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Nita Strauss and Kore Rozzik

Almost everyone in the rock n roll community and beyond has heard the name Alice Cooper at some point. He’s a legend in metal and rock n roll history having played thousands of shows and released many well known albums and singles. However a lesser known name up until recently in Nita Strauss. Nita is the current guitarist for Alice Cooper and is rapidly rising as one of the most talented metal and rock guitarist in music today. I came across Nita through a close friend and fellow guitarist who also admired her amazing skills. However, playing with Alice Cooper is not the only performing the Nita Strauss does. She also writes her own music with her own self titled solo project and has just wrapped up her tour with the New York City band Kore Rozzik. I was lucky enough to get the chance to shoot one of the stops of this tour when they made their way through Baton Rouge, LA. They played a small theater called the Varsity Theater, which is within only steps from the campus of LSU.

The Varsity Theater in Baton Rouge, LA is one of the few small town venues left in the area for live music. Regardless of how small it is they always seem to draw big name acts such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, and Black Label Society. Being a concert photographer and fellow metal head I’m always looking for great acts, local and big name alike, to shoot. The Varsity Theater is one of the few good venues left that not only book amazing acts but also allow cameras without a press or photo pass. However, like many small venues, the lighting at most shows is less than ideal for photographers. Never the less, Nita Strauss and Kore Rozzik tore the house down.

Supporting Nita on this tour was a New York City band named Kore Rozzik. Fronted by a singer known by the same name, Kore Rozzik took the New York City music scene by storm and rapidly rose among artist in the area. Also known as “The Bastard Child of New York”, he and his fellow band mates have created their imagery and stage presence based off of influences from such idols as Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Megadeth. This band, however, was unknown to me before this show and I was skeptical upon first glance. With the face paint, props and outfits I was unsure about them until they began to play. All members of this band are very talented and showcased their talents from the start to the finish of their set making all of my questions vanish. This band is most definitely worth checking out for anyone who likes this type of metal.

If any of my fellow metalheads reading this article are looking for a new act to catch live or some new music to listen to I highly recommend checking out Nita Strauss and Kore Rozzik.

 

 

 

 

INSANE CLOWN POSSE BRING SHOCKFEST TOUR TO ST. LOUIS, MO 10/28/2014

INSANE CLOWN POSSE, MUSHROOMHEAD, DA MAFIA SIX, MADCHILD, JELLY ROLL AND BIG HOODOO
POPS CONCERT AND NIGHTCLUB, SAUGET, IL
WORDS/PHOTOS BY BEEZNUTZ

Easily one of the most hated touring acts around, The Insane Clown Posse has been on a cross country tour for the past month. Facebook has been filled with spiteful people saying comments such as ” They still tour” and more hateful comments. The majority of the people who post these kind of comments just can’t figure the whole Insane Clown Posse thing out. ICP as a group are some of the smartest business people in music period. It is a show and they give their audience that each and every tour. They succeed by bringing different setlist, different themes and new merch. You never know what you will see at a clown show and, with the crowd they attract its always something to see.

A lot of struggling bands could learn a lot from ICP if they weren’t ignorant and didn’t waste their time by posting comments such as ” Talentless Hacks ” on facebook. They handle their business very well and are superbly skilled in marketing their brand. Since the early 90s ICP has been solely employed by their music career. They absolutely kill every band in merch sales. I have been going to concerts for 20 years and I believe their only rivals as far as selling more merch would be KISS. You go to ICP shows you see Jersey after Jersey after Jersey, with the ICP Hatchet man charms, hats, bandanas and everything you could imagine piled on top. At some shows I have seen people spend as much as $1000 in front of me on merch alone on just a few jerseys and shirts.

I started seeing ICP 18 years ago and they were touring machines playing my city 4 times in one year. After that at least twice a year for several years thereafter. Each show grew in size the lines started forming earlier and earlier, the fans grew more obsessed with each tour that passed. I was always treated well by both the fans and the band. I remember ICP telling security guards ” fuck off, we pay you ” when the guards said I couldn’t take a picture with the group. Another time a local radio DJ bad mouthed them on air, ICP drove down to the live broadcast and assaulted the man right there. How they treat their fans is a big reflection on how the fans treat them, like a family.

Day of Shockfest I got to Pop’s 10 minutes prior to the 7 p.m show time. I was very excited this was a good bill front to back. I got my spot for one of the newest Psychopathic Records artist Big Hoodoo. Big Hoodoo is what you would expect, he came to the stage with a painted juggalo face addressing the crowd still coming in through the doors as his family. Family a big thing to the Juggalos which is what ICP fans refer to themselves as.

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He didn’t have a very long set but, he really connected with the Juggalos in a short time. He had some good lyrics and started the evening nicely. The last song Hoodoo did featured a sample of the ICP track ” Voodoo ” which the Juggalos ate up and loved that track. He said he would be back soon for the Christmas Bash at Pop’s with Anybody Killa in a month. I have been a huge fan of the next act for many years so my excitement was growing more and more each minute.

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Nashville, TN native Jelly Roll is a big man and has a even bigger underground following. He is somewhat know for his Mixtapes, Youtube Videos and song features. Over the years he has put out some really great mixtapes, which is how I first started listening to him. I have a lot of love for Tennessee artist and discovered him pretty early on in his ever expanding career.

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Jelly puts on a great show and since his appearances at a few of the Gathering Of The Juggalos he was shown a lot of love from the audience. He didn’t play all my favorites but the songs ” Break The Knob Off ” got the crowd moving and ” When I Get Rich ” was a personal favorite of the night for myself. No Hype man just Jelly and the DJ and he put it down. Much respect to Jelly Roll I will see you at your next show, I look forward to seeing a much longer set from him next time. After 30 minutes Jelly said goodnight which made it time for another favorite of mine to hit the stage.

Madchild from Swollen Members was next up on the bill. Words can’t fully described a Madchild show in a review like this. He is something truely to see, Madchild turns into almost a different person giving everything he has to each performance. He has a super cool style, tattoos on his face and razor blade sharp lyrics.

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He put on a killer set with some of my favorite songs one after another, ” Monster “, ” Dickhead ” and ” Crazy ” were great to see live. He just kills each performance unlike no one else I have ever seen live his stage presence is just menacing. His music keeps getting better and better the new single ” Jackel ” on youtube is a dope track. Go search that video out and you will be a fan.

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He has a new cd out now called ” Switched On ” which is a great album. After several years of not being allowed on U.S soil he recently had his ban from America lifted and is now living in L.A. He said he has stopped drinking and has been focused on creating more art and music. You will be hearing this name over and over so get used to it. I can’t wait to see him back in town.

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At this point of the show I could of walked out the door and felt as if I had gotten my moneys worth after the first few openers. There are not many shows touring right now that you could say that about. The next group to the stage I had been a fan of since middle school. They had this crazy vibe about them, people compared them to Marilyn Manson and said they worshiped the devil since they called themselves Triple Six Mafia. Since then they have had a long incredibly successful career in music and in film. Since founding member Juicy J left the group they know are known as Da Mafia Six.

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DJ Paul, Crunchy Black and Koopsta Knicca took the stage backed by a DJ with a gopro on a stick. Sadly this was far, far, FAR from the 3 6 that you and I grew up on. They left a lot to be desired with their live show which by saying it was disappointing would be being nice. I am a huge fan of all of their music, side projects and the other artist on their record label.

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They played more than 30 minutes of classic Triple Six hits minus all the Juicy J verses. Which as a founding member that is featured on every song left a really huge hole in the whole music catalog. Each song was reduced to one chorus if that and lasted only 2 minutes or less. Every song was followed by the annoying air horn sound that is so heavily used in rap performances these days. What would of made it better would be to focus more on Da Mafia Six songs instead of Triple Six which they couldn’t pull off as well.

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With Three Six its not like I do not know what I am talking about either. I have seen Three Six Mafia over 6 times live at festivals, clubs and various places in many different forms. Only once did I see the entire group on stage and that was 2001 opening for ICP in Ohio. After their set wasn’t any better I went to talk to them and they were the rudest group I have ever encountered. DJ Paul said to me I won’t talk to you unless you buy something, after buying gas and tickets I was broke. I kept thinking that throughout the years I have purchased over 10 CDs, 3 dvds and tickets to 6 other concerts and that counted for nothing. It was pretty easy to see why Juicy J has sought greener pastures in music.

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Next up was the group Mushroomhead which hails from Cleveland, Ohio. They wear mask and kick a lot of ass with their awesome live show and crushing metal sound. Sadly I didn’t not get to enjoy this set as much as I would of like to of because I was told during this time a dear friend of mine had passed away recently. We normally bump into each other at shows like this and when I didn’t see him this time our mutual friend told me he had passed away in August. I was super bummed when I heard that, kind of put a damper on otherwise a stellar night.

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They put on a great show and played the majority of it under blacklights. I enjoyed what I heard but I couldn’t pay attention as my friend who passed filled most of my thoughts. I had been going to see shows with him since 2000 and we shared a lot of great times together. Take time to value your friends and try to take a lot of pictures and create great memories. Sadly this life is not promised so make the most of every moment today R.I.P Big Matt Thomas I know you are rocking out somewhere.

Next up was the infamous Insane Clown Posse, I started going to their shows when I was 15 years old. The music was funny to my young mind, the merch was incredible cool and their shows were unlike anything I could imagine. Pure craziness ensued every time they came to town. When I was growing up I went to a lot of metal shows, the same crowd would turn out for ICP. I formed a lot of friendships that have lasted to this day from this shows and I always have had a great time. Lights went out and the creepy clown intro boomed at maximum volume from the house speakers. The most security I have ever seen at a show took their positions in front of the rail.

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The Juggalos went crazy as Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J hit the stage. They kicked off the lengthy career spanning set with ” Night Of The Chainsaw ” almost right away the smell of Cola and Rootbeer filled the large venue that is Pops Concert and Nightclub.

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Over 200 2-liters of the Detroit brand soda would fly into the crowd over the next 70 minutes and the crowd couldn’t get enough. They fought and clawed their way to the front of the stage to get closer to the Faygo shower. You could see the pushing and waving of the crowd from the back of the room through the first few songs.

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They did a great job of mixing up their set with a little from each of their many albums. The song ” Chicken Hunting ” was performed pretty early on in the set and is always a fan favorite. The Juggalos were having a blast, I was too. Every 15 minutes or so several extra clowns would come out to the stage with buckets filled with Faygo just in case there was someone left dry in the first 10 rows or so.

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People were soaked head to tow within the first 5 songs and ICP played a very lengthy setlist. The song ” Terrible ” off The Amazing Jeckel Bros. was a nice surprise addition to the setlist for me. It Reminded me of going to shows of theirs in 99′ or so.

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If you thought I stood in the back the whole night you would be wrong, after 6 or 12 drinks my buddy Chris whom I has been my clown partner in crime since way back got me and we hit the crowd. Only took a song or so and we were feet from the barricade. Some girl that was four foot nothing followed us through the crowd and we did our best to make sure she wasn’t crushed or mauled.

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We stayed up front till the end of the show which is known to Juggalos as Faygo armageddon. Which means whatever number of the 200 sodas they brought for the show gets tossed into the crowd. To help with this they enlisted Da Mafia Six to come back and help hose us down. Faygo after Faygo flew in every direction, off lights, off peoples heads, everywhere.

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Overall front to back, this was a killer show I am super happy I went. This tour is winding down and ends on Halloween in their ICP’s hometown of Detroit, they impressed me once again with a great concert. Thank you to Pops Concert and Nightclub, Thank you to Psychopathic Records, all the Juggalos and fans in attendance and YOU!

Till next time’

BeezNutz

SWOLLEN MEMBERS, MADCHILD SWINGS THE BATTLE AXE MOVEMENT THROUGH POP’S ST. LOUIS 05/18/2014

Swollen Members, Madchild, Sozay
Pop’s Concert Venue, St. Louis, MO
05.18.2014
Words/Photo/Video @beeznutzstl

I remember around 2002, I ran with a bunch of skateboarders who also did graffiti. All of us were all big into the underground rap and hip hop music that inspired our lifestyles. We would ride around St. Louis and get into all types of shit listening to music. It was good times and, that style of music marks a era of my life that I wouldn’t trade for anything. There were far too many great, unbelievable times that I will remember forever. Just like the first time I heard Swollen Members.

Years past and I slowly got to see all the groups we had listened to back then, with one exception: Swollen Members. They toured a lot but, either I missed it or my city would get skipped. Then Madchild went and got banned from the US for a few years and that was that. So you could say I was pretty excited when Pops announced they were hosting a show for Swollen Members. Now I could finally see the group I had eagerly awaited to see live for well over a decade. They would not let me down.

I enlisted the help of 2 friends, we met up and piled in one car for the trip across state lines to the beautiful city of Sauget, IL home of Pops Nightclub. After we got inside, and secured some tasty refreshments from the bar, my friends and I went to check out the merch. I chatted with the Swollen Members merch guy Johnny, while they bought up a bunch of stuff. He was a super cool guy and, was the son of the touring support Sozay.

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My friends and I stepped outside into the chilly night to the Pop’s patio for a moment. While we caught up on bull shit and, they caught some nicotine refreshment from the from the air inside. They stayed outside while I went in to catch Sozay, he was fun to watch. He had some really great tracks, a lot of them featuring some really fun word play. My first impression was man this guy is intense. He had this killer, crazy look in his eye. The same look that is in a really driven, pumped up, fighter right before a match. That look. He rapped with that same intensity and together with his hypeman got the crowd ready to party.

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I enjoyed Sozay. About 2/3 the way through the show, he invited his son to join him for a song. It was a very catchy track and turned out to be one of my favorites from the set. It was great to see father and son rap together and, to me was a highlight of the show.

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Between Sozay and Swollen the intermission was very short because I remember running to the patio to pull in my chain smoking counterparts inside just as DJ Rob The Viking bought out Prevail, and the notorious, Madchild to the frenzied St. Louis stage.

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BAM. BOOM, They walked onto Pop’s stage from then on, it was as if bomb exploded and the place went nuts. This shit was crazy, all these people wearing BattleAxe Gear flooded the stage. Madchild is something you need to see live, he had this look about him. Big sunglasses, and tattoos covering his face and smiling this crazy ” I just robbed a bank and got away ” smile while rapping these venomous lyrics that prior to this I had only heard on a CD.

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One of my first thoughts watching them was, they should write a damn book so these broke ass, broke down rappers can read it. Title it ” How To Do A Live Rap Performance “, because these guys were schooling the game. Working both sides of the stage, slapping more hands than that of WWF stars of the 80s on the way down to the ring. It was a good feeling seeing the show I had waited so long for. Prevail, was doper than I could of every imagined, his rhyme game is so sharp. He was spitting razor flows effortlessly all night while working the stage with blinding speed.

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This show was pedal to the metal, in your face, for the entire show. For a few songs Prevail took a breather, while Madchild treated St. Louis to some solo material. The crowd ate it up, almost as much as the Swollen stuff if not more so. During the song ” Dickhead ” everyone in the audience sang every word. It was pretty incredible to see the love STL has for Madchild and Swollen.

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This crowd was not the largest one of the tour but, Swollen Members as a group blew the place apart like it was a capacity show. Madchild remarked how happy he was with the crowd and, to be on tour in St. Louis. He seemed to be in very good spirits and projected this good energy on the crowd. Its a great feeling to watch people do what they love, Madchild puts passion into his raps and performance.

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They finished the blazing set with a solo Madchild song ” Monster ” and all I can think about is how this performance is burned in my memory forever now. Madchild killed this performance from start to finish, in every way. Its just a raw, very captivating performance and let the show end on a very high note. I was completely impressed with this show.

Swollen Members have new album ” Brand New Day, out next month, featuring the single ” Power ” check it out online. If you are anyway on the fence about going to see Madchild, Swollen Members, or Sozay go! Spend some money on this show because this guys will tear the stage down and put on a memorable show. I am already counting the days until they come even close to my city. I can’t wait to see this again. Thanks to Pop’s, Thanks Swollen Members for putting St. Louis on your tour, thanks to Sozay for coming out and rocking. Respect to everyone who came and spent some money on some real underground hip hop on a Sunday night in St. Louis.

Till Next Time.

BzNtzSTL

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Dizzy Wright Is Blazing Trails Across America On The Fight To Unite Tour 2013

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Dizzy Wright has been grinding and paying these dues for years and he is about to come and set YOUR TOWN on fire!! The Funk Volume artist is on the Kottonmouth Kings tour along side Deuce, Snow The Product and Eskimo Callboy. Judging from the post on Dizzy’s facebook, these shows have been going off.

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Dizzy has recently released a new E.P ” The First Agreement ” on Funk Volume Records. You can find it right here, and be sure to check out the new video ” The First Agreement” Ft. Manuel Scott and Nikkiya which was just released as well!

 

Check out Dizzy’s new video right here:

You can catch the Fight To Unite Tour in the following cities through May 5th:

Tue 04/16/13 Atlanta, GA Heaven At The Masquerade

Wed 04/17/13 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall

Thu 04/18/13 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!

Fri 04/19/13 Reading, PA Reverb

Sat 04/20/13 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Entertainment Complex

Sun 04/21/13 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall

Tue 04/23/13 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Concert Club

Wed 04/24/13 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall

Thu 04/25/13 Joliet, IL Mojoes

Fri 04/26/13 Columbia, MO The Blue Note

Sat 04/27/13 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall

Mon 04/29/13 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue

Tue 04/30/13 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre

Wed 05/01/13 Seattle, WA Studio Seven

Fri 05/03/13 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Cafe On The Strip

Sat 05/04/13 Santa Ana, CA Yost Theater

Sun 05/05/13 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour

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Check out Dizzy Wright and the rest of Funk Volume online :

http://www.myfunkvolume.com
https://www.facebook.com/DizzyWright

http://myfunkvolume.com/artist/dizzy-wright-2/

Soul Asylum Kicks Off 2013 Tour With a Party In St. Louis!!!

Soul Asylum The Old Rock House 1/30/13
Words/Photos By BeezNutzStl

I have always liked Soul Asylum, they remind me of good times in my childhood. I never got to see them during the 90’s and missed them every time since. They had just came out with a new album last year. When I heard they were coming to one of my favorite places in St. Louis, I jumped on the chance to go. The Old Rock House is the perfect place for a band like them, big enough to sell a bunch of tickets. Yet small enough so its a big party, it’s a awesome venue for music. Featuring 3 Levels, 2 Bars, and 2 Bathrooms makes it comfortable to see a show. They have always been extra nice to me, and its always a good time there.

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Soul Asylum fronted by founding member Dave Pirner took to the stage a little before 10 p.m while a lot of the crowd was finding the way inside. They started the set with ” Somebody To Shove ” off of the mutli-platinum album ” Grave Dancers Union ” which came out in 1992. It was hard to believe it had been that long, they played a diverse set list and had the crowd feeling the music. I saw so many smiles it was unbelievable. Prior to the show I had bought and listened to the new album and they did a few of my favorite songs from it. The new album is called ” Delayed Reaction ” and it is instores now if you would like to hear it.

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Up next they tried a new song on us ” Gravity ” which is from the new album ” Delayed Reaction . They really sound good together on this new stuff and the band plays off each other well. Dave was rocking some thrashed up jeans that looked as if they must of came from the 90’s and drummer Michael Bland was rocking a sick mo-hawk. They all looked really cool, and just as you would expect them to.

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Dave’s voice sounded great live, just like you remembered it on the radio. They played the songs ” Pipe Dream ” and ” Into The Light ” which are both new songs. It was cool to hear the difference in the old and new material. I would recommend getting the new album. I am glad I did, made the show more enjoyable to me.

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Dave is quite the joker on stage, he has a lot of fun with the crowd. Which should make for a interesting rest of these exhausting tour dates. They followed the new stuff up with some classics ” Black Gold ” was up next and had everyone singing along, dancing and it felt amazing to be part of. Next he said they just came up with a new song on the bus that day, and played ” Runaway Train ” the crowd ate it up. It was so great to be in that room at that moment, so many people just had this euphoric look on their faces. It was priceless, nowhere else I would rather be.

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After a few more song they left the stage briefly, they came back up and Dave started talking about how he wrote the next song about our state. The crowd laughed and we knew that ” Misery ” was up next. That song is from the album ” Let Your Dim Light Shine ” which came out in 95. They chose to end the set with another song from that album ” Just Like Anyone ” which closed out the night and sent people paying their bar tabs.

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After the show I was feeling incredible. Soul Asylum really made it into a party and played a great show. Everyone left happy, I waited around after the show and talked to Dave. We talked about his ripped up jeans, music, and just a bunch of fun things. He was really easy to talk to and enjoyed being around his fans. He posed for pictures and signed autographs for as many people that wanted one. He went out of his way to be cool to everyone he met. I hope I see them back here soon, I can’t wait to see them again.

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Make sure you go check out the new album ” Delayed Reaction ” you will be glad you did. You can find it online, instores or at one of the many, many shows they have booked across America this year. For a list of tour dates you can find Soul Asylum here:

http://www.enterthesoulasylum.com

Go check out the new album ” Delayed Reaction ” You will be glad you did.

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Soul Asylum 01/30/13 The Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO.

1. Somebody To Shove
2. I Will Still Be Laughing
3. Can’t Even Tell
4. Lately
5. Whatcha Need
6. Oxygen
7. Leave This Town
8. Gravity
9. Pipe Dream
10. Into The Light
11. The Streets
12. Without A Trace
13. Black Gold
14. Runaway Train
15. Closer To The Stars
16. Made To Be Broken
17. Stand Up And Be Strong
18. Misery
19. Just Like Home.

Till next time.

BeezNutZStl

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Thank You to : Wes, The Old Rock House, Dave, Soul Asylum, Airika, Bradley and everyone that came out. Thanks.

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

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

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