wednesday:

Thursday: Little Green Cars @ The Irenic at 7pm
AND: Acid Dad @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Elvis Costello @ Balboa Theatre at 8pm

Friday: Third Eye Blind @ The Observatory North Park at 8pm
AND: Lauv, EMAEL & Shane @ The Loft at UCSD at 8:30pm
AND: Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Morgan Leigh @ Belly Up at 8:45pm
AND: SWMRS @ Che Cafe at 7:30pm
AND: Hayseed Dixie @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Saturday: XYLØ @ The Loft at UCSD at 9pm
AND: The Palace Ballroom @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Lindi Ortega, The Walcotts, The Liquorsmiths @ Casbhat at 9pm

Sunday: The Darkness @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Operators @ Soda Bar at 9pm

 

Keep in Mind:
April 15th-17- Coachella Weekend 1
April 15th- The Summer Set, Royal Teeth @ The Irenic
April 17th- James Bay @ Humphreys
April 19th- Judah & The Lion @ The Loft at UCSD
April 21st- Parachute @ House of Blues
April 22nd-24th Coachella Weekend 2
April 23rd- Say Anything @ House of Blues
April 27th- Jamestown Revival @ Belly Up
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 4th- Blaqk Audio @ House of Blues
May 6th- Violent Femmes @ Humphreys
May 13th- Gwen Stefani @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 14th- Billy Joel @ Petco Park
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 20th- The Cult @ Humphreys
May 21st- Jewel @ Humphreys
May 26th- Walk the Moon @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
May 27th- The Lumineers @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
May 27th- The Who @ Valley View Casino Center
June 4th- Thrice @ House of Blues
June 5th- X-Fest @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 13th- Bob Dylan and His Band @ Humphreys
June 14th- Bob Dylan and His Band @ Humphreys
June 22nd- Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man @ Valley View Casino Center
July 1st- Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ Humphreys
July 9th- Lyle Lovett and his Large Band @ Humphreys
July 16th- Halsey @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena
July 26th- Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 31st- Duran Duran @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 3rd- Weezer, Panic! at the Disco @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 5th- Warped Tour @ Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot
August 15th- Grace Potter @ Humphreys
August 22nd- Guns N Roses @ Qualcomm Staduim
August 23rd- Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals @ Humphreys
August 30th- Journey @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 21st- Leon Bridges @ Humphreys

SXSW 2016 Best Of!

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SXSW may already be a distant memory for some, but the experiences and discoveries are still resonating strongly with us. We’ve had time to let things stew, marinate, and percolate after all the craziness of the week and there are still experiences that are sticking with us that we felt like we had to share. Since many of our experiences extended beyond simply enjoyable sets, we decided to do something a little different this year…

 

Best Ofs- The Best Stuff!

Best New Discovery: Lukas Graham

Lukas Graham was the first act we saw at the official start of SXSW on Tuesday at the Spotify House and was far and away the best act we saw that day. With songs that are more like stories about himself and his band mates, Lukas Graham was an absolutely enchanting act. As Kristen said, he created the “Graham Bar” for the rest of SXSW and although everything else we saw was still enjoyable, nothing ever surpassed the “Graham Bar.” We made a point to see him again at the YouTube Music House where the band performed a full 45-minute set, which is basically unheard of at SXSW. We both walked away from that set with our minds sufficiently blown and throughout the rest of the week would just burst out about how amazing the set was from Lukas Graham. Mind. Blown.

Best Surprise Act: Lapsley

(Kristen)

Sitting in the sanctuary at St. David’s Church late Friday night waiting for the “surprise guest” to appear, I was debating my choice to stick around. I wasn’t sure that anyone could top the stellar evening of singer-songwriters I had experienced and my hotel bed was very enticing. When a woman in white walked out onto the stage, I wasn’t sure who she was, but once she started singing, I knew I made the right decision to stay. Her voice was arresting!  As I sank further into my pew, mesmerized by song after beautiful song, I felt transported. A quick google search identified the mystery act as Lapsley, a rising British artist. I kicked myself for not including more of her sets on my schedule, but sometimes the best acts are the ones you were never anticipating –  absolutely the best surprise of SXSW 2016!

Lapsley ‘Falling Short’ from Jake Scott Cinematographer on Vimeo.

Best Party: Quantum Collective’s Southwest Invasion at Whole Foods

A party so good, we kept going back! Quantum Collective is one of the few parties with a consistently long line, often running down the steps and stretching around the massive Whole Foods building. The crowd was there for a reason. Good music in a comfortable setting surrounded by high quality food. What more can you ask for? For the music, we were able to see favorites like Green River Ordinance and The Arkells as well as discover new exciting bands The Heirs and Great Caesar.  As far as food, we were excited about everything Mama Chia and the all-encompassing Whole Foods salad bar downstairs.  If there was one party to get to early and stay all day, this was it!

Best Dance Party: Mainland & Royal Teeth

Kristen’s pick: Mainland – When multiple members of a band jump into the audience two songs into a set and starting dancing around, you know it’s going to be a party. Mainland delivered on their promise to get my feet moving. Their set at Shiner’s Saloon was so much fun, I made it a mission to see them again. No band made me raise up my hands in the air with such abandon.

Amanda’s pick: Royal Teeth – In all honesty, Royal Teeth were one of a few bands I already knew about coming into SXSW this year and they were one of my favorites from last year as well. They are always a fun, high-energy dance party and there’s something about them that never fails to make me smile. It’s hard to pick my favorite part of their set at Esther’s Follies, it could be when co-singer Gary Larsen ended up on a large speaker hanging over the crowd with an audience member’s phone or when he ended up in the crowd with a drum during their last song Wild and hit the drum with such force he seemed to propel himself into the air.

HM: DNCE – One of the best aspects of live music is when a band can really get you moving. When you’ve been walking all day and your feet are sore, it’s even more of a feat.  So many bands made us get up and dance, but none created the crazy party vibe quite like DNCE.

Best Venue for Snacking: McDonald’s Loft & YouTube Music House

Kristen’s Pick: McDonald’s Loft – I mean, McDonald’s had an ice cream sundae bar. That is hard to top. Aside from all of the McD’s food (including more healthy options like apple slices and Cuties), the event booked some of our favorite and most anticipated bands like Jared & The Mill, and The Score.

Amanda’s Pick: YouTube Music House – This was my favorite place to hang out, eat, and watch bands. During the day there were various juices to sample, six different popcorn flavors to try, free drinks including bottled water, and roving waiters with different things to eat. During the evening it was just the free drinks and roving waiters but it’s really hard to say no to a 5 layer dip with gluten free chips, roasted corn salsa, sweet and tangy meatballs, sliders, and chicken wings. It was the best spot for seeing bands like Banners and Lukas Graham.

Best Swag: Socks and a pillowcase from Casper

The best swag for me is always the most utilitarian…and who doesn’t use socks and pillowcases?!? Casper also provided one of the most unique activations of the week, the nap pod!

Kristen’s HM: Cell phone card holder from Capital One – my favorite piece of swag last year was back in an upgraded version this year (they added some sort of stand/clip to the back) Capital One may be my favorite bank simply because of how streamlined my life has become by using this card holder. Ha!

Amanda’s HM: Safe Catch Tuna– There was a section in the convention this year about food at SXSW and I was directed to the Safe Catch Tuna booth by a friend with food allergies worse than mine. We got to sample the tuna which is lowest in mercury and comes packed in it’s own fish oil so it’s automatically moister (is that a word?) out of the gate than any other brand. A tweet or post tagging Safe Catch would get you a free can of tuna. Who doesn’t need free food at SXSW and something that is healthy to boot!

Best Laugh: The Laugh Button Live! at Esther’s Follies

(Amanda)

It was only Tuesday and I was already overwhelmed with the idea of so much music that was out there for me to see that week and everything I had already been through that day. I was walking down the street when I say a flyer that had my favorite comedian’s name on it, Iliza Shlesinger. I had heard there was a fair amount of comedy at SXSW this year and I had even seen Chris Hardwick’s name on some flyers as well. I made it a point to skip music and see Iliza that night and I have zero regrets about it. There was no other name on the bill I recognized but it really didn’t matter because SXSW is all about discovery, right? I’m happy to report that there were several other comics in the lineup who I really enjoyed including Baron Vaughn, Owen Benjamin, and Alonzo Bodden. The host, Chris Cubas, was really enjoyable as well and I actually saw him around SXSW a fair amount working as a door guy at one of the venues on Rainey St. The whole event was super fun, it was an awesome way to be introduced to new comics that were really enjoyable, and it was great to see Iliza pull out some new material and change up some material from Kaaboo. She’s kind of the best.

HM: The People The Poet – It was all in the delivery with The People The Poet singer, Leon Stanford. Every time you hear Leon talking about wearing sunscreen so they don’t turn into lobsters, it’s hard not to chuckle. The People The Poet were the last band we saw on Sunday (the day after it all ended) and we were all a bit done. It’s not clear if Leon’s stories about having a belly full of brisket would have been as amusing if we weren’t slightly delirious, but the laughter is just as memorable as the music.

Best App Discovery: Tasteful

(Amanda)

Not all of us can eat whatever free food is given to us at SXSW and sadly, I’m one of those people. Taseful is an app that I discovered in the convention center right next to the Safe Catch Tuna booth. What makes Tasteful unique is that you can program the app to show you places to eat that fit your dietary needs/preferences. That means, if you’re gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, low carb, or don’t care it will show you places to eat nearby with possible menu items that fit your needs. It also ranks the places by the how good they are for each dietary concern which means how much food is cooked fresh right there, how much cross contamination there might be, and so on. I didn’t get to try that many options presented to me by the app, although one of the restaurants brought food to a party I was at so I got to sample, but it’s nice to know the options are there if I need them.

 

Other Notables: Things We Can’t Leave Out!

Worth the Walk: The Virginmarys

The Virginmarys were one of our favorites from SXSW 2013 and were a must see as soon as they announced they were returning this year. Unfortunately, they only had two shows announced and both provided some issues. One conflicted with Kristen’s #1 can’t miss set of the week (see below) and the other was a bit of a walk. Well, sore feet be damned, we were determined to see this band so we make the trek across new portions of Austin to the burger joint, Shady Grove, where the band was playing a set in small stage in the corner of the outdoor dining area. As soon as they started to play, it was clear that the walk was worth it. The Virginmarys are one of the most dynamic and enjoyable live acts and their new songs absolutely must be experienced in their live form.

Worth the Wait: AudioDamn!

We had to wait for this band not once, but twice. Technical issues seemed particularly plaguing at their Revolt daytime show, but the band took it in stride and did the best they could with limited time and workable instruments.  Despite the early struggles, we were able to catch the band again later in the week and their catchy songs and energetic performance made them shoot up to the top of list of fave bands of SXSW 2016. Must see again!

Most Nostalgic: Judy Collins + Ari Hest

(Kristen)

This was my #1 must see act of the week and I was not left disappointed. Every time I hear Judy Collins sing, I am transported to my youth (she was my father’s favorite artist). Her new collaboration with Ari Hest takes the iconic voice in a new direction which I absolutely loved. The set was mostly comprised of newer songs, but they stuck in a few classics and I just closed my eyes and became ten years old again.

HM: Rooney – Another blast from my somewhat more recent past was when California rockers Rooney, took to the stage and played many hits from their debut album. Robert Schwartzman has not changed one bit an even the band’s new songs still harken back to the glory days of those early college years.

Most Seen: Dreamers

(Kristen)

You know you like a band when seeing them becomes somewhat of a compulsion. Even if I was only able to catch a song or two, I felt drawn to whatever venue Dreamers happened to be playing.  I’m pretty sure I can now sing along to all of their songs. Honestly, their EP just does not satisfy the craving. They are one to experience live and I did at SXSW, more than any other band.

Biggest SXSW Fail: Wild Wild Horses set time change

It’s absolutely impossible to re-check every single set time originally posted, but we really wish it had for one of our top bands going into the fest, Wild Wild Horses. Their set was moved an hour earlier than original reported time and although we still caught a couple of songs, it was pretty devastating to miss an entire set from this British band. Kristen tried to make up for it by stealing a set list and chatting a bit with the band, but nothing really compares to seeing your new favorite live. She did still make their SXSW recap video so at least there’s that memory…

Band We’re Bummed We Missed: Judah & The Lion

SXSW is filled with difficult choices, but the hardest for me to make was Saturday night. We had to choose between walking a bit further away to see Judah & The Lion or sticking closer to the action and packing in more bands and ended up choosing the later. It’s hard to regret the choice (there is no room for regret at SXSW), but that does make Judah & The Lion our number one band we failed to see this year, especially so after we got reports of how absolutely amazing their live set was. Next time!

Worth Swimming Through A Crowd for: Kaleo

(Kristen)

The free and open to the public Waterloo Records party is always a bit of a crazy one. However, the prospect of seeing Kaleo again propelled us to venture over to the packed parking lot and make our way closer and closer to the stage as opportunity presented itself. Kaleo is one of those bands that you’re not quite sure what you’re getting yourself into going in, but after experiencing their life show, you are hooked for life. I recall a particular moment, half way through the sea of people when the somewhat inebriated guy next to me said something like “that guy has a pretty lady voice, but then he sings in his man voice and it really rock.” I just smiled, nodded my head, and continued to push forward through the crowd.

 

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 3/28-4/3

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I seem to be the only one of our SXSW foursome who developed a cold but I’m also the only one who didn’t end up being crazy busy right when I got back. Ah well. I’m still not up to 100% but I’m a lot better than I was earlier in the week. I’m not sure if it’s enough of a recovery to make it out and about this week but I will make an effort. You should too.

 

Monday: My Body Sings Electric, Good Graeff, MRKTS @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Tori Roze & The Hot Mess @ Bar Pink at 9pm
AND: My Digital Escape @ The Irenic at 6pm

Tuesday:

Wednesday: The Struts @ House of Blues at 8:30pm
AND: Andres Osborne, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Allan Rayman @ The Hideout at 9pm

Thursday: Banners, The Moth & the Flame, Pop Etc. @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Weatherbox @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Listen Local Radio All Access Fest @ Music Box at 6pm
AND: Ocelot @ Belly Up at 8pm

Friday: Matthew Logan Vasquez @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, Anaïs Mitchell @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido at 7:30pm
AND: Redwoods Revue @ Music Box at 8pm
AND: Eric Hutchinson, Tess Henley @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Ernie Halter @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Peter Murphy @ The Irenic at 7pm

Saturday: White Denim @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: The Killers @ Harrah’s Resort So Cal at 7pm
AND: Jesse Daniel Edwards @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Mothers @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Sunday: East Cameron Folkcore @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: Into It. Over It. @ The Irenic at 6:30pm

 

Keep in Mind:
April 5th- Wild Feathers @ Belly Up
April 5th- Tori Kelly @ Humphreys
April 8th- Third Eye Blind @ The Observatory North Park
April 10th- The Darkness @ House of Blues
April 15th-17- Coachella Weekend 1
April 17th- James Bay @ Humphreys
April 21st- Parachute @ House of Blues
April 22nd-24th Coachella Weekend 2
April 23rd- Say Anything @ House of Blues
April 27th- Jamestown Revival @ Belly Up
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 4th- Blaqk Audio @ House of Blues
May 6th- Violent Femmes @ Humphreys
May 14th- Billy Joel @ Petco Park
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 21st- Jewel @ Humphreys
May 26th- Walk the Moon @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
May 27th- The Lumineers @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
May 27th- The Who @ Valley View Casino Center
June 4th- Thrice @ House of Blues
June 5th- X-Fest @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 16th- Halsey @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena
July 26th- Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 31st- Duran Duran @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 3rd- Weezer, Panic! at the Disco @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 5th- Warped Tour @ Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot
August 23rd- Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals @ Humphreys
August 30th- Journey @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 21st- Leon Bridges @ Humphreys

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 3/21-3/27

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Well, I did it. I survived another year of SXSW and came away with some new bands to check out. I’m not yet in the air but will be home soon. Thankfully this week hasn’t been as exhausting as it has been in previous years but there is still a definite amount of tiredness, brain fog, and the inability to type correctly right off the bat. So if anything is wrong here… I blame that.

This week is chock full of show options. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on this list here. Will I be at any of these shows? Just let me finish my recovery and I’ll get back to you….

 

Monday: Finish Ticket @ House of Blues at 7:30pm
AND Greg White Jr. Band @ Tin Roof at 7pm

Tuesday: Ra Ra Riot @ The Irenic at 7pm

Wednesday: Wolfmother @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: French Horn Rebellion @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Keith Harkin @ Music Box at 8pm

Thursday: Little Hurricane, Grizzly Business, Taken By Canadians @ Music Box at 8:30pm
AND: Daughter @ Belly Up at 9pm- SOLD OUT

Friday: Coriander @ Tin Roof at 9pm
AND: She Wants Revenge @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Elephant Revival @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Jen Foster, Kylie Rothfield @ Lestats at 9pm

Saturday: Brian Fallon & The Crows @ House of Blues 8pm
AND: SWIMM, The Verigolds @ Music Box at 9pm
AND: Hey Marseilles @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Yonder Mountain String Band @ Belly Up at 8pm- SOLD OUT
AND: Lady Dottie & The Diamonds @ Park & Rec at 9pm
AND: Coriander @ Tin Roof at 10pm

Sunday: They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up at 8pm- SOLD OUT

 

Keep in Mind:

April 5th- Tori Kelly @ Humphreys
April 8th- Third Eye Blind @ The Observatory North Park
April 15th-17- Coachella Weekend 1
April 17th- James Bay @ Humphreys
April 21st- Parachute @ House of Blues
April 22nd-24th Coachella Weekend 2
April 23rd- Say Anything @ House of Blues
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 6th- Violent Femmes @ Humphreys
May 14th- Billy Joel @ Petco Park
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 21st- Jewel @ Humphreys
May 26th- Walk the Moon @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
June 4th- Thrice @ House of Blues
June 5th- X-Fest @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 16th- Halsey @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena
July 26th- Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 31st- Duran Duran @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 3rd- Weezer, Panic! at the Disco @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 23rd- Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals @ Humphreys
August 30th- Journey @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 21st- Leon Bridges @ Humphreys