Blue Oyster Cult reaps San Luis Obispo

On January 15th, I had to opportunity to witness one of the best rock-and-roll bands to ever come out of the 70s at one of my hometown venues — the Fremont Theater here in San Luis Obispo, California. I remember as a kid growing up with 70s rock-and-roll due to having older parents, so once […]

BeachLife returns to Redondo May 2020

Year Two of festivals usually capitalize on where the inaugural year went right and work out the few kinks Year One went disastrously wrong. It’s a learning curve that could make or break a fest, considering music festivals are a dime a dozen these days. Some festivals, however, know how to do it right from […]

Top Shelf Music News: Episode 1

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Top Shelf Music News, with your host Matt Cook & Kristy Rose guiding you on this daring quest. It being right after the holidays, a lot is going on in the music industry, from festival announcements to new music to hot gossip of the bands you love. This episode […]

Wonderfront 2019: Day Three

Still reeling from the previous two days, I was a child at Christmas impatiently waiting to open my presents or, in this case, the festival gates. I knew the festival grounds like the back of my hand by now; I had my sets lined up and now I just needed a beer. Local breweries were […]

Wonderfront 2019: Day Two

Day Two — let’s go! First off, kudos to Wonderfront for their festival companion app! I’ve never seen a more polished festival app that was intuitive, fast, reactive and a must-have for the festival-goer. I started my day with the app and a cup of Joe. Selecting all the acts I wanted to see then […]

Wonderfront 2019: Day One

November in San Diego can be a toss up: sometimes cold and rainy; other times, it feels like the middle of summer. The weekend of November 22nd would be where these two extremes met to create the perfect stage for Wonderfront’s inaugural bayfront festival. Seven stages spanning 1.5 miles of the treasured San Diego bayfront […]

Soultry Dubs impresses with ‘Soultry Sound’ album

Track listing: Soul Rizing Intro, feat. Nattali Rize Soul Journ, feat. Ashley Irae, Sistren Kim Divine Energy, feat. Lion Child 11:11 Verb Dub Babylon Fyah, feat. Ashley Irae, Sistren Kim Let Us Unite Dub, feat. Mpress Kandace, Sistren Kim Age of Aquarius, feat. Ashley Irae Heartbreaker, feat. Lion Child Soul Journ Dub, feat. Ashley Irae, […]

Dirtwire ‘Electric River’ album review

California trio Evan Fraser, David Satori and Mark Reveley together form Dirtwire, a progressive, acoustically-poetic group who offer up a complex mixture of beats, blues and African, Asian and South American sounds. Their latest offering, Electric River, is an accessible album suitable for certain occasions. Not that it’s a bad thing; this album is fairly […]

KAABOO Del Mar 2019: Day Three

KAABOO Del Mar started Day Three 2019 with a big public announcement — this is the last KAABOO Del Mar day EVER! Never to fear: KAABOO is simply relocating due south to downtown’s Petco Park, rebranding in the process to KAABOO San Diego from here on out. With that in mind, attendees made the most […]

The Who at the Hollywood Bowl

When a living rock band legend like The Who comes to town, it’s a huge event for everyone. Even in Los Angeles. Especially, when the venue is a legend itself. People get excited: some looking forward to relive their youth; others, to learn about classics and make sure that they still rock. Sometimes, they rock […]

KAABOO Del Mar 2019: Day Two

KAABOO weekend is always a highlight of the year. After KAABOO Del Mar kicked off to an epic start with Wu-Tang and Snoop Dogg headlining Night One, Day Two vibes were running high… almost as high as the heat! Good thing the pool in the BASK section was popping off all day aside the Sunset […]

A chat with Bad Cop/Bad Cop frontwoman Stacey Dee

If you haven’t heard of Bad Cop/Bad Cop yet… let me tell you, you are massively late to the party for the most insanely talented group of punk rock women! The badass ladies of Bad Cop/Bad Cop are cooling their heels after a wild summer of touring to get up close and personal with their […]

Greta Van Fleet at the Hollywood Palladium

Young rising hard rock stars Greta Van Fleet continue their March of the Peaceful Army sold-out world tour, supporting their first full-length studio album Anthem of the Peaceful Army. In October, GVF had two shows in Los Angeles on the 5th and 6th at The Hollywood Palladium. The first of two shows, the 5th fell […]

KAABOO Del Mar 2019: Day One

A rush of anticipation hit Del Mar, California at the crack of noon on Day One of the 5th Annual KAABOO Del Mar Festival. The best weekend of the year was upon SoCal residents and everyone came prepared. The first of three days of A-list entertainment kicked off with turn-of-Millennium alt rock band Plain White […]