Knotfest Day 1: San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA 10/24/15

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The metal fest known as Knotfest hit the desert plains of San Bernardino, California for two days of non-stop metal devastation! Someof the biggest names in metal were in attendance as well as some newer band and the Coldcock Whisky winners. I was fortunate enough to get access to both days of the festival and photograph bands to my metal heart's desire with the exception of both day's headliners Judas Priest and Slipknot. The festival also saw many attractions besides bands which ... Read More

Chris Cornell @ Beacon Theater New York City 10/19/2015

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Chris Cornell w/ Special Guest Hemming - October 19th 2015 Beacon Theater - New York City Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks        A question often floated in my direction is "Well you go to a lot of concerts, what's the best show you've ever been to?" For a while now I've been saying the same thing: Chris Cornell Solo Acoustic Songbook tour that I saw at Town Hall a few years back. There, I saw one man with a guitar put on the best show I've ... Read More

Symphony X and Overkill: The Regent – Los Angeles, California – 10/6/15

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New Jersey natives Symphony X and Overkill teamed up for a rather diverse night of two different styles of metal. Overkill being one of thrash metal's best bands and Symphony X being progressive metal band (a blend of progressive rock and heavy metal). It would make for an interesting night giving two different metal genres to expand their fanbase. The Regent in Los Angeles, California would make a fine place for this fine metal night. Thrash metal giants Overkill released their seventeenth studio ... Read More

Scorpions and Queensryche: The Forum – Inglewood, Ca – 10/3/15

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When it comes to some of the greatest metal bands of all time, German heavy metal band Scorpions will be one of the topics. With the release of their 18th studio album Return to Forever, Scorpions is here to stay and embarked on their 50th anniversary tour. Along with them they brought heavy metal veterans, Queensryche! The Forum in Inglewood, California was filled with three generations of Scorpions fans and they weren't about to be disappointed! Queensryche is a heavy metal band from ... Read More

Chris Cornell at Benaroya Hall – Seattle, WA – 9/29/15

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Earlier this week, thenaturalstoner and I had what we would consider to be a perfect day in Seattle. We were in town to catch Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell at Benaroya Hall, a stop on his solo acoustic tour. After driving across the state of Washington that morning, we spent the afternoon in downtown Seattle doing all the typical tourist stuff like buying Hawks gear at the Seattle Seahawks Pro Shop, snapping photos in front of the Space Needle while making obscene gestures, ... Read More

In This Moment and Papa Roach: Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, California – 9/18/15

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Five Finger Death Punch's Got Your Six tour is one of the biggest rock/metal tours of the summer. This tour featured and impressive lineup consisting of the up and coming rock band From Ashes to New, the female-fronted metal band In This Moment, rock veterans Papa Roach, and of course headlined by Five Finger Death Punch. One of their tour stops was at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. I was given the opportunity to photograph some of the bands ... Read More

2015 Phases of the Moon Festival in Arkansas is Cancelled

Categories: Festivals, News

As of 12:15PM, it has been announced that Phases of the Moon is officially CANCELLED.  The festival is citing a number of unforeseen obstacles including road closures.  See below for more info.    Here are some of our favorite replies on the official Phases of the Moon Facebook page:   BELOW IS OUR ORIGINAL POST PRIOR TO OFFICIAL WORD COMING OUT FROM THE PEOPLE AT PHASES OF THE MOON.  All it took was one post.  One post to stop productivity in workplaces across the Midwest for hungry ... Read More

Hard Working Americans at Old Rock House in St. Louis 8/25/2015

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Sometime during the year 2013 folk singer-songwriter Todd Snider was talking with one of his good buddies Dave Schools, who also happens to play bass in a band called Widespread Panic, about his love for jam music and wanting to do something like that one day. Snider says he never expected it to come to fruition, but Schools said he was interested. Snider contacted keyboardist Chad Staehly from Great American Taxi and told him that Dave Schools was on board. By the ... Read More

Whitesnake 08/03/15: Hard Rock Live – Orlando, Florida

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David Coverdale and Whitesnake rolled into The Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando Monday night in support of Whitesnake's new album Purple. An album of Deep Purple songs covering the era in which David Coverdale fronted Deep Purple ('73-'76). Soon to be 64 years old, Coverdale has definitely lost a great deal of his vocal range. However, his loss of vocal range did not affect his ability to charm the crowd. His frontman skills are still sharp and his vocals were on par ... Read More

The End Times Tour: Jones Beach Edition

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With the new jersey show already posted here. i' ll just post my pictures...from second row at JBT. I do agree that this was a great show though it felt to me that Mr. Manson and his cohorts played like HEADLINERS. The Pumpkins kinda hurried into their set with out any smoke or mirrors or announcements. The Pumpkins might not need to resort to theatrics to win a crowd but some introduction would have been nice. i was standing right in front ... Read More

Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson @ PNC Bank Arts Center 07/29/15

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Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson - 07/29/2015 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks If you're somebody looking to get all the bang out of your concert buck that you can, may I be the first to suggest checking out the End Times Tour with Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson currently trekking across the country when it hits your town. On a toasty July hump day, End Times came to PNC Bank Arts Center. And it was phenomenal. Let's just say this, ... Read More

The Gitas Release ‘Mood For Love’ Music Video

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THE GITAS PREMIERE ‘MOOD FOR LOVE’ MUSIC VIDEO FROM THEIR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM ‘GARLAND’ EXCLUSIVELY VIA NATIONAL ROCK REVIEW "Mood For Love" WATCH ‘MOOD FOR LOVE’ ON NATIONALROCKREVIEW.COM LISTEN TO ‘GARLAND’ Los Angeles, CA (July 20, 2015) - THE GITAS have teamed with National Rock Review for the premiere of their new video “Mood For Love” which was directed by Jensen Noen (Emmure, Down & Dirty) and edited by Gosha Vinkurov. The clip can be seen HERE. “Mood For Love” is the band’s first single off of their first album, ... Read More

Rockstar Mayhem Festival: San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, Ca – 6/27/15

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The 8th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival Made its second stop at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California on June 27, 2015. On this surprisingly not-so-hot and cloudy day, metal music fanatics gathered to mosh to the bands on stage, gather together for drinks and fun, or both. I was given the opportunity to photograph the Victory Records stage which was the only side stage for this year. The Victory Records stage featured primarily deathcore and metalcore bands which, depending on ... Read More

Meat Puppets / Soul Asylum @ Bowery Ballroom – New York City 06/22/15

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Meat Puppets / Soul Asylum – 06/22/2015 Bowery Ballroom - New York City Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks The last time I walked into the Bowery Ballroom to see the Meat Puppets they went on after 11PM, Shandon was standing atop a part of his drum kit after kicking it over near 1AM as  the band was shredding a rare bust out of Attacked By Monsters to close out the night. Tonight, excitement is at new levels as The Meat Puppets are co-headlining this tour with Soul Asylum; ... Read More

The Rolling Stones 06/12/15: Orlando Citrus Bowl – Orlando Florida

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Ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling Stones!!! Florida was lucky to get one of the limited dates for the Zip Code North American Tour 2015. Orlando was even luckier to be chosen for the date. Luckier still, was my wife Lynn, to have won 2 tickets from WMMO to be able to attend the show. The newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl filled with approx. 47,000 fans, played host to The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour. The show was everything you might expect from The Stones. Big, ... Read More

Rob Zombie – 6/10 Milwaukee and 6/14 Indianapolis.

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Rob Zombie, what can you say about a man that's been rocking out since the early 90's. The man is a rock legend, and a pretty good live performer as well. Besides making movies, he does put on a great live show and it's worth every penny to go see him perform. I had the chance to see Rob Zombie twice on this tour and decided I would do VIP for at least one of them, even though I'm a longtime fan of ... Read More

REVIEW / PHOTOS: 6/1/2015 Tame Impala at The Pageant – St. Louis

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Tame Impala Psyches Out The Pageant  Words and Photos by Bradley Darby   Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala stopped by The Pageant on Monday night and somehow found a way to convey your Uncle Mark’s acid flashbacks from the 60’s and 70’s through a live music experience. When it comes to recorded music, Tame Impala is Kevin Parker.  Parker writes all of the songs and creates the textured and dynamic music himself while playing every instrument and using techniques such as reverb and fuzzing to melt your mind.  However, the ... Read More

Sixth Annual LouFest Music Festival Lineup Released / Sept 12 – 13 / St. Louis, MO

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  For the sixth year in a row, beautiful Forest Park in St. Louis, MO will be turned into a small town of its own when more than 35,000 people descend on the Central Fields for the LouFest Music Festival.  This year the festival is set to take place on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13. Previous LouFest lineups have brought the best of both major headlining acts like The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Outkast and The Killers to smaller up ... Read More

Repeat Repeat, Milwaukee (4/19/15) and Chicago (4/20/15)

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    What a better way to spend a Sunday and Monday then to go to concert, especially when it's one of you favorite bands and they are playing back to back shows. Milwaukee was the first city on the stop for Repeat Repeat, the band from Nashville that plays a mean surf rock candy vibe, and totally kills it every time they perform. You can't help but start moving and grooving, the husband and wife team of Jared and Kristyn Corder, with best friend ... Read More

Boyz II Men 4/8/15 – Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, WA

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Boyz II Men 4/8/15 – Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, WA Review and pictures from thenaturalstoner   The outskirts of Spokane were host to a real treat tonight, as Boyz II Men threw a big time party at the local casino!  The only other time I have seen the guys from Philly, even if it is only three of them these days, was in May of 2011 and you may happen to remember my review.  If not, here is a quick summary: My girlfriend loves ... Read More

The Wans – Birdy’s, Indianapolis, IN – 04/04/2015

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  I first heard of The Wans on Nashville radio, I listen to the Local Buzz every Sunday night on 102.9 the Buzz and they showcase Nashville artists of Rock, Indie, and Alternative music. Bands you wouldn't normally hear since they are from Nashville. I have had the pleasure of seeing one of those bands live, and The Wans did not dissapoint. They are opening up for Dead Sara, which is going to get them plenty of recognition, but in Indianapolis Dead Sara ... Read More

Death Cab For Cutie 04/02/15: iHeartRadio Theatre – Burbank, CA

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      During one of the obnoxious yet mandatory interviews interrupting the first half hour of Death Cab For Cutie’s hour long performance at the iHeartRadioMusic Theatre, Benjamin Gibbard declared that Los Angeles was neither a villain or a hero on their just released album Kintsugi. As a transplant of this harsh city who has survived upon the sun dried slab of cement for nearly 15 years; those words could not more perfectly sum up the experience of someone who somehow lucked into watching ... Read More

Yonder Mountain String Band Spring Tour Begins This Week!

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It has been just about one year since the Yonder Mountain String Band and former front-man/mandolin player Jeff Austin played their final show together.  Austin went on to form the Jeff Austin Band, touring and releasing an album in less than twelve months.  Yonder Mountain String Band have also remained incredibly busy... picking up Allie Kral (formerly of Cornmeal) to shred the fiddle and add a bit of estrogen to the tour bus, as well as master of the mandolin Jacob Jolliff.  The ... Read More

The Gitas @ The Chain Reaction 2/22/15

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The Gitas are a pure high energy rock band from California. This wicked 3 piece band was form in 2014 by the lead vocalist/guitarist Sasha Chemerov. You have Salvador Ramazzini the bassist/back up vocalist and Brittney Marcarello the drummer. I had the pleasure to see this band at the chain reaction in Anaheim Ca. Their style of music is a fusion of hard rock, blues, punk and a hint of pop. The raw energy they put on is phenomenal each song they ... Read More

SnoCore 2015 with Flyleaf, Adelita’s Way, Framing Hanley, Fit for Rivals – Joliet, Illinois – 02-22-2015

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SnoCore rolled into Illinois Sunday night with a fury, and packed Mojoes of Joliet to the brim. This time I decided to do VIP for Flyleaf as they were the opening band on the SnoCore tour this year and they had the VIP option. Adelita's Way also had a VIP option as well, and they brought out more VIP'ers then Flyleaf, but the VIP for Adelita's Way was filled with women, and rightfully so, the fellows are quite good looking. I even tweeted ... Read More

Powerman 5000, Hed P.E. and Knee High Fox – Des Moines Iowa – 2-5-15

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Rain, Sleet, Hail or Snow... I would at least attempt to travel through it to see Powerman 5000, and thankfully the roads were clear for me to do that. I wasn't going to be crazy this time, Iowa was a six hour drive give or take, so a hotel was needed and I'm glad I made the trek to Iowa. There were two local opening bands as usual, Apathy Syndrome, which was a Slipknot like band, and I believe the other band was ... Read More