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Came Back Haunted: Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Cold Cave @ Hollywood Bowl, 8/25/14

It’s March 9th, 1994: my 14th birthday. I am sitting in my bedroom and it’s dark outside. My room is indicative of a girl in transition… exploring. A large stuffed lion adorns a bed with black satin sheets. Glow in the dark stars litter the ceiling. Posters decorate the walls: Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi […]

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Sweet Emotion: Aerosmith, Slash @ The Forum, 7/30/14

There’s nothing in the world like the big rock show. From the first sight of bootleg t-shirt sellers, to paying way too much for parking, to the littered excess of tailgaters strewn about the lot, to standing in the merch line careening your head in anticipation of paying way too much for a piece of […]

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Must-Visit Music Destinations

GRAMMY.com 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 GRAMMY.com! 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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