She Past Away/Twin Tribes/Aurat at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA July 28, 2019

She Past Away/Twin Tribes/Aurat at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA July 28, 2019

  The dimly lit, densely fogged fervor at the packed-to-the-gills Echoplex in Echo Park, was the perfect environment for the stark and gloomy beats of Turkish goth rockers She Past Away. This particular show was the last date of a tour which marked their US appearance. The energy was running high and the line for the merch table was halfway across the room well into the night; openers Twin Tribes were another highly anticipated act….

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Drab Majesty/HIDE/Body Of Light (Drab Majesty Record Release Party) @ The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, July 26, 2019 – show review

Drab Majesty/HIDE/Body Of Light (Drab Majesty Record Release Party) @ The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, July 26, 2019 – show review

  Goths, shoegazer indie kids, and punk turned out in equal numbers for Drab Majesty’s hometown record release party at the Fonda Theatre in LA last week. The dark and dreamy androgyne duo took the stage to pink and blue fog, building momentum with “A Dialogue,” the opening track to their new album Modern Mirror. Deb DeMure strummed out arpeggiated chords with urgency and delicacy reminiscent of our favorite 80s 4AD artists, where they wove…

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Grendel @ Catch One, Los Angeles, July 19, 2019 – show review

Grendel @ Catch One, Los Angeles, July 19, 2019 – show review

  Self-described “Pagan-Synth” Oklahoma duo Esoterik kicked off the night with a captivating sound which combines ethereal vocals with synthpop beats. Their hypnotic new single “Spirits Light The Way” featured vocalist Allison Eckfeldt swirling onstage and a hooded Brady Bledsoe providing dark, atmospheric synths. The 80s influence continued with Glass Apple Bonzai, the solo project of Toronto-based Daniel Belasco, who brought us uplifting anthems wrapped in signature analog synthpop warmth, with an appearance by Striplicker…

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Living Colour “Vivid 30th celebration” UK tour: Northampton show review

Living Colour “Vivid 30th celebration” UK tour: Northampton show review

  On 20 July 2019, Living Colour visited Northampton during their UK tour in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Vivid. It was our first opportunity to see this legendary rock band… although Living Colour can’t be labelled so easily. Their music is a very interesting and inspiring mix of hard rock, metal, funk, even hip hop and jazz; their musical expression is so rich and their songwriting utterly clever and thoughtful. They have been…

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The Cult / Prayers / Zola Jesus / VOWWS at Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA June 15, 2019

The Cult / Prayers / Zola Jesus / VOWWS at Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA June 15, 2019

  “There’s nothing like live rock n’ roll,” mused Ian Astbury to a rapt audience under the full moon at Greek Theatre last weekend; wise words indeed from a leading expert. The charismatic frontman of 80s goth rockers The Cult was in top form for a perfect night of smash hit after deep cut, kicking things off with “Sun King” and “New York City” off their 1989 release Sonic Temple. Astbury strutted around the stage…

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Men At Work + Lene Lovich Band @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 21 June 2019 – show review

Men At Work + Lene Lovich Band @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 21 June 2019 – show review

  On Friday, 21st June, we went to O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire to see the long overdue live show by Aussie legends Men At Work, supported by the apparently immortal Lene Lovich and her Lene Lovich Band. As usual, the audience demographic was more suited for some more formal occasion, but these kinds of shows have a tendency to bring out fountains of youth and euphoria in an otherwise more serene crowd. At 8 sharp,…

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My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult / Curse Mackey June 13, 2019 at 1720 in Los Angeles, CA – show review

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult / Curse Mackey  June 13, 2019 at 1720 in Los Angeles, CA – show review

  Everybody’s favorite Kult has done it again with their latest release, In The House Of Strange Affairs, an appropriately sleazy and campy chapter in the noir-meets-psychedelic-industrial-disco chronicles of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. They were joined on this tour with the multi-talented Curse Mackey, who has just released his first solo album, Instant Exorcism. A Pigface veteran who stormed the industrial scene in the 90s with his dark and gritty band Evil…

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VOWWS @ The Dev Camden, London, 30 May – show review

VOWWS @ The Dev Camden, London, 30 May – show review

  On 30 May, The Dev Camden hosted one of the most exciting new acts we could’ve possibly wished to see in London. VOWWS embarked on their first European tour in May, starting said tour in Belgium on 15 May and ending with their performance at WGT Festival in Leipzig on 9 June. This fairly young band from LA caught my attention a few years ago, after hearing their single “Losing Myself In You” which…

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Howard Jones “Transform 35 Anniversary Tour”: The London Palladium show review

Howard Jones “Transform 35 Anniversary Tour”: The London Palladium show review

  We started our long weekend at The London Palladium, where Howard Jones stopped on his Transform 35th Anniversary World Tour, supported by China Crisis. This tour covers Howard’s latest album Transform, released on May 10th, as well as a retrospective of his 35-year career so far. The audience for this type of event is usually on the older side; although this one was no exception, there were also some younglings accompanying their parents. We…

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Vans Presents Industrial Accident: The Story Of Wax Trax Records With Exclusive Set By Ministry/Cold Cave @ Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, 23 April – review

Vans Presents Industrial Accident: The Story Of Wax Trax Records With Exclusive Set By Ministry/Cold Cave @ Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, 23 April – review

  Whether you dug through the crates or slam-danced in the pit at a RevCo show, chances are if you lived in Chicago in the 80s and early 90s, you set foot in the legendary Wax Trax! store. Founded first as a record store in 1975 and then established as a label in 1980 by the industrial scene’s favorite power couple Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher, the Wax Trax store and label created a seismic…

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