Friday, July 30, 2010

End o' Week Musings

And what a week it was! I had a very happy and busy few days...

Saturday I went on Esotouric's Charles Bukowski tour. I was joined by Carin and Tom and Tom's cousins. We used the train to get to the starting point at Philippe's in Los Angeles and left early enough to enjoy a meal there. I had a French dip- a tad different from my usual dining fare, but how could I pass up on the speciality?

Kim and Richard of Esotouric greeted us as we checked in and boarded the bus for a day of adventure. Some of us were familiar with Bukowski, while others weren't, but everyone enjoyed the tour. Kim and Richard know how to lead a tour that is interesting to just about anyone. They offer plenty of fodder on the main topic and add in other tidbits, plus some personal stories.

For Bukowski, Richard gave us lots of background and biographical information, as well as read from some of Bukowski's poems and stories. As we traveled and stopped, he also offered architectural and historic information on various points of interest. He fielded our questions well and kept the day moving at a just-right pace, throwing in humor to keep it light and just enough mystery to make us yearn for the next part of his narrative.

My friends and I are planning to go on another tour soon. There's lots to pick from with themes from literature, architecture, true (and weird) crime and more. If you're looking for something different to do or want to learn more about what has made SoCal the important and intriguing place it is today, visit

Sunday I took my mom on a multitude of errands, including Target, Kohl's and the grocery store. We went to VN in San Dimas for pho. She had never had pho before, so I helped her order and explained the spices, etc. Mom opted for plain and simple, but really enjoyed the meal. We also had some spring rolls that were super yummy!

Monday was a busy and wonderful day. I started out with my office routine, then went to the Rancho in Altadena to meet with the Sundowners. The local psychedelic rockers are always a joy to hang out with and proved a good interview as well. From there I went to Pasadena to speak with Horticulturist of the Year Yvonne Savio. She treated me to a tour of her splendiforific garden, lush with fruits, veggies and flowers of all kinds.

When Yvonne told me that she runs master gardener classes in her garden I teased that it was one way to get all the work done. You could spend all day in her yard and still have plenty to do for the next week. And wow, her compost bin was really cool, as it didn't smell or look yucky and the material it issued was really rich in nutrients.

My final foray was to Hollywood to meet with Herman Rarebell. Herman is the former drummer of the Scorpions and wrote quite a few of their hits. He hasn't been lazing around since they - amicably - parted ways, instead he's pursuing his own project, Herman Ze German and has released a new album, along with the audio book, "My Life as a Scorpion."

Herman was a great interview, as he was very professional and pleasant and has a wonderful sense of humor. We swapped music stories, discussed writing and had a conversation that I wished wouldn't end. Alas, but he had other obligations that evening. Herman autographed my CD and gave me an autographed copy of his audio book. He also invited me to meet him and his wife (a beautiful woman and an accompished saxophone player!) for dinner next time I get to Brighton, England. Check out Herman's albums and more at

Tuesday morning I spoke with Dez of DevilDriver to preview Ozzfest. Dez was very articulate and quite nice. I must admit that I was a little surprised, as he was much more forthcoming than I expected and is the kind of guy who you'd like to hang out with and talk music over a beer or two.

You can watch for my stories on all of these people at over the coming weeks.

I went with my special guy to Magic Mountain on Wednesday. It wasn't too crowded, so we got to go on just about everything we wanted with ease. I sat out for a few of the coasters, as my back still isn't 100 percent, close, but not quite... I did, however, go on all the water rides and spent the bulk of my day damp, which was OK because the weather was nice. When I got home that night, the insides of my shoes were still wet! It was still a very happy day.

This weekend I will be going to a birthday party and then catching Los Fabulocos at the Crazy Horse in West Covina. Sunday I plan to meet Vernor at the movies. Monday will be a cool day, as Boz Scaggs is supposed to call me for an interview... I have a pretty good life...

In rotation this week: Jewel, Sting, Herman Ze German, Street Sweeper Social Club and Jarod.

Photos we got 'em: Pet pics from the Web and a photo of the Scorpions in concert in Arizona by Dave Schwartz-- his review and more photos will be posted at in a few days.

Thought o' the Week: Be thankful. I know I harp on relishing the little things in life, but truly, can you ever be grateful enough? As for me, my back is feeling much better, I'm been have some memorable adventures and, although a lot isn't perfect, things aren't too bad overall.

I have a few dreams that tug on me regularly, but I can't make them happen, instead I have to let things go and hope that they will eventually come true. I know this sounds strange, as we are always told to go after our goals, yet in reality there are some things that you just can't force to fruition; they have to bloom on their own... and sometimes they never do. In the meantime, you have the choice to focus on these things or push them aside and enjoy the things that you have and work on those that you can control.

I have a decent place to live with food in my cupboard and refrigerator and there's gas in my reliable car. I have the best friends ever, who care about me and I can count on in times of need. I have a job that I love, it allows me to be creative and learn all kinds of interesting things about our weird world. I can dance, I can sing, I read and enjoy almost anything that's offered to me.

I don't take any of these things for granted. There have been times in my life when I have gone hungry and worse. There have been times when I have been truly alone. There have been times when I have been in so much pain that all I could do was lay in bed. Even in the worst of times, I have always found that little kernel of thankfulness. I have always been able to see that little speck of good and happiness. And this week has been especially wonderful. Don't think too long or too deep, but find something in your life that you are grateful for and let that feeling flourish until it overtakes you, then relish in the joy.

Keep on rockin'

Check out John Rabe's Off-Ramp

Every morning I visit John Rabe's blog to find out what's cool in SoCal. Rabe is the host of "Off-Ramp" which airs noon-1 p.m. Saturdays and 7-8 p.m. Sundays on 89.3 KPCC. There he discusses culture, the arts, news, lifestyles and more.

Today I was especially thrilled when I opened the page because Rabe is discussing local artist David Weidman and referred to the story I wrote to preview two of Weidman's shows earlier this year.

Take a minute to discover this great blog... I'm sure you'll become a fan too!

Elliott Caine at Descanso Gardens Aug. 5

Summer evening jazz concerts at Descanso Gardens: Elliott Caine, August 5, 5:30–7 p.m., Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada. Descanso presents “The Evolution of American Jazz” concert series featuring SoCal jazz artists. Tonight, Elliott Caine plays East Coast be-bop jazz. Picnics and blankets welcomed. Free with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 senior/students and $3 children 5-12. For more information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit (818) 949-4200,

About Descanso Gardens
Established as a public garden in 1954, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, near the interchange of the 2 and 210 freeways. The Gardens are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday during the summer. Parking is free. Admission: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; $3 for children 5 to 12; and free for members and children 4 and younger. Fees for classes and programs include Gardens admission. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Pasadena night at Staples Center Aug. 4

Pasadena residents, employees, families and friends are invited to the second annual City of Pasadena Night at the Staples Center as the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA take on the Chicago Sky on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and Pasadena Water and Power General Manager Phyllis Currie will serve as honorary coaches.

VIP seating in the Pasadena section on the floor is available at a special ticket rate of only $17.50.

Pasadenans may order tickets by visiting and using the promotional code PAS; or contacting Greg Mundweil of the Los Angeles Sparks at (213) 929-1318 or no later than Tuesday, Aug. 3.

A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Ideal Youth Inc., a non-profit, Pasadena-based organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on, advanced job training.

Ticket holders in the Pasadena section will receive special cheer cards with water conservation messages provided by Pasadena Water and Power.

Entertainment will be provided by Pasadena-based organizations including the Sigma Betas, Sue B. Dance Company, John Muir High School Cheerleading Team, Neighbors Empowering Youth (NEY) Program Robotics Club and Pasadena Yes Youth Sports.

For more information call (626) 796-7164, ext. 12, or (213) 929-1318.

Rose Bowl Loop walk Wednesday

Mayor Bill Bogaard, along with officials from Kaiser Permanente’s Pasadena-based Southern California headquarters, will lead a 3.3-mile walk around the Rose Bowl Loop at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, as part of Up & Moving Pasadena.

Meet at Gate A at the stadium. Free parking is available. All levels of ability will be accommodated.

Up & Moving Pasadena is a community effort to support fitness for health. Walks are scheduled the first Wednesday of every month except January.

Find walking tips, start a walking group and track your progress at or call (626) 831-2980.

Loafer's Glory at McCabe's Sunday

Hi everyone,

It'll be a big night this Sunday, August 1st, when Loafer's Glory will be making their official debut concert at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. This is a band made up of long-time musical compadres who have joined up to play some of the best Bluegrass and Old-Time music you're likely to hear anywhere or anytime. High tenor singing, tight trios, country duets, and gospel quartets with Herb Pedersen on guitar, Patrick Sauber on bluegrass banjo and mandolin, Tom Sauber on fiddle and old-time banjo, and Bill Bryson on bass.

Bill and Herb have played together for over 25 years, first in the Desert Rose Band, then the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. Tom and Bill began playing Old-time music together in 1966. Bill and Patrick have played together in the Brombies for 5 yrs now. And Patrick began playing gigs with Tom before he was 8 years old. All that adds up to some music I think you'll want to hear. Come on down if you can.

Shaun Cromwell, a fine singer-songwriter and guitar/banjo player will play an opening set.

McCabe's is at 3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, 90405. Showtime is Sunday, Aug 1, at 7:00 pm. $15. For reservations, tickets, more info: 310-828-4497 or .

Thomas Sauber

Triple Crown Records signs Plug In Stereo

Triple Crown Records is pleased to announce the signing of Portland, Oregon’s Plug In Stereo – also known as 17-year-old wunderkind Trevor Dahl. This jack-of-all-trades, multi-instrumentalist with a talent for crafting easy-going, down to earth acoustic melodies is excited for this next step in his career.

“Right now, the only thing I want in life is for people to hear my music,” says Dahl. “I grew up playing in bands, but was tired of the fake, closed-minded attitudes that a lot of kids my age shared. I always had my solo/acoustic music on the side, so as I got older, my style and sound changed to a more honest and organic approach.”

By the age of 16, Plug In Stereo was touring the country and sharing the stage with the likes of Never Shout Never, The Ready Set, and Dashboard Confessional, as well as dates on the 2009 Vans Warped Tour.

After self-recording and self-releasing two EP’s, Dahl entered Engaged Audio with producer Kevin Gates (Never Shout Never, Cady Groves, The Ready Set) to record his first full-length Nothing To Something. The first digital single “Oh Darling” featuring guest vocals from Cady Groves (RCA) has scanned over 8,000 tracks in less than three months. The album will be released this fall via Triple Crown Records.

Miniature Tigers on tour in support of new album

Miniature Tigers are a busy bunch. Their sophomore album, FORTRESS, which Entertainment Weekly calls "all around enjoyable," came out this week and has a prominently placed brick in the iTunes Indie Spotlight section. The band played a sold out release show in their former hometown of Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday night and are currently out on a headlining run across the US with support from The Spinto Band. Autumn brings dates with their pals in Neon Indian (who’s lead man Alan Palomo produced the highly-regarded ‘Gold Skull’ on FORTRESS) and Prefuse 73.

On August 27th, they’ll participate in the Artists For Action/ Voter Registration and Immigration Reform Rally. This hot-button issue has divided the State and Miniature Tigers, along with Calexico, Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta, Sand Rubies, Salvador Duran, Kinch and more, will take to the stage for this free concert to encourage the people of Phoenix to further educate themselves on the immigration and human rights issues facing Arizona today.

Their first single, 'Bullfighter Jacket’, is getting a lot of love right. NPR picked the tune for their Song Of The Day and glows that it "quickly identifies itself as the band's best work yet, with tight chord progressions and glimmers of yet more growth potential." Stereogum recently featured the song as well. Watch an exclusive, rooftop acoustic performance of the tune at Want to dance? Head over to RCRD LBL to hear, and download, the Aislyn (Passion Pit's Ian Hultquist and Sofia Degli Alessandri) remix.

Miniature Tigers North American Tour Dates

Headlining w/Spinto Band supporting
July 29th - Kilby Court- Salt Lake City, UT
July 30th - Larimer Lounge- Denver, CO
July 31st - Santa Fe Brewing Company- Santa Fe, NM
Aug 2nd - The Loft- Dallas, TX
Aug 3rd- Stubbs - Austin, TX
Aug 5th - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
Aug 6th - Triple Rock Social Club- Minneapolis, MN
Aug 8th - LOLLAPALOOZA - Chicago, IL
Aug 10th - Pike Room- Pontiac, MI
Aug 11th - Musica- Akron, OH
Aug 12th - TT The Bear's- Cambridge, MA
Aug 13th - The Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY
Aug 15th - North Star Bar- Philadelphia, PA
Aug 17th - The Black Cat- Washington, DC
Aug 18th - Sonar Club Stage- Baltimore, MD
Aug 19th - Local 506- Chapel Hill, NC
Aug 20th - The Star Community Bar- Atlanta, GA
Aug 21st - The Blackbooth- Orlando, FL

August 27th – Artists for Action Free Concert – Tempe, AZ w/Calexico

w/Neon Indian & Prefuse 73
Oct 1st - Henry Fonda Theater- Los Angeles, CA
Oct 2nd - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
Oct 3rd - Black Market - El Paso, TX
Oct 5th - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
Oct 6th – Argentum - Houston, TX
Oct 8th - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
Oct 9th - 40 Watt - Athens GA
Oct 11th – Metro - Chicago, IL
Oct 12th - Lee’s Place - Toronto, ONT

Gloria Estefan coming to San Manuel

Thursday, October 14, 2010, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes Gloria Estefan to the Inland Empire in her only Southern California performance of 2010. Tickets are on sale today and available at and the San Manuel Box Office for $90, $100, and $110.
An icon for Latinos all over the world, Cuban-American songstress Gloria Estefan will perform her most famous songs in an exclusive one night only event at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. The pop music sensation has sold over 70-million records, recorded 24 albums, and won seven Grammy® Awards. Her most recent album, “90 Millas”, pays homage to the world’s most influential and respected Latino musicians of the past 50 years, all while keeping the authentic sounds of Cuban music.

Estefan began her singing career in Miami, where she was invited to sing with a local band called Miami Latin Boys. The combination of excellent musicians and Estefan’s vocal talent won the city over. The group polished their style and sound to become internationally known as the Miami Sound Machine. They released seven albums over the course of seven years., They made music history with the release of “Conga,” the hit single that appeared simultaneously in Billboard’s Pop, Latin, Soul and Dance charts.

In the late 1980’s, Estefan’s name took center stage, although she was still being backed by the band. A collection of her most popular songs, Greatest Hits, came out in 1992, and the next year Estefan released her first Spanish album, “Mi Terra”, in a decade. She went on to be named the Queen of Latin Pop, compose music for the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, and become a New York Times best-selling author of two children’s books.

Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

Note: Doors open at 6:30. Must be 21 to enter Casino. Please gamble responsibly.

About San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino
San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is Southern California’s one-stop destination for entertainment and fun. The casino is just 67 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and a short drive from LA-Ontario International Airport. Guests enjoy 3,000 of the latest slots, live poker and Vegas-style blackjack, high-limit gaming, high-stakes bingo, incredible entertainment, sumptuous dining and generous player’s reward program. Owned and operated by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the casino has been providing fun and excitement since 1986. Since that time, players have received over $2 billion in cash, prizes and giveaways, making any visit to San Manuel an exciting and memorable experience.

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For more information on San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, please visit their Web site at or call 800-359-2464.

Ronny North in Corona tonight

Ronny North has 3 big shows coming up in the next 3 weeks.

First up is his headlining show at Angels Sports Bar in Corona on July 30th..Ronny hits the stage at 11pm sharp. He will also be calling in live to WFLM radio ( ) from Angels at 6pm (PST) . Ronny will be chatting live with DJ Rage Goddess.It's internet radio so everyone can log on and listen. Of course Ronny will be hanging after the performance to do a meet and greet by his merch booth.. yes all the new RN Merch will be on sale at the show.

On Aug 8th Ronny will be playing at the Taste of Marina Del Rey Festival ( ) . Ronny will be playing at should be a great show by the sea.....

Last but not least Ronny will be opening for his great friend Gary Hoey at the Brixton in Redondo on Aug 14th.Ronny will be going on at 9pm right before will be a great show..if any of you saw Ronny and Gary trading licks on stage at this years 2010 Winter NAMM show you'll know what we mean....We have a discount list for the show so you can get in for $10.00. All you have to do is e-mail us or call the RN Hotline (562 214 5075) with your name and we'll put you on the list and you're on the discount list, easy as that.......

Hope to see everyone at the shows.....

Shimmy Showcase Sunday

August 1 – Coordinator Abraiha welcomes guest dancers Tahma , Ana, and Veronique to I-Candy’s magic carpet on this first Sunday in August. We hope you can come down to I-Candy to see these exquisite dancers enthrall you with their gorgeous interpretations of middle eastern dance!

DANCERS—SHIMMYSHOWCASE NEEDS YOU!—We have performance openings August 29 and to Live Music on September 12! Please see below for details and contact us at if you would like to perform.

Everyone is invited to this cozy haven for a relaxing evening among friends. Select your favorite beverage, hot or cold, from an assortment of coffees, teas, smoothies or juice; add to that a tasty sandwich or pastry; and then seat yourself alongside our magic carpet to enjoy some really great dancing at NO cover charge! If that isn’t incentive enough, there is even a 20% off coupon below good on any I-Candy food or beverage on Shimmyshowcase nights!

The SHIMMY SHOWCASE begins at 7 p.m. at I-CANDY COFFEE in Long Beach (1708 E. Broadway -- 562-437-3785).

Please allow time for parking to avoid missing any of the fun. Since street parking around I-Candy Coffee is scarce, we recommend you try the perimeter of Bixby park located two blocks east of I-Candy Coffee at Broadway and Cherry. Please try to arrive before 7:00 PM (earlier if you’re a performer!) as we try not to start the show until everyone has settled with a tasty beverage.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Below is our upcoming schedule for the next several Sundays at the I-Candy Coffee in Long Beach. If you are a dancer interested in performing at an upcoming showcase, please check out the schedule below for open dates and then email us at

with the dates on which you'd like to perform.


August 8 – Saviya will be coordinating this evening’s Shimmyshowcase, and she has guest dancers Nova Kachina, Reba, Zia, Bhalanca, Parveh, and Lesley lined up to shimmy for you!

August 15 - Ilana from the Om Sisters presents “Rock a Belly!” In case it isn’t clear, this is Rock ‘n Roll--belly dance style! We have Haven Bellydance troupe, Draca, and Delilah signed on as guest rockers/dancers to entertain the folks at I-Candy coffee with great dancing set to great music. So come on down, grab a cup of coffee and a slice of cheesecake or sandwich and settle in for a rollicking good time.

August 22 - Spectacular Special Shimmyshowcase event on this evening as Sarah al Nour & Alec Marken present Bands & Bellies 5! Please join us at I-Candy at 7 pm for an extraordinary program of live music by Deep Stirrings for the first half, followed by some fabulous dancing by Katerina, the Om Sisters, Veronika, IrinaXara, Perizad, Onyx, and BonBon plus Global Groove for the finale. These accomplished dancers perform to a range of styles from fusion to Middle Eastern—something for everyone’s taste! You don’t want to miss this fabulous event!

August 29 - Abraiha is your Shimmyshowcase coordinator for this last traditional weekend of summer, and she would love to hear from dancers who would like to perform as our guests at I-Candy Coffee. If that would be you, please contact us at

September 5—DARK (NO SHIMMYSHOWCASE)—enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

September 12 –A special welcome back after the Labor Day Holiday, Xandra is thrilled to have Marguerite and Rico bringing you Live Music as Elan. She’s also happy that Saphira, Kalila, and Gaea, will be returning to dance at this Shimmyshowcase. We still have room for one more dancer so if you’d like to enjoy the special treat of dancing to Live Music, please contact us at for a performance spot!

for additional information, please visit our Blog at .

See photos of our dancers at I-Candy on Facebook:

And Chris Laudermilk’s photography gallery at:

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Sunday Shimmyshowcase!

Green Day to appear on "Jimmy Fallon" and tour

After wrapping up a sold-out stadium tour of Europe, multi-platinum rock band Green Day will hit the road next week for a series of North American tour dates, including an August 7th stopover at this year’s Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago. This is the second leg of the band’s U.S. tour in support of their Grammy Award winning album 21st Century Breakdown. Please see below for all tour dates.

Critics raved about the first leg of the 21st Century Breakdown tour, which launched in North America in July of 2009, before continuing on to Europe in the fall. “As if releasing a wave of energy that had been building up during their four-year hiatus from touring, Green Day poured all their heart and soul into a powerhouse two-hour set,” said Rolling Stone, while Spin noted that “the band's relationship with its audience is disarmingly real, a cross-generational give-and-take that's as punk as any Gilman Street scroungers today.”

Released by Reprise Records on May 15th, 2009, 21st Century Breakdown debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, as well as on the Rock, Active Rock, and Alternative charts. The album has spawned two hit singles, “Know Your Enemy,” which has been certified gold, and the platinum-selling “21 Guns,” whose video won three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, including “Best Rock Video.” The band took home their second American Music Award for “Favorite Alternative Music Artist” in November. Green Day Rock Band has been nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Best Video Game.

Additionally, Green Day's smash hit Broadway show American Idiot won two 2010 Tony Awards and continues to thrill audiences eight times a week at The St. James Theater in New York City. For tickets and more information, visit:

Look out for Green Day, which is singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, performing their new single, “Last of the American Girls,” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday, July 30th.

Green Day’s upcoming North American tour dates are as follows:

8/03 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/05 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/07 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza at Grant Park
8/09 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amph. At Encore Park
8/11 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
8/12 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
8/14 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
8/18 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/20 Quebec City, QC L'Agora Du Vieux Port
8/21 Montreal, QC Jacques Cartier Pier
8/23 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/26 Dallas, TX Center
8/28 Englewood, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
8/30 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
8/31 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
9/02 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
9/04 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

"The Music of the Lord of the Rings" book to be released

Carpentier and Alfred Music Publishing are pleased to announce the release of The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films, a comprehensive account of Howard Shore’s score for the trilogy, by Doug Adams. The book will be available in the European Union on September 28 and in the U.S. and worldwide on October 5, 2010.

The culmination of almost a decade of writing and research, The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films is an unprecedented look at Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-winning score, with extensive music examples, original manuscript scores, a rarities CD, and glimpses into the creative process from the composer, himself.

The 416-page full-color volume features a Foreword by Howard Shore, an Introduction by The Lord of the Rings screenwriter/producer Fran Walsh, original sketches by John Howe and Alan Lee, and numerous images from the films. Also included in the book, courtesy of Howe Records, is “The Lord of the Rings: The Rarities Archive” a CD presenting 21 tracks of previously unreleased music created for the films, and an audio interview with Howard Shore.

The score for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy has been hailed as some of the greatest film music ever written. Sweeping in scope, it is a musical interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth—an operatic tapestry of cultures, histories, languages, and people.

“Howard Shore’s [LOTR] music has touched millions of people the world over,” said Adams. “It’s been my great pleasure to assemble a piece that chronicles the creation of this music, and examines exactly how it tells this classic story.”

“Doug was a detective uncovering clues, tracing how one theme or character related to another,” said Shore. “He not only shows the themes and motifs for characters, cultures, objects, and their connection to Tolkien’s work, but also the ideas that were sometimes buried deep inside the writing.”

“Researching Shore’s music has been a true adventure,” described Adams. “His work is every bit as intricate and passionate as Tolkien’s Middle-earth.”

Doug Adams, a Chicago-based author and musicologist, was invited in 2001 by Howard Shore to observe and document his work on Peter Jackson’s motion picture trilogy. Adams attended recording sessions, examined the original scores, and was given complete access to the composer’s archives. As an acknowledged authority on Howard Shore’s music, Adams has become a regular fixture at concerts and events across the globe. He runs the popular blog,, which documents his work on this project and brings fans together in ongoing discussions.

NazB releases new album

Michael Ozigbo, aka NazB, is not your average hip hop superstar.

Born in Nigeria and raised in Switzerland, NazB’s background is as far from the archetypal rapper’s upbringing as it is possible to get. Perhaps that’s why his music is so different, so fresh and so exciting.

With the release of his second album, ‘Out From Da Jungle’, NazB is ready to hit the musical mainstream with his unique blend of African inspired pop, hip hop and r’n’b.

The album tells the story of a young African man chasing his dream in Europe. Sound like a familiar tale? Well, in many ways it is NazB’s own story. In that sense, this is a particularly personal record. And it’s all the better for it.

The lyrics - by turns funny, serious, profound and witty - tell real life stories of the artist’s experiences of living on the streets and of confronting issues around race, religion and politics.
NazB calls his music “rap music from my soul”, and that’s what it is. It is heartfelt and honest. It is as far removed from the bling-fuelled bragging of some of his American peers as it is possible to get. And this record is all the stronger for it.

The sound, likely to appeal to rap aficionados and newcomers alike, is polished and crisp. Aided by some of the best American ,European and African producers around, including Andy Prinz , Harry Kennedy, Blax Beats, Rodney Rymez, Redbioul, Imperial Courtesy, Prokassy, Adebola Adesida, Carlitos , and Grammy winner Steve Pageot, the sound is consistently fresh and innovative.

Featuring talented artist such as Dior, Cherrelle Clarke, Sergio aka Max Urban, Shortee , Blax, Nanalee, Simple Sam, and G Money who has worked with the late rap legend 2pac, and this is as complete a hip hop album as you are likely to hear all year.

NazB has already been making waves in much of Europe and Africa. With the release of ‘Out From Da Jungle’, this rapper is about to hit the global stage in a big way.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pasadena ARTS bus service changes


Effective August 1, Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System (ARTS) will implement several changes to bus services, including the elimination of Sunday service on all six routes.

People who ride Pasadena ARTS buses on Sundays are encouraged to try Metro and Foothill Transit buses.

The end of Sunday service was necessary due to the decline in sales tax revenues that fund the program.

Other service adjustments include schedule changes and improved routes:

* Route 10 has been restructured and will travel on South Lake Avenue to provide better connections between Old Pasadena, the Playhouse District and South Lake. The buses will no longer travel on Wilson Avenue. Buses will operate at intervals of 25 minutes.

* New limited Saturday service on Route 51 will travel to the Rose Bowl Stadium from the Memorial Park Gold Line Station. From the station, riders can board the bus at the northwest corner of Raymond Avenue and Holly Street. The bus stop at the Rose Bowl Stadium will be on the south side of Seco Street at Arroyo Boulevard. Saturday service from Raymond Avenue and Holly Street will start at 7:30 a.m. and the last bus leaving the Rose Bowl Stadium will be at 7:57 p.m.

ARTS bus fares are 75¢; fares for youths K-12 are 50¢, and fares for seniors 60 years or older and disabled persons are 35¢. Up to two children 5 years old and younger can ride free with a fare-paying adult.

Transfers between ARTS buses are free of charge; between ARTS buses and other agency buses, transfers cost 25¢ for full and youth fares, and 10¢ for seniors and disabled persons.

All ARTS buses have racks for bicycles. For more information visit or call (626) 398-8973.

Pasadena ARTS bus service changes


Effective August 1, Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System (ARTS) will implement several changes to bus services, including the elimination of Sunday service on all six routes.

People who ride Pasadena ARTS buses on Sundays are encouraged to try Metro and Foothill Transit buses.

The end of Sunday service was necessary due to the decline in sales tax revenues that fund the program.

Other service adjustments include schedule changes and improved routes:

* Route 10 has been restructured and will travel on South Lake Avenue to provide better connections between Old Pasadena, the Playhouse District and South Lake. The buses will no longer travel on Wilson Avenue. Buses will operate at intervals of 25 minutes.

* New limited Saturday service on Route 51 will travel to the Rose Bowl Stadium from the Memorial Park Gold Line Station. From the station, riders can board the bus at the northwest corner of Raymond Avenue and Holly Street. The bus stop at the Rose Bowl Stadium will be on the south side of Seco Street at Arroyo Boulevard. Saturday service from Raymond Avenue and Holly Street will start at 7:30 a.m. and the last bus leaving the Rose Bowl Stadium will be at 7:57 p.m.

ARTS bus fares are 75¢; fares for youths K-12 are 50¢, and fares for seniors 60 years or older and disabled persons are 35¢. Up to two children 5 years old and younger can ride free with a fare-paying adult.

Transfers between ARTS buses are free of charge; between ARTS buses and other agency buses, transfers cost 25¢ for full and youth fares, and 10¢ for seniors and disabled persons.

All ARTS buses have racks for bicycles. For more information visit or call (626) 398-8973.

Cold Duck concert, hike, art trip and more in Arcadia

Family Nature Hike
The Recreation and Community Services Department is taking a hike to Eaton Canyon on Saturday, August 14th. We will meet at 8am SHARP at the Community Center, board a bus to the trailhead in Sierra Madre and enjoy a relatively easy hike that totals four miles round trip.

Join us as we hike up to a canyon in the lower San Gabriel Mountains to a 40-foot waterfall. The lower stretches of this trail are pretty level, and wind through some brush and chaparral on the way to Eaton Canyon Creek. After that, it’s easy fire road hiking as the route follows just above the banks of the wide, rocky wash of the actual creek. This is where the trail gets a big more verdant, and you may be able to spot a few more wildflower blooms along the way.

The trail is single-track, rocky, and prone to crossing the creek…a LOT. So get your balance ready, or make sure that extra pair of socks is secure in your pack, then continue on. Be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat. The $15 fee includes transportation and lunch. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information please contact the Recreation Office at 626.574.5113.

Annual End of Summer Carnival
The Recreation and Community Services Department will be celebrating the end of summer with our annual carnival on Wednesday, August 11th from 10am – 2pm at Eisenhower Memorial Park (corner of 2nd and Colorado). This year’s theme is “Board Game, Board Walk”.

Enjoy bingo, board games, raffles and a Twister Tournament. Carnival games are available for a nominal fee and offer fun, kid- friendly prizes, so be sure to bring lots of change. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase a delicious snack from our Hungry, Hungry Hippo Snack Bar.

For more information please contact the Recreation Office at 626.574.5113.

Summer Concert Series
August 5, 2010—Cold Duck (70’s top 40)

Join us this summer at Arcadia’s annual Summer Concerts in the Park series presented by Target. The seven-week entertainment series showcases a wide variety of musical performances. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating on the grass and enjoy a picnic dinner during the show. Kids of all ages will be entertained in our FREE kids’ fun zone area with many games and crafts each week.

Become a part of the Arcadia tradition, gather your family and friends and enjoy the sights and sounds of this year’s concert series. Whether you attend one or all seven, we are sure you will have a great time! As always, admission and parking are free. (Additional parking held at Santa Anita Race Track, Gate 5.) Concerts take place on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8pm on beautiful City Hall West Lawn located at 240 West Huntington Drive.

Back by popular demand! Join us once again for this special celebration….National Night Out & Arcadia’s 107th Birthday! National Night Out promotes crime prevention and awareness through police-community partnerships. Arcadia’s Police and Fire Department will be joining us for this very special occasion. Free fingerprinting for the kids, crime prevention materials and other information will be available. Stop by and show your support to Arcadia’s finest. But wait…that is not it! Help Arcadia celebrate our 107th birthday by enjoying some birthday cake (while supplies last) sponsored by Arcadia’s Historical Society.

Since it’s inception over two decades ago, Cold Duck’s philosophy has been directly responsible for their continued success: “Give the people what they want to hear and have a good time delivering it!” With this solid experienced musicianship, it should come as no surprise that Cold Duck is renowned for being one of the most versatile bands in existence. Cold Duck continues its tradition of excellent musicianship and groovin' rhythms. So let’s have a good time dancing the night away!

For additional information, contact the Recreation and Community Services Department at 626.574.5113.

Laguna Arts Pageant of the Masters
Come celebrate one of the most talked about highlights of the summer! We still have a few tickets left! Join the Arcadia Recreation and Community Services Department for an adult excursion to this fantastic annual event in Laguna Beach on Friday, August 20th.

Historic paintings come to life in this magnificent display of art. Eat, Drink and be Merry is the theme for 2010. Don’t miss out on this great adult excursion! The trip fee of $60 includes pageant admission, round trip transportation in an air conditioned coach bus and snacks. Please arrive at 5pm, the bus leaves promptly at 5:30pm from the Arcadia Community Center and returns at midnight!

For more questions, please contact the Recreation Office at 626.574.5113.

Pasadena Humane Society to hold vaccination clinic Aug. 11

On Wednesday, August 11, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, the Pasadena Humane Society will host a public low cost vaccination clinic. Veterinarians from PHS will be on hand to administer rabies shots and other vaccines to both cats and dogs. Dog licenses for Arcadia, LaCañada Flintridge and San Marino will be available for purchase as well. You can have your dog or cat microchipped during the clinic for a charge of $20, which includes registration.

All dogs four months of age and older are required by state, county and city ordinances to be vaccinated against rabies. The rabies vaccine provides three years of protection for dogs 12 months and older, one year protection for dogs four to 11 months and for cats from 3 months of age. Also available are DHLPP and bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines for dogs and FVRCPP vaccines for cats; these may be given to pets eight weeks and older and provide protection for one year. Protection of pets against diseases other than rabies is not required by law, but is recommended for the well being of the animal.

Prices for available vaccines are:

Rabies $6 Dogs 4 months and older, cats 3 months and older

6-in-1 (DHLPP) $15 Dogs 8 weeks and older

Bordetella $12 Dogs 8 weeks and older

4-in-1 (FVRCP) $15 Cats 8 weeks and older

Cash and checks will be accepted as payment for vaccinations, microchips and dog licenses. All dogs should be on leash, and cats should be in carriers. Arrive early to avoid long lines and crowds!

For more information please call the Pasadena Humane Society at 626.792.7151 ext 115.

Children's ukulele class in Claremont Sunday

This Sunday August 1st 4:30-5:30pm

Parents and kids bring your Uke or borrow one of ours. this is a one day beginning uke class to get you started on a fun and easy instrument.

Call (909) 624-2928 for sign-ups and more info.

*Children taking the class should be at least 6 years old.*

fee for the class is $10

Mike Molina exhibit closing at Bluebird Art House in Whittier

Bluebird Art House
Works by
Mike Molina Art Exhibit
Closing Aug. 1

"Thank You All
for Making this a Great time once again"!

~ Mike ~

6747 Bright Ave.
Whittier, CA 90601,
(562) 696-9493

Luanne Hunt song hits #1 in Europe

Hello Everyone!

Just got word that my song “Solace in the Wind” hit No. 1 on the European Country Music Chart (Belgium) this week. This chart is the largest and oldest country music chart in Europe and positions are tracked by radio play on both terrestrial, satellite and Internet stations.

Steve wrote the tune in 1999 on a trip to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. I recorded it in 2007 for my “Breaking Through” project. In 2008, it landed on the Grammy ballot for “Best Female Country Performance.”

To hear the tune, log on to: It’s on the music player on the home page.

Also wanted to share this recent review from a fan in the UK:

“There's something very reassuring about hearing a folk song in the grand old tradition - before Dylan, before politics, when we all went to folk clubs in the back room of the pub, and all sang along just because we loved singing.

“Solace in the Wind” is just that kind of song. It's a polished, professional example of early 1960's folk - the days when the Seekers and the Springfields (Dusty in her folk incarnation) ruled the world and the charts. Both these groups (as they were called back then) had a very fine female lead singer. And Luanne has exactly the same kind of calm assurance which carries the song, backed up by razor-sharp close harmony in three parts.

I loved your use of mandolin at the beginning and I knew before the end of the introduction that you were going to ask us to all join in. What else have we got? A flowing soaring fiddle, guitar and a tub-thumping upright bass. I can almost picture him: sports jacket, turtle-neck sweater, college haircut and thick, horn-rimmed spectacles.

Then the lyrics. They don't write them like that anymore, partly because until the recent Bond film, none of them knew what 'solace' meant (and the film title doesn't exactly make it much clearer.) But there's a nice ethereal feel to 'taking solace in the wind'. And the wind imagery carries effortlessly through the chorus, as we all join in, then find ourselves humming the song as we go home.”

Cambridge, UK

Upcoming concerts from Goldenvoice

On Sale Now!

America’s Got Talent Tour (press release attached)
October 7 / Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE / Doors 6:30p / $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, $99.50 / on sale now

On Sale Friday!

Michael Franti & Spearhead (press release attached)
September 22nd / Club Nokia / Doors: 7:30pm / $30 adv & $32.50 dos, $35 VIP / on sale 7/30 @ 10am

Will Downing (press release attached)
September 26th / Club Nokia / Doors: 6pm / $19.50, $32.50, $49.50 / on sale 7/30 @ 10am

K-OS with SHAD, Astronautalis
October 14th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 7pm / $18 adv & $20 dos / on sale 7/30 @ 10am

Jonsi (of Sigur Ros) with Mountain Man
October 15th / 4th & B (San Diego) / Doors: 8pm / $28.50 adv & $30 dos / on sale 7/30 @ 10am

Blake Shelton (press release attached)
October 20th / Club Nokia / Doors: 7pm / $19.50, $35, $40, $46.50 / on sale 7/30 @ 10am

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
October 29th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $20 / on sale 7/30 @ 10am

The Still Hungover Tour Halloween Bash
The Dan Band (press release attached)
October 30th / Club Nokia / Doors: 8pm / $19.75, $25.25, $30.25 / on sale 7/30 @ 10am

So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2010 (press release attached)
Featuring finalists from the hit TV show: Adechiké, Ashley, Billy, Jose, Kent, Lauren, Robert and All Stars: Ade, Allison, Courtney, Dominic, Kathryn and last season’s winner Russell
November 14th / Citizens Business Bank Arena / Doors: 7:00pm / $55 / on sale 7/30 @ 10am

So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2010 (press release attached)
Featuring finalists from the hit TV show: Adechiké, Ashley, Billy, Jose, Kent, Lauren, Robert and All Stars: Ade, Allison, Courtney, Dominic, Kathryn and last season’s winner Russell
November 16th / STAPLES Center / Doors: 7:00pm / $47.50, $55 / on sale 7/30 @ 10am

On Sale Saturday!

Surfer Blood and The Drums with The Young Friends
September 29th / The Music Box / Doors: 8pm / $20 / on sale 7/31 @ 10am

KCRW Presents (press release attached)
Ooh la L.A. Festival 2nd edition of the French Music Festival in California! All shows onsale Saturday @ 10am
Record Makers 10th Anniversary with Sebastien Tellier & Friends, Acid Washed, Kavinsky (DJ Set), Turzi
September 30th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 7pm / $25
The Bewitched Hands On the Top Of Our Heads, Revolver
October 1st / Spaceland / 21+
Gotan Project with General Elektriks, El Hijo de la Cumbia
October 2nd / Club Nokia / Doors: 8pm / $35 adv & $37.50 dos, $39.50 VIP

October 6th / The Music Box / Doors: 8pm / $29 / on sale 7/31 @ 10am

Added Support

Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys with TD Lind, Amy Cook
August 11th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 7pm / $20 / on sale now

Justin Nozuka with Alex Cuba, Ry Cuming
September 9th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $25 / on sale now

Frightened Rabbit with Plants & Animals, Bad Veins
October 13th / The Mayan / Doors: 7pm / $20 / on sale now

Ra Ra Riot with Villagers, Givers
October 20th / The Music Box / Doors: 8pm / $22 / on sale now

Upcoming concerts from Live Nation



Foundation Room Presents - Little Jimmy Scott's 85th Birthday Celebration featuring: His Famous Quartet The Jazz Expressions with Special Guest Performances by Deniece Williams, Billy Vera, and many more! - August 5

Rock Sugar w/ Star Off Machine - August 2


Willy Chirino - September 12


Dead Kennedys - December 3

On Sale Friday July 30 at 10 AM:
The Halloween Hootenanny: The Gruesome Twosome Return
With: Murderdoll
Gibson Amphitheatre
September 30

2nd Night Added By Demand!
2nd Show On Sale Friday July 30 at 10 AM:
89.9 KCRW Presents --
With Special Guest: Group Love
The Wiltern
November 6
November 7 – Just Added!

2nd Night Just Announced!
2nd Show On Sale Friday July 30 at 1 PM:
Gibson Amphitheatre
Friday, September 3
Saturday, September 4 – Just Added!

On Sale Friday July 30 at 10 AM:
With Special Guests:
Escape The Fate – Black Tide
Drive A
Hollywood Palladium
October 27

On Sale Friday July 30 at 10 AM:
106.7 KROQ Presents--
With Special Guests:
We Were Promised Jetpacks
The Wiltern
September 29

On Sale Friday July 30 at 10 AM:
89.9 KCRW Presents --
With Special Guest: Mountain Man
The Wiltern
October 17

On Sale Friday July 30 at 10 AM:
The Wiltern
Saturday - October 9

On Sale Friday July 30 at 1 PM:
Gibson Amphitheatre
October 10

On Sale Saturday July 31 at 10 AM:
With Special Guest: Just Like A Priest
Hollywood Palladium
Saturday - August 21

GO TO LIVENATION.COM for tickets, show information and more

Street Sweeper Social Club to tour with new album

Street Sweeper Social Club, the band comprised of Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave/The Nightwatchman) and Boots Riley (The Coup), return with The Ghetto Blaster EP, out August 10th on SSSC/ILG. It's the follow-up to their 2009 critically acclaimed, self-titled debut.

The lead single off the seven song EP is a cover of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes" which the band just posted to their MySpace page today.

Fans have the opportunity to pre-order The Ghetto Blaster EP at SSSC's own webstore - - They'll be able to choose from autographed CD's, vinyl and bundles that include both, plus a limited edition t-shirt. A digital download of "Paper Planes" is available as an instant gratification track with any pre-order.

After their Coachella performance in April, the LA Times gushed "The Social Club proved something important: that rap and rock, such a treacherous pairing given its history of appealing to the testosterone-heavy, shirtless frat-dudes, can be strong and beautiful, smart and angry." SSSC will be out on the road in support of the EP playing select Warped Tour dates and all of the Rock The Bells Festival in August with Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest & Wu-Tang Clan among others.

Tour Dates
8/10 - Vans Warped Tour - San Diego, CA
8/21 - Rock The Bells - NOS Events Center - Los Angeles, CA
8/22 - Rock The Bells - Shoreline Amphitheatre - San Francisco, CA
8/28 - Rock The Bells - Governors Island - New York, NY
8/29 - Rock The Bells - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Washington, DC
10/29-31 – Voodoo Festival – New Orleans, LA

Setting Sun and Quitzow on tour in support of new albums

Young Love Records artists Setting Sun and Quitzow are midway through their successful summer tour of North America, so to celebrate and thank their fans, we have a new single from each to share with you!

Setting Sun's “The Sympathetic CEO” is a playful, tongue-in-cheek ode to those responsible for our current financial predicament in America. Gary Levitt, the brainchild behind Setting Sun, wrote the song from the perspective of a CEO who has profited off other peoples’ expense…until the recession hits, at which point he turns inward and becomes introspective about his role in the collapse. Consider the song as a narrative of his thoughts, if you will.

Quitzow is also releasing “Whatever,” from her latest release Juice Water. Be forewarned though, this song isn’t exactly politically correct, or for the faint of heart! The track is simultaneously an anthem, and a critical satire of the “Me” generation. “Whatever” caps off Quitzow’s wild ride of a party record, by presenting pop culture at its rawest, most depraved, and most fun. Enjoy!

Setting Sun and Quitzow Summer Tour Dates
Wed 7/28 Amarillo, TX @ The 806 (All Ages)
Thu 7/29 Albuquerque NM @ Amped (All Ages)
Fri 7/30 Tucson AZ - Solar Culture (All Ages)
Sat 7/31 Phoenix, AZ @ The Dressing Room (All Ages)
Mon 8/2 Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
Tue 8/3 San Francisco @ Rickshaw Stop (All Ages)
Wed 8/4 Eugene @ Muse Lounge (All Ages)
Thu 8/5 Portland OR @ The Woods
Fri 8/6 Seattle, WA @ The Comet
Sat 8/7 Monroe, WA Eddies Trackside
Mon 8/9 Boise ID @ The Bouquet (All Ages)
Tue 8/10 Park City UT @ Park City TV Appearance
Wed 8/11 Denver CO @ Lions Lair
Thu 8/12 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room w/ Landing on the Moon
Fri 8/13 Des Moines IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Sat 8/14 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Music Joint
Sun 8/15 Indianapolis IN @ Melody Inn (All Ages)
Mon 8/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
Wed 8/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
Sat 8/21 Rosendale, NY @ Market Market (All Ages)

Morris Day and more coming to San Manuel

Thursday, August 26, 2010, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes funksters Morris Day, The Bar-Kays, Lakeside, Slave and Klymaxx to the San Manuel Stage. Tickets are available at and the San Manuel Box Office for $35 and $45.

Morris Day
Morris Day was born with a flair for fashion, which appealed to his friend and fellow musician Prince, who helped to begin Day’s career in music. Day began singing in Prince’s band, Grand Central, and moved on to sing lead vocalist in Prince’s street-wise funk band, The Time. The group moved on to produce “Get It Up,” “Cool,” and “Girl” under the self-titled album, The Time, and would later release three more albums including “What Time Is It?” and “Ice Cream Castle”.

Soon after, Day ventured to a solo career, where he released three albums, “The Color of Success”, “Daydreaming”, and “Guaranteed”. The combined sales of his solo work and The Time exceed over 10 million albums.

The Bar-Kays
Originally formed in 1966, the Bar-Kays have been popular for producing soul, R&B, and funk music ever since. However, a plan crash nearly destroyed the band’s hopes, which claimed Otis Redding. In 1967, The Bar-Kays recorded their hit single “Soul Finger” with the World Renowned Stax Recording Company. The last descendants of the Bar-Kays legacy, Larry Dodson and James Alexander continue to do their mentors proud.

Formed by Stephen Shockley in 1969, Lakeside originally began as Young Underground, which fused with vocalist Mark Woods and his band the Nomads. The group relocated to Chicago renaming them Lakeside Express, after the Lakeside Express Newspaper. In 1974, Lakeside met funk group Liquid Funk, which featured Fred Alexander, Jr on drums who would eventually leave his group to join Lakeside.

After the addition of Alexander, the group found success with Dick Griffey’s Solar Records which would release their first Top Ten hit, “It’s All the Way Live,” which peaked at number four on the Billboard R&B charts. It was in 1980 the group released the smash number one single, “Fantastic Voyage,” which remains an R&B party song to this day.

Originators of the “Mid-West Funk” sound, Slave, with its founder, guitarist/vocalist Mark Hicks, went on to sell millions of records including hits like “Just A Touch Of Love,” “Watching You,” “Wait For Me,” and “Snap Shot.” Slave is a RIAA certified gold album group, and have been nominated for a Grammy for best Male Group and best New Group. More recently, R&B artist Keith Sweat, released his version of “Just A Touch Of Love,” which went on to top Billboard Magazines Top 100.

In 1979, Bernadette “The Grand Diva” Cooper formed Klymaxx on the idea of producing a sound and style like never before. The band was formed with all females that could rock just as hard, still be sexy, and hold their own in a male dominated business. In 1980, Solar Records signed the group, where in their third album “Meeting in the Ladies Room” produced the namesake hit single. The album was Gold Certified RIAA along with their single “I Miss You.” The group soon split up, only to reunite after VH-1 asked the group to perform on their reality-based show, “Bands Reunited.”

Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

Note: Doors open at 6:30. Must be 21 to enter Casino. Please gamble responsibly.

About San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino
San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is Southern California’s one-stop destination for entertainment and fun. The casino is just 67 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and a short drive from LA-Ontario International Airport. Guests enjoy 3,000 of the latest slots, live poker and Vegas-style blackjack, high-limit gaming, high-stakes bingo, incredible entertainment, sumptuous dining and generous player’s reward program. Owned and operated by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the casino has been providing fun and excitement since 1986. Since that time, players have received over $2 billion in cash, prizes and giveaways, making any visit to San Manuel an exciting and memorable experience.

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The Birthday Massacre on tour in support of upcoming album

Following their critically-acclaimed album Walking with Strangers, THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE is gearing up for the release of their fourth studio album Pins And Needles on September 14, 2010 via Metropolis Records. Combining their interests in various musical and artistic styles, the Toronto-based synth rock band create a captivating hybrid of 80's electronica and aggressive guitars, curiously fused with cinematically dark melodic progressions. Currently on The Spectacular Massacre Tour alongside Otep, Beneath the Sky, The Agonist and River Runs Red, the band are also gearing up for their own tour this Fall.

On the new album Pins And Needles, The Birthday Massacre further refine the unique sound explored on the band's highly acclaimed previous albums: Walking With Strangers, Violet, and the classic debut Nothing and Nowhere. From the opening notes of the lead off track “In The Dark,” it's apparent that the band has created a work of which they are proud.

"I LOVE this song. I love it, I love it, I love it," says vocalist Chibi of the song. "The chorus gets inside my head and plays over and over. I love some of the bitterness of the lyrics here, but to such a pretty melody. To me this song is about how fragile we all are, and how callous some people can be, about how even if you’re with someone and technically you aren’t alone – that can still be one of the loneliest places."

Revisiting the infamous, unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, better known as "The Black Dahlia", the propulsive bright pop of "Shallow Grave" belies its tragic story.

"Lyrically this song references the concept of fame being found in death – that sort of romantic tragedy," Chibi continues. "But it’s a caricature, like Elizabeth Short, who wanted to be a famous actress, but only after she was horribly murdered did she achieve any fame. She was only famous because she was a tragedy, and who wants that?"

The herky jerky dance rock of "Control" is a song that Chibi is excited to play live.

"I love the guitars here and the vocal melody," she says. "I think live this song will be fun to play; it’s got a great tempo and energy. I will admit to having danced in my kitchen to this one."

Mixed by David Ogilvie (producer of Skinny Puppy, Marilyn Manson, Killing Joke), Pins and Needles promises to be a harder and darker experience than all previous albums, contrasted by Chibi's shining melodic vocals. The Birthday Massacre once again lead us down the rabbit hole and invite us to explore the magical wonderland it has created. Pins and Needles will be released on September 14, 2010 on Metropolis Records.

01. In The Dark
02. Always
03. Pale
04. Control
05. Shallow Grave
06. Sideways
07. Midnight
08. Pins And Needles
09. Two Hearts
10. Sleepwalking
11. Secret

On Tour
w/ Otep, Beneath the Sky, etc.
Jul 28 Vibes Main 1 (Salt Lake City, UT)
Jul 30 The Boardwalk (Orangevale, CA)
Jul 31 Modesto Virtual (Modesto, CA)
Aug 1 Brick By Brick (San Diego, CA)
Aug 4 Area 702 (N. Las Vegas, NV)
Aug 5 Galaxy Theater (Santa Ana, CA)
Aug 6 Club Red (Tempe, AZ)
Aug 7 Gator's (Farmington, NM)
Aug 8 Club Khaos (Amarillo, TX)
Aug 9 The Village (Little Rock, AR)
Aug 11 Warsaw Ballroom (Houston, TX)
Aug 12 Bottoms Up (Laredo, TX)
Aug 13 White Rabbit (San Antonio, TX)
Aug 14 The Door (Dallas, TX) (**TBM only**)
Aug 15 Club 101 (El Paso, TX)
Aug 16 DV8 (Tucson, AZ)
Aug 17 Key Club (W. Hollywood, CA)

Aug 20 Marquis Theatre (Denver, CO)
Aug 21 Sokol Underground (Omaha, NE)
Aug 22 Miramar Theater (Milwaukee, WI)
Sep 8 Webster Underground (Hartford, CT)
Sep 9 The Palladium (Worcester, MA)
Sep 10 Highline Ballroom (New York City)
Sept 11 Polaris (Philadelphia, PA)
Sep 13 The Rock and Roll Hotel (Washington, DC)
Sept 14 Mr. Smalls (Millvale, PA)
Sep 15 Mod Club (Toronto, ONT)

The Spill Canvas new album now available

The Spill Canvas new release, Formalities, is available today, July 27th, on Reprise Records.

Produced by Mike Green, Formalities follows up Abnormalities & Realities -- both released earlier this year -- completing a three-part body of work by The Spill Canvas.

A special physical edition of Formalities comes with a limited t-shirt and is available exclusively at The Spill Canvas' website:

The track-listing for Formalities is as follows:
1. Dust Storm
2. Our Song
3. As Long As It Takes
4. 10,000 Midnights (Acoustic)
5. Good Graces, Bad Influences
6. The Bone
7. Dust Storm (Acoustic)
8. Crash Course
9. Our Song (Acoustic)
10. Don't Let Your Enemies Become Friends
11. As Long As It Takes (Acoustic)

The Spill Canvas’ upcoming tour dates are as follows:

7/27 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center*
7/28 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun*
7/30 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre*
7/31 Lancaster, PA The Chameleon
8/03 Baltimore, MD The Pier Six Pavilion*
8/06 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook Amphitheater*
8/07 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion*
8/09 Raleigh, NC Raleigh Boutique Amphitheater*
8/10 Charlotte, NC Uptown Theater*
8/13 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Empire Fair

*Denotes show with Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot

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Lee DeWyze on tour

Chicago, IL’s LEE DeWYZE is tasting fame after his competition win, and is celebrating his success on the road with his fellow contestants! See below for all current Lee DeWyze tour dates, and make sure to head over to to learn more about how you can purchase original LEE DeWYZE recordings! Only adding to his achievement, Lee’s Wuli Records release, Slumberland, recently peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and #39 on the U.S. Indie chart!

As mentioned above, LEE DeWYZE has previously released records available for purchase now! The notable records, Slumberland and So I’m Told, feature producers Ryan McGuire and guitarist extraordinaire, Louis Svitek, well known for his work with Ministry, M.O.D. and Mind Funk. The collaboration is an evocative, haunting mix of multi-instrumental, multi-faceted songs whose artistry draws comparison to Jack Johnson and Chris Martin.


Middle Eastern comedy in L.A. in October

Conflict. Culture. Hummus. From politics to food, the mainstream media loves anything and everything Middle Eastern, but the entertainment industry has been seemingly slow to follow…until now. Popular entertainers Ronnie Khalil and Ryan P. Shrime have quickly earned fans from a wide array of cultural backgrounds thanks to their founding of the Middle Eastern Comedy Festival in 2009. Last year's festival garnered instant buzz and managed to sell out all six of its shows. The festival was proudly sponsored by industry heavy hitters including DisneyABC Television, FOX Entertainment, and KPCC Southern California Public Radio. They’re currently gearing up for what is already promising to be an even more successful second year, this October 4-7, 2010 in Los Angeles ( ).

“Our audiences are amazingly multi-cultural and they love that we don’t hold back on any of the jokes,” says Khalil. “We’re not doing Middle Eastern comedy; we’re doing mainstream comedy with a Middle Eastern flair.” He continues: “We figure by providing Hollywood with content and talented artists that can cross-over in both the U.S. market and the booming Middle Eastern market, we can give films an even better chance of International box office success.”

Khalil, a successful Egyptian-American stand-up comedian, has headlined on four continents and taped comedy specials in the Middle East and Australia. At the Dubai Film Festival in 2008, he was on the panel for ‘Comedy across Cultures’ and was part of the first-ever Amman Stand-up Comedy Festival in Jordan, as well as numerous other comedy festivals including the New York Underground, NY Arab-American, South Beach, Los Angeles and Boston Comedy Festivals.

Co-Founder Shrime comments: “Our aim is to change the way Hollywood portrays the Middle East and prove to them how marketable we are when we’re not just focusing on the usual overplayed stories from the region."

Shrime, a Harvard-educated Lebanese-American actor, singer and writer, has been featured on a wide array of popular television shows including Conan O’Brian, David Letterman, Al Jazeera, CNN, PRI’s ‘The World’, and CBS’s ‘The Unit’. He is currently writing an untitled historical screenplay in addition to producing the festival.

The festival is comprised of four back-to-back nights of stand-up and sketch comedy featuring performers all from Middle Eastern backgrounds, including Arabs, Israelis, Persians, Afghanis and more. Together they are dedicated to bridging the inter-cultural gaps between Middle Eastern communities within the United States and across the Globe.

Khalil adds, "We don’t want Hollywood to ‘throw us a bone;’ we want to show Hollywood that not only is this material hilarious, engaging and completely uncharted, but also extremely marketable.”

The Sword to tour in support of upcoming album

The Sword’s legacy in the metal world has been rapidly growing since they formed in 2003. Their recent stints opening for legends such as Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, and Motorhead have helped them garner praise from fans both young and old. Now on the heels of releasing of “Tres Brujas,” the first single from their forthcoming new album, The Sword have set their sights on their next move – a headlining world tour in support of Warp Riders (August 24th; Kemado Records).

The band has amped up their sound on what is truly a behemoth of a new album. Produced by Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon, Isis), The Sword stretched themselves beyond the pure metal they’re known for by touching on other forms of heavy rock as well. Warp Riders is also the band’s first concept album, and consists of an epic sci-fi narrative loaded with dazzling imagery. Stay tuned for a video trilogy that puts The Sword themselves in the middle of the action.

The Sword Tour Dates:

10/01: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/02: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/03: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
10/04: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
10/06: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/12: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/13: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
10/14: Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s Downtown
10/15: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
10/16: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/17: Boston, MA @ Royale Boston
10/19: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues – Cleveland
10/20: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/21: Huntington, WV @ V Club
10/23: Chicago, IL @ Metro

11/08: Belgium, Antwerp @ Trix
11/09: Germany, Hamburg @ Molotov
11/11: Nov Sweden, Stockholm @ Gote Killare
11/12: Sweden, Malmo @ KB
11/13: Norway, Oslo @ Garage
11/15: Germany, Berlin @ Magne
t11/16: Germany, Munich @ 59:1
11/17: Austria, Vienna @ Szene
11/18: Italy, Milan @ Live Club
11/19: Austria, Graz @ PPC
11/21: Switzerland, Zurich @ Dynamo
11/23: Germany, Koln @ Underground
11/24: France, Paris @ La Fleche d'or
11/26: Holland @ Uden de Pul
11/27: Holland, Kerkrade @ Rock Tempel
11/29: Portsmouth, United Kingdom @ Wedgewood Rooms
11/30: Bristol, United Kingdom @ Fleece & Firkin
12/01: Birmingham, United Kingdom @ Bar Academy
12/03: Leeds, United Kingdom @ Cockpit
12/04: Glasgow, United Kingdom @ G2
12/05: Newcastle, United Kingdom @ Academy II
12/06: Manchester, United Kingdom @ Academy III
12/08: Nottingham, United Kingdom @ Rescue Rooms
12/09: London Islington, United Kingdom @ Academy
12/10: Brighton, United Kingdom @ Audio
12/11: Ireland, Dublin @ Academy
12/12: Ireland, Belfast @ Stiff Kitten

02/26: Brisbane, QLD @ Soundwave 2011
02/27: Sydney, NSW @ Soundwave 2011
03/04: Melbourne, VIC @ Soundwave 2011
03/05: Adelaide, SA @ Soundwave 2011
03/07: Perth, WA @ Soundwave 2011

Linkin Park on soundtrack for "Medal of Honor" game

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced that the Grammy award-winning rock band Linkin Park will headline the in-game soundtrack for Medal of Honor™ with the lead song to their new album A Thousand Suns (releasing on September 14). The song, entitled “The Catalyst,” will be featured in an exclusive trailer directed by the band’s Joe Hahn. The trailer is a unique first-of-its-kind mix of live footage and intense modern military action from the Medal of Honor game and will be released exclusively on August 1 at

Check out a preview of the song today at

“Medal of Honor marks the beginning of an innovative new relationship between EA and Linkin Park,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive, Music and Music Marketing, EA. “I’ve personally known the band since 1999, and they have always been an intensely creative group who understand the power of videogames and have wanted to explore and expand the medium’s possibilities. ‘The Catalyst’ is one of the most anticipated tracks of the year, and the combination of this new song and Joe Hahn’s distinctive visual dynamic re-sets the bar in our commitment to bringing together landmark EA games with artists whose talents go far beyond music.”

“This is a unique, creative association for us and a collaboration that we are excited about,” said Joe Hahn, trailer director and DJ for Linkin Park. “The opportunity to help introduce “The Catalyst” via the new Medal of Honor game creates a new bond between EA, our fans, and the band’s overall vision for the new digital frontier. We are enormously proud of the music on A Thousand Suns and are excited to have created an exclusive trailer around the lead track.”

Linkin Park was recently named the No. 1 selling Rock/Alt Band of the Decade by SoundScan/Billboard. Over the course of the past few years, they’ve amassed more than 50 million worldwide sales, a remarkable string of chart-topping hit singles, a pair of Grammy wins, and an international fan base whose members number in the millions.

For the first time in its 11-year history, Medal of Honor leaves the WWII theatre and enters the modern setting of war-torn Afghanistan. The game is told through the lens of a small band of fictional characters. Medal of Honor introduces players to the Tier 1 Operator, an elite warrior and relatively unknown instrument of the U.S. Military that operates under the National Command Authority to take on missions no one else can handle.

Medal of Honor launches on October 12, 2010 in North America and October 15 in Europe for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC.

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Slayer classics coming to DVD

The last time you went shopping for DVDs, you might have noticed an unmistakable empty space where Slayer titles should have been. The reason is simple - all of Slayer's DVDs have been out of print. But rest easy Slayer fanatics, the wait will soon be over. On August 17, 2010, 2003's "War at the Warfield" and 2004's "Still Reigning" will be reissued, and, for the first time ever, 1995's "Live Intrusion," having been digitally remastered, will also be available on DVD.

All three will be sold separately at retail and online ($13.98 each), and the Limited Edition "Slayer Live DVD 3-Pak" ($29.98), will be available exclusively on Slayer's website,

"I remember around 'God Hates Us All,'" [2001], said Slayer's Kerry King, "asking when we were going to make a DVD of 'Live Intrusion.' So, here we are, ten years later, and it's about time."

Every one of the Slayer live-in-concert DVDs represents a different era of the band:

"Live Intrusion" was recorded on March 12, 1995 at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Mesa, AZ, and features guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, and drummer Paul Bostaph. The disc, which is certified Gold, includes some of the most classic Slayer songs such as "Raining Blood" and "War Ensemble," but also some early special tracks like "At Dawn They Sleep" and "Captor of Sin."

As a bonus, Machine Head's Robb Flynn and Chris Kontos join the band on-stage for a cover of Venom's "Witching Hour." The opening of "Live Intrusion" features a look at some of the band's very unique fans, in particular, with special emphasis placed upon the fan from the mid-90s who had "Slayer" carved onto his forearm. In addition, the quality of "Live Intrusion" is high-end, as the original VHS master was located and used to create the DVD.

"War at the Warfield" was filmed at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA on December 7, 2001, and like "Live Intrusion," features drummer Paul Bostaph, marking his last release with Slayer before original drummer, Dave Lombardo, rejoined the band. "Seasons in the Abyss," "Mandatory Suicide," and "Disciple" are some of the jewels on this live collection that debuted at #3 on Billboard's DVD chart, and has since been certified Gold.

Filmed at the Civic Center in Augusta, ME on July 11, 2004, "Still Reigning" - also Gold certified and voted Best Live DVD by the readers of Revolver magazine - was directed by Dean Karr and recreates Slayer's thrash/punk, 28-minute classic 1986 album "Reign In Blood" performed in its entirety. The end of the video features the "Wall of Blood," with the band, their instruments, and the stage completely drenched by a downpour of 150 liters of "blood."

"There was no dress rehearsal for the blood trick," explained King. "It was either going to work or it wasn't going to work, and we know it did work. It was so hard to play, I thought I was going to have to go back and overdub all of 'Reigning Blood,' but I listened to it and it was all there, it was just a lot more slippery with all the blood goo."

The "Still Reigning" DVD offers bonus material including live performances of Slayer staples such as "Hell Awaits," "Hallowed Point," Necrophiliac," "Spill the Blood," and "South of Heaven." The DVD also marked the return of drummer Dave Lombardo.

"Even before the idea of 'Still Reigning' became a reality, I really wanted to do a video with Dave in it," said King, "and I knew the fans wanted that as well."

The Chicago Tribune's long-time pop music critic Greg Kot wrote that Slayer "is one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre."

Over the past near three-decades, Slayer has created some of thrash/metal's most enduring and influential recordings - 1986's "Reign In Blood," 1990's "Seasons in the Abyss," up to the band's latest, 2009's "World Painted Blood." Long-time fans will attest that nothing comes close to experiencing a Slayer show live and in the flesh; but there's no denying how the band's intensity and heaviness translates to these three killer DVDs.

Grant Langston news and shows

Hi Friends,

I hope summer is clicking right along for you. I'm having a great one. I just wanted to share some gig and music news...

1. Southern and Central California Shows

2. Some GL music in a new film

3. Secret Los Angeles Show Details

4. An ALL NEW Los Angeles Country Music Guide

1. Southern and Central California Shows
We would LOVE to see you out at one of these fine venues enjoying some country music.

07/29/10 - Pocket Goldberg's Singer/Songwriter Showcase - Arne's Cafe, Tujunga, CA
Thursday July 29th, 7pm, FREE!
6864 Foothill Blvd (at Marcus), Tujunga, CA, USA 91042
Pocket Goldberg is truly one of the unique talents of Southern Cal. Bassist, Songwriter, Racontuer - he has run this songwriter showcase for more than a year. Very pleased to return. I'll be doing some solo and some with his house band.

07/30/10 - The Malibu Winery - Malibu, CA
Friday, July 30th, 7pm, FREE!
32111 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, CA
The Malibu Winery is one of the more beautiful places we've ever played. Under the stars with great wine. Bring a picnic and watch the sun go down. Bring a jacket as it can get cold with the ocean breeze. Also, they don't allow children, so keep it 21+.

08/13/10 - Opening for Band of Heathens - Fishlips, Bakersfield, CA
Friday, August 13th, 8pm, $10
1517 18th St, Bakersfield, CA, USA 93301
Band of Heathens has been in the charts, and the tickets are going to go fast. Best call and reserve a table - (661) 324 - 2557

2. Some GL music in a new film
The new film "Running Mates" starring Henry Winkler, DJ Qualls, and Graham Greene has used a couple of tracks. Three Dollar Whore and Call Your Bluff are in there somewhere. The film is in post-production and winding it's way towards theaters. They had a premiere on one of the movie lots but I was out of town. There is a chance that it will officially premiere at the Toronto film festival, and if so I'll be up there for that event.

3. "Secret" Show, LA Country Music Guide, and New Tunes...
We played an interesting and rare show for some big movie stars. There's a film coming out sometime next year and it has a rodeo theme. We came in to play an event that kicked off the production of the movie. It was so secret that we didn't even know what was going on. It turned out to be very cool and there were a gaggle of very famous, and also very nice attendees. Tom Cruise, Tom Arnold, Tom Skerritt, Tate Donovan, Jenna Elfman, Will Smith, etc. As my mom would say, we were in high cotton.

I have updated a compendium of Los Angeles country music artists. I'm trying to help those who live in LA and want to hear some country music, find a great band that's playing near them. If you don't live in LA, it would be very helpful in finding some great music that's a bit off the radar. You can find it here.

As some of you know the last few months have been about writing new songs and demoing them for a new record. In a month or so I'll have some new rough demos. I'll be putting them up and letting you hear them in order to get some feedback.Thanks for your continued support!!


Santa Monica Film Festival announces selections

This year the Santa Monica Film Festival is proud to announce its official selections and events for the 2010 Santa Monica International Film Festival. A jury consisting of entertainment industry professionals hand-picked eighteen films and filmmakers to be showcased at this years event. The festival’s feature presentation is the hip romantic comedy “Kissing Strangers” directed by local Santa Monica filmmaker David Katz. The films website is

A complete list of the films as well as synopsizes and other event information can be found at

The independent film festival will include the LGO Filmmaker Networking Breakfast sponsored by La Grande Orange; independent film screenings and premieres; Q&A with filmmakers; and a VIP after-party at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel 1700 Ocean Avenue, 90401; a four star luxury hotel. The SMFF is presented by Lilly Lawrence with additional sponsorship from Fatburger, Stella Artois, LA County Arts Commission, and Clear Channel Outdoor. The festival is a one-day event scheduled for Saturday, August 7th, 2010. The festival’s main venue is the beautiful Aero Theater located at 1328 Montana Ave. Santa Monica. The SMFF is produced to support the Arts by a local Santa Monica based non-profit 501c3.

All Santa Monica Film Festival screenings and events are open to the public. Pre- registration for a free all screening pass will be available online until August 5th. An All Event Pass is $25. An All Screening Pass is $10. The LGO Filmmaker Networking Breakfast is a complimentary event. The festival box office is Box office phone 1 (866) 468-3399. For more information about SMFF go to

The SMFF audience will watch new films, meet new filmmakers, and will have a great time in a classic setting. Buy your tickets in advance, as tickets to last year’s festival sold old for key screenings and events. Sponsors and volunteers are encouraged to contact the Festival to get involved with SMFF.

Avenged Sevenfold releases new album and offers fan opportunities

Avenged Sevenfold, whose fifth studio album “Nightmare” was released yesterday, July 27th, will chat with fans this Thursday, July 29th at 5PM EDT at

So after the fans bought a copy of the new album, they’re invited to join the band LIVE to discuss the new record, ask questions and tell them what you think. Also beginning this Thursday, July 29th, fans can purchase a copy of the album at the Best Buy store in Orange, CA (2375 N Tustin Street.) and receive a wristband for a chance to meet the band at their in-store signing on Friday, August 6th. This Saturday, July 31st, A7X will perform a special live concert webcast from Syracuse, NY. The webcast can be seen at:
Avenged Sevenfold Website; MySpace; UStream TV

The deluxe version of “Nightmare” is currently No.1 on the iTunes album chart, and No.3 on The special edition direct to consumer piece has sold out all 7,000 copies of its limited run. The album’s first single and title track “Nightmare” is No. 2 at BDS Active Rock, and in the top 15 at Alternative Radio. The official video for “Nightmare” premiered on MTV2,, and on July 17th and became the second most popular video on YouTube, racking up more than 1,280,865 views last week. (Watch it here: YouTube.

In August, Avenged Sevenfold will set out co-headlining the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Disturbed. Also on the bill are Stone Sour, Halestorm, and Hell Yeah. The UPROAR tour, which will hit amphitheatres and arenas, marks the band’s first tour since the passing of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Mike Portnoy from Dream Theatre plays drums on Nightmare and will also tour with the band for UPROAR.

BOSS releases new portable digital recorder

BOSS® continues its top-selling tradition of portable, affordable multi-trackers with the new BR-800 Digital Recorder (, a battery-powered studio to go. The sleek new design is made possible by touch-sensor switches and SD-card recording media. Up to four tracks can be recorded or eight tracks played back simultaneously, plus an additional stereo track dedicated to the built-in rhythm generator.

Whether you’re creating intricate, multi-layered songs or point-and-capture field recordings, the BR-800 makes the recording process fast and easy. Beginners will love the new EZ Recording mode that interactively guides you through the recording process. Other helpful features include the convenient RETRY function, which re-cues automatically to fix mistakes, and SONG SKETCH recording for instant, one-touch capture. There’s also a built-in stereo condenser microphone, plus a DR-880-quality rhythm generator for adding drum and percussion tracks to your songs.

Enhance your recordings with the powerful BOSS effects onboard the BR-800. Many of the effects are derived from BOSS’ flagship processors, including vocal effects from the VE-20, COSM® guitar/bass effects from the GT-10 series, and modeled acoustic-guitar body effects from the AP-1 preamp, which imparts pro-quality miced-up sound and rich body tone to line-recorded acoustic guitar. You’ll be amazed at how much processing power is built into this little recorder, and how excellent the effects sound.

You can power the BR-800 from the included AC adaptor, or for ultimate mobility, it can be powered from six AA batteries. Record anywhere! The BR-800’s USB compatibility enables a variety of functionality with computers. Connected to a PC, the BR-800 will function as an USB audio interface for recordings that utilize the internal effects. The BR-800 can also function as a control surface for DAW software.

No matter where you roam, you’ll never miss a moment of musical inspiration with the portable new BR-800. The BR-800 is now shipping with an MSRP of $524.00.