Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 9/2-9/8

Happy Labor Day! I celebrated the holiday with a lovely
birthday BBQ and some Big Bang Theory. Summer is supposed to be over, but this
heat wave doesn’t give me that impression. It seems like the heat is just
supposed to get worse next week which fits with my plans of staying indoors and
writing. Hopefully it will cool down a bit at night as there are some amazing shows
coming up. This week, it’s all about up and coming LA bands. My show pick of
the week would probably go to Meg Myers and The Last Internationale at
Hemingway’s on Tuesday. Every week, The Basement Sessions brings out some great
artists at one of the most literary clubs in town. The best part? It’s FREE!
This is fast becoming my favorite Tuesday night.

Here are the rest of my picks: 

Monday: Parade of
Lights and Atomic Tom FREE at The Satellite (10, 12)
ALSO: Dia Frampton with Katie Costello at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Fire in the Hamptons and Deluka at Los Globos (9pm)…FREE before 10pm
ALSO: It’s A School Night FREE at Bardot featuring Jaymes Young (9pm)
ALSO: Echosmith and The Summer Set FREE at City Walk (6pm)

Tuesday: Basement
Sessions FREE at Hemingway’s featuring The Last Internationale and Meg Myers (9:30)
ALSO: Tournament of Hearts with The Active Set and and Alarm Science at Los
Globos (8:30)
ALSO: Pip at WitZend (10pm)
ALSO: Fun. with Tegan and Sara at Greek Theatre (8pm)

Weds: Nightmare
and the Cat at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: Meiko, Brendan James, Jake Newton at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9:30, 10:30)

Thursday: The
Material FREE at On the Rox (9pm)
ALSO: The New Electric Sound at The Viper Room (9pm)
ALSO: Jonny Polonsky at Room 5 (9pm)
ALSO: Badass Bands Blog Presents at Silverlake Lounge featuring Naked Walrus,
Will and the Won’ts, No Small Children, and The Spreewells (8pm)
ALSO: Morgan Karr at WitZend (10pm)
ALSO: Eve at The Roxy (8pm)

Friday: Irontom FREE
at O’Brien’s (11pm)
ALSO: Animals of Kin, Stonefeather at The Viper Room (8, 11)
ALSO: Gold Fields at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: Javier Dunn at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Deluka at The Mint (9:30)
ALSO: Jill Sobule at McCabe’s (8pm)

HitRECord at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Vintage Trouble at El Rey Theatre (8pm)

Sunday: Zookeeper’s
Palace at The Roxy (7:30)

To Keep in Mind:
September 10th: Ewert and The Two Dragons at The Satellite 
12th: Meg Myers at Mayan Theatre 

14th: Hem at The Troubadour 

17th: Butch Walker at Bootleg Theatre 

18th: Bastille at The El Rey 

September 19th: Cold War Kids at The Wiltern 
September 20th: twenty one pilots at House of Blues Anaheim (w/ Fall Out Boy
and Panic at The Disco)
September 20th: Max Collins at The Satellite
September 21st: Keaton Simons at WitZend 
September 24th: Ben Rector and Tyrone Wells at House of Blues 
24th: Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors at The Hotel Cafe 

25th: Wicker at The Roxy 

September 26th: Hanson at House of Blues Sunset
September 27th: The Naked & Famous at The Wiltern 
September 27th/28th: The Lumineers at The Greek Theatre 
September 28th: White Buffalo at The El

September 29th: Arctic Monkeys at The
September 30th: Queen Caveat at The Roxy

October 1st: Jake Bugg at Fonda Theatre
October 1st: Bronze Radio Return at The Satellite 
October 1st: Frightened Rabbit at The

October 3rd: Matt Nathanson and Joshua Radin at The Wiltern 
October 4th: Travis at The Wiltern 
October 4th: Kongos at The Satellite
October 4th: You Me at Six at The El Rey

October 5th/6th: Way Over Yonder Festival at
The Santa Monica Pier 

October 8th: Daughter at The Wiltern
October 8th: The Maine and Anberlin at The Mayan Theatre 
October 9th: The Avett Brothers at Shrine Auditorium 
October 10th: Tony Lucca at The Hotel Cafe  
October 10th/11th: The Pretty Reckless with Heaven’s Basement at House of Blues 
October 11th: KT Tunstall at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery 
October 12th: 30 Seconds to Mars at The Hollywood Bowl
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

October 19th: Rags & Ribbons at The

October 21st: Carbon Leaf at The Hotel Café
October 21st: Laura Marling at The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian
October 22nd: AFI at The Fonda Theatre 
October 23rd: Diana Birch and Kodaline at The

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

October 30th: The Neighbourhood at The

October 31st: Iron & Wine at Orpheum Theatre
November 5th: The Lonely Forest at Bootleg Bar
November 13th: Mayday Parade at House of Blues 
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

~ Kristen

twenty one pilots at The Troubadour (2/20/13)


I saw twenty one pilots last night at The Troubadour. Today, Amanda asked me today how the evening went. I kind of exploded the following reply. She suggested I stick it up here as a show review. I don’t have time to gussy it up, but here it is; my initial and somewhat effusive gut reaction to the seeing twenty one pilots at The Troubadour:

OMG, last night. Last night. Sigh. It was amazing. Twenty one pilots is my new favorite. They put on the most thrilling live show. Plus, I am obsessed with their music. I can’t wait to see them again at SXSW. They are my top pick right now of bands to see.

Anyway, The plan was to catch 1.5 of the openers at The Troubadour, then run over to The Roxy to see Zookeeper’s Palace (my new friends from Philly), then come back to The Troub and catch the end of twenty one pilots set. However, I got to the Troubadour and I got a great spot right up front. The first act, Echosmith was very impressive for their youth. The second band, New Politics, was from Denmark and they were fantastic. The singer did some breakdancing. They had a ton of energy and great songs. Another band we’ll be seeing at SXSW. 🙂 I would have said they were the best band I’ve seen in awhile, until twenty one pilots blew them out of the water. But I was enjoying New Politics so much I couldn’t leave and I had such a sweet spot up front…I decided somewhat regrettably not to dash off to The Roxy.

It was the right decision. Twenty one pilots came out with a BLAM! It’s just two guys, but they both come out onto a fog-filled stage wearing these skeleton suits. It’s kinda creepy. Then drummer starts his beating and the singer gets on top of a piano (a real piano, not some keyboard or pseudo-piano). Suddenly BOOM! the singer leaps off the piano and starts into this massive pounding rap. Then 30seconds later, he’s at the piano playing a kind of skippy ballad. The skeleton suits only lasted a song, but the drama was enough to pull anyone in. The rest of the set kept up the energy. The guys were all over the place. The drummer did an awesome backflip off the piano. The singer scaled the walls and somehow ended up in the balcony. Of course, there was a drumming circle thing. They also put on these facemasks for one of the more mellow song. They created this atmosphere that was so fitting for their music which is really all about a struggle to overcome something and how everyone is miserable and such but we have to celebrate life…definitely fit my mood. But the best thing about twenty one pilots and their music is the versatility. You know how I love the unexpected in music and it doesn’t get more unexpected then their music. They go from rap to piano to keytar to synths to ukulele…sometimes all in the course of one song. The singer sounds like Eminem, but he also sounds like Marcus Mumford. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect show and I am now craving more.


I took some pictures that I posted up on LMN’s facebook page.

Needless to say, twenty one pilots are my new band love. I highly recommend checking them out, especially if they are playing a show near you.

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 2/18-2/24

When I’m sick, I try to do the “right thing” and not go out at night. It’s hard. Then, when I can’t get my music fix live, I reach out in other ways. Let’s just say this weekend, I spent way too much money on CDs and concert tickets. The combination of delirium and withdrawal is simply not good for my wallet.

Hopefully this flu will be gone by Monday so we can get this week off to a good start. Monday night, High Voltage Magazine is co-sponsoring the A House For Lions Show at The Echoplex so if you’re planning on checking this band out one of these Mondays (and you should), this would be the Monday I’d suggest. Also, one of my impulse buys on Friday was the twenty one pilots record. Now I’m even more excited about this band’s gig Wednesday night at The Troubadour.

Here are the rest of my picks:

Monday: High Voltage and Us vs Them presents A House for Lions FREE at The Echoplex also featuring Wake Up Lucid, Rainbow Jackson, and Daniel Ahearn & The Jones (9pm)
ALSO: The Mowgli’s FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Wires in the Walls FREE at Silverlake Lounge (10:45)
ALSO: Tic Tic Boom! FREE at Los Globos (11pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night FREE at Bardot featuring K.Flay (11:30)
ALSO: Monday Monday FREE at Room 5 featuring Kris & Alex Angelis, Scott Mellis, and Jackie Does Joel (8pm)


Tuesday: Basement Sessions FREE at Hemingways featuring Family Wagon and Diamond Light (9pm)
ALSO: So, What’s Your Story with Xander Smith and friend at Genghis Cohen (8pm)
ALSO: Beachwood Tuesdays FREE at The Piano Bar featuring The Janks, Clare Means, and more (8pm)


Weds: twenty one pilots with Echosmith and New Politics at The Troubadour (7:30)
ALSO: Sir Sly FREE at The Echo featuring Frank + Derol and more (9pm)
ALSO: Zookeeper’s Palace, The Red Paintings, The Revivalists at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Death of a Star at On the Rox (8pm)
ALSO: Lisa Loeb at Bootleg Theater (7:30)
ALSO: Sutton Foster at Rockwell: Table & Stage (8pm)


Thursday: The Shakers at The Roxy (10pm)
ALSO: The Wellspring at The Hotel Cafe (8:30)
ALSO: Raheem Cohen and The Ten Thousand at The Lyric Theatre (8pm)
ALSO: Wildcat! Wildcat! and Zola Jesus at The Echoplex (10pm)…only $3 if you get there before 10pm
ALSO: Drug Cabin FREE at SIlverlake Lounge (10pm)


Friday: Heathers at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: The White Buffalo at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: The Dead Ships at Central SAPC (11pm)
ALSO: Vanattica at Amplyfi (8:45)
ALSO: Viza at The Viper Room (11pm)
ALSO: Victor Wooten at The El Rey (8pm)


Saturday: Deadly Birds and We Were Indians at Casey’s Irish Bar Downtown (10:30, 11:30)
ALSO: Golden State at El Cid (10pm)
ALSO: Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters) at First Unitarian Church (8pm)


Sunday: Lee Dewyze at Saint Rocke (9pm)
ALSO: The Dead Ships FREE at The Satellite (10pm)



To Keep in Mind:
Feb. 26th: Anberlin at The House of Blues Sunset
Feb. 28th: Matthew Perryman Jones at Bootleg Bar
Feb. 28th: Jukebox the Ghost at The Echo
Feb. 28th: Rumors at The Roxy
March 1st: Queen Caveat at The Viper Room
March 1st: Free Energy at Bootleg Bar
March 2nd: The Ranch music festival
March 5th: Marcus Foster at The Troubadour
March 5th: Mother Mother at The Viper Room
March 7th: Youngblood Hawke at The Troubadour
March 7,8,9: Buckcherry at The Viper Room
March 8th: Boy at The Troubadour
March 11th: Lucy Rose at The Hotel Cafe
March 12th: CHVRCHES at The Echo
March 13th: Frightened Rabbit at The Music Box
March 15th: Anais Mitchell at McCabe’s
March 19th: Ivan & Alyosha at The Echo
March 19th: Everything Everything at The Roxy
March 19th: Foxes at Bootleg Bar
March 20th: Nico Vega, Atlas Genius, and Imagine Dragons at The Wiltern
March 20th: Charlotte Church at The Troubadour
March 24th: Janis Ian at McCabe’s
April 3rd: William Beckett at The Hotel Cafe
April 20th: Tyrone Wells and Wakey!Wakey! at The Troubadour
April 23rd: The Revival Tour at The El Rey
May 8th/9th: Milk Carton Kids at Largo
May 18-19th: Overture Con at The Mint
June 1st: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at The Wiltern
August 19th/20th: Ed Sheeran at The Staples Center

~ Kristen