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 →

Tuesday at the Viper Room lent another dark night… of the soul! Black, doom-packed metal, with screamy vocals and weighty melodies – all night long! The night began with Ancestral Awakening’s full-throated angst and racing rage, and a moodiness that set the stage for the rest of the metal strum und drang.    Ancestral Awakening    Witch Casket    Luna Occulta (Last-minute replacement act!!) I must admit, as much as I love the heavy, I’ve never been too devoted to this leg of the genre.  But, after hearing these four bands, with such masterful instrumentality, solidly orchestrated numbers and a helluva lotta power, I’m evenRead More →

Not every #rockweek is simply sonic.  I rock in the kitchen daily (cooking AND singing!), I love to see a surfer rock a wave… while I sit safely on the sand… or a rock! But this weekend, before drinking in musical manifestations, I had to check out what Jonah Nimoy was doing in his downtime.  I first met Jonah a few years ago as the frontman for Legal Tender, a band I listen to almost daily.  After his time with them, he started another kickass project of his own, Furiosa… again, another essential part of my healthy musical diet.  He recently returned from touring withRead More →

In the past week, I’ve seen SIX tribute acts on the Viper stage. Watching the waves of spectators flow in and out of the legendary room, like the tides – Leatherboy gear to Sabbath T’s – Sixes to facepaint… the Tribute experience is an incredibly unique one. I generally hate categorizing art into pigeonholes, but I’ve certainly noticed some recurring characteristics in some cover or tribute acts… The Whole Megillah: This band is the one that eats, sleeps, breathes and, whenever possible, uses quotations from their assigned characters in everyday life.  Okay, maybe they don’t go that far, but they’ve taken the characters of theRead More →

Sept. 2, 2017 Saturday night at The Viper Room was a dizzying melange of nostalgia, hilarity, #Bangover inducing riffs and sweaty summer sizzle. Four sharply skilled acts, all with a common metallic thread – a great way to celebrate Labor Day!! Schwartzenator     Take every memorable “Ahhnold” role, give it a strong, resonant vocal, a tightly fitting wardrobe (literally AND figuratively) plus a well-crafted metal soundtrack, and you’ve got Schwartzenator! I’ve never been a huge action movie fan, but, of course SO many of the Governator’s key lines have become part of our collective lexicon, someone had to put them all together.  And whatRead More →

Aug. 16th Was another satisfying night at the Viper Room, for Metal Assault‘s Warchief, Motorbäbe, Ironaut and Crowned by Fire show. Four crazy-talented bands, all highlighting many of the elements that make metal great. Opening the night was the hearty depth of Warchief, featuring a whirlwind of seismic bass, super-shreddy six-string-stylings all expertly conducted by the authoritative drumscore.  The layers were many and varied, from the blood-pumping, throbbing rhythmic structure to the melodic treble lines, this mighty metal unit has marched squarely into my head!! Want more? Find that beat below! One of the things I’m loving right now is the number of women steppingRead More →

This was a different kind of #RockWeek, where I kept it pretty low key. The Boyfriend and I started a new health regime so I’m off the drink for a few weeks. A few extra nights at home were kinda needed to make the necessary adjustments! But, alas, I had to make it out to celebrate the beginning of vocalist, Dusty Bo’s 3rd decade! Aug 5th found me having one last beer at The Maui Sugar Mill Saloon and watching Love Weapon sling celebratory tunes from Aerosmith to ZZ Top, bringing the heat into the wee hours of Wednesday morning. We got to hear andRead More →

Last #RockWeek was light on nights out, but heavy on killer tunes. We had one more #MorphineMonday, with Nervous Rx, at Harvelle’s and at The Viper Room, Derek Day kicked off his US tour with a high-energy, set that felt channeled from beyond. Jeff Salter and the guys from Nervous Rx launched themselves into creating a sensuous night of tunes that swerved and curved all over the road.  There were giveaways, guest artists, the room was PACKED and the sultry time was all documented on video.  I don’t know what I’m gonna do with my Monday nights now, but will certainly be keeping an eyeRead More →

This year, you may have gotten used to my incessant Facebook posts about the shows I’ve seen.  Seeing live shows energizes me, lets me support work I care about and gives me inspiration for my own musical projects. It feels so important to me, I’ve decided to create a new site, all about the music in my life.   CATYLYTICA.COM is the new home for recaps of the shows I see, and also where I’ll post info for upcoming shows in the LA area, interviews with local rockers, my own musical endeavours and much more! This final #RockWeek of July kicks it off!   JulyRead More →

Welcome to CATYLYTICA.COM! People say rock is dead, but I say come with me and I’ll prove you wrong!! Los Angeles has long been an important destination for those about to rock, whether it be in the pit or on stage.  I’m here to keep shredding guitars and heavy metal hearts alive and well!! What will I have for you? Venue calendars Show reviews Interviews with local rockers Photos Music …and so much more! And, because this is my passion project, it’s also where you’ll be able to hear what I’m working on. Of course, this is not just all about me!  If you haveRead More →