Ultimate Jam Night Pays Glorious Tribute To Prince

By Lisa Burke

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April 26th 2016, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: The Ultimate Jam night which started out at Lucky Strike Live weekly on Wednesday nights has recently moved over to the Whisky-A-Go-Go for weekly performances on Tuesday nights with no cover charge, and some very well-known surprise guests were in attendance, as was I, on April 26th, 2016. Continue reading

Return Of The LA Murderfest: ‘Mini-Murder’ Takes Place At Complex

By Lisa Burke

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April 23rd 2016, Complex, Glendale CA: For my weekend metal adventures I was intrigued by the idea of a mini three-day festival consisting primarily of various forms of death metal at the intimate Complex in Glendale, put together by Daniel Dismal and Church Of The 8th Day, the men behind the original Los Angeles Murder Fest. Basically it was three nights for $30 and contained an average of seven bands a night. In theory this is a good deal and a really great time. They also had some vendors and food and merch in the back outdoor area where they provided long black cushioned benches for people to sit and chat between bands, or during anything that was brutal in a bad way. I was only able to attend the second night of this festival called Mini-Murder on Saturday April 23rd, 2016 with headliners Cattle Decapitation, despite my draw to the first night being Gravehill, and on the last night being Behold! The Monolith. After, the experience as a whole I can say I definitely would not have wanted to be there for all the days for all the bands because it would have been pretty exhausting, but rather for two or three bands each night, or better yet, one night with a unique array of popular bands could have also worked. The night I chose was primarily death metal bands and I was holding out for the brutally comforting sounds of Crematorium and Cattle Decapitation and found that it was a bit of a struggle in the beginning but got easier towards the end. Continue reading

Prong Launch ‘No Absolutes’ Tour At The Whisky

By Lisa Burke

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April 21st 2016, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: The Whisky-A-Go-Go is always one of those venues that’s full of good and not so good surprises as far as line ups go, and on Thursday April 21st 2016 it was no different. I arrived for a few of the openers on this special evening with Prong headlining on their ‘No Absolutes’ tour, but I’m going to stick with mentioning only two bands that made a positive impact on me on this night which were Se7en4 and Meade Ave. One of these days I’m going to stage a riot with a picket line outside the Whisky holding a sign that says ‘pay to play, go away’ but until then I’ll just continue to arrive to the venue too early and risk possible moments of ear bleeding and contemplations of suicide. Continue reading

Complex Celebrates Stoner Holiday With Demon Eye & Disenchanter

By Lisa Burke

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April 20th 2016, Complex, Glendale CA: Stoner rock and doom metal has really stepped up its popularity game in the last few years in the Los Angeles metal scene and now comes to us from all across the map. On Wednesday April 20th, 2016 or better known as 4/20, I visited Complex for headliners Demon Eye who were on tour with Disenchanter and the openers on this night were Sssssss! and Chainflower. One aspect I can always count on with seeing shows at the Complex is that the genres of all the bands in a night will fit together well, even if not all are to my personal tastes. This night was no exception and there were some great surprises along the way. Continue reading

Iron Maiden Land In Los Angeles On Jet-Fueled ‘The Book Of Souls’ World Tour

By Lisa Burke

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April 16th 2016, The Forum, Los Angeles CA: The pioneers and champions of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal Iron Maiden are out on their biggest tour yet, ‘The Book of Souls’ tour with Bruce Dickinson (a.k.a. the best thing to ever happen to Iron Maiden) flying the biggest airplane yet from show to show, Ed Force One. On Saturday April 16th 2016, I saw their latest tour at the Forum featuring openers The Raven Age. On these two Forum nights April 15th and 16th many were in attendance for both nights and got exactly the same set list but regardless if you are a true fan you may as well get all you can out of it. Continue reading

Westfield Massacre Headlines The Whisky

By Lisa Burke

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April 14th 2016, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: One of the most enjoyable aspects of seeing live bands and deepening my knowledge of the Los Angeles metal scene is the constant discovery of new bands that sometimes emerge out of other existing bands to form something unique. On Thursday April 14th 2016, I went to the Whisky-A-Go-Go primarily for the band Westfield Massacre. On this night, the headliners were Choleric and on stage prior to Westfield Massacre was a band called Bag Of Humans. There are definitely nights at the Whisky where I seriously have to scratch my head at the bizarre lineups and I know this usually happens in pay-to-play cases with early bands, however, sometimes it just is a strange combination of bands to play together. I suppose this night was not that strange but Westfield Massacre should have headlined in my opinion. Continue reading