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Spotlight On Local: Bruce Duff Gives Us Rock From Behind The Scenes To Center Stage
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Marissa Bergen   |  
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[Photo courtesy of Heather Harris.]

If you hang out on the Los Angeles rock scene long enough, it’s likely that you will make some sort of acquaintance with the man, the musician, the legend, the Bruce Duff. Duff’s high visibility is probably due to his ability to wear so many hats in the music industry including journalist, publicist, band manager, engineer, podcaster, author, and actively gigging musician. It was a crisp, Fall day in Los Angeles when I submerged into the offices that lurk beneath the Federal Bar to find Duff at his 9-5 gig at Knitting Factory Management to see what he’s been up to lately.

A California native, Duff was born in the city of Riverside. His initiation into rock n’ roll wasn’t about the sex and glamour that lead some down that wayward path. Rather, when Duff was around 10, he was at a child’s party when he saw a boy, even younger than him, pick up a guitar and start playing. “He looked like a rock star on television,” he recalls. And so, Duff was off on his journey.

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Concert Review: Watain, Mayhem & Revenge At The Fonda Theater Hollywood, CA 1/31/15
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Mayhem & Watain Tour 2015

The “Black Metal Warfare Tour” pulled into its final stop at the historic Fonda Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA, on the night of January 31, 2015. The tour, which featured co-headliners Watain and Mayhem along with Canadian opening band Revenge, was one of the most anticipated black metal jaunts in recent memory and that was evidenced by the mood in the air amongst the capacity crowd. Fortunate enough to find myself on Watain’s guest list, I was able to scope the festivities from my bird’s eye view in the balcony.

It was an amazing night as there was very strange vibe in the air. Black metal shows, in my experience tend to be a bit more somber, almost morose affairs in general. There was, however a certain (dare I say) excitement in the air for this particular outing. I’m not sure what it was; the beautiful historic venue, a nearly full moon or the sheer excitement of seeing this lineup with a sold out crowd of like minded black metal enthusiasts. But there was definitely an electric feel buzzing around me.

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‘Top Chef’ Judge Tom Colicchio To Bring The Foods Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ To New York & L.A.
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The Movie God   |  @   |  
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Ever dreamed of eating the foods of Westeros, the fantastical lands created by author George R.R. Martin for his A Song of Ice and Fire book series that we’ll soon be seeing in HBO’s new series, Game of Thrones?

Well, now some lucky people are going to get the chance to do just that, with the announcement of a special food truck being sent out in a very creative new promotion for the show. And if that wasn’t cool enough, the dishes will be created by none other than renowned chef and head judge on Bravo’s Top Chef, Tom Colicchio.

Be sure to click on over to the other side to learn more about where you can find these food trucks and to check out a couple of videos as well!

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San Diego Makes $753 Million Push To Keep Comic Con At Home
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San Diego Convention Center Expansion

The San Diego Comic Con is the end-all be-all of yearly movie, TV, and comic book conventions. It’s the convention where the biggest movies show off their newest footage, it’s where major announcements are made, and there is no other better place for one to completely disappear into an ocean of excited fanboys and girls who are buzzing with excitement…and likely dressed as their favorite characters.

Due to this scorching Summer celebration of all things geek, popularity in the convention has constantly grown over the years. It’s gotten to the point where so many people attend it’s painfully impossible to comfortably attend; hotels are hard to find, lines are infinite, and the many various halls replace oxygen with far more people than capacity would indicate.

With San Diego’s claim to the convention set for expiration in 2012, many other locations have began bidding for the right to claim it as their own. And because of the many aforementioned flaws, this has not sounded like the worst idea ever, despite the fact that it would be strange for Comic Con to be held anywhere but its beautiful San Diego home.

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