CLEETHORPES ROCKS Meriden Showground, Cleethorpes, UK The downpour that greeted the early birds didn’t bode well for the inaugural Cleethorpes Rocks Festival but mercifully the rain stayed away after the initial coastal drenching. FILTHY FILTHY create a glorious Rock ‘N’ ...

COCK SPARRER The Robin Bilston, Wolverhampton, UK. Cock Sparrer’s first club tour in almost two years starts in Bilston at the resplendent, independent and beautifully old school The Robin. As the reassuringly familiar classical intro music kicks in the crowd ...

    It’s the arse end of a two day hangover and I really don’t want to go out. Certainly, I don’t want to deal with wandering around a Vegas casino trying to find the venue, dealing with security and ...

  Photo: Cybele Parsignault   It was almost all wrong from the initial countdown to the launch. Conceptually, Orange County, California, was created to isolate decent, god-fearing folks from the likes of Dave Wyndorf’s ancestors. “Keep them hairy beatniks far, far ...

  The Lyft driver describes this neighborhood of lofts and studios just off skid row in downtown Los Angeles we’re driving through as “hipsterville,” just as we pull up to an Arts District bar called Resident. It’s been a while ...

  This rather fine night out at the venerable Sunset Strip club began with a number of surprises. First off, a 9:15 p.m. start time for the headlining group is a substantial shock … just how young IS this band, ...

  MINISTRY When Ministry last came through Vegas, a couple of years ago for Punk Rock Bowling, they were, if we’re being completely honest, kind of underwhelming. Not that it was a particularly bad show, or even a bad setlist, ...

  Pic from QOTSA Twitter. Words by Joshua Sindell   Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood Josh Homme lets the applause die down before casually approaching the mic to address the audience for the first time of the evening’s ...

  Fu Manchu, Dusted Angel Who’da thunk that a band that celebrates the laissez-faire SoCal ethos of “whatever, dude … let’s go surfin’/boarding/drivin'” could find itself releasing twelve albums and completing hundreds of gigs around the globe over the course ...

  THE DICKIES/THROW RAG/THE DWARVES Doubledown Saloon Las Vegas The Doubledown Saloon, in case you’re unaware of it, is indisputably one of the finest dive bars in the world, and tonight they celebrate their 25th anniversary in style, with a ...