Jan 26, 2017
Bands change lineups like they change their socks. Humans, however, are creatures of habit: resistant to change and afraid of the new and untested. So, when the bands we know and love disappear and suddenly resurface with completely new lineups, their reception is often the same as that of a sequel to a good movie. Yet every now and then there is a stroke of brilliance in that sequel's conception, and the second act defies our resistance, proving to be as good or ... Read More
Oct 26, 2016
I haven't been to the circus in a VERY long time. So, I caught up with Avatar in Phoenix at Joe's Grotto. It looked like a freak show, it sounded like a freak show...it even smelllllllled.....like a freak show.
Avatar is a highly theatrical melo-death metal band from Gothenberg, Sweden. Making their way around the States to show off their latest outstanding Feathers & Flesh album, Phoenix was their first introduction to the American Southwest. Phoenicians know good music when they hear it, ... Read More
Apr 19, 2016
At some point, every kid who picks up an instrument fantasizes about making it to the Big Time. Everybody has a song about the journey to shooting stardom and what it takes to be a jukebox hero, and if you're two guys from Akron, OH, you keep that dream alive.
I remember the first time I saw Red Sun Rising. I walked in the gate at Carnival of Madness at the Time Warner Amphitheater in Cleveland. There was a band playing off to the ... Read More
Nov 2, 2012
It was the end of the world, or at least we all pretended it was for the annual American Red Cross Run For Your Lives 5k zombie infested obstacle course in Darlington, MD on October 27, 2012. One band after another took the stage during the day-long Apocalypse Party, where runners, spectators, and of course, off-duty zombies came to hang out and relax after their grueling duels in the woods. What started out to be a bright and sunny day eventually turned to gray, ... Read More
Oct 4, 2012
On Sunday, September 30, 2012, Eye Empire lit up Martini Ranch with an amazing performance, and while the band is no stranger to the road, their "Impact" on the Scottsdale stage was part the band's first of what we all hope will be many headlining tours.
Grateful for the grassroots fans this independent powerhouse has gained, frontman Donald Carpenter and bassist Corey Lowery showed nothing but love as they interacted with the small but enthusiastic crowd that threatened to share the stage with ... Read More
Oct 1, 2012
Rise Against 09/28/12
Mesa Amphitheatre - Mesa, AZ
Photos by LivingDedGrrl
For the first time since 2010 Rise Against set foot on stage in Arizona. Having called of their participation in the Sound Strike's Boycott of the state after lawmakers passed SB 1070, the band returned to play a fierce career spanning set. Check out some photos from the night down below.
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