Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 7/19-7/25

Sometimes I feel that there is a correlation between how much I’m enjoying the music and how much money I spend on music-related items. This past week could go down as one of the best of the year music-wise. With two helpings of The Silent Comedy, a much anticipated Nico Vega experience, finally seeing Alex Band, being introduced to a fantastic new group (Imagine Dragons), and capping it all off by being serenaded with a couple of my favorite singer-songwriters (Joe Firstman and Jay Nash)…well, it will be a difficult week to top.

This week will also go down as one in which I spent a LOT of money for the music. I do go to quite a few shows in a given year, but I really don’t go to very many major ones. I see venues like The Hollywood Palladium and The Wiltern only a handful of times a year and places like the Staples Center and the Hollywood Bowl, I may not even see at all. But in the past week I purchased tickets to four major upcoming shows (The Dead Weather, The Black Crowes/Truth & Salvage Co., and Brandi Carlile/The Avett Brothers, Frightened Rabbit). I really feel that my inspiration to secure my place at these events stemmed from the state of complete musical bliss that kept me in somewhat of a drug-induced trance all week long. And let’s not even get into the merch purchases, Best Buy runs, and upcoming concert festival preparations that also contributed to my numerous trips to the ATM.

But I must admit that the thrill of seeing my inbox full of order confirmations really only adds to the general giddiness that has permeated the week and I honestly wouldn’t mind every week being so hard on my wallet as long as it is equally uplifting for my heart.

Will this next week measure up? Here’s the blueprint:

Monday: Victoria Clemmons, Abbot Kinney, Hellen Stellar at Molly Malone’s (7:30, 9:30, 10:30)
ALSO: Christopher Dallman and Brooke White at The Hotel Cafe (8, 10)
ALSO: Paris Carney and Songwriters in the Round featuring Jay Nash and Amber Rubarth at Room 5 (9pm)
ALSO: Mississippi Man FREE at The Echo (10pm)
ALSO: Train at The Grammy Museum (8pm) 

Tuesday: Charlie Mars and Keaton Simons at The Hotel Cafe (8,9)
ALSO: Run Devil Run at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: Ben Taylor and Katie Herzig at Largo at Coronet (8pm) 

Weds: Dead Weather at The Hollywood Palladium (7:30)
ALSO: Gaslight Anthem at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: The Guggenheim Grotto at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Visqueen at The Mint (8pm)
ALSO: Edie Carey at Genghis Cohen (8pm)
ALSO: Keane at The Greek Theater (7pm) 

Thursday: The Other Side of Morning at The Cat Club (10pm)
ALSO: Garrison Star, Jake Newton, Lelia Broussard, and Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale at The Hotel Cafe (8-midnight) 

Friday: Tyrone Wells at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Tony Lucca Album Release at The Mint (11pm)
ALSO: Vienne at Room 5 (11pm)
ALSO: Purple Melon at The Viper Room (10:30)
ALSO: Robyn FREE at Amoeba (7pm) 

Saturday: Pat McGee at The Mint (10:30)
ALSO: Pinback at El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Miniature Tigers at Spaceland (10pm) 

Sunday:  Terra Naomi and Dead Sara at The Hotel Cafe (9,10)
ALSO: Pat McGee at Saint Rocke (9pm)
ALSO: Bang the Gong Tour featuring Neon Trees, Paper Tongues, and Civil Twilight (SD) 

To Keep in Mind:
July 29th: Queen Caveat EP Release at The Viper Room
July 29th: Civil Twlight at The Hotel Cafe
July 30th: Dirty Sweet at The Viper Room  
July 30-31st: Morcheeba at Hollywood Bowl
August 6th: Endoxi CD release at Epicentre (SD)
August 12th: Semi Precious Weapons at Staples Center
August 21st and 22nd: Sunset Junction
September 4th: After Midnight Project at The Key Club
September 25th: Band of Horses at Greek Theater
September 25th: Muse at Staples Center
October 1st: Brandi Carlile and The Avett Brothers at Nokia Theater LA Live
October 13th: Frightened Rabbit at The Mayan Theater
December 11th: The Black Crowes and Truth & Salvage Co. at Hollywood Palladium

~ Kristen