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

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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 Glamorama: Hammered Satin @ Viper Room, 3/6/14

Glamorama: Hammered Satin @ Viper Room, 3/6/14

My closet is organized like a record store. The metal section is vast: black, spiky, leathered ensembles which, upon close inspection, could probably tell stories of fake GWAR blood and real Watain blood. The rock section is sizable; a rainbow of band shirts vintage, new, hand cut, torn….striped pants, pants with ties up the sides, […]

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 3 Shades of Black: Hank Williams III @ The Observatory, 10/9/13

3 Shades of Black: Hank Williams III @ The Observatory, 10/9/13

“3 shades of black We all like metal and Whiskey! Livin’ Hard and chasin’ down Hell. We’ll never give up on what we have because the darkness gives us our thrills.” ~”3 Shades Of Black”, Hank Williams III I shimmied my jeans on and tugged on my boots. As I got in my car to […]

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 Dark Matter: Björk @ The Palladium, 6/5/13

Dark Matter: Björk @ The Palladium, 6/5/13

“When your eyes Pause on the ball That hangs on the third branch from a star, You remember why it got dark And why it is getting light again. The Earth (like the heart) leans back in it’s seat And, like that, it travels along an orbit Drawn in the darkness. Unpolished pearl In sky-black […]

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 Mer: Chelsea Wolfe @ Echoplex, 9/14/12

Mer: Chelsea Wolfe @ Echoplex, 9/14/12

I’ve had the same conversation many times lately, some with fellow writers, some with the makers of the music itself: “I’m kinda burned out on metal.” As I walked through the doors of the Echoplex with a friend I think I’ve only been to metal shows with, I’ll have to admit it felt odd at […]

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 I’m Your Biggest Fan (part 1)

I’m Your Biggest Fan (part 1)

Something I always try to keep in mind when writing my site is that I always wanted to capture what it feels like to be at a show from a fan’s perspective. There are few roles in life that I’ve identified with as much as being a fan of music; it has defined me in […]

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 Superunknown: Soundgarden, The Mars Volta @ The Forum, 7/22/11

Superunknown: Soundgarden, The Mars Volta @ The Forum, 7/22/11

You never have a relationship with an album like you do when you’re young. As you get older, everything you encounter is compared to what you experienced before it. There’s this sweet spot in every music lover’s life when they make a transition from things their parents or siblings listen to, to seeking out things […]

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 SXSW Day 4: Rival Sons @ Front Gate Tickets, 3/19/11

SXSW Day 4: Rival Sons @ Front Gate Tickets, 3/19/11

Rival Sons know how to harness the power of Twitter. They read my love tweets about their Jackalope set, informed me about another show they were doing in the afternoon, and the next thing I know I’m in a pedicab/chariot on my way to South Congress….my favorite area in Austin. When I arrive at what […]

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South of Heaven: Slayer, Megadeth @ AT&T Center, 9/25/10

On September 18th at 4:30pm, I was reading Kurt Cobain’s Journals in bed next to my mother as she took her last breath. She’d really been ‘gone’ for about a day and a half. But after a week and a half of barely leaving her side, listening to her breathing becoming more and more erratic […]

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Otherworldy Dark Metal: Satyricon, Toxic Holocaust, Chthonic @ Slim's, 10/10/09

Last night, metal lovers from Taiwan, Portland, Norway, and San Francisco joined forces. My path into this show was bumpy….I was supposed to get in on the Bleeding Through guestlist (their PR firm actually responded to me….life of a small-time blogger…sigh), but they dropped off the tour Friday morning. That didn’t leave me any time […]

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Interview with Kristofer Dommin of Dommin

In a little over a month, I’ve seen Dommin twice. I’m quite captivated by their sound- the darkness of Depeche Mode, the drama of Type O Negative, the classic-ness of Elvis. I know they are going to blow up to be big rock stars. Luckily, I was able to squeeze in an interview with lead […]

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NIN, Deerhunter @ The Forum, 9/6/08

It’s been 2 days of extreme highs and extreme lows. I am fully convinced that the Oakland show was just a warm up for what I experienced in Inglewood. The intensity of this show truly blew my mind (and this was my 7th time seeing them).

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