Steel Panther Returns To Fonda Theatre

By Lisa Burke

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May 4th 2016, Fonda Theatre, Hollywood CA: Steel Panther has been rockin’ out and crackin’ jokes in and around Hollywood and all over the States for many years, with a few name changes and residency venue changes, as well as put out four studio albums of their own, full of raunchy lyrics and glamorous riffs. On Wednesday May 4th 2016, I attended the first show on the threesome list this month at the Fonda Theater which is their new local home and shtick. There was one opener on this night which was hard rock band Eyes Of One. Continue reading

Apocalyptica Brings ‘Shadowmaker’ Tour To The Fonda

By Lisa Burke

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May 3rd 2016, Fonda Theatre, Hollywood CA: It’s been a wild ride in the world of metal in Los Angeles lately, and the month of May has already started out with some great shows, four of which I am attending are all taking place in the same week, all at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. This is totally fine with me because I live in fairly close proximity and it has nowadays become my favorite Hollywood venue. For the first of four nights at the Fonda on Tuesday May 3rd 2016, I was there to see Finland’s Apocalyptica with openers 10 Years and Failure Anthem. Continue reading

Nightmare, Carrera, Rattlehead & Void Vator Perform At The Dragonfly

By Lisa Burke

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April 29th 2016, The Dragonfly, Los Angeles CA: The Dragonfly in Hollywood has been around for many years, hosting special events including rock ‘n roll and metal shows on occasion, and on Friday April 29th I attended a special night of a rock ‘n roll birthday party California Kegger event hosted by Cleo Antonelli. The bands on the line up this evening were headliners Nightmare, with support from Carrera, Rattlehead, Void Vator and Dioxide. Continue reading

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