Live Review: The Strands at Room5 – Hollywood

The Strands at Room5: glass smooth almost-jazz with a cinematic bite to old and new songs Patrick O’Heffernan (Hollywood) The Strands are a rare wine of music; like a fine cabernet sauvignon that is impressively good at first taste but gets richer, smokier and more complex as you continue to listen.  By the time lead […]

The Future of Rock? – OFFPEAK Review

Think about some of your favorite artists and songs – now think about what it is about them that makes you like those artist and songs. Is it the lyrics? The melodies? Maybe the vocals or the music itself? No matter what it is, you are connected to the music in one way or another, […]

Jill Jack at Molly Malones (Los Angeles)

Jill Jack at Molly Malone’s: high energy, woman-centered, heart aching country rock Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles)  I never miss a Jill Jack show in Los Angeles if I can help it, which is why I made sure I got a front table at the legendary Molly Malone’s this weekend because I knew that this was […]

The Old Hippy: Top Ten *Ballin' Songs: 1964-1973

Top Ten *Ballin’ Songs: 1964-1973 *having sex, making love, doin’ it, etc. First, an explanation of music-listening from fiftyish years ago: we used record players, Hi-Fi’s, turntables and, in the car… eight track tape players. Each different method of listening affected the dynamic of the party. Obviously this is a short list, for we had […]

John Mayall – Find a Way to Care (Review)

John Mayall Find a Way to Care: 70 years of singing the blues and still exploring Patrick O’Heffernan John Mayall is on a tear. Last year he released his first studio album in five years, A Special Life, and in April of this year he released John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live 1967 (Never Before Heard […]