Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 5/27-6/2

Happy Memorial Day to everyone out there. Thank you to all our troops both active and retired for your dedicated service to our country. I know most people opt for having a barbecue on such a holiday but I will be driving to the Happiest Place on Earth for some Disneyland fun. We have some fun shows this week to carry on the entertainment. If you have tickets to the sold out Cold Wars Kids show, have a blast!! If not, there are plenty of other delights this week such as The Tilt, Little Hurricane, and Imagine Dragons to name a few.

Monday: Cold War Kids @ Belly Up at 8pm- SOLD OUT
AND: Fiction Family and The Howls (acoustic) @ Casbah at 9pm 

Tuesday: Trouble in the Wind @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Mice Parade, Midnight Pine @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Inspired and The Sleep @ Griffin at 8:30pm

Wednesday: !!!, White Arrows, @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Marilyn Manson @ House of Blues at 8:30pm- SOLD OUT

Thursday: The Tilt @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Trixie Whitley, Rocco De Lucca @ Casbah at 9pm 
AND: New Mexico @ The Void at 9pm
AND: Radiation City, Cuckoo Chaos @ Soda Bar at 8:30pm
AND: Western Scene, Okapi Sun @ Hard Rock Hotel at 7pm

Friday: Little Hurricane, The Stone Foxes, The Hollerin @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Tame Impala @ House of Blues at 8pm- SOLD OUT
AND: Heavy Hawaii @ The Void at 9pm

Saturday: Imagine Dragons @ SDSU Open Air Theater- SOLD OUT
AND: The Beautiful View @ Griffin at 9pm
AND: We Are The West, Hills Like Elephants, The Heavy Guilt @ Winstons in OB at 9pm
AND: Art Around Adams feat: The Burning of Rome, Hills Like Elephants, The New Kinetics, The Flowerthief, Josh Damigo, Scott Mathiasen & The Shifty Eyed Dogs and more at 2pm
AND: Fiesta Del Sol feat: Wheeland Brother, Shake Before Us, The Tilt, and more @ Solana Beach at 1pm

Sunday: CHVRCHES @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: The Cerny Brothers @ Griffin at 8:30pm
AND: Lenka @ Soda Bar
AND: Lisa Loeb, Gayle Skidmore @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Fiesta Del Sol feat: Dead Feather Moon, The White Buffalo, and more @ Solana Beach at 3pm 

Keep in Mind:
May 27th- Cold War Kids @ Belly Up 
May 29th- !!! @ Casbah
May 30th- The Tilt @ Belly Up 
May 31st- Little Hurricane, The Stone Foxes, The Hollerin @ Belly Up 
May 31st- Tame Impala @ House of Blues 
June 1st- Imagine Dragons @ SDSU Open Air Theater 
June 2nd- CHVRCHES @ Belly Up 
June 2nd- Lenka @ Soda Bar
June 3rd- Mumford and Sons @ Sleep Train Amphitheater 
June 3rd- Jewel, Atz Lee, Steve Poltz @ Huphreys by the Bay  
June 4th- Scott Weiland @ House of Blues 
June 6th- Grace Potter and the Nocturnals @ Humphreys by the Bay
June 7th- Newfound Glory @ House of Blues 
June 8th- Neon Trees @ Vista Murrieta High School 
June 8th- SPF 94/9 – Matt & Kim, Younblood Hawke, Capital Cities, Family of the Year, The Mowgli’s, The Palace Ballroom 
June 12th- Cyndi Lauper @ Humphreys by the Bay 
June 16th- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up 
June 16th- Free Energy @ Casbah 
June 19th- Warped Tour @ Sleep Train Ampitheater 
June 20th- Sea Wolf and Savior Adore @ Belly Up 
June 21st- She and Him @ SDSU Open Air Theater 
July 2nd- Summerland Tour feat: Everclear, Live, Filter, Sponge 
July 7th- Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms @ Humphreys by the Bay 
July 10th- Portugal. The Man @ House of Blues 
July 11th- Say Anything, Eisley, I the Mighty @ House of Blues 
July 21st- The Postal Service @ SDSU Open Air Theater 
July 24th- Matchbox Twenty and The Goo Goo Dolls @ Valley View Casino Center 
July 25th- The Cult @ House of Blues 
July 26th- The 1975 @ Casbah 
July 28th- Peter Murphy @ Belly Up 
August 5th- The Heavy, The Silent Comedy @ Belly Up 
August 8th- Foals @ House of Blues
August 15th- Cold War Kids @ House of Blues
September 6th- Dave Matthews Band @ Cricket Wireless 
September 20th- X-Fest feat: Blink 182, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Offspring Silversun Pickups, Fitz and the Tantrums, Atlas Genius, Capital Cities, New Politics 
September 20th- Young Dubliners @ Belly Up 
September 22nd- Depeche Mode @ Sleep Train Amiptheatre 
September 22nd- Fall Out Boy @ Valley View Casino Center 
October 2nd- Jake Bugg @ House of Blues 
October 4th- Phillip Phillips @ Sleep Train Amiptheatre
October 8th- Pet Shop Boys @ Copley Symphony Hall 

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 11/12-11/18

I got out last week for some music *celebration* and I’m feeling much better about life as a result. I saw a couple artists that I have a long history of seeing and it got me thinking a lot about my past and how many amazing musical moments I have had in my life. After seeing The Kin Thursday night, I went back to my picture and video archives to re-visit some of my fondest memories associated with that band (the first time I saw them, the impromptu performance in an alleyway, the hospital incident, the first night I lived in LA, that SXSW adventure, etc). It all made me feel very lucky and it made me realize that I/we will get through all of these more recent tribulations and the memories most indelible will be the good ones, full of love and friends and music.

I’m going to try to stay focused this week, but still hope to get out a time or two. I am very anxious to see the long awaited return of Parade of Lights who are playing Bootleg Bar on Monday night. My other top pick would be the entire line-up at Room 5 on Weds featuring my favorite lyricist, Dan Wilson. I look at you week and say “let’s do this!”


Monday: The Kin at WitZend (8pm)
ALSO: Parade of Lights FREE at Bootleg Bar (8:30)
ALSO: The Nervous Wreckords, The Record Company, The Dustbowl Revivals FREE at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Drive He Said FREE at Silverlake Lounge (10pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring The Rebel Lights (formally Suddyn) FREE with RSVP (9pm)
ALSO: Haley Reinhart at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Jack’s Mannequin at The El Rey (6pm)
ALSO: Mumford & Sons at The Hollywood Bowl (7pm)
ALSO: Monday in the Round at Room 5 (9pm)


Tuesday: Holly Conlan, Harper Blynn, Satellite at The Hotel Cafe (8,9,10)
ALSO: Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes at The Mint (8:30)
ALSO: The Dahls at Room 5 (8pm)
ALSO: Paul and The Kir at Molly Malone’s (9pm)
ALSO: Halestorm at The House of Blues (7:30)
ALSO: Harriet and AC Newman at The Echoplex (9pm)
ALSO: Gary Clark Jr. at The Troubadour (9pm)


Weds: Wise Cub, Dan Wilson, and Aaron Zimmer at Room 5 (8,9,10)
ALSO: Sad Robot and Family Wagon at The Viper Room (10,12)
ALSO: Susanna Hoffs at Largo (8pm)
ALSO: Gary Clark Jr. at The Troubadour (9pm)
ALSO: Ben Gibbard at Wilshire Ebell Theatre (8pm)
ALSO: Petty Fest West featuring Cory Chisel, Butch Walker, Nicole Atkins, and more at The El Rey (8pm)


Thursday: Gary Clark Jr. at The Troubadour (9pm)
ALSO: Saint Motel at Dim Mak Studios
ALSO: Korey Dane and Gaby Moreno & Adam Levy at Room 5 (8,10)
ALSO: Blue October with Barcelona and A Silent Film at House of Blues (8:30)
ALSO: Petty Fest West featuring Cory Chisel, Butch Walker, Nicole Atkins, and more at The El Rey (8pm)


Friday: Run Run Run at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: Amber Rubarth at The Hotel Cafe (11pm)
ALSO: Tame Impala at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy at The Wiltern (7:15)
ALSO: Walk The Moon at The Fonda Theatre (9pm)


Saturday: Lee Dewyze, The Beatles by AG & Friends, Nina Storey at The Hotel Cafe (8,9,10)
ALSO: Milo Greene at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Adam Bones FREE at Redwood Bar (3pm)
ALSO: FINE at Westwood Brewing Company (10:30)
ALSO: Tame Impala at The Fonda Theatre (9pm)


Sunday: Eve 6 at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Sondre Lerche at Largo (8:30)
ALSO: PK at The Viper Room (7:45)



To Keep in Mind:
November 20th: The Postelles and Mayday Parade at House of Blues
November 20th: Rachel Yamagata at The El Rey
November 21st: Josh Kelley at The Hotel Cafe
November 24th: Nico Vega at The Gibson Amphitheatre (w/ No Doubt)
November 26th: The Neighbourhood at The Viper Room
November 27th: Soundgarden at Fonda Theatre
November 28th: Youngblood Hawke at The Roxy
December 1st: Milk Carton Kids at Luckman Fine Arts Complex
December 1st: Ellie Goulding at Nokia Theater LA Live
December 6th: Biffy Clyro at The Satellite
December 6th: Imagine Dragons and Garbage at San Manuel Casino
December 8th: Boyce Avenue at Club Nokia
December 11th: Atlas Genius at The Troubadour
December 11th: High Voltage Holiday Party at Silverlake Lounge
December 12th: Alt J and Wildcat Wildcat at The Fonda
December 13th: The Mountain Goats at The Troubadour
December 20th-22nd: Camp Freddy at The Roxy
January 19th: Tyler Hilton and Teddy Geiger at The Roxy
January 23rd and 24th: Muse at The Staples Center
Feb. 9th: Ed Sheeran at Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 12th: Ellie Goulding at Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 17th: Ed Sheeran at Nokia Theatre LA Live

~ Kristen

New Music Tuesday 10/9 featuring The Script, Freelance Whales, Bad Books

Looking for new tunes? Here’s what’s is in my shopping basket today:

The Script#3 

The Script is pretty solid when it comes to delivering radio-friendly pop/rock anthems. I anticipate nothing less from their newest album, #3, especially based on the reception it has already had since its release in their native, Ireland. Their first single, “Hall of Fame” features and seems a slight departure for the pop crooners, but listening to the album (which you can do here, I have been reassured that while the band continues to grow on their musical journey (there is a bit more of this rap-interlude business), they still have plenty of that emotional, melody-driven core that drew many fans, including myself, in at the start. I’m already a fan of their next single, “Six Degrees of Separation”.


Freelance WhalesDiluvia 

Brooklynites, Freelance Whales, play the kind of music that might color a dreamscape; not necessarily happy, not necessarily sad, but always with a twinge of fantasy that makes it feel like you’re not quite in a reality. Streaming the new album (which can be done on their website), I’d say fan will be happy with this sophomore effort. I’ll put it on my shopping list and look forward to their next show. The band comes to the El Rey Theatre in LA October 16th.


Bad Books – Bad Books II

Who doesn’t love a super group? Well, at least this one between Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra seems to have worked out pretty well to my ears. Their second offering, Bad Books II, again does a great job of blending  the more quirky indie sensibilities of Kevin Devine with the rousing rock beats and vocals of Andy Hull and Manchester Orchestra. Check the band out live this Wednesday at The Troubadour. If you’ve seen either of these acts before, you know it’s going to be a good show.

Other CDs to check out today:


~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 1/13-1/19

I’m still feeding of the epicness that was The Black Crowes at The Palladium Saturday night. Being at the rail for the extra long (was it really three hours?) final set was an intense experience I won’t soon forget…and I’m not just saying that because I think that the incense they were burning on stage has permanently affixed itself deep inside my nostrils.

Hopefully the Palladium show, which also featured personal favorites Truth & Salvage Co.  was just an indicator of what is to come. With the quarter ending (and my evenings becoming less burdened) and with all the fantastic shows on the menu (AMP! Nico Vega!! Hotel Cafe holiday party!!!) I’ve got a fantastic feeling about this week!

Here’s what else is cooking:

Monday: Garrison Starr and The Rescues at The Hotel Cafe (8,9:30)
ALSO: Princeton and Hands FREE at The Echo (8:30)
ALSO: Little Red Radio at The Key Club (8:30)
ALSO: Michael Buble at The Staples Center (8pm)…this is in honor of my college roommate…
ALSO: Paris Carney and Songwriters in the Round featuring Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale at Room 5 (8,9)|
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring Belle Brigade and Sonos (10pm) 

Tuesday: After Midnight Project at The Key Club (7pm)
ALSO: The Rescues at The Hotel Cafe (9:30)
ALSO: Honeyhoney at Bootleg (10pm)
ALSO: Tame Impala at The Echoplex (8:30)
ALSO: Satellite Holiday Party at Spaceland (8:30) 

Weds: Justin Jones and Badly Drawn Boy at The Troubadour (9,10)
ALSO: Ari Shine and The White Buffalo at The Mint (9:30)
ALSO: Low at Spaceland (9pm)
ALSO: Adam Lambert at The Music Box (8pm) 

Thursday: Justin Jones and Badly Drawn Boy at The Troubadour (9,10)
ALSO: Brian Wright and Jessie Cole at The Hotel Cafe (9,10)
ALSO: Keaton Simons and Lovers Drugs at Genghis Cohen (8,9:30)
ALSO: Adam Lambert at Club Nokia (8pm)
ALSO: Nico Vega at The Slidebar in Fullerton…totally worth the trip outside LA 

Friday: Hotel Cafe Holiday party featuring The Weepies, Butch Walker, Cary Brothers, and SO many more (7pm)ALSO: 8mm at The Viper Room (9pm)
ALSO: Camp Freddy at The Roxy (11pm) 

Saturday: Fat City Reprise, The Shakers, Red Circle Underground at The Viper Room (10,11,12)
ALSO: Hotel Cafe Holiday party featuring Tyler Hilton, Keaton Simons, Lelia Broussard, and SO many more (7pm)

Sunday: holiday party/Love Actually viewing… 

To Keep in Mind:
January 7th: Scarlet Grey at The Roxy
January 9th: Bonnie Dune at The Roxy
January 20th: Nikka Costa at The Roxy
January 22nd: Guster at The Music Box
January 28th: Free Energy at The Roxy  
Feb 9th: Tina Dico at The Troubadour
Feb 16th: Nicole Atkins at The Troubadour
March 1st: Biffy Clyro at The Troubadour 

~ Kristen