Third Eye Blind 02/11/2018 @ Xcite Center (Parx Casino) Bensalem, PA

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Third Eye Blind - February 11th 2018 Xcite Center @ Parx Casino - Bensalem, PA Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks + Mrs. Porks Every day there are more states legalizing gambling in some form or another. With new casinos opening up, that leaves many an opportunity for glorious concert venues to open inside said casinos. This weekend, an early Valentines Day celebration brought my girlfriend and I to the Xcite Center inside Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA for Third Eye Blind. I'd never write in a post ... Read More

Sabaton, Kreator, Exmortus: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, Ca – 2/9/18

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Swedish power metal band Sabaton released their newest album The Last Stand in 2016. Their name is a reference to a knight's foot armor. Since the release of the new album, Sabaton has been actively on tour in support of it. They treated their US fans by announcing a tour and their return since they last came in 2017. They didn't come alone, tho. They brought with them German thrash metal legends Kreator and Los Angeles-based thrash metal band, Exmortus. A bill ... Read More

Meshuggah: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, Ca – 1/29/18

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  Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah released their eight studio album The Violent Sleep of Reason in 2016. Since then, they have been actively touring in support of the album. Their band name comes from the Yiddish word meaning, "crazy". To start the year, they announced a small west coast tour which concluded at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, California. Even before doors opened, loyal metal fans were already in line waiting to get in. Support came from Toothgrinder and Code Orange which ... Read More

Avatar, The Brains & More Visit The Regent Theater

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Swedish melodic death metal band Avatar released their seventh studio album Avatar Country on January 12, 2018. Avatar wasted no time in announcing a North American tour in support of the album. Along with them, they brought psychobilly band The Brains and a freakshow act known as Hellzapoppin. This show at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles would be extra special because this was the first time that Avatar would be performing a headlining set in Los Angeles. The show started the Hellzapoppin performing magic tricks that had the audience gasping and wowing. After them, psychobilly ... Read More

From Ashes To New hits Marquee Theater (Tempe, AZ)

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Following on the heels of their viral success, upstart rap 'n' rock artists From Ashes To New joined alt metal veterans 10 Years on their 2018 How To Live As Ghosts tour, appearing at the famous Marquee Theater in Tempe, AZ. This young power pop group brings to the stage not only a "hometown American boy" story, but a big set full of empowerment and positive vibe to match their uplifting presence and affirmative energy. When you think of Lancaster, PA, rock 'n' ... Read More

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Show Your Scars Festival: The Regent – Los Angeles, Ca – 1/6/18

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The annual Show Your Scars Festival has proven to always book some of the heaviest metal bands whether they're well known or still underground. This year was no exception and what better way kickoff the new year than one of the biggest metal shows for the year. This show was extra special because thrash metal veterans Nuclear Assault would be playing their final west coast show and quite possibly, their final show ever. As expected, this show sold out ahead of time ... Read More

Davey Suicide Headlines MADE FROM FIRE Tour 2018

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While Davey Suicide is no stranger to the stage, their latest manifestation is the culmination of their hard work and determination to make it in an ever-fickle industry. Clawing their way from the pit of Hollyweird, Killafornia, Davey Suicide has done their fair share of time in the trenches from surviving the seedy underbelly of the music world to supporting other up and coming bands. But 2017 marked a significant change in the band's status in the industry. Always the bridesmaid never ... Read More

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest: San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, Ca 11/4/17-11/5/17

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The 2017 edition of the metal festival Ozzfest Meets Knotfest proved to be one for the books. Two days of pure in-your-face metal. The San Manuel Amphitheater was packed both days with metal fanatics and people looking to have a good time now that the year was coming close to an end. Both days were stacked with metal bands ready to thrust their way into your ears and fans were more than ready to mosh and drink lots of beer. Day one was ... Read More

The Arkells Get Their Thrill At Blueberry Hill – 11/04/2017

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  To be honest here I really don't know a lot about the Arkells and it's too early and I'm too lazy to google stuff to add here. What I do know is this, they played Lollapalooza last year, they are getting some radio air time, and they were playing a 300 person capacity room. When you can find a band who is playing major festivals, getting air time, and playing a small venue do yourself a favor and GO! As I told ... Read More

Lords Of Acid, Club Red Mesa

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For nearly 30 years, Belgian post-industrial techno group Lords of Acid have been bringing sex and sexy to urban nightlife. Lead by original founding member Praga Khan still on lead keyboard, the Lords came to Mesa, AZ as part of their Sextreme Fest Tour 2017. In true Lords form, complete with rocking live instrumentals and blow up dolls, the Lords rocked the Club Red house to a not only a venue packed with EDM fans, but also a stage line-up of ear ... Read More

In This Moment: Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, Ca 10/25/17

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In This Moment is a metal band from Los Angeles, California. On July 21, 2017, the band released their sixth album, Ritual. Just the day before, In This Moment was part of the Loudwire 2017 Music Awards where they received an award from the Century Media record label for their fourth record Blood which was now certified gold after reaching more than 500,000 in record sales. In This Moment is currently out in support for the new album and announced a tour ... Read More

Interview with Erie Loch from Dark Synth Futurepop duo WICCID

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Veteran Sacramento songwriter and performer Erie Loch discusses his creative processes, the evolution of IT in the music industry, and his new futurepop project WICCID along with many of his collaborations over the years with such artists as Prong, Ministry, Pop Will Eat Itself, Lords Of Acid, and many more. You can hear the By Design album on Spotify and download the album from Bandcamp. WICCID appears on the Sextreme Fest 2017 tour with Lords of Acid, En Esch, and Combichrist.   [embed]https://youtu.be/xXwsGRYHvVY[/embed] Check out the WICCID "Torn" single ... Read More

Overkill at Club Red Mesa (9/22/2017)

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When you "put your nose to the grind stone", you are making a statement about the efforts and ethics of your endeavors. When you're "back to the grind", it means you're working hard. And when you release more albums than any other metal band in your class and consistently toured for nearly 40 years, and you've earned the right to call your 18th studio album The Grinding Wheel. In support of this, their 2017 album release, Overkill appears as the top act on the ... Read More

Scorpions and Megadeth: The Forum – Inglewood, Ca 10/7/17

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German heavy metal legends Scorpions and thrash metal legends Megadeth teamed up for the Crazy World tour. Both bands have different styles of music, they still attract almost the same fan base. The Forum in Inglewood, California was on fire as the venue filled up quickly even before Megadeth was set to take the stage. Whether it was the first time fans were seeing Megadeth or not, they were about to see one of the best metal bands of all time.   Megadeth released ... Read More

An Evening w/ Third Eye Blind @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center 10/8/17

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An Evening w/ Third Eye Blind - 10/8/2017 Sands Bethlehem Event Center - Bethlehem, PA Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks This summer, we covered Third Eye Blind as they trekked through America on the 'Summer Gods' tour. That tour was in support of a record that is actually still being worked on. Fast forward to the Eve of Indigenous Peoples Day and the boys are back in my area. Well sort of my area. The Sands Bethlehem Event Center is tonight's swanky venue where my girlfriend ... Read More

Invidia (ex Skinlab, 5FDP) at Club Red, Mesa (9/22/2017)

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From Las Vegas, NV comes nu-metal's latest collaboration of artists, Invidia. Originally fronted by current In This Moment bass player Travis Johnson, Invidia brings to the stage ex-Skinlab guitars Brian Jackson and Marcos Medina, and ex-Five Finger Death Punch bassist Matt Snell. Although the  band enjoyed some brief initial success, Travis Johnson's decision to leave abruptly to honor his commitment with In This Moment caught Invidia off guard just before their tour began, leaving them searching frantically for a new singer. While it ... Read More

Sublime w/ Rome & The Offspring @ PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel 9/12/2017

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Sublime w/ Rome & The Offspring - 09/12/2017 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ Photos/Videos/Words - Jay Porks   School has begun, the leaves are changing and as we wind down to the first days of Autumn we take a step back to enjoy the remaining hours of the Summer. You know what spells Summertime? PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Sublime w/ Rome and The Offspring. The lawn is where the party is at tonight and thanks to that crazy Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster ... Read More

A Kihnterview With Greg Kihn

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Greg will be fondly remembered as an 80's music icon for his two catchy, chart-topping hits, “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em) in 1981 and the 1983 smash single, “Jeopardy,” which charted #2 on the Billboard Top 100. Kihn recently released his newest album, Rekihndled, his first new album in 21 years. As you can tell, Greg Kihn made a habit of releasing album titles using puns with his own name and some of those albums include: Kihnspiracy, Next of Kihn, ... Read More

Foreigner: Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/30/17

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Rock legends Foreigner are currently celebrating their 40th anniversary tour. For this special occasion, they played nothing but the biggest hits from their 40-year career. Since the band's creation, only founding member, guitarist, and songwriter Mick Jones remains the only original member on the lineup. Handling vocals since 2005 has been ex-Hurricane singer, Kelly Hansen. Foreigner is known to have a huge fan base in Southern California and to further prove that, the Greek Theatre show had sold out ahead of time. ... Read More

Dying Fetus and The Black Dahlia Murder: The Novo – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/12/17

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  The 2017 edition of the Summer Slaughter tour had a variety of metal for everyone's taste. For the most part, this year primarily had metalcore bands with a few death metal bands higher up on the bill. This year saw the tour being headlined by melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder and just before them were the death metal legends, Dying Fetus. A show like this was perfect for a Saturday and plenty of metalheads showed up to let off ... Read More

Behemoth and Lamb of God: The Forum – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/5/17

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Behemoth is a blackened death metal band from Poland. Prior to the beginning of the tour, the band's drummer Zbigniew Robert "Inferno" Promiński stayed home as he was about to become a father to his second child. As a fill in, Behemoth called upon ex-Job For A Cowboy drummer Jon Rice to take over drum duties for this tour.  The lights went out and the already packed Forum erupted into a roar as Behemoth was about to make their way to the ... Read More

Gojira and Oni: Ventura Theater – Ventura, Ca 8/2/17

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French progressive metal band Gojira released their newest album Magma in 2016. Since then, they have been actively touring for the album. On this tour, they made a surprise stop in Ventura County in Southern California.  On this tour, they brought with them Oni and Pallbearer. Even when Oni came on stage, the venue was just under halfway full since it was a Wednesday. Oni came out and started delivering their signature progressive metal sound that made them who they are. With guitarists ... Read More

Rise Against at Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ (7/9/2017)

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Arizona? Oh, yeah....we go wayyyyy back. For several years, Chicago-based punk band Rise Against refused to play shows in Arizona in protest of Senate Bill 1070, which was a piece of controversial legislation passed in 2010 that segregated citizens' rights according to ethnicity. In 2012, the prejudicial law which required law enforcement to arbitrarily violate Mexican-Americans' Fourth Amendment rights and demand on-the-spot citizenship documentation was challenged, and Rise Against appeared at Mesa Amphitheater shortly after. Many artists were part of this state boycott, refusing to ... Read More

Iron Maiden in Phoenix, AZ (6/28/2017)

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As the Golden Age of music draws to a close, we are constantly saddened by the frequent passing of not only our favorite musicians, but the musicians who made the music what it is. They were the dreamers and the game changers. As the twilight falls around us, the magic ages. After decades of touring, many of those bands we coveted as kids are slowly winking out, losing their exuberance to age, health, and change. But there is one band who defies the ... Read More

Ghost at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ

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Swedish heavy metal band, Ghost, opened for Iron Maiden at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Downtown Phoenix AZ on Wednesday, June 28.  Referring to themselves as "the clergy", their 2016 single, "Cirice", landed them a Grammy for Best Metal Performance. In January 2017, Ghost became the first Swedish heavy metal band to ever peak the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart with their Popestar single release "Square Hammer", which opened the show with its iconic Munster-esque organ anthem reverberating through the rafters. Taking the stage ... Read More