The Clean, May 30, 2012, The Echo, Los Angeles

Posted on May 31, 2012

A London Fireman called Bingo introduced me to the sonic delights of The Clean (and The Birthday Party, The Swans, and Crime & the City Solution) and I never looked back. Bingo was a madman, but had great taste in music, last I heard he was a fire eater at Killing Joke shows. ‘Tis true.

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The Dum Dum Girls, October 12, 2011, Turf Club

Posted on October 13, 2011

The Girls could obviously catch your ear (as well as your eye) with their three-chord DIY attack, proving that simplicity sounds best when distinguished by nuances and honesty.

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Gang of Four, February 21, 2011, Music Box Theatre, Los Angeles

Posted on March 4, 2011

The Music Box Theatre is another 1920s architectural gem which seem to abound in LA, thankfully.   I approached this show with a mixture of curiosity, excitement and, truth told, a sense of duty.   Duty bound to see these seminal, proto-punk practitioners of melodic angularity, white middle class funk and left leaning sentiments (among other things, […]

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Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Ever, December 20, 2010

Posted on December 21, 2010

“I can hear music, sweet, sweet music. Whenever you touch me, whenever you’re near.”

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Of Montreal, September 23, 2010, First Avenue

Posted on September 24, 2010

So what’s it all about, Alfie? Strobe lights, feathers, giant puppets…Janelle Monae, Prince, a sell-out crowd….Ninjas, angels, body suits…Maybe it’s best not to ask.

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Dave King Trucking Company, June 12, 2010, Live at the Artists’ Quarter

Posted on June 13, 2010

The band consists of bassist Adam Linz of Fat Kid Wednesdays, Eric Fratzke of Happy Apple on guitar, Brandon Wozniak of the Atlantis Quartet on saxophone, and of course, King, of Golden Valley is Now, Happy Apple, Bad Plus, Love Cars, Halloween Alaska, Gang Font and many, many more projects, as the drummer and a little strumming of the piano strings.

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Paul Weller, May 26, 2010, Royal Albert Hall, London

Posted on June 1, 2010

Any musical performance is enhanced and made magical at Royal Albert Hall. To see a legend like Paul Weller perform on its stage, just amazing. Legend? You may wonder from your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ, with the requisite ipod spitting out tinny tunes from the latest 18 syllable named band to emerge with a passable mp3 on Pitchfork…Rest assured, in the UK, he is exactly that.

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Robert Gordon & The Men They Couldn’t Hang, January 16, 2010, Lee’s Liquor Lounge

Posted on February 11, 2010

At Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, January 16, 2010

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