Sweet Emotion: Aerosmith, Slash @ The Forum, 7/30/14

Sweet Emotion: Aerosmith, Slash @ The Forum, 7/30/14

There’s nothing in the world like the big rock show. From the first sight of bootleg t-shirt sellers, to paying way too much for parking, to the littered excess of tailgaters strewn about the lot, to standing in the merch line careening your head in anticipation of paying way too much for a piece of […]

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 Must-Visit Music Destinations

Must-Visit Music Destinations

GRAMMY.com has a piece up that I wrote regarding my years of music-focused travel. Since it had to be edited down for length (I’ve been to a lot of places!), here are the places not covered there. Los Angeles, CA LA is arguably the center of the music universe. There is an overwhelming amount of […]

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 High Ball Stepper: Jack White @ The Fonda, 6/10/14

High Ball Stepper: Jack White @ The Fonda, 6/10/14

I peeled the package open with anticipation. I clutched the contents in my hands, grazing them with my fingertips for a closer inspection. As a Vault member of Third Man Records, it’s always a surprise; and this shipment was to be a special rendition of Jack White’s second solo effort, Lazaretto. I removed the blue […]

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 Into the Void: Black Sabbath, Reignwolf @ Hollywood Bowl, 4/26/14

Into the Void: Black Sabbath, Reignwolf @ Hollywood Bowl, 4/26/14

Well, it wasn’t the last time! How could a band that is missing their original drummer and played the same set as last year not make me have buyer’s remorse from two very expensive tickets? Two words: Black Sabbath. Two more words: Hollywood Bowl. I’ve learned that, regardless of the hell experienced getting in and […]

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 Sad Vacation: The Dandy Warhols, The Warlocks @ The Roxy, 4/25/14

Sad Vacation: The Dandy Warhols, The Warlocks @ The Roxy, 4/25/14

Walking into The Roxy, I became enveloped in the familiar wave of reverb. The floor was packed with slightly swaying people, dancing under hues of blue-gray and smoke. It was Friday night in Hollywood, the point where frantic meets freedom. The Warlocks were finishing their set, and I found myself in my usual spot. The […]

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 Interview with Jørgen Munkeby of Shining

Interview with Jørgen Munkeby of Shining

April 24, 2014 | I spoke with the Shining vocalist about their high energy tour with Dillinger Escape Plan, Trash Talk, and Retox, where Jazz met Metal for him, being labeled as a ‘progressive band’, their Nine Inch Nails connection, and what he’d like to do for fun. Filmed at the Echoplex, Los Angeles.

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 Christbait Rising: Godflesh @ The Fonda, 4/22/14

Christbait Rising: Godflesh @ The Fonda, 4/22/14

This show was supposed to happen right before Halloween last year, with NAILS opening, but it was postponed. I was really bummed out, because Godflesh + NAILS + Halloween week seemed like a pretty good formula. So, here we were in April, and I ventured to do a rare double-header, attending a screening of Super […]

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