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‘We Are LA’ Fest: Katey Sagal, Lisa Loeb and Kevin Costner Headline a New Event at Stubhub Center

‘We Are LA’ Fest: Katey Sagal,...

The Reluctant Apostles Featuring Katey Sagal Headlines ‘We Are LA’ Fest By DONNA BALANCIA The inaugural We Are LA Music Festival brought top...

People’s Blues of Richmond To Play LA Tuesday + Two Tens and Coo Coo Birds

People’s Blues of Richmond To Play...

The California Rocker Q and A With People’s Blues By DONNA BALANCIA The People’s Blues of Richmond will be headlining a gig with our friends...

Get Your Amoeba Music While You Can: Inevitable Closing of Hollywood’s Indie Icon on Horizon

Get Your Amoeba Music While You Can: Inevitable...

Amoeba Music To Ride Off From Sunset By JOHN DALY – Everyone is making a hoopla of Amoeba Music going away and we will miss the place, but when the...

HAIM, Pusha T. and Charlie XCX to Perform at Red Bull Sound Select in Venues Across LA This November

HAIM, Pusha T. and Charlie XCX to Perform...

By JOHN DALY HAIM, Pusha T. and Charlie XCX will perform at a range of venues in Los Angeles for Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA. The month-long...

Wayne Kramer and Jail Guitar Doors Concert ‘Rock Out 3!’ Bring Humanity Out from Behind Prison Bars

Wayne Kramer and Jail Guitar Doors Concert...

By DONNA BALANCIA Wayne Kramer still champions the underdog. Kramer, founder of MC5, the legendary band that started the punk revolution, is still raging...

James Lee Stanley: ‘Alive At Last’ is an Album That Inspires and Feels Good

James Lee Stanley:  ‘Alive At Last’...

Stanley Shapes Life Experiences Into Great Music By DONNA BALANCIA James Lee Stanley released a new live album called Alive at Last and it’s more...

Slash, Tedeschi Trucks, Bonamassa, Play to Pay Tribute to B.B. King at GRAMMY Foundation Event

Slash, Tedeschi Trucks, Bonamassa, Play to...

By DONNA BALANCIA BEVERLY HILLS – A heaven’s full of blues performers were on hand at the Wallis Annenberg Center for an amazing tribute to...

Don Was, Marshall Crenshaw Headline Wayne Kramer’s Jail Guitar Doors ‘Rock Out 3’ Concert

Don Was, Marshall Crenshaw Headline Wayne...

Jail Guitar Doors Returns to Ford Theatres on Sept. 9 Wayne Kramer has invited an impressive lineup of musicians for Jail Guitar Doors’ ROCK OUT!...

On the Eve of Prima Donna Gig With Blondie, Kevin Preston Tells Us What Makes Him Tick

On the Eve of Prima Donna Gig With Blondie,...

Prima Donna is one of those beloved California bands that wows the crowds whenever they play. The guys are opening for Blondie on Sept. 10. at the Observatory...

GUIDES: One of the Hot Indie Band Discoveries From LA’s Local Festival, Echo Park Rising

GUIDES: One of the Hot Indie Band Discoveries...

Wrapup: LA Fest Yields New Music Finds Across The Board By DONNA BALANCIA – Echo Park Rising is more than just a little musical festival in one...

Hammons Reviews: Yo Yo Ma and Friends Show at Hollywood Bowl Brings Music Worlds Together

Hammons Reviews: Yo Yo Ma and Friends Show...

Global Ensemble Make Beautiful Noise at Hollywood Bowl By CRAIG HAMMONS Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble bring the world together in music and song...

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...