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.


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: 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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In Photos: Slash at Rocklahoma 2012

Rocklahoma 2012
Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Slash Rocklahoma 2012

Slash is currently out on tour supporting his new album with Myles Kennedy, APOCALYPTIC LOVE.  The tour kicked off May 5th at the Carolina Rebellion rock festival and is set to continue through August 4th at the Paramount in Huntington, New York.  Slash and the Conspirators also stopped in Madison, Wisconsin at the Orpheum to a pack crowd; see the review here.

Slash’s remaining 2012 tour dates and photos from his Rocklahoma set can be found below.

Slash Tour Dates:

Sat 5/26 Albuquerque, NM Route 66 Casino
Thu 7/12 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Fri 7/13 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
Sat 7/14 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Mon 7/16 Edmonton, AB Nothern Alberta Jubilee
Tue 7/17 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Fri 7/20 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place
Sat 7/21 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre
Mon 7/23 Thunder Bay, ON Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Wed 7/25 Belleville, ON Empire Square Live
Thu 7/26 London, ON Harris Park
Fri 7/27 Montreal, QC Olympia Theater
Sun 7/29 Quebec City, QC Salle Albert Rosseau
Mon 7/30 Moncton, New Brunswick Centre-Casino Moncton
Tue 7/31 Halifax, NS Cunard Events Centre
Thu 8/2 Boston, MA House of Blues
Fri 8/3 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre
Sat 8/4 Huntington, NY The Paramount

Photos of Slash’s set with Myles Kennedy at Rocklahoma:


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In Photos: Dawes at the Hangout Music Festival 2012

Hangout Music Festival
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Dawes at the Hangout Music Festival 2012

Dawes took the stage on the first day of the Hangout Music Festival down in Gulf Shores, Alabama yesterday.  Other artists on the bill included  Chris Cornell performing an acoustic set, Sleeper Agent, home state artists Alabama Shakes and Yelawolf, and headliner Jack White.

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In Photos: Yelawolf at the Hangout Music Festival 2012

Hangout Music Festival
Golf Shores, Alabama

Update: More photos added!

Yelawolf Hangout Music Festival 2012 Gulf Shores Alabama

Hometown rapper Yelawolf took the stage today at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Photos of his set are below.

Photos of Yelawolf at the Hangout Music Festival:


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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:


Hunter Hayes Returns to the Rave

Hunter Hayes
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

All Photos by Paul Weber

Hunter Hayes at the Rave in Milwaukee

Hunter may only be 20 years old, but he is somewhat of a veteran in the country music scene.  A Louisiana native, he started his career at a tender age, making the rounds on the television circuit. Hunter is touring in support of  his forth studio album, simply titled Hunter Hayes, marking his major label debut with Atlantic Records Nashville. Hunters self-titled debut was performed solely by him, virtually unheard of in Nashville, and was co-produced by legendary producer Dann Huff. In 2010 Hunter wrote the song Play for Rascal Flatts and in 2012 Hunter opened for the guys on their  Thaw Out Tour. Hunter is without question an artist to be watched. If the enthusiasm of the crowd at the Rave is any indication, you better get on board now or miss your chance at seeing an artist rise to great heights on the national stage first hand.


Hunter Hayes tour dates

04/23/12   Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

04/27/12   The National – Richmond, VA

05/01/12   Showbox at the Martket – Seattle, WA

05/02/12   Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

05/03/12   Rodeo Club – San Jose, CA

05/10/12    The Pagent – St Louis, MO

05/11/12    Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH

05/12/12    The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

05/18/12    Mavericks – Jacksonville, FL

05/19/12    Cowboy Saloon – Davie, FL

05/20/12    Dallas Bull – Tampa FL

05/26/12    Russell County Auditorium – Russell Springs, KY

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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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Creed Kicks Off The “2 Nights Live” Tour in Chicago

2 Nights Live 2012
The Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL

All Photos by Paul Weber

Creed is:
Scott Stapp – lead vocals
Mark Tremonti – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Brian Marshall – bass
Scott Phillips – drums

Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti 2nd night at the Chicago Theatre

Creed doesn’t have a new album out yet, but that hasn’t stopped them from hitting the road. Scott Stapp, Mark, Brian, and Scott Phillips decided to get back together to tour earlier this year. This reunion is the second go-around since their 2004 separation. The last time was back in 2009 with their 4th studio album, Full Circle, which was accompanied by a tour that ran into 2010.  Both parties have kept busy during Creed’s downtime as Mark, Brian, and Scott Phillips formed Alter Bridge with Myles Kennedy and as Alter Bridge released their first album, One Day Remains, back in 2004. Stapp released his first solo album, The Great Divide, in 2005. He also recorded a second solo album, but it appears to be currently shelved as Scott and Mark have been writing new material for Creed.

Scott Stapp at the Chicago Theatre for Creed's 2 Nights Live Tour

Last night was night two of Creed’s kick off to their 2 Nights Live tour.  The tour continues through late August at the Alaska State Fair and includes a stop for the rock fest, Rocklahoma.  The festival and fair stops will be anybody’s guess as to what they will play, but the first night at the Chicago Theatre on Friday covered the entire My Own Prison album plus a few other goodies from Human Clay and Weathered.  Night two featured Human Clay from beginning to end with some of their biggest hits from My Own Prison including “One,” “My Own Prison,” and “Torn” and they capped off the night with “My Sacrifice.”  The set was a huge flashback to 1999, which included Scott growing his trademark hair back.

Creed Chicago TheatreThe stage had amazing back lighting that was appropriate for a rock band making a comeback, yet neither Scott nor Mark really talked much between songs.  Actually, Mark didn’t say anything at all and Scott only introduced a couple of the songs.   This wasn’t so much a bad thing; I was expecting more of a VH1 Storytellers’ vibe but it was still entertaining to see them play the album straight through. For “Say I” Scott said, “This was the inspiration to the album’s name. It took us away to another place.”  He also remarked right before “Wash Away the Years” that his sister inspired the song.  The entire night was semi-surreal.  With eyes closed it really felt like someone hit play on jukebox as Scott nailed each of the songs. He didn’t stray too much from the original lyrics or arrangements.

Even though the band hails from Florida, Chicago has accepted both Creed and Alter Bridge alike as one of their own.  Magic happens when Tremonti and the crew come to town, yet there was a bit of doubt as to the success of this two night residency. Scott’s history in Chicago has been a shaky one that included fans demanding refunds due to his less than tolerable behavior on stage.  Last night Scott proved himself to be as strong as ever and the crowd opened their arms to Creed, showing that everything that happened in the past is all just water under the Alter Bridge. Hopefully Creed fans will soon see a new studio album with original songs from the original band members!

Mark Tremonti 2nd night at the Chicago Theatre

Human Clay Setlist:

Are you Ready?
What If
Say I
Wrong Way
Faceless Man
Never Die
With Arms Wide Open
Wash Away Those Years
Inside Us All
My Own Prison
My Sacrifice

Photos of Night Two of Creed’s 2 Nights Live Tour:

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Creed’s 2 Nights Live 2012 Tour:

4-13-2012     Chicago, IL      Chicago Theatre     My Own Prison
4-14-2012     Chicago, IL      Chicago Theatre     Human Clay
4-16-2012     Upper Darby, PA     Tower Theatre     My Own Prison
4-17-2012     Upper Darby, PA     Tower Theatre     Human Clay
4-19-2012     New York, NY     Beacon Theatre     My Own Prison
4-20-2012     New York, NY      Beacon Theatre     Human Clay
4-21-2012     Uncasville, CT     Mohegan Sun Arena     Human Clay
4-24-2012     Washington, DC      Warner Theatre      Human Clay
4-27-2012     Boston, MA      Orpheum Theater     Human Clay
4-30-2012     Houston, TX     Verizon Wireless Theater     My Own Prison
5-01-2012     Houston, TX      Verizon Wireless Theater      Human Clay
5-09-2012     Phoenix, AZ     Comerica Theatre     Human Clay
5-11-2012     Las Vegas, NV     The Pearl     Human Clay
5-12-2012     Indio, CA     Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino
5-13-2012     Pomona, CA     The Fox Theater
5-15-2012     Los Angeles, CA     Wiltern Theatre     Human Clay
5-16-2012     San Francisco, CA     The Warfield
5-19-2012     Denver, CO     Paramount Theatre     Human Clay
5-21-2012     Kansas City, MO     The Midland Theatre by AMC     My Own Prison
5-22-2012     Kansas City, MO     The Midland Theatre by AMC     Human Clay
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


United Brad Stands

United We Stand
Razor & Tie
Release: 24 April 2012

Brad celebrates their 20th year as a band, and releases their 5th album this month. Brad began as the side project for members Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Regan Hagar (Satchel and formerly a member of Malfunkshun), Shawn Smith (also a member of Pigeonhed and Satchel), and Jeremy Toback. Brad is a Seattle band from the 90s which includes one of the founding members of Pearl Jam, the fathers of the grunge sound, yet their music is more chill and psychedelic. For someone who can very rarely relax, I have trouble understanding these jams. If I still hit the hash pipe, it may help. Though I have to admit that Shawn Smith’s lead vocals are beautiful on “Make the Pain go away” the rest of the tracks leave me confused.. I just don’t get it. Although by the sounds of the jam session album the boys are so chilled out, I don’t think they care if I’m grooovin or not, because they sure are regardless. If you already like Brad, or the guys other full time bands give it a listen, you should love it as the sound seems consistent with previous works. Regardless, give “Make the Pain go away” a spin, it will (cliche enough) take some pain away, for sure.

Jon McLaughlin Makes Promises

Jon McLaughlin
Promising Promises
Razor & Tie
Release: 22 May 2012

In September of last year Jon McLaughlin released his album Forever if Ever. On May 22nd he will release an updated and remixed/remastered version of that album along with new artwork and packagin. Jon has also included three new singles for his fans. One of the new singles can be heard below, the album’s first single, “Summer Is Over” featuring Sara Bareilles is on sale now –Buy HERE and Listen HERE.

* Look out for the title track “I’ll follow you”, it’s enough to make most tough guys well up, myself included.

Dar Williams, the Other Folk Meat!

Dar Williams
In The Time of Gods
Razor & Tie
Release: 17 April 2012

Dar Williams has always been a household name growing up on the East Coast. She’s notably a talented singer songwriter whom I… never paid a single ounce of mind to, for no justifiable reason. I guess when I wanted folk music, I went to Ani DiFranco and never looked any further. I think that “go to” has happened to many of us, but tonight I listened to a Dar Williams album in it’s entirely, a few times actually.

First off I will admit this isn’t my first choice in music anymore, yet I found myself in a somber place in life tonight and the album greeted me with open arms. Dar writes beautiful songs. She has a beautiful voice and writes beautiful lyrics. If you listen to her music, I can’t imagine this album would be anything but a satisfying add to your collection of her albums. For a non listener such as myself, I am going to take away this stand out track: “I will free myself”. Next Tuesday when this album drops I ask you to listen carefully to this aforementioned track. I have played it about 10 times so far. Each time as soon as I hear the opening notes, chords, and vocals they force me to pause: and listen. Maybe it’s my situation, or maybe Dar has just been this good all along and this is what you miss when you focus on that one artist that’s gets you by with what you already know. Makes me grateful to always expand my focus.

Monica, New Life, Same Sound.

New Life
April 10, 2012

I will give credit where it’s due. When I was in 8th grade Monica’s first singles “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” and “Before You Walk out of My Life” were my jams. Then when Monica did that duet with Brandy talking about “The Boy is Mine” by that point I was a junior in high school and we all thought we were bad ass playing that song on each other’s answering machine’s. (If you were really cool your pager had an answering machine.) Monica could sing, she was cute with her overalls, and we related to her music. We were teenagers. We grew up. Unfortunately, her music did not.

Monica released her seventh studio album today, also you can now purchase vanilla ice cream at your local grochery store. Doesn’t sound very exciting does it? Vanilla Ice Cream, that’s what Monica has become to me over the years. You see vanilla ice cream is fine, I mean who doesn’t like ice cream, it has all of the qualities there that should make it really good, hell it’s ice cream, and if you pair it with something like apple pie then it get’s better. Yet you would prefer something with Caramel running through it wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you prefer to listen to Mary J. Blidge? Doesn’t Monica sound better when you pair her with Brandy? Do you want to listen to another album of Monica’s where it’s all just FINE.If the answer is no, then you just go ahead and skip this album too.

Thanks to her first album and those songs I loved as a kid, Monica’s net worth is around the total of $15 Million US dollars. Tell me why she can’t buy a good song? The album is wonderfully produced, with all the production stars in today’s game that you know, or should, since they make all of today’s hits. Rico Love, Polow da Don,Salaam Remi, even damn Missy Elliott can’t save Monica from making 12 more filler tracks that you can easily live without. What’s the issue? Monica can sing her ass off, she is gorgeous as ever, the beats are decent, the production is good, yet the lyrics fail almost immediately being completely expected, or embarssing (“Log off your facebook it all belongs to me”). Most of the Album’s topics have been exhausted in pop music in the last ten years, even by Monica herself. If you are going to rehash topics of self empowerment, love, and growth you really have to have something bold to back it all up. What we needed was a drastic new sound that recreated Monica in a fresh new way, something with today’s sound vs. 1995. It feels like she keeps painstakingly trying to recreate her first few big hits, even going so far as to have another duet with Brandy, trying to force the magic to happen again. Those overalls, the mid 90’s, being 14 with two top 10 singles: Magic. Being 31 and not having a big hit since, 5 albums later? Time to call in the heavy hitters dear.. New Life? Next time you need a new sound.

What a comic should sound like?

Geoff Barrow has always made wonderful instrumental music for Beth Gibbons to swoon over. On his new venture alongside Ben Salisbury he has made 19 tracks sans Beth and the clan. Ben and Geoff get together on this album and created all of these tracks keeping instead a comic book in mind, the Judge Dredd comic in particular. The end result is Ben and Geoff’s vision of what “Mega City One” (depicted in the comics) may actually sound like, and I must say it’s a bit creepy. Having never read these particular comics the boys aural exudes suggest a ghost town teetering on the edge of something very peculiar happening very soon. Geoff was a pioneer and founding member in the beloved band Portishead, so unsurprisingly this album has fleeting moments of the same sounds where you can imagine Beth’s voice sweeping in, although for a PHead fan there aren’t nearly enough of these to keep you entertained.

Clearly this was a fun side project for Barrow during off time from Portishead, Anika, and other tinkering projects that keep him busy. Yet except for the track “End Them” none of the tracks feel as though they are full songs. The “songs” feel more like raw interludes for scenes in a horror film, or samples to use for films, none of it feels like when you sit down and listen to a Nine Inch Nails instrumental for example. It’s just a bit of anxiety inducing shuffle music that would work wonderfully in a slicer scene in your next summer slasher film. Yet somehow.. I think this was the exact sound they were going for, this may be exactly what Mega City One is supposed to sound like.

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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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:


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


Lacuna Coil on the Gigantour at The Rave

Lacuna Coil
Gigantour 2012
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

All Photos by Paul Weber

Lacuna Coil Gigantour 2012 Milwaukee Wisconsin The Rave

Lacuna Coil take the opening spot on the 2012 Gigantour featuring Volbeat, Motorhead, and Megadeth. The band is out promoting their newest album, Dark Adrenaline. The night’s set included “Trip the Night” off the new album and also included “Kill the Light” and “Spellbound.”

PLEASE NOTE: Lacuna Coil starts early, so get to the venue early enough to catch their set. The set itself isn’t even a full half hour and it’s not one to miss! Tour dates below!

Photos from Lacuna Coil’s Set in Milwaukee:

Remaining Lacuna Coil Tour Dates:

13 – Des Moines, IA – People’s Court*
14 – St. Paul, MN – Myth
16 – Saskatoon, SK – Prairieland
17 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre
18 – Calgary, AB – Big 4 Building
20 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
21 – Kent, WA – Showare Center
23 – San Jose, CA – Events Center At San Jose
24 – Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheater At Universal City
25 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
26 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum
28 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
1 – Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom
2 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
3 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live At The Moody

*LACUNA COIL headline


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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

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


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

All I Want
Higher Than Heaven
Right Behind You
The Solos
Love in Ruins
Love Me Bad
Crawling Home

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Local H?!

Local H
Austin’s Fuel Room –Libertyville, IL

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

Scott Lucas performing at Austin’s Fuel Room –Libertyville, IL

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.

Britney Spears’ Toxic cover

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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Liam, Who?

Noel Gallaher
High Flying Birds
Released: 8 November 2011
Label: Sour Mash

The word in the UK makes music folks get mushy and gather flags to wave. They are the official poster boys of Glastonbury Music Festival and whilst there, after a few ciders, you too against all your good restraints will be swinging with your mate sobbing “you’reeeeee my wondderwalllllll”.

The Gallaher brothers didn’t have the insane appeal here in the US as they did in their homeland. Yeah we like them, yeah we know some songs, but once you have seen the boys over there you realize they are to England what Kylie is as Britian’s Madonna. The Gallaher brothers more importantly have this effect on each other though that has notoriously shaped the face of the band and again they are, no more. In the last years they have sued each other, cracked guitars over each other and smacked each other with chairs. All while one brother insisted that his niece came to be born from his brother’s wife cheating on him. All of this sounds like an American family Thanksgiving – or the making of a great punk album, but instead again, it was the end, and for real this time.

Noel went solo. Noel has written all of the Oasis songs you know that get stuck in your head anyway. Now, he has now made a ten track solo album that people in the UK are loving, and people in the states are ignoring. At the first few listens of the album, I wasn’t impressed. I obviously felt something was missing, and I wasn’t a big Oasis fan to begin with but still, it wasn’t reaching me. Then just before I finally penned this review I came across this beautiful visual and I fell in love with the songs after they were delivered to me in their correct form.

I now almost hate to say how much I love the songs, which you can almost hear the entire album in the above visual link. Above all I am ashamed at how much I am in love with the following cheesy line from the song “If I had a gun”..

“..Excuse me if I spoke too soon, my eyes have always followed you around the room
cause you’re the only god that I will ever need..”

May Noel help you find your mush as well and prove to you that his brother may be the rock star, but he has always been the soul behind the band.

Common – The Dream Killer

The Dreamer/The Believer
Released: December 20, 2011
Label: Warner Bros.
Stand Out Track: Ghetto Dreams

The follow up to Common’s 2008 record Universal Mind Control is here, released just before Christma$ for everyone’s stocking. While the album is lyrically better than Common’s latest works (Better than Finding Forever, Not better than 2005’s Be), it ultimately leaves me pissed off at Lonnie again.

Common is a racist. I’m a white chick who loves hip hop, and so things are not really working out for us. Common was one of the first brothers I had a lil’ crush on. Then I met him and he was a vile racist in person. He makes it really hard to love him and overlook these character flaws that make him the furthest thing from sexy..Why mention this? Because in 2012 this crap is still happening, by an open minded “conscious” rapper.

It’s nothing new, Common really came out the gate spitting this ignorant shit, it’s just gotten harder for me to swallow due to it’s consistency which overshadows his lyrical talents, and as a profoundly smart man, approaching 40 years old – it boggles my mind that he hasn’t grown out of this nasty circumstance. Afrocentric, cool, do you, but how you can tell me what is wrong, and what is and isn’t love?

Resurrection Album – “In My Own World (Check the Method)”
It’s a Jungle out there but I’m never Fever-in for them white hoes
I love black thighs, you sisters better realize

Be – “Real People”
This album is a complete gem, but then there is this:
“Black men walking wit white girls on they arms, I be mad at em as if I know they moms
Told to go beyond the surface, a person’s a person, When we lessen our women our condition seems to worsen.”

Common’s racist opposition to mixed race relations goes beyond a crude song lyric. He not only opposes the mixing of the races, he sees women outside his race as nothing more than objects of personal sexual gratification. From a 2005 interview:

COMMON: I don’t think there’s anything the matter with somebody loving somebody from another race but it’s almost like a stereotype that if you’ve got dreadlocks you go out with a white girl. just feel like, as black men, we do have to be aware that, yo, every time we step out with some woman it’s setting an example for our daughters and it’s also representing something for our mothers. If you can’t really love your own, how can you really love others?

TOUCH: So you don’t agree with mixed race relationships?
COMMON: I disagree with them. It’s a lack of self-love. It’s a problem.

TOUCH: Have you ever dated outside your race?
COMMON: Nah, not dated [giggles].

TOUCH: Have you slept with anybody outside your race?
COMMON: Yeah, I definitely have.

So white women are good enough to sleep with, only. Not to be seen in public with, not to procreate with, not to love. What karma is going to do to Common is this; His little pre-teen daughter is going to end up haphazardly loving a white boy and then he’s going to have to face this racism once and for all. True story, I know it because I live it as we speak. I am the better half of a wonderful 5 year and running interracial relationship. Common (the all judging father) would snear at me for this, and my racist family also drags their feet to accept it. Yet, while Common would judge me, and look down on my children, Common loves his Chicago brother Barack Obama – a man of mixed race himself. Common Sense, a living breathing contradiction.

Here we are in 2012.
What does Common have to say about it?
On the track “Gold”
“I write it and still get invited to white Christmases”

No Motherfucker. Not this cracker honkey’s Christmas. You are like, so, OMG uninvited.

The album is better then the radio hip hop trash, but still not Common’s best work. With each year that passes he get’s further and further away from the capability to reproduce classic hits like “I used to love H.E.R“, “Heat“, “The Light” etc etc. Personally I have grown tired of having to face disses about my race, and racial insults that hit home on every single Common album that at this point, I am officially retiring as a listener of his music, entirely. Music is an escape, and if you are providing as much tension and malcontent as a judgmental family member then you are obviously going to lose fans. LL Cool J talks about spending nights in “Trump Towers with a blue eyed blonde” and you don’t hear Jay-Z talking shit about anyone’s preferences, as much he calls people out, it’s still done in a mindful way not to step on people’s toes. This is called “how to achieve platinum status”.

A prime example:

From Jay-Z’s track “Moment of Clarity”
“Truthfully – I wanna rhyme like Common Sense, (But i did five Mil) I ain’t been rhymin like Common since. When your sense got that much in common And you been hustlin since, Your inception, Fuck perception, Go with what makes sense”

If you can read through the lines what Jay is saying, almost directly to our boy common is – you’re being too deep passing your “conscious” views onto the public, that shit doesn’t sell. Considering Jay is the cross culture accepted hip hop mogul and welcomed where no other rappers have gone before, Lonnie may want to take notes, give advice with less judging and preaching, or drink a can of STFU, once and for all.

Introducing Graffiti6

Schubas – Chicago, IL

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

Graffiti6 Schubas - Chicago, IL 12/22/2011

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.

Graffiti6 Schubas - Chicago, IL 12/22/2011

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.

Graffiti6 “Stare into the Sun” Acoustic

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

Hot Chelle Rae’s “Whatever”

Hot Chelle Rae
RCA Records

The world needs good pop music. Pop music – by default – becomes a harbinger for the current generation and the issues that shape them. The attitude of each generation – the fashions – the trial and tribulations – are ever present in the pop music of that generation.

If you really look into it – these things rarely vary much from generation to generation. One defining component is the music. This might explain why we remember certain songs that may not be great songs – but they are linked to a special moment or event in our lives.

Hot Chelle Rae – the currently emerging pop quartet dishing on all things pop and culture have released “Whatever” which is chock full of bouncy-pouncy pop songs that are so infectious even a fussy old curmudgeon can be seen breaking a smile.

Sure the stuff sounds processed and forced – there is something really enjoyable about the surrender to what they are doing.  They have an odd fixation for – shall we say non-Caucasian-urban cultural references which are actually endearingly hilarious because they are blindingly Caucasian.

The music is seamless. The harmonies are tight. The hooks are dance-friendly. They are at the top of their game- if not the top of their genre. With luck they will grow with their audience and mature into a serious musical enterprise.

If not – we might not even hear about them in a year – but for the moment – they have their finger on the pulse of every ingredient needed to create and market a pop masterpiece.


Stand Out Tracks

Tonight Tonight

Why Don’t You love Me

Downtown Girl

My Big Beautiful Kicks Off Thanksgiving Eve!

My Big Beautiful
Metro – Chicago, IL

My Big Beautiful Metro Chicago 2

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.

My Big Beautiful Metro Chicago 3

My Big Beautiful Metro Chicago 4

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My Big Beautiful Metro Chicago

The 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Worship Music

The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

Anthrax The Rave Milwaukee 2011

Anthrax released their 10th studio album Worship Music on September 12th. It’s been 8 years since the group released their last studio album, We’ve Come for You AllWorship Music is currently at #17 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums and peaked at the number 2 spot.

Anthrax’s “Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t”

Anthrax was back at the Rave last night for the last night of their headlining tour with Testament and Death Angel.  Their set included “Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t,” “Earth on Hell,” “The Devil You Know,” “Caught in a Mosh,” “Indians,” “I am the Man,” “Among the Living,” and “Medusa” to name a few.  Some of their classics were expected, but the true highlights were a couple of the new songs from Worship that really killed.  The set also included “In The End” off Worship Music that was a tribute to Ronnie James Dio.

Their headlining tour didn’t end in Milwaukee by accident. Scott said that they planned it that way because he knows Milwaukee rocks.  The crowd didn’t disappoint and showed the guys their ultra super snazzy moshing skills.

Again, Anthrax didn’t disappoint. Now to Worship Music!

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Robert Schwartzman’s “Double Capricorn”

Robert Schwartzman
Double Capricorn

robert Schwartzman Double Capricorn coverIt seemed – at first – that Robert Schwartzman had fallen into a deep sleep and had woken up in 1982 in a recording studio.  His quirky-alt-80s sound is endearing if not a bit kitschy. The electro-bump of “Out of My Mind” kicks off “Double Capricorn” sounding a bit like a Human League on happy pills.

“Double Capricorn” is a collection of songs in which the instruments are played (almost) entirely by Schwartzman himself. The interesting thing – he actually pulls it off. The recording is tight and the arrangements – while a bit dated – are no worse for the wear.

It would be a little more compelling in Schwartzman had backed off of the affectations and let the music find its way over to its own invention. The songs seem to be written with the tongue firmly in cheek – a left-handed-homage to music designed to make you homesick for music that you missed the first time around.

Robert Palmer, John Lennon, The Pet Shop Boys, and the Beatles are among the filters Schwartzman employs on his way to being hipper-than-thou. His take on early 80s Elton John is spot on. He created a record the 20-something hipsters can call their own while being enjoyed by the 40-somethings who actually remember this music the first time around.

There are a lot reasons to buy this disc. Not the least of these reasons is all profits from the sale of this album are being donated to the Tibetan Healing Fund. Let “Double Capricorn” heal you at the same time.

Stand Out Tracks
I Know Why
Funny Money
All My Life

Five Finger Death Punch at The Rave

Five Finger Death Punch
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

Five Finger Death Punch the Rave Milwaukee

Following All That Remains is not a simple task, however Five Finger Death Punch shouldered the task and revitalized the frenzied and sold-out crowd at The Rave / Eagle’s Ballroom.  It was a certainty that more than a few decided to “Share the Welt” on this tour; and countless fans left the venue sweaty, bruised and shirtless into the chilled fall air.  Though they also departed content, leaving everything they had inside.

Vocalist Ivan Moody preached pro-American dialogue between songs, “We are all American!” in support of U.S. troops.  Otherwise they let their music speak, and it spoke volumes as their aggressive sound was thoroughly devoured.  Touring on American Capitalist, FFDP continue to gain momentum with each release while leaving a wake of new and satisfied fans along the way.

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory was a marvel to watch as he thrashed his long dreads while displaying some amazing fretwork.  His style meshes will with Jason Hook’s guitar play.  Chris Keel has filled in well on bass duties, replacing Matt Snell earlier this year.

Rains replaced Rev Theory (they had to withdraw from the tour due to an injury) to open the tour.  Hatebreed are also on the bill.

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1. Under and Over It
2. Salvation
3. American Capitalist
4. Hard to See
5. The Way of the Fist
6. No One Gets Left Behind
7. Bad Company (Bad Company cover)
8. White Knuckles
9. Far From Home
10. Bulletproof
11. Never Enough
12. The Bleeding
13. Burn it Down

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Under and Over It
American Capitalist
Hard to See
Way of the Fist
No One Gets Left Behind
Bad Company
White Knuckles
Far From Home
Bullet Proof
Never Enough
The Bleeding
Burn it Down