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New Single ‘One Step at a Time’ by Donna Balancia and Vince Conrad Donates to Texas Food Bank

New Single ‘One Step at a Time’...

Punk Rocker and the Writer Team Up to Give Back By JOHN DALY Donna Balancia, music journalist, and Vince Conrad, music producer and founder of bands The...

JST DAVID Wins Louisiana Film Fest Scholarship, He Will Perform Saturday at Peppermint Club

JST DAVID Wins Louisiana Film Fest Scholarship,...

By DOTTIE PARIS Singer-songwriter David Jones II, known by his stage name JST DAVID, has been awarded the inaugural Dan Ireland Memorial Scholarship by...

Ken Stringfellow, Mercury Rev, Play California as ‘Supergroup’ Tears of Silver

Ken Stringfellow, Mercury Rev, Play California...

By JOHN DALY Ken Stringfellow and members of Mercury Rev have been on the road as Tears of Silver and the group will play San Diego on Saturday, Pasadena...

Chicano Batman Debut New Politically Charged Video Ahead of U.S. Tour

Chicano Batman Debut New Politically Charged...

By JOHN DALY Popular psych-soul band Chicano Batman has released a new video called Freedom Is Free based on the title track of its latest album. It’s...

Lifehouse and Switchfoot Look Back for Summer With Hit-Filled Show at the Greek

Lifehouse and Switchfoot Look Back for Summer...

Review by DAN MACINTOSH Slotted between Hurricane Harvey, which had just torn through Texas, and the eve of when Hurricane Irma was about to hit Florida,...

Larkin Poe Show Their Southern Blues Heritage with New Album, ‘Peach’

Larkin Poe Show Their Southern Blues Heritage...

Originals and Cover Songs Impress By DONNA BALANCIA Larkin Poe, two young sisters from Atlanta, are making a big mark in the music world with some old-style...

The Focke Wolves, Tijuana Stranglers and Thirsty Crows Play Maui Sugar Mill

The Focke Wolves, Tijuana Stranglers and...

By DONNA BALANCIA The Focke Wolves will be playing Maui Sugar Mill tonight and this band knows how to rip it up old-school punk style.  They’re...

Terry Reid Rehashes The Swingin’ ’60s in Two-Hour Music and Storytelling Set at McCabe’s Guitar Shop

Terry Reid Rehashes The Swingin’ ’60s...

Photos and Story by HEATHER HARRIS We saw the return of legendary British vocalist TERRY REID to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica for a solo “storyteller”...

Gary Clark Jr. Plays Intimate Show at Village Studios in West LA to Celebrate The New 88.5 FM SoCal Radio

Gary Clark Jr. Plays Intimate Show at Village...

By DONNA BALANCIA Gary Clark Jr. put on an intimate show at The Village Studios to celebrate the expansion of 88.5 FM, formerly known as KCSN radio. The...

Wayne Kramer and His Jail Guitar Doors Visit 100th Prison, Setting Benchmark Behind the Wall

Wayne Kramer and His Jail Guitar Doors Visit...

Teaching Music to Inmates Gives Inspiration By DONNA BALANCIA Wayne Kramer and Jail Guitar Doors charity visited its 100th prison on Friday, bringing guitars...

David Lynch Set for Talk at Second Annual Festival of Disruption at Theatre at the Ace Hotel Oct. 14-15

David Lynch Set for Talk at Second Annual...

Lynch Joins The Kills, Moby, Shepard Fairey By JOHN DALY David Lynch will appear for an in-depth talk at the second annual Festival of Disruption at the...

Second Annual Sunstock Festival Returns to Los Angeles To Foster Clean Energy, Music, and Art

Second Annual Sunstock Festival Returns to...

By DOTTIE PARIS Ra Ra Riot, Robert DeLong, Yip Yops and Freedom Fry are among the performers that will shine at the second annual Sunstock Solar Festival...

Cool Tunes Tuesday: Video by Eric Leach Premieres ‘Zoom’ off his New Album Out Today, ‘Mercy Me’

Cool Tunes Tuesday: Video by Eric Leach Premieres...

By DONNA BALANCIA Eric Leach, whose band Symbol Six is known around Southern California as one of the most fun punk rock groups around, has released a...

Elle Belle and Dream Machines Prove Chinatown LA is Still the Place to Find New Alternative Acts

Elle Belle and Dream Machines Prove Chinatown...

By DONNA BALANCIA The bands Elle Belle and Dream Machines made a hot night of new music a little cooler with sounds that shook Chinatown on Saturday. Chinatown,...

Yes, ELP Legacy and Todd Rundgren Make Yestival, A Celebration of Happy Hippy Days and Good Memories

Yes, ELP Legacy and Todd Rundgren Make Yestival,...

Review By CRAIG HAMMONS Happy hippies and purveyors of the fine art of rock music were in heaven the other night at Yestival, a celebration of all things...

Austin Shaw Touches Hearts with Release of ‘Felt,’ An Album That Mixes Rock, Soul, Folk and Ballads

Austin Shaw Touches Hearts with Release of...

Austin Shaw: FELT – Release Date: September 15, 2017 Review by DOTTIE PARIS Santa Cruz is one of those kinds of cities that allows an individual...

For Ad Experts Nordmeister, Making Compelling Films and Music, and Giving Back is The Great Escape

For Ad Experts Nordmeister, Making Compelling...

The Great Escape New Album: ‘Universe In Bloom’ By DONNA BALANCIA It’s a rare time in Los Angeles when you’d rather stay in than...

VIDEO: The National Releases “Day I Die” on Video in Advance of New Album, ‘Sleep Well Beast’

VIDEO: The National Releases “Day I...

By JOHN DALY The National is red hot. One of the hardest working bands in the alternative world, the Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati band has released a new video...

Fans of Kaleo, Buttertones, Show Women Are The New Rising Power in Music Purchase Decisions

Fans of Kaleo, Buttertones, Show Women Are...

Barricades Be Damned Girls Like Kaleo By DONNA BALANCIA Women power is the name of the game and if you’re a good-looking rocker your worries may...

EXCLUSIVE: Innovative Leisure Topper Waterhouse ‘Grateful’ Allah-Las, Fans OK After Attack Attempt

EXCLUSIVE: Innovative Leisure Topper Waterhouse...

Waterhouse: ‘Band’s Name Not Meant to Offend’ By DONNA BALANCIA Nick Waterhouse said he is “grateful” his labelmates Allah-Las...

Echo Park Rising Keeps the Beat; Bassists from Cheap Tissue, Plague Vendor, Cat Scan, Rock and Rule

Echo Park Rising Keeps the Beat; Bassists...

Schizophonics and C.G. Roxanne Blow Doors By DONNA BALANCIA Echo Park Rising is a unique kind of music fest, one that people look forward to all year long....

Review: Hans Zimmer Mesmerizes Audience at The Shrine With an Awe-Inspiring Performance

Review: Hans Zimmer Mesmerizes Audience at...

Review By CRAIG HAMMONS After seeing some of Hans Zimmer’s performance footage from Coachella it was going to be mandatory for me to see this modern...

New Music: Million Miles Shows Heartbreak Will Go Away With ‘Ice Cream and Cigarettes’ – Soundcloud

New Music: Million Miles Shows Heartbreak...

By DONNA BALANCIA Million Miles has a style that is sure to capture the masses. Mellow and beautiful, her voice brings the emotional quality that the people...

HARD Fest Brings Out Variety of Music Genres and Performers Including Snoop Dogg and Destructo

HARD Fest Brings Out Variety of Music Genres...

By DAN MACINTOSH The 10th  annual HARD Summer music gathering celebrated its first decade of giving Southern California dance and hip-hop fans a lineup...

Slash to Develop Guitars with Gibson Brands as the Company’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador

Slash to Develop Guitars with Gibson Brands...

Featured Photo by EL HUMILDE FOTERO Gibson Brands has appointed guitar superstar Slash as Global Brand Ambassador, the first such designation in the company’s...

Summer Concerts Wrap Up with the Mother of All Indie Festivals: Echo Park Rising Kicks Off on Thursday

Summer Concerts Wrap Up with the Mother of...

By DONNA BALANCIA Summer may be winding down but cool concerts in Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica Pier have given way to the annual prize: Echo Park Rising....