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Todd Rundgren: ‘A Wizard A True Star’ Was Abomination to Everyone Else, But It Was My Defining Moment

Todd Rundgren: ‘A Wizard A True Star’...

Prolific Musician Addresses Berklee Commencement By TODD RUNDGREN “I barely graduated high school, I did not go to college, I did not qualify for...

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

After 17 Years, Fans Still Catch a Wild Show...

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...

Sara Ontaneda Brings Her Remarkable Voice and Magical Music to The Mint, Musician is ‘Grateful’ for Gift

Sara Ontaneda Brings Her Remarkable Voice...

Ecuadorian-Born Musician Comes to Los Angeles By DONNA BALANCIA Sara Ontaneda performed her magic music at The Mint and the crowd was enraptured by the...

Koffin Kats Take Their Impressive Rockabilly Punk On the Road After Hot Whisky A Go-Go Show

Koffin Kats Take Their Impressive Rockabilly...

New Album is ‘Party Time In The End Times’ By ALENA LIM This is the first performance of a Rockabilly-style group that I have ever seen and...

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

Le Butcherettes Cause Havoc at Alex’s...

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...

Allison Iraheta and Halo Circus Show Quality Has a Bold Shape with New Album, ‘East Lansing’

Allison Iraheta and Halo Circus Show Quality...

With Iraheta It’s All About the Voice By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN I thought a long time before I nominated Allison Iraheta for the LA Music Critics...

Flaming Lips Play a Show That Puts Fantasyland to Shame, Wayne Coyne Tells Fans at the Ace: ‘Be Happy’

Flaming Lips Play a Show That Puts Fantasyland...

Light Show, Inflatables and Miley Cyrus HARMONY GERBER Photo, Story By DONNA BALANCIA What’s pink and green with lights and inflatables all over?...

The Blessings Rock The Heather Harris Photo Exhibit at Pop Obscure Records in Downtown LA

The Blessings Rock The Heather Harris Photo...

Musicians, Artists and Friends on Hand at Showing By DONNA BALANCIA The Blessings performed as fans of photography and music gathered at Pop Obscure Records...

Kiefer Sutherland, Singer-Songwriter, Makes Success Out of Heartbreak on his ‘Not Enough Whiskey’ Tour

Kiefer Sutherland, Singer-Songwriter, Makes...

Songs Tell The Story of This Second-Generation Actor By DONNA BALANCIA Kiefer Sutherland took guitar in hand and hit the Southern California stages last...

Steven Adler to Lead All-Star Jam at Third Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Rally and Concert Sunday

Steven Adler to Lead All-Star Jam at Third...

Motorcycle Event Raised $50,000 Last Year By DONNA BALANCIA Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler will lead an all-star jam during the Third Annual...

‘Sunset Strip Godfather’ Mario Maglieri, Owner of Rainbow and The Whisky A Go-Go Passes Away at 93

‘Sunset Strip Godfather’ Mario...

Rockers and Rebels Alike Mourn ‘Father Figure’ By DONNA BALANCIA Mario Maglieri, co-owner and founder of The Rainbow Bar and Grill, and co-owner...

Colin Hay of Men at Work and his Wife, Cecilia, Introduce The World to Cuban Musician San Miguel

Colin Hay of Men at Work and his Wife, Cecilia,...

Great Night of Cuban Music at Gibson Showroom By DONNA BALANCIA San Miguel and his band featuring Colin Hay put on a Cuban music performance at the Gibson...

The Buttertones: Dreamy Surf Guys Bring Their Cool California Style — And All the Girls — to The Hi Hat

The Buttertones: Dreamy Surf Guys Bring Their...

New Album ‘Gravedigging’ is a Fun Retro Record By DONNA BALANCIA When you see The Buttertones, get ready for a new style of surfy beach music,...

Interpol To Celebrate 15th Anniversary of ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ With Show at State Historic Park in LA

Interpol To Celebrate 15th Anniversary of...

By JOHN DALY Interpol will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of their debut album Turn On The Bright Lights by playing the record in its entirety at LA State...

Heather Harris to Exhibit Her Famous Rock Images at Pop Obscure Records From May 6 Through June 18

Heather Harris to Exhibit Her Famous Rock...

The Blessings To Play Opening Night Party By DONNA BALANCIA Heather Harris has had a unique perspective from her vantage point as rock photographer in...

Kiefer Sutherland Plays Stagecoach, LA and SF, Says He’s Grateful to the Fans for Support of Tour, Album

Kiefer Sutherland Plays Stagecoach, LA and...

Sutherland and His Music Break the Actor’s Mold By DONNA BALANCIA Kiefer Sutherland told journalists he was honored that the California audiences...

Deadmau5 Pop Up Store on Fairfax A Smart Marketing Program to Compliment to DJ’s Shrine Appearance

Deadmau5 Pop Up Store on Fairfax A Smart...

By DONNA BALANCIA The success of the Deadmau5 pop-up store on Fairfax proves this ever-more-popular temp sales venue is a smart business model. Musicians,...

The Cranberries Release a New Album, ‘Something Else,’ and Announce a New North American Tour

The Cranberries Release a New Album, ‘Something...

Beloved Irish Band To Make Stops at Wiltern, Masonic in SF By DOTTIE PARIS The Cranberries have released Something Else, featuring re-worked renditions...

Velazquez Review: Rise Against Rocks Troubadour With Insane Show, Album ‘Wolves,’ To Drop In June

Velazquez Review: Rise Against Rocks Troubadour...

Mosh Pit, John Fogerty, All Part of the Show By JONATHAN VELAZQUEZ In anticipation of the June 9 release of their new album Wolves, Rise Against played...

Kansas Takes It to ‘Point of Know Return’ at 40th Anniversary of ‘Leftoverture’ at The Wiltern Theatre

Kansas Takes It to ‘Point of Know Return’...

Ronnie Platt is Golden, Kansas Plugs ‘Prelude Implicit’ By DONNA BALANCIA It was a resigned era in the 1970s when Kansas the band made it big....

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...