Music Friday Blog

  • Whitney Tai on the rise. This Friday

    whitney_head_eyes_closed._300sq.jpgWhitney Tai is rapidly joining the likes of My Bloody Valentine, LUSH and Gemini in moving dreampop to the foreground of music.  Alway more of a description than a genre, she is solidifying the genre with her songs, her persona, her performances in the LA club scene.  We expect to see great things from her and look forward to talking with her this Friday.

  • AOEDE publishes her memoirs

    Aoede__headshot_300sq.jpgAfter over a decade of fighting a debilitating disease, producing records, writing children's plays, writing songs, producing records and theater, winning global music awards, being up for Grammy consideration, Lisa Sniderman, aka AOEDE, has decided to put it down on paper and tell the story to date.  We talk with her about that story and whey she decided to write memoirs in the middle of her career.

  • The new head of the HOB Music Forward Foundation

    nuirit__head._300sq.jpgThis Friday we get to talk with Nurit Siegel Smith, the new Executive Director of the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, who will tell us about her vision for how the foundation can use its $1 million a year in grants to help music education.

  • From Russia with fun and Little Red Riding Hood

    eva_civic_center_300.jpgEva Mikhailovna immigrated to California  - Riverside, specifically - from Russia with her parents. What as a family entertainment became her career, sing-songwriter.  She creates a mixture of old European stories and tunes with modern beats and fun.  If you go to one of her joyful concerts, you will likely howl as she sings "Little Red Riding Hood".

  • This Friday: LA's Dark underbelly.

    joy_headshot.300sq.jpgI have known about the dark underbelly of afterhours Hollywood parties, drinking, drugs, predation on young musicians trying to make connections and please music executives for sometime.  The children of celebrities, rich kids, older executives who move the party from the club to the pad up in the hills and wake up the next afternoon with whose knows whom.  We will get a closer look at that scene this Friday through the stories and songs of Joy Autumn and new album Midnight.

  • Three Great Women this Friday

    GChavez_CostaRica_SpencerSelvidge_300.jpgOur annual analysis of our guests found that over 60% of our guess are women.  We don't plan that - it just happened.  I guess one reason is that a lot of bands are led by/fronted b y women who are then the spokespersons.  But another reason is the huge numbers of independent women in music, not just singers, but drummers, bass players, lead guitarists,  you name it, they play it.  This week we have three hugely talented women who have collected awards and fans a plenty with guitar playing, singing, songwriting and going above and beyond to help others. Male or female, you will want to hear what these women have to say and sing.

  • Three guests and 2 premiers this week.

    matt_legrand._jeff_smith_phtog.300sq.jpg "NewFriday" this week when we premier new songs and new talent. A new album for NOVALIMA, a new song for MITRE, and new artist MATT LEGRAND 11 - noon PT 9/14/18.

  • Play music on the Porch Day last weekend. Fun!!

    porch_sign_300.jpgLast week was Play Music on the Porch Day, a movement that started in Highland Park neighborhood of LA and is now in 650 cities worldwide.  I attended the Highland Park celebration and was linked to a celebration in Zimbabwe.  One of my favorite local bands, The Mexican Standoff headlined at the Highland Park Senior Citizens Center (don't let the name fool you - it was big community event sponsored by LA City Councilman Jose Huizar).  video at

  • Two great American women. Electro Pop and Country Blues

    tammie_shannon_300.jpgTwo women from opposite ends of the music world, but with stories of survival and success.  Tammie Shannon sings Southern Blues and makes it universal to everyone. Kim Cameron creates dance tracks that you just cannot sit still to.  And they have fascinating stories to tell.

  • Aretha Franklin. #respect

    650x350_aretha_franklin_young.jpgWe will miss you. 

    You will always have our R.E.S.P.E.C.T