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Holy Fuck! That’s not only a sentiment of astonishment, but also the name of the band that makes me utter those two words about their show at The Troubadour. These Canadian experimentalists have been flying under the radar for years now, and it seems like they’re really beginning to pick up steam with not only two stellar albums under their belt but also a jaw-dropping, genre busting live show.

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Puscifer from millaj.com

After gestating within the arcane mind of Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan for more than ten years, the cabaret project Puscifer landed at Club Nokia for two shows. Combining performance art, music, multimedia and comedy, the act is something more far reaching than any live “rock” show in decades.

Club Nokia, which is by far the most well funded venue in L.A., was a remarkable space for this show. With superior sound coming at you from all angles, pulsating lights around all its bars and corridors and comfortable seating with not a bad view in the house, it truly pushes forward the concert going experience with a ton of momentum and fervor. The only downsides to the venue are ones that seem to always plague regular concertgoers, namely high drink prices and overzealous security.

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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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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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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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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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