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Review – Sleigh Bells @ The Mayan – Los Angeles, CA – 02/21/2012

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Review – Sleigh Bells @ The Mayan – Los Angeles, CA – 02/21/2012

Posted on 22 February 2012 by Bryan

 

 

We showed up at the Mayan just around 10pm and there was still a sizable line at the door with people anxious to get in.  We knew ahead of time Sleigh Bells were going on at 10, so there was no one to blame but ourselves.   Check out this thread on the Goldenvoice message board for set times to many of their shows.  Just make sure to click through to the last page.   Black Bananas was the opening act and we missed them unfortunately.

 

 

When we got in the door Sleigh Bells was already on and the place was packed!   There was a really good vibe in the place and there is no arguing the show was SOLD OUT!  The Mayan is a really cool place to see a show downtown.  One of the great benefits of this place is how easy it is to get to a bar, even if the 12oz. cans of Heineken are $7.  Profit margins.

 

The first thing everyone will notice when you listen to Sleigh Bells is they are LOUD!  Thank god I had some ear plugs with me.  I’m old now and I get headaches if I don’t wear ear plugs at loud concerts, but to be completely honest, if you get quality ear plugs the sound is much better with them.  Sleigh Bells are a really good reason for ear plugs.

 

 

I really enjoyed this show.  It was over by 10:55pm, but that wasn’t too short.  It was the perfect length.  Everything about the band’s stage presence is fun and just… rocking!  However, I do have one complaint.  Where are the beats coming from?  Sleigh Bells has guitar shredding riffs and sexy vocals over some serious heavy beats, but in concert the beats appear to come out of the ether.  There is no drummer.  There is no DJ.  There is no keyboard player.  It didn’t ruin the show for me, but it did seem like an element was missing.

 

It just seems like there has to be someone playing the tracks off stage and it would create a much better effect to have a touring musician do something that is visible to the audience.  Hopefully with the success Sleigh Bells is having, they will be able to take it to the next level and incorporate more live elements in the future.

 

 

Overall, the sound was great and the crowd was in it to win it.  I would highly recommend Sleigh Bells to anyone who likes to rock.  They are doing an international tour right now with stops in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands.  Check out their website for dates http://reignofterror.tv

 

 Pictures from Sean Poindexters iPhone

 

 Big thanks to Ross for the ticket!  

 

Sleigh Bells Setlist Mayan Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA 2012, Reign of Terror

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Red Hot Chili Peppers – Look Around [Official Music Video]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers – Look Around [Official Music Video]

Posted on 22 February 2012 by admin

 

Glad to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers are still making music.  They’ll be around LA in August at the Staples Center, but of course tickets are already “Sold Out.”  Whatever that means. (don’t get scalped!)

 

There’s also this “behind the scenes” video with Flea.  They have a pretty extensive YouTube page.

 

 

Here are the tour dates I ripped off their website:

Date Venue Location
Mar 29 Tampa Bay Times Forum Tampa, Florida Get Tickets | RSVP
Mar 31 Amway Arena Orlando, Florida Sold out | RSVP
Apr 02 Bank Atlantic Center Sunrise, Florida Sold out | RSVP
Apr 04 RBC Center Raleigh, North Carolina Sold out | RSVP
Apr 06 Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, North Carolina Get Tickets | RSVP
Apr 07 Colonial Life Arena Columbia, South Carolina Sold out | RSVP
Apr 09 Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, North Carolina Get Tickets | RSVP
Apr 10 Gwinnett Center Duluth, Georgia Sold out | RSVP
Apr 12 FedEx Forum Memphis, Tennessee Sold out | RSVP
Apr 27 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada Get Tickets | RSVP
Apr 28 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada Get Tickets | RSVP
Apr 30 Scotiabank Place Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Get Tickets | RSVP
May 02 Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec, Canada Get Tickets | RSVP
May 04 Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey Sold out | RSVP
May 05 Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey Sold out | RSVP
May 07 TD Garden Boston, Massachusetts Get Tickets | RSVP
May 10 Verizon Center Washington, District Of Columbia Sold out | RSVP
May 11 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sold out | RSVP
May 25 Scottrade Center St. Louis, Missouri Get Tickets | RSVP
May 26 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Michigan Get Tickets | RSVP
May 28 Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois Get Tickets | RSVP
May 30 Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 01 Joe Louis Arena Detroit, Michigan Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 02 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, Ohio Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 04 Schottenstein Center Columbus, Ohio Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 06 US Bank Arena Cincinnati, Ohio Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 07 KFC Yum Center Louisville, Kentucky Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 09 Bonnaroo Music & Arts
Festival
Manchester, TN Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 23 Knebworth Park Stevenage Herts, UK Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 24 Stadium of Light Sunderland, UK Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 26 Croke Park Dublin, Ireland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 28 Goffert Park Nijmegen, Holland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 30 Stade de France Paris, France Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 01 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 03 Stade de Suisse Berne, Switzerland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 07 Rock In Rio Madrid Madrid, Spain Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 20 Petrovsky Stadium St. Petersburg, Russia Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 22 Luzniky Stadium Moscow, Russia Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 25 Olympisky Stadium Kiev, Ukraine Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 27 Bemowo Airport Warsaw, Poland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 28 Kaunas Arena Kaunas, Lithuania Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 30 Tallinn Song Festival Grounds Tallinn, Estonia Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 01 Ratina Stadium Tampere, Finland Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 11 Staples Center Los Angeles, California Sold out | RSVP
Aug 12 Staples Center Los Angeles, California Sold out | RSVP
Aug 14 Oracle Arena Oakland, California Sold out | RSVP
Aug 15 Oracle Arena Oakland, California Sold out | RSVP
Aug 25 Rock im Pott Gelsenkirchen, Germany Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 27 Synot Tip Arena Prague, Czech Republic Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 29 Hippodrome Zagreb, Croatia Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 31 National Stadium Bucharest, Romania Get Tickets | RSVP
Sep 01 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium Sofia, Bulgaria Get Tickets | RSVP
Sep 04 O.A.K.A.–Olympic Stadium Athens, Greece Get Tickets | RSVP
Sep 10 Hayarkon Park Tel Aviv, Israel Get Tickets | RSVP
Sep 23 Valley View Casino Center San Diego, California Sold out | RSVP
Sep 25 Jobing.com Arena Glendale, Arizona Get Tickets | RSVP
Sep 27 Pepsi Center Denver, Colorado Sold out | RSVP
Sep 29 AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas Sold out | RSVP
Oct 02 American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas Sold out | RSVP
Oct 04 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, Louisiana Sold out | RSVP
Oct 20 Toyota Center Houston, Texas Sold out | RSVP
Oct 22 Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Get Tickets | RSVP
Oct 24 BOK Arena Tulsa, Oklahoma Get Tickets | RSVP
Oct 25 Verizon Arena Little Rock, Arkansas Get Tickets | RSVP

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DAVE GROHL CLARIFIES CONTROVERSIAL GRAMMY REMARKS, “FUCKING LOVES” SKRILLEX

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DAVE GROHL CLARIFIES CONTROVERSIAL GRAMMY REMARKS, “FUCKING LOVES” SKRILLEX

Posted on 17 February 2012 by admin

 

From Antiquiet.com

Dave Grohl has reached out to the hive mind in an attempt to clarify his remarks from Grammy night, when the frontman for the Best Rock Album winners (among others) took aim at people who make music on computers. As he’d done at live shows over the past year and beyond, at the Grammys Grohl threw a few backhanded comments about the authenticity of spirit that comes with making music with instruments, the old fashioned way – moments before playing a cross-genre mess of a live remix that included David Guetta, Deadmau5 and, yes, even Chris “I-beat-that-bitch-and-she-still-loves-me” Brown.

Somehow, the internets took none too kindly to that, and the backlash was large enough to warrant a clarifying response – with a taste of backpedaling. Check it out below:

Oh, what a night we had last Sunday at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The glitz! The Glamour! SEACREST! Where do I begin?? Chillin’ with Lil’ Wayne…meeting Cyndi Lauper’s adorable mother…the complimentary blinking Coldplay bracelet…..much too much to recap. It’s really is still a bit of a blur. But, if there’s one thing that I remember VERY clearly, it was accepting the Grammy for Best Rock Performance…and then saying this:

“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what’s important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do… It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head].”

Not the Gettysburg Address, but hey……I’m a drummer, remember?

Well, me and my big mouth. Never has a 33 second acceptance rant evoked such caps-lock postboard rage as my lil’ ode to analog recording has. OK….maybe Kanye has me on this one, but….Imma let you finish….just wanted to clarify something…

I love music. I love ALL kinds of music. From Kyuss to Kraftwerk, Pinetop Perkins to Prodigy, Dead Kennedys to Deadmau5…..I love music. Electronic or acoustic, it doesn’t matter to me. The simple act of creating music is a beautiful gift that ALL human beings are blessed with. And the diversity of one musician’s personality to the next is what makes music so exciting and…..human.

That’s exactly what I was referring to. The “human element”. That thing that happens when a song speeds up slightly, or a vocal goes a little sharp. That thing that makes people sound like PEOPLE. Somewhere along the line those things became “bad” things, and with the great advances in digital recording technology over the years they became easily “fixed”. The end result? I my humble opinion…..a lot of music that sounds perfect, but lacks personality. The one thing that makes music so exciting in the first place.

And, unfortunately,  some of these great advances have taken the focus off of the actual craft of performance. Look, I am not Yngwie Malmsteen. I am not John Bonham. Hell…I’m not even Josh Groban, for that matter. But I try really fucking hard so that I don’t have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song. I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that’s what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real.

I don’t know how to do what Skrillex does (though I fucking love it) but I do know that the reason he is so loved is because he sounds like Skrillex, and that’s badass. We have a different process and a different set of tools, but the “craft” is equally as important, I’m sure. I mean…..if it were that easy, anyone could do it, right? (See what I did there?)

So, don’t give me two Crown Royals and then ask me to make a speech at your wedding, because I might just bust into the advantages of recording to 2 inch tape.

Now, I think I have to go scream at some kids to get off my lawn.

Stay frosty.

Davemau5

Once he feels safe to venture outside without getting pelted with glowsticks and pacifiers, Dave will finish work on his Sound City documentary, with contributing names including Trent Reznor, Joshua Homme, Mick Fleetwood, Tom Petty, Lars Ulrich, Krist Novoselic, Alain Johannes, Chris Goss, Cheap Trick, Corey Taylor, Stephen Pearcy and many, many more.

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The Rock & Roll Timeline

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The Rock & Roll Timeline

Posted on 30 August 2011 by Bryan

From Cracked.com

 

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Rage Against the Machine + Muse @ Los Angeles Coliseum – Los Angeles, CA – 07/30/2011

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Rage Against the Machine + Muse @ Los Angeles Coliseum – Los Angeles, CA – 07/30/2011

Posted on 01 August 2011 by Bryan

 

Anticipation for L.A. Rising had been building for over a month before the show and personally I couldn’t wait.  I had never before seen Rage Against the Machine OR Muse perform live, so the opportunity to see both on the same night at such an epic venue was incredible!

 

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We arrived just before Muse took the stage and the sun was beginning to fall below the horizon.  There were a lot of people there, but the crowd wasn’t as pumped as I had expected them to be.  However, as soon as the sun was finally down things started to heat up.

 

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Sunset Strip Music Festival 2011

Posted on 01 August 2011 by admin

From SunsetStripMusicFestival.com

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

SSMF salutes 2011 honorees MOTLEY CRUE at an exclusive tribute event! A limited number of 3-Day VIP tickets are available, which include entrance to this private event.
Live music in the venues:
The Veronicas, The Tender Box, Run Run Run @ Viper Room
The Faceless @ Whisky A Go-Go
Uriah Heep @ Key Club

*Previous honorees have included Slash (2010), Ozzy Osbourne (2009) and Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri & Elmer Valentine (2008).

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

Six legendary venues, one full night of music

Motion City Soundtrack @ House of Blues
dredg @ Key Club
Buckcherry @ The Roxy Theatre
Purple Melon, Lady Sinatra @ Viper Room
Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger of The Doors @ Whisky A Go-Go

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

Street festival! Two outdoor stages on Sunset between San Vicente and Doheny, performances in the venues, vendors, VIP rooftop lounge, VIP areas in The Roxy and Key Club, beer garden, autograph tent and interactive experiences all day on The Strip.

This year’s street fest will feature performances by:

MOTLEY CRUE, BUSH, PUBLIC ENEMY, MATT & KIM, ESCAPE THE FATE, THE DIRTY HEADS, COBRA STARSHIP, SHE WANTS REVENGE, BLACK VEIL BRIDES, TRIBAL SEEDS, Voxhaul Broadcast, Felix Cartal, Pigeon John, Letlive, The Limousines, Imagine Dragons, Motochrist, Divinity Roxx + 50 bands.

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Outside Lands 2011

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Outside Lands 2011

Posted on 01 August 2011 by admin

 

Dates and Times

Friday, August 12
Gates Open – 11:00AM
Music Starts – 12:00PM
Music Ends – 10:00PM
Saturday, August 13
Gates Open – 11:00AM
Music Starts – 12:00PM
Music Ends – 10:00PM
Sunday, August 14
Gates Open – 11:00AM
Music Starts – 12:00PM
Music Ends – 9:45PM

 

From SFOutsidelands.com:

GETTING TO THE PARK

Get Inside Out

ON SALE NOW!

Need a convenient and affordable way to get to Outside Lands? Get on the bus!

Esurance, the official transportation partner of Outside Lands, makes it easy to get to and from the festival with the Esurance Shuttle.

The Esurance Shuttle guarantees round-trip transportation from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to the entrance of Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park. With a 3-day shuttle pass (made affordable by Esurance), you’ll quickly and easily get to the festival — with zero hassle.

Fans who take the shuttle will earn Insider status, which they can parlay at the Esurance Inside Outside lounge for cool gifts and giveaways. Get on. Get in. Get out.

Buy your shuttle pass separately or by “adding on” to your ticketing order during checkout.

3-Day Shuttle Pass – $29.50 ($4.90 per trip)

Shuttle hours: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m. each day
Limited coverage from 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

*Please note this shuttle pass does not include admission to the festival.

By Public Transportation (within San Francisco)

Muni provides multiple lines to Golden Gate Park from all over the city. A map of all Muni lines can be found at 511.org or you can click the image to the right to view the Muni lines adjacent to Golden Gate Park.

Due to increased ridership for this event as well as others around the City, concert patrons should allow extra travel time on the N Judah and all bus lines serving Golden Gate Park. Traffic in the area will also be heavy.

Extra service from Golden Gate Park will be added to the Muni 5 Fulton bus route and the N Judah line after the concert.

To help shorten delays, Muni customers may purchase their fare in advance. SFMTA staff will sell Muni fares from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days at the following locations: Caltrain Station at 4th & King streets and Civic Center Muni/BART Station

Concert patrons are encouraged to allow plenty of travel time. Gates will open 60 minutes before the first concert each day.

After the concert, extra service from Golden Gate Park will be added to bus route 5 and the N light rail line. The boarding locations for the 5 Fulton will be either Fulton Street at 30th Avenue or Fulton Street at 36th Avenue (to McAllister Street and 7th Street).  The boarding locations for the N Judah will be at Judah @ Sunset Boulevard.

The last extra service vehicles will depart these locations at 11 p.m. each night.

The SFMTA apologizes for any inconvenience to customers.

BART/Caltrain Information
If you are making connections to BART or Caltrain, be aware that the last trains of the day are scheduled as follows:

BART (Last Train from Civic Center Station)
Saturday, Sunday: 12:17am to Dublin/Pleasanton, 12:20am to Pittsburg/Bay Point, 12:44AM to Millbrae, 1:05am to SFO. Please board an inbound 5, 71, or N by 11:00pm for East Bay trains and by midnight for Peninsula trains.

Caltrain (Last Train from Depot at 4th at King Streets)
Saturday: 12:01am Please board an inbound N by 10:45pm and transfer to T for service to Caltrain.
Sunday: 9:00pm. Please board an inbound N by 7:45pm and transfer to T for service to Caltrain.

By Public Transportation (outside San Francisco)

Coming from the East Bay

• Option 1
1. Take BART to Powell Street Station (rates vary from location)
2. From Powell Street and Market Street, take Muni Bus #5 to 25th Avenue and Fulton Street ($2.00)
3. Enter the Park

• Option 2
1. Take the AC Transit Transbay Express or F Line across the Bay Bridge ($3.50)
2. At Transbay Terminal, take Muni Bus #5 to 25th Avenue and Fulton Street ($2.00)
3. Enter the Park

• Option 3
Take BART to Daly City Station (rates vary from location)
Board Muni Bus #28 (19th Avenue to Golden Gate Park)

• Option 4
Take BART to Balboa Park Station (rates vary from location)
Board Muni Bus #29 (Sunset to Golden Gate Park)

Coming from the North Bay

• Option 1
1. Take Golden Gate Transit Bus #70/80 to Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza
2. Board Muni Bus #28 ($2.00)
3. The #28 will take you into Golden Gate Park

• Option 2
1. Larkspur Ferry/Sausalito Ferry to SF Ferry Building ($7.85 Adult, $3.90 Senior/Disabled/Child 18 and under)
2. Walk along Market Street to Metro Embarcadero Station
3. Take Muni Line N to 19th Avenue and Judah Street ($2.00)
4. Walk north on 19th Avenue to Golden Gate Park

Coming from the South Bay

• Option 1
1. Take Caltrain to San Francisco Station (the end of the line)
2. Take Muni Line N to 19th Avenue and Judah Street ($2.00)
3. Walk north on 19th Avenue to Golden Gate Park

• Option 2
Take BART to Daly City Station (rates vary from location)
Board Muni Bus #28 (19th Avenue to Golden Gate Park)

• Option 3
Take BART to Balboa Park Station (rates vary from location)
Board Muni Bus #29 (Sunset to Golden Gate Park)

By Taxi

DeSoto Cab Company: (415) 970-1300
Luxor Cab Company: (415) 282-4141
Metro Cab Company: (415) 920-0700
Yellow Cab: (415) 333-3333
Veterans Cab Company: (415) 648-4119

By Bicycle

Download the best bicycle routes to the park. Enter the Park at the 30th Avenue and Fulton Street entrance. Make a left, and you’ll see Marks Meadow, where you can park your bike at the Outside Lands Bike Valet, presented by Esurance. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be providing complimentary Valet Bike Parking service at Golden Gate Park. Think of it like a coat check for bikes—you don’t need to worry about the safety of your bike while you’re out enjoying the music, just park your bike in the morning and then turn in your claim check when you’re heading home. Additional bike racks will be set up around the park for you if you bring your own lock.

By Foot

If you’re entering the Park from the South, you can enter at 25th Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. Go to your left and bear right onto Middle Drive. There, you’ll be able to access the south gate of the festival.

If you’re entering the Park from the North, you can enter at 30th Avenue and Fulton Street and enter straight into Lindley Meadow. You can also enter on 36th Avenue and Fulton Street and enter at the north gate by the Polo Field.

By Carpool

Outside Lands has partnered with 511 Rideshare to bring a great new option in getting to the show. Register at 511 Rideshare and click on “Special Events” to find someone in your area headed to Golden Gate Park. It’s easy to do, free of charge and great for the environment!

 

 

 

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