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BLOODY DEATH SKULL @ BLUE BAG RECORDS

February 2nd, 2015

Maybe Bloody Death Skull is the missing link between the innocence of youth and the cynicism of the adult who yearns to be young again. They incorporate trippy costumes and obscure instruments. You might start questioning your existence, remembering your childhood (for better or worse) and getting in touch with some uncomfortable truths about the world.

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JOHN COOPER CLARKE @ LA CITA

November 10th, 2014

The peripatetic punk poet from Salford arrives late—20 minutes or 40 years late, depending in how you look at it—apologizing out of a halo of cigarette smoke, saying, "I got here a little late, too late to read the guest list." It's a failing he turns to his advantage as he then reads that guest list, making a poem out of it in which the names rhyme and people are caught unawares by his awareness and the utterly-packed house (courtesy of Part Time Punks) erupts into the rapture of applause. "I tried to make it entertaining as I can," he shrugs.

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KERA AND THE LESBIANS ARE BRINGING DUENDE BACK

November 2nd, 2014

"I'm so happy," blurted an elated Marketing Director of the Fold, midway through Kera's performance. Even if she didn't mean it ... the room compelled her to HAVE TO SAY IT.

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BOY AND BEAR @ THE FONDA

October 10th, 2014

With reverence for such staples of Americana (yes I know Young is from Canada), Boy & Bear has a lot to live up to but the band certainly met the mark, especially in categories of self-exploration, lyrical depth, and haunting harmonies.

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AUSTIN PSYCH FEST @ CARSON CREEK RANCH

May 22nd, 2014

Yes, you heard that right: the Flamin’ Groovies have bested the Zombies.

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PHILIP GLASS’ THE CIVIL WARS @ WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

April 24th, 2014

The LA Philharmonic’s stripped-down interpretation of Glass’ faithful treatment of Wilson’s words felt a little bit smart, a little bit chaotic, a little but underdone—in short, it was perhaps more faithful to Wilson’s raw gem than a huge-budget spectacle would have been.

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