Category Archives: CDs

Album Review: HellBat! Puts the Fright in Fright Night

Yay Freedom!, the debut release by Los Angeles rock quartet HellBat!, is an ambitious convergence of punk, classic rock and jazz.  Transcending the dry ice, leather studded outfits and heavy metal imagery that the band’s name might imply, HellBat! challenges … Continue reading

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Upcoming: Le Reverie Opens Hellion’s Halloween Show with 5 Great Bands this Friday

Le Reverie, coming off of a smash performance at the 3rd Annual Rockers Against Cancer Benefit Show held last weekend with ’70s Glam-rockers the Sweet, again lights up the stage with their unique blend of Gothic, heavy metal, progressive and symphonic … Continue reading

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CD Review: My Brother The Wind – Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One

When a band’s influences include Popol Vuh, Amon Duul, Sun Ra, Ashra Tempel, Gong and Pink Floyd then they are pretty much guaranteed my attention. When I hear that their latest album was totally improvised, played live and recorded during … Continue reading

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Concert Preview: Sasquatch, White Dynomite and The Freeks Rock El Cid

Hard rockers Sasquatch brings their swinging, Black Sabbath- and Mountain-inspired tunes to El Cid Nightclub in Silver Lake this Saturday evening.  Sasquatch IV, released in 2013, continues with the heavy, pounding tunes that make Sasquatch, perhaps, the world’s most appropriately named rock band.  … Continue reading

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Bob Mould’s “The War” Directed by Dave Markey

“The War” is the first collaboration between Bob Mould and Dave Markey, two punk rock pioneers. Bob Mould is best known as the singer and guitarist for the early SST punk trio, Hüsker Dü. In the 90s his solo recordings and work with his … Continue reading

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The Standells: Larry Tamblyn is Still Rocking with ‘Dirty Water’ and Fresh New Tunes

Tiki Oasis, held in San Diego earlier this month, featured lots of great entertainment along with great rum, parties and seminars. The capper to the event was the performance of the Standells, one of the most iconic of the 1960′s … Continue reading

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SMASH Fashion Rocks Big Cat Love at South Bay Customs Saturday, August 30

SMASH Fashion: (Left to right) Reijo Kauppila, Lloyd Stuart Casson, Tony Kinman and Roger Deering. Los Angeles rockers SMASH Fashion have been enjoying significant press attention and receiving solid accolades on both sides of the Atlantic with the release of their … Continue reading

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Review – The Antlers: Familiars (and live at the Troubadour 7/13/14)

Brooklyn’s Antlers started out in the same modest way many aspiring young bands do these days – in a home studio where lead singer/guitarist Peter Silberman wrote his first songs, influenced by other low-fi artists such as The Microphones (whose song “Antlers” … Continue reading

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Superior Viaduct Reissues Essential Titles From Flesh Eaters, Gun Club, Crime

Every once in a while, here at LA Beat Central, a press release arrives in our mailbox that makes me feel we’ve found a friend we just hadn’t met yet. The knowledge that Superior Viaduct Recordings has not only reissued … Continue reading

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LA Welcomes Back The Babys With a Gala CD Release Party!

Wednesday night, June 25th, the legendary British band The Babys were welcomed back to the Los Angeles area music scene with a fun-filled party that celebrated the official release of their first album in over thirty years, ‘I’ll Have Some of … Continue reading

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