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elbow @ The Wiltern – 5.28.14

elbow @ The Wiltern – 5.28.14

All photos by Ben Irwin. Ed. Note: I should be honest and concede that when elbow (do I capitalize the “E”?) first hit the tints of my scene over a decade ago, I was in no mood for another UK take on grey pop and the long, slow rain of...

By Big Ben
Atmosphere – Southsiders

Atmosphere – Southsiders

It’s a bizarre thing to experience trepidation when one of your favorite artists releases a new album. To feel a fear based in the idea that we all age, change and are fallible. Atmosphere has been, after all, one of my top hip-hop groups for over a decade and with...

By Griffen Callahan
PAWS / Alex G. / The Dirty Nil @ Shea Stadium (bk) – 5.24.14

PAWS / Alex G. / The Dirty Nil @ Shea Stadium (bk) – 5.24.14

Ed. Note: Last Saturday, Charles broke his longstanding commitment to his misguided isolation experiment to take the trek from Queens to Shea Stadium (sadly, now only in BK) and dig on some genuine pan-global rock and roll experience. Rumor has it, he’s been glad ever since and recently provided us...

By Charles
Deap Vally / Band of Skulls @ House of Blues, San Diego – 5/19/14

Deap Vally / Band of Skulls @ House of Blues, San Diego – 5/19/14

Words by Griffen Callahan / Pics by Robert Schell Photography Full photo galleries down below The aura of the crowd was one of nonchalance, and indifference, when Deap Vally walked out on Monday night. It was an all-ages show, which these days fill me with the desire to yell at the half-grown...

By Griffen Callahan
Charles Bradley @ The Fonda 5-18-14

Charles Bradley @ The Fonda 5-18-14

Words and Pics by Ben Irwin There are two thoughts that won’t leave my head nearly a week after the earth rattling performance Charles Bradley put on at the Fonda . The 1st being that the fastest rising star in music today is 65 years old, the 2nd being that...

By Big Ben
WATCH! Bo Ningen Freak the Chrome Geometry in “Slider”

WATCH! Bo Ningen Freak the Chrome Geometry in “Slider”

I’ve been hearing pipes and whispers about these acid cracked Japanese prog rawk noisenik of Bo Ningen for a hot minute now but this is my first real taste of their gig and it’s a doozy. A sharp and artful rattle melting the senses with some 70s science fiction and...

By PPM News
Tobacco – Ultima II Massage

Tobacco – Ultima II Massage

Whenever anyone meets Nancy all they ever do is talk about how cute he is because the Nance is cute as shit. He’s got Keane eyes and a Dachshund/Rat/Chihuahua frame mixed with just the right amount of Pit to give him the look of a young Peter Lorre impersonating Danny...

By Charles
WATCH! Bonaparte Get Caught and Beaten by Divas; Resurrected by Rave in “Two Girls”

WATCH! Bonaparte Get Caught and Beaten by Divas; Resurrected by Rave in “Two Girls”

Charles loves Bonaparte. Like love LOVES Bonaparte and his schizophilic genre-hopping post pop op on total music so he’s pushing us all to get crazy psyched for the man/band of a thousand and one costumes to drop a new record come 5.30 (we think it’s eponymous) and watching his/their new...

By PPM News
Swans – To Be Kind

Swans – To Be Kind

Though I understand and appreciate the value of meditation, I rarely (mostly never) ever practice it, myself. I say that I don’t have the time but even the dogs know that’s a lie. If I can find the space in my day for pornography, cigarettes and television then I should...

By Charles
Kishi Bashi – Fonda – 5-16-14

Kishi Bashi – Fonda – 5-16-14

Pics by Ben Irwin Ed. Note: When Charles was a round, young buck he used to play the violin. If you asked him, he’d tell you that after five years he was goddamn “talent to be reckoned with” but as we’ve learned from so many awkward champagne chats with his...

By Big Ben

Xiu Xiu @ Church on York

Pics by Ben Irwin Ed. Note: Here’s a funny story. Years ago, Charles worked with this Virginia scene girl who he totally adored until the one day when she loaned him a Xiu Xiu CD (A Promise, perhaps…dial it back) and inasmuch as he wanted to impress said girl with...

By Big Ben
Tokyo Police Club – Echoplex 5-1-14

Tokyo Police Club – Echoplex 5-1-14

Pics and Words by Ben Irwin Yeah we know how late we are with this one. Turns out it takes me a full calendar week to comedown from the sugar high that Tokyo Police Club left me on (Apparently it’s a fact that Canadian Sugar is significantly more potent than...

By Big Ben