Kristen’s SXSW ’12 Mix – Part 3

One of the things I love most about SXSW is the opportunity it provides every year to discover great new artists. The following mix reflects some of the bands and musicians I’ve added to my “watch list” as a result of SXSW 2012. Enjoy!

12. Defining Times– “Rite”

I hear potential in this band from Oklahoma City, OK…I like potential.

13. New Cassettes – “Silent Guns”

Okay, so I did see this band a year ago…but I had kind of forgotten about them until they popped up on my SXSW radar. I thought they deserved a second mention.


14. Morning Parade– “Headlights”

After listening to my mega SXSW mix en route to Austin, it was decided that Morning Parade was going to be one of our must-sees. We caught them one early afternoon at The British Embassy and they did not disappoint.


15. Brother & Bones – “Hold Me Like the Sun”

Is it just me or can you are you also craving a line-up of Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Brother & Bones, and The Silent Comedy after listening to this song? Just me? huh…


Listen! Learn! Love!


~ Kristen

Amanda’s SD Show Calendar 9/19-9/25

I’d like to know how this month is already halfway over? Wasn’t it just the 4th of July? Seriously!
Well, I’m really excited today, although I must admit that it has nothing to do with music. Today marks the beginning of some major television shows coming back from hiatus including my favorite, Castle!

But never fear, there is much music to be seen this week!


Monday: Heavy Glow @ Soda Bar @9 $8
AND: Firefall with The Rocksliders @ Belly Up @8 $22

Tuesday: We Barbarians and The Howls @ Soda Bar @9 $8
AND: Patrick Norton @ Tin Can Alehouse @10 $5

Wednesday: Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights with New Kinetics @ Soda Bar @9 $10
AND: Bright Eyes @ Soma @7 $25
AND: Austin Hartley Leonard, April Ventura and the Magnolias, Ashleigh Mannix, and Rhiannan Rath @ Lestats @8
AND: Buddy Guy @ Belly Up @8 $67 adv/$72 day of

Thursday: Maren Parusel @ Tin Can Alehouse @10 $5

Friday: The Mother Hips w/Nicki Bluhm and The Gamblers @ Belly Up @930 $18 adv/$20 day of
AND: One I Red @ Eleven @9 $6
AND: Greg Gibson and Megan Slankard and Jeff Campbell @ Lestats @8
AND: Ladytron @ House of Blues SD $25

Saturday: Arctic Monkeys w/ TV on the Radio @ SDSU Open Air Theater
AND: Two Door Cinema Club @ House of Blues SD
AND: Christian Motos (Flowertheif) @ Eleven @9 $6
AND: Adams Avenue Street Fair @11 am

Sunday: Adams Avenue Street Fair @11 am


Keep in Mind:

September 27th- Bush with Chevelle and Filter @ 4th & B @630 $40
September 30th- Portugal. The Man and Alberta Cross @ House of Blues SD @730 $20
October 1st- Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls @ Casbah $14
October 6th- The Naked and Famous @ Belly Up
October 6th- Honda Civic Tour w/ Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, and Matt and Kim @ Cricket Wireless
October 8th- Liam Finn @ The Loft @ UCSD
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- AWOLNATION (reschedule) @ Belly Up @9
October 17th- Foo Fighters w/ Cage the Elephant @ Viejas Arena
October 19th- Foster the People @ Soma @7 $25
October 26th- Manchester Orchestra @ House of Blues SD
October 30th- Matt Nathanson @ House of Blues SD $23-$40
November 2nd- Minus the Bear @ Soma @730 $25
November 3rd- Mayday Parade @ House of Blues SD
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

Kristen’s SXSW ’10 Mix- Part 2

And the mix continues with…

               5. “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” – Frightened Rabbit

Speaking of bands from across the pond, I’m still smarting from the absence of this one at Coachella and the fact that I’m out of town when they will be in LA (May 23).  Even though I discovered Frightened Rabbit well over a year ago, I still feel the need to put them on any list possible…just for an excuse to listen to them more myself!

               6. “I Need” – Maverick Sabre

This is the track I had the difficulty in tracking down as Maverick has yet to release more than a single (at least on ITunes). The fact that it is here is a testament to how much it struck me.

               7. “Gypsy Woman” – Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights

Also struggled to get this track. I went to go see Jonathan et al at The Viper Room with the express purpose of picking up a CD only to discover that there were none available. Fortunately since then, the group’s debut CD Pardon Me has been released. I would highly recommend this addition to your record collection.

              8. “Run Baby Run”- Noush Skaugen

One of the reasons I love SXSW is that it gives me the opportunity to discover artists like Noush Skaugen whom I don’t know if I’d ever happen upon otherwise. You can get this entire track free from her website!

…more to come…

~ Kristen

Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights

Listening to all the SXSW ’10 bands, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights definitely caught my ear. I loved their song “Gypsy Woman” but was frustrated when I couldn’t find it anywhere online (so I could add it to my mix). Fortunately, they played LA Thursday night…The Viper Room. It was a typical Viper Room experience. I went by myself and since there are no walls to really melt into, it felt a bit like being the weak link in a Red Rover game most of the evening. But Jonathan et al. made it worthwhile. They play my favorite type of rock ‘n roll- with a southern flare (the band is from Texas, but its members originate from all over the southern portion of the country).  Their inspiring music and invigorating live performance will definitely qualify them for a spot on my watch list. They have a CD coming out at the end of the month (April 27th) and are touring all over CA and then the south…making a stop at Bonnaroo (yay!!).  
Tonight (Saturday) they will be in San Diego at The House of Blues.

If you can’t catch them live, be sure to check out their videos and live recordings on their website. I’ve been told the Viper Room show will get put up there so I’m excited to have something to listen to while I patiently wait for April 27th.

~ Kristen