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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 7/28-8/3

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Sorry for the delay in this week’s calendar. I was completely wiped out by my adventures at Comic Con this past week. One of the absolute highlights of my Con experience was interviewing a few music composers about their work in film and TV shows like Fargo and Hannibal. I had a blast getting into the psyche of the score composer. You can read my take on that (and other panels and press rooms) on the High Voltage website: http://iamhighvoltage.com/2014/07/25/behind-the-music-crime-death-and-resurrection/

Other quick Comic Con highlights were meeting so many amazing fans and new friends, getting to chat with creators and actors in new shows iZombie and Constantine, a signing with author Deborah Harkness, zip-lining through Gotham, panels from Arrow, Penny Dreadful, and The Big Bang Theory, everything Supernatural including meeting the cast and show runner, and nearly running into Orlando Bloom.

Going into this week, I’m not sure how much energy I will have, but here are my musical options:

 

Monday: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. Samsaya FREE w/ RSVP (8pm)
ALSO: LA Font FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Little Dove, Will and the Won’ts, The Echo and The Sound at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Island Apollo FREE at Silverlake Lounge (10pm)
ALSO: Zero 1 at The Dragonfly (10pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 f. Sweet Talk Radio, Jesse Thomas, Michael Doman, Joel Eckels and more (8pm)
 

Tuesday: Deluka at The Troubadour (8:55)
ALSO: Taylor Locke Band at The Good Hurt (9:45)
ALSO: Allison Iraheta + Halo Circus at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Samsaya at Skybar at The Mondrian (8pm)…RSVP required

 

Weds: Justin Furstenfeld (Blue October) and King Washington at The Hotel Cafe (8, 10)
ALSO: Owenstone at King King (8pm)
ALSO: The Watkins Family Hour at Largo (8:30)
ALSO: Andy Grammer and Tyrone Wells FREE at The Grove (7:30)

 

Thursday: Foxy Shazam at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) at The Echo (10pm)
ALSO: Javier Dunn at Bootleg HiFi (10:30)
ALSO: Colin Hay at Largo (8:30)

 

Friday: Popshop West 023 w/ Miniature Tigers, The Griswolds, Finish Ticket (8pm)
ALSO: The Janks, The Diamond Light, and special guests at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Afternoons at Bootleg HiFi (11pm)
ALSO: Kevin Earnest at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Transfer and Golden State at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Jay Brannan with Lily Kershaw and Terra Naomi at The Troubadour (8pm)

 

Saturday: Saint Motel with Irontom and Y Luv at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: The Alternate Routes and Red Wanting Blue at Bootleg HiFi (10, 11)
ALSO: Matt Wertz w/ special guests at the Hotel Cafe (7pm)

 

Sunday: Matt Wertz with Tyler Lyle and Sara Dee at Saint Rocke (7pm)
ALSO: Mark Ballas, BC Jean, Haley Reinhart, and Dylan Chambers at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
August 4th: Matt Wertz at Saint Rocke
August 5th: Emerson Hart and Tony Lucca at The Hotel Café
August 7th/8th: Truth & Salvage Co. at The Hotel Cafe
August 10th: Iron and Wine and Glen Hansard at Hollywood Bowl
August 12th: Dear Boy at The Troubadour
August 12th: NONONO at The Roxy
August 13th: Reignwolf at The Troubadour
August 17th: Dan Wilson at The Federal Bar
August 20th: New Empire at The El Rey
August 21st: Naked and Famous at The Echoplex
August 22nd: Sylvan Esso at The Trouadour
August 23rd-24th: FYF
August 23rd: Lake Street Dive at The Wiltern
August 23rd/24th: Rixton at The El Rey
August 25th: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Hollywood Bowl
August 26th: Youngblood Hawke at Greek Theatre
August 27th: Ed Sheeran at Staples Center
August 30th/31st: Mute Math at Grand Park
September 4th: OK Go at Santa Monica Pier
September 13th: William Beckett at The Roxy
September 14th: The Avett Brothers at Shrine Auditorium
September 15th: You Me at Six, Young Guns, Stars in Stereo at The Troubadour
September 18th: Meg Myers and Irontom at The Echo
September 19th: Kopecky Fmaily Band at The Troubadour
September 20th: Better Than Ezra and Scars on 45 at The House of Blues
September 20th: Anais Mitchell at McCabe’s Guitar Shop
September 20th/21st: Sunset Strip Music Festival
September 25th: Allen Stone at The Mayan
September 25th: Rocco DeLuca & The Burden at The Troubadour
September 26th/27th: Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder at Santa Monica Pier
September 28th: The Gaslight Anthem at Hollywood Palladium
September 29th/30th: Sir Sly at The El Rey Theatre
September 30th: Sam Smith at Greek Theatre
October 2nd/3rd: The War on Drugs at Fonda Theatre
October 3rd: Ben Kweller at The Roxy
October 6th: Carbon Leaf at The Roxy
October 6th: Moon Taxi at House of Blues
October 6th: Boy & Bear at Fonda Theatre
October 6th/7th: Lorde at The Greek Theatre
October 8th: twenty one pilots at Hollywood Palladium
October 8th: Sondre Lerche at The Troubadour
October 9th: Wakey! Wakey! at The Roxy
October 9th: Anberlin at House of Blues
October 10th: The Pretty Reckless at The Wiltern
October 16th-18th: Culture Collide Festival
October 16th: Hozier with James Bay at Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian
October 18th: Kodaline at The Fonda Theatre
October 22nd: Lewis Watson at The Troubadour
October 27th: Rachael Yamagata at The Troubadour
November 1st: New Politics at The Fonda Theatre
November 14th: Jay Nash at The Hotel Cafe
November 20th: Bastille at Shrine Expo Hall
November 21st/22nd: The Matches at The Troubadour
November 28th: Vance Joy at The Fonda Theatre

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 7/21-7/27

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Comic Con is this week! I’m quite excited to be going down to San Diego to cover the event with High Voltage. The options are a bit overwhelming, but I’m treating it like SXSW and choosing one or two things each day that I “need” to do and then just enjoying whatever else falls in between. My big three shows this year are Penny Dreadful, Banshee, and Supernatural, so if you hear about anything in relation to these shows, let me know!

Along the line of overwhelming options, let’s talk about Monday night and the biggest show conflict of 2014. When I found out that Twin Atlantic plays at The Troubadour the same time as Queen Caveat hits the stage at The Roxy, my heart nearly dropped out of my chest. Not to mention that Irontom is playing at the same time across town. I don’t understand why favorite bands have to play the same night in different locations.

Also this week, opportunities to see Nightmare & The Cat, OK Go, Paris Carney, and all the way from Ireland, Gavin James! What a week…

 

 

Monday: Queen Caveat and Nico Vega at The Roxy (9pm)
ALSO: Twin Atlantic with Badflower and Kiven at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Iska Dhaaf and Irontom FREE at Bootleg HiFi (8:30, 9:30)
ALSO: Little Dove at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Island Apollo FREE at Silverlake Lounge (10pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. The Crookes (8:30)
ALSO: Zero 1 at The Dragonfly (10pm)
ALSO: LA Font FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Martha Wainwright w/ Guests at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 (8pm)

 

Tuesday: OK Go at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: The Two Tens and The New Electric Sound at The Federal Bar (9, 10)
ALSO: The Basement Sessions Presents Lucy Scholl FREE at Hemingway’s (9pm)
ALSO: The Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White T’s at Greek Theatre (6:30)
ALSO: George Stanford FREE at The Piano Bar (10pm)

 

Weds: Nightmare & The Cat with Max & The Moon and The Peach Kings at The Roxy (8pm)…album release show
ALSO: OK Go at The Echo (10pm)
ALSO: Gavin James, The Gallery & Honor By August at The Hotel Cafe (6, 8)
ALSO: Paris Carney at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)
ALSO: July Talk FREE at King King (8pm)
ALSO: Cassadee Pope FREE at The Grove (7:30)
ALSO: The Crookes, Soft White Sixties, The Bulls at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Brian Whelan + the Cardinal Sinners FREE at Harvard and Stone (10pm)
ALSO: The Basement Sessions Presents Of Verona FREE at Hemingways (9pm)
ALSO: Tori Amos at Greek Theatre (7:30)

 

Thursday: Broken Arrow, Fred Page, Ari Herstand at The Hotel Cafe (7, 8, 9)
ALSO: Gavin James at The Mint (7:30)
ALSO: The Neighbourhood at Greek Theatre (7:30)
ALSO: Wolfmother at The House of Blues (7pm)
ALSO: Say Anything at Fonda Theatre (9pm)

 

Friday: John Flanagan at The Foundation Room at The House of Blues (10:15)
ALSO: CITIZUN at Silverlake Lounge (12am)

 

Saturday: Caught a Ghost FREE at The Getty Museum (6pm)
ALSO: Shelby Lynne and Jamestown Revival FREE with RSVP at Century Park (5pm)

 

Sunday:

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
July 29th: Deluka at The Troubadour
July 31st: Foxy Shazam at The El Rey
August 1st: The Griswolds at The Echo
August 2nd: Saint Motel at The Troubadour
August 2nd: Red Wanting Blue at Bootleg Theater
August 3rd/4th: Matt Wertz at Saint Rocke
August 5th: Emerson Hart and Tony Lucca at The Hotel Café
August 7th/8th: Truth & Salvage Co. at The Hotel Cafe
August 10th: Iron and Wine and Glen Hansard at Hollywood Bowl
August 12th: Dear Boy at The Troubadour
August 12th: NONONO at The Roxy
August 13th: Reignwolf at The Troubadour
August 17th: Dan Wilson at The Federal Bar
August 20th: New Empire at The El Rey
August 21st: Naked and Famous at The Echoplex
August 22nd: Sylvan Esso at The Trouadour
August 23rd-24th: FYF
August 23rd: Lake Street Dive at The Wiltern
August 23rd/24th: Rixton at The El Rey
August 25th: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Hollywood Bowl
August 26th: Youngblood Hawke at Greek Theatre
August 27th: Ed Sheeran at Staples Center
August 30th/31st: Mute Math at Grand Park
September 4th: OK Go at Santa Monica Pier
September 13th: William Beckett at The Roxy
September 14th: The Avett Brothers at Shrine Auditorium
September 15th: You Me at Six, Young Guns, Stars in Stereo at The Troubadour
September 18th: Meg Myers and Irontom at The Echo
September 19th: Kopecky Fmaily Band at The Troubadour
September 20th: Better Than Ezra and Scars on 45 at The House of Blues
September 20th: Anais Mitchell at McCabe’s Guitar Shop
September 20th/21st: Sunset Strip Music Festival
September 25th: Allen Stone at The Mayan
September 25th: Rocco DeLuca & The Burden at The Troubadour
September 26th/27th: Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder at Santa Monica Pier
September 28th: The Gaslight Anthem at Hollywood Palladium
September 29th/30th: Sir Sly at The El Rey Theatre
September 30th: Sam Smith at Greek Theatre
October 2nd/3rd: The War on Drugs at Fonda Theatre
October 3rd: Ben Kweller at The Roxy
October 6th: Carbon Leaf at The Roxy
October 6th: Moon Taxi at House of Blues
October 6th: Boy & Bear at Fonda Theatre
October 6th/7th: Lorde at The Greek Theatre
October 8th: twenty one pilots at Hollywood Palladium
October 8th: Sondre Lerche at The Troubadour
October 9th: Wakey! Wakey! at The Roxy
October 9th: Anberlin at House of Blues
October 10th: The Pretty Reckless at The Wiltern
October 16th-18th: Culture Collide Festival
October 16th: Hozier with James Bay at Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian
October 18th: Kodaline at The Fonda Theatre
October 22nd: Lewis Watson at The Troubadour
October 27th: Rachael Yamagata at The Troubadour
November 1st: New Politics at The Fonda Theatre
November 14th: Jay Nash at The Hotel Cafe
November 20th: Bastille at Shrine Expo Hall
November 21st/22nd: The Matches at The Troubadour
November 28th: Vance Joy at The Fonda Theatre

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 7/14-7/20

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Life has been a tad bit more stressful than usual lately, mostly due to some untimely housing issues that have yet to be resolved. However, in the past few weeks, as if you all have sensed my distress, I’ve had an unusually high number of encounters with friends, some expected or planned, some quite random, and a few with folks I hadn’t seen in a long time. This is absolutely what I need while I’m trying to piece together my life and I really appreciate all of the amazing people I have around me.  I had an especially good time last night at what was my very first “Pie” party. I don’t remember the last time I’d been exposed to quite that much delicious food.

Speaking of friends, one of my favorites is finally visiting me next week from the east coast. I am particularly excited to introduce her to So-Cal bands like The Silent Comedy at Harvard & Stone on Thursday and Dead Sara at Pershing Square on Saturday.

Here are the rest of our options for the week:

 

Monday: Little Dove and Not in The Face at The Viper Rooms (8pm)
ALSO: The Rebel Light, Charlyne Yi, and Hi Ho Silver Oh FREE at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)
ALSO: Island Apollo FREE at The Silverlake Lounge (9pm)
ALSO: Zero 1 at The Dragonfly (10pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live at The Mint f. The Echo and the Sound (7pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night FREE at Bardot f. The Midnight Pine (8:30)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 f. Charles McDonald, Jake Newton, Nina Storey, Joel Eckels, and more (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Mosco Rosco with Folk Riot and Clockwise at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: The Polyphonic Spree at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: George Stanford FREE at The Piano Bar (10pm)

 

Weds: LP FREE at The Grove (7:30)
ALSO: Sun Rai at downstairs at Fifty Seven (10pm)
ALSO: Kongos with Badflower at The Troubadour (8:30)
ALSO: Kid Rock at The House of Blues (8pm)

 

Thursday: The Silent Comedy FREE at Harvard & Stone (9pm)
ALSO: Fred Page, Communist Daughter, Jim & Sam at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9, 10)
ALSO: Maudlin Strangers at Los Globos (10:30)
ALSO: Yuna FREE at The Santa Monica Pier (7pm)
ALSO: Better Looking People With Superior Ideas at Silverlake Lounge (8pm)
ALSO: Maxim Ludwig and Robert Francis & The Night Tide at The Troubadour (8:15, 10:15)
ALSO: Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Spacehog at The House of Blues (7pm)

 

Friday: Allison Weiss at El Cid (11pm)…EP Release Show
ALSO: The Active Set and Empires at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: The Black and The White at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: Galanized Souls at Rusty’s Surf Ranch (11:30)
ALSO: Raquel Rodriguez downstairs at Fifty Seven (10pm)
ALSO: Decoded at Loaded (11:15)
ALSO: The Beta Machine at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: An Evening with Susanna Hoffs plus special guests Fred Armisen and Petra Haden at The Satellite (10:15)

 

Saturday: Dead Sara and Tonic FREE at Pershing Square (8pm)
ALSO: Yellow Red Sparks, Sean Flinn & The Royal We, Minnie Driver & Jukebox Junkies at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9, 10)
ALSO: The Absolute and Raw Fabrics downstairs at Fifty Seven (10pm)

 

Sunday: Gun Hill Royals at Molly Malone’s (9pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
July 21st: Twin Atlantic at The Troubadour
July 21st: Nico Vega at The Roxy
July 21st: Irontom at Bootleg HiFi
July 22nd: OK Go at The Troubadour
July 23rd: OK Go at The Echo
July 23rd: Nightmare & The Cat at The Roxy
July 24th: The Neighbourhood at Greek Theatre
July 24th: Wolfmother at House of Blues Sunset
July 27th: Gavin James at The Mint
July 29th: Deluka at The Troubadour
July 31st: Foxy Shazam at The El Rey
August 1st: The Griswolds at The Echo
August 2nd: Saint Motel at The Troubadour
August 2nd: Red Wanting Blue at Bootleg Theater
August 3rd/4th: Matt Wertz at Saint Rocke
August 5th: Emerson Hart and Tony Lucca at The Hotel Café
August 8th/9th: Truth & Salvage Co. at The Hotel Cafe
August 10th: Dear Boy at The Troubadour
August 10th: Iron and Wine and Glen Hansard at Hollywood Bowl
August 13th: Reignwolf at The Troubadour
August 17th: Dan Wilson at The Federal Bar
August 20th: New Empire at The El Rey
August 21st: Naked and Famous at The Echoplex
August 22nd: Sylvan Esso at The Trouadour
August 23rd-24th: FYF
August 23rd: Lake Street Dive at The Wiltern
August 23rd: Rixton at The El Rey
August 25th: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Hollywood Bowl
August 26th: Youngblood Hawke at Greek Theatre
August 27th: Ed Sheeran at Staples Center
September 13th: William Beckett at The Roxy
September 14th: The Avett Brothers at Shrine Auditorium
September 15th: You Me at Six, Young Guns, Stars in Stereo at The Troubadour
September 18th: Meg Myers and Irontom at The Echo
September 19th: Kopecky Fmaily Band at The Troubadour
September 20th: Better Than Ezra and Scars on 45 at The House of Blues
September 20th: Anais Mitchell at McCabe’s Guitar Shop
September 20th/21st: Sunset Strip Music Festival
September 25th: Allen Stone at The Mayan
September 25th: Rocco DeLuca & The Burden at The Troubadour
September 26th/27th: Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder at Santa Monica Pier
September 28th: The Gaslight Anthem at Hollywood Palladium
September 30th: Sam Smith at Greek Theatre
October 2nd/3rd: The War on Drugs at Fonda Theatre
October 3rd: Ben Kweller at The Roxy
October 6th: Carbon Leaf at The Roxy
October 6th: Moon Taxi at House of Blues
October 6th: Boy & Bear at Fonda Theatre
October 6th/7th: Lorde at The Greek Theatre
October 8th: twenty one pilots at Hollywood Palladium
October 8th: Sondre Lerche at The Troubadour
October 9th: Wakey! Wakey! at The Roxy
October 9th: Anberlin at House of Blues
October 10th: The Pretty Reckless at The Wiltern
October 16th: Hozier with James Bay at Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian
October 18th: Kodaline at The Fonda Theatre
October 22nd: Lewis Watson at The Troubadour
October 27th: Rachael Yamagata at The Troubadour
November 1st: New Politics at The Fonda Theatre
November 20th: Bastille at Shrine Expo Hall
November 21st/22nd: The Matches at The Troubadour

~ Kristen

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

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I started reading The Death Cure today. For those of you who don’t know, that’s the third book in The Maze Runner series. I read The Maze Runner based on a recommendation. I tend to like those dystopian novels. The Maze Runner was not my favorite, but I was invested enough in the characters to go to the end of the seemingly short tome. Then I reached the end and realized that it was not the end at all and that it was just book one in a three book trilogy! At this point, there was no turning back so I’ve spent the last few weeks existing in this treacherous universe where you constantly question the point of your own existence. I guess this is not really too far from graduate school, but I’ll be happy to finish off this book, hopefully get some closure, and move on.

Last week was fantastically show-heavy, highlighted by sets from White Sea, The Kin, Sean Watkins, and Semi Precious Weapons. I also discovered a few new artists to keep tabs on like LA’s Roméo Testa and San Digeo’s The Midnight Pine. This week will probably be show-lite for me, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great things going on around town.

Here’s what I’d recommend:

Monday: Lime Cordiale, The Black and The White, LA Font FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Island Apollo (formally The Bolts) FREE at Silverlake Lounge (8pm)
ALSO: Not In The Face and Little Dove at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Peter Matthew Bauer at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Mia Dyson at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: The Mowgli’s with WATERS, Night Riots, and The Janks at The Troubadour (7pm)

 

Weds: The Mowgli’s with WATERS, Max and The Moon, The Lucky Lonely at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Sonia Rao and Terra Naomi at WitZend (7:30, 9:45)
ALSO: Kyle Riabko and Javier Dunn at Room 5 (8,9)
ALSO: Via Echo with Strangers You Know at Bootleg Hi Fi (8pm)
ALSO: Swear and Shake and Tyler Lyle at The Hotel Cafe (7, 9)

 

Thursday: Prides at The Troubadour (7:30)
ALSO: Jake Newton at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Maudlin Strangers at Lyric Theater (9pm)
ALSO: Citizun at The Viper Room (9pm)

 

Friday: Scarlett Rabe and Ernie Halter and Friends at The Hotel Cafe (8,9)
ALSO: Chevelle at The Wiltern (7pm)

 

Saturday: Chinatown Summer Nights f. Franscisco the Man, Madi Diaz, Eastern Conference Champions (6pm)
ALSO: Taylor Locke Band at El Cid (11pm)

 

Sunday: Xavier Rudd at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)
ALSO: Until The Ribbon Breaks at Petersen Automotive Museum (2pm)

 

To Keep in Mind:
July 15th: Mosco Rosco at The Troubadour
July 16th: Kongos at The Troubadour
July 17th: The Silent Comedy at Harvard & Stone
July 19th: Dead Sara and Tonic at Pershing Square
July 21st: Twin Atlantic at The Troubadour
July 21st: Nico Vega at The Roxy
July 21st: Irontom at Bootleg HiFi
July 22nd: OK Go at The Troubadour
July 23rd: OK Go at The Echo
July 23rd: Nightmare & The Cat at The Roxy
July 24th: The Neighbourhood at Greek Theatre
July 24th: Wolfmother at House of Blues Sunset
July 27th: Gavin James at The Mint
July 29th: Deluka at The Troubadour
July 31st: Foxy Shazam at The El Rey
August 1st: The Griswolds at The Echo
August 2nd: Saint Motel at The Troubadour
August 2nd: Red Wanting Blue at Bootleg Theater
August 3rd/4th: Matt Wertz at Saint Rocke
August 5th: Emerson Hart and Tony Lucca at The Hotel Café
August 9th: Truth & Salvage Co. at The Hotel Cafe
August 10th: Dear Boy at The Troubadour
August 10th: Iron and Wine and Glen Hansard at Hollywood Bowl
August 13th: Reignwolf at The Troubadour
August 17th: Dan Wilson at The Federal Bar
August 20th: New Empire at The El Rey
August 21st: Naked and Famous at The Echoplex
August 22nd: Sylvan Esso at The Trouadour
August 23rd-24th: FYF
August 23rd: Lake Street Dive at The Wiltern
August 23rd: Rixton at The El Rey
August 25th: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Hollywood Bowl
August 26th: Youngblood Hawke at Greek Theatre
August 27th: Ed Sheeran at Staples Center
September 13th: William Beckett at The Roxy
September 14th: The Avett Brothers at Shrine Auditorium
September 15th: You Me at Six, Young Guns, Stars in Stereo at The Troubadour
September 18th: Meg Myers and Irontom at The Echo
September 19th: Kopecky Fmaily Band at The Troubadour
September 20th: Better Than Ezra and Scars on 45 at The House of Blues
September 25th: Allen Stone at The Mayan
September 25th: Rocco DeLuca & The Burden at The Troubadour
September 26th/27th: Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder at Santa Monica Pier
September 28th: The Gaslight Anthem at Hollywood Palladium
September 30th: Sam Smith at Greek Theatre
October 2nd/3rd: The War on Drugs at Fonda Theatre
October 3rd: Ben Kweller at The Roxy
October 6th: Carbon Leaf at The Roxy
October 6th: Moon Taxi at House of Blues
October 6th: Boy & Bear at Fonda Theatre
October 6th/7th: Lorde at The Greek Theatre
October 8th: twenty one pilots at Hollywood Palladium
October 8th: Sondre Lerche at The Troubadour
October 9th: Wakey! Wakey! at The Roxy
October 9th: Anberlin at House of Blues
October 10th: The Pretty Reckless at The Wiltern
October 16th: Hozier with James Bay at Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian
October 18th: Kodaline at The Fonda Theatre
October 22nd: Lewis Watson at The Troubadour
October 27th: Rachael Yamagata at The Troubadour
November 1st: New Politics at The Fonda Theatre
November 20th: Bastille at Shrine Expo Hall
November 21st/22nd: The Matches at The Troubadour

~ Kristen

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New Music Tuesday 7/1/14 f. Red Wanting Blue

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New music recommendations as follows:

Red Wanting BlueLittle America

The newest album from Midwestern rockers Red Wanting Blue is an enjoyable listen. At the forefront are the vocals of Scott Terry with their grainy texture that gives the tunes an instant sense of comfort whether they are slow and contemplative or more light and humorous. My favorite aspect of this album is the lyrics which relay both a depth and humor and have really given me something to latch onto, making me both smile and think.

Little America starts with the celebratory “Halleujah”, setting the tone for the album with a lightness betrayed by words like “We’re lost I’m sure of it. I don’t know if we’ll ever be found. So we’ll run from town to town to make our way home.”  Themes of being on the road, change, and relationships impacted by the musician’s life make the album feel very personal and give it an emotional charge. The heart of the album is found in the three tracks I’ve been playing on repeat. “The Rest of Our Lives” is an inspiring and reflective tune packaged in a compelling rock melody. “Leaving New York” is a slow and yearning lament that speaks to anyone who has had to leave a place they’ve fallen in love with. “Black Canyon” is another bittersweet anthem about life on the road, but it does the best job at pulling at my heartstrings and contains my favorite line in the album, “children don’t look down, count on the ground being there every time”.

Before you think the album is too heavy, turn to songs like “Dumb Love” or “Drawing Board” which is a song about figuring out life, but sung as country-ish knee slapper with cute lines like “success requires one of us to bring home the bacon.”

Little America is an album for contemplation, but enjoyable on several levels. Here’s the video for a fun little ditty “You Are My Las Vegas” which features the mothers of the band members.

 

Other albums to look into:

  • NONONO – We Are Only What We Feel
  • Bad Suns – Language & Perspective
  • Seether – Isolate and Medicate
  • Old Crow Medicine – Remedy
  • Air Dubai – Be Calm

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 6/30-7/6

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Summer is in full swing. Last week was Warped Tour, today was a baseball game, next week is 4th of July. I am quite excited about the 98.8 block party which has a great line-up with headliners, Semi Precious Weapons. If you’re going, be sure to go early enough to catch Brick + Motor. I sampled them at SXSW and look forward to catching an entire set from the up-and-comers from New Jersey.

This week gets a little show-lite around the holiday, but there is still plenty of great musical opportunities. Don’t miss out!

Here are my recommendations:

 

Monday: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. White Sea, Some Kinda Wonderful (8:30)
ALSO: Not in The Face at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Until The Ribbon Breaks FREE at Bootleg HiFi (10:30)
ALSO: Kwesi K at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Zero 1 at The Dragonfly (10pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday FREE at Room 5 (8pm) f. Jake Newton, Clare Means, Javier Dunn, Jesse Thomas, Casey Abrahms, Joel Eckels, etc. (8pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live FREE at The Mint (7pm)

 

Tuesday: The Kin at Skybar (RSVP required)
ALSO: Brother and Bones at The Satellite (9pm)

ALSO: Jesse Thomas and Chris Pureka at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)
ALSO: The Active Set at Molly Malone’s (10:10)
ALSO: Heeney at 5 Star Bar (8pm)

 

Weds: Heeney at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Jenni Alpert at WitZend (8pm)

 

Thursday:

 

Friday: 98.7 block part at Grand Park LA with Semi Precious Weapons, Wild Cub, Brick + Motor, Echosmith, etc. (4pm)

 

Saturday: Badass Bands Blog 3 Year Anniversary Party with King Washington, the Absolute, Wires in the Walls, and Ivory DeVille (9pm)
ALSO: Galvanized Souls at The Troubadour (7:20)

 

Sunday: Of Sunset Street Festival f. The Record Company
ALSO: Toy Bombs FREE at The Virgil (9pm)
ALSO: Grand Ole Echo FREE at The Echo f. Rose’s Pawn Shop (3pm)

 

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
July 8th: Peter Matthew Bauer at The Satellite
July 8th/9th: The Mowgli’s at The Troubadour
July 10th: Prides at The Troubadour
July 15th: Mosco Rosco at The Troubadour
July 16th: Kongos at The Troubadour
July 17th: The Silent Comedy at Harvard & Stone
July 19th: Dead Sara and Tonic at Pershing Square
July 21st: Twin Atlantic at The Troubadour
July 21st: Nico Vega at The Roxy
July 21st: Irontom at Bootleg HiFi
July 22nd: OK Go at The Troubadour
July 23rd: OK Go at The Echo
July 23rd: Nightmare & The Cat at The Roxy
July 24th: The Neighbourhood at Greek Theatre
July 24th: Wolfmother at House of Blues Sunset
July 27th: Gavin James at The Mint
July 29th: Deluka at The Troubadour
July 31st: Foxy Shazam at The El Rey
August 1st: The Griswolds at The Echo
August 2nd: Saint Motel at The Troubadour
August 2nd: Red Wanting Blue at Bootleg Theater
August 3rd/4th: Matt Wertz at Saint Rocke
August 5th: Emerson Hart and Tony Lucca at The Hotel Café
August 9th: Truth & Salvage Co. at The Hotel Cafe
August 10th: Dear Boy at The Troubadour
August 10th: Iron and Wine and Glen Hansard at Hollywood Bowl
August 13th: Reignwolf at The Troubadour
August 17th: Dan Wilson at The Federal Bar
August 20th: New Empire at The El Rey
August 21st: Naked and Famous at The Echoplex
August 22nd: Sylvan Esso at The Trouadour
August 23rd-24th: FYF
August 23rd: Lake Street Dive at The Wiltern
August 23rd: Rixton at The El Rey
August 25th: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Hollywood Bowl
August 26th: Youngblood Hawke at Greek Theatre
August 27th: Ed Sheeran at Staples Center
September 14th: The Avett Brothers at Shrine Auditorium
September 15th: You Me at Six, Young Guns, Stars in Stereo at The Troubadour
September 18th: Meg Myers and Irontom at The Echo
September 19th: Kopecky Fmaily Band at The Troubadour
September 20th: Better Than Ezra and Scars on 45 at The House of Blues
September 25th: Allen Stone at The Mayan
September 25th: Rocco DeLuca & The Burden at The Troubadour
September 26th/27th: Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder at Santa Monica Pier
September 28th: The Gaslight Anthem at Hollywood Palladium
September 30th: Sam Smith at Greek Theatre
October 2nd/3rd: The War on Drugs at Fonda Theatre
October 3rd: Ben Kweller at The Roxy
October 6th: Carbon Leaf at The Roxy
October 6th: Boy & Bear at Fonda Theatre
October 6th/7th: Lorde at The Greek Theatre
October 8th: twenty one pilots at Hollywood Palladium
October 8th: Sondre Lerche at The Troubadour
October 9th: Wakey! Wakey! at The Roxy
October 10th: The Pretty Reckless at The Wiltern
October 16th: Hozier with James Bay at Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian
October 18th: Kodaline at The Fonda Theatre
October 22nd: Lewis Watson at The Troubadour
October 27th: Rachael Yamagata at The Troubadour
November 1st: New Politics at The Fonda Theatre
November 20th: Bastille at Shrine Expo Hall
November 21st/22nd: The Matches at The Troubadour

~ Kristen

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Warped Tour Pomona 6/20/14

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Living in Los Angeles, seasons are not demarcated as much by changes in temperature or what is falling from the sky. Instead of spring, summer, winter, and fall my seasons are SXSW, festival season, Rocktober, and end of year music mix-making season.  Currently we are smack dab in the middle of festival season. Finances are restricting my full participation in this most joyous of seasons, but happy circumstance and good friends lead me to the Fairplex at Pomona last Friday for one of my favorite festivals, Warped Tour! This year felt a bit different for me. Instead of running around in the hot sun like a maniac trying to catch every single band I sampled and found promising, I focused on a select few. It was a year of celebrating firsts and lasts and I wanted to share a few highlights.

 

My favorite first: Queen Caveat 

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My LA band love, Queen Caveat knows how to rock so it makes sense that they would find themselves invited to take the Warped stage. I have experienced several firsts with this band and I did not want miss seeing them play their first Warped tour. The trek out to Pomona and suffering through the heat, crowds, and a few questionable musical offerings was all made worth it seeing the crowds mesmerized by the four-piece, particularly fierce front-woman, Lauren Little who drew people  in by offering to share her water (smart move on a hot day).  My favorite new fan had to be the front man for Japanese band, One OK Radio who had just played the adjacent stage. After greeting some fans, he stuck around and watched Queen Caveat’s entire set from backstage. Can we say One OK Radio/Queen Caveat tour through Japan?!?

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My last dance with Anberlin

P1530762After Warped Tour, Anberlin are doing one massive farewell tour and then are calling it quits. I saw Anberlin play Warped Tour back in 2007 in Atlanta and remember after their set standing in a looong line to get their album, Cities, signed.  I’ve seen them a handful of times, but that moment, was one of my favorites. I found it fitting to see them one more time at Warped Tour. The band came out blasting “Feel Good Drag” and I was instantly reminded how incredibly dynamic and infectious they are. I smiled ear to ear as they played several of their older tunes, brining me back to ages and Warped Tours past. I’m really going to miss this band…

 

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The end of the moshing era

P1530701Signs prominently displayed on all the major stages emphasized the seriousness of Warped policy against moshing and crowd surfing. While I certainly appreciate this effort (and yes, it was enforced), it definitely changed the dynamic of the event which in my mind has always been closely associated with massive circle pits and rowdy crowds. While I still observed a few crowd surfers, there was no band that egged it on. Gone are the days of trying to set records for crowd surfing or mosh attendance. Although I didn’t really see any of the uber aggressive hardcore bands, I’m left wondering how those fans are celebrating that music, if not by shoving into one another…

 

Other notables from the event

K.Flay – I’ve been a fan of this Bay area indie hip hop artist for a few years now, but when I heard her new album Life As A Dog, I started craving another K.Flay show so I was thrilled that she was on the bill for Warped this year. Her unique style which, as best as I can describe, is a slowed down vibey hip hop, is a great fit for Warped which, despite what some people might think, does a great job at covering an array of genres.

Bayside- Bayside is one of those bands that take me on a journey through memory lane. I only caught a bit of their set, but I love their high energy performance.

The Acoustic Basement- The Acoustic Basement is one of my favorite parts of Warped Tour. I was slightly dismayed this year when I realized that I wasn’t the only one with that sentiment. Just about every time I wanted to sample an artist in that tent, I could barely even see the tops of heads through the crowd. If I could do multiple days of Warped, I would spend one just sitting in this tent all day. I discovered some great new names this year including Nick Santino, Rob Lynch, and Front Porch Step. And as long as we’re discussing acoustic acts, I also quite enjoyed This Wild Life.

One Ok Radio- These guys played right before Queen Caveat so I caught most of their set. They were great, but what really surprised me were their fans. For a band I hadn’t heard of before, they had quite the devoted audience.

 

 

And here are a few more pictures:

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