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Surfbort Shreds It Up at ‘Friendship Music’ LA Release Show, Launches Tour

Photos by ANTHONY MEHLHAFF, Edited by DONNA BALANCIA The debut album for New York punk band Surfbort, called Friendship Music, will drop on Oct. 26.  So to celebrate, Surfbort put on a wild “pre-record release” show in […]


Richmond Sluts Rock Harvard and Stone, Band Plays New Album, And Leaves for European Tour

Richmond Sluts Promote Catchy ’60 Cycles of Love’ By DONNA BALANCIA The Richmond Sluts headlined a great Thursday night at Harvard and Stone, part of the Cheap Satisfaction series. Our best local drummer, John Tyree, […]

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The Shins Release Fourth Advance Track from ‘Heartworms,’ and Add Three New Dates to Tour

Photo by JASON PERSSE, Story by JOHN DALY The Shins have unleashed a fourth advance track from Heartworms, called “Painting A Hole.” Upbeat rhythm and great vocals highlight “Painting A Hole,” as James Mercer’s voice explores the way our society […]

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Gary Calamar Takes Us on a Nostalgic Tour of His Own LA With New Singles ‘Little Tokyo,’ ‘Prince of Pico Blvd’

By DONNA BALANCIA Gary Calamar is a multi-tasking musician. He’s a popular DJ on KCRW, and by day he’s a GRAMMY-nominated music supervisor on successful film and TV projects. Gary also hosts the monthly Mimosa […]

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Ryan Adams Waxes Romantic on ‘Prisoner,’ Announces Tour Dates, and Performs LA Shows

In-Store Appearance at Amoeba Records Packs Aisles By DONNA BALANCIA Ryan Adams has created a great new record with Prisoner and it’s appropriate that he hit the stage at Amoeba Records, the iconic bastion of […]