Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 10/24-10/30

Today I’ve been busy watching the baseball game (Go Cardinals!), grading exams, and trying to ignore this sore throat that’s been building over the last few days. There is just too much going on in my life to get sick!  Last week was fairly epic musically. I made it to at least one set a night, saw several of my favorite bands (Imagine Dragons, Harper Blynn, Lakes, etc), and even got in a couple top notch national acts (St. Vincent is a marvel).

This week marks Youngblood Hawke’s last residency date at The Satellite, so if you haven’t caught them yet, don’t miss it (and bring your dancing shoes). It’s also week two of Harper Blynn’s Hotel Cafe residency. I still can’t believe how lucky we are to have these NYC boys with us until Thanksgiving!

But that is just the start of the great acts playing LA this week.  Here’s my list:


Monday: Youngblood Hawke FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Indians FREE at Silverlake Lounge (11pm)
ALSO: Patrick Stump and Fat City Reprise at The Viper Room (8, 12)
ALSO: Liam Gerner and Songwriters in the Round at Room 5 featuring Joel Eckels, John Elliot, Ray Don, and Jesse Plemons (9pm)


Tuesday: Andrew Ripp, Steve Moakler, The Wellspring and Anna Nalick at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: The Janks and Gringo Starr at Bootleg Bar (10, 11)
ALSO: Buzz Bands LA’s three year anniversary at The Echo featuring Everest (9pm)


Weds: Harper Blynn and Cary Brothers at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Ari Shrine at The Mint (8pm)
ALSO: Austin Hartley-Leonard at The Foundry on Melrose (9pm)
ALSO: Bayside at House of Blues Sunset (9pm)
ALSO: Kings of Convenience at The Music Box (9pm)


Thursday: Holly Conlan, Kyler England, Audra Mae at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Wires in the Walls at Bootleg Bar (10pm)
ALSO: Manchester Orchestra with White Denim at The Glass House in Pomona (7pm)


Friday: Some Hear Explosions and Oh No Not Stereo at The Viper Room (9,12)
ALSO: So & So at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: He’s My Brother She’s My Sister at Bootleg Bar (11:30)
ALSO: The Felice Brothers at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Simple Plan at The Music Box (8pm)


Saturday: Scars on 45 and Matt Nathanson at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: Nightmare & The Cat at Bootleg Bar (10:45)
ALSO: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers with Lissie at Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall at Cal State Northridge (?)


Sunday: Tyrone Wells at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Johnny Lang at The House of Blues Anaheim (8pm)



To Keep in Mind:
November 3rd: Twin Atlantic and Awolnation at The Music Box
November 3rd: High Voltage Magazine Launch Party at On the Rox
November 4th: Mike Doughty at The El Rey
November 5th: The Shakers album release at The Viper Room
November 7th: Lights at The El Rey
November 8th: Thrice at The Mayan Theater
November 8th: First Aid Kit at The Troubadour
November 11th: Jack’s Mannequin at The El Rey
November 11th: Kill the Alarm at Room 5
November 11th: Queen Caveat at Saint Rocke
November 12th: Feist at The WIltern
November 13th: Milk Carton Kids at The El Rey
November 14th: The Silent Comedy at Bootleg
November 15th: Augustana at The Hotel Cafe
November 16th: The Stone Foxes at The Viper Room
November 17th: Marketa Irglova at The Troubadour
November 19th: Milo Greene, The Belle Brigade, and The Civil Wars at The Wiltern
November 29th: Rachel Yamagata at The Troubadour
December 2nd: Fair to Midland at The Troubadour
December 2nd: Allen Stone at The Echo
Feb. 2nd: Mutemath at Club Nokia
March 13th-18th: SXSW (Austin, TX)

~ Kristen!/_localmusicnat

New Band Love: After Midnight Project

So instead of writing up some grand summary of the events of last weekend (Nico Vega/Metric at The Hollywood Palladium, San Diego Indie Music Fest, Bamboozled), or trying to post some of the 300+ pictures I’ve taken (they’ll come up eventually on facebook), I just wanted to share with you the story of my newest band obsession, After Midnight Project.

These guys were the first band we saw Sunday at Bamboozled…such a great way to start the day! The crowd wasn’t very big so it was easy to get up front and take some pictures. The set was elevating…the band has a great dynamic and the energy on stage was transferrable to the audience (always a good sign). I instantly fell in love with the sound and the songs.

After the set we ventured over to the merch booth and met their lovely merch guy, a fellow Cardinals’ lover (I was sporting a hat showcasing my favorite baseball team).  We purchased the band’s CD, Let’s Build Something to Break, and chatted a bit with the band. Turns out they are from LA (YAY!) although they don’t really play local shows (not so yay). So, if you’re in LA and want to catch them, you’ll have to wait ‘til Warped Tour.

Next comes the amusing story. The band announced that they were going to do an acoustic set later in the day…and, as you may know, I’m a big fan of rock bands breaking it down acoustically. When we ventured over to the acoustic venue we weren’t exactly sure how it worked. I just walked in, but Amanda was stopped outside. Turned out, the acoustic set was a VIP only event. With one of us in and one of us out, what were we to do?!?

But, in case you didn’t know, Amanda is awesome. She told me to stay where I was and a set and a half later she appeared at my side…having gotten in with the band. Turns out, After Midnight Project is really great to their fans. When Amanda told them of our predicament, they were more than happy to help out!

And I’m so glad it all worked out because the After Midnight Project acoustic set was definitely the highlight of my day (well, right after seeing Something Corporate again after so many years). They even pulled off the song entitled “Scream For You” which involves screaming from both the band and the audience. After the set, we got to hang out a bit more and meet some of the After Midnight Project family.

Anyway, another band to add to my list! I haven’t stopped listening to their CD since I got it (I’m finally able to take that Biffy Clyro CD out of my car stereo). If you want to see After Midnight Project live (as you should), they are currently touring with Story of the Year so be sure to catch that show if it comes to your area. And if you go to Warped Tour be sure to check them out there. Personally, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for a local headlining show at The Roxy or something…

~ Kristen