Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 7/31-8/5

I know, I know, I’m late. It’s been a very crazy few days for me which is no excuse I’m sure so I’m just going to get down to it…

Tuesday: Neon Trees, Penguin Prison, and JJamz @ House of Blues @730 $22.50-$37.50
AND: Kevin Martin and Carolina Liar @ Griffin @830 $12/$15
AND: Mattson 2 and Penguin Prison (dj set) @ El Dorado @930

Wednesday: The Burning of Rome, Inspired Flight, Kevin Martin, and Italian Japanese @ Belly Up @8 $6

Thursday: Murder By Death and Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons @ Casbah @9 $15
AND: Chris Isaak @ Humphreys
AND: Real Estate @ Belly Up @9 $16
AND: River City @ El Dorado @9 $5 or Free before 1030 w/RSVP

Friday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Anthology @730 $18-$66
AND: Bloodflowers @ Griffin @8 $5

Saturday: Cake @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
AND: SDMA Showcase feat. Cuckoo Chaos, Maren Parusel, and Hills Like Elephants @ Bar Pink @9
AND: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Anthology @730 and 930 $12-$56

Sunday: The Romantics and The Short Eyes @ Belly Up @8 $18/$20
AND: SDMA Showcase feat. The Nervous Wreckords, The Howls, and Grand Tarantula @ Casbah $6
AND: David Ramirez @ Soda Bar @830 $5
AND: Brian McKnight @ Anthology @9 $21-$76

Keep in Mind:
August 5-7- Brian McKnight @ Anthology
August 8th- Jesca Hoop @ Anthology
August 10th- Jack White @ Shrine Auditorium
August 11th- Saint Motel and Italian Japanese @ Casbah
August 13th- Franz Ferdinand @ House of Blues
August 15th- Fun @ SDSU Open Air Theater
August 15th- The Dunwells @ Birch Aquarium at Scripps
August 15th- Alabama Shakes @ Fox Theater
August 15th- The Dunwells @ Birch Aquarium @ Scripps
August 18th- Ben Harper @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
August 18th- The Silent Comedy and Stripes and Lines @ Belly Up
August 18th- Ben Harper @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
August 21st- Civil Twilight @ Belly Up
August 22nd- Civil Twilight @ Belly Up
August 23rd- Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers
August 24th- Cuckoo Chaos @ Casbah
August 30th- Little Hurricane @ Belly Up
September 4th- Gotye @ Greek Theater
September 4th- Slash, Foxy Shazam @ House of Blues
September 7th- Dave Matthews Band @ Cricket
September 8th- The Heavy
September 10th- Linkin Park and Incubus @ Cricket
September 30th- The Shins @ SDSU Open Air Theater
October 2nd- Ed Sheeran @ House of Blues
October 3rd- The Head and The Heart @ Spreckles Theater
October 4th- The Black Keys @ Valley View Casino Center
October 4th- Florence + The Machine @ Cricket Wireless
October 5th- Kimbra @ House of Blues
October 5th- The Milk Carton Kids @ Anthology
October 6th- Dr. Dog @ 4th and B
October 9th- Imagine Dragons and AWOLNATION @ House of Blues
October 13th- Weezer @ Harrahs
October 14th- The Raveonettes @ Belly Up
October 16th- Bombay Bicycle Club @ House of Blues
October 17th- Allen Stone @ Belly Up
October 24th- Matt and Kim @ House of Blues
October 27th- Two Door Cinema Club
December 2nd- Yellowcard @ House of Blues

SXSW Recap: Thursday 3/15

I think the mantra for SXSW this year is “I Will Survive.” At least, that was my mantra today. I am now 5 badges and 10 wristbands into SXSW and made it to 13 shows today. While I’m certain I could have accomplished more, my body was unable to handle the pressure. Well, it wasn’t my body so much as my feet. You spend the majority of your (entire) day walking or standing and that’s a lot for some feet to take if they aren’t used to it.

Thankfully the adrenaline from the music was able to abate the pain and I was able to enjoy the day (when I didn’t want to take my feet off). My day started and ended with The Silent Comedy. They proceeded to tear down (or maybe melt) the Velveeta Room and finished the set with myself, Trina, and Lauren onstage dancing and singing with tambourines in our hands and Josh on the floor in the crowd. It happens.

The day also included a full band set from Tournament of Hearts, a sampling of Morning Parade and another helping of Twin Atlantic at the swanky Hard Rock Hotel show. By this point, my feet are none too happy with me from all the walking I’d done the day before. However, the draw of Neon Trees was too much to resist. I walked to Antones and made it in just in time. At one point, I contemplated not attending but I’m very glad I made it out. New music and old music along with overall shenanigans that singer Tyler brings. Made m way to the Filter party and proceeded to win $10 from Amazon, which was not the highlight. The highlight was seeing Kaiser Chiefs from the VIP balcony rocking out to a packed house! Talk about awesome!

Despite the desire to take my feet off, I managed to make it through Penguin Prison and Semi Precious Weapons. It was time to rest for a bit before going back out for the evening to finish the night with Eve 6, Standing Shadows, Vanaprasta, and Nico Vega, and The Silent Comedy. Somehow, despite all the idle pain, there is nothing but happiness during those moments of music and i think that’s part of what makes SXSW special. But now, it’s time to stretch out, hydrate, and rest up because we are going to do it all over again tomorrow!