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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In Photos: Rob Zombie at Rocklahoma

Rob Zombie
Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

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: Megadeth at Rocklahoma

Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Megadeth Rocklahoma 2012

Megadeth took the Main Stage on Saturday night at Rocklahoma. Other artists on the bill for Saturday included the headliner, Rob Zombie, Theory of a Deadman, 10 Years, Volbeat, and The Darkness.

Photos of Megadeth’s set at Rocklahoma:

Megadeth Tour Dates:


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In Photos: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz at Soundset 2012

Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz
Shakopee, MN

Aesop Rock Rob Sonic DJ Big Wiz Soundset 2012

Ian Matthias Bavitz better known as Aesop Rock was at the forefront of the new wave of underground and alternative hip hop acts that emerged from the 1990s and early 2000s. According from his bio his name Aesop came from a movie he had acted in with some friends that stuck. The Rock part came later just from throwing it in rhymes. Yesterday he hit Soundset with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz.

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In Photos: Villa Rosa at Soundset 2012

Villa Rosa
Shakopee, MN

Villa Rosa 12 Soundset 2012

Villa Rosa is the collaboration project between Twin Cities MCs Muja Messiah and Maria Isa. They truely are everything I could ever ask for in a rap duo. With their powered energy they made my #1 top pick for the day. I will for sure be following them around the Twin Cities!

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In Photos: Action Bronson at Soundset 2012

Action Bronson
Shakopee, MN

Action Bronson 2 Soundset 2012

Action Bronson took the stage on a hot and steamy Soundset Sunday. His stage name derives from gangster William “Action” Jackson, and tough-guy actor Charles Bronson. Before entering the rap scene he was a respected fire-flame gourmet chef in New York City, and frequently raps about food in his songs. I don’t know if he has anything knew but he used to host his own online cooking show entitled “Action in the Kitchen“. Action Bronson released his debut studio album Dr. Lecter last year and is available in digital download and also on CD. You can find them on his website. Follow Action Bronson on Twitter

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In Photos: 10 Years at Rocklahoma

10 Years
Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

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

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

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

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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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Edward Sharpe Set List

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Set List

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In Photos: Jack White at the Hangout Music Festival 2012

Jack White
The Hangout Music Festival
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Jack White Hangout Music Festival Alabama 2012

Jack White headlined Day 1 of the Hangout Music Festival this weekend down in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The set was a mix of new material, Raconteurs, White Stripes, and even a Danger Mouse track.   Worth a quick note, Jack actually has two back up bands. One is a complete female band and the other is completely male.  He never lets them practice together and he also doesn’t let them know which one will be performing until the night of the show.

Photos from Jack White’s set:

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Dragonforce at the Rave

The Rave- Milwaukee, WI

Dragonforce The Rave Milwaukee

European power metal band Dragonforce performed this week at the Rave in Milwaukee with opening acts Huntress and Holy Grail. The band is currently on their North American tour promoting the release of their fifth studio album The Power Within. The newest member of the group, vocalist Marc Hudson, seemed to please the crowd with his awe inspiring power vocals and head banging performance. Check out some photos below of their killer set.

Dragonforce North American Tour Dates:
04/28 — Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue
04/29 — Winnipeg, MB — West End Cultural Centre
05/01 — Edmonton, AB — The Starlite Room
05/02 — Calgary, AB — Republik
05/04 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom
05/05 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
05/06 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theater
05/08 — San Francisco, CA — Slim’s
05/10 — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour
05/11 — Anaheim, CA — House of Blues

Photos of Dragonforce’s set:


In Photos: Chris Young Opening for Miranda Lambert’s “On Fire” Tour

Chris Young
Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI

Chris Young On Fire 2012 Tour Bradley Center MilwaukeeChris Young had his big break back in 2006’s Nashville Star competition. This is also the same competition that Made Miranda Lambert a household name. Since then he’s released 3 studio albums and 1 EP.  His current album, NEON, debut at the #4 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart with over a quarter million copies sold.  He co-wrote several songs on the album including his #1 hits “Tomorrow” and “You.” He also spent most of last year on tour with Jason Aldean and today Chris joins Miranda on her On Fire headlining tour across North America. Chris’ extensive 2012 tour also includes summer festivals such as Country Jam USA, Sunfest Country Festival, and a slew of State Fair dates.  See tour dates and photos below.

Photos from Chris Young’s set in Milwaukee:


Chris Young 2012 Tour Dates:
Apr 19, 2012      Bradley Center with Miranda Lambert       Milwaukee, WI
Apr 20, 2012     Target Center with Miranda Lambert        Minneapolis, MN
Apr 26, 2012      Save Mart Center with Miranda Lambert         Fresno, CA
Apr 27, 2012      Shoreline Amphitheatre with Miranda Lambert       Mountain View, CA
May 03, 2012      House of Blues         North Myrtle Beach, SC
May 04, 2012     Wild Bill’s       Duluth, GA
May 05, 2012     Runaway Country Festival       Melbourne, FL
May 10, 2012     CenturyLink Center with Miranda Lambert       Omaha, NE
May 11, 2012      Sprint Center with Miranda Lambert       Kansas City, MO
May 12, 2012      Gexa Energy Pavilion with Miranda Lambert       Dallas, TX
May 17, 2012     Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center with Miranda Lambert       Tallahassee, FL
May 18, 2012      Landers Center with Miranda Lambert       Southaven, MS
May 19, 2012      Bridgestone Arena with Miranda Lambert         Nashville, TN
May 31, 2012      The Longbranch Saloon        Raleigh, NC
Jun 01, 2012      Friday Cheers at Browns Island       Richmond, VA
Jun 02, 2012      WXTU Anniversary Show at the Susquehanna Bank Center        Camden, NJ
Jun 03, 2012      Jiffy Lube Live with Miranda Lambert        Bristow, VA
Jun 08, 2012      Klipsch Music Center with Miranda Lambert       Indianapolis, IN
Jun 09, 2012      Wrigley Field with Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour       Chicago, IL
Jun 10, 2012      WYCD Hoedown at Comerica Park       Detroit, MI
Jun 14, 2012      Nationwide Arena with Miranda Lambert       Columbus, OH
Jun 15, 2012      Riverbend Music Center with Miranda Lambert       Cincinnati, OH
Jun 16, 2012      Verizon Wireless Amphitheater with Miranda Lambert Maryland      Heights, MO
Jun 21, 2012      Country Jam USA       Grand Junction, CO
Jun 23, 2012      Gallivan Center        Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 28, 2012      Cotton Eyed Joe        Knoxville, TN
Jun 29, 2012      Coyote Joe’s         Charlotte, NC
Jun 30, 2012      Kentucky Speedway        Sparta, KY
Jul 12, 2012       Kosciusko County Community Fair       Warsaw, IN
Jul 14, 2012      Madison County Fair       Madison, NE
Jul 15, 2012      Hodag Country Festival        Rhinelander, WI
Jul 19, 2012      Country Jam USA       Eau Claire, WI
Jul 20, 2012     LakeFest at Warnock Lake Park       Atchison, KS
Jul 26, 2012      North Dakota State Fair       Minot, ND
Jul 27, 2012      Cheyenne Frontier Days        Cheyenne, WY
Jul 28, 2012      Deadwood Mountain       Grand Deadwood, SD
Jul 30, 2012      Montana State Fair       Great Falls, MT
Aug 03, 2012      Sunfest Country Festival       Duncan, BC
Aug 05, 2012      Oregon Jamboree       Sweet Home, OR
Aug 07, 2012      Douglas County Fair       Roseburg, OR
Aug 25, 2012      Six Flags Over Texas      Arlington, TX
Sep 02, 2012      South Dakota State Fair       Huron, SD
Sep 08, 2012      Tri-State Rodeo       Fort Madison, IA
Sep 09, 2012      Clay County Fair       Spencer, IA
Oct 13, 2012      Alabama National Fair      Montgomery, AL

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In Photos: Jerrod Niemann on Miranda Lambert’s “On Fire” Tour

Jerrod Niemann
Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI

Music…I keep it rural
Beer…I keep it plural
” – Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee

Jerrod Niemann is not fresh blood in Nashville. It wasn’t that long ago when Jerrod saw more success as just a songwriter than actually performing and recording his own music.  He’s written for the likes of Garth Brooks, as well as,  Jamey Johnson, Neal McCoy, Julie Roberts, Flynnville Train and Zona Jones.   His taste of success came with his first studio release,  Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury. The album produced his biggest hits to date  “Lover,Lover” and “What Do You Want,” and “One More Drinkin’ Song.”  His newest single “Shinin’ On Me” is off his still untitled upcoming album. There is a music video in the works for “Shinin’ On Me” which will include guest appearances from his friends and band members.

Jerrod is currently joined by Chris Young and Miranda Lambert on Lambert’s On Fire tour. He also is making stops at Country USA, Star Spangled Banner Celebration, Daupin’s Countryfest, Jam in the Valley Festival, and Country Jam USA.  Check out tour dates and photos from Jerrod’s set below.

Photos from Jerrod’s set in Milwaukee:

Jerrod Niemann’s 2012 Tour Dates:

Thu      04/19/12      Milwaukee, WI      Bradley Center
Fri        04/20/12      Minneapolis, MN       Target Center
Thu      04/26/12      Fresno, CA        Save Mart Center
Fri        04/27/12      Mountain View, CA       Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat        05/05/12      Athens, GA       Georgia Theatre
Fri        05/11/12       Kansas City, MO       Sprint Center
Sat        05/12/12       Dallas, TX       Gexa Energy Pavilion
Thu      05/17/12       Tallahassee, FL       Tallahassee-Leon Co. Civic Ctr.
Sat        05/26/12       Baton Rouge, LA       LSU Tiger Stadium – “Bayou Country Superfest”
Thu      05/31/12       Clifton Park, NY       Northern Lights
Sun      06/03/12       Bristow, VA       Jiffy Lube Live
Tue      06/05/12       Lancaster, PA       Chameleon
Thu      06/07/12       Nashville, TN       Riverfront Stage –  “CMA Music Festival”
Fri        06/08/12       Noblesville, IN       Klipsch Music Center
Sat       06/09/12       Chicago, IL       Wrigley Field – Appearing with Brad Paisley
Sun      06/10/12       Detroit, MI       Comerica Park –  “99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown”
Thu      06/14/12       Columbus, OH       Nationwide Arena
Fri       06/15/12       Cincinnati, OH       Riverbend Music Center
Sat       06/16/12      Maryland Heights, MO       Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Thu     06/21/12       Oshkosh, WI       Country USA
Fri       06/22/12       Richland Center, WI       Kros Koup Park –  “Star Spangled Celebration”
Sun      06/24/12       Grand Junction, CO       Country Jam USA Grounds
Fri       06/29/12       Dauphin, MB       Countryfest Grounds – “Dauphin’s Countryfest”
Thu     07/05/12       Lancaster, PA       Chameleon
Fri       07/06/12       Varysburg, NY       Buffalo Hill Village – “Jam In The Valley Festival”
Fri       07/13/12       West Fargo, ND       Red River Valley Fairgrounds- “Red River Valley Fair”
Sat       07/21/12       Eau Claire, WI       Country Jam USA


Majestic Theatre introduces Fun. to Madison

Majestic Theatre- Madison, WI

Photo by Dan DeSlover

Fun. is:
Nate Ruess – lead vocals
Andrew Dost – vocals, piano, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, trumpet, flugelhorn, glockenspiel, drums, percussion, beach ball
Jack Antonoff – vocals, guitar, trumpet

Indie artist Fun. have taken the music world by storm. The band are in the midst of a major headline tour in support of their Billboard “Hot 100″ #1 album, Some Nights. The album features the Billboard #1 SingleWe Are Young,’ a song that has also been confirmed as the top-selling track through the first quarter of 2012, nearing 3 million sales to date. Their tour brought them to the sold-out Majestic Theatre in Madison, WI on April 11, 2012 for an evening of rock and roll complemented by their trademark quirky hooks and solid vocals.

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Trace Adkins’ “Song and Stories Tour” Hits The Riverside Theater

Trace Adkins
Song and Stories Tour 2012
Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
Photos by Paul Weber

Trace Adkins Riverside Theater Milwaukee WI

Trace Adkins is a country music icon with a shelf of music awards including multiple American Country Music and CMT awards as well as two Grammy nominations circa 2008 for “Best Male Country Vocal Performance” and “Best Country Song” for “You’re Gonna Miss This.”  His newest release is Proud to Be Here, which is his 13th studio album to date, including his 2 Best Of albums.

Trace Adkins Riverside Theater Milwaukee WITrace is out on tour but doing things differently this time around.  He’s hitting the music theater circuit with his band in a VH1 Storytellers type scene.  The stage is structured for a more intimate night, not just a concert.  Trace took the stage at 8:00 P.M. sharp, sang and told stories for 45 minutes, and then right as the crowd was ready for more, Trace took a (planned) 15 minute break.  He then continued the night with another 45 minute set to conclude the show. For those who have tickets to the show, I must also note there is no opening act, so get there on time.

Even though Trace emphasized that the Song and Stories Tour would be different from any other tour he’s done, he still came prepared with a beautiful stage setup. Just because it’s more of a storyteller’s atmosphere doesn’t mean he skipped out on the production value of the show.  He also brought the full band along for the tour.

The night was a mix of songs from his back catalogue and new songs from Proud to Be Here.  The setlist is mixed for each night as Trace takes to Twitter for song requests and shout-outs to fans during the set.  If you are attending a Song and Stories show, take to Twitter and place your song request the day before the show. One song request came from Linda and Trace noted the song she requested hasn’t been performed live in a long time.  Only two of the musicians in his band have played it before live.  They did go through it several times at soundcheck and the crowd was thrilled when it was discovered the song was “Then They Do.” (Trace on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TraceAdkins)

Trace Adkins Riverside Theater Milwaukee WITrace confessed he was excited to not worry about strutting his stuff on this tour, yet after a deep sigh from the crowd, Trace chuckled and pointed out he was still going to shake it a little bit on stage. He is Trace Adkins after all and doesn’t like to disappoint his fans.

The highlights of the show weren’t just the songs; Trace’s recollection of stories from his life was humorous, the laugh out humorous. One of the best stories of the night was about his cell phone.  Previously he had a flip phone, which the kid at the store said was an “antique.” He now has an iPhone and apparently he’s getting into a bit of trouble now that he can post on Twitter and Facebook directly from his phone.  The “trouble” he was talking about was his post concerning the newest viral craze about the fight against Kony.  Trace is one celebrity that is fascinating to follow on Facebook and Twitter. He speaks his mind and is pretty non-apologetic about his words.

When Trace was approached and thanked for keeping country music “traditional” he laughed as fans know his songs aren’t all traditional.  He followed that with a quick line noting that the next song is going to be “nastier” than the last one.  Which song? “That’s What You Get.”

Trace Adkins Riverside Theater Milwaukee WIHe prefaced “Semper Fi” with noting the shows he performs for the USO. “Semper Fi” is dedicated to the Marines, but he also says he doesn’t get to perform for them due to their location.  The song received a standing ovation from the crowd.  He then told the story about his neighbor’s son joining the Marines after the song was released.  He followed the serious story up with one of running into that same neighbor’s mailbox.

What’s Trace’s favorite song off the new album? It may be pretty obvious as the title of the album is also the title of his favorite song.  The song appears to be very personal for Trace as a couple of the stories he told last night were about his drunken moments and even hitting his head while out in the woods and it started bleeding. He said he didn’t want to call any of his friends because they’ve bailed out him out so many other times.  He laughed and said that he just wanted to bleed out and die there. All the things he’s been through in his life, he is proud and lucky to be here.

A night full of stories, connecting with his fans, and a great mix of songs made this one of Trace’s must-see shows.  The Song and Stories Tour runs throughout the spring and summer. Tour dates are below.

Photos from Trace’s Song and Stories set at the Riverside Theater:

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The Second Night of Daughtry’s “Break the Spell 2012” Tour

Openers: SafetySuit
The Convocation Center – Dekalb, IL

All Photos by Paul Weber

Daughtry is:
Chris Daughtry – Vocals
Josh Paul – Bass
Brian Craddock – Guitar
Josh Steely – Guitar
Robin Diaz – Drums

Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU Campus

Daughtry is out on tour supporting their 3rd studio album, Break the Spell. The album has already been met with rave reviews and, as expected, last night showcased much of the new material off the album. Their previous albums Daughtry and Leave This Town lead to the band snagging top music awards and nominations.  They took home several American Music Awards for Breakthrough Artist, Best Adult Contemporary Artist, Best Pop/Rock Album, as well as being nominated for several Grammys, and numerous Billboard Music Awards.  It’s no doubt that band is back and ready to meet the success of their new album head on and they are doing it the best way they know how…touring. Daughtry’s Break the Spell 2012 tour started Tuesday night at University of Illinois’ Assembly Hall in Champaign, Illinois.  It really is only beginning of this hefty summer tour that is set to end June 13th in Austin, Texas.

Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU CampusDaughtry started the night off on the right foot as the band hit the stage promptly at 9 p.m.  Newcomers SafetySuit had the crowd warmed up and ready for Daughtry to hit the stage.  Chris Daughtry can sing a tune and his live show is much like any of the Daughtry records.  It’s a true test to hear a band live to see exactly how much the production engineer at the studio altered vocals and sounds.  Chris passed the test of talent and didn’t skip a beat last night.

The night was filled with many new songs from Break the Spell including the self-title track, “Renegade,” and “Crazy” to just name a few. Chris informed the crowd that Break the Spell was the new record they had out, yet I am sure 99% of the people in the arena knew that factoid. After he mentioned the new album he told the crowd that they were going to be perform many of the new songs off the album and he nonchalantly added with a smile, “some old ones too.”   Chris introduced “Outta My Head” as their upcoming single and noted, “This is probably my favorite song off the new album.”Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU Campus

While Chris and the guys were on top of their performance, the sound wasn’t.  The Convocation Center at the NIU campus is an arena that was meant for sports not concerts.  The empty seats behind the band were a contributing factor to fans inability to really hear Chris’ vocals, especially if not seated directly in front of the stage.  The sound bounced around so much it was a bit distracting.  Don’t take this as a jab at the band, as it was more circumstantial and the show really needs a backdrop behind the stage to prevent that from happening again. However, I did expected a bit more stage production for this tour as the band has a huge following, numerous accolades, and 2.4 million followers on Facebook alone. The band had a much stripped down rock show, where there usually is nothing wrong with that, but they are playing arena’s where there is a lot of space around them and they could have used some visuals or even a “light show” to enhance the experience.  Yet maybe I am still just a bit bitter about the sound.

While I am a music critic, I really mean nothing when the crowd speaks for themselves.  Even without a pop and circumstance, the loyal Daughtry fans loved the night and the mix of the old as well as new material.  The Break the Spell Tour is one to see before the summer ends. Tour dates and photos from the show are below.

Break the Spell *New Song
Feels Like Tonight
Crawling Back to You *New Song
Losing My Mind
Out of My Head *New Song
Crazy *New Song
Start of Something Good *New Song
What About Now
Spaceship *New Song
Louder Than Ever *New Song
Over You/No Surprise
Running Down a Dream
Rebel Yell
It’s Not Over

Photos from Daughtry’s set at the Convocation Center in Dekalb:

Daughtry’s Break the Spell 2012 Tour Dates:

9  Moline, IL  iWireless Center
20 Buffalo, NY    Shea’s Performing Arts Center
21 Reading, PA    Reading Eagle Theater at the Sovereign Center
24 Toronto, ON    Massey Hall
25 Cleveland, OH    Palace Theatre
27 Atlanta, GA    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
28 Little Rock, AR    Robinson Center Music Hall
30 Nashville, TN    Ryman Auditorium
31 Louisville, KY    Louisville Palace Theater

2   Columbus, OH    Veteran’s Memorial
3   Cincinnati, OH    Music Hall
4   Pittsburgh, PA    Benedum Center
7   Greensboro, NC    Greensboro Coliseum
9   Charlotte, NC    Ovens Auditorium
11   Clearwater, FL    Ruth Eckerd Hall
12   Orlando, FL    Hard Rock Live
14   Boca Raton, FL    Mizner Park Amphitheater
15   Jacksonville, FL    Moran Theatre at the Times Union Center
17   Columbia, SC    Township Auditorium
18   Richmond, VA    Landmark Theater
20   W. Long Branch, NJ    The MAC at Monmouth University
21   Syracuse, NY    Landmark Theater
23   Lowell, MA    Lowell Memorial
25   Newark, NJ    NJ PAC
29   Albany, NY    Palace Theater

1    New York, NY    Hammerstein Ballroom

10   Indianapolis, IN    Egyptian Room
11   Waukegan, IL    Genesee Theatre
13   Minneapolis, MN    The Brick
15   Omaha, NE    Orpheum Theatre
16   St. Louis, MO    Peabody Opera House
18   Kansas City, MO    The Midland by AMC
19   Tulsa, OK    Brady Theatre
21   Phoenix, AZ    Comerica Theatre
22   San Diego, CA    San Diego Civic Theatre
24   Las Vegas, NV    The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
30   Los Angeles, CA    Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live
31   San Francisco, CA    The Warfield

2   Portland, OR    Keller Auditorium
3   Seattle, WA   Paramount Theatre
5   Salt Lake City, UT   Abravanel Hall
7   Denver, CO   Jim Beam Live Music Series at Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
11   Grand Prairie, TX   Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
13   Austin, TX   Bass Concert Hall


SafetySuit on the road with Daughtry

Opening for Daughtry
Convocation Center – Dekalb, IL
All Photos by Paul Weber

SafetySuit is:
Douglas Brown – vocals, rhythm guitar
Dave Garofalo– guitar
Jeremy Henshaw– bass
Tate Cunningham– drums

SafetySuit Dekalb IL Convocation Center NIU

SafetySuit is riding high with their sophomore album hitting the #1 spot on iTunes the week of its release.   This pop/rock band from Tennessee also is celebrating their current spot as opener for Daughtry on the Break the Spell 2012 tour.

SafetySuit Dekalb IL Convocation Center NIULast night was the second stop opening for Daughtry as they hit the Convocation Center on the NIU campus.  The show took place in the arena that isn’t ideal for concerts.  Part of me feels pretty bad for SafetySuit as it took the crowd a while to warm up to them.  This is no knock to the band as they were amazing. I blame it more on the venue as the sound bounced around and made fans feel like they were in a less intimate space than they actually were.  I hope for future gigs on this tour the show gets a backdrop on the stage to help provide a solution to that sound problem, as the empty seats behind the stage only made the sound worse.  For that, I feel bad for the guys as it took the crowd to the tail end of their set to get off their feet and give back the energy the band was feeding the crowd.

SafetySuit’s “These Times” Music Video

The highlight of the set was their current single, “These Times,” where the music video is a compilation of fan submitted videos portraying their own hard times. The prelude to the song was Douglas sending out a message to those who are currently enduring tough circumstances, “These times are hard but they will pass.” Also a strong point of the night was the cover of “Hallelujah.”  It was after “Hallelujah” when Douglas jumped off stage and was in the pit serenading the front rows.  This is when the crowd started to get on their feet, as Douglas also reminded those in the arena that this was, in fact, a rock show.  It also didn’t take long for Douglas to leave the pit and greet fans with floor seats.  He really knows how to get the crowd pumped.

The set ended with “Stay,” one of the songs that helped launch their career.  It’s just too bad it took the crowd so long to catch the goodness SafetySuit was giving as the crowd was left wanting more.

Photos of SafetySuit’s set:


In Photos: Van Halen at the United Center in Chicago

Van Halen
United Center – Chicago, IL

All Photos by Paul Weber

Van Halen is:
David Lee Roth
Eddie Van Halen
Alex Van Halen
Wolf Van Halen

Van Halen United Center Chicago IL 2012

More photos from Van Halen’s set in Chicago below:

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Young the Giant Light Up the Rave

Young the Giant
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
All Photos by Paul Weber

Young the Giant:
Sameer Gadhia – vocals
Jacob Tilley – guitar
Eric Cannata – guitar/vocals
Payam Doostzadeh – bass
Francois Comtois – drums/vocals

Young the Giant The Rave Milwaukee Wisconsin

Young the Giant is riding high on a huge success of their second single “Cough Syrup” off their 2010 self-titled release. Another high note for the band was Fox’s hit show Glee covering  “Cough Syrup” in their latest episode.  The band is also set to play on one of the hottest music festivals this summer, Bonnaroo, as well as the Hangout Music Festival in Alabama. Their latest headlining tour is sold-out with the support of Walk the Moon. Thus, 2012 is looking good for this alternative rock band from Irvine, California.

Young the Giant The Rave Milwaukee WisconsinLast night at the Rave was very interesting. This was the first time I’ve seen Young the Giant live after hearing the chatter about “Cough Syrup.”  It’s pretty bad of me because these guys have been around since 2004 and were formerly known as The Jakes. They sure know how to make an incredible first impression and one of the things I noticed was the amazing lighted backdrop on stage; it illuminated the stage setting the tone for the show.  There were hanging lanterns along with stands of exposed light bulbs that dominated the back of the stage.  The real surprising thing I noticed was how many fans, young ones, in attendance smoked pot.  That’s all I smelled as soon as the first song was over.  It was unexpected and slightly funny because just a couple weeks before Megadeth and Motorhead were at the Rave and that very familiar scent was not present.  For Young the Giant to be playing Bonnaroo just seems more appropriate than ever.

“My Body” Music Video

I can dig Young the Giant because they are a cross between Coldplay and Kings of Leon. At times  Sameer’s vocals even reminded me of Jim Morrison from the Doors.  He has such a strong vocal presence that trumps many of the other bands in the alternative rock genre.  As mentioned above the hanging lights from the back of the stage lit up the band and created a surreal vibe for their alternative rock sound.

This is the time to catch them before they hit it really big. Tour dates and photos from their set below.


I Got
Guns Out
Shake My Hand
12 Fingers
What You Get
Cough Syrup
Ever Little Thing
St. Walker
God Made Man

My Body

Photos from Young the Giant’s set at the Rave in Milwaukee:

Young the Giant on Tour:

Wed-Feb-15   Tucson, AZ       Rialto Theatre (+) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Feb-16     Phoenix, AZ       Crescent Ballroom (+) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Feb-17       Phoenix, AZ       Crescent Ballroom (+) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Feb-18       Denver, CO       Ogden (+) – SOLD OUT
Mon-Feb-20    Minneapolis, MN       First Avenue (+)
Tue-Feb-21       Milwaukee, WI       Rave Ballroom (+)
Thu-Feb-23       Chicago, IL        The Riviera (+) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Feb-24        Covington, KY       Madison Theatre (+) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Feb-25        Columbus, OH        Newport Music Hall (+) – SOLD OUT
Sun-Feb-26       Cleveland, OH       Beachland Ballroom (+) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Feb-28       Detroit, MI        Majestic Theatre (+) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Mar-01      Toronto, ON        Sound Academy(+) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-02       Ottawa, ON        The Bronson Centre (+) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-03       Montreal, QC       Cabaret-Mile End (+) – SOLD OUT
Sun-Mar-04      Quebec City, QC       Le Cercle (+)
Tue-Mar-06      Burlington, VT       Higher Ground ( ! )
Thu-Mar-08      Boston, MA       House of Blues ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-09        New York, NY       Terminal 5 ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-10        Philadelphia, PA      Electric Factory ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sun-Mar-11       Washington, DC       9:30 Club( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Mar-15       Atlanta, GA       Center Stage ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-16         Jacksonville, FL       Freebird Live ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-17         Tampa, FL       Ritz Ybor ( ! )
Sun-Mar-18       Ft. Lauderdale, FL       Culture Room ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Mar-20      New Orleans, LA       House of Blues ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Mar-22      Houston, TX       Warehouse Live ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-23        Dallas, TX       Prophet Bar ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-24       Austin, TX       Stubb’s BBQ ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-25       Austin, TX       Stubb’s BBQ ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Mar-27      Tulsa, OK       Cain’s Ballroom ( ! )
Thu-Mar-29      St. Louis, MO      Pageant ( ! )
Fri-Mar-30       Kansas City, MO       The Midland ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-31       Des Moines, IA       People’s Court ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Apr-03       Salt Lake City, UT       In The Venue ( ! )
Thur-Apr-05     Portland, OR       Roseland Theater ( ! )
Fri-Apr-06        Portland, OR       Roseland Theater ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Apr-07       Seattle, WA      Moore Theatre ( ! ) – SOLD OUT

Sun-Apr-01     The Boulder Theater   eTown Presents Boulder, CO
Fri-Apr 20       STAGE AE     Pittsburgh, PA
Sun-Apr-22     The National     Richmond, VA
Thur-Apr-26    The Fillmore     Charlotte Charlotte, NC
May 18-20      Hangout Music Festival       Gulf Shores, AL
June 7-10       Bonnaroo       Manchester, TN
Sat-Jul-14       Edgefest/Downsview Park      Toronto, Canada
Mon-Jul-16      Central Park Summerstage      New York, NY
Thurs-Jul-22      Pacific Amphitheatre/OC Fair       Costa Mesa, CA

(+) = w/Special Guest WALK THE MOON
( ! ) = w/Special Guest GROUPLOVE



Walk the Moon Winning Over Fans

Walk the Moon
The Rave- Milwaukee, WI
All Photos by Paul Weber

Walk the Moon is:
Nicholas Petricca: lead vocals, keys, synthesizer
Kevin Ray: bass, vocals
Sean Waugaman: drums, vocals
Eli Maiman: guitar, vocals

Walk the Moon The Rave Milwaukee Wisconsin

Walk the Moon hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and was pleased to be in the Midwest last night opening for Young the Giant at the Rave in Milwaukee. They are out promoting their recently released EP, Anna Sun, off RCA Records.   They list themselves as indie/visual/lyrical band on their Facebook Page yet those categories don’t begin to capture the true essence of the band.

Walk the Moon The Rave Milwaukee WisconsinLet’s talk about the how they call themselves a visual band.  Not knowing who this fine group of gentlemen was before tonight, I read visual as in Pink Floyd visual with the whole light show and such.  Walk the Moon didn’t have any fancy lighting, but they didn’t need it as they are the visual aspect that they mention.   Lead singer, Nicholas Petricca, is a triple threat takes on lead vocals, keys, and even percussion.  The drama of the band comes from Nicholas switching from keys, drums, and alternating mics.  Also the band exudes a party energy onstage with lots of jumping  and how can I forget the face paint?

Walk the Moon fans stood out from the rest as they would walk by with painted faces.  Bonnaroo documented the band prepping for their set last year.  The band aims to bring out their inner child at every show and one part of that is painting their faces and in this particular case they guys take to the crowd to paint fan’s faces. Watch the video below:

Last night’s show was a great gift to my ears.  The sound was not overwhelming to my ears even though they had Sean Waugaman on his drum kit and Nicholas beating his drum next to his mic.  It was a first time in a while where I took out my earplugs to enjoy the band.  Each band member also had their own microphone, which is sometimes scary because some musicians just can’t or shouldn’t sing.  Walk the Moon shocked me as each member of the band hit the mic and beautiful harmonies were piped through the speakers.  They must be a production engineer’s dream as their pitch was right on.

Nicholas mentioned that he wants the band to achieve the success that Young the Giant has made for themselves.  The thing is, last night Walk the Moon killed it and could hold their own as a headliner.  They had the crowd engaged by the second song clapping right along with their music and the beating drum. I couldn’t tell that I was watching an opening band as the energy was high and won over the audience at the Rave.

Check out more photos from Walk the Moon’s set at the Rave:

Check out Walk the Moon as they open for Young the Giant on their current tour:

Date Venue Location
Feb 08 The Fillmore w/ Young the Giant San Francisco, CA
Feb 09 The Fillmore w/ Young the Giant San Francisco, CA
Feb 10 Soma w/ Young the Giant San Diego, CA
Feb 11 The Wiltern – SOLD OUT Los Angeles, CA
Feb 12 The Wiltern w/ Young the Giant Los Angeles, CA
Feb 15 Rialto Theatre w/ Young the Giant Tucson, AZ
Feb 16 Crescent Ballroom w/ Young the Giant Phoenix, AZ
Feb 18 Ogden Theatre w/ Young the Giant Denver, CO
Feb 20 First Ave w/ Young the Giant Minneapolis, MN
Feb 21 Eagles Ballroom w/ Young the Giant Milwaukee, WI
Feb 23 Riviera Theatre w/ Young the Giant Chicago, IL
Feb 24 Madison Theater w/ Young the Giant Cincinnati, OH
Feb 25 Newport Music Hall w/ Young the Giant Columbus, OH
Feb 26 Beachland Ballroom w/ Young the Giant Cleveland, OH
Feb 28 The Majestic w/ Young the Giant Detroit, MI
Mar 01 Sound Academy w/ Young the Giant Toronto, Canada
Mar 02 The Bronson Centre w/ Young the Giant Ottawa, Canada
Mar 03 The Corona w/ Young the Giant Montreal, Canada
Mar 04 Le Cercle w/ Young the Giant Quebec, Canada
Mar 06 House of Blues w/ Kaiser Chiefs Boston, MA
Mar 08 Terminal 5 w/ Kaiser Chiefs New York, NY
Mar 09 9:30 Club w/ Kaiser Chiefs Washington, DC
Mar 10 Tabernacle w/ Kaiser Chiefs Atlanta, GA
Mar 12 House of Blues w/ Kaiser Chiefs Dallas, TX
Mar 14 House of Blues w/ Kaiser Chiefs Houston, TX
Mar 19 The Echo w/ Kaiser Chiefs Los Angeles, CA
Mar 20 The Fillmore w/ Kaiser Chiefs San Francisco, CA
Mar 22 Crystal Ballroom w/ Kaiser Chiefs Portland, OR
Mar 23 Showbox at the Market w/ Kaiser Chiefs Seattle, WA
Mar 24 Commodore Ballroom w/ Kaiser Chiefs Vancouver, Canada


Black Stone Cherry Bring Southern Hospitality to the Midwest

Black Stone Cherry
Fuel Room- Libertyville, IL
All photos by Paul Weber

Black Stone Cherry is:
Chris Robertson – vocals/guitar
Ben Wells – guitar/vocals
Jon Lawhon – bass/vocals
John Fred Young – drums

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012

Black Stone Cherry just started their new headlining tour just days ago.  Last night they stopped at Austin’s Fuel Room in Libertyville, Illinois with Rains and Cavo opening the night.  Before the show I had the chance to sit down with Jon and John (full interview coming soon).  Chris was supposed to join us but I was informed that he was sick.  This is something I could completely understand as the bug has been going around, and I was sick myself.   I found out his sickness wasn’t a virus as Chris started talking  about how he was feeling while onstage.  He mentioned how just hours before the show he was in the bus crying trying to find a reason to get up.  Chris has been battling depression for 11 years and did not have a problem with letting the crowd know.  Last night he had a smile on his face and couldn’t be more appreciative of the fans being so supportive of the him and the band.  He dedicated “In My Blood” to all the fans that know what it’s like to go through some of the darkest days.

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012

On a lighter note, the band has such an incredible chemistry onstage as well as off.  Each member of the band is seriously talented.  Drummer John Fred Young has a lot of spunk and “you can’t leave home without him,” as Jon Lawhon told me in an interview before the show.  His incredible energy is hard to miss and fans in the crowd took note.   Jon and Ben bounce around the stage as if the floor beneath them was a trampoline.  Chris doesn’t need to cover the stage to get noticed.  Chris’ vocal cut through the bass, drums, and guitar and delivers the lyrics with such soul. Their stage presence and talent weren’t the only things that won over the crowd.

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012The guys as a collective have a great harmony as many rock bands don’t even try to attempt some acapella harmonies during songs.  The comedy highlight of the show came from Chris.  He was worried that no one would show up because it was a “Tuesday night,” but it was Wednesday.  Chris had a Spinal Tap moment and everything was taken in stride.

The band is truly down to earth and has that famous Southern hospitality, yet don’t underestimate the group because the guys can play hard and rock harder! The interview with Jon and John will be posted here shortly! They talk about touring, almost getting arrested, and what’s on their tour rider!

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012

Setlist for the night:
Shooting Star
Blind Man
Soul Creek
In My Blood
Rain  Wizard
Killing Floor
Maybe Someday
Lonely Train

Photos from The Black Stone Cherry set at Austin’s Fuel Room:

TOUR DATES AS FOLLOWS (Cavo to support):
Wed Feb-01 Libertyville, IL Austin’s
Thu Feb-02 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre’s
Fri Feb-03 Dayton, OH McGuffy’s
Sat Feb-04 Independence, IA Impalla Ballroom
Mon Feb-06 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Tue Feb-07 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Thu Feb-09 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live – First Floor Only
Fri Feb-10 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s Music Hall
Sat Feb-11 Parkersburg, WV Yellowbeards
Mon Feb-13 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
Tue Feb-14 Johnson City,TN Warehouse
Thu Feb-16 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
Fri Feb-17 Lafayette, LA The Station
Sat Feb-18 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse

Black Stone Cherry on the net:

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More of Black Stone Cherry from the Dead Hub: Rock on the Ranch 2011


Cavo at the Fuel Room

The Fuel Room – Libertyville, IL
All photos by Paul Weber

Cavo at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012

Cavo is a four piece rock band that hails from St. Louis, Missouri. Their career started to shine back in 2008 with an EP featuring “Champagne.” Soon after the song saw huge success on St. Louis’ rock radio station, they were picked up by Warner Bros. Records. The song made it to the their major label release, Bright Nights, Dark Days in 2009 and also sat at the number one spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts. They’ve toured with some of the hottest rock bands and they are starting 2012 with Black Stone Cherry.

Cavo won over many new fans at the Fuel Room in Libertyville last night. They have a sound that mixes Rob Thomas, Incubus, and a dash of King of Leon. They played songs off their new album Thick as Thieves that will be released this spring. Check out the official music video below.

Cavo’s Official Music Video for “Thick as Thieves”

Photos from Cavo’s set:

Cavo on the net:
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James Durbin Takes the Stage at the Rave

James Durbin
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
All photos by Paul Weber

James Durbin Headlines the Rave in MilwaukeeJames  Durbin was the 4th man left standing on American Idol’s 10th season.  He’s noted for delivering the rock to the American Idol stage.  Not only does James deliver a wide vocal range, he also can pick up the guitar and play.   Being the 4th man standing isn’t such a bad thing as James was quickly signed to the rock label, Wind-up records.  Like other American Idol rocker, Chris Daughtry, James was in a metal band before hitting the Idol stage.  Fans will notice that pre-American Idol albums from these rockers are heavier than their post American Idol albums.

James Durbin Headlines the Rave in MilwaukeeMr. Durbin hails from Santa Cruz, California and comes from a musically inclined family.  His father was a musician and his life ended too soon with a drug overdose when James was just 9 years old.  Today at 23 years old, he has a wife, a child, claim to American Idol fame, and a new album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster.

Last night the Rave was set up with tables on the main floor and the venue pumped some Vertical Horizon and smooth jazz for the pre-show music. Since the Rave is set up to house 3 different stages of varying size, at times I wondered if I was at the correct one. If it weren’t for the DoryDrive signs stationed on the stage, I would have thought I was in the wrong place.  The night kicked off with Tennessee/Milwaukee alternative rockers, DoryDrive.  Their set started with a taped intro of music that had the crowd pumped, but the intro was too long.  As the intro ended the guys walked on the stage, picked up their respective instruments and proceeded to tune them. It was a bit of a let down from the killer intro they created.  Next on the bill was New Medicine.  Out of all the night’s acts, New Medicine was definitely the edgiest of the night.  This Minnesota band toured with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Stone sour, Hollywood Undead, and also took the side-stage on the 2010 Uproar tour.  They weren’t so squeaky clean guys as DoryDrive as their set was filled with profanity, not that the crowd minded.

James Durbin Headlines the Rave in MilwaukeeJames was a good American Idol star by starting promptly at 10p.m. sharp.  This was a huge contrast to the previous night waiting an hour and half just to get into The New Kids on the Block’s Jordan Knight’s show in Joliet, Illinois.  The crowd was excited to see Durbin on the Rave stage other than the American Idol stage.  He proved his raw talent right from the start.  He was hitting octaves that would make Rob Halford jealous during “All I Want”.  He also proved that he has more than just a knack for singing as he engaged the audience right from the moment he set foot on stage.  He had the crowd eating from his hands and cheering on command between songs.

Near the beginning of the show, when James had the crowd wanting more, the rest of the band kicked in some solos.  Drum and guitar solos are always cool, but when everybody is there for James it’s hard to get into the solos.  Like DoryDrive’s intro music, the solos went on for too long.

Since James is fairly new to the big name and big stage, he should definitely catch an opening slot on a bigger summer tour.  He would be a huge asset for a mainstream radio rock band.  It’s kind of crazy that the only two shows James had lined up are in a 40 mile span of each other in the Midwest.  It was a couple weeks ago James performed an acoustic show in Portland that fans can see here.  So whether he’s onstage with a full band plugged in or stripped down acoustic, his talent shines through and shows the American Idol audience they might have made a mistake by not voting him as the American idol winner.

James Durbin’s “Stand Up” Music Video

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Right Behind You
The Solos
Love in Ruins
Love Me Bad
Crawling Home

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Cass McCombs illuminates Bowery Ballroom

To the backdrop of a lit screen resembling digital sequins, Cass McCombs and his band descended onto the stage of Bowery Ballroom.  Despite the glittering panels, Cass and his band were enshrouded in darkness with all overhead lights off.  They rambled into “Love Thine Enemy” from his last album, Humor Risk to start.  With only periodic camera flashes to reveal Cass’s facial expressions, this was a concert where audience members were forced to listen and less about the antics of the artist, not that Cass would oblige.  He leaves his songs to tell his stories.   He barely chatted, only to open with a “hi” and “how’s everyone?” and a thank you with introductions for his band at the tail end.

Borrowing largely from Humor Risk, Wit’s End and Catacombs, Cass and his gang of four melded nicely throughout the set on “My Sister, My Spouse,” “Buried Alive” and “The Same Thing”.  The gents on lap steel and keys really enveloped the wayward nature of the nomad singer-songwriter’s compositions.  Some songs even ensued praise from concert goers as one shouted “That was niiiiice,” after the conclusion of “Harmonia”.   A few deviations from the trio of last albums were “My Master” from the A album, the tribute/protest song “Bradley Manning” and “Angel Blood”, which had been played plenty in the fall 2011 tour and captured by Pitchfork and Daytrotter.

The appropriate swan song of the night had to be “County Line,” which you could feel the crowd anticipating.  NPR labelled “a song for ever time” and that it is.  For Wednesday night’s rendition in New York, the bluesy waltz was stretch for maximum appeal.  The perfect lullaby to send this writer back to her own county line (Kings).

Gem Club dreams at Littlefield

The duo of Christopher Barnes and Kristen Drymala create ethereally slow burning ditties as Gem Club.  With a keyboard and a cello, their songs are cavernous and evoke a sense of longing.  Gem Club’s tunes are the perfect soundtrack for a walk on a cold and foreboding beach, which is not surprising that their song “Red Arrow” was featured on the ABC drama, Revenge.  Hamptons approved.

For their set at Littlefield, they were joined by vocalist Ieva Berberbian.  They quickly gave the thumbs up and started with “Birds” from their self-released six-song EP, Acid and Everything.  Taking from both the EP and their full length Breakers, the audience was transported into a dreamy reverie of piano ballads.  For the track “Breakers”, Kristen delicately tapped colorful foot bells and Chris lamented “the graceless years are gone”.  Chris offered very little chatter between songs, though very thankful for the opportunity to play and open for Califone.   One of the few songs he introduced,  “Acid and Everything” started somewhat in the vein of Radiohead’s “No Surprises” with its loopy piano keys.   The band ended their short 40-minute set with “In Wavelengths”, which has a glorious rendition recorded for a Daytrotter session over the 2011 CMJ festive.

If you haven’t had a chance to witness the slow burn of Gem Club, do yourself a favor and check out their Tiny Desk Concert for NPR’s All Songs Considered.  Guaranteed to leave you in a woozy haze.

Sharon Van Etten warms up Mercury Lounge

On a crisp evening, fans poured into Mercury Lounge to witness a rare, intimate concert with Ms. Sharon Van Etten.  Weeks before her latest LP, Tramp hits stores February 7th, she played to a sold out crowd on Wednesday.   She thanked her fans for giving up their hump day to hang with her.  Amongst her fans in the crowd was one Aaron Dessner of The National, who also helped producer her upcoming release.  Though not in attendance, Sharon’s other fancy friends include TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone (who was given a demo personally from Van Etten) and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, who is her fellow Jagjaguwar label mate.  Girl rolls with fine company.

Covering her new album from side A to B, she began with “Warsaw” and continued in order of the track list.   As most of the songs were very new to her audience (unless they had streamed her performance the day before at The Greene Space for WNYC’s Soundcheck), they piped up for her single “Serpents”.  She had taken the single out for a spin on her first network television appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a few weeks earlier.   She then went on to introduce the next tune “Kevin’s” as a song about quitting smoking.  Though there was little chatter between SVE and the crowd, she brought out a ukulele and an omnichord.   The latter instrument elicited a cheer of “OMICHORD!”

“All I Can” was well received by the entranced audience.  This reporter overheard one concertgoer say, “I really loved that last song.”  Sharon’s echoey vocals sure do that to listeners.   Her vocals were enhanced especially by bassist/keyboardist Heather Wood Broderick (Horse Feathers, Efterklang) on the second to last song “I’m Wrong”.  Though there was no encore, the crowd left completely satisfied and blessed to witness a true artist on the heels of a breakout.  SVE plays additional New York shows in February:

February 24 – Music Hall of Williamsburg
February 25 & 26 – Bowery Ballroom

Needless to say, not to be missed.

Set list
Give Out
In Line
All I Can
We Are Fine
Magic Chords
I’m Wrong
Joke or a Lie

Local H?!

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Austin’s Fuel Room –Libertyville, IL

Local H is:
Brian St. Clair (Drums)
Scott Lucas (Whatever)

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Local H is a duo of funny guys that are in an alternative rock band.  Their breakout success came from their second release of Polygram entitled As Good As Dead.  The album spawned their hit “Bound For The Floor.”  All together Local H released 5 studio recordings.  Back in 2010 Scott went solo with his band Scott Lucas & The Married Men. As a duo or as a unit the guys always make sure to perform in Chicago on New Year’s Eve and this year was no different, which was at the Bottom Lounge with Monkey Paw.  They guys haven’t released a full length album since 2008’s Twelve Angry Months.  Back in October of 2010 Local H’s Awesome Mix Tape#1 was made available digitally, on a physical cd, and even a few cassette tapes (that is truly an awesome mix tape).  The mix tape was comprised of all covers from Pink Floyd to TV on the Radio.

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The night started with a bang with fellow Chicago rockers, Trigger Fish.  The band had some of their fans “shipped” in from Chicago on a party bus, so it made for a loud and supportive crowd.  It was at the transition when Trigger Fish was loading up their gear that things got interesting.  There were three men onstage setting up for Local H.  Two of them looked like older men; one wore grungy jeans and faded black shirt while the other was in the same looking jeans and a G&B Records shirt.  The third looked like a younger man who was clean cut and ready to rock.  During setup murmurs could be heard in the crowd, “where did the band get these two guys?” or better yet, “I bet these guys work for beer.”  Turns out the two seasoned looking gentlemen were Scott Lucas and Brian St. Clair.   It was a bit of a letdown because it took awhile to get over the shock of watching two rockers with grey hair and beards looking like they were hiding out in the wood for months.  I hate to be so harsh, but when one’s job is to be a performer at least try to make oneself presentable because these two were not even recognizable.

Scott Lucas performing at Austin’s Fuel Room –Libertyville, ILOn a positive note, Scott and Brian can still tear down a bar.  It really couldn’t get any louder than it was last night.  I walked outside, because it was getting too loud, and heard the walls buzzing and shaking.   They squeezed “Bound to the Floor” early in their set followed closely by “Fine and Good” and “Michelle (Again).”

Their onstage setup could leave some confused because Scott’s rig was setup stage left and Brian’s drum kit was stage right with a microphone stand all by its lonesome in the center of the stage.   It wasn’t until a third man came running out with a tambourine and played for a bit and then ran back to the side of the stage.

While the crowd showed the love for these local rockers, Scott and Brian really need to clean up their image.


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A Bryan White Christmas

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Bryan White first signed on to a label back in 1994 at the age of 20.  He’s endured the success that most artists dream about and also the heartache. He’s reached the number one position on the Billboard Charts, has achieved platinum status with his albums, won ACM and CMA awards, and let’s not forget his duet with Shania Twain back in 1998. Dr. Brian Sager, the major of Woodstock, would not let Bryan forget those accomplishments as he presented Bryan with a proclamation of his success.  He also made Bryan an honorary citizen of Woodstock or as Bryan likes to call it being a “Woodstockian.”

Bryan White Woodstock Opera HouseBryan’s show on December 30th marked his second time playing in Woodstock, IL.  He brought his White Christmas tour to the small city in the suburbs of Chicago.   It was also the last night of tour and last performance date for the year.  The night was a mix of Christmas music, music from his back catalog, as well as new tracks off of his new album Dustbowl Dreams.

During the set Bryan spent time talking about life and quoting movie lines. It never got old to the audience.  He also spent time tuning his guitars right onstage and getting his monitors just right. At one point while engaging with Wes, the sound engineer, Bryan said, “It’s good enough for the girls I date.” The audience erupted in laughter knowing full well that Bryan is a happily married man.

Bryan dedicated “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to the troops. “I never failed to walk up to those troops and say thank you. I am blown away by their courage and passion for the country.”  He also points out that he always makes it home for Christmas.

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Bryan has strong ties to Woodstock.  Erik Borman and his wife Tami made the evening possible. Erik joined Bryan onstage with his guitar and not to be upstaged; Tami added a special touch to the evening with the Woodstock Children’s Choir.  The choir joined Bryan onstage for several songs including “Christmas Time is Here,” “Finding Christmas,” and “Our Savior is Born.”

As previously noted, Bryan achieved many accomplishments in his career, but he also endured the dark side of the business. When album sales decline, so does one’s career and that means being kicked off labels and experiencing big changes in one’s lifestyle.  Bryan speaks of an interview he watched with Gloria Estefan who sat at the top of Latin Pop music charts and took in many accolades. Bryan took away that even when the light doesn’t shine the brightest, artists still make music because love doing it.  An artist shouldn’t be controlled by a label and told when and how to record an album.  During Bryan’s darkest times he learned to break free of that and take the reins on his career.

The title track from the new album, Dustbowl Dreams, took the cake for the most touching moment of the night.  Bryan preludes the song with a story about his hero.  This man was the “salt of the earth” and “a true American.”  He didn’t tell the audience who he was speaking of at first.  The audience figured it out at the end of the song as old audio recordings played of Wilford White, Bryan’s grandfather.  The song also yells Oklahoma when Bryan mentions all the names that played on that song.  It was a family affair and includes Vince Gill on mandolin and Wayne Hayes, who is currently battling Colon Cancer.

Bryan does have a new Christmas album out titled A Bryan White Christmas, and he performed another track of the album, “Finding Christmas.” For the live performance, The Woodstock Children’s Choir joined him onstage again as well as audio recordings from his boys Justin and Jackson.  For the last song of the night Bryan saved “one of the coolest Christmas songs ever!” for last.  It’s a reminder of what the season is really about.  He invited Julia Johnson, the opener for the night, with her violin alongside the Choir. It was a great way to end the magical night.  He even made it snow, something Illinois has been lacking this holiday season.

The set list for the night:
Do it Together
Run, Run Rudolph
Let It Snow
Rebecca Lynn
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Charlie Brown’s Christmas Time is Here with Woodstock Children’s Choir
Charlie Brown Theme
Dustbowl Dreams
Someone Else’s Star – Steve Richard joins Bryan onstage
So Much for Pretending
Finding Christmas – Woodstock Children’s Choir
Our Savior is Born – Woodstock Children’s Choir and Julia Johnson

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Introducing Graffiti6

Schubas – Chicago, IL

Graffiti6 is:
Jamie Scott and Tommy D
Pete Cherry
Leonn Meade
Joe Glossop

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Graffiti6 is made up of core members Jamie Scott on vocals and Tommy D. on bass. The duo hail from the UK and co-wrote all of Gaffiti6’s songs from their first major label album release, Colours. The album is slated for an early 2012 release off Capitol Records.   The band was just signed to Capitol Records back in April of 2011 and is gaining huge momentum in the United States.  Earlier this year they released their EP Free, which is available now on iTunes, and also hit the road with Latin pop singer, Ximena Sariñana.

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This past Thursday night in Chicago, Graffiti6 ended their first US tour opening for Ximena. There was a decent crowd as Jamie and Tommy started their acoustic set.  The two appeared very comfortable on the intimate stage at Schubas.  Jamie told the crowd, “This is our first time playing in Chicago.”

Jamie introduced “Goodbye Geoffrey Drake” with the story behind the song. He first asked the crowd if anyone was in love and to put their  hands up if he or she were. As the crowd raised their hands Jamie noted that at the last stop nobody did. The crowd laughed.   He then proceeded into the story about the song, FYI it’s fiction.  It’s, however, funny in that dark humorous kind of way that the Brits are known for.  “Goodbye Geoffrey Drake” is a tragic love song about a girl who leaves a boy. The boy couldn’t deal with the fact that she left him, hunts her down, and kills her. He then comes to realize he can’t live without her so he kills himself.

Not all their songs are so dark and part of the crowd recognized their next song in the set.  Jamie started by mentioning that they were in New York last October after their song “Stare into the Sun” debuted on Grey’s Anatomy. They owe a lot to this song that got them signed to Capitol Records.

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They also played “Over You” which is on their upcoming release.  The song is about a girl who broke Jamie’s heart. The crowd felt the deepest sympathy for him, but he told the crowd not to feel sorry for him, he’s fine!  They also played their latest radio single, “Free” that is on the Free EP along with Colours.

The acoustic set went over well in Chicago. If you missed them on their US tour don’t fret because they are coming back to the States to open for Augustana in January! This means they will be playing Chicago again.  Also look for their upcoming full length release, Colours, in early 2012.

Set List:
Lay me down
Goodbye Geoffrey Drake
Stare Into the Sun
This Man
Free – single just gone to radio so we should be hearing this one!
Over You

Tour Dates with Augustana:

01/17     Anaheim, CA                         House of Blues
01/18     Los Angeles, CA                    El Rey Theatre
01/19     San Francisco, CA                 Great American Music Hall
01/21     Seattle, WA                           The Crocodile
01/22     Portland, OR                          Doug Fir Lounge
01/24     Salt Lake City, UT                  Club Sound
01/25     Denver, CO                            Bluebird Theater
01/27     Minneapolis, MN                    Varsity Theater
01/28     Chicago, IL                            Park West
01/30     Ann Arbor, MI                        Blind Pig
01/31     Boston, MA                           Paradise
02/01     New York, NY                        Gramercy Theatre
02/03     Philadelphia, PA                    Theatre of the Living Arts
02/04     Washington, DC                     9:30 Club
02/06     Charlotte, NC                         Visulite Theatre
02/07     Atlanta, GA                            Vinyl

Photos of Graffiti6’s Set at Schubas:


Written by Yvette Casillas and Jessica Emmerich

In Photos: Braid at Turner Hall

Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI

All Photos by Martha Kubica

Braid is:
Damon Atkinson – Drums
Todd Bell – Bass
Chris Broach – vocals/guitar
Bob Nanna – vocals/guitar

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Braid hit Turner Hall with fellow Illinois rockers The Smoking Popes. The night was a special one with toy donations being taken at the door for Toys for Tots. The support from their Midwest fans showed last Thursday night as they had enough toys to fill two cars with toys for local Milwaukee children. The toys went to the Milwaukee Chapter of United Way who help local families receive the gifts for Christmas. If that weren’t enough, they also raised another $200 in donations through poster sales from that night.

Photos from Braid’s set:

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In Photos: The Smoking Popes at Turner Hall

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Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
All Photos by Martha Kubica

The Smoking Popes is:
Josh Caterer – Vocals, Guitar
Eli Dixon Caterer – Guitar
Matt Caterer – Bass
Neil Hennessy – Drums

Smoking Popes Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI 12/22/2011

Chicago’s very own The Smoking Popes has been busy.  The band is currently on the road for a mini tour including the East Coast. The East Coast tour concludes in Philadelphia, PA with their first ever non-Chicago New Years Eve show!  This past summer they played dates with fellow Chicago rockers Alkaline Trio.  Last week The Smoking Popes  stopped at Turner Hall in Milwaukee opening for BRAID.

Photos from their set in Milwaukee are below.

Tour Dates:

December 28, 2011 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop  Details
December 29, 2011 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft  Details
December 30, 2011 Boston, MA House of Blues  Details
December 31, 2011 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar  Details
February 3, 2012 Columbus, OH The Basement  Details
February 4, 2012 Toledo, OH Frankie’s  Details
February 11, 2012 DeKalb, IL Otto’s  Details

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Over The Rhine at Le Poisson Rouge

On a cool, crisp evening in New York, the fans of Over the Rhine descended into the cellar of Le Poisson Rouge.  The real life couple of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler rose to the stage starting off with “Born” off their 2005 Drunkard’s Prayer album.  The crowd was in for a treat as Karin thanked the masses for coming to their holiday tour.  Getting down to the holiday spirit, Karin crooned “All I Ever Get For Christmas in Blue” with her signature pipes.  Before continuing the festive caroling with “White Horse”, Linford asked his wife if it was true that she once put a plastic horse under the Christmas tree in the hopes it would be a real horse Christmas morning.  Karin admitted she did and that her mother was relieved when there was no Christmas morning miracle.

Then the evening really heated up when the cable to the kick drum shocked the drummer as they started into “I’m On A Roll”.  They dug deep into their 20 years of songwritng to fulfill a request by singing “Suitcase” from their double album Ohio. Though they did treated fans to oldies but goodies, they played a majority from their latest album The Long Surrender, including “The King Knows How”, “Undamned”, “All My Favorite People” and “Rave On”. The pair also debuted a new song “Sacred Ground” and a new as-yet-named holiday tune. Of course they dusted the set with Christmas songs from their previous holiday recording Snow Angels. The true Christmas gift was their Hank Williams cover of “Still in Love With You” with the accompaniment of openers, The Milk Carton Kids.

All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue
White Horse
I’m on a Roll
The King Knows How
Sacred Ground (new song)
New Christmas song
Snow Angel
Pull Through
North Pole Man
All My Favorite People

Rave On
Drunkard’s Prayer
Still In Love With You (Hank Williams cover)

Naked Raygun Rock Out Thanksgiving Eve!

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Metro – Chicago, IL

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Hundreds of punk fans moshed their way into Thanksgiving with Naked Raygun last night. The crowd for sure brought their A-game for this joyus event. So many pits formed throughout the night. Some fans even tried to crowd surf which I just found hilarious. That may fly for a pop show but not for this hardcore/punk crowd. So many people bit it hard, I have to admit it was highly entertaining. For those unfamiliar of who Naked Raygun is, they formed in Chicago during 1981. They were one of the first U.S. post-punk bands of the ‘80s merging melodic sounds with punk. After a number of album releases in the ‘80s the band ended up splitting after the release of Raygun…Naked Raygun in 1990. Members went on to perform with other bands including Pegboy and The Bomb. Due to public demand for Naked Raygun in 1999 indie label Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records reissued all of Naked Raygun’s albums with bonus tracks. A compilation album was also produced including collected works from 1980-1992. After a massive turn out for their 2006 reunion at Riot Fest, playing to a sold out crowd of 4,000 people they decided to come back with new releases. Currently there is a release #4 of their 7” series and they are heading back into the studio at the end of the year to record more material. Tours are being set up for both the West Coast and Europe in 2012.
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My Big Beautiful Kicks Off Thanksgiving Eve!

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Metro – Chicago, IL

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Pop-punk band My Big Beautiful was one of many in last nights line up leading up to Naked Raygun’s headling show. The band formed back in 1993 from Joliet, IL. After taking a break in ’96 to pursue other music ventures the band ended up getting back together in 2003 and have been playing an aray of new & classic M.B.B. songs ever since. Last night was the perferct way to kick off this holiday weekend! This was my first time experiencing My Big Beautiful and it wont be my last. Their energy was fantastic and they had me at covering Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers “American Girl”. Before the show I saw Steev Custer running around the Metro with his kids, giving piggy back rides and just having a great time before the show. It was really awesome to see! During the show you could see his daughter waving to him from the balcony and he would just shoot her the biggest smile, it was the cutest thing ever! Steev even keeps a photo of his kids that sits on his amp on stage. It’s rare to see things like that. If you haven’t see My Big Beautiful I suggest you! Check out their Facebook page for your most recent M.B.B. updates.

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