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Cool Shows in LA 4/1 – 4/7

Tuesday 4/1
Neil Young at the Dolby Theatre ($83-$413)
Cut Copy at the Hollywood Palladium ($48)

Wednesday 4/2
Neil Young at the Dolby Theatre ($83-$413)
Incan Abraham at the Bootleg ($10)

Thursday 4/3
Albert Hammond Jr. and Brendan Benson at Petty Fest at El Rey (Sold Out)
Rasputina at the Roxy ($15)

Friday 4/4
LA Witch, Cherry Glazerr, and Joel Jerome at the Church on York ($5)
-Mikal Cronin and Tijuana Panthers at the Natural History Museum ($18)
The Janks at the Satellite ($10)
The War on Drugs at the Troubadour (Sold Out)

Saturday 4/5
Mr. Little Jeans at the Bootleg ($12)
Fitz & the Tantrums and Nightmare & the Cat at the Hollywood Palladium (Sold Out)
Trentemoller at the Fonda Theatre ($28)
The War on Drugs at the Troubadour (Sold Out)
Rhye at the Walt Disney Concert Hall ($39-$48)
Omniflux at the Smell ($5)

Sunday 4/6
Le Butcherettes at the Roxy ($16-$18)
The Magic Band and Jeffertitti’s Nile at the Troubadour ($22-$25)

Monday 4/7
Lawrence Rothman  and Kauf at the Bootleg (Free!)

Posted in Reviews

10 Year Anniversary of Peace Love Death Metal

I have revisited this album hundreds of times and still love it as much as I did when I first heard it.  It is absolute genius. The sound, the lyrics, the humor, the naïveté. It’s perfection.

Jesse Hughes, frontman of Eagles of Death Metal, formed this project after going through a life-changing divorce.  Because of this, he felt very unsexy and reconsidered the future course of his life. He takes a complete detour, with the result being Peace Love Death Metal. Of course, Jesse Hughes does not do this journey alone.  Along by his side is Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, steering him into promising territory.

This journey takes you as a listener through a series of emotions. The first few songs, “I Only Want You” and “Speaking in Tongues,” bring you immediate pleasure and satisfaction. You’ve been drawn in under false pretenses. Soon enough, the heart of the album is exposed, empty and lonely in “Midnight Creeper.”

I can listen to this album and notice something new with each listen.   And as I age, I appreciate different aspects of the album with a new lens. I still listen to this as a 26-year-old; I was 16 when this album was released. I’ve been listening to this for 10 fucking years!  But this album has left me with a lasting impression I can’t shake, even if I tried.

As I listen to this album, I separate the artist and the work.  I have met Jesse before and unfortunately, I do not really care for him as a person. In addition, subsequent EODM albums cannot compare to the magnificence of this first gem. But thankfully, the present does not impact this album. It is a time capsule, encapsulating a specific feeling at a specific time.   I can’t deny the fact that this is a piece of art.

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Cool Shows in LA 3/25 – 3/31

Tuesday 3/25
-Meiko and Jesse Thomas at the Hotel Cafe ($15)
-Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at the Wiltern ($40)
-London Grammar at El Rey (Sold Out)
-Michael Vidal at Lot 1 Cafe (Free!)
-The National at the Shrine ($56)

Wednesday 3/26
-Low End Theory with Sister Crayon at the Airliner ($10)
-Magic Mirror and Daydream Machine at Los Globos ($5-$10)

Thursday 3/27
-The Belle Brigade at Amoeba (Free!)
-Linda Perhacs at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery ($28)
-Magic Wands at Los Globos ($10-$12)

Friday 3/28
-Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks at El Rey ($25)
-Daniel Rossen at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Sold Out)
-Moving Units at the Roxy ($14-$16)

Saturday 3/29
-Daniel Rossen at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Sold Out)
-Neil Young at the Dolby Theatre ($82-$163)
-Batwings Catwings at Pehrspace ($5)
-Rocket from the Crypt at the Echoplex (Sold Out)

Sunday 3/30
Neil Young at the Dolby Theatre ($82-$163)

Monday 3/31
-Moses Sumney at the Bootleg (Free!)
-Tall Tales and the Silver Lining at Harvard and Stone (Free!)

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Cool Shows in LA 3/18 – 3/24

Tuesday 3/18
Band of Skulls and Deap Vally at the Belasco ($32.50)
– Kraftwerk at the Walt Disney Concert Hall ($58-$86)
Pattern is Movement at the Echo ($12-$14)

Wednesday 3/19
Tourist at the Roxy (Sold Out)
– Kraftwerk at the Walt Disney Concert Hall ($58-$86)
-Perfect Pussy at the Bootleg ($10-$12)

Thursday 3/20
NOBUNNY, Hunx & His Punx, Shannon & the Clams, and Cherry Glazerr at the Echoplex ($12-$14)
– Kraftwerk at the Walt Disney Concert Hall ($58-$86)
Lost in the Trees at the Echo ($12-$14)
– St. Vincent at the Grammy Museum (Sold Out)
-The Lonely Wild at the Roxy ($15)
Kauf at Los Globos ($8-$10)

Friday 3/21
The Black Lips and The Coathangers at El Rey ($22)
– Kraftwerk at the Walt Disney Concert Hall ($58-$86)
Weekend and Surf Club at the Echo ($10-$12)
-Ana Tijoux at the Echoplex ($14-$16)
St. Vincent at the Wiltern ($34)
Lydia Loveless at the Satellite ($10)

Saturday 3/22
Burgerama with DEATH, Cherry Glazerr, The Coathangers, & The Lovely Bad Things at The Observatory ($35-$100)
The Sounds at Club Nokia ($30-$35)
-The Orwells at the Troubadour (Sold Out)

Sunday 3/23
Burgerama w/ FIDLAR and the Allah-Las at the Observatory ($35-$100)
The Crookes at the Echo ($8-$10)

Monday 3/24
Moses Sumney at the Bootleg (Free!)

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Cool Shows in LA 3/11 – 3/17

Tuesday 3/11
– Real Estate at the Fonda Theatre ($25)
-Russian Red at the Satellite ($10)

Wednesday 3/12
– Deafheaven at the Glasshouse ($20)
– Agnes Obel at the Roxy ($20)

Thursday 3/13
– LA Witch at Harvard and Stone (Free!)
– Sister Rogers at the Standard LA (Free with RSVP)

Friday 3/14
– Dunes and No Age at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock ($12.50)

Saturday 3/15
– Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at the Roxy (Sold Out)
– Laurie Anderson with Kronos Quartet ($24-$68)
– Aftergloam at Trip (Free!)

Sunday 3/16
– Chicano Batman at the Continental Room (Free!)

Monday 3/17
– Moses Sumney, White Sea, and Deradoorian at the Bootleg (Free!)

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Cool Shows in LA 3/4 – 3/10

Tuesday 3/4

Glasvegas at The Echo (Sold Out)

Wednesday 3/5

-Nicole Atkins at the Bootleg ($15)

-Telepathe at the Satellite (Free!)

Thursday 3/6

Wild Beasts at the Troubadour (Sold out)

-Gary Numan at the Mayan  ($35)

Friday 3/7

JD Samson and Men at the Bootleg ($10)

The Cold and Lovely at El Cid ($5)

Cherry Glazerr at the Church on York ($6)

Saturday 3/8

Gardens and Villa at El Rey ($17)

Entrance Band and La Luz at the Roxy ($13)

-Mirah at the Satellite ($12-$14)

-NO at the Troubadour ($12-$14)

Sunday 3/9

– Michael Vidal at the Smell ($5)

– The Parsons Red Heads at the Satellite ($8)

Monday 3/10

The Kooks at the Troubadour (both shows sold out)