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!"

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 »


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 »


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