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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

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 4/7-4/13

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It’s hard to believe that it rained twice last week with the absolutely gorgeous cloudless skies we’ve had the last few days. It’s only supposed to get hotter which means I’ll be up early to try and beat the heat out at the barn. I was successful today but I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep up the trend especially because I’m going out tonight. Who goes out on a Monday? This gal.

 

Monday: Proud Mary, Dr. Seahorse, Tiger and the Teller @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Josh Damigo @ House of Blues Voodoo Stage at 7pm

Tuesday: Shane Hall and The Diabolicals, Sound Lupus, The Whiskey Circle @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Grand Tarantula @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Wednesday: Foster the People @ The Belly Up at 8pm

Thursday: Tyrone Wells, Ty Mayfield @ House of Blues Side Stage at 8pm
AND: Mason James, James Spaite @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Mrs. Henry @ Tin Can Alehouse at 9:30pm

Friday: Brothers Weiss, Jackson Price Diamond Lakes @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Howie Day @ House of Blues Side Stage at 7:30pm
AND: Turnpike Troubadours, Low Volts @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Lightning Starts Fire @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: The Beautiful View, The Paragraphs, @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Coachaella

Saturday: Nashville Ramblers, Schitzophonics @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: The Gregory Page Show @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Coachella

Sunday: Rest
AND: Coachella

 

Keep in Mind:
April 14th- Cage the Elephant @ Belly Up
April 15th- Mogwai @ Belly Up
April 16th- Bonobo @ Belly Up
April 16th- Smallpools @ Porter’s Pub
April 17th- Bombay Bicycle Club @ Belly Up
April 18th- Coachella Weekend 2
April 23r- Jeff Bridges and The Abiders
April 26th- Shakey Graves @ Soda Bar
April 27th- Trampled By Turtles @ Belly Up
April 27th- Reignwolf @ Casbah
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

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 3/31-4/6

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I can’t believe April is already on our doorstep. Wasn’t it just Halloween? I mean, I know I keep saying things like that, but I’m still having a hard time believing it. But I did make it out on Friday night for Transfer at the Casbah. Still amazing and their new material is fantastic. It had been awhile since I had seen them but I really enjoyed myself on Friday. Sadly, I didn’t do much the rest of the weekend but that’s ok because there is a fresh batch of shows this week!

 

Monday: The Appleseed Cast @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: William Tyler @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Cut Copy @ House of Blues at 7:30pm- SOLD OUT

Tuesday: Bruin @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Songwriter Showcase: JD Boucharde @ Alchemy at 9pm
AND: The Mavericks @ Belly Up- SOLD OUT

Wednesday: UME @ Soda Bar
AND: Katie Leigh and The Infantry @ Tin Can at 9:30pm

Thursday: The Midnight Pine @ Seven Grand at 8pm
AND: Chris Carpenter @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Big Head Todd and The Monsters @ Belly Up at 8pm

Friday: Willie Nelson and Family @ Humphrey’s at 7:30pm

Saturday: Black Lips @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Oh, Spirit @ Soda Bar at
AND: The Cult @ Humphrey’s at 7:30pm
AND: The New Kinetics, Schitzophonics, The Nformals @ Casbah at 9pm

Sunday: Lime Cordiale, Ed Ghost Tucker @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Rob Thomas @ Humphrey’s at 8pm

 

Keep in Mind:
April 9th- Foster the People @ The Belly Up
April 11th- Coachella Weekend 1
April 11th- Get Back Loretta, Brothers Weiss @ Soda Bar
April 14th- Cage the Elephant @ Belly Up
April 15th- Mogwai @ Belly Up
April 16th- Bonobo @ Belly Up
April 17th- Bombay Bicycle Club @ Belly Up
April 18th- Coachella Weekend 2
April 23r- Jeff Bridges and The Abiders
April 26th- Shakey Graves @ Soda Bar
April 27th- Trampled By Turtles @ Belly Up
April 27th- Reignwolf @ Casbah
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

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 3/24-3/30

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Well, it’s been a week since I got back from SXSW and due to a stupid cold I picked up before the trip (and still have), I missed out on all the fun last week with the SXSW acts that came to town. Hopefully I can get myself healthy enough this week to make it back out there and catch some shows. We have some great acts this week like The Kin, Transfer, The Sounds, Delta Rae, and so much more. Go see some shows!

 

Monday: Fanfarlo @ House of Blues (Delta Room) at 7:30pm
AND: Josh Damigo @ House of Blues at 7pm

Tuesday: The Sounds, Blondfire, Strange Talk @ House of Blues at 7:30pm
AND: Delta Rae @ Belly Up at 8pm

Wednesday: Moving Units @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Reverend Horton Heat @ Casbah at 9pm

Thursday: The Kin, Finish Ticket, Oh Honey @ Soda Bar at 8pm

Friday: The Used, Taking Back Sunday @ House of Blues at 7pm
AND: Transfer @ Casbah at 10pm
AND: One Drop @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Bad Sports @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Saturday: Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks @ Casbah – SOLD OUT
AND: The Flowerthief @ Tin Can Alehouse at 9:30pm
AND: Gayle Skidmore @ Lestats at 9pm

Sunday: Wild Child @ Soda Bar at 8:30pm
AND: A House for Lions @ Lestats at 8:30pm
AND: Low Volts, Matt Molarius, Stephen Rey @ Shakedown Bar at 2pm

 

Keep in Mind:
March 31st- The Appleseed Cast @ Casbah
April 2nd- UME @ Soda Bar
April 9th- Foster the People @ The Belly Up
April 11th- Coachella Weekend 1
April 11th- Get Back Loretta, Brothers Weiss @ Soda Bar
April 14th- Cage the Elephant @ Belly Up
April 15th- Mogwai @ Belly Up
April 16th- Bonobo @ Belly Up
April 17th- Bombay Bicycle Club @ Belly Up
April 18th- Coachella Weekend 2
April 23r- Jeff Bridges and The Abiders
April 26th- Shakey Graves @ Soda Bar
April 27th- Trampled By Turtles @ Belly Up
April 27th- Reignwolf @ Casbah
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

Top Ten Sets of SXSW 2014

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Well SXSW might be officially over but we are trying to keep the magic alive here at LMN. And can you blame us? It was an amazing good time full of great acts, good friends, much love, and lots of fun. So in the spirit of keeping things going, we present to you our top acts of SXSW 2014. This list is in no particular order because let’s face it, that’s too hard to do. Instead, think of this list as the acts that affected us the most. There will be familiar names and new names but all of them got to us at SXSW.

 

Amanda’s Picks:

1. Morning Parade at Palm Door (The Universal Music Group Showcase)

One of the things that makes SXSW so fun is the opportunity to sample new music and discover your new favorite band. Morning Parade was a band that I wanted to casually sample. You know, stay for 3ish songs and go see someone else. That was my goal for the day. However, Morning Parade threw a wrench in my plans for the day. I was so enamored by them that I stayed for their entire set and was left wanting more from them. They had their fans dancing, heads bobbing, and feet tapping the whole time, mine included. They played new stuff, old fan favorites and I loved it all. Give me more! IMG_0036

2. Beware of Darkness at Wahoo’s Fish Tacos (Wahoo’s Music Showcase)

The show that nabbed the title for the craziest rock and roll experience ever was Beware of Darkness at Wahoo’s. I had only seen Beware of Darkness a few times beforehand but those shows were nothing compared to this wonderful insanity. I’m not really sure what inspired the frequent guitar shredding trips into the crowd or the standing on a table rockstar moments from frontman Kyle Nicolaides but all of it was amazing. Truth be told, I wasn’t even going to attend this particular show because fatigue had set in, I wasn’t feeling well, and I was already in the hotel but I knew it would be my only opportunity to see some familiar faces so, I made the trek. The set was short but absolutely crazy in the best way possible. Definitely an experience that will be hard to repeat.

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3. Dear Boy at Rusty’s (Swing House Austin Occupation)

I think there’s something really special in being able to support a band out at SXSW who is there for the first time. File the relatively new band Dear Boy under that category. They had a rather light show schedule at SXSW so it was imperative for me (well, us) to make sure we caught this particular show at Rusty’s. It was their best show of SXSW, which was impressive considering it was a day show and on a very tiny stage. Their set was far too short (isn’t that how it goes at SXSW?) for my liking but they had a great energy and were really into their groove. I can’t wait to see where they go from here.

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4. The Silent Comedy at The Tap Room at The Market (Official Showcase)

Seeing The Silent Comedy play at SXSW is always a good time. It’s an even better time when it’s at 1am, you’re tired from being up till 3am the night before, you’re in a small venue, and the stage is way higher up than you expect it to be. Sounds like a possible disaster, right? Nope. This was a crazy good time filled with some old favorites like “Prince,” “Gasoline,” and “Road Song” as well as some new tunes like, “Always Two” and “Avalanche.” Justin Buchanan, banjo and mandolin player extraordinaire gets an extra shout out for his crazy shenanigans, which involved leaving the stage to go play with the folks who thought it was safe to sit upstairs. You were wrong. I’m willing to bet there were a few folks in the crowd who fell for The Silent Comedy that night and really, who could blame them?

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5. Semi Precious Weapons at Rusty’s (Crave Online Showcase)

Semi Precious Weapons make me feel sexy. There. I said it. They were on my top picks last year and they are back again for putting on an even better show than last year. Since this was their only set at SXSW it was extremely important that this event not be missed. They had this really infectious energy about them that just bled into the audience, which kept growing and growing. The tight space gave me less dancing room but I didn’t care because being backed against a wall made it that much better. Their set included new/old favorites like “Cherries on Ice,” “Free Booze,” “That’s My Friends,” and “Drink” as well as two new songs “Vegas” and “Hands Up.” I’m happy to say that all of those songs will be on their forthcoming full-length album, Aviation. There was even a surprise visit from Lady Gaga herself who watched from the side stage. Needless to say, I left this show feeling Aviation High.

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HM: Robert John and The Wreck at Wahoo’s Fish Tacos (Wahoo’s Music Showcase)

As it goes with SXSW, you tend to meet new people at shows and chat about similar musical interests and swap names of bands worth checking out. Well, I met this guy outside of Wahoo’s when I was wandering back to my hotel and stopped by to hear the beautiful noise from the venue. He told me their name was David and Olivia and I should come see his band play there later that week. When he said his band was Robert Jon and The Wreck I immediately recognized the name as someone The Silent Comedy had mentioned they were playing with and had seen it on the bill but had never seen them before. I promised to catch their set later that week and I’m really glad I followed through. When they started playing I changed from a walking zombie of myself to an alert toe-tapping individual who was ready to do some dancing. Although I failed to nab a picture of them playing (there was a sleeping Trina on my shoulder), they were really enjoyable and I look forward to seeing them play again sooner rather than later.

 

Kristen’s Picks:

1.  We Met Tomorrow at Karma Lounge (Official Showcase)

I discovered some great talent at this year’s SXSW, but one of the most exciting for me is this young Swedish band called We Met Tomorrow. Their set at Karma Lounge was particularly sweet because I had tried and failed by mere minutes to see them earlier in the week.  This band is instantly captivating with their genre-defying sound and unique set-up. Sans drummer, beat duties are divided between singer, Rickard, who works a bass drum and snare and bassist, Emil, who takes on a foot-pedal crash cymbal.  The energy of the band easily transitions from heartfelt country/folk to frantic blues/rock making every song a new surprise.  In a week packed with new sounds, We Met Tomorrow presented something different and exciting and that, for me, elevated them above the rest. New Band Love.

P15201582. Meg Myers at Red Eyed Fly (Official Showcase)

I adore Meg Myers. Her songs have a tantalizing mix of hard and soft that give them an addictive quality. I saw her at first opportunity Wednesday at The Empire Garage, but her set was way too short and left me craving more. Suddenly, I felt the compulsion to see Meg at every possible opportunity. I rearranged my schedule and was able to make it to her Wednesday night set at Red Eyed Fly. I think I was left unsatisfied at the previous occasion because Meg didn’t end her set with the gut punching “Heart Heart Head”, a song that just leaves you devastated in the best possible way.  The set at Red Eyed Fly included more of the hard-hitting tunes like “Go” and yes, “Heart Heart Head”. I felt cleansed.

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I didn’t think this show was going to happen for me. Friday night, I wanted to get to St. David’s for Hozier’s set at 9:45, but I was running late and the line for badges was the longest I’d seen that week. I camped out in the Church Chapel enjoying some Yoshiki and Gungor. Afterwards, I was just going to leave, but walking back past the main hall of the church, the line had whittled down substantially and within minutes I was ushered into the church. There was no more room on the pews, so I sat myself down in front of the stage. This casual looking band was in the middle of a song. They would have easily been mistaken for a garage band had it not been for the angelic voice coming from the man on the microphone. 20 seconds in and I was so mesmerized I swear my heart stopped beating so that I could listen all the more intently. I only caught 2.5 songs of his short set, but that was enough to make it one of my most lauded performances of the week.

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4. Parade of Lights at The Brew Exchange (The Green Room by Beautiful Buzzz and The Most Definitely)

Parade of Lights is my break-out band of SXSW 2014. I ended up seeing them 3 times over the week. It would have been four had they not had to cancel their super late-night set on Thursday. I am a long-time fan of this band, but SXSW 2014 proved to me that they have really gotten to a place with their line-up and their tunes that has elevated them to be worthy of the big leagues. They are so electric! You see them once and you simply must see them again. The Parade of Lights set at The Brew Exchange was the first I caught that week and really reminded me of my band love.  I was surrounded by friends, all dancing and falling in love with the music. The moment was perfection!

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5. Queen Caveat and The Kin at Whole Foods Rooftop (Quantum Collective Party)

I’m not cheating here including two bands in order to get more of my favorites mentioned on the list. Although both Queen Caveat and The Kin are longtime loves, what made this a truly unique and spectacular SXSW moment, was the pairing of favorites I would not expect to ever find on the same bill. Another standout feature of this “set” was the audience. The rooftop was full of families and fans who really seemed to connect to both bands. Queen Caveat drew in a bunch of younger girls looking up to rock star frontwoman, Lauren Little, in complete awe. Then I spent quite a bit of time post-show chatting with newly minted The Kin fans who were enraptured by the Aussie brothers’ vocal harmonies and ear candy tunes as well as percussionist, Shakerleg’s unique hands on approach to creating a beat.

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HM: Heymoonshaker at Trinity Hall (French Tech Party)

This band gets the award for most unique act of the week. They are a combination beat-box/blues band. Seriously, let that sink in for a minute. The duo not only has a unique and very compelling style, but they have serious stage presence and get additional points for audience participation (there was some hard core hip-shaking going on).  This particular set was also special due to the SXSW miracle that needed to occur for me to get in to see it. Let’s just say I owe huge thanks to my new “friend” who was standing at the door.

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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 3/17-3/23

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I’m baaaaaaaack! I returned home last night after a crazy week of SXSW and although I’m sad that it’s over, I’m happy to be home. And, luckily for us some SXSW artists are stoping in San Diego as they make their way out of Austin so the awesomeness is brought to us! Such awesomeness includes; Wakey!Wakey!, Jilette Johnson, Parade of Lights, Heymoonshaker, Bleachers, Sad Robot, Jeremy Messersmith, and London Grammar. So get out there and sample these fine folks while they are here in town. No, seriously, do it.

 

Monday: Jamuel Saxon @ Soda Bar at 10pm
AND: Sam Roberts Band, Kris Orlowski @ Casbah at 9pm

Tuesday: Rest?

Wednesday: Wakey!Wakey!, Jilette Johnson @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: St. Vincent @ House of Blues at 8pm- SOLD OUT

Thursday: Parade of Lights @ 207 at Hard Rock Hotel at 9pm
AND: Heymoonshaker @ Bar Pink at 9pm
AND:Andy Suzuki & The Method @ Lestats West at 9pm
AND: Bayside @ House of Blues at 7pm
AND: Mandolin Orange, Taken By Canadians, Katie Leigh and The Infantry @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Friday: Loud at Lunch: The Orwells & Bleachers @ Porter’s Pub at 11:30am
AND: K. Flay @ Air Dubai @ House of Blues Side Stage at 7:30pm
AND: The Orwells @ Che Cafe at 8:30pm
AND: G. Love and Special Sauce @ House of Blues at 9pm
AND: Nancarrow @ Lestats West at 9pm

Saturday: Sad Robot @ Bar Pink at 9pm
AND: Jeremy Messersmith @ House of Blues Side Stage at 8pm
AND: Curtis Peoples, Josh Damigo @ Lestats West at 9pm
AND: Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings @ House of Blues at 9pm
AND: Kings of Leon, Local Natives @ Sleep Train Amiptheatre at 8pm

Sunday: London Grammar @ House of Blues at 8pm

 

Keep in Mind:
March 25th- Delta Rae @ Belly Up
March 25th- The Sounds, Blondfire @ House of Blues
March 27th- The Kin @ Soda Bar
March 28th- The Used, Taking Back Sunday @ House of Blues
Aoril 2nd- UME @ Soda Bar
April 9th- Foster the People @ The Belly Up
April 11th- Coachella Weekend 1
April 11th- Get Back Loretta, Brothers Weiss @ Soda Bar
April 14th- Cage the Elephant @ Belly Up
April 15th- Mogwai @ Belly Up
April 16th- Bonobo @ Belly Up
April 17th- Bombay Bicycle Club @ Belly Up
April 18th- Coachella Weekend 2
April 26th- Shakey Graves @ Soda Bar
April 27th- Trampled By Turtles @ Belly Up
April 27th- Reignwolf @ Casbah
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

SXSW 2014- Friday Recap

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If I’m being completely honest, I thought this post would be coming to you a lot earlier in the evening than it is right now. However, as things tend to go with SXSW, plans change.

Today was much more relaxed than yesterday with fewer long treks and more bopping around the same few blocks or just hanging at a venue. My feet were pretty happy with that idea as was my body as the wear of SXSW begins to settle in. The morning started off at the BMI + Billboard Brunch at the Four Seasons. It was a wonderful chance to eat and sample some artists. Particular favs were Phox, Betty Who, American Authors, Jamie Scott and The Kin.

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From there it was a leisurely stroll up the street to where all the main action was. I wanted to get in to see The 1975 but it was “at capacity” and I decided to wander off and regroup myself. I ended up at Rusty’s to catch a longer set of Wild Party. I went down the block after they played to catch Rocketboys, who were very fun. I drifted back over to Rusty’s to see The Heavy Heavy Hearts before going down the street to Palm Door for an encore of Parade of Lights. Sadly, the venue was running behind so we had to cut out a little early so we could get back up to Rusty’s to catch Dear Boy’s last SXSW show. From Dear Boy it was back down to Palm Door to see Sir Sly. I told you we just bopped around locally.

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After Sir Sly was a bit of a break and I wandered into Latitude 30 to catch a bit of Prides before getting overwhelmed by the crowd. I bailed and wandered a bit before I went back to Rusty’s to hang out and chill for a bit until Queen Caveat took the stage. Truth be told, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen those folks and they only gotten better. Kristen and I managed to hitch a ride with them over to their show at Whole Foods. The Kin were one of the special guests for the show so Kristen and I both got double the fun with Queen Caveat and The Kin today.

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I was pretty intent on being done with my day after that. Kristen and I would part ways, should would get out and I would go back to the room, eat my salad, and take a hot shower. Well, as luck would have it, I hopped on Instagram and saw that Beware of Darkness were having their final show at Wahoo’s tonight and it was in 30 minutes. I felt a second wind come on as I knew there would be familiar faces at that show. It was a crazy show full of climbing on things and playing in the crowd. Definitely a high note to end my night on.

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Since Kristen went on her own adventures, here is a taste of what she did today….

I just wanted to give a shout out to all the amazing bands I saw after Amanda and I parted ways. I headed to Church, St. David’s to be precise. I really wanted to see Hozier, but not only was I a bit too late, but there was a line so long I couldn’t see the end of it (a sign that perhaps I should move on). I couldn’t bring myself to move too far, so I went to the smaller chapel where I was impressed by some classical piano performed by a man who was later described to me as “a j-pop deity.” Yoshiki wrote a song on the spot using the prayers in the room.

I didn’t really feel like moving (and I discovered the church had free wi-fi) so I stayed and saw the next act, which turned out to be a band on my “to check out list” called Gungor. Gungor’s energy was infectious and gave me my second (or maybe third or fourth) wind. I was also super impressed by how the band changed up their act to suit the setting.

I was inspired to hit the streets and roam for music, but as I passed the main church hall, I noticed the line was significantly decreased so I was able to get in to catch the end of Sam Smith’s set. This was perhaps the best decision I made all week. Sam’s vocals were mesmerizing. I fell in love. LOVE. After that set, I was so melted to the floor that there really was no other option than to stay in my pew for the final act. Not that I would have moved anyway as the final act was another must-see, Vance Joy. It was a beautiful evening.

Saturday Show Recommendations:

  • Aussie BBQ at Maggie Mae’s (noon)- multiple rooms, great bands, yummy food
  • 1pm- Mike Mains and The Branches at Filter on Cedar St
  • 3:20- Moon Taxi at Palm Door on 6th
  • 7pm- Keaton Simons at Whole Foods Rooftop
  • 9pm- We Met Tomorrow at Karma Lounge
  • 11pm- The Silent Comedy at Wahoo’s