Patrick O’Heffernan

SWIRL roars back with a new album : an interview with Duane “DT” Jones

(Los Angeles) Hard rock often gets a bad rap.  The distorted guitars, pounding drums, campy visuals, screamed lyrics can all distract  people from the reason hard rock is so popular: it has important things to say. Great hard rock bands know how to marshal words, notes, rhythms, technology, and vocals to deliver a message.  SWIRL is such a band. Their message is clear – choose your path, stand up ...

A borderless bond of fun. Mar Abierto by Jenny and the Mexicats

(Los Angeles) Jenny Ball – the “Jenny” in Jenny and the Mexicats – tells a story of playing in a packed sit-down venue in Europe where the audience was listening obediently in their chairs until one fan could not resist the music, jumped up and started dancing and singing along.  The band was delighted but the police came in and forced him to sit down and stop singing.  So the band invited him up ...

Two headliners and a brilliant new venue: Alih Jey and Vanessa Zamora lite up the Civic Center Studios.

(Los Angeles)Sapo Verde Music stepped out in a big way this weekend with an all-star program of female artists at the newly remodeled DTLA venue Civic Center Studios. A packed house was treated to Latin-Grammy nominated rock guitarist Alih Jey and wildly popular Vanessa Zamora.  Opening act Ruzzi warmed the house up with her gut-grabbing electric guitar licks and Cuñao backed the girls-with-guitar...

From Scooby-doo to CSI-Miami and Cuban beats: An interview with producerJared Faber

(Los Angeles) I am so happy Jared Faber decided to move to LA from his native New York in 1999 when a TV composing opportunity presented itself.  Faber had been writing music for Nickelodeon in New York, but LA called in the form of an opportunity to compose for the Emmy-nominated Nick series, As told by Ginger. He answered that call and moved to LaLa Land, kicking off a career that has garnered G...

Chinatown Dance Rock and SCOTUS. A conversation with The Slants’ Simon Tam

(Los Angeles) If you Google “all-Asian rock band”,  the first name that comes up is The Slants, which is appropriate, because they are the “the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world”.  Their fast-tempo synth beats and melodic vocals have moved crowds in venues and cons through 22 tours and seven albums, EPs, and mix tapes.  But there is another reason The Slants top the Go...

Ricky Lov kicks off the Living Gypset music series at Gibson Showcase in Beverly Hills

(Beverly Hills) Powerhouse Latin fusion music promoter Julieta Isela of The Living Sessions teamed up with Gypset Magazine publisher Diana Carolina last week to launch a dynamite music series, kicked off by LA-based Latin heart throb Ricky Lov  at the Gibson Guitar Showcase room. Performing before a packed and mostly Spanish-speaking audience, Lov previewed  his new single, Hershey and then rocked...

A conversation with Chris Pierce and Jared Faber of the blues duo War and Pierce.

(Los Angeles) Seldom do I have the opportunity to talk with one, let alone two, artists who are as interesting as Chris Pierce and Jared Faber.  They cross boundaries of music, production, television and film, writing, speaking and even wine making.  Chris Pierce, the Pierce in the blues duo War and Pierce with Sunny War, is a global music force with 7 independent albums, headline performances, to...

Eric Zayne’s new single release party road tests songs for 2017.

(Beverly Hills) By his own count Eric Zayne wrote 150 songs last year, but released only one.  That is about  to  change.  This week he let loose the first new song of 2017,  “I Lost Your Fire”, at a single release party held in the Alchemy Castle artist’s residence in Beverly Hills.  Zayne, accompanied by guitarist/celloist Nick Rosen, drummer Sterling Laws and backup singer Dani Nicole, previewe...

Ready for the Sun, Athena’s debut US album: a musical mind and heart meld.

(Los Angeles) Listening to Athena’s new album, Ready for the Sun is a mind and heart meld.  The beauty of her voice, of her lyrics – of her very soul – submerge you in the deepest of emotion.  She sings to you. From the stage or from the studio, Athena connects to those who hear her so closely, so tightly, that every song on Ready for the Sun  is an intensely intimate experience.  You know t...

A conversation with Natalie Gelman: picked up a guitar at 16 and never looked back.

(Los Angeles)  Natalie Gelman is talented, courageous, beautiful, brainy, creative….and many more complementary adjectives.  But after listening to her music and following her career for the past three years, it is something she said at a Ted talk in 2014 in Seattle that will always stay with me.  “I live  in the question”.  Or, as she quoted Mike Tyson, “Everyone has a plan until they are punched...

A conversation with Simit, the World Music rebel known around the world.

(Los Angeles) Simrit is a musician, a producer, and CEO of her own music label who is also a student, practitioner and a certified teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Naad Yoga.  She records, composes, produces music and tours with her band giving concerts and workshops across the globe. Simrit is known for revolutionary innovation in hypnotic World and Chant Music and she has topped World Music Charts,...

Eljuri at the Gibson Showroom: exuberant, exciting, explosive and far larger than life

(Beverly Hills) With the energy of a 20-year old and the chops of one of the nation’s most seasoned rock guitarists, Eljuri blew the roof off the Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills at a special Girls RockLA performance Thursday night, produced by The Living Sessions.  It wasn’t just the guitar riffs – although they were incendiary, and it wasn’t just her singing – although she growled and soared and...

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