Approaching the Commodore, you could hear the sounds of a concert from the street. So in the rush to catch the opening set of Bell Witch, there was no Bell Witch to be found. Instead, local up and comers Black Wizard were at the helm. A pleasant surprise indeed and it showed as they gleefully nailed their Sabbath friendly upbeat set. Which was solid considering they probably found out on the day of the show that they’d be playing. Continue reading SLEEP – BLACK WIZARD→
Still slaying demons with the power of Texas punk rock, members of Hex Dispensers have joined forces in the studio for the recording of their third album. “There’s a lot more cathartic exorcism in the newer songs,” explains Alex Cuervo, guitarist and vocalist. The compounded energies of Alyse Mervosh on drums, Rebecca Whitley on lead guitar and Drew Schmitz have shaped new songs into a material state. This February, they will be touring these, along a with a classic Hex Dispenser set, laying a trail of ectoplasm all the way up the Pacific Coast. Continue reading HEX DISPENSERS→
Imagine a script dropped on a desk with a black-and-white photo in place of a treatment. An image of figure off to the left in stark white contrast back dropped by towering slab of modern architecture.
Not far off from this concrete skyline, Ethan Miller finds himself in the basement studio of San Francisco’s Chinatown set to work on and record the 2015 release, Mansion Stories. A locale historically steeped in the poetry, the cutups and the essence of the beat writers and poets. Continue reading HOWLIN’ RAIN→
Like thousands of other kids, their musical lives would be changed forever after seeing one band’s video on MTV or MuchMusic’s Power Hour in the ‘80s. Growing up as a 13-year-old longhaired skateboarding thrasher into speed metal, this writer can attest to that transitional moment. Continue reading CRO-MAGS→
While Bass Drum of Death came on carrying themselves humbly, that changed quickly as they launched into a high energy set of southern garage rock ’n’ roll that spurred a room full of college kids into crowd surfing mayhem. These Mississippi punks with their hard-hitting drums and creative distorted guitar lines clearly wiped out any soft-spoken references. Continue reading BASS DRUM OF DEATH, NO SINNER→
“I hated the way the band ended… I don’t want Dave to have that horrible ending,” says Paul Cripple about the reformation of his iconic hardcore punk band, Reagan Youth. The Dave he refers to is the late lead singer Dave Insurgent, who took his life after a sequence of personal tragedies in 1993. Continue reading REAGAN YOUTH→
You know you are in for a treat when some rowdy bands that deserve a bigger venue get booked into a small dingy bar instead. The inevitable sellout happens and the chaos ensues. That is exactly what occurred on this night as Southern Lord label-mates Black Breath and Baptists rolled in to the Astoria to kill the live music lull that the holiday season tends to bring. Continue reading BLACK BREATH, BAPTISTS, AUROCH, AMNESIAN→