Amanda’s SD Show Calendar 9/26-10/2

What a weekend! While I did nothing really musically oriented, I definitely was wiped out by the end of it. What was I doing? Funny you should ask. I was working at a rodeo. I used to ride in said rodeo but this time I was just a helping hand. I did get some boogie time with some country music but boy, I’m still tired. Oh, I did see the Blue Man Group for the first time last night! That’s musical. And definitely fun!

But enough about me…


Monday: Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band and Austin Lucas and The Bold Party @ Soda Bar @9  $12

Tuesday: Mattson 2 @ El Dorado @9
AND: Bush with Chevelle and Filter @ 4th & B @630 $40

Wednesday: New Kinetics CD Release @ Bar Pink @9
AND: AA Bondy @ Casbah @9 $12
AND: Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Dutchesses ) feat. Allison Moorer @ Belly Up @8 $32 adv/$34 day of

Thursday: SoundDiego Live feat. Dead Feather Moon and The Get Down Automatic @Casbah @730
AND: Lisa Hannigan @ Belly Up @9 $13 adv/$15 day of

Friday: Portugal. The Man and Alberta Cross @ House of Blues SD @730 $20
AND: Peter Bjorn and John @ Belly Up @9 $20 adv/$22 day of
AND: Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles @ Casbah @9 $14

Saturday: Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles @ Casbah @9 $14
AND: The Loons @ Eleven @9 $8
AND: The Bloody Hollies and Low Volts @ Griffin
AND: Street Beat Party @ India St. (between Ash and A) @230 $39
AND: Never Shout Never and A Rocket to the Moon @Soma @6 $23

Sunday: Blind Pilot @ Belly Up @9 $15 adv/$17 day of
AND: Jesse Terry @ Lestats @8


Keep in Mind:

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 8th- The Album Leaf, Sister Crayon, and Writer @ Mississippi Room @ Lafayette Hotel $16 adv/$18 day of
October 9th- Dawes and Blitzen Trapper @ Belly Up @8 $18 adv/$20 day of
October 9th- Electric Six @ Casbah
October 11th- Dropkick Murphys @ House of Blues
October 11th- Mattson 2 and Patrick Norton @ El Dorado @9
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 15th- Hoodang Festival feat. Louis XIV, Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects, Endoxi, and more @ Santa Ysabel Casino @11am $30
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 21st- Blackout Party, Grand Tarantula, and Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels @ Casbah @9 $10
October 26th- Manchester Orchestra @ House of Blues SD
October 28th- The Donkeys, Cuckoo Chaos, and Bully @ Casbah @9 $8 adv/$10 day of
October 30th- Matt Nathanson @ House of Blues SD $23-$40
November 2nd- Minus the Bear and The Lonely Forest @ 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

Warped Tour Ventura- Kristen’s Take

Warped Tour always makes me feel old. All these carefree teenagers running amok, jumping up and down for bands I’ve never heard of whose members look like they are barely out of high school. There’s nothing wrong with any of this…it just makes me feel old. I didn’t even go last year.

But I love concert festivals and this year’s line-up drew me back into the sea of mohawks, bad tattoos, and fist-pumping adolescents. Okay, not the line-up in its entirety as much as one band in particular, After Midnight Project. My new fave band from Bamboozled is on the entire tour this year and I needed a reminder of why their CD, Let’s Build Something to Break, was playing in my car stereo for weeks.

And reminded I was as once again the gentlemen of After Midnight Project lifted my spirits and blew me away with their amazingly catchy brand of head banding/hand swaying rock music and their perfectly crafted bridges (a good bridge in a song will make me go week in the knees every time).  In addition, since I knew all the songs this time, I was able to sing along…well I wasn’t technically able to emit anything via my vocal chords as I’m currently suffering from laryngitis…but I was able to mouth all the words and could at least properly time all my dance moves.

AMP was one of the first bands to play that day and we got there just in time to make our way to their stage before the opening chords of their set. I was a little concerned after their set was over that the day could not get any better…especially seeing as we had already missed both Lovers Drug and You Me at Six (seriously, why were there bands playing at 11:30 when the ticket said starts at noon?).

We saw many more bands as the day progressed. Some I loved (Mayday Parade), some had promise (The Cab, Emorosa, Automatic Loveletter), some I had quite a strong distaste for (shall remain nameless), and some I have simply forgotten. There were a couple of bands I saw this year that I really love listening to but whose performances were somewhat disappointing. Both The Pretty Reckless and Never Shout Never have some amazing tunes, but the lead singers of both groups kind of made me want to strangle them (or their parents) for some of the remarks they made in between songs…again making me feel quite the old fogey.

My entire day, however, was righted by three bands: Alkaline Trio, Sum 41, and All-American Rejects. All three are bands from my own high school days and as they played those tunes I’ve always loved, I lost myself in the music, forgetting where I was, both time and place. I was reminded why events like this are completely worth my time and my money. Ironically, by the end of the day, Warped Tour had done something totally unexpected…it made me feel like a young teenager again! Ah, the rejuvenating power of music…

~ Kristen

Enjoy some random pics:

Kristen’s SXSW ’10 Mix- Part 5

                   18. “New Improved Formula” – Spring Tigers

You may think that this is yet another British band on the list but actually these guys are from Athens, Georgia. Doesn’t mean I still don’t love this song…

                  19. “Butch” – Saint Motel

Last year, I discovered LA bands Nico Vega and Crash Kings and they are now staples in my life and my music calendar. I wonder if this will be the year for another LA band, Saint Motel?

                 20. “Jane Doe”- Never Shout Never

I saw Christopher Drew Ingel (AKA Never Shout Never) at Bamboozled and he definitely stuck out, but I’m not sure if it was in the best way. Then I came across his CD What Is Love? on sale and decided to give it a go. For some reason, I’m now loving it!

               21. “Oh Lord” – Foxy Shazam

Oh to see this performed live…I can only imagine. The perfect way to end any mix.

the end…or is it…?

~ Kristen