Augustines :: Bootleg Theater :: Los Angeles :: July 27, 2016 :: Live Review

Augustines Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, California July 27, 2016 Live Review My feet are bruised, blistered and sore. My voice is gone, its nothing but gravelly and war-torn. My ears are ringing – still. My body is riding high on post-show adrenaline, while I try not to over-caffienate to over-compensate for only an hour’s sleep. But, all of it, every bit, was worth it. The Augustine’s Los Angeles show last night, in support of their new album “This Is Your Life”, was one of those live music experiences that will live on, and on, and reside among my list of best gigs … Continue reading Augustines :: Bootleg Theater :: Los Angeles :: July 27, 2016 :: Live Review

Tony Lucca at The Roxy :: Live Music Review

Tony Lucca at The Roxy, Hollywood October 19, 2012 photo by me Tony Lucca opened his set at The Roxy with his take on The Heavy’s song, How You Like Me Now, the song that grabbed hold of my attention when I first noticed Tony competing on The Voice last season, and I must say his performance this Friday night, in the intimate setting that The Roxy provides, far surpassed that initial attention grab, and most certainly set the tone for what would be an incredible, and unforgettable, night of music. Since my introduction to Tony’s music on the previously … Continue reading Tony Lucca at The Roxy :: Live Music Review

Aimee Mann at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre :: Live Music Review

Aimee Mann October 13, 2012 The Wilshire Ebell, Los Angeles I have a longstanding relationship with Aimee Mann’s music, one that I have written about more than a few times, and one that I can use as a memory map to track and trace times in my life by. Her music has been with me since my adolescence, and has never ceased to be a presence in my life. Here music is a big part of my life’s soundtrack. Saturday night, at the Wilshire Ebell theatre, I got to see Aimee Mann performed live for the third time with one … Continue reading Aimee Mann at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre :: Live Music Review

Ryan Bingham at The Fonda Theatre :: Live Music Review

Ryan Bingham September 27, 2012 The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles I think I am still recovering from last night’s show at The Fonda, physically, vocally, and most significantly, emotionally. Seeing Ryan Bingham perform last night was an incredible experience, one that both expanded in that nearly larger than life rock and roll power kind of way, and contracted into something of a stripped down to the raw core intense vulnerability way. To say I was moved by the music would be an enormous understatement, as I was beyond moved. I was rocked and rolled, pushed and pulled, spun around, torn … Continue reading Ryan Bingham at The Fonda Theatre :: Live Music Review

Gig Review :: Concrete Blonde at the Troubadour

Concrete Blonde at the Troubadour, August 29, 2012 Editor’s Note: photography and video were not allowed at this show. Women in music have always been, and will always be, incredibly vital and important to me. From the early memories of my mother’s Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Fleetwood Mac albums, to my headfirst dive into Patti Smith, Cowboy Junkies, Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor, Mazzy Star, Throwing Muses, Hole, 10,000 Maniacs, Aimee Mann, Kate Bush, Siouxsie Sioux and Johnette Napolitano’s music, women have always taken a leading role in the playlist of my life. Their stories sung, their presence and power, … Continue reading Gig Review :: Concrete Blonde at the Troubadour

Gig Review :: The Kills at The Observatory

photo by me (hey, I’m a writer, not a photographer) The Kills The Observatory, Santa Ana, California August 9, 2012 Some bands are great on record, albums so good they are on our constant rotation, played song-by-song, literally linearly, every melody a story. Often these album rich bands disappoint when seen live. Maybe they lack the presence and personality expected, perhaps the magic seems missing, or the real musical impact was brought to life by the trappings of modern recorded music, auto-tuned and adjusted to near perfection, a product more than a (press) play.  Every so often, though, a band … Continue reading Gig Review :: The Kills at The Observatory