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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 1/20-1/26

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The exciting news is that people are gathering at my place tomorrow to celebrate the long weekend by attempting to make our own boba! I picked up some pumpkin juice from Hogsmeade today thinking boba + pumpkin juice is going to make a great pairing.

Speaking of obsessions, I have been listening on repeat to the Hadestown soundtrack since getting back from New York City where I saw the production on Broadway. As grand fortune would have it, next week the woman behind the music of Hadestown, Anais Mitchell, is in Los Angeles with her folk trio, Bonny Light Horseman (playing Lodge Room Tuesday night). If you want to take it a step further into my Hadestown obsession, the Hayden Triples, who sang as The Fates in the original 2010 recording (along with Anais Mitchell) are also in town for a record release Friday Night. What fantastic timing!

As for the rest of the week:

 

Monday: It’s a School Night f. Low Island, Tribe Friday, Jackie Castro at Bardot (8pm)
ALSO: Anna Ash + Mara Connor FREE at Gold-Diggers (8pm)
ALSO: Kate Clover residency FREE at Bootleg Bar (8:30)
ALSO: WASI residency FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Figs Vision residency FREE at The Echo (8pm)
ALSO: Maesa Pullman, Rumer Willis FREE at The Love Song Bar (9pm)
ALSO: Nada Surf at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Coldplay at Hollywood Palladium (6:30)
ALSO: Monday Monday at The Hotel Cafe second stage (8pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot FREE at The Mint (7pm)

 

Tuesday: Bones UK FREE at Amoeba (5pm)
ALSO: Larkin Poe at The Grammy Museum (7:30)
ALSO: Bonny Light Horseman at Lodge Room (8:30)
ALSO: Kevin Garrett w/ Jenniah Bell at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Hotel Ten Eyes residency FREE at The Love Song Bar (9pm)
ALSO: Coldplay at Hollywood Palladium (7:30)

 

Weds: Cardioid residency f. The Still Tide (8pm)
ALSO: WFNM f. Saygrace, Alt Bloom at Madame Siam (7:15)
ALSO: Gritty in Pink presents Shiragirl, No Small Children at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Railroad Earth, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra at Teragram Ballroom (8pm)
ALSO: Brittany Howard at Hollywood Palladium (7:30)

 

Thursday: Maverick Sabre w/ Reece at The Echo (8:30)
ALSO: Casey Abrams and Friends at The Hotel Cafe second stage (10pm)
ALSO: Nicole Kiki Jaffee FREE at The Hi Hat (8pm)
ALSO: Annabel Jones w/ special guests FREE at Gold-Diggers (7pm)
ALSO: The Used at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Agnes Obel at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (7pm)
ALSO: Homeward Bound: A Benefit for the Homeless Community f. Jason Mraz, Ingrid Michaelson at The Wiltern (6:30)
ALSO: Brandi Carlile at Hollywood Palladium (7:30)

 

Friday: Theo Katzman w/ Rett Madison at The Fonda Theatre (9pm)
ALSO:  Gouri and Aksha, Johnny Gates, Leroy Sanchez, Asa Ey & Friends at The Hotel Cafe (7, 8, 9:30, 10:30)
ALSO: The Haden Triples record release at Zebulon (8pm)
ALSO: Death By Stereo, Tsunami Bomb at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Agnes Obel at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (7pm)
ALSO: Big Head Todd and The Monsters at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Motion City Soundtrack at The Novo (8pm)
ALSO: Michael Kiwanuka at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (8pm)
ALSO: King Princess at The Wiltern (7pm)

 

Saturday: Silver Landings: A weekly residency w/ Mandy Moore and Friends at Bootleg Bar (8pm)
ALSO: Americanafest: The Songs of Willie Nelson at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: James Vincent McMorrow at Lodge Room (8pm)
ALSO: King Princess at The Wiltern (7pm)

 

Sunday: Cursive, Cloud Nothings at Teragram Ballroom (8pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:

January 28th: Aeges at The Viper Room
January 31st: Sleeptalk at The Troubadour
February 1st: Brent Cowles at Lodge Room
February 4th/5th: Dermot Kennedy, SYML at The Wiltern
February 5th: Pinegrove at The Roxy
February 6th: Mondo Cozmo at The Hi Hat
February 6th/7th: The Rescues at The Hotel Café
February 7th: Crobot, Aeges at The Viper Room
February 11th: Nightly at The Troubadour
February 13th: Ninet Tayeb at Moroccan Lounge
February 14th/15th: Zane Carney at The Peppermint Club
February 18th: Lime Cordiale at The Fonda Theatre
February 21st: Meg & Dia at The Wiltern
February 24th: Harrison Storm at The Troubadour
February 26th: Tall Heights at Moroccan Lounge
February 27th: Patrick Droney at The Troubadour
February 27th/28th: Guster at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
February 28th: Colony House at Teragram Ballroom
February 28th: The Amazons at The El Rey
February 28th: Have Mercy at The Roxy
February 29th: Thrice at The Novo
March 4th: Christopher Paul Stelling at Moroccan Lounge
March 4th: Jamestown Revival at The Fonda Theatre
March 5th: Echosmith, Weathers at The Fonda Theatre
March 5th: Stone Foxes at Saint Rocke
March 5th: Birds of Chicago at Regent Theater

March 7th: The Unlikely Candidates at Moroccan Lounge
March 7th: Saint Motel at The Fonda Theatre
March 8th: Saint Motel at The Fonda Theatre
March 10th: Keane at Dolby Theatre
March 12th: Frenship at the Regent Theater
March 12th: Frances Quinlan at Pico Union Project
March 12th: Patrick Sweany at Bootleg Theater
March 12th/13th: Delta Spirit at Teragram Ballroom.
March 14th: Third Eye Blind at The Wiltern
March 14th: Frenship at Regent Theater
March 21st: Curtis Peoples at The Hotel Café
March 25th: Irontom at The Roxy
March 25th-28th: The Tallest Man on Earth at The Troubadour
March 28th: Larkin Poe at The Fonda Theatre
March 31st: Rueben and the Dark at Moroccan Lounge
April 2nd: The Districts at Teragram Ballroom
April 2nd/3rd: Nathaniel Rateliff at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
April 3rd: Allen Stone at the Fonda Theatre.
April 16th: Mighty Oaks at Moroccan Lounge
April 19th: Josh Kelley at The Hotel Cafe
April 22nd: The Darkness at The Novo
May 1st: Beachlife Music Festival at Redondo Beach
May 5th: The Wrecks at Fonda Theatre
May 18th: Lewis Capaldi at The Forum
June 9th: Alanis Morissette at Hollywood Bowl
June 10th: Chvrches at Hollywood Bowl
June 19th: AWOLNATION, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at Greek Theatre

~ Kristen

 

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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 1/13-1/19

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I returned this afternoon from a successful, music/friends/boba-filled few days in New York City. Best discoveries were a love of Flushing, Queens (land of bubble tea and Chinese food) and new ways to get discount Broadway tickets (Jagged Little Pill standing seat for the win!).  Other highlights include my first Broadway play (Grand Horizons), New York style pizza, a museum all about dogs and, the impetus for the trip, seeing Hadestown live on Broadway! Anais Mitchell has written captivating songs to relay the Greek myth of Odysseus and Eurydice with a New Orleans flair. Bonus for some amazing vocalists including one of my fave rockers, Reeve Carney, who plays Odysseus. If you’re in NYC, check it out!

Meanwhile, this week in the LA area, the entire industry moves to Anaheim for 4 day of NAMM (the National Association of Music Merchants).  If you’re down there, be sure to check out some of the showcases both inside and outside of the convention center.

For those of us not going, here’s another plan for the week:

 

Monday: It’s a School Night f. Bonavega, Balto, Misty Mtn (8pm)
ALSO: WASI residency FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Kate Clover residency FREE at Bootleg Bar (9pm)
ALSO: Figs Vision FREE at The Echo (8:30)
ALSO: Maesa Pullman FREE at The Love Song Bar (9pm)
ALSO: Benefit For Musiambia f. We Are The West at Gold-Diggers (7pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday f. Joel Eckels, Terra Naomi, Dylan Chambers at The Hotel Cafe second stage (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Odetta Hartman, Lucy Arnell, Lisel at Resident (8pm)
ALSO: Hotel Ten Eyes residency FREE at The Love Song Bar (9pm)
ALSO: Daniel Lanois, Rocco Deluca FREE at Zebulon (10pm)
ALSO: Leif Vollebekk at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Writer’s Block LA at The Hotel Cafe second stage (9pm)

 

Weds: Steven Dayvid McKellar w/ Stevie Kin at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: 18th and Addison, Forever Starts Today at Harvard & Stone (9pm)
ALSO: Cardioid residency f. Mynabirds FREE at Gold-Diggers (8pm)
ALSO: WFNM f. Payson Lewis, Rainne at Madame Siam (7:15)
ALSO: Your Smith at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Stella Donnelly at Teragram Ballroom (8pm)
ALSO: Miya Folick at The Echo (7pm)
ALSO: Kaki King at Bootleg Theater (8pm)
ALSO: Potty Mouth, Broken Baby at The Satellite (9pm)

 

Thursday: Australian Brushfire Fundraiser f. Jordie Lane & Clare Reynolds & Friends at The Hotel Cafe (10:30)
ALSO: Upsahl at The Peppermint Club (7:30)
ALSO: Wayland at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: 7Horse at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: The Watkins Family Hour at Largo (8:30)

 

Friday: Andy Shauf (acoustic) and album playback FREE at Gold-Diggers (7pm)
ALSO: The Dales at The Troubadour (8pm)

 

Saturday: Silver Landings: A Weekly Residency w/ Mandy Moore and Friends at Bootleg Bar (8pm)…tickets only available at the door.
ALSO: Neon Trees w/ Meg Myers FREE at The Forum Parking Lot (3pm)
ALSO: In Rotation: Women Who Rock w/ Cindy Alexander, Gina Sicilia, Chelsea Williams, Amy Wilcox at The Hotel Cafe second stage (8pm)
ALSO: Bands in a Barber Shop f. The Two Tens at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Romance & Rebellion at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: iHeartRadio ALTer EGO at The Forum (7:30)

Sunday: Somme at Bootleg Bar (8pm)
ALSO: Nada Surf at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Elbow at The Wiltern (7pm)

 

To Keep in Mind:

January 21st: Anais Mitchell at Lodge Room
January 21st: Larkin Poe at The Grammy Museum
January 23rd: Maverick Sabre at The Echo
January 24th: Theo Katzman at The Fonda Theatre
January 28th: Aeges at The Viper Room
January 31st: Sleeptalk at The Troubadour
February 4th/5th: Dermot Kennedy, SYML at The Wiltern
February 5th: Pinegrove at The Roxy
February 6th: Mondo Cozmo at The Hi Hat
February 6th/7th: The Rescues at The Hotel Café
February 7th: Crobot, Aeges at The Viper Room
February 11th: Nightly at The Troubadour
February 14th/15th: Zane Carney at The Peppermint Club
February 21st: Meg & Dia at The Wiltern
February 24th: Harrison Storm at The Troubadour
February 26th: Tall Heights at Moroccan Lounge
February 27th: Patrick Droney at The Troubadour
February 27th/28th: Guster at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
February 28th: Colony House at Teragram Ballroom
February 28th: The Amazons at The El Rey
February 28th: Have Mercy at The Roxy
February 29th: Thrice at The Novo
March 4th: Christopher Paul Stelling at Moroccan Lounge
March 4th: Jamestown Revival at The Fonda Theatre
March 5th: Echosmith, Weathers at The Fonda Theatre
March 5th: Stone Foxes at Saint Rocke
March 5th: Birds of Chicago at Regent Theater
March 7th: Saint Motel at The Fonda Theatre
March 8th: Saint Motel at The Fonda Theatre
March 10th: Keane at Dolby Theatre
March 12th: Frenship at the Regent Theater
March 12th: Patrick Sweany at Bootleg Theater
March 12th/13th: Delta Spirit at Teragram Ballroom.
March 14th: Third Eye Blind at The Wiltern
March 14th: Frenship at Regent Theater
March 21st: Curtis Peoples at The Hotel Café
March 25th: Irontom at The Roxy
March 25th-28th: The Tallest Man on Earth at The Troubadour
March 28th: Larkin Poe at The Fonda Theatre
April 2nd: The Districts at Teragram Ballroom
April 2nd/3rd: Nathaniel Rateliff at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
Apri. 3rd: Allen Stone at the Fonda Theatre.
April 16th: Mighty Oaks at Moroccan Lounge
May 18th: Lewis Capaldi at The Forum
June 9th: Alanis Morissette at Hollywood Bowl
June 10th: Chvrches at Hollywood Bowl
June 19th: AWOLNATION, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at Greek Theatre

~ Kristen

 

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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 1/6-1/12

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Today, I had the unexpected pleasure of visiting both Hogwarts and The Good Place!  My favorite part of this trip to Universal Studios (my first since living in LA) was definitely the butterbeer, but I found the entire experience of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to be magically immersive.  I even got my wand, which I’m going to put to good use this week casting some spells to make life a little easier.  Things are going to be crazy at work. Plus, we have some truly exciting shows to help kick the new year in the right direction.  KidEyes at The Echo and Jesse and Friends at The Hotel Cafe would be my top picks, but I’ll be out of town for half the week, heading to New York City to see some music over there.

But if you’re in LA, here’s what I’d suggest:

 

Monday: Kate Clover residency FREE at Bootleg Bar (8:30)
ALSO: WASI residency FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Bedouine at The Hi Hat (8pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Live FREE at The Mint (7pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday at The Hotel Cafe second stage (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Satellite Nights f. My Double, My Brother, Sofia Wolfson FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Lovely World at The Viper Room (7:30)
ALSO: DAVIS, Writer’s Block LA at The Hotel Cafe second stage (7,9)

 

Weds: KidEyes FREE at The Echo (8:30)
ALSO: Satellite Nights f. The Only Ocean FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: WFNM f. Cara Hart, Simon XO FREE at Madame Siam (7pm)

 

Thursday: IDER w/ Allday at The Moroccan Lounge (8pm)
ALSO: Satellite Nights f. The Haunts FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Oddnesse FREE at Gold-Diggers (8pm)
ALSO: Wake Child at Bootleg Bar (8:30)
ALSO: Jesse Malin w/ Chuck Prophet and Diane and The Gentlemen at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)

 

Friday: The Jacks, Livingmore at Boardner’s (8:30)
ALSO: Satellite Nights f. Magic Bronson FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Otherwise at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Dar Williams at McCabes (8pm)
ALSO: Rex Orange County at Shrine Auditorium (8pm)

 

Saturday: Jesse and Friends at The Hotel Cafe (6pm)
ALSO: Gates of the West f. Butch Walker, Jakob Dylan, Duff McKagan, Wayne Kramer at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Kid Giant, Little Dume at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Derek Day, Paper Jackets, The Lovepools FREE at Lucky Strike Hollywood (8pm)
ALSO: Dar Williams at McCabe’s (8pm)
ALSO: Rex Orange County at Shrine Auditorium (8pm)
ALSO: Mandolin Orange at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (8:30)

 

Sunday: Justin Townes Earle w/ Jonny Two Bags at Saint Rocke (8pm)

 

To Keep in Mind:

January 16th: Watkins Family Hour at Largo
January 18th: The Lumineers at the Forum
January 21st: Anais Mitchell at Lodge Room
January 23rd: Maverick Sabre at The Echo
January 24th: Theo Katzman at The Fonda Theatre
January 28th: Aeges at The Viper Room
January 31st: Sleeptalk at The Troubadour
February 4th/5th: Dermot Kennedy at The Wiltern
February 5th: Pinegrove at The Roxy
February 6th: Mondo Cozmo at The Hi Hat
February 6th/7th: The Rescues at The Hotel Café
February 7th: Crobot at The Viper Room
February 11th: Nightly at The Troubadour
February 21st: Meg & Dia at The Wiltern
February 24th: Harrison Storm at The Troubadour
February 26th: Tall Heights at Moroccan Lounge
February 27th: Patrick Droney at The Troubadour
February 27th/28th: Guster at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
February 28th: Colony House at Teragram Ballroom
February 28th: The Amazons at The El Rey
February 28th: Have Mercy at The Roxy
February 29th: Thrice at The Novo
March 4th: Christopher Paul Stelling at Moroccan Lounge
March 4th: Jamestown Revival at The Fonda Theatre
March 5th: Echosmith, Weathers at The Fonda Theatre
March 5th: Stone Foxes at Saint Rocke
March 5th: Birds of Chicago at Regent Theater
March 7th: Saint Motel at The Fonda Theatre
March 8th: Saint Motel at The Fonda Theatre
March 10th: Keane at Dolby Theatre
March 12th: Frenship at the Regent Theater
March 12th/13th: Delta Spirit at Teragram Ballroom.
March 14th: Third Eye Blind at The Wiltern
March 14th: Frenship at Regent Theater
March 21st: Curtis Peoples at The Hotel Café
March 25th: Irontom at The Roxy
March 25th-28th: The Tallest Man on Earth at The Troubadour
March 28th: Larkin Poe at The Fonda Theatre
April 2nd: The Districts at Teragram Ballroom
April 2nd/3rd: Nathaniel Rateliff at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
Apri. 3rd: Allen Stone at the Fonda Theatre.
April 16th: Mighty Oaks at Moroccan Lounge
May 18th: Lewis Capaldi at The Forum
June 9th: Alanis Morissette at Hollywood Bowl
June 19th: AWOLNATION, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at Greek Theatre

~ Kristen

 

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Kristen’s 2019 Music Mix: B-Sides

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Because one album’s worth of songs describing my year is never really enough, here are some B-Sides:


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  1. Deal Casino – “French Blonde” – A little quirky and a lot of awesome, this band with two Joes knows how to rock. Spent a bit of their unexpected UK tour with them, so clearly bonded for life.
  2. Donna Missal – “Girl” – Donna Missal is an inspiration. The message of this song I find particularly relevant.
  3. Avril Lavigne – “Head Above Water” I saw Avril Lavigne at The Grammy Museum and she blew me away playing songs from her new record (as well as a few oldies). This song was put on repeat.
  4. Jamie N Commons – “Heartbreak” – one of my favorite voices released a new EP, Fever Dreams.
  5. The Wrecks – “Freaking Out” – A music mix would not be complete without a song from my boys, The Wrecks, who I didn’t get to see as much this year aside from a dynamic set at the beach.
  6. Frank Turner – “The Lioness” – Frank Turner can do no wrong. His intimate storytelling tour in support of his album, No Man’s Land, was a departure from his usual mosh-inducing sing-alongs, but one of the most memorable and inspiring shows of the year.
  7. Matt Nathanson – “Used to Be” – I unexpectedly found myself at a Matt Nathanson show this year, reminding me of how brilliant (and fun) this artist was, and continues to be.


  8. SUR – “Only Road” – New SUR music! Must listen!
  9. Maverick Sabre – “Let Me Go” – 2010: The year I discovered Maverick Sabre 2019: the year I finally saw him live. Also, the show at which I got to play with a new camera phone (Pixel 3).
  10. Meg & Dia – “Lit Match” – Another old favorite reunites! Their show at The Troubadour was full of nostalgia, but they also released new music this year (Happysad) and this one got me.
  11. Dermot Kennedy – “Dancing Under Red Skies” – I love everything about Without Fear, Dermot Kennedy’s debut full length album. Here’s a deeper cut that I kept coming back to.
  12. Feeder – “Feeling a Moment” – I hadn’t thought about this band in years until I had the opportunity to see them in the UK. I took the opportunity and was transported back in time. Definitely felt that moment.
  13. Dean Lewis – “Half A Man” – Dean Lewis has come a long way since I saw him play The Moroccan Lounge a couple of years ago. With the release of A Place We Knew, I had the pleasure of seeing him several times this year, including a headlining gig at The Wiltern.


  14. Charlotte OC – “Satellite” (acoustic) – Charlotte OC came back into my life in 2019, reminding me that this powerful and passionate singer is one to watch.
  15. Barns Courtney – “99” – Regardless the stage, Barns Courtney will give his all. This year I saw him rock both The Fonda and a small Christmas event in Pasadena. He also released a new album, The 404.
  16. The Hunna – “IGHTF” – 2019 was a quieter year for The Hunna, but they released this song which was SUCH a crowd pleaser at the show they played at The Fonda.
  17. Tones and I – “Johnny Run Away” – This may be the artist I’m most looking forward to seeing in 2020.
  18. Joseph – “Fighter” – The harmonies on this alone make it a standout on the most excellent 2019 release from this sister trio (Good Luck, Kid).
  19. K.Flay – “Good News” – K.Flay has come a long way, this year releasing a new album (Solutions) and headlining The Wiltern!
  20. Banners – “Supercollide” – From the 2019 album Where The Shadow Ends, this guy continues to be one of the nicest and most talented around.
  21. Meg Mac – “Didn’t Wanna Get So Low But I Had To” – 2019: The year I finally saw Meg Mac!

Kristen’s 2019 Music Mix

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2019 is the last year I got to listen to actual CDs while driving my car….sigh. This year held some truly grand adventures, almost all driven by the music. Here are some 2019 highlights as told through the songs and bands that inspired them.



  1. Badflower – “Wide Eyes” – When one of your favorite bands releases their debut album and you travel to the UK to see them play small clubs one last time, sparking one of the greatest adventures of your 2019, they get to lead off your 2019 music mix.

  2. Sam Fender – “Hypersonic Missiles”Hypersonic Missiles might be my favorite release of 2019. Sam Fender followed me throughout the year from SXSW to the UK to a fun conversation about Mr. Tumnus outside The Troubadour.
  3. Biffy Clyro – “The Modern Leper” (Frightened Rabbit cover) – my beloved Scots released a soundtrack album this year, Balance, Not Symmetry, leading the band to be my Spotify most listened to band of the year. But their uniquely Biffy Clyro take on this Frightened Rabbit classic is what reminded me why they will always be my number 1.
  4. The Faim – “Make Believe” – This band from Australia is my top new discovery of 2019 thanks to a well-timed press release. I was lucky to see them when they played The Echo which simply confirmed the designation.
  5. KidEyes – “Spellbound” – Fave LA band alert! From a residency at The Hi Hat to a high energy show at the beach and a most memorable Halloween show, my 2019 was all about KidEyes.
  6. Gang of Youths – “The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows” – These Aussies know how to create a moment. Braving the rain to see them front row at BottleRock and back to back nights at The Roxy were musical highlights for sure.
  7. The Virginmarys – “Look Out for My Brother”- Any band willing to hang out with me in Manchester and try boba for the first time is going to make my list of top memories for the year. Love these guys and their newest release, Northern Sun Sessions. Great things coming from these rockers from across the pond!
  8. Boston Manor – “England’s Dreaming” – The year started with an email announcing a new single from Brit band, Boston Manor, leading to a slow burning obsession that paid off towards the end of the year when the band headlined at The Roxy for one of the best shows of 2019.
  9. Highly Suspect – “Canals” – When Highly Suspect releases a new album, you listen. The rock trio took it to another level with MCID pushing the boundaries of the genre while at the same time providing those instant radio hits. Their all-out show at The Novo simply confirmed their place as a top modern rock act.
  10. Judah and the Lion – “Dance With Ya” – My feel good song of the year from a record that elicited quite the range of emotions. Pep Talks spent more time in my car than any other 2019 release.
  11. Jared & The Mill – “Dark Highways”- With the release of new music (This Story Is No Longer Available), Jared & The Mill was one of my most seen bands of 2019. The band played BottleRock and one of my festival highlights was running into each band member at different points wandering the festival grounds.
  12. The Pink Spiders – “Hey Jane” – It took over a decade to finally see this song live, but one night at The Satellite it happened (at least in part) and it was glorious.
  13. In The Valley Below – “Rise” – In The Valley Below established the bar for an album release party with an immersive (and ultra-sensory) listening experience for 2019’s The Pink Chateau.
  14. Matt Maeson – “Dancing After Death” – Matt Maeson is my most listened to artist of the decade (according to Spotify) and his 2019 album, Bank on a Funeral, did not disappoint. What did disappoint is that he came to play LA and did not play this song. I love this song!
  15. Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved” – See, I can like radio popular hits too. This one got me from first listen, Plus, I can strum it out on the guitar. Capaldi’s album Divinely Uninspired To a Hellish Extent, provided one of the more moving listening experiences I had this year.
  16. Alec Benjamin – “Death of a Hero” – Remember that time when you stuck around The Satellite for the midnight act and ended up sitting cross-legged on the floor singing along to some song about a robot then many years later, you’re seeing the same guy headlining sold out shows at The El Rey with a guesting John Mayer? Crazy!
  17. Polar States – “Roads” – Discovered this newly signed (and very promising) Liverpudlian band in my new favorite city for music, Manchester, UK! They remind me of Parade of Lights. I miss Parade of Lights.
  18. Kathleen Edwards – “It Must Have Been Love” – Netflix’s The Order reminded me of the glory of this Roxette song by ending the season with this cover version. 2019 marked the passing of Roxette’s Marie Fredricksson as well as the year I sang this song in the car…a lot. 2019 was also the year High Voltage interviewed The Order’s Katharine Isabelle at Comic Con and we became fast friends.
  19. Missio – “Temple Priest” – if you saw me at work bobbing my head or grooving at my desk, it was probably because I was listening to Missio’s new album, The Darker The Weather // The Better The Man.
  20. Catfish and the Bottlemen – “Encore” – The Balance came out in the Spring and became somewhat of a surprise go to throughout the year. One of my greatest 2019 disappointments was getting the flu instead of going to see this band.

 

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 12/30-1/5

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Happy 2020! 2019 has been an interesting year. It began with a new apartment, ended with a new car and had a lot of memorable musical experiences in between.  Due to the last two weeks of car madness, my 2019 Music Mix has not been finalized, but upon some reflection, here are some 2019 musical highlights:

  • Top “and the” 2019 albums from Jared & The Mill, Judah & the Lion and Catfish and the Bottlemen
  • Finally seeing Maverick Sabre sing “I Need” and The Pink Spiders play “Hey Jane”
  • A Badflower-inspired tour of the UK/Scotland
  • A bar-setting album release party with In the Valley Below
  • Matt Nathanson’s wheel of songs landing on “Little Victories”
  • Two nights in a row of Gang of Youths at The Roxy
  • A Dear Boy-filled SXSW
  • Sam Fender’s debut album, Hypersonic Missiles
  • KidEyes release of “Spellbound”
  • My Spotify’s most listened to song (Donna Missal’s “Keep Lying”) and band (Biffy Clyro)

To close out 2019, I’m heading to Lucky Strike live for some music, comedy and bowling. Come join me!: https://www.facebook.com/events/682965495569479/

As for the rest:

 

Monday: Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven at Teragram Ballroom (7:30)

 

Tuesday: NYE: 2020 Vision Experience hosted by The Rad Cabin at Lucky Strike Hollywood (8pm)
ALSO: A Rock & Roll Carnival f. Moon Honey, Lauren Ruth Ward, Palaye Royale, Draemings, Blame Candy at Champagne Room Taix Restaurant (9pm)
ALSO: Poolside New Year’s at The Fonda Theatre (9pm)
ALSO: Guided By Voices at Teragram Ballroom (8pm)
ALSO: Lit, Alien Ant Farm, Marko Desantis from Sugarcult at The Slidebar (7:30)
ALSO: Kristin Chenoweth at Walt Disney Concert Hall (two shows; 7pm, 10:30)

 

Weds: Happy 2020!

 

Thursday:

 

Friday: Black Crystal Wolf Kids, Beers for Fears FREE at The Hi Hat (8pm)
ALSO: Danny Worsnop at The Echo (7pm)
ALSO Casey Abrams at Sofitel Los Angeles (9pm)
ALSO: The Graylings at Bootleg Bar (8:30)
ALSO: Ariel Beesley Birthday Party FREE at The Echoplex (8:30)

 

Saturday:

 

Sunday: Avi Buffalo FREE at Gold-Diggers (8pm)
ALSO: The 1905 at The Hotel Cafe second stage (9pm)

 

 

 

To Keep in Mind:

January 16th: Watkins Family Hour at Largo
January 18th: The Lumineers at the Forum
January 21st: Anais Mitchell at Lodge Room
January 23rd: Maverick Sabre at The Echo
January 24th: Theo Katzman at The Fonda Theatre
January 28th: Aeges at The Viper Room
January 31st: Sleeptalk at The Troubadour
February 4th/5th: Dermot Kennedy at The Wiltern
February 5th: Pinegrove at The Roxy
February 6th: Mondo Cozmo at The Hi Hat
February 6th/7th: The Rescues at The Hotel Café
February 7th: Crobot at The Viper Room
February 11th: Nightly at The Troubadour
February 21st: Meg & Dia at The Wiltern
February 24th: Harrison Storm at The Troubadour
February 26th: Tall Heights at Moroccan Lounge
February 27th: Patrick Droney at The Troubadour
February 27th/28th: Guster at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
February 28th: Colony House at Teragram Ballroom
February 28th: The Amazons at The El Rey
February 29th: Thrice at The Novo
March 4th: Christopher Paul Stelling at Moroccan Lounge
March 4th: Jamestown Revival at The Fonda Theatre
March 5th: Echosmith, Weathers at The Fonda Theatre
March 5th: Stone Foxes at Saint Rocke
March 5th: Birds of Chicago at Regent Theater
March 7th: Saint Motel at The Fonda Theatre
March 8th: Saint Motel at The Fonda Theatre
March 10th: Keane at Dolby Theatre
March 12th: Frenship at the Regent Theater
March 12th/13th: Delta Spirit at Teragram Ballroom.
March 14th: Third Eye Blind at The Wiltern
March 14th: Frenship at Regent Theater
March 21st: Curtis Peoples at The Hotel Café
March 25th: Irontom at The Roxy
March 25th-28th: The Tallest Man on Earth at The Troubadour
March 28th: Larkin Poe at The Fonda Theatre
April 2nd: The Districts at Teragram Ballroom
April 2nd/3rd: Nathaniel Rateliff at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
Apri. 3rd: Allen Stone at the Fonda Theatre.
April 16th: Mighty Oaks at Moroccan Lounge
May 18th: Lewis Capaldi at The Forum
June 9th: Alanis Morissette at Hollywood Bowl
June 19th: AWOLNATION, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at Greek Theatre

~ Kristen

 

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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 12/23-12/29

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My week started off with the words “cracked engine block”. Even for those of you who don’t know much about cars (*raises hand*), you would most certainly shutter if those words were uttered to you. As you might surmise, following those words, I’ve had a bit of a difficult week. I have learned a few things, however.  For example, if you need actual advice from a mechanic, be a man (or at least use a male voice and name). Also, used car dealers can be just as sleazy and comical as portrayed in movies. Finally, if you’re looking for a new used car, CarMax is my new favorite thing. They have a modernized, buyer agnostic and practical forum for obtaining a new (to you) vehicle as well as letting go of an old one. If they only provided an emotional support therapist, it would be the perfect company.

Due to transportation related issues, my show going has been on the lighter side. Combined with the seasonal slowdown, next week looks to be much of the same.  I must make the plug here, however, for what’s shaping up to be a tremendous New Year’s Eve at Lucky Strike Hollywood with music, comedy, and bowling. And did I mention that it’s FREE? If you’re looking for a place to land that night, I highly recommend it. Here’s more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/682965495569479/

 

Monday: Henry Hall residency FREE at Bootleg Bar (8:30)
ALSO: Gold-Diggers Acoustic Holiday: A Benefit for LA Food Bank at Gold-Diggers (7pm)

 

Tuesday:

 

Weds: Merry Christmas!

 

Thursday: Daniel Lanois, Rocco Deluca, Johnny Shepperd, Jim Wilson FREE at Zebulon (10pm)

 

Friday: Raised on TV at Harvelle’s (9pm)
ALSO: Playyard, Mr No at El Cid (9pm)
ALSO: Dead & Company at The Forum (7pm)

 

Saturday: Young Dubliners at Harvelle’s (9pm)
ALSO: Robert Jon & The Wreck at The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa (9pm)
ALSO: The Aquabats! w/ PPL MVR & Dirt Farm at The Fonda Theatre (7:30)
ALSO: Dead & Company at The Forum (7pm)

 

Sunday: McCall, Kate Grahn, hava, Adam Yaron at Moroccan Lounge (7:30)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:

January 16th: Watkins Family Hour at Largo
January 18th: The Lumineers at the Forum
January 21st: Anais Mitchell at Lodge Room
January 23rd: Maverick Sabre at The Echo
January 24th: Theo Katzman at The Fonda Theatre
January 28th: Aeges at The Viper Room
January 31st: Sleeptalk at The Troubadour
February 4th/5th: Dermot Kennedy at The Wiltern
February 5th: Pinegrove at The Roxy
February 6th: Mondo Cozmo at The Hi Hat
February 6th/7th: The Rescues at The Hotel Cafe
February 11th: Nightly at The Troubadour
February 21st: Meg & Dia at The Wiltern
February 24th: Harrison Storm at The Troubadour
February 26th: Tall Heights at Moroccan Lounge
February 27th: Patrick Droney at The Troubadour
February 27th/28th: Guster at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
February 28th: Colony House at Teragram Ballroom
February 28th: The Amazons at The El Rey
February 29th: Thrice at The Novo
March 4th: Christopher Paul Stelling at Moroccan Lounge
March 4th: Jamestown Revival at The Fonda Theatre
March 5th: Echosmith, Weathers at The Fonda Theatre
March 5th: Stone Foxes at Saint Rocke
March 5th: Birds of Chicago at Regent Theater
March 7th: Saint Motel at The Fonda Theatre
March 8th: Saint Motel at The Fonda Theatre
March 10th: Keane at Dolby Theatre
March 12th: Frenship at the Regent Theater
March 12th/13th: Delta Spirit at Teragram Ballroom.
March 14th: Third Eye Blind at The Wiltern
March 21st: Curtis Peoples at The Hotel Café
March 25th: Irontom at The Roxy
March 25th-28th: The Tallest Man on Earth at The Troubadour
March 28th: Larkin Poe at The Fonda Theatre
April 2nd: The Districts at Teragram Ballroom
April 2nd/3rd: Nathaniel Rateliff at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
Apri. 3rd: Allen Stone at the Fonda Theatre.
April 16th: Mighty Oaks at Moroccan Lounge
May 18th: Lewis Capaldi at The Forum
June 9th: Alanis Morissette at Hollywood Bowl
June 19th: AWOLNATION, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at Greek Theatre

~ Kristen

 

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