Grand Ole Opry

Must-Visit Music Destinations has a piece up that I wrote regarding my years of music-focused travel. Since it had to be edited down for length (I’ve been to a lot of places!), here are the places not covered there. Los Angeles, CA LA is arguably the center of the music universe. There is an overwhelming amount of […]

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Prayer of Transformation: Wolves in the Throne Room @ Echoplex, 7/20/14

I’m running down a dark alley with a look of fear on my face. It’s just stopped raining, so I slip and fall. I clamor to get up, and continue to run into a giant panoramic of a creepily-lit, post-apocalytic, gritty Los Angeles. Somewhere within my first few minutes of listening to Celestite, this is […]

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Higgs Boson Blues: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Shrine Auditorium, 7/11/14

“I saw Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and The Who there” my father-in-law said about the Shrine Auditorium earlier that day. I sighed. It had been the same sigh that escaped my lips when I bought pit tickets months ago. I just didn’t want to sit in a seat for this show. As I entered the […]

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12,542: 20,000 Days on Earth Screening and Solo Nick Cave Performance @ Egyptian Theater, 7/10/14

“My biggest fear is losing my memory because memory is what we are.” ~Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth Within the first 60 seconds of 20,000 Days on Earth, we see a time lapse of the life of Nick Cave. But it’s not just a fast forward of home videos, it’s a mood real of […]

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High Ball Stepper: Jack White @ The Fonda, 6/10/14

I peeled the package open with anticipation. I clutched the contents in my hands, grazing them with my fingertips for a closer inspection. As a Vault member of Third Man Records, it’s always a surprise; and this shipment was to be a special rendition of Jack White’s second solo effort, Lazaretto. I removed the blue […]

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Madness of an Architect: Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, 5/17/14

You can read my recap of the great Scion Rock Fest on! I also did some interviews with Orchid, Red Fang, and Lord Dying, which you can check out below.

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Diary of a Madman: 10th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit & Concert featuring Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne @ Club Nokia, 5/12/14

This was my 4th year attending this event, and it is a surreal, cool one-off show made even better because it is all done to support a great cause. MusiCares is the “safety net” that steps in when one of those elements of the trifecta know as Sex, Drugs, & Rock ‘n’ Roll gets a […]

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Luminous: The Horrors, Toy @ First Unitarian Church, 5/1/14

It was May Day, and as the sun set on this sizzling day- the kind of day which reminds you that summer is coming- I found myself at church. Is it hot in here or is it just me? I’d never been to this place for a show, but had always wanted to go. The […]

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Into the Void: Black Sabbath, Reignwolf @ Hollywood Bowl, 4/26/14

Well, it wasn’t the last time! How could a band that is missing their original drummer and played the same set as last year not make me have buyer’s remorse from two very expensive tickets? Two words: Black Sabbath. Two more words: Hollywood Bowl. I’ve learned that, regardless of the hell experienced getting in and […]

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Sad Vacation: The Dandy Warhols, The Warlocks @ The Roxy, 4/25/14

Walking into The Roxy, I became enveloped in the familiar wave of reverb. The floor was packed with slightly swaying people, dancing under hues of blue-gray and smoke. It was Friday night in Hollywood, the point where frantic meets freedom. The Warlocks were finishing their set, and I found myself in my usual spot. The […]

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