A live heavy metal show can be one of the most visceral experiences a music fan can experience. Our top five L.A. metal shows of 2012 have made it really fucking hard to go back to watching some dude strumming an acoustic guitar while sitting on a bar stool.
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Friday, September 7
Fresh & Onlys
San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys have always been a formidable little band, but sometimes it seems they get a little squished between local-to-them indie giants like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees. However, let us tell you -- this new album Long Slow Dance has g ... More >>
Sat. Sept 8
Devin Townsend, Katatonia, and Paradise Lost
El Rey Theatre
Talk about a stacked lineup. Devin Townsend has calmed down since his days fronting angry industrial thrash titans Strapping Young Lad, but he still fucking rocks in the live solo setting. Swedish melodic doomsters Katatonia we ... More >>
Jason O'DellShadow Shadow ShadeWhen Shadow Shadow Shade burst onto the L.A. scene about two years ago -- then known as Afternoons -- you'd have thought there wasn't an arena big enough to hold them.
An early song, "Say Yes," hit the radio, and Shepard Fairey designed a poster for it. The sev ... More >>