Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 8/5-8/11

It’s Monday again! I’m home after a mini vacation up in LA and ready to rock out tonight for The Silent Comedy show at the Belly Up. After that I might just hibernate again. I caught that infernal summer cold for the second time and all I want to do is sleeeeeeep. On the off chance I get some energy back, there are some great shows to attend this week.  


Monday: The Silent Comedy, The Heavy @ Belly Up at 9pm- SOLD OUT

Tuesday: 91X Loudspeaker Live Presents: The Nformals and more @ Griffin at 8:30pm
AND: Blacktop Royalty @ Soda Bar at 8:30pm
AND: Xavier Rudd @ Belly Up at 9pm

Wednesday: Flaggs @ The Void at 9pm
AND: Andy Clockwise @ Griffin at 9pm
AND: Xavier Rudd @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: One I Red @ Casbah at 9pm

Thursday: Foals @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Okapi Sun, Dr. Seahorse @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: The Donkeys @ Griffin at 9pm
AND: The Coles Whalen Band at Lestats at 8:30pm

Friday: Pinback @ Del Mar Racetrack at 4pm
AND: Tyson Motsenbocker, The Darrows @ Griffin at 9pm
AND: Forever Came Calling @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Hills Like Elephants @ Bar Pink at 9pm
AND: Kelsea Little @ Soda Bar at 8:30pm
AND: Kenny Loggins @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Gregory Page @ Lestats at 9pm

Saturday: P.O.D., Flyleaf, Stars in Stereo @ House of Blues at 7pm
AND: Kenny Loggins @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Trevor Davis @ Lestats at 7:30pm
AND: The Paragraphs at Soda Bar at 9pm

Sunday: Vaud and The Villains Cabaret Orchestra @ Belly Up at 8pm 

Keep in Mind:
August 13th- Plain White T’s @ Belly Up 
August 15th- Cold War Kids @ House of Blues
August 15th- Kopecky Family Band, Said The Whale @ Soda Bar
August 16th- Indie Fest 8 @ Liberty Station
August 17th- Indie Fest 8 @ Libery Station 
August 17th- Weezer @ Del Mar Race Track 
August 20th- Yellow Red Sparks @ Griffin
August 25th- Courtney Love @ Belly Up
August 25th- Truth and Salvage Co. @ Griffin
August 28th- K. Flay @ Griffin 
August 30th- Spin Doctors @ Syucan Casino 
September 3rd- Said The Whale @ Soda Bar
September 6th- Dave Matthews Band @ Cricket Wireless
September 9th- Reignwolf @ Casbah
September 11th- Minus The Bear @ Belly Up 
September 12th- New Politics @ Casbah 
September 13th- Ra Ra Riot @ Birch North Park Theater  
September 13th- The Features @ Griffin
September 13th- North Park Music Thing
September 14th- North Park Music Thing 
September 14th- The Silent Comedy @ Between Ohio St. and University Ave. 
September 16th- Bastille @ House of Blues 
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 21st- FM 94/9 Independence Jam feat: Cage The Elephant, Smallpools, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., American Authors, Royal Teeth, The Colourist and Dead Feather Moon
September 22nd- Depeche Mode @ Sleep Train Amiptheatre 
September 22nd- Fall Out Boy @ Valley View Casino Center 
September 29th- Matt Nathanson
September 30th- Vampire Weekend @ SDSU Open Air Theater 
October 2nd- Jake Bugg @ House of Blues 
October 4th- Phillip Phillips @ Sleep Train Amiptheatre
October 4th- Yellowcard @ House of Blues 
October 5th- You Me At Six @ Soma
October 8th- Pet Shop Boys @ Copley Symphony Hall 
October 8th- Conor Oberst @ Belly Up 
October 9th- Tony Lucca @ Griffin
October 9th- The Pretty Reckless @ House of Blues
October 10th- Phoenix @ RIMAC Arena @ UCSD 
October 15th- Frank Turner @ House of Blues 
October 18th Jack Johnson @ Balboa Theater 
October 19th- Ms Mr @ Soda Bar
October 22nd- Passion Pit @ SDSU Open Air Theater 
October 23rd- AFI @ House of Blues 
October 23rd- Paramore, Metric, HELLOGOODBYE @ Viejas Arena (Cox Arena)
October 28th- The Neighbourhood @ House of Blues
October 31st- Two Door Cinema Club @ Humphrey’s
November 1st- Father John Misty @ House of Blues 
November 3rd- The 1975 @ Belly Up
November 8th- Nine Inch Nails @ Staples Center 
November 21st- Pearl Jam @ Viejas Arena (SDSU)
December 6th- Cherry Poppin’ Daddies @ Syucan Casino 

The Silent Comedy on Dead Feather Moon

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t ask The Silent Comedy about their thoughts on Dead Feather Moon. This comes just in time for their show (also featuring The Howls) at the Belly Up this Thursday 3/8. Tickets are still available and you should get one. Now.

Also, you know it’s going to be big when The Silent Comedy brings the horns and strings

LMN: Band on Band- The Silent Comedy on Dead Feather Moon

Multiple Choice:

What would be Dead Feather Moon’s breakfast of choice: coffee, breakfast burrito, fruit platter, whiskey, never up early enough to eat breakfast

Definitely whiskey! Whiskey in a plastic bottle to be precise. They introduced us to it.

Which band has the nicest hair: The Silent Comedy, The Howls, Dead Feather Moon

It has to be DFM. They have more variety. They’ve got long hair, short, and even the sexy bald look… I wish it was us, but I have to be honest.

Show Drink: Whiskey, PBR, Fruity Girly Drink, Aged Scotch, Water

Whiskey and PBR definitely. Fruity Girly Drink will never be found on a DFM stage.

Fill in the Blank:
Suppose Dead Feather Moon landed in the world of The Wizard of Oz. Who would be who? (You can have multiples of the same character)

I totally don’t know those guys well enough to answer that…

• Dorothy:

• Scarecrow:

• Tin Man:

• Cowardly Lion:

• Wicked Witch:

• Glenda the Good Witch:

• Wizard of Oz:

• Toto:

The tv show or cartoon that Dead Feather Moon should make a cameo in would be.

Scooby Doo

Something we would like to steal from Dead Feather Moon is:

Badass Rock n Roll songs

Essay: (Pick 1 to answer)

What are you most looking forward to about Dead Feather Moon’s set at The Belly Up?

They did their song “Everything I Haven’t Said” acoustically for our Homestead Sessions recently, and I am really looking forward to seeing the full band version. (edit: you can watch that video here)

LMN: Band on Band: The Howls on The Silent Comedy

Not loo long ago, this ‘little’ San Diego band called The Howls just sold out The Casbah for their cd release show. Also prone to selling out The Casbah is a ‘not so little anymore’ band called The Silent Comedy. On March 8th, these two amazing bands will be joining forces along with Dead Feather Moon at… The Belly Up! Get your tickets here!

We are super pumped for this show! And knowing how close all the bands are, thought it would be a fun idea to have the bands answer some questions about each other before the show gets underway. We decided to have The Howls answer some questions about The Silent Comedy. Below is their answers.

LMN: Band on Band- The Howls on The Silent Comedy

Multiple Choice:

What would be The Silent Comedy’s breakfast of choice: coffee, breakfast burrito, fruit platter, whiskey, never up early enough to eat breakfast

Ne’er up early

Which band has the nicest hair: The Silent Comedy, The Howls, Dead Feather Moon

I’m gonna have to go with us (no offense none taken). Myself excluded, our guys have their act together up top. I’m jealous of them all. Honorable mention goes to Justen of dead feather, he’s been looking real classy as of late.

Show Drink: Whiskey, PBR, Fruity Girly Drink, Aged Scotch, Water

We’re all whisky and PBR men.


Fill in the Blank:

Suppose The Silent Comedy landed in the world of The Wizard of Oz. Who would be who? (You can have multiples of the same character)





Tin Man:


Cowardly Lion:


Wicked Witch:


Glenda the Good Witch:


Wizard of Oz:




The tv show or cartoon that The Silent Comedy should make a cameo in would be?

Scooby Doo

Something we would like to steal from The Silent Comedy is:

Endless energy


Essay: (Pick 1 to answer)

What are you most looking forward to about The Silent Comedy’s set at The Belly Up?

The part where we unplug everything mid set and watch them make magic regardless.

Best prank to pull on The Silent Comedy?

See answer above


Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 2/20-2/26

Um, what happened to February? I know we just had our V-day playlists out but the month is nearly over! At least we’ve got some great shows coming up this week including Get Back Loretta at The Casbah, Scars on 45 at Anthology, and The Nervous Wreckords at Anthology! So much more! Read below…

Monday: Get Back Loretta and Wendy Bailey and True Stories @ Casbah @9 $5
AND: Sunset Sessions New Music Adventure: The Empty Pockets, Clark Graham, Dawn Mitschele, The Brothers of Brazil, The Makepeace Brothers @ Belly Up @8 $12

Tuesday: Family Wagon @ Soda Bar @9 $5

Wednesday: Anya Marina @ Casbah @930

Thursday: Ra Ra Riot @ Belly Up @8 $18
AND: Scars on 45 @ Anthology @730
AND: Old Tiger @ Riviera Supper Club @9
AND: Hyena and Jamuel Saxon @ Casbah @9 $8/$10
AND: Hot Chelle Rae w/Electric Touch @ House of Blues @7 $15/$17

Friday: The Soft Pack @ Casbah @9
AND: A Scribe Amidst The Lions @ Ruby Room @9 $10
AND: Low Volts @ Mountain High Resort
AND: Lyon Crowns @ Griffin @930 $5

Saturday: The Nervous Wreckords, Midnight Rivals, and Grand Tarantula @ Anthology @930 $12
AND: Blackout Party @ Riviera Supper Club @10
AND: Mat Kearney @ House of Blues @730 $20-$40
AND: Jake Newton @ Lestats @8
AND: Cash’d Out @ Belly Up @9 $16/$18

Sunday: Cursive @ Casbah @9
AND: America @ Belly Up @8 $69/$74
AND: The Flowerthief @ Ruby Room @8 $5

Keep in Mind:
February 27th- Foxy Shazaam @ 710 Beach Club
February 28th- He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister @ Casbah @9 $8/$10
February 29th- The Kooks @ House of Blues
March 2nd- The Burning of Rome @ Ruby Room
March 3rd- Jackie Greene @ Belly Up @9
March 3rd- Alkaline Trio @ House of Blues
March 6th- Ivan and Alyosha @ Soda Bar
March 6th- Flogging Molly @ House of Blues
March 8th- William Fitzsimmons @ Anthology @7
March 8th- The Silent Comedy and Dead Feather Moon @ Belly Up
March 8th- Maren Parusel, Italian Japanese, and Low Volts @ Casbah
March 9th- The Stone Foxes @ Casbah @9
March 10th- The Heavy Guilt and The Beautiful View @ Casbah
March 11th- Crocodiles @ Casbah @9 $12
March 11th- Fierce Creatures @ Tin Can Alehouse
March 13th-18th- SXSW!
March 18th- Puscifer @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
March 20th- Ani DeFranco @ House of Blues
March 21st- Cults @ Belly Up @9
March 22nd- Cartel @ Soma
March 23rd- The Ting Tings @ House of Blues
March 30th- Into It Over It @ Soma
March 31st- Henry Rollins @ SD Women’s Club $27.50
April 4th0- Hunter Hayes @ House of Blues
April 7th- Transfer and The Blackout Party @ Belly Up
April 13th- Coachella Weekend 1
April 15th- Rise Against @ Viejas Arena
April 16th- Elvis Costello @ Humphreys
April 20th- Coachella Weekend 2
May 2nd- Say Anything @ House of Blues
June 3rd- Mogwai @ Belly Up

Kristen’s ’11 Mix – Track 3 – Biffy Clyro

3. “The Captain” (acoustic) – Biffy Clyro

Another year has gone by and I’m still obsessed with Biffy Clyro.  My fave shirtless Scottsmen spent a lot of time in the US this year (YAY!). Some of my Biffy highlights include seeing them headline at The Troubadour and The Belly Up, selling the band’s merch, sneaking backstage to say hi, interviewing drummer Ben Johnston, filling out my Biffy collection (including imports), and meeting the band as well as some fellow Biffy lovers. But the Biffiest experience of  all was when the band partnered up with author Mark Danielewski to do an evening of music and readings surrounding Mark’s book “Only Revolutions” and Biffy Clyro’s CD of the same name. Mark’s book is amazing. I’d never experienced experimental literature before and found it incredibly rewarding. This event also marked the first time I was able to hear the usually raucous hard rockers break it down and do acoustic versions of their tunes. I loved the acoustic version of “The Captain” so much, I went home and learned it on my guitar. MON THE BIFF!

Here’s “The Captain” prefaced by Mark Danielewski reading from his book:

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 6/15-6/19

Just because I’m sleep deprived and drowning in my to do list, doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about what is most important…bringing to you my picks for the rest of this week’s musical offerings.

Here’s what I’ll be up to if I can get over my Bonnaroo-lag:

Weds: Keaton Simons at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Augustana at the House of Blues Sunset (6:30)
ALSO: The Civil Wars at The El Rey (9pm)
ALSO: Squealer at The Viper Room (10:30)
ALSO: Semi Precious Weapons at On the Rox (10pm)…free with RSVP at


Thursday: Dom Liberati CD release at Good Hurt (10pm)


Friday: Lovers Drugs at Mr. T’s Bowl (10pm)
ALSO: Nico Vega at House of Blues Anaheim (9pm)
ALSO: The 88 at The Hotel Cafe (10:30)


Saturday: Pasadena Make Music Festival FREE featuring Ra Ra Riot, The Morning Benders, Saint Motel, Jenny O, and many more downtown Pasadena (11am)

ALSO: Bro Am in SD. FREE daytime show at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas featuring The Silent Comedy and The Howls (11am), evening show at The BellyUp featuring Johnny Rzeznick, Fiction Family, Little Hurricane, hosted by Switchfoot (9pm)
ALSO: Brett Dennen at The Orpheum Theater (7pm)


Sunday: Emery and Kemble Walters and The Blank Faces at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Of Verona at The Viper Room (9pm)
ALSO: Nico Vega at The Canyon (9pm)



To Keep in Mind:
June 24th: Rooney at The El Rey
June 25th: The Silent Comedy at The Roxy
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


Kristen’s 5 “Must See” Acts of Bonnaroo ’11

Tonight, we’re leaving for Bonnaroo!  I’ve done the usual; listen to all the artists, create my schedule, figure out how to pack a tent and a sleeping bag to take on a plane…  I don’t know what was more difficult, narrowing down the number of books I want to bring or narrowing down the number of bands to put on my top 5 “must see” acts of Bonnaroo ’11 list. But both tasks needed to be done.  There are so many acts that I’m excited to see, but here are my top:


  1. Deas Vail

This band captured my attention at Warped Tour and I’ve been craving another helping of this Arkansas-based group ever since. Their uplifting melodies and calming vocals always manage to lift the spirit. Deas Vail is the kind of band that can take you to another, much better place. And that’s what Bonnaroo is all about (for me at least). It’s the physical representation of that mental place I go every time I see my favorite bands perform. And there is absolutely nothing better than seeing one of my favorite bands in this place…and that’s why Deas Vail is the group I’m most looking forward to seeing this year.

Where to see them:  Friday 2:30 at Cafe Where


2. Eminem

One of my favorite things about Bonnaroo (and music festivals in general) is being able to see so many big acts that I would never pay to see individually (I go to way too many shows to pay big bucks for any one artist). There are quite a few big names I’m looking forward to this year, but none more than Eminem. I was never a huge fan of Eminem, but then I saw him perform at another festival (Epicenter). This man has a gift. I’ve been hesitant of big name rappers at Bonnaroo ever since that whole Kanye debacle of ’08, but I know Eminem will be more embracing of the Bonnaroo spirit and put on a show worthy of the event. Now that I’ve had a taste of this live performance, I cannot wait to get more!

Where to see him: Saturday 11pm at the What Stage



3. Lelia Broussard vs. The Sheepdogs

I’ve been keeping tabs on the whole Rolling Stone unsigned artist cover competition. Although my faves, Chicago rockers Empire, are sadly no longer in the running, there are still two fantastic acts left. I’ve been going to Lelia Broussard shows for years now and have always enjoyed her songs and charming delivery. The Sheepdogs were introduced to me through this competition, but I pegged them early as one to watch (I have a weakness for southern rock). I’m excited to see them both perform and bring about a conclusion to this competition.

Where to see them: Saturday 2pm at This Tent



4. Mumford and Sons

As amazing as their album, Sigh No More, can be, the live Mumford and Sons performance is even better! As these English folk rockers continue to grow in popularity around the world, their performances become increasingly coveted. I don’t know if I could ever beat the front row at The Belly Up, but Mumford and Sons + Bonnaroo is an ideal combination and I am really looking forward to seeing them again.

Where to see them: Saturday 6:15 at Which Stage



5. Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons

What would be the point of a big music festival, if I didn’t walk away discovering a great new band. I mean Bonnaroo is the event in where I first heard one of my LA faves, Carney. Listening to all the acts unbeknownst to me, I heard a lot of promise in Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons. Will they live up to my expectations? Will another unknown act steal my heart? I guess we’ll all have to wait and see.

Where to see them:
Thursday 7:15 at The Solar Stage
Friday 9:20 at The On Tap Lounge





Other Highly Anticipated Acts for Bonnaroo ‘11


Hope to see you at the ‘Roo!

~ Kristen