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Hot on the heels of a well-played and received Halloween festival show in Tempe, Arizona, Tool has posted an update teasing a forthcoming announcement of US concerts in early 2016. SOMETHING WICKED THIS... YOUR WAY COMES! For those of you who only like NEWS about TOOL, here's something that should be of great interest. The impenetrable veil of my dark scrying...
Sunday has long struck me as the best day of the week for bluegrass music. There’s an inherent connection between the pensive, reflective nature of this day of rest and the earnest, honest lyrics and down home plucking and picking that characterize the genre, and my past experiences in attending summer festivals have also supported this claim. Given the...
Fitz and The Tantrums have soul to spare. Over the past six years, the Los Angeles-based group has traversed across North America with occasional detours to Europe and Australia, gaining fans through their irresistibly energetic live shows. Led by two complementary singers, Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, the remainder of the band is comprised of a quartet whose instrumental...
Situated on the most high-profile corner of the Sunset Strip, the Whisky A Go Go is a venerable live music institution in Hollywood. Having hosted nascent bands like The Doors and Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention in the 1960s and rock/metal groups including Guns N’ Roses and Metallica in the 1980s, the club has added to...
Fans who packed the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Friday night to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with openers Hot 8 Brass Band were veritably bowled over by a pair of sets consisting of a wide range of authentic N’awlins music alongside other contemporary genres. Traditional second-line harmonies from the first act were an appropriately subdued lead-in...
50 years ago this February, The Beatles made their network TV debut in America on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was a seminal moment in music and television history as the Lads from Liverpool were brought into homes across America, sparking a wave of fandom that has yet to cease and has since spread worldwide. Tonight The Beatles will...
In Northern California, Les Claypool and New Year’s Eve are intrinsically connected. For over 20 years, the lauded bass player and singer has celebrated the holiday at a variety of venues in and around the Bay Area with exuberant and unpredictable performances that appeal to long-time devotees and curiosity-seekers alike. More often than not, these evenings are headlined by...
Words by Michael Hillson There’s nothing quite like Christmastime on the Sunset Strip. While not entirely reverent to religious aspects of the holiday, there are still a requisite amount of decorations, copious festive celebrations at bars and clubs and certain annual traditions that mark the season for visitors and locals alike. One of these recurring end-of-year engagements is...

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