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

Fest May Return to Historic Park in 2018


Performances by Ty Segall, Chicano Batman, and Iggy Pop highlighted an otherwise uneven FYF Fest last weekend at Exposition Park.

Rumor has it that the event — which attendees say suffered logistical challenges —  could be moving back to Historic Park in Chinatown next year.

Chicano Batman frontman Bardo Martinez dances at FYF – Photo by Donna Balancia

Parking snafus and entrance issues occurred Friday night and delays at ticket pickup were out of the ordinary.  But the diverse if not unusual lineup mix of Frank Ocean, Bjork, Solange, Missy Elliott, Run The Jewels and Nine Inch Nails were enough to please any eclectic taste and were worth the logistical challenges some encountered.

Iggy Pop leaps during performance Sunday in Exposition Park - Photo by Donna Balancia

Iggy Pop leaps during performance Sunday in Exposition Park – Photo by Donna Balancia

It was the acts on the Lawn Stage on Sunday that stole the show. Iggy Pop, Ty Segall, Cherry Glazerr, Chicano Batman and Run The Jewels ran away with the prize before thousands of enthusiastic moshers.

Cherry Glazerr

Cherry Glazerr’s upbeat and charming performance is always a hit with locals in Los Angeles.  The band has a style that is unique, a combination of punk and new-alternative and the musicianship is vintage.

Cherry Glazerr - Photo Donna Balancia

Cherry Glazerr – Photo by Donna Balancia

Ty Segall

The remarkably talented Ty Segall is a regular at the July festival and as usual he gave his all, wasting no time and kicking off his set with “Play Your Guitar” and treating the crowd to his abstract and wild style. The moshers and crowd surfers warmed up with him and put on the full press with Iggy.

Video courtesy of Prestoff2000

Iggy Pop Whips a Frenzy

One thing about the King of Punk, there is experience, longevity and a surprising dose of humility as his set came at sunset on the Lawn Stage. #IggyPop has come off a wildly successful run touring with Josh Homme for Post Pop Depression.

Iggy’s Career

He opened by running on stage and drawing in the crowd with “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” a song that has endured throughout a 50-year career.  Iggy’s work may have been misunderstood in the day, but one trademark about a good song – it endures the test of time.

Iggy Pop – Photo by Donna Balancia

Search and Destroy

Iggy’s music may not have been understood when he was in his teens and 20s mainly because there was no frame of reference to anything like it.  Now today with YouTube, he has achieved worldwide acclaim and praise from big bands who draw on him as their inspiration.

Iggy Pop shows ’em how it’s done – Photo by Donna Balancia

Inspiring Iggy

And inspire he did as he sang an impassioned hour-long set, sweating, spitting, falling down on stage, whipping the floor, throwing the mic stand, putting the microphone in his pants,  and, well … just being Iggy.  The crowd of surfers and moshers left their black and blue marks on many in the aftermath of Iggy’s tight music, which ranged from Stooges songs to the David Bowie-produced selections off The Idiot.

Iggy in the prime of his career – Photo by Donna Balancia

Chicano Batman

Chicano Batman, the local LA band with crossover appeal, really played their hearts out to their thousands of adoring fans. With Bardo and the crew, it’s always a classy affair that draws an enormous crowd. The band has grown so popular they’ve been running meet-and-greet events after their performances.

Video courtesy of Alex Pena

Chicano Batman shows love to the audience – Photo by Donna Balancia

Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels brought the fans and didn’t disappoint. Their infamous music and stage presence is well earned and they build new followers by the dozens.

Check out Run The Jewels video courtesy of EdNLA:

Mainstream Performers

Not to be overlooked are the performances that earned mainstream media attention.

When you have a famous sister and you ate seeking your own path, what better way to be noticed than to do a local festival. Often. Solange is no stranger to the annual July festival.

“Her performance is great and I love her songs,” said Elvia Martinez of Silverlake. “She is different than Beyonce.”

Check out Solange video, courtesy of Prestoff2000

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean serenading Brad Pitt was a highlight to many attendees and the event dominated social media.

Check out video courtesy of Christian Kassoff:

Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott brought her girl power crew of supporters and fans, she’s a survivor.

Video courtesy of EdNLA:


As far as productions go, #FlyingLotus #Bjork and Nine Inch Nails took the honors from fest goers for most amazing and mind-blowing experiences:

Flying Lotus

Video courtesy Joan Jetsetter, Bruno Pritchard (warning: pulsating light)



Bjork never disappoints and this time around, the Icelandic talent outdid herself complete with full orchestra.   Video courtesy of Prestoff2000


Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, while giving a taste of new songs, did not finish with the now infamous David Bowie song “I Can’t Give Everything Away,” but performed it in the middle of a great mix of old and new tunes. The #NIN version of “I Can’t Give Everything Away” by Bowie was hardly upbeat as the song comes from Black Star, the album Bowie created while dying.

It was worth the three year wait to see Trent Reznor show his stuff as the frontman of a band that has always been known for dynamic performances and intriguing musical dynamic.


Ending Fest on a Downer

#NiN actually wrapped up the night with “Hurt,” the ultimate downer tune by Johnny Cash which they famously cover. That was the encore.

(If you really want bizarre Check out the perverted Kermit The Frog version of “Hurt” on YouTube.

In any event, the last note of the festival was fitting for an event that has enjoyed many years of attendance, with a local LA flavor that may or may not be a taste for the masses.



Deap Vally, Jurassic Shark, Girl Pusher Display Their Special Brand of Music at Dirty Penni Fest at Echo

Echo and Echoplex Host Alt Music Fest


Excellent concerts were aplenty as the July 4 weekend kicked into high gear.

Jurassic Shark

Explosive Weekend

Dirty Penni Fest featured Deap Vally, Jurassic Shark, Girl Pusher, Mike Watt and The Shrine and was followed at The Echoplex by Noveller.

Meanwhile at The Redwood Friday, The Sloths topped the bill, and on Saturday, The Glam Skanks headlined with Will Crewdson and The Schizophonics. Following Dirty Penni Fest was Noveller at The Echoplex.

Deap Vally – Photo by Donna Balancia

The Echo, Dirty Laundry TV and Penniback Records

The Dirty Penni Fest has topped itself from years prior.

Deap Vally showed the stuff that got them the opening gig for the Blondie tour as the girls are looking and sounding better than ever.  Jurassic Shark had the Echo leaping with stage divers — most weren’t so energetic and the term “crowd fallers” may have been better suited.

The music at Dirty Penni fest was varied and excellent ranging from surf rock to shoegaze and everything in between.  The Shrine, Plague Vendor and Starcrawler showed star power as the performers have really come into their own.

Starcrawler – Photo by Alyson Camus

The Lineup

The lineup was impressive with top performers rounding out the fest: Mike Watt and the Jom and Jerry Show, Enjoy, Zig Zags, Jurassic Shark, Girl Pusher, Flat Worms, Here Lies Man, Beach Bums, Hit Bargain, The Red Pears, Clit Kat, Espresso, Keif Season, Girl Tears, Janelane, Fringe, Capital Wasteland, Sabrina is Not in This Chat, Sketch Orchestra, Model/Actriz and Worn Tin.

Girl Pusher – Photo by Donna Balancia


Josh Landau of The Shrine – Photo by Alyson Camus


Alyson Camus Photographs Nick Cave at The Greek – Trusty Photojournalist Always Gets the Shot

Photographs © 2017 by ALYSON CAMUS

Alyson Camus never fails to get the shot and in this case the fabulous French photographer captured spectacular images of Nick Cave.

“It was one of the best shows of my life,” Camus said. “Nick is so engaged with the audience, he loves the audience and he loves interacting.  He moves very quickly and he is energized.”

Nick Cave at The Greek - Photo © 2017 Alyson Camus for California Rocker

Nick Cave at The Greek – Photo © 2017 Alyson Camus

Alyson has photographed everyone from The Sloths to Tom Petty to Iggy Pop.  She is a teacher by day, but rock photography is her passion.

And of all the shows she’s attended, Camus said there is one thing she will never forget.

“I don’t think you can ever forget being on stage with Nick Cave,” she said. “He called the people up and I went up too.”

Check out some of her work here at and stay tuned for Craig Hammons’ review of the show.

Deap Vally, Mike Watt, The Shrine Among Bands to Take Echo Stage at Sunday’s Dirty Penni Festival

The Echo Comes Alive in All-Ages Show


This Sunday, a plethora of powerful bands will take the stage at the Echo for the Dirty Penni Festival.

Performers are: Deap Vally; The Shrine; Plague Vendor; Mike Watt and the Jom and Jerry Show; Enjoy; Starcrawler; Zig Zags; Jurassic Shark; Girl Pusher; Flat Worms; Here Lies Man; Beach Bums; Hit Bargain; The Red Pears; Clit Kat; Espresso; Keif Season; Girl Tears; Janelane; Fringe; Capital Wasteland; Sabrina is Not in This Chat; Sketch Orchestra; Model/Actriz and Worn Tin.

Starcrawler will perform at Dirty Penni Festival – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The show is presented by The Echo, Dirty Laundry TV and Penniback Records.

It’s an all-ages show that starts at 12 p.m. (that’s noon to those of you from a different time zone). General admission tickets are $20.

The Echo is located at 1822 W. Sunset Blvd, The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif.

Get Tickets for Dirty Penni Fest by clicking our link.

Mike Watt will play Dirty Penni Fest Sunday at The Echo – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley Rock Arroyo Seco Weekend

Pasadena Fest Draws Mixed Music Demo


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ripped through the hits and put on an award-worthy rock and roll performance at the first-ever Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival in Pasadena.

The first day of the inaugural Goldenvoice event drew fans of Petty and Alabama Shakes, the latter of whose fan base concentrates mainly in the under-35 crowd. But up-and-coming and established rock, blues and Americana bands filled out the remaining weekend slots.

Estimates pegged the Saturday crowd size in the range of 45,000-50,000.

Most of those attendees Saturday came for the headliner, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, celebrating a 40th anniversary tour. They did not disappoint.

Tom Petty – Goldenvoice Media photo

The Hits Keep Comin’

Petty and his Heartbreakers brought out hit after hit, getting the devoted to their feet.

Highlighted by a backdrop of outstanding video work and complemented by a group of remarkable musicians, Petty took the stage with superb energy and humor.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers opened with “Rockin’ Around,” followed with “Mary Jane,” “You Don’t Know How it Feels,” “Forgotten Man,” “You Got Lucky,” and the anthem “I Won’t Back Down,” and other hits before and closing out with an encore of “You Wreck Me,” and “American Girl,” and taking time for a few stories along the way.

“They put on a great show,” festival attendee Justin Hagler said. “I’ve seen them 14 times, and it never gets old. True professionals.”

Mike Campbell and Tom Petty – Photo courtesy Goldenvoice Media

Mike Campbell

Petty’s partner-in-arms, Mike Campbell, was wearing dressy garb — a Japanese-style shirt — and trademark hat, and showed his prowess as guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire. Petty regaled the crowd with the story of how the two met back 47 years ago in Florida.

“In 1970, I went to look for guitar player to put together a band and saw an ad, there was no phone number, just an address, so I drove out there and it was a sketchy-looking place,” he said.  He added that his soon-to-be colleague “came out packing a 90-pound Japanese guitar plugged the thing in and played ‘Johnny B. Goode,’ and when he got to the end, I said ‘You’re gonna be in my band forever.’ And he is.”

But his other bandmembers all have a story too – a mix of longtime pals and colleagues including Scott Thurston, Benmont Tench III, Ron Blair, and drummer Steve Ferrone.

Alabama Shakes put on their ripping blues rock show with typically outstanding vocals and great guitar work.

Alabama Shakes – Photo courtesy Goldenvoice Media

Alabama Shakes

Shakes, as well as the Taylor Goldsmith-helmed Americana band Dawes, may have gained new followers among the Petty lovers at the Oak stage.

On the Willow stage earlier, Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra attracted its largest crowd to date. His band has had a regular gig at Rockwell’s for a couple of years. Star appeal goes a long way.

The highlight of the day was Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, whose cancer diagnosis loomed over the crowd as he sang the blues songs that have made him famous. Not a dry eye was in the house at many points during the show as the audience was touched by this legendary performer who gives his all to the fans.

Charles Bradley – Photo courtesy Goldenvoice Media

Charles Bradley

“If I could come out and hug every one of you I surely would,” he said. It is because of the love of the fans he proclaimed that he is cancer-free.

The food ran the gamut from designer hot dogs to spicy pizza and organic ice cream but the real headliner was the craft beer that drew long lines on a hot Pasadena day.

Blues great John Mayall was also on hand to wow the crowd.

Sunday: Mumford and Sons, Weezer

Mumford and Sons, Weezer, Fitz and the Tantrums, ZZ Ward, The Mowgli’s and Magic Giant take The Oaks stage, The Shins headline The Sycamore stage and Con Brio and Lettuce are on The Willow stage.

NOTES: Photo booths seem to be the marketing tool of favor as advertisers ranging from liquor companies to tourism bureaus all drew in concertgoers to strike a pose …

Lockers are available to rent on the grounds and there is shuttle service to the Rose Bowl adjacent site. Advice: Read security rules before passing through the metal detectors, info is on the website.


Metal Rocker Willie Basse to Perform Free Concert Tuesday Night at The Viper Room on The Sunset Strip

Battling Cancer Has Brought Changes, He Says


Willie Basse, who has given a boost to many fellow musicians over the years, will headline a fan appreciation concert at the Viper Room on Tuesday.

The popular Basse, known as “the cultural ambassador to The Sunset Strip,” says he wants to give back to the people who have been helping all along the way.

Willie Basse at Ultimate Jam Night in April - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Willie Basse at Ultimate Jam Night in April – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Cancer Diagnosis

Basse was diagnosed with cancer a little more than one year ago and is fighting back brilliantly. A metal rock innovator, he cut more than a few impressive tracks with his band Black Sheep.

“I am a completely new and different human being,” Basse said. “I believe in love, and the disease has been a huge blessing. It demands that I change, connect with God, myself and my spiritual values.”

The Money Grind by Willie Basse – Photo courtesy Willie Basse

Keeping It Real

After a year of prayers, meditation and searching, cancer research, doctors, treatments and many serious lifestyle changes, Basse says he’s coming back. He has been keeping the energy up and getting support from friends and family.

Willie Basse and pal Slash – Photo courtesy Willie Basse

Viper Room Lineup

Basse’s musical lineup Tuesday features Italian virtuoso guitarist, Patrick Abbate, Scott Warren on keyboard, Troy Patrick Farrell on drums and Mitch Perry on guitar.

The bands Stonebreed and Brittney’s Rage will also perform. Doors open at 8 p.m.

You can donate to support Willie Basse Cancer Treatments via PayPal to

Check out the event page on Facebook 

Video courtesy of Patrick Abbate:

Radiohead Plays Perfectly, Interrupters with Tim Armstrong Steal The Second Weekend at Coachella

Highlights from Weekend Two in Indio


INDIO – Radiohead put on one of the strongest shows ever to headline the first night of weekend two at Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

In a near-flawless performance — technically and otherwise — Thom Yorke and crew put a cool touch to a hot second weekend at the Empire Polo Club.

Radiohead got the love from the crowd running through a setlist of old and new favorites, many from their latest album A Moon Shaped Pool.

“Radiohead is not a band, it’s my religion,” said concert-goer Jeff Alcott who came from Fresno to see his deity.

But Friday was highlighted by several outstanding performances earlier in the day.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard played strong at the Outdoor Theatre and The Lemon Twigs put on an outstanding performance at The Gobi stage, proving that brothers actually can get along.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Photo courtesy Coachella

The D’Addario brother-led band, The Lemon Twigs, played to the crowd in a combination of physical prowess and musical throwback. The guys have been working with Todd Rundgren, and it shows. They sound like Todd, perform like Todd and it’s great to see “The Wizard” get some overdue recognition from the younger set.

Tennis, who embark on a North American tour, said they felt they were well-received by the Coachella concert-goers, who ranged in age from teens to post-50s.

What stole the night was the action in the Sonora tent with Shannon and the Clams, Guided By Voices and The Interrupters.

Shannon growls her way through dynamic music and her 50s soda dountain style with music that appeals to all ages and including those old enough to remember the early days of surf-style rock and roll. But it’s clear Shannon and the Clams really get through to the crowds.

Robert Pollard delivered great songs, beer and whiskey – Photo (c) 2017 Donna Balancia

Guided By Voices put on show for the devotees as frontman Robert Pollard shared his beer and whiskey with the crowd.  Except for the people at stage left.

But it was The Interupters whose ska-rock energy and talent took the second Friday. The band is comprised of the raspy-voiced Aimee Interrupter on vocals, Kevin Bivona on guitar, Justin Bivona on Bass and Jesse Bivona on drums. They ran through their songs old and new, and it got especially good when they brought out Tim Armstrong from Rancid. He came on stage as an audience member who was picked to play guitar with the band.

“What’s your name?” they asked.

“Lint,” Armstrong replied.

Tim Armstrong joins The Interrupters – Photo (c) 2017 Donna Balancia

Lady Gaga was set to headline Saturday night and openers on various stages include The Blossoms, Car Seat Headrest, Roisin Murphy and Banks and Steelz.  Stay tuned.

Hold The Champagne: New York Duo Banks and Steelz Put on a Rowdy Show at The El Rey Theatre


Performing the songs off their self-titled album, Banks and Steelz whipped the crowd at the El Rey into a frenzy.

Steelz passed around plastic cups to the audience up front and then proceeded to pour them all a couple of shots of vodka.  That really got the people rowdy.

Steelz must have something great going on because the entire night was like one big celebration. When he cracked open the champagne and sprayed it all over everyone it was clearly the signal to get ready to go crazy.

The self-titled album by Banks and Steels is available. We picked up the CD at the show for $10 and their T-shirts, that feature the two players together in suits looked good if not slightly  overpriced at $30. But today the merch is where bands make the money and Banks and Steelz deserve the support.

We were impressed by the performance of Zipper Club. The front woman — a mere wisp of a thing with a great voice and rockin the red vinyl pants — is unique in her tone.  The band is equally strong at all instruments.

Keep an eye out for the band Zipper Club – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Zipper Club is no stranger to the circuit and they are making a living doing what they love to do, what could be better than that?

Frontwoman Lissy Tullie had all eyes on her as band opened for Banks & Steelz at the El Rey - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Frontwoman Lissy Tullie had all eyes on her as band opened for Banks & Steelz at the El Rey – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Despite a couple of audio problems — someone in the audience yelled out “Radiohead,” opener Zipper Club put on a strong performance.  Sporting plastic red pants and a shorn head, frontwoman Lissy Trullie works with Mason James to create a unique sound that rallied the audience.

Check out Zipper Club here 

Powerman 5000 and the Radioactive Chicken Heads Draw a New Arts Crowd to Our Favorite Bowling Alley

Powerman 5000, Chicken Heads Come to Lucky Strike


It wasn’t exactly the hoi-polloi, but Powerman 5000 and Radioactive Chicken Heads brought fans of the arts and entertainment to Lucky Strike for a special event, Scratch and Sniff.

Powerman 5000 looks a little different when unplugged - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Powerman 5000 looks a little different when unplugged – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Each band did a stripped down version of their acts with Powerman 5000 playing an impressive acoustic set dressed as The Allman Brothers, and Chicken Heads cutting to their most basic calamitous songs.

Spider One, dressed as Greg Allman performs an acoustic set - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Spider One, dressed as Greg Allman performs an acoustic set – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Powerman 5000 with its flamboyant frontman Spider One, created the art event coincidentally while ASCAP EXPO was going on next door at the Loews Hotel Hollywood. Say what you will about the topics of the pieces painted by Spider One, but the work is excellent and worth the price tag.

Spider One dressed as Greg Allman with a wig of long, white hair, and a bandana, and the rest of the band kept in genre as well.  It was a little odd seeing them in this costume mode, as opposed to their typical metal-style appearance. The evening was put together by Krsy Fox.

Spider One had an art exhibit in the back room, and his works include several robot paintings — from different eras — a James Bond tribute, as well as his renditions of Bela Lugosi and Frankenstein. The artwork is compelling and has a sense of humor to it, but then, would we expect any less from the brother of Rob Zombie?  I hope for the sake of our own further disappointment, that Spider refrains from drinking the foo-foo double lattes preferred by his renowned hard rock, horror-slinging sibling.

Powerman 5000 puts on a good show no matter what style it is, even if it’s with acoustic guitars and a box as was the case Friday night. The sound in Lucky Strike is excellent, so much so that Powerman 5000 recorded a live EP in there that night.  Not a lot of details yet. The proceeds from the album will go to an animal adoption charity.

The Radioactive Chicken Heads wrapped up the night in typical calamity — chasing each other around the stage, singing punk songs and even falling down.  It’s well worth any cost of admission to see this group and it’s entertaining on several levels.

We especially like that the Radioactive Chicken Heads don’t pull any punches. They know they’re punkers and don’t pretend to be anything else.  Their leader, Carrot Top, runs a tight ship and makes sure good conquers evil in the shows.

There’s a bit where a dancing cheese and a Rat Fink-looking Chucky Cheese come out and Carrot Top brings out a knife to — what else? — cut the cheese of course. Then they perform “Pest Control.” We loved El Pollo Diablo, who jabs Carrot Top with his pitchfork.  It is legend that El Pollo Diablo came from a Deviled Egg. They also do a song “I Looked Into The Mirror,” which Carrot Top does and lo and behold his evil twin appears and they do battle.

Anyway, it’s all in good fun. The Radioactive Chicken Heads have been around since the late 1990s and have gotten their fair share of attention in the press and have built a loyal following. Carrot Top’s imagination fueled this band as he said he always had characters in his brain.  He even wrote comic books on his characters.

The ASCAP Expo 2017: ‘Livelihood’ and ‘Advocacy’ are The Important Words for Songwriters Today


Musicians need to present one singular message to change laws and be paid what they’re worth, ASCAP representatives said at the 2017 ASCAP EXPO Kickoff Thursday.

Paul Williams, president and chairman of the board of ASCAP, Beth Matthews, CEO, and membership EVP John Titta kicked off the 2017 ASCAP EXPO with a serious but hopeful message to attendees.

Tom Higgenson with John Titta - Photo 2017 Donna Balancia

Tom Higgenson with John Titta – Photo 2017 Donna Balancia

“You want to have a livelihood, keep writing,” Williams said. “You are a songwriter, you don’t want to be flipping burgers.”

William said he is hoarse from yelling at the television screen for the last three months, but that the new administration presents new opportunities.

“We are songwriters we don’t build walls,” he said “We even put bridges in the middle of our songs.”

He said music touches people in a way that forms cannot.

“When they walk up to you and say ‘My girl is playing one of your songs,’ That’s when I’m proud to be an American songwriter.”

Beth Matthews says ASCAP continues to grow through membership and partnerships - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Beth Matthews says ASCAP continues to grow through membership and partnerships – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Williams went on to say the consent decrees are outdated that songwriters’ music is underrated and over-regulated.

“We live in a world where we stream music, and that crap has got to change,” he said.

He said a free market system like in other industries is needed.

“If millions of people around the world want to stream your music, you need to be paid for it.”

Williams said that reforming licensing was a priority with ASCAP and that the big words are “advocacy” and “livelihood.”

Beth Matthews, CEO, said there was some good news for songwriters.

Beth Matthews says music business growth is solid but slow - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Beth Matthews says music business growth is solid but slow – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The music industry is rebounding now but still has a ways to go, she said.

Revenue is growing but not at a good enough rate, she said.

Matthews said ASCAP’s growth last year was more than $1 billion in revenue with a $45 million increase over the prior year.

The music has incredible value and the customers don’t know and most of our politicians don’t know, she said.

Tom Higgenson with John Titta - Photo 2017 Donna Balancia

Tom Higgenson with John Titta – Photo 2017 Donna Balancia

Music licensees don’t want to pay the fees and they have to understand why they should be paying, she said.

There is a need for copyright law reform and ASCAP has resorted to litigation in at least 39 cases, Matthews said. She added that there’s a need to involve the department of justice.

Matthews said there is an overwhelming need to get along with other aspects of the industry so that musicians can approach and change laws in the united fashion.

Ashley Gorley has written songs for Carrie Underwood and many more - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ashley Gorley has written songs for Carrie Underwood and many more – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

“We believe one of the reasons the Department of Justice didn’t help us is because they are confused and we didn’t have a singular message.”

ASCAP is working on a range of projects to enhance community and advocacy, Matthews said. Are our new ideas being floated out there involving digital assets and also improving the website.

Various musicians performed during the kick off including Tom Higgenson of Plain White T’s, Ashley Gorely and Brett McLaughlin.

For a powerful finale, Michael McDonald, played some Doobie Brothers tunes with the house band.

Michael McDonald launches ASCAP EXPO with Doobie Brothers tunes - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Michael McDonald launches ASCAP EXPO with Doobie Brothers tunes – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Festival Season Kicks Off in The USA as Los Angeles Event ‘Broke L.A.’ Proves It’s Rich in Talent


Broke L.A. is rich in talent for 2017.

The festival that started out as a cheap alternative to Coachella has grown in many ways.  Broke L.A. has positioned itself to be the festival season-opener in the city, cleverly moving its start date up. It boasts some innovative musical and comedy acts and there will be some cool food offerings and art installations that are not to be missed.

It’s actually the seventh year of Broke L.A., and the artists are more diverse and more talented each time out. The fest runs from 2:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday.

There will be more than 50 musical acts across four stages. This year, we’re looking forward to performances from Candy Cigarettes, Send Medicine, and James Supercave.

Candy Cigarettes among featured performers at Broke L.A. - Photo courtesy Lane Mueller

Candy Cigarettes among featured performers at Broke L.A. – Photo courtesy Lane Mueller

Candy Cigarettes

Candy Cigarettes, also known as Portland-based Lane Mueller, is a one-man singer-songwriter, a self taught multi-instrumentalist, and producer. At 24, he’s already made a name for himself with his songs, which have graced movies and TV. You know Candy Cigarettes, you just haven’t connected the name with the familiar tunes.


“Probably my biggest feat with licensing was a song named ’Weary Is’ in a film called Big Gay Love,” Lane told “The movie went on to win quite a few awards at various festivals. It had Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s own Nicholas Brendon in it too which was cool.”

Lane’s been at this music thing a long time.

“I started becoming more serious about my music and songwriting around 22, even though I had been recording myself since I was 14,” he said.

But with all that music history and all the time he’s devoted to music, Broke LA will be his first local gig.

“I was really excited when they put me on the lineup because its my first out-of-state show,” he said.

Send Medicine

Send Medicine brings its alt-surfy coolness to the fest. The band started out as a solo project of Toronto-born Julian Hacquebard and he was joined by bandmates Aaron Stern, Lauren Grimaldi, Ryan Glennan and Curran McDowell. We like the use of the Theremin.

Check out one of the band’s videos here

James Supercave

James Supercave is another one of our anticipated performers. He straddles the line between Americana and alternative and his music keeps you going.

Art + Food

In addition to new music, the fest presents LA’s up-and-coming comedians, art and food.

There are also photo booths, activism hubs featuring voter registration, petition signing, letters to congress and more, 30+ local business vendors, puppy adoption celebrating Los Angeles becoming an official No Kill city. The fest is dog friendly til 7 P.M.

Broke LA merchandise is for sale for the first time ever.

Featured Musicians

Brasstracks, James Supercave, Bloodboy, La Bouquet, Kid Wave, Kolaj, Ugly Sweaters, BRAEVES, Thumpasaurus, Fellow Bohemian, Candy Cigarettes, CRNKN, sober rob, omniboi,  PHAM, John Givez, Malcolm Anthony, Noah, Harris Cole, ARDENCY, Marko Penn, Devmo, Yung Skrrt, dylAn, FOFADI, Ta’East, Pusher, AWE, Grimecraft, R3LL, Fan Fiction, Neo Fresco, Hikeii, Honey, $yrup, DJ Clickbait,  Boyo, Dream Machines, Zealyn, Tickle Torture, Raener, Velvet, Goosehappen, Emerson Star, Send Medicine, Iconique

What: Seventh Annual Broke LA Music & Arts Festival

When: Saturday April 8th, 2017 2:30pm – 12:00am (last entry 11:30pm)

Where: 4560 Worth St, Los Angeles, CA, 90063

Price: $25 Admission

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At The Drive In Releases Single and Video for ‘Hostage Stamps’ Off New Album, ‘in • ter a • li • a’


At The Drive In has released the single “Hostage Stamps” with accompanying video. “Hostage Stamps” is one of the new tracks off the album in • ter a • li • a, which will be released in May.

At The Drive In is on tour with Le Butcherettes, with several California dates in May. Some recent US dates include a pop-up performance at SXSW and some make-up dates from last year.

“Hostage Stamps” is the third single from the soon-to-released album in • ter a • li • aout May 5th on Rise Records.

About the song, frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala says it’s  “like walking through the hallway in some war-torn ghetto and reading the writing on the wall. When you hear things like, ‘Raise your nithing pole,’ I don’t think anyone will know what that is right away, but when you look it up, it’s this curse.

“We are going to be victorious. Here’s the fucking head on the stake in front of our army. We’re coming back. It’s reading the writing on the wall. It’s going and keeping your ear to the ground and listening to the heartbeat of young people.”

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive In - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive In – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia


5/6/17 — El Paso, TX — County Coliseum

5/8/17 — Tempe, AZ — Marquee Theatre

5/9/17 — San Diego CA — Soma

5/12/17 — San Francisco CA — Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

5/13/17 — Los Angeles CA — Shrine Auditorium

5/17/17 — Mexico City — Pepsi Center WTC

6/7/17 — Austin, TX — Stubb’s +

6/9/17 — San Antonio, TX — Aztec Theater +

6/10/17 — Houston, TX — Revention Music Center

6/12/17 — Dallas, TX — South Side Ballroom

6/13/17 — Oklahoma City, OK — The Criterion

6/15/17 — Denver, CO — The Fillmore

6/17/17 — St. Paul, MN — Palace Theatre

6/18/17 — Chicago, IL — Aragon Ballroom

6/20/17 — Columbus, OH — Express Live!

6/21/17 — Cleveland, OH — Agora Theatre

6/22-25/17 — Montebello, Canada — Amnesia Rockfest 2017

8/15-17/17 — St. Pölten, Austria — FM4 Frequency Festival 2017

8/16-19/17 — Paredes De Coura, Portugal — Paredes De Coura Festival 2017

8/16-19/17 — Kiewit, Belgium — Pukkelpop Festival 2017

8/18-20/17 — Biddinghuizen, Netherlands — Lowlands Festival 2017

8/22/17 — Sesto San Giovanni, Italy — Carroponte

8/23/17 — Munich, Germany — Zenith

8/25-27/17 — Weatherby, UK — Leeds Festival 2017

8/25-27/17 — Reading, UK — Reading Festival 2017

8/25-27/17 — Saint Cloud, France — Rock En Seine 2017

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The Orwells, The Walters and No Parents Take No Prisoners in Physical Sets at The Regent Theater LA

Three Strong Bands Prove Punk Still has Legs


When The Orwells play a show, it’s more like a PE party.

Friends, fans and strong opening bands are the name of the game here and there are no disappointments.  The songs are good, the show is physical and the fans have a great time. The Orwells are touring to support their new album, Terrible Human Beings.

No Parents - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

No Parents – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The show at The Regent Theater last night was no different as punk performances were the order of the night and the fans loved every minute of three solid sets.

The Walters – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

You’ve got everything here — new punk music, fun performances and cute guys — and no shortage of girls on hand in the audience. After getting a load of the guys in the bands it was no suprise there were so many young women.  But The Orwells, The Walters and No Parents didn’t fool around and got straight to work.


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Wire, One of Rock’s Founding Punk Bands, to Play Echoplex This Weekend During Drill Fest


Wire will hold its Drill Fest at The Echo and Echoplex tomorrow through Saturday, and the legendary band will celebrate the release of their new album Silver/Lead.

Wire is one of punk’s founding members, and has been the influence of many of today’s bands. Wire members are Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Gotobed, Margaret Fiedler McGinnis and Matthew Simms.

Performers set to take the stage at The Echo are Bob Mould, Mikal Cronin + string and horn ensemble, Julia Holter, Mild High Club, Wand, Laetitia Sadier, Fitted, Part Time Punks, Howardamb, Once and Future Band, Chasms, Alina Bea, Noveller, Slows, The Pinkflag Guitar Orchestra.

Check out the WIRE Facebook page.

For Passes and DRILL Tickets go here.

Get tickets to Drill here.

Hammons Review: Sir Rod Stewart Makes A Knight To Remember in Knockout Caesars Palace Performance


The curtain was drawn and anticipation was running high.  At 7:30 P.M. sharp the theme to The Magnificent Seven came roaring out of the public address system.  The curtains then opened to Rod Stewart’s band kicking into the Bar-Kays instrumental “Soul Finger.”

Rod then came prancing out on stage in his new leopard skin jacket to a thunderous round of applause and went right into “Having a Party.”  Now the mood was set for this evening of fun and foolish behavior. Rod didn’t miss a beat and went right into “Some Guys Have All the Luck” and “Young Turks” to make for a very energetic start.

Sir Rod Stewart lit up the crowd at Caesars - Photo by Craig Hammons for California Rocker

Sir Rod Stewart lit up the crowd at Caesars – Photo by Craig Hammons

Rod is doing residency here at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas before heading out on a world tour with Cindy Lauper that starts in the United Kingdom in May.  Rod welcomed the audience and said “We’re going to be here for the next 90 minutes so enjoy yourselves, ladies and gentlemen, it’s later than you think.”

A beautiful blonde sat down behind a very large gold harp and played the opening of “Tonight’s the Night.”  The audience knew this one by heart and sang along to every word.

Rod didn’t slow things down for long as he then paid honor to Chuck Berry who he had just learned had passed away earlier in the day.

Rod Stewart performed the classics at Caesars - Photo by Craig Hammons for California Rocker

Rod Stewart performed the classics at Caesars – Photo by Craig Hammons for California Rocker

“The first album I ever bought was Chuck’s Live at the Tivoli and I was never the same,” Rod said. “He was the founding father and you can hear his influence in every rock n roll band from my generation on.”

A picture of Chuck Berry flashed on the big screen and they went right into a rocking version of “Sweet Little Rock & Roller” with Rod working the stage like the true showman he is.

There was then a nod to Sir Rod’s recent knighthood before going into “Rhythm of My Heart” followed by “Forever Young” in which the crowd was signing so loud Rod gave it to us to sing all alone.   There was a percussion solo in the middle of the song which allowed Rod to slip off stage to make a costume change.

Rod and the band - Photo by Craig Hammons

Rod and the band – Photo by Craig Hammons

In true Rod Stewart fashion, in his band are beautiful and talented female violinists, harpist, mandolin players and three backup singers that keep the party going.  The impressive work from his male guitarist, drummers, bassist and sax player brought an age of freshness to these timeless classics.

Next up was a powerful and uplifting version of Tom Waits “Downtown Train” which, like many other covers he does, Rod made entirely his own.

Rod then decided to have a sit-down and brought the band to the front of the stage for an acoustic set starting with “The First Cut is the Deepest.”  He then asked “How many of you remember the Faces?” and the cheers rang out as they went into the Faces “Oh La La” off the Faces final album in 1973.   While they were are still seated it was time for Rod’s solo classic “You’re in My Heart” and the Van Morrison song “Have I Told You Lately” which Rod covered perfectly on his Unplugged and Seated album.

The three backup singers came back out center stage to shake it up to a rip roaring version of Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High.”   The band was tight and rolling down the river at full speed while the girls were dancing so hard Tina Turner would be proud.  Rod is a generous frontman who does put the spotlight on the band allowing them solos and the attention they deserve.

The one and only Rod Stewart plays Vegas before world tour - Photo by Craig Hammons

The one and only Rod Stewart plays Vegas before world tour – Photo by Craig Hammons

Rod now back out center stage with a new jacket and fresh pair of trousers played the song everyone grew up with the ever irresistible “Maggie May.”  Everyone was on their feet singing along when Rod decided to take a trip out into the audience.   He worked his way around the back of the orchestra section shaking hands, giving hugs and singing his heart out.   Once he got back on stage the band launched into “Stay With Me” and balloons fell from the ceiling and out came the soccer balls.  Rod at 72 still plays with a local soccer team and showed off his talent kicking some all the way up to the second level.

Sir Rodrick David Stewart played us the hits but saved one of his biggest for last “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.”

The crowd loves Rod Stewart and he's still got the moves - Photo by Craig Hammons for California Rocker

The crowd loves Rod Stewart and he’s still got the moves – Photo by Craig Hammons for California Rocker


This two time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree showed us after over 100 million records sold he still is very relevant and “forever young.”  Tonight was the night and everything was better than alright.  The curtain was closing but the energy still filled the room with the crowd screaming for more.

The curtain came back up and the band wished everyone a good night and went into the Guy Lombardo’s “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think).”   Rod Stewart gave us a selection of his hits, no American Songbook or new material just the songs we know in our heart by heart.

Tickets for This Summer’s Bi-Coastal Classic East and Classic West Music Festivals Go On Sale April 7


The Classic East and Classic West music festivals finally have a presence on the world wide web and tickets for the July concerts go on sale April 7.

The hotly anticipated classic music festivals feature Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Journey and Earth Wind and Fire.  On the East Coast, the event will be held at Citi Field in NYC on July 29-30, and on the West Coast the event will be held at Dodger Stadium on July 15-16. and will be on hand.

Among the companies involved are Live Nation, Azoff MSG Entertainment, CAA and Oak View Group.
Classic East and Classic West will be the first concert performance by the Eagles since the death of band founder Glenn Frey in January of last year.

Classic rock has been recognized as driving force in live music, and gained widespread attention since the success of Desert Trip last October. The Goldenvoice-AEG blockbuster concert held in Indio featured Paul McCartney, The Who, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters and Neil Young and drew the 40s-plus demographic.

Nicknamed “Oldchella,” the concert pulled in an estimated  $160 million in revenue.

Outside Lands Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Advance 3-Day Passes on Thursday at 10 A.M.

Outside Lands will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year by giving fans a jumpstart with “Eager Beaver” 3-day passes that go on sale tomorrow at 10 A.M. PST.

Outside Lands, one of the best festivals in the state, takes place Aug. 11-13 in Golden Gate Park. The lineup has not yet been announced.

For more information go to the Outside Lands website.

For passes and ticket information see the Tickets page.

Public Television Teams for Meet and Greet Packages on Upcoming Blondie Rage and Rapture Tour


Public Television is offering fans an exclusive Pollinator package that includes a Meet and Greet with Blondie, premium seating at the Blondie Rage and Rapture tour, and more. For each pair of tickets purchased, fans receive:

Meet and greet the band - Photo courtesy Blondie

Meet and greet the band – Photo courtesy Blondie

• Meet and Greet passes plus premium concert tickets at Will Call on the night of the performance. (2 Tickets / 2 M and G Passes)

• DVD plus Bonus live audio CD combination pack of the Soundstage: Blondie performance.

• Blondie’s brand new CD, Pollinator

To purchase the Meet and Greet package and learn more about this exclusive offer, please click on the Playboy Bunny (yes, Debbie Harry), visit the event page here or check out a city near you:

July 5: Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA

July 7: Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA

July 8: Pearl Concert Theater, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV

July 9: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA

July 12: Edgefield Concerts, Troutdale, OR

VIDEO: Gorillaz Debut Four Tracks from The New Album, ‘Humanz’ Which is Set to Drop on April 28


Check out the new video from Gorillaz as the dynamic band confirms it will drop the new album Humanz on April 28.

RELATED: Gorillaz to reissue Demon Dayz

Gorillaz have been busy.  In addition to announcing the re-issue of Demon Dayz through Vinyl Me, Please, the group has reconvened with new featured artists and collaborators.

BBC Radio 1 debuted “Saturnz Barz” featuring Popcaan as well as “Andromeda” with D.R.A.M., Beats 1 Radio bowed “Ascension” featuring Vince Staples and Radio X premiered “We’ve Got the Power” with Oasis’ Noel Gallagher and Savages’ Jehnny Beth.

Humanz will be released by Warner Bros. Produced by Gorillaz, The Twilight Tone of D /\ P and Remi Kabaka and recorded in London, Paris, New York, Chicago and Jamaica, Humanz comes seven years on from the release of albums The Fall and Plastic Beach. Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) are joined by a stellar line up of featured artists which includes Jehnny Beth of Savages, Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis among others.

The full track listing for Humanz is:

1. Ascension feat. Vince Staples
2. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
3. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
4. Momentz feat. De La Soul
5. Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela
6. Charger feat. Grace Jones
7. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
8. Busted and Blue
9. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T
11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz
12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth

Bonus material on Deluxe:

15. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK
16. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett
17. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà
18. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis
19. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes

The band hit UK radio to play the new songs off Humanz, a 19-song double album that features the likes of Grace Jones and other top guest contributors.





The Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set of the new Gorillaz album Humanz is presented across 14 individual pieces of different coloured 12” vinyl), packaged in individually art-worked sleeves. Each piece of vinyl features an album track, backed with an exclusive alternative version.

The box  also includes a 54-page, cloth-bound, foil-blocked, hardback book featuring exclusive Gorillaz artwork by Jamie Hewlett plus a download card, all housed in a bespoke 12-inch vinyl case.

This format is expected to ship in late-summer, with a download code to be sent on album release on Friday April 28th.

On Friday, there will be a show for UK fans at an undisclosed location.

Gorillaz To Reissue 2005 Album ‘Demon Dayz’ Through Vinyl Me Please as Record of the Month


Gorillaz will reissue their second album, Demon Dayz, on vinyl through Vinyl Me, Please. The band also revealed four tracks from its upcoming Humanz, which is rumored to drop during the Demon Dayz festival this summer in the U.K.


The trendy clear red double-vinyl reissue has been selected April Record of the Month and is available via subscription.

The two-record album is accompanied by a sticker collection and an art print by Ariel Roman.

The virtual band has made a comeback of sorts over the last year. Gorillaz will put on their first show since 2010 at their very own festival of the same name as their new reissue, Demon Dayz, which will be held this June in the U.K.

Customers can sign up by April 15 to qualify for the Demon Days reissue.

Gorillaz are expected to release a new album at some point this year. They dropped the new song, “Hallelujah Money,” featuring Benjamin Clementine, two months ago.


New Goldenvoice Festival: Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena This Summer to Feature Tom Petty, Weezer


Goldenvoice has created another music festival to add to its impressive mass music events portfolio.

Arroyo Seco Weekend, to be held on June 24-25 will feature Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford and  Sons, Alabama Shakes, The Shins, Weezer, and more.  There are even a few performers we don’t get to see too often, including Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin with his Bernie Taupin Orchestra, and even actor Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

There will be curated menus, food, and wine from LA’s well-known chefs and restaurants, including chefs Walter Matzke, Jason Neroni, and Ray Garcia. The event takes place June 24 and 25, 2017 at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Passes go on sale Monday, March 20 at 11 AM PDT


Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Alabama Shakes
The Meters
Broken Social Scene
Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Roy Ayers
William Bell
John Mayall
The Bennie Maupin Ensemble


Mumford and Sons
The Shins
Fitz and the Tantrums
Andrew Bird
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
The Revivalists
Andy Grammar
ZZ Ward
Jamtown (ft.. G. Love, Donavon Frankenreiter & Cisco Adler)
Alice Smith
The Mowgli’s
David Lindley
Con Brio
NK Band


Weekend and single day GA and VIP passes go on sale Monday, March 20th at 11 AM PDT American Express Card Members can purchase passes before the general public beginning Friday, March 17 at 10 AM PDT through Sunday, March 19 at 10 PM PDT.

Arroyo Seco Weekend will also be a food lover’s haven, featuring the most sought-after dishes and award-winning restaurants the Los Angeles and Pasadena communities have to offer. The selection offers a wide range of cuisine, from classic Italian dishes, authentic Mexican, to Korean BBQ and gluten-free and vegan options celebrating Los Angeles’ melting pot of a food scene. With an extensive lineup of craft beers by Beer Belly and an incredible raw and natural wine list.


Bruce Kalman | Union
Dakota Weiss | Sweetfin Poke
Ilan Hall | Ramen Hood
Jason Neroni | Rose Cafe
Neal Fraser | Red Bird
Marcel Vigneron | Wolf
Phillip Frankland Lee | Frankland Crab & Co
Ray Garcia | Broken Spanish
Rory Herrmann | Barrel & Ashes
Steve Samson | Sotto
Walter Matzke | République


Beer Belly
Dog Haus
Fat Dragon
Fritzi Coop
Genghis Cohen
Kettle Black
Petty Cash
Sumo Dog

Pass Prices

Single day GA: $125 + fees
Weekend GA: $225 + fees
Single day VIP: $225 + fees
Weekend VIP: $399 + fees
Weekend Preferred parking: $50

Arroyo Seco Weekend is truly Pasadena taking its name from The Arroyo Seco stream, meaning “dry stream” in Spanish, that passes through Brookside Golf Course and Pasadena from the San Gabriel Mountains.

Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival, also operates successful Los Angeles music venues including the Fonda Theatre, El Rey Theatre, and Shrine Auditorium. Beginning as an independent punk rock promoter in the early 1980s, Goldenvoice grew to be the preeminent alternative promoter in Southern California by forging strong relationships with both bands and music fans. Goldenvoice promotes over 1400 concerts a year in California, Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii and Canada.

Tommy Stinson and Bash and Pop Promote ‘Anything Could Happen’ With Packed Show at The Troubadour

The Yawpers Open for Bash and Pop


Tommy Stinson and his band Bash and Pop are sittin’ on top of the world.

They wear high-class suits, play gigs at places like The Troubadour, and they even have the fans buying them “Bullet” drinks.

Tommy Stinson and Bash and Pop promote Anything Could Happen at Troubadour - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Tommy Stinson and Bash and Pop promote Anything Could Happen at Troubadour – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Tommy did a couple of appearances on the late night show circuit as well, all in support of the new Bash and Pop album, Anything Could Happen. Anything Could Happen is the first album from Bash and Pop in 24 years.

And Stinson is happy with the attention. After all these years, it’s probably something the guy’s entitled to, after all, he is the founder of The Replacements, arguably one of the best power-pop/ new wave bands around, and he’s definitely paid his dues.

And so have the fans.

Bash and Pop – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The packed house at The Troubadour was the embodiment of fan love, as the over-35 crowd came from near and far to make like sardines in the can. Even up in the rafters. They came to see Stinson perform new tunes as well as old, and even some Stones and The Who covers.

On the set list were “Friday Night is Killing Me,” “Tiny Pieces,” “Anybody Else,” “On the Rocks,” “Bad News,” set closer “Unfuck You” and covers like “The Kids Are All Right,” “You’re My Favorite Waste of Time,” by Marshall Crenshaw and the Stones’ “Midnight Rambler,” as well as “Anything Could Happen.”

Bash and Pop at The Troubadour in West Hollywood - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Bash and Pop at The Troubadour in West Hollywood – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Stinson looks good and interacts with the audience in an affable way. His punk-style haircut is grey now, but other than that, he’s still got the moves and the sense of humor to boot.

“Don’t forget to visit the merch table,” he reminded after the show. “We have T-shirts, albums and ‘Depends.'”

Bash and Pop - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Bash and Pop – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

C’mon Tommy, the crowd wasn’t all THAT old and in fact there were at least a good 50 people or so who were in the under-35 category. Either way, it’s OK. After all, Classic Rock is in again and on an evening like this, with Stinson on stage and fans showing the love, anything really could happen.

The Yawpers opened the evening and put on a great set, with surprise verve and energy that could launch a rocket. The Rockabilly alt-punk trio do a great job of keeping the audience on their toes, with them telling the audience to shut the F up even though nobody was hassling them.  The guitar work and drums were incredible, and these guys can make an average song sound like a hit.

Bash and Pop - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Bash and Pop – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia


The Yawpers - Photo 2017 Donna Balancia

The Yawpers – Photo 2017 Donna Balancia


The Yawpers hassle the audience but play great music - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The Yawpers hassle the audience but play great music – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia


Charity: Best Coast Presents ‘Don’t Sit Down,’ a Planned Parenthood Benefit at El Rey Theatre


Best Coast, Grouplove, The Regrettes and Patty Schemel of Hole lead a great lineup of performers for ‘Don’t Sit Down,’ a Planned Parenthood Benefit tonight (Mar. 4) at the El Rey Theatre.

Grouplove - Photo by Brandon Weight

Grouplove – Photo by Brandon Weight

There is a wide variety of silent auction items to benefit for Planned Parenthood:
– Two signed Shepard Fairey ‘Wake Up!’ prints. One cream and one  silver. These are all sold out via
– Two VIP tickets to FYF *if over 21, GA if under*
– Two GA tickets to Weekend 2 of Coachella
– Two GA tickets to Stagecoach
– Two box seats to Phoenix’s show at the Hollywood Bowl on June 15th
– Sonos starter kit.
– Fender guitar signed by benefit performers
– Exclusive benefit posters signed by benefit performers.
– Signed 2013 Postal Service silkscreened poster designed by Jason Munn
– Beats over ear headphones and Beats Pill
– A night out in East LA: Gift certificate to Malo plus tickets to an upcoming Spaceland Presents show
– Two $50 gift certificates to Homestate
– Two $50 gift certificates to Oinkster
– Two sets of Dave Eggers signed books: A Hologram for the King and Understanding the Sky.

Future Islands Drops New Video: ‘Ran,’ the Latest Release from Upcoming Album, ‘The Far Field’


Check out Future Islands’ new video, “Ran” from their new album The Far Field, to be released on April 7.  The trio of college pals from who live in Baltimore have hit the right chord with the fans. They’ll be playing the Roxy on April 13; Coachella April 16; Glass House April 19; Pappy and Harriet’s (sold out) April 19 and they’ll be back at Coachella April 23. Check out their website.



Broke LA Music and Arts Festival Ramping Up With New Partners to Showcase Diverse Musical Acts

Broke LA Changes Date to April 8, Locale to Worth Street


Broke LA Music and Arts Festival, the Los Angeles event that is held as an alternative to Coachella, has announced James Supercave, Raener and Kolaj will be among its artist lineup. This year, the festival will be held on April 8 at 4560 Worth Street.

The date move shifts the festival away from overlapping with Coachella weekend for the first time ever, kicking off festival season in Los Angeles.

“It is important for us, first and foremost, that our event serve our artists in their professional development,” said Executive Director Negin Singh. “We are proud of our unbelievable talent and want to ensure that those in the music industry as well as our audience can freely engage in discovery at our festival without having to sacrifice celebrating what’s big in the mainstream festival circuit.”

The one-day event celebrating the immense talent and diversity of LA’s art scene, will feature more than 50 musical acts across four stages, LA’s up-and-coming comedians, festival-encompassing art installations, one-of-a-kind street food, drinks, photo booths, activism hubs, boutique vendors, merchandise and more to come for a reasonable price.


Jungle Gym Curated by: cARTel

James Supercave
La Bouquet
Kid Wave
Ugly Sweaters
Fellow Bohemian
Candy Cigarettes

Swings Curated by: Brownies & Lemonade

sober rob
John Givez
Malcolm Anthony
Harris Cole
Marko Penn
Yung Skrrt

Bounce House Curated by: Shifty Rhythms

Fan Fiction
Neo Fresco
DJ Clickbait

Ball Pit Curated by: cARTel

Dream Machines
Tickle Torture
Velvet (Formerly known as Emily Gold)
Emerson Star
Send Medicine

Sandbox Curated by: Omid Singh, Chelsea Quinn, Robbie Kirkhuff

Kyle Kinane
Marcella Arguello
David Gborie
Atsuko Okatsuka
Harrison Greenbaum
Valerie Tosi
Zach Noe Towers
Mateen Stewart
Paige Weldon
Johan Miranda
Ramy Youssef
Anna Valenzuela
Connor McSpadden
Ed Greer
Nat Baimel
Simon Gibson
Rachel Mac
Allison Mick
Papp Johnson
Ashley Hamilton
Alex Hanna
Christine Medrano
Nick Petrillo
Brendan Cooney
Jessica Sele
Dan Nolan
Heather Marulli
Katrina Davis
Mike Schmidt
*Omid Singh
*Robbie Kirkhuff

At The Drive In To Release First Album in 17 Years, Announces Tour, and New Single, ‘Incurably Innocent’


At The Drive In will release its first studio album in 17 years, called in • ter a • li • a, which is expected to drop May 5.  The high-energy post-punk legends also announced a new tour including stops in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and a new single, “Incurably Innocent.”

“Incurably Innocent” is the second track to be released in advance of in • ter a • li • a, now available for pre-order via Rise Records.

Cedric Bixler-Zavala performs with ATDI at The Hollywood Palladium - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Cedric Bixler-Zavala performs with ATDI at The Hollywood Palladium – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

“Incurably Innocent,” is described by vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala as “a song about sexual abuse and being able to finally speak out.”

in • ter a • li • a in Latin means “among other things.” At The Drive In is Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Paul Hinojos, Tony Hajjar and Keeley Davis.

Produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey at Hollywood’s Sound Factory, the 11-song 41-minute in • ter a • li • a picks up where Relationship of Command left off back in 2000 and is anticipated by fans.

Cedric Bixler-Zavala performs with ATDI at The Hollywood Palladium - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Cedric Bixler-Zavala of ATDI, pictured here at The Hollywood Palladium, will tour in support of new album this May – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

in • ter a • li • a‘s release will be supported a series of concerts beginning in El Paso and including headlining dates at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco, and the Shrine Auditorium.

Cedric Bixler-Zavala performs with ATDI at The Hollywood Palladium - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Cedric Bixler-Zavala performs with ATDI at The Hollywood Palladium – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia


Cedric Bixler Zavala of At The Drive In - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Cedric Bixler Zavala of At The Drive In – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Le Butcherettes will support on the new dates.

For more information go to At The Drive In’s Facebook page  For updates and tickets, go to here for ATDI merch


Cedric Bixler-Zavala performs with ATDI at The Hollywood Palladium - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

At The Drive In packs the house at The Hollywood Palladium – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia


At The Drive In puts on a high energy show - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

At The Drive In puts on a high energy show as depicted in this award winning photo – © 2016 Donna Balancia

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala performs with ATDI at The Hollywood Palladium - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Cedric Bixler-Zavala performs with ATDI at The Hollywood Palladium – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia


At The Drive In, Live 2017:

3/17/17 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre

3/18/17 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle

3/20/17 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club

3/22/17 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

3/25/17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

3/27/17 – Detroit, MI — The Fillmore

3/29/17 – Toronto, Canada – Rebel (formerly Sound Academy)

5/6/17 — El Paso TX — County Coliseum                                              

5/8/17 — Phoenix AZ — Marquee Theatre

5/9/17 — San Diego CA — Soma                         

5/12/17 — San Francisco CA — Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 

5/13/17 — Los Angeles CA — Shrine Auditorium

5/17/17 — Mexico City — Pepsi Center WTC

6/7/17 — Austin, TX — Stubb’s

6/9/17 — San Antonio, TX — Aztec Theater

6/10/17 — Houston, TX — Revention Music Center

6/12/17 — Dallas, TX — South Side Ballroom

6/13/17 — Oklahoma City, OK — The Criterion

6/15/17 — Denver, CO — The Fillmore

6/17/17 — St. Paul, MN — Palace Theatre

6/18/17 — Chicago, IL — Aragon Ballroom

6/20/17 — Columbus, OH — Express Live!

6/21/17 — Cleveland, OH — Agora Theatre

8/15-17/17 — St. Pölten, Austria — FM4 Frequency Festival 2017

8/16-19/17 — Paredes De Coura, Portugal — Paredes De Coura Festival 2017

8/16-19/17 — Kiewit, Belgium — Pukkelpop Festival 2017

8/25-27/17 — Weatherby, UK — Leeds Festival 2017

8/25-27/17 — Reading, UK — Reading Festival 2017

At The Drive In - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

At The Drive In – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia


Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes will open for ATDI - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes will open for ATDI – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia


Cedric Bixler-Zavala - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

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