Rock Music

16 Feb 19
Steve Prentice Guitarist

I was watching a YouTube video the other day which talked about “everything that is wrong with modern music.” The host of the video, who goes by the name of Thoughty2, wasn’t even old. Probably around 23. He wasn’t one of those 70-something prog rock old-timers spouting on about today’s music, but instead, he presented […]

16 Feb 19
Brynailey: Always and Forever

To understand the complexity and nuance of Brynelle Rozario, one need not look further than the interior of her 2013 four door Nissan Sentra.  The black floor mats peeking through a layer of loose sheet music, thrift store cardigans, and miscellaneous gas station food wrappers, the side door storage panels overflowing with used tissues and […]

16 Feb 19
Metal Anarchy

Andy Black (Black Veil Brides) has announced that his new solo album “The Ghost Of Ohio” will be released on April 12. You can find a video for the effort’s first single “Westwood Road” below: Black told Rock Sound the following about the new song: “‘Westwood Road’ is about being so fucking miserable while sitting […]

16 Feb 19
Ray Hanselman

What be those sounds unheard but there the motion radio waves of country tunes or opera of news or rock enclaves Of bantering voices pontificate their bents and strong reproach of violins and strong trombones and words from hometown coach The classical and easy chords The rap, the blues, the prance the easy listening and […]

16 Feb 19
Round the World in 188 Days

Our taxi to Guayaquil airport went smoothly and we spent some time in the lounge before our departure to Baltra, the smaller island adjacent to Santa Cruz, which is where the airport is located (there is a second airport on the island of San Christobal, from which we would fly back to the mainland). There […]

16 Feb 19
Daily Breeze
By Shannon M. Hoffman, Contributing writer The British band Queen, who are back in the limelight with the Oscar-nominated film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” continues its resurgence locally as the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory opens “We Will Rock You” this weekend. The PVPAC student production at the Norris Theatre is one of the first in the South Bay, as the musical was just released for amateur licensing. “We Will Rock You” is a jukebox-style musical that takes place 300 years into the future. It’s a post apocalyptic world where originality is forbidden. Rock ‘n’ roll has yet to be discovered. The only hope for creativity rests with a group of bohemians who fight for individuality and musical freedom. “I think it’s great for any generation,” said Cassidy Amberg, 17, who plays Scaramouche, one of the bohemians. “This is music that even I grew up listening to even though it wasn’t cool and hip, I think it’s music that lasts a lifetime. I don’t think there’s very many people who haven’t heard (these songs.)” The show will feature hit songs such as, “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and of course, “We Will Rock You.” “It’s a super fun show, it’s very futuristic … There’s a lot of dance numbers and everyone knows the music,” she said. “I’m having a good time.” It was all a pleasant surprise when Joel Sluyter, conservatory director at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts, learned that the 2018 movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” would be coming out so close to their student production. “We have to come up with all the shows about a year in advance and this one caught my eye because of the Queen music. Who doesn’t love Queen?” Sluyter asked rhetorically. “It was a complete accident. I had to decide way before I even knew about the movie … it’s kind of crazy.” But, “timing is everything” he said and the movie helped bridge the generational gap. “Most of the kids were extremely excited by the musical because of Queen. The movie helped it get popular with the younger generations. They knew the music already so it actually made it easier,” he said “Everyone’s talking about Queen. Queen will always be in style. This generation is falling in love with it and the next generation will too, it’s just something everyone will continue to love.” Many international productions have followed the original, and “We Will Rock You” has been performed on six continents around the world. “Queen has held a special part in my life since I as a kid,” said 15 year-old Hayden Kharrazi who plays Galileo. “So, it was a very smooth process when it came to learning the music in the show.” Even though Queen came out in the 1970’s a majority of the student performers were already familiar with their music, said Kharrazi, except for “some little ones who aren’t too familiar.” “Even before we found out (we were performing “We Will Rock You,”) we listened to Queen constantly, aside from our usual music theatre songs we love to listen to,” he said. “The harmonies are so diverse and difficult you’re always learning something new even if you’ve heard the song over a hundred times—it’s pretty incredible.” The harmonies singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury mastered come as a challenge to the group of teenagers. Amberg said she bought a vocal steamer and is drinking hot tea every night to help take care of her voice since the show is so vocally challenging. “Everyone right now is kind of on a Queen high which is why so many people are going to want to come see this show and if they do they’re going to really enjoy it,” Kharrazi said. The 91st Academy Awards is set for Feb. 24 and “Bohemian Rhapsody” is nominated for five awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing. If you go When: Performances of “We Will Rock You,” are Feb. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 24,at 2 p.m. Where: Showtimes at The Norris Theatre,  27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates Tickets are $15 for youth ages 17 and under and $30 for adults, plus a $7 facility fee on each ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 310-544-0403 or visit palosverdesperformingarts.com.
16 Feb 19
Taylie's Blog

We are often moved by beautiful music, paintings, pictures, movies, or landscape. These aren’t bad things but even the most beautiful things we’ve ever seen can’t even come close to the beauty of God and his presence. I think we often forget that everything that we see that is beautiful or good comes from God. […]

16 Feb 19
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By Shannon M. Hoffman, Contributing writer The British band Queen, who are back in the limelight with the Oscar-nominated film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” continues its resurgence locally as the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory opens “We Will Rock You” this weekend. The PVPAC student production at the Norris Theatre is one of the first in the South Bay, as the musical was just released for amateur licensing. “We Will Rock You” is a jukebox-style musical that takes place 300 years into the future. It’s a post apocalyptic world where originality is forbidden. Rock ‘n’ roll has yet to be discovered. The only hope for creativity rests with a group of bohemians who fight for individuality and musical freedom. “I think it’s great for any generation,” said Cassidy Amberg, 17, who plays Scaramouche, one of the bohemians. “This is music that even I grew up listening to even though it wasn’t cool and hip, I think it’s music that lasts a lifetime. I don’t think there’s very many people who haven’t heard (these songs.)” The show will feature hit songs such as, “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and of course, “We Will Rock You.” “It’s a super fun show, it’s very futuristic … There’s a lot of dance numbers and everyone knows the music,” she said. “I’m having a good time.” It was all a pleasant surprise when Joel Sluyter, conservatory director at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts, learned that the 2018 movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” would be coming out so close to their student production. “We have to come up with all the shows about a year in advance and this one caught my eye because of the Queen music. Who doesn’t love Queen?” Sluyter asked rhetorically. “It was a complete accident. I had to decide way before I even knew about the movie … it’s kind of crazy.” But, “timing is everything” he said and the movie helped bridge the generational gap. “Most of the kids were extremely excited by the musical because of Queen. The movie helped it get popular with the younger generations. They knew the music already so it actually made it easier,” he said “Everyone’s talking about Queen. Queen will always be in style. This generation is falling in love with it and the next generation will too, it’s just something everyone will continue to love.” Many international productions have followed the original, and “We Will Rock You” has been performed on six continents around the world. “Queen has held a special part in my life since I as a kid,” said 15 year-old Hayden Kharrazi who plays Galileo. “So, it was a very smooth process when it came to learning the music in the show.” Even though Queen came out in the 1970’s a majority of the student performers were already familiar with their music, said Kharrazi, except for “some little ones who aren’t too familiar.” “Even before we found out (we were performing “We Will Rock You,”) we listened to Queen constantly, aside from our usual music theatre songs we love to listen to,” he said. “The harmonies are so diverse and difficult you’re always learning something new even if you’ve heard the song over a hundred times—it’s pretty incredible.” The harmonies singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury mastered come as a challenge to the group of teenagers. Amberg said she bought a vocal steamer and is drinking hot tea every night to help take care of her voice since the show is so vocally challenging. “Everyone right now is kind of on a Queen high which is why so many people are going to want to come see this show and if they do they’re going to really enjoy it,” Kharrazi said. The 91st Academy Awards is set for Feb. 24 and “Bohemian Rhapsody” is nominated for five awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing. If you go When: Performances of “We Will Rock You,” are Feb. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 24,at 2 p.m. Where: Showtimes at The Norris Theatre,  27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates Tickets are $15 for youth ages 17 and under and $30 for adults, plus a $7 facility fee on each ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 310-544-0403 or visit palosverdesperformingarts.com.
16 Feb 19
Nico Diaz Music Blog

I am very proud of the beat that I have made with MIDI. My keyboard was the main tool used to create my MIDI song. One of the instruments used in the track is the drums. Using MIDI, I created a simple drum pattern, it sounded like something that would be in a rock song. […]

16 Feb 19
Deadline

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. Despite final balloting being halfway done (Oscar voters, you have until Tuesday at 5 PM PT), and campaigns still in high gear leaving no rock unturned and no opportunity to reach straggling voters untaken, much of the air in the room this week has been […]

16 Feb 19
Truth and Tolerance

I’ve taken the time to write about rock music I like, but what about rock music I don’t like? Here are some lists of some bands that make me change the radio station every time they come on, categorized by levels of distaste. Never liked ’em, never will: Green Day: It isn’t the music I […]

16 Feb 19
Brazil Beat

Insólito UniVerso, La Candela del Rio – Part of the diaspora fleeing two failed tyrants, these Venezuelans in Paris, like ex-pats everywhere, find their own way of holding on to home. Like ’60s/’70s psychedelia, they meld folk traditions stretch them out and art them up. In these eight tracks over 45 minutes diffuse melodies meander […]