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New Music Tuesday 1/27/15 f. The Lone Bellow

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unnamedIf you’re looking for new music on this fine Tuesday, head directly to your music outlet of choice and pick up The Lone Bellow’s new album, Then Came The Morning. This second album from the folk-indie trio from Brooklyn really hits the musical spot. This band won me over when I saw them perform at The Way Over Yonder Fest and this album does an amazing job at capturing the band’s incredible energy and genuine emotion. The album’s title and opening track sets the tone with its gospel-esque choir and powerful blending of vocals. Other highlights include the build-up to the exclamatory chorus in “Take My Love”, the quiet beauty of “Call to War”, and the rockin’ guitar in the foot-stoppin’ “Heaven Don’t Call Me Home”.

Here’s a taste with the band’s live performance from Letterman:

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 1/26-2/1

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Oftentimes I have my weeks pretty planned out in advance. I’m not very good with last minute decision-making. Last week, however, was an aberration on several accounts and as a result I ended up at an epic Butch Walker/Frank Turner show at The Hotel Cafe and an Irontom double header at a new (at least to me) venue downtown called Mrs. Fish.  Weeks like this leave me exhausted but also inspired.

I have some actual plans up my sleeve for this week that will hopefully be equally inspiring. Monday night is Zane Carney’s last residency date at the Hotel Cafe. After 5 months of Mondays, here’s your last chance to see him at this venue before he moves on to bigger things. My other show pick is Thursday night at The Satellite. Crash Kings headline with openers Badflower and My Goodness. On that last band, I’d been meaning to see the Seattle rockers since first hearing their head-banging “Cold Feet Killer”. I feel this will be a show to remember.

Here are the rest of my picks:

 

 

Monday: Zane Carney at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. Wolf Alice (8:30)
ALSO: An Evening w/ Judd Apatow & Friends f. Fiona Apple, The Milk Carton Kids, and more (8:30)
ALSO: Wilding FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: The Ting Tings at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Mates of State at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 (8pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live FREE at The Mint (7pm)

 

Tuesday: Leighton Meester w/ Liza Anne & Dana Williams, Tony Lucca at The Hotel Cafe (7, 9:30)
ALSO: Ivory Deville w/ Tumbleweed Wanderers FREE at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: The Shakers at Genghis Cohen (9:30)
ALSO: Mini Mansions at The Troubadour (8pm)

 

Weds: Laleh, Leighton Meester  w/ Dana Williams at The Hotel Cafe (9:30)
ALSO: The Entrance Band at The Satellite (11pm)

 

Thursday: The Crash Kings w/ My Goodness and Badflower at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Badass Bands Blog presents at The Silverlake Lounge f. The Absolute and more (8pm)
ALSO: Brooke Fraser w/ Dark Waves at The Fonda Theatre (9pm)
ALSO: Blackfeather Jane at Loaded (10pm)
ALSO: Susanna Hoffs & Friends at Largo (8:30)
ALSO: Sam Smith at The Forum (8pm)

 

Friday: Nick Perri Group and Jimmy Gnecco at The Viper Room (9pm)
ALSO: Jim Bianco, David & Devine at The Hotel Cafe (9, 10)
ALSO: The Diamond Light at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Sean Watkins at McCabe’s (8pm)
ALSO: Sam Smith at The Forum (8pm)
ALSO: The Airborne Toxic Event at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Patti Smith at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (7:30)

 

Saturday: Jukebox the Ghost w/ Twin Forks and Secret Someones at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Matthew Jordan, Jay Denton, and Mat Bednarsky at Genghis Cohen (9pm)
ALSO: No Small Children at El Cid (10pm)
ALSO: Stray Birds w/ Jordie Lane at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Bush w/ Theory of a Deadman at The Wiltern (7pm)

 

Sunday: John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting) w/ Quartet at The El Rey (8pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
Feb. 6th: Hozier at The Fonda
Feb. 6-7th: Blackberry Smoke at The Troubadour
Feb. 9th: Catfish and the Bottlemen at The Troubadour
Feb. 9th: Father John Misty at The Roxy
Feb. 9th: Matthew Perryman Jones at The Hotel Cafe
Feb. 10th: Ben Howard at Shrine Expo Hall
Feb. 14th: Saints of Valory at The Hotel Cafe
Feb. 18th: Over The Rhine and William Fitzsimmons at The Troubadour
Feb. 19th: The Janks at The Bootleg
Feb. 19th: Milo Greene at The El Rey
Feb. 24th: David Cook at The Troubadour
Feb. 24th: Penny and Sparrow at The Hotel Café
Feb. 26th: Empires at The Echo
March 7th: Joshua Radin at The Fonda
March 7th: The Districts at The Troubadour
March 13th: Sir Sly at The Wiltern
March 19th: Joe Pug at The Echo
March 24th: Neulore at The Mint
March 27th: Echosmith at The Fonda Theatre
April 4th: Ben Sollee at The House of Blues
May 3rd: Tonight Alive at The Wiltern
May 20th: Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds at The Orpheum

 

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2014 Music Mix – Track 20 – Meg Myers

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Here it is, the mix of songs that helped define my 2014.

20. Meg Myers

Meg Myers, at her best, is a force to be reckoned with. I saw Meg several times this year, my favorite being at the outdoor stage San Diego Music Thing. “Morning After” is a quieter tune off her 2014 Make a Shadow EP, but it still has all the power and emotion that serve as a hallmark of any Meg Myers song.

~ Kristen

Kristen’s 2014 Music Mix – Track 19 – Jealousy Curve

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Here it is, the mix of songs that helped define my 2014.

19. Jealousy Curve

Speaking of college-years, Jealousy Curve was another defining band from that time. In 2014, years after their final show, the band decided to polish up and release their stockpile of unreleased gems on a double disc album called Under the Vermillion Moon Listening to these tunes, some familiar some not, really just makes me miss this band and the good times associated with them. So many memories!

 

~ Kristen

Kristen’s Music Mix – Track 18 – George Stanford

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Here it is, the mix of songs that helped define my 2014.

18. George Stanford

This year I hit kind of a big one, birthday-wise. My friends at High Voltage threw me a party at The Mint. The whole evening was quite the thrill (there was ice cream cake), but I was particularly excited about the line-up which included George Stanford. Stanford also released a new album this year, Something Better, which included this song, one of my particular favorites.

~ Kristen

 

Kristen’s Music Mix – Track 17 – Carbon Leaf

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Here it is, the mix of songs that helped define my 2014.

17. Carbon Leaf

This year Carbon Leaf once again decided to break the mold, by re-making their seminal album, Indian Summer in order to reclaim the songs from the label that owned them. When the band came through LA, I was able to sit down with singer, Barry Privett and talk about the album that basically defined my college years. It was thrilling!

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 1/19-1/25

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Well, the one exciting thing I did last week involved an NDA, so not much to report here other than my increasing hatred for the smell of coffee. I’m struggling to find a good place to sit and get work done that doesn’t involve that particular odor which makes me nauseous.

Show pick this week? Well, if you were lucky enough to get tickets, The Milk Carton Kids in the little room at Largo will be a fairly epic event I’m sure. If you’re a bit short on cash, there are also quite a few great free show options this week including a Sunday night show at Lucky Strike bowling alley featuring The Shakers and Forebear.

Here are the rest of my selections:

 

Monday: Josh Kelley and Zane Carney at The Hotel Cafe (8,9)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. Night Riots (8:30)
ALSO: Wilding FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Sego FREE at Bootleg HiFi w/ Bizzy Kiddo, Eastern Conference Champions, and Francisco the Man (8pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 f. Jesse Thomas, Josiah Lemming, Michael Doman, Joel Eckels, etc. (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Ivory Deville FREE at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: Distant Cousins at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Casey Abrams, The Eckels Brothers at Room 5 (7, 9)
ALSO: Little Dove at The Escondite (10pm)
ALSO: Andrew Bird at Largo (8:30)

 

Weds: Lauren Shera, Laleh, Kris Angelis, OWLS at The Hotel Cafe (7, 8, 9, 10)
ALSO: The Milk Carton Kids at Largo little room (9:30)
ALSO: Jenni Alpert at Room 5 (9pm)

 

Thursday: Lotus Crush at Molly Malone’s (8pm)
ALSO: The Milk Carton Kids at Largo little room (9:30)
ALSO: Witucky Derby FREE at O’Brien’s (10pm)
ALSO: WATERS at The Roxy (8:30)
ALSO: Eddie Cohn and the Dark Hearts at The Mint (9:15)
ALSO: Twin Shadow at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: Boots Electric at The Viper Room (11pm)

 

Friday: Jimmy Gnecco & Friends at The Viper Room (11pm)
ALSO: Bad Wolf at Amplyfi (9:30)
ALSO: Night Terrors of 1927 at The Roxy (9pm)
ALSO: Raquel Rodriguez at The Mint (11:30)
ALSO: FIDLAR at The Regent Theater (8pm)

 

Saturday: Bad Suns w/ Maudlin Strangers at The El Rey (9pm)
ALSO: Honey County at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Jamie Cullum at Largo (8pm)

 

Sunday: The Shakers, Forebear FREE at Lucky Strike Hollywood (10, 11)
ALSO: Aly Tadros & Irvin Dally at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Go Betty Go and The Dollyrots at The Roxy (7:30)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
January 26th: The Ting Tings at The Troubadour
January 27th: Tony Lucca at The Hotel Cafe
January 29th: Crash Kings and My Goodness at The Satellite
January 29th: Brooke Fraser at The Fonda
January 30th: Sean Watkins at McCabe’s
January 31st: Jukebox The Ghost at The Roxy
Feb. 6th: Hozier at The Fonda
Feb. 6-7th: Blackberry Smoke at The Troubadour
Feb. 9th: Catfish and the Bottlemen at The Troubadour
Feb. 9th: Father John Misty at The Roxy
Feb. 9th: Matthew Perryman Jones at The Hotel Cafe
Feb. 10th: Ben Howard at Shrine Expo Hall
Feb. 14th: Saints of Valory at The Hotel Cafe
Feb. 18th: Over The Rhine and William Fitzsimmons at The Troubadour
Feb. 19th: Milo Greene at The El Rey
Feb. 24th: David Cook at The Troubadour
Feb. 24th: Penny and Sparrow at The Hotel Café
Feb. 26th: Empires at The Echo
March 7th: Joshua Radin at The Fonda
March 7th: The Districts at The Troubadour
March 13th: Sir Sly at The Wiltern
March 19th: Joe Pug at The Echo
March 24th: Neulore at The Mint
March 27th: Echosmith at The Fonda Theatre
April 4th: Ben Sollee at The House of Blues

 

~ Kristen

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