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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 12/17-12/23

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Last week was a blur of holiday parties, sleepless nights, and dwarves. Saturday night, I attended the annual Hotel Cafe Holiday party and after hearing the gentlemen of Broken Anchor do their traditional Christmas rap followed by Cary Brothers and Harper Blynn merging their talents on what might now be my new favorite rendition of “O Holy Night”, it officially feels like The Holiday Season! Now, if only I could get some elves over to finish up my Christmas gifts, I’d be all set!

This week hosts another Holiday tradition, Camp Freddy at The Roxy. Instead of every Friday in December, this year the super group + unknown special guests are doing three nights in a row this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I can’t wait to see what surprises are in store for us this year.

The other must-see this week is Tuesday at The Hotel Cafe. This marks the last night of Harper Blynn’s residency. If you haven’t gotten around to seeing this amazing band, this is your last chance. DO IT!

Here are my other recommendations:

 

Monday: The Dead Ships FREE at The Echo (11pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring The Mowgli’s and Peace…FREE with RSVP http://www.itsaschoolnight.com/losangeles/
ALSO: Monday in the Round at Room 5 (9pm)

 

Tuesday: All Spots to Black, My Name is You, Harper Blynn, Act As If, and Commercial at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Broken Anchor at Silverlake Lounge (10pm)
ALSO: Lifehouse at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: A Tribute to The Rolling Stones featuring Brett Anderson, Chris Shiflett, The Dustbowl Revival, etc. FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Beachwood Tuesdays FREE at Piano Bar featuring Johnny Moezzi (9pm)

 

Weds: Watkins Family Christmas at Largo (8pm)
ALSO: Robert Francis, Trevor Hall, and Brian Wright at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Haim at The Troubadour (9pm)
ALSO Western Scene at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Great Northern FREE at Silverlake Lounge (10pm)

 

Thursday: Ringside at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Tic Tic Boom! at Silverlake Lounge (9pm)
ALSO: Thomas Nicholas Band and Rocco Deluca at The Viper Room (10,11)
ALSO: Camp Freddy at The Roxy (9pm)
ALSO: The Merry Minstrel Musical Circus: A Holiday Gathering & Goodwill Jamathon featuring Mike Campbell, Bob Weir, Jackson Browne, and Benmont Tench (8pm)

 

Friday: Camp Freddy at The Roxy (9pm)
ALSO: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Jessie Payo at Harvelle’s (9:30)
ALSO: Rufus and Martha Wainwright at UCLA Royce Hall (8pm)

 

Saturday: Camp Freddy at The Roxy (9pm)
ALSO: Rufus and Martha Wainwright at UCLA Royce Hall (8pm)

 

Sunday: The Neighbourhood at Bootleg Bar (9pm)

 

To Keep in Mind:
December 23rd: The Neighbourhood at Bootleg Bar
December 27th: Parade of Lights at Bootleg Bar
January 3rd: Royal Teeth at The Roxy
January 19th: Tyler Hilton and Teddy Geiger at The Roxy
January 23rd: The Airborne Toxic Event at The Mayan Theatre
January 23rd, 24th, 26th: Muse at The Staples Center
Feb. 1st: Tegan and Sara at Club Nokia
Feb. 9th: Ed Sheeran at Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 12th: Ellie Goulding at Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 13th: Papa Roach at Club Nokia
Feb. 17th: Ed Sheeran at Nokia Theatre LA Live
Feb. 28th: Matthew Perryman Jones at Bootleg Bar
Feb. 28th: Jukebox the Ghost at The Echo
March 13th: Frightened Rabbit at The Music Box
March 20th: Nico Vega, Atlas Genius, and Imagine Dragons at The Wiltern
April 20th: Wakey!Wakey! at The Troubadour
August 19th/20th: Ed Sheeran at The Staples Center

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 9/24-9/30

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Last night I went to the ballet! I love live dance performances…definitely something that I don’t attend as often as I’d like. This one was a contemporary ballet, put on by the Silverlake Contemporary Ballet. It was a modern re-telling of Swan Lake set in Silverlake. The dancing was gorgeous and the adaptation was quite inventive (there was a hipster couple dancing at a bar). There was also live on-stage painting of the back drops for the sets. The best part (and honestly the big draw for me) was the live music. Three great LA bands (The Young Romans, Races, and Holly Conlan) each provided the music for an act. The dancing was definitely more exciting for me when it was fueled by my favorite songs like The Young Roman’s “Tiger Child”. There was also a few exciting covers like Races’ lovely rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Case of You” (one of my favorite songs and perfect for a scene about an obsessive, unhealthy attraction).  Tchaikovsky didn’t get left out entirely, as each musical act also did their own re-working of the classic Swan Lake piece. If you’re looking for something to do tonight, I’d highly recommend attending the final performance of Swan Lake (http://silverlakeballet.com.s32864.gridserver.com/?p=114).

As for the upcoming week, here are the rest of my musical recommendations:

Monday: Death of a Star, A House for Lions, Taylor Locke and The Roughs, and Orange Julius FREE at Silverlake Lounge (9pm)
ALSO:  The Steellwells, The Chevin, The Lonely Wild FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live featuring Irontom FREE at Central SAPC (7pm)
ALSO: Meg Myers at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: The Elizabeth Kill at The House of Blues (8pm)
ALSO: Elliot Yamin at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Monday in the Round at Room 5 featuring Adam Levy, Sweet Talk Radio, Joel Eckels and a special guest (9pm)

 

Tuesday: Jake Newton, Bravesoul, Aaron Hendra Project at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9, 10)
ALSO: Jesse Thomas at Room 5 (9pm)
ALSO: The Muddy Reds and The Dustbowl Revival at Central SAPC (10,11)
ALSO: Dragonette with The Knocks and Frank + Derol at The El Rey Theatre (8pm)
ALSO: Dispatch at The House of Blues (8pm)

 

Weds: The Shakers at Rockwell Table & Stage
ALSO: The Features at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: Madi Diaz at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Gene Louis at Club Moscow at Boardners (10:30)…FREE with RSVP before 10:30
ALSO: Makepeace Brothers at WitZend (8pm)
ALSO: Alanis Morissette at Fox Theater Pomona
ALSO: The Killers at Fonda Theatre

 

Thursday: The Goods and So & So at The Hotel Cafe (8,9)…So & So record release!
ALSO: Broken Achor at The Silverlake Lounge (9pm)
ALSO: Jess Furman at WitZend (8pm)
ALSO: Band of Horses at The Troubadour (9pm)
ALSO: Sara Watkins and Mary Chapin Carpenter at Club Nokia
ALSO: Conor Oberst at UCLA Royce Hall (8pm)
ALSO: Colin Hay at Largo (9pm)

 

Friday: William Elliot Whitmore with Samantha Crain and London Shower at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Trouble With Templeton, King Washington at WitZend (7,10)
ALSO: Citizen Cope at The Wiltern (8pm)
ALSO: Serj Tankian and Viza at Club Nokia (9pm)

 

Saturday: Troubled by Templeton and Northern Youth at The Hotel Cafe (7,11)…Northern Youth record release
ALSO: Milo Greene at Original Penguin LA (2pm)…FREE with RSVP
ALSO: Ceasefire at The Viper Room (9pm)
ALSO: Wildcat! Wildcat! at Bootleg Bar (10pm)
ALSO: Broken Anchor at The Piano Bar
ALSO: Hot Water Music, The Gaslight Anthem, and Rise Against at The Honda Center in Anaheim (7:30)

 

Sunday: Priscilla Ahn at Bootleg Bar (9:30)
ALSO: Pretty in Pink at The Viper Room (11:30)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
October 1st: Ed Sheeran at The Wiltern
October 1st: Safety Suit at The Roxy
October 2nd: Garbage at The Hollywood Palladium
October 2nd: The Lumineers at The Fonda Theatre
October 3rd: Conor Oberst at Fox Theater Pomona
October 4th: The Milk Carton Kids at The Largo
October 4th: Kimbra at Fonda Theatre
October 4th-7th: Culture Collide Festival
October 5th: Dr. Dog at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
October 5th: The Head and The Heart at The Wiltern
October 5th: Dead Sara, Neon Trees, The Offspring at The Hollywood Palladium
October 6th: Ben Howard at The Fonda Theatre
October 6th: Jason Mraz at The Wiltern
October 9th: The Wallflowers and Everest at The Fonda Theatre
October 11th: Awolnation and Imagine Dragons at Club Nokia
October 11th: K.Flay at The Echo
October 16th: Ellie Goulding at The Troubadour
October 16th: First Aid Kit at The Fonda Theatre
October 19th: Tony Lucca at The Roxy
October 19th: Frightened Rabbit at The Troubadour
October 19th: Allen Stone at The Music Box
October 20th: Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers at Saint Rocke
October 23rd: Shiny Toy Guns at The Echoplex
October 24th: The Darkness at Club Nokia
October 25th: Bayside at Club Nokia
October 27th: Queen Caveat at The Roxy
November 2nd: NEEDTOBREATHE at Fox Theater Pomona
November 3rd: All American Rejects at The Wiltern
November 5th: LP at The Troubadour
November 6th: Jens Lekman at Fonda Theatre
November 8th: The Kin at The Roxy
November 9th: Brandi Carlile at Orpheum Theater
November 11th and 12th: Jack’s Mannequin at The El Rey
November 13th-15th: Gary Clark Jr. at The Troubadour
November 15th: Blue October at House of Blues
November 16th: Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy at The Wiltern
November 17th: Milo Greene at The El Rey
November 20th: The Postelles and Mayday Parade at House of Blues
November 20th: Rachel Yamagata at The El Rey
December 8th: Boyce Avenue at Club Nokia

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 10/10-10/16

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This weekend just seemed to slip through my fingertips. I swear I spent most of it in front of my computer working, but I certainly don’t have anything to show for it. I did manage to get out Friday night for a little Culture Collide (such a great festival!). Then Saturday night was an evening at The Hotel Cafe where I was taken on a journey back to 2004 with Michael Tolcher. Hearing Michael play some of my favorite tunes from that year made me realize just how connected certain songs are to particular years of my life…and that 2004 may very well be my happiest year. I’m not sure if that year’s greatness was more because of the music or because of the events that the music accompanied, but I do know that the bands and songs that I associate with that time will forever be my favorites.

 

What songs are going to make that indelible imprint on 2011? Could it be a song heard by a band playing this week? Quite possibly! Here’s my schedule:

 

Monday: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring The Silent Comedy (10:30)…FREE with RSVP http://www.itsaschoolnight.com/
ALSO: Golden State and Indians FREE at Silverlake Lounge (10,11)
ALSO: The Rambles and Fat City Reprise at The Viper Room (10:15, 11:15)
ALSO: Abbott Kinney and Youngblood Hawke FREE at The Satellite (10,11)
ALSO: Boy & Bear at The Bootleg (9pm)
ALSO: Ryan Adams at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery (9pm)
ALSO: Songwriters in the Round at Room 5 (9pm)

 

Tuesday: Atomic Tom, Anberlin, and Switchfoot at The Wiltern (6:30)
ALSO: Oh No Not Stereo at The Roxy (10pm)
ALSO: Lakes at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Rival Sons, The Pretty Reckless, and Evanescence at The Hollywood Palladium (7pm)
ALSO: Foxy Shazam at Chain Reaction in Anaheim (10pm)
ALSO: Chris Pierce at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)…record release show
ALSO: Joe Henry at Largo (8pm)

 

 

Weds: Whitton, Leftover Cuties, Amber Rubarth, and Coby Brown at  at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)

 

Thursday: Maniac and Family of the Year at The Bootleg (10,11)
ALSO: The Head & The Heart at The Music Box (9pm)
ALSO: Kim Richey, Jennifer Hirsh, Rob Giles with All New People at The Hotel Cafe (7, 9, 10)
ALSO: Some Hear Explosions at The Viper Room (midnight)
ALSO: Foo Fighters at The Forum (7pm)
ALSO: Lindsay Buckingham at UCLA Royce Hall (8pm)

 

Friday: Amy Kuney, Butterfly Boucher and Katie Herzig at The Bootleg (8,9,10)
ALSO: George Stanford at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Nikka Costa at The Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice (9pm)
ALSO: Saint Motel at ReForm Academy (11pm)
ALSO: The Muddy Reds at The Central (8:45)
ALSO: Los Sindicate at Saint Rocke (9pm)
ALSO: Abbot Kinney at Molly Malone’s (10pm)
ALSO: Shelby Lynne at McCabe’s Guitar Shop (8pm)

 

Saturday: Haroula Rose at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Kozmonaut at The Bootleg (10pm)
ALSO: Jesse Malin and The Hold Steady at The Echoplex (8:30)
ALSO: Shelby Lynn at McCabe’s Guitar Shop (8pm)

 

Sunday: The Canyons at The Troubadour (8pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
October 17th: Youngblood Hawke and Imagine Dragons at The Satellite
October 18th: Portishead at The Shrine
October 19th: Melissa Ferrick and Harper Blynn at The Hotel Cafe
October 22nd: The War on Drugs at The Satellite
November 3rd: Twin Atlantic and Awolnation at The Music Box
November 4th: Mike Doughty at The El Rey
November 7th: Lights at The El Rey
November 8th: Thrice at The Mayan Theater
November 8th: First Aid Kit at The Troubadour
November 11th: Jack’s Mannequin at The El Rey
November 12th: Feist at The WIltern
November 13th: Milk Carton Kids at The El Rey
November 17th: Marketa Irglova at The Troubadour
November 19th: Milo Greene, The Belle Brigade, and The Civil Wars at The Wiltern
November 29th: Rachel Yamagata at The Troubadour
March 13th-18th: SXSW (Austin, TX)

~ Kristen

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