Author: Matt Quina

I grew up with five older siblings. My oldest brother was into The Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night and Creedence Clearwater Revival. This was the soundtrack of my younger days. When I was 14 Van Halen's debut had just come out. I had never heard anything like it. Later that summer, I was helping my neighbor with some yardwork and the neighbor on the other side was blasting KLOS on their car radio while cleaning the car. Kashmir by Led-Zeppelin came on and that was really unlike anything I had ever heard. I was hooked on rock n' roll from that point forward. Here we are in 2020 and I have been working for Screamer Magazine for just over four years and I have not lost my love for rock music and count myself fortunate to be working in this field and have had the almost inconceivable opportunity to cover and speak with artists, who if you had told me five years ago, I would have been photographing or speaking with, I would have told you you were nuts! I have a motto I repeatedly utter: "I can't believe they let me do this!"

THE BLACK CROWES Live! – Shakin’ Their Money Makers 31 Years On

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Nineteen Ninety does not seem all that long ago.  I was a young man of 26 years when The Black Crowes debut album Shake Your Money Maker hit record stores.  Now a not-so-young man kicking 60 in the ass, I can still remember buying that record and listening to its raunchy guitars, slick vocals and the… Read more »


DIRTY HONEY Live! – Hometown Heroes Heat Up The Forum

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Chalk up another milestone for L.A.’s current favorite sons of rock n’ roll.  Dirty Honey is smack dab in the middle of a 37 date supporting stint on the one year postponed Black Crowes tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Crowes debut, bank breaker album, Shake Your Money Maker.  Since the release of their… Read more »


ATREYU’s Travis Miguel – Ready to Baptize the Masses

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Orange County metal quintet Atreyu unveil a revamped lineup with their newest release, Baptize, available now on Spinefarm Records.  The reworked ensemble consists of new addition Kyle Rosa on drums, bassist Marc McKnight, former drummer now lead vocalist Brandon Saller as well as guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel.  The group’s first release in almost… Read more »


DIRTY HONEY – Ready To Sting Twice

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Honey bees can only sting once in their lifetime.  Aside from just being an interesting fact, the reason that the common honey bee can only sting once is that their stingers are actually attached to part of their abdomen.  When they try to fly away after the attack, their stingers stick in the victim’s skin,… Read more »


DIRTY HONEY – Dirty Honey album review

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The wait is almost over for all of those who have been pining for new music from Dirty Honey.  Since the world went to hell and along with it, the sudden halt to live shows, there has been a void of sorts.  In the post lockdown environment, there has been a lot of music released… Read more »


FASTEST LAND ANIMAL – A Need for Speed

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What is the fastest land animal? Well, if you search Wikipedia, you’ll find out that the cheetah is the fastest known animal on the land.  Most of us have probably known that tidbit of trivial information since elementary school.  Cheetahs have been clocked at speeds upward of 75 miles per hour, which is pretty fast… Read more »


TESLA’s BRIAN WHEAT – Spills The Milk on His Book

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Have you ever fantasized about meeting someone you admire, but realize the prospects of that actually happening are pretty slim?  The daydream may go something like this.  You are sitting in a bar and that person just somehow happens to come in and pull up a stool next to you.  You introduce yourself and explain… Read more »


BRIAN WHEAT – Son Of A Milkman, My Crazy Life With Tesla – book review

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Being the youngest of six children, my older siblings used to tease me about being the milkman’s son.  Now, if you were born after the late 1960’s, you are probably thinking, what is a milkman?  In the olden days, local dairies used to deliver milk and other dairy products, door to door to households in… Read more »


Breaking New Music & Radio Rules

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Longing for the days when your local rock radio station was your one stop shop for your favorite tunes as well as your portal to new music and bands?  Perhaps you are too young to remember those days.  If you are a member of the latter group, let’s start with a little backstory.  During the… Read more »


LYNCH MOB – Wicked Sensation Reimagined – album review

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It’s been thirty years since Lynch Mob, led by rock guitar whiz George Lynch burst on to the scene following the initial demise of Dokken.  The group’s debut record, Wicked Sensation spawned a few minor radio hits and although that release was a solid record, the times they were a-changin’ and Lynch Mob was just… Read more »


DOKKEN – The Lost Songs: 1978-1981

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August 28th marked the release of a retrospective of Don Dokken’s journey from a struggling solo artist to a budding arena rock front man in his pre-Dokken days.  Dokken The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 is a collection of various demos Dokken had recorded both over the course of the four years preceding the original European release… Read more »


DON DOKKEN – Unearthing the Lost Songs

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It may be difficult to believe that the explosion of Los Angeles metal bands was 37 years ago.  The Sunset Strip rock music scene was slightly derailed between 1979 and 1982 by a burgeoning groundswell that would sprout quickly but not really take root, which was the New Wave movement.  After all, once Van Halen… Read more »


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