Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 5/5-5/11

This past week, well, it was a week. Full of highs and lows and more emotional turmoil than I’m comfortable with. Fortunately, I feel like the universe was looking out for me by presenting me with some fabulous musical opportunities/escapes. I saw one of the best shows of my year with Augustana at The Troubadour, I danced with Franz Ferdinand and reveled in special acoustic sets from Youngblood Hawke and All-American Rejects. I rocked out to Irontom, caught up with Tournament of Hearts, and got the opportunity to chat with Ryan Daly from Parade of Lights and Max Collins from Eve 6.

Speaking of Max, he has a solo album coming out this week and a residency this month at The Viper room with Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne). Also, of note this week, Dead Sara begins their tour of LA venues. I heard them practicing yesterday and they are ready to tear up the town. Finally, LMN Band Loves NEEDTOBREATHE and twenty one pilots are both playing shows at The Wiltern.

Here’s what else, I’d recommend this week:


Monday: The Lovebirds FREE at Genghis Cohen (7pm)
ALSO: Max Collins and Jody Porter at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring Thomas Dybdahl, Waters, Plague Vendor, and Rey Pila (8pm)…FREE with RSVP
ALSO: Haminton Leithauser w/ Javier Dunn and My Name Is You at The Hotel Cafe (7, 9)
ALSO: In the Valley Below FREE at The Echo (10pm)
ALSO: Ray Lamontagne at The Cathedral at Immanuel Presbyterian (7pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio FREE at The Mint featuring Elizaveta (7pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday FREE at Room 5 featuring Sunday Lane, Angel Taylor, Joel Eckels Music, and more (8pm)


Tuesday: Foy Vance and NEEDTOBREATHE at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: Dead Sara with Vanaprasta at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: The Alternate Routes and Hamilton Leithauser at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9:30)
ALSO: Secret Someones, Max and the Moon, Lovelife at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)
ALSO: Kina Grannis with Imaginary Future at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Ray Lamontagne at The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian (7pm)


Weds: Thomas Dybdahl at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Los Angeles Grammy Showcase at The Mint featuring Andy Allo, Halo Circus, Rose’s Pawn Shop, and Sad Robot (7pm)
ALSO: The Basement Sessions FREE at Hemingway’s featuring Sad Robot and decoded (9pm)
ALSO: Taylor Locke and Wild Roses at Saint Rocke (8pm)
ALSO: The Filthy Souls at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Ingrid Michaelson with Sugar & The Hi-Lows and Storyman at The Wiltern (6:30)


Thursday: The Elizabeth Kill at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Korby Lenker and Tyler Lyle at The Hotel Cafe (7, 9)


Friday: twenty one pilots with Hunter Hunted and NONONO at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: Jesse Thomas and Ely Rise Presents: Creepshow 13 at The Hotel Cafe (8, 10)
ALSO: Komox Kids at El Cid (10:15)
ALSO: Cheers Elephant at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: We Are Scientists at The Troubadour (9pm)
ALSO: Old 97’s with Nikki Lane at The El Rey (9pm)
ALSO: Chuck Ragan & the Camaraderie and The White Buffalo at Fonda Theatre (7:30)


Saturday: The North at Molly Malone’s (11:30)…CD release party
ALSO: Puscifer, A Perfect Circle and Failure at Greek Theatre (8pm)
ALSO: KISS FM’s Wango Tango f. Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Paramore, A Great Big World, Rixton, and more (2:30)


Sunday: Puscifer, A Perfect Circle and Failure at Greek Theatre (8pm)



To Keep in Mind:
May 14th: Dead Sara at The Echo
May 15th: Royal Blood at The Roxy
May 16th: Queen Caveat at The Viper Room
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 21st: Dead Sara at The Satellite
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 7th: Make Music Pasadena
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 10th: Iron and Wine and Glen Hansard at Hollywood Bowl
August 25th: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Hollywood Bowl
August 26th: Youngblood Hawke at Greek Theatre

~ Kristen