Stuff by: Wes Marsala

Johnny Marr at House of Blues Anaheim
Johnny Marr charms adoring fans at House of Blues Anaheim

The people of Orange County, California showed up to see This Charming Man, Johnny Marr and his band play and the House of Blues Anaheim. The show did not start without a hitch, unfortunately the House Of Blues had audio issues and the show started about thirty minutes late. The crowd stayed cool and calm […]

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U2 at the Rose Bowl -- Photo by Wes Marsala
In The Name of Love — U2 bring together Los Angeles fans for inspiring performance at Rose Bowl

U2 came out to Los Angeles and rocked the Rose Bowl, playing their 1987 album Joshua Tree in full. From the moment you walked into the venue you knew you were going to be in for something spectacular, You were greeted by a huge 8K resolution, 200 ft x 45 ft cinematic screen made up […]

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Holy Wars at The Echoplex -- Photo: Wes Marsala
New LA acts Kolars and Holy Wars deliver most impressive sets at Echoplex 

Smoke Season, Kolars and Holy Wars give A+ performances at Echoplex   Last week at The Echoplex and presented by Play Like A Girl, Smoke Season headlined an evening of music that was supported by two sizzling acts. While we’ve covered Smoke Season’s compelling performance in the past, this was our first time catching newbies […]

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Kim and The Created at Bootleg Theater
Alice Cooper and Shep Gordon tell all at Bootleg Theater, Kim and The Created follow with fierce performance

It was Halloween night and what better way to celebrate the festive holiday than with Alice Cooper. And to top it all off, Los Angeles’ ferocious Kim and the Created were to play immediately following a conversation with legendary rock star Alice Copper and famed manager Shep Gordon hosted by Live Talks Los Angeles. The […]

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Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys ring in Halloween with festive performance at Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles

It was Halloween weekend and some of the freaks and ghouls came out to see the Pet Shop Boys at the Microsoft Theater, Saturday night. I ran into Jareth (aka David Bowie from Labyrinth), a man dressed in a green suit from head to toe, and when asked what he was he just said: “I am […]

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Roger Waters Desert Trip
The Best and Worst of Desert Trip 2016

With Desert Trip steaming its way to Indio for yet another weekend of bucket-list performances, it’s time we share with you the best and worst from Desert Trip 2016. If you’re headed to Desert Trip this weekend, check out our pro tips below, as well as our favorite performances in order from most favorite to […]

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Echo and the Bunnymen at Observatory Santa Ana
Echo and the Bunnymen envelop fans at The Observatory with dazzling post-punk nostalgia

The stage at the Observatory in Orange County was dark and the backdrop displayed a distorted bunny(man) as the iconic Echo and the Bunnymen made their entrance. As Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant walked on stage, the crowd roared with excitemet. Echo and the Bunnymen were just now kicking off their North American tour, and […]

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Peter Hook and the Light at Fonda Theatre
Peter Hook and the Light deliver over three hours of Joy Division and New Order at Fonda Theatre

On Saturday night, Peter Hook, the former bassist of two iconic bands (Joy Division and New Order) came out to Los Angeles with his band The Light to perform tracks off both Joy Division’s and New Order’s versions of the album Substance in its entirety. The show was packed with thirty-one amazing songs that spanned […]

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Viktor Fiktion at the Echoplex
Moving Units Channel the Songs of Joy Division at the Echoplex with Passion and Energy

It was a bit of a debacle. Performing the songs of Joy Division, Moving Units were supposed to perform two sets at The Echo this past Sunday night at Part Time Punks. But with such a high demand, the shows were merged into one performance at the Echoplex, a much bigger venue than the intimate Echo. […]

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Juliette Lewis at Fonda Theatre
Juliette Lewis Becomes a Rock ‘n’ Roll Tornado at Fonda Theatre

Juliette Lewis came out and rocked the Fonda Theatre last Thursday night. Clad in skin tight black leggings, white stiletto boots, and a funky white top with shoulder pads made of feathers — Lewis made her flavorful presence known. No longer touring with The Licks, Lewis was now rolling solo as “Juliette Lewis” (and a backing […]

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Public Enemy at The Art of Rap Festival at Hollywood Palladium
The Art of Rap Festival goes down with peace, unity and a whole lotta fresh hip hop

Promoting peace and togetherness, The Art of Rap Festival streamed through the Hollywood Palladium for a night fresh beats, rhymes and unity. Old school hip hop’s artist, Busy Bee came out and got the crowd fired up. He had a simple obbessage that rang throughout the night: “peace love and unity is the culture of hip hop.” […]

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The Cult, The Grove of Anaheim, photo by Wes Marsala
The Cult rock fans at Grove of Anaheim with vibrant mix of classics and new

The house was pretty packed at the Grove of Anaheim last Friday night. The crowd was a vibrant and anxious group, mixed of a variety of ages, solidifying that The Cult still has it. The iconic Cult frontman, Ian Astbury emerged from the stage wearing a bandana and a black hoodie. His hood was over his head […]

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Buzzcocks
Buzzcocks, kicking arse for 40 years, show no signs of stopping at The Observatory

The young and old punk rockers of Orange County came out to The Observatory this past weekend to celebrate end enjoy forty years of Buzzcocks music. The Buzzcocks rolled out an amazing performance playing some of their iconic punk anthems such as “What do I Get”, “Ever Fallen in Love”, and “Orgasm Addict” — along with […]

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Peaches live
Peaches, CHRISTEEN, and Regrettes “rock our fuckin’ socks off” at The Regent

Last Friday was a pretty emotional day in music and in the world. Paris had been attacked and, Los Angeles band, Eagles of Death Metal were performing at the Bataclan Concert Hall where terrorists opened fire in the venue and took over 100 people hostage. Before Peaches took to the stage at The Regent in downtown […]

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Future
Future gets party started at Harry Houdini’s mansion for exclusive BACARDÍ’s Untameable Artist Series

The traffic this past Friday night did not help BACARDÍ’s Untameable Artist Series, where there was going to be a special performance by hip hop artist, Future. The 101 was closed off and the streets were jammed, it took me nearly an hour to get to the shuttle stop where I would be then taken […]

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it's not dead fest
Pennywise, Bad Religion, NOFX and more punk bands weather the heat at It’s Not Dead Fest

Punk’s not dead! That is a true statement because there were about 22,000 of them standing, walking, moshing, and surfing crowds in the sweltering, heat this past Saturday at San Manuel Amphitheater for It’s Not Dead Fest. I had planned on getting to the festival a little later, once the heat died down a bit, but since […]

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gateway drugs
Swervedrive, Gateway Drugs and Dead Leaf Echo play surprise gig at The Satellite

Swervedriver Swervedriver and Gateway drugs did an impromptu show at the Satellite this past Tuesday night.  The show was announced on Sunday morning (12am). The band had just come off the Desert Stars Festival where Swervedriver was the headliner. The house was fairly packed on Tuesday night, Swervedriver went on just past 11pm. The real fans […]

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titus andronicus
Titus Andronicus and Spider Bags at The Roxy: a force to be reckoned with

Last Saturday the curtain raised at The Roxy in West Hollywood and there stood Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus strumming his guitar to a slow rhythm, wearing a Titus Andronicus logo-ed shirt that consisted of an anarchy symbol. He spoke to the crowd and wanted everyone to have a good time and not ruin anyone else’s […]

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social distortion
Social Distortion deliver unforgettable hometown heroes show at Observatory Santa Ana

Social Distortion came out Sunday night to do the first of three nights at the Observatory in Orange county. They were celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of their self-titled album. People of all ages showed up from eight-year-olds to sixty-something-year olds. Mike Ness hit the stage wearing a Jerome’s boxing t-shirt, bearded and obviously fully tatted. […]

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deftones
Incubus, Deftones, and Death from Above 1979 give thrilling performances at The Forum

Incubus This past Friday there was an amazing rock show happening at The Forum: Deftones, Death from Above 1979, and Incubus. Right off the bat, I did not understand Incubus’ placement with both Deftones and DFA 1979. It was an odd pairing. I thought that there was no way that Incubus could compare to the hard […]

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