Rock of Ages: 2013 in Rock Music

Rock of Ages: 2013 in Rock Music

“If life is but a dream, then wake me up.” Like the song “Keep Your Eyes Peeled”, from Queens of the Stone Age’s GRAMMY-nominated …Like Clockwork, December is the time when we start reflecting on the year. Was this a good one? A bad one? So-so? Rock music’s still in a rocky period; we may […]

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 Fertile Green: High on Fire, Kvelertak @ the El Rey, 12/12/13

Fertile Green: High on Fire, Kvelertak @ the El Rey, 12/12/13

It was a cold December day, and I was standing on a step at the corner of the El Rey’s stage. As the sand in the hourglass of the year 2013 trickles through, I stood there reflecting on the year. I woke up at the beginning of ’13 so burned out- writing about 100 shows […]

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 The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Rock Nominations

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Rock Nominations

I have never lost my appetite for new music as I’ve gotten older; my tastes may have sharpened, altered, and gone underground at times, but I have never veered far from the first rock records I coerced my mom into buying me. Every year for the past 5 years, I have analyzed how the GRAMMY […]

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 Long Gone: Kylesa, Pinkish Black @ Echoplex, 10/14/13

Long Gone: Kylesa, Pinkish Black @ Echoplex, 10/14/13

It was Monday night, at that time of year where hot and cold battle each other in the air, and the sun going down earlier imbues some primordial instinct on you that you should stay in your cave. Not me. Echo Park’s downtown-meets-neighborhood vibe looked like a weekend hangover as I wrongly maneuvered my way […]

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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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 Fragile Dreams: Anathema, Alcest, Mamiffer @ El Rey, 9/3/13

Fragile Dreams: Anathema, Alcest, Mamiffer @ El Rey, 9/3/13

“SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!” This is what I wanted to yell at people through about 67.75% of this show; reminding me why I generally like my shows LOUD. It drowns out the rest of the world, but most importantly, the conversations; at this show I could tell you what kind of drunk drama was going […]

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 No Love Lost: Carcass, Exhumed @ The Troubadour, 9/28/13

No Love Lost: Carcass, Exhumed @ The Troubadour, 9/28/13

“Sensual awakening Numbing feeling’s dead Conception’s romanticised Synthesized broken hearts to bled” ~”No Love Lost”, Carcass I was holding tickets to see Depeche Mode the same night as the Carcass show was announced for; but since a) Carcass is a bucket list band I had never seen, fitting into my year plan for checking off […]

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 All Pigs Must Die: Death in June @ The Vex, 9/12/13

All Pigs Must Die: Death in June @ The Vex, 9/12/13

It had been a while since I had made the voyage eastward to the dingy but somewhat charming Vex. As the giant face that adorns the front of the venue came into view, so did the long line of people. It had also been a while since I’d been to a goth show, and walking […]

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 Blues Hand Me Down: Vintage Trouble @ El Rey, 9/7/13

Blues Hand Me Down: Vintage Trouble @ El Rey, 9/7/13

Sometimes you wake up in LA and the city suffocates you. Beyond the smog, we’re a city of passionate people, folks trying to make it in about every dark niche of every form of entertainment one can imagine. And when you’re trying to make it with your art, you’re selling yourself to live. So sometimes, […]

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