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

By DONNA BALANCIA Check out a song premiere released exclusively through and by the Flamin’ Groovies, called “Cryin’ Shame.” “Cryin Shame” is one of the hot new tracks off the Flamin’ Groovies’ soon-to-be-released […]


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

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 the second year in a row that Talia hits the West […]

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

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 tonight. Waite, known for The Babys songs […]

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

By DONNA BALANCIA Performances by Ty Segall, Chicano Batman, and Iggy Pop highlighted an otherwise uneven FYF Fest last weekend at Exposition Park. Musical Diversity in the Lineup Parking snafus and entrance issues occurred Friday […]

Live Reviews

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

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 Amphitheatre on this cool summer night to get the […]

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

Site Wins Social Media and Best Blog Awards By JOHN DALY LOS ANGELES – The team at has set the standard: Donna Balancia and her editorial team have won five journalism awards in one […] California Rocker

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

By JOHN DALY Rare photos of The Rolling Stones are available for auction through Images of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the bandmembers, on stage and at play, are now available  […]


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

‘Seizure and Desist’ a Dark Political Skewering By DONNA BALANCIA Don’t expect Mike Patton and company to leave any controversial subject unchecked. Take a look at the latest video from Dead Cross, which kicks off […]


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

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 Pier Thursday night for the Twilight Concerts Series. Check out […]


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

Alarma ‘Ignites’ Northeast LA and Beyond By DOTTIE PARIS Alarma has a new album called World Ignition that blends world music and alternative with surprisingly good results. The core of the band is comprised of […]


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

 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 Union, Evol Walks, Rocky Kramer, JennaSyde and the Watchers, Love […]


VIDEO: Watch Alison Mosshart of The Kills Join The Foo Fighters On Stage for ‘La Dee Da’

By DONNA BALANCIA Alison Mosshart of The Kills lends her wild dancing and killer voice to The Foo Fighters’ “La Dee Da,” a single off the upcoming Foos’ album, Concrete and Gold. She guests on […]


Legendary Band, Sound Barrier, To Perform New Cuts Tonight at Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip

Rock Crossover Band Electrifies at Whisky Tonight By DONNA BALANCIA Sound Barrier the band will hit the Whisky A Go-Go stage tonight and play some new cuts for longtime fans. The legendary 1980s band with […]

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VIDEO: Arcade Fire Releases ‘Electric Blue,’ The Fourth Track Advance off ‘Everything Now’ Album

By JOHN DALY Arcade Fire has released “Electric Blue” — the fourth and final advance track from the band’s upcoming fifth album, Everything Now. Everything Now will be released July 28 on CD, cassette, digital download and heavyweight black vinyl LP through an […]


VIDEO: West London Rockers Calling All Astronauts Debut ‘Living The Dream,’ off Album ‘Anti-Social Network’

By JOHN DALY West London alt rockers Calling All Astronauts debut “Living The Dream” the fifth and final single from their second album Anti-Social Network. The single is at the No. 1 spot in the […]

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Nile Rodgers and Chic to Bring Their ‘Good Times’ Disco Dance Show to The Wiltern Theatre on Friday

By DONNA BALANCIA Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, will bring their famous disco jam to The Wiltern tomorrow night in an all-ages dance show. ‘We Are Family’ Chic, co-founded by Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, is expected […]


Dan MacIntosh Film Review: ‘American Valhalla’ Captures Respect, Friendship Between Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

Review By DAN MACINTOSH American Valhalla documents Josh Homme’s dream collaboration with Iggy Pop, an artist he’s admired since he was a Coachella Valley teen skateboarding to the Repo Man soundtrack bumping on his boombox. […]


VIDEO: ‘American Valhalla’ Gets Front Row Reception; Fans Line Up Around the Block to Meet Josh Homme

Post Pop Depression Draws Raves VIDEO By DONNA BALANCIA Josh Homme, Steve Jones and director Andreas Neumann were on hand for a post-screening Q and A at the LA premiere of American Valhalla, the documentary […]

Live Reviews

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Captivates Hearts and Minds – At The Greek Theatre and The Egyptian Movie House

By CRAIG HAMMONS, Photos by ALYSON CAMUS To witness a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds show is like having a spiritual rock and roll cleansing. He captures hearts and souls whether on the stage […]


Austin Shaw Releases New Album, ‘Felt,’ Gets Set For His Debut Performance at LA’s Viper Room Tuesday

By DOTTIE PARIS Santa Cruz-rooted singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer Austin Shaw has always believed that everyone has a story to tell. “You can look into people’s eyes and get a glimpse of where they have […]


Super Ultra Megatones Combine Progressive Sounds with Surf Music to Create ‘Prog-Surf’ Tunes

Band Gives Video Interview By DONNA BALANCIA You would expect to hear the music of the Super Ultra Megatones as the backdrop to a dramatic movie. The trio of instrumentalists has put together a unique […]

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Chip Kinman of Rank and File, Ford Madox Ford Talks New Album

‘This American Blues’ to Drop Soon By DONNA BALANCIA Ford Madox Ford will release a new album called This American Blues, frontman and founder Chip Kinman told in an exclusive interview. CHECK IT OUT: […]


A Redwood Weekend: The Glam Skanks, Will Crewdson, Sloths and Schizophonics Rip It Up Back in DTLA

Glam Skanks Headline a Wild July 4 Weekend Featured Photos by SUZANNE ALLISON WITKIN The Glam Skanks, the all-girl rockers who have glitterized their way all the way up the rock and roll ladder, made […]