Festival Preview: Blackest of the Black

Danzig curates festival sure to corrupt you.

May 9th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick

Knotfest is cute. Ozzfest is adequate.

But the real dark heavy hitters of extreme music are gathering in Orange County at the end of this month for the Blackest of the Black festival. Presided over by the lordly and ungodly presence of Glenn Danzig, the festival is curating a unique experience in the festival landscape featuring not only some of the heaviest and most sinister acts in music, but with the inclusion of “Castle Danzig–a fully immersive walkthrough experience of pain, pleasure, and metal, based on the music and graphic novels of Glenn Danzig.”
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On Thunderpussy and the Birth of New Gods

Prepare to be dominated.

May 3rd, 2017
Lex Voight

Rolling Stones. Black Sabbath. Guns N Roses. Aerosmith. Motorhead. Anthrax. Slayer. Metallica.
We music writers tend to throw around the term “rock gods” a lot. It has a way of conveying the larger-than-life, stranger-than-fiction personas of these modern legends. Their exploits approach myth, creating a new set of Western fables set against a back drop of a world at once our own and yet completely alien. A world of decadent excess populated by a cavalcade of parties, drugs, sold out stadiums, screaming or swooning fans, and above all…consummate, world-changing music.
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Not Just (White) Boys Fun: The Return: Banshees IV

This time, its personal.

March 9th, 2017
Lex Voight

Regardless of your personal politics, you have to admit that girls rule. I would like to quote Gandalf here and say, “I return to you now, at the turn of the tide,” but alas, I think we all know that that is not the case.
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Interview with Jason Vena from Acceptance

Talks reunion, new album and upcoming LA show

February 22nd, 2017
Mary Bonney

Few albums had such a profound impact on the pop rock scene of the new millennium (and my personal music journey) as Acceptance‘s 2005 debut Phantoms. The band parted ways the next year but that record solidified itself as one of the most memorable of that era, holding up among records from bands that have continued touring until today, such Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday and Yellowcard.

The five members of Acceptane reunited in 2015 to create new music and this Friday, February 24th will finally add sophomore album Colliding By Design to their discography, more than a decade after their debut record’s release. I spoke with vocalist Jason Vena about the new EP, the band’s widened perspective and why the band is enjoying more freedom and creativity then ever before.

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Top 5 Valentine’s Day Concerts In Los Angeles

Music-centric events everyone can enjoy

February 14th, 2017
Jillian Goldfluss

Whether Valentine’s Day serves to reaffirm your passion for your significant other, or remind you that you’re still kicking it with your cat, there’s plenty of live music to make today memorable. You can nurse your heartache with Angel Olsen, immerse yourself in darkwave musings, or support Planned Parenthood with the crème de la crème of pysch rockers… Whatever you’re feeling, LA has got you covered.
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Top 5 Songs For Your Valentine

Striking the balance between sincerity and sap

Kyle B. Smith
Category: News, Staff Pick

Sure, cynics will see Valentine’s Day as largely a Hallmark holiday, full of unmet expectations and last-minute dinner reservations. But no one can denounce the power of a bona fide love song. You know, the kind that strikes the right balance of sincerity and sap.
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Six Songs for Wallowing In Sadness

“Strange days are here” -Jim Morrison

February 8th, 2017
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video

The world seems a bit down. Let’s be depressed together!
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Top 5 (Non-Run the Jewels) El-P Collaborations

Highlights from the rapper/producer’s career

January 31st, 2017
Sean Kramer

As one half of hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, rapper/producer El-P has seen the greatest success of his two-decade career in recent years, as fans worldwide have truly latched on to the unexpected yet sublime collaborative effort between the Brooklynite and Atlanta’s own Killer Mike. But for those who have been paying attention to El’s career since before the RTJ days, it should come as no surprise that he has a knack for playing well with others.
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Top 5 Songs For (Accepting) Change

“Change your thoughts and change your world”

January 20th, 2017
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video

Yep, the world is a bit crazy right now.

I’ve never seen or felt anything like it. Have you? The climate in America is divided, upset, confused, and combative. Can’t we all just get along? At this point, I’m not sure.
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