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Hamilton Leithauser / Jack and Eliza @ The Casbah – 5.13.15

Hamilton Leithauser / Jack and Eliza @ The Casbah – 5.13.15

All photos by Rob Schell. Jack and Eliza The cave-like maze of small dark rooms that make up The Casbah were brightened Saturday night by the warm chords radiating from the two guitars on stage, and also by the smiles beaming from the two people wielding them. The vintage of...

Review by Griffen Callahan
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Any album’s story that originates with the artist hopping in their van with “enough mushrooms to choke a horse,” and continues with them driving down the California coast in order to find their narrative voice, is bound to enflame one’s curiosity, if not flat out scorch it to the bare...

Review by Griffen Callahan
Justin Townes Earle – Absent Fathers

Justin Townes Earle – Absent Fathers

There is something inherently and undeniably Southern in Justin Townes Earl’s music. His sound conjures visions of beautifully humble meridional landscapes and miles of ancient dusty highways stretching below the Mason Dixon Line. His newest album, Absent Fathers, could be the soundtrack to an unwritten movie about the last lonely...

Review by Griffen Callahan
RATKING – So It Goes

RATKING – So It Goes

If you happen to come across a writhing mass of rats intertwined by their tails, essentially knotted together with blood, feces and dirt, you have found a rat king.  A rare phenomenon associated with bad omens, more specifically plagues. If you happen to come across a New York rap trio...

Review by Griffen Callahan
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...

Review by Griffen Callahan
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...

Review by Griffen Callahan
FYF Fest 2013 – Day 2

FYF Fest 2013 – Day 2

Words by Griffen Callahan, Photos by Rob Schell “Those of us that had been up all night were in no mood for coffee and donuts, we wanted strong drink. We were, after all, the absolute cream of the national sporting press.” – Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las...

Review by Griffen Callahan
FYF Fest 2013 – Day 1 Reviews and Pictures

FYF Fest 2013 – Day 1 Reviews and Pictures

Words by Griffen Callahan, concert photography by Scott Dudelson As our photographer and I hoofed our way through L.A.’s China Town, the mid-day sun breaking on our heads, the excitement began to creep its way up my spine.  We were both rookies to FYF fest, and really didn’t know what to expect. ...

Review by Griffen Callahan