New Music Tuesday 2/12/13 Featuring The Stone Foxes

The Stone FoxesSmall Fires 

All hail The Stone Foxes, a fearsome foursome from SF whose album, Small Fires, comes out today. If you’re a fan of bluesy rock with a hint of face-melting guitar, this album is for you.  If you favor songs that simmer for a bit before coming to boil, this album is for you.  If you don’t like movin’ and groovin’ (or at least foot tappin’), then maybe you shouldn’t bother with this album as its tunes are the type that infect. The infection can be slow, but before you know it you WILL be bobbing you head and you will get odd looks from your co-workers (okay, maybe that last one is just me).

For a taste, here’s the video for the first single off Small Fires, “Everybody Knows”


More Top Picks from Recent Releases:

I’m behind on my music acquiring/listening, but that doesn’t mean you need to be…

Frightened RabbitPedestrian Verse

I haven’t heard this album in its entirety, but I love this band so I’m sure it will be a must-have for my collection.

The Shadowboxers– Red Room

I recently discovered this Atlanta-based band, but I liked them so much their track “Sidewalk” made it on my 2012 Mix B-Sides. A couple weeks ago, they released an album, Red Room. I still need to dig into the album, but it’s near the top of my queue.


Other recent releases to look into:

~ Kristen

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 1/14-1/20

It’s almost noon on Monday and I’m still in bed. Not for much longer though. I officially go back to tomorrow because apparently I like to torture myself. I just had what you might call a ‘last hurrah’ at Disneyland yesterday after being a part of A Trolley Show featuring one of our favorite bands Youngblood Hawke. I guess my point is to please excuse this ramble because my brain still isn’t fully functional.


Monday: Family Wagon, Strange Vine @ Casbah at 9pm

Tuesday: Tori Rogg, Sister Speak, Tori Roze and Johnny @ Ruby Room at 7pm
AND: Social Distortion @ House of Blues at 730pm

Wednesday: Sea Wolf @ The Loft @ UCSD at 7pm
AND: Social Distortion @ House of Blues at 730pm

Thursday: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Lexington Field @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Friday: The Burning of Rome, The Nervous Wreckords, The New Kinetics @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: The Flowerthief, Kelsea Little @ Soda Bar at 830pm
AND: The Styletones @ Bar Pink at 9pm

Saturday: Grand Tarantula @ Soda Bar at 830pm

Sunday: Josh Damigo @ Lestats at 830pm


Keep in Mind:
January 21st- Muse @ Valley View Casino Center
January 23rd- Beer Fest feat: The Tilt @ Belly Up
January 25th- Dead Feather Moon and Blackout Party @ Casbah
January 26th- El Ten Eleven, Races @ The Loft @ UCSD
January 27th- Ben Folds Five @ House of Blues
January 31st- The Parlotones @ The Griffin
February 1st- Pinback @ House of Blues
February 3rd- Augustana @ Griffin
February 4th- ZZ Ward @ Belly Up
February 5th- The Who @ Valley View Casino Center
February 12th- Ed Sheeran @ Spreckles
February 14th- The Hives @ Belly Up
February 15th- Ra Ra Riot @ Belly Up
February 20th- B.B. King @ Belly Up
February 27th- The Used @ House of Blues
February 27th- Morrissey @ Balboa Theater
February 28th- Electric Six @ Casbah
February 28th- The White Buffalo and Terraplane Sun @ Belly Up
March 7th- Flogging Molly @ House of Blues
March 7th- Toad and the Wet Sprocket @ Belly Up
March 7th- Hey Marseilles!
March 9th- Transfer @ Belly Up
March 12th- Frightened Rabbit @ Belly Up
March 18th- Imagine Dragons, Nico Vega, and Atlas Genius @ House of Blues
March 18th- Josh Ritter @ Belly Up
March 19th- Matt Costa @ Casbah
March 30th- The Airborne Toxic Event @ House of Blues
April 17th- Alex Clare @ House of Blues

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 1/14-1/20

Only two weeks into the new year and I already have some new band obsessions. Last Friday’s show at The Hotel Cafe with Red Wanting Blue was the most entertaining and energetic show I’ve been to this year. The Ohio-based band doesn’t come to LA that often, but they had the room in a frenzy. They also have great taste in openers as they selected one of my personal favorites, The Young Romans. Since Friday, I have not been able to stop listening to Red Wanting Blue’s albums…except to listen to a few other recent favorites, The Delta Saints’ Red Letter Jubilee (out this Tuesday!), Mother Mother’s recent release, The Sticks, and European duo Boy’s Mutual Friends.

This year is already so musically bountiful!

This upcoming week looks pretty singer-songwriter heavy for me. I think I’m most excited about Saturday at The Roxy. I mean, how many years has it been since Teddy Geiger appeared on that canceled way too soon TV show about the music talent scout played by Tom Cavanaugh? I was instantly drawn to the show and the young promising talent.

Here’s what else is on my radar. Need more rock in your life? Try Thursday night at The Viper Room or sample The Ten Thousand at Los Globos as part of their January residency.


Monday: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring Run River North (formally Monsters Calling Home), Meg Meyers, and The Peach Kings (9pm)…FREE with RSVP
ALSO: Amie Miriello and Deadly Birds at The Viper Room (10, 11)
ALSO: Western Scene FREE at Harvard & Stone (8:15)
ALSO: Our Lady J with Justin Tranter at Rockwell Table and Stage (8pm)
ALSO: Kathryn Ostenberg at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Terraplane Sun FREE at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday FREE at Room 5 featuring Scott Mellis, Jesse Thomas, Jackie Does Joel, David & Devine, etc. (8pm)


Tuesday: Madi Diaz at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: The Ten Thousand at Los Globos (11:30)
ALSO: Professor Possessor at Bootleg Bar (11pm)
ALSO: A Tribute to Dolly Parton FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Kaskade at The Grammy Museum (7:30)
ALSO: Beachwood Tuesdays FREE at The Piano Bar (9pm)


Weds: Lucy Rose, Barnaby Bright, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald at The Hotel Cafe (7,8,11)
ALSO: Miner and Steve Taylor at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: Jake Bugg at The Trouadour (9:30)
ALSO: Andrew Bird at Largo (8pm)


Thursday: “Write the Night” at The Troubadour featuring Curtis Peoples, Lucy Rose, and Joshua James (7pm)
ALSO: Irontom, Transfer, The Parlotones at The Viper Room (8:30, 9:30, 10:30)
ALSO: Kate Earl at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Wake Up Lucid at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Lifehouse at The Grammy Museum (8pm)
ALSO: Pinback at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Angels Fall acoustic FREE at The Hard Rock Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Andrew Bird at Largo (8pm)


FridayThe James Douglas Show at The Federal Bar (7:30 AND 9pm)
ALSO: Forrest Day at El Cid (midnight)
ALSO: Fortress Social Club FREE at 3 Clubs (11:30)
ALSO: Abandoned Pools at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: The Dead Ships at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Meika Pauley at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Andrew Bird at Largo (8pm)


Saturday: Teddy Geiger, Tyler Hilton, Ryan Cabrera at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Irontom at O’Brien’s (10pm)
ALSO: Jenny O and He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister at The Troubadour (9:30, 10:30)


Sunday: ?



To Keep in Mind:
January 23rd: The Airborne Toxic Event at The Mayan Theatre
January 23rd, 24th, 26th: Muse at The Staples Center
January 24th: Words and Music by Dan Wilson at Room 5
January 26th: The Nervous Wreckords at The Satellite
January 27th: Joshua Radin at The Hotel Cafe
Feb. 1st: Tegan and Sara at Club Nokia
Feb. 2nd: Augustana at The Troubadour
Feb. 9th: Ed Sheeran at Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 12th: Ellie Goulding at Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 13th: Papa Roach at Club Nokia
Feb. 13th: Dear Boy at The Troubadour
Feb. 17th: Ed Sheeran at Nokia Theatre LA Live
Feb. 21st: twenty one pilots at The Troubadour
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
March 5th: Marcus Foster at The Troubadour
March 8th: Boy at The Troubadour
March 13th: Frightened Rabbit at The Music Box
March 15th: Anais Mitchell at McCabe’s
March 20th: Nico Vega, Atlas Genius, and Imagine Dragons at The Wiltern
May 18-19th: Overture Con at The Mint/Central SAPC
April 20th: Tyrone Wells and Wakey!Wakey! at The Troubadour
August 19th/20th: Ed Sheeran at The Staples Center

~ Kristen

SXSW Recap: 3/13

It’s 3:30 am (again) and despite having droopy eyes, I’m somehow awake (again). I’m not complaining mind you. I’m just making a statement about life during SXSW. Today was the unofficial start of the festival if you will. This is a day filled with long lines, wristband and badge pick up, hustling, waiting, and all kinds of running around. It isn’t till the evening time that the music really starts. And that, is magic.

Somehow I’ve already amassed 4 wristbands, 3 badges, and a bag of swag. Also managed to score a wonderful free veggie dog from the Hot Dog King cart courtesy of @girlshbo. And this is only day 1. Tomorrow promises to be even crazier but tonight was an excellent start.

Our musical night started with He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister playing as Rain Bro at Bayou Lounge as part of the ATN showcase. Following that was Viva City at Chuggin Monkey (dance party!), and was topped off with a healthy dose of Saint Motel at Treasure Island. It was great to finally see He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister and what better time than at SXSW?! And I must say, it was lovely to have that dance party with Viva City. A year is far too long to wait. And what can I say about Saint Motel other than what a great way to finish off the night. It made my night complete. Also, they have a free download if you head to their site!

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 2/27-3/4

This weeks concert calendar is brought to you by a a gloomy San Diego day and a freshly erased and reformatted computer which is just like new! It’s already the end of February (say what?!) and it’s getting close to SXSW time. This week should be good to go as far as shows but the next few weeks might be a little light (which is even more reason to go to SXSW).

Monday: Foxy Shazam @ 710 Beach Club @8
AND: Veronica Falls @ Casbah @930 $10

Tuesday: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister @ Casbah @9 $8/$10
AND: Reptar @ Soda Bar @9 $8/$10

Wednesday: The Kooks @ House of Blues @730 $25-$37.50
AND: Trevor Davis @ Anthology @7 $10-$25

Thursday: Leslie and The Lys and Pennyhawk @ Casbah @9 $10/$12
AND: Family Wagon and Brothers Grimm @ El Dorado @9 $5

Friday: The Burning of Rome @ Ruby Room @9
AND: The Heavy Guilt Duo @ Eleven @9 $6
AND: Jamuel Saxon @ Soda Bar @9 $7

Saturday: Jackie Greene @ Belly Up @9
AND: Scars on 45 @ Anthology @930 $18-$25
AND: The Beautiful View @ Bar Pink @9
AND:  Alkaline Trio @ House of Blues @730 $20-$33
AND: Astra Kelly @ Soda Bar @830 $7

Sunday: O’Brother and Junius @ Soda Bar @830 $10

Keep in Mind:
March 6th- Ivan and Alyosha @ Soda Bar
March 6th- Flogging Molly @ House of Blues
March 8th- William Fitzsimmons @ Anthology @7
March 8th- The Silent Comedy and Dead Feather Moon @ Belly Up
March 8th- Maren Parusel, Italian Japanese, and Low Volts @ Casbah
March 9th- The Stone Foxes @ Casbah @9
March 10th- The Heavy Guilt and The Beautiful View @ Casbah’
March 10th- The Gallery @ Spring Forward Festival
March 10th- Puddle of Mudd @ Sycuan @8 $35/$45
March 11th- Crocodiles @ Casbah @9 $12
March 11th- Fierce Creatures @ Tin Can Alehouse
March 13th-18th- SXSW!
March 18th- Puscifer @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
March 19th- Kaiser Chiefs @ Belly Up @9
March 20th- Ani DeFranco @ House of Blues
March 21st- Cults @ Belly Up @9
March 22nd- Cartel @ Soma
March 23rd- The Ting Tings @ House of Blues
March 30th- Into It Over It @ Soma
March 31st- Henry Rollins @ SD Women’s Club $27.50
April 4th0- Hunter Hayes @ House of Blues
April 7th- Transfer and The Blackout Party @ Belly Up
April 13th- Coachella Weekend 1
April 15th- Rise Against @ Viejas Arena
April 16th- Elvis Costello @ Humphreys
April 20th- Coachella Weekend 2
May 2nd- Say Anything @ House of Blues
May 4th- Thrice @ House of Blues
June 3rd- Mogwai @ Belly Up

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 2/27-3/4

This week’s concert list is brought to you from an Academy Awards viewing party. So far, Hugo is winning a lot more than I anticipated, but I’m still pulling for The Artist for the win. I did pretty well seeing all but one of the best picture nominees (sorry War Horse, not gonna happen). I’m sad that there weren’t more original song nominations…and that we aren’t going to see a live performance of “Man or Muppet”. Although, I am enjoying the live music playing out to commercials (was that an electric guitar?).

I can’t believe next week we enter the month of March! It’s almost SXSW time!! In preparation, I may be a little light on show-going next week. Alternatively there are some great shows on the West Side this week which will really save me on travel time. Mind the Gap/Maniac at The Central and The Makepeace Brothers at WitZend on Tuesday and a fantastic lineup at Harvelles on Thursday with Garrison Starr, Jamestown Revival, Jake Newton and Satellite. Here are the rest of my recommendations:


Monday: Indians and Dead Sara at The Viper Room (9, 10)
ALSO: A House for Lions and Milo Greene FREE at The Satellite (9, 11)
ALSO: It’s a School Night FREE at Bardot featuring Haim (9pm)
ALSO: Paris Carney and Songwriters in the Round at Room 5 (8, 9)


Tuesday: Mind the Gap and Maniac at The Central (10, 11)
ALSO: Ruby Friedman and Abbot Kinney at The Hotel Cafe (7, 11)
ALSO: The Muddy Reds FREE at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: The Jealous Sound at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: The Makepeace Brothers at WitZend (9pm)
ALSO: Foxy Shazam at The SIidebar in Fullerton (8pm)


Weds: Milow and Infantree at The Hotel Cafe (8, 10)
ALSO: Dana Williams at Room 5 (10pm)


Thursday: Garrison Starr, Jamestown Revival, Jake Newton, and Satellite at Harvelles (8pm)
ALSO: Harper Blynn and Madi Diaz at The Hotel Cafe (9, 10)
ALSO: Taylor Locke & The Roughs and Purple Melon at The Viper Room (9, 10)
ALSO: He’s My Brothers, She’s My Sister at The Echo (11pm)


Friday: Joe Purdy, Brian Wright and Brother Sal at The Hotel Cafe (10:30)
ALSO: Jackie Greene at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: Ilsey Juber at Room 5 (9pm)

ALSO: Armada at The Viper Room (9pm)
ALSO: Justin Hopkins at WitZend (9pm)



Saturday: The Shakers at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: The Elizabeth Kill at Molly Malone’s (9pm)
ALSO: Kevin Martin at On the Rox (9pm)
ALSO: O’Brother at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Ty Segall at The Troubadour (10:45)


Sunday: Miniature Tigers at The Troubadour (9:45)



To Keep in Mind:
March 5th: Scars on 45 at The Troubadour
March 5th-6th: Dan Wilson and Rachel Yamagata at The Hotel Cafe
March 8th: Crash Kings at The Troubadour
March 9th: Vanaprasta at The Bootleg Bar
March 9th: William Fitzsimmons at The Troubadour
March 10th: Nico Vega at The Roxy
March 10th: Twin Atlantic at The Viper Room
March 13th-18th: SXSW (Austin, TX)
March 14th: The Pretty Reckless at The HOB Sunset
March 16th: Guster at Largo
March 18th: Dia Frampton at The Troubadour
March 20th: Needtobreathe and Ben Rector at Club Nokia
March 20th: War on Drugs at Avalon
March 22nd: The Lumineers at The Hotel Café
March 23rd: Truth & Salvage Co. at The Troubadour
March 24th: Ani DiFranco at The Orpheum Theater
March 24th and 25th: Allen Stone at The Troubadour
March 31st: Tyrone Wells at The Roxy
April 1st: Charlotte Martin at The Bootleg Bar
April 11th: Mike Doughty at Bootleg Theater
April 12th: Joseph Arthur at The Largo
April 19th: Foxy Shazam at The Roxy
April 13th-15th AND 20th– 22nd: Coachella
April 25th: Ben Kweller at The El Rey
April 27th: Ingrid Michaelson at The Troubadour
May 2nd: Cage the Elephant at The Mayan
May 8th: Snow Patrol at The Hollywood Palladium
May 11th: Imagine Dragons at The Troubadour
June 3rd: Deas Vail at The Troubadour
June 13th and 14th: Phantom Planet at The Troubadour


~ Kristen

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 10/24-10/30

You know, waking up today with a gloomy sky made me think I was still on the east coast. Sadly, my alarm to get up for school today reminded me otherwise. I had a fantastic and most memorable trip. It was lovely to be on the east coast not in the dead of winter for once. I wish I was still out there but sometimes, you need to come back to the real world. Maybe. Alright, who needs the real world? Oh wait, the real world has shows. Hmmmmmm.


Monday: David Cook and Gavin DeGraw @ Humphrey’s By The Bay
AND: The New Kinetics @ Casbah @9 $8

Tuesday: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister @ Casbah @9 $8/$10
AND: April Ventura & The Magnolias @ Soda Bar @9 $7

Wednesday: Manchester Orchestra, White Denim, The Dear Hunter, and Little Hurricane @ House of Blues SD @730 $17-$51

Thursday: Patrick Norton @ Eleven @9 $6
AND: Jamuel Saxon @Soda Bar @830 $8
AND: April Ventura & The Magnolias @ Lestats @8

Friday: The Donkeys, Cuckoo Chaos, and Bully @ Casbah @9 $8 adv/$10 day of
AND: The Burning of Rome @ Ruby Room @9
AND: 91X Boo’s Cruise w/ GroupLove and Grand Tarantula on Hornblower @730 $25/$30

Saturday: The Nervous Wreckords and Republic of Letters @ Casbah @9 $10

Sunday: Matt Nathanson @ House of Blues SD @730 $23-$40


Keep in Mind:

December 31st- Deer Tick, Guards, The Kaabs and Low Volts @ Casbah @9 $15
December 31st- Josh Damigo’s Acoustic Bash @ House of Blues @6
November 2nd- Minus the Bear and The Lonely Forest @ Soma @730 $25
November 2nd- Simple Plan, Forever The Sickest Kids, The Cab @ House of Blues SD @7 $21-$35
November 3rd- Mayday Parade @ House of Blues SD
November 5th- The Parlotones @ Casbah $12
November 7th- Purple Melon and Kevin Martin @ Casbah $8
November8th- Mattson 2 @ El Dorado
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 17th- The Sounds @ Soma @7
November 20th- Newfound Glory @ House of Blues
November 22nd- Morrissey @ Escondido Center for the Arts
December 3rd- Little Hurricane @ Casbah $14
December 10th- The Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ Belly Up
December 19th- Pinback @ Belly Up
January 22nd- Wilco and With Denim @ House of Blues
February 3rd- Mute Math @ 4th & B