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  • The Rock Bottom Remainders brought literary genius to the rock stage

    The Rock Bottom Remainders brought literary genius to the rock stage

    The Rock Bottom Remainders are one of the most unique and unusual rock bands fans can ever hope to see in concert. While the members are all enthusiastic musicians, none are musicians by vocation. Instead, every member of the band is a writer by trade, with horror maestro Stephen King as the most...
  • New Politics announce fall tour: Election day comes early

    New Politics announce fall tour: Election day comes early

    If David Boyd, Søren Hansen, and Louis Vecchio ever tire of music, the punk/pop/dance trio from Denmark has a promising future in inspirational speaking – or something like that. New Politics’ three animated amigos sacrificed their comfy Copenhagen lives for a roll of the dice on a music career in...
  • Elvis Costello the snarky romantic

    Elvis Costello the snarky romantic

    Elvis Costello’s blend of snarky romanticism and biting social commentary makes him the natural heir to Bob Dylan's brand of poetry. And like Dylan, Costello has a kind of whiny insight that is provocative and at times even charming. Costello’s image is a carefully-crafted amalgamation of various...
  • 'Blondie 4(0) Ever' anniversary album, out now, makes rock history

    'Blondie 4(0) Ever' anniversary album, out now, makes rock history

    Blondie is not a person. Blondie is a group. Led the once brunette Debbie Harry, Blondie blazed their own sound that modified what music of the 1970s was about. Combining styles from reggae, punk rock and even a smidge of disco, Blondie created their own sound that sent fans reeling for decades...
  • Eric Clapton continues to rock on

    Eric Clapton continues to rock on

    In a six-decade career of unprecedented success in electrifying crowds, radio-waves and album listeners, Eric Clapton has had a staggeringly large number of phases as a musician. Through it all, his passionate devotion to his blues based guitar has remained constant. Considered by many to be at...
  • Powerman 5000 still offering fans a variety of musical styles

    Powerman 5000 still offering fans a variety of musical styles

    Hailing from Boston, Mass., Powerman 5000 is one of the bands that breathed life into metal for a new generation during the late 90s. Rocking shows like Ozzfest, Powerman took its earlier underground work and the material from Tonight the Stars Revolt on the road and impressed millions of fans...
  • Broken Bells chime in on new North American tour

    Broken Bells chime in on new North American tour

    The music world has produced more than its fair share of stunning collaborations. And while an alliance between a hip-hop DJ and an indie rock frontman doesn’t exactly compete with the Lyle Lovett-Julia Roberts union as to the “huh?” factor, it has raised a few eyebrows nonetheless. But after two...
  • Three free concerts at the Annenberg Space for Photography

    Three free concerts at the Annenberg Space for Photography

    You don’t often think of Century City when considering where to go hear great country music. However, three concerts inspired by the Annenberg Space for Photography’s current exhibition, Country: Portraits of an American Sound, are set to take place at Century Park and presented in association with...
  • Mellow Man Ace talks 'Mentriosa'

    Mellow Man Ace talks 'Mentriosa'

    The lineup for the Sunset Strip Music Festival 2014 has just been announced, with Jane’s Addiction scheduled as this year’s headliner. This festival has always saluted Los Angeles’ – and more specifically, West Hollywood’s – huge impact on popular music. It was only last year that Mellow Man Ace...
  • OC Fair concert preview: Happy Together Tour

    OC Fair concert preview: Happy Together Tour

    For the first week's worth of OC Fair concerts, it might have seemed that the younger crowd was all the organizers were looking to please, but the "oldies but goodies" crowd will have a night to remember as the Happy Together Tour showcases The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Mark Farner, Mitch Ryder &...
  • Finn family provides a one-two punch for fans

    Finn family provides a one-two punch for fans

    It was inevitable, really – the pop-rock magic created by New Zealander Neil Finn beginning in Split Enz (with brother Tim), then later with Crowded House and finally with a brilliant solo career – that his offspring would do what Finns do best: make music. Son Liam began a promising career in his...
  • The 10 most underrated Michael Jackson songs

    The 10 most underrated Michael Jackson songs

    As the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death approaches, fans are once again pausing to remember one of the greatest entertainers in the history of popular culture. While the King of Pop still receives steady radio airplay for classic hits like “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Rock With You...
  • Start listening to Lucero and you may find it hard to stop

    Start listening to Lucero and you may find it hard to stop

    Have you ever had the experience where you explore a band and you find you just keep exploring? Once you discover the band, you want to hear all of its albums. Not only that, you can listen to the band's albums repeatedly without growing tired of them. Lucero is a band that just might inspire that...
  • Leopold & His Fiction blend blues, rock and country for a collective sound

    Leopold & His Fiction blend blues, rock and country for a collective sound

    Led by Detroit native, Daniel James, the rock band that is Leopold & His Fiction, was formed out of his outlet for expressing his feelings about growing up in Detroit. The band blends blues, garage rock, and varied roots-style music that makes for a sound all their own. James grew up listening...
  • Manic Street Preachers: Welsh rock turned up without apologies

    Manic Street Preachers: Welsh rock turned up without apologies

    There's just something about this Welsh rock and roll band called Manic Street Preachers that has British crowds loving them and the American general scratching their heads. Their sound is loud and out of control, but it is their lyrics that resonate strongly with their United Kingdom-based fans...
  • Action Item: New Jersey's electro-pop kings

    Action Item: New Jersey's electro-pop kings

    In terms of management, an action item is a documented event or action that needs to take place. In terms of music, Action Item is a still-standing contender in pop rock music. If one could describe them in a phrase, they remind of a full-instrumental boy band; a little less beefy than the Jonas...
  • Melissa Etheridge: Gritty, raw, courageous

    Melissa Etheridge: Gritty, raw, courageous

    Raw vocals. Electrifying strings. Rock meets blues. That's what you get when you see Melissa Etheridge live. Often compared to the late Janis Joplin, Etheridge possesses a gritty style. You never hear the same versions of her songs twice. Etheridge slides into acoustic with effortless brilliance...
  • Creed connects with their audience and fans for an awesome show

    Creed connects with their audience and fans for an awesome show

    Over the years, there has been a lot of controversy, a lot of change, but most importantly, a lot of incredibly awesome music from Creed. At times, fans may not have known what version of the band they would get or for how long, but when at full strength, Creed could deliver a live show better than...
  • Ian Anderson discusses ‘Homo Erraticus’: No Tull tale

    Ian Anderson discusses ‘Homo Erraticus’: No Tull tale

    If a moment’s insight is worth a lifetime of experience, then iconic rocker Ian Anderson has experienced countless lifetimes. Due in large part to his enlightened tunesmithing, the legendary artist has sold over 60 million records as both a solo artist and the innovative – and animated – frontman...
  • Listen: Walk the Moon rocks the disco on new single 'Shut Up and Dance'

    Listen: Walk the Moon rocks the disco on new single 'Shut Up and Dance'

    Pop-rock outfit Walk the Moon premiered the new single "Shut Up and Dance" on Sunday (June 22). The giddy dance anthem previews the band's third studio album. Walk the Moon - comprised of members Nicholas Petricca, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman and Eli Maiman - first released its debut album i want! i...
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