West Coast Rocker John Daly

Dave Hollier and King Ropes Blend Organic and Industrial Sounds with New Release, ‘Dirt’

By JOHN DALY King Ropes has released a new album, but instead of calling the album Dirt, it should have been titled Rare Gem. That’s because King Ropes produces an interesting new sound from veteran musician Dave Hollier, who’s been influenced by some of the best. Hollier’s vocals are as good or better than any top indie group out there today — he also plays … Continue reading Dave Hollier and King Ropes Blend Organic and Industrial Sounds with New Release, ‘Dirt’

Glenn Meling Releases ‘Minnesota’ a New Album of Hope for Americans

By DOTTIE PARIS It takes someone from another country to tell us what we are doing right in America, and that’s what Glenn Meling does with his lead single, “Brother Jonathan,” off his new album Minnesota. It’s a beautiful sound and Meling has done his research, as the Norwegian pop singer-songwriter based his lead song on the name hopeful immigrants gave the U.S. in the … Continue reading Glenn Meling Releases ‘Minnesota’ a New Album of Hope for Americans

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Max Fite’s ‘Shake It On Down’ Hits All The Right Notes

Max Fite Blends Rock and Blues for a Unique Sound By JOHN DALY Shake It On Down is the latest release from Max Fite and it hits all the right notes. Shake It On Down pulls together rock n roll, folk and blues for a unique sound. Complete with the great vocals from frontman Max Fitelson, it’s a winning sound that has broad appeal. Check … Continue reading Max Fite’s ‘Shake It On Down’ Hits All The Right Notes

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My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me – Vince Grant REVIEW

By ABE NOORZAY He’s a nomad. A man without permanence. Always moving to the next thing. After spending the first years of his musical trek traveling between Los Angeles and Chicago and Los Angeles and New York, and constantly touring and gigging for different bands, it got to him. Drugs and alcohol derailed the artist and he was on hiatus. Depression took over and it … Continue reading My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me – Vince Grant REVIEW

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Free ‘Underground’ Concerts and Shows The Latest Trend in California

Brothers Collective, Kid Bloom, Hypnotic Hyena Crush it in Echo Park Free admission, free beer and wine. Host gallery The MIME in Echo Park was abuzz with a couple of hundred music lovers and it was welcoming to new artists, creative types and up-and-comers.  The purpose?  Simply to hear some new bands play some new music. Kid Bloom, The Glam Skanks, Hypnotic Hyena and The … Continue reading Free ‘Underground’ Concerts and Shows The Latest Trend in California

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The Woggles Take The 1960s Sound to The West Coast in May

Mighty Manfred and the rest of the Woggles will be hitting the West Coast in May. The Woggles play the Regent Theater in Los Angeles on May 19; they play the Fillmore in San Francisco on May 20; the Woggles move on to The Neptune in Seattle on May 22, and play Dante’s in Portland, Ore., on May 23. They’ve got that groovy sound and … Continue reading The Woggles Take The 1960s Sound to The West Coast in May

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The Reluctant Apostles Hit the Mark at Molly Malone’s

By DONNA BALANCIA The Reluctant Apostles are on the mark.  Katey Sagal is a compelling and fun front woman, playing bongos, guitar and even the ol’ drumstick on a music stand  — yes — but of course, it’s the way she smacks it.   And it’s clear with her Gibson guitar and nice ride that Sons of Anarchy and probably her extensive experience on the … Continue reading The Reluctant Apostles Hit the Mark at Molly Malone’s

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The Dogs Rock The Redwood, Release ‘Ain’t Going Nowhere’

By DONNA BALANCIA – A night at the Redwood Bar and Grill always turns out great. The food is 5-star, the bands are 5-star, the staff is amazing and attentive and if the music and entertainment are up to par, you’ll have the night of your life. “This place is the best,” said patron Vince, who recently attended a show that included Cheap Tissue, The … Continue reading The Dogs Rock The Redwood, Release ‘Ain’t Going Nowhere’

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Steel Panther at the Fonda: Hair, Hype and Hilarity

By DONNA BALANCIA — Steel Panther didn’t let HOB Sunset’s closure stop them – They’re on tour and will be making a stop at the Fonda Theatre May 4 at 8 p.m. It’s a hilarious send-up of a rock show, featuring anything any metal fan would want to see: Big hair, girls on stage, tats (on the guys) and boobs (on the girls). While the … Continue reading Steel Panther at the Fonda: Hair, Hype and Hilarity