VANS WARPED TOUR – 25th Anniversary

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Twenty-five years ago, a man named Kevin Lyman had an idea, an idea that grew to become the largest traveling music festival that has ever assaulted the United States.  On August 4, 1995, the first ever Warped Tour began its journey.  The following year, the well-known shoe company, Vans, became the tour’s main sponsor.  Over… Read more »


Inkcarceration Festival Day Two

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Hard rock and rock n’ roll naturally go hand in hand with the most haunted prison in the country, though one might stop to consider which hand has the stronger grip.  Regardless of the two making loud and spooky bedfellows as the rusty bars slam shut, over the past several years the Ohio State Reformatory… Read more »


STATIC X Live! – Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour

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Static X Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour & Memorial Tribute to Wayne Static with DevilDriver – Dope – Wednesday 13 – Raven Black The Observatory in Santa Ana, California was buzzing before the doors ever opened.  A row of tour buses parked out back and fans out front waiting in line at least two hours before the doors… Read more »


DEREK DAVIS – Resonator Blues – Album Review

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The family tree of rock music is traceable all the way back to the early blues artists of the 1930’s through the mid ‘50’s. Musicians such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins were cited by the Beatles and Rolling Stones as being tremendous influences. To this day, guitar players still… Read more »


FACTS ON TRACKS: Stories Behind 100 Rock Classics – Book Review

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Greg Prato is a very prolific author who has churned out 22 books about music, as well as four books on professional sports teams. Prato is a meticulous researcher who is passionate about the subjects he writes about, and as a result his books are highly regarded (all have four and five star ratings on… Read more »


TAKING BACK SUNDAY Live! with The Maine

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Twenty years is a long time to do any one thing, but one decade-defying band from Long Island, New York has been captivating audiences for that long and counting.  Taking Back Sunday (TBS) is currently celebrating their 20th anniversary with a new greatest hits album, two new songs and a year-long, worldwide tour. On the… Read more »


L.A. GUNS Bring The Strip to Cincinnati

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On Friday April 5, Riverfront Live hosted a jammed evening with two bands from California’s warm, Western shores.  The Darbies and L.A. Guns brought the goods, with the young blood starting the evening in up and coming fashion. The youth gone wild from L.A. started the show with four guys keeping the music of the… Read more »


L.A. GUNS – The Devil You Know

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L.A. Guns carry the distinction of being a survivor of the Sunset Strip era, coming to prominence during the MTV generation.  Over the years and decades they’ve released new material with various lineups, touring consistently.  Though many of their counterparts faded away, they rejuvenated their sound with returning guitarist Tracii Guns on 2017’s The Missing… Read more »


NEAL MORSE BAND – LIVE! The Great Adventour in Whittier

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The Neal Morse Band, nearing the end of the U.S. leg of their Great Adventour world tour, took the exit off the road called home in Whittier on Friday, March 8th.  The Whittier Center Theater in conjunction with Cal Prog has hosted numerous Neal Morse projects under various names for years.  On this evening, Morse… Read more »


SILVERTUNG – But At What Cost??! – Album Review

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Maryland’s own Silvertung recently released But At What Cost??! via Thermal Entertainment. While they may not yet be a household name, this is actually the fifth release the band has put out, starting with Devil’s in the Details in 2013, followed by Never Too Late and Out of the Box. 2017 brought Lighten Up, an… Read more »


Long Live Queen by Greg Prato – Book Review

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Queen has never really gone out of style, but they have certainly seen a massive resurgence, and probably an influx of new fans due to the release of the film Bohemian Rhapsody. So what a great time for a new book about the band, Long Live Queen: Rock Royalty Discuss Freddie, Brian, John and Roger… Read more »


The 100 Greatest Rock Bassists by Greg Prato – Book Review

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Top 10 or Top 100 or Top Anything lists will always be subject to a multitude of opinions- “No, this dude should have been higher up on the list!” “You forgot about this fella/gal!” Unless the criteria is something specific, such as number of albums sold or top grossing concert tours, a list is essentially… Read more »