Grand Ole Opry

Must-Visit Music Destinations has a piece up that I wrote regarding my years of music-focused travel. Since it had to be edited down for length (I’ve been to a lot of places!), here are the places not covered there. Los Angeles, CA LA is arguably the center of the music universe. There is an overwhelming amount of […]

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The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Rock Winners

OK…before we even get to who won last night, I have to continue to express how exciting it was to have some hard rock/metal bands featured on the GRAMMY telecast this year!  To see Metallica and Lang Lang with their pyro, and Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age with Dave Grohl on […]

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Discovery Channel: GRAMMY Connect @ YouTube Space LA, 1/22/14

The GRAMMY week staple, Social Media Rock Stars Summit, was morphed into a new event this year deemed GRAMMY Connect.  Out at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, the theme of this year’s event was discovery.  We’ve moved on from the themes of earlier years of what is out there and why, and […]

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Rockin’ In the Free World: 7th Annual Producers and Engineers Wing Event honoring Neil Young @ Village Studios, 1/21/14

My music education growing up was nearly non-existent.  A little Willie, a little Waylon, and a whole lot of western soundtracks broke the silence of long car rides across Texas.  Somewhere in the mix, Neil Young must have made a special appearance, because once I was older and, ironically, gained access to unlimited music on […]

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It’s GRAMMY Week!

It’s that time of year again! This will be my fifth time attending GRAMMY week as their Rock Community Blogger. That means, starting Tuesday night, I will be attending GRAMMY-related events throughout the week, and feeding the most rockin’ info to you. From Neil Young being honored at the Producers & Engineers Wing at The […]

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Top 5 Most Iconic GRAMMY Moments in Rock

1. The first GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance was given in 1988…and Jethro Tull won for “Crest of a Knave” over Metallica, AC/DC, Iggy Pop, and Jane’s Addiction. The award was presented by Alice Cooper and Lita Ford, and a couple of snakes. This moment is the most iconic and discussed GRAMMY moment in […]

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Rock of Ages: 2013 in Rock Music

“If life is but a dream, then wake me up.” Like the song “Keep Your Eyes Peeled”, from Queens of the Stone Age’s GRAMMY-nominated …Like Clockwork, December is the time when we start reflecting on the year. Was this a good one? A bad one? So-so? Rock music’s still in a rocky period; we may […]

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The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Rock Nominations

I have never lost my appetite for new music as I’ve gotten older; my tastes may have sharpened, altered, and gone underground at times, but I have never veered far from the first rock records I coerced my mom into buying me. Every year for the past 5 years, I have analyzed how the GRAMMY […]

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You Have Killed Me: Morrissey, Patti Smith @ Staples, 3/1/13

I wrote about this show for My focus for the year in terms of live music is new stuff and bucket list bands. Morrissey and Patti Smith were both on my bucket list. Also, living in LA makes it possible for me to check something off my bucket list monthly. I am gonna be […]

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Jubilee Street: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ The Fonda Theater, 2/21/13

My piece about the show for I went to 5 shows in a row this week- something that I rarely do anymore- and they were all really good. But this one was one of those shows that I will remember and think about forever. For 6 years people have been saying to me that […]

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