JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES – Invasion – album review

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Most know him as ex-guitarist for Marilyn Manson or the current guitarist for Rob Zombie, but for those who have witnessed the extraordinary talent of guitarist John 5 know he is playing on an entirely different level than other guitarists from this decade. John 5’s current offering with his band the Creatures (Ian Ross –… Read more »


KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Atonement – album review

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Killswitch Engage finally released their long anticipated eighth studio album Atonement on August 16th marking their debut disc with Metal Blade Records. The record has already achieved #1 status on iTunes in the US and Australia. After their contract with Roadrunner Records had run its course, Jesse Leach (vocals), Adam Dutkiewicz (guitar), Joel Stroetzel (guitar), Mike… Read more »


DIANA REIN – Queen of My Castle – album review

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In the mid 1980’s Stevie Ray Vaughn turned the blues on its head by injecting the genre with a huge dose of rock. It completely revolutionized the concept of the blues, and his work was (and remains to this day) a tremendous influence on guitar players worldwide. Today, players such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter… Read more »


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 »


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