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METALLICA @ THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM

The Metallica family camped out over night and hugged the rail for hours until finally, the guys walked out and destroyed all eardrums. There were no issues with James Hetfield's mic(s) whatsoever, drunk guys played air guitar, hardcore diehards had their fists in the air.

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THE MURDER CITY DEVILS + JOEL CUPLIN + COREY J. BREWER @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM

We were more than ready to go absolutely bonkers as a pit opened up in seconds and bodies flew. For the first night of their two-night stay at The Teragram Ballroom, every one of the classics was brought out -- "Press Gang," "Rum to Whiskey," and "I Drink the Wine" -- all from their classic In Name and Blood release.

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HANNI EL KHATIB + DUDE YORK + PINKY PINKY @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM

A shout out to immigrants, a little nod to Michael Jackson and a full set of rocking tunes, including brand new ones like "Paralyzed" had us fired up. The evening was topped off with an invitation for audience members to join the band on stage for "Family" because - we are.

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AUSTRA @ THE EL REY THEATRE

If our vivid dreams had a soundtrack, it would probably sound a lot like an Austra album. Fresh off Austra's newly released album Future Politics, the Canadian synth-pop project performed plenty of new songs at The El Rey Theatre, including the ethereal “Utopia," the intriguingly twisted “I Love You More Than You Love Yourself," and the rhythmically pulsating title track “Future Politics."

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ZIG ZAGS “RIDDLE OF STEEL”

L.A.'s Zig Zags return from the desert wastes with this extremely relevant new song "Riddle of Steel," an homage—or Crom-age?—to the true ethos of Conan the Barbarian, which (without spoiling too much) depends more on the hand that wields the steel than the steel itself. Truly a lesson for our times, for better or worse, so study up with the b-side to their coming "Ripping Death" 7", out on Fri., Feb. 24, on Famous Class!

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THE GARDEN + SO PITTED + GO DREAMER + WU-WU @ THE ECHOPLEX

While the rest of America was watching the Super Bowl, some of us wanted to get crazy at The Echoplex with The Garden. In anticipation of their EP U Want The Scoop? dropping March 3rd, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears scored with the fans before they head on tour February 18th.