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  • Listen: John Mayer releases acoustic cover of Beyoncé's single 'XO'

    Listen: John Mayer releases acoustic cover of Beyoncé's single 'XO'

    Singer-songwriter John Mayer released his cover of Beyoncé's "XO" on Friday (May 23). Having performed the track live before, Mayer hit the studio to record his rendition of the stirring love song. In support of 2013's "Paradise Valley" album, Mayer toured Australia in April where he first covered...
  • Emerging artist spotlight: Kongos bring back the accordion on 'Come With Me Now'

    Emerging artist spotlight: Kongos bring back the accordion on 'Come With Me Now'

    Accordion sightings in rock & roll are rare. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, the squeezebox made it into top 40 hits like John Mellencamp’s "Check it Out," Aerosmith’s "What it Takes," Talking Heads’ "Road to Nowhere," Counting Crows’ "A Long December" and k.d. lang's "Constant Craving." Today, gypsy punk...
  • Bon Jovi rocks the decades with long string of band and solo hits

    Bon Jovi rocks the decades with long string of band and solo hits

    Most hair bands are relics of the past, but Bon Jovi is still as relevant now as it was in 1983, when lead singer Jon Bon Jovi stormed the scene with guitarist Richie Sambora, David Bryan playing keyboard, and Tico Torres on the drums. The Sayreville, New Jersey, band took a few years to hit the big...
  • The Choir returns with a wonderful new album

    The Choir returns with a wonderful new album

    Onetime Southern California favorite The Choir returns with a strong effort in their new album, Shadow Weaver. Once again, this full-length mostly features the winning combination of Steve Hindalong’s almost uncomfortably honest lyrics matched to semi-psychedelic musical beds expertly created by...
  • Happy Birthday Morrissey: 5 things you never knew about Moz

    Happy Birthday Morrissey: 5 things you never knew about Moz

    Today Morrissey celebrates his 55th birthday with a concert at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas. The “Irish Blood, English Heart” singer revolutionized pop/rock music with the beautifully aching music of The Smiths and developed a cult-like following of fans throughout his solo career. Here are...
  • Band of Skulls deliver the goods at The Observatory

    Band of Skulls deliver the goods at The Observatory

    English rockers Band of Skulls took the stage Tuesday night to a deafening roar, as Southern California fans flocked to The Observatory to hear an undeniably powerful sound. Any savvy concert-goer who frequents this venue knows that the 405 freeway is a nightmare past 11 p.m., so to make the trip on...
  • Desert Noises’ Kyle Henderson on ’27 Ways’: Sonic boom

    Desert Noises’ Kyle Henderson on ’27 Ways’: Sonic boom

    At some point in every person’s life – usually as a fearless twenty-something – they dream of leaving on a life-changing cross-country journey. But there are road trips. And then there are road trips. Like the epic one Kyle Henderson, Tyler Osmond, Patrick Boyer and Brennan Allen – Desert Noises...
  • The Black Keys' 'Turn Blue' edges out Michael Jackson atop Billboard 200 chart

    The Black Keys' 'Turn Blue' edges out Michael Jackson atop Billboard 200 chart

    Alternative rock group The Black Keys scored its first no. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Turn Blue." The duo edged out the latest posthumous release by Michael Jackson, which settled for the no. 2 spot, Billboard reported on Wednesday (May 21). "Turn Blue" moved an impressive 164,00...
  • Jason Mraz says ‘Yes!’ to fifth studio album

    Jason Mraz says ‘Yes!’ to fifth studio album

    Contrary to popular belief, residents of California’s beach cities are not required to hit the surf each and every day. So it should come as no surprise that sometime San Diego resident Jason Mraz didn’t “hang ten” until he was a relatively ancient 28. But that doesn’t mean that the onetime coffee...
  • Roll The Tanks to play four Los Angeles shows in one day

    Roll The Tanks to play four Los Angeles shows in one day

    Some bands play two shows the day of a gig: a smaller, usually acoustic set at a record store or coffee shop and the main show at a larger venue at night. But for Los Angeles band Roll The Tanks, two shows seemed like child's play, so they doubled it, booking four sets on May 27. While not a world...
  • New album from Bonham, Watt and Hughes a ‘California Breed’ apart

    New album from Bonham, Watt and Hughes a ‘California Breed’ apart

    All of the aspiring chemists out there – all one of them – will be pleased to know that there are two kinds of explosives, one of them being “potentially explosive chemicals.” “PECs” are materials that can destabilize and become explosive when they’re subjected to heat. Hydrogen peroxide comes to...
  • Maroon 5 announces new album 'V' coming in September

    Maroon 5 announces new album 'V' coming in September

    Pop-rock group Maroon 5 announced the title of its new album on Monday (May 20). The band's fifth studio album, suitably titled "V," will be released in September. Maroon 5 took to Twitter on Monday to break the big news to fans. "Our new album, 'V', comes out September 2nd, 2014," the band wrote...
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers announce 2014 tour dates and new album details

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers announce 2014 tour dates and new album details

    One of rock music's great live acts is hitting the road again. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have announced an extensive summer arena tour with support from fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood. The trek kicks off on August 3, just a few days after the arrival of Petty’s latest album...
  • Kayaks, hula hoops and, of course, great music round out the 9th annual Bayou Boogaloo's final day.

    So much awesomeness has the Bayou Boogaloo nearly bursting at its seams

    Think of the Bayou Boogaloo as Jazz Fest’s little sister. Except, you know, it’s on a bayou. Also, there’s no admission fee, the grounds have ample trees that provide a shady escape from the heat, and the beer served is all local. In short, the Bayou Boogaloo is a little sister with attitude and a...
  • On track with Mississippi Rail Company’s Travers Geoffray

    On track with Mississippi Rail Company’s Travers Geoffray

    Living in the birthplace of American music doesn’t make someone an accomplished musician any more than munching on epicurean delights makes them a gourmet chef. But it doesn’t hurt either. Look no further than Mississippi Rail Company’s gifted frontman Travers Geoffray. The keyboardist/vocalist...
  • Rob Zombie announces new movie ‘3I’: Rocking dead

    Rob Zombie announces new movie ‘3I’: Rocking dead

    Rumor has it that loyal followers of under-appreciated film director Robert Cummings have been lobbying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for years to add an award for Best Bloody Director of the Year. But don’t expect to hear Cummings’ name – or his better known handle Rob Zombie...
  • In defense of Morrissey

    In defense of Morrissey

    Today's popular music is all about forgetting your troubles and having a good time. Most song lyrics are about partying, hooking up and care-free debauchery. While it is important to have fun music, where are the artists who are focusing on political issues and emotional growth. Is there no one in...
  • Foo Fighters to release new album this fall: No more ‘Wasting Light’

    Foo Fighters to release new album this fall: No more ‘Wasting Light’

    A mushroom cloud ascending to the heavens generally isn’t something that gives one a peaceful, easy feeling – unless of course it signals a new album from America’s favorite atomic rock band. Foo Fighter’s much-anticipated eighth studio album will be released in the fall of 2014 along with an as yet...
  • Get ready to spend your New Orleans weekend boogying on the Bayou

    Get ready to spend your New Orleans weekend boogying on the Bayou

    They sure do know how to put on a festival down in New Orleans, and the annual Bayou Boogaloo is no exception. One of the city’s best kept secrets, the neighborhood hoe-down is celebrating its ninth year of providing great music, an arts market and delicious regional fare from May 16-18. An...
  • Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Offspring team up for Summer Nationals Tour

    Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Offspring team up for Summer Nationals Tour

    Unlike professional sports, punk rock doesn’t have an annual all-star game. But if it did it would look a lot like the Summer Nationals Tour. How else would one describe the prospect of getting The Offspring, Bad Religion and Pennywise on the same bill? For the first time in 20 years the three punk...
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