Shows: September to mid-May.

Posted in Music on May 15th, 2014 by byronkho

Since September, I’ve seen: Avicii, Above & Beyond, Alesso, Knife Party, Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Bassnectar, Madeon, Bingo Players, Sander van Doorn, Hardwell, Madeon, Queens of the Stone Age, Calvin Harris, Deadmaus, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Public Enemy, Solange, ASAP Rocky, Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Emeli Sande, Haim, Alunageorge, Rudimental, Jesse Rose, Mord Fustang, Baam Bada, the Meta, Umer Piracha, Kaskade, CHVRCHES, Pretty Lights, MGMT, Little Green Cars, Gareth Emery, Madeon, Ghost Beach, Robin Thicke, Vampire Weekend, Avett Brothers, Manufactured Superstars, Icona Pop, Sky Ferreira, the Knocks, Sirah, K Flay, Icona Pop, KT Tunstall, Brian Lopez, Atoms for Peace, Sebastian Ingrosso, St. Lucia, Two Door Cinema Club, Morning Parade, Biffy Clyro, Aijia, Clara C, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, David Ramirez, Ellie Holcomb, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rimbo Wong (the Curtis student I help sponsor!), Song Dogs, Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko, Val de Val, Ross Bellenoit, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Mount Moriah, Pine Barons, Paramore, Metric, hellogoodbye, Matrimony, the Falls, Foxes, Night Panther, Ivan & Alyosha, the Wild Feathers, Tin Horses, the Wayside Shakeup, the Smith Westerns, Lucy Stone, Roscoe Bandana, Mo Lowda & the Humble, Ali Wadsworth, Brown Sugar, Former Belle, Zoe Keating, twentyonepilots, Switchfoot, New Politics, MS MR, Perseverance Jazz Band, A Great Big World, Secret Someones, Phosphorescent, Sea Wolf, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Honey Watts, Little Silver, Mesiko, Ellie Goulding, the Last Band in Illyria, Black Horse Motel, Spirit & Dust, Reed Turner Band, Conway, Dead Professional, Oldermost, Nicole Atkins, Arc Iris, Davey Horne, Okkervil River, Typhoon, London Grammar, HAERTS, Moon Taxi, Revivalists, Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, Nickel Creek, Carsie Blanton, Eli Conley, the Gallerist, Secret Sisters, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Willie Watson (formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show), David Tanner & Honky Tonk-o-rama, Thelma and the Sleaze, River City Tanlines, Francesca Battistelli, Jim Ed Brown, Riders in the Sky, Connie Smith, Jeannie Seely, Larry Gatlin, Carson Peters, Charlie Daniels Band, Vince Moreno, JP Harris and the Tough Choices, Cooper and the Jam, The Cordovas, Steve Gorman and Audley Freed of the Black Crowes, Tennis, HAIM and Carrie Underwood.

In the next few months, I’ll (likely) be seeing: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, Beck, the Lumineers, Band of Horses, Pretty Lights, Weezer, Broken Bells, Band of Horses, Young the Gian, Childish Gambino, Tegan and Sara, Big Gigantic, Girl Talk, Cage the Elephant, Portugal the Man, Grouplove, Local Natives, Ziggy Marley, Iron & Wine, Sleigh Bells, Jake Bugg, Amos Lee, Third Eye Blind, City and Colour, Chance the Rapper, Kaiser Chiefs, A-Trak, the Airborne Toxic Event, Phantogram, Washed Out, Tune-Yards, Walk Off the Earth, the White Panda, American Authors, Martin Garrix, Cash Cash, G-Eazy, A Great Big World, RAC, Lucius, Smallpools, Bleachers, the Mowglis, NoNoNo, Kodaline, White Denim, Asaf Avidan, Cherub, Sir Sly, Aer, Johnnyswim, Vic Mensa, San Fermin, Geographer, Courtney Barnett, the Colourist, Wild Cub, Dan Croll, Shakey Graves, Goldroom, Wild Child, Little Comets, Magic Man, Boy & Bear, Royal Teeth, the Ceremonies, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bad Things, Andrew Belle, Basic Vacation, Hunter Hunted, Misterwives, Vance Joy, X Ambassadors, the Unlikely Candidates, Bronze Radio Return, Little Daylight, Kongos, Saints of Valory, Holychild, Parade of Lights, Son Lux, Salva, Gemini Club, Step Rockets, the Griswolds, Sleeper Agent, John & Jacob, Pigpen Theatre Co, the Weeks, High Highs, Caroline Glaser, Lily Mae, Courrier, Cruiser, New Sweden, Mean Lady, Christian Porter, Stop Light Observations, Breach the Summit, F. Stokes, Nothing, the Tontons, DRGN KING, Cakes da Killa, Denitia and Sene, Charliered, Downtown Club, Mike Taylor, Weekend, Khari Mateen, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Head And The Heart, Bear Hands, Die Antwoord, First Aid Kit, Willy Mason, jj Grey & Mofro, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Last Chance, Diana Lawrence, PHOX, Trails & Ways, Flume, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland, Tempest, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, JohnnySwim, Rebirth Brass Band, Kwesi K, Hot Club Of Cowtown, Old Man Luedeke, Steep Canyon Rangers, Dhaka Braka, Natalie McMaster, the Oh Hellos and NEEDTOBREATHE.

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A busy few weeks.

Posted in Personal on February 7th, 2011 by byronkho

Jolie Holland was amazing at North Star Bar last night. Wasn’t so impressed with the TV for the Radio guy – he needs to work on his stage presence, and shorten his sets. I was gonna stay longer but Jess L was tired and needed to go. Met the guy who played for the Center City Opera’s Italian Market Elixir of Love.

Jess C’s birthday at Dark Horse was exciting. Met some fun people, and met some not so fun people. The novelist dude did not seem at all excited about the novel he was supposed to be writing. Okay, that was only one not so fun person. Everybody else – real estate agent girl, disgruntled computer scientist, the first girl I’ve met to bring up Egypt in a bar conversation while staggering – good fun. Not so much space in the room, but at least no slipping on my ass like last time. And the birthday present made it in one piece. I think I’m forgiven for the unintended work-interfering-with-playtime ditch after True Grit, drinks and then some super gelato (and some oddly timed special appearance by Sheim, who I think does not get along with me any more. Ever since that stupid I-told-you-No-you-didn’t-tell-me-But-I-did episode. It would have been a funny episode of Community.). You know who else is super? That’s right. She’s super.

Jessi Teich, again. Beautiful voice as always, and backed up by her awesome band but with a TRUMPET this time (well, like her CD release gig). Love the trumpet. Love, love, love. Geez – she’s getting so many great gigs. She just played World Cafe Live with Don McCloskey (he rapped at one point with this black dude, and I was thinking about Vanilla Ice and Huggy Bear during the number) and Guamanian Mike Pinto (who is a fantastic musician in the spirit of Sublime, and apparently roommates with the Slightly Stoopid guy, that tidbit courtesy of Rima), and next week she’s doing the TLA with ROONEY. OMG. Amazing time at that show (WCL) with should-have-been-born-blonde Jess L. (I know way too many Jessica’s, it’s kind of annoying keeping track of them by name.) She really loves a bit of sado with her machism, and coincidentally, my ass hurts.

Yes, ROONEY.

One number from Mike Pinto.

Stupid VEVO linking. I should be paid for street teaming… but I love this new song by Jessie J and B.O.B. She does needs to stylistically separate herself a little from Katy Perry tho…

Gantz, ehh. Was going fine, and then the last third just DESTROYED it. Good eats and shopping with my good pal Becks Berkowitz of the Tennessee ‘witz’s. New jeans, new sneaks. AWESOME. Missed Restaurant Week (both), visited the dentist, did a lot of shoveling (yes, weather happened. snow! ice! slipped once. i think i have a case against the owner of the house… oh wait, it’s me.), missed out on the return of Bronze Radio Return (tho I would have preferred the RETURN of the LOVELL sisters… that was a show to remember!) but no worries. Good shows coming up, Elena Urioste and the Chamber Orchestra, Get Up Kids + Miniature Tigers, Vienna Teng, and finally a few conflicting dates. Possibly some snowboarding. A whole lot of awesome. Over and out.

Last song this post, promise: you go, girl. Can’t be in LA for what seems to be an epic show. Would totally love to see the Marq and THE LEGEND (see, i should be at least comped a few tix) kick it live. And, btw, this is the shit since it totally samples Vengaboys.

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