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I first saw Ian McLagan, fittingly seated behind a keyboard, with the Rolling Stones in 1981. There was obviously a lot going on around him – Mick preening, Keith chopping at his guitar, Ronnie Wood playing to the crowd – but I couldn’t take my eyes off him. I’d discovered the Small Faces about a year before after being given the US compilation There Are But Four Small Faces by the guitarist in my first band. It had changed my life. Now, here was the band’s inimitable keyboardist, in the flesh. I don’t remember much more than flashes of that…

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Nothing could have prepared me that day for meeting Keith Moon. His nickname was Moon the Loon and for good reason — Keith John Moon, born on August 23, 1946, was a certified madman. Maybe he wasn’t certifiable but he was certainly one misunderstood individual. There have been so many stories written about him that I figured some of them must have been made up because there was no way he could have been as crazy as all that. I’m still not sure if he was. But he did throw television sets out of hotel room windows and he did…

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Trendy Towne, Southern California Sick and tired of everyone telling him his writing “sounds like an Onion article,” humor writer Dixon B. Tweenerlegs committed suicide yesterday by intentionally fighting a gorilla, which, ironically, was the exact subject of an Onion parody piece in October of 2009. Sheriff’s department spokesman Steve Hannah said Tweenerlegs’ mangled, feeble writer’s-body was found torn in two – the top half inside a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Studio City, the bottom half draped over a table outside a Starbucks in West Hollywood – two places Tweenerlegs frequented.  “You don’t often see suicidal writer’s body parts…

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The Who at Staples Center; Los Angeles When Pete Townshend said the din of his amplifiers in 1964 was emulating that of a WWII bomber plane, he wasn’t kidding. Anyone can play the guitar like a buzz saw. Not everyone can shower you in shrapnel or cause puncture wounds with the sound of searing steel. It’s 2013. Townshend is nearly 68 years old. But this was his original manifesto: to reflect in music and words the new-found freedoms and challenges of post-war England; to reflect back at The Who’s followers their own struggles and desires. 1973’s Quadrophenia may have been written specific…

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Thanksgiving is immediately followed by a brutal month of Christmas music overload. They’re inescapable; every radio station, department store, and building lobby pummels us with treacly tunes of the season.  So when a great song rises above the holiday hype, it deserves recognition. Such is the Drifters’ version of the yuletide classic “White Christmas.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aShUFAG_WgM Bing Crosby’s 1942 version of the Irving Berlin classic is perhaps still the most memorable — recorded for the movie Holiday Inn.  As American soldiers shipped out to fight overseas, the song’s story of wishing to be home for Christmas touched millions, and White Christmas…

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On Tuesday night, one of those special “Hollywood events” took place at the Roxy Theatre. Celebrating the release of the soundtrack to Judd Apatow’s new film This is 40 were Graham Parker & the Rumour, Lindsey Buckingham and Ryan Adams. Apatow and This is 40 star Paul Rudd were both in the building, but the night was more of a showcase for the soundtrack’s very talented musicians. Buckingham and Adams both performed short solo sets before Parker & the Rumour played a career-spanning set to a room of longtime fans and industry folk. Adams and Buckingham were stellar. Adams’ short three-song set included tender…

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RECAP: OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC FESTIVAL DAY 2 & 3 (Text and photos by Adrian Garro/Rock Cellar Magazine) The final two days of the Outside Lands Music & Art Festival were just as good, if not better, than the already-great first day. Here are our highlights from Saturday and Sunday’s festivities. Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons Kicking things of on the Sutro stage were Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, whose blues-inspired folk-rock sound was the perfect introduction to the day. Songs like Tennessee and Born Again (from their 2009 album Death Won’t Send a Letter) were earnest and affecting,…

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ANI DIFRANCO at the Orpheum Theatre – March 24, 2012 It’s not that she’s wiser or less incensed, maybe not even that’s she’s feeling more joy and less shame, but something about Ani DiFranco has evened out over the years. One could chalk it up to age and motherhood, and likely she would herself, but the reasoning is irrelevant. Though she’s far from being at peace with the world, there’s a sort of serenity that surrounds her now – and just as remarkably, it’s mirrored back from her once overly-rowdy crowd. Despite canceling her show the night before in Las…

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They’re as important as our own children. Or more so. Rock musicians are no exception – some of the biggest names in music history owned canine companions, and were often photographed with them for magazine spreads, in candid photos or just for their private collections. Whether you’re a “dog person” or a “cat person”, there’s no denying the warmth of a picture of a smiling human and his or her faithful mutt – be they dolled up in fancy pet clothes or haggard and dirty, fresh off an afternoon rolling around in the backyard mud pit. Here are some of…

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For those of you who are following the story of the stolen Rembrandt sketch “The Judgment” as closely as we are, there seem to be more questions than answers. Art world insiders and casual observers alike love a good art-heist, and are no doubt hoping for this story to explode into a sexy, cinematic blockbuster – The Ritz-Carlton Affair – with Robert Pattinson as a young Pierce Brosnan.  Truth is, with the introduction of a “brainy hot babe” we’re almost there. Rock Cellar Magazine has dug a little deeper to look at the different angles on this story, many of…

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