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The Jesus and Mary Chain at the Wiltern
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The Jesus and Mary Chains Venue: the Wiltern – City: Los Angeles – Date: May 19th, 2017 Celebrating the release of their excellent comeback album Damage And Joy, The Jesus and Mary Chain were eager to show they haven’t lost the raw energy that made their reputation. Opening with their new single “Amputation”, they then followed with two of their most emblematic songs, “April...

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Silversun Pickups
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Silversun Pickups Venue: Fingerprints Music – City: Long Beach – Date: September 2015 Celebrating the release of their excellent, electronic-tinted, new album Better Nature, The Silversun Pickups came down to one of my favorite local haunts, the great Long Beach record store Fingerprints Music – where I stop by every Friday – to deliver a stripped-down set. Singer Brian Aubert and Bass player Nikki Monninger offered energized acoustic versions of some of their...

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Bloc Party
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Bloc Party Venue: FYF Fest – City: Los Angeles – Date: August 2015 The British Post-Punk bank Bloc Party made waves 10 years ago with its album Silent Alarm and, as you could expect, the crowd was quite massive at the lawn stage. Delivering a tight set filled with hits such as “Helicopter” and “Banquet”, they however suffered from being too formal – their live cuts are...

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) Venue: FYF Fest – City: Los Angeles – Date: August 2015 While the Sacramento post-punk band !!! (Chk Chk Chk) gained recognition for its infectious dance-punk tunes – and ungoogleable name – seeing them live brings their music to the next level, mostly thanks to their goofy leader’s antics! Wearing a simple shirt and shorts that seemed way too small, singer Nic Offer...

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