Amanda’s Top 10 Musical Experiences (continued)

The musical journey continues as I continue to reminisce about endeavors of good old 2011. There was so much good music packed into one year but choices must be made (or so I’ve been informed).


8. Cage the Elephant I remember when this band caught some buzz in 2010 and for one reason or another, I was never able to attend a show to see if they lived up to the hype. Thankfully for me, Cage the Elephant played Wrex the Halls this year in San Diego and I happened to be lucky enough to work the show. I was shooting video from the mixer in the middle of the floor and despite my distance, I could feel their energy. The highlight of their set was singer Matthew Shultz’s crowd surfing. He came off the stage into the crowd not once, not twice, but three times! The last time was after the band finished playing and had walked off stage. He looked out into the crowed, shrugged his shoulders as if to say ‘why not?’ and crowd surfed his way off stage.


7. Milk Carton Kids and Joe Purdy At barely a year old, The Milk Carton kids have really started to make a name for themselves. I first saw one half of The Milk Carton Kids when Joey Ryan opened for Carney a few years ago. I was enchanted with him then and soon he was making music with his musical soul mate (or so it seems), Kenneth Pattengale. In 2011, they came through San Diego a few times, one of which was supporting Joe Purdy at The Belly Up. I remember this show specifically because a few friends joined me for the show and one of them was so taken with The Milk Carton Kids and the childhood memories they brought back to her, she started to cry. Joe Purdy was new to me and he did not disappoint! It was a lovely night all around and I’ll hold it fondly in my mind for quite some time.


6. North Park Music Thing Now known as the San Diego Music Thing. I think. It might change it’s name again. All you really need to know is that it is 2 days full of speakers and music. In the morning/afternoon you can find workshops with top dog speakers about anything from touring to selling your music for tv. There is a whole other slew of workshops from basic music industry 101 to the state of radio. The evening is chock full of local acts at local venues. To give you an idea, this year included music from; Nico Vega, Kevin Martin, The Silent Comedy, Andy Clockwise, Endoxi, Youngblood Hawke, White Apple Tree, Grand Tarantula, The New Kinetics, Queen Caveat, Republic of Letters, Saint Motel, Purple Melon, Little Hurricane, Mattson 2, Miss Erika Davies, Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels, The Heavy Guilt, Cuckoo Chaos, The Nervous Wreckords, Writer, Gregory Page, Steve Poltz, Maren Parusel, and Dynamite Walls. And that was in two days!

While Nico Vega isn’t a San Diego band, they were just a few of the guests we had in from LA!


Amanda’s SD Show Calendar 9/6-9/11

My apologies for being late with this. I checked the music last night and since SD is is low key, there was only a show or two to be seen but nothing super noteworthy. I did say on our Twitter account (@_localmusicnat) last night that I had a surprise and I didn’t lie… Our friends over at the Belly Up hooked us up and I happen to have a pair (or two) of tickets to give away for Lucas Nelson and Promise of the Real with The Tilt on Sept. 22nd, as well as Mother Hips with Nikki Bluhm and the Gramblers on the 23rd.

Now, if  you or someone you know would like to attend either show, write us on Twitter (@_localmusicnat) and tell us why you should get the tickets!


To the calendar!


Tuesday: Gayle Skidmore, Johnny Corndawg and Tim Easton @ Casbah @9 $10
AND: The Midwinters @ Tin Can Alehouse @10 $5

Wednesday: Matt Curreri @ Belly Up @8 $8

Thursday: San Diego Music Thing Kickoff Party with Telekinesis @ Casbah @9 $12
AND: AWOLNATION with The New Regime and Reason to Rebel @ Belly Up @8 $0.91
AND: The Good Hurt @ Eleven @9 $5
AND: The Silent Comedy (acoustic) @ MOPA @7 $10

Friday: San Diego Music Thing feat. Andy Clockwise, The Silent Comedy, Saint Motel, Little Hurricane, Endoxi, Kevin Martin, Purple Melon, Midnight Rivals, White Apple Tree, Queen Caveat, New Kinetics, Republic of Letters, Youngblood Hawke, Nico Vega, Mattson 2, and so many more!
AND: Assemble the Skyline @ Soma @630 $8

Saturday: San Diego Music Thing feat. Gayle Skidmore, Josh Damigo, Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels, The Heavy Guilt, Inspired Flight, Dead Feather Moon, Cuckoo Chaos, The Nervous Wreckords, The Donkeys, Steve Poltz, Maren Parusel, Dynamite Walls, Writer and more!

Sunday: Givers and Kopecky Family Band @ Casbah @9 $10
AND: The Kills and Mini Mansions @ House of Blues SD @730 $27
AND: Diana Ross @ Pechanga Resort and Casino $85-$120

edit: Sorry about the funky formatting. We did some updating on the backend and it’s been messing things up for me. Hopefully we have it fixed!

Keep in Mind:

September 12th- Hanson @ House of Blues SD @ 7:30 $25-42.50
September 13th- Blue October @ House of Blues SD
September 13th- Ray Lamontagne and The Pariah Dogs @ Copley Symphony Hall
September 14th- The Vaccines, Tennis, and Young Buffalo @ Casbah $15 adv/$17 day of
September 17th- The Bloody Hollies and Low Volts @ Casbah @9 $8
September 18th- Howie Day @ Anthology @9 $10-$39
September 21st Bright Eyes @ Soma @7 $25
September 23rd- Ladytron @ House of Blues SD $25
September 24th- Arctic Monkeys w/ TV on the Radio @ SDSU Open Air Theater
September 24th- Two Door Cinema Club @ House of Blues SD
September 27th- Bush with Chevelle and Filter @ 4th & B @630 $40
September 30th- Portugal. The Man @ House of Blues SD
October 1st- Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls @ Casbah $14
October 5th- The Naked and Famous @ Belly Up
October 6th- Honda Civic Tour w/ Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, and Matt and Kim @ Cricket Wireless
October 9th- Dawes and Blitzen Trapper @ Belly Up @8 $18 adv/$20 day of
October 11th- Dropkick Murphys @ House of Blues
October 12th- Dropkick Murphys @ House of Blues
October 14th- The Head and the Heart @ House of Blues @7 $17.50 adv/$20 day of
October 16th- The Naked and Famous @ Belly Up @9 $15
October 17th- Foo Fighters w/ Cage the Elephant @ Viejas Arena
October 19th- Foster the People @ Soma $25
October 26th- Manchester Orchestra @ House of Blues SD
October 30th- Matt Nathanson @ House of Blues SD $23-$40
November 9th- Ra Ra Riot @ Belly Up
November 11th- Thrice @ House of Blues SD
November 16th- The Dirty Heads with Gym Class Heroes @ House of Blues SD
November 20th- Newfound Glory @ House of Blues

Amanda’s SD Show Calendar 7/25-7/31

Well it’s officially the last week of July and summer is still as hot as ever. Where did all the time go? It’s been such a fantastic summer so far and the last thing I want is for it to end. I just spent the last 4 days at Comic Con here in San Diego and had the most wonderful time! This week, I’m gearing up to see The Silent Comedy and Saint Motel for their residency at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. It promises to be an unforgettable time! Should you feel the need for some crazy fun, you should cruise out to Vegas for the residency which runs from the 27th to the 30th.

But San Diego has some fantastic shows for this week! This is one of those times I wish there were at least two of me… Get out and enjoy them for me as I will be out of town 🙂


Monday: Langhorne Slim and Henry Wolfe @ Soda Bar @9 $10
AND: Star and Micey @ Tin Can Alehouse @10 $4

Tuesday: Cold Cave and Austra @ Casbah @9 $12 adv/$14 day of
AND: The Melismatics, The Slpwlkrs, Misspent Warhead Premise @ Soda Bar @9 $5
AND: A Perfect Circle @ SDSU Open Air Theater

Wednesday: Kevin Martin CD Release w/Gayle Skidmore @ Bar Pink @10
AND: Ben Sollee @ Belly Up @8 $14 adv/$16 day of
AND: The Merry Way and Trevor Davis @ Lestats @8
AND: Indigo Girls @ Humphrey’s

Thursday: Dynamite Walls @ Casbah @930 $8
AND: Olin & The Moon and The Darrows @ Soda Bar @9 $7
AND: Ryan Cabrera @ Ramona Mainstage

Friday: Yuck @ Casbah @9 $12 adv/$14 day of
AND: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club @8
AND: Indians @ Tin Can Alehouse @10 $6
AND: Thunder Power @ Lestats @8

Saturday: The Damnwells, Harper Blynn, and Josh Fletcher @ Soda Bar @9 $12 adv/$14 day of
AND: Mr. Big @ 4th and B @ 8 $20-$30
AND: LA Rising w/ Rage Against the Macheine, Muse, Rise Against, and more @ Los Angeles Memorial Colliseum

Sunday: Gin Blossoms @ Belly Up $25 adv/$27 day of
AND: Dredg and Fair to Midland @ Soma @630 $15 adv


Keep in Mind:

August 2nd- FM 94/9 About the Music Show w/Belle Brigade $6
August 4th- Transfer, Dead Feather Moon, and Bully @ Belly Up $15
August 5th- The Bravery @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
August 6th- Weezer @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
August 8th- SDMA Awards @ Humphrey’s By the Bay $30
August 9th- Vans Warped Tour
August 9th- Avi Buffalo @ Casbah @9 $10
August 10th- Alberta Cross @ Casbah
August 11th- Milk Carton Kids @ Anthology $10-$15
August 12th- Jimmy Eat World @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
August 16th- Death Cab for Cutie @ RIMAC Arena
August 18th-20th- Sunset Strip Music Festival
August 18th- Adele SDSU Open Air Theater
August 19th- Imagine Dragons @ Casbah $10
August 34th- Company of Thieves @ Belly Up $12 adv/$14 day of
August 26th- Airborne Toxic Event @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
September 2nd- Fitz and the Tantrums @ Del Mar Racetrack
September 2nd- Daughtry @ Pechanga Resort and Casino $45-$80
September 11th- Diana Ross @ Pechanga Resort and Casino $85-$120
September 23rd- Ladytron @ House of Blues SD $25
September 4th- Kings of Leon with Band of Horses @ Cricket Wireless
September 11th- The Kills @ House of Blues SD
September 13th- Ray Lamontagne and The Pariah Dogs @ Copley Symphony Hall
September 14th- The Vaccines, Tennis, & Young Buffalo @ Casbah $15 adv/$17 day of
September 24th- Arctic Monkeys w/ TV on the Radio @ SDSU Open Air Theater
Septembr 24th- Two Door Cinema Club @ House of Blues SD
October 1st- Crocodiles @ Casbah $14
October 5th- The Naked and Famous @ Belly Up
October 11th- Dropkick Murphys @ House of Blues
October 12th- Dropkick Murphys @ House of Blues
Octiber 14th- The Head and the Heart @ House of Blues
October 15th- Honda Civic Tour w/ Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, and Matt and Kim @ Cricket Wireless
October 16th- The Naked and Famous @ Belly Up @9 $15
October 17th- Foo Fighters w/ Cage the Elephant @ Viejas Arena
October 19th- Foster the People @ Soma $25
October 30th- Matt Nathanson @ House of Blues SD $23-$40

SDMA Nominations Announced!

The San Diego Music Awards nominations have been posted!

Special congrats to LMN friends and faves like; The Silent Comedy, Kevin Martin, Little Hurricane, The Howls, Endoxi, Transfer, The Tilt, Wendy Bailey, Republic of Letters, The Burning of Rome, White Apple Tree, The  Nervous Wreckords, and many many more on their nominations!!

You can vote for your faves here.

The SDMA’s will be held at Humphrey’s By The Bay on August 7th at 7pm. There will be performances by Cuckoo Chaos, Little Hurricane, Gilbert Castellanos, Dynamite Walls, The Silent Comedy and more! You can get your tickets here.

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 4/11-4/17

Last night, I ventured down to Temecula where I met up with Amanda and we danced the night away with good friends and one of our favorite bands, Parade of Lights. I want to do it all again (well aside from that drive). Fortunately, if this week plays out as planned, last night was an enjoyable preview for what is to come!

The amazing tunes continue tonight with The Milk Carton Boys at The Hotel Cafe. As for the rest…check my schedule below (pay particular attention to Thursday…eeeeep!).


Monday: The Janks at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: The Canyons at Molly Malone’s (9:30)
ALSO: Chris Robinson Brotherhood at The Echoplex (8:30)
ALSO: The Filthy Souls at The Central in Santa Monica (8:30)
ALSO: Cage 9 FREE at The Viper Room (10:15)
ALSO: Tsunami Relief Benefit for Japan at Room 5 featuring so many amazing artists including Paris Carney, Joel Eckels, Gabriel Mann, Chris Pierce, Kyler England, Jenni Alpert, Keaton Simons, David and Devine, John Elliot, and MORE…seriously WOW (8pm)


Tuesday: The Stone Foxes and Chasing Kings at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Jonathan Clark and Satellite at Molly Malone’s (8,9)
ALSO: Queens of the Stone Age at The Wiltern (7:30)
ALSO: Ryan Calhoun at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)


Weds: Nico Vega and Imagine Dragons at The Slidebar in Fullerton (8:30)
ALSO: Patrick Stump at The Hotel Cafe (two shows, 7pm and 10pm)
ALSO: Greg Laswell at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: Queens of the Stone Age at The Wiltern (7:30)


Thursday: Dynamite Walls and BIFFY CLYRO at The BellyUp in Solana Beach (8pm)…$6 tickets folks…seriously, you can’t miss it!
ALSO: Electric Touch at 3 Clubs (9pm)
ALSO: Allen Stone at The Hotel Cafe (11pm)
ALSO: The Canyons at Molly Malone’s (9pm)


Friday: Scarlet Grey and Assemble the Skyline at The Roxy (10pm)
ALSO: Matthew Jordan at Pi (9pm)


Saturday: Ben Rector and Matt Wertz at The Troubadour (9pm)
ALSO: Garrison Starr and Raining Jane at The Hotel Cafe (9,10)
ALSO: The Lonely Forest at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa (9pm)
ALSO: 10,000 Maniacs at The House of Blues Sunset (8pm)
ALSO: Infantree at The Echo (5pm)


Sunday: Greg Laswell at Saint Rocke (8:30)




To Keep in Mind:
April 20th: Ellie Goulding at The Music Box
April 22nd: Purple Melon at The Roxy
April 25th: Airborne Toxic Event at The Satellite
April 25th: The Head & The Heart at The Troubadour
April 27th: Andy Clockwise at The Troubadour
May 2nd: Xavier Rudd at The El Rey
May 4th: The Pipettes at The Satellite
May 7th: The Silent Comedy at The Roxy
May 9th: KT Tunstall at The El Rey
May 15th: Eisley at The Troubadour
May 27th: The Script at Club Nokia
May 27th-29th: Sasquatch Music Festival (Washington)
June 2nd: Manchester Orchestra at The Music Box
June 7th: Death Cab for Cutie and The Lonely Forest at The El Rey
June 9-12: Bonnaroo (TN)
June 13th: Florence and The Machine at The Greek Theater
June 29th: Brooke Fraser at The Music Box
July 26th: The Indigo Girls at The Troubadour
August 18-20th: SSMF
September 22-24: Hotel Carolina (SC)

~ Kristen


Amanda’s SD Show Calendar 2/28-3/6

I finally did it. I dragged my sorry butt out of the house and was able to get to a show. My show legs may not be quite up to par but the music was most definitely above par. I saw Jamestown Revival and The Coronas at the Casbah and I highly recommend you check them out!

It looks like we have a mellow week ahead since last week was fairly packed with shows….


Monday: Relax

Tuesday: Everest @ Casbah @9 $8

Wednesday: The Silent Comedy @ Casbah @9 $14
AND: Circa Survive, Thrice, and Dynamite Walls @ Soma @7 $20
AND: Crystal Castles @ House of Blues SD (sold out!)

Thursday: The Autumn Defense @ Anthology @730 $10-16
AND: Ireside @ Belly Up @9 $8

Friday: Gregory Page Show @ Lestats @9

Saturday: The Burning of Rome of Rome @ Soda Bar @9 $5 adv/$7 day of
AND: The Lyon Crowns @ Eleven @9 $6
AND: Renata Youngblood @ Lestats @9

Sunday: Kick back after the weekend 🙂


Keep in Mind:

March 7th- Tragic Tantrum Cabaret @ Casbah
March 8th- Everest with Red Cortez @ Casbah
March 10th- Louis XIV @ Fluxx
March 12th- San Diego IndieFest
March 13th- San Diego IndieFest
March 18th- A Scribe Amidst the Lions @ Casbah
March 20th- Devo @ Belly Up
March 29th- Fitz and the Tantrums @ Belly Up
April 3rd- A Rocket to the Moon, Valencia, and Anarbor @ Soma @630 $13 adv.
April 8th- Rise Against w/Bad Religion @ RIMAC Arena- UCSD
April 9th- Pete Yorn @ House of Blues
May 3rd- James Blunt @ Humphreys
May 6th- Chris Cornell @ Humphreys
May 6th- Fleet Foxes @ Spreckles Theater

Amanda’s SD Show Calendar 1/24-1/30

Hello my SD Music Folks! This early post comes at you from the wonderful city of New York. Kristen and I ended up here after another one of our wonderful east coast adventures. We started in Philly for a reunion show and ended up catching 3 shows in one night! But that is really her story to share. We then trekked over to New York to see Spiderman: Turn off the Dark on Broadway. It was so lovely to see the Carney guys again. Even if it’s on a different kind of stage. Love them!

I can tell you that it is bitterly cold outside. Like nothing I have ever experienced. It’s been averaging about 20 degrees on our trip. Gah!

But let’s get to the good stuff…

Monday: Dynamite Walls @ The Casbah @9 $8 adv/$10 day of
AND: Railroad Earth @ The Belly Up @8 $20 adv/$22 day of

Tuesday: Echo Revolution @ Soda Bar @9 $3
AND: Swore @ The Casbah @9 $5

Wednesday: Death on Mars and Oh Air Night  @ Soda Bar @9 $3

Thursday: Centerlight Pop @ Ruby Room @9
AND: Johnny Swim @ Lestats @9

Friday: Free Energy @ The Loft @ UCSD @830 $14
AND: Wendy Bailey and the True Stories @ Bar Eleven
AND: Fever Sleeves @ Ruby Room @9
AND: Josh Damigo @ Lestats @9

Saturday: Crocodiles @ The Casbah @10 $10
AND: Endoxi @ Queen Bee’s
AND: Underoath, Thursday, A Skylit Drive, Animals as Leaders @ Soma @7 $20

Sunday: Endoxi @ Hennesseys

Keep in Mind:

February 2nd- Interpol @ RIMAC Arena @8 $31.50
February 6th- The Silent Comedy and Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses @730 $20
February 10th- Cee Lo Green and The Nervoud Wreckords @ Fluxx @9
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