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OFF! Marquis Theater 10.8.11

It took half an hour for Keith Morris and OFF! to blast through every song in their punk rock repertoire.  30 minutes provided the time needed for 17 songs, plenty of onstage banter and even a few breaks for the 56-year-old legend to catch his breath.  The seasoned vets gave it their all, so much so that when it came… Read more →

The Power of the Riff 2011

The Power of the Riff kicked off its second year in L.A. with a line-up that would make anyone on the East Coast blind with envy. As if that full day assault of brutal hardcore, metal and crust wasn’t enough, Southern Lord brought their genre and generation crossing festival up the coast with stops in San Francisco and Seattle. Our… Read more →

‘trying to smile through gritted teeth’

Fucked Up – David Comes To Life (Matador, 2011) A hardcore concept album concerning a heartbroken factory worker?  An 80 minute album of epic proportions from a band that was known for 7″‘s overflowing with screw-you-in-your-face political punk rock just a few short years ago?  The end, right?  They literally fucked up, right?  What’s next, a Broadway play à la… Read more →

Acephalix @ Blast-O-Mat + Interview

The clatter of the garage door rolling shut, the lights brought down to a dull blood red and the bald figure onstage beckoning us closer.  All nerves on the precipice of panic.  Beer buzz replaced by extreme claustrophobia.  This is Blast-O-Mat.  This is Acephalix. Just moments ago I was outside reflecting on teenage years in venues like this, consuming beer… Read more →

Doom to Drone to Diversity: A Profile of Los Angeles Extreme Experimental Label, Southern Lord Records

The words ‘southern lord‘, accompanied by an image of a horned creature with a hook and a pentagram, can’t help but dispatch the mind to the fiery netherworld of the fallen one; the scapegoat for all that is vile, revolting and just plain evil in this world, including the unholy sounds of heavy metal music. So you might be surprised to hear that the Los Angeles-based label, known for it’s focus on the ‘doom, stoner and drone’ sub genres of metal, was not named after Satan, The Devil, Shaitan or any other such figure, but instead after a certain ‘fruit, spice and whiskey flavored liqueur‘ invented by a bartender in New Orleans well over 100 years ago. Southern Lord was the name bestowed on a fledgling record label by it’s father, the Southern Comfort swillin’ guitarist for Thorr’s Hammer and Burning Witch, Greg Anderson, because he thought ‘it sounded cool‘. Read more →

Scion Rock Fest 2011, Pomona, California

This guest post comes from Genji from Los Angeles.  Look for more metal/punk posts from our California correspondent… For the past few years Scion has done a wonderful job pandering to the young metal community with their free show series.  Have they actually sold more cars because of it?  Who knows, but certainly no metalheads are complaining.  I think it’s actually a… Read more →

Re-Up: August 2010

Every month I will recap the albums and songs I can recommend under the Re-Up heading. Click on each album cover for more information and song link to play the song.  Right-click and ‘Save Link As’ to download song. Albums: Metal: R&B/Rap: Songs: Alejandro Escovedo – Anchor (from Streets Songs of Love out now) Wise Blood – B.I.G. E.G.O. (from… Read more →