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TOP 100
The Top 100 Psychedelic
Songs of All Time
Top 20 Heavy Metal Albums
The All Time Top Twenty Albums
That Influenced And Created
The Heavy Metal Genre
LZ
The Top 25 Greatest
Led Zeppelin Songs of All Time
Chris Holmes
INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS HOLMES (Video)

Philm SOMETHING DIFFERENT
THIS WAY COMES:
PHILM IGNITES THE GASLAMP
IN LONG BEACH

Metal Alliance
NO PLACE FOR THE MEEK:
THE METAL ALLIANCE TOUR 2013

Spoken
NO ILLUSIONS- SPOKEN STORMS THE HOUSE OF BLUES ANAHEIM

INTERVIEW:(video)

DAD
WORTH THE WAIT:
D-A-D COMES TO LONG BEACH

INTERVIEW:(video)
MA
Michael Anthony Talks To MMR About His New Signature Bass Amp
Schecter
Schecter Brings the Shred To NAMM 2013
gsb
HAMMETT
KIRK'S HAMMETT'S INNER CHILD GROWS INTO A MONSTER: TOO MUCH HORROR BUSINESS
TSP
Monterey Mishap: The Simpkin Project Missing at the 2013 California Roots Music & Arts Festival
Cubensis
CUBENSIS: CAUSING A SCENE IN LONG BEACH
S
TEN YEARS GONE:
MADCAP MUSIC REVIEW LAMENTS THE PASSING OF A LEGEND
Iron Maiden
UP THE IRONS!
IRON MAIDEN TO TOUR THE STATES
IN 2012
BS
Black Sabbath Gets a Raw Deal
From Their Fans
 
A SIGHT TO BEHOLD-
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS AT
THE FONDA THEATRE
Petty


            When it comes to live music the bar has been set pretty high. Of course, when you’re Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers this isn’t much of a problem considering that they’re the ones who have set the bar. On Thursday, June 6, 2013, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played the third night of their residency at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. This was a homecoming of sorts after their weeklong residency in New York. Some may not realize it, but Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are an L.A. band; and it could be easily argued that they are the best band on the planet. If you’ve ever seen them then you already know that there are few bands that can match the intensity and craftsmanship that Tom Petty and company bring to the stage every time they play.
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GIVING THE BLUES A KICK IN THE ASS- THE JOHN AVENUE BLUES BAND PLAYS THE GASLAMP
jabb

             When it come to music, Keith Richards says it best: “If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.” On Sunday, June 2, 2013, The John Avenue Blues Band (JABB) walked onto the stage at the Gaslamp in Long Beach, California, with as much confidence as one could possibly have. The three musicians who make up the JABB trio guitarist/vocalist Doug McCowen, bassist/vocalist Rick Rayburn and drummer Dean Andreatta (better known as Dean Drums) have over forty years of experience playing music and the blues has been their foundation throughout their careers. (Continue)

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES- THE EXPENDABLES PLAY THE HOUSE OF BLUES LOS ANGELES

The Expendables


            Mixology is a word usually associated with bartending not music. Listening to The Expendables is a bit like having a Long Island Ice Tea- you get a little bit of everything thrown in. On Saturday, April 20, 2013, The Expendables headlined a sold out show at House of Blues Los Angeles and played everything from thrash metal to reggae. While some people erroneously label The Expendables as a reggae band, the truth is that they are one of those unique bands that simply cannot be defined by a genre. Whether you like reggae, metal, blues, rock or funk, The Expendables have a little something for everyone.
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INTERVIEW:(video)

THRASH ON THE BEACH: STEELGRAVE STORMS THE GASLAMP

Steelgrave

            Los Angeles is a city that is saturated with metal bands. Over the years one can become a bit jaded after seeing heaps of subpar bands take the stage trying to claim a spot within the metal hierarchy in the City of Angels. In the early ‘80s, a unique scene came to life in California’s Bay Area. Musicians became tired of the over populated, watered down Sunset Strip music scene where makeup seemed to matter more than actual music. Close to four hundred miles up the coast, thrash metal was born as an alternative to the pretentious pretty boy bands that were pouring out of just about every venue in Los Angeles. (Continue)

 

A SEA OF MELODY TO WASH AWAY SORROW- THE SIMPKIN PROJECT HONORS THE LIFE OF KELLY MOREHOUSE
The Simpkin Project

        

            It should be a rule of nature that parents never have to bury their own children. Unfortunately, nature doesn’t have rules and is unpredictable at best. German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said: “Music…will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” On June 6, 2013, The Simpkin Project headlined the Kelly Blue Benefit Concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California, and did just what Bonhoeffer spoke of; they brought peace to a grieving community with their music. Kelly Morehouse was tragically killed when a drunk driver hit her on June 1, 2013. Kelly had just graduated from CSULB and was set to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become a teacher. (Continue)

 

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: 4O OZ TO FREEDOM
POURS INTO LONG BEACH
40oz

         Jim Morrison once said: “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.” This may seem like an odd quote to describe a tribute band. After all, tribute bands are supposed to mimic the bands they pay homage to right down to the last note, right? And they’re supposed to dress the part and take on the personas of the band members they play, aren’t they? Luckily, somebody forgot to tell the members of 40 oz to Freedom these ground rules. (Continue)

INTERVIEW:(video)

METAL RISING- CORE 10 DESTROYS MALONE’S

MMR


           
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.” Nowhere can this sentiment be felt more than in the world of music. When a band plays it’s easy to enrapture an audience for forty-five minutes. There’s the excitement of the crowd, the roar of the amplifiers and that wonderful feeling of getting lost and being transported away from the stresses of life. But what happens when the music is over? Do we “turn out the lights” as Jim Morrison famously stated? It really depends on the band. (Continue)

 
 

Holy Grail
FROM CHAOS- BLACK SABBATH’S 13
HornsHornsHornsHorns
4 out of 5

A Different Kind of Truth

Music For Your Local Watering Hole: Anthrax’s Anthems

HornsHornsHornsHorns
4 out of 5

Jeff Hanneman Photographer: Unknown
1964 – May 2, 2013

WHEN TITANS FALL- A TRIBUTE TO JEFF HANNEMAN
mERICELESS BOOKS
LIST ‘EM ALL: THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS
Soc Dis
Hard Luck, Hard Times, Hardcore:
Social Distortion Brings Over Three Decades of Life Lessons to
Anaheim’s House of Blues
Holy Grail

HornsHornsHornsHorns
3.5 out of 5

Everything But The Kitchen Sink:
Holy Grail’s Ride The Void

WC
WILD CHILD:
RELIGHTING THE FIRE
GREAT WHITE
DOING IT THEIR OWN WAY:
AN INTERVIEW WITH SKELETONWITCH
BS
KISS UNVEILS A MONSTER AT
THE VIPER ROOM
DB
JLP
DEFENDING THE FAITH: JUST LIKE PRIEST
DB
INFECTIOUS ROOTS: ZIG ZAG JONES
SP
A BLITZKREIG AT THE BRIXTON: DAMAGE INC
SP
LACUNA COIL: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTIANO MIGLIORE
SP
GOING TO CHURCH WITH THE SIMPKIN PROJECT
Hurrikane
BRINGING THE STING: AN INTERVIEW WITH HURRIKANE
BR3
BURIED TREASURE:
AN INTERVIEW WITH BR3
DB
FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK WE SALUTE YOU:
A TRIBUTE TO WAYNE MATTHEW GWYER
Great White
FEAR
HAVING A BEER WITH FEAR
ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY
 
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