A Year of Concerts: 2014

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Yusuf Islam / Cat Stevens | “Peace Train … Late Again” Tour | Nokia Theatre L.A. Live | 12/14/14 [Concert Review & Photos]

Yusuf Islam / Cat Stevens | “Peace Train … Late Again” Tour | Nokia Theatre L.A. Live | 12/14/14 [Setlist & Video Clips]

Jamestown Revival, Nikki Lane & Pete Molinari | The Troubadour | 11/30/14 [Concert Review]

Jamestown Revival | The Troubadour | 11/30/14 [Photos and Video]

Nikki Lane | The Troubadour | 11/30/14 [Photos and Video]

Pete Molinari | The Troubadour | 11/30/14 [Photos and Video] Continue reading

The Briefs | Ink-N-Iron |6/7/14 [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

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The Briefs are a punk rock band from Seattle, Washington. Critics have described their  brand of punk rock as a throwback to 70’s British punk and early 80’s L.A. bands. However you may want to classify them, their music rocks.

I tried doing some research about the band before the festival to learn more about them, but other than their Wikipedia entry and their Facebook Fan Page, there wasn’t much press I could find about them. Based on what I could glean, the band took a little hiatus sometime around 2007 as one of their members joined a new band.

Notwithstanding the little info I could find about them, and based on what I watched and listened to on youtube, I decided I’d check them out. I’m glad I did.

Rapid power chord progressions with catchy hooks, and performed with a cocksure attitude, these guys were a fun kind of punk that really got me ramped up. I may not have been keen on their lyrics (as I was basically being  exposed to their music for the first time), but what I heard was good enough for me to make me want to check out there music some more.

I couldn’t find a setlist of their set online, so if you attended the event and know what their setlist was, please post it in the comments, and I’ll add it to the post.

Immediately below are some videos I found of The Briefs performing at the festival and also the Ink-N-Iron pre-party. If you know of any other videos that are online, please post the link below in the comments so that I can add it to the playlist.

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Ink-N-Iron Festival | The Queen Mary | 6/6/14 – 6/7/14

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For the past eleven years, The Queen Mary has been the host of the annual Ink-N-Iron Festival: a weekend inspired by a culture of tats and cars, embodied in their display of  pristine vintage cars, three levels of tattoo artists booths, live music, burlesque acts, art displays … you name it, they’ve got it.

I first got turned onto the festival last year to catch a band from Texas that I really like, Girl In A Coma. Even though I don’t sport any ink on my person, I really enjoyed the whole vibe of the festival. It was clean, the people were all courteous, it was a family affair, tickets were reasonably priced ($80 for a weekend pass) … and the music rocked.

When I saw the line-up this year, I jumped on getting a ticket. Although I couldn’t attend the festival on Sunday due to work obligations, I was able to catch a whole bunch of quality acts while hanging out with friends, old and new. Below is the list of the acts that I was able to see perform. To see the pictures that I was able to snap (and video embeds of the performances I could find online) of each of the bands that performed, CLICK THE NAME of the act to get redirected to the blog entry.

June 6, 2014

  1. Ray Campi
  2. Wanda Jackson
  3. Merle Haggard
  4. Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil

June 7, 2014

  1. Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil– yup, I saw ’em twice
  2. The Briefs
  3. Fear
  4. The Damned
  5. Nick Waterhouse

In the meantime, below are some of the pictures that I snapped from the festival. I would have included more pictures from the burlesque show, but I’m trying to keep this blog PG rated. 😉