Chrris Isaak and his doggie pal, Rodney: Both smile for the camera - Photo by Donna Balancia

The Kills + Chris Isaak Appear at Ron Robinson for Fundraiser Benefitting Rational Animal

Rodney the Dog Helps Isaak Beat Valley Disease By DONNA BALANCIA The Kills and Chris Isaak were on hand Tuesday night at Ron Robinson in Santa Monica for a fundraiser called Artists With Animals, to […]

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The Smart Pills ‘Lost Studio Recordings’ Are Appropriate Discovery for Today, EP on Sale Dec. 2

Smart Pills Founder Vince Conrad Says Re-Release of Punk Recordings a Labor of Love By DONNA BALANCIA If you never got a chance to get a copy of any of The Smart Pills songs back […]


Dandy Warhols, Jim James, Dragonette and Illenium Play Goldenvoice Venues During Month of December

Holiday cheer and great music are on the horizon for the month of December. The Dandy Warhols with Telegram and Warbly Jets will take the stage at The Fonda Theatre on Dec. 16 and Jim James will be at the […]

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John Mayall at The Rose in Pasadena: A Divine Experience For Those Who Worship The Blues

By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN Special to PASADENA – Going to a John Mayall concert is like going to church – not to a religious ceremony, unless blues is your religion, but being inside a cathedral experiencing […]

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Fartbarf, David and The Curse, and Tres, Synthesize Music Down to Its Purest Form at El Cid Friday Night

By DONNA BALANCIA We never considered seeing Fartbarf for the last few years, mainly because of the name of the band. Too sophomoric. After all, could a band named Fartbarf actually have any redeeming value […]


Relative Newcomer Saint Blasphemer Makes Fresh Dent in Metal World with New EP ‘Simon Templar’

By JOHN DALY Saint Blasphemer is a relative newcomer to performing Rock N Roll, but the Santa Ana band has the chops for the long haul. Saint Blasphemer has been playing since last February and […]


VIDEO: Kanye West Stops San Jose Show for 25 Minutes: ‘I Would Have Voted On Trump’ He Says

VIDEO courtesy of KMEL Photo by BRANDON WINTERS, Story by By DONNA BALANCIA Never one to shy away from controversy, Kanye West drew boos at a San Jose, Calif., concert when he told the crowd […]

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The Suffers To Play Their Brand of ‘Gulf Coast Soul’ at The Echo Saturday Night, Release New Video

The Suffers: Get Ready for Soulful Rock N Roll By DONNA BALANCIA The Suffers, Houston’s answer to Rock N Roll Soul, led by powerhouse front woman Kam Franklin, will hit the stage at The Echo […]

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The Kills Celebrate 15th Anniversary with California Shows including Pappy and Harriet’s, HOB Anaheim

By DONNA BALANCIA The Kills will celebrate their 15th anniversary with some new shows set for March 2017 in various California venues. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 15 years, you […]

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Val Kilmer Gives Mark Twain New Audience in ‘Cinema Twain,’ The Great Film Based on his One-Man Play

★★★★★ Kilmer Scores With ‘Cinema Twain’ By DONNA BALANCIA Val Kilmer takes on the role of humorist Mark Twain and gives an extremely heartfelt — and funny — performance in Cinema Twain. Kilmer, known for […]

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Leonard Cohen, Legendary Poet and Musician Known for Soulful and Skillful Songs of Truth, Dies at 82

Cohen Enjoyed a Full Life, Well-Lived By DONNA BALANCIA Prolific musician Leonard Cohen has died, it was announced Thursday night. He was 82. The Canadian-born Cohen was known for his beautifully written songs of love, angst […]


NEW VIDEO: Hard Rockers The Dead Daisies Release Their Video for the Single, ‘A Song and a Prayer’

Rockers The Dead Daisies have released of their hot new single ‘A Song And A Prayer’ for today on Spitfire Music / SPV and the band put together a video to go with. A short film, reflecting the […]

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Shirley Manson, Lita Ford and Esperanza Spalding Among 2017 ‘She Rocks Awards’ Honorees

Shirley Manson, Lita Ford and Esperanza Spalding have been named among the honorees for The 2017 She Rocks Awards, it was announced. Presented for the fifth year by The Women’s International Music Network, the event […]

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Gavin Rossdale ‘Monkeys’ With the Packed House at the Observatory, Takes a Trip into His Audience

Bush gave an energetic performance at the Observatory in Santa Ana, with frontman Gavin Rossdale climbing through the packed crowd and giving kisses, hugs and handshakes to the faithful. The band which came to fame […]

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Cindy Lee Berryhill To Release New Album, ‘The Adventurist,’ Truly a Transcendent Labor of Love

By DONNA BALANCIA Cindy Lee Berryhill is a “Lover of Love” and that comes through loud and clear on her new album, The Adventurist. Cindy Lee, a fixture in the LA music scene who now […]

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Legendary Alice Cooper Goes from Kid’s Playhouse to Fantasy Springs and Still has Time for His Golf Game

Review of Alice Cooper at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino By CRAIG HAMMONS The first time I saw Alice Cooper was in the gymnasium of Cal State Fullerton in 1969. He was on the bill with […]

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Cold War Kids, Kaleo, Empire of the Sun to Headline ‘Altimate December 2 Remember’ Concert Series

Popular Bands in Intimate LA Venues Dec. 5-12 Kaleo, Cold War Kids and The Lumineers are among alternative all-stars headlining Alt 98-7, L.A.’s Second Annual ALTIMATE December 2 Remember Holiday Concert Series. The ALTIMATE December […]