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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 10/1-10/7

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It’s October!! One of my favorite months. Actually, if you look at Facebook, it seems to be a lot of people’s favorite month. I hope you all have been up to fun things. I’ve been stuck behind a computer screen for my classes and it’s not very fun. I did get out to the Poway Rodeo this weekend (ok I worked it) and the music selection wasn’t half bad. Speaking of half bad, the shows in SD this week aren’t half bad. We have some major acts coming through; Ed Sheeran, The Black Keys, Florence + Machine, Grouplove, The Head and The Heart, Kimbra, Dr. Dog, and The Milk Carton Kids to name a few. Get your butts out there because I can’t.

Monday: The Jezebels and Yukon Blonde @ Casbah @ 9 $16
AND: The Spring Standards @ Soda Bar 9 $8
AND: The Wombats @ House of Blues @730 $15

Tuesday: Ed Sheeran @ House of Blues @7 -SOLD OUT!
AND: The Royal Concept and Wolf Gang @ Casbah @9 $10
AND: Stephen Rey and The Sex Trash @ El Dorado @9

Wednesday: The Head and The Heart & Blitzen Trapper @ Spreckles Theater @730 $30
AND: Blood Red Shoes and Hills Like Elephants @ Casbah @9 $10/$12
AND: Grouplove @ Humphreys @730 $36
AND: For Strangers and Wardens @ Lestats @830

Thursday: The Black Keys @ Valley View Casino Center @8 $40
AND: Florence + The Machine @ Cricket Wireless @7 $45

Friday: The Milk Carton Kids @ Anthology @7 $10-$21
AND: Kimbra @ House of Blues @630- SOLD OUT
AND: The Burning of Rome @ Casbah @9 $8/$10
AND: The New Kinetics @ Eleven @9 $5
AND: Jamuel Saxon @ Griffin @9 $10/$12
AND: So Long Davey and Misc. Ailments @ Ruby Room @9 $8

Saturday: Dr. Dog @ 4th and B @8 $22.50
AND: Grand Tarantula @ Griffin @9 $8
AND: The Beautiful View and The Makeup Sex @ Casbah @9

Sunday: Jeff the Brotherhood @ Casbah @9 $10/$12

Keep in Mind:
October 8th- The Hives @ House of Blues
October 9th- Imagine Dragons and AWOLNATION @ House of Blues
October 10th- K. Flay @ Soda Bar
October 11th- The Ravonettes @ Belly Up
October 11th- The XX @ Soma
October 12th- Xavier Rudd @ Belly Up
October 13th- Xavier Rudd @ Belly Up
October 13th- One I Red @ Eleven
October 13th- Weezer @ Harrahs
October 13th- Smashing Pumpkins and Anberlin @ Viejas
October 13th- Night and Day Street Fest feat: G. Love and Special Sauce, Donovan Frankenreiter, Everest, The Nervous Wreckords, The Styletones, Low Volts, and Mattson 2
October 14th- The Raveonettes @ Belly Up
October 16th- Bombay Bicycle Club @ House of Blues
October 17th- Allen Stone @ Belly Up
October 17th- Tony Lucca @ Anthology
October 17th- The Whigs @ Griffin
October 18th- Terraplane Sun @ Belly Up
October 19th- The Script @ Humphreys
October 19th- Snow Patrol @ Harrahs Rincon
October 20th- Rocktober Fest feat: Transfer, The Silent Comedy, Hyena, Blackout Party Mrs. Magician, and Family Wagon
October 23rd- Crocodiles @ Casbah
October 24th- Matt and Kim and Oberhofer @ House of Blues
October 26th- Two Door Cinema Club @ Soma
October 26th- Everlast and The Short Eyes
October 26th- The Blackout Party @ Casbah
October 27th- Two Door Cinema Club
October 31st- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals @ House of Blues
November 1st- NEEDTOBREATHE @ Humphreys
November 6th- Delta Spirit @ House of Blues
November 7th- Brandi Carlile @ House of Blues
November 7th- Carina Round and Rosi Golan @ Anthology @730
November 7th- Marc Broussard @ Anthology @930
November 11th- Blue October and Barcelona @ Belly Up
November 11th- Minus the Bear and Girl in a Coma @ House of Blues
November 14th- Walk the Moon @ House of Blues
November 16th- The Mother Hips @ Belly Up
November 20th- The Faint @ House of Blues
November 21st- Rachel Yamagata @ Anthology
November 23rd- Mayday Parade and The Maine @ Soma
December 1st- Milo Greene
December 2nd- Yellowcard @ House of Blues
December 5th- Chris Robinson @ Belly Up
December 6th- Chris Robinson @ Belly Up
December 8th- Chris Isaak @ Belly Up
December 9th- Chris Isaak @ Belly Up
February 12th- Ed Sheeran @ Spreckles

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 10/1-10/7

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Too much. There is just too much going on this week. I could live at The Wiltern and see Ed Sheeran, Foxy Shazam, The Head and The Heart and Jason Mraz all in one week! It’s also a good week to be on the East Side for one of the most fun (and most affordable) music festivals, Filter’s Culture Collide (http://culturecollide.com/). There are some out of country bands playing I’ve been wanting to see for years! And Let’s not forget the usual amount of greatness featured at The Hotel Cafe…the start of October residencies from Harper Blynn and The Young Romans, an intimate Laura Marling show. I could live at that venue as well. Even considering all of that, my show pick for the week would have to be The Milk Carton Kids Thursday night at Largo. If you’ve ever seen this captivating duo, you’d know why.

Now that I’m exhausted just thinking about what I’m going to do, I’ll let you look at my approved show list so you can start planning your picks. My top selections for The Culture Collide Festival will be noted (*). Remember, one ticket will get you into everything all week!

 

Monday: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring The Chevin and Chris Stills (9pm)…FREE with RSVP http://www.itsaschoolnight.com/losangeles/
ALSO: Ed Sheeran at The Wiltern (6:30)
ALSO: Safety Suit at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: The Lumineers at The Fonda Theatre (9pm)
ALSO: The Trouble With Templeton FREE at Silverlake Lounge (8pm)
ALSO: John Elliot at WitZend (9pm)
ALSO: Monday in the Round at Room 5 featuring Josh Damigo, Pheobe Bridgers, Ariana Hall, and Joel Eckels (9pm)

 

Tuesday: The Spring Standards and Harper Blynn at The Hotel Cafe (8,9)
ALSO: The Lumineers at The Fonda Theatre (9pm)
ALSO: Yukon Blonde and The Jezabels at The Troubadour (9, 10)
ALSO: Garbage at The Hollywood Palladium (7pm)
ALSO: The Shins at Gibson Amphitheatre (7pm)

 

Weds: NO FREE at On the Rox (8pm)
ALSO: The Young Romans at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO:* Culture Collide Kick Off Party featuring The Chevin at Taix Champagne Room (10pm)…RSVP here http://filtermagazine.com/index.php/rsvp/entry/culture_collide_kick-off_2012
ALSO: Inara George, Great Northern, Daniel Lanois, Father John Misty at Bootleg Theater (9pm)
ALSO: Foxy Shazam and Slash at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: Kimbra at The Fonda Theatre (9pm)

 

Thursday: The Milk Carton Kids at Largo (8pm)
ALSO: *The Balconies and American Royalty at The Echo (9:30, 10:30)
ALSO: *Of Verona and Tribes at Taix Champagne Room (9:30, 11:30)
ALSO: *Marit Larsen at The Church (8:30)
ALSO: Parker Ainsworth at WitZend (9:30)
ALSO: Patrick Wolf at Bootleg Theater (11pm)
ALSO: Coheed and Cambria at The Troubadour (9:15)
ALSO: Kimbra at Fonda Theater (9pm)

 

Friday: Head and The Heart at The Wiltern (8pm)
ALSO: *The Trouble with Templeton at Origami Vinyl (5pm)
ALSO: *The Trouble with Templeton, Patrick Wolf unplugged at The Church (7:30, 10:30)
ALSO: *Voxhaul Broadcast at Taix Champagne Room (8:30)
ALSO: *The Moog and The Balconies at Taix Front Lounge (12am)
ALSO: *Royal Teeth, The Big Pink at Echoplex (10, 12)
ALSO: *Ewert and The Two Dragons (10:30)
ALSO: Koffeehouse First Fridays featuring Andrew Ryan, Armada, and Red Circle Underground at Harvelle’s (9,10,11)
ALSO: Dead Sara, Neon Trees, and The Offspring at Hollywood Palladium (7:30)
ALSO: Peter Wolf and Broken Anchor at The Hotel Cafe (8, 10)
ALSO: Dr. Dog at John Anson Ford Ampitheatre (8pm)
ALSO: She Wants Revenge at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Jason Mraz at The Hollywood Bowl (7:30)
ALSO: Tegan and Sara and The Black Keys at Staples Center (8pm)

 

Saturday: Marcus Foster and Ben Howard at Fonda Theater (9pm)
ALSO: Adam Bones, The Paper Hearts, The Wellingtons at Redwood Bar (8:30)
ALSO: Tic Tic Boom!, Lovers Drugs, and Act As If at El Cid (10pm)
ALSO: *Admiral Fallow and Niki and The Dove at Taix Champagne Room (10:30, 11:30)
ALSO: *Ewert and The Two Dragons and of Montreal at Echoplex (9, 10, 12)
ALSO: *Young Buffalo, The Lighthouse and The Whaler at Taix Front Lounge (8pm)
ALSO: *Ewert and The Two Dragons at Origami Vinyl (7pm)
ALSO: Tegan and Sara and The Black Keys at The Staples Center (8pm)
ALSO: Jason Mraz at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: She Wants Revenge at The Roxy (8pm)

 

Sunday: Laura Marling and The Lonely Wild at The Hotel Cafe (7, 9:30)
ALSO: *Culture Collide Party featuring The Royal Teeth, NIki and The Dove, of Montreal, The Wombats (5, 6:30, 8, 9)
ALSO: *Marit Larsen, terminal, Half Moon Run, Morning Parade at Taix Front Lounge (2, 8, 9, 11)
ALSO: *The Trouble with Templeton, Optic Yellow Felt, The Moog at Taix Champagne Room (2:30, 6:30, 7:30)
ALSO: Paul and The Kir at TRiP (10:15)
ALSO: Zero 1 at The Mint (7:30)
ALSO: Florence and the Machine at The Hollywood Bowl (6:30)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
October 9th: The Wallflowers and Everest at The Fonda Theatre
October 11th: Awolnation and Imagine Dragons at Club Nokia
October 11th: K.Flay at The Echo
October 16th: Ellie Goulding at The Troubadour
October 16th: First Aid Kit at The Fonda Theatre
October 19th: Tony Lucca at The Roxy
October 19th: Frightened Rabbit at The Troubadour
October 19th: Allen Stone at The Music Box
October 20th: Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers at Saint Rocke
October 23rd: Shiny Toy Guns at The Echoplex
October 24th: The Darkness at Club Nokia
October 25th: Bayside at Club Nokia
October 27th: Queen Caveat at The Roxy
November 2nd: NEEDTOBREATHE at Fox Theater Pomona
November 3rd: All American Rejects at The Wiltern
November 5th: LP at The Troubadour
November 6th: Jens Lekman at Fonda Theatre
November 8th: The Kin at The Roxy
November 9th: Brandi Carlile at Orpheum Theater
November 11th and 12th: Jack’s Mannequin at The El Rey
November 13th-15th: Gary Clark Jr. at The Troubadour
November 15th: Blue October at House of Blues
November 16th: Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy at The Wiltern
November 17th: Milo Greene at The El Rey
November 20th: The Postelles and Mayday Parade at House of Blues
November 20th: Rachel Yamagata at The El Rey
December 8th: Boyce Avenue at Club Nokia

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 9/24-9/30

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Last night I went to the ballet! I love live dance performances…definitely something that I don’t attend as often as I’d like. This one was a contemporary ballet, put on by the Silverlake Contemporary Ballet. It was a modern re-telling of Swan Lake set in Silverlake. The dancing was gorgeous and the adaptation was quite inventive (there was a hipster couple dancing at a bar). There was also live on-stage painting of the back drops for the sets. The best part (and honestly the big draw for me) was the live music. Three great LA bands (The Young Romans, Races, and Holly Conlan) each provided the music for an act. The dancing was definitely more exciting for me when it was fueled by my favorite songs like The Young Roman’s “Tiger Child”. There was also a few exciting covers like Races’ lovely rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Case of You” (one of my favorite songs and perfect for a scene about an obsessive, unhealthy attraction).  Tchaikovsky didn’t get left out entirely, as each musical act also did their own re-working of the classic Swan Lake piece. If you’re looking for something to do tonight, I’d highly recommend attending the final performance of Swan Lake (http://silverlakeballet.com.s32864.gridserver.com/?p=114).

As for the upcoming week, here are the rest of my musical recommendations:

Monday: Death of a Star, A House for Lions, Taylor Locke and The Roughs, and Orange Julius FREE at Silverlake Lounge (9pm)
ALSO:  The Steellwells, The Chevin, The Lonely Wild FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live featuring Irontom FREE at Central SAPC (7pm)
ALSO: Meg Myers at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: The Elizabeth Kill at The House of Blues (8pm)
ALSO: Elliot Yamin at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Monday in the Round at Room 5 featuring Adam Levy, Sweet Talk Radio, Joel Eckels and a special guest (9pm)

 

Tuesday: Jake Newton, Bravesoul, Aaron Hendra Project at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9, 10)
ALSO: Jesse Thomas at Room 5 (9pm)
ALSO: The Muddy Reds and The Dustbowl Revival at Central SAPC (10,11)
ALSO: Dragonette with The Knocks and Frank + Derol at The El Rey Theatre (8pm)
ALSO: Dispatch at The House of Blues (8pm)

 

Weds: The Shakers at Rockwell Table & Stage
ALSO: The Features at The Troubadour (10pm)
ALSO: Madi Diaz at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Gene Louis at Club Moscow at Boardners (10:30)…FREE with RSVP before 10:30
ALSO: Makepeace Brothers at WitZend (8pm)
ALSO: Alanis Morissette at Fox Theater Pomona
ALSO: The Killers at Fonda Theatre

 

Thursday: The Goods and So & So at The Hotel Cafe (8,9)…So & So record release!
ALSO: Broken Achor at The Silverlake Lounge (9pm)
ALSO: Jess Furman at WitZend (8pm)
ALSO: Band of Horses at The Troubadour (9pm)
ALSO: Sara Watkins and Mary Chapin Carpenter at Club Nokia
ALSO: Conor Oberst at UCLA Royce Hall (8pm)
ALSO: Colin Hay at Largo (9pm)

 

Friday: William Elliot Whitmore with Samantha Crain and London Shower at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Trouble With Templeton, King Washington at WitZend (7,10)
ALSO: Citizen Cope at The Wiltern (8pm)
ALSO: Serj Tankian and Viza at Club Nokia (9pm)

 

Saturday: Troubled by Templeton and Northern Youth at The Hotel Cafe (7,11)…Northern Youth record release
ALSO: Milo Greene at Original Penguin LA (2pm)…FREE with RSVP
ALSO: Ceasefire at The Viper Room (9pm)
ALSO: Wildcat! Wildcat! at Bootleg Bar (10pm)
ALSO: Broken Anchor at The Piano Bar
ALSO: Hot Water Music, The Gaslight Anthem, and Rise Against at The Honda Center in Anaheim (7:30)

 

Sunday: Priscilla Ahn at Bootleg Bar (9:30)
ALSO: Pretty in Pink at The Viper Room (11:30)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
October 1st: Ed Sheeran at The Wiltern
October 1st: Safety Suit at The Roxy
October 2nd: Garbage at The Hollywood Palladium
October 2nd: The Lumineers at The Fonda Theatre
October 3rd: Conor Oberst at Fox Theater Pomona
October 4th: The Milk Carton Kids at The Largo
October 4th: Kimbra at Fonda Theatre
October 4th-7th: Culture Collide Festival
October 5th: Dr. Dog at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
October 5th: The Head and The Heart at The Wiltern
October 5th: Dead Sara, Neon Trees, The Offspring at The Hollywood Palladium
October 6th: Ben Howard at The Fonda Theatre
October 6th: Jason Mraz at The Wiltern
October 9th: The Wallflowers and Everest at The Fonda Theatre
October 11th: Awolnation and Imagine Dragons at Club Nokia
October 11th: K.Flay at The Echo
October 16th: Ellie Goulding at The Troubadour
October 16th: First Aid Kit at The Fonda Theatre
October 19th: Tony Lucca at The Roxy
October 19th: Frightened Rabbit at The Troubadour
October 19th: Allen Stone at The Music Box
October 20th: Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers at Saint Rocke
October 23rd: Shiny Toy Guns at The Echoplex
October 24th: The Darkness at Club Nokia
October 25th: Bayside at Club Nokia
October 27th: Queen Caveat at The Roxy
November 2nd: NEEDTOBREATHE at Fox Theater Pomona
November 3rd: All American Rejects at The Wiltern
November 5th: LP at The Troubadour
November 6th: Jens Lekman at Fonda Theatre
November 8th: The Kin at The Roxy
November 9th: Brandi Carlile at Orpheum Theater
November 11th and 12th: Jack’s Mannequin at The El Rey
November 13th-15th: Gary Clark Jr. at The Troubadour
November 15th: Blue October at House of Blues
November 16th: Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy at The Wiltern
November 17th: Milo Greene at The El Rey
November 20th: The Postelles and Mayday Parade at House of Blues
November 20th: Rachel Yamagata at The El Rey
December 8th: Boyce Avenue at Club Nokia

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 9/17-9/23

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This weekend I was down in San Diego for The San Diego Music Thing. SDMT is the half-way marker of the year for SXSW and in a sense it is a mini version of my favorite music conference. I love walking the streets of North Park hopping from venue to venue sampling artists both new (to me) as well as old favorites. Despite the ubiquitous sound issues and the frustrating scheduling conflicts, I’d call the weekend a success. I caught some of my favorite LA bands like Queen Caveat and NO, some great out of town bands including Austin’s Ume, Seattle’s Ben Union and San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes and, of course, fun SD bands such as Dr. Seahorse and The Howls. Good times!

Speaking of good times, plenty of opportunities for more this week. Here are my recommendations:

Monday: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring Youngblood Hawke and a secret headliner (9pm)…FREE with RSVP http://www.itsaschoolnight.com/losangeles/
ALSO: Kitten FREE at Bootleg Bar (10:30)
ALSO: Pip Andrew, Lindsey Pavao, and Karla Davis at The Mint (8pm)
ALSO: The Lonely Wild FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Airborne Toxic Event at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Monday in the Round at Room 5 featuring Jessie Payo, Dawn Thomas, Joel Eckels, and Derek Carter (9pm)

 

Tuesday: Great White Buffalo, Robinson, The Muddy Reds, and The Dead Ships at Central SAPC (8pm)
ALSO: Joe Firstman at 12 + Highland (8:30)
ALSO: Broken Anchor at Molly Malone’s (11pm)
ALSO: The Beach Boys at The Grammy Museum (8pm)
ALSO: Beachwood Piano Bar Sessions FREE at The Piano Bar (8pm)
ALSO: Western Scene FREE at The Federal Bar (9pm)

Weds: The Makepeace Brothers at WitZend (9pm)
ALSO: IO Echo and Band of Skulls at The Fonda Theatre (8:30)
ALSO: Buckcherry at House of Blues Anaheim (8pm)

 

Thursday: Keaton Simons and Jason Castro at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Howie Day and The Dahls at The Hotel Cafe (7, 9:30) Howie Day had to postpone his show due to illness
ALSO: Wires in the Walls at Silverlake Lounge (9pm)
ALSO: Irontom, The Burning of Rome, Franky Perez & The Truth at The Viper Room (8,9,11)

 

Friday: Joe Firstman at 12 + Highland (8pm)
ALSO: Jay Nash and Mindy Smith at McCabe’s (8pm)
ALSO: The Neighbourhood at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Forrest Day at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Wake Up Lucid and Infantree at Bootleg Bar (9:30, 10:15)
ALSO: Mind the Gap at The Hotel Cafe (11pm)
ALSO: King Washington at WitZend (10pm)

 

Saturday: Sondre Lerche at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Milo, White Buffalo, and Delta Rae at The El Rey (7pm)
ALSO: Bad Vic and the Good Intentions FREE at TRiP (9pm)
ALSO: Ben Gibbard at The Largo (8:30)
ALSO: Autumn Lights Festival in Pershing Square featuring Ruby Freidman Orchestra (6pm)
ALSO: TarFest at LaBrea Tar Pits featuring Makepeace Brothers and more (9pm)
ALSO: Epicenter at Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre featuring Beware the Darkness, Crash Kings, Dead Sara, Chevelle, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots and more (noon)

 

Sunday: Wicker, Versa Mesmer, Orgy and more at The Roxy (7:30)
ALSO: Grad Ole Echo featuring Brett Detar FREE at The Echo (5pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
September 24th: Death of a Star, A House for Lions, Taylor Locke & The Roughs, and Orange Julius at Silverlake Lounge
September 26th: Alanis Morissette at Fox Theater Pomona
September 26th: The Killers at Fonda Theatre
September 27th: Mary Chapin Carpenter and Sara Watkins at Club Nokia
September 28th: William Elliot Whitmore at The Roxy
October 1st: Ed Sheeran at The Wiltern
October 1st: Safety Suit at The Roxy
October 2nd: Garbage at The Hollywood Palladium
October 2nd: The Lumineers at The Fonda Theatre
October 3rd: Conor Oberst at Fox Theater Pomona
October 4th: The Milk Carton Kids at The Largo
October 4th: Kimbra at Fonda Theatre
October 4th-7th: Culture Collide Festival
October 5th: Dr. Dog at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
October 5th: The Head and The Heart at The Wiltern
October 6th: Ben Howard at The Fonda Theatre
October 6th: Jason Mraz at The Wiltern
October 9th: The Wallflowers and Everest at The Fonda Theatre
October 11th: Awolnation and Imagine Dragons at Club Nokia
October 16th: Ellie Goulding at The Troubadour
October 16th: First Aid Kit at The Fonda Theatre
October 19th: Tony Lucca at The Roxy
October 19th: Frightened Rabbit at The Troubadour
October 19th: Allen Stone at The Music Box
October 20th: Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers at Saint Rocke
October 23rd: Shiny Toy Guns at The Echoplex
October 24th: The Darkness at Club Nokia
October 25th: Bayside at Club Nokia
October 27th: Queen Caveat at The Roxy
November 2nd: NEEDTOBREATHE at Fox Theater Pomona
November 3rd: All American Rejects at The Wiltern
November 6th: Jens Lekman at Fonda Theatre
November 8th: The Kin at The Roxy
November 9th: Brandi Carlile at Orpheum Theater
November 11th: Jack’s Mannequin at The El Rey
November 15th: Blue October at House of Blues
November 16th: Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy at The Wiltern
November 17th: Milo Greene at The El Rey
November 20th: The Postelles and Mayday Parade at House of Blues
November 20th: Rachel Yamagata at The El Rey
December 8th: Boyce Avenue at Club Nokia

~ Kristen

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Amanda’s Top Ten Musical Experiences (cont.)

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I bet you thought I forgot all about this! Well, the truth of the matter is… I haven’t been home to write and when I am home, I’m sleeping. I’ve been out making new musical experiences for 2012! As such I’m giving you three more of my top musical experiences and I promise the top 2 won’t be far behind.

 

5.SXSW- I don’t really know how to describe SXSW to anyone other than calling it a musical orgy of sorts. There is so much to see and do whilst in Austin, Texas that it’s hard to keep your head on straight. Last year was my first year and I hope to be going every year after. The cool thing about SXSW is you really only need money for a place to stay and some food. We never went to any official shows (which is what badges are required for) and we had a hard time keeping up with all the musical options out there. During our time at SXSW we saw; Fierce Creatures, Viva City, Purple Melon, AWOLNATION, Neon Trees, The Head and The Heart, The Kin, Dead Sara, Fitz and The Tantrums, Tailor Made Fable, Keaton Simons, Liam Finn, Atomic Tom, Ivan and Alyosha, Queen Caveat, The Gallery, Sabrosa Purr,  The Greenhornes, The Silent Comedy, Mother Mother, Agnes Obel, Brian Wright, Brooke Fraser, Cary Brothers, Holly Conlan, Jim Bianco, Joey Ryan, Kenneth Pattengale, Laura Jansen, Little Red Radio, OK, The Milk Carton Kids, Deluka, Hugo, Meriwether, My Cousin The Emperor, Sinai, Taylor Locke & The Roughs, The Good Natured, Augustana, Doll and The Kicks, Empires, Lenka, Twin Atlantic, and The Stone Foxes. Well, you get the idea…

 

4. Blink-182- I was never a huge fan of Blink. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t change the radio station when their music came on or anything but nothing about them made me have a burning desire to see them live. In 2011, I saw them not once but twice and they will always have a warm spot in my heart. The first time I saw them was for the Honda Civic Tour. I was working with Kevin and Rebecca Joelson and doing some shooting of the event which means I was in the pit for the first few songs and was able to be side stage for the rest of their set. I was surprised at just how many Blink-182 songs I knew and Rebecca and I sang along from the sidelines. What really blew my brain was when they ‘finished’ their set and this giant rig comes down from the batons where all the lights are. I had been staring at it all night trying to figure out what it was. Well, it was a giant arm with a drum set attached! Travis got on this rig and was taken out over the audience while he played a solo for a few minutes. The rig would tilt down, back up and move around. It was mind blowing!!!! Needless to say, I was a fan after that.

 

3. Bonnaroo- In 2011, Bonnaroo was what Coachella should have been lineup wise. If you’ve ever been to or know about Coachella, think of Bonnaroo as the cooler sister who is both hippie and hip. Bonnarro is also held in a giant field and while it lacks the artistic attractions like the wandering robot and the giant hand that can kill a car, it has yoga and it’s own post office. Bonnaroo also has this giant fountain which I’ve been told gets painted different colors every year but it’s a great way to stay cool in the heat. Coachella doesn’t have that. Granted Coachella is easier to get to, but flying out gave us the chance to hang out in Tennessee and check out Nashville for a day or two. Our highlights from Bonnaroo were already posted on this site but we had a blast watching Eminem, The Head and The Heart, Portugal. The Man, Neon Trees, Kopeckey Family Band, Mumford and Sons, Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons, Alberta Cross, The Black Angels, and The Decemberists. Bonnaroo is a new tradition in my book and I can’t wait to see the lineup for 2012!

 

See you soon for my top 2!

Kristen’s Top 5 Reasons To Attend Coachella 2012

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Yesterday the Coachella line-up was announced. I want to go. Especially on Saturday. If you haven’t heard, Coachella is two weekends this year, April 13-15 and April 20-22 with the same lineup each weekend. For the entire list of performers, tickets, and other like information, go to the website.

I don’t know all the performers announced, but after a quick scan of the list, here are the ones that give me most reason to buy that ticket:

 

1. St. Vincent

I’ve been a St. Vincent fan for several years now, but last year I got the unexpected opportunity to see the explosive Annie Clark live and she vaulted to another level in my estimation. Strange Mercy is one of my favorite albums that came out in 2011 and I cannot WAIT to see her again.

 

2. The Big Pink

After recently reviewing the forthcoming album, Future This, I am very much looking forward to the return of The Big Pink to the States. With new offerings like the catchy fist pumping “Hit The Ground (Superman)”, I am more than ready to party it up in The Big Pink tent!

 

3. The Head and The Heart 

I’ve seen them at just about every major festival I’ve attended in the past year and they always put on one of the most enjoyable sets of the event. I expect The Head and The Heart at Coachella to be no different. They are the perfect festival band.

 

4. Laura Marling/We Are Augustines

Festivals are great for checking out all those bands that you’ve been enjoying but just haven’t gotten around to seeing live. Laura Marling and We Are Augustines are both at the top of that list for me. Thank you Coachella for giving me this opportunity to see them!

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5. Radiohead

umm…I believe this one is self-explanatory.

 

And 5 more for good measure:

  • The Shins – another one I’d love to see but just never have
  • Gotye– that song is just so damned catchy…must.see.live
  • Fitz and The Tantrums– they put on the best dance party in town and Coachella is all about the dance parties
  • Band of Skulls– their face-melting new record will be out by then. I’m always down for a good face-melting
  • Arctic Monkeys – so I can dance electro-pop like a robot from 1984!

 

~ Kristen

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 11/28-12/4

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I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! Kristen came down to my place and we feasted on way too much food. It was a wonderful dinner and we still have tons of leftovers. On another note, can you believe it’s almost December?! I mean, where did the time go? I realize I say that a lot but it must really get away from me. I swear it was just summer.

Speaking of it being almost December, holiday shows start rolling around and the first one is this week! First we have the KPRI Holiday Soiree on Wednesday. Next is the Holiday Hootenany from 94/9. If neither of those tickle your fancy, we have a great week of shows to get out and see!

 

Monday: Skyline Union @ Soda Bar @830 $5
AND: Chad Cavanaugh @ Ruby Room @8 $4
AND: Timothy B. Schmit @ Belly Up @8 $25

Tuesday: Russian Circles @ Casbah @9 $12
AND: Freezepop @ Soda Bar @830 $8/$10

Wednesday: KPRI Holiday Soiree w/Fitz and the Tantrums, The Head and The Heart, and Mayer Hawthorne @ Balboa Theater @8 $40
AND: Lindy Crandall, Scott Allen Knost, and Sterling Witt @ Lestats @8
AND: The Entrance Band @ Soda Bar @830 $8/$10
AND: Low Volts @ Casbah @9 $20

Thursday: Nick Waterhouse and The Tarots @ Soda Bar @830 $8/$10
AND: The Dollyrots @ Bar Pink @9
AND: Italian Japanese @ El Dorado @9
AND: Cass McCombs Band and The Donkeys @ Casbah @9 $12

Friday: The Deep Dark Woods, The Howls and Jesse LaMonaca and The Dime Novels @ Soda Bar @830 $8
AND: The Black Heart Procession @ Casbah @9 $12/$14
AND: Josh Damigo @ The Irenic @8 $10/$15
AND: Kevin Martin @ Museum of Making Music @7 $10
AND: Jane Lui, AJ Rafel, and Jesse Barrera @ Lestats @8

Saturday: Little Hurricane and The Heavy Guilt @ Casbah @9 $14
AND: Holiday Hootenanny w/My Morning Jacket, Two Door Cinema Club, Matt & Kim, Delta Spirit, and The Blackout Party @ USD
AND: Hurricane Bells @ Bar Pink @9
AND: Burning of Rome @ Tin Can Alehouse @9 $5

Sunday: Girl in a Coma and Fences @ Casbah @9 $10

 

Keep in Mind:
December 6th- Peter Murphy and She Wants Revenge @ Belly Up
December 6th- Patrick Norton @ El Dorado @9
December 10th- The Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ Belly Up
December 10th- Mattson 2 @ Lestats
December 10th- Wrex the Halls w/Florence and The Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Cage the Elephant, The Airborne Toxic Event, and The Naked and Famous @ Valley View Casino Center (formerly Sports Arena) @8
December 11th- Wrex the Halls w/Blink 182, Social Distortion, Pennywise, DMC, Switchfoot, Everlast, and Mutemath @ Valley View Casino Center (formerly Sports Arena) @8
December 12th- Jingle Ball w/Christina Perri, Parachute, and Scars on 45 @ Anthology $20-$295
December 19th- Pinback @ Belly Up
December 31st- The Silent Comedy and Transfer w/The Creepy Creeps, The Heavy Guilt, Low Volts, and more! @ Mississippi Room $25-$40
January 11th- Milk Carton Kids @ Anthology
January 22nd- Wilco and With Denim @ House of Blues
February 3rd- Mute Math @ 4th & B
February 10th- Young the Giant @ Soma
February 23rd- Ra Ra Riot @ Belly Up @8 $18