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THE WAR ON DRUGS @ THE TROUBADOUR

April 8th, 2014 · No Comments

The nearly two-hour-long set was a study in tension and release, alternating between propulsive anthems and more brooding and introspective fare.

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NEDELLE TORRISI @ OTHERWILD

March 1st, 2014 · No Comments

“She has the voice of an angel” was whispered amongst the crowd more than a few times. Her nearly pitch-perfect, angelic voice was only trumped by her excellent projection while staying perfectly tight, landing on every note with the finesse of a butterfly and unleashing the power of a lioness upon belting select hard-to-hit notes.

JAPANTHER @ LYRIC THEATRE

February 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Crackling movie quotes, punctuated artsy musings, stuttering programmed beats, and periodic commentary from their drummer garnished this tasty offering at WeHo’s Lyric Theatre.

STRUNZ & FARAH @ CATALINA’S

December 19th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Acclaimed as much for their international virtuosity as for their dazzling eclectic live performances, Middle Eastern-flavored jazz/flamenco duo Costa Rican Jorge Strunz and Iranian Ardeshir Farah are credited for pioneering guitar-focused world music before the term even existed. The Grammy-nominated pair shares a prolific partnership spanning more than three decades, meeting in 1979 and learned of their shared ability to play mind-blowing instrumental guitar improvisations at lightning speed.

TELEKINESIS + THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN @ THE FONDA

December 19th, 2013 · No Comments

It was lively, it was a wonderful spectacle, and, most importantly, it was loud and mesmerizing.

THE ENTRANCE BAND @ DILETTANTE GALLERY (LIVE REVIEW + INTERVIEW)

December 17th, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Entrance Band. So brooding, so mercurial, and yet so full of the alchemistic gold dust you cannot help but be transformed. It’s what Hendrix advocates call “experienced’ or what many of those illustrious Ted Talks speakers reveal.

AL’S BAR ALUMNI SHOW: ROSEMARY’S BILLYGOAT + LIGHTNIN’ WOODCOCK + CARNAGE ASADA + THE MORMONS + MORE

December 4th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Just as stupendous were Groovy Rednecks, as big Tex Troester sweated and howled through what he claimed was their 776th gig. Scene aristos dallying outside on Hewett debated what genre this latest onslaught amounted to. It sounded to me like Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen trying to thread a biplane through their own skulls.

BLOODY DEATH SKULL @ CHEETAHS

November 18th, 2013 · No Comments

Bloody Death Skull melds lo-fi, 50’s rock/soul janglin’, ukulele twangin’, children’s toys a’ bangin,’ all like one big Cowboys and Indians meets Duck Duck Goose absurdity. It was like watching children play by themselves, admiring their imaginations running wild.

NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927 + KID CADAVER + FEAR THE GHOST + AMONG SAVAGES @ THE ECHO

November 18th, 2013 · No Comments

The headliners launched without ado into a set as soulful as it was loud as hell. People began to flail around and dance awkwardly as photographers prowled, snapping excitedly and scuttling in and out of the way of jumping feet and swaying torsos.

MAZZY STAR @ THE WILTERN

November 18th, 2013 · No Comments

Opening with “Look On Down,” and playing all of the “Fade Into You” era hits, the audience is like one gigantic sea, every body like a molecule connected side by side, Mazzy’s lunar presence determining the push and pull of emotions, like the moon governs tide. My eyes were sewn shut during “Into Dust,” and I awoke to falling into the arms of a stranger!