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12 Days of Christmas

Day 4 brings Man Made Machine for 12 Days of Rock Christmas!

December 15, 2012

12 Days of Rock Christmas! Day 4 On the 4th day of Christmas my Rock and Roll love gave to me some high energy rock from Man Made Machine. Get ready people, you are going to love this band! They have been described as a full-octane rock and metal sound. When you listen to them you will instantly be banging your head with fists in the air and ready to ROCK! Even though they had many labels approaching them, they inked a record deal with Razor & Tie to debut their album “BECOME”. Now this gets even better when you throw in the fact that it is produced by Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne/HellYeah) and mixed by Jeremy Parker (Godsmack/Evanescence). Ya, I know, you can pick up your jaw now. These guys have an incredible entourage backing them and guess what? They do not let anyone down, but instead exceed expectations by delivering solid powered rock with emotionally charged lyrics. Man Made Machine is Joe Cotela on Vocals, Justyn Sena on Bass, Matt Reinhard [Read More]

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12 Days of Christmas

Love and a .38 is our 2nd gift for 12 Days of Christmas!

December 13, 2012

12 Days of Rock Christmas!   Day 2 On the 2nd day of Christmas my rock and roll love gave to me the KICK ASS ROCK of Love and a .38! Oh ya, more true style rock and roll for you on this second day. Love and a .38 has been one of my favorite bands for a while now. When you think of the history of Sunset Strip and Rock and Roll, what comes to mind is The Whiskey, Troubadour, Gazzari’s, The Roxy, The Rainbow and bands like Smile! Tryx! Ratt! Van Halen! Motley Crue! Ally Cats! There are too many to name but I personally enjoyed many weekends on the Sunset Strip during the 80’s and 90’s and they provided some of my best memories of great rock and roll whether it was 80’s Hairbands, Glamour Rock, GlamPunk, it was all great!  So when I first heard Love and a .38 it took me back to those great days and here we are in 2012 and people can experience the excitement of finding [Read More]

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Concerts

From Rocky Roads to Royal Bliss!

October 19, 2012

It is time to enjoy some Royal Bliss! These guys have been around for over 13 years and are a true to rock and roll band from Salt Lake City. Over the years, they have had their share of bumps in the road which includes near death experiences, serious accidents, totaled cars, label changes and so much more. One thing remained constant for them, their passion for their music and staying true to themselves. This shows more than ever with their recent CD/Album Release, “Waiting out the Storm” which is their first release on their own record label, “AIR Castle Records”.  This album truly is all their own creation now that they are on their own label. I love it from it’s harder edgy sound to the emotion driven rock that each song brings out. We had a chance to talk with Neal Middleton, lead vocalist and guitars from the band.  So sit back and get to know Royal Bliss. Music Junkie Press:    Thank you Neal for taking the time out to talk with [Read More]

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Concerts

Learning Guitar from a Rock Star!!

October 8, 2012

So you want to learn how to play guitar? Or do you want to perfect your finger tapping? Or do you want to bust out some blues licks? Or how about just improve your guitar style? Well all these things can be achieved by taking classes from a Rock Star. I am not talking about plugging your plastic guitar into your XBox or your Wii set.. I am talking about the real thing!  How about taking Skype lessons from the very talented awesome guitarist of Art of Dying, Tavis Stanley? Tavis Stanley plays for the incredible band Art of Dying and has been playing and touring for the past 15 years. What great experience you will get by learning from this teacher. He is offering online courses via  Skype and fits them within his busy touring schedule. This is a gem that you have to enjoy. Several months ago, my son started taking guitar lessons from one of my favorite guitarists, Tavis of Art of Dying. As many of you know that band’s music had kept me [Read More]

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Blues

Enjoy a Funky Rock and Blues Fusion with AmAEvolutioN!

September 30, 2012

The great thing about Music is that there are so many different genres out there to enjoy at any time. I love not being pegged into a music genre hole and just listening to one thing. I listen to all types of music and enjoy each one of them. So today I want to introduce you to enjoy a  Funky Rock and Blues fusion cocktail that is AmAEvolutioN.  They have such an incredible sound that just blends so many types of music and just comes together beautifully.  You will hear some Rock, R & B, Soul, Funk and Blues all meshed together that just has me captivated! Being a native from the Bay Area, I applaud Berkeley native Nadiya Lewis on her commanding presence on her vocals. She just sings right to your soul and you can just feel her emotions!  Then you can really enjoy the guitarist Sergio de Paula Lima as he lays down some great guitar work complimenting the cool bass lines of Musashi “Moose” Lethridge  and topping it off with the smooth [Read More]

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80s

Rock N for a Cure Benefit Concert not to be MISSED!!

September 28, 2012

First, I have to tell you that I have learned about so many of my childhood and high school friends who are battling this ugly disease of Cancer and it really makes me want to scream. It humbles me to hear about them being in the fight of their life and I want to be there to support them and give them strength. To be their Rock! Well I am sure many of you know sisters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, friends and family who have Breast Cancer and now you can ROCK OUT as we help find a cure! Through RockforCure.com they are having their Benefit Concert for Breast Cancer Research this October 18, 2012 at the Citizens Business Arena in Ontario, California being held by Communities Production in conjunction with Sarzo. The lineup this year is incredible and you can enjoy some awesome  80’s Rock and help cancer research. Now, who is playing you ask?? Well how about a lineup that includes: Skid Row, LA Guns, Dokken, Lordz of Rock which features the greatness of [Read More]

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Concerts

Get your Rock and Roll Fix with Shotgun Harlot!

September 26, 2012

Sometimes with music today, I long to hear down and dirty ROCK n ROLL!! You know what I am talking about, right? The kind of Rock that has you with your fists in the air, drink in the other hand and just raising some hell with your friends. Those were the good days but wait, they don’t have to be in the past. There is a great band that I saw last month, Shotgun Harlot when they opened up for 12 Stones at the historical Phoenix Theater in Petaluma. You can revisit my review of that night here: “‘Get Infected with 12 Stones”.  That was an awesome night and I really fell in love with Shotgun Harlot. Well I recently had the opportunity to interview Dylan D. Waltz lead singer of the band and here is what he had to say: Music Junkie Press:     How and when did Shotgun Harlot come together? Dylan Waltz:   I was in the process of piecing together a new band when a mutual friend of Joe and [Read More]