American Dog – Poison Smile

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Rev your engines, there’s a new dog in town – American Dog.  In an industry that’s been flooded with sound-alike rock bands, it’s refreshing to hear some good, old-fashioned rock and roll.  American Dog delivers just that. Some may be surprised to learn that the band has been around for quite some time.  The trio… Read more »


The Other – The Devils You Know

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Halloween has arrived early this year.  German horror punks The Other have a monstrous 15 songs on The Devils You Know, and for the most part quantity does not substitute quality.  The reason for this could be due to the band recruiting new bassist Viktor Sharp.  As lead vocalist Rob Usher puts it, “Lots of ideas on… Read more »


Saving Abel LIVE at Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA

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It’s a Sunday night and Saving Abel is hosting an all-ages show free to military, with cheap tickets for the remainder of the crowd. Held in Des Moines, Iowa’s downtown at Wooly’s, named because it was once a Woolworth store, the venue has high ceilings extending close to 20 feet and retained architectural features including… Read more »


KILL DEVIL HILL – LIVE Ramona MainStage, Ramona CA

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Close your eyes and mix the heavy roar of Pantera, the classic thunder of Black Sabbath, riffs of Dio, a dash of Corrosion of Conformity and overall haunting vocals in your head; now imagine it, LIVE. Legendary drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath / Dio / Heaven & Hell), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera / Down), guitarist Mark Zavon (Stephen… Read more »


Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators LIVE at The Paramount

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When asked to name the greatest guitarists of our time, few people can deliver such a list without mentioning the man who goes simply by one name – Slash.  Not only is he a rock icon in his own right, but he was a member of one of the greatest bands to ever hit the… Read more »


Million $ Reload – A Sinner’s Saint

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These Northern Irish rockers kick things off with a snarl and a bite reminiscent of heavyweights AC/DC, but don’t be fooled into thinking they are just another rock n’ roll clone.  Million $ Reload have their own slant on this area of rock music with a great sense of melody and arrangement.  Examples of this… Read more »


Lita Ford – Living Like A Runaway

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Lita Ford began her rise to fame as the lead guitarist in the all-girl rock band, The Runaways, and went on to pursue a solo career after the band broke up in 1979.  Ford’s most notable success came in 1988, while under the management of Sharon Osbourne, releasing Lita, which included the hits, Kiss Me… Read more »


Texas Hippy Coalition – Peacemaker

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Most bands like to tell you they are doing something unique.  However, after listening to the music, most of the time those claims are disappointingly found to be nothing more than publicity hype.  Ladies and gentlemen, meet Texas Hippie Coalition.  These guys are the real deal. A blend of Southern rock influences that draws from bands as diverse… Read more »


Linkin Park – Living Things

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Once again, Linkin Park is moving forward with another attempt at breaking new ground with their fifth offering, Living Things.  The consensus: the millions of fans this rock/rap group have, agree they’ve succeeded. With all the electronic elements in place for this album, their versatility and clean distinctions between rap and vocals, playing it safe has never… Read more »


Pat Travers – Blues On Fire

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When an artist decides to remake classic tunes, it can be a slippery slope, but that is exactly what Pat Travers wanted to do in his latest release, Blues on Fire.  Travers is one of the most prolific and influential guitar players of this generation and the perfect artist to take on the challenge of… Read more »


XFactor1 – Famous Last Words

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This band delivers what would be expected from a mainstream American hard rock band.  Big sounding distorted guitars along with gang vocals in places and some subtle-as-a-sledgehammer attitude.  Don’t tell your mom, but you’ll spontaneously bounce around playing air guitar to the first three tracks!  Bring It On, It’s My Life and Over And Out are designed to… Read more »


Tales from the Stage by Michael Toney

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“Waking up in a hotel room in North Carolina in a pool of blood! And looking over with a bad hangover going, Oh my god, did I do that?” ~ Jay Reynolds (past Megadeth guitarist, current Malice and Metal Church guitarist), on his worst groupie experience. That’s one of the responses you’ll read in author… Read more »