Neurosis Plays Year-End Headline Show In Orange County

Review by Darshun, photos & videos by Matt Nielson

December 29th 2014, The Observatory, Santa Ana CA: As soon as Oakland sludge/doom legends Neurosis announced a trio of year-end headline shows in California including a gig at the Observatory in Orange County, fans were chomping at the bit to purchase tickets and readied themselves for another religious Neurosis experience, a little over a year after they headlined the same venue with tremendous opening acts Yob and Bl’ast. This time Neurosis brought with them an entirely different support cast featuring Tragedy, Author & Punisher and Kowloon Walled City, and the prospect of this lineup was an exciting one for all involved. Continue reading

Death Angel Celebrates Christmas In Los Angeles; Jams With Chris Broderick

By Andrew Bansal

December 26th 2014, Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Even though many rock ‘n roll bands have carried the tradition of playing at or around Christmas over the past several decades, San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans Death Angel certainly were never one of them. But to change that fact, the band announced two late December headline gigs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. They arrived at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, their most favored LA venue, for their first ever Christmas show last Friday December the 26th. Having been an ardent follower of Death Angel’s fortunes for the past six years and bearing witness to the consistent progress they’ve continued making in this ‘revival’ period, I knew they would have something special up their sleeve for this occasion, and expected them to not only pull out rarities in the set list but also bring up a guest or two. Although, I was hoping against hope that this guest would not be Kirk Hammett.

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Christmas-Themed KISS Tribute Band ‘Kissmas’ Rocks Ventura

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

December 20th 2014, Bombay Bar & Grill, Ventura CA: Keeping up their annual tradition of Christmas-themed KISS tribute shows, Kissmas played a hefty set of KISS classics in front of a sizable turnout at Ventura’s Bombay Bar And Grill last Saturday. Featuring in its ranks a quartet of excellent Ventura-based musicians, Kissmas includes Night Demon frontman Jarvis Leatherby in the role of Gene Simmons, and the prospects of a Kisstacular evening were indeed exciting for the local Ventura weekend bar crowd. Continue reading

Intronaut Plays Special Tenth Anniversary Show At The Roxy

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal, video by Matt Nielson

December 18th 2014, The Roxy, West Hollywood CA: Los Angeles experimental prog luminaries Intronaut have been on an endless run of great tours with like-minded bands. The period from the start of their journey as a local underground band to reach their current status of worldwide recognition has flown by without them or their ever-growing legion of fans realizing it, and already amassed a decade. In celebration of their tenth anniversary as a band, Intronaut ended a North American headline run with a special hometown gig at the Roxy in West Hollywood last night, and brought with them a career-retrospective set for which they would be joined on stage by a guest musician or two. Continue reading

Night Demon Hosts ‘Curse Of The Damned’ Listening Party At Grill ‘Em All

By Andrew Bansal

December 18th 2014, Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra CA: To celebrate their upcoming debut full-length album ‘Curse Of The Damned’, Ventura CA old-school metal band Night Demon hosted a special pre-release listening party in association with their record label Century Media at metal-themed restaurant Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra. The entire album was played in its entirety on the PA and the band members hung out to meet fans for an evening of heavy metal and equally heavy food and drink consumption. Continue reading

Devin Townsend, Animals As Leaders & Monuments Perform At The Mayan

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal, video by Matt Nielson

December 16th 2014, The Mayan, Los Angeles CA: Devin Townsend, the most eccentric musical personality Canada has ever produced, has enjoyed a highly prolific year of creativity in 2014, and is currently approaching the end of his ‘Abstract Reality’ North American co-headline tour with Los Angeles instrumental prog trio Animals As Leaders, along with UK-based Monuments as the opening act. The trifecta reached Los Angeles for a gig at the Mayan Theatre downtown. The event promised to bring together three diverse interpretations of modern progressive music, by three artists at very different stages of their respective careers. Continue reading