Tag: 2012

ZZ Ward Stops In Vintage Vinyl For Instore Performance 12/02/12

ZZ WARD VINTAGE VINYL 12/02/12
PHOTOS/VIDEOS/WORDS by BzNtz

Before Vintage Vinyl posted a event called ” ZZ Ward Instore Performance ” on Facebook. I had never heard of this young rising star. I had the night off work because, I was going to see Coheed and Cambria later in the evening. So my girlfriend and I decided to hit the local record store for some free tunes first.

So coming into this show, my knowledge of ZZ was extremely limited. I knew she had a new record out which was being well received, and that she recently appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Other than that, I knew next to nothing.

We got to the wonderful Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, a few minutes early and found a good spot up front. About 20-30 people filled the aisles of cds and waited patiently for the show to start. About 6:05 the band came out from the back and took the small stage. They all looked very cool, and ZZ came out rocking a Notorious B.I.G shirt (Which made her even cooler!). She looked very excited to say the least!

ZZ is originally from Oregon, but is now based out of L.A . She played songs from her new album ” Till The Casket Drops ” which came out in October. One of my favorites was the title track ” Till The Casket Drops ” which is a great song about loving someone till the end. In this case, till the casket drops. She rocked this song, her voice was incredibly powerful and capturing.

There was a very diverse crowd in attendance all types of people, young and old filled the area around the stage. My girlfriend really enjoyed her lead single ” Put The Gun Down “. ZZ is a very good performer and she steals the show. Her lyrics are very catchy, her band was on point, and that made her show all the better.

ZZ really connects with the crowd, her band really compliments her well and they sound great together. Last time they were in town they opened for Blues legend Buddy Guy. If only I had known about them then, I would of went to that show.

Before playing the song ” Charlie Ain’t Home ” ZZ credited legendary Etta James for inspiring her to write the song. It was another highlight of her 25 minute, 5 song set-list. I enjoyed hearing the story and inspiration behind the song.

Before leaving she made sure to introduce her band and play a song about hooking up with a nerd called ” Move It Like You Stole It ” which was another great song. Everyone was in a good mood by the time they left the stage.

After the show, ZZ hung out to sign autographs and meet with fans. When it was our turn she was really nice to us, down to earth, and cool. Then Papa Ray from Vintage Vinyl came over and gave her a rare Etta James Cd that made her smile ear to ear. She was great to talk with and I am very happy I came out to see this show. They played a show here the day after at The Firebird which I was unable to attend sadly. However, next time I will be there, she blew me away. Go check her out if she comes to your town, you won’t regret it.

Till Next Time.

BzNtz

BLUEPRINT, MAD DUKEZ, AND MATHIAS AND THE PIRATES

Blueprint, Mad Dukes, Mathias and The Pirates
The Firebird 11/29/12
Words/Photos/Videos : BzNtz

I must admit, I feel bad for sleeping on Blueprint for as long as I did. With some many choices in music these days, its easy for great artist be over looked. A few years back I saw a show he did with Atmosphere and he stole the show for me. He has so much depth, passion and great lyrics in his music. His beats are alive with his pulse, because he puts heart and soul into his music.

The holidays are fast approaching, which meant I could not afford to ask off work anymore. I decided if fate gave me a night off, I would go to this show. Well it didn’t give me a night off, but I did manage to get off work sooner than expected. So I made a late dash to The Firebird in St. Louis, MO to catch a great hip hop show.

As I was pulling up to the brick building that houses The Firebird. It was easy to hear deep bass vibrating the walls. I was somewhat worried I had show up too late. It was difficult to tell through the thick walls if this was Blueprint on stage, or not. I was a bit late as it was 10:15 when I showed up. Just my luck however, I had made it in perfect time. One of my local favorites Mathias and The Pirates were on stage and I got to catch the last few songs.

They were great to watch and were a good way to start my evening. Mathias has been rapping in St. Louis for a very long time, he was part of the award winning hip hop group The Earthworms. Lately he has been on a lot of shows doing his solo projects which are equally as dope.

Up next from New York was Mad Dukez. He has a new video for a very entertaining song called ” Animal “. Mad Dukez is from Buffalo, NY and represents DTR45 records. He was very bouncy, and hype on stage.

I really enjoyed his set closing song ” Stupid Hard “. I thought his show was dope, and I can’t wait till he comes back to the Midwest. I enjoyed the downtime between sets and caught up with old friends in the crowd.

That brought up the main act of the evening Blueprint and DJ Rare Groove. He took about 5 minutes to hook up effect pedals, and a keyboard and beat machine. Then he told the crowd ” I am gonna work hard to make you guys feel good about coming out on a Thursday night, Thank you “. He would not disappoint the small, but fun crowd in attendance.

Coming out of Columbus, OH and representing Rhymesayers Ent. Blueprint got right to work, he spits his lyrics in a raw, easy to understand tone. His subjects are real, they can be a story, they can just be fun, but he has a unmistakable confindance when he raps that draws people in. For the next hour the stage was Blueprint’s. Early in the set, he played one of my favorites ” The Clouds “. The song is very personal and very unconventional because it has no hook or chorus.

He dropped great track, after great track, spanning all of his albums. Since 2003 Blueprint has released album after album. Also he has appeared on various hip hop projects. Neeless to say Blueprint carries quite the body of work with him when he tours. During some songs Blueprint picked up his keyboard and used it like a guitar. DJ Rare Groove made sure everything was fresh, and added dope cuts throughout the night.

He rocked some of my favorite songs this tour, like the one about selling weed. The song is called ” Neighborhood Weed Man ” he started the song off by talking about how many songs are about smoking weed while hardly any are wrote about selling weed. The song features what sounds like Method Man saying ” Roll that shit, light that shit, smoke it ” and it is easily a great baking jam.

He also played the timeless classic ” Big Girls Need Love Too ” which before he started joked that is the number one song in South America. ” I can’t walk the streets of Hondurus because of this song “. It is a great song, filled with great lines. Just listen.

Blueprint got off stage and headed to the merch booth, where he sold T-shirts and copies of his new cd ” The Deleted Scenes ” which is a b-side record of all the cuts that didn’t make the ” Adventures in Counter Culture ” release. What is remarkable about Blueprint is that he has a amazing memory. Right way he remembered me, and he started a conversation about the last show I was at of his. I made sure to buy the new cd, and thanked him from coming back to St. Louis. He thanked me.

That doesn’t happen a lot anymore, he cares about his fans and it shows. This was a great hip hop show, Blueprint brings it everytime. If he stops in your hood, hand over that 10 dollars and go see this show. You wont regret it.

Thanks to : Blueprint, DJ Rare Groove, Mad Dukez, Mathias and The Pirates, The Firebird and everyone who was there.

Till next time.

BzNtz

Twiztid Destroys East St. Louis With Help From Hed Pe and Lil Wyte 11/29/12

TWIZTID/HED PE/LIL WYTE/POTLUCK POP’S SAUGET, IL 11/29/12
WORDS/PHOTOS/VIDEO by BzNtz

Strangely I had not heard much of this tour until a few days before the show. Fate had giving both my girl and I the night off so we set out to make the most of it. After talking to my friend Steve, he invited us out to show and talked both of us into going. In exchage we talked Steve into giving us a ride out to Pop’s in Sauget, IL. Pop’s is one minute across the river in beautiful East Saint Louis. I have been coming to Pop’s since 1998. Great place, good staff, and awesome times.

We got inside as the California duo Potluck was midway through there set. They seemed like a fun band, and a great fit for this crowd. The crowd was a very good sized one, and had both the balcony and floor close to full.

After a few minutes of walking around we settled into a spot as Potluck played a remake of Tyga’s ” Rack City ” and turned it into ” Pot City ” talking about there hometown of Humboult County, CA. They closed out the set by asking fans to come smoke and talk with them at the merch booth.

During the intermission my buddy asked me? ” Is Lil Wyte here, he has no merch here? ” That was a good point too, as it was close to 8 p.m and they still hadn’t set up their merch. Well the lights went black and out came the southern legend that is Lil Wyte.

Hailing from Memphis, TN and reppin’ both Hypnotize Minds and Wyte Music. Lil Wyte has released 6 studio albums since 2000, the latest being ” Still Doubted ” which dropped in June of this year. The crowd really was into seeing Lil Wyte and his shows are always fun. As to be expected he closed his 30 set with ” Oxycottin “. The last few verses he did accapella with the crowd and was a great ending.

That brought up (Həd) p.e. they are from Huntington Beach, Ca. I have been seeing them live since 1999. Since then I have been to countless shows. They have a very loyal following now, and they had a lot of t-shirts with their logo in the crowd.

As soon as that first song ” Let’s Ride ” hit, all hell broke loose. The crowd went into a frenzy and a huge pit formed. The crazy thing is normally the pit stays away from the metal beams way off to the side, this pit sent people hurling into it. Girls were left scattering as the crowd grew more vicious with the song.

Lead Singer Jahred talked in between songs about a lot of things: Freedom, America, fucking, smoking, being lied to and just overall living a good life. He still can get down on stage too, during some songs bouncing 3-4 feet off the stage. The crowd matched his intensity and gave it right back.

My favorite part of the show was when Strata-G came out and rocked the stage. Strata-G is part of the F.T.I Army, which is a St. Louis label. They rock a lot of shows out here, and they are constantly on the grind. Strata-G has spent years promoting F.T.I outside of Pop’s chasing his dream, and has released multiple full length cds.

Hed rocked the stage for a good 45 minutes, and it was obvious the crowd wanted more. There just wasn’t enough time though and it was time for the Detroit horror duo, TWIZTID.

We left the crowd for some fresh air, soon enough some random girl came outside screaming TWWWWWWWIZTIDs on. We left and went inside as the murderous tag team that is Monoxide Child, and Jamie Madrox took the stage for the first song. Onstage Madrox sported a fancy mo-hawk, while Monoxide Child rocked some toxic lime green hair. Many juggalos in the crowd sported bloody clothing, painted faces, and psychopathic merch.

I first heard of Twiztid back in 1998 when I got a flyer featuring a dead siamise baby. They have went on to release 9 full length and 6 e.p albums since then and have developed a extremely devote fan base. This year they released ” Abominationz ” in October on Psychopathic Records.

Twiztid pieced together a impressive career spanning setlist that made both new and old fans happy. During the show a omenious ” Old School ” sound bite would drop everytime Twiztid played a older song.

Twiztid played for a hour, and the packed house loved every second of it. My girl had fun, I had fun. After the show the bands stuck around to sell merch, sign autographs and take photos with fans. Jahred from Hed was helping fans cut the sleeves off their newly purchased shirts.

It was a great night, and I can’t wait to do it all again. Thanks to: Pop’s, Twiztid, Hed Pe, Lil Wyte, Potluck, F.T.I Army, Straga-G and everyone else who came out and made this night awesome.

Till next time…..
BzNtz

BeezNutz Races Through St. Louis To Catch 3oh!3 11/02/12

3oh!3 St. Louis, MO
Rock N’ Roll Marathon, 11/02/12
Words/Photos/Video: BzNtZ

I can remember back to the 08′ warped tour, and how 3oh!3 was on that tour. They had a new CD that was supposed to drop on that tour, it had leaked before the release date. Instead of bitching, 3oh!3 burnt copies of the new CD on CDR signed them and sold them for 5 bucks. My friend Steve has one of these, he was the one to introduce me to the band that day. The performances I saw in 08′ were great and I was instantly a fan.

I had not heard much from them since the release of the latest album ” Streets Of Gold “. Although they toured extensively for the album they did not include St. Louis on the dates. Then one day out of the blue, my friend Chris called to tell me 3oh!3 would be playing a free show for the Rock And Roll Marathon series. They would be playing the finish line party and I was pretty excited.

The morning of the show, my girlfriend and I set out with just enough time to make the 11 a.m show. Between highway construction, and road closures for the marathon we cut it extremely close. I parked as close as I could and we had to walk the 10 city blocks to the park. A steady stream of runners and joggers filed passed the line seemed to be never ending. We picked up the pace and set out on our own marathon.

We finally found the mainstage as 3oh!3 was playing ” Starstruck ” from the first album ” Want “. We quickly made our way to the front of the stage, just in time for the beach balls. As we got to our spots about 10-20 huge beach balls were thrown into the crowd and made for a fun party like atmosphere.

The crowd enjoyed them, as well as the band. In between songs they joked they were opening the show for ” The Beach Balls “. Made for a humorous part of the show. They played ” My First Kiss ” off of there 2nd cd ” Streets Of Gold ” next.

They kept the energy high and the morning crowd ate it up, the only bad thing about this set was it was censored. There were a lot of young kids in the crowd and it was a family event so they didn’t cuss during the hour long set. It was very obvious on one of my favorite tracks ” Richman ” that they were playing a clean set.

When any band says they are gonna play a new song, that instantly means I hit record on the camera. They broke out a new song for this show, and it went over great. After the song was over they invited a fan on stage to dance it out with them. One word : Amazing. Just watch this starting at 3:50.

Then it was time for the beach balls second coming, and it turned out to be a funny moment. The crowd would hit the balls on stage and Nat, and Sean would kick, punch or throw them back to the crowd. I was trying to get a good shot of them hitting the balls back, so I told my girlfriend Danielle to hit one to Sean so I could get the shot. Well she did and bounced one right off his chest, he wasn’t looking and got GOT! Made me laugh and was a highlight of the show for me.

Before starting the last song ” Don’t Trust Me ” Sean asked the crowd to ” Please, don’t hit me”. Which made me turn to my girlfriend and laugh.

They rocked the last song with a lot of help from the crowd. After the performance they jumped down to the barricade to sign autographs and take photos with fans.

It was a great show, and was a lot of fun. The Rock and Roll Marathon seemed very well organized, and well planned. I can’t wait for next years. Go check out 3oh!3 next time they come around, they still are a lot of fun.

SETLIST


Till Next Time…..

BzNtz

311 ROCKS SUMMERDAZE FESTIVAL KANSAS CITY 2012

Earlier in June of this year, I was cruising facebook when my favorite rapper (Mac Lethal ) posted he would be joining 311, Slightly Stoopid, The Urge and Soja for the Summerdaze Festival 2012 in his hometown of Kansas City. Had I not seen that post, I would of never drove across the state lines for this show. In hind sight I am very glad I did. After seeing Mac Lethal in the spring and rocking his ” Irish Goodbye ” Cd all summer. I knew I had to go see this.

My girlfriend and I joined up with my friends Chris and Lindsay and made this road trip official. However the week of the show we were told we were going to have to leave late, which had me worried I would miss the one person I had wanted to see most this day. We ended up leaving St. Louis around 1 p.m for a 4 hour drive to Kansas City. Mac Lethal posted he would go on at 4:45, thanks to Chris’s gangster driving skills, and avoiding the extra state trooper presence on the highway. We showed up cold drinks in hand at 4:40.

While walking through the parking lot, it was obvious we were going to miss some of the party. In St. Louis the police ride around on golf carts and issue citations for open containers in the parking lot. In Kansas City, the police stood off to the side as a full fledged party was well under way, complete with beer pong tables, loud music and copious amounts of empty beer cans and liquor bottles littering the ground.

We walked in as soon as Mac Lethal stepped on stage, we missed one song as we walked to the front of the stage. There was a light mist in the air and many came in early to see the hometown rapper make KC proud once again.

When I think of Mac Lethal, I think of two things: Fun, and Progress. His shows are constantly more fun than the last, and he is constantly stepping it up and making every show his best show. He was joined on stage by his hype man extraordinaire Alvie, and they made the best of the 40 minute set time.

Rocking songs from the older albums and his new album ” Irish Goodbye “. The set was very enjoyable. Before leaving he did a live version of the youtube viral hit ” Pancake Rap ” which boast over 20 million views on youtube. He closed his set off the same way I started it, by pounding a beer. ” Pound That Beer ” was a great way to end the set and made me wish he got another 20 minutes.

The rain picked up in between sets, and my girlfriend and I sought out some refreshments and drier pastures. Soja rocked it though as if it was a beautiful, sunny, summer day and the crowd loved it. We came back for the end of their set and it was very enjoyable they had a lot of good energy. I would go see them again in a instant and they were a great addition to a already solid lineup.

That made it time for our hometown boys made good, The Urge. Hailing from St. Louis and recently reunited from a long hiatus as a band they are back and in a big way. Lot’s of STL hats and The Urge shirts filled the crowd. They came on stage and showed everyone else who was not in the know what time it was.

They were very tight as band and had the crowd eating it up. It was awesome to see our hometown band rock a out of state show to such a great reception. It was like they never broke up, the vocals, the guitars, the drums, everything was on point.

I had one question in my mind the whole ride down to Kansas City. One of the biggest Urge songs boast Nick Hexum on the chorus and seeing how both 311 and The Urge were on the bill, would we get a live version of ” Jump Right In”? Well, lets just say they didn’t disappoint, aside from some minor feedback, they rocked a flawless version of ” Jump Right In “. That in itself made the trip worth the 500 + miles of driving.

After The Urge the sky grew dark and large lingering clouds of potent marijuana filled the skies as California’s Slightly Stoopid took the stage. I have been going to see Slightly Stoopid way before their success in 2003, after 10 years of exhaustive touring and nonstop albums. They have finally made it on a very large scale, and I couldn’t be happier for them!

They were the reason quite a few of the people in the crowd were there, and have become quite the popular act. They played a very diverse set which is expected from them. Mixing up the old and new, classics, and covers.

After 60 minutes of stoney jams, and lit spliffs the set came to a end. I sought out a tasty cold beverage and retreated to the seats for some rest before 311 took the stage.

After a 30 minute intermission, the lights went black for the last time, and the crowd grew loud. 311 came out to ” Beautiful Disaster ” to start off their 21 song set. My friend Chris was hoping for ” Count Me In ” which he was lucky enough to get. He remarked they haven’t played that song much this tour, but KC got it.

They are notorious for having great career spanning set lists, and KC got a great one. Midway through they pulled out a Bad Brains cover and rocked ” Leaving Babylon “.

After 19 songs, they left the stage only to come back for two more. Omaha Stylee, and Creatures ended the 90+ minute set. It was a great time, and I couldn’t of enjoyed this show anymore than I did. Kansas City is a great time, always.

I can’t wait to be back, next summer I am sure to return, hopefully this festival does as well.

Till next time.

BzNtz

Video: Gary Clark Jr Takes Over The Tonight Show

Gary Clark Jr Takes Over The Tonight Show

If you’re looking for that one website who doesn’t enjoy Gary Clark Jr., then you’re going to have to keep surfing the internet.  No need to get intellectual or anything, the dude is a beast.  Wrecked shit up at just about every festival this year, and his new record Black and Blu is critically acclaimed by every online music publication you respect. So why not check out his appearance last night on The Tonight Show with Satan Jay Leno playing “Ain’t Messin’ Around”. Promise you won’t regret this 4+ minutes of your life.  Video courtesy of The Audio Perv

Gary Clark Jr Aint Messin’ Around (Tonight Show 10/22)

Video: Ellie Goulding on Conan

Watch Ellie Goulding Performs on Conan

I have to admit I have no idea who this person is. All I know is there’s a part of this song featured in a commercial for some crappy headphones, but come to find out that’s just a small sample of the song. So I checked out the full thing and I’m still not a fan, but check it out below Ellie Goulding perform “Anything Can Happen” on Conan Wednesday Night, video originally courtesy of The Audio Perv

Thanks to Team Coco for e-mailing us a copy which you can watch below.

The Wallflowers Return To David Letterman

The Wallflowers Return To David Letterman 

Let’s hit you with some honesty. This writer has a day job that has one of the “Muzak” radio things blasting the Expressions station all day long.  It’s brutal. Elevator music along with Adele ruining songs I used to like. Anyway, I get only slightly over four minutes of  relief, and that’s when The Wallflowers  “6th Avenue Heartache” comes  on and I start ignoring customers who want a refill on (what they believe is) Ginger Ale.  That said, The Wallflowers actually have a new album coming out this year, it’s titled “Glad All Over”. It’s fitting that Bob’s Favorite son Jakob Dylan and his band would return to the Ed Sullivan Theater to promote the new effort, performing a new song called “Reboot The Mission”  that you could check out the video of below, courtesy of The Audio Perv

The Wallflowers “Reboot The Mission” 

If tickets to the Wallflowers hadn’t sold out on this guy in New York City, you would’ve already read that little work anecdote.

Ben Folds Five Take Over The Colbert Report

Ben Folds Five Take Over The Colbert Report

A little over an hour ago, I tuned into the Colbert Report to check out some Ben Folds Five action. Love it when Stephen has the rare musical guest on, gives us the chance to get a song and an interview. Well isn’t it good to not have to load your DVR up with that stuff when you have us here to bring that to you? In the interview we find out things like how there’s only three of them, then we get a song called “Do It Anyway” Check it all out below courtesy of the Audio Perv

Stephen Colbert Interviews Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds Five“Do It Anyway”

The Killers Take On Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger”

The Killers Take On Oasis’  “Don’t Look Back In Anger”

Last night the Killers performed at V Festival in England. Somewhere during the set Brandon Flowers stops and says “We’re going to celebrate one of the UK’s finest for a moment”.. And that led us to this. The Killers covering Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger”. Now enjoy this video while it’s up, because chances are if it’s a slow Monday, Rolling Stone is gonna buy this footage and say it’s exclusive. In the meantime you can just imagine with that many people in the crowd, someone has to have some decent video of it right?

Milo Greene Make Network Television Debut on Letterman

Milo Greene Make Network Television Debut on Letterman

Tonight, LA rockers Milo Greene stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City to make their network TV debut on the Late Show w/ David Letterman.  They played a song called “1957”, which didn’t suck for the first 14 seconds this writer got to listen to before his internet crapped out him. Anyway, the video is below and that of course is courtesy of the Audio Perv. Check it out.

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