Tag: Minneapolis

Dessa Gives St. Louis Their 14 Dollars Worth At The Firebird, St. Louis, MO

Dessa, A. Wolf and Her Claws, Farout and Dj Mahf
Words/Photo’s by BeezNutzSTL

Each year thousands of artist converge on Austin, Tx for the annual South By Southwest Music Festival. Many of them book shows throughout the midwest en route to the Music Fest each year. This year Dessa announced a show at The Firebird in St. Louis, and I made sure I had that night off. The day started off rainy, and very gloomy, a normal wet and cold St. Louis afternoon. My day got better as the night went on, by 9 p.m I was parked outside The Firebird. I got inside in time to check out Farout and DJ Mahf, whom are two of my favorite local acts. There was a rather nice sized crowd on a Monday night. I found a good spot and rocked out upfront with Farout. I have been privileged to have see him and the rest of the Indy Ground Crew on numerous occasions. They always come to rock and put on great shows,
Farout has a new project ” Brett Gretzsky ” with another artist, ” J. Bomb ” which drops next week. You should download it at the link provided below. (It’s Free). They rocked the stage for 30 minutes, DJ Mahf was extra funky backing up Farout with scratches and cuts. Each time I see the
m they impress me. Farout is constantly improving, I am very excited to hear this Brett Gretzsky album when it drops, make sure you check it out.


Next to the stage was Aby Wolf, also know as A.Wolf And Her Claws, I was very excited to see her. After a very brief soundcheck, she launched into what would turn out to be a shining, impressive set from the Minneapolis, Minnesota native. She had a very unique, powerful voice, and blended it beautifully with the music. She played tracks from her two releases that can be find at the links below.The crowd grew as her set progressed, by the time she finished her 30 minute set, the crowd had doubled in size and sent her off stage with a loud applause.


Dessa took the stage dressed in a super dope red leather jacket, and rocking a fierce hip hop attitude that can not be put into words. She started the night off with ” Alibi ” from the 2010 release ” A Badly Broken Code ” and had everyone packing closer and closer in to the stage. Dessa hails from Minneapolis, MN and has the kind of stage prescence that only comes after countless performances. Between songs she would often talk to the crowd, and made sure to reconize the dedication of one loyal fan who came to the show on crutches.


The four piece band backing her really made the show special, live music is always better. It was a Monday night, and Dessa promised the crowd a $14 dollar show for the low price of their $12 dollar admissions. By playing a great mix of old and new songs Dessa kept the set fresh, and it was great to see her talent focused in the spotlight. The song ” Into The Spin ” from the 2011 release ” Castor, The Twin ” was another highlight of the night for me. She shows such beauty, depth, range and just inspiring creativity when she performs, it is something to see live.


For the majority of the show I occupied the front row, and enjoyed every second of that spot. However, about midway through the show, some guy pushed his way up front and stood right in front of this girl whom had been standing there the whole time. Being nice, I gave the girl my spot and watched the rest of the show from a few feet back. It made me feel good, and she got to continue to watch the rest of the show from a good spot. The show was just as great from the back of the crowd as it was from right up front. Dessa and her band put forth amazing effort to make sure everyone indeed, did get there 12 dollars worth, and that we did.


Aby Wolf helped out on back up vocals, and sounded just perfect alongside Dessa. Between songs, Dessa remarked the two had been singing together for a very long time, and it showed on stage they had awesome stage chemistry. I was very surprised when Dessa covered ” Going Down ” by Bruce Springsteen, the cover was nothing short of amazing. She ended the night on a high note closing the set with ” Chaconne ” with her and Aby performing from the crowd. The crowd loved it and it ended the show on a very high note. She told the crowd she would be racing us all to the bar after the song ended, such a great all around performance, Dessa and her band were incredible. Go see this show, or else you will be missing out.


I stuck around afterwords and chatted a bit for a bit, and rumor has it DoomTree just might be in your town this summer. So be sure to keep up with them online, you don’t want to miss that. Dessa took time for each fan and was super friendly signing T-shirts, Cds and Vinyl with stopping to pose for photo’s. For those of you that didn’t get your Dessa fix on Monday, this upcoming Friday (3/21) she will be in Columbia, MO so fuel up that car. Its road tripping time. Thanks to everyone who made this night so great, go support these great artist by clicking on some of the links below.

Dessa’s Upcoming Shows

Houston, TX

New Orleans, LA

Atlanta, GA

Nashville, TN

Columbia, MO

Thanks for reading, until next time…..

Thank You to : Mary T, Dessa, The Firebird and their awesome staff, Aby Wolf, Farout, DJ Mahf (that Steddy P, is jamming in my stereo), Adam, Jessica, and everyone else that made this night special, thank you. Oh yeah, thanks to the girl on crutches, you rock!!!!




A. WOLF and Her Claws


Official Site – http://www.doomtree.net/dessa/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/dessadarling
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/dessadarling
Instagram – http://instagram.com/dessa


Polica Old Rock House, Saint Louis, MO 02/27/2012
Words/Photos/Videos by BeezNutz

Just a few days before this show I had no idea who Polica was. Thanks to boredom and a quick youtube search I decided I would go check it out. This interesting new 4 piece band made up of two drummers, bass and a singer are from Minneapolis, MN. Recently they have released a new debut album titled ” Give You The Ghost ” and have been on tour promoting that release.

The day of the show I ended up cooking dinner, running errands and falling behind on my plans of seeing a show. I got back on track and ended up at The Old Rock House in downtown St. Louis ready for a good time.

After a $10 cover, I was in. The crowd wasn’t huge but people kept showing up as the evening progressed. I had missed the openers, and showed up just in time. Around 9:30 Polica’s singer Channy Leaneagh came out, brought a bass to the stage and dropped off the set list and then disappeared.

A few minutes later she reemerged followed by bass player Chris and drummers Ben and Drew. That was one of the things I found exciting about this band was Channy’s soulful, smooth vocals over funky bass lines, and crazy beats provided by dual drummers. I had not seen a band like this before and decided to check it out and I am glad I did.

They thanked the crowd for coming out and opened their set with ” The Maker ” which is the 6th track off the new album ” Give You The Ghost “.

They sounded great as a group, and as the music grew louder the crowd grew in closer securing better spots close to the stage.

Choosing to go with the last track from the new album next, ” Leading To Death ” was something that you just need to see live. It is very cool to see both drummers feeding off each others beat while the vocals take you away on a musical journey.

They followed with the songs ” Darkstar “,” Fist On The Floor ” and ” Raw Exit ” keeping the set moving. Then came ” Lay Your Cards Out ” which is one of the singles from the new album was a highlight of the show for me. It was one of the videos I watched before coming out and it really shined bright live.

Moving into the songs “ Violent Game “, ” Smug ” and ” Happy Be Fine ” which were all great but not as good as ” Form ” which was another highlight of the night for me. They put a lot of effort in putting on a great show for the crowd. In return the crowd seemed very into the performance as well, yelling loudly and cheering between each song.

One of the other videos I had watched online prior to this show was ” Wandering Star “.I think Channy’s voice was really great on this song, and sounded amazing live. She truly has a remarkable voice and certain songs like this really showcases her talent.

After playing a crowd request that I didn’t get the title of? They chose ” Amongster ” which is the first track on ” Give You The Ghost ” to end out and close their great set for the night.

The show was remarkable and with the bands plans for a busy summer makes this a band to watch in 2012! Don’t forget you heard about them on Concert Confessions don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Till Next Time……

Check out Polica online at:



1. Maker
2. Leading To Death
3. Darkstar
4. Fist On The Floor
5. Raw Exit
6. Lay Your Cards Out
7. Violent Game
8. Smug
9. Happy Be Fine
11.Wandering Star

Jane’s Addiction Announce Tour W/ Black Box Revelation

Jane’s Addiction Announce Tour W/ Black Box Revelation


In non-Coachella and non-Radiohead related news, Jane’s Addiction has announced some 2012 tour dates as well. In support of their latest effort “The Great Escape Artist”, the band will hit 18 cities, bringing along The Black Box Revelation as support (who have been opening for all your favorite cool bands like The Meat Puppets and Beady Eye)

“Starting February 22, this special run of North American shows—called “Theatre of the Escapists”–will bring the band to intimate venues, most of which are classic theaters”JanesAddiction.Com

We were able to obtain the names of the cities from the Jane’s Addiction Official Website below who offer their own presale Wed Jan 11th at 10AM(that’s tomorrow morning!) before they go on sale to the general public on January 14th.

2/05 — The Crane Bay, Indianapolis, Ind.
2/22 — The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
2/24 — The Fillmore, Detroit, Mich.
2/25 — The LC Indoor Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio
2/27 — Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
2/29 — Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, N.Y.
3/02 — The Palace Theatre, Albany, N.Y.
3/03 — State Theatre, Portland, Maine
3/04 — The Paramount, Huntington, N.Y.
3/06 — Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J.
3/07 — Palace Theatre, Waterbury, Conn.
3/09 — The National, Richmond, Va.
3/10 —  House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
3/13 — The Tabernacle, Atlanta, Ga.
3/15 — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Catoosa, Okla.
3/16 — Uptown Theater, Kansas City, Mo.
3/19 — The Brick, Minneapolis, Minn.
3/24 — Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wis.


Bison b.c. Hit The Road In Support of Dark Ages

Bison b.c. Hit The Road In Support of Dark Ages

Last fall we caught a band called Bison b.c. open for the mighty Helmet in Redondo Beach, CA. The boys from Bison b.c. plan to spend fall 2011 on the road in North America supporting their phenomenal 2010 release Dark Ages (one of Reverend Justito’s Top 10 records of 2010). In addition to their current dates with Weedeater, Saviours and Fight Amp, the Vancouver natives plan a headline trek across their native land. Dates for the tour are below and make sure to stop by Indiemerchstore.com for all your Bison b.c. goods. A complete list of tour dates are below.

BISON b.c.

Tour w/ Weedeater, Saviours, Fight Amp

09/15   Columbus, OH              Outland Live

09/16   Grand Rapids, MI          The Pyramid Scheme

09/17   Chicago, IL                   Reggies

09/18   Marquette, MI               Upfront and Co.

09/19   Minneapolis, MN           Triple Rock Social Club

09/20   Rock Island, IL              Rock Island Brewing Co.

09/23   Denver, CO                   Larimer Lounge

09/24   Salt Lake City, UT         Burt’s Tiki Lounge

09/26   Seattle, WA                  The Highline

09/27   Vancouver, BC              The Rickshaw Theatre

09/28   Portland, OR                 Branx

09/29   San Francisco, CA         The Independent

10/01   San Diego, CA               Soda Bar

10/02   Los Angeles, CA                        The Key Club

10/03   Tempe, AZ                    TBA

10/04   Albuquerque, NM          The Launchpad

10/06   Austin, TX                    Emo’s

10/07   Houston, TX                 Fitzgerald’s

10/08   New Orleans, LA           Siberia

10/09   Atlanta, GA                   The Earl

10/10   Athens, GA                   New Earth Music Hall

10/11   Tallahassee, FL             The Engine Room

10/12   Tampa, FL                    The Orpheum

10/14   Savannah, GA               The Jinx

End Tour

Canadian Headlining Tour

10/19   Ottawa, ON                  Café De Kcuf

10/20   Kingston, ON                The Mansion

10/21   London, ON                  Call The Office

10/22   Toronto, ON                  Bovine Sex Club w/ C’mon (final show), Burning Love, Miesha and the Spanks

10/24   Thunder Bay, ON          Jack’s

10/26   Winnipeg, MB               The Zoo

10/27   Regina, SK                    The Exchange

10/28   Saskatoon, SK              Amigos

10/29   Edmonton, AB               Starlite Room

10/31   Calgary, AB                   Commonwealth

11/01   Fernie, BC                     The Northern

11/02   Kamloops, BC                Pogue Mahone

Anthrax Teams With Testament and Death Angel For US Tour

Anthrax Teams With Testament and Death Angel For US Tour

With a new album entitled Worship Music set to hit shelves on September 13th, Anthrax has announced dates for an American tour. The trek kicks off October 14th in Grand Rapids Michigan and will cover most of the nation over five weeks. While Anthrax will close all shows, the tour will feature co-headliners Testament while Death Angel will cover the opening duties.

The American tour follows a hometown appearance for Anthrax at Yankees Stadium as part of The Big Four with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.

Pre-sale is underway via AnthraxArmy.com while public on sales begin Friday September 9th.  For more information, make sure you check out Anthrax.com. Complete tour dates are listed below.


2011 Anthrax American Tour Dates


14 Yankees Stadium – New York, NY

14 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
15 Congress Theatre, Chicago, IL
16 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
18 The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
19 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
22 Nokia LA Live, Los Angeles, CA
23 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
24 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
26 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
28 South Side Music Hall, Dallas, TX
29 Emo’s East, Austin, TX
30 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX

1 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
2 Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4 House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
5 Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
6 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
8 Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY
10 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
11 Palladium, Worcester, MA
15 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
17 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
19 Rave, Milwaukee, WI


Suicidal Tendencies Postpone North American Tour

Suicidal Tendencies Postpone North American Tour

According to a post on BlabbermouthSuicidal Tendencies have been forced to cancel the remaining dates on their North American Tour.  The band has released the following statement:

“Sunday night SUICIDAL TENDENCIES played New York City to 2000 old- and new-school Cycos! It’s always great to hit the East Coast and catch up with a lot of our friends, bands and family. Unfortunately, the New York City show will be the last show of this tour. Sadly, one of the band members had a parent pass away suddenly and needed to fly home to be with his family in this difficult time and handle all the funeral arrangements, etc. With heavy hearts, the band decided it would be best to postpone the remaining SUICIDAL TENDENCIES shows and make them up sometime next year. We appreciate your understanding, your thoughts and your prayers. Please give us a few days and we will try and let those who already have tickets how how to get refunds, etc. Again, we are so sorry to have to postpone these shows, but hope that everyone will be able to understand, and we’ll do our best to make the dates up.”

The postponed dates are:

Nov. 17 – Metro – Chicago, IL
Nov. 18 – Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 20 – Summit- Denver, CO
Nov. 21 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM

For a review of the bands recent show in Washington D.C. click here.


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