Category Archives: CDs

Album Preview: StaG’s “Don’t Check Out”

StaG are an intriguing local band consisting of childhood friends Matt McGuire and Will Walden, who met in a tee-ball league. There’s an odd story behind the duo’s name that seems relevant to the lyrical theme of their upcoming album Don’t Check … Continue reading

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Reviewed: New Single By Alternative Artist Jennifer Hope – Bring Me To Life

If you’re a lover of alternative rock/ambient music, there’s a compelling new release on the way from local artist Jennifer Hope; the single “Bring Me To Life”.  Best described as hauntingly melodic, this release from Los Angeles-based Hope sounds like it would be … Continue reading

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Album Review: Betty Petty’s “Desperately Seeking Satan”

Here’s another local band to watch: Betty Petty is singer/guitarist Caitlin Danenhauer with drummer Austin Ash, bassist Toast Artisan Bourgeoisie (nice), and lead guitarist JJ James Van Lieshout. The upbeat, edgy power-pop group has a new EP out entitled Desperately Seeking Satan, … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Jay Mohr Live @ The Gaslamp; Long Beach 01/23/2016

How many stand-up comics tour around performing material written by their spouse? Jay Mohr does. Having released 2015’s Happy. And a Lot. written completely by his wife, actress Nikki Cox, the release is nominated this year for a Grammy award: … Continue reading

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Album Review: Brothertiger’s “Out of Touch”

Brothertiger is the project of electronic/synth-pop artist John Jagos from Brooklyn, NY. His previous albums are out on Mush Records, but Out of Touch is a new independent release, available digitally or on transparent green vinyl, with cover art by Jagos’s father, painted in … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar: Day 2 – Darlene Love

The charms of freezing cold weather have rarely been so beautifully articulated as on this, the most overwhelmingly joyous song from the most popular rock and roll Christmas album ever. This entire album is one of Darlene Love’s greatest moments … Continue reading

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CD Review: Salems Lott

From the decadence of the Sunset Strip to the land of the rising sun, Salems Lott could be described as Hollywood’s new vampires or what would emerge if an earthquake swallowed Motley Crue, Hanoi Rocks, Kiss, W.A.S.P., Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness … Continue reading

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WAX : The Los Angeles Record Fair Comes to Capitol Records This Weekend

Hello there music fans. I know you’re all wondering “where has Ivor been”? It has been a couple of weeks since my last post and I’ve been waiting for an epic event to write about. This is it! This weekend, … Continue reading

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CD Review and Interview: September Mourning’s Reaping Begins

The prayers of the Children of Fate have been answered with the first chapter of the September Mourning saga. Our snow-white human/reaper hybrid queen has unleashed the first collection of songs to the alpha of the story. Bound and bonded … Continue reading

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Legacy Recordings Summer Roundup: Simon & Garfunkel Complete, Sly & The Family Stone Live

Simon & Garfunkel – The Complete Columbia Albums Collection – 6-LP set on 180g vinyl or 12-CD set – Legacy Recordings I will forever associate Simon & Garfunkel with vinyl. Not just the sound of it, but the experience of … Continue reading

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