Oblivion: Mayhem Fest featuring Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Machine Head, Scorpion Child, Motionless in White, Battlecross, Attika 7, and Huntress @ San Manuel Amphitheater, 6/29/13

You can read my piece on Mayhem Fest on the GRAMMY site (with awesome photos), or see the unedited version below. This would be my sixth time attending Mayhem Fest over the past five years; the annual summer event has been the place to catch emerging, current, and classic acts from all corners of the […]

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The Octopus Has No Friends: Opeth, Mastodon, Ghost @ Gibson Amphitheater, 4/26/12

“Take your heart into your hand Always Take your heart into your hand Always I’m on my way back home I’m on my way back home” ~The Octopus Has No Friends, Mastodon Six days after seeing this tour in Texas, I woke up excited to do it all over again. There’s something about the possibility […]

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I Feel the Dark: Opeth, Mastodon, and Ghost @ Backstage Live San Antonio, 4/20/12

Every year, as the sun starts shining more, there comes the long awaited part of the year that live music fans lust for: concert season. And the crown jewels of the season are the carefully crafted package tours, where bands that you never thought you’d see together share the stage, uniting fans, sometimes for better […]

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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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The Day I Tried To Live: Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, Meat Puppets @ The Gorge, 7/30/11

By the end of it I decided that I will never do rail at a big show again. After years in the front lines of rock and metal shows all over the country, I have never had as trying an experience as I did when Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, and Meat Puppets […]

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Sunday Funday: Fun Fun Fest Day 3 – Mastodon, Suicidal Tendencies, High on Fire, Kylesa, OFF!, 11/7/10

I’m tired. I’ve been going nonstop for a month. While I’m trying my hardest to enjoy every minute, I can tell that I’m starting to wear down. On top of the hours I put in at shows, I spend an average of 3 hours writing about each one. That’s a lot of time for a […]

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Black Gives Way to Blue: BlackDiamondSkye: Alice in Chains, Deftones, Mastodon @ The Joint at the Hard Rock, 10/16/10

I have little faith in anything except that life always balances itself out. In fact, I’m kind of obsessive about it: the minute something bad happens, I get through it by knowing something good is coming my way. And then when something good happens, I know bad is lurking around the corner. Perhaps this would […]

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8 x 8: Mastodon, BTBAM, High on Fire, Baroness, Priestess, Valient Thorr, Black Cobra, and Bison B.C. @ The Fox Theater Oakland, 5/8/10

8 bands. 8 hours. Mastodon. Bison. Black Cobra. At the Fox Theater. Baroness. Priestess. Thor(r). Fire. And one other thing that didn’t fit. These are the kinds of connections my brain was making in the down time between sets at The Missing Link show. This one-off show, where two tours collided, was a monstrous metal […]

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Go Forth and Die: Dethklok, Mastodon, Converge @ San Jose Event Center, 11/21/09

It was my fourth and final show of what was nicknamed the Mastoklok tour. From the first show of the tour in Portland, to two Texas shows last week, to tonight’s final show of the tour in San Jose, I’ve followed the local metal legends, one of the most polarizing hardcore bands, my heavy metal […]

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Keep Austin Weird: Dethklok, Mastodon, Converge, High on Fire @ Austin City Music Hall, 11/13/09

Friday the 13th. Normally, I like this day- but this day was far from normal. My reason for being in Texas was mostly for family. So on my trek from Houston to Austin, I visited my grandfather in a nursing home for what would probably be the last time. Then I visited my grandmother’s grave […]

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