Sameer of Young the Giant played a solo acoustic show for Twitch Stream Aid and performed my most favorite song from when they were still called The Jakes. Also, I have that same case study planter, so it’s basically like he was singing to me in my apartment.
Kevin Garrett – Love You Less
There’s a place where we’re together
That’s what I’ll keep on telling myself
I love that artists are live streaming from their living rooms during this lockdown, partly because I’ve missed going out to shows, but mostly because I get to
cry sing as loud as I want in the privacy of my own home.
Watch the full live stream here.
Title Track (@ The Hotel Cafe)
I try to catch Kevin Garrett whenever he’s in LA, and this was by far my favorite show of his. Love this intimate venue.
I love that Christine’s birthday is so close to mine, especially when her husband throws her a surprise party at my favorite BBQ spot! (@ Grand Ole BBQ)
The girls gave me the best gift ever: music and travel! I can’t wait to see Tame Impala in Portland!!!
Thanks to Chel, Christine and the old man in a hawaiian shirt at the bar for buying me all those birthday drinks (and even more thanks to Alicia for picking my ass up and Ray for driving my car home).
When the clock struck midnight on my birthday, I was two burritos deep and lying on the floor at Alicia’s house. This is 38, guys.
Sylvan Esso – Coffee (@ Walt Disney Concert Hall)
Last show of the year at my new favorite venue ❤️
Ohana Fest (@ Doheny State Beach)
This is the third time I’ve seen The Strokes and probably my last. Julian’s a mess! During one of the songs, he forgot the lyrics, walked off the stage and sang, “I don’t want to play in this place anymore.” The show wasn’t done yet, but he sure was.
They just finished a new album and are probably gearing up to tour next year. As much as I love their music, I don’t know that I would see them live again. If you can, catch them twenty years ago in NYC!
John Mayer – Edge of Desire (@ The Forum)
Don’t say a word, just come over and lie here with me
‘Cause I’m just about to set fire to everything I see
I want you so bad I’ll go back on the things I believe
There I just said it, I’m scared you’ll forget about me
The last time I saw John Mayer was at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007 before I moved to LA. Twelve years later, he still makes
that same guitar face me feel all the feels.
Andy Grammer – I Am Yours (@ The Wiltern)
I’ve been lost, I’ve been found
But I know who I am now
I am yours
Rooney – Stay Away
Make a move on me, baby
I cant be the one who’s always taking chances
Another day, another 20th anniversary tour (@ Lodge Room)
The first time I saw Rooney was nearly two decades ago with an ex-boyfriend at a venue that doesn’t exist anymore. So much has changed since then, but I still go to shows as much as I can, and I still love the bands I loved twenty years ago (still waiting for that Hoobastank comeback tour!).
BRB crying at the cemetery (@ Hollywood Forever)
Hozier – Shrike
I couldn’t utter my love when it counted
Ah, but I’m singing like a bird ’bout it now
I have a soft spot for songs that remind me of my youth (even ones that are covered by Lana Del Rey).
When we were in 8th grade, Marisa Madrigal wrote me this note with all the lyrics to her favorite song – Sublime’s Date Rape! Never mind the fact that we were only thirteen listening to a song about butt rape (yikes) by a fricken ska punk band (double yikes), I thought she was the coolest girl in school.
Kevin Garrett – Control
Father, son, and holy ghost
I would never let you go
h o a x 💔 (@ Troubadour)
Lucius – Feels like a Curse
You talk about today, like the girl who got away
The only one you ever wanted
Day trippin’ (@ Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace)
Love this intimate desert gem! Anthony Bourdain featured it in an episode of No Reservations, and Paul McCartney has played here. It’s def worth the visit, especially if you’re nearby in Palm Springs or in Joshua Tree where I had the best
nap sound bath of my life.
Muse – Stockholm Syndrome (@ The Forum)
This is the last time I’ll forget you
I wish I could
I’ve seen Muse a few times in my life, but I haven’t been to a show of theirs in a decade! It was like seeing them for the first time all over again. Loved, loved, loved. Thanks Nori and Desi for the invite!
Fuck, can I get pregnant from this??? (@ Slab BBQ)
Slab has been on my BBQ bucket list, but they usually sell out by the time I get off work. I’ve been sick at home for the past couple of days, so I finally went for lunch today. They usually don’t serve beef ribs on weekdays, but today was my lucky day! I’ve been following them on instagram since they sold BBQ out of their backyard, and their ribs and brisket were some of the best I’ve ever had! Def my new LA fave.
Just when I thought I couldn’t get any luckier, we were sitting outside Milk having dessert afterwards when WEEZER and Fred Armisen roll past us down Beverly Blvd on a flatbed performing Say It Ain’t So (my favoritest Weezer song EVER) like it’s no bigs! Only in LA…
Thanks to whoever gave me this nasty cough at work! If it weren’t for you, I would’ve never been in Fairfax in the middle of a Tuesday living my best life.
Share the Love Benefit Show (@ The Wiltern)
NOTE TO SELF: 16-year-old artists have 16-year-old fans.
I’ll spare you the video and instead post this studio recording of my favorite Billie Eilish song (devoid of screaming teens in the background). You’re welcome.
When you call my name, do you think I’ll come running?
You never did the same, so good at giving me nothing
92,116 minutes = 4.2 hours a day (and $40 in data overages every month!).
Posty’s my guilty pleasure, but I didn’t realize how much I listened to
the dulcet tones of Shawn Mendes. Spotify’s really out here exposing me right now.
I’ll just leave this here.
She is messy, but she’s kind
She is lonely most of the time
Sugar, butter, flour (@ Civic Theatre)
Oh, my heart. Even though Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen won all the Tony awards, Waitress is my most favorite musical to date. It’s like how everybody loves Breaking Dawn: Part 2, but my favorite Twilight movie is New Moon, because it’s the saddest one where Bella was emo AF listening to Lykke Li and pining over the loss of Edward the entire time…
I mean what, I don’t know anything about teenage vampire sagas.
Loved, loved, loved this film. Rami Malek deserves all the awards! What I would’ve given to see Queen live ⚡💔
BRB crying (@ Ahmanson Theatre)
Jay and Pammie came up to LA for the day to see this beautiful broadway show. I don’t know if it’s the holidays, or my period, or the $300 I spent on my ticket… but Jesus, I got emotional.
Thanks to Jay for surprising us with souvenir mugs! And for refraining from singing along during the show (even though he proved on the drive there that he knew all the lyrics). I know how hard it was for him to confine that urge! Ha.
I lost count so long ago, maybe my heart’s numb
BØRNS (@ The Greek)
And it’s worth it, it’s divine
I have this some of the time
Hozier took us to church last night (@ The Wiltern)
Switchfoot – Dare You to Move
Young the Giant – Silvertongue
Beck – Where It’s At
Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait
I wanna get lost with you, and see what it’s like
To spend the whole night with you, just you
Mr. A-Z (@ FivePoint Amphitheatre)
See I know what we’ve got to do
You let go, and I’ll let go, too
L-Boogie up in here (@ Open Air Theatre)
I can’t believe I’m old enough for 20th anniversary tours, but the rough morning I had after getting home at 2am was solid proof!
This album soundtracked my junior year of high school, and hearing it in its entirety made me feel 16 again ♥
More videos here.
Monolith Tour (@ The Forum)
Sir Paul McCartney is a goddamn treasure.
Loved, loved, loved 💛
The drive between SD and LA flies when you’re pretending it’s 2001! Full playlist here.
Tame Impala, Lord Huron and SF ♥
Tame Impala – The Less I Know the Better
Lord Huron – When the Night is Over
Mumford + YTG!!!
Hold me still
Bury my heart next to yours
You’ll drive in my car
Just tell me we are going somewhere
Lord Huron – The Night We Met
Sylvan Esso – Coffee
Young the Giant – Cough Syrup
Local Natives – Coins
Head and the Heart – All We Ever Knew
(@ Culinary Dropout)
(@ Cornish Pasty Co)
(@ Pizzeria Bianco)
(@ Tempe Beach Park)
We escaped the LA rain and road-tripped it to Arizona! The first of hopefully many Innings Fests did not disappoint. Good weather, great bands, amazing food…
Air + Style x Phantogram (@ LA Memorial Coliseum)
Wish I could turn you back into a stranger
‘Cause if I was never in your life
You wouldn’t have to change it
Lucius covering my most favorite Tame Impala song ever ♥
If you, if you could return…
R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan 💔
24K Magic (@ The Forum)
My mom has visited me twice in LA since I moved here 5 years ago—once to see Adele at Staples, and this past weekend to see Bruno Mars at the Forum!
Now who has to tour LA for her to come visit me next year???
Linkin Park & Friends (@ Hollywood Bowl)
Even though it had been years since I last saw Linkin Park in concert, I was heartbroken when I found out about Chester Bennington’s suicide.
I can remember exactly what I was doing when I first heard Hybrid Theory. Pammie and I have this game we play called Guess What Year? (it’s a working title), and I can always pinpoint the year a song came out because I’m able to tie it to life events. Like I know that Boyz II Men’s One Sweet Day came out when I was 13, because I remember crying to that song at Sharon Bernardo’s birthday party when I found out that Raymond Alcarion liked my best friend and not me. I’m totally over him now, partly because that was 22 years ago, but mostly because my name would have been “Marion Alcarion” had our love stood the test of time! Yikes.
When I was 18, my friend Nick Costa told me, “Linkin Park… Remember that name… They’re gonna be HUGE someday.” I downloaded some songs off of their EP on Napster (yes, I was 18 that long ago) and became a solid LP fan after that. I remember going to the library to chat in their forum in between classes in college. I remember listening to their CD in Sheena’s car while I practiced driving stick around Jamul. I remember how sad I was when their intimate show at Canes sold out before I could get tickets to their first tour. Linkin Park soundtracked a time in my life that I reminisce about often, and it makes me sad to think that Chester is gone now, too.
I was lucky enough to see Chester in concert a couple times in my life, and being able to go his memorial show and hearing all those songs made me feel like I was 18 again (my sore stems the next day from standing during their 3-hour set reminded me that I’m nearly twice that age). All these years later, I still remember their lyrics. Also, can we just talk about how good Mike Shinoda still looks??? Some things never change…
Watch a full stream of the show here.
The Shins (@ The Greek Theatre)
It’ll change your life, I swear…
Khruangbin x Geto Boys (@ The Fonda Theatre)
The Fonda is across the street from the Shake Shack in Hollywood, so we skipped the headliner for a shack stack and some crinkle fries (yes, I have a problem).
Lord Huron (@ Del Mar Racetrack)
I had all and then most of you, some and now none of you
Take me back to the night we met
The last time I attended 4 o’clock Fridays may or may not have been 14 years ago to see Hoobastank.
One more week!
All I want to do is trade this life for something new
Holding on to what I haven’t got
R.I.P. Chester Bennington 💔
Sunday funday with Sabrina (@ Arroyo Seco Weekend)
Tuxedo (@ Observatory)
When your friends give you free tickets to see Mayer Hawthorne, you repay them with booty shorts from the merch table, obvs. Thanks, Jessie and Abe! 😘
R.I.P. Chris Cornell 💔
I worked 16 hours straight yesterday and haven’t slept much these past few weeks 😩
I always need something good to look forward to during conference season, so I bought tickets to two LA shows (Sylvan Esso and Blind Pilot), an OC show (Young the Giant), and music festivals in LA (Arroyo Seco) and NYC (Panorama).
I may or may not have been delirious at one in the morning.
Bastille – Good Grief (@ The Novo DTLA)
Every minute of every hour
I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more
Never Knock / You Send Me (@ Troubadour)
My favorite Kevin Garrett show yet. Alessia Cara came out to sing the song he wrote for Beyonce, and all was right with the world.
The way I keep myself together
Is by not keeping anything at all
Even faces change, my heart stays the same
Bon Iver (@ Hollywood Bowl)
The rain may or may not have hid my tears! So apropos…
Tame Impala was lit af (and so were we) 🔥🔥🔥 (@ FYF Fest 2016)
BRB crying (@ Staples Center)
I’ve wanted to see Radiohead live since I first heard Exit Music (For A Film) in the 9th grade. You guys, that was 20 years ago! Yikes.
I kind of expected them to stick it to LA and not sing Creep, but no Paranoid Android or Karma Police, either??? You’re killing me, Thom! OK Computer is my favorite album of theirs, so No Surprises was my favorite song of the night:
Twilight Concert Series (@ Santa Monica Pier)
Watching Mayer Hawthorne for free while eating a churro??? I could think of worse ways to spend my Thursday night.
I was standing next to the guy from Stepbrothers (the one who’s not Will Ferrell) while waiting to get in. I can count on one hand how many celebrities I’ve spotted since I moved to LA nearly 4 years ago. Most of the ones who live near me in Manhattan Beach are pro-athletes, so I probably just don’t recognize them (like that one time we ate at a communal table with Marshall Faulk). I’m pretty sure the tall drink of water who asked me where I got my torta bread from at Costco last week was an athlete. After directing him to the bread aisle, I asked him where the toilet paper was because I like to embarrass myself in front of hot guys, obvi. I crossed paths with him again while making my food sample rounds and died a little when he smiled at me and my bulk 30-pack of Charmin Ultra Soft Jumbo Rolls.
I’m pretty sure the victim in this episode stole my CD binder circa 2001.