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Local Los Angeles “rock” station KROQ held a show last week entitled “Locals Only,” which included, obviously, local acts. On the bill for the evening were The Jakes, Lemon Sun, and Great Northern. The all ages event drew quite an impressive crowd that spanned not only those that crawl the Sunset Strip, but actual music fans that were there to see up and coming bands make good live.

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By: Greg Caruso

Plants and Animals :: 03.12.09 :: Echo :: Los Angeles, CA

Plants and Animals by Pete Nema

Listening to Parc Avenue by Montreal based Plants and Animals, you would think the rich cornucopia of sounds being produced would require, at bare minimum, a sextet. You could only imagine my shock at seeing a trio bound onto the stage at Echo. That’s what happens when you choose to see an up and coming band blindly with only the music as your navigational tool. So from the start, pleasant surprises were afoot.

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The Morning Benders, who hail from Berkeley, Ca, closed out their first tour of 2009 at The Troubadour on Saturday night. Opening up for The Submarines, the band was in high spirits, and ready to give the sold-out crowd a lasting dose of their boyish pop bravado. Conjuring up wisps of The Beatles, the poppier aspects of The Velvet Underground, and a little touch of Talking Heads, the guys had no problem keeping the crowd’s attention during their opening slot.

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By: Greg Caruso

Dave Rawlings Machine :: 12.12.08 & 12.19.08 :: The Little Room :: Los Angeles, CA

Rawlings & Welch by Paxtonx

Largo has long played host to the most creative, innovative artists, not only residing in Los Angeles but to those visiting and/or passing through. There was no exception as partners in bluegrass crime David Rawlings and Gillian Welch performed The Little Room (!) at Largo. It certainly isn’t often that such a pair graces the stages of Southern California, let alone one so small. The duo played for three Fridays this winter, which not only sold out, but drew in guests such as iconic multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Jon Brion, bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Neil Finn) and Whispertown 2000 vocalist Morgan Nagler

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Words by: Greg Caruso | Images by: Paul Huynh

Slightly Stoopid :: 12.06.08 :: Hollywood Palladium :: Los Angeles, CA

Slightly Stoopid :: 12.06 :: L.A.

Though the event was sold out, the Hollywood Palladium show certainly didn’t feel that way upon walking in. Granted, the massive crowd exiting after Bad Brains‘ set may have been why, but brings up the question of who was the more important act to see, the original lineup of a groundbreaking ’80s punk group or the reggae-punk sounds of a faded stoner act? By the end of the evening the answer wasn’t that clear.

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ARTICLE BY GREG CARUSO
PHOTO BY KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW MYSPACE

NOV. 10 | ECHO PARK—Sooner or later, the secret will be out that King Khan is a purveyor of one of the most diverse and high energy shows you will ever see. Whether it be with his merry band of German funksters, The Shrines, or in duo form, like tonight, the man does not disappoint. Once again, the wily Khan graced the Echo—his second appearance this year—to a sold-out crowd. With Mark Sultan, a.k.a. BBQ Show, the duo played a short, but dynamic set, featuring tracks off of their self-titled album, King Khan and the BBQ Show.

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By: Greg Caruso

Hard Haunted Mansion :: 10.31.08 :: Shrine Expo Center :: Los Angeles, CA

Hard Haunted Mansion :: 10.31 :: Los Angeles

Snaking down Jefferson Boulevard, just off the 10 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, you could see from a distance that the Shrine Expo Center was THE place to be on Halloween, with hoards of costumed rapscallions making their way into the event, eager to dance the night away to their favorite artists and DJs performing on stages erected both inside and out. Billed as the Hard Haunted Mansion, the evening featured reigning princes of electronica, Justice, their Ed Banger cohorts Busy P and Sebastian, as well as Soulwax, who made two appearances (the second under their 2 Many DJs moniker). Other notable DJs on the decks were Simian Mobile Disco, Boyz Noize, Crookers, Crystal Castles and Deadmau5. The fest also brought out DJ Am, who was back in action only one month after being injured in a plane crash – with a little trick up his sleeve no less.

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