New Music Tuesday 9/3/13 Featuring Bastille, The 1975, The Griswolds

Well, here’s what I’ve got on my radar this week…

BastilleBad Blood 

The record has been out for some time overseas, but this week it was finally released in the US and I adore this band and album, so I thought I’d mention it again. It went up to number 2 on the iTunes album chart so I guess I’m not the only one. I’ve been enjoying Bastille in whatever bits I could get my hands on, but now I’m thrilled that I can finally digest the album in its entirety! From more well-known songs like “Laura Palmer” and “Things
Lost in the Fire” to the deeper cuts I wasn’t as familiar with (currently loving bonus track, “The Silence”), I’d say this is one of those albums to listen to front to back on repeat.

The 1975The 1975

I am very back and forth on this album from these buzzy indie rockers from Manchester. My ups and downs with the band go back to my first viewing at SXSW which didn’t leave me with the best impression. Then I slowly came back around after hearing some recordings. The first time I listened to this album, I was dancing around the room, but by the end of it, I was bored with its “sameness”. I think I appreciate this band and album most in moderation. I took my favorite tracks (“Sex”, “Chocolate”, “The City”) and put them in their own playlist and now I can’t stop listening. Take from that what you will…

The GriswoldsHeart
of a Lion EP

Fun dance rock from an up and coming Aussie group. You can listen to the EP on bandcamp. I think these 4 songs are a taste of great things to come. I denote The Griswolds a band to watch!


  • Over the Rhine – Meet Me At The Edge of the World
  • Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
  • Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
  • Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium
  • North Mississippi Allstars – World Boogie is Coming
  • RDGLDGRN – Red Gold Green
  • Ed Roland And The Sweet Tea Project – Devils ‘n Darlins
  • Frank Turner – Losing Days EP

~ Kristen


Amanda’s SD Show Calendar 6/20-6/26

I don’t know about you folks but I had a lovely weekend. I was able to make it out to the Bro-Am and the Bro-Am After party where I had the 90’s come crashing back thanks to Johnny Rzeznik. Little Hurricane was in the house as well and were wonderful as always! Unfortunately, I stepped on something at the beach on Saturday and ended up with a nasty sting/bite. I don’t know what caused it but I know it’s red and it’s angry. So I’m spending my Monday nursing an angry foot. Yay!


Monday: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Maria Taylor @ Casbah @9 $15

Tuesday: Nico Vega @ Anthology @730 $10-$21
AND: Donovan Frankenreiter @ Belly Up @9 $25
AND: Thao and Mirah @ Casbah @9 $13

Wednesday: Neon Trees @ Del Mar Fair @730
AND: The Henry Clay People @ Soda Bar @9 $8 adv/$10 day of
AND: Ida Maria @ Casbah @9 $15
AND: Ruby Summer @ Lestats @9

Thursday: Maren Parusel @ Bar Pink @10 $8 adv/$10 day of

Friday: Okkervil River with Titus Andronicus, and New Villager @ Belly Up @9 $18 adv/$20 day of
AND: Grand Tarantula @ Soda Bar @9 $5
AND: April Ventura and the Magnolias and River City @ Eleven @9 $5
AND: Hong Kong Fuzz (members of Dirty Sweet) @ Tin Can Alehouse @10 $5
AND: Nikki Lang @ Lestats
AND: Taking Back Sunday @ House of Blues SD  @730 $32.50 adv/$37.50 day of

Saturday: Holly Golightly and the Broke Offs @ Casbah @9 $12
AND: Echo Revolution @ Soda Bar @930 $5
AND: Wendy Bailey and True Stories @ Lestats
AND: Buckethead with Wolff @ House of Blues SD @8 $30 adv/$32.50 day of

Sunday: Glitch Mob @ Belly Up @9 $15 adv/$17 day of
AND: Heavy Glow @ Casbah @9 $FREE
AND: The Ferocious Few @ Bar Pink @10


Keep in Mind:

June 29th- The Beach Boys @ Del Mar Fair @730
June 30th- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Del Mar Fair @730
June 30th- Belly Up Rock Festival w/ Dead Feather Moon, The Stone Foxes, The Tilt, and The Howls @Del Mar Fair @9
July 1st- A Scribe Amidst the Lions @ Casbah @9 $8 adv/$10 day of
July 1st- Astra Kelly, Endoxi, Gayle Skidmore, and Miss Erika Davies @ Soda Bar
July 3rd- White Apple Tree @ Casbah @9 $FREE
July 4th- Cash’d Out @ Del Mar Fair @9
July 5th- The Silent Comedy and Saint Motel @ Casbah @9 $16
July 5th- Eddie Vedder @ Copley Symphony Hall
July 6th- Foster the People @ House of Blues $17.50
July 7th- Anya Marina @ Casbah @9 $15
July 9th- The White Buffalo @ Casbah @9 $12 adv/$14 day of
July 26th- Cold Cave and Austra @ Casbah $12 adv/$14 day of
July 26th- A Perfect Circle @ SDSU Open Air Theater
July 27th- Indigo Girls @ Humphrey’s
July 29th- Yuck @ Casbah
July 30th- LA Rising w/ Rag Against the Macheine, Muse, Rise Against, and more @ Los Angeles Memorial Colliseum
July 31st- Dredg and Fair to Midland @ Soma @630 $15 adv
August 8th- About the Music Show w/ Belle Brigade @ Belly Up
August 9th- Vans Warped Tour
August 9th- Avi Buffalo @ Casbah @9 $10
August 16th- Death Cab for Cutie @ RIMAC Arena
August 18th-20th- Sunset Strip Music Festival
September 2nd- Fitz and the Tantrums @ Del Mar Racetrack
September 4th- Kings of Leon with Band of Horses @ Cricket Wireless
September 24th- Arctic Monkeys w/ TV on the Radio @ SDSU Open Air Theater
October 5th- The Naked and Famous @ Belly Up
October 15th- Honda Civic Tour w/ Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, and Matt and Kim @ Cricket Wireless
October 16th- The Naked and Famous @ Casbah @9 $15
October 17th- Foo Fighters w/ Cage the Elephant @ Viejas Arena

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 6/20-6/26

This weekend was supposed to be SO much fun, but I ended up spending most of it sleeping. I guess I can only run away from sickness for so long. Fortunately, before the fever descended, I was able to spend an amazing night Weds at Empire, the weekly party Semi Precious Weapons throws at On the Rox (bar above The Roxy). So many of my friends were out, celebrating a few birthdays. SPW put on a stripped down miniset, including a slower version of their new tune “Free Booze” that I might just enjoy more than the original. Finally, we all danced the night away to tunes provided by my favorite DJ (DJ High Voltage). Such a memorable night! There are only two more Empires left (this Weds and next) so if you haven’t been, be sure to get on the list and go!

As for the rest of the week, here’s my wish list. At the moment, I can’t really fathom going out, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to. So many good shows this week. You’ll have to enjoy them for me until I’m back on my feet.


Monday: Armada at The Viper Room (11:15)
ALSO: Anna Nalick at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Jenny O FREE at Bootleg (9pm)
ALSO: Songwriters in the Round at Room 5 featuring Shane Alexander, John Elliot, Joel Eckels, and Jon Green (9pm)


Tuesday: Blue n Green: To Jopin With Love benefit concert at The Hotel Cafe featuring Tony Lucca, Keaton Simons, Raining Jane, Stop Motion Poetry, and SO many more (9pm)…door proceeds to benefit The Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund
ALSO: Lovers Drugs at Lot 1 Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Two Gallants at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: Paris Carney at Room 5 (9pm)


Weds: High Voltage Night at The Mint featuring Eli James, Hell & Lula, and Toy Bombs (9pm)
ALSO: The Watkins Family hour at Largo at The Coronet (8:30, 10)
ALSO: Meiko at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Jarrod Gorbel and Bell X1 at The Troubadour (8:30, 9:30)
ALSO: My Morning Jacket at Pantages Theater (8pm)
ALSO: Empire Presents Semi Precious Weapons On the Rox (10pm)…free with RSVP to


Thursday: War Tapes and Dead Sara at Bootleg Theater (9:45, 10:45)
ALSO: Austin Hartley Leonard, Chris Pierce, and The Canyons at The Hotel Cafe (9,10,11)
ALSO: Allen Stone and Nikka Costa at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Lovers Drugs at The Prospector in Long Beach (9pm)
ALSO: The Kooks at The Troubadour (9:45)
ALSO: Okkervil River at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: The Mountain Goats at The El Rey (8pm)


Friday: Lakes at The Hotel Cafe (11pm)
ALSO: Rooney and Maniac at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Viza at The Troubadour (11:15)
ALSO: Alex Dezen at Bootleg (9:30)


Saturday: The Silent Comedy at The Roxy (1pm)
ALSO: Terra Naomi, Lelia Broussard, Andy Clockwise, and Brother Sal at The Hotel Cafe (9,10,11,12)
ALSO: Jamestown Revival at Room 5 (10pm)
ALSO: Allen Stone and Nikka Costa at Saint Rocke (9pm)

Sunday: Jonah Montraga at The Hotel Cafe (7:30)


To Keep in Mind:
June 29th: Brooke Fraser at The Music Box
July 4th: Hotel Café Presents Ford on the 4th of July featuring Truth & Salvage Co., Cary Brothers, The Rescues, Anya Marina, etc.
July 14th: Parade of Lights at The Viper Room
July 15th: Curtis Peoples at The Hotel Cafe
July 19th and 21st: Alkaline Trio at The Troubadour
July 22nd: Langhorne Slim at The Echo
July 26th: The Indigo Girls at The Troubadour
July 28th: A Perfect Circle at Gibson Auditorium
August 12-14th: Outside Lands in San Francisco
August 18th: The Veronicas at The Viper Room
August 19th: Buckcherry at The Roxy
August 18-20th: SSMF
September 22-24: Hotel Carolina (South Carolina)

~ Kristen!/_localmusicnat