Event Reviews/Photos

 Paul Hebert

After Midnight Project @ Grove of Anaheim 1/16/10

After Midnight Project @ Grove of Anaheim 1/16/10

After Midnight Project (AMP) recently rocked the Grove of Anaheim during a very tough NAMM week last week. With the annual music convention in town, making any sort of headlines is tough, but After Midnight Project opened the show during Night two of guitar showcases at the Grove. With a room more than half full […]

 Kevin Norris

Stars Align @ Chain Reaction 1/14/10

Stars Align  @ Chain Reaction 1/14/10

“What’s up Chain Reaction? Are you guys here because Brandon [Saller] from Atreyu is playing his first solo show ever?” asked John Stephens – Stars Aligns energetic frontman — of the Chain Reaction crowd. The reaction: an obvious “hell yeah” with a fist pump of rock-devil-horn-excitement. Being billed as an opening act is never easy, […]

 Kevin Norris

Hockey @ Spaceland 1/16/10

Hockey @ Spaceland 1/16/10

Hockey, of all the indie bands that have emerged during the past couple years, are more today – their sound is a candy-coated world filled with Technicolor synths and electronic pop that is unbelievably hard to get out of your head. It doesn’t attempt to challenge anybody”s intelligence, instead it relies more on the unadulterated […]

 Kevin Norris

The All-American Rejects @ The Roxy 12/15/09

The All-American Rejects @ The Roxy 12/15/09

The All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter loves it when people “feel it.” The lanky, bare-chested poster boy for the pop punk generation made it quite apparent when he continuously asked the packed Roxy “do you feel it?” in a hit pitch squeal that had all the girls wishing they could literally “feel” him. The Rejects […]

 Danielle Carrillo

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros @ The Mayan 12/14/09

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros @ The Mayan 12/14/09

A steady buzz was building long before Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros hit the Mayan stage Monday night. Anticipation floated above the clamor of the sold out crowd and the band did not fail to meet expectations. The LA collective of a dozen members were assembled across the stage with their dozens of instruments. […]

 Holly Jessup

Skinny Puppy @ Club Nokia 12/10/09

Skinny Puppy @ Club Nokia 12/10/09

In the final show of their appropriately named “In Solvent See” tour, Skinny Puppy played songs that spanned the past quarter century. From “Addiction” off their 1987 record “Cleanse Fold and Manipulate,” to the brilliant “Love in Vain” from 1992’s “Last Rights,” to the politically heated “Pro-Test” from 2004’s “The Greater Wrong of the Right,” […]

 Robert Fayette

Napalm and Noise Tour @ The Grove of Anaheim 12/9/09

Napalm and Noise Tour @ The Grove of Anaheim 12/9/09

The Napalm and Noise Tour made its way to Southern California this past Wednesday to a half-full crowd at The Grove of Anaheim. The Devil Wears Prada and All That Remains shared co-headlining duties while support came from Story Of The Year and Haste The Day. After making the jump from the side stages in […]

 Kevin Norris

Girls @ The Troubadour 12/5/09

Girls @ The Troubadour 12/5/09

Using a raspy Elvis Costello croon to coincide with his simple but clever Beach Boy-esque instrumentation (pre “Pet Sounds”), Girls’ front man Christopher Owens has captured the spirit and atmosphere of a sunny California summer set in the ’50s. But despite how sun drenched and joyful Owens’ songs may appear, it’s his inner core that […]