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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 4/6-4/12

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

 

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

Tuesday: Twinsmith @ Soda Bar at 9pm

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Top Ten Sets of SXSW ’15

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

Amanda’s Picks:

1. Walking on Cars at Clive Bar

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

2. James Bay at St. Davids

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

3. Royal Teeth at Stubbs

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

4. Zeke Duhon at Swan Dive

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

5. Colony House at Blackheart

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

HM: Jack Garratt at St. Davids

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

Kristen’s Picks:

1. Irontom at Lucky Lounge

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

2. Charlotte OC at Des Moines Embassy

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

3. Brandi Carlile at Central Presbyterian Church

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

4. Frank Turner at Red 7 Patio

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

5. The Contenders at Bethel Hall

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

HM: Young Rising Sons at Maggie Mae’s

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

 

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 3/30-4/5

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

 

Monday: Little Dove @ Casbah at 9pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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- Wednesday Recap

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In true SXSW fashion, Wednesday was chock full of maddening conflicts and as usual, everything magically worked out in the best way possible for a wonderful day.

Consequently, today is also Kristen’s birthday (Happy Birthday!) which is why I’m bringing this post to you. It was full of LMN favorites as well as some new discoveries. The day started at Holy Mountain with Walking on Cars and I immediately fell in love. No joke. They were my favorite band of the day and I’m really looking forward to seeing them play again.

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After that lovely set, we caught a little bit of Until the Ribbon Brakes before jetting over to catch Dear Boy’s set at 96 Rainey as part of the Buzzbands Showcase. We stayed for the full Dear Boy set, which was very enjoyable. After making some new friends there, we had a lovely time catching up with Ben Grey, finding out the best place for BBQ and acquiring hugs before stopping down the road to catch some Hamish Anderson at Clive Bar. That beautiful bluesy guitar was hard to walk away from but the pull of the impending Fatherson show at Latitude 30 was just too strong to ignore. A small bonus for the day was the free food inside! Mac and cheese and salad for all! Score, right? Actually, the score was getting to see Fatherson after missing their set yesterday. They had such a strong and killer live energy which made them a really enjoyable band to watch. Also, a band with a smiley drummer. What’s not to love?

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There was a strong pull to stick around for Mallory Knox, but we had a friend in line at Maggie Mae’s for Dead Sara and when word came that the line was short and moving reasonably well, we booked it over there and hopped in line. Totally worth it. It’s been awhile since I, Amanda, had seen Dead Sara and holy cow…. They’ve only gotten better. They played some new material as well as some old classics like “Lemon Scent.”

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Next there was some bouncing around which included checking out The Black and The White at Buffalo Billiards, Matthew Mayfield at Chuggin Monkey, and Marlon Roudette back at Maggie Mae’s At this point in time, my feet are not at all happy with me so I made Maggie Mae’s my hangout spot for a few acts like Young Rising Sons and  a song or three of Halsey.

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Feet somewhat rested, I wandered over across the way to catch a few songs of The Highly Suspect before making my way up to the church in the hopes of getting into the Brandi Carlile show at the church. This is when the magic happens… Things aren’t looking good for you in terms of getting in but you decide to stick it out, just in case and just like magic, you are whisked into the venue with a few other hopefuls behind you. I only stayed for a few songs of what can only be described as a magical set but I’m so very glad I went. Everything was completely stripped down and acoustic, which combined with the acoustics of a church makes for a very memorable and moving performance. I only stayed for a few songs even though I wish I could have stayed longer because I was really looking forward to Jared & The Mill at Esther’s Follies. I’m so glad I went! The venue was great because there was tons of elevated seating all over as well as a pit area for people to dance in. Taking another load off my feet, because you need to take advantage of that opportunity when you can, I settled in for a wonderful set. Unfortunately, I had some rather chatty neighbors that joined me part way though the set and thought it was a good idea to interrupt and chat with the girl who was seriously enjoying the music. Guess that means, I’ll have to see them again for an uninterrupted set. Oh darn. Not really.

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The night finished off with a double whammy in the form of Plain White T’s and Irontom at Red Eyed Fly. Plain White T’s were playing outside before the Irontom set, so I caught a few songs including some old goodies (pre- “Hey Delilah”) as well as some new tunes from an upcoming record. I bounced back inside to catch some Irontom and just because I could, went back outside to catch some more Plain White T’s because I haven’t seen them in at least 5 years. Probably way more. There was some more Irontom dancing to send me on my way. All in all, a great night and the craziness is only just beginning….

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Picks for Tomorrow:
1pm- James Bay @ Spotify House
2pm- Misterwives @ Des Moins Embassy
4:20pm- Night Riots @ The Blind Pig
5:40pm- Colony House @ IFC Fairgrounds
6:55pm- Cody Simpson @ W Hotel
11:30pm- Traink Turner @ Red 7 Patio