Barb Wire Dolls Jam With Mickey Leigh At The Whisky

Review by Andrew Bansal, photos by Brad Worsham

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March 16th 2015, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Continuing on strong with their weekly Monday nights at the Whisky this March, LA punk rock sensation Barb Wire Dolls played the third show of their residency, this time bringing a special guest with them on stage and putting on a performance that undoubtedly bettered that of the first two weeks. Continue reading

Dischordia, Hereticide, Darwen’s Theory & Godlike In Ruin Perform At Complex

By Andrew Bansal

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March 15th 2015, Complex, Glendale CA: As part of a US headline tour, Oklahoma City-based progressive extreme metal band Dischordia played a gig in the Los Angeles area at the best underground metal venue in town, Complex in Glendale, along with local openers Hereticide, Darwen’s Theory and Godlike In Ruin, for a gig put together by Church Of The 8th Day. It made for a chilled-out, low-key Sunday evening hang for those in attendance. Continue reading

Blue Oyster Cult & Uriah Heep Rock Beverly Hills

Review by Andrew Bansal, live photos & video by Matt Nielson

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March 14th 2015, Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills CA: Blue Oyster Cult and Uriah Heep are names that need no introduction to those that are adept in their knowledge of the roots of all things heavy in the world of hard rock and heavy metal. Whenever such bands come to town, it’s time for the kids of the 60s, 70s and 80s to relive their childhood and youth, reminiscing about the bands’ early years, whereas for younger rock fans it’s a chance to see a band they’ve probably never seen before, bands that started much before they were even born. Bringing an end to the US tour they embarked upon recently, hard rock veterans Blue Oyster Cult and Uriah Heep arrived at the best theatre venue in all of Los Angeles, the Saban, for a well-attended event, and both proceeded to put forth exemplary performances that justifiably captured their respective careers. Continue reading

Mad Temple, Void Vator & More Play First ‘Motorpsycho Club’ Event At Bardot Hollywood

By Andrew Bansal

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March 13th 2015, Bardot, Hollywood CA: Motorpsycho Club, a series of rock ‘n roll events highlighting Los Angeles’ local talent, moved to its new location at the Bardot in the heart of Hollywood, and held its first event last Friday March 13th. Ten bands performed across two stages, and Motorpsycho Club regulars were in attendance for this free show. Despite being familiar with only two of the ten bands on the bill, I ventured out to the Bardot to absorb the scene and get a taste of what this series of events brings to this venue. Continue reading

Fallujah Headline The Whisky

By Andrew Bansal

imageMarch 12th 2015, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: San Francisco Bay Area atmospheric extreme metal band Fallujah have taken giant strides in creativity in the past year through their highly impressive sophomore full-length effort ‘The Flesh Prevails’, garnering widespread praise both within and beyond the realms of the sub-genre. As a live band they have bettered themselves by leaps and bounds in comparison to their formative years, as they proved on the 2014 edition of the Summer Slaughter tour. Currently on a headline tour with support acts Archspire, Lorna Shore and The Zenith Passage, Fallujah arrived at the Whisky last Thursday March 12. At a venue where they’ve performed as an opening act a few times in the past, they had their name on top of its historic marquee on this occasion. Continue reading

Motor Sister Make LA Debut At The Whisky

Review & photo by Andrew Bansal

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March 11th 2015, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Motor Sister, a salute to Los Angeles cult heroes Mother Superior, comprises Scott Ian on rhythm guitar, Joey Vera on bass, John Tempesta on drums, Pearl Aday on backing vocals, and Mother Superior’s Jim Wilson fronting the band himself on lead guitar and lead vocals. The group recently came together for a one-off gig at Scott Ian’s fiftieth birthday party, but decided to record a studio album full of Mother Superior covers and play shows in public. Their ‘Ride’ album came out on March 10th via Metal Blade Records, and they set out to celebrate its release with two California shows, March 11th at the Whisky in West Hollywood and the following night at Slim’s in San Francisco. Their hometown debut gig was a much anticipated event for longtime LA metalheads, and attracted a fairly good turnout at the Whisky. Continue reading