Author: Matt Quina

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 »


ENUFF Z’NUFF’s Chip Z’Nuff – on Brainwashed Generation

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Facebook and Twitter are bustling with opinions, theories and propaganda.  From the handling of the coronavirus to protests and looting to the upcoming Presidential election, you can find about as many opinions as you can people espousing on these and numerous other topics.  Instagram, Tik-Tok and Snapchat are populated with pictures of lunch, silly videos… Read more »


TONY MONTANA – Tombstone Shuffle – 20th Anniversary Reissue album review

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Tony Montana, has reissued his debut solo record from the year 2000.  No not the pile of blow snorting gangster in Scarface, the other one, the one who played bass in Great White and is now a guitarist in Jack Russell’s Great White, that Tony Montana.  Not a household name, you say?  Well, maybe not,… Read more »


Ted Templeman A Platinum Producer’s Life In Music – Book Review

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If you grew up spinning vinyl records on a turntable in the 1970’s, you’ve seen the name.  Like so many did, you would arrive home with the coveted new Van Halen record.  Frantically biting the corner of the celo-wrapping, unable to pick the lock of this treasure chest fast enough, you were finally able to… Read more »


RICHIE KOTZEN – Mid-Life Rises

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Everyone has the visual of a man turning 50 years old.  You know it, the seemingly normal family man who turns his back on the conventional life in a futile attempt to reap long ago sown seeds of lost youth.  You might envision a balding man strutting into a Chevrolet dealership to purchase that Corvette… Read more »


STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – Naked and Unafraid

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The year is 1992 and the majority of the rock world has its eyes turned to the Pacific Northwest of The United States.  Seattle’s grunge/alternative scene has already turned out Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.  This new genre of music will change the face of rock n’ roll music for a good… Read more »


ALTER BRIDGE – Live! At The Wiltern – w/ Clint Lowery & Deepfall

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Beginning in 2004, Alter Bridge embarked on a journey that would see a triennial album and touring cycle.  With the release of Walk The Sky late last year, the Skywalkers have been on a two-leg expedition that has had them playing across the United States.  The final few shows of chapter number two included a stop in… Read more »


ELECTRIC RADIO KINGS – Live! at The Viper Room

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There is a lot of talk about the resurgence of rock n’ roll these days.  The last few years have seen several groups emerge whose musical tastes and conversely their art are planted firmly in the root system of the tree of rock.  The Struts are putting the glam of Queen and Bowie back into… Read more »


WEAPONS OF ANEW – Out Of The Ashes

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When a band is formed of members who for the most part have been in other recording and touring groups, there is a description used to describe that situation.  “Rising from the ashes of band X, Y and Z” is how that formation is typically described.  When relating the formation of Weapons Of Anew, a… Read more »


SONS OF APOLLO – Live! At The Roxy with Tony MacAlpine & Schiermann

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The Sunset Boulevard landmark Roxy Theater has been witness to many a performance of mythical proportion.  Ancient Roman and Greek amphitheaters were places where stories of mythology were portioned out to the populous.  One can imagine the thinkers, dignitaries and fellow performers of the day gathering to partake of the cultural impartations of the comedians… Read more »


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