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Originally posted on jambase

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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Kkbbqshow

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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Originally posted on jambase

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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Detour Festival 2008

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Words by: Greg Caruso | Images by: Dominic Russo/5th Year LLC

Detour Festival 2008 :: 10.04.08 :: Downtown Los Angeles, CA

K. Gundred – Grand Ole Party :: Detour ’08

A rainy forecast was no deterrent to thousands of Angelenos as they descended upon the streets of downtown for the third annual Detour Festival. Sponsored by the L.A. Weekly, this year’s event brought together many acts from not only the local and surrounding cities, but all over the world. Stages were erected at four points surrounding City Hall, with miscellaneous vendors splashed all over 1st, Main, Spring and Temple Streets.

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Originally posted on the scenestar

Raconteurs

ARTICLE BY GREG CARUSO
PHOTO BY AUTUMN DE WILDE

SEPT. 23 | LOS ANGELES

Screw you, White! That goes for you too, Benson! And you, Keeler … Lawrence … Watrous. Damn all of you for rocking so fucking hard. You just had to bring back rock ‘n’ roll, didn’t you? DIDN’T YOU?

That was what was going on in my head tonight at the Greek, but what was going on in the heads of The Raconteurs is beyond me. Despite playing only an hour and 20 minutes, The Raconteurs came out hard and swinging, blasting through their repertoire bit by luscious bit. Starting off with the title track of Consolers of the Lonely, they relentlessly smashed through both of their albums—Consolers and Broken Boy Soldiers—often extending songs within their mid-section and tail ends. This most certainly was not a Jack White show either, if that’s what you’re thinking. Each member lends a hand in this band.

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Street Scene 2008

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By: Greg Caruso & Jon Claffey

Street Scene :: 09.19.08 & 09.20.08 :: East Village & Petco Park :: San Diego, CA

Street Scene 2008 :: Street Scene®

As usual in Southern California at this time of year, the weather could not be more perfect as we stood in line to get into Street Scene 2008. Being herded into the sectioned off quarter of the Gaslamp district in San Diego, the crowd around us was simply abuzz with delightful anticipation of a stellar lineup, which included bands and acts from all genres. This was the first year back to a “street” for the scene since 2003. Since then, it’d been shuffled to the parking lots of Petco Park and Qualcomm Stadium, respectively. Last year, the fest moved 20 miles away from the streets to Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA. There, it had poor attendance numbers not only due to the move, but a less than stellar lineup. Thankfully, one year short of Street Scene’s 25th Anniversary, the crowd once again gathered in the streets of San Diego with anticipation of rejuvenation.

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