LA Stoner Boogie Rockers Yeghikian Pack The Viper Room

By Andrew Bansal

imageFebruary 28th 2015, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: Contrary to popular belief that every LA local band wears eyeliner and spandex and sounds exactly like Guns ‘N Roses, the city is actually still an endlessly deep reservoir  of genuine musical talent. If you ignore the repetitive negative tirades of the typical burnt out 70s/80s rocker and go out to explore the city’s modern-day musical environment for yourself, you will certainly agree. As I finished up an interview with one such great hometown band somewhere on Sunset Blvd last Thursday (coming soon on the website), they recommended me to check out stoner rock band Yeghikian at the Viper Room on the following Saturday. Trusting their musical taste, I ventured to see this band. Besides, no concert month would be complete without at least one visit to the Viper Room, and even on an unusually rainy Saturday Los Angeles night, I had every reason to attend this show. Continue reading

Jack Russell’s Great White Performs At The Whisky

By Andrew Bansal

imageFebruary 27th 2015, Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Los Angeles-based glam metal band Great White have been a prominent name in the sub-genre for almost four decades, and are still soldiering on, albeit in two different incarnations. Singer Jack Russell’s version of Great White has been acknowledged by fans as the more legit of the two ever since members of the group went separate ways into two different bands and started doing shows under the same name in 2011, purely because of Jack Russell’s perennial rock ‘n roll voice. His LA fans and family turned up in good numbers to attend a headline show at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood last Friday February 27 2015, some making the same old “don’t burn it down” jokes we’ve been hearing for the past ten years. After bearing witness to the band’s very likable performance at the same venue in 2013, it remained to be seen whether they would deliver the goods to an equal extent two years down the line. Continue reading

Mos Generator & The Great Electric Quest Bring Righteous Jams To Five Star Bar

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

image February 24th 2015, Five Star Bar, Los Angeles CA: Hailing from the town of Port Orchard near Seattle WA, stoner rock trio Mos Generator have been in existence for a number of years but haven’t ventured to play in the Los Angeles area too often. They rectified that last Tuesday February 24 with a free headline show at the very aptly chosen Five Star Bar in downtown LA, along with support from San Diego heavy rockers The Great Electric Quest and local bands Suns Of Jimi, Asstronauts and The Mercury Wheel. The prospect of a stoner rock night at the Five Star, with no cover charge, was just too inticing and the decision to attend this show was an absolute no-brainer. This low-key event turned out to be a pleasantly interesting experience, not only showcasing new talent but also bringing forth a characteristic of this venue most regular attendees perhaps aren’t aware of. Continue reading

Mr. Big Rocks Los Angeles, Pat Torpey Returns To Stage

Review by Andrew Bansal, photos by Brad Worsham

imageFebruary 22nd 2015, Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills CA: Los Angeles hard rock giants Mr. Big, arguably the world’s most talented group of musicians, have been on an unstoppable journey ever since the original members reuinted in 2009, releasing two excellent studio albums and touring the world several times over in the subsequent five-year period. Their latest full-length effort ‘The Stories We Could Tell’ was released in 2014, and as expected, the band embarked on a tour to present it on stages worldwide. Despite them still calling Los Angeles their hometown for all intents and purposes, a Mr. Big show in this city is somewhat of a rarity. But, the band announced an eagerly awaited homecoming show in Beverly Hills, to bring an end to their current touring run. For Mr. Big fans and hard rock/heavy metal enthusiasts, the Saban Theatre was where the stars had descended upon, this was the stage on which all fireworks would be lit and acknowledgement speeches would be made, on Oscar night in rainy Los Angeles. Continue reading

Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed & Iron Reagan Play Sold-Out Show In Oakland

Review by Avinash Mittur, photos by Raymond Ahner

imageFebruary 20th 2015, Oakland Metro Operahouse, Oakland CA: Nothing in this review will come as a surprise. Absolutely nothing. After releasing yet another superb new record just a month ago, Napalm Death have decided to support it with a nation-wide trek with a bill that simply cannot be fucked with. This particular date at the Oakland Metro Operahouse, sold-out clean by the time the show began, was an exceptional display of the power of this tour, dubbed Through Space And Grind. Though no locals were featured on the bill, the show felt drenched in Bay Area culture. Members of Impaled, Autopsy, Lecherous Gaze, Death Angel and scores of other local acts could be spotted in the crowd, enjoying the festivities alongside fans and friends alike. That communal feeling paired with an energy-packed lineup made for a show was simply unforgettable. Continue reading

Tartar Control Conquers The Roxy

Review by Andrew Bansal, photos by Brad Worsham

IMG_1152 - CopyFebruary 21st 2015, The Roxy, West Hollywood CA: Los Angeles-based Tartar Control is a hardcore punk band like no other. Comprising the duo of Robert Selander on vocals, Sean Hart on guitar, and a robot playing bass and drums, Tartar Control have gained a reputation for off-the-chain live performances in the past few years, playing prolifically in Los Angeles and Orange County, winning new fans one gig at a time. In the meanwhile, they’ve also released excellent studio material with catchy music and hilarious lyrics such as that on the 2011 effort ‘Holy Crap!’, but on stage is where they liberate themselves and truly bring these songs to life, as they present them through a unique live act. Having heard a lot of great things about Tartar Control from local friends that had witnessed them live, I decided to check them out at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood last Saturday February 21 2015, as they opened for The Dickies and The Muffs, and completely owned the stage.    Continue reading