Event Reviews/Photos

 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 […]

 Kevin Norris

J. Tillman @ The Troubadour 12/2/09

J. Tillman @ The Troubadour 12/2/09

The trouble of going to concerts is that a lot of bands fail to present that visceral or intellectual excitement; the kind of excitement that makes you lose sight of all your problems while getting wrapped up in a organic world full of beautiful arrangements and sonic landscapes. Instead most acts subscribe to the complacent […]

 Paul Hebert

KISS / Buckcherry @ The Honda Center 11/24/09

KISS / Buckcherry @ The Honda Center 11/24/09

The Rock & Roll super machine known as Kiss rolled through town with an awe inspiring performance at the Honda Center last week. In the middle of their 35th anniversary tour, the foursome might not be the same as it was at their inception, but the music, energy and enthusiasm is still the same. As […]

 Kevin Norris

Wolfmother @ The Wiltern 11/24/09

Wolfmother @ The Wiltern 11/24/09

With their pompous but infectious riffs, driving bass lines and thundering drum beats, Wolfmother has long established themselves as a band that encompasses the spirit and guts of 70’s rock. Their sound is obviously nothing unique; in fact at times it’s extremely hard to differentiate their songs from those of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin or Black […]

 Kevin Norris

The Swell Season @ The Wiltern 11/19/09

The Swell Season @ The Wiltern 11/19/09

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova have been on a rollercoaster ride ever since they stared in the indie flick “Once.” The film that was based on two working-class immigrants propelled the duo into super-stardom. Their new found success transpired into them winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly,” their soundtrack for […]

 Paul Hebert

LAYN Rocks – Benefit @ The Avalon – Hollywood 11/22/09

LAYN Rocks – Benefit @ The Avalon – Hollywood 11/22/09

A whose who of modern rock & roll royalty descended upon Hollywood to perform in support of local homeless youths Sunday night. The benefit entitled LAYN Rocks was organized by Perla Ferrar, wife of Guns N’ Roses’ guitarist Saul “Slash” Hudson. The benefit raised money for the Los Angeles Youth Network. The LAYN was founded […]

 Robert Fayette

Deftones Benefit for Chi Cheng @ The Avalon – Hollywood 11/20/09

Deftones Benefit for Chi Cheng @ The Avalon – Hollywood 11/20/09

Following November 2008 automobile accident in Santa Clara, CA that left The Deftones bassist Chi Cheng in a semi-conscious state, The Deftones were left in a state of shock and an unknown future for their band. As the medical costs increased and grew by each month, Chi Cheng’s insurance company began to stop covering the […]

 Kevin Norris

Pinback @ The El Rey Theatre 11/14/09

Pinback @ The El Rey Theatre 11/14/09

San Diego’s indie rock act Pinback features two of the most talented and dynamic musicians in the entire genre at its core. Singer/bassist Zach Smith and singer/guitarist Rob Crow both share a knack for weaving complex instrumentation, mesmerizing melodies, and brainy lyrics between themselves so much so that it sometimes feels like they are one […]