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Lemmy Statue Unveiled, Motorhead Rocker Honored with Celebrations at the Whisky and The Rainbow

Lemmy Statue Unveiled, Motorhead Rocker Honored...

Motorhead Rocker Honored at His Sunset Strip Hangouts By DONNA BALANCIA If Lemmy Kilmister were alive, he would probably would have been overwhelmed by...

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

‘Malibu Rocks Hollywood Monday Nights’...

By DONNA BALANCIA – Malibu Rocks Hollywood, a new Monday night music event at Lucky Strike Live, got off to a rockin’ good start. Presented...

Parquet Courts Have Seen Shinier Days as Band Disses LA on Heels of Cancelled Orange County Show

Parquet Courts Have Seen Shinier Days as...

By DONNA BALANCIA Parquet Courts gave a Human Performance to hundreds of eager fans in downtown LA the other night. They played songs off their new album,...

Mark Werts of American Rag Cie Creates Blueprint for Success in His New Book, ‘America’s Simple Solutions’

Mark Werts of American Rag Cie Creates Blueprint...

By DONNA BALANCIA Mark Werts is a true rock star. International businessman and CEO and founder of American Rag Cie, Werts has some advice for our country...

Jeff Beck Celebrates 50 Years of Music With Special Musical Friends at The Hollywood Bowl

Jeff Beck Celebrates 50 Years of Music With...

Jeff Beck Revs up His Past and Present with Once in a Lifetime Show By CRAIG HAMMONS – Jeff Beck has been out on the road promoting his new album...

Setting the Standard: James Williamson Engineers Unique Sounds with New Collaborations

Setting the Standard: James Williamson Engineers...

‘Blues Jumped The Rabbit’ is Williamson’s Latest Single By DONNA BALANCIA James Williamson believes that change is energizing. “I...

Mike Comfort Offers Compilation Album, ‘Pretty Sweet Stuff’ to Fans Beyond Northern California

Mike Comfort Offers Compilation Album, ‘Pretty...

By JOHN DALY – It’s no surprise Mike Comfort and his band were voted “Best Band in Sacramento,” by the Sacramento Bee and “Best...

Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright Kick off the 29th annual Long Beach Jazz Festival in Grand Style

Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright Kick...

LONG BEACH – Legendary musicians Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler launched the 29th annual Long Beach Jazz Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park in...

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

Lance Lopez and All-Star Friends Rock Monday...

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...

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

Michael Franti and Spearhead’s ‘Soulrocker’...

By CRAIG HAMMONS – SOULROCKER (Sol-rahk-er) – One who lives from the heart, with compassion for all, and possesses a tenacious enthusiasm...

Cruefest Hollywood 2016: Rockers Give Back and Give Fans a Great Show at Whisky on LA’s Sunset Strip

Cruefest Hollywood 2016: Rockers Give Back...

By DONNA BALANCIA – A range of rockers take part in this charity every year and 2016 was no different. Featuring bands from all over the world, Cruefest...

Echo Box: An Innovative Concept That Brings Together Fans and Bands For New Music

Echo Box: An Innovative Concept That Brings...

Echo Box Music Hosts Glam Skanks “Glitter City” Show By DONNA BALANCIA – Nolan Jamora and Bruce Witkin have some big ideas to help young...

Francesco Cameli And His Sphere Studios in NoHo Work With the Musicians to Hit All The Right Notes

Francesco Cameli And His Sphere Studios in...

The Search for ‘Elusive Tones’ Brought Sphere Here By DONNA BALANCIA – Francesco Cameli wanted a change. So he created it. Francesco...

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

Black Waat3r Breaks Down The Sound ‘Barriers’...

Innovative Crossover Performances Inspire at Viper Room By DONNA BALANCIA Black Waat3r headlined an innovative bill of bands at the Viper Room that broke...

Dave Pirner and Soul Asylum Celebrate Their ‘Change of Fortune’ at The Whisky A Go Go

Dave Pirner and Soul Asylum Celebrate Their...

Soul Asylum Opener Wild Roses Also Impresses By DONNA BALANCIA Dave Pirner and Soul Asylum gave an electrifying performance at the Whisky A Go Go promoting...

Cruefest Hollywood: Metal Artists With Hearts of Gold Come to Whisky A Go Go and Play for Charity

Cruefest Hollywood: Metal Artists With Hearts...

By DONNA BALANCIA – The 15th Annual Cruefest Hollywood will be held this Saturday at the Whisky A Go-Go and while it’s a fun concert event,...

HAMMONS: The Fixx and The Psychedelic Furs Touring and Bringing Back That 1980s Feeling

HAMMONS: The Fixx and The Psychedelic Furs...

By CRAIG HAMMONS We all got into our time machine at the Pacific Amphitheatre on a cool summer evening and went back to the 1980s.  A time when the songs...

‘The Freshman,’ A Bizarre, Martian-Themed Album by the 12-Member Band Revolushn, Worth A Probe

‘The Freshman,’ A Bizarre, Martian-Themed...

By DONNA BALANCIA – Revolushn doesn’t need to have permanent band members — because like on Mars, everything is transient.  And that...

Empire of the Sun Heat up Pacific Amphitheatre, Frontman Steele Smashes His Guitar to Bits

Empire of the Sun Heat up Pacific Amphitheatre,...

By CRAIG HAMMONS – To truly enjoy Empire of the Sun you have to see the live show and that is what 7,000 of us colorful fans did this perfect summer...

‘We All Bleed Red’ by Jim Peterik Takes a New Approach to Honor Those Who Need it Most

‘We All Bleed Red’ by Jim Peterik...

By DONNA BALANCIA – Jim Peterik is not only one of the most prolific songwriters of our era, but he he has given a new voice to those who can’t...

The Phantoms Release New Album, Perform at The Black Cat in San Diego Tomorrow Night

The Phantoms Release New Album, Perform at...

Phantom Rock By DONNA BALANCIA The Phantoms have a punk pedigree with a rock n roll heart. With frontman and songwriter Victor Penalosa, guitarist Xavier...

Lemmy Statue to Be Unveiled at Rainbow Bar and Grill Public Celebration on August 24

Lemmy Statue to Be Unveiled at Rainbow Bar...

By DONNA BALANCIA The much anticipated memorial statue of rocker Lemmy, the Motorhead frontman, will be unveiled at the Rainbow Bar and Grill next month,...

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

Brian Wilson at the Hollywood Bowl: ‘Pet...

‘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...

Ted Nugent Feels the California Love During His Nationwide ‘Sonic Baptizm’ Tour 2016

Ted Nugent Feels the California Love During...

Like His Politics or Not, Nugent’s Music Hits the Mark By DONNA BALANCIA Ted Nugent had audiences applauding wildly and jumping for joy during the...

Hollywood Bowl Fans Feel Irie as The Great Burning Spear Makes His Final California Appearance

Hollywood Bowl Fans Feel Irie as The Great...

By CRAIG HAMMONS Jah cool wind blew peace and harmony over the Hollywood Bowl a beautiful summer evening last week as the sounds of reggae music would...

Glamorous Rocker Crown Jwlz Releases New Album, ‘California King,’ Fights for the Rights of Women

Glamorous Rocker Crown Jwlz Releases New...

Crown Jwlz Brings a Cool New Twist to Rock N Roll By ROSIE CHAVEZ Crown Jwlz is theatrical, glamorous and she considers herself a warrior for women and...