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Stone Temple Pilots carry on with Chester Bennington

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington – 2015 Tour
House of Blues – Hollywood, CA

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Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington - 2015 Tour

Stone Temple Pilots, with Chester Bennington on vocals, packed the House of Blues in Hollywood on Monday, April 13. They’re currently on a short tour in support of their latest release, High Rise. Brooklyn three-piece Dreamers opened the show with a 45-minute set.

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Twenty One Pilots turn Majestic Madison into ‘House of Gold’

Twenty One Pilots – 2014 Tour
Majestic Theater – Madison, WI

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Twenty One Pilots - 2014 Tour

Relentless touring and electric performances have developed a strong following for alt-rock duo Twenty One Pilots. They pulled into the Majestic Theater in Madison, Wis., on April 16 for a midweek love-fest with 600 of their biggest fans.

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Public Image Ltd return to Chicago with grace

Public Image Ltd. – 2012 This Is PiL Tour
House of Blues – Chicago, IL

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Public Image Ltd - PiL - 2012 This Is PiL Tour

John Lydon, sporting a mohawk and loose fitting tie, took the stage with Public Image Ltd. at Chicago’s House of Blues promptly at 9 p.m on Oct. 21, 2012. Never one to follow the status quo, PiL performed sans an opening act. The mostly older crowd were treated to a lengthy two-hour set from the iconic rocker. They are touring on their first studio release in twenty years, “This Is PiL.”

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The Rave welcomes Rise Against

Rise Against – 2012 Endgame Tour
The Rave / Eagle’s Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI

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Rise Against - The Rave - 2012 Tour

Rise Against pulled into The Rave in Milwaukee on Sept. 16, a day after headlining 2012 Riot Fest in Chicago. Their energetic set had fans spilling over the rail within seconds their first song, “Survivor Guilt” from “Endgame.” Guitarist Zach Blair and vocalist Tim McIlrath were all-systems-go from the opening note, both leaping about the stage and feeding off the fans’ energy.

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The Dirty Heads rock the Norva

The Dirty Heads
The Norva – Norfolk, VA

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The Dirty Heads - 2012 Cabin by the Sea

The Dirty Heads and Matisyahu rolled into The Norva on August 20, 2012, sharing a co-headline bill. Fans packed into the sold-out venue in Norfolk, Va. and welcomed both artists with raised arms and plenty of love.

Nearly four years after the release of their debut, “Any Port in a Storm,” The Dirty Heads finally dropped their follow-up, “Cabin by the Sea,” in June. The indie release features the same reggae-influenced fusion of surf-rock and rap that made their first effort so endearing.

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Halestorm on the Carnival of Madness Tour

Carnival of Madness Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Halestorm is having a fantastic year and one of their big breaks came in the most unlikely places….Glee.  While Glee is one of those shows that it’s either loved or hated, one can’t deny the fact that having a song or an entire album featured on the show means being exposed to millions that may not have heard the music before.  Around the time of Glee Halestorm also released the EP Hello, It’s MZ. Hyde and then soon after the full album, The Strange Case Of …, which rose to the top of the charts and I personally can’t think of another band who deserves it more.

Joe Storm of Halestorm

Joe Storm of Halestorm

Photos: Halestorm on the Avalanche Tour

It has been awhile since I’ve seen Halestorm live; it was back in 2010 on the Uproar Tour. I actually ran into Lzzy backstage while interviewing New Medicine and she couldn’t have been more kind and welcoming.  Back in 2010 they were the openers on the main stage and today are headlining their own shows and are currently second on the bill of the Carnival of Madness Tour right under Evanescence. After the Carnival of Madness Tour wraps up in the US, the band is headed to Europe through the fall.

Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)” Official Video

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

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Evanescence Brings the Carnival to the Midwest

Carnival of Madness Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Evanescence was back at the Rave last night in Milwaukee. It felt like Amy Lee and the band were just there a couple months ago, when in actuality it’s almost been a year. The band took Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen’s group, The Pretty Reckless, on tour as an opening act. This fall Evanescence hit the road with Halestorm, Chevelle, Cavo, and New Medicine on the Carnival of Madness Tour.

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Ever since the band announced the release of their third studio album, the band has been on the road and hit some of the major rock festivals this summer. The band even performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway in January. Last night Evanescene returned to the Rave before they embark on their UK leg of the current tour.

Evanescence – “My Heart Is Broken” Official Video

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Evanescence Tour Dates

08/21/2012      Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
08/23/2012     Rock The Rapids Music Festival – Grand Rapids, MI
08/24/2012     DTE Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
08/26/2012     Toyota Park – Chicago, IL
08/28/2012     Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
08/29/2012     PNC Amphiteatre – Holmdel, NJ
08/30/2012     Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
09/01/2012     Tanglewood – Lenox, MA
09/02/2012    Buffalo Outer Harbor Site – Buffalo, NY
10/11/2012     Chevrolet Hall – Belo Horizonte, BR10/06  Rio de Janeiro, Brasil @ HSBC Arena
10/07/2012     Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Live Music Rocks (Espaco das Americas)
10/11/2012       Recife, Brasil @ Chevrolet Hall
10/13/2012      Fortaleza, Brasil @ Ceara Music Festival
10/21/2012     Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Costanera Sur
10/23/2012       Santiago, Chile @ Arena Movistar
10/25/2012       Lima, Peru @ San Marcos Stadium
10/25/2012     San Marcos Stadium – Lima, PE
10/27/2012     Planeta Terra Festival – Bogota, CMB
10/30/2012     Estadio Saprissa – San Jose, CU
11/01/2012     Figali Convention Center – Panama City, PA
11/05/2012     Nottingham Arena – Nottingham, UK
11/06/2012     Manchester Arena – Manchester, UK
11/08/2012    Birmingham NIA – Birmingham, UK
11/09/2012     London Wembley Arena – London, UK

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Ellie Goulding is back with Halcyon! Listen to “Anything Can Happen” Now!

Ellie Goulding just released the lyric video for her first single off her sophomore album HALCYON, which is due out in the US on October 9th via Cherrytree/Interscope Records. Halcyon is the follow-up to her highly successful debut Lights. Lights was the best selling debut album in the UK in 2010 and certified double-platinum in the US.  Her hit single “Lights” has already sold over 2.9 million copies, which is an impressive feat these days.

The video is for “Anything Could Happen” and contains Instagram photos from her fans.

If you dig it, the single is available for purchase on iTunes:

In Photos: Knotfest 2012 at the Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor Slipknot Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor of Slipknot

Somerset Amphitheater
Somerset, WI

All photos by Paul Weber at

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God returns to the US stage at Knotfest

The first annual Knotfest kicked off August 17th in Slipknot’s homestate of Iowa and performed an additional date on Saturday, August 18, in Somerset, Wisconsin at Somerset Amphitheater. The line-up for this inaugural festival included headiners, Slipknot, Deftones, Serj Tankian, Lamb of God, Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Urge, Prong, Gojura, and more. Photos of Saturday’s performances are below.

Serj Tankian KNOTFEST 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Serj Tankian of System of a Down

Serj Tankian KNOTFEST 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Serj Tankian of System of a Down


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Chino Deftones Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

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Corey Taylor Slipknot Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor of Slipknot

Garbage brings Pondamonium to Madison

Garbage – 2012 Pondamonium
The Duck Pond at Warner Park – Madison, WI

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Garbage - 2012 Pondamonium

Garbage walked away from music over seven years ago, smack dab in the middle of their 2005 tour. Road burn-out coupled with a loathing of their record label simply pushed them over the edge. A creative rumbling brought them back together in late 2010 for a self-produced, independent effort. The result was the same Garbage feel with a modernized, electronic vibe called “Not Your Kind of People” that was released in May 2012. Needless to say, their true-to-the-core Madison fan-base were more than ready for Garbage to hit the stage at Pondamonium.

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Fear Factory at WIIL ROCK FEST

Fear Factory
WIIL Rock Fest
Shadow Hill Ranch
Twin Lakes, WI

Fear Factory is:
Burton C. Bell – lead vocals (1989–present)
Dino Cazares – guitar (1989–2002, 2009–present)
Matt DeVries – bass (2012–present)
Mike Heller – drums (2012–present)

Legendary metal band Fear Factory is currently on tour with Shadows Fall and coming off their performance at the Gathering of the Juggalos. Their fall tour is not just contained to the US; Fear Factory is set to perform in South America, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. In October the band will team up with the Devin Townsend Project for a co-headlining tour for 2 months in Europe and the UK.  All the touring is to support their new album, The Industrialist, that was released on June 5, 2012 on Candlelight Records.

On Saturday they hit the mainstage of 95.1 WIIL Rock’s 20th Anniversary bash at Shadow Valley Ranch in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

Photos of Fear Factory’s set at WIIL ROCK FEST:

FEAR FACTORY – The World Industrialist Tour 2012:
08.10.12     Fort Wayne, IN       Pierre’s
08.11.12      Twin Lakes, WIWIIL Rock Fest – Shadow Hill Ranch
08.12.12      Mt Clemens, MI       Emerald Theater
08.14.12     Pittsburgh, PA      Alter Bar
08.15.12     Sayerville, NJ      Starland Ballroom
08.16.12     Poughkeepsie, NY      The Chance
08.17.12     Reading, PA       Reverb
08.18.12     San Juan, Puerto Rico      Anfiteatro Tito Puente – Parque Luis M. Marin
08.19.12      Amityville, NY        Revolution
08.21.12     Charlotte, NC       Tremont Music Hall
08.22.12      Jacksonville, FL        Freebird Live
08.25.12      Valencia, Venezuela       GILMANFEST
08.27.12     Sao Paulo, Brazil       Caricoa Club
08.29.12     Asuncion, Paraguay      Estacion Central
09.18.12     Tokyo, Japan       Club Quattro
09.19.12     Nagoya, Japan       Club Quattro
09.20.12     Osaka, Japan       Akaso
09.22.12      Auckland, New Zealand       Powerstation
09.26.12      Brisbane, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.27.12     Sydney, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.28.12      Melbourne, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.29.12      Adelaide, Australia      Unibar
09.30.12      Perth, Australia       Capitol
10.27.12      Nottingham, England       Rock City10.28.12Folkestone, EnglandQuarterhouse
10.29.12      Strasbourg        LA LAITERIE
10.30.12      Esch-Suralzette, Luxembourg       Kulturfabrik
10.31.12      Hamburg, Germany       Logo/Grunspan
11.02.12      Alborg, Denmark        Alborg Metal Festival
11.04.12      Oslo, Norway       Betong
11.06.12      Helsinki, Finland        The Circus
11.07.12     Helsinki, Finland       The Circus
11.08.12       Tampere, Finland       Pakkahuone
11.11.12      Copenhagen, Denmark       Amager Bio
11.12.12       Berlin, Germany       C-Club
11.13.12       Koln, Germany       Essigfabrik
11.14.12       Karlsruhe, Germany      Substage
11.16.12       Bordeaux, France        Barbey Club
11.17.12      Durango, Spain      Plateruena
11.18.12      Porto, Portugal       Hard Club
11.19.12      Lisbon, Portugal       Paradise Garage
11.20.12      Seville, Spain        Fanatic
11.22.12      Madrid, Spain       Penelope
11.23.12      Valencia, Spain       Rock City
11.24.12      Montpellier, France        Le Rockstore
11.25.12      Milan, Italy        Magazzini Generali
11.26.12      Pratteln, Switzerland       27
11.28.12      Muchen, Germany       Backstage Halle/ Werk Arena
11.29.12      Vienna, Austria       Arena
11.30.12       Ljubljana, Slovenia        Kino Siska
12.01.12       Zagreb, Croatia        Boogaloo
12.02.12      Budapest, Hungary        A38
12.04.12      Warsaw, Poland       Progresja
12.05.12       Poznan, Poland        Eskulap
12.06.12      Prague, Czech Republic       Roxy
12.08.12       Geiselwind, Germany       Christmas Metal Festival
12.09.12       Klokgebouw, Holland       Metal Fest
12.10.12       Paris, France       Bataclan
12.11.12       Antwerp, Belgium        Trix
12.13.12       Wolverhampton, England       Wulfrum Hall
12.14.12       Glasgow, Scotland       ABC
12.15.12       Manchester, England       Ritz
12.16.12      Bristol, England       Academy
12.17.12      Southhampton, England       Mo’ Club
12.18.12      London, England         London KoKo

Set Times for Knotfest in Iowa and Minnesota are Posted!

Knot fest 2012

The first ever Knotfest is set for August 17 and 18, 2012 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, respectively.  The line-up includes headliners Slipknot with  Deftones, Serj Tankian, Lamb of God, Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Urge, Prong, Gojura, and more.  Set times for the two shows are below.

August 17, 2012 – Council Bluffs, Iowa (Mid-America Motor Complex)

Doors: 2:00 PM

Main Stage
Slipknot: 9:30PM-11:00PM
Deftones: 7:20PM-8:20PM
Serj Tankian: 5:25PM-6:15PM
Prong: 3:55PM-4:35PM

Second Stage
Lamb of God 8:25PM-9:25PM
Machine Head: 6:20PM-7:15PM
The Urge: 4:40PM-5:20PM
Dirtfedd: 3:20PM-3:50PM

August 18, 2012 – Minneapolis, MN (Somerset Amphitheater)

Doors: 1:30 PM

Main Stage
Slipknot: 10:20PM-12:00PM
Deftones: 8:10PM-9:10PM
Serj Tankian: 6:10PM-7:00PM
Dillinger Escape Plan: 4:30PM-5:10PM

Second Stage
Lamb of God: 9:15PM-10:15PM
Machine Head: 7:05PM-8:05PM
Cannibal Corpse: 5:15PM-6:05PM
Prong : 3:45PM-4:25PM
Gojira: 3:00PM-3:30PM

Can’t make it to either date? No problem! Knot Fest teamed up with TODOCAST and Event View Live to stream “SLIPKNOT Live at Knotfest” starting Saturday, August 18. To reserve and purchase, visit:  Fans all over the world have 30 days to watch the show.

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This Band’s Original Line-up is Back!

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Pictured l to r: Carah Faye Charnow, Jeremy Dawson, Chad Petree, Mikey Martin
Photo credit: Benjy Russell

Carah Faye Charnow was the original singer for Shiny Toy Guns and helped drive the band to it’s fame back in 2006 with “Le Disko” and “You Are The One” from their debut We Are Pilots. After 6 years Carah is back and Shiny Toy Guns is set to release their third album, III, October 9th via Five Seven Music.

The band also released the video for their first single off III on Vevo today. Watch “Waiting Alone” below.

Shiny Toy Guns – “Waiting Alone” off their upcoming album III

Shiny Toy Guns around the net:

Cage the Elephant’s “Starry Nights Music + Arts Festival” September 28 & 29, 2012

Cage the Elephant Hangout Music FestivalI see the new trend in live music is just to start your own music festival if you have a recognizable name in the industry.  Ozzy has been doing it for years (Ozzfest), Dave Matthews attempted it last year (Dave Matthews Band Caravan), and Metallica just started theirs this year (Orion Music + More Festival).  While this is news to me, Cage the Elephant’s Starry Nights Music + Arts Festival is in it’s second year running.  The band made great strides in Kentucky, and for that, the band created the Starry Nights Music + Arts Festival and this year it takes place September 28 & 29, 2012 just outside of Bowling Green, KY at Ballance Farms.

Tickets are $45 including fees and camping. Tickets will go on-sale on July 20th at 10:00 AM Eastern at

For more information on Cage and the Starry Nights Music Festival:


2012 Lineup:
Cage The Elephant
Portugal. The Man
Manchester Orchestra
Justin Townes Earle
The Whigs
Sleeper Agent
Moon Taxi
JEFF The Brotherhood
Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s
Morning Teleportation
Wild Belle
Space Capone
The Kingston Springs
Five Knives
Bad Cop

Lach and Friends Playing Edinburgh This Friday

At Henry’s Cellar Bar
(8 Morrison Street, Edinburgh)
On Friday July 20. Mark Your Calendars.
Admission is only £5. Age limit: 18+.
Show starts at 7pm. Lach hits at 9pm (but get there early for the openers, they are all fantastic!)

Hey All

I will be previewing my Edinburgh Alternative Fringe show, ‘Up The Anti!’ this Friday at Henry’s. featuring songs from all my past releases, unrecorded stuff, weird stories with a “humorous edge”. In other words a good ol’ Lach gig!
Candythief: Candythief is the musical persona of Diana De Cabarrus. Diana first emerged with a Fence Records release in 2005 and by 2007 was voted second best female act (after Bjork and before PJ Harvey) in the Is This Music? year end poll. Her songs have been heard on BBC Radios 1, 2, 6 and BBC Scotland and she’s shared the stage with everyone from Razorlight to King Creosote.
William Douglas: Brilliant Edinburgh songwriter. Feature act on the upcoming Song by Toad Records release ‘Lach’s Antihoot’.
Lee Patterson: A guitar slinging, roots songwriting force of nature also to be featured on the soon to be released Antihoot CD!  -Lach

Upcoming Lach shows:

July 20 – Edinburgh – Henry’s Cellar Bar
August 2-25: Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Lach’s one-man show, Up The Anti! at The Hive Weds-Sats at 8pm
Lach’s Antihoot at The Counting House Ballroom nightly midnight -2am.
September 6 – Leicester – Yorkshire House
September 8 – Nottingham – Guitar Bar
September 9 – Portsmouth – The Cellars
September 11 – London – 12 Bar Club
September 14 – Porth – The Factory
September 15 – Liverpool Lomax
September 16 – Lancaster – Yorkshire House

Atmosphere’s Remaining 2012 Tour Dates

atmosphere 2012 tour datesAtmosphere is coming off their Australian and  New Zealand leg of their summer tour with labelmates Evidence.  They recently played Summerfest and set to wrap-up the tour in the US with stops in Anchorage, AK with Brother Ali and Abstract Rude, two Rock the Bells performances in San Bernardino, CA and Mountain View, CA respectively as well as Chicago’s Northcoast Festival on September 1st. Atmosphere’s final North American tour date of 2012 will be Atlanta’s CounterPoint Festival September 28th.   All tickets for the final set of dates go on sale Friday, July 20th. Dates are below.

I Self Devine

09.07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze Outdoors
09.08 – Fargo, ND @ The Venue @ The Hub
09.10 – Bozeman, MT @ SUB Ballroom
09.11 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre
09.12 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
09.14 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
09.15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox @ The Market
09.16 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
09.17 – Ashland, OR @ Ashland Armory
09.19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
09.20 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
09.21 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
09.22 – Lubbock, TX @ Wrecker’s
09.24 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
09.25 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
09.26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East

Milwaukee music fans celebrate Independence Day at Summerfest

311 / David Gray / The Joy Formidable – 2012 Summerfest
Summerefest – Milwaukee, WI

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311 - 2012 Summerfest

Milwaukee was treated to a bevy of talent for Summerfest’s Fourth of July festivities. It was delivered with a bit of irony in that our independence from Great Britain was celebrated with a handful of musical acts from the United Kingdom. Iron Maiden, David Gray and The Joy Formidable headlined alongside 311, Ziggy Marley and The BoDeans.

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In Photos: Robyn at Summerfest

Miller Lite Oasis

Robyn Summerfest Miller Lite Oasis 2012

On Sunday night Robyn headlined the Miller Lite Oasis stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She capped a day full of electro-pop music from Chicago’s own Pyro Fighters and Dot Dot Dot.

Photos from Robyn’s set at Summerfest:


Dirty Heads’ “Cabin by the Sea”

Dirty Heads
Cabin by the Sea
Release Date: 6/19/2012
Dirty Heads Cabin by the Sea CoverI usually shy away from album reviews but when I opened the FedEx package on my doorstep and found the new Dirty Heads album complete with promotional rolling papers presumably to accompany the album, I decided to take a second look because obviously this was intended to take my worries away and make everyone feel great.

In 2008 The Dirty Heads splashed onto the music scene with their debut album Any Port in a Storm, this year, on June 19, 2012, they will follow up with their long-awaited album Cabin by the Sea. Cabin is a true master class that sticks to the So-Cal alternative rocker vibe that The Dirty Heads are known for. When popping the disc in the dash of the car the first chord of “Arrival instantly enthralls you and throws you into the cabin by the sea with a group of friends enjoying life the way it was intended to be. The song that really struck a chord with me was “Spread Too Thin” because I think everyone can relate to being pulled in many directions every day and wanting to just slow down  for a minute and this album allows you to take a break and do just that. Cabin is the perfect summer album; it ranges from that summery feel-good reggae like the song “Your Love,” to the hip-hop vibe in “Smoke Rings,” and some poppy acoustic in the title song Cabin by the Sea, which is perfect for the sunny summer.

I personally love Cabin by the Sea, every time I listen to this album it takes me away from the daily grind and monotony. There are many collaborations in this album with the likes of features collaborations with Matisyahu, Del the Funky Homosapien, Rome, and KyManiMarley. One of the coolest parts of this album is the DVD that came in the package. The DVD takes you behind the scenes in the process of the day-to-day for the two week recording process at Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas. Cabin by the Sea is a must have for the summer and it hits the shelves on June 19.

2012 Rocklahoma sizzles with talent

Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Music fans from across the U.S. converged upon the small town of Pryor, Oklahoma for the annual Rocklahoma music festival on Memorial Day weekend. The three-day event took place Friday through Sunday, May 25-27, and included its best lineup to date.  Prior incarnations relied on 80s hair-metal bands, whereas the 2012 bill featured artists that varied from old-school bands such as Queensryche and Megadeth to Southern rockers Jackyl and Black Stone Cherry to Christian artists P.O.D. and RedCreed, Rob Zombie and Chickenfoot were featured as Main stage headliners over the three respective days.

Major artists were spread over two adjacent stages, Main and Hard Rock, such that music alternated virtually non-stop from 4:00 p.m. until well past midnight every night. A pair of smaller stages, Retrospect Records and Axis Campground, provided additional performances from smaller local and independent bands. VIP tickets offered reserved bench seating and standing room pit access for the Main stage, while the remainder of the festival grounds were grass-covered, general admission spaces open to all ticketed patrons.  Roughly 20,000 fans graced the wide open fields each day.

Adelitas Way returned to Rocklahoma and opened the Main stage on Friday with a full-throttled set that got the early crowd primed for a weekend of music.  They played at their typical frenzied pace despite a heat index over 90-degrees. Frontman Rick DeJesus got more people moving after he staid, “Fill this front up so I can jump off the f–king stage.”  They did and he kept his promise by crowd surfing after they closed their set with “Invincible”.  Cavo followed with a 45-minute set but lacked Adelitas’ enthusiasm despite an otherwise solid performance. Chevelle brought back the energy but suffered from sound problems near the front.  Vocalist Pete Loeffler was often drowned out from the bass that resonated from concrete slabs that defined the Main stage pit.

Friday’s highlights were appearances by Slash [show review], featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and Creed [show review] who each produced sets of the highest caliber.  The lineup was wrought with irony in that Myles Kennedy also performs with Alter Bridge (a.k.a. Creed sans Scott Stapp).  Mark Tremonti, guitarist for both bands, later tweeted, “Great to hang with Myles and Slash. This was the first time Scott and Myles had a chance to meet!”

Redlight King gave a standout performance on the Hard Rock stage on Friday. Canadian musician Mark Kasprzyk fronts the new band, having found previous success touring as Kazzer. Redlight King goes beyond the radio friendly rock hit, “Bullet in My Hand,” with the chill rap “Old Man” that’s influenced by Neil Young’s classic hit. Kaz had great stage presence, while his smooth rap and capable voice are a complete package.

Saturday’s lineup stepped it up a notch.  With Anti-Mortem and Trivium on the bill, fans were going get a taste of the hardcore.  The latter annihilated the Hard Rock stage, generating the largest most pit of the weekend. When it appeared as though Trivium had hit their stride, they closed their set with an explosive rendition of Metallica’s “Creeping Death.”

Main stage artists Pop Evil, 10 Years and Theory of a Deadman provided a more mainstream rock experience for those not wanting to mosh. Pop Evil put in a strong ten-song set with hits “Hero,” “100 in a 55,” “Boss’s Daughter” and “Last Man Standing.”

10 Years always play with an acute determination and Saturday was no different. Both vocalist Jesse Hasek and bassist Lew Cosby were shirtless by the end of their set in the blazing Oklahoma sunshine. They performed a couple songs from their forthcoming album, Minus the Machine.  Hasek joined the crowd to sing “Shoot It Out” amongst the fans, at least as far as his mic cord would take him.

The Darkness reunited recently and the English outfit turned out their trademark 80s-meets-90s hairmetal laced with Justin Hawkins uber-falsetto vocals. Hawkins appeared in his Evel Knieval-styled leather pants and strutted about with a smile that went ear-to-ear. For many it was a new experience but others were stoked to see The Darkness back together.

Megadeth and Rob Zombie closed out the Main stage with a vengeance, while Volbeat was sandwiched between on the Hard Rock stage. Megadeth’s technically challenging riffs have been a mainstay of their sound for the past three decades. Guitarist Chris Broderick is the perfect complement to Dave Mustaine’s over the top fretwork. Dave Ellefson returned to his rightful place on bass for the last album. They gave a headline-worthy show and primed the crowd for Zombie.

Volbeat took charge of the Hard Rock stage and lit up the crowd for 45-minutes.  The Danish rockers finally broke through to U.S. audiences with their latest Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. Their style can best be described as Social Distortion meets Slayer, with catchy hooks and uptempo transitions that pairs like fine cuisine. Their live show takes it to the next level and they impressed a huge crowd.

Rob Zombie’s music from the macabre capped the night in spectacular fashion. Lights, fire, smoke and a stage-show that showed the Hollywood side of Zombie was a feast for the senses. This was a set that was best seen from a distance, those sitting too close had to  constantly move their heads back and forth to keep up with Zombie’s frenetic pace.

Sunday saw Rocklahoma return to its roots,  leaning toward classic rock with some Southern rock thrown in for good measure.  Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry paired well with Jackyl. Both had the crowd begging for more.

Puddle of Mudd usually give an upbeat performance, frontman Wes Scantlin has been known to climb scaffolding during their show.  However,  Scantlin was anemic, barely moving beyond center stage during their 45-minute set. Despite his lethargic presence, his voice was sharp and they gave an otherwise solid set.

One of Sunday’s highlights was an early evening appearance by Aranda. They hail from Oklahoma and rewarded their local fans who made the trek to Pryor. Brothers Gabe and Demeon Aranda share vocal duties, each garnering a hit with rock radio with their current, independent release Stop the World.

Art of Dying have been moving up the rock food chain with heavy rotation on rock radio and an abundance of touring (2011 UPROAR, 2011 and 2012 Avalanche). Good music with matching personalities, Art of Dying are living a dream and show no signs of slowing down.

Sunday closed with Seattle rockers Queensryche leading into Chickenfoots headline set. Geoff Tate’s operatic vocals are the basis of their sound, but their intricate melodies punctuated by Scott Rockenfield’s incessant pounding on the kit are intricately tied to Queensryche’s unique style. Rather than opening with an upbeat track, they chose to start with the slower-paced “Get Started.” Tate’s vocals were completely lost to the music, showing up only briefly during the quieter “Silent Lucidity.” Tate was obviously flustered, shrugging to the crew at side-stage between songs. He was obviously belting it out but his voice just wasn’t projecting beyond his monitors.

Supergroup Chickenfoot had a huge fan presence.  Sammy Hagar (vocals), Joe Satriani (guitar) and Michael Anthony (bass) were joined by Kenny Aronoff on drums. Founding member Chad Smith is currently on tour with his Red Hot Chili Peppers, a valid reason to be excused. Hagar is known for his dynamic performances and that’s exactly what Rocklahoma received.  Satriani is a guitar legend and a treat to watch perform.  Hagar and Anthony have a chemistry that dates back to their time together in Van Halen.  Calling their live show rock solid would be an understatement. No need for fancy effects, Chickenfoot simply came out and put the the rock in Oklahoma.

Though Rocklahoma lowlights were far and few between, the primary issue that frequently occurred was sound quality from Main stage vocal performances. Given that some artists had pristine sound, our conclusion was speaker placement coupled with the concrete channel directly in front of the stage greatly affected vocal sound quality.  Chevelle, 10 Years, Megadeth and Queensryche were adversely affected, even prompting Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate to comment how this year’s crowd “sucked” relative to their 2009 set.  Many in the front were calling out for the band to “turn up the mic” to no avail.

Several guitars, signed by an entire band, were auctioned for charity each day between the later sets on the Main stage.  Creed,  Slash, Chickenfoot, Rob Zombie and Motley Crue (from the previous year) fetched thousands of dollars apiece, ranging from over $4000 to $7000 apiece, with Slash pulling in the most money for the cause.  The final item for bid was a 2012 Rocklahoma tour poster that was signed by every band member that performed on the two large stages over the three days, generating another $5000 in donations.

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In Photos: Jackyl at Rocklahoma

Pryor, OK

Jackyl Rocklahoma Day 3 2012

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In Photos: Rob Zombie at Rocklahoma

Rob Zombie
Pryor, OK

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Rob Zombie Rocklahoma 2012

Rob Zombie headlined Saturday night at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma. Megadeth, Theory of a Deadman, 10 Years, Volbeat, and The Darkness were just a few others to take the main stages on Saturday.

Photos of Rob Zombie at Rocklahoma:

Rob Zombie’s remaining tour dates:

May 25      Valley Center, KS       Hartman Arena
May 26       Pryor, OK           Catch the Fever Music & Festival Grounds
Jun 15        Clisson, France        COMPLEXE SPORTIF DU VAL DE MOINE

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In Photos: Theory of a Deadman at Rocklahoma

Theory of a Deadman
Pryor, OK

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Theory of a Deadman Rocklahoma 2012

Theory of a Deadman took the stage on the second day of Rocklahoma. Also on Saturday’s bill were Rob Zombie, Megadeth,10 Years, Volbeat, and The Darkness.

Photos from Theory of a Deadman’s set at Rocklahoma:

Theory of a Deadman Tour Dates:

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In Photos: 10 Years at Rocklahoma

10 Years
Pryor, OK

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10 Years Rocklahoma 2012

10 Years took the stage on the second day of Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma. They were accompanied by Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Theory of a Deadman, 10 Years, Volbeat, and The Darkness on Saturday’s bill.

Photos of 10 Years’ set at Rocklahoma:

10 Years Tour Dates:

5/25/2012        Abilene, TX       Lucky Mule Saloon
5/26/2012        Pryor, OK        Rocklahoma Festival
6/27/2012        Jefferson, LA       Southport Hall
6/29/2012        Dallas, TX        Trees
6/30/2012        Houston, TX       Warehouse Live
7/1/2012           Corpus Christi, TX        Brewster Street Ice House
7/3/2012          Pensacola, FL       Vinyl Music Hall
7/5/2012          Tallahassee, FL        The Coliseum Tallahassee
7/6/2012         Knoxville, TN         The Valarium
7/7/2012          Chattanooga, TN        Track 29
7/8/2012          Nashville, TN           Marathon Music Works
7/10/2012        Balitmore, MD         Ram’s Head Live
7/11/2012        Sayreville, NJ        Starland Ballroom
7/13/2012        Portland, ME        Asylum
7/14/2012         Hampton Beach, NH         Wally’s Pub
7/15/2012          Bristol, CT         Bleacher’s
7/18/2012          Flint, MI             The Machine Shop
7/19/2012           Fort Wayne, IN          Piere’s
7/20/2012          Cadott, WI                    Chippewa Valley Festival Grounds
7/21/2012           Chicago, IL                 Bottom Lounge
7/22/2012           Sauget, IL                    Pop’s
7/24/2012          Fayetteville, AR         George Majestic Lounge
8/4/2012              Centreville, VA           Bull Run Park Events Center

In Photos: The Darkness at Rocklahoma

The Darkness
Rocklahoma 2012
Pryor, OK

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The Darkness Rocklahoma 2012

The Darkness, like Creed, is making a comeback. Their biography states, “There have been two albums. There has been a short break. As promised, the break is now over. A third album is currently being honed in the east of England.”  Their extensive tour ends in Barcelona, Spain, on October 6th. Their 2012 tour dates are below.

Photos of The Darkness at Rocklahoma:

May 25 Stubbs Austin, TX
May 26 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK
May 27 House of Blues Dallas, TX
Jun 02 Trondheim Rock Trondheim, Norway
Jun 08 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden
Jun 16 PLEIN AIR Vitoria Espagne, Spain
Jun 23 Gods Of Metalw/ Mötley Crüe Milan, Italy
Jun 24 Isle of Wight Festival Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom
Jun 29 Usce Park Belgrade, Serbia
Jul 06 T in the Park Kinross, United Kingdom
Jul 07 Snowhall Parc Amneville, France
Jul 08 Sonisphere Festivalw/ Faith No More, E… Amneville, France
Jul 14 Thetford Forest Brandon, United Kingdom
Aug 04 Woodstock Festival Widuchowa, Poland
Aug 14 Vasil Levski National Stadium Sofia, Bulgaria
Aug 16 Arena Nationala Stadium Bucharest, Romania
Aug 18 Wiener Stadhalle Bezirk Rudolfsheim Fünfhaus, Austria
Aug 21 Vingis Park Vilnius, Lithuania
Aug 23 Mežaparks Riga, Latvia
Aug 25 Tallinn Song Festival Grounds Tallinn, Estonia
Aug 27 Hartwell Arena Helsinki, Finland
Aug 30 Ericsson Globe Stockholm, Sweden
Aug 31 Ericsson Globe Stockholm, Sweden
Sep 02 Parken Stadium Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep 04 LANXESS arena Cologne, Germany
Sep 05 LANXESS arena Cologne, Germany
Sep 08 Twickenham London, United Kingdom
Sep 09 Twickenham London, United Kingdom
Sep 11 Evening News Arena Manchester, United Kingdom
Sep 15 Aviva Stadium Dublin, Ireland
Sep 17 Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 18 Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 22 Stade de France Saint Denis, France
Sep 24 TUI Arena Hannover, Germany
Sep 26 Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
Sep 27 Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
Sep 29 Sportpaleis Wilrijk, Belgium
Sep 30 Sportpaleis Wilrijk, Belgium
Oct 02 Mediolanum Forum Milan, Italy
Oct 04 Stade Charles-Ehrmann Nice, France
Oct 06 Palau St Jordi Barcelona, Spain

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Sing Sweet Songs in Minneapolis

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Cabooze Plaza – Minneapolis, MN

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 8 Cabooze Plaza

5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

I have always felt I am a hippie at heart, minus the whole sent of Patchouli. But I have found myself in the need of a hippie fix, what better way than with some Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! I arrived just in time to snag a beer and some cheese curds before their set in Minneapolis. The band hit the stage fashionably late. The crowd was going nuts since they were able to see the band backstage getting pumped before coming out. Once Alex came out he scoped out the stage. You could tell right away he likes to interact with the fans. As he stood on stage he reached his arm out disappointed he was not within arms reach of the crowd. That did not stop him! Many concert goers reached right back enticing him to get closer. He made his way by hurtling over giant amps to get to his fans. Then tight roped along the barricade. It was pretty awesome! I would like to apologize in advance. The band is giant and there was no way I was able to photograph each member. Many were hidden in corners of the stage and blocked by countless instruments on stage. I think my favorite part of the show wasn’t so much on stage but out in the crowds. Waaaaaaaaaaaaay in the back is what can only be described as a hippie mosh pit. Numerous fans gathered around dancing in a circle together. It was wonderful to see. Those are my kind of peeps!

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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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Edward Sharpe Set List

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Set List

5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

In Photos: Creed at Rocklahoma 2012

Rocklahoma 2012
Pryor, OK

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Creed Rocklahoma

Creed headlined the first night at Rocklahoma on Friday night. They are back with a new tour and new material in the works.  Their expansive tour started back on April 13th at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois, and runs through August 23rd in Palmer, Alaska.

Photos of Creed’s set at Rocklahoma:

Creed on Tour:

5-25-2012     Pryor, OK     Rocklahoma Festival
5-26-2012     St. Louis, MO     The Pageant
5-27-2012     Atlanta, GA     The Tabernacle
5-30-2012     Toronto, Canada     Danforth Music Hall
5-31-2012     Detroit, MI     Fillmore Detroit
6-01-2012     Brantford, ON     Brantford Hickeyfest
7-28-2012     Hot Springs, AR     Magic Springs
8-03-2012     Lincoln, CA     Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8-17-2012     Council Bluffs, IA     Stir Cove
8-21-2012     Fairbanks, AK     Carlson Center
8-23-2012     Palmer, AK     Alaska State Fair

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In Photos: Chevelle at Rocklahoma 2012

Rocklahoma 2012
Pryor, OK

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Chevelle played the Main Stage on Rocklahoma’s first of three days of pure rock.   They were joined on the bill alongside Adelitas Way, Cavo, Slash, and Creed.

Chevelle has a new album out now called Hat’s Off To The Bull, which is available to purchase here.

Photos from Chevelle’s set at Rocklahoma 2012:

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2012 Hangout Festival–a musical oasis on the beach

Hangout Music Festival
Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Crowd photos of Hangout Music FestivalThe sunny Gulf Shores of Alabama were treated to the 2012 Hangout Festival on Friday through Sunday, May 18-20. Four stages–Main, Chevrolet, XBOX, and Letting Go–and an expansive beachfront ensured that those who attended would be entertained.  Attendees agreed, purchasing the 35,000 allocated festival tickets within weeks of a 2012 lineup announcement that featured Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dave Matthews Band as headliners over the three day event.

Gates opened at 11 a.m. and parking logistic nightmares were assuaged by a shuttle system that efficiently transported concert-goers from west, east and northward distances to the Hangout entrance gates. Though there were some minor congestion issues that delayed travel early on Friday afternoon, the problems were resolved quickly by designating a lane of traffic exclusively for bus travel near the gates. Outside of staying within a few blocks of the festival grounds, the shuttle was easily the best method of transportation.

Check out photos from Day One: Jack White/Chris Cornell/Yelawolf/Alabama Shakes/Sleeper Agent/Dawes/Wilco

The Main and Chevrolet stages flanked the beachfront, while opposing one another with music rotating between the stages throughout the day. Fans who wished to arrive early and camp out on the sand all day for each day’s headliner were treated to shady conditions, the massive Main stage on the westward side of the beach blocked the sun by early afternoon. A large tented sculpture residing between the two stages provided additional shaded relief. XBOX sponsored a covered stage inland from the Chevrolet stage that hosted electronic and hip-hop artists. The Letting Go stage, inland from the Main stage and west of the XBOX stage provided a third rock stage.

These stages provided the cornerstones to the festival. Within their confines were plenty of food choices.  Options included a number of food trucks that comprised vegan and healthy alternatives to the ubiquitous pizza and hamburgers. Food stalls also provided local, Southern specialties such as Creole and seafood. Liquid refreshments were never more than a short walk away.  There were also enough restroom facilities and ATMs that a few minute wait in line was more of a rarity than the norm.

Crowd photos of Hangout Music Festival

In terms of music experiences, the Hangout Festival location on a sunny beach was close to paradise. Those who opted to pay extra for VIP perks had a number of options, including perhaps the nicest VIP package available at any festival.  The ‘Super VIP’ experience granted exclusive access to meal choices and unlimited beverages, but the highlight was access to a veritable oasis near the Main stage. The half of the Main stage closest to the beach was open to all attendees, but the inland side was limited to Super VIP patrons. The pit in front of the stage was standing room only, but just beyond that area (further left from the stage) were a pair of pools a mere 50-60 feet from the performers. Just beyond the pools was a shaded veranda with several hot tubs, bars and cushioned lounge chairs. Plush would be an understatement.

Crowd photos of Hangout Music Festival

One of the greatest benefits of a solid music festival is exposure to new music. This can be in the form of an up-and-coming artist, a newly reunited band or a musical genre that might typically fall outside a general listening range. Hangout offered jam bands, world-class DJs, gypsy punk, hip-hop, reggae, straight-up rock and roll and a touch of gospel. There’s a strong chance that most attendees walked away with a broadened musical palate.

Friday’s lineup was solid from the start, with the 12:15 p.m. lineup yielding a choice between San Diego based Switchfoot and alternative rockers Sleeper Agent. One of the day’s surprises was Alabama Shakes, a local band featuring soulful Southern rock fronted by Britanny Howard. YelaWolf mixed it up at midday with a mashup of speed rap and word flow that inspired body to move. Those that weren’t inclined to YelaWolf’s rhythmic pace could chill their afternoon away with the likes of Dawes and Wilco.

Crowd photos of Hangout Music Festival

The Main stage was closed out on Friday by a pair of artists that have a great deal in common. Chris Cornell and Jack White have independently reshaped the rock and roll landscape, Cornell’s vocals and White’s fretwork are unique unto themselves. Both artists have fronted a handful of genre-defining bands:  Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave for Cornell; The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather for White.  Each performed under their own solo moniker on Friday night. Both Cornell and White reached deep into their arsenal, performing hits and deeper cuts that transcended all their previous associations.

Cornell’s set was akin to his solo Acoustic Songbook tour, performing alone with his acoustic guitar.  His was a relaxed show that included requests catcalled from the crowd.  A fan shouted out “Sunflower” after the second song and Cornell acknowledged the request, after giving a brief intro into the inspiration behind the song. Cornell’s voice was beyond words, guttural yet angelic. Cornell meandered through his archives, covering an equal share of Soundgarden, Temple, and Audioslave, the entire set was a highlight reel. He closed with Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Jack White’s eccentric personality shows through his music. His obsession with red, white and black while fronting the White Stripes seems to have turned blue for his solo career.  A soft blue light enveloped the stage, casting an eerie glow that spread out from the stage; even the plastic Solo beverage cups on stage were blue. He performs with two bands, one female (The Peacocks) the other male (The Buzzards), and notifies them on the day of the show which will be performing. Friday’s performance started with the male entourage and finished with the female. It’s hard to argue with a set that began with “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” and finished with “Seven Nation Army.” However, Rome’s “Two Against One,” and a couple deeper cuts “We’re Going to be Friends” and The Raconteurs “Carolina Drama” were other highlights in the 19-song setlist.

Photos from Day Two at Hangout: Red Hot Chili Peppers/Skrillex/Dispatch/Mac Miller/Flogging Molly/Gogol Bordello

The XBOX stage was the place to be for those needing a jump-start on Saturday. Mac Miller, the Pittsburgh rapping sensation, got the day started with his quirky raps that generally referred to sex, drugs, alcohol and the occasional mention of Donald Trump. Those needing a bit more of a charge had to wait just a little longer before Skrillex took the stage. His pounding beats reverberated across he festival grounds while a haze of smoke, swirling lights and fog engulfed a swarm of dancing bodies below. Skrillex easily had the highest crowd density at the festival, and it was the only time a noticeable security force was present.

Crowd photos of Hangout Music Festival

Gogol Bordello, a conglomeration of global musicians based in New York city, gave the crowd a taste of gypsy punk. The energetic frontman Eugene Hütz is pure entertainment while their music is a potpourri of styles that change direction on a dime. An Old World fusion of accordion and percussion would suddenly become rap with accompanying dance.  The perfect way to follow their set was to head over and witness Flogging Molly perform their punk-influenced Celtic music that enlightened the crowd with stories of politics, love, history and drunken debauchery.

Recently reunited Dispatch, the Boston based jam band from the 90s were the perfect tonic to decompress after a number of supercharged sets. They ended their seven-year hiatus last summer and have that they will release new music in August of this year. Though Dispatch have always been about charitable and humane causes, the beachside vibe and chill coffeehouse jams with a reggae beat during sunset induced one of the better mood altering performances of the weekend.

Whether it was a relaxed state of mind due to Dispatch or the fact that the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the stage with a vengeance, Saturday night ended with an exclamation. Touring on I’m With You after a seemingly lengthy break between albums, RHCP are in the midst of an extensive world tour. They are one of few bands that were born during the 80s Los Angeles music explosion to remain active, Van Halen’s semi-reunion recently fell flat with their 2012 tour postponement/cancellation. They were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

Photos from Day Three at Hangout: Dave Matthews Band/Cage the Elephant/The Flaming Lips/Paper Diamond/Young the Giant

RHCP’s trademark blend of funk rock would not be complete without Flea’s signature bass lines. Frontman Anthony Kiedis pranced the stage while belting out a 20-song setlist. They opened with “Monarchy of Roses” and continued with a bevy of hits including “Scar Tissue,” “Suck My Kiss,” Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” “Under the Bridge” and “Californication;” while saving “Around the World,” “Soul to Squeeze” and “Give it Away” for their encore. Easily the most dynamic and best sounding performance of the weekend (though Dave Matthews jam session to close out the weekend was a close second).

Those who wished to continue rocking on Sunday could look forward to Cage the Elephant’s energetic set.  A sea of bodies floated above the crowd during most of their performance, including a couple trips from frontman Matthew Shultz. At one point he said, “If you drop me like you just dropped that guy, and I’m knocked unconscious, just continue passing me around for the rest of the day.  Maybe put some sunscreen on my chest though.”

Cage the Elephant at Hangout Music Festival

Cage the Elephant at Hangout Music Festival

Aside from Cage’s performance, Sunday provided a change of pace to the previous days heavier theme. Michael Franti and Spearhead jammed hip-hop with a reggae vibe that made attendees fully appreciate the beach theme.  He spoke highly of those who have helped the Gulf coast after the BP oil catastrophe. He was also presented with a key to the city by the Mayor later that afternoon.

The Flaming Lips take psychedelia to a new level.  Though their performance of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in its entirety was a perfect complement to Sunday’s artists, the daylight performance slightly detracted from Wayne Coyne’s quirky stage presence. They performed a handful of The Flaming Lips classics, including “She Don’t Use Jelly” and “Do You Realize??” before cutting into “Dark Side.”

The Dave Matthews Band closed out the weekend with a lengthy three-hour set in typical DMB fashion, squeezing less than 20 tracks into the time slot with plenty of improvised jams. The haze emanating from the crowd matched the smoke from the stage and definitely ended the festival on a high note. DMB gave the crowd a mixture of deeper tracks that should have satisfied the true fans who patiently waited a dozen hours for their set to begin.

Dave Matthews Band at Hangout Music Festival

Dave Matthews Band at Hangout Music Festival

Even the artists were impressed with Hangout. Both Chris Cornell and G. Love tweeted positive impressions about Hangout.  Cornell tweeted that he was impressed and provided a photo of a sign that adorned his dressing lounge, while G. Love wrote, “Are you serious!? This place is crazy Niiice.” Dispatch also claimed they were busy being fans and had to hurry back to the stage to perform.

The 2012 Hangout Festival was an emphatic success. The first day was outstanding and each successive day were just additional reasons to be happy. If I was forced to choose the most frustrating aspect of the festival, it was having to decide which artists to check out in a given time slot.  The latter problem was solved by catching portions of different sets, though sometimes just chilling with the music and sunshine prevailed. The Hangout Music Festival should be a bucket-list event for any Coachella, Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza regular.

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Crowd photos of Hangout Music Festival


Jack White Headlines Lollapalooza 2012

Jack White Hangout Music Festival Alabama 2012

Jack White is a busy man these days! Not only does he run his own label (Third Man Records), he plays in a slew of bands including the Raconteurs, and formerly the White Stripes, along with taking the production helm for several artists.  He is also on an extensive tour this summer including stops at the Hangout Music Festival and Lollapalooza in Chicago.

White’s current album, Blunderbuss, was released on April 24th on Third Man Records/Columbia Records and has already sold 137,554 copies domestically, debuting at #1 on the U.S. albums chart. It’s also experiences great success by hitting the #1 spot in the UK, Canada,  and Switzerland. If that weren’t impressive enough, Blunderbuss is in the running for the world record of  “the fastest named album in history.” This is pending at the moment, but since we are talking about world records, Third Man Records announced that Jack White has again decided to take on the challenge of getting into the Guinness Book of World Records this time for “most metaphors used in a single concert.”  Jack will continue to attempt this record for the remainder of this summer tour dates.  He also asks for fans not to interfere with his attempts during the shows, as it may led to disqualification.

Jack White will be playing Lollapalooza on Sunday August 5th. Sunday passes are still available!

To witness Jack White’s attempts at breaking the record, pick up tickets to one of the stops on his tour! The full itinerary is below.

Jack White on tour:

05/21/12      NY, NY      Roseland Ballroom +
05/22/12      NY, NY      Roseland Ballroom +
05/24/12      Detroit, MI      Scottish Rite Theater +
05/24/12     Detroit, MI      Scottish Rite Theater  (all ages matinee show) +
05/26/12      George, WA       Sasquatch Music Festival
05/27/12      Vancouver, BC      Queen Elizabeth Theatre +
05/28/12      Eugene, OR       Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Silva Concert Hall) +
05/30/12      Los Angeles, CA      The Wiltern +
05/31/12      Los Angeles, CA       The Wiltern +
06/21/12      London, UK       O2 Academy Broxton +
06/22/12      London, UK      Hammersmith Apollo +
06/23/12      Hackney Marshes, London, UK      Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend
06/25/12     Amsterdam, NL      Heineken Music Hall
06/26/12      Berlin, Germany       Tempodrom +
06/27/12      Cologne, Germany      E-Werk +
06/29/12      Werchter, Belgium      Rock Werchter
07/01/12      Belfort, France       Les Eurockeennes
07/02/12      Paris, France        L’Olympia +
07/03/12        Paris, France      L’Olympia +
07/05/12          Hamburg, Germany     Docks +
07/05-08/12      Roskilde, Denmark       Roskilde Festival
07/20-22/12      Dover, Delaware      Firefly Music Festival +
07/25/12             Melbourne, Australia      Festival Hallm
07/26/12             Sydney, Australia      Hordern Pavillion +
07/27/12             Byron Bay, Australia      Splendour In The Grass Festival +
07/27-29/12     Niigata, Japan      Fuji Rock Festival +
08/03-05/12     Chicago, IL      Lollapalooza
08/08/12            Morrison, CO      Red Rocks Amphitheater +
08/10-12/12      San Francisco, CA      Outside Lands
09/08/12              London UK      iTunes Festival

+ sold out

In Photos: Flaming Lips at the Hangout Music Festival

Flaming Lips Hangout Music Festival 2012

The Flaming Lips perform The Dark Side of The Moon on the third and final day of the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Photos of the set are below.

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Interview with Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch will be one of the headlining acts of Rock in the Range this year, one of the nation’s biggest Hard Rock and Metal festivals that takes place in Columbus this weekend. They have become known for their “active” show encouraging crowd participation that can get on the edge of out of hand at times. The band released their third studio album last year American Capitalist which quickly shot to the top of all Rock and Metal charts.

Amy caught up with drummer Jeremy Spencer  and the two discussed the grueling nature of the industry especially as a drummer and the advice that has driven him to be in the position of leading the rhythm and timing of Five Finger Death Punch. They will be taking the stage Saturday night on the Main stage in Columbus.

Amy: I was excited to talk to you because I know you just won the Golden God award for Best Drummer. How was that experience for you?

Jeremy: It was really great because I am a fan of all those drummers in the category and to be put in the same category was humbling already and then to win, it was “Wow, this is really cool.” We couldn’t be at the show because we were out on tour. I got a call saying, “You know he won and if you could put together a video for the acceptance that would great.” So I made this really ridiculous acceptance speech video where I dressed up as redneck fans mocking me giving a speech so I did a multi-character video for winning the award and it was really funny. It is all over the internet in case you get a chance to see it. Everyone got a kick out of it, but overall it was a really humbling experience and really cool.

To read more of the interview head over to The First 3 Songs! (Direct link to interview)

Interview: Jon Larsen from Volbeat


Since the last time we saw Volbeat in Cincinnati, they have blown up in the US with their tour with Megadeth and Motorhead. They are a premier and first-class European Metal band that is sweeping North America by storm playing coast to coast. They have been touring on the album Beyond Hell/Above Heaven for a couple years now and are set for another run this summer.

Amy spoke with band drummer Jon Larsen to get everybody ready for their set at Rock on the Range. The two discussed the evolution of the band in the short time since they were last seen in Ohio. They will be taking the stage at Rock on the Range in Columbus along with the rest of the best acts in Metal and Rock music.

Amy: I know you guys just got off the Gigantour Tour. Did you have any crazy Motorhead or Megadeth stories along the way?

Jon: No not really actually, not really any interesting stories to tell. We got along fine with both camps and everybody was in high spirits. I think it was definitely a great tour for all.

Amy: Rock on the Range is always a crazy time in Columbus. What are you looking forward to about the show and are you looking forward to seeing any other bands there?

Jon: Oh yeah, I am always looking forward to seeing Anthrax. We like to hang out with those guys.  We have hung out with them a few times. We don’t know Zombie or Manson but Anthrax is gonna be cool.

To read more head over to The First 3 Songs! (Direct link to article)

John 5 Talks Serial Killers and ROTR

John 5 Rob Zombie

John 5 has seen almost everything in Rock music from his days with David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, and currently with Rob Zombie and has been credited on songs in all aspects of music from Saliva to Salt n Pepa to k.d. Lang to an upcoming collaboration with Rod Stewart.  He has gained the reputation as a musical genius and one of the most action packed guitarists in the world. He has just released his sixth solo album, God Told Me To which mixes acoustic Spanish style guitar along with heavy metal riffs.

Amy caught up with the guitar player to promote the new album and Rob Zombie’s upcoming appearance at Rock on the Range in Columbus. The two discussed some of the dark aspects of what goes into his writing as well as the lighter aspects of what puts him to sleep every night.  John 5 will take the stage with headliner Rob Zombie on Sunday May 20th in Columbus.

Amy: Can you tell us about the name of your album God Told Me To?

John: The name, it is funny because I remember, I am from Michigan, I am from Grosse Pointe. I was upper class growing up there. I was brought up in a really nice environment and home and I remember the night before I was leaving for California to really give it my shot saying, “I am going to try this. I am going to try to be this musician type of thing.” I remember I was saying my little prayer. I never wished to be a “rockstar.” I just wanted to be a working musician. My dreams didn’t even go past a session player or a working musician like that. It was too far beyond my dreams. That’s kind of what the title means, that kind of thing, but also you can look at in the negative way, like when someone does a horrific murder, they always say, “Oh, God told me to.”

To read more head over to The First 3 Songs! (Direct link to interview)