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Lady Gaga Wraps Dive Bar Tour By Crowd-Surfing at Silver Lake’s Favorite Retro Venue, The Satellite

Joanne Singer Gives LA Locals a Big Surprise By DONNA BALANCIA On Thursday night, Lady Gaga took to crowd surfing at one of LA’s favorite retro venues: The Satellite. Fresh off her fun Carpool Karaoke […]

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Ross The Boss Friedman: Dictators ‘Amazed’ By Influence on Young Bands – California Rocker Interview

The Dictators NYC Perform at Viper Room Nov. 11 Ross the Boss Friedman, founder of The Dictators talks new music, tour and music biz with California Rocker editor Donna Balancia CR: What kind of influence […]

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La Paloma Theatre Shines on Benefit Night as Jack Tempchin and Musicians Sing Her Praises

Concert to Raise Money for La Paloma Wildly Applauded By DONNA BALANCIA ENCINITAS, Calif. – Musicians Jack Tempchin, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Keith Harkin and Darius Degher electrified at Love The Dove, a benefit concert for […]

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‘Trailer Park Boys’ Live: Cheeseburger Randy and Mr. Lahey Bring Comedy Show to Whisky A Go-Go

By DONNA BALANCIA If you haven’t seen the comedy series Trailer Park Boys on Netflix, it’s not too late to get caught up before two of the show’s main characters come to the Whisky A […]

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Bob Weir Performs ‘Blue Mountain’ and Grateful Dead Music to Packed House at Wiltern

By DONNA BALANCIA Bob Weir mixed stories from the prairie and fireside songs with Grateful Dead favorites during a 3-hour show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.  It’s a stop along his tour to […]


Television, Primus, Brian Jonestown Massacre Bring The ‘Cool Factor’ to Hot Desert Daze Festival

In Its Fifth Year, Desert Daze Growing in Status By DONNA BALANCIA Desert Daze 2016 brought a top lineup of bands and a wildly eclectic, 3-day fashion show to the normally low-key Joshua Tree, and […]

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Desert Trip Dispatch: Our Ace Reviewer Bob Busby Gives A Thumbs Up Wrapup From ‘Oldchella’

Busby: ‘One of the Best Events I’ve Ever Attended’ By BOB BUSBY Roger Waters kept his politics in check during weekend 2 of Desert Trip, but did basically tell the crowds that he would still […]


Paul McCartney Re-Teams With Rihanna at ‘Oldchella’ for Their Collaboration, ‘FourFiveSeconds’

Photo courtesy Prestoff2000 Say what you will about Paul McCartney teaming with Rihanna, but this rendition of FourFiveSeconds — sans Kanye West — had the Desert Trip fans enraptured. Shot by our favorite videographer, Prestoff2000, […]


Television, Deerhunter and Primus Among The Vast Number of Performers at Desert Daze Fest

By JOHN DALY Desert Daze, the little festival that could, has emerged as a viable competitor on the concert-goer’s live event calendar. The festival continues to draw top talent each year. Television, Deerhunter, Primus and […]

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Interview: Nick Waterhouse Keeps The Machine Rolling With New Album, ‘Never Twice’

Music’s Innovator Taps Into Middle America Work Ethic By DONNA BALANCIA Nick Waterhouse has a lot on his mind. He writes songs, performs them, and produces and collaborates with notable musicians. He’s continually working the next […]


Steel Panther Releases Video ‘She’s Tight’ Feat. Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, Plays Residency at The Roxy

Robin Zander, Paris Jackson make Surprise Appearance in Steel Panther Vid Steel Panther has released the new video She’s Tight, featuring Robin Zander of Cheap Trick and Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson. Check it […]

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Chrissie Hynde Talks About Real Music and Pretenders New Album ‘Alone’ in Interview on 88.5 KCSN

By DONNA BALANCIA Chrissie Hynde thinks Rock ‘N’ Roll groups are making a comeback and more young bands will continue to form — if producers can afford them. “Anyone would agree even the guys on […]

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Hammons Reviews: Thievery Corporation Still Keeps The Fans Dancing Under the Black Moon

By CRAIG HAMMONS Thievery Corporation brought their hypnotic grooves, intricate rhythms and mystical funk to the Santa Barbara Bowl on this cool summer evening.  This is the 20-year anniversary of a band that continues to […]


The Recording Academy Coordinates ‘GRAMMYs in My District’ To Lobby for Music Rights

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, more than 2,000 music makers will visit their local legislator’s office as part of The Recording Academy’s annual GRAMMYs in My District event — music’s largest grassroots movement. This advocacy initiative […]

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The Talented Phil Gammage Shares His Bluesy Life with New Album, ‘Used Man for Sale’

By DONNA BALANCIA Phil Gammage has truly got the blues. And that’s a good thing for listeners. The talented singer-songwriter’s state of mind has brought about the heartfelt works via his new album Used Man […]


The Great 1960s Musician Donovan Celebrates 50th Anniversary of ‘Sunshine Superman’ with Tour

The Rose, Saban, Highlight California Shows By DONNA BALANCIA In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, the Vietnam War was raging, astronaut Buzz Aldrin was tackling the final frontier and campus protests were daily occurrances. […]


The Melvins, Teri Gender Bender and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Form Supergroup, Crystal Fairy

New Single Precedes February Album Release By DONNA BALANCIA Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes, Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover of the Melvins, and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of At The Drive-In have formed a new group, […]


Soundgarden-Pearl Jam Supergroup Temple of the Dog Drops Anniversary Album, Talks Tour

By JOHN DALY Temple of the Dog the supergroup comprised of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, have released a […]