Keeping Time: An Opening for “Rhythm” at Irvine’s Great Park Gallery

Matt Maust, Dum Vacation, 2016, detail images The worlds of rock music and fine art have long traded personnel back and forth, from John Lennon dropping out of art school to make music as one of the Beatles to Captain Beefheart dropping out of music to make paintings as Don Van Vliet. Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, whose solo show at the Akron Museum of Art just ended, is a more recent... Read More

Love from the Hate Crew: Children of Bodom at the Observatory

I know a concert was good when every time I try to sit down and write my review of it, I get distracted by composing music myself instead. This was most gloriously true of the Children of Bodom concert at the Observatory in Santa Ana on March 2, supported by Tyr and Death Angel. Even though I love the word, I reserve it only for special occasions like this one- fuck… Children... Read More

Curious Explorers in the World of Jeremy Hush

When I was little I used to spend hours in my family’s garden, studying the intricacies of the landscape. Deeply influenced by my love of Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge illustrations, I was looking for mice homes amongst the trees and bushes. What I discovered under rocks and in what seemed like quiet little corners of our yard, was a surprising amount of activity amongst... Read More

Two Pint Wonder: The Delightful Owen Dara

It’s rare that LA can offer me something that makes me feel right at home in Ireland again… Owen Dara’s delightful comedy show “Two Pint Wonder,” showing every Sunday in April at the Renegade Theatre in Hollywood, does just that. Dara crafted an extremely charming and, simply put, very funny show about the in and outs of growing up Irish and coming to... Read More

The Ascetic Mysticism of Deleyaman

It’s rare that a band can invoke a real feeling of mysticism in me upon hearing their music. Perhaps this is because I play music and my brain can go directly to understanding song structure and chords; that is, unless the song is coming from another place entirely. There are some bands and composers who are tapping into something on a deeper, more spiritual level that can... Read More

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds “Push the Sky Away” at the Fonda In Hollywood Feb 21

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds celebrated the release of their 15th studio album “Push the Sky Away” with a special show at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Feb 21. This show marks a different sort of album release than they’ve ever done before. Instead of the usual more extensive tours that the band has done in the past, they’ve elected to do exclusive small-venue... Read More

Thankful for Toots and the Maytals

The night before Thanksgiving, November 21st, the legendary reggae band Toots and the Maytals played a joyous show at the Coach House. On tour from their home in Jamaica, Toots and the Maytals played some of their most classic songs “Pressure Drop,” “54-46 Was My Number,” and “Monkey Man” to a grateful and enthusiastic crowd. Called a living legend... Read More

Siempre es Hoy: Celebrating the Vibrant Mexican Music Scene

A compelling and vibrant art show is currently on display at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana. The show, entitled “Siempre es Hoy,” runs until November 24, with a special closing reception from 6-11 pm. You must RSVP for the closing festivities (by emailing solartradio@gmail.com), and I highly recommend it based on how fun, lively and interesting... Read More

The Luminous Tristan Prettyman

Last week, I had the privilege of seeing singer and songwriter Tristan Prettyman in concert at Fingerprints Records in Long Beach. Prettyman was celebrating the release of her third studio album “Cedar + Gold” and just about to commence a tour in support of the new music. Dedicated to “anyone who has ever surrendered,” the new album “Cedar + Gold” ... Read More

Playing Music Until the World Ends: An Interview with Between the Buried and Me

I recently met up with the progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me during the tail end of their Summer Slaughter Tour. The tour, headlined by Cannibal Corpse, stopped through the Grove in Anaheim on August 25th. Upon arriving at the Grove, I was struck by a unique culture clash occurring that day between the neighboring venues of the Angels Stadium and the Grove. Crowds... Read More