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

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

 

Queen Caveat – “Breathe”

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

Moon Taxi – “Morocco”

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

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

 

The Milk Carton Kids – “Live From Lincoln Theatre”

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

 

~ Kristen

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

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

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

Here are all my recommendations:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sunday:

 

 

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

~ Kristen

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

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

NEEDTOBREATHERivers in the Wasteland

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

Dan WilsonLove Without Fear

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

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

 

The BothThe Both

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

 

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

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

~ Kristen

  • Justin Nozuka - Ulysees 

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

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

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

Here are the rest of my picks:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s Top 5 Coachella Set Recommendations

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I won’t be making it to the desert this year, but if I were, here are the 5 sets I wouldn’t miss…

1. Tom Odell: Friday noon, Mojave Tent  

Get a spot where you can see him playing the piano

2. Bastille: Friday 5:25, Mojave Tent  

And to think, just a year ago they were playing The Troubadour

3. Saints of Valory: Saturday noon, Outdoor Theater

A recommendation from my Rock Boat friends.

4. Frank Turner: Sunday 3:55, Gobi  

I know there’s a whole tent for crazy dancing, but this is the set where my hands would be waving wildly in the air.

5. John Newman: Sunday 8:50, Gobi

Because I can’t get this song out of my head and I’ve yet to see this guy live

 

If you’ll be in Indio, stay cool, stay hydrated, and discover some great new music!

 

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 4/7-4/13

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Watching The Spectacular Now…again. I was at Best Buy for something else and realized I had money on a gift card so I splurged on one of my favorite films from last year. I’m currently watching with the director’s commentary which I always find insightful. It’s just such an honest movie. The characters are unexpected, but real. More movies like this, please!

As for music, we’ve got some good choices for you this week. Mosco Rosco (formally Harper Blynn) start their Monday night residency at The Satellite. I’m very interested in what their new sound is going to be.  However, show pick of the week goes to a young Brit, Nina Nesbitt who is playing an early show at Bootleg on Thursday. Nina was one of my favorites from SXSW. Her voice is just so compelling in its effortlessness.

As for my other picks:

Monday: Mosco Rosco FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Icarus Landing (acoustic) at Bar Lubitsch (10pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live FREE at The Mint (7pm)
ALSO: Music Monday FREE at Room 5 featuring Nina Storey, Michael Doman, Joel Eckels (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Badass Bands Blog Presents Pre-Coachella Party at The Viper Room featuring The Echo and The Sound, Great White Buffalo, Young Creatures, Down and Outlaws (9pm)
ALSO: Katie Herzig with Amy Stroup at The Troubadour (8pm)

 

Weds: Kiven FREE at Hemingway’s (11pm)
ALSO: American Pyramids FREE at Harvard & Stone (10pm)
ALSO: London Cries and Komox Kids at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Boy & Bear at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: Petty Cash, Golden State, Menew at The Viper Room (9pm)

 

Thursday: Nina Nesbitt at Bootleg HiFi (6:30)
ALSO: Katrina Parker and Amie Miriello at The Hotel Cafe (9,10)
ALSO: The Watkins Family Hour at Largo (8:30)

 

Friday: Tyrone Wells w/ Joe Brooks and Ty Mayfield at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Ruby Friedman Orchestra at The Hotel Cafe (11pm)
ALSO: Charlotte Sometimes at Room 5 (9pm)
ALSO: David Ramirez at The Mint (9pm)
ALSO: Switchfoot with The Royal Concept at The Wiltern (7:30)

 

Saturday: Joe Firstman at The Hotel Cafe (8:30)
ALSO: Ceasefire, The Filthy Souls, Eastern Conference Champions, Sleep State at The Viper Room (8pm)

 

Sunday: RAWartists Hollywood presents Mosaic featuring The Elizabeth Kill at Ohm nightclub (6:30)
ALSO: David Crosby at The Troubadour (7pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
April 16th: The 1975 and Sir Sly at Club Nokia
April 18th: Rufus Wainwright at Orpheum Theatre
April 18th: Lakes at The Hotel Cafe
April 21st: You Me at Six at The Troubadour
April 21st: Rags & Ribbons at The Mint
April 22nd: Tove Lo at The Echoplex
April 23rd: Terraplane Sun at The Troubadour
April 28th/29th: Augustana at The Troubadour
May 1st: Bernhoft at The Troubadour
May 1st: Adam Arcuragi at Bootleg Bar
May 3rd: Manchester Orchestra at House of Blues
May 6th: NEEDTOBREATHE at The Wiltern
May 7th: Ingrid Michaelson at The Wiltern
May 9th: twenty one pilots at The Wiltern
May 9th: We Are Scientists at The Troubadour
May 10th: Ed Sheeran at StubHub Center
May 17th: Birdy at The Wiltern
May 19th: James Blunt at The Balasco Theater
May 20th: Hozier at The Troubadour
May 21st: Nickel Creek at The Wiltern
May 22nd: Nathaniel Ratliff at The Echo
May 23rd: Ben Sollee at Largo
May 24th: William Fitzsimmons at The Troubadour
May 24th/25th: Against Me! at The Roxy
May 28th: First Aid Kit at El Rey Theatre
May 31st: Ron Pope at The Roxy
June 5th: OneRepublic and The Script at Hollywood Bowl
June 14th: The Both at El Rey Theatre
June 18th: Matt Nathanson at Greek Theatre
June 19th: Dan Wilson at Largo
June 21st: The Milk Carton Kids at Japan America Theatre
July 24th: The Neighbourhood at Greek Theatre
August 25th: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Hollywood Bowl
August 26th: Youngblood Hawke at Greek Theatre

~ Kristen

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New Band Alert: Mosco Rosco

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Here’s one that I’m glad I caught (but almost didn’t). LMN Band Love, Harper Blynn, has re-named themselves Mosco Rosco. Along with the new name comes what I’m told is a new sound! Not exactly sure how I feel about this as I adore the sounds of Harper Blynn, but I am optimistic. Regardless, the four gentlemen of Mosco Rosco are one of the tightest groups I have seen, musically. No doubt whatever sound they want to produce will be done incredibly well…and with some pizzazz!

For a hint at what is to come, here’s a listen to their song, “I Wanna Love You” featuring Reggie Watts. It’s got a very 70′s feel and makes you want to groove so I’m into it!

 

If you’re in LA, the band is doing a Monday residency the month of April at The Satellite!

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~ Kristen