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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 4/22-4/28

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It’s been a busy week of deadlines. I didn’t really get out much and when this happens I can go a bit crazy. I might do stupid things like buy expensive concert tickets just to see a 20min set from the opening band (The Neighbourhood on Tuesday were amazing). I also might do things like go from a brilliant acoustic Young Guns set to see The Backstreet Boys just to avoid staring at the computer screen for a day.

And now it’s Sunday and despite working until 2am on Friday night, I’m so behind with what I needed to do this weekend. Hopefully things won’t leak over too much into next week as I’d really like to start going to shows again. My number one pick would probably be The Virginmarys on Saturday at The Viper Room, but I feel like there are a lot of really solid rock line ups this week and I am beyond ready to rock it out!

 

Monday: Sad Robot at The Viper Room (9pm)
ALSO: Daniel Bedingfield FREE at Central SAPC (10pm)
ALSO: Abbot Kinney FREE at Silverlake Lounge (11pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday FREE at Room 5 featuring Casey Abrams, Jackie Does Joel, and more (8pm)

 

Tuesday: The Revival Tour at The El Rey (7pm)
ALSO: FM Radio at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Beachwood Tuesdays FREE at The Piano Bar (8pm)

 

Weds: Armada, Black Belt Karate, Sad Robot at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: David & Devine at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Death of a Star at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: Davis Fetter at Silverlake Lounge (9pm)
ALSO: Andy Davis at The Mint (10pm)
ALSO: Vonda Shepard at Saint Rocke (10pm)

 

Thursday:  The Active Set, Soft Swells, and Dear Boy at Bootleg Bar (9pm)
ALSO: Caitlin Crosby at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Korey Dane at Room 5 (9pm)
ALSO: The Little Willies at The Roxy (8pm)

 

Friday: Smokey Knights, Jack Littman, Broken Anchor, Light FM at Molly Malone’s (9pm)
ALSO: BritWeek with The Veils at The Echo (10pm)
ALSO: Wires in the Walls, Francisco The Man and Chappo at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Fine at El Cid (10:30)
ALSO: Lady Sinatra at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: That Noise, Beatnik Jr and more FREE at House Party above the District Skate/Surf/BMX shop (12015 Venice Blvd) (9:30)

 

Saturday: The Virginmarys and IAMDYNAMITE at The Viper Room (8,9)
ALSO: The Lonely Forest at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Icarus Landing at The Joint (8pm)
ALSO: Whitehorse and Song Preservation Society (8,10)
ALSO: BritWeek with New Build, NO CEREMONY///, Blood Red Shoes, etc. at The Echo/The Echoplex (5pm)

 

Sunday: ?

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
May 2nd: Lights at The El Rey
May 2nd: Crash Kings at Saint Rocke
May 2nd: Meiko at Los Globos
May 2nd: The Rolling Stones at Staples Center
May 4th: The Brobecks at Amplyfi
May 4th: Alice Russell at First Unitarian Church
May 4th: Saint Motel at The Roxy
May 6th: Iron and Wine at The Grammy Museum
May 7th: Tom Odell at The Troubadour
May 7th: Dinner and a Suit at The Roxy
May 8th/9th: Milk Carton Kids at Largo
May 9th: Dead Sara at The El Rey
May 9th: Sara Watkins, Fiction Family, Kris Orlowski at Bootleg Theater
May 9th: Mayday Parade and You Me at Six at Hollywood Palladium
May 11th: Speak at On the Rox
May 12th: Stephen Kellogg at The Hotel Cafe
May 13th: Serena Ryder at The Troubadour
May 14th: Sara Bareilles at The El Rey
May 15th: Andrew McMahon at The Troubadour
May 18th: Dan Wilson at McCabe’s
May 18-19th: Overture Con at The Mint
May 21st: Kate Nash at The Echo
May 22nd: Youngblood Hawke at Avalon
May 24th: Sir Sly at The Troubadour
May 28th: Lissie at Masonic Lodge at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
May 29th/30th: Imagine Dragons at Hollywood Palladium
June 1st: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at The Wiltern
June 1st: CHVRCHES at The Troubadour
June 4th: Willy Moon at The Troubadour
June 5th: Jewel at Saban Theatre
June 6th: Meg Myers and Dear Boy at The Troubadour
June 6th: Capital Cities at The El Rey
June 7th: The Boxer Rebellion at Avalon
June 8th: Bjork at Hollywood Palladium
June 25th: Rachael Yamagata at The Troubadour
August 19th/20th: Ed Sheeran at The Staples Center
September 26th: Hanson at House of Blues Sunset

~ Kristen

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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 5/28-6/3

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Happy Sunday! It’s a long weekend for most people (Happy Memorial Day!) and it’s been a sunny and lazy one at that. I just finished eating some horrible food (I’m blaming my healthy eating habits this week. Moderation, right?) and am currently enjoying the activity of doing nothing. I’m sure that will change soon enough so I will enjoy this while I can. I suggest you do the same. And get out to some awesome shows this week! I’m looking forward to X-Fest most of all.

Monday: Party/Rest

Tuesday: Chasing Kings and The Darrows @ Soda Bar @830 $5
AND: Barcelona @ Griffin @8 $12
AND: K. Flay @ Casbah @9 $10/$12
AND: Greg Laswell @ Belly Up @8

Wednesday: Horse Feathers @ Casbah @9 $12/$14
AND: Gillian Welch @ Humphrey’s
AND: Everlast @ Belly Up @9 $20/$22
AND: Scott Mathiason and the Shifty Eyed Dogs @ Lestats @830

Thursday: Sugarland @ Cricket Wireless @730

Friday: The Duke Spirit @ Casbah @930 $20
AND: Vonda Shepard @ Anthology @730 $10-$42
AND: Jamestown Revival @ Lestats @8
AND: Skyline Union @ Griffin @9

Saturday: Steve Poltz CD Release @ Anthology @730 $10-$35
AND: Miss Erika Davies @ Tin Can @9 $6
AND: Aaron Bowen @ Lestats @830

Sunday: X-Fest feat. Jane’s Addiction, Garbage, Angels and Airwaves, P.O.D., Neon Trees, Grouplove, Eve 6, Of Monsters and Men @ Cricket Wireless @3 $15-$75
AND: SPF 949 feat: Santigold, Naked and Famous, Imagine Dragons, and Electric Guest @ Oceanside Pier Amphitheater @4 $20
AND: Mogwai @ Belly Up
AND: Tom Freund @ Lestats @830

Keep in Mind:
June 4th- Donovan Frankenreiter @ Belly Up @9
June 7th- For The Sender @ Lestats
June 8th- Cobra Starship @ SD County Fair
June 9th- Wayward Sons @ Belly Up
June 9th- Family Wagon and Terraplane Sun @ Casbah
June 11th- Pinback @ Casbah
June 13th- The Temper Trap wtih The Crocodiles @ House of Blues
June 14th- Motion City Soundtrack and The Henry Clay People @ Casbah
June 16th- Oyserfest feat. Vokab Kompany, The Silent Comedy and Little Hurricane
June 20th- NEEDTOBREATHE @ Birch Aquarium @ Scripps
June 21st- Hawthorne Heights @ Casbah
June 27th- Warped Tour @ Cricket Wireless
June 28th- Get Back Loretta @ Casbah
June 30th- The Nervous Wreckords and Maren Parusel @ Casbah
July 7th- Dead Feather Moon @ Belly Up
July 22nd- Alberta Cross @ Casbah
July 29th- Tenacious D @ SDSU Open Air Theater
August 2nd- Murder By Death and Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons @ Casbah
August 11th- Saint Motel and Italian Japanese @ Casbah
August 13th- Franz Ferdinand @ House of Blues
August 15th- Fun @ SDSU Open Air Theater
August 15th- The Dunwells @ Birch Aquarium @ Scripps
October 4th- The Black Keys @ Valley View Casino Center
October 4th- Florence + The Machine @ Cricket Wireless
October 16th- Bombay Bicycle Club @ House of Blues

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 10/31-11/6

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Well, I haven’t been able to speak for four days now…yay laryngitis! Being sick is a downright pain. I didn’t make a single show last week. The depression is beginning to sink in, especially since I’m still not 100% (I can kind of croak out some words which is an improvement).

But let’s look forward. The big event this week is High Voltage Magazine’s Fall issue release party on Thursday. Come celebrate, pick up the fall issue featuring Fitz & The Tantrums, see my name in print, eat some popcorn, catch some great bands, hang with some cool people…be sure to RSVP at rsvp@iamhighvoltage.com.

 

Monday: The Lonely Forest at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Indians FREE at The Silverlake Lounge (11pm)…last night of Indians’ residency
ALSO: Songwriters in the Round at Room 5 (9pm)

 

Tuesday: Jesse Payo at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Skylar Grey at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Bell X1 at Bootleg Bar (9:30)

 

Weds: The Barr Brothers, Harper Blynn and Elizabeth & The Catapult at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Bethpage Black at DiPiazza’s (9pm)
ALSO: Filter at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: The Driftwood Singers at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: White Flag at The Troubadour (10:30)
ALSO: Kina Grannis at Largo at The Coronet (8pm)

 

Thursday: High Voltage Magazine launch party FREE at On the Rox featuring Red Circle Underground, Kevin Martin, Armada, and a special surprise new act to be launched that night (9pm)
ALSO: Twin Atlantic and Awolnation at The Music Box (8pm)
ALSO: Lady Sinatra, Death by Stereo, and Halos at The Viper Room (10,11,12)
ALSO: Bethpage Black at The Good Hurt (11pm)
ALSO: White Flag at The Troubadour (10:30)

 

Friday: Oak & Gorski and Curtis Peoples at The Hotel Cafe (9,10)
ALSO: The Parlotones at The Roxy (10pm)
ALSO: Songwriter Round at Room 5 featuring Garrison Starr, Adrianne, Dawn Thomas, and Maia Sharp (10pm)
ALSO: Lovers Drugs and The Lexingtons at The Central (8,9)
ALSO: Mike Doughty at The El Rey (9pm)

 

Saturday: The Shakers Record Release at The Viper Room also featuring Badwater and AutoMatique (10pm)
ALSO: Inara George and Van Dyke Parks at The Getty Center (7:30)
ALSO: Vonda Shepard at Club Fais Do-Do (7pm)
ALSO: Kate Voegele at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: You Me at Six and Mayday Parade at The House of Blues Anaheim (7pm)

 

Sunday: Tony Lucca at Saint Rocke (8pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
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 11th: Kill the Alarm at Room 5
November 11th: Queen Caveat at Saint Rocke
November 12th: Feist at The WIltern
November 13th: Milk Carton Kids at The El Rey
November 14th: The Silent Comedy at Bootleg
November 15th: Augustana at The Hotel Cafe
November 16th: The Stone Foxes at The Viper Room
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
December 2nd: Fair to Midland at The Troubadour
December 2nd: Allen Stone at The Echo
Feb. 2nd: Mutemath at Club Nokia
March 13th-18th: SXSW (Austin, TX)

 

~ Kristen

 

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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 10/10-10/16

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It’s Monday? Really? Where did the weekend go? It was such a blur but a pretty awesome weekend nonetheless. My weekend was punctuated with some sadness when my favorite band The Academy Is… announced they were breaking up. It made me doubly sad because I was planning to catch them on the west coast leg of Jack’s Mannequin tour but alas, no such luck. Thankfully, that was remedied by a music video shoot with The Silent Comedy yesterday.

But anyway, let’s look at the calendar for this week!

 

Monday: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Hotel St. George @ Belly Up @8 $6
AND: Megafaun @ Casbah @9 $12

Tuesday: Fountains of Wayne @ Anthology @7 $10-$24
AND: Boy and Bear, Matthew and The Arrogant Sea, and The Howls @ Soda Bar @9 $10
AND: Mattson 2 and Patrick Norton @ El Dorado @9
AND: Dropkick Murphys and The Silent Comedy @ House of Blues SD @7 $28.50-$43.50

Wednesday: Dropkick Murphys and The Silent Comedy @ House of Blues SD @7 $28.50-$43.50
AND: Katie Herzig and Butterfly Boucher @ Casbah @9 $10 adv/$12 day of
AND: Mister Loveless @ Soda Bar @9 $5

Thursday: Steve Poltz acoustic @ Belly Up @8 $16 adv/$18 day of
AND: Amber Rubarth and Chris Holmes @ Lestats @8

Friday: The Head and the Heart @ House of Blues @7 $17.50 adv/$20 day of
AND: Maren Parusel and Sundrop Electric @ Whistleshop @10
AND: Gregory Page @ Lestats @8

Saturday: Hoodang Festival feat. Louis XIV, Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects, Endoxi, and more @ Santa Ysabel Casino @11am $30
AND: Vonda Shepard Trio @ Anthology @730 $10-$42
AND: Chris Pierce @ Anthology @930 $11-$27
AND: Josh Damigo @ Lestats @8
AND: The Drums and IO Echo @ Casbah @9  $12 adv/$14 day of

Sunday: The Naked and Famous @ Belly Up @9 $15
AND: Hillcrest Hoedown with Heavy Guilt @ Ruby Room @2

 

Keep in Mind:

October 17th- AWOLNATION (reschedule) @ Belly Up @9
October 17th- Foo Fighters w/ Cage the Elephant @ Viejas Arena
October 19th- Foster the People @ Soma @7 $25
October 21st- Blackout Party, Grand Tarantula, and Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels @ Casbah @9 $10
October 23rd- Anna Nalick @ Anthology @7 $10-$26
October 24th- David Cook and Gavin DeGraw @ Humphrey’s By The Bay
October 26th- Manchester Orchestra @ House of Blues SD
October 28th- The Donkeys, Cuckoo Chaos, and Bully @ Casbah @9 $8 adv/$10 day of
October 30th- Matt Nathanson @ House of Blues SD $23-$40
November 2nd- Minus the Bear and The Lonely Forest @ Soma @730 $25
November 3rd- Mayday Parade @ House of Blues SD
November 5th- The Parlotones @ Casbah $12
November 7th- Purple Melon and Kevin Martin @ Casbah $8
November 9th- Ra Ra Riot @ Belly Up
November 11th- Thrice @ House of Blues SD
November 16th- The Dirty Heads with Gym Class Heroes @ House of Blues SD
November 17th- The Sounds @ Soma @7
November 20th- Newfound Glory @ House of Blues
November 22nd- Jason Mewes Kevin Smith @ Belly Up
December 3rd- Little Hurricane @ Casbah $14
December 10th- The Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ Belly Up
December 19th- Pinback @ Belly Up

Fifteen Albums…

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Someone posted this on facebook. I like doing these little quiz-type things, but I rarely post them. This one really got me thinking so I thought I’d go the extra mile. Here are the directions:

Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.Tag fifteen friends, including me because I’m interested in seeing what albums my friends choose. To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, click “Write a note”, paste title and rules in…

And after the appropriate 15 minutes, here was what I came up with:

  1. Joe Firstman- War of Women   01 Introduction to _The War Of Women
  2. Sarah McLachlan – Mirrorball Building a Mystery
  3. Dido- No Angel All You Want
  4. Andrew Lloyd Webber- The Phantom of the Opera Soundtrack The Phantom of the Opera
  5. Jewel- Spirit Jupiter
  6. Carole King- Tapestry So Far Away
  7. Love Actually Soundtrack God Only Knows
  8. Alanis Morrisette- MTV Unplugged Head Over Feet
  9. Veronica Mars Soundtrack We Used To Be Friends- The Dandy Warhols
  10. Granian- On My Own Two Feet Contagious
  11. Carly Simon – Coming Around Again As Time Goes By
  12. Maroon 5- Songs About Jane The Sun
  13. Teitur – Poetry & Airplanes Rough Around the Edges
  14. Moulin Rouge Soundtrack Elephant Love Medley
  15. Ally McBeal: For Once In My Life featuring Vonda Shepard You’re the First, the Last, My Everything

Honestly, I surprised myself with some of the answers. I was thinking of entire albums and not just favorite songs or favorite bands (most of which didn’t even make the list!). Also, the thing all fifteen of my choices have in common is that the entire album is strongly linked to something in my life…a place, a time, an event, etc. As a result, most of them are from my past…when I actually listened to entire albums obsessively and before the majority of my music came in its live form.

I’ll never forget, for example, listening to The Veronica Mars Soundtrack in my car quite heavily the last few months of college…or having Sarah McLachlan’s “Surfacing” on repeat while getting lost in Washington DC on a Girl Scout trip…or listening to Jewel’s “Spirit” while playing Pokemon on my Gameboy. Then, of course, there is the album I listen to whenever I am deeply upset because it can be the only thing that makes me feel okay (that would be Joe Firstman’s “War of Women”, also strongly connected to what I still consider to be the best day of my life).

I could go on, but all of these albums make me feel something above and beyond the music itself. I’m sure it’s that nostalgic link that will keep these albums firmly implanted in my brain for years to come.

~ Kristen

I’ve Been Searching My Soul Tonight

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The other day I ran across season 1 of Ally McBeal at Target and I bought it. I’ve since watched season 1  and half of season 2 (I’m waiting to finish it after April 6th when it officially comes out on DVD).  I used to watch this show back when it aired and re-watching it, I remember why I loved it so much…bells, frogs, anything that went down in that unisex bathroom, and yes, dancing babies…it’s quirky fantasticness! It’s also interesting being a tad older (nearing the same age as Ally in season 1!), the perspective I have on the issues and the characters has changed (quite a bit in some cases). But one thing that has remained is how much I LOVE how this show uses its music.  The presence of songstress Vonda Shepard in just about every episode as the herald of Ally’s thoughts and emotion is simply genus. Not to mention how the characters themselves relate to song (Ally’s theme songs, the use of Barry White). White’s “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” became one of my favorite songs after this show…I can still do parts of John’s bathroom dance. Just about any song from this show has emotional significance to me and it’s because the songs are incorporated into the storylines so well. This is the perfect example of how to effectively use music in a television show. The songs aren’t simply laid on top of some montage like another layer in the editing room. Instead, they are integrally woven into the very fabric of the show. They cannot simply be taken out or interchanged as the music IS the show.  And that’s why I love it!

Now, I feel we should all take a moment here and contemplate the brilliance of Ally McBeal and its music (*puts hand over nose*).

~ Kristen