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DECIBEL’S METAL & BEER FESTIVAL @ THE WILTERN THEATRE

Photos by Todd Nakamine Switzerland’s Triptykon closed out Decibel’s Metal & Beer Fest at The Wiltern with a special all-Celtic Frost set. It’s a rare occurrence for Tom Fischer (aka Tom Warrior) to look back–but look back he did with an hour and forty minute…

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TRACK PREMIERE: THE FLYTRAPS “CHA CHA HEELS FOR CHRISTMAS”

Longtime L.A. RECORD favorites the Flytraps are here to tear a hole in the holidays with this wreck 'n' roll burner "Cha Cha Heels," which starts with a nod to Female Trouble and doesn't slow down for a second. The Flytraps will be opening for Ariel Pink and Redd Kross at Burger's New Year's Eve at the Standard, where Velvet Tinmine glambeasts Noah Wallace and Don Bolles will flood the floor with the finest Euro bubblegum. Flyer below!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: KOOL CUSTOMER “BLACKBERRY”

Kool Customer is the all-in-on-the-funk duo of L.A. producer B. Bravo and Bay Area vocalist Rojai, and their "Blackberry"—available on Kool Customer's debut LP and as a special white-vinyl 7"—is an instant hit about the complicated logistics that come with crushing on someone. Now they've got this brand new video that's practically glowing with a pink-and-blue 80s-pop-style aesthetic and an irrepressible charisma. Naturally, it was as fun to make as it is to watch.

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THE JAPANESE HOUSE @ HOLLYWOOD FOREVER

Photos by Maximilian Ho Fans of The Japanese House packed the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery–many of whom showed up early, enduring the chilly “winter” weather for a chance to hear and see solo artist Amber Bain and her band in the intimate and…

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GØGGS: THERE’S NO “COME TOGETHER”

GØGGS is Ty Segall, Charles Mootheart, Chris Shaw and the until-now-never-discussed Michael Anderson, and together they make a post-apocalyptic kind of sci-fi punk that relocates Black Flag's bleakness to Chrome's (or Hawkwind's) alien soundscapes. Their recent Pre-Strike Sweep (out now on In The Red) is a record at the edge of overload, delivered with determination by dudes who seem totally undisturbed by the metal melting all around them. Singer Shaw—also of Ex-Cult—discusses life, punk and the way the internet turns bands into cartoons. GOGGS plays an early-ish all-ages show at the Echoplex on Wed., Dec. 5get tickets here!

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DEATH VALLEY GIRLS RECORD RELEASE @ THE ECHO

Photos by Marcos Manrique Darkness Rains indeed! When vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Bloomgarden, guitarist Larry Schemel, drummer Laura Harris and back-on-bass Nicole Smith (Nikki Pickle) came together at The Echo for the record release of Darkness Rains, it was the best of times as Death Valley Girls…