ariad: (dir en grey // my obscene sister)


On Wednesday night, after ten years of listening to DIR EN GREY, I finally saw them live as part of their TOUR15 NEVER FREE FROM THE AWAKENING! They've actually performed in San Francisco about eight times in the past ten years, but due to various reasons (school in the early years, then lack of interest until the release of their latest album ARCHE last year), I managed to miss every time. But no longer! They were /phenomenal/.

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ariad: (mucc // tatsurou)


Tonight, I went to see Misty Boyce, Jay Stolar, Charlene Kaye, and Alexz Johnson at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco with [personal profile] sanau_du and Doc Ray. The venue was one of the smallest I'd ever been in, which was great. I love the intimacy of small venues.

We hit the merch booth before the show started. The drummer, Dave Heilman, was manning the booth, which included t-shirts, posters (designed by Charlene!), and CDs from each of the artists, as well as a Charlene Kaye tote bag with a note from Charlene stuck on it that said that anybody who bought the bag would get a doodle from Charlene of whatever they wanted. (She'd offered the same last year at Apocalyptour, which I attended with Doc Ray, but the two of us didn't want to deal with the hoards of Starkid fans at that concert, which is part of why, as much as we both like Starkid, we were so glad she was back in SF without Starkid.) Doc Ray bought a Charlene Kaye tote bag and Charlene's three albums, and I bought the tote bag, Animal Love Remixes (having previously bought Animal Love already), and Misty Boyce's For the Grace of Odd EP.

Since the four artists are all fairly unknown (though I've seen Alexz Johnson on a fanmix or two), the three of us managed to be front and center, along with group of other Charlene fans. Doc Ray ended up swing dancing with one of them for a bit as people trickled into the venue.

All four artists were amazing.

in which Misty and Jay have the most lovely harmonies, Dave spits on us, Charlene invites us onstage to sing with her, we make an Alexz Johnson fan emotionally overwhelmed, and Charlene draws herself as the Hulk )

It was a fantastic night. (The Burger King stop we made afterward didn't hurt.) All of these artists are on Spotify, but I will link here to their official websites and, for Misty and Charlene, a couple of my favorite songs on YouTube, as well.

Misty Boyce - "Dutch Girls" & "Regrets"
Jay Stolar
Charlene Kaye - "Magnolia Wine" & "Dress and Tie" (ft. Darren Criss)
Alexz Johnson
ariad: (regina spektor)
The StarKid show at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco was definitely the lolziest concert I've ever attended and will probably prove one of the most memorable. Because StarKid, what are you.

☆ Concert Report ☆ )

IT WAS GREAT. Here's the set list:

☆ Set List ☆ )

☆ Listen ☆
Download StarKid's music on their website! (Some is free. Some is not.)
Watch StarKid's musicals on their YouTube channel!
Sample Charlene Kaye's music on her website!

edit: Videos of the show are up on the Apocalyptour Videos Tumblr!
ariad: (kirito & aiji)
The ones anyone besides me might care about are bolded.

May 2005 - San Jose FanimeCon - Ramen & Rice
Nov 2005 - Santa Clara Jrock Connection - Xenophobia, NeX.Letalis, Nikita w/ Metallic Beast, CHAOS+SYSTEM, Karma Shenjing
April 2006 - Fremont Manga Art Expo - akai SKY
May 2006 - San Jose Fanimecon - akai SKY, Kamijo, Goofy Style, Miami, Swinging Popsicle, POPLAR
June 2006 - San Francisco Slim's - Lemon Drop Kick, Blue Eyes, Secret Secret, the pillows
July 2006 - San Francisco Slim's - The Black List Club, Hyde
July 2006 - Fremont Juice Zone - Breakpoint, The Subtle Way
August 2006 - Tokyo, Japan - Asia Engineer
September 2006 - Fremont MSJ Belltower Quad - Breakpoint
November 2006 - Santa Clara Jrock Connection - {mid:night}, Serafilia, Karma Shenjing
November 2006 - Santa Clara Jrock Connection - lo:lita, ArtbeaT, MARS, Karma Shenjing
February 2007 - Fremont East Bay Blend - Forsaken, Boys on Bicycles, Destroy All Operating Systems, A Skylit Drive, The Subtle Way
May 2007 - Los Angeles Jrock Revolution - Merry, girugämesh, D'espairsRay, MUCC
June 2007 - Fremont East Bay Blend - Destroy All Operating Systems, Fight Me. Juliet, Mikoto, The Subtle Way
December 2007 - Fremont Phoenix Poetry Slam - Cryptic Fall, King Six, Et Cetera
April 2008 - Fremont MSJ Amphitheater - Flaccid Acid
April 2008 - Fremont Phoenix Spring Slam - Scratch Paper, Cryptic Fall, Flaccid Acid, King Six, Etcetera
May 2008 - San Jose FanimeCon - Ramen & Rice, Antic Cafe
December 2008 - Fremont MSJ Charity Concert - Social Stereo, The Ritards, Joe Jr.
December 2008 - Fremont MSJ Belltower Quad - Social Stereo, [unnamed]
January 2008 - Fremont MSJ Charity Fashion Show - Social Stereo
January 2008 - Fremont MSJ Battle of the Bands - Scratch Paper, Flux, Social Stereo, Etcetera
March 2009 - Fremont Camaraderie 3 - A System of Winks and Nods, Dance Floor Cougars, Kc Dela Cruz, and more
April 2009 - Fremont Not for Sale - Social Stereo, Scratch Paper, and more
July 2009 - San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall - Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra: Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY
July 2009 - San Francisco Regency Center Ballroom - VAMPS
April 2010 - Berkeley Cal Dance Marathon - Cal Band, The UC Berkeley Men's Octet, The Golden Overtones
April 2010 - Berkeley Memorial Glade - Cold War Kids
May 2010 - San Jose FanimeCon - LM.C
May 2012 - San Francisco Nob Hill Masonic Center - Charlene Kaye and the Brilliant Eyes, StarKid Company
July 2012 - Berkeley - Deep Chatham
March 2013 - San Francisco Brick and Mortar Music Hall - Misty Boyce, Jay Stolar, Charlene Kaye, Alexz Johnson
September 2013 - Berkeley Amoeba - Bastille
July 2014 - San Diego Comic-Con - All Time Low
October 2015 - Berkeley Greek Theatre - The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Florence + the Machine
November 2015 - San Francisco Slim's - DIR EN GREY
May 2016 - Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre - The Twilight Sad, The Cure

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