By DONNA BALANCIA

Wayne Kramer and His Jail Guitar Doors Visit 100th Prison, Setting Benchmark Behind the Wall

Teaching Music to Inmates Gives Inspiration By DONNA BALANCIA Wayne Kramer and Jail Guitar Doors charity visited its 100th prison on Friday, bringing guitars and music behind the walls of Donovan Correctional Facility in San […]

EXCLUSIVE

U.S. EXCLUSIVE: Paul McCartney Releases Never-Before-Seen Photos for ‘Flowers’ Re-Release

Photos by LINDA MCCARTNEY, Story By DONNA BALANCIA With a month to go until the release of the reissue of Paul McCartney’s classic album Flowers In The Dirt (the 10th installment of the GRAMMY Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive […]

Live Reviews

Cheetah Chrome Snarls His Way Through SoCal Swing at Whisky A Go-Go and Alex’s Bar in Long Beach

Cheetah Band Brings Life to Dead Boys Songs, New Tunes By DONNA BALANCIA Cheetah Chrome and his band got the crowd going at the Whisky A Go-Go and they’ll probably light up Alex’s Bar in […]

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Canyon Club

Smash Mouth Plans to be ‘Walking On The Sun’ at The Canyon Club and at The Rose This Weekend

Photos by EVA RINALDI Smash Mouth, known for its hits “Walking On The Sun” and “All-Star” will play the Canyon Club and The Rose this weekend. The band, led by Steve Harwell and Paul De […]

The Mick Jagger-Peter Tosh collaboration resulted in Walk and Don't Look Back on SNL - photo courtesy of Tosh family
By DONNA BALANCIA

Mick Jagger-Peter Tosh Song Lives on With Mick’s Video for Tosh Museum in Kingston, Jamaica

Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh Famously Collaborated on ‘Walk and Don’t Look Back’ By DONNA BALANCIA Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones sent congratulations and delivered a video message to family and friends in Kingston, […]

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Musicians

Virtuoso Frontman and Producer Mike Patton Picks Up Dead Cross For Drummer Dave Lombardo

By DONNA BALANCIA Accomplished musician Mike Patton, perhaps best known for his wild performances as frontman for Faith No More, will take on the vocal duties for Dave Lombardo’s punk project Dead Cross. Lombardo (Suicidal […]

Music producer Jason Cole and his family are asking for help with medical bills and identifying the hit-and-run truck driver - Photo courtesy Cole family and Go Fund Me
By JOHN DALY

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. […]

By DONNA BALANCIA

VIDEO: Kanye West Stops San Jose Show for 25 Minutes: ‘I Would Have Voted On Trump’ He Says

VIDEO courtesy of KMEL Photo by BRANDON WINTERS, Story by By DONNA BALANCIA Never one to shy away from controversy, Kanye West drew boos at a San Jose, Calif., concert when he told the crowd […]

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News

Shirley Manson, Lita Ford and Esperanza Spalding Among 2017 ‘She Rocks Awards’ Honorees

Shirley Manson, Lita Ford and Esperanza Spalding have been named among the honorees for The 2017 She Rocks Awards, it was announced. Presented for the fifth year by The Women’s International Music Network, the event […]

Keith Harkin plays for La Paloma Theatre - Photo by Donna Balancia
By DONNA BALANCIA

La Paloma Theatre Shines on Benefit Night as Jack Tempchin and Musicians Sing Her Praises

Concert to Raise Money for La Paloma Wildly Applauded By DONNA BALANCIA ENCINITAS, Calif. – Musicians Jack Tempchin, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Keith Harkin and Darius Degher electrified at Love The Dove, a benefit concert for […]

By DONNA BALANCIA

Television, Primus, Brian Jonestown Massacre Bring The ‘Cool Factor’ to Hot Desert Daze Festival

In Its Fifth Year, Desert Daze Growing in Status By DONNA BALANCIA Desert Daze 2016 brought a top lineup of bands and a wildly eclectic, 3-day fashion show to the normally low-key Joshua Tree, and […]

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California Rocker

Desert Trip Dispatch: Our Ace Reviewer Bob Busby Gives A Thumbs Up Wrapup From ‘Oldchella’

Busby: ‘One of the Best Events I’ve Ever Attended’ By BOB BUSBY Roger Waters kept his politics in check during weekend 2 of Desert Trip, but did basically tell the crowds that he would still […]

By DONNA BALANCIA

The Great 1960s Musician Donovan Celebrates 50th Anniversary of ‘Sunshine Superman’ with Tour

The Rose, Saban, Highlight California Shows By DONNA BALANCIA In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, the Vietnam War was raging, astronaut Buzz Aldrin was tackling the final frontier and campus protests were daily occurrances. […]

Don Was performs at TEC Awards - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia
Musicians

Don Was, Marshall Crenshaw Headline Wayne Kramer’s Jail Guitar Doors ‘Rock Out 3’ Concert

Jail Guitar Doors Returns to Ford Theatres on Sept. 9 Wayne Kramer has invited an impressive lineup of musicians for Jail Guitar Doors’ ROCK OUT! 3, which will be held at the Ford Theatres on Friday, […]

Musicians

Lemmy Statue Unveiled, Motorhead Rocker Honored with Celebrations at the Whisky and The Rainbow

Motorhead Rocker Honored at His Sunset Strip Hangouts By DONNA BALANCIA If Lemmy Kilmister were alive, he would probably would have been overwhelmed by the love of fans at events held in his honor on […]

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By DONNA BALANCIA

Setting the Standard: James Williamson Engineers Unique Sounds with New Collaborations

‘Blues Jumped The Rabbit’ is Williamson’s Latest Single By DONNA BALANCIA James Williamson believes that change is energizing. “I like to collaborate with different people and this was a great opportunity,” said Williamson of his […]

Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler kick off Long Beach Jazz Festival - Photo by Donna Balancia
Jazz

Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright Kick off the 29th annual Long Beach Jazz Festival in Grand Style

LONG BEACH – Legendary musicians Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler launched the 29th annual Long Beach Jazz Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach Friday night. The Long Beach Jazz Festival runs all day […]