Author: Matt Quina

MR. BIG & Friends Pay Tribute to Pat Torpey

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There are many clichés about music being some kind of a mystical force in the universe.  Music is the international language.  Music is good for the soul.  Music is a healing force.  Music is a great unifier.  Clichés exist, because they are generally true.  Anyone who was at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on… Read more »


POISON Kicks Off “Nothin’ But a Good Time” Summer Tour with CHEAP TRICK & POP EVIL

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Friday evening, May 18th, FivePoint Amphitheatre was packed to the gills with people looking for nothin’ but a good time.  Turns out, that is exactly what they got.  Poison, a Pennsylvania to Hollywood transplant, was at the forefront of the glam metal ascension of the late 1980’s.  The multi-platinum album sellers kicked off their summer… Read more »


SLAYER Plays Last So Cal Date Ever at FivePoint Amphitheatre

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Slayer made their second stop, and their last ever Southern California appearance at FivePoint Amphitheatre on May 11th.  Slayer is the first of the “big four” of thrash metal to declare their exit from recording and touring.  At the conclusion of this tour, the equipment will be packed away and an exclamation point will be placed at the end of… 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 »


NEAL MORSE Shares His Life & Times in Solo Acoustic Show

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Neal Morse is like the rolling stone which gathers no moss.  Working seemingly constantly, whether it be creating an epic concept record, touring with The Neal Morse Band, or being involved with any number of other projects he stays pretty busy.  So what does one do when they need a break from the hectic pace… Read more »


THE DAMN TRUTH – Live! – at the Whisky a Go Go

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It’s a tale of two countries for Canadian based The Damn Truth.  The four piece outfit from Montreal is making their first musical trek through the United States.  The band is made up of Lee-La Baum (lead vocals, guitar), Tom Shemer (lead guitar), PY Letellier (bass guitar) and Dave Traina (drums).  Having been founded in 2011, and… Read more »


THE DOLLYROTS Get Rah! Rah! Radical at the Hi Hat

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The Dollyrots, a Los Angeles based pop/punk duo visited the North Highland Park neighborhood of L.A. to headline a show at the Hi Hat.  The Dollyrots, who’s songs are laced with sardonic, tongue in cheek social commentary are completing a 15 dates in 17 days tour which began in Indianapolis and concludes with two shows… Read more »


ROBERT PLANT & the Sensational Space Shifters Carry Fire Into the L.A. Rain

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Robert Plant is no stranger to the term “reinventing oneself.”  After the demise of Led Zeppelin, he wrought a new version of his creative self, with two different solo bands compiling three albums each.  After that came a brief detour from solo work for musical exploration with pal Jimmy Page on an album and tour.   The early… Read more »


KILLTHRAX II Infects House of Blues – ANTHRAX, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HAVOK

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It’s February 14th, Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air.  Nothing says “Be Mine” better than a Saint Valentine’s Day (Metal) Massacre from Anthrax and Killswitch Engage.  The two aforementioned bands brought their Killthrax II tour to the Anaheim House of Blues with special guest Havok for an evening of in your face, no… Read more »


METAL ALLEGIANCE Rocks NAMM – House of Blues

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It’s late January.  The music industry descends on Orange County, California.  It’s the four day event that turns the capital of family entertainment into NAMM-aheim.  Manufacturers of things musical, from guitar picks to amp cabinets are filling the Anaheim Convention Center to show off their latest technologies and shiniest new objects.  Musicians also stream in from… Read more »


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swings in the New Year in Thousand Oaks

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Long before David Lee Roth’s Banshee scream, before Elvis and his pelvis and before Sinatra and his Jack, swing musicians were the decadent kings of cool.  With the waning hours of 2017 winnowing away, the auditorium of the Fred Kavli theater swells with a mature crowd, eager to ring in the new year with a… Read more »


Been Caught Giving – JANE’S ADDICTION Headlines Rhonda’s Kiss Benefit

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Jane’s Addiction, Los Angeles’ own groundbreaking alternative rockers, headlined the annual Rhonda’s Kiss Benefit Concert at the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, December 8th.  Rhonda’s Kiss is a non-profit organization, named for it’s inspiration, Rhonda Stefanski, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in 2014. The program provides support for programs to cancer patients and their… Read more »