Formed 1966 and initially called Purple Earth Quake, this Berkeley, California-based band was not only a permanent presence on the Bay Area music scene for more than a decade, but they gathered loyal followings throughout scattered pockets of the world
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This was the one where Ritchie Blackmore refused to go on stage, because it was not yet sunset — and he felt that would dim the impact of Deep Purple’s lightshow.
I find it necessary to make it clear that it takes a whole lot of patience to listen to the good 90 minutes of music on Big Wheel And Others.
Pianist Connie Crothers and tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones color outside the lines on Live At the Freight, a duo recording taken from a session in August of 2011 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley.
Stationed in Oakland, California, Felsen plays the kind of music that’s easy to groove to as well as to kick back to and absorb the poetic content.
For all of its well-deserved accolades, the Beach Boys’ 2012 reunion was missing two irretrievable elements. This remastering of a 1976 performance at Anaheim Stadium makes clear just how important the late Carl and Dennis Wilson were.
I try my best not to judge an album by its cover or a band by its name. But every now and then one of those things catches my attention.
Operating out of Alhambra, California, the Second Helping signed on the dotted line with the local Viva label, where they issued three singles during their livelihood.
From San Diego, California came the Monroes, whose impossibly infectious “What Do All The People Know” stalled at the #59 spot on the national charts in the spring of 1982.
Copping a cue from the Beatles, the Byrds and the Vejtables, the Whatt Four figured it would be quite hip to misspell their name. Yes, that was the thing to do back then, and such a practice continued on