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LA Players: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Here Comes My Girl”

Since his breakthrough success in the late ‘70s, with his band, the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty has established himself as one of the first names in American rock. Hits like “Refugee,” “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “I Won’t Back Down” have made Petty a mainstay on classic rock radio for more than 30 years now. Outside of the Heartbreakers, he has enjoyed a career as a solo artist and as a member of the late ‘80s super-group, the Travelling Wilburys whose membership included the likes of Read More

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LA Venues: The Echo/Echoplex

 

The Echo and the Echoplex are two of the most important music venues to have sprung up on the eastside of L.A. in the last decade. The clubs are essentially offshoots of  the former Club Spaceland, which was widely regarded as the pioneering venue of the eastside rock scene. But while Spaceland was primarily a rock venue, the Echo and the cavernous Echoplex are more diverse in their booking practices.

 

 

And while both clubs do feature bands, they also play host… Read More

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LA Venues: The El Rey Theater

 

The El Rey is yet another great L.A. deco theater. Built in 1936, it’s got sweeping staircases, an outdoor patio, a cafe and a balcony lounge. And it’s located in the Miracle Mile area of L.A., a preserved art deco district. For 80 years it was a first-run movie theater, and didn’t become a live Read More

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Nashville Venues: The Loveless Café / The Loveless Barn

Make sure to motor a few miles outside of Nashville to the Loveless Barn and the Loveless Café. Back behind the long-standing and world-famous café (where the buttery biscuits, hams and jams are seriously the best of all time) is the Loveless Barn, a versatile music venue that’s home to special concerts by the likes of Montgomery Gentry and Rascal Flatts as well as… Read More

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Nashville Venues: Grimey’s / The Basement

One of the smallest and grungiest spots for live music in Nashville, The Basement is situated beneath Grimey’s Record Shop (an independent record shop that’s time and again ranked one of the world’s best). Both establishments are owned by the affable Mike Grimes and both feature live music. During the day, you’ll definitely want to peruse Grimey’s.

 

Located inside a house on 8th Avenue between a… Read More

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Tascam Guitar Player Gadgetry: Two Must-Have Tascam Toys

Tascam has been making seriously great contributions to the world of guitar players since the early 1970s. They’re actually credited with the invention of the portastudio—a mobile recording studio of sorts, the first ones of which actually used cassettes as their recording media! Anybody remember cassettes?

 

Anyway, what’s probably most impressive about Tascam is the variety of the stuff they make— since they began as a… Read More

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