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THE STOOGES’ JAMES WILLIAMSON w/JELLO BIAFRA, ALISON MOSSHART, ET AL. + CHEETAH CHROME + THE RICHMOND SLUTS @ THE BOOTLEG HIFI

January 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande What a night (and early morning) at The Bootleg Hifi as The Stooges’ guitarist James Williamson played his solo album Re-Licked which is comprised of rare 70s Stooges’ songs that have never been properly released. The accomplished guitarist played the entire set as quite the array of established musicians shared vocal duties and had their Iggy Pop moment. Like a bucking horse out the gate, Jello Biafra started everything off with “Head on the Curve.” Other contributors to the album that shined on stage were Joe Cardamore of The Icarus Line, Alison Mosshart of The Kills/Dead Weather and Lisa Kekaula who really fired things up. Williamson’s band may not have recognizable names, but they held their own.…

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RUN THE JEWELS + UNTIL THE RIBBON BREAKS @ THE REGENT THEATRE

January 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande From small venues to major festivals – and even a couple of Marvel comic book covers, Killer Mike and El-P (Run the Jewels) are already taking 2015 in their hip hop hands. They got people talking when they played FYF and The Echoplex last year, so no surprise The Regent Theatre would be sold out almost as soon as tickets went on sale. Everyone in the entire venue was hopping and jumping with hands up as the duo belted out everything they had in them. Boots and Gangsta Boo joined them on stage for a few songs and it felt like a big family affair. I even found myself singing lyrics to “Love Again.” Run the Jewels…

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AMERICAN NIGHTMARE + BL’AST! + ROTTING OUT @ THE EL REY THEATRE

January 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande Screaming Gets You Nothing. But unlike the song “Hearts,” fans could have a sweet release from screaming at the top of their lungs at the El Rey Theatre as American Nightmare (aka Give Up The Ghost) gave everyone who was willing – a chance to scream, stage dive, rage, cry, laugh, tear your heart out or someone’s shirt off – depending on your location in the venue, how many drinks you had and what was going on inside you. You could let it all out – no holds barred. Vocalist Wesley Eisold (Cold Cave) constantly connected with many hardcore fans who braved the front of the pit as they screamed the lyrics to him. Eisold’s original partner-in-crime,…

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FOXYGEN @ THE ROXY

January 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande With about 13 of her closest friends, a young girl’s birthday party was at The Roxy for the second sold-out show for Foxygen, her favorite band. Now that’s a great idea for a birthday party. And a party it was for everyone. Frontman Sam France’s dynamic physical skills and personality were at 110% throughout the set – engaging the crowd just enough for them to want more. And more we all did. Girls in the front tried to touch France every chance they could as he slithered away singing songs from their latest …And Star Power. France’s longtime fellow comrade Jonathan Rado was manning the keyboards, a little guitar and backing vocals. Along with three spunky female…

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BOOTS ELECTRIC + NICK OLIVERI + SPACECREAM @ THE VIPER ROOM

January 1st, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande There was no reason to wait to party on NYE when an announcement was made via Eagles of Death Metal’s Facebook page for Jesse Hughes’ band Boots Electric to play the Viper Room December 30th. It didn’t take long for word to get around and was easily sold out. It may have been chilly outside, but it was hot as hell inside with The Devil in command. Another EODM member, sexy-mexy drummer extraordinaire Joey Castillo was on board as well as bassist Tuesday Cross, guitarist Eden Galindo, and on keys, Jon Russo aka JBoy aka JonnyRue – Master of the Machines. In any case, it was damn good fun. It was friends and fans gathered together in…

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25TH ANNUAL KROQ ALMOST ACOUSTIC XMAS (NIGHT 2) @ THE FORUM

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos by Debi Del Grande The 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas (Night 2) was headlined by No Doubt stepping in for U2 (as Bono recovers). Other musical performances by The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Tears for Fears, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Imagine Dragons, Alt-J and Vance Joy kept everyone warm and in the spirit. The big news of the night wasn’t a special guest – it was Bean from Kevin & Bean’s morning show falling of the stage. Luckily, he’s ok.

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DEAR BOY + NIGHTMARE AIR + HALFBLUUD @ BOOTLEG HIFI

December 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande It was an evening of fine local talent as Dear Boy threw a little holiday event where the first 10 people who asked – received an autographed private demo for the new xmas song “Cold Spell” which also features artwork by guitarist Austin Hayman. Nicolas Perez of Sad Robot joined on guitar for a few songs. The intimate Bootleg Hifi was packed as the local band played a short, but memorable set as their final show for the year. Nightmare Air blasted everyone away with their sounds from another planet. As Swaan Miller glided across the stage, sang like an angel and kept the deep bass grooves, Dave Dupuis was busy doing all kinds of things with…

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PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT + EL TEN ELEVEN @ THE ROXY

November 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande Last year Peter Hook & The Light played at The Fonda and made many fans happy as New Order and Joy Division songs were played. These fans, including myself, had never dreamed of hearing any album by either band live in their entirety by an original member. Leave it to Hooky to make this dream come true for the few lucky fans in Southern California who scored ticket(s) for one or all of three incredible shows. Peter Hook & The Light played both New Order’s Low Life and Brotherhood at The Fonda Theatre and New Order’s Movement and Power, Corruption And Lies at The Glasshouse. These shows included an opening set of Joy Division songs. But it…

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MINUS THE BEAR + PLAGUE VENDOR @ THE TROUBADOUR

November 27th, 2014 · Comments Off

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande It was a special treat for fans of Seattle’s Minus the Bear as they wrapped up their Lost Loves & Beer Commercials 10th anniversary tour with a sold out show at the Troubadour. We were treated to the EP They Make Beer Commercials Like This in its entirety along with songs from their latest Lost Loves, which is a compilation of unreleased, buried treasures. A few other gems made the setlist as the rocking sounds of Jake Snider (vox/guitar), Dave Knudson (guitar/pedal god), Cory Murchy (bass), and Alex Rose (synths/vox) left most of us a little hot and sweaty. Drummer Erin Tate was not able to make this tour due to personal reasons, but Kiefer Matthias knows…

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THE BLOOD BROTHERS @ THE OBSERVATORY

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Photos by Debi Del Grande It was worth getting stuck on the 405N after an intense The Blood Brothers show at The Observatory. Thinking we would only see them at FYF, we were oh so wrong as the hardcore band tore up the venue and fans made sure they felt appreciated. Set times for @ObservatoryOC tonight: @DunesLA: 8:30-9:00 The Blood Brothers: 9:30-Jordan wants to watch Dateline #thebloodbrothers #dunes — The Blood Brothers (@1900USANAILS) November 22, 2014 . Setlist: Guitarmy Trash Flavored Trash Fucking’s Greatest Hits Laser Life Ambulance vs. Ambulance Burn, Piano Island, Burn Mutiny on the Ark of The Blood Brothers Crimes Beautiful Horses Peacock Skeleton with Crooked Feathers Camouflage, Camouflage Teen Heat We Ride Skeletal Lightning Vital Beach 1,2 ,3 4 Guitars Love Rhymes with…

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