Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 12/3-12/9

It has been quite a busy week/weekend. I managed to work at least three 12 hour days last week plus catch some great shows (pictures posted soon to LMN’s facebook page). This weekend, we got the Christmas tree up and trimmed with the help of some lovely elves. Next week has the potential to be epic (you see who’s playing Thursday night at The Satellite, right?), but I worry that this cold I woke up with a couple of days ago might put a damper on things. At the moment, I can’t see past Biffy Clyro, but I’m also looking forward to Friday night at Molly Malone’s with The Honey Trees and Lakes and Nashville’s Bonnie Bishop at The Mint on Saturday.

There are actually fantastic show opportunities every night this week. I hope you can make it out!

Monday: Diamonds Under Fire and Meg Meyers at The Viper Room (9, 10)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring Alexz Johnson and Oren Lyons (9pm)
ALSO: Wake Up Lucid and The Dead Ships FREE at The Echo (8pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live FREE at The Central SAPC featuring Toy Bombs (8pm)
ALSO: Monday in the Round at Room 5 featuring Sweet Talk Radio, Chris Pierce, Shane Alexander and Joel Eckels (9pm)


Tuesday: Howie Day and Harper Blynn at The Hotel Cafe (7, 9)
ALSO: Dave Green and The Filthy Souls FREE at The Piano Bar (10pm)
ALSO: Monsters Calling Home at The Troubadour (9pm)


Weds: Zero 1 at The Viper Room (11pm)
ALSO: Jackson Rathbone and Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed at Bootleg Theater (7pm)
ALSO: Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman at The Troubadour (9pm)


Thursday: Biffy Clyro at The Satellite (6:30)
ALSO: Tournament of Hearts at King King (9pm)
ALSO: Brendan James at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Walking Papers at The Viper Room (10pm)


Friday: The Honey Trees and Lakes at Molly Malone’s (9, 10)
ALSO: Katrina Parker, Erin Willett, Justin Hopkins, and Tony Lucca at The Hotel Cafe (9, 10, 11, 12)
ALSO: Kopecky Family Band at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: The Shakers at Irish Times (10pm)
ALSO: The Diamond Lights, The Dustbowl Revival, Black Crystal Wolf Kids at The Central SAPC (9pm)
ALSO: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood at The El Rey (8pm)


Saturday: Bonnie Bishop at The Mint (11pm)
ALSO : Tyler Hilton and Boyce Avenue at Club Nokia (7:30)
ALSO: Stonefeather at The Roxy (10:30)
ALSO: KROQ Acoustic Xmas Night 1 featuring Youngblood Hawke, The Gaslight Anthem, The Lumineers, AWOLNATION, Garbage, Linkin Park, etc.


Sunday: The Neighbourhood FREE at Bootleg Bar (8pm)…start of a December residency
ALSO: All the Lights at The Roxy featuring The Glee Project cast members (7pm)
ALSO: KROQ Acoustic Xmas Night 2 featuring Imagine Dragons, Alex Clare, Neon Trees, fun., Jack White, The Killers, etc.



To Keep in Mind:
December 11th: Atlas Genius at The Troubadour
December 11th: High Voltage Holiday Party at Silverlake Lounge
December 12th: Alt J and Wildcat Wildcat at The Fonda
December 12th: The Mountain Goats at The Masonic Lodge at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
December 13th: The Mountain Goats at The Troubadour
December 14th: Jared Lee and Alex Band at The Viper Room
December 14th: Vanaprasta at The Satellite
December 16th: The Neighbourhood at Bootleg Bar
December 18th: Lifehouse at The Troubadour
December 20th-22nd: Camp Freddy at The Roxy
December 23rd: The Neighbourhood at Bootleg Bar
December 27th: Parade of Lights at Bootleg Bar
January 19th: Tyler Hilton and Teddy Geiger at The Roxy
January 23rd and 24th: Muse at The Staples Center
Feb. 9th: Ed Sheeran at Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 12th: Ellie Goulding at Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 17th: Ed Sheeran at Nokia Theatre LA Live
Feb. 28th: Matthew Perryman Jones at Bootleg Bar
Feb. 28th: Jukebox the Ghost at The Echo

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar 4/9-4/15

Happy Easter everyone! It’s a time for rebirth and I certainly feel like my life is changing. I have this horrible feeling like the decisions I make in the next couple of weeks will have a profound influence on the rest of my life. At Easter mass, I prayed for the strength to make the right choices. Currently I’m failing at boiling some eggs for dying so clearly my prayers have not been heard quite yet.

Friday night, I was lucky enough to be at The Bootleg Theater to watch Garbage “rehearse” for their upcoming tour. Shirley Manson and company are still on top of their game, rocking out a lengthy set list of Garbage hits as well as a couple new tunes from their forthcoming record. Here’s a review of the show my friend Steve wrote. He borrowed some of my pictures. ( ). If you’re in LA, I hope you were able to get tickets to their El Rey shows this week…

Here’s what else is going on:


Monday: Garbage at The El Rey (7pm)
ALSO: Haim FREE at The Echoplex (10pm)
ALSO: Arlo Guthrie at The Grammy Museum (8pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring Elle King and Nico Vega (9:30)…FREE with RSVP (
ALSO: Songwriters in the Round at Room 5 (9pm)


Tuesday: Nico Vega and Neon Trees at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO Garbage at The El Rey (7pm)
ALSO: Oh Land at The Echoplex (10pm)
ALSO: Scars on 45 Record Release Party at Footprints in Long Beach (7pm)


Weds: Mike Doughty at Bootleg Theater (8pm)…Book of Drugs reading, concert, and Q & A
ALSO: Jane Carrey at The Mint (8pm)
ALSO: The Civil Wars on Jimmy Kimmel Live! FREE with reservation on (5:30)



Thursday: Queen Caveat at The Roxy (9pm)
ALSO: Curtis Peoples at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: The Honeytrees, Whispertown, and Sucre at Bootleg Bar (9,10,11)
ALSO: James Durbin at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: Joseph Arthur at Largo (8pm)
ALSO: Republic of Letters at Silverlake Lounge (10pm)


Friday: Kill the Alarm at Room 5 (10pm)
ALSO: Keaton Simons at Witzend (10pm)
ALSO: The Dahls, Alexz Johnson at The Hotel Cafe (8,11)
ALSO: Coachella Weekend 1 begins!


Saturday: Bonnie Bishop and Jesse Thomas at The Hotel Cafe (7,9)
ALSO: Terra Naomi at Witzend (9pm)


Sunday: Adam Bones at The Roxy (8pm)



To Keep in Mind:
April 16th: Band of Skulls, We Are Augustines, The Sheepdogs at The El Rey
April 17th: The Big Pink at The El Rey
April 18th: Dar Williams at The Largo
April 18th: Nathaniel Rateliff at The Troubadour
April 19th: Foxy Shazam at The Roxy
April 13th-15th AND 20th– 22nd: Coachella
April 24th: The Milk Carton Kids at The Largo
April 24th: Eve 6 at The Grammy Museum
April 25th: Ben Kweller at The El Rey
April 25th: Dead Sara at Club Nokia
April 26th: Jasmine Ash at The Roxy
April 26th: Zoe Keating at The Largo
April 27th: Ingrid Michaelson at The Troubadour
May 2nd: Cage the Elephant at The Mayan
May 3rd: James Morrison at The Avalon
May 6th: Middle Class Rut at The Troubadour
May 8th: Snow Patrol at The Hollywood Palladium
May 10th: Jay Nash at The Hotel Cafe
May 11th: Imagine Dragons at The Troubadour
May 12th: Augustana at The El Rey
May 19th: Eric Hutchinson and Graffiti6 at The Troubadour
May 30th: Eve 6 at The Troubadour
May 31st: Greg Laswell at The El Rey
June 3rd: Deas Vail at The Troubadour
June 5th and 6th: Ben Howard at The Troubadour
June 6th: The Cordovas at Saint Rocke
June 7-10th: Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN
June 13th and 14th: Phantom Planet at The Troubadour
June 16th: Thrice at Club Nokia
June 23rd: Milo Greene at The Troubadour
June 25th: Graffiti6 at The Troubadour


~ Kristen


Local Music Nation Goes to Nashville

After Bonnaroo, we were covered with dirt and grime. Unshowered and not having slept, the last thing we wanted to do was immediately get on an airplane for 4 hours. Instead we decided to hit up the nearest Steak N Shake, find a hotel with a pool, and spend a little time in Nashville…it is, after all, the music city. We explored the Country Music Museum learning about the history and nuances of country music as well as a lot more about Hank Williams and his family than I really cared to know. There were some fun artifacts including horse lover Webb Pierce’s tricked out car, Elvis’ golden piano, and most excitedly (for me), Carl Perkins’ actual blue suede shoes! In association with the museum, we also toured RCA Studio B where hits from the likes of Elvis, Dolly Parton, and The Everly Brothers were recorded. I picked up a t-shirt with the museum’s slogan, “Honor Thy Music”

My favorite part of our Nashville adventures, was the evening we spent at local bar, 3rd & Lindsley. I wanted to get a taste for the local scene (as well as some fried pickles) and I was overly pleased when I noticed that 3rd & Lindsley was having an evening jam-packed with Nashville-based artists! The evening began with a group from Winston-Salem, NC (a town I incidentally spent a summer living in back in ‘05). Katelyn Marks and her two guitarists got the evening off to a great start, even playing a cover of Nashville natives, The Civil Wars’ hit “Barton Hollow”.

The second act was a songwriters in the round featuring three Nashville-based musicians; Jaron Boyer, Jared Crump, and Neal Carpenter. I enjoyed each of these artists for different reasons. Jaron Boyer was the country boy with fun, smartly-crafted tunes that would flow seamlessly on the local radio. Jared Crump was the sensitive singer-songwriter with the heartfelt love songs that can make you feel all mushy inside. But it was something about the way Neal Carpenter sang his tunes that made me stop and put down my fried pickles every time he picked up his guitar. I was dismayed to find only one tune available on itunes. Give a listen to “Don’t Give Up”…this guy is definitely going on my watch list. Can’t wait ‘til he comes to LA!


The ‘Round was fantastic, but the evening was really just beginning. The final portion of the night was reserved for The Podunk Sessions, a family of Nashville-based musicians who like to get together and play music with each other. Each artist would get on stage and play a mini-set of 3-5 tunes…perfect for sampling. The evening began with Dave Pahanish, a guy whose name you might not know, but whose songs have been sung by the likes of Toby Keith, Keith Urban, and Tim McGraw. My favorite part of Dave’s set was when his wife, Kristin Lee joined him for a tune or two adding her soulful voice to his country twang.

The night continued with an impressive line-up. From the too cute for words Rachel Loy and the up-and-coming country star Eric Paslay to Brain Wright’s Nashville doppelganger Hugh Mitchell and self-proclaimed “downer” of the group, Brad Tursi, there was seemingly no end to the talent that took the stage. My favorite of the evening was probably the still nervous when she sings but will knock your socks off with her stunning vocals Bonnie Bishop. There were also a string of guests whose names I just didn’t get who were equally impressive and most likely great artists in their own right.

Individually, all the artists were such a treat to listen to, but the true magic of the evening lied in their collaborations. As the evening continued, musicians seemed to be coming out of the woodwork. I began to wonder if there was anyone in the place who wouldn’t at one point get on stage to sing, pick up a guitar, or at the very least lend some enthusiastic background clapping. The event left me with the most favorable impression of the local scene as a talented and collaborative community of singers and songwriters.

We left the party early (a bit after midnight) because we had one more aspect of Nashville to explore: the late night dining experience. We ended up at Cafe Coco which had a comfortable indie vibe, plenty of interesting artifacts on the walls, and an impressive array of food options. We each tried a couple of different things and it was all quite scrumptious. I was especially pleased with the turtle cheesecake…

All in all, I’d say LMN’s first trip to Nashville was a smashing success…plenty of music to investigate and new artists to keep tabs on. We got to visit some historic sites and got a tiny glimpse of the local scene. I found myself wishing I could live in Nashville for awhile. As much as we saw, there are so many more music venues to explore and artists to discover! Maybe someday…


Want to learn more about all these great artists coming out of Nashville? Here are some links to the music and pages of the musicians we came across on our trip:

Neal Carpenter
Jared Crump
Jaron Boyer
Katelyn Marks
Dave Pahanish
Kristin Lee
Rachel Loy
Eric Paslay
Hugh Mitchell
Brad Tursi
Bonnie Bishop

and if you’re ever in Nashville:

3rd & Lindsley
The Country Music Museum
Cafe Coco
Jack’s BBQ