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Gary Calamar Takes Us on a Nostalgic Tour of His Own LA With New Singles ‘Little Tokyo,’ ‘Prince of Pico Blvd’

Gary Calamar Takes Us on a Nostalgic Tour...

By DONNA BALANCIA Gary Calamar is a multi-tasking musician. He’s a popular DJ on KCRW, and by day he’s a GRAMMY-nominated music supervisor...

Pop-Up Art Exhibit by Rocker Billy Morrison and Controversial Plastic Jesus Draws Art, Rock Stars

Pop-Up Art Exhibit by Rocker Billy Morrison...

Music, Hollywood, Fete ‘Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion’ Photos and Story By MARCY KRAFT “Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion,” a pop-up gallery...

‘Break at the Beach’ Seeking Bands for New Live Performance Program at the Venice Beach Bar

‘Break at the Beach’ Seeking...

Jesse Snider and Dee Snider Photo by HEATHER HARRIS, Story By JOHN DALY Ultimate Jam Night, the weekly, live music jam in residence at the Whisky A Go-Go,...

Ryan Adams Waxes Romantic on ‘Prisoner,’ Announces Tour Dates, and Performs LA Shows

Ryan Adams Waxes Romantic on ‘Prisoner,’...

In-Store Appearance at Amoeba Records Packs Aisles By DONNA BALANCIA Ryan Adams has created a great new record with Prisoner and it’s appropriate...

Broke LA Music and Arts Festival Ramping Up With New Partners to Showcase Diverse Musical Acts

Broke LA Music and Arts Festival Ramping...

Broke LA Changes Date to April 8, Locale to Worth Street By DOTTIE PARIS Broke LA Music and Arts Festival, the Los Angeles event that is held as an alternative...

At The Drive In To Release First Album in 17 Years, Announces Tour, and New Single, ‘Incurably Innocent’

At The Drive In To Release First Album in...

By DONNA BALANCIA At The Drive In will release its first studio album in 17 years, called in • ter a • li • a, which is expected to drop May 5. ...

Video: Gary Clark Jr., Revel Amps, Team With Lincoln on Endorsement Deal for the 2017 Continental

Video: Gary Clark Jr., Revel Amps, Team With...

Gary Clark Jr. is Lincoln’s Newest Spokesman By JOHN DALY The Lincoln Motor Company has teamed with Gary Clark Jr. and Revel amps in a music-marketing...

The Band Spin Takes the Term ‘Dig Your Own Grave’ Literally with Release of Video and New Single

The Band Spin Takes the Term ‘Dig Your...

By JOHN DALY The band Spin knows how to catch your attention. That’s exactly what the new video for the single “Dig Your Own Grave” does....

The Alejandro Escovedo Band Takes Its ‘Burn Something Beautiful’ Tour to the West Coast

The Alejandro Escovedo Band Takes Its ‘Burn...

Escovedo and Jesse Malin to Play Federal Underground By DONNA BALANCIA Alejandro Escovedo has had an interesting career. He may come from the famous musical...

Hammons Review: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Still Amazes the Fans Almost a Half Century Later

Hammons Review: The Crazy World of Arthur...

By CRAIG HAMMONS When growing up one of the first records I ever bought that changed my life was The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.   Little did I know...

Cheetah Chrome Snarls His Way Through SoCal Swing at Whisky A Go-Go and Alex’s Bar in Long Beach

Cheetah Chrome Snarls His Way Through SoCal...

Cheetah Band Brings Life to Dead Boys Songs, New Tunes By DONNA BALANCIA Cheetah Chrome and his band got the crowd going at the Whisky A Go-Go and they’ll...

A Peek Behind The Scenes of Music’s Biggest Night – What You Didn’t See on The GRAMMY CBS Show

A Peek Behind The Scenes of Music’s...

Rock Star Tech Experts Are GRAMMYs Unsung Heroes By MARCY KRAFT Another chapter of “Music’s Biggest Night,” the 59th GRAMMY® Awards is now in the...

Metallica Lead Guitarist Kirk Hammett Selling Classic 1968 Black Jaguar XKE Ahead of ‘WorldWired’ Tour

Metallica Lead Guitarist Kirk Hammett Selling...

Broker Beverly Hills Car Club to Handle Jaguar Auction By DONNA BALANCIA Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is selling his 1968 Jaguar XKE just in...

The Kills Drop ‘Whirling Eye’ Video, Headline Santa Barbara Starry Nites Fest Mar 18, Catalyst Mar 21

The Kills Drop ‘Whirling Eye’...

By JOHN DALY The Kills have released a new video for “Whirling Eye” and will play several California dates including the Starry Nites Festival...

Review: Billy Harvey Blends Legacy and Modern Sounds With His Latest Album, ‘Elephants In The Room’

Review: Billy Harvey Blends Legacy and Modern...

By DONNA BALANCIA Billy Harvey is learning how to grow up.  And that’s reflected in his new album, Elephants In The Room, in which he blends the...

Lady Gaga and Metallica Overcome Glitches to Steal the Show at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Lady Gaga and Metallica Overcome Glitches...

By DONNA BALANCIA David Bowie and Adele were the big winners of the night and Lady Gaga teamed for a wild duet with Metallica at the 59th annual GRAMMY...

A Prince Tribute, The Red Carpet and Metallica Duet With Lady Gaga To Highlight 2017 GRAMMYs

A Prince Tribute, The Red Carpet and Metallica...

By JOHN DALY James Corden hosts an ambitious GRAMMY broadcast this year, with highlights of the show including a Prince Tribute and a duet by Lady Gaga...

MusiCares Raises More Than $8 Million in Honoring Tom Petty as MusiCares Person of the Year

MusiCares Raises More Than $8 Million in...

Musical Pals of Tom Petty Come Out to Honor Him as MusiCares Person of the Year By DONNA BALANCIA Tom Petty and pals helped raise more than $8 million...

St. Vincent Record Store Day ‘Dictator Selfie’ With Dead Animal Skin on Shoulder Draws Ire

St. Vincent Record Store Day ‘Dictator...

By JOHN DALY Dynamic musician St. Vincent is taking some social media heat for posting an Instagram photo of herself draped in a dead animal skin. St....

Jack White: Producers Should Not ‘Control’ The Music, But Instead, Bring Out Performers’ Best

Jack White: Producers Should Not ‘Control’...

Jack White, The Ultimate Indie GRAMMY Winner, Honored by Recording Academy Photo by SASSY BLACK CAT The Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy...

Paul Nelson GRAMMY Nom: ‘My Friend the Late Johnny Winter Would Be Proud of Joe Louis Walker and Me’

Paul Nelson GRAMMY Nom: ‘My Friend...

EXCLUSIVE: Producer of GRAMMY-Nominated Blues Album Chats with California Rocker By DONNA BALANCIA Blues great Joe Louis Walker is getting some.  After...

Hammons Review: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Brings Blues to Life for Packed Crowd @ Coach House

Hammons Review: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Brings...

By CRAIG HAMMONS Guitar slinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd came barnstorming into the Coach House on this cold rainy night to raise the roof of this juke joint. ...

The GRAMMY Awards Nominations List Includes Surprises, Young Performers and Music Legends

The GRAMMY Awards Nominations List Includes...

List of GRAMMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2017 In case you forgot which of your favorite performers, producers and musicians are up for GRAMMY Awards this year,...

And Now Here’s a Truly MAJOR Nominee for Outstanding New Artist by the NAACP Image Awards

And Now Here’s a Truly MAJOR Nominee...

The California Rocker Q and A with The Musician Known as MAJOR By DONNA BALANCIA DB: How does it feel to be recognized as a nominee for Outstanding New...

Going Abstract with Ty Segall: Southern California Rocker Rips in Three Sold Out Nights at Teragram LA

Going Abstract with Ty Segall: Southern California...

Josh Homme and Pals Support Segall’s Rockin Show By DONNA BALANCIA Night Three of Ty Segall at The Teragram Ballroom was even better than the rest...

PHOTOS: An Evening With the Photographic Greats Richard Young and Chris Cuffaro in West Hollywood

PHOTOS: An Evening With the Photographic...

By DONNA BALANCIA They have captured greatness, these rock photographers, but tonight Richard Young and Chris Cuffaro were the center of attention. Young’s...