I made it back in town just in time to see two of my favorite stoner rock bands from Southern California, Sasquatch and House Of Broken Promises. The night kicked off with Sasquatch as they played mostly new songs, so I’m guessing they have a new album coming out soon on Small Stone. HOBP introduced their new singer Joe Mora that night, and they’re getting ready to hit Europe this April to play at the 2013 Desert fest in Berlin and London. I really don’t have anything else to say other then both bands kicked ass, and i think it’s time for you to wake the fuck up, because you’re missing out.
I went to the first night of the 25th anniversary of Pennywise show at the Hollywood palladium. It was also the return of Jim Linberg the main voice, and front man of Pennywise. To be honest seeing Jim back with the band made this event more exciting to see, and lets just face it the other was guy good, but he wasn’t cut out for this job. Pennywise played all the hits that night, and at one point, there was three different slam pits going on at once. It's quite a sight to see a bunch of middle age punk rocker dudes running around in the pit punching each other, I'm guessing everyone was stoked to see Jim back with the band. I only took pictures of Pennywise and Strung Out that night because I really didn’t give a fuck about the other bands that played on the bill. And I really don’t have anything else to say about the show other then punks not dead...
I’ve been a fan of the stoner rock genres with bands like KYUSS and everything else under the banner of smoke. But after all these years I finally got see my first Unida show, and it happen to be the Whisky A Go Go of all places. I just never got around to seeing these guys back in their prime, so I guess I’m late to the party. Enough of my bullshit, these guys down right kicked ass! I’m also hearing they’re going to be playing more shows soon, and possibly a European tour in 2013. So be sure to watch out for the return of Unida.
It’s Casual played over Thanksgiving weekend at the world famous Troubadour in West Hollywood on Black Friday. While most people are out shopping for them discounted Christmas gifts to give to their families. Eddie Solis the brains behind this two-piece hardcore band from east LA played all the songs off theire first album The New Los Angeles, and their new album, The New Los Angeles Two. Playing all of their songs in it's entirety. Being it was a holiday weekend and most people are out of town, this show had a pretty good turn out, and it was a lot of fun. Be sure to check out It's Casual in the new year...
I was one of the many people from Southern California who attended this year’s Sunset Music Festival,and it's held right in the heart were rock and roll got its first start in Hollywood. On the Sunset strip. This years festival was a lot of fun, and I’ve been going every year so far since it started. What I really like it about this festival is how they shout down Sunset blvd, and put up two big stages on either side of the strip. You're also allowed to go in and out of all the clubs, and you can see a lot of different bands perform through out the day like Bad Religion, Marilyn Manson, and I was even surprised how good the Offspring sounded. De La Soul was another great act and not to mention the fifity other bands that played. What made me decide go to this year’s SSMF was to see Zakk Wylde and his band Black Label Society. Since I'm a fan of his guitar playing, they’re for sure one of my favorites to see at this event. Zakk played a amazing guitar solo for almost ten minutes, or longer, he pretty much went to war with his guitar. He belted out a bunch of fast ripping scales as a metal viking would. Even though the weather was a little of the hot side for Los Angeles, that didn’t stop the large croweds people from going to this event. Which I think it was the largest turnout yet, but if anything, it just pushed the artist to put on a better show. You should try and come next year, and see it for yourself…
I’ve been waiting to see OFF! and Sun o))) perform for sometime, and I finally got my chance to see them play at this years power of the riff festival. The event was held at the Echoplex in Sliver Lake CA. but don’t expect me to sit hear and give you a play by play as to how the show went. That’s for them other music blogs to write about, I just like taking pictures. If you really want to get an idea how the show was, go put on a Sun O))) or OFF! album and turn up your stereo so it’s kind of loud, and look at the pictures. Then maybe you could imagine what it was like to be at this year power of the riff, because it was sick.
Punk rock legend Keith Morris
Dimitri Coats throwing it down and Mario Rubalcaba on the drums