As September rolled in, life got even more busy.  Between new duties at work, new music to learn, a huge step in my nutrition business… it’s been a pretty intense month.  Thankfully, I got out to see a few great shows! The 7th found me back at The Viper Room, for KrashKarma and Yachtley Crew.  This combination of acts seems strange at first, but placing intense, hard driving, catchy hard rock next to the dulcet tones of Yachtley’s spot-on renditions of the soundtrack of my youth was a sonic treat that covered all the tuning my soul needed.   KrashKarma Horrible shot of Yachtley CrewRead More →

After the emotional weight of the previous week, I needed some levity.  Thankfully, my calendar was already loaded with relief.  The 29th found us in Hollywood, at The Palladium, witnessing Alice In Chains, live!!  Every note of every song vibrated through the room, bringing harmony – those tight, sharp AiC harmonies – to one of my favorite venues.      Over the holiday weekend, I took full advantage of the pleasant days off by hiking, writing, partying at the Rainbow Bar & Grill’s big Parking Lot Party, noshing and jamming with great friends. This weekend also helped me define more in my business life asRead More →

What a week.  Last Thursday morning, we were informed of Aretha Franklin’s passing.  While we’d been warned a few times prior, this still felt sudden and jarring, as news agencies pumped her legendary tunes over the airwaves, unearthing emotions and memories of years long passed.  I grooved my way through the morning, singing along, weeping along, enjoying the memories and melodies until I clicked on Le Facebook. The first post that appeared informed me that the tears had only just begun to fall. Jill Janus, vocalist and Muse-Extraordinaire, had left us.  The woman who has rocked so many stages, the talent who gives SO muchRead More →

April began with my Hunny and me in Joshua Tree, revisiting a 30-year camping tradition with about 30 of our longtime friends.  The Libra Full Moon kept me wide awake throughout both nights, singing with the owls.  After an extremely busy March, this trip was incredibly necessary and beneficial in helping me define my immediate goals. While I’d been making some strides in organizing my music life, my focus felt like it was split in too many different directions.  What am I writing?  Am I performing?  What am I avoiding?  I needed to get quiet and find clarity. After spending time in a large rock,Read More →

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 →