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  • Jay Nanda / AXS.com

    Primus presents tales of US tour kickoff from resurrected Sunken Garden Theater

    The trippy trio known as Primus may have seemed an odd choice to play Sunken Garden Theater's first rock concert in five years Friday night. But upon further review, that decision couldn't have been much more appropriate. Primus is a band you either get or you don't. When its singer dons a pig mask...
  • Sherri Crawford, Loud Girl Media

    In Photos: Matisyahu returns to Wilmington with Broken Crowns Tour

    Reggae-beatboxing vocalist Matisyahu recently kicked off the Broken Crowns Tour. On Sunday, the Grammy-nominated artist played Wilmington, N.C.'s Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, with support from rising stars Common Kings. The tour comes on the heels of Matisyahu's explorative album Undercurrent...
  • Dee Snider in concert at Mystic Lake in Prior Lake, Minnesota, on October 13, 2017

    Dee Snider still delivers the rock his fans want

    The word legend is thrown around often and, in many cases, used very loosely.  It is appropriate in some cases as it is with Dee Snider. The frontman of the legendary band Twisted Sister helped define hard rock and heavy metal in the 1980’s and inspired a generation of bands to follow in its...
  • Jay Nanda / AXS.com

    Stone Sour, Steel Panther, Cherry Bombs turn up the vibes in exemplary rock show

    From the time the doors opened -- finally -- to downtown San Antonio's Vibes Event Center, Friday the 13th was destined to be a night of business, nonsense and pleasure meshed on stage courtesy of Stone Sour with Steel Panther and all-female cirque metal dance troupe Cherry Bombs. Hosting its first...
  • Against Me! pay homage to Tom Petty at Cleveland concert

    Against Me! pay homage to Tom Petty at Cleveland concert

    Laura Jane Grace is a rock and roll survivor who’s battled addiction, divorce, and band mate attrition during her two-decade career with Against Me! She needed a new ride (and band equipment) when her van was totaled by a semi, dental reconstructive surgery when a mic stand shattered her teeth, and...
  • Sherri Crawford, Loud Girl Media

    Concert Review: ZZ Top wows Wilson Center on Tonnage Tour

    Classic rock legends ZZ Top rocked Wilmington, N.C.'s, Wilson Center Thursday night, serving the sold-out crowd a night not soon forgot. The power trio from Texas delivered nearly 90 minutes of unadulterated blues-rock and boogie, minus any frills. Lauded frequently with crowd roars, and more, ZZ...
  • Marilyn Manson live at the Hammerstein Ballroom on September 30th, 2017.

    Marilyn Manson live at Hammerstein Ballroom

    It's hard to introduce Marilyn Manson, in part because he needs no introduction. Manson is, and will always be, an icon in music history. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn't familiar with the artist's oeuvre or at the very least his name--a pop culture synergy of Marilyn Monroe's and...
  • Flosstradamus puts on intimate club show at 1015 in SF

    Flosstradamus puts on intimate club show at 1015 in SF

    Friday, Sept. 29, although it had only been a few months since Flosstradamus had crushed the stage down in Mountain View, CA, the king of Chicago trap had set up a very intimate showing at San Francisco’s 1015 nightclub.  Having last played a venue this small in the Bay around 5 years ago, it was...
  • Fishbone gets funky at First Ave in Minneapolis on September 26, 2017

    Fishbone brings its funky, fresh sound to First Ave in Minneapolis

    Fishbone may be the hardest band in history to define.  It first formed in 1979 with its blend of rock, ska, reggae, funk, and metal in a genre-blending musical blend that defies genre. Over its almost 40 year existence, the band has continued to push the limits of what it can accomplish through...
  • The Reverend Horton Heat rocks First Ave in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 26, 2017

    Reverend Horton Heat rocks the legendary First Ave

    Reverend Horton Heat is the little band from Texas that almost seems as if it should not exist. It is the self-proclaimed Rockabilly band that got its break on a grunge label, Sub Pop, and is currently signed on a metal label, Victory Records. First formed in 1985, Reverend Horton Heat keeps coming...
  • Pete Roche

    Doobie Brothers dazzle at Hard Rock in Northfield, Ohio

    Over two thousand diehard Doobie Brothers fans flocked to the Hard Rock Live in Northfield, Ohio on Friday (Sept. 22) to listen to the music. Still anchored by three key members, the Brothers (mostly) sidestepped their Michael McDonald “yacht rock” years (1977-1980) in favor of the boogie, blues...
  • Pete Roche

    Richard Marx marvelous, magical at Ohio acoustic gig

    Richard Marx could have a career in comedy if he ever gets tired of music. Everyone at the Hard Rock in Northfield anticipated—and got—a masterful performance from the Grammy-winning songwriter last Saturday night (Sept. 23).  But who’d have guessed the handsome hit-maker has such a wicked wit? For...
  • Tom Shackleford

    Photos: Alison Wonderland starts the weekend early at New York’s Terminal 5

    Alison Wonderland, the Adidas-wearing Aussie DJ who’s made quite the name for herself in the EDM festival circuit around the globe, brought her one-of-a-kind, spiritually beat-driven party to Terminal 5 in New York City on Thursday night. The electronic musician may seem to be smaller in stature...
  • Tom Shackleford

    Photos: Tei Shi puts on brilliant performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg

    Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg welcomed in a pair of completely different sounding artists last night in Lawrence Rothman and Tei Shi. Both singers brought completely different sounding performances to the packed venue located right across the river from Manhattan, and each left the audience...
  • Pete Roche

    Graham Nash knocks out CSN fans at Music Box Supper Club

    Graham Nash returned to Cleveland on Tuesday (Sept. 19) for a transcendental trip through the past that touched on all points throughout his prolific musical career. The socially-conscious Englishman had plenty to say between ebullient acoustic tunes, particularly in light of the day’s podium...
  • Adam Ant cool, charismatic at House of Blues Cleveland

    Adam Ant cool, charismatic at House of Blues Cleveland

    Ever wonder what inspired Michael Jackson to wear bedazzled military jackets in concert?  Or where Johnny Depp got his look for pirate Jack Sparrow’s makeup and wardrobe? Search You Tube for Adam Ant, who was doing the “dandy highwayman” thing long before M.J. cast his Thriller spell or Depp sailed...
  • Pete Roche

    Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman weave Yes magic in Akron

    It’s been fifty years since Yes first introduced the world to its symphonic rock, but the progressive rock yeomen remain caught up in perpetual change. The first lineup change occurred back in 1970, when guitarist Steve Howe replaced Peter Banks.  Then organist Tony Kaye stepped aside for keyboard...
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    Photos: Against Me! at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco

    Less than two weeks into their headlining tour, Against Me! displayed a career spanning set at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Fans were blown away with a barrage of hits and rarities, in a night filled with wall to wall punk rock. Fans received a look at a rising-star...
  • Pete Roche

    38 Special packs punch at Hard Rock in Northfield

    .38 Special generated serious rock ‘n’ roll recoil back in the eighties, firing off one infectious, guitar-laden song after another across the FM airwaves.  They’re remembered mostly for chart smashes like “If I’d Been the One,” “Hold On Loosely,” and “Caught Up in You,” but these Southern rock...
  • Jay Nanda / AXS.com

    Guns N' Roses satiates appetite of Texans who exercised maximum patience waiting for return

    From the moment they took the heavy metal scene by storm with Appetite for Destruction in 1987, Guns N' Roses was destined to be The Next Big Thing. Only internal strife and the usual Rock N' Roll excesses could bring down a band some had pegged to eventually be as big as The Rolling Stones. So when...
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