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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!

To keep tabs on Mosco Rosco, here are some relevant links:

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~ Kristen

New Music Tuesday 4/1/14 featuring Caught a Ghost, Nickel Creek, Hurrah! A Bolt of Light, Manchester Orchestra

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I have been woefully behind on all the new music coming in, but this week, there are a few that got me excited so I wanted to share.

Caught a GhostHuman Nature

This album is an absolute gem! From song one it will get you up and have you groovin’. The single, “Sleeping at Night” is a good representation of the album’s feel, but I can’t get over the lead off track, “No Sugar in My Coffee”. As a whole, the album has a unique blend of more modern styles with a very classic blues-y, even motown-esque vibe. Definitely one for the collection. If you’re in LA the band is celebrating the album’s release Friday at Bootleg Bar.

Nickel CreekA Dotted Line 

When I first heard this band was re-uniting for a new album, I screeched like a little fan girl. I adored this band’s previous three albums and was heart-broken when this folksy bluegrass trio seemed to go their separate ways seven years ago. But now, new Nickel Creek is here! Listening to A Dotted Line, I am thrilled, but time will tell if it will have the staying power in my playlists as previous efforts. Regardless, I am very much looking forward to Nickel Creek’s show at The Wiltern May 21st.

Hurrah! A Bolt of LightHurrah! A Bolt of Light

This new offering from this indie rock/pop band from NYC reached our inbox and my ears at just the right time. I was searching for something new to listen to and there it was. A couple songs in and I was still invested. Each song is refreshing and fun but has its own unique flavor. If you’re also in the market for something new for your ears, here you go!

Manchester OrchestraCope

I stumbled across a stream of this one the other day…let’s just say that I was up way too late that particular evening. I couldn’t stop listening! Spin calls it “unrelenting” and I think that’s the best possible description.

 

Other albums I’m hoping to get around to checking out:

  • Band of Skulls – Himalayan
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Education, Education, Education & War
  • Fartbarf- Dirty Power
  • Cloud Nothings  – Here and Nowhere
  • Chevelle – La Gargola
  • Various Artists- Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne
  • Saintseneca – Dark Arc

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 3/21-4/6

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Yesterday, I became a radio DJ with High Voltage radio hour on The Independent FM. It was quite the experience! We’ll be doing a show every Saturday 6-7, so bookmark here and tune in (http://www.streamlicensing.com/stations/independent/listen.html). This week, I selected tracks by The Kin, Dear Boy, Parade of Lights, and the band that started it all, Pepper’s Ghost (that last one was a particular thrill).

Speaking of the band whose demise broke my heart, two of its members are in town this week playing with War on Drugs. My other picks this week are Betty Who also at The Troubadour (she’s fantastic!) and the killer line-up at The Satellite on Friday that includes The Record Company, The Janks, and Ume.

But really, that’s just the start of the great musical options. Here are the rest!:

Monday: The Strypes with Dinosaur Pile Up at El Rey Theatre (9pm)
ALSO: The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Moses Sumney FREE at Bootleg Theater (11pm)
ALSO: Music Mondays FREE at Room 5 (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Betty Who at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: The Cerny Brothers, The Dustbowl Revival, Tyler Lyle FREE at The Mint (8pm)
ALSO: Lacuna Coil at The Roxy (7:30)
ALSO: Warped Tour Kick-Off Party at Club Nokia (7pm)
ALSO: Neil Young at The Dolby Theatre (8pm)

 

Weds: Kiven with Dead Right and Yellow Red Sparks FREE at Hemingway’s (9pm)
ALSO: The Delta Saints and Blackberry Smoke at The House of Blues (8pm)
ALSO: Wise Cub and Maudlin Strangers at The Hotel Cafe (8, 11)
ALSO: Vanaprasta at Bootleg Theater (10pm)
ALSO: Western Scene, Mackintosh Braun, Barcelona at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Cheers Elephant at SIlverlake Lounge (11pm)
ALSO: Neil Young at The Dolby Theatre (8pm)
ALSO: Zucchero at Club Nokia (8pm)

 

Thursday: X Ambassadors with Dear Boy and Max and the Moon at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: Petty Fest LA at El Rey Theatre (9pm)
ALSO: Jonah Matranga w/ The Brookline Bunch at The Hotel Cafe

 

Friday: The Record Company with The Janks and Ume at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Caught a Ghost at Bootleg Bar (9pm)…record release party
ALSO: The Shakers at El Cid (11:30)
ALSO: Dylan Chambers and Ernie Halter at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9)
ALSO: The War on Drugs at The Troubadour (10pm)

 

Saturday: The War on Drugs at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: The Absolute at The Hotel Cafe (11pm)
ALSO: Fitz & The Tantrums w/ Bad Suns and Nightmare and the Cat at Hollywood Palladium (7pm)
ALSO: Light Up the Blues Concert Benefit featuring Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mayer, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stills, etc. (6pm)

 

Sunday: Black Crystal Wolf Kids “Coachella Tribute Show” at The Echo (6pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
April 8th: Katie Herzig at The Troubadour
April 10th: Nina Nesbitt at Bootleg Bar
April 11th: Tyrone Wells at The Troubadour
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 23rd: Terraplane Sun at The Troubadour
April 28th: 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 17th: Birdy at The Wiltern
May 19th: James Blunt at The Balasco Theater
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 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 LA Concert Calendar: 3/24-3/30

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So, last week was my birthday. I celebrated the day with In-N-Out for lunch and a trip to the movies (Veronica Mars of course!). It was a great week, really, especially the double header of Dear Boy and The Silent Comedy Thursday night. The celebration continues this week, with a High Voltage party Wednesday night at The Mint. Check out the bands and pick up your tickets here http://themintla.com/event.cfm?id=142487. Advanced tickets are cheaper. For other updates on the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/272635542901570.  Would love love love to see you all there!

As for the rest of the week:

Monday: Jamie Scott at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers w/ The Diamond Light, John Wayne Bro, and Ivory DeVille FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Jessica Childress and Timmy Sean & The Celebrities at The Viper Room (8:30, 9:30)
ALSO: Jesse Thomas at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Moses Sumney FREE at Bootleg Theater (10:30)A
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio live FREE at The Joint (7pm)
ALSO: Music Mondays at Room 5 f. Jesse Thomas, Nina Storey Joel Eckels, etc. (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Meiko w/ Jesse Thomas at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: London Grammar with HighasaKite at The El Rey (9pm)
ALSO: The National at Shrine Auditorium (7pm)
ALSO: Chuck Ragan FREE at Amoeba Records (6pm)

 

Weds: Kristens’ birthday party at The Mint f. Patrick Dwyer, George Stanford, Run Run Run, Deadly Birds (8pm)
ALSO: The Lighthouse and The Whaler (acoustic) FREE at The Standard Hotel Cactus Lounge (7:30)
ALSO: The Echo and The Sound FREE at Hemingway’s Lounge (10pm)
ALSO: King Washington FREE at Harvard and Stone (10pm)
ALSO: Andy Davis at The Hotel Cafe (9:30)
ALSO: Jessie Payo and Joel Eckels at Room 5 (8,9)
ALSO: Beatnik Jr. at The Viper Room
ALSO: John Legend at Walt Disney Concert Hall (8pm)

 

Thursday: Lime Cordiale at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: The Belle Brigade FREE at Amoeba Records (6pm)
ALSO: Delta Rae w/ Joshua James at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Adam Bones FREE at Loaded Hollywood (9pm)
ALSO: The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Tonight Alive, and Sleepwave at The Hollywood Palladium (6pm)

 

Friday: The Kin w/ Oh Honey and Finish Ticket at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Gabriel Mann at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Frankie Perez & The Truth at The Viper Room (10pm)

 

Saturday: Miniature Tigers at The Roxy (10pm)
ALSO: Belmont Lights at The Troubadour (8:55)
ALSO: Wild Child and Robert Ellis at The Echo (5:30)

 

Sunday:

 

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
March 31st: The Strypes at El Rey Theatre
April 1st: Betty Who at The Troubadour
April 2nd: Neil Young at Dolby Theatre
April 3rd: Petty Fest LA at El Rey Theatre
April 4th and 5th: The War on Drugs at The Troubadour
April 8th: Katie Herzig at The Troubadour
April 11th: Tyrone Wells at The Troubadour
April 16th: The 1975 and Sir Sly at Club Nokia
April 18th: Rufus Wainwright at Orpheum Theatre
April 21st: You Me at Six at The Troubadour
April 21st: Rags & Ribbons at The Mint
April 23rd: Terraplane Sun at The Troubadour
April 28th: Augustana at The Troubadour
May 1st: Bernhoft at The Troubadour
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 17th: Birdy at The Wiltern
May 19th: James Blunt at The Balasco Theater
May 21st: Nickel Creek at The Wiltern
May 23rd: Ben Sollee at Largo
May 24th: William Fitzsimmons at The Troubadour
May 28th: First Aid Kit at El Rey Theatre
June 5th: OneRepublic and The Script at Hollywood Bowl
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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