2017

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 By DONNA BALANCIA 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 […]

By DONNA BALANCIA

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

By DONNA BALANCIA 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 […]

Suzanne Allison Joe Perry Best Photo Essay
Awards

California Rocker Wins Best Photo Essay, Best Action Photo at Prestigious LA Press Club Awards Gala

California Rocker Wins Three Awards at 2016 NAEJ By DOTTIE PARIS California Rocker, the online music magazine, won Best Photo Essay and Best Action Photo categories Sunday night at the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism […]

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 […]

Lady Gaga plays at The Satellite - Photo courtesy Lady Gaga
By DONNA BALANCIA

Lady Gaga Wraps Dive Bar Tour By Crowd-Surfing at Silver Lake’s Favorite Retro Venue, The Satellite

Joanne Singer Gives LA Locals a Big Surprise By DONNA BALANCIA On Thursday night, Lady Gaga took to crowd surfing at one of Los Angeles’ favorite retro venues: The Satellite. Fresh off her fun Carpool […]

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 […]

The Who - Photo courtesy of Desert Trip for CaliforniaRocker.com
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 JOHN DALY

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

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 […]

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. […]

HAIM - Photo by Nan Palmero for California Rocker
California Rocker

HAIM, Pusha T. and Charlie XCX to Perform at Red Bull Sound Select in Venues Across LA This November

By JOHN DALY HAIM, Pusha T. and Charlie XCX will perform at a range of venues in Los Angeles for Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA. The month-long concert series features showcases […]

Wayne Kramer, Don Was and Marshall Crenshaw - Photo by Donna Balancia for California Rocker
California Rocker

Wayne Kramer and Jail Guitar Doors Concert ‘Rock Out 3!’ Bring Humanity Out from Behind Prison Bars

By DONNA BALANCIA Wayne Kramer still champions the underdog. Kramer, founder of MC5, the legendary band that started the punk revolution, is still raging — to help those behind bars. He was joined by Don […]

Musicians

‘Malibu Rocks Hollywood Monday Nights’ is the Latest Great Entertainment at Lucky Strike in Hollywood

By DONNA BALANCIA – Malibu Rocks Hollywood, a new Monday night music event at Lucky Strike Live, got off to a rockin’ good start. Presented by the Malibu Guitar Festival, the new program is expected […]

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 […]

Lance Lopez - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia
By DONNA BALANCIA

Lance Lopez and All-Star Friends Rock Monday Night Blues at the Valley’s Hot Spot, Maui Sugar Mill

By DONNA BALANCIA – Lance Lopez has more in common with late friend Johnny Winter than a love for the blues. Like the great Johnny Winter, Lance gives it his all while jamming with pals. […]

Michael Franti by Craig Hammons California Rocker
Performances

Michael Franti and Spearhead’s ‘Soulrocker’ Tour Brings Love to the Pacific Amphitheatre

By CRAIG HAMMONS – SOULROCKER (Sol-rahk-er) – One who lives from the heart, with compassion for all, and possesses a tenacious enthusiasm for music, life and the planet. Once Michael Franti and his band Spearhead stepped […]

Black Waat3r at the Viper Room by Donna Balancia
By DONNA BALANCIA

Black Waat3r Breaks Down The Sound ‘Barriers’ At The Viper Room for Night of Soul Satisfaction

Innovative Crossover Performances Inspire at Viper Room By DONNA BALANCIA Black Waat3r headlined an innovative bill of bands at the Viper Room that broke down sound “barriers.” Ace performers Black Waat3r, Emi Secrest, Tomi Townsend, […]

Brian Wilson and band at Hollywood Bowl - Photo by Craig Hammons
Gigs and Photos

Brian Wilson at the Hollywood Bowl: ‘Pet Sounds’ Still Rings True 50 Years After Release

‘Good Vibrations’ By CRAIG HAMMONS Good vibrations were in the air at the Hollywood Bowl on a cool summer night. Brian Wilson along with his ‘boys,’ Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, with a 12-piece band […]

The English Beat Photo by Donna Balancia
By DONNA BALANCIA

English Beat Tour the U.S., Europe, to Promote New Album Featuring Ranking Roger, Called ‘Bounce’

The English Beat to Release First Studio Album in 30 Years By DONNA BALANCIA – The English Beat gives the fans their money’s worth, as Dave Wakeling and the boys play their 30-something years’ worth […]