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Los Angeles local Greek/American Electra Barakos and her band are set to perform at House of Blues Hollywood this Friday, November 21st and you can get your free tickets to the show! Electra are set to release their new studio album, These Times in January 2015. The album was produced by  Mike Plotnikoff (HALESTORM, DAUGHTRY, KELLY CLARKSON) and they have recently released two of the singles, Tomorrow’s Not There and the self titled track. You can head over to iTunes and pick them up.

Electra and her band; bassist YANNI BARAKOS, guitarist HYLAND CHURCH, drummer DAN WELBY and singer ELECTRA BARAKOS announced their last show of 2014 at theHOUSE OF BLUES in their hometown of LOS ANGELES, CA.  Show details are listed below:

WHEN:  Friday, November 21
8:00pm (Doors)
Set times: 10:45
WHERE:  House of Blues
8430 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA

Want FREE TICKETS? Just send an email to and put in the subject line: FREE ELECTRA TICKETS. Just let them know how many tickets you will need and you can pick them up the night of the show at Will Call under Electra‘s guest list! So what you are you waiting for? Send your email and get out to a great show!

We will see if we can bring you an interview with Electra and make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Tom Keifer has been quite busy touring in support of his highly acclaimed solo record, The Way Life Goes. If you don’t already have it, do yourself a big favor and pick it up. It is filled with rockin tracks featuring his beloved signature vocals and emotionally driven lyrics. It truly takes you on a musical journey highlighting emotions and heart felt songs while satisfying your need for rock.

Tom recently played at the Whisky a GoGo in Hollywood last month. This was a show that we had anticipated for months and were so excited for. Unfortunately, with my mother’s health taking a bit of quick turn, we stayed close to home. Our colleague Linda Emord of Eye Shutter 4 U made it out to the show and check out her photos from his spectacular set:

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We had the chance to interview Tom several days after his show and are pleased to bring that interview to you here:

Make sure to check out our interview with Tom from last year shortly after the release of his album. You can read it here: Tom Keifer is on Solid Ground with his new solo album. Make sure to visit his social media sites and stay up to date on his latest news.

~ Keep on rockin, Marisol

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Tom Keifer has been busy touring in support of his highly acclaimed solo record, The Way Life Goes. He has been releasing videos for songs off his album. Have you seen the lyric video for  It’s Not Enough?. Check it out here:


I h ave been not-so-patiently waiting for a West Coast show from Tom and I don’t have too much longer to wait! Tom has announced a show on October 26th at the legendary Whisky a GoGo in Hollywood. I am so happy and can’t wait to see Tom perform his great songs from his solo record as well as Cinderella hits.


So mark your calendars and we hope to see you all there. Music Junkie Press will be there and make sure to bring you all the coverage. We will see if we can bring you a new interview with Tom. In case you missed it, I will leave you with a repost of our interview with Tom from last last year here:


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Music Junkie Press: Hi Tom, Thank you for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press.

We have been enjoying your solo record, “The Way Life Goes” and we can’t wait to see you out here on the West Coast. Do you have any upcoming plans to play out here in California?

Tom: Well, we were just out there in May, when we did the Canyon Club  and in Anaheim at the House of Blues. But I am sure we will be coming out that way again. We are actually on a break from the tour at the moment. We have been touring off and on since February, way before the record was released so we are in a bit of a rest period. Other than that, we are playing this week at the NFL Hall of Fame Induction Celebration in Canton.

Music Junkie Press: We got to see for the taping at That Metal Show and you were great on it. Was that your first time on the show?

Tom: Yes, that was the day before we played at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. I have known Eddie for a long time, I love Eddie. I have talked to him a lot on his radio show but hadn’t done That Metal Show yet. It was a lot of fun.

Music Junkie Press: You were great on the show! Now, your album is filled with passionate and emotionally driven songs, do you have a particular songwriting process or ritual?

Tom: Well, I try to write from real inspirations and it always starts from a lyric for me. Even the hard and heavy songs that you would think that started on guitars actually started from lyrics. So that inspiration can come at any time, you can be driving down the road or in aisle 6 at Home Depot. You got this idea in your head and then you are racing for an instrument to try and figure out what you are hearing. I will hear a lyric, a song title, or a chorus or line or something usually with a melody and it grows from there.

Music Junkie Press: I know that all songs tend to be like our children, we can’t play favorites but which song on your album might be the one closest to your heart or that special one?

Tom: I think the most special one isThick and Thin. I wrote that for my wife Savannah when she was going through a really hard time and it was just my thing that I will always be there for her.

Music Junkie Press: That is a beautiful song. How about one of my favorites, “You Showed Me”, what is the story behind that song?

Tom: Well that is actually the flip side of what I just said. I wrote that for Savannah because she was there for me when I went through a hard time.She was my person who was always there for me so that was my thank you to her, where as in Think and Thin,that was me telling her that I would always be there for her.

Music Junkie Press: Those songs are incredible and beautiful together. How old were you when you started playing music ?

Tom: I first started playing guitar when I was 8 years old. I saw the Beatles on television and also started at that early age watching The Monkees on TV. I loved their songs and I loved Mike Nesmith guitar playing and that is when I first started playing guitar. My Mom had a teacher come to the house and I learned acoustic guitar and the basic chords, and the teacher would make me sing while I played. Then a few years later I heard Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones and that is what really took me down the road to rock and hard rock stuff. That was the 70’s and there was so much incredible inspiration at that time for a young musician learning how to play. I could list the bands, probably all day from the 70’s that inspired me.  There were just so many. From Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Eagles to Janis Joplin, and  Rod Stewart, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Heart, Fleetwood Mac. It just goes on and on, it was such a great time for music. Also progressive stuff too like Kansas and Yes. Great time for music and that is when I learned about writing, playing and singing.

Music Junkie Press: Can you remember what is the first song you learned how to play in its entirety?

Tom: In its entirety? I don’t know, but I remember when I first starting playing guitar, an older kid in the neighborhood  taught me the electric guitar riff tor Sunshine of Your Love. I didn’t even really know the song, I just heard him playing and said, “That is cool sounding and can you show me how to play that?” and he showed me and of course I struggled to play because it was the first electric, plugged in, blues rock riff I ever played.

Music Junkie Press: That is a great song too! With  musicians there are all kinds of milestones, ; first concert, first recording but we all know with guitarists a major milestone, which is  do you remember your first Les Paul?

Tom: My first Les Paul was and Ibanez copy and it was like a black copy of a Gibson custom. That held me over for a while but I had my eye on a real Gibson custom Les Paul that was hanging on the wall at the local music shop and my Mom actually used that to bribe me to finish high school. I was not the most academic and I had some challenges with academics and she, being a very wise woman, knew that was like the Golden Ring for me, and said if I got through high school she would buy it. And she did and I still have it today. That was my first real Gibson.

Music Junkie Press: Yes, I believe that there should be a place on Facebook for the milestone of when someone gets their first Gibson Les Paul! In the past 20 years, with the technology advancing at a such a rapid rate, with the addition of the internet, social sites, digital cameras, etc  is there something from today that you wish you had when you were growing up.

Tom: Not really. No, not really at all, To be honest, I think we have too much today.

Music Junkie Press: Personally for me it would be the cell phone instead of carrying around pocket full of change to call home if I was late.

Tom: The first cell phone I saw back in the 80’s, I went WOW,that is like the Jetsons, I got to have one of those so I bought one. Of course this was like early in the game so the thing cost like a grand and the monthly service fee was insanely expensive. We all remember those old analog ones. I was one of the first kids on the block to have one because I thought, Oh cool, we are like the Jetsons now. To me now, I think back to the simpler time when it was just the phone on the wall with the coil chord and like Joe Walsh says, “Just leave a message and maybe I’ll call”. I don’t like this anyone can get to you anywhere, anytime, through a cell phone, through text, through Facebook, through email, There are so many ways of communication, I mean it is convenient but I think it also splinters our focus  a little bit. It is a catch 22. It is kind of what the song “Fools Paradise” is about on the new record.

Music Junkie Press:  Yes, especially with the younger generation. I feel they don’t go out as much as we did, they tend to communicate through all these different ways but yet not as much on a personal contact level. It has become harder to get them offline and out there to shows. Do you have advice to get them out from behind their computers/devices?

Tom: Are you referring to the people who just back and watch everything on Youtube?

Music Junkie Press: Yes, that too. Even buying music, they just download one song. There used to be such an excitement level when you went into the record store, put on the headphones and found new music. You buy the album, the tangible product and now they just pick up a song and that is it.

Tom: Well I think every generation has their way and it is not wrong. I think that what would probably help people to be more into whole works of arts or records is that artists create whole works of art or whole records. Like a Physical Graffiti or an Exile on Main Street, or Hotel California – are some of the ones I grew up on. Or Fleetwood Mac Rumors, Aerosmith’s well of them; Toys in the Attic. Those were incredible albums from beginning to end. I think there are still some artists that still do that but I think with the shrinking budgets at record companies, artist development isn’t what it used to be, recording  budgets are nott what they used to be. So I think less and less we are nott getting great full albums. That is the Catch- 22  of the lost revenues from downloading. I don’t know that the average listener out there or fan realizes that by swiping music you kind of hurt the art itself and record companies. I mean, I know everyone views the record companies as the big evil corporate thing or whatever but there is a lot of good that comes from them too. They do help to develop artists and back in the 60s, 70 s and the 80s when we were coming up, they stayed with you and they developed you. They made sure you were working in the best studios, working with the best engineers and the best producers and that is a good thing. That is how you get great albums. That still goes on today, don’t get me wrong, I just think it is less artists get the opportunity for that because of the budgets and the mentality of the record companies have changed, due to lost revenues and we all know why. There are many reasons of why that has happened and a lot of that has to do with the technology we have. The second the first audio file transmitted over the internet we were really all sunk. In terms of what the door it had opened up for causing  problems within the industry.

Music Junkie Press: Yes, I agree. With the good the internet brought, it also brought a lot of evils and the downside of it. We were all excited about it and didn’t think of all the bad things it brought as well.

Tom: There are conveniences. I remember back when if you had wanted to get a song to someone or a file to someone, it was called Fed EX. Now, I love the convenience of if I have a song and I need to send it someone, a musician or the record label, I can just BOOM, send an email but obviously that has opened the door for people to be able to steal music or listen to music anytime they want and it has affected the whole business. I am not just talking about the artist’s and the record company’s pockets, I mean obviously peopled deserve to be paid fairly for their music but I think not a lot of people realize how much that actually affects the money going back  into developing talent as well. That is the flip side of that and to me is the bigger side of the issue.

Music Junkie Press: If we could peak into your iPod/mp3 player what would we be most surprised at seeing in there?

Tom: I like everything. I still listen to all my old favorites from the 70s, a lot of the bands I just mentioned and those artists cause me to dig back even further to Blues, real authentic blues stuff. I listen to Son House ,and  Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters, and all that stuff that I have more of an appreciation for. And then coming into more current stuff, really current, is Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars. I have the utmost respect and admiration for someone that can sing like him. I mean he is incredible. There has been some hard rock acts that I have liked in some recent yearsl Buckcherry, I think is really bad ass. The first two Jet Records I just love, I thought they were just incredible, high energy hard rock records.  Unbelievable angst in the vocals, high energy tracks and just really great stuff. So there are a few there that I like.

Music Junkie Press:  Those are all great artists to be listening to and Jet just delivers some solid nonstop energy on those albums. We love the video for Solid Ground which has us excited to see you live, are you working on any more videos from the album?

Tom: We have talked about doing one for The Flower Song. I think at some point we will probably do something for that one.

Check out the Video for Solid Ground: 

Music Junkie Press: If you could go back to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give to yourself?

Tom: Hmmm, I don’t know. Honestly I think I could turn that around. I think my 14 year old self could probably give myself today some good advice, and that would maybe be to stop and smell the flowers a little more.

Music Junkie Press: That is awesome! Best answer yet. We are always looking back at how we could change things but if we kept our insight back then.

Tom: Ya, Kids do. I mean because I have a 9 year old son now, and I will be stressing out all day taking of business and working, and I watch him and he is not even thinking about the clock.  In terms of wisdom, there is a probably a  lot I could learn from my 14 year old self. Obviously it works the other way around too but there is something very pure about the wisdom of youth. I question around and say that I could probably think I could have learned something from 14 year old me.

Music Junkie Press: I always wonder if we would even listen to advice we give ourselves! I know most 14 year olds would not even listen to our own advice!

Tom: That is the problem. I actually had that thought and lost it and you brought it back to me. You are right, we don’t listen. Because I tell him things all the time and he just looks at me like “I got it covered Dad, don’t worry”. I am like alright, come talk to me when you are thirty.

Fan submitted question from Ryan:  What does a band have to do to catch your eye and make them your new favorite band in today’s world?

Tom: I don’t know. Man, if I could just state that in a couple sentences, I could just put it in a bottle and sell it. I am thinking in every decade there has been different launch methods for artists. I think some of them remain the same throughout the years. I think radio is still a very powerful thing. Obviously in this day and age, social media and Youtube are very powerful. Youtube, I guess is what MTV was for us in the 80s. Fans can go on 24/7 and see their favorite artists constantly, videos, live videos, shows. You name it. That is kind of what MTV was for us only it blasted into your living room.

Music Junkie Press: Ya, we had to wait a while to get it in our area but I remember being glued to the set the first weekend we had it.

Tom: Yes, we were too. We were amazed by it and some of the videos were very clever back then. I still love watching a lot of those early videos. It is what created the whole MTV meeting the music, that visual, it was in the 80s the first time that there was that huge visual aspect. I think it is what created the whole over the top imagery that we all had. And not just the rock bands, but even with the pop stars, I mean look at Cindy Lauper, Madonna, Boy George. Everything, from an image standpoint was just tenfold over the top. I think MTV created that because we were all on film.

Music Junkie Press: Yes, I remember watching and seeing what they were wearing and wanting to dress like them. I remember my 80’s clothes or cut up shirts, so much fashion and fads came from them. It was no longer someone just singing on an album. It was incredible, you got to see them, how they look, dress, act.

Tom: Yes, It was a very creative colorful time because of that visual and everyone was trying to take it to the next level and over the top. It was all genres of music and ultimately, it is what toppled it because it started to become the focus. I mean in the media, or at least the critics, the focus was more on the image and that somehow took away from the music. But NO, actually the music still holds up, so the focus got placed on that imagery because it was so over the top. I think, t was the thing that ultimately toppled the whole thing.

Fan submitted question from Kristi: When you are touring what is your favorite meal to have?

Tom: Usually when I am on the road, it is a pretty physical and intense high energy show so I usually eat light on a show day. And on a day off, it is kind of like I get as much food as I can. I like something pretty heavy, like a nice steak and potato, to kind of refill the reservoir.

Fan submitted question from Vito: What is your biggest pet peave?

Tom: We all have lots of those. My biggest one? I am just going to be very general and just say hypocrisy. It is my biggest pet peeve. There is nothing more annoying than someone saying one thing and doing another so I am just going to go with a very general concept.

Music Junkie Press: I know you just released this album, but we would love to know if you are planning on doing more solo work?

Tom: Yes, we are just getting started. We have another rock single being released I believe in September, is the impact date of that one. Cold Day in Hell is that one. The label will continue t work the Flower Song as a single and we will be getting back out on the road. We are kind of in the middle of the break right now. Like I said, we toured from February and ended about  the end of June, right after the Letterman performance. We wanted a little bit of a break and we will be getting back on the road soon.

Music Junkie Press: We are going to be sharing all your social media links and where everyone can pick up their copy of ‘The Way Life Goes” Lastly, is there anything else that you would like to share with our audience?

Tom: I would just like to thank the fans that have supported, not only my solo stuff here but Cinderella over the years. They are who we make the music for and they are the ones who keep it alive. It is greatly appreciated the support and the energy that they have shown to us over the years.

Music Junkie Press: Thank you very much for your time Tom and your album is definitely one I play from start to finish! Thank you for your great gift of music!

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I am looking forward to catching Tom when he is out on the road again. If you haven’t already make sure to pick up your copy of The Way Life Goes which is available everywhere! Get your copy and then let me know which is your favorite song!


~ Keep on rockin, Marisol

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One of our favorite guitarists, Cat from State Line Empire was recently featured on EMGtv performing his song Deus Ex Machina which is off his upcoming solo record, Marigold Project. We have been big fans of State Line Empire as they consistently deliver shows with a 150% energy and are true crowd pleasers. Cat is always there to shred away but in his recent spotlight, you will really get blown away by his performance. Check out the video from EMGtv with Cat performing Deus Ex Machina:

Cat is using the EMG 81 and 60 humbucker pickups. “I have been using EMG pickups for ever. I find that they are responsive and cut through perfectly. Richie Faulkner turned me on to the 57/66 sets which are mind blowing. Best pickups and best company!!!“, Cat explains.

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Make sure to stay tuned for his solo record and also visit the social media sites of State Line Empire to catch their next show. Earlier this year, State Line Empire opened up for Skid Row to a sold out crowd at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood. You can check out our coverage which includes an interview, photos, and videos here.  State Line Empire will be returning to the Whisky on October 15th to open for Gus G. It is going to be another great show, so make sure to pick up your tickets early. You can get more details on their Facebook page.

Check out a tribute made by Rockin Ryan with footage from their shows:


If you don’t have it yet, make sure to pick up their  new EP “Raise Your Sins“, available on Itunes.  They just have everything you are looking for in a rock and roll band with a hint of metal strewn right in. You can read more about their EP review we did in September here.  Their new EP is filled with rockin hits and it is a bit heavier but also just enough old school touches to keep everyone happy.

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 Visit their social media sites and stay up to date so you won’t miss any State Line Empire news.

~ Marisol

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This past weekend we had the chance to see our favorite rockers, Cherri Bomb return to the stage at the Troubadour in Hollywood. One thing is for sure, they completely rocked the place. These four amazing musicians may be young, but their talent far exceeds their years. Their set not included a few awesome covers and fan favorites but some very new originals that were spectacular. They put on a complete stage performance after a brief set change and had the crowd fully engaged.

It is wonderful to see a band put such attention into the song production with elements of character, costume, design and unwavering stage presence. Each one of these four, boldly shine with their charismatic and magnetic personalities. They were completely in command of the audience as everyone was help captive by their performance. I can’t wait for everyone to see this band when they set out on another tour.

Rena Lovelis

Rena Lovelis


Nia Lovelis

Nia Lovelis

Miranda Miller

Miranda Miller

Casey Moreta

Casey Moreta

We had the chance to chat with them prior to their set and were ecstatic to hear that they are currently in the studio working on their new music. We always have a fun time with this band and are pleased to bring you our Interview No. 2.

Make sure to stay up to date on their latest news by visiting their social media sites. You don’t want to miss them the next time they perform. Check out a slide show of photos by Rockin Ryan from their set here:

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Make sure to pick up their album, This is The End of Control, available here on iTunes.

~ Marisol

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The Classic Rock of Honour is one of the most highly respected and anticipated music awards ceremonies will be celebrating its 10th year. This year the award show which is hosted by the UK based magazine Classic Rock Magazine will be held for the first time in the US at the historic nightclub Avalon in Hollywood. The rock and roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar will be this year’s master of ceremonies. “The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of music’s coolest and most prestigious events in the U.K. so I’m really excited to be hosting it for the first time in the U.S.,” said Sammy Hagar. “My goal is to keep it fun and filled with so many off-the-hook music moments that we put it on the map alongside the Grammys, VMAs and other awards ceremonies.

The categories this year feature:

Today, Classic Rock Magazine announced the nominees for this year’s awards including the listener and fan-voted categories:

Best New BandAwarded to the best new rock band
Blues Pills
Deaf Havana
No Sinner
Royal Blood
The Cadillac Three
The Golden Grass
The Strypes

Band Of The Year – Awarded to the most exciting rock band
Black Sabbath
The Black Keys
Guns N’ Roses
Iron Maiden
Queen + Adam Lambert

Film Of The Year
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London
Metallica – Through The Never
Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun, Hyde Park Live
Supermensch – The Legend Of Shep Gordon
The Doors – R-Evolution

Album Of The Year
Augustines – Augustines
Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
California Breed – California Breed
Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
Motörhead – Aftershock
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
The Temperance Movement – The Temperance Movement
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home

Reissue Of The Year Awarded to the best-embellished reissue
The Beatles – The US Albums
Deep Purple – Made In Japan: Deluxe Edition
Kiss – 40th Anniversary Kissteria Vinyl Boxset
Led Zeppelin – I, II & III Deluxe Editions
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell: 20th Anniversary Edition
Ramones – The Sire Years 1976-1981
Soundgarden – Superunknown: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Clash – Sound System Boxset
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat Super Deluxe Box Set
Yes – The Studio Albums 1969-1987

The all-important listener and fan votes can be cast now at Additionally, U.S. radio listeners will be able to vote on their Classic Rock radio stations’ websites, via a sponsored digital banner which will be made available by Krantz Media Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group (KMG) and digital partners TUNEGENIE and Classics Du Jour. AdLarge Media will be exclusively responsible for radio advertising sponsorship sales. Fans also can vote for their favourite Classic Rock radio station. Radio station winners will be recognized in the Major Market, Medium Market, and Small Market categories. More details on U.S. listener voting will be provided shortly.  Voting will close on Wednesday, October 22.

Make sure to get your votes in! This really is the ultimate in rock‘n’roll awards and as such will be broadcast in the U.S. on radio exclusively through KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group, it’s national programming partnerVH1 Radio.

Orange Amplification returns for a fifth year as a major partner in presenting the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. Joining them are new sponsors MixRadio, official hotel partners, the Sunset Marquis Hotel . Restaurant . Spa, Universal Music Group and Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum.

Stay tuned for more details on the event.

~ Marisol

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We recently brought you our coverage of State Line Empire as they delivered a Killer set at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco opening for Black Star Riders and Skid Row. You can read our coverage of that night here: State Line Empire at DNA Lounge. We then headed down to catch them perform at the legendary Whisky a GoGo, opening once again for Skid Row.  It was great to return back to the Whisky and it was another night filled with solid rockin sets!

We had the chance to chat with State Line Empire before their set and are pleased to bring that interview to you here:


The Whisky was packed and it ended up being a SOLD OUT show!  State Line Empire were on fire as they wowed the crowd with their rock n roll. It was awesome to talk with several of the crowd goers who had never heard of SLE and they were glad they got to see them. They were looking forward to catching them again. That is one thing for sure, if people were seeing State Line Empire for the first time, they definitely look forward to seeing them again. They even played a new song, Kill It With Fire,  which was a bad ass new track! We really look forward to their new album.

Check out Rockin Ryan’s photos from their set at the Whisky:

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If you don’t have it yet, make sure to pick up their  new EP “Raise Your Sins”, available on Itunes.  They just have everything you are looking for in a rock and roll band with a hint of metal strewn right in. You can read more about their EP review we did in September here.  Their new EP is filled with rockin hits and it is a bit heavier but also just enough old school touches to keep everyone happy.

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Visit their social media sites and stay up to date so you won’t miss any State Line Empire news.  I will leave you with a couple videos of State Line Empire for you to enjoy!

~ Marisol





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Last night we headed to the DNA Lounge in San Francisco to see State Line Empire as they were opening for Skid Row. The place was packed and The Devil in California opened the night with a solid set and then came State Line Empire for a ROCKIN set, and up next was Black Star Riders (Thin Lizzy) and headliner Skid Row closed out the night with a bang!


State Line Empire sounded great as they started off the set with a crowd favorite, Load Em Up. One thing is for sure, this band is never short on energy and they have an infectious rock vibe that spread through the crowd. If anyone arrived not knowing who State Line Empire were, they left that night being a devoted fan. They finished their set with another one of my favorites, Drive Me. Their set list for the night was:

  • Load em up
  • Into Pieces
  • Your Someone Else’s Problem Now
  • Know My Name
  • Lock & Load
  • Cross That Line
  • Raise Your Sins
  • Break Me Down
  • Drive Me

Check out the slide show of photos by Rockin Ryan from their set:


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In case you missed the show, you can catch State Line Empire this Saturday at the Whisky-A-GoGo as they will be opening once more for Skid Row. We saw State Line Empire perform earlier this year at the Whisky for one of their 50th Anniversary shows along with Fault Line, Jetboy and Faster Pussycat. They were awesome and the sound system at the Whisky has been upgraded and just as in January, expect to hear a fantastic show. Check out their performance of Drive Me here:


You can check out a tribute video that Rockin Ryan put together for State Line Empire that includes footage and photos from their last shows.


If you don’t have it yet, make sure to pick up their  new EP “Raise Your Sins”, available on Itunes.  They just have everything you are looking for in a rock and roll band with a hint of metal strewn right in. You can read more about their EP review we did in September here.  Their new EP is filled with rockin hits and it is a bit heavier but also just enough old school touches to keep everyone happy. Visit their social media sites and stay up to date so you won’t miss any State Line Empire news.

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~ Marisol

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Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil have just released their bad ass video for their song, I Forgive (But I Won’t Forgive Your Name) and it is awesome! It is one of my favorite songs off their new album, Broken Crown Halo. The entire album is filled with favorites from start to finish. They continue to keep making albums that take you on a musical metal journey that captivates you in every way. Check out the video here:


We also had the chance to chat with the beautiful and amazingly talented Cristina Scabbia when they stopped in Sacramento for their tour. It was one of my most favorite interviews that I have done, check it out here:



Lacuna Coil have been touring extensively in support of their highly successful album, Broken Crown Halo. After watching their spectacular set in Sacramento, I would strongly advise that you do everything to get yourself to a show and not miss them live. Lacuna Coil always deliver a set fueled with energy and captivates your every sense.  Check them out on the following tour dates:

  • April 30                           Ft. Lauderdale                   Culture Room


  • 02                           Ashville, NC                        The Orange Peel
  • 03                           Raleigh, NC                         Lincoln Theater
  • 06                           Monterrey, MX                   Café Iguana
  • 07                           Mexico City, MX               Liberation Music Company
  • 09                           Curitiba, Brazil                   Music Hall
  • 10                           Sao Paulo, Brazil               Carioca Club
  • 11                           Rio De Janerio, Brazil      Circo Voador
  • 16                           Columbus, OH                   Rock on the Range
  • 18                           Milwaukee, WI                  Eagles Hall
  • 20                           Fargo, ND                           The Venue
  • 21                           Lawrence, KS                     Granada
  • 22                           Dallas, TX                           Trees
  • 23                           Pryor, OK                           Rocklahoma
  • 24                           San Antonio, TX                River City Rockfest
  • 25                           Houston, TX                       Scout Bar
  • 27                           Chicago, IL                          Bottom Lounge


I will leave you with a tribute video by Rockin Ryan for their song, Nothing Stands in Our Way which features photos and footage of their Sacramento performance.

~ Marisol


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Cristina Scabbia


We told you earlier about Lacuna Coil‘s CD Release Party/Concert on April 1st at the Roxy. Details are here.  Now, we are pleased to bring your our interview with the beautiful and amazingly talented Cristina Scabbia.


We met up with Cristina before her spectacular set at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, Ca on March 23rd. We are pleased to bring you our interview here:



We are all excited for the release of their new album, Broken Crown Halo as a couple of the songs have been getting a tremendous amount of attention and airplay.  Die & Rise was one of the highlights of their set last night at the Sacramento show and the crowd just went wild. It is amazing to watch the intensity that Lacuna Coil brings to life on the stage. You are absolutely captivated by all five of them during their performance.  It was an amazing set and I hope you can catch them live when they come to a town near you.  Check the tour dates listed below:


  • 3/25/14 @ Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, ID
  • 3/27/14 @ Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
  • 3/28/14 @ The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
  • 3/29/14 @ Top Deck – Farmington, NM
  • 3/30/14 @ Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
  • 4/1/14 @ The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA


  • 4/2/14 @ Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
  • 4/4/14 @ The Lucky Mule – Abilene, TX
  • 4/5/14 @ Malls Of America – San Antonio, TX
  • 4/6/14 @ Brewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi, TX
  • 4/8/14 @ Juanitas Cantina Ballroom – Little Rock, AR
  • 4/9/14 @ Strange Brew – Shreveport, LA
  • 4/11/14 @ Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL


4/12/14 @ Central Florida Fairgrounds – Orlando,FL


  • 4/14/14 @ Exit/In – Nashville,TN
  • 4/16/14 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
  • 4/17/14 @ Austin’s – Libertyville, IL
  • 4/18/14 @ POV’s – Spring Lake Park, MN

98 ROCKFEST 2014:

4/25/14 @ Tampa Bay Times Forum – Tampa, FL


4/26/14 @ Jet Blue Park – Ft.Meyers,FL


4/27/14 @ Metropolitan – Jacksonville, FL

Broken Crown Halo

After watching their spectacular set Sunday night, I would strongly advise that you do everything to get yourself there and not miss this event. Lacuna Coil last night fueled the energy in the venue and delivered an intense set that you wished would never finish. Make sure to mark your calendars for April 1st and get to the ROXY! You can also pick up the album on Itunes or Century Media on April 1st.

Check out the lyric video for “Die & Rise” which is off of their new album:


~ Marisol

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