September 17, 1990 |
A low organ note shook the hall, the mouth of a 40-foot sphinx opened, and the four members of Kiss strode from it onto the stage of the Long Beach Arena on Friday as laser beams inscribed the sky. America loves nothing better these days than rock 'n' roll survivors, and conventional wisdom has it that Kiss' many, many years in the business have earned them a place as elder statesmen of rock, dean to the generations of lipsticked rockers who followed their lead.
April 21, 1990 |
Some long hair was tossed, a well-muscled lead singer named Spike found a way to remove his shirt midway through the first song, a whammy bar shrieked NNNGAOOOWWww- wee- wee-wee! But what the Orange County band Mind Over Four played at the club Hollywood Live on Thursday was far more dissonant than anything you'd expect from journeyman hard-rockers.
November 30, 1987 |
Some of L.A.'s Rock 'n' Roll Landmarks: 1--Whiskey a Go Go: Birthplace of the Doors and Buffalo Springfield and one-time home to Otis Redding, Them, Van Halen. 2--Beverly Hills Hotel: The original "Hotel California." 3--Hard Rock Cafe: Elvis' motorcycle and guitar are inside, a 1950s Cadillac outside. 4--Alta Cienega Motel: Where Jim Morrison lived much of his adult life. 5--A&M Records: Former Charlie Chaplin studio that became site of "We Are the World" recording by USA for Africa.
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May 14, 1989 |
FIREHOSE "fROMOHIO." SST . 1/2 Guitarist and singer Ed Crawford is, like this recording, a product of Ohio, and the San Pedro-based power trio's third LP finds them aiming for a straight-to-the-heartland message. They balance their familiar dice 'n' slice, genre-leapin' riffin' with more straightforward song structures, ranging from the edgy "What Gets Heard" and the jittery Latino funk of "In My Mind" to the road-dog rockers "Time With You" and "Some Things" to the anthemic "The Softest Hammer."
November 4, 1986 |
When Iggy Pop (then Iggy Stooge) whirled out of Detroit in the late '60s dancing like James Brown and singing his cranked-up white suburban blues, he came on as a nightmare offspring of American culture, a vision of the heartland gone haywire. He hit the rock world like a fragment of anti-matter trailing a comet's tail of debris. His confrontational performances and crude intensity formed the foundations of heavy-metal, and he embodied the attitude that would later crystallize as punk.
June 21, 1987 |
* * * "GYPSY BLOOD." Mason Ruffner. CBS Associated. If the success of Robert Cray and the Fabulous Thunderbirds means that record buyers are developing a taste for blues-based American rock 'n' roll, Mason Ruffner deserves to be that audience's next discovery. On his second album, the Texas-based guitarist, singer and songwriter stomps his way through a batch of greasy, trashy roadhouse rockers, some of them dressed up in synthesizers and other modern duds.