Author Archives: Michael Berick

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).

Congrats To This Year’s American Music Award Nominees

Yesterday, the Americana Music Association announced its nominees for the 16th annual Honors & Awards Show. It might sound like a cliche but each category is packed with greatness. Sturgill Simpson notched the most nominations with three: Album of the … Continue reading

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Welcome Back, Long Ryders, a True-West-ern & an Individual

A couple of old favorites have new, or upcoming, releases, that I wanted to share. The Long Ryders were one of the first of the 80s alt.country rock outfit. The SoCal-bred band last year unveiled a comprehensive 4-CD retrospective, Final … Continue reading

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Archives Alive Anniversary Edition: UPDATED: Monterey Pop, Grateful Dead, Sgt. Peppers, Stills & Collins

1967 was a huge year in rock music. It basically started with the Doors’ debut album and ended with Magical Mystery Tour. It is hard to keep up with all the anniversaries, but here are some recent new items. The … Continue reading

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Mining The Archives: Nesmith, Campbell, Garcia, Hendrix…

Always a good day when I can spread some good news about Michael Nesmith. On April 18, his Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff (Crown Archetype) will come out and to coincide with its publication, Rhino will release a companion CD, … Continue reading

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November Desk Clearing: Tift Merritt, Chuck Prophet, Wild Reeds And Morphine

The Grammy Museum has added 25 important songs to its Hall of Fame. The new tunes are: Arlo Guthrie – “The City of New Orleans” The Beach Boys – “I Get Around” Billie Holiday – Lady Sings the Blues Blind … Continue reading

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Go See Hear In L.A. Nov. 18-22 (the Leon Russell/Mose Allison edition)

While I ponder how Thanksgiving is a week away, here are some shows to check out before then..   Fri. 11/18 Top Shows: Blue rock pioneer and hall of famer John Mayall will be at the Rose in Pasadena. The … Continue reading

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Go See Hear In L.A. Nov. 12-15 (and a remembrance of Leonard Cohen)

Still looking for weekend music? Let me share some shows, once over lightly. Sat. 11/12 Top Show(s): The 50th Anniversary of the Sunset Strip Demonstration will be commemorated at the Echoplex with performances from Love Revisited, the Pandoras and more. … Continue reading

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