Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 7/23-7/28

Made a somewhat last minute decision to go down to Comic Con
for a couple days. This ended up being a fantastic call. After a whirlwind 2.5
days (1 day longer than planned), I realized that Comic Con was very much like
SXSW (my favorite week of the year). There were fun panels, celebrity run-ins,
lots of giveaways and exclusives, free food, long lines, no sleep, extreme
scheduling crises, and yes, even music. On that front, we saw New Politics
Thursday night at an MTV2 party with the cast of Teen Wolf, Animals of Kin
played The Griffin on Friday and the How I Met Your Mother
panel on Saturday involved a surprising amount of singing.

Speaking of SXSW, a couple of my favorites from this year
are in town this week. Kid Karate playing a free show at Bardot on Monday and
Bastille is at The Troubadour Tuesday. We also have The 1975, Frightened
Rabbit, and Shakey Graves (more band recommendations from Austin) playing LA
shows this week.

Here are the rest of my picks (lots of good ones this week):

Monday: It’s a
School Night FREE at Bardot featuring Kid Karate, Dustbowl Revival (8pm)
ALSO: Shane Alexander and Last American Buffalo FREE at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: The Absolute FREE at Silverlake Lounge (10pm)
ALSO: Wolfmother at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday FREE at Room 5 featuring Dave Yaden, Jesse Thomas, Clare
Means, Jenni Alpert, Joel Eckels, etc. (8pm)

Tuesday: Bastille
at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: The Watkins Family Hour at Largo (8:30)
ALSO: Filthy Souls and Davis Fetter at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Madi Diaz at Bootleg Bar (9pm)
ALSO: Savages at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: The Postal Service at The Greek Theatre (7pm)

Weds: Max Collins
(Eve 6) at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: The 1975 at The Troubadour (9pm)
ALSO: Said the Whale and Capital Cities at The Grove (7:30)
ALSO: Savages at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: The Postal Service at The Greek Theatre (7pm)

Thursday: Words
& Music by Dan Wilson at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: The Belle Brigade FREE at Skirball Cultural Center (8pm)
ALSO: Death of A Star at Los Globos (9:30)
ALSO: Skylar Grey at Bootleg Bar (9:30)
ALSO: NO at The LA Zoo for Roaring Nights (7pm)
ALSO: Circa Zero at The El Rey (8pm)

Friday: Saint
Motel at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Sweet Talk Radio and Javier Dunn at The Hotel Cafe (8,9)
ALSO: NO FREE at FIGat7th Downtown Festival (7pm)
ALSO: Family Cave at The Good Hurt (10pm)
ALSO: Tyler Lyle, Grizfolk, The Parlotones at Sunset Marquis (7pm)
ALSO: Viza at The Troubadour (10pm)

Saturday: Frightened
Rabbit at House of Blues (8:45)
ALSO: The Other Side of Morning downtown before a showing of Monty Python (6pm)
ALSO: Fitz and The Tantrums w/ Parade of Lights at The Wiltern (7pm)

Sunday: Kris
Angelis and Zane Carney at The Hotel Cafe (8,9)
ALSO: Shakey Graves at Bootleg Bar (11pm)

To Keep in Mind:
August 1st: Semi Precious Weapons at The Viper Room 
2nd: Kitten and Dear Boy at The Troubadour 

August 4th: The Both at The Troubadour 
August 1st-3rd: Sunset Strip Music Festival 
August 8th: The Silent Comedy at Fonda Theatre
August 11th: Ivan & Alyosha at The Troubadour 
August 14th: Jamie N Commons at The Troubadour 
August 16th: Michael Bernard Fitzgerald at The Troubadour 
August 16th: Serena Ryder at The Roxy 
August 17th/18th: Echo Park Rising
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 4th: Brendan James at The Hotel Cafe
September 6th: Gold Fields at The Troubadour 
September 10th: Ewert and The Two Dragons at The Satellite 
September 14th: Hem at The Troubadour 
September 18th: Bastille at The El Rey 
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 24th: Ben Rector and Tyrone Wells at House of Blues
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 3rd: Matt Nathanson and Joshua Radin at The Wiltern 
October 4th: Travis at The Wiltern 
October 8th: Daughter at The Wiltern
October 9th: The Avett Brothers at Shrine Auditorium 
October 10th: Tony Lucca at The Hotel Cafe  
October 10th/11th: The Pretty Reckless at House of Blues 
October 11th: KT Tunstall at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery 
October 12th: 30 Seconds to Mars at The Hollywood Bowl
October 14th: Frank Turner at The Fonda 
October 16th: Langhorne Slim & The Law at
The Troubadour

October 16th: The Delta Saints at The

October 21st: Carbon Leaf at The Hotel Café
October 25th: Stephen Kellogg at McCabe’s 
October 26th: Boy at The Fonda  
October 27th: Stephen Kellogg at Saint Rocke 
October 28th: Foy Vance at The Hotel Cafe

October 31st: Iron & Wine at Orpheum Theatre

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 3/18-3/24

SXSW is done! I am sad. I hope you were able to catch up with our recaps. You can find out what we’ve been up to at the following links:

Once I get back, I’m aiming to put together a list and mix of my favorite SXSW artists…plus, a giant photo album that I’ll be posting here:

we head back to CA and I’m looking forward to jumping right back into the swing of things with some shows. My pick of the week would be going to the Imagine Dragons show with Nico Vega and Atlas Genius (what a line-up!!) but I don’t have a ticket to that sold out show. Instead, I’ll direct you to Tuesday night where we have a plethora of great musical options. Since Everything Everything weren’t able to be at SXSW, I think that’s where I’ll be. I’m also looking forward to both The Rubens and Finish Ticket at The Hotel Cafe Thursday night.

Here’s what else I have on my list (note: list compiled a week ago so it might not be complete, but I’ll try to update as new things come up):


Monday: Nikki Leonti at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 (8pm)


Tuesday: Everything Everything at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Jack Carty at Room 5 (8pm)
ALSO: Ivan & Alyosha with Tall Tales and Silver Lining, and Daniel Ahearn & The Jones at The Echo (8:30)
ALSO: Sad Robot at Hemmingways (9pm)
ALSO: Parade of Lights at Bootleg Bar (10pm)
ALSO: Robert Francis, Bernhoft, Cheers Elephant at The Hotel Cafe (9, 10:30, 11:30)
ALSO: Of Verona and Y Luv at Central SAPC (8,11)
ALSO: Lianna La Havas with Jamie N Commons at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band with Lake Street Drive at The Fonda Theatre (9pm)
ALSO: Beachwood Tuesdays FREE at The Piano Bar (8pm)


Weds: Icarus Landing with Capsolin and Bullet & Snowfox at The Viper Room (9pm)
ALSO: Joe Firstman at Saint Rocke (8:30)
ALSO: Bernhoft with Javier Dunn, Mind The Gap, and David & Devine at The Hotel Cafe (7, 9, 10)
ALSO: Nico Vega, Atlas Genius, Imagine Dragons at The Wiltern (6:30)
ALSO: Charlotte Church at The Troubadour (9:30)
ALSO: Madi Diaz and Faye at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: The Ten Thousand at SIlverlake Lounge (10pm)
ALSO: Lianna La Havas with Jamie N Commons at The El Rey (8pm)


Thursday: The Rubens and Finish Ticket at The Hotel Cafe (8, 11)
ALSO: Sonia Rao and Elliot Yamin at WitZend (9,10)
ALSO: Adrianne Gonzalez and Maia Sharp at Room 5 (9, 10)
ALSO: Amie Mireillo at Molly Malone’s (8:55)


Friday: Vicci Martinez, Alexz Johnson with Charlene Kaye at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9:30)
ALSO: The Record Company at The Mint (9pm)
ALSO: Badwater at Amplyfi (9:45)
ALSO: Umphrey’s McGee at House of Blues Sunset (9pm)


Saturday: Otis Heat at Central SPAC (9pm)
ALSO: Rin Tin Tiger FREE at TRiP (8pm)
ALSO: Faye and The Rudimental at The Troubadour (8:30, 10)
ALSO: Umphrey’s McGee at House of Blues Sunset (9pm)


Sunday: Janis Ian at McCabe’s (7pm)
ALSO: Sunday Lane at The Hotel Cafe (9:30)
ALSO: Jason Manns at The House of Blues Foundation Room (8pm)



To Keep in Mind:
March 25th: Dinner and a Suit at The Hotel Cafe
March 27th: Mika at The El Rey
March 27th: Milk Carton Kids at Largo
April 3rd: William Beckett at The Hotel Café
April 4th: NO at The Troubadour
April 9th: Andrew Ripp at The Hotel Café
April 16th: The Neighbourhood at The El Rey
April 17th: Lelia Broussard at The Hotel Cafe
April 18th: Little Green Cars at The Troubadour
April 20th: Tyrone Wells and Wakey!Wakey! at The Troubadour
April 23rd: The Revival Tour at The El Rey
April 26th: Chappo at The Satellite
May 2nd: Lights at The El Rey
May 2nd: Crash Kings at Saint Rocke
May 4th: The Brobecks at Amplyfi
May 7th: Tom Odell at The Troubadour
May 8th/9th: Milk Carton Kids at Largo
May 18-19th: Overture Con at The Mint
May 22nd: Youngblood Hawke at Avalon
May 29th/30th: Imagine Dragons at Hollywood Palladium
June 1st: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at The Wiltern
June 5th: Jewel at Saban Theatre
June 6th: Capital Cities at The El Rey
August 19th/20th: Ed Sheeran at The Staples Center

~ Kristen

SXSW ’13-Day 4

I apologize if my last post seemed a little lackluster. I think tiredness and soreness had set in. Today was a different story however. I’m still really jazzed from the events of the day despite how much my feet are screaming at me.

We started off with lunch at the ASOS lounge where we munched on free tacos and indulged in some free music thanks to RedTouch Media. From there we went to see Third Eye Blind at Hangar Lounge however, they were half an hour late and the sound was so loud that even with ear plugs, my ears hurt. We decided to leave right then and there but not before scoring some free Sony headphones. A quick dash to Filter on Cedar Street for our wristbands and some stuff, including a slap band with a usb drive! We got back to the ASOS lounge in time to catch some K. Flay and another taco but our bags of swag were weighing us down and we needed to drop our stuff at the hotel.

I was determined to catch some Airborne Toxic Event since I had never seen them and with Fitz and The Tantrums playing after, I knew I found a place to hang. After catching a bit of Airborne Toxic Event, I went to meet with my other half at Empire Automotive but they were running so far behind that I went back to make sure I made it in for Fitz and the Tantrums. This was an epic show at Old School Bar and Grill presented by StubHub and I was so glad to be there. I even got a set list!


From there was a quick dash across the street to catch the tail end of Free Energy at Peckerheads. We hiked over to Rachel Ray’s Feedback House for dinner but dinner never seemed to come. The gang split up and I took the chance to get a quick rest at the hotel before coming out to dance with Semi Precious Weapons at The Main. All of the SXSW High Voltage crew was there dancing and singing along with the band at the top of our lungs. We all had smiles by the time Semi Precious Weapons ended, which was far too soon.


I decided to make a go for The Roxy Showcase at Empire Automotive to see Dead Sara. However, Capital Cities went way late and despite the line outside, I managed to make it in and up front. Dead Sara blew the house down, as is their usual style. However, by the time my feet were screaming at me and I had to call it a night. But it ended on such a great note, I, couldn’t be happier!

Check out more photos below.


~ Amanda

addendum: I just wanted to mention the amazing time I had at The Blackberry House. It was the best sound I’ve heard all week plus I got to see two of my favorites, Keaton Simons and Leogun back to back. Add in the comfy chairs, accessible outlets, and ice pops and we have the makings of a highly enjoyable afternoon.


~ Kristen

SXSW ’13- Day 1

Today marks the unofficial beginning of the SXSW music madness. It was just a mere taster and sampling of the craziness that is to come. We arrived at 6:30pm in Austin, Texas after leaving San Diego at 10:15 this morning. The screaming child on the first flight notwithstanding, they were uneventful. We started the night at Burbon Girl to catch a band and after realizing they weren’t going on anytime soon, we bailed and headed to the Paste + Sennheiser Party. After a decent walk (I’ve done 11,113 steps today!), we arrived at an unassuming looking house to catch Moon Taxi and Free Energy. Both bands were high energy and fun. While I’ve never seen Moon Taxi before, I am definitely a fan of these Nashville natives!

Moon Taxi


After that awesome dance party was another dance party with Free Energy! What a way to kick off SXSW!



Check out more photos from tonight in our gallery!

Kristen’s 2012 Mix – Track 6 – Twin Atlantic

I spend all year going to shows and collecting songs and pictures and stories. I’ve spent the last month or so compiling some of my top musical memories into a music mix with accompanying booklet (my favorite little crafting project). So, here I share with you my top tracks of 2012.


Twin Atlantic

Twin Atlantic spent some time in the US at the beginning of the year. I also saw just about every set they did at SXSW. Not only do I love this band’s music, but they have excellent musical taste going on tours with both We are The Ocean and Dead Sara. Dream lineup! This song comes from a special EP released this year. If you don’t know, I have a weakness for rock bands going acoustic.

~ Kristen

Kristen’s 2012 Mix – Track 2 – Ed Sheeran

I spend all year going to shows and collecting songs and pictures and stories. I’ve spent the last month or so compiling some of my top musical memories into a music mix with accompanying booklet (my favorite little crafting project). So, here I share with you my top tracks of 2012.


Ed Sheeran

My album of the year award goes to Ed Sheeran’s +. Each song is worthy of hit status. This singer-songwriter who can freestyle with the best of them, started the year playing an intimate Hotel Cafe gig and ended it announcing headlining dates at The Palladium and an opening slot with Taylor Swift, so…good year for him. My favorite Ed Sheeran moment was seeing him at SXSW. I also got the opportunity to interview him. Want to know why his emblem is a cat paw? The man simply likes cats…


~ Kristen

Kristen’s SXSW ’12 Mix – Part 4

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!

9. Ben Howard – “Keep Your Head Up”

The fact that The Troubadour added another Ben Howard date in June after the first one sold out makes me downright giddy. This guy’s voice is addictive.


10. Anais Mitchell– “Shepherd”

This song. This voice. I am sold. Anais is playing in Santa Monica at The Broad Stage, Edye Theater April 7th…if anyone is looking to get me a belated birthday present…


11. Marcus Foster– “Shadows of the City”

I saw Marcus Foster play Maggie Mae’s Rooftop. It was one of the highlights of my week in Austin. This guy comes to your town, don’t miss him! 


Listen! Learn! Love!


~ Kristen