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Zodiac Death Valley talks to Rabbits (An Interview)

Zodiac Death Valley (ZDV) released their debut self-titled album back in 2011.  When we got it here in our offices we instantly loved it.  Yeah, we admittedly have a soft spot for San Francisco bands that know how to rock and have a good time, but the album instantly came off as a well thought-out debut release that harkened back to the sounds of early Black Rebel Motorcycle Club albums with a heavy influence from the likes of The Doors.  Lofty comparisons, but the album delivered on that type of early excitement for the band.  ZDV has laid low for most of 2012, playing a scattering of shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but there are big things in the works for 2013.  Your chance to see Zodiac Death Valley in a small music room like O’Brien’s might not be around for too much longer.  We caught up with the frontman of ZDV, Nic Abodeely, before Saturday’s show to peer into the world of Zodiac Death Valley. (more…)

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Listen to the new Nine Inch Nails single “Came Back Haunted” from the upcoming album Hesitation Marks

New single. New album. New tour.  That’s all Trent had to write on NIN.com today to get the Nine Inch Nails hysteria back on in full force.  So here we go… Nine Inch Nails 2013.  The new full-length album is titled Hesitation Marks and it will be released on September 3rd on Columbia Records.  You can listen to the first single from the upcoming album, “Came Back Haunted” right here.  Don’t be afraid to put your grooving shoes on for this one. (more…)
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A ranking of the best Queens of the Stone Age albums of all time

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Queens of the Stone Age are no longer the best kept secret in rock n’ roll.  I used to think of them that way, my favorite band that most people had never heard of.  Drug-induced psych rock stoner metal- the genre wasn’t even accessible to fans not in the know (or the fade).  They are the opposite of a secret at this point- a living rock n’ roll legend of our time.  I read a full feature piece on Queens last week on Grantland.com…you know, the sports and pop culture website owned by ESPN.  If ESPN is sponsoring articles about Queens of the Stone Age then good luck scoring PIT tickets for their upcoming tour because everyone is in on it now.  But let’s put the hype to the side for a second and take a look back at the albums created by Joshua Homme and his revolving cast of supporting characters.  (more…)

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Live Review: Scott Weiland @ House of Blues Sunset 5/29 (with commentary on the current Stone Temple Pilots fued)

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Amazingly enough, Scott Weiland took the stage only 30 minutes after the scheduled 9:15 PM start time.  Let’s be honest, no one really thought Scott and his new backing band The Wildabouts would actually make a 9:15 start on the Sunset Strip at the House of Blues.  Not in LA, not Scott Weiland.  That’s why the 30 minute tardiness was easily excused- and actually a pleasant surprise to some who probably thought they could show up at 11 PM and still be staring at curtains over the stage.  This initial feeling summed up the night pretty well actually- some excusable moments that you just learn to live with because the highs can still be pretty damn satisfying.  So it was at Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts performance on Wednesday night at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. (more…)

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Show Alert: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ The Observatory (Santa Ana) 6/2

Robert Been, Peter Hayes and Leah Shapiro make up one of rock n’ roll’s hardest working bands.  Constantly touring and delivering quality albums, 2013 has been another amazing year for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club supporting their latest album Specter At The Feast.  It’s been an emotional tour and album release following the death of Robert’s father Michael Been who was everything from producer, sound engineer, mentor, and father to the members of BRMC.  This powerful run of live shows comes to a US conclusion on June 2nd at The Observatory in Santa Ana. (more…)

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Rabbits Black Presents: Zodiac Death Valley & The Sister Ruby Band @ O’Brien’s 6/15

It feels like summer in California and Rabbits Black is kicking off the best season on this side of the coast with a show that brings together two of our favorite rock n’ roll bands.  Zodiac Death Valley and The Sister Ruby Band get together on June 15th for our welcome to summer party in Santa Monica.  What better way to get into the groove than a Westside show a few blocks from the beach.  The show is free to attend, and your spot in the music room at O’Briens is reserved with an RSVP.  The sounds of Zodiac Death Valley and The Sister Ruby Band kickstart summer on June 15th at O’Briens in Santa Monica. (more…)

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Show Alert: Obliterations (LIVE debut), Whip Hand, & Coming @ Oxford House 5/26

Memorial Day weekend plans getting packed?  With only two weeks to go until the big weekend kickoff to the summer, the Los Angeles music and party scene is filling up quick.  If house parties and rock music is your thing, we have the show for you on Memorial Day weekend Sunday.  Starting at 6 PM you can catch some of LA’s favorite local punk and hardcore bands at a unique house party location.  Obliterations, the new hardcore outfit fronted by Sam James Velde (Bluebird, Night Horse) will be performing live for the first time.  It only takes $5 to get you in.  Check out all of the details here.
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A guide for Californians attending Lollapalooza in Chicago

Lollapalooza is consistently one of the premier music festivals in North America.  With it’s unique location at Grant Park in the heart of Chicago, Lollapalooza is one of the only major music festival in the country that actually takes place within the true metropolitan area of a major city.  With rockstar visionary Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction as the founder and organizer of the festival, Lollapalooza has always attracted an eclectic mix of rock, electronic, and indie.  Lollapalooza was friendly to the Electronic Dance Music scene way before many of the festivals that now embrace it.  On a yearly basis Farrell recruits arguably the best headliners of any festival.  This year is no different, with the state-side return of Nine Inch Nails, Mumford and Sons, and the only summer festival appearance by The Cure.  Lollapalooza is a must-attend for music fans around the country, but how can Californians make it out to Illinois to get in on the fun?  We have everything you need right here in our guide for Californians traveling to Lollapalooza. (more…)