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Jenny & Johnny

It’s been a month since I’ve been to a show.  A month. What is wrong with me?  Thankfully, that will all change tomorrow as I head from behind the Orange Curtain and into LA to see the Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile.  That should be a great Friday night show: chill, with a few songs to get me going.  My days (and nights) have been busy to say the least lately, and it should be nice to sip a drink, sit down, and listen to Brandi and the Brothers Avett.

There are tons of other shows playing this week, and I’ve narrowed it down to about two a day for you guys.  If you have a ticket to any of them, I covet that confirmation code.

Friday, 10/1

The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile (w/ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) @ Nokia Theatre [of course I’m going to list the show I’m heading to.  Say hi, yo.]
Listen: The Avett Brothers – Slight Figure Of Speech

Aimee Mann @ Largo [great, intimate venue for her.]

Saturday, 10/2

Matt & Kim [left] @ Music Box, L.A.

School of Seven Bells @ Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

Sunday, 10/3

Belle & Sebastian with Jenny & Johnny @ The Palladium [anyone have a free, extra ticket?  This should be a great show. Jenny & Johnny is, of course, a duet consisting of Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) and Jonathan Rice.  Their debut album is fantastic.]

Listen: Jenny & Johnny – Scissor Runner

The Soft Pack @ Detroit Bar

Monday, 10/4
Tired Pony [members of Snow Patrol, R.E.M., Belle & Sebastian] @ El Rey

Tuesday, 10/5

Jenny & Johnny @ the Troubadour

Wednesday 10/6

Broken Bells [left] @ The Wiltern [James Mercer of the Shins teams up with Danger Mouse for a positively unique sound.  Loving their album.]

Jay Nash @ Hotel Cafe, 9pm slot [update: he’s married]

Thursday, 10/7

Lissie @ Troubadour [Newcomer solo artist is the darling of indie radio stations.  Check her out.]

Listen: Lissie – Bully

The Like @ Detroit Bar

Going to any shows this week?  Excited for any coming up this month?  Leave a comment.

If you like music and you live near LA or Orange County, June is a good month for you. Even if you don’t live around here (and I must admit, I am a bit jealous if you don’t), then fret not… check out a few bands you may not have heard of before, and see if they’re stopping in your area.

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Laura Jansen
I was very, very, impressed with her set at Saint Rocke in April.

June 2 @ Hotel Café (LA)
June 12 @ Hotel Café (Record Release Show)

Listen to “Elijah”


Butterfly Boucher

She was part of the Ten Out of Tenn tour, and has many bloggers and indie radio stations singing her praises.  Let me know what you think.
June 1 (w/ Castledoor and others) @ Spaceland (Silverlake) [FREE SHOW]
June 3 @ Hotel Café
June 10 @ Hotel Café
June 17 @ Hotel Café

Listen to “Gun For A Tongue”

Sara Watkins (Watkins Family Hour)(pictured)
Go to this show and make me jealous.  Watkins (and her brother, Sean) are part of the bluegrass group Nickel Creek.  Say what you will about country… it’s already well known that I’m not usually a fan.  But this group is amazingly talented.  God bless the mandolin.
June 3 @ Largo at the Coronet (LA)

Listen to “Long Hot Summer Days”

The Dandy Warhols
June 5 (w/ Meek) @ The Glasshouse (Pomona)

Listen to “The Legend Of The Last Outlaw Truckers”

Parson Red Heads
I featured their song “Got It All” on my April Playlist.  Expect to hear a lot more of this band in the future.  They’re not going anywhere.

June 4 (with Cotton Jones and Linda Draper) @ Spaceland (Silverlake)
June 23 (w/ the Boat People) @ On The Rox (Hollywood)

Listen To “Out To Sea”

Camera Obscura
June 9 @ the Glasshouse (Pomona)
June 11 with Agent Ribbons @ the Henry Fonda (Hollywood)

Listen to “Lets Get Out Of This Country”

Au Revoir Simone
(pictured)
June 10 @ the El Rey (LA)

Listen to “Knight of Wands”

Nikka Costa

June 12 (w/ JD Webb) @ the Troubadour (West Hollywood)

Listen to “Stuck To You”


White Rabbits

June 18 @ the Troubadour (West Hollywood)

Listen to “Navy Wives”

Grizzly Bear

I forsee their newest album being on my top 10 list for 2009.  They only have one stop in Socal, so get your tickets.  Now.  And one for me, while you’re at it.

June 19 @ the Wiltern (LA)

Listen to “Cheerleader”


Explosions in the Sky

Everyone I know who has been to an EITS show labels it as a “spiritual experience.” “One of the best shows ever.”  I’m not exaggerating.  Everyone.

June 27 @ Hollywood Palladium (LA)

Cursive
I wasn’t a huge fan till this past album.  Now I’m a believer..

June 28 @ the El Rey (LA)
June 29 @ The Glass House (Pomona)

Listen to “Mama, I’m Swollen”


Greg Laswell
(pictured)
Digging his stuff.  The venue and ambience is perfect for his Ben Folds-styled piano rock.  Added bonus: he’s not bad to look at.
June 28 @ Saint Rocke (Hermosa Beach)

Listen to “Sweet Dream”

Katie Herzig

Um.  I like her a lot.
June 29 @ Hotel Café

Listen to “I Hurt Too”

Tallest Man On Earth
More proof that the Swedes are taking over the world, at least musically speaking.  Not necessarily a bad thing.
June 29 @ Troubadour

Listen to “Pistol Dreams”

Listen to “Charlie Chaplin”
A few months ago, I went on the Worst Date Ever.  Oh I wish this was a dating blog.  It’s an… interesting story.  But there’s a light at the end of every tunnel, and that date’s light was Katie Herzig.

A few nights before we went out, Mr. WDE mentioned that we should go to Katie’s show at Hotel Cafe.  I’d never heard of her, but why not?  If I didn’t like him, I could lose myself in the crowd and run like hell from him music.
So I checked her music out online.  I expected mediocrity but found Holy Acoustic Wonderment, Batman.  Quirky.  Different.  Subtle.  Mama Likes.

Not Even Close
I have a playlist called “Migraine” that I listen to when I take a vicodin, and head to a happy place.  A lot of female singer-songwriters with predictable, monotonous, mellow songs are on rotation.  This isn’t to knock them… they have their place.  However, Katie doesn’t follow the traditional mold of the female singer-songwriter.  She colors outside the lines and creates a masterpiece all her own.  No song is the same, and I greatly appreciate that.  However, she has the discernment and maturity to both stick to what she knows and get out of her comfort zone enough without seeming awkward or uncomfortable.  Katie accomplishes this like few solo artists can.

Listen to “Until You Try”

Songbird
Where have you heard Katie?  Most recently, a Frito-Lay commercial, where her song “Two Hearts Are Better Than One” is featured.  She also just finished the Ten out of Tenn tour.  Don’t ask me if I went to their stop at the Troubadour.  I’m still kicking myself.
Last year, she sang on the Hotel Cafe Tour with artists such as Laura Jansen and Meiko.
Her latest album, Apple Tree, just released in April and is getting strong reviews. 

Listen to “Hologram”

Crazy
So how was her show at Hotel Cafe?  Don’t ask me.  The jerkhole complained that the website to buy tickets looked “shady” and we’d just wait in line.  Okay.  So of course, they sold out before we got to the front.
Nicely done, sport.

But we’ll always have Katie.
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