Music Friday Blog

  • Music FridayLive! launches bilinqual show

    musicala_logo_300.jpgMusic Friday Live! has teamed up with Gypset Magazine to produce an hour a week English-Spanish radio show/podcast featuring the rising fusion artists of Los Angeles.  the south and East sides of LA have become bubbling cauldron of talent throwing together cumbia, banda and ranchera and rap and rock and jazz into new music genre, ALM (American Latino Music) and we will have the hot new artists first.

  • Salme previews her new albun

    salme_t-shirt_300sq.jpgThe EDM Queen of New York City will drop in this Friday to give a peek at her new, just about ready to go album.  This has been in the works for months and we are honored she is giving Music Friday listeners an early crack at it.  She will only be on a few minutes at the top of the hour, so tune in at 11 am PT/ 1pm ET.

  • Thug metal? That is what they call it. Jey of Solus Deus enlightens us

    dubup._300sq.jpgEvery now and then I like to step out of my comfort zone, in this case into very, very heavy metal.  Anyone who listens to this show regularly knows I lean toward alt-rock, American Latino Music, singer/songwriter, folk, pop, rock and jazz rock.  I am not a metal fan, but ever since I had the metal guitar genius Xander Demos on the show and he walked us through good metal, I keep my ears cocked for quality metal music. And when I find it, I put it on the show.

    There is a segment of metal that lives in images and themes of over-the-top Halloween symbology and horror movies iconography, and is lots of fun.  Solus Deus has taken that a step further. The horror imagery is there - and it is pretty camp - but the music is very skillful and it demands a careful listening.  It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but a lot of us don't drink tea and this fit perfectly.  Tune in while we talk to a superb musician who can tickle our funny bones while letting us explore new parts of our ears if we take the time to listen.  It will be fun.

  • Athena's debut USA album release. A long road and a triumph

    album_cover_300sq.jpgThe Greek-English (and Californian) singer/songwriter Athena joins us Friday, a few hours before she sets up and mic checks for her release party that night in Hollywood.  The new album, Ready for the Sun, Part 1 (she will explain why it is Part 1 on the show) is a triumph of songwriting, singing and producing.  I was fortunate enough to be at an early listening session with her producer and band members while the album was in process and could see then how good it was going to be.  There is a reason the BBC did a documentary on Athena.  Now that she is her in the music capital of the world, she is growing and blossoming musically even more - she is indeed ready for the sun.

    She joins us Friday live, so have your questions ready because you will be able to call in a talk with her. Plus, we have a preview copy of the record and will play some samples.

  • Kris Angelis entertains us in Hollywood

    kris_at_mic_lights_.300sq.jpgKris Angelis pulls off both great singing and great entertainment.  Standing onstage at the bordello-like listening room at Bar Lubitsch with her band and Mallory Trunnell from Crimson Calamity providing backup vocals, she sang like her namesake angle and cracked up with stories and conversation.  

    She gave us seven tight songs, some from her first album, The Left Atrium,  and some from her new EP, Heartbreak is Contagious. Angelis is a high energy, hardworking super talented phenomenon and it showed in her stage presence and her connection with the audience. Her very first album won the LA Music Critics Best Female Album Award of 2013 – no mean feat.  She also acts in film and TV, raises money to rescue child soldiers, brings music to underserved communities, and performs in venues  on both coasts. She has toured with Songs & Whispers, opened for Tyler Hilton, played at the prestigious New Orleans House of Blues, made the finals in the Belk Southern Musician competition,  played at Sundance, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and many other festivals and tours around the world.   

  • Destiny Malibu is fascinating. We talk this Friday

    Destiny._close_up_300sq.jpgI have not seen Destiny Malibu live but I plan to as soon as I can.  Her songs have great hooks and great production.  She has figured out "commercial" very early, but she does it with her own twist.  For a 20-year-old, she has figured out a lot about the music business.  Being named one of the 25 Break-Out Artists of 2016, by Shutter 16 Magazine was a big break.  Not only does it give her bragging rights, it brought her to my attention, as Shutter 16 is one of my review outlets.  She is a California born and based 20-year old phenomenon. Her 2015 song "Love Hurts" shot to  #1 on the Local ReverbNation Pop Charts. Though new to the scene as a solo artist -- Destiny was  5  when she first appeared on Univision as part of al tribute for 911 victims  -- before turning 12,  Destiny had written 5 songs played on local radio stations. She has just released a new song, "Oblivion"  and will be touring this summer to support it.

    So here I am, listening to her 2015 song "Love Hurts" , which made  #1 on the Local ReverbNation Pop Charts, and queuing up her new song, "Oblivion" with an eye to the changes and growth I am sure is there. As the father of a 20-something daughter, I know that things can change fast in a year. Tune Friday and we will talk about how much and what growing up fast is like when you are singing for your supper.


  • We talk to Los Hollywood this Friday

    los_hollywood._3_in_color._300sq.jpgI first saw Los Hollywood at the Los Globos club in Los Angeles.  They were part of a lineup of ALM bands each with a distinctive take on Latin-Rock-Blues-Rap fusion that is ALM.  I really was taken by their music.  All inSpahish, with English conversation between songs, I knew exactly what they were singing about.  I was doubly taken when I learned their history.

    Almost a decade ago,Heidy Flores, Gustavo Mojica and Marcos Mondragón came together and launched what was then a much more risky project, fusion music mostly in Spanish.  This was before bands like Los Lobos, La Santa Cecelia and Ozomatli had opened up gringo audiences and began to shape what is now ALM - American Latino Music. They landed Grammy-winner Thom Russo to produce their debut EP and it was a hit.  Lind of  retro, kind of Chicano rock, flavored with brit-pop , mostly in Spanish, but occasionally they interrupted themselves in English.  Altogether a grat fun album and promise of things to come.

    The other part of their history that interested me is that they are truly a cross-border band.  Founder Heidy Flores is a US-born Mexican-American but her songwriting partner, Marcos Mondragón, is Mexican and currently working just over the border from their San Diego base in Tijuana until he can get a visa.  Which means that the band can't always play with him.  Never the less it works and works well.  Their song CUCU has some of the best hooks in pop music and is on the top of my playlist.  Tune in this Friday and talk with them.

  • Rocking out at the Ventura Blues Festival

    blues_fest._300.jpgRocked out this past weekend at the Ventura Blues Festival, held at the Camarillo Arts Center, and made possible by Shock Top ale, Guitar Center, 955 KLOS, Doug Deutsch Publicity and many others.  This is a small, very comfortable and well organized event for dyed-in-the-wool classic  blues fans and blues festival junkies.  Great food, plenty to drink, good vendors, super restrooms and a neighborly, fun vibe.  The talent was first rate, ranging from 2014 Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist Rae Gordon to the incandescent Delgado Brothers of East Los Angeles, winner of the   2016 International Blues Challenge. Others onstage included guitar virtuoso Pete Gordon, the always entertaining and smiling Dallas Hodge, and Portland-based  Deb Ryder, belting the blues with her band.

    The festival was laid out in a soccer field next to the center (an former school) and worked very well both logistically and in terms of sightlines and  - despite a few speaker glitches – sound.  Plenty of room to dance, plenty of vendors to tour and food for every taste, all of which could be washed down with Shock Top ale, a selection of Plan B Wines, and Patron shots.  Fans spread blankets, beach chairs and  sunblock and spent the kind of afternoon  that is so rare in these days of mega music productions.  I recommend it.  Check out the videos at my YouTube channel and photos on the Music Friday Facebook page.

  • Jessica Rotter is back at Music FridayLive!

    jessica_rotter_at_mic._hnd_up_300_sq.jpgGetting Jessica Rotter on the show has been an adventure, b ut a good one.  She was scheduled about a month ago and had to cancel because of a TV shoot.  then we did manage to get her back for a 3 min introduction.  Following that, she released her debut album, Plains, and I attended and reviewed the party and met her in person. Now, she is back for a full interview and we have the album to lay for you. She has a lot of stories to tell about her musical family, her TV career, and maybe a surprise or two.  This wsill be fun.


  • Kris Angelis joins us Friday

    kris_at_mic_lights_.300sq.jpgApparently I was in the same room with Kris Angelis Tuesday and didn't know it.  I may have even talked with her and didn't know it.  We were both at a sound stage at the Red Studios in Hollywood Tuesday afternoon for the shooting of an episode of Audience Music, the AT&T sponsored music and interview show on DirectTV. We likely stood next to each other as we rocked out to Martina McBride who was being taped for the show.  So now I must see Kris live next week at her performance in Hollywood at Bar Lubitsch.  But in the meantime, I have the pleasure of interviewing her and playing her songs this Friday.