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  • Rascal Flatts give us new album, 'Rewind'

    Rascal Flatts give us new album, 'Rewind'

    At the end of the day, it’s Gary LeVox’s unique singing voice that keeps us coming back to Rascal Flatts albums. And the trio doesn’t disappoint with Rewind, which features plenty of good reasons to hit repeat. Ironically, on an album that features many hi-tech lyrical lines – “Texting like mad” and...
  • ‘Shades of Gray’ leaves the right impression of Gary Gray’s clarinet virtuosity

    ‘Shades of Gray’ leaves the right impression of Gary Gray’s clarinet virtuosity

    Upon hearing Gary Gray’s remarkable new Centaur Records album titled Shades of Gray, some people will undoubtedly ask, “Is it Classical or is it Jazz?” The best answer is in the words of the great Duke Ellington, who said: “There are two types of music – good music and the other kind.” After one...
  • Brantley Gilbert's predictable new release

    Brantley Gilbert's predictable new release

    It sounds a little strange for Brantley Gilbert to sing “Bottoms Up,” an overt drinking song, as the first single off his new Just as I Am, especially since he’s been very vocal in the press recently about kicking the drinking habit. Maybe it’s just a case of 'do as I say, not as I do.' But that...
  • David Nail burns bright with new album 'I’m a Fire'

    David Nail burns bright with new album 'I’m a Fire'

    David Nail has a wonderful, warm singing voice, and it’s framed beautifully on his new album I’m a Fire. He’s at his best with “Galveston,” a cover of the old Jimmy Webb-written, Glen Campbell song. He’s joined on it by Lee Ann Womack, one of the very best singers in country music. Their voices...
  • Athlete's bare it all for the ESPN Magazine's The Body Issue

    Athlete's bare it all for the ESPN Magazine's The Body Issue

    A host of athletes and entertainers descended upon Hollywood to celebrate the 6th annual issue of ESPN Magazine's The Body Issue. Many of the athletes bared it all in a colorful spread that featured more than 20 different athletes that included Venus Williams, Omar Gonzalez, Prince Fielder, Bernard...
  • The weekly country showcase at Bigs features Creekwood and others

    The weekly country showcase at Bigs features Creekwood and others

    Another work week has thankfully come to a close and you want something to put that nasty work stuff out of your head. One great way to do that is the weekly country showcase at Bigs Grill in Fullerton. That's right. If you haven't experienced it yet, Bigs hosts a weekly showcase with three of the...
  • Parker Millsap arrives with a great new album

    Parker Millsap arrives with a great new album

    The buzz around the Americana and alternative country music realm is that Parker Millsap is the next great singer/songwriter to come along. His self-titled album is proof that all these accolades are not in vain, either. He’s quite good; the real deal. You notice right away that, although Millsap...
  • Interview with singer-songwriter-actor Stephanie Lynn

    Interview with singer-songwriter-actor Stephanie Lynn

    Stephanie Lynn is a singer-songwriter originally from Vermont now living in Los Angeles. She is also an actor who has appeared on "How I Met Your Mother" and "Castle." She discusses her involvement on a George Jones tribute album and her upcoming projects. AXS: Describe your music for someone who...
  • Angels' Mike Trout gives All-Star MVP performance

    Angels' Mike Trout gives All-Star MVP performance

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout made his presence known on Tuesday night when he became the American League's All-Star game MVP. Trout's decision to skip the home run derby and focus on the All-Star game proved to be the right move and paid dividends in the young slugger's career. In the...
  • Mayor Garcetti saves Foster The People mural

    Mayor Garcetti saves Foster The People mural

    A Los Angeles mural originally created to promote the newest Foster The People album has been spared from death by whitewash. That is the official order from Los Angeles' Mayor Eric Garcetti on the fate of the unusual and large artwork. The decision came only hours before the mural was scheduled to...
  • Artist and Fleas supports emerging artist DTLA style

    Artist and Fleas supports emerging artist DTLA style

    Every third week of the month, Angelenos commute to downtown Los Angeles to Artist and Fleas for the latest trends from fashion to food. We Angelenos get the idea of an open FLEA market from the original Chelsea Pier market in New York, but of course we add our own twist. The FLEA market is located...
  • Kings sign goalie J.F. Berube to new contract

    Kings sign goalie J.F. Berube to new contract

    On July 15, 2014, just one day after having given new contracts to Brayden McNabb and Andy Andreoff, the Los Angeles Kings signed another 23-year-old player to a contract extension. This time it was restricted free agent goalie Jean-Francois (J.F.) Berube. Kings President/GM Dean Lombardi announced...
  • Guide to The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco

    Guide to The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco

    Built in 1909, The Regency Ballroom has a long history of bringing entertainment and culture to the San Francisco area. The venue boasts 35-foot ceilings, chandeliers, elaborate balcony, and built-in stage. For those looking to visit this venue for an upcoming performance or event, here’s everything...
  • The Wailers to perform 'Legend' live at LA's Saban Theatre, July 17

    The Wailers to perform 'Legend' live at LA's Saban Theatre, July 17

    Let’s face it: Even music fans that wouldn’t also describe themselves as reggae aficionados probably have Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend album on their MP3 player. And technically, it’s not a typical studio album, but a ‘best of,’ instead. Nevertheless, as greatest hits releases go, it’s one of...
  • Abduraimov’s triumphant performance under Gaffigan elicits double curtain calls

    Abduraimov’s triumphant performance under Gaffigan elicits double curtain calls

    Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can work to your benefit and that is exactly what happened to 24-year old concert pianist Behzod Abduraimov at the Hollywood Bowl on July 15, 2014 when he rose to the occasion as the replacement for pianist Yefim Bronfman in an exciting performance of Tchaikovsky’s...
  • 626 Market Festival celebrates food and culture at Santa Anita Park

    626 Market Festival celebrates food and culture at Santa Anita Park

    We are halfway through the summer and that are looking for some great activities after hours, look no further. 626 Market Festival has all the food, drink and extracurricular activities you need. 626 Night Market produces separate events, representing the valley, Orange County and Los Angeles...
  • Syrup Loft wants LA's best Nicholas Cage artwork for muse party

    Syrup Loft wants LA's best Nicholas Cage artwork for muse party

    Just when you think Los Angeles cannot come up with another idea, Angelenos discover a new venture or subject for us to check out. We all know Hollywood is the birthplace of many celebrities and attention to the rich and famous is a tad bit more excessive than most cities. In fact, people are so...
  • Bob Log III Plays southern California this week

    Bob Log III Plays southern California this week

    When you think of a one-man band, what is the first thing to come to mind? Perhaps you think about Dick Van Dyke's Character in "Mary Poppins." You know, the guy with the concertina, trumpet, horn, drum and cymbals? Now be honest. How many of you thought of a man in a jumpsuit and a space helmet...
  • Moonshine Bandits push boundaries

    Moonshine Bandits push boundaries

    If you believe the hip-hop community has a monopoly on youthful hedonism, you obviously haven’t heard Moonshine Bandits. With Calicountry, these hick-hop artists mix rapping with country-esque music to create the hillbilly equivalent to gangsta rap. Granted, these guys don’t sing about drive-bys and...
  • Interview with singer-songwriter Lauren Black

    Interview with singer-songwriter Lauren Black

    Lauren Black is a sweet-voiced singer-songwriter from Orange County who has been singing in front of people since she was three years old. She discusses her first performance at a church, her inspiration to start writing songs, and her upcoming EP. AXS: What do you remember from your first solo...
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