Terry Reid Rehashes The Swingin’ ’60s in Two-Hour Music and Storytelling Set at McCabe’s Guitar Shop

Photos and Story by HEATHER HARRIS We saw the return of legendary British vocalist TERRY REID to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica for a solo “storyteller” format he first pioneered at that same venue in […]

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Cool Tunes Tuesday: Video by Eric Leach Premieres ‘Zoom’ off his New Album Out Today, ‘Mercy Me’

By DONNA BALANCIA Eric Leach, whose band Symbol Six is known around Southern California as one of the most fun punk rock groups around, has released a video to promote his solo album, Mercy Me. […]


Austin Shaw Touches Hearts with Release of ‘Felt,’ An Album That Mixes Rock, Soul, Folk and Ballads

Austin Shaw: FELT – Release Date: September 15, 2017 Review by DOTTIE PARIS Santa Cruz is one of those kinds of cities that allows an individual to fully express himself. As a city, it thrives in forward […]


VIDEO: The National Releases “Day I Die” on Video in Advance of New Album, ‘Sleep Well Beast’

By JOHN DALY The National is red hot. One of the hardest working bands in the alternative world, the Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati band has released a new video and will be making a bevy of TV and […]


Echo Park Rising Keeps the Beat; Bassists from Cheap Tissue, Plague Vendor, Cat Scan, Rock and Rule

Schizophonics and C.G. Roxanne Blow Doors By DONNA BALANCIA Echo Park Rising is a unique kind of music fest, one that people look forward to all year long. Bands of every type are scattered throughout […]


New Music: Million Miles Shows Heartbreak Will Go Away With ‘Ice Cream and Cigarettes’ – Soundcloud

By DONNA BALANCIA Million Miles has a style that is sure to capture the masses. Mellow and beautiful, her voice brings the emotional quality that the people need now. In her new release, “Ice Cream […]

Live Reviews

HARD Fest Brings Out Variety of Music Genres and Performers Including Snoop Dogg and Destructo

By DAN MACINTOSH The 10th  annual HARD Summer music gathering celebrated its first decade of giving Southern California dance and hip-hop fans a lineup with more variety than the similar (and formally Southern California-based) Electric Daisy […]

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Summer Concerts Wrap Up with the Mother of All Indie Festivals: Echo Park Rising Kicks Off on Thursday

By DONNA BALANCIA Summer may be winding down but cool concerts in Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica Pier have given way to the annual prize: Echo Park Rising. Echo Park Rising this year features […]


Paris Tomkins Brings Back Good Ol’ Rock N Roll with New EP ‘Here’s The Riot’ a Blend of Alt and Cool

Songs of Love, Anger and Freedom By JOHN DALY Singer-songwriter Paris Tompkins’ newest EP called Here’s The Riot is a true rock and roll experience, grunge-influenced experience in true rock and roll. The music on […]


VIDEO: Gorillaz Release New Dance Track, ‘Strobelite’ Off Most Recent Album, ‘Humanz’

Gorillaz To Play Outside Lands Fest By JOHN DALY Gorillaz have released a new dance track from their latest album Humanz, called “Strobelite.” Directed by Stoke native and Murdoc Niccals’ acolyte Raoul Skinbeck, the “Strobelite” […]


Parisian Trio, TALIA, Tours The West, Brings Big Punk Rock Sound to San Diego and Northern California

By JOHN DALY After rocking the Whiskey a Go-Go last summer, the band TALIA returns to California to captivate Northern and Southern California. It’s the second year in a row that Talia hits the West […]

#IggyPop chucks the mic stand across the stage Sunday at FYF - photo by Donna Balancia

Ty Segall, Iggy Pop and Chicano Batman Shine at Uneven FYF Fest; Nine Inch Nails Closes with ‘Hurt’

Fest May Return to Historic Park in 2018 By DONNA BALANCIA Performances by Ty Segall, Chicano Batman, and Iggy Pop highlighted an otherwise uneven FYF Fest last weekend at Exposition Park. Rumor has it that […]

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VIDEO: Arcade Fire Releases ‘Electric Blue,’ The Fourth Track Advance off ‘Everything Now’ Album

By JOHN DALY Arcade Fire has released “Electric Blue” — the fourth and final advance track from the band’s upcoming fifth album, Everything Now. Everything Now will be released July 28 on CD, cassette, digital download and heavyweight black vinyl LP through an […]


Dan MacIntosh Film Review: ‘American Valhalla’ Captures Respect, Friendship Between Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

Review By DAN MACINTOSH American Valhalla documents Josh Homme’s dream collaboration with Iggy Pop, an artist he’s admired since he was a Coachella Valley teen skateboarding to the Repo Man soundtrack bumping on his boombox. […]


Sacramento Band, American High, Drops Upbeat Rock Album, ‘Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement’

By JOHN DALY American High has released Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement, and it’s a fun, upbeat collection that would warm the coldest of hearts. Influence of 1960s and 1970s American High, […]


With ‘Trouble Maker,’ Rancid Tells Us Where They’re Going With Hot Album: To The Top of the Charts

Rancid Tackles Important Issues with New Record By DONNA BALANCIA Rancid’s new record, Trouble Maker, was inspired by freedom of speech and people using music as a message, and they’re making their point. There aren’t too […]


O’HEFFERNAN: Kris Angelis is Melodic, Hypnotic, and Addictive in Her New EP, ‘Heartbreak Is Contagious’

Love’s Demise Takes Front Seat on New Record By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN I have been listening to Kris Anglis’ new EP, Heartbreak Is Contagious over and over since I recently had her on my radio show, […]

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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 It’s a fun, upbeat tropical-toned pop tune, check it […]


Check Out The Kills’ New Video For ‘Wait’ From ‘Echo Home – Non-Electric EP’ Out Today on Domino

A Beloved Tune Gets Revamped By DONNA BALANCIA When our favorite duo, The Kills, are a little bit quiet, the result is usually a great new tune. In this case, check out the new, “non-electric” […]


Alena Lim Review: Hideouts Blend Some Well-Liked Alternative Ingredients to Create Tasty Punk Treats

Sink In Opens Can of Cool at Slidebar RNR Kitchen By ALENA LIM Hideouts is a 5-piece alternative rock/pop punk band from Huntington Beach, formed in 2012 Hideouts released their debut EP titled Stuck Between Stories on […]


Nancy Wilson and Band, Roadcase Royale, Debut New Video ‘Not Giving Up,’ Play Local SoCal Gigs

Royale to Headline Coach House, Rose and Canyon By DONNA BALANCIA Check out Nancy Wilson and her new band Roadcase Royale perform the video “Not Giving Up” on Roadcase Royale will be playing gigs […]