Maps To The Hollywood Scars Volume One Is Rock-Incarnate

Maps To The Hollywood Scars Volume One Is Rock-Incarnate

I keep hearing Rock is dead, and then I hear music like this and call BULL!  Rock is alive and well, and Maps To The Hollywood Scars’ first EP, Volume One, gives you just that.  From moment one, that crunchy guitar and steady rock beat makes your toe start tapping and you chin to start […]

Helion Prime Isn’t Just A Planet Anymore, it’s a Galaxy of Rock

Helion Prime Isn’t Just A Planet Anymore, it’s a Galaxy of Rock

After debuting what some regard as the “Best debut albums of recent years,” Helion Prime is back with a new female lead and some more sci-fi power metal.  Following the departure of Heather Michele, Kayla Dixon was recruited for this new album, and hopefully future albums to come.  “Her charm and talent will no doubt […]

The Thunderbird Sessions

The Thunderbird Sessions

Oceanside is home to something you don’t see just everywhere in Southern California…and analog recording studio!  Thunderbird Analog Studios is located on Freeman St. in the heart of Oceanside and carries with it a considerable history.  This, owner Thomas Yearsley proudly claims, is the fourth location for this historic studio.  Walking in, you can just […]

Stephen Pearcy Returns After 7-Year Hiatus

Stephen Pearcy Returns After 7-Year Hiatus

Southern California’s own Stephen Pearcy has finally returned after a 7-year hiatus.  The RATT founder/singer is back with another solo album that definitely is his best one to date.  Smash, available now for purchase, is about as close as Pearcy has gotten to his former RATT days.   With a heavier sound and more of that […]

Kelly McGarry Presents YYZed at House of Blues San Diego

Kelly McGarry Presents YYZed at House of Blues San Diego

The night was a Tributonathon!  Is that a word?  If not, it surely describes February 10th at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA.  That night, we heard the music of Rush, Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, and a killer testament to…Testament!  Did you see what I did there? Well…you should’ve been there […]

Richie Sambora and Orianthi (RSO) Set The Tone At NAMM 20017

Richie Sambora and Orianthi (RSO) Set The Tone At NAMM 20017

NAMM 2017 saw many new and exciting unveils…but one that really got my blood pumping was Orianthi and Richie Sambora, who were set to perform the first night in the courtyard that connected the two hotels and the Anaheim Convention Center.  The wind was beginning to pick up, but that didn’t stop people from coming […]

Bonzo Bash (A Tribute to John Bonham)

Bonzo Bash (A Tribute to John Bonham)

Bash Fest is an event that began when NAMM kicked off and continued on through January 20th, where the Bonzo Bash was about to happen.  It all takes place at the old-school Yost Theatre in downtown Santa Ana.  What’s Bonzo Bash you ask?  Well…it’s only a tribute to one of the world’s best drummers, Led […]

Bash Fest – A Farewell To Kings: 4 Decades of Rush

Bash Fest – A Farewell To Kings: 4 Decades of Rush

Have You Ever Heard of BASH FEST? I’ve never heard of it before, but nearly everyone who was at the Yost Theatre in Santa Ana on the 18th of January seemed to.  It was previously called the California Music Festival, but BASH FEST sounds much cooler! (I think so)  First thing, the Yost Theatre, where […]

Rock Royalty Remembers Ronnie Montrose

Rock Royalty Remembers Ronnie Montrose

It was a night to remember Killer guitarist, Ronnie Montrose and those in attendance certainly did. As the evening unfolded, I found myself out on the red carpet talking to some of the who’s-who of the rock world as they showed up to, not only remember the man, but PLAY and pay tribute to him […]

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