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

HARD Fest Brings Out Strong Variety of Music...

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....

Paris Tomkins Brings Back Good Ol’ Rock N Roll with New EP ‘Here’s The Riot’ a Blend of Alt and Cool

Paris Tomkins Brings Back Good Ol’...

Songs of Love, Anger and Freedom By JOHN DALY Singer-songwriter Paris Tompkins’ newest EP called Here’s The Riot is a true rock and roll experience,...

Mike Patton Debuts as Frontman with Dave Lombardo’s Dead Cross at Observatory for First Show

Mike Patton Debuts as Frontman with Dave...

Dead Cross Rips in the OC Photos By DONNA BALANCIA Dead Cross featuring Mike Patton performed the first show at the Observatory in Orange County last night...

Baby Boomers Are Chasing the Music as Hotels and Tourism Destinations Pick Up on the Economic Beat

Baby Boomers Are Chasing the Music as Hotels...

By DONNA BALANCIA When rock and roll music came on the scene in the 1960s, a generation of young people fell in love with the new sound. Fifty years later,...

Fishbone Enters a New Phase as Members Look Back, And to a Future Without Curtis Story

Fishbone Enters a New Phase as Members Look...

One of Punks Founding Bands Continues On By DONNA BALANCIA Beyond Baroque has its hands full for 2017. The historic arts hangout in Venice is one of the...

VIDEO: Gorillaz Release New Dance Track, ‘Strobelite’ Off Most Recent Album, ‘Humanz’

VIDEO: Gorillaz Release New Dance Track,...

Gorillaz To Play Outside Lands Fest By JOHN DALY Gorillaz have released a new dance track from their latest album Humanz, called “Strobelite.”...

Valerie June: A Darling of a Performer Who Took Fans at the Santa Monica Pier by the Soul and Heartstrings

Valerie June: A Darling of a Performer Who...

Irma Thomas Glitters at Twilight Concert Series By DONNA BALANCIA One thing about Valerie June, for a little gal from Tennessee, she’s got a boatload...

Dee Snider, Jesse Hughes and Hard Rock Royalty Pay Tribute to David Z on The Sunset Strip

Dee Snider, Jesse Hughes and Hard Rock Royalty...

Whisky A Go-Go Event Goes Off at 8 P.M. Photo of Paulie Z By DONNA BALANCIA Musicians at the Whisky A Go-Go will pay tribute tonight to bassist David Z,...

Iggy Pop, Ty Segall — Rock’s Newest BFFs — Join Hot Lineup at Desert Daze Fest in Joshua Tree Oct. 12-15

Iggy Pop, Ty Segall — Rock’s...

Veteran Rocker and Beloved Local Join Forces By DONNA BALANCIA The newest BFFs in rock and roll — Iggy Pop and Ty Segall — have signed on to...

Cheetah Chrome Revives ‘Dead Boys,’ and Talks Tour and a New Album in an Exclusive Interview

Cheetah Chrome Revives ‘Dead Boys,’...

‘Stiv Would Say, Why Ain’t I Involved?’ Photos By HEATHER HARRIS – Interview By DONNA BALANCIA The Dead Boys have come back to...

Listen to Song Premiere from Flamin Groovies: ‘Cryin’ Shame’ Exclusively on CaliforniaRocker.com

Listen to Song Premiere from Flamin Groovies:...

By DONNA BALANCIA Check out a song premiere released exclusively through CaliforniaRocker.com and EastCoastRocker.com by the Flamin’ Groovies, called...

Parisian Trio, TALIA, Tours The West, Brings Big Punk Rock Sound to San Diego and Northern California

Parisian Trio, TALIA, Tours The West, Brings...

By JOHN DALY After rocking the Whiskey a Go-Go last summer, the band TALIA returns to California to captivate Northern and Southern California. It’s...

John Waite Won’t be ‘Missing You’ as he Launches 40th Anniversary Tour at Canyon Tonight

John Waite Won’t be ‘Missing...

By DONNA BALANCIA John Waite, lead singer for The Babys, will celebrate his 40th anniversary of making music with a tour kicking off at the Canyon in Agoura...

Ty Segall, Iggy Pop and Chicano Batman Shine at Uneven FYF Fest; Nine Inch Nails Closes with ‘Hurt’

Ty Segall, Iggy Pop and Chicano Batman Shine...

Fest May Return to Historic Park in 2018 By DONNA BALANCIA Performances by Ty Segall, Chicano Batman, and Iggy Pop highlighted an otherwise uneven FYF...

Craig Hammons: The B-52s With Pacific Symphony Create The ‘Cosmic Party’ in Orange County

Craig Hammons: The B-52s With Pacific Symphony...

Pacific Symphony Joins B52s By CRAIG HAMMONS After almost four decades of shaking and shimmying their way around the world The B-52s landed at the Pacific...

UK Music Producer Kevin Armstrong Talks Playing FYF Fest and Lucky ‘Second Chance’ With Iggy Pop

UK Music Producer Kevin Armstrong Talks Playing...

An FYF Edition of The California Rocker Q and A Photos by PAUL McALPINE Kevin Armstrong has played with some of the most creative and and famous frontmen...

A New Record for California Rocker – Five Journalism Awards with Two First Place Finishes in One Year

A New Record for California Rocker –...

Site Wins Social Media and Best Blog Awards By JOHN DALY LOS ANGELES – The team at CaliforniaRocker.com has set the standard: Donna Balancia and...

FYF Fest Gets Twitter Livestream Saturday and Sunday, Iggy Pop, NIN, Solange, Headline

FYF Fest Gets Twitter Livestream Saturday...

By DONNA BALANCIA The big event in town this weekend is FYF Fest, but if you didn’t get tickets you can still watch Saturday and Sunday night performances...

Rare Photos of The Rolling Stones by Terry O’Neill Hit The Auction Block Online at Art Site Barnebys.com

Rare Photos of The Rolling Stones by Terry...

By JOHN DALY Rare photos of The Rolling Stones are available for auction through Barnebys.com. Images of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the...

Dead Cross Kicks off Two-Month Tour at Observatory in Santa Ana on Aug. 10, Drops New Video

Dead Cross Kicks off Two-Month Tour at Observatory...

‘Seizure and Desist’ a Dark Political Skewering By DONNA BALANCIA Don’t expect Mike Patton and company to leave any controversial subject...

Eric Burdon to Play Santa Monica Pier Thursday; Drops Throwback Cover of ‘For What It’s Worth’

Eric Burdon to Play Santa Monica Pier Thursday;...

By DONNA BALANCIA Eric Burdon, whose wide-ranging musical talents have made him one of the best-loved performers of all time, will play the Santa Monica...

Alarma Creates a Combo That Works: Ethnic Beats Blended with Alternative Appeal on ‘World Ignition’

Alarma Creates a Combo That Works: Ethnic...

Alarma ‘Ignites’ Northeast LA and Beyond By DOTTIE PARIS Alarma has a new album called World Ignition that blends world music and alternative...

Cruefest Hollywood Charity to Once Again Take Over the Whisky A Go-Go on Sunset Strip in July

Cruefest Hollywood Charity to Once Again...

 By JOHN DALY Cruefest Hollywood will once again be taking over the world-famous Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood on July 29. DJ Alex Kayne, Bitch, Blacklist...

VIDEO: Nile Rodgers, Survivor, Shares ‘Good Times’ at Wiltern With the Music of Disco Band, Chic

VIDEO: Nile Rodgers, Survivor, Shares ‘Good...

Rodgers Brings Disco Era To Life By DONNA BALANCIA Nile Rodgers has survived the music industry and cancer and still puts on a show for the ages. With...