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Live Review: Second Still at The Echoplex

L.A. band Second Still played The Echoplex last Sunday, after releasing their self-titled debut this month on Manic Depression Records. The three-piece band offers a stylish, minimal “coldwave” sound with haunting vocals, strong bass lines and straightforward machine drums. The album … Continue reading

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The Phantom Blues Band Talks About Their Music and Headlining the 12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival

The 12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival is coming up on Saturday, April 29. The headliner of this year’s event, the Phantom Blues Band, consists of some of the top musicians in the music industry. Playing individually on many top … Continue reading

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Peach Talks About Her New Live CD, Peach and the Almost Blues Band: A Night In Copenhagen

In 2014, Peach Reasoner gave a concert in Venice that the LA Beat wrote about. Two years later, Peach has brought the same energy and purity of voice to a new live CD, Peach and the Almost Blues Band: A … Continue reading

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Best of 2016 – A Short List

As usual, I spent most of the year listening to, reading and watching older stuff that I probably should’ve absorbed years ago, but here are a few new things I really enjoyed this year: Albums: Bootblacks – Veins (review) Patience … Continue reading

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CD Review: Bob Dylan – The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert (Legacy)

Bob Dylan – The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert (Legacy 2-CD) Bob Dylan was on one hell of a roll during his 1966 tour, his first with an electric band backing him. It’s the period right in between Highway … Continue reading

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CD Review: Doyle Bramhall II – Rich Man

Doyle Bramhall II – Rich Man When I first started playing guitar, everyone knew who Eddie Van Halen was. Then I heard Randy Rhoads from Ozzy’s Blizzard of Oz. Nobody spoke of Randy and I thought, “Damn, I must really … Continue reading

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Legacy Records’ Retro CD Roundup – Pink Floyd, Adam & The Ants, Miles Davis, Van Morrison

Pink Floyd – The Early Years 1967-1972: Cre/ation 2-CD (Pink Floyd Records/ Columbia) This is a compact, consumer-friendly compilation culled from Pink Floyd’s The Early Years 1965-72 boxed set, 27 discs of mostly previously unreleased audio and video. It’s one … Continue reading

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LA Beat Interview – Scott Guerin of the Deadbeats Chats Us Up On 666-1313

It’s 2016, and despite the intervening years, many of the bands that burst out of LA in and around 1977 are still making music. Some are better than others, many are still quite good. But almost none of them feel … Continue reading

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CD Review: September Mourning Vol II

A beautiful angelic creation of fantasy and reality interwoven with graphic novelization and loud live music with in person interpretation and narrative. September Mourning is a hybrid Broadway blend of band and book, each part complimenting the other. If September … Continue reading

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CD Review: Metallica – “Hardwired… to Self-Destruct”

When’s the last time you listened to Metallica? No, seriously, I mean lived, breathed and died that shit? Don’t feed me The Black Album, Load or St. Anger. That’s not living, man. That’s another band from a different ilk. What … Continue reading

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