JACOB GAITAN

Ta-Ku at NeueHouse 11/4/15

Australia’s most recent creative export Ta-Ku made his Los Angeles debut at NeueHouse. Bridging art work and décor from a minimalist approach, the Perth native packed the gallery space environment with mixed beats showcasing his latest EP ‘Songs To Make Up To.’ A small collection of photographs adorned the east and west walls without any specific correlation to another. Contrary to the emotionally driven title, every song evoked a space like sequence for the audience, highly associated with dream wave visual projections that provided a soothing ambiance.

The Cringe at the Barclay, NY

Currently supporting Mötley Crüe on ‘The Final Tour’ alongside Alice Cooper, The Cringe made a close home stop appearance in Brooklyn unleashing aggressive tunes that solidified the evening direction. Lead singer John Cusimano took advantage of the wide stage, kicking off their set list with ‘Anything You Say’ off their upcoming fourth studio album ‘Blind Spot’. Cusimano stormed from coast to coast on stage as attendees filled the arena. The multi-layered metal renditions were quickly welcomed as they fused rapid melodies with head banging action. With high-pitched rhythms and contagious drumbeats, their presence was instantly felt.
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She Wants Revenge at the Roxy 5.23.11

heir dark and mysterious nature continued with “Kiss Me, ” igniting unison collaboration with the crowd. Warfield extended his arms above the audience delivering the emotional chorus as if singing directly to someone in attendance. “Up In Flames” sent contagious rhythms throughout the floor resulting
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GOLDEN STATE @ The Viper Room 5.18

Their set list consisted of material from “Standing On The Edge Of It All, ” an EP released last fall featuring five tracks and “Division, ” their highly anticipated debut album. “World On Fire’s” gradual start ignited into a melodious frenzy begging for a stadium performance. “Splinters Out” channele
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Taking Dawn at the Roxy 4/24/11

as Vegas heavy metal band Taking Dawn played at the Roxy promoting their debut album Time To Burn. Lead singer Chris Babbitt energized the crowd early on by delivering thunderous screams as they began their set list. Guitar riffs instantly flooded the air while Mikey Cross and Babbitt fed off each o
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She Wants Revenge at the Glasshouse

The evening continued as Justin carried his son on stage and timidly introduced his favorite song. Throughout the night, five new songs were performed from their soon to be released album Valleyheart. Fans in attendance received a special treat as they heard “Kiss Me, Up In Flames, Reasons” an
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DEVO @ CLUB NOKIA LOS ANGELES

New wave group Devo played at Club Nokia before a sold out audience Saturday night. The event was rescheduled from last fall after guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh severely injured his hand. A video backdrop showcased a montage of Devo history as they took the stage receiving a thunderous ovation. Devo re
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HOUSE OF PAIN @ THE HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET

Irish American hooligans continued the comeback celebration by embarking on a country tour. Members Everlast and Danny Boy bounced across the stage as everyone cheered with excitement. Everlast began the night by thanking the audience for the warm support and stated St. Patrick’s Day was still fresh
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State Radio @ The Glasshouse Pomona

The three-piece act incorporated a punk rock sound with a political twist that fans quickly reacted to. Thick layers of fog constantly filled the stage as multi colored lights added a warm ambience to their engaging performance. Drummer Mike Najarian controlled the crowd energy during the hour long
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Big B @ House of Blues Sunset

Rapper Big B (Real name Bryan Mahoney) stopped at the House of Blues in Hollywood supporting headliners House of Pain. Accompanied by a live bassist and drummer, Big B unleashed a lyrical rampage with multiple freestyles that had the crowd bouncing their arms in the air. The evening included a mixtu
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Many of Odd Nature @ Good Hurt 3.21.11

os Angeles natives “Many of Odd Nature” played at the Good Hurt Monday night. Lead by singer and songwriter Charly Gienau, the six-piece act combined elements of dark wave, industrial and gothic rock while sending musical shivers across everyone’s spine. They began the evening with “Sticks With You,
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Unwritten Law @ The Roxy

The celebration continued with a hard rock performance as they took the stage on the Sunset Strip. Guitarist Steve Morris began with heavier melodies that instantly energized the crowd. Drummer Dylan Howard thrived off the momentum fans released as he sent addicting rhythms in the air.
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Motörhead @ClubNokia

British power trio Motörhead performed at Club Nokia in support of their latest release The World Is Yours. Lead by singer and bassist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, They delivered a stellar performance that satisfied every metal head in attendance.
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SWANS reunite @ The El Rey Theatre

The night ended with uncontrollable chaos and musical interpretations of danger and suspense. Every member delivered synchronized portions with every song. Before signing off, Gira expressed his gratitude towards the Southern California audience. “It’s good to be back in LA, ” yelled Gira. “I fucki
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The Prodigy at Staples Center

Currently supporting their 2009 release Invaders Must Die, the English group energized the pit as fans responded to the screams “Psychosomatic, addict insane!” Maxim bounced across stage while running wild with a microphone in hand and Flint danced in the background adding vocals.
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Crystal Method at Exchange LA

Crystal Method delivered an amazing performance filled with addictive music that forced everyone to react. They combined music from Depeche Mode and classic rock multiple times. The Los Angeles based duo expressed appreciation for the home crowd by posing for pictures and constantly interacting with
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The Civil Wars at the Hotel Cafe

Their American folk sound quickly adapts new fans across all spectrums. Although their stage show is simple, they manage to excel above all expectations by singing, playing a baby grand piano and soft acoustic guitar melodies. They closed the night with their latest single Poison & Wine currently available online and promoted their upcoming album Barton Hallow due early next year.

JACOB GAITAN

Editor | Music Journalist | Photographer

Ellenwood Music Journalist and Photographer