Rock N Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip

‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip’ by Robert Landau is a Beautiful Lesson in Music History

Photographer amasses a visual history of fleeting monuments to music By DONNA BALANCIA — Stumped for a last-minute Christmas gift? For the history buff, or music lover, Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip […]

Allison Iraheta - Photo by Donna Balancia

‘Say It Loud!’ at The Troubadour: Halo Circus Headlines A Night of Unity, Humor and Great Music

Allison Iraheta Brings Friends and a Mission to Troubadour Crowd By DONNA BALANCIA – The ‘Say It Loud!’ concert at The Troubadour was a diverse mix of musicians that brought a sense of unity among […]

Allison Iraheta - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia
Gigs and Photos

Halo Circus featuring Allison Iraheta to Headline ‘Say It Loud’ Concert at Troubadour on Dec. 14

The Halo Circus Debut Album is Expected to be Released in 2016 Halo Circus, powered by “American Idol” Season 8 fan favorite Allison Iraheta, will headline the Troubadour on Monday, Dec. 14. The show called […]

Rosemary Butler kisses Freebo - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Rock-N-Roll Christmas Show on Dec. 13 Brings Together Musician Friends to Play for MusiCares

By DONNA BALANCIA – Freebo, Carnie Wilson and Albert Lee are among the musical stars that headline The Rock-N-Roll Christmas Show to benefit MusiCares at Cal State Northridge on Dec. 13. The Rock-N-Roll Christmas Show […]

Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Mike Campbell Uses His LA Band, The Dirty Knobs, for Kicks, While Reaping Big Marketing Rewards

By DONNA BALANCIA – Mike Campbell may be known as “Gator,” in his band The Dirty Knobs but the only thing ferocious about him is his extraordinary guitar playing. Campbell, known for his day job […]


Federal Bar Tops the Entertainment Venues in Long Beach as Bands, Menu Make Splash at the Ocean

By DONNA BALANCIA — Long Beach is springing up as a new hotbed for entertainment, its beachside location and regentrificated downtown area make a perfect getaway place to see a cool band. Here are a few […]

Jesse Hughes

États-Unis est avec Paris et France: Des nouvelles pour les lecteurs français de la California Rocker

Nous l’avons remarqué que nous avons plus de lecteurs français aujourd’hui. Alors, nous avons affiché un peu d’information. Nos coeurs sont avec le peuple de Paris. As we have noticed a spike in our readers in […]

Bruce Duff, Brian Perera from Cleopatra, Thor, Henry Rollins, Betsy Bitch, Frank Meyer, Paul Roessler at Kitten Robot Studios - Photo by Jason Valdez

‘I Am Thor’ To Screen at Whisky A Go Go With Live Performance by Thor, Locals and Luminaries Alike

By DONNA BALANCIA – “I used to be a serious bodybuilder, I’m a serious rock n roller right now.” And with those words, so began the downward — and then upward — spiral of one […]

Robby Krieger Performs with Los Lobos - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia
In The Biz

Robby Krieger Jams with Los Lobos to Celebrate The 2016 Lines of Gibson Guitar

By DONNA BALANCIA – Music greats, friends and Halloween partygoers jammed into Gibson Guitar’s Beverly Hills showroom for a party to celebrate the company’s 2016 guitars. The Doors’ Robby Krieger joined Los Lobos on stage […]


Keith Richards Had Final Cut on ‘Under The Influence’ Movie; Tom Waits Brought Notes, Director Says

By DONNA BALANCIA — Keith Richards “cackled” when he first saw the documentary Under The Influence, and exerted his right to approval of the film’s final cut, director Morgan Neville told an audience at the […]

California Rocker Interview

Music Photographer Henry Diltz Has Hundreds of Album Covers And Now He has a Lucie Award

By DONNA BALANCIA – Photographer Henry Diltz will be honored next week with a prestigious Lucie Award for his work in Rock Photography. Diltz said he never expected to be honored for his career.  After […]

The Dave Schultz All-Star Jam - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia
Gigs and Photos

The Dave Schulz All-Star Jam Brings Rock and Roll Thursday to New Venue Mrs. Fish in Downtown LA

By DONNA BALANCIA – Thursday nights won’t be the same in Downtown LA as The Dave Schulz All-Star Jam brings a rockin’ new show to Mrs. Fish. Schulz’ All-Star Jam plays a great range of dance […]

Walter Lure flanked by LA's finest at Redwood - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Walter Lure and His LA Band of Locals Turn a Musical Performance into a Wild Time at Redwood

By DONNA BALANCIA – When Walter Lure comes to Los Angeles, seems the whole town turns out. Those who remember Walter’s role in The Heartbreakers as well as those who have a more recent appreciation […]

Mary Kay and Loren Molinare - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

The Dogs of Detroit: Old School Punk Rock Pros Weather The Years, Fetch New Fan Base

The Dogs, considered among the innovators of punk rock, are one of the most influential bands in the genre. Legendary Detroit bandmates Loren Molinare, Mary Kay and Tony Matteucci sat down with California Rocker Editor […]

Olivia Dvorak - Alternative-Country star in the making - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Olivia Dvorak: Check Out This ‘Superstar To Be’ Who is Truly Making Music in Her Own Way

By DONNA BALANCIA – Olivia Dvorak is making music her own way. “I grew up in the country with horses,” said Olivia, who was raised in rural Illinois. “My horses always loved the country music […]

The Two Tens - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Two Tens Reveal All in The California Rocker Interview: The Massive Hair and Why Ella Didn’t Like the Hat

The Two Tens’ Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx tell California Rocker’s Donna Balancia their Most Random Thoughts. DB: Who is your inspiration? Who are some of the bands that you two both enjoy? AB: General […]