Wayward Sons, Ghosts of Yet To Come: Review

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Tom O’Connor

Veteran British hard rocker, Toby Jebson, and his new band of fellow travelers, Wayward Sons, just released a new take-no-prisoners album Ghosts of Yet to Come on Frontiers Music SRL. As I was listening to this ten-song collection, I couldn’t remember the last time I heard a new album so swagger-y, cock-sure and unapologetic that also had something worthwhile to say. The band’s 70s/80s Rock/Metal influences are numerous and obvious, even at first listen, but this isn’t a “retro” band. This is a gang who knows  …(Read More)

By | September 22nd, 2017|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Concert Review: Eric Clapton, Los Angeles 9.18.17

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By Martine Ehrenclou

Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., and Jimmie Vaughan created a musical feast for blues fans, in particular for guitarists and those who love them, on Monday, September 18, 2017, at the Los Angeles Forum.

To see Eric Clapton perform was, in a word, magnificent. And I’d seen him live before many years ago. A blues legend, who at age 72, performed four nights in L.A. Amazing? Oh, yes. A night to remember? Definitely. One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen? Without question.

Jimmie Vaughan (SRV’s brother) and Gary  …(Read More)

By | September 20th, 2017|Concert Reviews|21 Comments

Album Review: Black Magic by Jared James Nichols

By Dave Resto

Die-hard devotees of heavy blues-rock–trust me when I tell you that you’ll soon rejoice when Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based guitar titan, Jared James Nichols, returns with his newest effort, Black Magic (Listenable Records) on Friday, October 27th. On this strong follow-up to his 2015 debut album, Old Glory & the Wild Revival, Nichols and his band continue the well-established momentum, using it now to power Black Magic. Between albums, Nichols and his band spent a great deal of time touring and sharing the stage with many heavy-weight acts,  …(Read More)

By | September 19th, 2017|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Concert Review: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Los Angeles, 9.15.2017

By Martine Ehrenclou

The 20,000-seat Staples Center was jammed packed for the Daryl Hall & John Oates concert, and their opening act, Tears For Fears. I never would have guessed that at this point in their careers, that Daryl Hall & John Oates would have put on such a stellar show. Daryl Hall, age 70, was at the peak of his game as was John Oates at 69.

15-20 years prior, I’d seen Hall & Oates, a rather predictable performance back then and at a much smaller venue. Recently, I’ve watched many an episode  …(Read More)

By | September 17th, 2017|Concert Reviews|4 Comments

Album Review: Exile & Grace by King King

By Scott Bampton

Is there a more aptly named rock and roll outfit than King King? Their new album, Exile & Grace, will be released October 6th, 2017 on Manhaton Records. The Scottish four-piece have been the undisputed overlords of the UK blues scene since their Reaching the Light album swept the board at the British Blues Awards. That record earned five awards for the Glasgow band.

With Exile & Grace, King King have reached something of a career crossroads. It’s their fourth studio album and it represents a notable, though  …(Read More)

By | September 17th, 2017|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments