Exclusive Interview: Rick Derringer Talks Remarkable Career as he Plays Through the Work

Derringer’s ‘Rock and Roll Hootchie-Koo’ Still Popular Today BY DONNA BALANCIA Rick Derringer has a knack for turning play into work. Derringer’s career began at age 17 with the hit “Hang On Sloopy,” which he […]


Photos: Check out Iggy Pop Performing ‘Lust For Life’ at Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas

‘Godfather of Punk’ Scores Perfect Game As Festival Grows Photos by ALYSON CAMUS Punk Rock Bowling fest in Las Vegas really scores. And here’s the proof: One of the original punkers from the 1970s himself, […]

Live Reviews

Alena Lim Review: Hideouts Blend Some Well-Liked Alternative Ingredients to Create Tasty Punk Treats

Sink In Opens Can of Cool at Slidebar RNR Kitchen By ALENA LIM Hideouts is a 5-piece alternative rock/pop punk band from Huntington Beach, formed in 2012 Hideouts released their debut EP titled Stuck Between Stories on […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum: ‘Chris Cornell and I Were Brothers in Arms During Tough Times’

Pirner to Play Tribute at Whisky A Go-Go Tuesday By DONNA BALANCIA Soul Asylum founder Dave Pirner said he and the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell shared challenging times in the early days of the […]

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Awards Earns Three Finalist Designations for Southern California Journalism Awards

CR Finalist in Best Blog, Best Social Media STAFF REPORT LOS ANGELES –, the Los Angeles-based music blog, nabbed three Finalist designations for the Southern California Journalism Awards, it was announced Saturday. Work Honored […]

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Suicycos, Fatal Riot, Sin Drogas Among Top Punkers Who Impress at Pico Rivera Hardcore in Vernon

Extensive Review of Pico Rivera Punk By ALENA LIM Pico Rivera Hardcore Presented a punk show that ripped the rafters at San Antonio Rose in Vernon.  Suicycos, Fatal Riot, Sin Drogas, Kid Unoriginal, Sirenhex, Destructive […]


Nancy Wilson and Band, Roadcase Royale, Debut New Video ‘Not Giving Up,’ Play Local SoCal Gigs

Royale to Headline Coach House, Rose and Canyon By DONNA BALANCIA Check out Nancy Wilson and her new band Roadcase Royale perform the video “Not Giving Up” on Roadcase Royale will be playing gigs […]

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Fans and Friends Mourn Chris Cornell; Soundgarden Frontman Had Ties to Seattle And Sunset Strip

Wife Blames Meds for ‘Suicidal Thoughts’ Photo by HARMONY GERBER, Story by DONNA BALANCIA Fans and the faithful followers of Chris Cornell were awakened Thursday to the shocking news that the Soundgarden frontman and grunge […]


Todd Rundgren: ‘A Wizard A True Star’ Was Abomination to Everyone Else, But It Was My Defining Moment

Prolific Musician Addresses Berklee Commencement By TODD RUNDGREN “I barely graduated high school, I did not go to college, I did not qualify for a music school of the caliber of Berklee; I never would […]

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After 17 Years, Fans Still Catch a Wild Show by At The Drive In and Pals Le Butcherettes at The Shrine

ATDI Touring for Album, in•ter a•li•a By DONNA BALANCIA At The Drive In should rename themselves “At The Dive In,” because 17 years later, the band is still slamming a phenomenal physical and inspiring performance. Wild, […]

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Sara Ontaneda Brings Her Remarkable Voice and Magical Music to The Mint, Musician is ‘Grateful’ for Gift

Ecuadorian-Born Musician Comes to Los Angeles By DONNA BALANCIA Sara Ontaneda performed her magic music at The Mint and the crowd was enraptured by the angelic presence and remarkable voice of this New York City-based […]

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Le Butcherettes Cause Havoc at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, Support At The Drive In at The Shrine Saturday

With Video of Le Butcherettes and ATDI from Kimmel By DONNA BALANCIA Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes is one of the best rock and roll performers of all time. It’s as  simple as that.  […]

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Allison Iraheta and Halo Circus Show Quality Has a Bold Shape with New Album, ‘East Lansing’

With Iraheta It’s All About the Voice By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN I thought a long time before I nominated Allison Iraheta for the LA Music Critics Award for Best Rock Singer of 2016. Allison and her […]


The Blessings Rock The Heather Harris Photo Exhibit at Pop Obscure Records in Downtown LA

Musicians, Artists and Friends on Hand at Showing By DONNA BALANCIA The Blessings performed as fans of photography and music gathered at Pop Obscure Records in downtown L.A. for an exhibit by photographer Heather Harris. […]


Kiefer Sutherland, Singer-Songwriter, Makes Success Out of Heartbreak on his ‘Not Enough Whiskey’ Tour

Songs Tell The Story of This Second-Generation Actor By DONNA BALANCIA Kiefer Sutherland took guitar in hand and hit the Southern California stages last week, moving from Stagecoach to the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood […]


Steven Adler to Lead All-Star Jam at Third Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Rally and Concert Sunday

Motorcycle Event Raised $50,000 Last Year By DONNA BALANCIA Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler will lead an all-star jam during the Third Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Rally and Concert this Sunday, May 7 […]


‘Sunset Strip Godfather’ Mario Maglieri, Owner of Rainbow and The Whisky A Go-Go Passes Away at 93

Rockers and Rebels Alike Mourn ‘Father Figure’ By DONNA BALANCIA Mario Maglieri, co-owner and founder of The Rainbow Bar and Grill, and co-owner of Whisky A Go-Go passed away from natural causes at 93, it […]

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Colin Hay of Men at Work and his Wife, Cecilia, Introduce The World to Cuban Musician San Miguel

Great Night of Cuban Music at Gibson Showroom By DONNA BALANCIA San Miguel and his band featuring Colin Hay put on a Cuban music performance at the Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills that left them […]


Interpol To Celebrate 15th Anniversary of ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ With Show at State Historic Park in LA

By JOHN DALY Interpol will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of their debut album Turn On The Bright Lights by playing the record in its entirety at LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles on Saturday, […]


Heather Harris to Exhibit Her Famous Rock Images at Pop Obscure Records From May 6 Through June 18

The Blessings To Play Opening Night Party By DONNA BALANCIA Heather Harris has had a unique perspective from her vantage point as rock photographer in the pit since 1967.  There isn’t much this sharpeye doesn’t […]