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California Rocker Q and A with Duane ‘DT’ Jones: SWIRL the Band Roars Back with a Strong New Album

California Rocker Q and A with Duane ‘DT’...

By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN  The band SWIRL has tight music and a clear message: Choose your path, stand up for it, don’t let negative voices deter...

Legendary Band Kansas Won’t Let Lead Singer Write The Set List: ‘There Are Just Too Many Big Hits’

Legendary Band Kansas Won’t Let Lead...

Ronnie Platt Chats on Eve of Wiltern Concert By DONNA BALANCIA Ronnie Platt sometimes has to pinch himself. He is up on stage most of the time now singing...

Check out ‘Get Loud,’ a Women’s Power Ballad from Nancy Wilson’s Hot New Band, Roadcase Royale

Check out ‘Get Loud,’ a Women’s...

Nancy Wilson Weighs in on Women’s Rights with New Song By DONNA BALANCIA Nancy Wilson has been busy. Her new band, Roadcase Royale recently completed...

Deadmau5 to Open Pop-Up Store on Fairfax in LA April 28-29 With Cool Stuff, Special Heads Will Roll

Deadmau5 to Open Pop-Up Store on Fairfax...

By JOHN DALY After a successful pop-up emporium during his ‘a lot of shows in a row’ run in New York, electronic music producer deadmau5 will...

The Jay Clark Band Creates ‘Country Metal’ Genre While Making Great Music on New Breakthrough Album

The Jay Clark Band Creates ‘Country...

This One’s For The Underdog By JOHN DALY For anyone who’s had down times while trying to make your way, The Jay Clark Band has an inspirational...

‘Drama Rock’ by Dreamcar, Roisin Murphy and Lady Gaga, Debuts at Coachella Amid Innovative Acts, Music

‘Drama Rock’ by Dreamcar, Roisin...

By DONNA BALANCIA Powered by Dreamcar, Roisin Murphy and Lady Gaga, “Drama Rock” made its debut at Coachella this year. The Davey Havok-fronted...

Radiohead Plays Perfectly, Interrupters with Tim Armstrong Steal The Second Weekend at Coachella

Radiohead Plays Perfectly, Interrupters with...

Highlights from Weekend Two in Indio By DONNA BALANCIA INDIO – Radiohead put on one of the strongest shows ever to headline the first night of weekend...

Julian Lennon, Nancy Wilson Celebrate ‘The Art of Women’ Exhibit at Diltz’ Morrison Hotel Gallery

Julian Lennon, Nancy Wilson Celebrate ‘The...

New Paths for Beloved Artists Theme of the Night By DONNA BALANCIA Julian Lennon and Nancy Wilson were on hand to celebrate The Art of Women, a photo exhibit...

Sound Barrier Performs at Whisky A Go-Go, Set to Release Music Through Tom Morello’s Firebrand Records

Sound Barrier Performs at Whisky A Go-Go,...

By DONNA BALANCIA The Afro-Metal band Sound Barrier has reunited and will release their music through Tom Morello’s Firebrand Records label, Morello...

Hold The Champagne: New York Duo Banks and Steelz Put on a Rowdy Show at The El Rey Theatre

Hold The Champagne: New York Duo Banks and...

By DONNA BALANCIA Performing the songs off their self-titled album, Banks and Steelz whipped the crowd at the El Rey into a frenzy. Steelz passed around...

Powerman 5000 and the Radioactive Chicken Heads Draw a New Arts Crowd to Our Favorite Bowling Alley

Powerman 5000 and the Radioactive Chicken...

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...

Gorillaz Announce Massive North American ‘Humanz’ Tour With Stops at The Forum, SF and Las Vegas

Gorillaz Announce Massive North American...

By JOHN DALY The Gorillaz — masterminded by Damon Albam and Jamie Hewlett — will put on a North American tour, including stops in Los Angeles,...

Lady Gaga Pops Her Coachella Cherry with Dynamic Show, Drops New Single ‘The Cure’

Lady Gaga Pops Her Coachella Cherry with...

By DONNA BALANCIA Lady Gaga blew away the estimated 100,000 fans during her theatrical and long overdue appearance at Coachella Saturday night.  And she...

Stevie Wonder Presented With First-Ever ‘Key of Life Award’ at The ASCAP EXPO Closing Event in Hollywood

Stevie Wonder Presented With First-Ever ‘Key...

By JOHN DALY Stevie Wonder was presented with ASCAP’s inaugural “Key of Life Award” Saturday, at the marquee closing event of ASCAP’s...

Watch Coachella 2017 Live Via Webcast On Three Channels All Weekend Presented by Goldenvoice

Watch Coachella 2017 Live Via Webcast On...

By JOHN DALY Can’t go to Coachella? Never fear, there are three live channels from which to watch live performances all weekend long. Check out Coachella...

Mark and Sarah Hudson, Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, Butch Walker, and The Hooters, Jam at ASCAP

Mark and Sarah Hudson, Soul Asylum’s...

By DONNA BALANCIA The “I Create Music” Center Stage Showcase at ASCAP EXPO surpassed all expectations with master of ceremonies Mark Hudson...

The ASCAP Expo 2017: ‘Livelihood’ and ‘Advocacy’ are The Important Words for Songwriters Today

The ASCAP Expo 2017: ‘Livelihood’...

By DONNA BALANCIA Musicians need to present one singular message to change laws and be paid what they’re worth, ASCAP representatives said at the...

Coachella Releases Set Times for Weekend One: Duelling Headliners Will Mess With Your Mind

Coachella Releases Set Times for Weekend...

By JOHN DALY Coachella Weekend One has released the set times and don’t expect Weekend 2 to be too much different. Here’s the skinny:  ...

Broke L.A. Draws The Fans as ‘Little’ Music and Arts Festival May Soon Start to Outgrow its Locale

Broke L.A. Draws The Fans as ‘Little’...

They Were Out In Force for The Arts By DONNA BALANCIA Broke L.A. drew a large and diverse crowd of concert goers, animal lovers and ecology-minded people...

John Geils, Founder of The J. Geils Band, Found Dead from Unknown Causes in Groton, Mass., Home at 71

John Geils, Founder of The J. Geils Band,...

By DONNA BALANCIA John Geils of The J. Geils Band passed away from unknown causes at the age of 71. Geils was born in New York City and raised in Morris...

Tom Cusimano of The Walcotts Talks Music, Gives Exclusive Solo Show For CaliforniaRocker.com

Tom Cusimano of The Walcotts Talks Music,...

By DONNA BALANCIA Tom Cusimano of The Walcotts sat down with CaliforniaRocker.com for an exclusive interview and a mini session. He played the song “Coalinga”...

Hammons: With New Album, ‘Back From The Grave,’ The Sloths Connect With Young Audience

Hammons: With New Album, ‘Back From...

Tom McLoughlin: ‘Fifty Years Later We Are Living The Dream’ By CRAIG HAMMONS Sometimes you find rock and roll and sometimes rock and roll finds...

Skullcandy and Vans: Vote For Bands Forget Your Friends, The Knitts or Kid Bloom to Play Warped Tour

Skullcandy and Vans: Vote For Bands Forget...

The Vote is On; Lewis Del Mar Headlines By DONNA BALANCIA The first of three Skullcandy Stayloud Showdown concerts will took place at Berric in Los Angeles,...

Festival Season Kicks Off in The USA as Los Angeles Event ‘Broke L.A.’ Proves It’s Rich in Talent

Festival Season Kicks Off in The USA as Los...

By DONNA BALANCIA Broke L.A. is rich in talent for 2017. The festival that started out as a cheap alternative to Coachella has grown in many ways.  Broke...

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

Richmond Sluts Rock Harvard and Stone, Band...

Richmond Sluts Promote Catchy ’60 Cycles of Love’ By DONNA BALANCIA The Richmond Sluts headlined a great Thursday night at Harvard and Stone,...

The Damned Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour With The First of Five California Dates: Video

The Damned Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary...

Band Made Classic ‘Alone Again Or’ Their Own – See Video By JOHN DALY In honor of The Damned 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour, check out this...