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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.
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.]
Matt & Kim [left] @ Music Box, L.A.
School of Seven Bells @ Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa
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
Tired Pony [members of Snow Patrol, R.E.M., Belle & Sebastian] @ El Rey
Jenny & Johnny @ the Troubadour
Broken Bells [left] @ The Wiltern [James Mercer of the Shins teams up with Danger Mouse for a positively unique sound. Loving their album.]
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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Listen to “Elijah”
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)
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”
Listen to “Stuck To You”
Listen to “Navy Wives”
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)
I wasn’t a huge fan till this past album. Now I’m a believer..
Listen to “Mama, I’m Swollen”
Listen to “I Hurt Too”
Listen to “Pistol Dreams”