Big Ben:

Ben Irwin survives as the Editor-in-Chief of Pinpoint Music.
  • What I'm Listening to:

  • Kurt Vile and the Violates |
  • Architecture In Helsinki |
  • Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti |
  • Patterson Hood |
  • Mogwai |

Recent articles written by Big Ben

Minus the Bear – Murder by Death – Observatory SD – 11-21-15

Minus the Bear – Murder by Death – Observatory SD – 11-21-15

Photos and word by Ben Irwin Seeing a band play a vintage album from over a decade ago is basically a sociological experiment, and looking over the crowd at the Observatory North Park on this particular night I couldn’t help but wonder how many people were seeing Minus the Bear...

Review by Big Ben
FYF 2015 – A Retrospective

FYF 2015 – A Retrospective

The experience of covering FYF as a Los Angeles based music publication is akin to preparing a speech for your lifelong friend’s wedding. Each year of FYF exists in a vacuum but the journey of how it got to this point, the triumphs and the scars, are impossible to extricate...

Review by Big Ben
Offspring – The Palladium – 7-31-15

Offspring – The Palladium – 7-31-15

Photos by Ben Ed. Note: It’s been a minute since I’ve listened to The Offspring and it’s been a few minutes more since I last saw them deliver their firebrand punk revivalist sermon to a packed house at Irving Plaza (alongside Guttermouth, The Lunachicks and Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ Driver)...

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Veruca Salt / The Muffs @ El Rey Theater – 7.11.15

Veruca Salt / The Muffs @ El Rey Theater – 7.11.15

Ed. Note: Has it really been twenty years since I saw Veruca Salt at The Academy? Holy shit, it must be. That was a weird gig, man. The band called all the boys in the crowd “savages…GODDAMN SAVAGES!” for moshing (because, you know, that’s just kinda what you did at...

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Charles Bradley / Junk @ The Roxy – 4.19.15

Charles Bradley / Junk @ The Roxy – 4.19.15

Ed. Note: The Screaming Eagle of Soul is a man in demand of intimacy. He stinks of it. Sweats it. Bleeds it. Howls it from the gates of hell to the highest mount in the heaven and has since well before El Jefe and I were even so much as...

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Drive Like Jehu Reunion – Glass House Pomona – 4-8-15

Drive Like Jehu Reunion – Glass House Pomona – 4-8-15

It’s a disjointing feeling when something is so significant to you, yet completely irrelevant to the preponderance of humanity. Like a hippie whose chained themselves to the last tree in their city park, looking around wide-eyed in disbelief that the rest of the world doesn’t share their passion. When I...

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Courtney Barnett / Fraser A. Gorman @ Dilettante Arts – 3.13.15

Courtney Barnett / Fraser A. Gorman @ Dilettante Arts – 3.13.15

Ed. Note: There are times, precious times in this whirlwind gig we still got going here at Pinpoint when the privileges outshadow the pratfalls by a mile and you find yourself rubbing elbows with the cream of the pop in a shoebox of well-manicured taste, trends and ticky-tacks worth more...

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Dan Deacon @ SF Chapel – 2.28.15

Dan Deacon @ SF Chapel – 2.28.15

Photos by Ben Irwin Ed. Note: Dan Deacon is a mad genius with a suit case full of wonders, wires, mics, knobs and a thousand neon unicorns step-dancing to some great future-shock metronome hidden in the back of his soft, white cerebellum which sends pulse waves out on harmony rockets...

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