I guess this story begins early last year, when I first saw Within Sight, at The Viper Room. I was instantly drawn to their clever rhythms, delicious vocal interplay, sick harmonies and their triple-guitar attack.  I’d been anxiously awaiting their return to LA, as they tour with their wildly addictive album, From the Heart. I kept in touch with the guys, and when they were looking for bands to share their stage at The Silverlake Lounge, I offered my picks. On Christmas Eve, I found out that one of my recommended bands had made the cut! We Are Wasted, out of Santa Clarita rounded outRead More →

The last few weeks have been incredibly busy, highlighted with some stellar shows! Last week, I hit The Viper Room for All Hail The Yeti, The Sleeping Sea King, Pvsher and The Mendenhall Experiment. That night left me with a mighty bangover that only relented TODAY, but it was the perfect start to a heavy new year.   Friday found me at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon for Love Weapon. They’re here the second Friday of every month and it’s ALWAYS a great show and a great crowd. The next night, I pried The Boyfriend off the couch and headed downtown for the 1st Annual PullRead More →

On Dec. 3rd, Mercury went retrograde. AGAIN. This thrice-yearly event is simultaneously maligned, poo-pooh’d and the butt of many jokes.  I won’t try to convince any scoffers of the effects of this eyeroll-inducing transit, but I gotta say.  This one’s a doozy. When the planet of communication goes retro, things can break (one wine glass broken so far), transportation can be stymied (all four tires on my car, nearly flat, all at once?!), people or situations from your past can resurface (SO many of these) and simple statements can be hugely misunderstood (repeat when necessary!!). It’s also a GREAT time to review what you’ve learnedRead More →

Another sweet Metal Assault/Church of the 8th Day collaboration – along with The Elegy Ensemble – convinced me to head downtown to The 5 Star Bar! Four kickass bands, two of which are fronted by women; count me in!! The night began with Call of the Wild, fronted by Rachel Enyeart (also of Motorbäbe, Chica Diabla), bringing the power from moment one. She slayed us on bass, slammed us with the vocals and led with strength and command.  They really woke the room up and brought the crowd to attention.  Call of the Wild has been stirring it up for the last few months andRead More →

This was a weekend of mixed emotion – we’d just lost Malcom Young and the music community was still in shock.  David Cassidy’s condition has been declining and I just found out Della Reese passed away as well. But, so did Charles Manson… My plans for the beginning of the week were dashed by my own poor planning and someone else’s head cold, but Saturday night was downright perfect, thanks to my slightly better planning and a stellar show at The Hi Hat!! Opening the night was Void Vator, one of my favorite bands in LA. You’ve seen me raving about them before, and this timeRead More →

You can take the girl outta the Northwest, but you’ll never take her out of her flannel. I’ve been in LA for nearly 20 years, but every autumn, my nostalgia for the auld sod looms large.  Perhaps it’s the lack of the drizzly-hood-inducing-wool-coat-wearing-dress-in-layers month, that my body expects November to be. My musical tastes switch back to what I dug back in high school, middle school – anything that *tuned* me into what I am now. I pour myself some Market Spice and pretend a sweater is a good idea. I should have picked up the caffeinated version of my favorite tea, because I dozedRead More →

I slipped back into Harvelle’s on Thursday night, to see The Groove: a trio, featuring Janna Brunner (Motorbäbe), Mark Sepulveda and Phil Salvail. The Groove is right! Massaging their bluesy, grinding originals in with similarly warm, groovy covers – they’re right in the pocket. Janna’s rich vocals cut through the room, from behind the drums. Mark’s intricate riffs and Phil’s structured bass and vocals all ring out… I’ve been listening to the EP, “Rise and Shine”, in the kitchen all weekend!! GET IT!!! Saturday night took me to The Burgundy Room in Hollywood for Furiosa‘s long awaited album release party, for “Look, Don’t Listen”. TheRead More →

Wednesday was a special kind of day. Game Two of the World Series had Dodger fans on the edge of their seats, the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market held their annual Pumpkin Grab and Metal Assault brought an amazing show to The Viper Room, for Andrew Bansal’s Birthday!! I always dig the shows Andrew puts together. My favorite local acts, plus fun new discoveries – every time. This time was no different! I handled the merch tables so Andrew could enjoy the night – hence the distant photography 🙂 The night opened with the duo, Tzimani, from San Diego.  These guys brought the noise of aRead More →

I hope you were there!!! The good folks at Metal Assault always tell us to “arrive early and stay late”. Saturday night was why. I don’t get over to the east side that often, especially for the late gigs. But, when you pack so much original talent into one acoustically delicious room, I’ll get out the GPS and get across town.  I already knew I’d be in heaven seeing Alien Satan, Furiosa and Monte Pittman.  Again, SO much talent, SO much I already love! And then, Thunder Gut! This is why you’ve gotta show up early.  You may just find a new favorite!! This wasRead More →