Shinedown Roars Like a Lion on the Avalanche Tour

Avalanche Tour with Art of Dying and Adelitas Way
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
All Photos by Paul Weber

Brent Smith Shinedown Avalanche Tour The Rave Milwaukee 2012

Shinedown could very well go down in history as having one of the greatest frontmen in rock and roll.  The band also has that special sauce with a bite to make them stand out in a world saturated by musicians. Each one of their four studio albums placed on rock charts and not many rock acts can say that.  Collectively their albums have already sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

zach myers Shinedown Avalanche Tour The Rave Milwaukee 2012The group just released their fourth studio album, Amaryllis, and it has already spawned the radio rock anthem “Bully.”  Alongside Amaryllis’ release accompanied an eBook FOR YOUR SAKE: Inside the Making of Shinedown’s Amaryllis. It is an interactive book with 75 pages of words, never-before-seen photos, and videos. The eBook was a joint effort with rock journalist Jonah Bayer and Atlantic Records. The eBook is available for purchase here for $5.99.

Last night as Shinedown took the stage the first thing that struck me was Brent’s appearance.  Last time I saw Shinedown was back in 2010 and Brent looked like he filled out (it happens to the best of us).  Yet, when he walked out onstage last night, my mouth dropped. He looked fantastic! His weight loss didn’t just affect his physique; his energy level was at an all-time high. Brent was intense and much more dramatic than he was two years ago. Now let’s get something straight here–back in 2010 I thought the show was amazing; this time around I was just blown away.

Brent and Zach mix to make up that special sauce I was talking about earlier. Their comradery onstage shows the love between the guys.  Zach took to his solos with such ease as not to skip a beat. As many Shinedown fans know, Zach takes to his solo work when Shinedown is in hiatus mode, so he manages to keep his chops up to par.

I do need to mention the spectacular lighting for Shinedown. I really didn’t think the stage was going to be so lit up as it was even though this is Shinedown we are talking about.  The lighting was so poor for the openers Art of Dying and Adelitas Way that there was some concern of what it was going to look like when the headliners hit the stage.  All the light was aimed at the back of the stage by the drummer yet both openers took the very front of the stage with little light.

Brent Smith Shinedown Avalanche Tour The Rave Milwaukee 2012

The set was a great mix of songs from each of their 4 albums and the night ended with some of their biggest hits to date including “Second Chance,” “Simple Man,” and “Bully.”


Sound of Madness
Diamond Eyes
If You Only Knew
Save Me
Nowhere Kids
Crow and Butterfly
Simple Man
Second Chance
Fly From the Inside

The Avalanche Tour runs through the end of April with May filled with headlining shows and festivals such as the Carolina Rebellion. See their tour itinerary below.

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ON TOUR 2012
All Dates w/2012 Avalanche Tour except *


2          Denver, CO                             Ogden Theatre                       
5          Houston, TX                          House of Blues                         
6          Dallas, TX                                House of Blues
7          Corpus Christi, TX                Concrete Street Amphitheatre
9          Springfield, MO                     Shrine Mosque                        
10         Indianapolis, IN                   Egyptian Room
12         Detroit, MI                             The Fillmore                      
13         Milwaukee, WI                      The Rave                          
14         Grand Rapids, MI                  Orbit Room                          
16         Niagara Falls, NY                Rapids Theater                       
17         Pittsburgh, PA                      Stage AE                            
18         Providence, RI                       Lupo’s                       
20         New York, NY                        Best Buy Theater                       
21         Atlantic City, NJ                    House of Blues                         
22         Scranton, PA                         Cultural Center                        
24         Richmond, VA                      The National                      
25         Baltimore, MD                      Ram’s Head                          
1          Bossier City, LA                    Centurylink Center *
2          Huntsville, AL                       Von Braun Center *
4          Virginia Beach, VA               Farm Bureau Live *
5          Rockingham, NC                   Carolina Rebellion @ Rockingham Speedway *
6          Atlanta, GA                             Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
8          Newkirk, OK                          First Council Casino *
9          Oklahoma City, OK               Diamond Ballroom *
11         Pacific Junction, IA               Mid America Motorplex *
12         Kansas City, MO                   Liberty Memorial Park *
13         Boone, IA                               Central Iowa Expo *
15         Minneapolis, MN                  The Brick *                             
16         Chicago, IL                            House of Blues *
18         Bloomington, IL                    US Cellular Coliseum *
19         Columbus, OH                     Columbus Crew Stadium *
20         Camden, NJ                           Susquehanna Bank Center *

Graffiti6 is Headed On Tour with Augustana

graffiti6Currently on the road in the U.S. supporting Latin singer-songwriter Ximena through December, Britain’s Graffiti6 have announced that they will perform on the Rachael Ray show on December 19th as they continue to tour Stateside throughout January and into February with SONY recording artist Augustana. The tour—in support of  their upcoming Capitol Records debut album Colours, which will be released on January 24th, 2012—kicks off January 17th in Anaheim, CA, and criss-crosses the U.S. before wrapping up on February 7th in Atlanta. Please see below for all upcoming dates.

The group will perform their hit single “Free” on Rachael Ray on December 19th.  Currently Top 15 at AAA radio “Free” was the most added song in its first week at the format. The single has now been added to over half the AAA panel in just 8 weeks. Currently in rotation at such influential stations such as KLLC and KFOG in San Francisco, KINK in Portland, KBCO in Colorado, KRVB in Boise, WYEP in Pittsburgh, KKXT in Dallas and KUT in Austin, “Free” was also “Pick of the Week” in USA Today, which praised the track’s “melodic bassline and singer Jamie Scott’s exquisite falsetto breaks.” The video, which was shot in downtown Los Angeles is in rotation at mtvU and can be seen on VEVO here:

Graffiti6 — a collaboration between singer-songwriter Jamie Scott and songwriter-producer TommyD were praised in a five-star review of Colours from London newspaper The Independent raving that the album—a mélange of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British Northern Soul—is “an assured debut album that sparkles with invention and throbs with emotion”.

The seven-track “Free” EP is currently available. It includes the radio and stripped-down versions of the title track, acoustic versions of “Lay Me Down,” “Annie You Save Me,” and “Stone In My Heart,” a cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Blue Ridge Mountains,” and a brand-new song, “Foxes.” Graffiti6’s songs have been heard on Grey’s Anatomy, Covert Affairs, CSI: NY, One Tree Hill, and the MTV series Teen Wolf. MTV has also featured the group in its Freshmen 5, Artist to Watch, and Push campaigns.

Graffiti6 on tour with Ximena:
12/07     Chapel Hill, NC                     Local 506
12/08     Richmond, VA                      The Camel
12/09     Baltimore, MD                     Sound Stage
12/10     Annapolis, MD                      Rams Head
12/11     Philadelphia, PA                   World Café Live
12/13     New York City, NY                Rockwood
12/14     Boston, MA                           T.T. The Bear’s Place
12/15   Portland, ME                           Empire Dance & Dine
12/17     Buffalo, NY                           Ninth Ward
12/18     Pittsburgh, PA                       Club Café
12/20     Columbus, OH                      The Basement
12/21  Lexington, KY                           Cosmic Charlie’s
12/22     Chicago, IL                            Schubas Tavern

Graffiti on tour 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

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The Windsor Player: The Ultimate Supergroup

The Windsor Player

The Windsor PlayerThis is meat and potatoes. This is dependable and delicious and every bit as American as the Super Bowl. The Windsor Player – the latest alt-supergroup created by Troy Stewart – has released an eponymous disc that is bigger than all of its components yet intimate and relevant.

From the melancholy strings of “Release” which kicks off this powerful collection – to the rolling melody and seamless instrumentals and playful faux-rap of “Just a Song” there is not a weak moment on this disc.

Sadly I am not nearly hip enough to know who Stewart is except that he is the touring guitarist for Snow Patrol. The names of the players and the bands that he has assembled reads like a who’s who of bands that linger on the fringes of mainstream – just safety within the reach of the hipsters, but not the radio station program directors.

I think – in this case – my ignorance fed my bliss because I had no preconceived notion of what I was getting into. What I was – and continue to – get into is a whip smart and impeccably recoded and produced collection of songs.

It isn’t enough that Stewart – and his army of co-conspirators – have blended their own unique perspectives into each bar – each measure of music – they had the good sense to get out of the way and let the song rule the day. I promise this is a disc that will serve as background when you are working/partying. It will also work as a clinic in songwriting and arranging.

As we begin the head-long careen into the holiday shopping season, every writer is putting together their “best of list” in hopes of boosting the holiday sales and having one more shot at influencing their readers.

The Windsor Player is my favorite release of the year. End of list.

Stand Out Tracks
Empty Well
Just a Song

Bay Area Band SorryEverAfter Arrives on the Scene with Shows, Recording, Video

Bay Area Band SorryEverAfter Arrives on the Scene with Shows
Recording and a Video Announced
October 21th at Uptown Lounge, October 22nd at Benders 


The always fecund San Francisco music scene has been burgeoning for the last few years with bands like Kelley Stoltz, The Oh Sees, Sonny and the Sunsets, Ty Segall and Girls breaking out nationally and opening the doors for hooky bands who appreciate distortion. When Bay Area band vets Lynda Mandolyn, Erica Liss, Christa DiBiase and Mike Cloward started SorryEverAfter, they discovered that years on the road had earned them dividends that are impossible to fake: confidence and dynamic chemistry. The quartet plays spare, fuzzy power pop with girlish harmonies, feedback-laden guitars and a locomotive backbeat. Hypnotic, blissed-out songs share brutally honest lyrics and a wry sensibility that reflects the complexities experienced by friends who unflinchingly look life in the face.

“Constellations” and “Pill” live at the Hemlock, San Francisco, California 9/3/11

The band has been in hyperdrive since forming. Their first show was in August, SorryEverAfter released a free 6 song cassette in September with custom art on its face in a limited edition that fans snapped up in record time, while they were beginning to track songs for releases in early 2012 and filming their first video, “Honey Girl”. Following that, they’ll spend December recording with Tim Green (The F**ing Champs) at his Louder Studios for a full length and a Flexidisc. The band has shows planned on October 21st at the Uptown Lounge in Oakland and the 22nd at Benders in San Francisco  They are firming up touring for the middle of January when their 6 song EP “Meet Us When The Lights Go Low” is released.  January 24th to be exact!

The band came together thanks to drummer Cloward’s urge to start something new and a chance meeting with Christa, who brought singer/guitarist/lyricist Lynda into the fold along with Erica. Cloward spent years playing with seminal west coast band 28th Day (with a young Barbara Manning), Richard Buckner, the Sunbirds and Ambulance as well as founding the great DIW Magazine and Devil in the Woods Records. Lynda hails from Detroit Rock City, where she was inducted into the Detroit Metro Times Hall of Fame at the age of 23. She was a member of Fat Wreck Chords-signed Fabulous Disaster (winner of SF Weekly’s Best Punk Band in 2001 and the first all girl band to tour Eastern Europe after the wall came down. Fellow guitarist Christa (Girl Band, Sassy!!!)has a playing history with both Lynda and bassist Erica, who, as a member of MDC,  played all over the world. The entire band has a ferocious baseball obsession, fueled by their beloved Giants, so during the season, if they aren’t playing, they are easy to locate.

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