I’m back!

•December 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hi guys! It’s been a while. This blog clearly got put on the back burner for a while, but I want to try to revive it. I may try branching out into TV and movies on occasion but the focus is definitely still going to be on music. Just wanted to let anyone who might still be paying attention know that I’m not dead and I haven’t forgotten about this little blog of mine.

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Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief

•March 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Music for Relief is responding to the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that unexpectedly struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

 

Donate $10 or more and gain access to a digital compilation of songs contributed by artists who believe in the cause. 100% of proceeds benefit Save the Children to support children and families affected by the tragedy in Japan.

 

Go here to contribute: Download to Donate

Explosions II Tour Announcement

•March 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Norma Jean w/ After The Burial, Motionless In White, For The Fallen Dreams, Stray From The Path

5.05 Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone
5.06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5.07 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
5.08 Pensacola, FL @ American Legion Hall 33
5.11 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
5.12 Virginia Beach, VA @ Hangar 09
5.13 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s
5.14 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
5.16 Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
5.17 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
5.18 Providence, RI @ The Ruins
5.19 Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
5.20 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
5.21 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
5.22 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
5.24 Des Moines, IA @ Peoples Court
5.25 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
5.26 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
5.27 Covington, KY @ The Madhatter
5.28 Howell, MI @ Hartland Performing Arts Center
5.31 Fayetteville, NC @ The Rock Shop
6.01 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G” – Source: Motionless In White MySpace

This looks like it’s going to be a killer tour. I expect good turnouts for every show.

It seems this tour will be hitting Montreal the night before I’m supposed to arrive for Kinetik Festival. I may go up a day earlier than planned for the show.

The Dead Masquerade | Live

•March 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The Dead Masquerade  @ The Palladium, Worcester, MA
February 12, 2011 | Shadow Caelim

 

After arriving at the Palladium just after 9 a.m., my party of four spent a very cold and very long day outside the venue. We were first in line, but it wasn’t long at all before more people started showing up. I could already tell this was going to be a good crowd. When we were finally allowed inside around 6 p.m., we immediately snagged front and center barricade spots.

The show started right on time with California punks Drive A. This was my fifth time seeing Drive A live; the first three had been last spring, when they opened for HIM on their most recent tour of the U.S. At the time, I was thoroughly unimpressed. I may go so far as to say they were annoying. After seeing them on this tour, Drive A has managed to reverse that opinion. Their live act has improved drastically, as was evident by the crowd’s response. The real crowd-pleaser from this set was “Can’t Sleep It Off.”

Up next was Get Scared. To say I was “blown away” by this band would be an understatement. Their live performance is just as infectious as their music; anyone in the audience who hadn’t been charged up by Drive A was certainly getting into the show by the end of Get Scared. After closing with the fan favorite, “If Only She Knew Voodoo Like I Do,” it was clear that the band did, indeed, have the crowd under their spell, like their lyrics suggested.

I was more than pleasantly surprised by the amount of people who were singing along word for word with both of the first two bands. They were followed by my personal main event, Motionless In White.

There had already been some crowdsurfing and crushing during Drive A and Get Scared, but it was nothing compared to what was about to happen. Once the band came on stage, it felt like someone had turned the room into a Space Bag; any air that had been between bodies vanished as the crowd crushed forward, pressing tighter together than should have been physically possible. I assume there was a mosh put somewhere, but I couldn’t have turned around to look for one if I’d wanted to.

It didn’t matter; despite some sound problems, Motionless delivered another of their consistently strong performances. It was a bit surreal seeing them playing to a packed house at the Palladium, where almost everyone was there to see them – or at least to see their tour. The very first time I saw Motionless live was also at the Palladium, in October 2010. They had been performing as part of the Rock and Shock Festival, but that crowd had been downright nasty towards them. It seemed this had also been on the band members’ minds, because Chris said early in their set that he hoped this show would be better than the last time they’d played there. I can say, without a doubt, that he got his wish. Their set included fan favorites “Immaculate Misconception” and “Abigail,” as well as the new-to-this-tour “Puppets” and an unexpected inclusion of “Ghost in the Mirror.” Notably absent from the set, however, was the band’s powerful cover of Rob Zombie’s “Dragula.” I got out of the pit right after Motionless left the stage.

Almost as surreal as seeing Motionless play to this particular packed room of fans was seeing such a huge crowd going crazy for Alesana after seeing such empty shows in November, at venues of less than half the size. Alesana put on a high-energy performance that was only rivaled by the crowd’s enthusiasm. Every band member had a presence on stage that was obvious even from the back of the room.

Escape The Fate was down a member after bassist Max Green had to leave the tour earlier in the week. For the previous two shows, Ricky Olsen, the bassist of Motionless In White, had been filling in for him, but tonight it was a different member of Motionless, TJ Bell, who was on stage with the headlining band. Escape The Fate played a balanced set of songs off of their second and third albums, This War Is Ours and the self-titled Escape The Fate. Whether they expected to appease or rile up the old-school fans by including “Situations” in the set is unclear. Highlights of the set included “Zombie Dance” and the medley of “This War Is Ours” and “The Aftermath” – better known as the second and third “guillotines.”

This was easily the best concert I have ever attended in New England. Since I first came to Boston for school in 2008, I have been to a number of shows in the region, but none of them have come close to this concert experience. I hope it is a sign of what’s to come for New England’s music scene.

 

Lineup:
Escape The Fatehttp://www.myspace.com/escapethefate
Alesana – http://www.myspace.com/alesana
Motionless In White – http://www.myspace.com/motionlessinwhite
Get Scared – http://www.myspace.com/getscared
Drive A – http://www.myspace.com/drivea

Halestorm | Live

•March 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Halestorm  @ The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
January 1, 2011 | Shadow Caelim

I can hardly think of a better way to start off a new year than with a rock concert, and Halestorm delivered a show that would set a very high bar for 2011 to live up to. Halestorm is a real rock and roll band – a refreshing change of pace from the plethora of other groups of the same generation who have only succeeded in becoming carbon copies of each other in pursuit of “being different.”

Local openers Nine Circles were decent musicians, but their performance itself lacked presentation. They played their instruments well, but were not particularly memorable. They did have a nice dueling guitars feature on a song titled “Angel.”

Madam Adam delivered a fun, energetic set. Their songs tended to run together, but their banter with each other and the crowd, centering around New Year’s Day hangovers, created enough variety to keep the crowd interested and involved in their set. Overall, the set was entertaining, but not outstanding. If the crowd walked away from this performance with only one memory of Madam Adam, it was probably that they had incredibly pleasant vocal harmonies.

New Medicine doesn’t seem to quite fit this bill. The audio they used for their intro music had me expecting some kind of industrial-flavored hard rock sound. However, New Medicine would probably be more at home at Bamboozle than on this tour.

The highlight of the night was, unquestionably, Halestorm. The band didn’t make an entrance so much as they took over. The set was solid, both musically and visually. Frontwoman Lizzy Hale’s stage presence, reminiscent of Joan Jett, demanded the attention of the room, while the rest of the band gave her the power she needed behind her voice to keep all eyes and ears on the stage. In addition to delivering a set of the music they have brought to the world, they also performed a hard-hitting rock cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” as well as a stunning full band drum feature that deserved its own encore.

Lineup:
Halestormhttp://www.myspace.com/halestorm
New Medicine – http://www.myspace.com/newmedicine
Madam Adam – http://www.myspace.com/madamadammusic
Nine Circles – http://www.myspace.com/9circles

2/27/11-3/5/11 Band of the Week: D.R.U.G.S.

•March 2, 2011 • 1 Comment

Band/Artist Name: Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows

Hometown: Everywhere, USA

Members: Craig Owens – Vocals
Nick Martin – Guitar
Aaron Stern – Drums
Matt Good – Guitar
Adam Russell – Bass

Why You Should Know Them: Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, aka D.R.U.G.S., has already made alternative music headlines. The five-piece supergroup was making the top of every list of Bands To Watch in 2011, both in the US and overseas, long before the release of their self-titled debut last week on February 22, 2011. They will be on tour in the UK in just a few days, after which they will be co-headlining The AP Tour Spring 2011 with Black Veil Brides in the US from mid-March to early May.

For Fans Of: From First To Last, Story of the Year, The Used

Website(s): Official MySpace, Official Facebook, Band Twitter, tumblr.

Random Fact: No band member is a new face to the world of music. They have all participated in well-known bands before forming D.R.U.G.S. The band is Owens’ big comeback to the scene following his departure from Chiodos. Other members were formerly part of From First To Last, Story of the Year, Matchbook Romance, and Undermined.

Check Out: “If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is,” “Graveyard Dancing,” “Sex Life,” “I’m Here to Take the Sky”

“If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is”

2/20/11-2/26/11 Band of the Week: This Way to the Egress

•February 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I apologize for the lateness of this post. Last week was probably not the best time to start this feature, since I knew I’d be busy as hell for the following few weeks, but alas. So, without further ado, here is the (very overdue) second featured Band of the Week!

 


Band/Artist Name: This Way To The Egress

Hometown: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Members: Taylor Galassi – Vocals/Accordion/Cello/Bass
Sarah Shown – Vocals/Piano/Violin/Art
Mathew Verderosa – Vocals/Drums/Percussion

Why You Should Know Them: The members of This Way To The Egress are an endlessly entertaining troupe currently bringing their unique gypsy punk music to audiences across the eastern seaboard. They are on the last leg of their “A Series of Unfortunate Recitals” tour with British cabaret sensation Joe Black. If you live in the northeast and want a great show that is anything but ordinary, make sure you make it out to these dates!

2/24 – Montpelier, VT – Charlie O’S – w/BirdEatsBaby
2/25 – Cambridge, MA – The Lily Pad – w/BirdEatsBaby
2/26 – New York, NY – The Parkside Lounge – w/BirdEatsBaby
2/27 – Dunellen, NJ – Roxy and Dukes

Influences: “Horror movies, abandoned insane asylums, freaks and sideshows, the mutter museum, old deadened trees, lisps, bones and tendons, girls on stilts, sad clown, confetti, spoons and washtub bass’ and vaudeville cabaret.” – Source: Facebook

For Fans Of: Voltaire, Dresden Dolls, Gogol Bordello

Website(s): Official Site, Official MySpace, Official Facebook, Band Twitter

Check Out: “Saint,” “On a 45,” “Cannibal Song,” “Ballo Di Ragno”