(Los Angeles) The word “unique” is thrown around a lot these days. Every artist wants to be “unique”. Every promoter gushes how “unique” a band is. Every festival is creatively “unique”. So before I sat down to write about Eric Zayne’s new single and video, Reckless, I took a look at the word “unique” because, as I have gotten to know him, that word keeps popping up. Eric was born in Montreal in a South Indian family. They moved to the Indian community in Congo when he was very young and that was his world — South Asians living and prospering in a former Belgium colony now an African nation, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This was not unique; there were South Asian communities throughout Africa and still are. But it meant Eric was raised listening to the Indian music of his parents, the Bantu rhythms of the Congo, and western music on the BBC. A combination that can be legitimately called unique. What wasn’t unique was that Congo was unstable. Congo (later [Read More]
Patrick O’Heffernan (Westwood, CA) The Hammer Museum in Westwood Friday night opened is Pacific Standard Time:LA/LA art exhibition, Radical Women: Latin American art, 1960 -1985, with Latinas Out Loud”: ¡Párriba! a wild concert led by Lido Pimienta and introduced by LA’s own joyful punk, funk Latin rock band, Sister Mantos. It was the perfect combination of musical and plastic arts to showcase the power of Latinas in our culture. The Hammer Museum –“The Hammer” — is a blocky edifice that could be an office building. Other than the word “Hammer” on the side in large letters it is pretty much like the office towers around it. Opened free to the public in 1990, The Hammer was founded by Dr. Armand Hammer, the late Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, for his collections of old masters plus traveling exhibitions. Four years later everything changed. UCLA took over The Hammer’s management and operations and launched programs that encompassed the entire Los Angeles Community with film, theater, music and dance as well as static art. Latinas Out [Read More]
Rest in Peace Tom Petty 1950 – 2017 Sad to report the passing of Tom Petty. I can’t even put into words what this man and his music meant to us. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.
Just days after the announcement of a big co-headliner tour with Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides give away the release date for their fifth studio album. It’s called ‘Vale’ and will be in stores January 12th, 2018. Along with today’s announcement, two songs from the upcoming record have been introduced. Check out the audio tracks for ‘My Vow’ and ‘The Outsider’ The record was produced by John Feldman, who was also responsible for the big success of BVB’s 3rd record ‘Wretched And Divine’. Preorders can already be placed for digital and physical copies and packages. With the purchase comes the immediate download of ‘My Vow’ and ‘The Outsider’. Head to www.blackveilbrides.net for more details. As a reminder, here’s the tour dates for 2018 for the US, Canada and Europe. Tickets are already on sale via http://www.blackveilbrides.net/tour . For more news on the band go visit their social media https://www.facebook.com/Blackveilbrides/ www.blackveilbrides.net https://twitter.com/blackveilbrides https://www.instagram.com/blackveilbrides/ Contributed by Alex Bock, https://twitter.com/abphotomjp