It’s The End Of The Sunset Strip As We Know It (And I’m Fine With That)

By Art Daniels

shutterstock_SunsetStrip-600x330A little while back, more than a few people were surprised to find out that two ‘iconic’ Sunset Strip establishments were closing. Both the House Of Blues Sunset Strip and Hustler Hollywood were announced that they would not be around by the end of 2015. What is going to be built in their places? Word on the street is luxury hotels.

Blech. That was my first reaction. Just what we need. More hotels and less music venues? Complete bullshit. Let’s forget about Hustler, and if it’s harder to buy sex toys in West Hollywood, so be it. But the idea of the LEGENDARY House of Blues not being around anymore is soul crushing.

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Super Duper Alice Cooper: A True Masterpiece

By Andrew Bansal

sdac_squareHeaded by Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen, Banger Films Inc. is a Canadian production entity founded merely 10 years ago but has already won plenty of accolades for their manner of depicting the hard rock and heavy metal world through documentaries such as ‘Metal: A Headbangers Journey’, ‘Global Metal’, ‘Iron Maiden: Flight 666′, ‘Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage’ and the ‘Metal Evolution’ TV series. Their latest endeavor ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ is their take on Alice Cooper’s rock ‘n roll journey, had a limited theatrical run in April this year, was released on DVD/Blu-Ray via Eagle Rock Entertainment in June, and is a markedly huge departure from anything Banger Films has done before. I watched it for the first time only a week or so ago, and albeit late to the party, I’d still very much like to tell all my readers why this movie is a masterpiece in every sense. Continue reading

The Art Daniels Blog – Three Years Gone

By Art Daniels

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Greetings from the west coast!

I know its been a long time since we have talked. I’m really sorry about that. I’ve been busy living here in Los Angeles. In fact, this week marks my three-year anniversary of living here. I know it sounds crazy that I’ve lived here so long and believe me, it doesn’t feel like it at all. Let me catch you up to speed on all that has happened to me. Continue reading

Whiskey Blu: Hollywood’s Newest Rock Venue

By Andrew Bansal

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Located in the busiest part of Hollywood on the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Las Palmas Ave, Whiskey Blu is the newest rock bar/lounge in town, and following a couple of soft openings in its first few weeks, it held its grand opening last Friday July 18th, with all-female hair metal/boogie rock quartet Glam Skanks as the featured performer. Continue reading

2014 Mid-Year Recap: Best Albums

By Andrew Bansal

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2014 has come to its halfway point, and it’s that time of the year when we look back at its first six months and spotlight some of the best music to have come out during this period. As always, I’ve given a thorough listen to every single album released between January 1st and June 30th, and have excluded EPs, live albums, split albums and reissues from consideration. There’s already been a ton of great offerings across all sub-genres of hard rock and heavy metal this year, and as expected, it was tough to shorten the list and then rank the ones chosen. Without further ado, here’s my list of the 14 best albums of the year so far. Continue reading