FYF Fest, Day 2

Yesterday was day 2 of the FYF Fest here in LA and I had another great day of live music with about 30K Los Angelinos at the LA Coliseum park. Before I made my way to the fest, I met up with Eileen for a late brunch hang — which was fun — and then I was off to meet up with some peeps at FYF. As much as I enjoyed myself at the festival on Saturday, I was really excited for day 2 yesterday because Morrissey was the headline performer. Before Moz, I got to see really great sets by Spiritualized, Mac DeMarco, HEALTH, Death Grips and FKA twigs. Each performance was really great so I’d be hard-pressed to pick the best one … but I will say that I enjoyed everyone so much that it would be unnecessary to pick a fave … which was probably Morrissey for me :D More »

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FYF Fest, Day 1

Yesterday was day 1 of the 2015 FYF Festival here in LA and for the first time in it’s 12 year existence, I decided to attend the 2-day music fest. I’m very clear about how much I hate going to music festivals — for a host of reasons — so you know that it has to be a damn fine festival to get my attention. The line-up of the FYF Fest this year was just too good for me to pass it up. Coupled with the fact that the festival takes place in LA (no travel) and is easily accessible by public transportation (eg. LA’s surprisingly convenient subway system, in particular), I decided to give it a go. I had such a great time at the festival yesterday that I cannot WAIT to get back down to the LA Coliseum park for day 2 later today. BUT before I can enjoy today’s fun, let me tell you about the fun I had yesterday. More »

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A Night With Mozzer

Last night, for night 3 of my 7 nights of concerts this week, I made my way down to San Diego, CA to see the amazing Morrissey in concert. Altho I will be seeing him at the FYF Festival here in LA this weekend, I knew that I couldn’t pass up the chance to see Mozzer live in concert all on his own at a semi-local show. Originally, Morrissey was only scheduled to play SD on the night of August 20 — which I couldn’t make because I had tickets to see Shania Twain in concert here in LA (on night 2 of my 7 nights of concerts) — so I was elated when he added a second concert for the 22nd. The show, I can assure you, was so much fun. Moz has changed up his setlist a bit and has added new elements to his live performance which makes this particular show a must-see. I’m SO glad I was able to get down to San Diego to see the man himself in action. More »

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Shania Twain Rocks This Country, Rocks LA

Way back in March we learned that country pop queen Shania Twain would be embarking on a farewell tour this year called the Rock This Country Tour as as soon as tickets went on sale for her LA show, I snapped up a ticket. Last night was my chance to see Shania live in concert again and OMG, did I have the best time ever. The last time I saw Shania, I was still living in Detroit, MI … pre-PITNB days. Shania was ruling the world with her Come On Over album and I was pretty hardcore into my NIN/Marilyn Manson/Industrial music phase … which a not-so-secret love for all things Shania. She played the amphitheater in Detroit then-called Pine Knob (now called the DTE Energy Center) and I bought a lawn ticket so that I could hide amongst the masses. With 2 large beers in hand, I whooped and hollered through her whole set and had the time of my life. I was hoping to replicate that same feeling last night here in LA and I’m happy to report that I had as much fun last night as I did all those years ago. More »

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Kickin’ It With Kelly Clarkson

Last night my friend Austin and I went to the Staples Center to see Kelly Clarkson in concert where, it was reported earlier, she announced to the world that she is pregnant for a second time. Because we were late to the game on getting tickets, Austin and I got cheap seats way up in the rafters and, honestly, had a great time together. I’ve seen Kelly in concert a few times before so I knew that her show would be fun … but I had forgotten how amazing her live singing voice is. Whether you’re sitting in the front row or up in the nosebleed section, Kelly Clarkson puts on a show that is sure to entertain from start to finish. More »

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Date Night With Amelia

Last night my dear friend Amelia came out to my new place to see my new home and have a dinner date in my new neighborhood. Amelia and I don’t get to hang out as much as we like so these rare dates that we get are a real treat for me. She and I have been talking about getting together to just hang out over dinner for a while now and last night, we finally got together. I have to admit that my place isn’t 100% put together just yet but it is unpacked and put away enough that guests don’t have to see the stuff I’ve got stashed away in my guest bedroom :D More »

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Old Habits

Now that I’ve been in my home for a little over a week now, I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. It has been quite a long time since I’ve had the time to settle in and just play records so now that I have my music set up in my new home, I’ve been anxious to start playing records again. Additionally, I haven’t had time to just watch mindless TV so that’s pretty much all that I did yesterday. I’ve been in the mood to hear old Prince music so I dug out my copy of his classic ’90s album O(+> and gave it a spin … and immediately fell hopelessly in love with it all over again. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Because it took me a bit of time to recover yesterday from my very busy day Saturday, I decided to take it easy until it was time to meet up with my friend Ashley at the Arclight in Hollywood so that we could see the new N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton together. I’ve been anxious to see Compton since we saw the first trailer back in June of 2014 (and even back in 2012 when we first learned the movie was going into production). But, I have to admit, I did go into the movie theater with some trepidation because of what I feared might be glamorized in the film. For the most part, I can say that I loved the movie almost entirely. With some exceptions, I feel the movie is an excellent representation of the events that led to the rise of N.W.A. It’s no surprise to me that it was the #1 movie at the box office and I’m certain it will continue to do well, even with its various flaws. More »

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Turnt Up

So, my Saturday turned out to be quite a doozy … one that has left me reeling a bit today. I somehow managed to keep my Saturday mostly free with the intent of resting up and being lazy by day (in the insanely scorching heat) and then going out to dance in WeHo with friends by night. Instead, I managed to pack quite a bit of fun stuff in my day before I eventually went out last night. I got to spend time with old friends and new friends, enjoyed some art and engaged in my first bit of dancing in ages. It was a fun, if tiring day ;D More »

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A Night With Bugs Bunny And The LA Philharmonic

Last night, Tamar and I made our way to the Hollywood Bowl to see a live performance of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony and we had the absolute best time ever. The show features live performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and screenings of classic Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes cartoons and is probably one of the most magical things that I have ever seen at the Hollywood Bowl in my life. My first introduction to classical music was via Looney Tunes cartoons and now to see hear the music performed live by one of the greatest orchestras in the world, coupled with those beloved cartoons from my youth … it was an almost overwhelming experience. Tam and I were charmed from start to finish, it was truly a magical night. More »

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