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  • Trapt has fun summer plans

    Trapt has fun summer plans

    They say time flies when you’re having fun, and few things are more fun than being in a successful hard rock band. The group Trapt started way back in 1997, and now after releasing six albums to date, the group is going back out on tour in support of last year’s Reborn release. This time out, Trapt...
  • Ed Sheeran returns with a solid second album

    Ed Sheeran returns with a solid second album

    Ed Sheeran’s first album was titled +, and he continues with the math-related titling theme by calling his follow up release x, which is pronounced ‘multiply.’ Whether you add or multiply its elements, however, it looks to be another big success – no matter which way you do the math. Sheeran is, at...
  • Courtney Love releases new single 'Wedding Day'

    Courtney Love releases new single 'Wedding Day'

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Courtney Love– as a solo act, her album America’s Sweetheart was released 10 years ago. That doesn’t mean she hasn’t been keeping busy, still making music with the remnants of Hole and toying with the idea of reuniting with founder Eric Erlandson. In the...
  • OC Fair concert preview: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with special guests

    OC Fair concert preview: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with special guests

    Classic rock is usually synonymous with state and county fairs, as touring acts that once filled up stadiums and coliseums now bring their show to a smaller level. But the kids that grew up spending their hard-earned allowance are now adults, and sometimes parents, so showing up at a fair is more...
  • Sibling revelry: Chris Robinson Brotherhood rocks The Pressroom

    Sibling revelry: Chris Robinson Brotherhood rocks The Pressroom

    It’s somehow fitting that only 15 minutes into their June 24 Pressroom “conference,” Chris Robinson Brotherhood had answered any and all questions that were on the minds and lips of the musical reporters/concertgoers in attendance. Just how good is Robinson’s “other band”? Very good. Why is it...
  • Arcade Fire and other Glastonbury acts touring the U.S. this summer

    Arcade Fire and other Glastonbury acts touring the U.S. this summer

    This weekend, the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts will be kicking off the 2014 edition of its annual celebration of all things music. Since hosting The Kinks, Ian Anderson and more at the first festival in 1970, Glastonbury has become known as the festival to end all festivals...
  • From Shibuya to Singapore, L'Arc en Ciel is a J-rock global hit

    From Shibuya to Singapore, L'Arc en Ciel is a J-rock global hit

    Even if fans don't know the name L'Arc en Ciel, they know the sound of this Japanese rock sensation. The band has been heard as the opening and ending themes to several of the anime programs that air on Cartoon Network's late night programming block Adult Swim, from "Fullmetal Alchemist" to "Seirei...
  • Morrissey to release 1995 concert DVD

    Morrissey to release 1995 concert DVD

    British rock and roll icon Morrissey will be releasing footage of his 1995 tour on DVD this fall. According to a report from NME, the “Introducing Morrissey” DVD will be available on Sept. 8. If the title seems familiar, it should be. It was originally released as a bare bones VHS title in 199...
  • Five artists worth seeing at the 2014 Electric Forest Festival

    Five artists worth seeing at the 2014 Electric Forest Festival

    The 2014 Electric Forest Festival, formerly the Rothbury Festival, kicks off today (June 26) in Rothbury, Michigan. It’s a sold-out, four-day camping event that features an interesting mix of jam bands, EDM artists, and pop acts. The String Cheese Incident is the big name on the bill, with...
  • Tom Petty adds September PNC Arts Center Stop to ‘Hypnotic Eye’ Trek

    Tom Petty adds September PNC Arts Center Stop to ‘Hypnotic Eye’ Trek

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have just added a second New York area concert as part of their 2014 tour in support of their forthcoming studio album Hypnotic Eye. The iconic rock band’s latest North American trek – which boasts a previously announced show at Madison Square Garden on September 1...
  • The Baseball Project releases new album and hits the road

    The Baseball Project releases new album and hits the road

    The Baseball Project can be called a super group, and the term fits, as this group is greater than the sum of its parts. Those parts include founding members Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate) and Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5, as well as spending some time with R.E.M...
  • 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...
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