(PCM) David Duchovny kicked off his “Hell or Highwater” tour at The Music Box in San Diego, California on Sunday, February 12, 2017. With a five piece band rocking behind him, the TV legend serenaded the crowd with originals off his debut album “Hell or Highwater”, as well as several new songs that the band has […]
Review and Photography by: Megan C. Brooks
(PCM) Two of Sweden’s premier metal acts, In Flames and Opeth are co-headlining a North American tour with Portland Oregon’s Red Fang opening. On December 17 they performed in Philadelphia a The Electric Factory. Having seen Red Fang headline a tour just last spring, it was a little surprising to see them open, there wasn’t even a local warm up band. They went on while most people were still getting frisked at the doors, which is a shame because they are an incredible band.
In Flames, one of Sweden’s most popular metal acts are touring in support of their eleventh studio album Siren Charms which was released in September. They put on an awesome, energetic performance, they played … Read More…
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(PCM) Many were curious just how GWAR and the scumdogs of the universe would survive after the loss of their leader Oderus Urungus but I can say that his spirit was very much alive and well during the GWAR Eternal Tour as it slayed its’ way across the nation.
After being sucked through a hole in the space/time continuum Lord Blothar has now found himself thrust on stage fronting the almighty GWAR and he certainly managed to pull it off without a hitch. Well, maybe that is not entirely true … he did have to deal with his sister from a distant future the sexy breast-blood spewing Vulvatron.
The tour overall focused on GWAR’s search for their lost leader Oderus and they payed homage to … Read More…
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(PCM) This December, LeAnn Rimes is spreading good tidings by performing select holiday shows around the country. Back on October 27, Rimes released her One Christmas: Chapter 1 EP, the first of a three-album holiday series (Chapter 2 is due out in 2015, and Chapter 3 will follow in 2016). The six-song collection offers renditions of “Silent Night, Holy Night”, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”, “Blue Christmas”, “Hard Candy Christmas”, “Someday at Christmas”, and “Carol of The Bells”. Christmas is certainly a sacred holiday for Rimes. In 2004, she released her first Christmas album What a Wonderful World. Last Monday, Rimes was featured on ABC’s CMA Country Christmas, and last Wednesday she performed live on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center.… Read More…
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Tuesday evening at the TLA in Philadelphia started off with an up and coming local band Enstride. These are the nicest most humble group of guys you will ever meet. They came out to the audience after their set and spoke with as many people as they could as well invited the audience to come and hang out with them. Just a great group of guys with an amazing future ahead of them, check them out if you get the chance.
Up next was 3 Pill Morning. All wearing ties and dress shirts. Self described as anthemic rock, which seems to be is quite accurate. The band has a great stage presence. Jeff Stebbins very charismatic … Read More…
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(PCM) After two packed shows in New York and Philadelphia, nearby Atlantic City demanded a dose of The UR Experience. Usher brought his sensational live act to Boardwalk Hall last night, and fans packed the 15,000-seat bungalow on the beach. Usher is touring in anticipation of his next album, UR, which is currently in the works.
The show got off to an explosive start as Usher took to the stage and laid down one of his signature dance moves amid a plethora of pyro. He opened with “My Way”, an appropriate track to kick things off on the tour branded with his very initials and the title track to his breakout sophomore release. He then cranked out back-to-back smash hits “OMG” and “Love In This … Read More…
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(PCM) Words can not even begin to describe just how excited we were to get a chance to attend Fleetwood Mac’s recent show at a very sold-out Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
The band’s nearly three-hour performance was flawless and it was a true gift for fans to be able to experience the band’s classic line-up back together once again. There is something about witnessing Fleetwood Mac performing together on-stage that is simply magical and the show was truly hypnotizing from beginning to end.
Fleetwood Mac has a a decades spanning career and their set list was chock full of fan favorites that included set opener “The Chain”, “You Make Loving Fun”, “Second Hand News”, “Rihannon”, “Landslide”, “Go Your Own Way” and many many … Read More…
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(PCM) A few weeks ago we attended The Shindig Music Festival in Baltimore, MD! The festival was an epic showcase that included some of the most hard-working and diverse bands currently in the scene. The line-up featured artists such as Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello, Clutch, Halestorm, The Bots just to name a few.
The festival celebrated a sense of unity among both the artists performing and their fans. The music from each of the band’s performing in some way speaks to the soul of the everyday person and without a doubt we can all find ways in which we relate,.
During The Shindig we were able to catch up with Grammy-winning rockers Halestorm to discuss the band’s festival performance, work on their upcoming … Read More…
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(PCM) This weekend’s New York Comic Con has been quite the adventure and we were thrilled to cap off our Saturday evening with a performance from X Japan, which marked the band’s largest ever headlining performance at the illustrious Madison Square Garden in the heart of NYC.
Witnessing X Japan and the always fabulous Yoshiki commandeer the stage was pure magic and enlightening to the senses. There were times that I wasn’t truly sure what I was watching, but all I know is that I was loving every moment. X Japan’s musical style could best be described as a musical mosaic of sorts with the blending of vocal style and instrumentation form a wide variety of both styles and genres with the heart and soul … Read More…
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(PCM) I was recently out at The Shindig Festival which was held in Balitmore, MD and had a chance to catch up with Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon.
We spoke in-depth about the band’s latest album release, the phenomenal “Earth Rocker”. I expressed to Neil just how much we had enjoyed the album on vinyl, which I highly recommend that everyone check out given the opportunity.
Based out of Maryland, the band tore up the stage at The Shindig and were a perfect choice to be part of the line-up that featured an eclectic mix of artists such as Jane’s Addiction, Gogol Bordello, Rise Against, Halestorm and more.
All of the bands playing, Clutch included, share a certain spirit that connects with everyday people and that … Read More…
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We have just gotten back to our hotel room to recover from day one of this monster of a two day festival which boasts a line-up that consists of rock n’ roll royalty. Day one brought us performances from bands such as Judas Priest, Korn, Stone Temple Pilots w/Chester Bennington, Limp Bizkit, Theory Of A Deadman, Pop Evil, Alterbridge, Otherwise, Thousand Foot Krutch and many many more!
Day one featured a fairly good sized crowd and despite the fact that temperatures dipped fairly low, especially after the sun went down the … Read More…
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(PCM) Music played by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers is the kind that has a way of just reaching out and soothing your soul. I like to compare it a loving embrace from an old friend, like the kind that you share fond memories with and catch up like no time has passed at all.
It was feelings like those that passed over me as I watched Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers perform during their recent tour stop at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Petty blasted into his set opening with “So You Want To Be A Rock n’ Roll Star?” which nicely set the pace for what was in-store for the rest of the evenings performance. On stage, … Read More…
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(PCM) Words cannot even begin to express how excited we are for the upcoming new album “Neon Future I” the first installment of a dual release from Steve Aoki on September 30th!
The Vegas born producer/DJ recently performed at both Made In America Philadelphia on Saturday and then at Made In America Los Angeles on Sunday. When this man finds a minute to rest is completely beyond us! His restless and creative spirit is always on the go and it shows.
His performances are truly a work of art and we adore an artist, especially in the world of EDM, who is not afraid to get up close and personal with their adoring fans, even if that does mean getting showered in both cake and … Read More…
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(PCM) Despite the imminent threat of inclement weather on the way, the Budweiser Made In America Day Two in Philadelphia kicked off with a hot and humid start with some amazing performances from Bleachers, Kongos, Penguin Prison, YG, Man Overboard and Awolnation.
As the day progressed the storm clouds began to roll in and just after Spoon took the stage a nasty thunderstorm began, forcing the band’s performance to come to an abrupt halt and the festival grounds to be evacuated.
There was some mild protest from some of the more rowdy attendees in the audience, but it appeared that all were evacuated quickly and efficiently until the worst of the storm had passed. About 20 minutes later the gates were re-opened and the curfew … Read More…
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(PCM) There are so many summer touring packages that it can often times be hard to make the decision as to which show is worth spending you hard earned cash on a ticket. This year the 2014 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival provided plenty of bang for your buck with an line-up of epic proportions this year!
The 2014 line-up consisted of Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Pop Evil, Buckcherry, Escape The Fate, 3 Years Hollow, Within Reason and Sons Of Revelry to name a few.
Godsmack were the perfect choice to headline this year’s festival as they were definitely missed during their hiatus of sorts and it was great to seem them back out on the road, refreshed and ready to rock.
The … Read More…
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(PCM) Artist Kanye West closed out day one of the 2014 Made In America Festival Philadelphia and the man is without a doubt an artist in every sense of the word. Every part of his performance was mesmerizing and he definitely holds the audience in the palm of his hand.
Opening with “Black Skinhead”, West plowed through his hits in succession moving into “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and “New Slaves” to get things off to a fantastic start.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Kanye West performance without some kind of diatribe, however this time his criticisms mentioned actually made a lot of sense. He spoke about the importance of not being judged by the things the media will say, not just for himself but … Read More…
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Sure, there are a ton of summer music festivals that pop up all over the country, but to me, Mayhem Festival is one of very last of the tried and true rock and metal touring packages that give fans a ton of bang for their buck. The festival features over 20 bands performing across multiple stages and I always recommend arriving early to be sure that you can catch everyone you want to see, besides nothing beats a little coffee and metal to get you awake and moving.
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(PCM) Orange-County based indie rockers The Bolts made a bold move early last month—they changed their name to Island Apollo. Bolder still, the five-some headed north to hipster haven Silverlake previewing work through their new material as Island Apollo, taking up residency at the gritty Silverlake Lounge for four Mondays in July.
The band—comprised of guitarists Heath Farmer and Ryan Kilpatrick, bassist Addam Farmer, keyboardist Austin Farmer, and drummer Matt Champagne—gained considerable fame as The Bolts after forming as teenagers in Orange County. In short order, they picked up airplay on KROQ, won Orange County’s “Best Pop Artist” from the OC Music Awards, opened for Capital Cities and Third Eye Blind, appeared across local TV and, realizing every young man’s dream, had … Read More…
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(PCM) Recently, country music superstar Josh Turner brought his down-home melodies to the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. Turner is in the midst of his Roughstock and Rambler Tour in support of his latest album, Punching Bag.
Josh hit the stage and pulled no punches, playing a sweet 16-song set that included big hits like “Your Man”, “Punching Bag”, “Time Is Love”, “Haywire”, and “Would You Go With Me”, as well as rare gems like “Backwoods Boy”. Turner closed out the set with the foot-stompin’ “Firecracker”. Josh Turner has one of the most distinct voices in country music today, and also has the ability to bring his big hits to life live on stage.
Josh Turner exploded onto the country music scene in 2003. … Read More…
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(PCM) We were recently out at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE and caught up with British singer/songwriter Dan Croll.
Croll’s set on the Firefly Main Stage was sweet music to our ears and we enjoyed being able to chat after the set about topics such as festival life, the music industry, and of course his latest album release “Sweet Disarray”.
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(PCM) One of the most buzzed about bands at Firefly Music Festival 2014 was Unlikely Candidates. Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas the band has been on a steady rise and have generated a ton of positive feedback especially from their track “Follow My Feet”.
I spent some time asking Firefly attendees who some of their top acts and performances were throughout the weekend and nearly all of the mentioned catching the set from Unlikely Candidates and just how much they enjoyed it.
I was able to catch up with the band backstage at Firefly Festival to discuss the band’s performance, upcoming festival appearances, the craziness that is DJ iPod in the campgrounds and more!
Check out our full interview below:
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(PCM) Bonnaroo had better watch out because without a doubt Firefly Music Festival is certainly giving them a run for their money. From Thursday, 6/19 through Sunday, 6/22 over 80,000 music fans gathered together in The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware to celebrate the spirit of music and camaraderie to create one of the most epic parties the East Coast has even seen.There were truly so many highlights from the weekend that I almost don’t even know where to begin!
Headliners for this year’s festival included Foo Fighters, Outkast, and Jack Johnson along with some stellar performances from artists such as Beck, Arctic Monkeys, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Weezer, Childish Gambino and many, many more!
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(PCM) With three full days of rock at this year’s completely sold out Rock On The Range which took place at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH, we have decided to break down our coverage to our highlights from each day, along with exclusive interviews!
Day three of Rock On The Range featured performances by Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Alterbridge, Mastodon,Wolfmother (interview here) , Adelitas Way (interview here), Trivium (interview here), Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Of Mice And Men, Miss May I (interview here), We Are Harlot, Heaven’s Basement (interview here),Gemini Syndrome (interview here), Righteous Vendetta, Gojira, Kvelertak, Jim Bruer Band (interview here), Twelve Foot Ninja (interview … Read More…
(PCM) With three full days of rock at this year’s completely sold out Rock On The Range which took place at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH, we have decided to break down our coverage to our highlights from each day, along with exclusive interviews!
Day two of Rock On The Range featured performances by Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer,Chevelle, Theory Of A Deadman (interview here), Pop Evil (interview here) , Fuel (interview here) , Rev Theory (interview here), Suicidal Tendencies (interview here), The Pretty Reckless, Nothing More (interview here), Texas Hippie Coalition (interview here), King 810, We As Human, Stars In Stereo (interview here), Exodus (interview here), Fozzy, … Read More…
(PCM) Despite the less than favorable weather conditions in the Columbus, OH area, it did nothing to diminish the rock n’ roll spirit that was alive and well at this year’s Rock On The Range held as Columbus Crew Stadium.
Legions of rock and metal fans gathered together to see the top artists in the genre perform at the one place where rock truly lives and that place is without a doubt, Rock on The Range.
Over the year’s Rock On The Range has grown to be a full three day festival completely dedicated to rock and metal and this year’s line-up featured a stellar array of bands. At Rock On The Range there is something for everyone whether your a fan of thrash metal, … Read More…
(PCM) For the first few years it seemed like Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion was plagued with problems, especially with last year’s Sunday rain-out/cancellation which created quite an uproar among attendees, however this year Mother Nature was in full cooperation and Carolina Rebellion finally got to shine! The weather was the perfect, the bands were amazing, and the rock n’ roll spirit was alive and well!
In our three years of covering the festival held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC , we have never seen so many people in attendance. We are told that attendance this year for the weekend was over 60,000 and festival organizers did a tremendous job of making sure that everything went off without a hitch.
Saturday, May 3rd, … Read More…
(PCM) Recently, I was able to catch up with Jamie Madrox and Monoxide who make up the hip-hop duo Twiztid, while out at the Bootleg Banner tour stop in Reading, PA.
Twiztid are without a doubt one of the most engaging and highly entertaining artists I have ever had the privilege to interview. What this pair have managed to accomplish over the years is just phenomenal and what is yet to come is just as exciting.
Twiztid has just recently released their “Get Twiztid” EP through their new release partner INgrooves. The 5 track EP, featuring Chris Webby, Da Mafia 6ix, Kung Fu Vampire, R.A. The Rugged Man, and Whitney Peyton, and gives fans a small taste of what is to come for Twiztid … Read More…
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(PCM) Tech N9ne will be releasing his Strangeulation (Collabos) LP next Tuesday, May 6 and let me just say it is nothing short of amazing. After having a chance to check out the new LP and see Tech N9ne live during his recent tour stop at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA, I feel that Tech N9ne is an absolute breath of fresh air within an industry that has gotten a bit stale. His no holds barred honesty and commentary about the industry is refreshing and it is my sincere hope that people will open up their ears and listen.
The independent rap superstar has also just dropped the first video from the Strangeulation (Collabos) LP for “Over It” which featured Ryan Bradley. The song and … Read More…
(PCM) There are some nights when I absolutely adore my job, as it allows me to experience the very best of the best in every genre of music in a live atmosphere, and I experienced such a night when attending the recent Asher Roth performance at The Barbary in Philadelphia, … Continue reading →
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(PCM) I think I may have truly had a once in a lifetime experience when attending the recent Excision show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. It was the first time that I can say that I have literally felt the music. Once Excision dropped the first notes of … Continue reading →
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Outside the TLA on South Street in Philadelphia, tons of green clad revelers were drinking the Saturday night before St. Patrick’s Day. Inside was even more crowded as HIM and Anathema sold out the TLA. Anathema went on stage right on time at 8pm. They are a progressive rock … Continue reading →
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(PCM) I can not even begin to count the ways that I love Imagine Dragons. From my very first taste of the band’s debut album “Night Visions” I was hooked and seeing them live only cements the fact that Imagine Dragons has universal appeal to the utmost degree. Music can … Continue reading →
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(PCM) Despite all the crazy and nasty winter weather we have been experiencing on the east coast lately, there was a rock n’ roll fire blazing at the Trocadero in Philly during the recent Buckcherry show. The blazing evening of rock got off to a solid start when Canadian … Continue reading →
Words and photography by: Megan C. Brooks Monday night at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia was the final Flogging Molly Green 17 tour. Don’t panic, there will be more Flogging Molly tours- just not leading up to St Patrick’s Day as they have been for the past ten years. The … Continue reading →
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(PCM) Recently, the highly anticipated Bury The Hatchet tour featuring Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate along with openers Chelsea Grin and Survive This exploded into the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. It has been quite a long time since I have seen so many excited fans waiting to … Continue reading →
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(PCM) We recently attended the Reverend Horton Heat show at Philly’s historic Trocadero Theater and I have to say that it was the most amount a fun I have had at a show in quite some time. Reverend Horton Heat brought along openers The Creepshow and Nekromantix and a very … Continue reading →
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Pixies are currently in the midst of the North American leg of their 2013-2014 world tour and we were able to catch their outstanding performance to a sold-out crowd at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. The band just recently released “EP-2″ back in early January and their set was … Continue reading →
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(PCM) It was an epic way to start the 2014 concert season by catching Stone Sour, Pop Evil and Stolen Babies play to a completely sold-out crowd at TLA in Philadelphia, PA. This show was sold-out for good reason, as both Stone Sour and Pop Evil are two of the most hard-hitting and talented rock bands gracing the rock n’ roll landscape these days. Add in the artistic flair of Stolen Babies and you are provided with a monumental evening of pure unadulterated rock n’ roll. LA-based artistic and experimental rockers Stolen Babies opened the show and provided those in attendance with quite a visual treat. It is not everyday … Continue reading →
(PCM) It was female empowerment in full force when In This Moment brought the Helllpop II tour to the historic Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia, PA. In This Moment front woman Maria Brink took command of the stage and along with the rest of the band put together both a visually stunning and quite theatrical performance. We have caught performances from In This Moment at several of the large outdoor festivals during the summer, however seeing this performance in an intimate theater like the Trocadero brought out a whole new element to the bands performance. The use of dry ice, lighting effects, costume changes and more made the concert feel more … Continue reading →
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