Judas Priest @ Five Points, Irvine

They continue to dominate all in their path.

October 26th, 2018
Lex Voight

Judas Priest are legends. True, inarguable legends. They have been an unstoppable force in rock and roll and heavy metal for almost half a century. That Rob Halford’s powerful vocals are still as vital and soaring as ever is a miracle, much less that the band has managed to consistently release good music for that long a time. While age has slowed them somewhat–many of Halford’s moves are restricted to puttering and swaying, intermingled with huge, bombastic gestures and frequent (fabulous) costume changes while Ian Hill remains largely stationary–drummer Scott Travis and guitarist Richie Faulkner continue to bring a surprising and energetic flair to the legacy act’s powerful heavy metal.

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Deafheaven at the Wiltern

Black metal rebels sell out the Wiltern

Lex Voight

Every time I see Deafheaven, the band has seemingly achieved another level of excellence. This is easily my fifth time seeing the Bay Area band and again they outdid themselves–incorporating a softer, even more warm performance style to go with their equally soft, welcoming black metal sound of Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. This is perhaps best evidenced by vocalist George Clarke’s lace fingerless gloves. When I first saw them open for Russian Circles after the release of Roads to Judah, Clarke had stiff, militaristic movements and tight black leather gloves to accentuate this jerkiness to his motion. As the years have passed and Deafheaven’s sound has softened, so too has Clarke’s mobility, bringing in a prowling sensuousness that is at once dangerous and vulnerable. Backed by the nigh-alien Drab Majesty, Deafheaven ruled the night. 
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Parmore at the Forum

with Foster the People!

July 20th, 2018
Lex Voight

Paramore are, at this point, an institution. Its been a good 14 years since the emo-pop stalwarts broke onto an unsuspecting world during pop punk/emo’s mid 00 heydey. And while they maintained their course and trajectory for a while, keeping pace with more “seasoned” bands like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance, it has been a long time since they surpassed the former and outlived the latter. Now its been a year since their genre-eschewing effort After the Laughter, and they sold out Inglewood’s Forum the other night and put on one hell of a show.
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Cornelius @ Fonda Theatre

The eclectic Japanese producer’s music exploration

March 22nd, 2018
David Fisch

Japanese producer Keigo Oyamada, also known as Cornelius, transformed the Fonda Theatre Tuesday night with an audio-visual performance in support of his latest record Mellow Waves.


Photos by David Fisch

Starting the show with a projected video welcoming the crowd, the white screen quickly fell away to reveal Cornelius himself and three members on a stage of cued lights and a backing screen of complete visual wonderment to accompany his eclectic music. With tracks like “Helix/Spiral,” “Drop,” and “Wataridori,” Cornelius brought a visually kaleidoscopic journey and an energy and instrumental charisma unlike anything I’ve seen as of late. Even the more monochromatic “In A Dream” was brought to life with mesmerizing flair. The talents of his band was unquestionable as they melded between electronic and prog rock and vocal automation via theremin.

This might very well have been the concert not to miss in 2018, and here’s hoping that Cornelius return to Los Angeles very soon so that everyone (including Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright, in attendance) can bask in such a creative and innovative musical event.

Check out the rest of our photos and watch/listen to “In A Dream” below.

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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night 2 @ The Forum

KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas Night 2

December 12th, 2017
David Valera

KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas sold out event, Night 2, featured sets by Vance Joy, X Ambassadors, Franz Ferdinand, Walk, The Moon, Phoenix, Foster The People, The Lumineers, resident Weezer and The Killers. The headliner, Morrissey, unsurprisingly was a no show but The Killers made sure the fans left with “Every Day Is Like Sunday” stuck in their heads.

If you were at this year’s KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, tell me about your best experience of the night in the comments. Take care of each other and Happy Holidays.

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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night 1 @ The Forum

KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 Night 1

December 11th, 2017
David Valera

KROQ’s annual Almost Acoustic Christmas has always been a dynamic mix of wall to wall alt-rock music. It was no surprise the 2017 Almost Acoustic Christmas was quick to sell out. With over 6 hours of music each night there was quite a mix of sonic delight with Run the Jewels, Royal Blood sprinkled in with Prophets of Rage and Rise Against topped off with QOTSA, 30 Seconds to Mars and Muse. Saturday night certainly wasn’t without a bit of drama and controversy with Josh Homme of QOTSA kicking a photographer in the head and apologized later on Instagram.

Let me know if you were there and what your favorite part of the night was in the comments. Be kind to each other and Happy Holidays.
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