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Devin Townsend Project @ The Regency Ballroom – 12.17.14

Devin Townsend Project @ The Regency Ballroom – 12.17.14

Ed. Note: Devin Townsend is a manic architect of metal made science fiction freak the fuck out and burn BABY! burn ’til the wheels noose a halo for extraordinary idjits and has been for fucking ever, I guess and likely will be until the last smirk’s wiped clean the Tetsuo...

By Todd Sipes
Forgotten Favorites of 2014 (pt. 2)

Forgotten Favorites of 2014 (pt. 2)

So Xmas is done but the year’s still running and I am freshly fattened by acres of meat and whiskeys and argyle from an all too brief sojourn in DC which means I am in just the right headspace to ruminate fondly on some of the last slabs of wax...

By Charles
Roadkill Ghost Choir / Babes @ The Bootleg – 12.12.14

Roadkill Ghost Choir / Babes @ The Bootleg – 12.12.14

If it weren’t for vox/keyboardist Sarah Rayne, Babes would be a bunch of dudes. Two of the dudes are her siblings, and the other two are so close they seem like family. The group’s friendship is apparent, both onstage and off. They performed at the Bootleg with cool confidence, which...

By Sharee Allen
Opeth / In Flames @ The Warfield – 12.8.14

Opeth / In Flames @ The Warfield – 12.8.14

Ed. Note: Do you remember RIP? Man, I used to read that rag ’til I PUKED! back in Middle School. I thought Lonn Friend was the coolest. All right, maybe not THE coolest but he seemed a well-informed and thoroughly righteous dude with whom any budding headbanger could share an...

By Todd Sipes
tUnE-yArDs – Sonos Studio and the Wiltern – Dec 14

tUnE-yArDs – Sonos Studio and the Wiltern – Dec 14

Photos by Sharee Allen // Give & Take Photos Merrill Garbus and her band tUnE-yArDs are on the rise, and their fan base continues to spread. Their Sonos Studio performance last week was sandwiched between an appearance on Conan and a headlining show at the Wiltern, supported by openers Cibo...

By Sharee Allen
Forgotten Favorites of 2014 (pt. 1)

Forgotten Favorites of 2014 (pt. 1)

This is not a top ten list. It is a disorganized collection of affections for records I didn’t have the time or sense or willpower to properly consider on the site but which left a serious impact on me and which, I believe, you should IMMEDIATELY purchase to make your...

By Charles
Rancid – …Honor Is All We Know

Rancid – …Honor Is All We Know

Rancid’s eighth studio album …Honor is All We Know has lived up to and even exceeded the hype that preceded its release. After repeated delays, the band threw an unexpected left hook by releasing a short video: a three-song rager that got fans psyched. Then they raised it up a...

By Carlos Zerzan
Every Time I Die @ The Filmore – 11.17.14

Every Time I Die @ The Filmore – 11.17.14

Ed. Note: There was a time I could give you the straight dope on what’s metal and what’s punk and what’s hardcore but now, I don’t know worth a good goddamn and that’s just fine, I think. Heavy is as heavy does and Every Time I Die is heavy as...

By Todd Sipes
Trentemøller – Fonda 11-26-14

Trentemøller – Fonda 11-26-14

Photos by Sharee Allen // Give & Take Photos Indie-electronic artist Anders Trentemøller and his band wrapped up their international tour on Wednesday with a killer show at the Fonda. The band packed their LA day to the brim, starting with a performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW and...

By Sharee Allen
Bear’s Den @ Warsaw – 11.25.14

Bear’s Den @ Warsaw – 11.25.14

Ed. Note: Unlike many kids he knew or knows, Charles is no friend to British folk rock (whether it be alternative or not). Rumor has it, the bias is something to do with his mother and the yen for tears she taught him early and often and which he’s rejected...

By Charles