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Live Reviews

The Interrupters, SWMRS, Johnny Madcap, Sharp Shock Haunt Fonda With High Energy Show

By DONNA BALANCIA The Interrupters headlined a night of high-energy new wave music and Halloween hijinks at The Fonda Theatre that featured Swmrs, Sharp Shock and Johnny Madcap and the Distractions. In case anyone was […]

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 […]

Live Reviews

The Black Lips, Starcrawler and Timmy’s Organism Throw and Get Thrown at The Regent Theater

Stage Diving, Sex on Stage, and Masks Rule By DONNA BALANCIA The Black Lips brought the toilet paper and opener Starcrawler cleaned up the accolades at The Regent Theater. Timmy’s Organism was in keeping with […]

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By CRAIG HAMMONS

HAMMONS REVIEW: Woolly Bandits and The Weirdos Bring Old Style Punk Back to ‘Destroy All Music’

Sweet But Wild Reunion at Echo By CRAIG HAMMONS After being held captive by my Uber driver I finally made it to The Echo for the long awaited homecoming of Hollyweird’s own premiere punks, the […]

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PREMIERE: The Dollyrots Debut Video, “Other Trucker” on California Rocker, Duo to Play Roxy Theater

Punk-Pop Duo Plays CA Gigs with the Buzzcocks By DONNA BALANCIA The Dollyrots debut the new video for their song, “Other Trucker” right here on CaliforniaRocker.com. It’s a fun, upbeat tropical-toned pop tune, check it […]

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After 17 Years, Fans Still Catch a Wild Show by At The Drive In and Pals Le Butcherettes at The Shrine

ATDI Touring for Album, in•ter a•li•a By DONNA BALANCIA At The Drive In should rename themselves “At The Dive In,” because 17 years later, the band is still slamming a phenomenal physical and inspiring performance. Wild, […]

Musicians

Le Butcherettes Cause Havoc at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, Support At The Drive In at The Shrine Saturday

With Video of Le Butcherettes and ATDI from Kimmel By DONNA BALANCIA Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes is one of the best rock and roll performers of all time. It’s as  simple as that.  […]

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By DONNA BALANCIA

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 By DONNA BALANCIA 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 […]

By DONNA BALANCIA

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Chip Kinman and Ford Madox Ford Debut the New Vid for Bluesy Tune ‘Expect It’

By DONNA BALANCIA Check out the exclusive video from Chip Kinman and Ford Madox Ford, called “Expect It.”  The video makes its debut right here on CaliforniaRocker.com. A Cool Video Kinman, the well-known wild SoCal […]

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NEW: Rancid and Dropkick Murphys Tour – Five Calif Stops Include Avila Beach, SD, LA and Sacramento

‘Boston to Berkeley’ Tour – The Name Says it All By JOHN DALY Rancid and Dropkick Murphys have announced the co-headlining From Boston To Berkeley Tour which will make five California stops, including San Diego, […]

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Federal Bar

The Alejandro Escovedo Band Takes Its ‘Burn Something Beautiful’ Tour to the West Coast

Escovedo and Jesse Malin to Play Federal Underground By DONNA BALANCIA Alejandro Escovedo has had an interesting career. He may come from the famous musical Escovedo family, but he’s punk rock through and through. He’s […]