Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 10/7-10/13

One of my most memorable musical events last year was Filter’s Culture Collide Festival. I had a blast running around that part of town collecting pins and discovering bands like Royal Teeth, Icona Pop, and terminal. This week, once again, musical acts from around the world will come together in Echo Park. I already have my list of bands to check out and I wonder which will be the next band to change my life (or at least my musical landscape).

For more on the festival, the bands, tickets, etc.:

Other favorites playing this week include The Kin who will take the stage at The Staples Center (!!!) opening for Pink, Zane Carney whose debut EP Confluence deserves a good listen or two, and Queen Caveat who are continue their residency at one of my favorite Hollywood spots, Hemingway’s.

And that’s just the beginning of my show picks this week…here is the complete list:

Monday: Little Green Cars with Kris Orlowski and The Wild Reeds at The Echo (8:30)
ALSO: The Filthy Souls and Palaye Royale at Los Globos (8pm)…FREE before 9pm
ALSO: The Ceremonies, Max and The Moon, Y Luv FREE at Bootleg Bar (9:30, 10:30, 11:30)
ALSO: Music Night with David Sparrow & Friends FREE at O’Brien’s (9pm)
ALSO: PLUS FREE at Silverlake Lounge (10pm)
ALSO: Blake Mills at Walt Disney Concert Hall (8pm)
ALSO: Gogol Bordello at Fonda Theatre (8pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday FREE at Room 5 featuring Joe Firstman and Sara Watkins (8pm)


Tuesday: Queen Caveat FREE at Hemingway’s (11pm)
ALSO: Matthew Koma and Joe Firstman at The Hotel Cafe (9,10)
ALSO: Natalie Maines with The Falls at The El Rey Theatre (7pm)
ALSO: Liam Finn at Largo (8:30)
ALSO: Daughter at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: Gogol Bordello at Fonda Theatre (8pm)
ALSO: Beachwood Tuesdays FREE at The Piano Bar featuring Miranda Lee Richards, Jesse Cole, La La La Birdtime (8pm)


Weds: Allison Iraheta and Halo Circus with Juliette Commagere at The Hotel Cafe (9:30)
ALSO: Oh Mercy FREE at Bootleg Bar (8pm)
ALSO: Badwater, Vayden, and Jules & Verne at El Cid (9:30)
ALSO: The Avett Brothers with Nicholas David at The Shrine Auditorium (7pm)
ALSO: Tom Odell at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Gogol Bordello at Fonda Theatre (8pm)


Thursday: Matthew Jordan at Genghis Cohen (9:45)
ALSO: Holly Conlan at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: The Ten Thousand at The Joint (10:45)
ALSO: Cassie Steele, Clark Graham, Wild Wildflower, and Kieran Leonard at Molly Malone’s (8pm)
ALSO: Lucy Rose at Bootleg Theater (10:30)
ALSO: Stereophonics at Fonda Theatre (9pm)
ALSO: Blue October at House of Blues (8pm)
ALSO: Korn at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: Culture Collide Festival at Echo Park featuring StereonoiZ, IZA, Frida Sundemo, Wooster, Tiny Ruins, Like Swimming, and more (4pm)


Friday: Tony Lucca with Josh Krajcik and The Absolute at The Hotel Cafe (7, 11)
ALSO: Heaven’s Basement and The Pretty Reckless at The House of Blues (8pm)
ALSO: J. Roddy Walston & The Business with Gringo Star and The Diamond Light at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Stop Motion Poetry at Room 5 (8pm)
ALSO: KT Tunstall at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (9pm)
ALSO: Bon Jovi at The Staples Center (7:30)
ALSO: Culture Collide Festival at Echo Park featuring Kid Karate, The Deer Tracks, The Pack AD, Brodka, Family Wagon, The Silent Comedy, Kita Klane, South of France, Great White Buffalo, and more (4pm)


Saturday: Zane Carney at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: The Kin and Pink at The Staples Center (8pm)
ALSO: Serena Ryder and Michael Franti & Spearhead at The Fonda (9pm)
ALSO: Warpaint at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: 30 Seconds to Mars with New Politics at Hollywood Bowl (7:30)
ALSO: KT Tunstall at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (9pm)
ALSO: Culture Collide Festival at Echo Park featuring The Raveonettes, Alice Russell, Frida Sundemo, Float Fall, Kid Karate, Like Swimming, The Deer Tracks, Brodka, The Pack AD (2pm)


Sunday: New Politics and Pink at The Staples Center (8pm)



To Keep in Mind:
October 14th: Frank Turner at The Fonda
October 14th: Branches at Bootleg Bar
October 16th: Langhorne Slim & The Law at The Troubadour
October 16th: The Delta Saints at The Mint
October 18th: Comedy charity event with Noel Fielding and Bobcat Goldthwait
October 18th: Placebo at The Wiltern
October 19th: Rags & Ribbons at The Mint
October 21st: Carbon Leaf at The Hotel Café
October 21st: Laura Marling at The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church
October 22nd: AFI at The Fonda Theatre
October 23rd: Diana Birch and Kodaline at The Troubadour
October 23rd: Matthew Mayfield at The Hotel Cafe
October 25th: Stephen Kellogg at McCabe’s
October 26th: Boy at The Fonda
October 27th: Stephen Kellogg at Saint Rocke
October 28th: Foy Vance at The Hotel Cafe
October 30th: The Neighbourhood at The Palladium
October 30th: Lewis Watson at Bootleg Bar
October 31st: Iron & Wine at Orpheum Theatre
November 5th: The Lonely Forest at Bootleg Bar
November 13th: Mayday Parade at House of Blues
November 19th: Foxes at The Troubadour
November 20th/22nd: Black Crowes at The Wiltern
November 22nd: Sir Sly at The Echoplex
November 23rd/24th: Pearl Jam at LA Sports Arena
December 3rd: Howie Day at Largo
December 5th: Howie Day at Saint Rocke
December 6th: Will Hoge and Red Wanting Blue at The Troubadour
December 10th: The Head and the Heart at The Wiltern

~ Kristen

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 9/16-9/22

Well I’m finally recovered from the craziness of Saturday night and the San Diego Music Thing. After a kick ass set from The Silent Comedy, it was dinner with friends, The Hollerin, The Nervous Wreckords, and Transfer to end the night. I ended up taking a three hour nap yesterday to make up for it. Music this week is not slowing down either with Bastille tonight and X-Fest on Friday and FM 94/9 Independence Jam on Saturday. Holy Smoke.

Monday: Bastille, Lady Daylight, Nightmare and The Cat @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Bruin @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Gayle Skidmore @ Tin Can Alehouse at 9pm

Tuesday: Jason Isbell @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Ed Ghost Tucker @ Griffin at 8:45pm

Wednesday: An Evening with Wynonna and the Big Noise @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Midlake @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Thursday: Social Club, Night Riots, Oliver Trolley, Lucky and the Wild @ Griffin at 8:30pm
AND: Mishka, The Wheeland Brothers @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: The Dustbowl Revival, Euphoria Brass Band, A Mayfield Affair @ Soda Bar at 8:30pm
AND: Joaine Mendenhall @ Tin Can Alehouse at 9:30pm
AND: 22 Kings @ Lestats at 9pm

Friday: X-Fest feat: Blink 182, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Offspring Silversun Pickups, Fitz and the Tantrums, Atlas Genius, Capital Cities, New Politics @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre at 3pm
And: Young Dubliners, Shake Before Us @ Belly Up at 9pm

Saturday: FM 94/9 Independence Jam feat: Cage The Elephant, Smallpools, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., American Authors, Royal Teeth, The Colourist and Dead Feather Moon @ Jr. Seau Oceanside Pier Ampitheatre at 3pm
AND: The Vaccines @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: One Drop @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Lady Dottie and the Diamons @ House of Blues at 7:30pm

Sunday: Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Twenty One Pilots @ Valley View Casino Center at 7:30pm
And: Depeche Mode @ Sleep Train Amiptheatre
AND: The Psychedelic Furs, The Burning of Rome @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: The Octopus Project @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Keep in Mind:
September 23rd- Ben Rector @ House of Blues
September 24th- Hanson @ House of Blues
September 25th- The Naked and Famous @ House of Blues
September 25th- Blackout Party, Low Volts @ Griffin
September 26th- The Nervous Wreckords @ Griffin
September 28th- Dear Boy @ Griffin
September 29th- Matt Nathanson @ House of Blues
September 30th- Vampire Weekend @ SDSU Open Air Theater
October 2nd- Jake Bugg @ House of Blues
October 4th- Phillip Phillips @ Sleep Train Amiptheatre
October 4th- Yellowcard @ House of Blues
October 4th- Get Back Loretta @ Griffin
October 5th- Jesse La Monaca and The Dime Novels, Oh, Spirit, Mrs. Henry @ Griffin
October 5th- You Me At Six @ Soma
October 6th- Travis @ House of Blues
October 8th- Pet Shop Boys @ Copley Symphony Hall
October 8th- Conor Oberst @ Belly Up
October 9th- Tony Lucca @ Griffin
October 9th- The Pretty Reckless @ House of Blues
October 9th- San Diego Music Awards @ Humphrey’s
October 10th- Phoenix @ RIMAC Arena @ UCSD *POSTPONED*
October 13th- Saves the Day @ The Irenic
October 15th- Frank Turner @ House of Blues
October 18th Jack Johnson @ Balboa Theater
October 18th- Belmont Lights, Rags + Ribbons @ Griffin
October 19th- Ms Mr @ Soda Bar
October 22nd- Passion Pit @ SDSU Open Air Theater
October 23rd- AFI @ House of Blues
October 23rd- Paramore, Metric, HELLOGOODBYE @ Viejas Arena (Cox Arena)
October 28th- The Neighbourhood @ House of Blues
October 31st- Two Door Cinema Club @ Humphrey’s
November 1st- Father John Misty @ House of Blues
November 3rd- The 1975 @ Belly Up
November 6th- Janelle Monae
November 8th- Nine Inch Nails @ Staples Center
November 16th- Ben Harper @ Copley Symphony Hall
November 20th- Cults @ Irenic
November 21st- Pearl Jam @ Viejas Arena (SDSU)
December 6th- Cherry Poppin’ Daddies @ Syucan Casino
December 28th- Donovan Frankenreiter @ Belly Up
December 29th- Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven @ Belly Up
December 30th- Donovan Frankenreiter @ Belly Up

New Music Tuesday 5/21/13 featuring 30 Seconds to Mars, Willy Moon, New Politics

Since Kristen is a bit indisposed this week, I’m filling in for her weekly New Music Tuesday post. This is also why it’s a few days late. While I haven’t had time to sample everything listed below, I can tell you that we are in the prime time for some awesome new music. Sample and enjoy!

30 Seconds to Mars– Love Lust Faith + Dreams

I bought this on pre-order because I have a bit of a soft spot for this band. From rather humble beginnings they have amassed a huge following. What I like even more is their ever evolving sound. Below is the music video for their single Up In The Air.

Willy Moon– Here’s Willy Moon

I remember Willy Moon from his catchy Apple ad and his crazy dance moves and awesome energy during SXSW. His debut album has finally been released in the states! If you’re up for a blended drink of old and new, check this out.

New PoliticsA Bad Girl in Harlem

I’m not super familiar with this band but their single Harlem makes me dance in my car and that’s all I really care about sometimes. Their video is here and if you hop on their site, you can listen to the whole album. Try before you buy!


  • Emma Louise- vs. Head vs. Heart
  • The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  • Airbourne – Black Dog Barking
  • Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa – Seesaw
  • Winery Dogs – Winery Dogs
  • The Spring Standards – live album
  • JC Broooks and The Uptown Sound

New Band Love: Parade of Lights

It’s been about six months since we first heard and fell in love with Parade of Lights so this post is waaaaay overdue. If you’re looking for some perfectly crafted pop music that just makes you want to DANCE, look no farther than Las Vegas based Parade of Lights. Ryan Daly (vocals, guitar), Matt Frey (keys, guitar), Randy Schulte (bass, keys), and Anthony Improgo (drums) have known each other for years. They used to play together in a group called Polus. Then they drifted apart with Anthony drumming for Metro Station and Matt on tour with 30 Seconds to Mars.  But now they are back together, rechristened Parade of Lights!

The first time I saw them, I was instantly drawn to their sound; catchy and fun…tunes that you just can’t get out of your head. One of the great things about following a young band is watching them develop. At the Parade of Lights show a couple weekends ago at The Vault in Temecula, I was amazed at the growth and maturity that had occurred over the last several months. The band seems to be adding more texture to their songs, infusing softer openings and head banging outros to their boppin’ pop core. I actually stopped jumping up and down for a few seconds just to marvel at their progress. I thought, it’s time to get the word out there. The world needs to know about Parade of Lights!

Fortunately for you, many of the band’s songs are available for FREE download on their facebook page. “Starstruck” is the song that made my end of 2010 mix…but it’s “Young Again” that’s been swimming in my head more recently.

If you’re curious as to how Parade of Lights got their name (we were!), watch what they said when we asked them about it:

No Parade of Lights shows on the horizon, but we’ll be sure to let you know if they come anywhere near Southern California…

~ Kristen

Amanda’s SD Show Calendar 1/10-16

Is it Monday already? When did that happen? I guess time blends when you go up to LA for a show and come back down to SD and go to another show. As long as fun times were had (which they were) that’s all that really matters.

Happy show going!

Monday: Recover from your weekend 🙂

Tuesday: 30 Seconds to Mars @ House of Blues San Diego
AND: Everest @ The Belly Up @ 8 $6

Wednesday: 30 Seconds to Mars @ House of Blues San Diego

Thursday: Johnny Swim @ Lestats @9

Friday: Blackout Party and Brothers Grimm @ The Casbah $15 (sold out)
AND: Get Back Loretta @ Soma
AND: Miss Erika Davies @ Whistlestop Bard

Saturday: Josiah Leming @ Lestats @9

Sunday: Trevor Davis @ Lestats@9

Keep in Mind:

January 18th- The Album Leaf and Little White Teeth @ Casbah $17 adv $20 day of
January 19th- White Apple Tree @ The Casbah @9 $7
January 19th- Buckcherry @ 4th & B
January 20th- Nervous Wreckords @ Bar Eleven
January 21st- Transfer and New Mexico @ The Casbah $14 adv/$15 day of
January 21st- Wavves and Best Coast @ Soma
January 22nd- Dashboard Confessional @ House of Blues $22.50
January 24th- Dynamite Walls @ The Casbah @9 $8 adv/$10 day of
January 29th- Crocodiles @ The Casbah @10 $10
January 29th- Underoath, A Skylit Drive, Animals as Leaders @ Soma @7 $20
February 2nd- Interpol @ RIMAC Arena @8 $31.50
February 6th- The Silent Comedy and Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses @ 730 $20
February 12th- The Pretty Reckless @ Soma @7 $12
February 13th- The Decemberists @730 $30 adv/$32.50 day of
February 20th- Linkin Park @ Viejas Arena

Amanda’s Show Calendar 1/3-1/9

Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone had a fantastic New Year. I would have been out and about but yours truly is *still* getting over a cold that was acquired the day after Christmas. We got some cool stuff coming up here at LMN so stay tuned for that!

Well, let’s kick this new year off right with some shows!

Monday: Recoup from New Years!

Tuesday: The Midwinters @ Soda Bar $3

Wednesday: New Acoustic Generation feat. Michael Tiernan, Derren Raser and Justin Froese @ Belly Up @730 $8 adv/$10 day of

Thursday: A Scribe Amidst the Lions and Black Hondo @ The Casbah @9 $7
AND: Johnny Swim @ Lestats @9

Friday: The Merry Way @ Lestats
AND: Misc. Ailments @ Ruby Room @9

Saturday: Endoxi @ Winstons in SD @9
AND: Midnight Rivals and Lord Howler @ The Casbah @9 $10
AND: Josh Damigo @ Lestats

Sunday: Parker Ainsworth and Kellen Malloy @ Lestats @9
AND: Little White Teeth @ The Casbah @7 $7

Keep in Mind:

January 11th- Everest @ The Belly Up @ 8 $6
January 11th- 30 Seconds to Mars @ House of Blues San Diego
January 12th- 30 Seconds to Mars @ House of Blues San Diego
January 14th- Get Back Loretta @ Soma
January 18th- The Album Leaf and Little White Teeth @ The Casbah $17 adv $20 day of
January 19th- White Apple Tree @ The Casbah @9 $7
January 19th- Buckcherry @ 4th & B
January 20th- Nervous Wreckords @ Bar Eleven
January 21st- Transfer and New Mexico @ The Casbah $14 adv/$15 day of
January 28th- Wendy Bailey and the True Stories @ Bar Eleven
January 29th- Underoath, Thursday, A Skylit Drive, Animals as Leaders @ Soma @7 $20
February 20th- Linkin Park @ Viejas Arena

Countdown to Epicenter Twenty Ten: 2 days!

Ok. With only two days to go, the excitement is really starting to build for our trip out to Fontana, CA to attend the Epicenter Twenty Ten festival.

30 Seconds to Mars seems to be a tad controversial at the moment. But honestly, I could care less about what Jared Leto’s hair looks like…or if he’s a nice or nasty person…the music moves me and I am a fan. Plus, the band puts on a killer show. You can count on me sneaking my way up front for this one.

As Amanda pointed out recently, 30 Seconds to Mars puts together some pretty awesome music videos. Here are a couple for your enjoyment…and to get you pumped up for the big event this weekend!

~ Kristen