Mic Check: Eyedea & Abilities, Dosh @ Bottom of the Hill, 2/10/10

You know you’re a live music junkie when a large factor that played into choosing your apartment was it’s proximity to the venues you often frequent. Bottom of the Hill is the second closest to me, and while I love it, I’ve been finding shows to go to there less and less frequently. I got […]

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Instru-metal: Baroness, Earthless, Iron Age @ Bottom of the Hill, 12/2/09

Let me begin with a quote from a recent thought/anger provoking article written by Stewart Voegtlin of the Village Voice: “A bizarre triangulation of that divide—a shameless glitz-and-tits approach to faux-anthemic blockbuster melodrama masquerading as elite-approved Art for Art’s Sake—plagues “metal” these days, as decidedly “un-metal” folks play “headbanger” by night in a host of […]

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Dazed and Confused: Zepparella, The Dave Rude Band @ Bottom of the Hill, 11/28/09

“Tribute bands often reflect what I like about rock ‘n’ roll more than the authentic bands they replicate” -‘Dude Rocks Like A Lady’, Chuck Klosterman IV The tribute band is an interesting thing. I always wonder how it feels for the original band, to know that their music has inspired such a thing, but also […]

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Tongue and Mic: Pissed Jeans, Mi Ami @ BOTH, 9/18/09

Bottom of the Hill. The venue oozes with offbeat charm, which is promptly eaten up by it’s hipster frequenters. Tonight, the hooded, skinny-jeaned, purposefully unkempt tastemakers greet me at the corner with their too-cool-for-school clan stares. I snarl in return and go inside. Mi Ami, locals who attract this type, are onstage. Their electro rock […]

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A Place to Bury Strangers, Sian Alice Group @ BOTH, 9/30/08

You know you’re at a good show when you see members of other good local bands milling around the club. I was pretty early to the game to being a fan of A Place to Bury Strangers, and I’m happy to see a packed Bottom of the Hill after seeing them here earlier this year […]

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Vin Rouge @ Bottom of the Hill, 8/29/08

I am constantly searching for a good, local industrial hard rock band. It’s been a long search. Most things border too much on dancey/techno or go too light. When I came across Vin Rouge, I got really excited. Psychedelic/Industrial/Rock? Yes, please. The few tracks up on MySpace had me a bit confused, though. There was […]

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Astra Heights, Von Iva, The Blacks, The Bruises @ BOTH, 5/23/08

It was the beginning of a 3 day weekend, and Bottom of the Hill was percolating with the local hip crowd ready to kick it off right. The eclectic but well balanced lineup was ready to deliver: 3 locals, 1 LA neighbor, lots of chicks and a few dudes, some rock, some electro, and a […]

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The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Bled @ BOTH, 4/7/08

I’ve been reading about The Dillinger Escape Plan’s live shows for awhile. With every word, a gaping hole grew larger in my missed experiences file, but, alas, it was soon to be filled. I’ve never started out a review with a video, but this might be the best way to convey this experience:

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Noise Pop: Holy Fuck, A Place to Bury Strangers, White Denim, Veil Veil Vanish @ BOTH, 2/29/08

It’s been a long time since I had been this excited about seeing a small show of up and coming acts. I’ve been listening to A Place to Bury Strangers incessantly since last October, and was so upset to miss their set in SF at the end of last year. So this set of 4 […]

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Jet Boy and Flexx Bronco @ BOTH, 12/28/07

As a child of the Eighties, my first experiences drooling over rock stars was the hair metal bands. And I say hair metal bands because that is what they were to me- several indistinguishable groups that made loud and fast music. Hey, I was just a kid. I wasn’t intellectualizing music yet. But then the […]

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