Bad Girl: Rapewhistle, GIMME UM @ Cheetah’s, 9/25/11

Bad Girl: Rapewhistle, GIMME UM @ Cheetah’s, 9/25/11

I was born ‘the good girl’. I got really good grades. Some may have even called me ‘teacher’s pet’. I was terribly shy and never got in trouble. I blushed frequently. I had promising talent as a ballerina- the ultimate good girl activity…I asked to dance to hip hop, and the teachers laughed and told […]

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 I Am Morbid: Morbid Angel @ House of Blues Sunset, 9/23/11

I Am Morbid: Morbid Angel @ House of Blues Sunset, 9/23/11

There was one week back in June when you couldn’t NOT talk to a metalhead and have them bitch about the new Morbid Angel album. I’m not saying it’s good, but you can’t deny the influence of this band. I’ve never believed the whole ‘you’re only as good as your last work’ thing- which is […]

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 Music History Lesson in Nash Vegas & Memphis

Music History Lesson in Nash Vegas & Memphis

As the one year anniversary of my mother’s death approached, I knew I needed to do something to distract me. When a trip to go see the bestie in NYC fell through, a conversation that took place while purchasing a commemorative bottle of Motley Crue Jack Daniels at the Sunset Strip Music Festival resulted in […]

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 Heart is a Beating Drum: The Kills @ The Wiltern, 9/10/11

Heart is a Beating Drum: The Kills @ The Wiltern, 9/10/11

I’m the eternal third wheel to my friend and her boyfriend these days. After an adventurous meal at an Oaxacan restaurant where I was the only gringa in the place, we strolled up to The Wiltern for an evening with The Kills. I like The Kills…but I’m really there because I girlcrush on Alison Mosshart. […]

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 HardRockChick interviews Holy Grail

HardRockChick interviews Holy Grail

September 8, 2011 | I spoke with Luna and Eli from Holy Grail before their set at DiPiazza’s in Long Beach. We discussed things they miss about home, what makes a great live show, and working with Danny Lohner.

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 The Blackest Night: Holy Grail @ DiPiazza’s Long Beach, 9/8/11

The Blackest Night: Holy Grail @ DiPiazza’s Long Beach, 9/8/11

As I gathered my things to make the trek to Long Beach, I read the news about a widespread blackout in Southern California. Long Beach could be included in that…would that mean tonight’s show would be canceled? I’ve had about 5 failed attempts at seeing Holy Grail. The last time, I walked in as they […]

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 Defenders of Good Times: Gypsyhawk @ The Mountain Bar, 9/6/11

Defenders of Good Times: Gypsyhawk @ The Mountain Bar, 9/6/11

We were lost in downtown LA’s Chinatown. That is, until we saw the white van and trailer and long-haired men amidst the pseudo-foreign land backdrop. It was the kick off show for Gypsyhawk‘s tour. As we waited for the venue to open, we walked amidst the glow of neon signs and chinese lanterns, on an […]

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 HardRockChick interviews Gypsyhawk

HardRockChick interviews Gypsyhawk

September 6, 2011 | I talked to Gypsyhawk after their set at the Mountain Bar in downtown LA a couple nights ago. They talked about must-have tour supplies, their recent signing with Metal Blade Records, and the pros/cons of going DIY vs. signing with a label.

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 Blood On Our Hands: Death From Above 1979 @ The Music Box, 9/4/11

Blood On Our Hands: Death From Above 1979 @ The Music Box, 9/4/11

That morning I woke up crying. I’d had the most intense dream yet about my mom. She recently started appearing in them…however, she’s still sick. In the dream, we’re trying to navigate something to find a magic potion that will save her. I have that feeling that I had every waking moment last summer of […]

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 Punk Rock Girl: The Dead Milkmen @ FYF Fest, 9/3/11

Punk Rock Girl: The Dead Milkmen @ FYF Fest, 9/3/11

It’s Labor Day weekend. That time of year when you start to notice that it’s getting darker a little sooner, a little cooler at night, and you wonder what happened to the last few months. It’s the last three day weekend before you get into those family focused holidays. It’s when I have to start […]

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 Tired Climb: Kylesa and Intronaut @ The Troubadour, 9/2/11

Tired Climb: Kylesa and Intronaut @ The Troubadour, 9/2/11

“Keyed up, all tore up Free from thought, walking backwards Tranquil anxiety Refraining from walking backwards Reverse and rewind Contemplate moving forward Regrets indicate, moving forth is walking backwards We tread a long time On occasion, on the line Swaying, weighing Straying from this tired climb” ~”Tired Climb”, Kylesa This month is going to be […]

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 Wicked Will: The Ettes, Hans Condor @ Pappy & Harriet’s, 8/26/11

Wicked Will: The Ettes, Hans Condor @ Pappy & Harriet’s, 8/26/11

Even though I’m just a small town girl, I love the city. I love having everything at my fingertips, the anonymity in a sea of people, the vibrancy of bustling city life. But there are a few special places in the US- random towns in the middle of nowhere- that have a special creative energy. […]

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