Petaluma School of Music: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Ashtray, & Cormorant @ The Phoenix Theater, Petaluma, 2/27/10

I parked my car in front of a grocery store down the street from the venue. As I walked by, I saw a bunch of young high school kids skateboarding in the parking lot, and some about to get into a fight. Ah, the disillusioned youth of small town America. It reminded me of the […]

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The Men in Black: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Harlow's, Sacramento, 2/26/10

On what would have been Johnny Cash’s 78th birthday, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club kicked off their tour in Sacramento, sharing new songs from their upcoming album Beat the Devil’s Tattoo for the first time. Last time I saw BRMC was their two night acoustic/electric stint at Great American Music Hall. It was a magical couple […]

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Noise Pop Film Fest: The Heart is a Drum Machine @ Viz Cinema, 2/25/10

When I had my serendipitous run-in with the filmmakers of Blood Into Wine, they mentioned that I should stay after that screening to check out their other film, The Heart is a Drum Machine. I’m really, really glad I did. Obviously, I love music. But sometimes I don’t see the forest for the trees. I’m […]

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Noise Pop Film Fest: Blood Into Wine @ Viz Cinema, 2/25/10

I’m a huge Maynard fan. Unfortunately, while my fandom for Reznor, Cantrell, and Cornell have taken me all over the place for shows….Maynard has been as elusive to me, personally, as he has been to the media. I’ve had conflicts galore, family emergencies, all sorts of things prevent me from ever seeing him much. Result: […]

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Noise Pop Film Fest: Echotone @ Roxie Theater, 2/24/10

Echotone means ‘tension in ecologies’, when there’s an overlap. Specifically to this film, it means the development of downtown Austin and it’s longstanding position as the Live Music Capital of the World. I lived in Austin for 7 years- from the day after I graduated high school (I hated my small town that much) to […]

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Diary of a Madman: I am Ozzy Book Signing @ Book Passage, 2/21/10

Diary of a madman Walk the line again today Entries of confusion Dear diary I’m here to stay ~Diary of a Madman When I entered teen-dom in the mid nineties, Ozzy had a stellar solo career. It was only after singing along to ‘No More Tears’ and ‘Crazy Train’ and ‘Mama, I’m Coming Home’ for […]

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HardRockChick Interviews Chris Reifert of Abscess, Autopsy, and Death

It’s not every day that I’m given the opportunity to interview someone who is considered a founder of one of my core genres. Chris Reifert played drums on Death’s debut album, and has since gone on to form Autopsy and Abscess, among others (like the lovingly titled side project Eat My Fuk). I was supposed […]

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I Scream, You Sing: Epica, Threat Signal, Blackguard @ Slim's, 2/17/10

I arrived early for my interview with Threat Signal, and enter an empty Slim’s. I’ve never been in this venue when it’s empty…it seems much bigger that way. I’m led down to the dressing room- the belly of Slim’s is a cavernous place. I was told that the band might prefer to do the interview […]

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HardRockChick Interviews Threat Signal

If you haven’t heard of Threat Signal yet, well, you can thank me later. I chatted with them last night before their set opening for Epica. From mustard yellow couches in the sticker filled dressing room downstairs at Slim’s, the guys shared their thoughts on filming their recording process, dealing with the music business, the […]

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HollyWould?: Alice in Chains, Creature with the Atom Brain @ Hollywood Palladium, 2/13/10

There are moments in life that you don’t fully understand and appreciate until after they occur, when you gain perspective. And then there are moments where you can feel the significance right then and there. Both happened to me last night. It was a unique day, spent recovering from Friday night’s show basking in the […]

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