Stuff by: Wes Marsala

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Bodies fly through the air at Los Crudos’ Ukrainian Culture Center show; Alice Bag makes guest appearance

I went into last night’s Los Crudos show at the Ukrainian Culture Center knowing what to expect. I knew that if I placed myself at the front of the pit that I would most likely get kicked in the head numerous times; however, I didn’t fucking care. I knew that there would be some pretty bad […]

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Misfits give new and old fans at The Observatory a most memorable “Static Age”

It was a high-energy show last Thursday at The Observatory. Misfits have been scheduled to play three days and play three classic albums in their entirety. Thursday night was Static Age. It was an all ages show and I would say that it was cool to see all ages actually there. There were some very […]

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J Mascis performs stunning acoustic set at Constellation Room

On Monday, J Mascis performed a very intimate show at the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana. The crowd filled the room and waited as the iconic frontman/guitarist of 90s grunge era band, Dinosaur Jr. took to stage.  He slowly climbed the steps to the stage, walked over to his stool and acoustic guitar. He took his […]

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Bomba Estéreo
Bomba Estéreo lights up the Fonda with colorful beats and rhythm

It was a colorful Saturday night at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. The black lights were out and fluorescent colored skeletons bookended the stage, faces were painted and on the lineup was Santé Les Amis out of Uruguay, Little Jesus out of Mexico, and the headliner was Bomba Estéreo from Colombia.  Each sound was fun, […]

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Rocket From The Crypt, The Bronx and Dead Heavens deliver knock-out performances at The Observatory

It was a night of pure rock n’ roll at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California last night. Three bands would play, Rocket From The Crypt, Los Angeles punk rockers, The Bronx and Dead Heavens. All three bands brought their own style of rock and each kept the crowd engaged. Rocket From The Crypt was […]

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Noel Gallagher delivers endlessly witty and enthralling performance at The Orpheum

Wednesday was a crazy day, Noel Gallagher and His High Flying Birds were in town but another band was in town as well that had the whole city in an uproar. I will not name the band, but they are huge, they come out of the UK, they are old, they are doing a “zip code” tour, […]

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Lenny Kravitz delivers spectacular performance at Fonda Theatre, joined by audience member Bruno Mars

When I was about ten years old I stumbled upon this rocker who seemed a bit odd for the times.  He had long dreadlocks and dressed funny. At the time you probably would have only seen reggae artists with this look, but this was Lenny Kravitz (the guy that stole my childhood crush Lisa Bonet), but […]

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James Bay makes it rain “Chaos and the Calm” at sold-out Fonda Theatre show

It was a surprisingly stormy night in Los Angeles this past Thursday, but that did not stop James Bay from having a packed house at the Fonda Theatre. Bay’s fans wrapped around Hollywood and Gower last night in the rain just waiting to get into the venue for an up-close-and-personal performance with the artist. The […]

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Mos Def and Inspectah Deck fire up The Mayan for Rhythm Fest Los Angeles

This past Sunday at the Mayan, Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey) was the headlining act of Rhythm Fest along with Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan. It was a show not like any I have covered. Hip hop shows from what I have experienced, do not have a lot of order. The stage tends to be covered […]

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Faith No More at The Observatory: An incredible performance (regardless if Mike Patton was rude and pompous)

When I was a kid I moved around a lot. I lived in different cities and always had to sever friendships and get new ones. Things were not as well connected as they are now with smartphones and Facebook. So as you can imagine, this could make an eleven to thirteen year old quite angry. […]

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Bad Religion, OFF! and The Interrupters annihilate Fonda Theatre

Man it has been nearly 20 years since I saw Bad Religion. The last show I saw them was when they opened for Blink 182, which I really thought was weird given that it was mother fuckin’ Bad Religion. Anyway that is beside the point. They were the headliners this past Friday at the Fonda Theatre and […]

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All the rage (seriously, fights broke out) with Interpol at the Shrine

I have been an on-and-off fan of Interpol ever since “Turn on The Bright Lights”. To no fault of their own, Interpol play the style of music that I love. They remind me so much of Joy Division but obviously with their own unique sound, however, I am traditionalist and I have a hard time listening […]

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Sick Of It All
Rancid, Sick Of It All and The Interrupters kick off the tattooed madness at MUSINK Day One

It was night one of a weekend music and ink festival. Musink went off without a hitch and the bands of night one really knew how to get the festival started. I walked around the grounds for awhile while waiting for the music to start. There were two warehouses full of tattoo artists giving tattoos […]

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