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Birdhand On Cusp of Taking Flight

Birdhand On Cusp of Taking Flight

There’s a little band out of Santa Cruz that you’ve never heard of. Their name is about a time, a place, an event, a guy, anguish, hardship, hope, a palm tattoo, a hand signal, a family, and not beating around the bush. For some reason they’re called Birdhand. They play rock and roll. You might […]

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Not All Great Bands Have a Greatest Hits: Savoy Brown Comes to Brixton

Not All Great Bands Have a Greatest Hits: Savoy Brown Comes to Brixton

There’s a great difference between the most successful bands of all time and the best bands of all time. Sure, some bands enjoy top success because they are the best; but commonly many of the best bands don’t see that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Consequently, they fall short of entering […]

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The B.Rad Blues Band

While the South Bay has come to be musically renowned for its punk and reggae scene, we do dabble in a bit of everything, from electronic and pop to jazz and hip hop. But with the loss of Boogaloo as our go-to sanctuary hub for southern roots music, has our local Blues element become as […]

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A Whiter Shade of Trower: Influential Guitarist Plays Brixton

A Whiter Shade of Trower: Influential Guitarist Plays Brixton

Where have all the Mayalls gone? The Jaggers, the Jimis, the Mayfields? There’s good reason to believe they haven’t gone anywhere, and that it’s just a different game today with a different set of rules when it comes to making it as a rock god. That’s one reason why it’s important to be tuned in to the contemporary music scene. But every so often a legend from the golden era traipses through our local beat. In fact, one is journeying 1,100 miles to give a South Bay audience a lesson in guitar power. Robin Trower performs on Sunday at Brixton in Redondo Beach.

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Seventh Sense gallery opens in Redondo Beach

The Seventh Sense art gallery opens Saturday night in north Redondo Beach with a wide ranging exhibit featuring eight artist and music by folk masters Hang Dog.
“The Seventh Sense is a reference to humanity’s current mass awakening of higher consciousness,” explained owner and artist Sammy Doerr. “Science, as well as a large portion of people everywhere, now believes we create reality with our thoughts. This means our thoughts as well as our creative forces are the pinnacle to future outcomes. Art is a wonderful vehicle for manifesting change in ideal ways. It can also work to reach a shared mass consciousness more quickly.”

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Music: Taking a Hardline, out of necessity

Hermosa Beach resident Ken Seaton has been a man deeply seated behind South Bay’s music scene for decades. Over the years, he’s worked with bands across the board, enduring the fluctuating volatility of the music industry while proactively conjuring ever progressive strategies and methods to assist bands through the treacherous tides.

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Music at the Mint

There’re four forms of live music in the south bay; or rather four primary ways in which music comes to us (excluding house parties). There’s the occasional and annual city-held, outdoor concerts. The music venues. Bars that book entertainment. And then there’re those random spots, unaffiliated with alcohol consumption, that come forth with unexpected events for the arts. Of late, we’ve seen unique shows come from Lopa Lopa Vintage Clothing, Java Man, The Comic Bug, Gum Tree, South Bay Customs, among others. The unique quality of these shows is captured within their nature: they’re not based on money. These establishments don’t hire entertainment to make a fat buck off the booze train like the bars do. Sure, there’s some publicity in it for them and someone might buy a shirt, coffee, or comic book; but it’s faint, nominal, and not a make or break dollar night – in some cases they might even lose a bit of money. With these phantom venues it’s usually about art and community. The next one on the radar takes place on Saturday at The Mint Salon in Hermosa Beach, featuring an acoustic session with Tomorrows Bad Seeds’ Moi and Sean.

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Put Some Sourgrass in Your Pipe and Smoke It

Some folks smoke dope, people have tried the banana peel, the Native Americans brought us the tobacco leaf; but I recommend you put some Sourgrass in your pipe and smoke it! With a name like Sourgrass, one might picture a cross-legged hillbilly plucking banjo in a rocking chair next to his toothless counterpart still trying […]

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Folk Yeah!

Yes, hangdog is an actual expression; and Hang Dog Expression is one of the South Bay’s only folk outfits, blending country and all things Americana. They’re one of the scarce few who take the stage with acoustic instruments, heel tappin’ boots, hand slappin’ hoots, plaid collared shirts, and cowboy hats. And to that, I say, “Folk yeah!”

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Not a rock hero

Fred Flentye traded the fast lane for domestic bliss, and surprising musical fulfillment “This is not about some kinda rock hero, it’s so much deeper,” says Fred Flentye. His is the story of a guitar god the world doesn’t know, come down from high, wild places to live a richer, more domestic life – and […]

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Living The Dream With Robert Deller

“I always wanted to be a rock star, but pretty much put all those dreams aside… It wasn’t until I turned 50 [that] music would become my passion and transform my life.” So says Robert Deller, Redondo Beach resident, singer/songwriter, and founder of The Robert Deller Band. Many childhood dreams become “childish” fantasies as life […]

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Look Out Fuel TV, Here Comes Havoc

Havoc TV is an innovative, top-rated Video On Demand (VOD) television network specializing in Indie music and action sports programming. In fact, they’re the leading Indie music and action sports On Demand content provider, filling over 30 million homes nationwide, currently ranked No. 1 for sports VOD, and No. 2 for music VOD – surpassing […]

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Have You Met the Pope?

“I went to Chadwick High School for two years and a boarding school in St. Louis for two. St. Louis is where I really got into music,” recounts Chris Pope of Hermosa Beach. “My Grandfather was a Grammy nominated ragtime piano player who toured all over the country…he spent a lot of time playing the […]

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The Dirty Hippie & his Halloween musical treats

Trick or Treat, Move My Feet, Get Me Up Outta My Seat In its secularly observed state, Halloween is centered around fun. But how stressful is it when you’re faced with a big bowl of candy and are told to only pick one? I wasn’t prepared for this, didn’t conceive a plan of attack. The […]

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Sara Dee Recording Debut

In June, I shared with you my discovery of the great voice of Sara Dee. “…a singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar and a voice strong enough to clean the rust off of nails… with a vocal range that runs from beautiful and soft to severe and raw. Pretty meets gritty. Tribulation finds hope,” was how […]