SHIM MOORE – Shim

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“People have different pieces to their personality and feel a depth of emotions at different points in their life. It doesn’t make sense as an artist to only dive into one emotion so I decided to incorporate different styles and sounds and fit them together.” – Shim Moore Australian born singer, songwriter and guitarist Shim… Read more »


AMARANTHE – Helix

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Helix is album number five for Finnish melodic metal outfit Amaranthe.  After establishing a strong social media and YouTube presence they’ve brought audiences their unique genre bending mixture of musical evolution.  While visually compared to symphonic metal bands, their sound is high energy metal, seasoned with pop and rap influences not quite fitting into a… Read more »


FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE & JASON BONHAM’s Led Zeppelin Evening Live! – Juke Box Heroes Wrap Up Tour In Irvine

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Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening capped off a six-week run of dates together on Wednesday, August 1st.  FivePoint Amphitheatre was the setting for the final show of what was dubbed the Juke Box Heroes Tour.  The shared junket is presumably named after Foreigner’s iconic song about realizing one’s dreams of becoming a rock star, Jukebox Hero. … Read more »


EPICA – Epica vs. Attack on Titan Songs

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Turning Japanese anime and manga into symphonic majestic greatness isn’t an endeavor many bands could or would want to try and pull off.  However, Dutch powerhouse Epica did so with great success. Officially available for the first time outside Japan, Epica vs. Attack On Titan Songs features theme music from the popular anime series adapted and… Read more »


ANNI PIPER Makes First Southern California Performance

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Australia’s First Lady of Blues, Anni Piper, made her first ever Southern California performance on Saturday, June 30th, at the Arcadia Blues Club.  The statuesque brunette, who moved to the U.S. back in 2014 brought her sultry voice and grooving bass lines to a less than capacity room in the foothills of Los Angeles.  She was accompanied… Read more »


SONS OF APOLLO – Belasco Theater, Los Angeles

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The ancient Greek god of music and poetry Apollo came to mind when ex-Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian were looking to name their band, but thinking there may already be a band Apollo, they decided on Sons of Apollo, a name which encapsulates both the essence of the band and its members…. Read more »


BREAKING BENJAMIN – Ember Tops the Charts

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ember: noun  em·ber  \ ˈem-bər \ a glowing fragment (as of coal) from a fire; especially : one smoldering in ashes: the smoldering remains of a fire. embers plural : slowly dying or fading emotions, memories, ideas, or responses still capable of being revived the embers of his past Breaking Benjamin released their sixth studio album… Read more »


OVERKILL – Live In Overhausen

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Live In Overhausen captures the titans of East Coast thrash celebrating two album anniversaries.  A sold-out crowd of German Skullkrushers assembled at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen on April 16 for 25 years of ‘90s landmark record Horrorscope and 30 years of Feel The Fire. 30 years ago, the spark was lit and the world was… Read more »


LEATHER LEONE – II

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Leather Leone, Chastain’s ripping, roaring female throat of the ‘80s and early ‘90s blasts speakers with her second solo release, II.  The sonic, guttural, gravel licking rasp that made her a microphone reaping presence continues, blasting through 11 new tracks.  Like the Cruella de Vil of metal, Leather has been compared to powerhouses Dio, Bruce… Read more »


13th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival

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The Ventura County Blues Society held its annual blues festival on Saturday, April 28th at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo.  This year’s installment was dedicated to the memory of long-time member Mickey Jones.  Jones, a 40 plus year resident of Simi Valley, passed away earlier this year.  Jones’ professional pedigree in music reaches back almost… Read more »


MYLES KENNEDY – Year of the Tiger

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Myles Kennedy’s vocal prowess is well known in the world of rock, having been voted Loudwire’s Vocalist of the Year three times as a result of his work with Alter Bridge and Slash. After decades in the industry, Kennedy has finally released a solo album, Year of the Tiger. The album shows Kennedy taking a… Read more »


JOHN CORABI Unplugs in Columbus

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Friday March 16, The Shrunken Head in Columbus got an evening of entertaining stories, acoustic tunes and some late evening ‘80’s glam metal as Tong Productions presented an evening with John Corabi.  The current Dead Daisies front man played tunes from their back history as well as classics and staples from his earlier years in… Read more »