Jacob Gaitan

Failure at The Space At Westbury Westbury, New York 7/18

Since their early 2014 winter reunion, Failure have expanded what appeared to be a intimate performance in Los Angeles onto a much wider platform. Nearly two decades later, the highly anticipated four album ‘The Heart Is A Monster’ made it’s debut last month, gracing fans with nineties nostalgia and a firm statement that music still carries a pulse. With a few selected European dates this past spring, the three-piece act began a nation tour stopping at the Westbury theatre in Long Island.

Ellenwood Interview with Eden Xo

Eden Xo, a young and ambitious artist is preparing herself for the next step into superstardom. Having experienced a nationwide beside Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj. Eden awaits the release of her debut EP in January 2015 with her hit single "Too Cool To Dance, " a musical interpretation about removing labels and judgements from the outside crowd. Her next single "The Weekend" is slated to be released shortly. While finding an escape from the studio, she took the time to answer a few questions ranging from fan interactions to 90s hip hop and guilty pleasures.


Dedicated fans lined outside the iconic club hours before the doors opened. “The opportunity to witness a band with such a prestige history is worth camping out for” shared concertgoers in the front row. As the doors opened, people rushed to secure a decent spot where they could take in the excitement that was becoming too much to control. While the Whiskey pushed it’s capacity level on both floors, one thing was for certain; the person furthest away was still front row in comparison to the stadium arena tours Aerosmith is accustomed to. Shortly after one in the afternoon, the boys from Boston strutted onto stage causing what could easily be debated as one of the loudest ovations the Whiskey has witnessed in over ten years.

Ellenwood Interview with FALLING STILL

Hemmingway's latest featured artist completed week two of their month long residency this past Tuesday night. Los Angeles based rock group 'Falling Still' took advantage of the intimate location by adding cube lights and multi-colored strobes, blending well with their modern yet contagious sound.
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SMASHING PUMPKINS at The Wiltern Oct 5, 2011

The latest incarnation of Smashing Pumpkins began ‘ The Other Side of the Kaleidyscope’ tour in Los Angeles debuting new material off their forthcoming album ‘Oceania.’ Fans crowded inside the sold out Wiltern in hopes of witnessing the dozens of hit tracks made popular in the 90s, but instead recei
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Blind Pilot at The Galaxy Theater

Blind Pilot played to a packed house this past Saturday at the Santa Ana Galaxy Theater. The band came out the gates with full force playing solid riffs and matching them catchy lyrics that had the crowd singing along and bobbing their heads to the beats. Leading the session was Israel Nebeker engag
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Tears For Fears – At The Wiltern

ith their successful North American tour last summer, 80’s new wave group Tears For Fears returned last month for a brief seven concert performance across California. Founders Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith began their 18-song set list at the Wiltern with “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”. Smith’s
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PRIMUS at the Wiltern

Eleven years have passed since the oddball trio Primus released Anti Pop. Since then, they’ve spawned a few tours across the world, performing classic hits in every city. But all that changed upon releasing ‘Green Naugahyde, ’ the bands seventh album released September 12th. The 19-day tour began sho

Foo Fighters at the Forum

Four weeks into the US Fall tour supporting their seventh album ‘Wasting Light, ’ Foo Fighters stormed into the Forum with a two-night stay in Los Angeles. Over 17, 000 fans were on their feet as they watched Dave Grohl and company perform a twenty-five song set list, spanning close to three hours. Th
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Amy LeVere at Hotel Cafe 9.10.11

Saturday night lit up in Hollywood’s Hotel Café when Amy LeVere took the stages. The dimly lit club couldn’t dim her shine as this tiny Tennessee native took the stage with her Bass and slapped away and belted out a mixture of Rockabilly and Blues accompanied by her just as energetic band mates.
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Dead Sara Self-Titled Debut

Dead Sara’s self-titled album comes across as a diamond in the rough. The passion and emotion embedded in every note is quickly detected in Emily Armstrong’s vocal range. The musical outbursts expelled by the band come across as an unpredicted ticking time bomb, releasing chaotic moments of energy a
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Icon For Hire Debut album "Scripted"

Icon For Hire’s debut album “Scripted” quickly establishes the irony reflected in today’s radio waves by combining sarcastic, tongue-in cheek lyrics with lifestyles and cultural society. Ariel’s pop driven voice arrives clear and solid from beginning to end, layering multiple vocals into every track

Jacob Gaitan

Editor | Music Journalist | Photographer

Ellenwoodep Music Journalist and Photographer