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BLOODY DEATH SKULL @ BLUE BAG RECORDS

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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.

KERA AND THE LESBIANS ARE BRINGING DUENDE BACK

November 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

“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.

BOY AND BEAR @ THE FONDA

October 10th, 2014 · No Comments

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.

AUSTIN PSYCH FEST @ CARSON CREEK RANCH

May 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

PHILIP GLASS’ THE CIVIL WARS @ WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

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.

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.

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.