Oct 6, 2014
For the first time in years, Dutch symphonic rock/metallers Within Temptation made their way to a full USA tour. They brought with them Amaranthe, a band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Ever since I first listened to Within Temptation, I had been impatiently waiting for a US tour. The day the tour announced, I could’ve dropped down to my knees and cry like a baby. On September 26, 2014 at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles, the anticipation was getting to see of finally ... Read More
Oct 2, 2014
The Viking Metalers, Amon Amarth, set out on a journey across the ocean from Sweden for their second North American tour this year. But they didn’t come alone. They brought fellow Swedes, the power metal band, Sabaton. They also brought the blackened thrash metal band Skeletonwitch whom they had toured with earlier this year. On September 25th in Riverside, California, the Riverside Municipal Auditorium was about to be decimated. This was also my first time in this area and venue so I ... Read More
Sep 29, 2014
I love it when I go to see other bands and walk away being a fan of the opening band, and that's just what happened with Miggs. I first heard Miggs when they opened up for Scott Weiland a couple years ago, and was hooked. They have since opened up for Candlebox, and done several headlining tours across the Midwest, I'm glad I was able to catch them in Indianapolis for the second time this year, even though this was my fourth ... Read More
Sep 29, 2014
The Carnivores tour was one of the biggest tours of the summer. Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI all banded together to put together what was surely to be a huge summer tour. With Linkin Park being one of my favorite bands, I didn’t even think twice about attending this show even though ticket prices made me cringe a bit. This show took place at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California on September 15, 2014.
Due to time, traffic, and ... Read More
Sep 28, 2014
Kasabian - 09/27/2014
Terminal 5 -New York City
Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks
On this seasonably warm Saturday evening New York City is lucky enough to be graced with the presence of Kasabian tonight in the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan. Back in March 2012 the band was here in this very venue and the night was almost as magical as Derek Jeter's final home game. Tonight we're hoping for some of the same, as we'll be 3,000 deep in the sold out Terminal 5. Bo ... Read More
Sep 13, 2014
Heavy metal legends Accept went on a mini North American tour in support of their new album, Blind Rage. Metal Church was to be the support for the tour, but they dropped due to singer Ronny Munroe undergoing surgery. So instead, the heavy metal band Raven filled in. Accept is one of the biggest bands of the 80’s with many singles and metal anthems and have returned after a 15 year hiatus and have brought with them a new singer, Mark Tornillo making ... Read More
Sep 6, 2014
Legendary ex-Misfits axeman, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, went out on your with his band, Doyle. After a few attempts at touring, it was finally able to happen and Doyle went out on tour to support his newest album, Abominator. This madness took place at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, Ca on September 3rd, 2014.
There were 6 opening bands for this night and by the time I got there, the third band was getting setup. Sadly, none of the opening ... Read More
Sep 5, 2014
Music comes into my life for a reason, when a band sings a song that I can relate to at a time were I need that song to get me through whatever it is I'm dealing with, I'm instantly a fan. Any band that can do that, is a pretty good band and Repeat Repeat is just that.
I discovered Repeat Repeat last year, as I'm friends with the drummer Andy Herrin who also drums for another band "Cavo" from the St. Louis ... Read More
Sep 4, 2014
Being a fan of a band since they first came onto the scene is usually how I roll, especially if it's a band that keeps making albums and writing killer songs, Theory of a Deadman is just that band.
It's been a few years since I seen them live, and like the other bands that I follow, Theory has proved that they can keep up with the changing times, in the rock music world. They just released their fifth studio album entitled "Savages" ... Read More
Aug 29, 2014
Old rivals Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden toured together for the first time. On August 25th, they played the Hollywood Bowl to a packed audience. Both bands had their feuds and differences in the 90’s when they released their perspective albums, The Downward Spiral and Superunknown, but they learned to put their differences aside and did this tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of both albums.
This was my first time seeing Soundgarden and with them being one of the biggest alternative rock/grunge ... Read More
Aug 29, 2014
I'm a rock and roll girl by heart, but if you have amazing harmonies and can rock a guitar you have probably won me over regardless of the genre of your music, country or rock.
Mockingbird Sun has done just that. I was first introduced to this band a year ago when they opened up for Natalie Stovall at the exact same place in Indianapolis. I will be honest I was eating at the time and didn't pay that much attention to them, ... Read More
Aug 25, 2014
What can I say, a show to end my vacation and birthday week made complete. One of my favorite bands in the whole world, Powerman 5000 playing a show in the exact same venue that Dimebag Darrell was shot at years ago. I remember that time back in 2004, as I was working at night and was active on Facebook and of course in the concert scene at the time, and just remember being in shock, and knowing that going to a ... Read More
Aug 23, 2014
What more could a Filter fan ask for then a two hour non-stop rocking set. Oh, I know, have it happen on your Birthday of all things.
It was by far the best birthday ever, and I should have known something was up, when Richard tweets that "special" things are going to go down at this show, and everyone should come, well those that didn't, missed an epic night of live music.
It was only Filter a the H.O.M.E Bar, which stands for House ... Read More
Aug 15, 2014
If a show is within driving distance from my home, it's more then likely I'm going to make the trip. I usually map quest it to see how far it is, and then decide from there. So, four hours for a band I love is no problem whatsoever. Newport Kentucky is just over the river (literally) and through the woods to the Thompson House I went.
The Anti Folk Revival Tour in Drop D was hitting up Newport Kentucky and I made the ... Read More
Aug 9, 2014
It's know surprise that going to see Powerman 5000 is a tradition, if they are within three or four hours of my house I'm making the drive, and I'm glad I did. It was by far the most interesting show I have ever been too, and the word appreciation comes up again in this review, appreciation for bands that make that effort, make that drive, deal with the shitty venue and as Spider said and I quote "this is a real horror ... Read More
Aug 6, 2014
As the Summer's last month came upon us, August 1st just happened to land on what should be excluded as a weekday altogether. The Friday night's moon, a waxing crescent if you're looking for technicality (a big ass yellow quarter slice is what I'd say) was fitting for the anticipated occasion. The local Thrash metal band that I grew so found of immediately after watching a single live performance were getting into full balls-out mode at Hollywood's Loaded bar in ... Read More
Aug 2, 2014
The Offspring & Bad Religion - 08/01/2014
Stone Pony Summerstage - Asbury Park, New Jersey
Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks
If the 'Summer Nationals' Tour is doing anything correctly, it's giving us to chance to catch The Offspring and Bad Religion on the same bill. Unfortunately, the only date of this tour that I can make it to is the one at the Stone Pony Summerstage in Asbury Park down the shore of the Dirty Jerz. As mentioned in the past, The small, indoor actual Stone Pony ... Read More
Jul 30, 2014
When a band appreciates their fans as much as Filter does, you tend to want to return that appreciation, in the form of Chocolate Chip Cookies. That's just what I did, I baked Filter some home made chocolate chip cookies, and in the process feel like I've made friends for life, Richard is like my big brother who happens to sing in a band.
I've been a fan of Filter since the beginning, but there current album "The Sun Comes Out Tonight" is ... Read More
Jul 28, 2014
KISS and Def Leppard are two of the biggest rock bands from the 70’s and 80’s so when the two announced a tour together, I just knew I had to attend. My father was the one that got me into these two bands so it only made sense that I brought him along with me to the show. This rockin’ show took place at The Forum in Inglewood, California on July 8th, 2014. This also gave me the opportunity to check out ... Read More
Jul 22, 2014
Veruca Salt? Back together? What?!?! AWESOME!! When I heard about this tour coming around to my neck of the woods a couple of months ago, I thought to myself: "this is a show that I can't miss." Then it slipped my mind with the stress of my second job and the boss saying: "No requests off for July and August." I had to choose my dates off carefully and unfortunately I need my vacations to survive.
Lets just say that I had to ... Read More
Jul 18, 2014
When you know the bands, and the bands know you, it's always going to be a fun concert. This is my fifth time seeing We as Human and my fourth time seeing Kyng. Black Stone Cherry was also on the bill, but I only went for Kyng and We as Human as my friend from Alabama, made the journey to join the show. It's always a good time, when your friend is one of the bands BFF's.
Kyng was the opener in Bloomington ... Read More
Jul 13, 2014
When you see a band ten times, every show becomes starts to becoming a party. Most definitely the case tonight with Natalie Stovall and the Drive. I love this band (even though their country rock elements) and just last year signed a record deal with Hit Shop Records from Nashville, TN. They never, ever disappoint, it's always a good time.
Natalie has been on the road for nine years, touring and playing every where. They just recently got back like two days ago from ... Read More
Jul 12, 2014
The 7th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival kicked off in San Bernardino, California at the San Manuel Amphitheater on July 5th, 2014. The lineup for this year was somewhat different than the previous years with more of the metalcore bands making an appearance instead of the bigger and well-known bands. Some of the bands that were on the bill included: Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Suicide Silence, Body Count feat. legendary rapper Ice-T, Cannibal Corpse, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, and headliners KoRn and Avenged Sevenfold.
By the ... Read More
Jun 29, 2014
Dave Rawlings Machine at The Sheldon Concert Hall - St. Louis 6/25/14
The five piece Americana string quintet put together by folk singer/songwriter David Rawlings is something really special. Rawlings has assembled an all-star cast of musicians that includes his partner in crime for the last 20 years Gillian Welch, former Old Crow Medicine Show member Willie Watson, and Punch Brothers bassist Paul Kowert. He also found this guy they call John Paul Jones that used to play bass in a little band ... Read More
Jun 18, 2014
Summerland 2014 - Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 & Spacehog
Irving Plaza - New York City
Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks
On this day 20 years ago my hometown New York Knicks won Game 5 of the NBA Finals while O.J. Simpson was on TV, well at least his white bronco was.. being chased by police down the freeway. Those were good times. So it's most certainly fitting to attend the only throwback 90s concert tour worth seeing tonight: Summerland 2014. Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 ... Read More
Jun 8, 2014
KUBE 93 Summer Jam 2014
Review, photos and videos by thenaturalstoner
I appreciate what Seattle’s KUBE 93 radio tried to do at the Gorge Amphitheatre this past weekend, however I am not quite sure this years Summer Jam worked out to its full potential. Moving the annual event to a two day format seemed to make some initial sense, you could book some old school rappers to fill out a classic Friday night and then bring out young guns for day two and (in ... Read More