Photo Gallery: Mastodon @ Amoeba Hollywood

Photos by Samuel Ware

April 4th 2017, Amoeba Music, Hollywood CA: To promote their new album ‘Emperor of Sand’ and the upcoming North American headline tour, Mastodon played an intimate in-store show at Amoeba Hollywood last Tuesday, an event to which free admission was granted to everyone who picked up a copy of the album on CD or LP at Amoeba itself. The band played a 7-song set, and our man Samuel Ware was on site to capture the show through his images. Check out the photos below, pick up the killer new Mastodon record if you haven’t yet, and catch them on tour this April-May! Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Mastodon @ Amoeba Hollywood”

Emperors of the Riff: Mastodon Rock ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ with Outdoor Mini-Concert

By Andrew Bansal

April 3rd 2017, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood CA: Following the release of their seventh full-length studio album ‘Emperor of Sand’, stoner metal giants Mastodon set out for two high-profile promotional appearances this week, and the first of them was an outdoor mini-concert on Monday April 3rd, for the national television show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’. It was the band’s second appearance on this show, and the first known public performance of the new songs since the March 31 release date. The stage was set as always in the El Capitan Theatre parking lot in the heart of Hollywood, and fans lined up outside the premises in the early hours of the afternoon. With a full North American headline tour starting later this month, Mastodon wanted to give concert attendees in LA as well and television viewers nationwide a glimpse of what to expect from their impending ‘Emperor of Sand’ touring cycle, and fans as well as critics attending this gig were in for a pleasant surprise. Continue reading “Emperors of the Riff: Mastodon Rock ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ with Outdoor Mini-Concert”

The One-Man Machine: Author and Punisher reconquers Glendale

By Lisa Burke

April 1st 2017, Complex, Glendale CA:  Have you ever taken the time to analyze a one man or woman solo stage project and wondered if it could be considered a band rather than just an artist with an elaborate idea? In some cases a solo act does in fact qualify as a band based on the sound, quality, and inner workings of it all. On Saturday April 1st 2017, Author And Punisher headlined Complex in Glendale and served as the perfect example of a one-man band. The support on this night consisted of two other solo acts Bruce Lamont, and Sanford Parker with industrial doom trio Fact Pattern. Continue reading “The One-Man Machine: Author and Punisher reconquers Glendale”

Silhouettes in Prog Heaven: Katatonia, Caspian & Uncured visit Pomona on ‘Fallen Hearts of North America’ Tour

By Andrew Bansal
(photos by Andrew Hernandez)

Katatonia

March 31st 2017, The Glass House, Pomona CA: Nearly 10 months after the release of their tenth studio album ‘The Fall of Hearts’, Swedish progressive rock/metal stalwarts Katatonia finally brought their current touring cycle to North America and arrived here for a headline run, with support acts Caspian and Uncured. The tour made its way to Southern California for two shows, at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and the Glass House in Pomona. The latter took place last Friday March 31st 2017, and plenty gathered in high anticipation of this eclectic three-pronged prog avalanche. Katatonia has never put a foot wrong on their past visits to the Los Angeles area, and fans expected their first gig in Pomona to live up to the band’s solid reputation, but perhaps no one predicted this show to be as spellbinding as it turned out to be, not only during the headliner’s set, but from start to finish. Continue reading “Silhouettes in Prog Heaven: Katatonia, Caspian & Uncured visit Pomona on ‘Fallen Hearts of North America’ Tour”

Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 1 @ The Viper Room w/ Yidhra, Taarkus & The Rare Breed

Photos by Robert De Anda

March 30th 2017,  The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: The first ever Metal Assault Night took place last Thursday at the Viper Room, and it was one for the books! We were honored to have three of our favorite LA based bands, i.e. Yidhra, Taarkus and The Rare Breed grace the stage for this one, the performances were fantastic, as was the turnout. Thanks to all the bands for their efforts, and to everyone who came out to attend! Here we present you our photographer Robert De Anda’s photos in an attempt to capture the action. Check them out below, and mark your calendars for the upcoming Metal Assault Nights! Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 1 @ The Viper Room w/ Yidhra, Taarkus & The Rare Breed”

Sonic Captivity: Oathbreaker, Khemmis & Jaye Jayle Perform at The Roxy

By Cesar Villatoro
(photos by Andrew Bansal)

March 28th 2017, The Roxy, West Hollywood CA: While I admittedly haven’t been to very many shows that are held at the various legendary venues on the Sunset Strip, I can at least say that I’ve had the good fortune of seeing phenomenal shows each time I have made a visit to this part of town, and tonight was no exception. Continuing their promotion of their latest album ‘Rheia’ which was released in September 2016, headliners Oathbreaker brought with them a very diverse set of bands with them on this tour which spans multiple countries. While it’s unfortunate that King Woman and Sannhet wouldn’t be on this leg of the tour, doom rock band Khemmis and the one-of-a-kind Jaye Jayle filled that void and brought with them their own sound and energy. With three distinctively different but equally talented bands on the line-up, tonight was practically guaranteed to be a no-filler, straight-to-the-point experience. By the time doors opened at 7 PM, there was already a modest number of fans in attendance waiting to experience the first band of the night, and luckily they didn’t have to wait very long as the show promptly (and surprisingly) started right on time at 8 PM. Continue reading “Sonic Captivity: Oathbreaker, Khemmis & Jaye Jayle Perform at The Roxy”