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Mike Campbell and The Dirty Knobs Get The Canyon Club Crowd to Their Dancing Feet

Mike Campbell and The Dirty Knobs Get The...

Originals and Covers by ‘Under The Radar’ Band Delight Fans By DONNA BALANCIA Mike Campbell and his band The Dirty Knobs have vast riches:...

The Kills + Chris Isaak Appear at Ron Robinson for Fundraiser Benefitting Rational Animal

The Kills + Chris Isaak Appear at Ron Robinson...

By DONNA BALANCIA The Kills and Chris Isaak were on hand Tuesday night at Ron Robinson in Santa Monica for a fundraiser called Artists With Animals, to...

The Smart Pills ‘Lost Studio Recordings’ Are Appropriate Discovery for Today, EP on Sale Dec. 2

The Smart Pills ‘Lost Studio Recordings’...

Smart Pills Founder Vince Conrad Says Re-Release of Punk Recordings a Labor of Love By DONNA BALANCIA If you never got a chance to get a copy of any of...

Dandy Warhols, Jim James, Dragonette and Illenium Play Goldenvoice Venues During Month of December

Dandy Warhols, Jim James, Dragonette and...

Holiday cheer and great music are on the horizon for the month of December. The Dandy Warhols with Telegram and Warbly Jets will take the stage at...

The Suffers Rock The Echo in LA With a Scorching Sound That Heralds An Era of New Soul Music

The Suffers Rock The Echo in LA With a Scorching...

The Suffers Hit Like A 5-Alarm Plate of Shrimp and Grits By DONNA BALANCIA The Suffers put on a short show that packed a powerful punch the other night...

John Mayall at The Rose in Pasadena: A Divine Experience For Those Who Worship The Blues

John Mayall at The Rose in Pasadena: A Divine...

By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN Special to CaliforniaRocker.com PASADENA – Going to a John Mayall concert is like going to church – not to a religious...

Fartbarf, David and The Curse, and Tres, Synthesize Music Down to Its Purest Form at El Cid Friday Night

Fartbarf, David and The Curse, and Tres,...

By DONNA BALANCIA We never considered seeing Fartbarf for the last few years, mainly because of the name of the band. Too sophomoric. After all, could...

Relative Newcomer Saint Blasphemer Makes Fresh Dent in Metal World with New EP ‘Simon Templar’

Relative Newcomer Saint Blasphemer Makes...

By JOHN DALY Saint Blasphemer is a relative newcomer to performing Rock N Roll, but the Santa Ana band has the chops for the long haul. Saint Blasphemer...

VIDEO: Kanye West Stops San Jose Show for 25 Minutes: ‘I Would Have Voted On Trump’ He Says

VIDEO: Kanye West Stops San Jose Show for...

VIDEO courtesy of KMEL Photo by BRANDON WINTERS, Story by By DONNA BALANCIA Never one to shy away from controversy, Kanye West drew boos at a San Jose,...

The Suffers To Play Their Brand of ‘Gulf Coast Soul’ at The Echo Saturday Night, Release New Video

The Suffers To Play Their Brand of ‘Gulf...

The Suffers: Get Ready for Soulful Rock N Roll By DONNA BALANCIA The Suffers, Houston’s answer to Rock N Roll Soul, led by powerhouse front woman...

CaliforniaRocker.com Nabs Four Finalist Nods for Arts and Entertainment Awards by Los Angeles Press Club

CaliforniaRocker.com Nabs Four Finalist Nods...

By JOHN DALY, CaliforniaRocker.com HOLLYWOOD – CaliforniaRocker.com, a music industry website and fanzine published by Donna Balancia, received four...

The Kills Celebrate 15th Anniversary with California Shows including Pappy and Harriet’s, HOB Anaheim

The Kills Celebrate 15th Anniversary with...

By DONNA BALANCIA The Kills will celebrate their 15th anniversary with some new shows set for March 2017 in various California venues. Unless you’ve...

Val Kilmer Gives Mark Twain New Audience in ‘Cinema Twain,’ The Great Film Based on his One-Man Play

Val Kilmer Gives Mark Twain New Audience...

★★★★★ Kilmer Scores With ‘Cinema Twain’ By DONNA BALANCIA Val Kilmer takes on the role of humorist Mark Twain and gives an extremely...

Leonard Cohen, Legendary Poet and Musician Known for Soulful and Skillful Songs of Truth, Dies at 82

Leonard Cohen, Legendary Poet and Musician...

Cohen Enjoyed a Full Life, Well-Lived By DONNA BALANCIA Prolific musician Leonard Cohen has died, it was announced Thursday night. He was 82. The Canadian-born...

David and The Curse Releases Single ‘She Loves The Night’ a Tribute to Antics of the Evening

David and The Curse Releases Single ‘She...

David and The Curse Plays El Cid on Nov. 18 By DONNA BALANCIA David and the Curse is putting out some major new sounds. The group just released  “She...

NEW VIDEO: Hard Rockers The Dead Daisies Release Their Video for the Single, ‘A Song and a Prayer’

NEW VIDEO: Hard Rockers The Dead Daisies...

Rockers The Dead Daisies have released of their hot new single ‘A Song And A Prayer’ for today on Spitfire Music / SPV and the band put...

Shirley Manson, Lita Ford and Esperanza Spalding Among 2017 ‘She Rocks Awards’ Honorees

Shirley Manson, Lita Ford and Esperanza Spalding...

Shirley Manson, Lita Ford and Esperanza Spalding have been named among the honorees for The 2017 She Rocks Awards, it was announced. Presented for the...

Gavin Rossdale ‘Monkeys’ With the Packed House at the Observatory, Takes a Trip into His Audience

Gavin Rossdale ‘Monkeys’ With...

Bush gave an energetic performance at the Observatory in Santa Ana, with frontman Gavin Rossdale climbing through the packed crowd and giving kisses, hugs...

Cindy Lee Berryhill To Release New Album, ‘The Adventurist,’ Truly a Transcendent Labor of Love

Cindy Lee Berryhill To Release New Album,...

By DONNA BALANCIA Cindy Lee Berryhill is a “Lover of Love” and that comes through loud and clear on her new album, The Adventurist. Cindy Lee,...

Legendary Alice Cooper Goes from Kid’s Playhouse to Fantasy Springs and Still has Time for His Golf Game

Legendary Alice Cooper Goes from Kid’s...

Review of Alice Cooper at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino By CRAIG HAMMONS The first time I saw Alice Cooper was in the gymnasium of Cal State Fullerton...

Renowned Photographer Mathieu Bitton Shares Life Through Images of Music Icons and of His World

Renowned Photographer Mathieu Bitton Shares...

Photographer Mathieu is known for his rock and roll work as well as his remarkable black and white shots of musicians and regular people. He took the time...

Cold War Kids, Kaleo, Empire of the Sun to Headline ‘Altimate December 2 Remember’ Concert Series

Cold War Kids, Kaleo, Empire of the Sun to...

Popular Bands in Intimate LA Venues Dec. 5-12 Kaleo, Cold War Kids and The Lumineers are among alternative all-stars headlining Alt 98-7, L.A.’s Second...

Roli Launches Portable Touch-Style Electronic Music Product, The Scalable ‘Roli Blocks’

Roli Launches Portable Touch-Style Electronic...

ROLI has launched a new tech music product called Roli Blocks, a scalable music creation system that operates by touch through a cell phone app called...

Lady Gaga Wraps Dive Bar Tour By Crowd-Surfing at Silver Lake’s Favorite Retro Venue, The Satellite

Lady Gaga Wraps Dive Bar Tour By Crowd-Surfing...

Joanne Singer Gives LA Locals a Big Surprise By DONNA BALANCIA On Thursday night, Lady Gaga took to crowd surfing at one of Los Angeles’ favorite...

Exclusive Interview: Mike Campbell and The Dirty Knobs Open The Door to Fun With SoCal Shows

Exclusive Interview: Mike Campbell and The...

A Rare Chat With All Four Top Musicians in The Dirty Knobs By DONNA BALANCIA The Dirty Knobs have one mission with their live performances: Fun. And plenty...

Ross The Boss Friedman: Dictators ‘Amazed’ By Influence on Young Bands – California Rocker Interview

Ross The Boss Friedman: Dictators ‘Amazed’...

The Dictators NYC Perform at Viper Room Nov. 11 Ross the Boss Friedman, founder of The Dictators talks new music, tour and music biz with California Rocker...