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Rabbits Black Guide to Friday at Coachella

So you made it to Coachella!  Temperatures are already in the 80s, your sweating and dirty, and the bands haven’t even started yet.  Tomorrow is a great day to cool off by the pool and soak in the sun, but on Friday there are bands to see.  We break down the bands you cant’t miss, and a few of the ones you should avoid at all costs.  Friends don’t let friends listen to crappy music.  Have fun out there and use this guide to steer you in the right direction. (more…)

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Live Review: How To Destroy Angels @ Fox Theater Pomona 4/10

There were a lot of questions that we had going into the live debut of How To Destroy Angels last night at the Fox Theater in Pomona.  How would the live show differ from the visceral experience of attending a Nine Inch Nails performance?  Would fans accept Trent Reznor’s latest project featuring his wife Mariqueen Maandig on vocals?  What could we expect from a visual standpoint from some of the most creative minds in the industry?  Many of these questions were answered last night in the most positive way- How To Destroy Angels was a visual assault and sonic journey that could be enjoyed by new fans and Nine Inch Nails diehards of old.  At times the experience felt like Nine Inch Nails-lite but it didn’t detract from the mastery of the new and original songs from How To Destroy Angels.  This was a success that was worthy of standing on its own merits and the intricately woven vocals of Mariqueen with four of the industries most progressive musical minds. (more…)

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Queens of the Stone Age reveal cover art and first track from …Like Clockwork

Take a listen to the first track released from Queens of the Stone Age’s upcoming album …Like Clockwork from Matador Records.  “My God Is The Sun” is a desert burner that drives forward with pulsating guitar riffs and classic Homme vocals pitches,  The band also released the album’s cover art- soaked in pink with a twisted edge.  …Like Clockwork will be released on June 4th in the United States. (more…)

Lollapalooza 2013 lineup is the best of the summer music festivals

Lollapalooza 2103 is four months away, but the excitement level is already through the roof.  Lollapalooza announced it’s 2103 lineup this morning, and it features two major acts that you won’t see at any other festival this year.  The Cure, gracing the Lollapalooza festival for the first time ever, and the return of Nine Inch Nails.  The lineup is rounded out by Mumford and Sons, The Killers and Phoenix at the top- three bands that you can pretty see at any festival.  But deep in the lineup are some Rabbits Black favorites- Crystal Castles, IO Echo and Wavves.  The lineup is huge and it packs the most wow factor out of any of the US festivals announced this year.  We got the full lineup and also a breakdown on what days they will be playing. (more…)

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Ticket Giveaway: How To Destroy Angels @ Fox Theater Pomona 4/10

The live debut of Trent Reznor’s latest project is slated to take place on April 10th at the Fox Theater in Pomona.  How To Destroy Angels first live performance ever will occur two days before their Coachella 2013 festival performance.  If seeing debut shows is your type of thing, and Welcome Oblivion has been playing non-stop in your headphones since it’s release earlier this month, then we have the contest for you.  We are giving away a pair of tickets to see this special show.  Enter now! (more…)

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Show Alert: Psycho De Mayo @ The Yost Theater (Santa Ana)

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo this year with your most psychedelic friends and favorite bands at Orange County’s first annual psychedelic music and arts festival- Psycho De Mayo.  We are all in for new, fun, and cheap festivals, and Psycho De Mayo is providing a heavy lineup of psych-rock that makes this one day festival a must-go.  Black Mountain, Dead Skeletons, A Place To Bury Strangers, Dead Meadow and Strangers Family Band are just some of the bands providing sonic exploration on the main stage on May 5th.  With two free stages, pop-up bars, and some of Rabbits Black’s favorite bands, Psycho De Mayo is the only place you should be to celebrate the holiday this year.  Luckily for you we have a pair of tickets to giveaway.  Come and get em’. (more…)

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Show Alert: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ The Fonda Theatre

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are coming to Los Angeles for a run of six shows over nine days.  You would expect a show of this caliber to be at The Palladium at least, if not the Hollywood Bowl, but not for the Summer 2013 Tour  Tom Petty is taking over the Fonda Theatre for an intimate run of six shows.  The last time Tom Petty gave a show like this in LA was in 2011 at the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall at Cal State Northridge to benefit LA local public radio station KCSN.  Don’t miss out on your chance to see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with less than 1,000 people. (more…)

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Album Review: Matthew J. Tow – The Way Of Things

Matthew J. Tow has built a wildly successful career since he formed the psych-pop band Drop City in the early 1990s.  The band released five albums in a seven year span from 1993 to 2000.  Tow also formed the experimental project Colorsound in 1994- releasing four more albums in a ten year period.  Most of Tow’s acclaim has come in his home country of Australia, but after touring in the United States as the rhythm guitarist for The Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2003, he started to make a name for himself stateside.  His current band, The Lovetones, was born from the West Coast psychedelic rock sound and continues to be a successful touring and recording act in Australia.  Obviously Tow’s name has made it into quite a few album credits over the years, but his 2013 offering is the first to fall under the solo category.  Released by Xemu Records, The Way Of Things is an album that spans many genres in just under 50 minutes of run-time.  While the album transitions effortlessly from song to song making each track a memorable experience in their own right, the sum of its parts is where the real beauty is. (more…)