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The xx Release Digital Deluxe Version of Their Classic Third Album, ‘I See You,’ Play Glastonbury

By JOHN DALY

The xx have released a digital deluxe version of their classic third album, I See You. 

I See You is available on all digital services now and features three new songs: “Naïve,” which features a Drake sample, “Seasons Run” and “Brave For You.” The songs were previously available on the I See You boxed set but have never previously been available digitally.

To mark the news, The xx have today also revealed a video for “Brave For You (Marfa Demo).”

 

 

 

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, September 30 at 7:00 PM.

Deerhunter and Battles will support the show. This will be one of only two U.S. performances of Turn On The Bright Lights.

The Goldenvoice presale begins Thursday, May 4 from 10 AM to 10 PM with the password BRIGHT. The FYF presale begins Thursday, May 4 from 10 AM to 10 PM with the password LIGHTS. The general on sale is Friday, May 5 at 10:00 AM. Tickets are available via AXS.com. Tickets sell for $59.50.

FYF Presents and Goldenvoice are very excited to welcome Interpol back to Los Angeles. LA State Historic Park is the original site of FYF Fest from 2009 to 2013 and it was the very first festival to be held in the location.

Interpol began in New York in 1997, when guitarist Daniel Kessler recruited bassist Carlos Dengler and singer-guitarist Paul Banks to form a band. In 2002, with Sam Fogarino on drums, the band signed to Matador Records and released Turn On The Bright Lights.

Over the next decade and a half, Interpol would go on to wide critical and commercial acclaim, with four subsequent high-charting records on the Billboard 200; earning rave reviews across the map, performing on late night television shows including Late Show with David Letterman and Conan, and playing major festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Primavera. Turn On The Bright Lights has sold over a million albums to date, and continues to be a complex, melodic, unforgettable debut release.

The band (Banks, Kessler and Fogarino) is currently working on new material in their native New York, for their sixth album due for release through Matador Records, worldwide, in 2018.

Check out the Interpol Facebook page for more information.

Deadmau5 to Open Pop-Up Store on Fairfax in LA April 28-29 With Cool Stuff, Special Heads Will Roll

By JOHN DALY

After a successful pop-up emporium during his ‘a lot of shows in a row’ run in New York, electronic music producer deadmau5 will open a pop-up store on Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles.

Deadmau5 has partnered with FANCY.com, to recreate the ‘lots of stuff in a store’ pop-up shop experience in Los Angeles during his four-night sold out run at The Shrine.

The shop — located at 346 N. Fairfax Ave. in the Fairfax shopping district between Melrose Ave and Beverly Blvd.–will be open to the public this Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 from noon to 8:00 pm each day.

The Los Angeles edition of ‘lots of stuff in a store‘ will expand on many of the cool and unique specialty items from the NYC store – which ranged from toys to music to mau5 merch. Among the items will be limited edition merch like deadmau5 x Ron English vinyl toys to mau5trap/deadmau5 art prints/posters, W:/2016ALBUM/ vinyl.

Also featured in the store will be many of deadmau5’s personal collection of mau5heads on display, including a one-of-a-kind piece by Ron English created at the lots of stuff in a store pop-up in NYC. The head, available now online at www.omaze.com/deadmau5, was created for charity with proceeds going to Win, the largest provider of homeless shelter and supportive housing services for women and families in New York.

All of this is timed around deadmau5’s four-night sold-out run at The Shrine in downtown Los Angeles.  The shows, which feature his new Cube 2.1 live production, are part of his national ‘lots of shows in a row’ U.S. tour with support act Feed Me.

 

The Jay Clark Band Creates ‘Country Metal’ Genre While Making Great Music on New Breakthrough Album

This One’s For The Underdog

By JOHN DALY

For anyone who’s had down times while trying to make your way, The Jay Clark Band has an inspirational album, “Cocked and Loaded,” that may give you a second wind.

Jay Clark puts out one for the underdog with ‘Cocked and Loaded’ – Photo courtesy of Jay Clark

If there were such a genre as Country Metal, then Cincinnati-based The Jay Clark Band has it all wrapped up. His voice is as good as any metal rocker out there today and the wailing country rock guitar brings us back to the day when it was the most popular genre out there. Remember Lynyrd Skynyrd?

The driving rythm and the great lyrics on “We Won’t Be Pushed Around” makes every underdog feel victorious.  Everyone has experienced times when they’ve been picked on for no reason. Well here’s a ballad that turns the tables, with excellent lead guitar and powerful keyboards, succinct vocals and explosive lyrics.

“Freight Train” certainly captures the power behind the thought of plowing ahead no matter what the odds. It’s definitely good to have it playing in the car if you’re on a great getaway.

The lead single, “The River,” which features Adam Cunningham is a great song, but not the kind of tempo we would have thought would be worthy of early release.  With all the other songs that make you want to go party or carouse, why the elegant “The River” as a lead single?

The band is tight. Tommy Harden is on drums, Eli Beaird and Mike Brignardello play bass, Jeff King is on electric guitar, Steve Nathan plays the keys, John Willis  and Larry Beaird are on acoustic guitar, Adam Cunningham is on vocals along with Tania Hanceroff and the record was engineered by Jim DeBlanc, mastered at Yesmasterstudios in Nashville and production was at Beaird Music Studio.

Jay apparently tried out his material on his Facebook page. Actually he’s very entertaining and the lo-tech quality on Facebook makes it even more interesting that the recordings came out so absolutely the opposite with exacting sound and hi-caliber quality.  Check out his Facebook videos and are sure as God made little apples, a smile will come to your face.

Keep your eyes peeled for The Jay Clark Band because they may be coming to a little honky tonk or rock and roll bar near you this year. Check the band out on Bandcamp.

Overall, Cocked and Loaded is an excellent record. It gives us a sense that country rock may be making a comeback only with a metal twist. After all, don’t headbangers and rednecks both love good music?

The Damned Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour With The First of Five California Dates: Video

Band Made Classic ‘Alone Again Or’ Their Own – See Video

By JOHN DALY

In honor of The Damned 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour, check out this video from last year’s show at The Roxy.

The Damned has endured the ups and downs of a career that would have killed any lesser group of punk progenitors.  But tonight they make their first of five Southern California appearances celebrating their longevity and success.

Watch them perform the classic “All Again Or” by the band Love, which The Damned boldly adopted as their own.

 

Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello to Release Special Edition ‘Flowers’ Cassette for Record Store Day

By JOHN DALY

With the Flowers In The Dirt Archive Collection edition’s March 24th release date via  MPL/Capitol/UMe fast approaching, Paul McCartney has confirmed a very special Record Store Day exclusive.

To commemorate Record Store Day this April 22, a limited edition three-song cassette of Paul and Elvis Costello’s Flowers In The Dirt demos will be made available at participating RSD stores.

The limited edition cassette-only release will be the first time these recordings — “I Don’t Want To Confess,” “Shallow Grave” and “Mistress And Maid” — will be made available in the same form as when Paul and Elvis first cut them directly to tape.

“The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set,” McCartney said. “What’s great about these songs is that they’ve just been written. So there’s nothing more hot off the skillet as I say. So that was the kind of great instant thing about them.  I hadn’t listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment’s finally arrived.”

For information on formats, track listings, preorders etc., go to Paul McCartney’s blog.

For a list of Record Store Day participants, see the Record Store Day website.

Bee Gees Get GRAMMY Salute in ‘Stayin’ Alive’ Anniversary Concert at Microsoft Theater for CBS

Celine Dion, John Legend, Starry Winter Sing Bee Gees

By JOHN DALY

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Bee Gees famous Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS will present “Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees.”

The Bee Gees got album of the year in 1979 for Saturday Night Fever - Courtesy Recording Academy California Rocker

The Bee Gees got album of the year in 1979 for Saturday Night Fever – Courtesy Recording Academy

Nick Jonas, DNCE, Demi Lovato Headline Bee Gees Special

Headlining the Bee Gees tribute, which will be broadcast on CBS, are Celine Dion, DNCE, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Little Big Town, Pentatonix, Keith Urban. It is set to air April 16.

The Bee Gees are five-time GRAMMY winners and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

Seven-time GRAMMY winner and Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb, who released a solo album late last year, will also be on hand to perform a selection of hits from the Saturday Night Fever—Soundtrack, which won Album Of The Year at the 21st Annual GRAMMY Awards and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2004.  Additional performers will be announced soon.

LA Singer Starry Winter Covers Bee Gees

Not only the big names get a chance to sing the Bee Gees. Check out local singer Starry Night covering the rare Bee Gees song “This Is Where I Came In,” produced by Vince Conrad of Vince Conrad Productions.

Bee Gees at Microsoft Theater

The live concert taping will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

For tickets, which start at $25, visit www.axs.com or contact ticketing@grammy.com. The special will broadcast on the CBS Television Network in April.

“The Bee Gees—Barry, Robin, and Maurice—were international musical icons who helped make Saturday Night Fever an emblem of 1970s pop culture,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy. “With expert harmonies, undeniable groove, and a personal charisma matching their on-stage persona, the iconic band of brothers defined not just a genre, but a generation. I’m looking forward to celebrating one of the most famous soundtracks ever produced and reliving Saturday Night Fever, once again.”

Andra Day, Pentatonix among those honoring the Bee Gees - Photo courtesy of Recording Academy

Andra Day, Pentatonix among those honoring the Bee Gees – Photo courtesy of Recording Academy

“Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees” is the latest TV special presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS. Others include “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY Salute,” “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America—A GRAMMY Salute,” and “Sinatra 100—An All-Star GRAMMY Concert.”

“Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees” is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ehrlich and Rac Clark are the executive producers, Ron Basile is the producer, and David Wild is the writer.

Ra Ra Riot Single ‘Water’ Gets New Remix Treatment from Canadian Electronic Producer Inukshuk

By JOHN DALY

In late 2016, Ra Ra Rio held a Wavo remix competition, inviting the world’s best remixers to try their hand at reimagining their hit single, “Water.”

Canadian producer Inukshuk — also known as Kyle Anderson — won the competition with the band selecting his remix as their favorite from among hundreds of entries.

Check out the new remix of “Water” here:

Inukshuk

This is an excellent rendition of the hit single and is a smart marketing tool that extends the life of the song.  This kind of contest probably can’t be done with every song out there, but for some of the well-known and well-loved tunes this is a clever idea.

The Canadian Inukshuk has been producing since 2012, in a variety of electronic genres.  He’s probably best known for his singles “Happy Accidents” and “A World Away” which together have racked up more than five million plays on YouTube.

Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot released the album Need Your Light last year to great reviews.  Like with “Water,” the album features production from collaborator Rostam Batmanglij.  The band spent last year not only celebrating their 10-year anniversary as a band but also touring the U.S. The band’s 2016 year was capped off with a massive tour as support for Young The Giant that included a show at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

Ill Repute, The Grim, to Headline Punk Rock Swap Meet for Charity in Canoga Park Saturday

Punk Rock Swap Meet: Buy, Sell or Slam!

By JOHN DALY

Ill Repute and The Grim headline Punk Rock Swap Meet, the annual charity event tomorrow in Canoga Park.

Attendees are encouraged to “Buy, Sell or Slam” as the Knights of Columbus-hosted bi-annual gig and indoor swap meet celebrates its second year. It’s an all-in-one event open to all ages with seven bands and full bar with ID.

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Organized through Knights of Columbus, Council #3601, a seven-band strong showcase of punk rock that has to rival punk rock bowling as strange combination of events will be held at 21433 Strathern St., Canoga Park from 4 p.m. on. All ages are welcome, there will be door prizes and a raffle. Food will be available also.

Ill Repute, Naked Aggression, The Grim, Corrupted Youth, The Shermtones, Mother of Dissension and Bootleg Brigade will perform. Admission price is $10. Advance tickets are $8.

For vendor or general information, contact Bob Oedy at (818) 492-8690 or boboedy@yahoo.com

And Now for Something Completely Different: Mike Patton Debuts Tetema at Tasmania MoFo Festival

Posted By JOHN DALY

Check out Mike Patton’s latest venture: Tetema, which debuted some new sounds for the fair folks at Tasmania’s Mona Foma fest:

 

Patton wears many different hats and is known for being the terrific vocalist and front man with Faith No More.  Composer Anthony Pateras joins Patton in the band. Patton recently announced he’ll be working with Dave Lombardo on their anticipated project Dead Cross.

Read about Dead Cross at CaliforniaRocker.com

 

Special thanks to Seana Connor and Rodrigo Roros for the video uploads.

VIDEO: Conor Oberst Makes a Life Statement in New Single ‘A Little Uncanny’ off Album ‘Salutations’

Pre-Order Available on Conor Oberst Album, ‘Salutations’

Check out the video for Conor Oberst’s new single ‘A Little Uncanny’ here.

Oberst releases the new album Salutations on March 17 via Nonesuch Records, and you can pre-order hereSalutations includes The Felice Brothers and drummer Jim Keltner; guests include Jim James, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills, Jonathan Wilson and more.

Oberst will play the Greek Theatre in May.

Oberst said of co-producer Keltner: “Jim was really the captain of the ship and the spiritual leader of the project. We leaned heavy on his fifty-plus years of musical insight to get us to where we needed to be. He brought such depth and dignity to the proceedings that made everyone else involved rise to the occasion. It was a true stroke of luck that he got involved when he did.”

For more information check out Oberst’s Facebook page.

 

Lionsgate Summit Entertainment to Distribute Anticipated Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’

By JOHN DALY

Lionsgate and Morgan Creek Entertainment announced today that Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label will distribute All Eyez On Me, the biopic of Tupac Shakur, in the U.S.

The film is scheduled to be released in theatres nationwide on June 16, on what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday.

The film chronicles the life and legacy of controversial rapper Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his time at Death Row Records and his imprisonment.

Against insurmountable odds, Shakur rose to become a cultural icon whose career and persona both continue to grow long after his passing.

tupac for californiarocker.com

All Eyez On Me is produced by Morgan Creek’s James G. Robinson and David Robinson along with Program Pictures’ LT Hutton. The film is directed by Benny Boom and stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. in the role of Tupac Shakur; Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Afeni Shakur; Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as Jada Pinkett; Dominic Santana (Mr. Right) as Suge Knight; Jamal Woolard (Notorious) as Biggie Smalls; Keith Robinson (Dreamgirls) as Atron Gregory; Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as Leila Steinberg; and Hill Harper (CSI:NY) as the journalist.

Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide; of which his album All Eyez On Me sold more than 10 million copies.  On April 7, Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Music and Musicals Take The Spotlight at 2017 Golden Globes; La La Land Sweeps its Categories

By JOHN DALY

Music took center stage at The 74th Golden Globes Sunday night at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

La La Land captured Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Original Score and Best Original Song, topping formidable contenders.  Our favorite in the best musical category is Sing Street, an Irish picture about kids who form a band to fit in at school.

The Lighhouse Cafe in Hermosa was featured in La La Land - Photo courtesy of Lionsgate for CaliforniaRocker.com

The Lighhouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach was featured in La La Land – Photo courtesy of Lionsgate for CaliforniaRocker.com

La La Land helmer Damien Chazelle, who came to prominence for his award-winning film “Whiplash” about a music teacher who drives his prize student, this year won best director.

Meryl Streep, known for her portrayal of Donna Sheridan in the film version of the Abba-based musical Mama Mia!, was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award.   Her speech was to the point saying that we must continue to make creative arts a priority.  She honored the recently passed Carrie Fisher saying that her friend told her to “turn your broken heart into art.”

'Sing Street' was our pick for Best Motion Picture Musical

‘Sing Street’ was our pick for Best Motion Picture Musical

Best Original Song, “City of Stars,” which bears a strong similarity to the old tune, “Peg O’ My Heart,” beat out a strong field of contenders including the song “Gold,” by Iggy Pop.  Iggy appeared at the Golden Globes event not shirtless, but instead sporting a tuxedo and his now trademark long, blond hair.

Marc Platt, producer of La La Land told the audience at the Beverly Hilton that music and the arts are now more important than ever.

Justin Timberlake joined host Jimmy Fallon in a cold open skit that paid homage to the films and TV shows that received nominations.

Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar Headline Coachella Fest 2017 April 14-16, April 21-23

By JOHN DALY

Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar will headline The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year, it was announced.

Lorde makes her first appearance at Coachella since 2014.

Coachella, annually held at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, is known to spawn trends in fashion and music. It runs two weekends, April 14-16 and April 21-23.

Coachella 2017 tickets go on sale Wednesday

Coachella 2017 tickets go on sale Wednesday

Others performing at Coachella 2017 include: Car Seat Headrest, Bon Iver, DJ Khaled, Devendra Banhart, the xx, Father John Misty, Four Tet, SURVIVE, Justice, New Order, Floating Points, Future Islands, Kaytranada, Real Estate, Mitski, Whitney, Hans Zimmer, Preoccupations, Banks and Steelz, Future, Gucci Mane, Schoolboy Q, Thundercat, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott and GoldLink.

For more information go to the Coachella website.

This Time, Legendary Troubadour Club Takes Center Stage at Kennedy Center Honors on CBS

The Eagles, James Taylor, Mavis Staples, Al Pacino and pianist Martha Argerich Honored

By JOHN DALY

The Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard was as much in the spotlight at the Kennedy Center Honors broadcast last night as the performers the famous LA club has hosted over the years.

Among the many performers were Sheryl Crow, who honored James Taylor at the Kennedy Center Honors show which aired on CBS.

During the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, Crow paid tribute to honoree Taylor with a moving rendition of his famous song, “Fire and Rain.”

The Troubadour also took center stage, mainly because it was the club where a lot of the legends of the evening got their start. In addition to Taylor, The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt, who introduced the famous California band via video, all had a legendary presence at the LA club.

Video courtesy of CBS

The Eagles, who were originally set to be honored in 2015 made their presence known, despite the death this year of Glenn Frey. Mavis Staples who has been honored by The GRAMMY Museum, was also given tribute during the  Kennedy Center Honors.

Mavis Staples Photo © Donna Balancia

Mavis Staples is honored – Photo © Donna Balancia

 

Music Producer Jason Cole In Critical Condition After Hit-And-Run With Dump Truck in Hollywood

By JOHN DALY

Music producer Jason Cole remained in critical condition Thursday after he was run over by a dump truck while riding his motorcycle in Hollywood.

The accident happened at around 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2 near the corner of Franklin and Highland in Hollywood.  Cole’s partner, Danielle McCleerey, is asking anyone who has any information to come forward.  The driver is still out there.

Jason Cole, music producer. His family has started a Go Fund Me campaign.

Jason Cole, music producer, who was critically injured in a hit and run accident in Hollywood. His family has started a Go Fund Me campaign.

The family has started a Go Fund Me page and you can contribute or find out more information here. Cole’s injuries are severe and the Go Fund Me goal is $150,000.

Cole, who has worked with musicians including Katy Perry and The Killers, is the father of baby Owen and is an avid motorcycle enthusiast.  The dump truck driver who is still at large, crushed him against a car and ran him over.

The family is asking for help in solving the hit-and-run crime.  Check out the Go Fund Me page for Cole.

 

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

Saint Blasphemer has released the EP, 'Simon Templar' - Photo courtesy of Saint Blasphemer for CaliforniaRocker.com

Saint Blasphemer has released the EP, ‘Simon Templar’ – Photo courtesy of Saint Blasphemer

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 has a 5-song EP called Simon Templar they’ve just released.

It’s metal-style music with a message. Saint Blasphemer wastes no time in getting to the point as their positive words are presented in a rockin’ delivery system.

Check out Saint Blasphemer on Bandcamp.

The band features Thomas Monroe on vocals, John Castellon on guitar, Steve Shell on bass guitar and Steve Ybarra on drums. And while the group may bring to mind similarities to Tool and Jane’s Addiction, the music of Saint Blasphemer adds an element of putting out a positive and uplifting message.

Check out Saint Blasphemer on Facebook.

saint-blasphemer-2It’s no surprise Monroe’s lyrics are solid, he’s head of the Orange County Poetry Club. Many of his songs tell of the feeling of friends and family members dealing with drug addiction. And they were written in response to the heroin problem that has affected families across all demographics and even in the band’s home town of Santa Ana.

“Remember when you were a kid, how a song could make you feel like you weren’t the only one going through something? Our goal is to make music that can do that for other people,” the band believes.

The Saint Blasphemer sound varies from big and full metal, as in the song “Nullify” and title track “Simon Templar,” to upbeat and rockin’ as on “Breaking Just to Bend.”

In the metal genre, Simon Templar is one for the collection.

CaliforniaRocker.com Nabs Four Finalist Nods for Arts and Entertainment Awards by Los Angeles Press Club

By JOHN DALY, CaliforniaRocker.com

HOLLYWOOD – CaliforniaRocker.com, a music industry website and fanzine published by Donna Balancia, received four National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards finalist designations, it was announced by The Los Angeles Press Club.

The finalist selections all came in the area of photography: Three images were in the Action Photography category and one finalist selection came in the Photo Essay category.

Suzanne Allison Witkin scored a Los Angeles Press Club nod with her photo essay, "On Tour With The Hollywood Vampires" - Photo courtesy Suzanne Witkin

Rock photographer Suzanne Allison Witkin scored an LA Press Club nod with her photo essay, “On Tour With The Hollywood Vampires” – Photo courtesy Suzanne Witkin

“Our work reflects our commitment to the highest quality music journalism,” said publisher Donna Balancia. “Our independent website and fanzine strive to give up-and-coming as well as established musicians a voice amid the overwhelming coporate clatter.”

Winning Images: Hollywood Vampires, At The Drive-In

CaliforniaRocker.com, which first went live in 2014, dominated the photography categories, with photographer Suzanne Allison Witkin scoring for her Photo Essay called “On Tour With The Hollywood Vampires.”  The project included a diary with exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and all of The Hollywood Vampires.

Los Angeles Press Club Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive-In leaps into the air during a performance at the Hollywood Palladium - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive-In leaps into the air during a performance at the Hollywood Palladium: A winning image – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

 

California Rocker Dominates Action Photos

CaliforniaRocker.com also scored a record three finalist designations in the Action Photo category. The photos, taken by Donna, captured Fishbone’s “Flyin’ Jay” Armant launching himself into the audience at The Roxy Theatre; Cedric Bixler-Zavala of the band At The Drive-In leaping into the air at The Hollywood Palladium, and the 80-year-old Dick Dale, “King of the Surf Guitar,” revving the audience with his upbeat music.

Los Angeles Press Club Suzanne Allison Witkin captured images of The Hollywood Vampires on their historic tour - Photo © 2016 Suzanne Allison Witkin for CaliforniaRocker.com

Suzanne Allison Witkin captured images of The Hollywood Vampires on their historic tour – Photo © 2016 Suzanne Allison Witkin for CaliforniaRocker.com

 

Los Angeles Press Club Keeping Journalism Alive

“We are honored to be selected as finalists for the National Arts and Entertainment Awards,” Donna Balancia said. “The Los Angeles Press Club strives to keep journalism alive. We too not only support independent journalism, but through our stories and images we also help musicians at a time when the music business is extremely challenging.

“CaliforniaRocker.com has the best reviewers, writers and photographers in the music world working together with us, and we are delighted with the finalist designations.”

Los Angeles Press Club Fishbone image has been named a finalist in the action photo category of the National Arts and Entertainment Awards - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The remarkable ‘Flyin’ Fishbone’ image was captured by Donna Balancia at The Roxy Theatre – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

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

Tom Verlaine Always Tuning - Photo © Donna Balancia

Tom Verlaine Always Tuning – Photo © Donna Balancia

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 Thee Oh Sees are among the vast number of performers sharing the cactus-themed platform this year in Joshua Tree.

The festival runs today through Sunday. Check out the schedule HERE.

Spaceland and Knitting Factory, which recently teamed up to create a new partnership, will debut the new Desert Daze this weekend.  The festival is in its fourth year and it continues to grow in attendance and in popularity.

Desert Daze will be held at Institute of Mentalphysics, 59700 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree, Calif.  Tickets are still available HERE .

Hotel rooms are available with a range of options and camping can be included with the ticket package. For more information go to DesertDaze.org

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

temple-of-the-dog-album-californiarockerBy 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 special 25th anniversary collection of the band’s only album.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the band’s landmark 1991 self-titled release, the newly mixed album by Brendan O’Brien will be promoted with a tour this fall. The band will be touring for the first time since forming in 1990.

The band will play five cities, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, in November. All dates sold out immediately. See below for a complete list of dates.

The collection is now available in a four-disc Super Deluxe version, a two-CD Deluxe version, and a single CD via UMe. A double LP will also be available on November 11.

Temple of the Dog came together from the ashes of Mother Love Bone following the death from a drug overdose of its frontman Andrew Wood, Cornell’s close friend and roommate. Cornell wrote future TOTD songs “Say Hello 2 Heaven” and “Reach Down” to help process his grief, but he said the songs “didn’t have any destination.”

“I was compelled to write them and there they were – written in a vacuum as a tribute to Andy,” Cornell said. “My thought was that maybe I could record these songs with the remaining members of Mother Love Bone and that maybe we could release them as a tribute.”

temple-of-the-dog-california-rockerMother Love Bone’s Gossard and Ament began playing with McCready, and they brought in Soundgarden’s Cameron to drum on demos. Because this was a collaboration, and a tribute, there was no commercial expectation for the Temple of the Dog album.

Gossard, Ament, and McCready were at the time forming a new band, which more than six months later would be known as Pearl Jam. A singer from San Diego named Eddie Vedder, who was vying to lead the project, came into the studio to sing background vocals on three of the Temple songs. When Cornell thought another song, “Hunger Strike,” needed a duet, Vedder was enlisted. “Hunger Strike” became a hit single, peaking at No. 4 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Temple of the Dog performed live only a handful of times, most notably in Seattle, in November and December of 1990. Those shows have become some of the most legendary Seattle concerts of all time. Their 2016 shows mark the first time the band has ever toured. (Cornell joined Pearl Jam in 2014 at the Bridge School show and for two nights at PJ20 in Alpine Valley, WI, and the Temple line-up played “Reach Down” and “Call Me a Dog” at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall in January 2015.)

Temple of the Dog’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

11/04             Philadelphia, PA        Tower Theater                          SOLD OUT
11/05             Philadelphia, PA        Tower Theater                          SOLD OUT
11/07             New York, NY             Madison Square Garden        SOLD OUT
11/11              San Francisco, CA      Bill Graham Civic Center       SOLD OUT
11/12              San Francisco, CA      Bill Graham Civic Center      SOLD OUT
11/14              Los Angeles, CA          The Forum                               SOLD OUT
11/20             Seattle, WA                  Paramount Theater                SOLD OUT
11/21              Seattle, WA                  Paramount Theater                SOLD OUT

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