The Scent of Death: Watain, Goatwhore, Averse Sefira, Black Anvil @ Emo's, 11/23/10

I’ve always been a little obsessed with death. Be it horror films, serial killers, metal, or reality; the subject has always been a part of my life. I’ve seen everything from Cannibal Holocaust to IRREVERSIBLE. I have a copy of HITMAN sitting next to the A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, which is next […]

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History Lesson: Nile, Ex Deo @ Emo's, 11/20/10

There really is no better story than real life. While a great piece of fiction can take you on a journey through things that defy the laws of reality, there’s often nothing greater than a true story. It’s relatable, even when it’s spun by one person or the other, the winner or the loser. The […]

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You Come In Burned: The Dandy Warhols, Hopewell @ La Zona Rosa, 11/14/10

Well, you come in baby, you will get burned. Because I am just what I am, I’ve learned. I slowly become some “why” that you live with. And mama told you that you would get this. Hey, I lost you when you took me in, my friend Now against my will, I still stay out. […]

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You May Say I'm a Dreamer: A Perfect Circle / eMOTIVe @ The Avalon, 11/10/10

Perception vs. reality. It’s a topic that is on my mind more often than not. The way other people see you versus how you see yourself. The way you see people versus who they really are. The way you think something is going to make you feel versus how it really does. Expectations, first impressions, […]

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Gravity: A Perfect Circle / Thirteenth Step @ The Avalon, 11/9/10

Weak and powerless, I pull up to valet the Challenger in front of the venue. One too many champagne cocktails the night before, a meltdown when I woke up, a fantastic lunch with a dear friend, a coffee catch up with another…I’m on a non-stop rollercoaster, and I feel strung out. Black Sabbath’s Master of […]

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The Hollow: A Perfect Circle / Mer de Noms @ The Avalon, 11/8/10

When A Perfect Circle‘s Mer de Noms released, I was at one of the lowest points in my life. It was a time when nu-metal and boy bands invaded the airwaves, and when I heard the first APC song on the radio, I remember thinking, this is what music is supposed to be. It really […]

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Sunday Funday: Fun Fun Fest Day 3 – Mastodon, Suicidal Tendencies, High on Fire, Kylesa, OFF!, 11/7/10

I’m tired. I’ve been going nonstop for a month. While I’m trying my hardest to enjoy every minute, I can tell that I’m starting to wear down. On top of the hours I put in at shows, I spend an average of 3 hours writing about each one. That’s a lot of time for a […]

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Hunting Season: Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 2 – Gwar, The Vandals, The Dwarves, 11/6/10

It was opening day of hunting season.  On the drive to Austin, my car was dwarved by truck upon truck towing an assortment of ATV vehicles and men dressed in camouflage. As I was walking into the festival, this guy starts up a conversation with me.  “Why do you smell so good?” was the line. […]

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Tesla Coils & Accordions- Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 1: Arc Attack & Weird Al Yankovic, 11/5/10

Attending a festival alone is a weird experience. Actually, attending a festival at all is a weird experience for me. I spend too much time in small clubs to enjoy the quantity over quality value proposition that a festival offers. But sometimes they are done right. And I could tell after my first lap around […]

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Never Surrender: Combichrist, Aesthetic Perfection @ Elysium, 11/4/10

I was driving back to Austin for the third time this week, replaying a conversation in my head. Today was the day I realized that my readers – often strangers – know more about me than some people I know in real life. I was thinking about how messed up that is on several levels […]

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