Zack Hillman

REVIEW: Twin Guns – ‘Scene of the Crime’

REVIEW: Twin Guns – ‘Scene of the Crime’

Taking a brown bag bourbon approach to the garage/surf rock revival, Twin Guns deliver dirge gems galore on Scene of the Crime. Though they borrow and touch on everything rock’n’roll (you can catch everything from Oasis to My Bloody Valentine to Iggy and the Stooges all on the same track), they take a refreshing approach […]

 Zack Hillman

Vultures United – ‘Girls’

Vultures United – ‘Girls’

When judging an album of cover material, the listener is tasked with remembering and forgetting the original material at once—while the success of the new version should be measured against the original, the cover can and should be considered on its own merits. This task is doubly complicated in the realm of punk rock, since […]

 Zack Hillman

REVIEW: Basement – ‘Colourmeinkindness’

REVIEW: Basement – ‘Colourmeinkindness’

Regardless of its quality, Basement’s second full length Colourmeinkindness would be tainted by the bittersweet knowledge that it heralds an indefinite hiatus from the band. Far from sounding jaded or disgusted, though, the album sounds cathartic—Basement writes more like a band hitting full stride and finding their voice than one that’s unraveling. Like the letters […]

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Dr. Dog @ The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre – 10/05/2012

Dr. Dog @ The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre – 10/05/2012

Searching for the missing link between the Beatles’ pop genius and Pavement’s warped brilliance? Look no further than Dr. Dog. Like those two bands, Dr. Dog creates an infectious atmosphere around their songs, imbuing each song with conviction and passion to draw the audience in. By the end, you might find yourself crooning along to […]

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George Thorogood @ House of Blues – Anaheim 10/3/2012

George Thorogood @ House of Blues – Anaheim 10/3/2012

Are you familiar with the adage that you definitely don’t want to be the person at a concert wearing a t-shirt of the band you’re about to see? Apparently, the opposite is true in the case of George Thorogood fans… It’s seems like a prerequisite. In fact, I’ve never seen so many George Thorogood shirts […]

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Wilco @ Hollywood Bowl – 9/30/2012

Wilco @ Hollywood Bowl – 9/30/2012

A Wilco fanatic since high school, I purchased tickets to see Wilco the day they came out, borrowed money from a friend, and performed some unmentionable favors to secure great seats. Without hesitation or reservation, I can say that this was all worth the effort. Finally seeing a band that you’ve cherished for a long […]

 Zack Hillman

Citizen Cope @ The Wiltern – 9/29/2012

Citizen Cope @ The Wiltern – 9/29/2012

Citizen Cope’s anthemic brand of indie folk makes for a moving live experience. Sounding personal yet electric, he managed to connect with every individual in the audience while getting them to sway collectively. Either unaccompanied or with his full band, his music is starkly poignant and richly textured. Alice Smith started off the evening with […]

 Zack Hillman

REVIEW: The Melvins Lite – ‘Freak Puke’

REVIEW: The Melvins Lite – ‘Freak Puke’

Doing anything for thirty years is difficult, much less being in a band. Yet, the Melvins have done exactly that, carving a nice doom-rock niche for themselves. Not quite goth, metal, or punk, but infectiously weird, the band has developed a devoted following based on their work ethic. The Melvins Lite is off-shoot of the […]