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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 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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 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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 You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet: Lisa Marie Presley @ El Rey, 9/1/13

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet: Lisa Marie Presley @ El Rey, 9/1/13

This year has been an educational one, as I have expanded my music horizons beyond my already diverse and unpredictable tastes. So when my original Labor Day plans fell through, I found myself at the El Rey, alone, and unsure why I was there. I am not familiar with Lisa Marie Presley’s music at all; […]

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 Husbands: Savages, Johnny Hostile @ El Rey, 7/23/13

Husbands: Savages, Johnny Hostile @ El Rey, 7/23/13

The venue is like a supporting cast member that makes or breaks a show for me, and when I walk into the sexily lit El Rey, my heart flutters. I love it here. The slowly filling space reverberated with anticipation as the sold out crowd of tastemakers awaited this buzz band. But first, one man […]

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 Zombie Queen: Ghost B.C. @ El Rey, 4/16/13

Zombie Queen: Ghost B.C. @ El Rey, 4/16/13

$3 margaritas. That is not how I expected to start this piece…but after valeting, standing in a line in the cold wind for a few minutes, and admitting defeat…we found ourselves in a cantina with an impressive drink special. Next thing I knew, we were stumbling down Wilshire professing our love for Papa. We’re a […]

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