Album Review: Dredg – Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy

This review is not going to be pretty- let me get that out of the way first.  It’s almost difficult to say a lot about this album, because the album doesn’t give a lot back to the listener to even digest.  Dredg has always been a band that relied on its dedicated, albeit small, fanbase for publicity and praise.  The band has never had much commercial success, regardless of the fact that their last album (The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion) could have easily been a hit with listeners all over the world if it just reached their ears.  (more…)

Social Distortion premiere “Machine Gun Blues” at red carpet event

It was a surreal feeling to see Mike Ness and the members of Social Distortion on the red carpet last night next to the Music Box at Henry Fonda in Hollywood.  As Social D faithful lined the street in front of one of Los Angeles most historic music venues, Mike and the boys took some time with press and photographers on the red carpet.  Going into the event we couldn’t quite wrap our heads around why the punk rock icons were hosting such a formal event in conjunction with their record label Epitaph for the release of the Machine Gun Blues short film, but after talking with Mike Ness it all made sense- this was about family. (more…)

Coachella 2011: 3 days of sunshine in review

After a 364 day countdown it was finally time for Coachella 2011! The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is a Southern California tradition, where droves of music lovers drive out to the Polo Grounds in Indio, California for 3 days of music, dancing, partying and lots of sunshine!

This year wristbands sold out after only 3 weeks, a shock to many annual Coachellites who could purchase tickets online for last year’s festival up to 2 weeks before the event. (more…)

Show Alert: Dax Riggs @ The Echo 6/10 & 11

You have probably heard us talk about Dax Riggs on these pages- the once frontman of the Louisiana metal band Acid Bath (also worth checking out for you heavier metal heads).  Well Dax Riggs is solo now, and we at Rabbits Black think he’s that much better for it.  Dax has really let his creative styles flow on his first two solo albums under the Dax Riggs moniker.  (more…)

SXSW 2011: Biggest Surprise, Biggest Disappointment

South By Southwest 2011 is in the books, and March is almost over.  As SXSW becomes a memory, there are two shows we can’t get out of our mind.  Keep in mind, each show cost between $10 and $15 to get into, and each venue was smaller than The Troubadour in West Hollywood.  Alright, we won’t keep you waiting.  Find out who our picks for Biggest Surprise and Biggest Disappointment of SXSW 2011 are after the jump. (more…)

Live Review: Valient Thorr @ Barbarella 3/18 (SXSW)

SXSW is not a typical festival. There are no open fields, no gigantic stages, and honestly fewer huge acts. Well, there are huge stages and huge acts, but that’s not what the true SXSW goers are there for. What makes it so special is its celebration of small bands, new bands, and the music lifestyle. It was a street party with music on every corner and in every bar. (more…)

SXSW Preview Part Two: Tips for west coasters traveling to austin, great LA bands and fun live shows

The first major Music Festival of the year begins this week In Austin, TX. South by Southwest (SXSW) is a major Music, Film, and Interactive Festival  chocked full of movie screenings, technology exhibits, public speakers and panels with guests such as Conan O’Brien (a personal favorite), and of course lots and lots of MUSIC!! The beauty of the SXSW music series is that, contrary to many music festivals organized around a few large stages in an open field, the SXSW showcases are held at bars and small venues throughout the city of Austin. As a result, music and party seekers can wander the streets of downtown Austin and watch some of their favorite bands in a more intimate setting. (more…)

SXSW Preview: The LA bands to see, and other highlights

South By Southwest (SXSW), the music, film and interactive festival kicks off the music portion of the festival next week in Austin, TX.  There are so many bands and so much to see at SXSW that it can get overwhelming pretty quickly.  That’s why we are here to help you!  Don’t worry, we listened to every single band playing at SXSW over the last few weeks just to provide this guide for you.  Yes, it took us 24 hours a day for 14 days, but that’s our dedication to you!  Check out the guide, you’ll thank us in Austin…