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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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CROCODILES @ THE ECHO

November 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Crocodiles played with the aloofness of a worn leather-jacket, the greasy-haired bravado of embryonic alternative rock, a guitarist with a chic straw hat, but with disappointing self-awareness.

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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe + Anders Osborne @ El Rey Theater

October 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Full disclosure demands I confess to adoring Ray Charles the same way Lester Bangs did the sainted Lou Reed or half a million of my pimple-faced peers did Eddie Van Halen. Girlfriends, roommates, even my cat get done out of sleep by my habit of cranking “Busted” or “Let’s Go Get Stoned” to ear-staving levels at odd hours of the night, howling lyrics and barrelhouse pounding the desk while weaving side to side and staring at the ceiling though sunglasses.

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