Death & Taxes: The Dead Weather, The Ettes @ The Fillmore, 4/15/10

It was love at first sound. Last time I saw The Dead Weather, on the chilly third day of last summer’s Outside Lands, I went from skeptical to smitten in about 60 seconds. It was that. good. Alison. Jack. Dean. Jack. Three normal sounding names for four not very normal people. The kind of chemistry […]

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Living the Dream: Anvil, Attitude Adjustment @ The Fillmore, 2/6/10

The story on Anvil has been inspiring music lovers for a year now. We’ve seen this Cinderella play out in front of our very eyes….from the moment they walk onstage in Japan to a sold out crowd at the end of the film…..to two sold out screenings/appearances at the Bridge Theater…..to now playing at the […]

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Made in Japan: Dir En Grey @ The Fillmore, 11/23/09

Over the years, Dir En Grey has come up as a band I should check out. I had tried listening to them several times, and it just never stuck. But when I read this article that talked about fans lining up the night before to see these guys- I knew there had to be some […]

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Chris Cornell Makes Me Scream @ The Grand, 5/1/09

I said I wouldn’t do it. I was going to pass up seeing Chris Cornell this time around because my experience with last year’s Fillmore Scream set was slightly traumatizing. I really tried to be open minded about this Timbaland album, but I just can’t do it. I don’t know if that makes me a […]

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Ladytron < The Faint @ The Fillmore, 4/29/09

It was the first night of The Faint and Ladytron’s two night mini residency at The Fillmore. As co-headliners, each band would take a turn closing (imagine that!). Guess which night I picked? The Faint’s closing night, because I just like them like that. It was to be my first time seeing Ladytron. I’ve skipped […]

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 Black Label Society, Dope @ The Fillmore, 3/6/09

Black Label Society, Dope @ The Fillmore, 3/6/09

It’s cock rock night at The Fillmore. That’s about the only way I can describe the two bands that shouldn’t really be sharing the bill. Kinda like Slayer and Manson– I find it weird. Walking into The Fillmore was like entering a motorcycle rally where the gang is called Black Label Society. The fans are […]

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DeVotchKa, Crooked Fingers @ The Fillmore, 1/30/09

In learning a little bit about DeVotchKa before going to this show, I came across their long list of instruments (some which I had to look up because I was unfamiliar), and the fact that they used to be a backing band for burlesque shows. Most notably for me, they used to tour with Dita […]

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Willie Nelson, The Promise of the Real @ The Fillmore, 1/17/09

It is fitting that my first live show of the year was Willie Nelson, the man that I’ve seen more throughout my life than some relatives, my musical godfather. He’s 75 now, and I knew this show would be bittersweet. There was no opener listed, but several youngin’s came out on stage, the main one […]

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An Evening with The Black Crowes @ The Fillmore, 12/19/08

I think I bought the tickets for this show six months ago. Many tickets have arrived and gone since then, but these had safely stayed in my ticket envelope as what would be one of my last shows of the year. Somehow The Black Crowes have always eluded me. I never quite understand how this […]

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Chris Cornell, Timbaland @ The Fillmore, 10/31/08

Until Trent Reznor makes a country album, this may be the toughest review I’ll ever write on a personal level. Don’t say I should have known what I was getting into. I tried to talk myself out of it. But anytime Chris Cornell enters my city, I am compelled to see him. He was one […]

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Spoon @ The Fillmore, 9/24/08

It’s the last night of Spoon’s 3 day Fillmore residency. Spoon immediately evokes memories of Austin for me, and I feel I should be entering the Fillmore with a tummy full of barbecue rather than sushi. But this’ll do. I’m wondering why I can get so close to the stage at a sold out show […]

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The Faint, Glass Candy, Shy Child @ The Fillmore, 8/4/08

It’s night 1 of 3 this week for seeing The Faint. The Fillmore is teeming with in-the-know music junkies. Shy Child, a New York duo, is mid set on the stage as we make our way to our usual stage right spots. The vocalist, who sounds a lot like one of The Rapture vocalists, plays […]

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Billy Idol @ The Fillmore, 6/26/08

It’s the most packed I’ve ever seen The Fillmore. Or, perhaps I usually arrive much earlier and am in the front row, unaware of what is going on behind me. I’m only able to stand in about the 10th row, and it sucks. Damn, I am spoiled. Billy Idol is an icon: the spiky white […]

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She Wants Revenge @ The Fillmore, 6/20/08

There’s something highly comical about seeing Dethklok, Ted Nugent, and now She Wants Revenge at The Fillmore in the span of two weeks. Different vibes, different dress codes abound as tonight represents the fashion hip, sexy beat craving dancing freak. I’ve been following SWR since before their first record released in 2006. They catch a […]

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Ted Nugent @ The Fillmore, 6/19/08

Ted Nugent is about as polarizing a figure as they come. Crazy/genius…those are the words often used to describe him. Both sides were felt as we walked into The Fillmore- the venue alone signals you’re going to see someone great, and then a glance at the stage, with it’s Uncle Sam caricature of Uncle Ted, […]

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