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System of a Down; Credit: Photo by Frank Maddocks

System of a Down Push for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

"A lot of my family on both sides was exterminated," System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan begins. "My great-grandfather was shot in front of his family. Women and children were killed. People were raped. Everything horrible you can imagine happened." Dolmayan calmly recites the laundry list of atrocities committed......
Deadbeat; Credit: Photo by Chad Sengstock

Deadbeat Take Great Pride in Destroying Your Ears

“I’ll play anywhere. I’ll play your fucking bathroom, if I have to,” says Andrew Solis, guitarist and founding member of L.A. hardcore quartet Deadbeat, who open for Eyehategod, Power Trip, and Iron Reagan at Los Globos tonight. That attitude has garnered Deadbeat a lot of success in a relatively short......
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The Black Castle’s Mysterious Proprietor

The worst part about running a metal venue out of your home is the mess. The proprietor of South Central club the Black Castle regularly puts on shows for hundreds of raging metalheads. He also lives in the facilities, which are housed in a former custom-car shop. Additionally, he’s a......
L.A. hardcore punks Destruye y Huye will perform at Burnouts en Baja in Tijuana this weekend.; Credit: BeanzAttack

This Tijuana Punk Festival Brought to You by Failed U.S. Immigration Policy

The L.A. DIY punk scene and its south-of-the-border cousin have long been tight, but with Burnouts en Baja: Vol.1, a two-day punk festival in Tijuana this weekend, the trans-national community-building is about to hit the next level. San Francisco independent punk and hardcore label Discos MMM organized the festival, which features headliners Los Monjo......
Plague Vendor; Credit: Photo: Mark Gutknecht

"Their Music Is Really Good, But They're Assholes!"

Plague Vendor's punkish dark rock makes you want to dance and destroy everything around you. Front man Brandon Blaine says people didn't know how to react when the four-piece from Whittier started performing in 2009. "I was really influenced by Andy Kaufman at the time," he says in a low voice......
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Sydney Banta Wants to Be Your L.A. Girlfriend

"L.A. Girlfriend is cute, but with a knife in its hand," is how Sydney Banta describes her musical alter ego. She's not kidding. L.A. Girlfriend - whose sweeping, British-influenced, throwback electro-pop makes L.A. sound like a rare sunny day in Manchester - is contrast city. On one hand, Banta says,......
Bouquet performing on Halloween at Oxford House; Credit: Photo: Furn Zavala

L.A.'s Raddest Venue Is a Living Room in East Hollywood

Kyle Barnes, the lead singer of Graf Orlock, is writhing on a living room floor, fighting to keep control of the mic and avoid getting doused with Coke. The setting is a house on Oxford Avenue in East Hollywood, and something resembling a brawl is brewing. The room is reverberating under the sonic......
The Hungry Cat's chocolate bread and butter pudding; Credit: A. Scattergood

Generacion Suicida Are South L.A. Melodic Punks

Generacion Suicida come from South L.A. - not East L.A., as people tend to think. "People automatically think that when you're punk, Latino, and from Los Angeles, you must be from East L.A." says Generacion Suicida guitarist and singer Tony Abarca.  Since 2010 the quartet's catchy, fast paced melodic street punk......