Death Cab For Cutie 04/02/15: iHeartRadio Theatre – Burbank, CA

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      During one of the obnoxious yet mandatory interviews interrupting the first half hour of Death Cab For Cutie’s hour long performance at the iHeartRadioMusic Theatre, Benjamin Gibbard declared that Los Angeles was neither a villain or a hero on their just released album Kintsugi. As a transplant of this harsh city who has survived upon the sun dried slab of cement for nearly 15 years; those words could not more perfectly sum up the experience of someone who somehow lucked into watching ... Read More

The Dandy Warhols 04/25/14: Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA

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For years I have been trying to see The Dandy Warhols live. I have a few albums, some I like, and some make me wonder what the fuck I am listening to. Yet I just knew I had to catch the band live. That finally happened on the last Friday in April during the year of our Lord 2014. Nic Adler and The Roxy decided it was time the Sunset Strip was no longer a shadow of its former self and are ... Read More

Biffy Clyro 02/14/14: El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

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While I recognized the name Biffy Clyro, I only started to pay attention to the band after they became the latest temper tantrum target for the once great artist known as Trent Reznor. In a tweet sent right before the massive Reading Festival across the pond in the United Kingdom, the Academy Award winner was upset that some “whoever the fuck they are” band was not only following Nine Inch Nails, they also “fucked him” on production. Not knowing a damn thing ... Read More

Failure 02/13/14: El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

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It has been exactly 47 hours since I stood five feet away from Failure as they played live music and the truth of the matter is that I still don’t believe it happened. The group has been number one on my list of bands I want to see reunite since I rescued Fantastic Planet from a discount bin at well-known Bay Area record store. That lone purchase I made on that afternoon in October 1998 would end up becoming my favorite album ... Read More

Joseph Arthur 01/23/14: McCabe’s Guitar Shop – Santa Monica California

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With a smorgasbord of musicians spread across Southern California for the annual NAMM convention, Joseph Arthur once again found himself west of the 405 freeway for a night of hilarious comedy. Did I say comedy? I meant music. To be fair the intimate late night set at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica was a 50/50 split of both, much to the delight of those who politely turned off their phones  and turned their focus onto the man who had recently returned ... Read More

The Postal Service Celebrate 10 Years Of ‘Give Up’ In Los Angeles

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At the ripe age of 34, I have seen the music industry reinvent itself on more than one occasion. While I was fortunate enough to begin my musical identity right as Nirvana was taking off, it is my honest opinion that there are only a few perfect records created. One of these perfect albums just so happened to be released as I entered my second decade of musical snobbery. That album is called Give Up and as it now enters its second ... Read More

John C Reilly & Friends 01/11/13: Sanctuary – Santa Monica, CA.

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How’s this for a confession? This reverend does not get the chance to make it out to shows very often since becoming a father. Yet when I got wind that John C Reilly & Friends were playing a church in my adopted home town of Santa Monica, I pulled off a miracle and got myself down to the ‘Sanctuary’ inside the Methodist Church on Hill Street for a night of folk music. The night kicked off with songs from Simone White. Armed with ... Read More

Reverend Justito’s Top 10 Concerts Of 2012

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In 2012 I exchanged maxing out my credit card with Ticketmaster and instead maxed it out on diapers. In June I became a first time father which meant my sleepless nights were spent with an infant in my arms instead of next to the PA. Despite the life change I still managed to see some great gigs. 10) Baroness/Meshuggah 05/05/12   Nothing say Cinco De Mayo on the Sunset Strip like the double shot of Baroness and Meshuggah. The House of Blues was sold out ... Read More

Soundgarden 11/26/12: Jimmy Kimmel Live Concert Stage – Hollywood, CA

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Soundgarden 11/26/12: Jimmy Kimmel Live Concert Stage - Hollywood, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito I am pretty sure it was 8th grade when I discovered Soundgarden and early 9th grade when I picked up Badmotorfinger. Sure Superunknown was solid but nothing ever hit me as hard as the songs on the 1992 classic. Sadly I never had a chance to see Soundgarden the first time around. I was either too young to see shows or unable to get to a far off destination like Oakland to ... Read More

Watch Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Sing The National Anthem Before Game 2 Of The NLCS

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Watch Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Sing The National Anthem Before Game 2 Of The NLCS As a native son of the Bay Area, you know watching Bob and Phil sing the National Anthem before a Giants playoff game is something very special. So you know we have to share this here and cross our fingers Bud Selig does not kick this off of YouTube. We of course also have to point out that Joe Buck’s annoying voice ruins this clip at the ... Read More

Meat Puppets 10/06/12: Track 16 – Santa Monica, CA

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Meat Puppets 10/06/12 Track 16 - Santa Monica, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito It was a little over three years ago when I moved from West Hollywood to Santa Monica. Sure the temperature in this part of town is a bit lower but so are the number of quality live performances. So you can imagine my delight when our resident Meat Puppets groupie Jay Porks kicked down the knowledge that his favorite band was coming to town. I had never heard of Track 16 before this ... Read More

Coheed and Cambria 10/04/12: Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

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Coheed and Cambria w/ Aeges 10/04/12 Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justitio I would be lying if I said I didn’t throw a mini temper tantrum when I was shut out of the Coheed and Cambria Troubadour on-sale because TicketFly assumed I was a scalper. It was after all only one of my all-time favorite bands playing in the best club in Southern California. Yet as it turns out the universe was on my side. I decided to check out the Troubadour ... Read More

Local H 09/24/12: Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

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Local H w/ Ambassadors 09/24/12 Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito Back in early August I received an e-mail with a download link for the latest Local H record Hallelujah! I’m A Bum. Over the next few weeks the latest concept record from the pride of Illinois has been blasted into my head over and over and over again. In my cubical, sitting in traffic on the 101 and working out in the yard the 17 songs found on the double album ... Read More

Silversun Pickups 09/13/12: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium – Santa Monica, CA

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Silversun Pickups w/ Atlas Genius & School of Seven Bells 09/13/12 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium - Santa Monica, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito Friends you don’t need me to tell you that we are smack dab in the middle of a baby boom. Perhaps it is because my wife and I just welcomed our first little bundle of joy into the world, but everywhere I look I see pregnant women. The final show I saw before my self-imposed let’s be a Dad instead of a ... Read More

Watch Phish Live From Farm Aid 1998

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Watch Phish Live From Farm Aid 1998 I remember October 3rd, 1998 like it was yesterday. The night before my car was broken into and my entire collection of Phish studio albums (as well as some Ween, Deftones and Sepultura) were stolen. Now say what you will about Phish studio albums, but my car only had a CD player and I could not listen to live shows via Maxell XLII audio cassettes. Bummed as fuck that entire day I remember watching all of ... Read More

Phish 08/15/12: Long Beach Arena – Long Beach, CA

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Phish 08/15/12 Long Beach Arena - Long Beach, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito The thing about Phish is that they always get the last laugh. I won’t lie, despite the fact that the band’s appearance at the Long Beach Arena is the only concert I will see this summer I wasn’t pumped. None of my hardcore Phish friends were able to join me to celebrate my 25th experience with Mike, Trey, Jon and Page, the venue stinks worse than the city of Long Beach does ... Read More

Saltines & Peanut Butter: Life On The Road With Ume

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Saltines & Peanut Butter: Life On The Road With Ume When not taking phone calls from Perry Ferrell, Ume has spent the past few weeks tearing up the road with the Toadies and Helmet in support of their 2011 release Phantoms. Hailing from Austin Texas, this power trio has found a way to mix thrash metal riffs with 90’s shoegaze sensibilities. We recently caught up with lead guitarist/front woman Lauren Larson to talk about life on the road for the up and coming ... Read More

Watch Arctic Monkeys Play Live At The 2012 Summer Olympics

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Watch Arctic Monkeys Play Live At The 2012 Summer Olympics  So in a couple of hours I am going to go home and watch the Arctic Monkeys rock the Olympics. This is because NBC still thinks it is 1992 and tape delay is cool. It’s not. So fuck NBC enjoy Arctic Monkey’s rocking I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor and a cover of The Beatles Come Together live from the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Update: We ... Read More

Nas Stops By The Colbert Report

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Nas Stops By The Colbert Report With all due respect to Nas (who rocked David Letterman's late night TV bonanza earlier this week) instead of writing a few lines about his stop by The Colbert Report, I am just going to say fuck you Viacom. Even if I legally wanted to view this program tonight (as I often do) your bullshit battle in the name of greed against DirecTV prevents me from doing so. So fuck you for the first time in the ... Read More

The Offspring Pay Jimmy Kimmel A Visit

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The Offspring Pay Jimmy Kimmel A Visit This is an experiment. I want to see if anyone actually cares about The Offspring in 2012. I assume they have a few loyal fans from way back when, but who are we kidding this band has not had a decent song since Clinton was president (and even those songs have not withheld the test of time). So yeah here is Off Key Dexter, Noodles and some other twats stinking up the Jimmy Kimmel Live outdoor ... Read More

The Top Five Covers Phish Needs To Bust Out This Summer

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The Top Five Covers Phish Needs To Bust Out This Summer In a few hours, Phish will return to the stage for the first time since the early hours of January 1st 2012. Keyboardist Page McConnell has already shared with Rolling Stone that the band has approximately 200 songs that they could bust out at any time. Never being one to shy away from a cover jam, we have come up with five songs that the boys from Vermont absolutely need to bust ... Read More

Jack White 05/31/12: Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

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Jack White 05/31/12 Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito There I was last night standing in the beer section of the Whole Foods where they shot that viral hit about it getting real in the parking lot when my phone honked with a new text message. The message simply said “Wanna go see Jack White in like an hour?” Should Whole Foods rename their store Whole Paycheck -  Fuck yeah I want to see Jack White in an hour. I quickly finished ... Read More

Toadies 05/19/12: The Roxy – West Hollywood, CA

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Toadies w/ USELESS KEYS and Blank Faces 05/19/12 The Roxy - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito With thoughts of Tyler in a Paper Dress dancing in my mind, I knew it was going to be a good night when I entered the Roxy as Club Foot by Kasabian played over the sound system. I hit the bar and filled my cargo short pockets with cans of Does Equis before grabbing myself a spot right up against the stage. As soon as I cracked ... Read More

Meshuggah 05/05/12: House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

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Meshuggah w/ Decapitated and Baroness 05/05/12 House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito It was not just any Saturday night on the Sunset Strip, it was Cinco de Mayo. America’s version of El Día de la Batalla de Puebla or as alcoholics prefer to call it Amateur Night. You can always tell it is going to be a good night when vomit is flowing down the boulevard long before sun sets upon Sunset. There is a good energy in Los Angeles ... Read More

An Open Letter To Feist and Mastodon

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An Open Letter To Feist and Mastodon Dear Feist & Mastodon, So there I was in the dentist chair this morning getting my face drilled once again (let this be a friendly reminder that not having dental insurance for a decade is no excuse for skipping your bi-annual cleanings) when I had what I would like to believe is a genius idea. To distract you from what is going on inside your mouth, my dentist has this big monitor where her victims patients can ... Read More

Ghost & Mastodon 04/26/12: Gibson Amphitheatre – Universal City, CA

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Ghost & Mastodon 04/26/12 Gibson Ampitheatre - Universal City, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito Universal Studios Hollywood is always a bizarre place to see a heavy metal show. As you make the long walk from your car to the Gibson Amphitheatre it’s hard not to laugh as metal fans stuff their faces with food court fair as tourists walk past and modern day Madonna songs blast upon the jumbotron. I actually thought it was an odd place for the Heritage Hunter Tour to be stopping ... Read More