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Blackjazz Rebels: Dillinger Escape Plan, Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining @ The Echoplex, 4/24/14

When the lineup of Dillinger Escape Plan, Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining showed up in my inbox, I wept for my future. How would I survive this show? 4 intense bands in one night at the warehouse-y Echoplex sounded menacing…and super rad. Truth be told, I was dead already when I got to the venue, […]

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One Of Us Is The Killer: The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, Royal Thunder @ Chain Reaction, 5/20/13

There’s nothing like 5pm LA traffic to prepare you for a Dillinger Escape Plan show. There’s nothing like running into an old flame while walking into the venue alone to prepare you for a Dillinger Escape Plan show. There’s nothing like realizing you are probably going to be the oldest person there to prepare you […]

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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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Oddfellows: Tomahawk, Retox @ Mayan Theater, 2/20/13

I’m so over the cold. Downtown LA is the perfect backdrop for a cold, rainy night. Shivering, I walked up to the Mayan theater, and I was quickly reminded of the coolness of its tribal motif. As I made my way to the front, I surveyed the crowd. This was definitely the metal scene elites; […]

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The Hunter: Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Red Fang @ The Wiltern, 11/1/11

“I have a feeling that in 72 hours, I’m going to wake up and be like, ‘WTF happened?!’” It turns out that was kind of the understatement of the year. When I said that, I was wearing a viking costume sitting at the 101 Cafe getting ready to go see Holy Grail play. Three days […]

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Diamond Eyes: Deftones, The Dillinger Escape Plan @ The Hollywood Palladium, 6/10/11

“To the edge Till we all get off I will take You away with me Once and for all.” ~Diamond Eyes You have no idea how good it feels to live here. It was the easiest move of my life; the day I left I hadn’t even packed yet. I just threw my clothes and […]

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HardRockChick interviews Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan

June 4, 2011 | Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman took some time to talk to me before their one-off midnight show (while on tour with Deftones) at the Beauty Bar in Austin. Topics of the night included the disposable nature of his guitars, DEP’s technical but chaotic live performances, and the band’s “bromance” with […]

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43% Burnt: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ceremony @ Beauty Bar Austin, 6/4/11

In a space behind the retro, hipster-infested Beauty Bar lies a stage. Beyond that stage is a chain link fence. Behind that chain link fence is an alley. And in that alley are a bunch of crazy people who are trying to claw their way into the show. It had happened before, during Death From […]

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My Own Summer (Shove It): Deftones, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Le Butcherettes @ AT&T Center San Antonio, 6/3/11

Last summer was the “summer of my discontent“. This summer, I am intent on making it my own. To do that, I am relocating to LA to be closer to the music, putting an end to the almost monthly back and forth travel I’ve been doing for most of this past year. And I couldn’t […]

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SXSW '10: Fix Your Face: Dillinger Escape Plan Secret Show @ Emo's Indoors, 5pm, 3/18/10

Luckily I had heard rumors about this weeks ago, so it sat on my schedule as the crown jewel of Thursday’s wishlist. Dillinger Escape Plan is one of the best live bands around. Unfortunately, I’ve only seen them once, but it is one of my top all time favorite shows. Other than that, the last […]

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