What Happened?

YEAH YEAH YEAHS at HENRY FONDA THEATER!!

............................................................................................. Karen O photo: Dawn Laureen

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs held nothing back when it came to putting their punk prowess on display for a packed house at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood. Their power went far beyond their numbers as the trio managed to get an awful lot of seat-rattling noise out of their lean but mean lineup. Though the band's hit song, "Maps," came across a little flat live, the rest of the set was delivered at fever pitch. Lead singer Karen O spent most of the evening prowling the stage like a slightly more growly and explosive Siouxsie Sioux. And like Ms. Sioux, she must be commended for being one performer who seems to understand the importance of the dramatic and the theatrical when it comes to conveying the emotional power of rock & roll. After all, it only works if they make us believe it. And the Yeah Yeah Yeahs certainly seemed to win over a few more fervent believers at this particular revival! - W.C. Moriarity

 

BOWIE ROCKS OUT THE WILTERN!!!

 

 

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David kept the stage on fire throughout the evening, starting out the set with "Rebel Rebel" and then mixing it up with his legendary hits and crowd favorites such as "Gene Genie" and "Under Pressure" to name a few...David...we love you!

 

The Raveonettes at the El Rey

with Hiss, Flash Express

 

 

Raveonettes Guitarist ..........................................Hiss Front Man

.............................................................................Raveonettes / Hiss photos: Dawn Laureen

The Raveonettes recently brought their dark but intense wall of feedback-drenched sound to the El Rey in a display that would have made Phil Spector proud, elevating the simple to the sublime, and proving in the process that they shouldn't be regarded as just another band of European shoe-gazers after all! Don't get me wrong--they've obviously spent plenty of time sitting around their bedrooms listening to their old Jesus & Mary Chain records but, unlike that great band that they're most commonly compared to, they came out swinging rather than moping, displaying strong melodies, tight harmonies and a consistent attack. Their simple, fuzz-guitar-powered songs took on a more propulsive quality live as singer/guitarist Sune Rose Wagner and singer/bassist Sharin Foo struck a confident pose and didn't let up in delivering the beautiful noise from their first two albums in an unrelentingly explosive fashion. "Let's Rave On," "Heartbreak Stroll" and "That Great Love Sound" were clear highlights of the set, and their surprising selection of the Hank Williams classic "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" for an encore was an unexpected treat that somehow made for a perfect fit with the Danish duo's darkly romantic songs that tend to mine classic elements of American culture for their inspiration. The band also managed to apply their own particular fuzz tone and feedback treatment to the evening's other cover, Eddie Cochran's straight-shooting rockabilly classic "C'mon Everybody." And it all just helped the Raveonettes to make their case for the transcendent beauty of properly amplified simplicity! --W.C. Moriarity--

 

 

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The next big thing! John & Hacksaw...appearing nightly at the Shell station off Interstate 10 _______________________________________________________________________________________

 

At the Ghetto Gloss located on Glendale next to the Red Lion in Silver Lake, internationally aclaimed artist Anthony Ausgang was showing some new paintings for one night only before they were shipped off to Amsterdam for his solo show at Galerie Rudolfv for those who will be in Amsterdam the end of August.

..............................Anthony Ausgang photo: dawn laureen