Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 6/17-6/23

I’m clearly putting myself through the mental ringer today. After
a meditative morning, I read a couple chapters of Olive Kitterage, watched Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and now I’m listening to the new Matthew Mayfield EP, Irons in the Fire, on repeat. I think
this combination would leave anyone a bit on the contemplative and depressed
side. Before I write an inspired opus on suicide, the end of days, and damaging
relationships, I’m just going to direct you to the more uplifting musical
options for the week listed below. Once again, my top pick is the delectable
Queen Caveat playing Monday night at The Satellite. This week’s theme is the 80’s.
I’ve been told this means I need to dress in bright colors, but I’m not sure my
closet full of black band t-shirts and jeans is going to offer me anything

 Monday: Queen
Caveat with Dekades and The Black & the White FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday FREE at Room 5 (8pm)

Tuesday: Jake
Newton at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Family Wagon FREE at Swinghouse Studios (8pm)
ALSO: The Absolute at Bootleg Bar (10pm)
ALSO: The Bunny Gang and Franky Perez & The Truth at The Viper Room (9, 11)

Weds: The Diamond
Light and Tall Tales and the Silver Lining at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: The Echo & The Sound at Silverlake Lounge (11pm)
ALSO: Red at The Roxy (10pm)

Thursday: Clare
Means and Caitlin Crosby at The Hotel Cafe (8,9)
ALSO: The Dig at Bootleg Bar (11pm)
ALSO: Joseph Arthur at The Troubadour (9:30)

Friday: Bleu at
The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: The Last Internationale and Red Circle Underground at The Viper Room (9,
ALSO: Wildcat! Wildcat! at The Echo (11pm)
ALSO: Saucy Monkey at Room 5 (10pm)
ALSO: The Filthy Souls at El Cid (11:45)

Saturday: The
Staves at The Bootleg (10pm)
ALSO: Soft Swells and The Record Company at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Dana Williams at Room 5 (9pm)
ALSO: The Cerny Brothers at WitZend (10pm)

Sunday: Iron and
Wine at First Unitarian Church (8pm)
ALSO: Guster, Barenaked Ladies, and Ben Folds Five at The Greek Theatre (7pm)
ALSO: Treetop Flyers at Bootleg Bar (9pm)


To Keep in Mind:

24th: Zane Carney at The Hotel Cafe 
June 25th: Rachael Yamagata at The Troubadour
June 27th: Bernhoft at The Troubadour
July 1st: Anberlin at The Roxy
3rd: Adam Arcuargi at The Hotel Cafe
July 10th: Nico Vega and Crash Kings at The Troubadour 
July 15th: The Neighbourhood at The Fonda Theater 
July 19th: Passenger at El Rey Theatre
July 23rd: Bastille at The Troubadour 
July 23rd: Savages at The El Rey
July 23rd/24th: The Postal Service at The Greek Theatre
July 25th: Dan Wilson at The Hotel Cafe 
July 26th: Saint Motel at The El Rey 
July 27th: Fitz and The Tantrums at The Wiltern 
August 1st-3rd: Sunset Strip Music Festival 
August 8th: The Silent Comedy at Fonda Theatre
August 16th: Michael Bernard Fitzgerald at The Troubadour 
August 19th/20th: Ed Sheeran at The Staples Center
August 22nd: Andrew Belle at Bootleg Bar 
August 24th: NEEDTOBREATHE at Harvest Social in Anaheim 
August 24th: Truth & Salvage Co. at The Troubadour 
September 4th: Tegan and Sara at The Greek Theatre
September 11th: Churchill at Greek Theatre 
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 26th: Hanson at House of Blues Sunset
September 27th: The Naked & Famous at The Wiltern 
September 27th/28th: The Lumineers at The Greek Theatre 
October 1st: Jake Bugg at Fonda Theatre
October 8th: Daughter at The Wiltern 
October 11th: KT Tunstall at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
October 12th: 30 Seconds to Mars at The Hollywood Bowl
October 21st: Carbon Leaf at The Hotel Cafe 

~ Kristen




New Music Tuesday 6/11/13 Featuring The Silent Comedy, Matthew Mayfield, Irontom

Lots of delicious music coming out this summer.  I don’t know how I feel about all the abbreviated EPs (versus full length albums), but I guess that is the way of things. As long as my favorites keep putting amazing new tunes in my ears, I cannot complain. Here’s what  I’ve been listening to this week:

The Silent ComedyFriends

The wait for new Silent Comedy material has been somewhat
painful, but now I can rejoice as one of my favorite bands has released a
collection of new gems. As a whole, the record seems less aggressive than I’m
used to from a typically raucous Silent Comedy show, but there is still a familiar
edge and tell-tale musicality that can transport you another time and place
that long-time TSC fans might call The Church of The Silent Comedy. This is a
place where the whiskey flows and the world seems a better place, not because
it is not dark, but because in that darkness we know we are not alone.  In other words, go out and buy this record as
you’ll be better for it.

Matthew MayfieldIrons
in the Fire

One listen to the first track off this EP and I’m sold. Matthew has an amazing ability to produce instantly impactful songs that have both an emotional intensity and rough, rocker edge. This EP translates the Mayfield magic to its recorded form surprisingly well making it a very easy purchasing decision. As a bonus, the EP includes a couple new versions of the smoldering “Fire Escape”.

IrontomNitro EP

This one came out last week, but as it has been on repeat in my itunes since then, I would be remiss to not mention it. LMN Band Love Irontom plays somewhat frenzied rock songs and after a few listens, it is hard not to get caught up and swept away in the band’s refreshing take on the genre. This band, for me, has become an addiction. Take a listen and join me!

Some other CDs out today worth checking out:


~ Kristen