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I Know How To Die: Motörhead, Graveyard @ Club Nokia, 4/11/14

Ugh, that dreaded sound… 8 years into this, and I made a rookie mistake of showing up to the gig for a “hometown” show for one of the bands and having to wait in a monstrous guest list line, the kind of line where people are trying to charm the ticket counter attendees with stories […]

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For Whom the Bell Tolls: The 5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards @ Club Nokia, 5/2/13

I was lucky enough to be there for metal’s biggest night again this year. Check out my piece for GRAMMY.com, an my black carpet interviews below. RIP Jeff Hanneman. The last time I saw him play with Slayer was the day after my mom’s funeral. Here’s the last photo I took of him.

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Enemy: Coal Chamber, Sevendust, Lacuna Coil @ Club Nokia, 3/29/13

Every time I walk up to LA Live I get confused. It reeks of the bright, clean flashiness of Las Vegas, a stark contrast to the worn in, seedy signs across town surrounding my Hollywood apartment. We arrived at Club Nokia just as Lacuna Coil was about to take the stage. Had I seen LC […]

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Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us: The Darkness @ Club Nokia, 10/24/12

I wrote about The Darkness for the GRAMMY site…you can see the edited version of what’s below here. Haha. I’m standing at the front of Club Nokia shrouded in darkness. Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys are Back in Town” is blasting over the speakers. The lights go up, and 4 tall lanky British figures emerge on […]

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The Dope Show: The 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards @ Club Nokia, 4/11/12

It had been two years since I last went to the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. This time around, I would be there as the rock blogger for the GRAMMYs, since the awards show coincided with the opening of the GRAMMY Museum’s new exhibit Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal. See below for links to […]

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Diva Satanica: Arch Enemy, DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch, Chthonic @ Club Nokia, 9/27/11

This was just “one of those nights”. Sometimes that’s a good thing; tonight that was not the case. In fact, it kind of became a comedy of errors by the end of it. I should have know when, right before I left my place, I went to cut a tag off my shirt, and cut […]

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Personal Jesus: 7th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Concert honoring Dave Gahan and Kevin Lyman @ Club Nokia, 5/6/11

When your hobby begins to take more and more time and you don’t get paid for it but you treat it like a job, the inevitable happens. You begin to wonder if you’re wasting your time. You try to say you’re doing it for yourself and you do but at the same time you hope […]

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Avenue of the Giants: The 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards @ Club Nokia, 4/8/10

I’m high in the sky above California. On the JetBlue TV in front of me, a Behind the Music: Judas Priest, which leads into One Hit Wonders: Alternative Edition. Temple of the Dog’s ‘Hunger Strike’ and Luscious Jackson’s ‘Naked Eye’ play before my eyes, along with mentions that 16 years ago today, the body of […]

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