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Pop Will Eat Itself and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin Prove They Still Have Plenty to Say

May 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

When Nine Inch Nails were at their peak in the US, their label Interscope records gave frontman Trent Reznor his own label imprint called Nothing Records. One of its early signings was picking up UK electro pioneers Pop Will Eat Itself from a fallout with their North American label BMG. The result is one of the best and most undercelebrated albums of the ’90s, Dos Dedos Mis Amigos. While it was a departure from the band’s earlier sound, it didn’t matter to me as this was my introduction to the group. I bought this thing on cassette and played it pretty much nonstop through the Brit Pop invasion of the mid ’90s and could not believe [read on]

IDLES are the Greatest Punk Band on the Planet Right Now, Even if They Don’t Want to Admit It

May 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

What happens when you take the best of The Strokes, Clutch, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Black Flag, and a touch of Fugazi, mix it all—and then set it on fire? You get the makings of the most exciting band from the UK in the past decade. IDLES blasted out of Bristol seemingly from nowhere and have answered the same call that punk rock did in the late ’70s. But instead of a fight against disco and inequalities, this time it’s about corruption and satire, all in the face of the looming disaster that is Brexit. IDLES not only provide a much-needed break from the mainstream bullshit, but they have also relit the punk torch and grown it [read on]

In the Studio with Starsailor’s James Walsh as he Records his new Solo Record: Tiger on the Bridge

March 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

  Part of James Walsh’s Pledge Music campaign was a unique opportunity to watch the Starsailor frontman record his new record live in the studio. Being the huge fan that I am, I jumped at the chance. As a photographer, I’ve shot several Starsailor shows and written about the band in the UK at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Koko,  and even when I lived in the states, but I’ve never had the chance to see Walsh live as a solo artist. Shortly after the Pledge campaign blew through its goal, PledgeMusic imploded. The money that was pledged by the fans was gone, and there is still no clear picture on when or if it will [read on]

Skid Row Celebrate 30 Years at the O2 Forum Kentish Town

February 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

1989, it was a good year. The internet was born, the Berlin wall came down, Seinfeld was introduced, and Skid Row delivered their eponymous debut record. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since I first heard the anthem that would become the soundtrack to my rebellious teenage years. These guys make a fucking brilliant debut that fell somewhere between the bad boy image and the edge of Guns ‘n’ Roses and the glam appeal of fellow Jersey natives Bon Jovi. The album peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 and was certified 5× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1995 for shipping five million [read on]

The Dandy Warhols and Swervedrive Making Shoegaze Cool Again at the Brixton Academy

February 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a quarter of a century since the debut record from The Dandy Warhols. I missed this record the first time around and instead discovered them on their masterful major label debut The Dandy Warhols Come Down. This is one of my favorite records of all time and one that easily stands the test of time. Often referred to as “the best Brit rock band from the States,” on tour the Dandys are not jumping on the current bandwagon and playing their classic album in its entirety along with a greatest hits encore. Instead, they do a proper celebration by dropping their 10th studio album, appropriately [read on]

Nikon Z6 Mirrorless for Concert Photography – A Field Test

February 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

As a concert photographer, I am a minimalist. I like to bring the least amount of equipment to get the job done because I am actually there for the music more than I am for photography. Plus, it makes me a bit crazy when I saw a photographer show up for three songs with enough gear to shoot a royal wedding. Especially if it’s a singer-songwriter. I mean if we are talking an arena show with KISS or Pink Floyd, yeah, bring the arsenal, but otherwise, I would argue the best photographers can’t get everything they need with one body and two or three lenses. As a devoted Nikon shooter, I was thrilled to hear that they would be [read on]

Rock N Roll Cocktail’s Great Big 2018 Recap of Awesomeness (The top photos, shows, film shots and more)

January 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

  100,000 plus photos, 76 shows, hundreds of bands around the world: highlights from one year in the life of a concert photographer on a mission.  2018, what a year it’s been for gigs and travel. Instead of trying to pick my best or favorite shots of the year, I thought it would be better to provide a visual recap of the year with a shot or two from my favorite gigs around the world. There are way too many to condense down to just a top ten or even a top eighteen, and this will provide a bit more of a narrative around what a year in the life of a concert photographer looks like. Keep in mind that I have a day job as well. So [read on]

LAMB OF GOD to Perform on Slayer’s Final World Tour, Leg 5: North America Featuring Additional Support from Amon Amarth & Cannibal Corpse

December 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Music legends Slayer have just announced Leg 5: North America, the fifth overall leg of their final world tour. Heavy rock icons LAMB OF GOD will continue on as direct support to the tour, kicking off on May 2, 2019 at the Ak-Chin Amphitheatre in Phoenix, AZ. The tour will culminate at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on May 25. LAMB OF GOD, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse will support Slayer on all Leg 5: North America dates. General ticket on sale begins on Friday, December 14 at 10:00 AM local time. LAMB OF GOD VIP Side Stage and VIP Merch upgrade packages will be available beginning Wednesday, December 13 at 10:00 AM [read on]

WITHIN TEMPTATION ANNOUNCE 2019 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES NEW ALBUM, RESIST, NOW SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 1

December 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

WITHIN TEMPTATION – the leaders of dark anthems, with a career spanning two decades – have announced their 2019 North American tour plans. The band will embark on a tour of the U.S. and Canada this coming winter. The tour kicks off February 28 in Baltimore and runs through March 19 in Los Angeles. The trek makes several stops in Canada. Special guests will be In Flames and Smash Into Pieces. All confirmed tour dates are below. The band will now release its new album Resist on February 1 via Spinefarm in the U.S. Check out the latest video for “Raise Your Banner,” featuring In Flames singer Anders Friden, and [read on]

VOLBEAT CONFIRMS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH GODSMACK IN SPRING OF 2019

December 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

 Volbeat confirms seventeen new tour dates with Godsmack throughout the U.S. and Canada in April and May of 2019. The tour will kick off with a string of dates in U.S. as special guests to Godsmack before the pair embark on a cross-country coheadline tour of Canada (full dates below). Additionally, two tiers of enhanced experiences will be available for these dates, a “Meet & Greet + Backstage Tour Experience” and a “Fast Track + Early Entry Package,” and full information is available here. Tickets for these newly announced dates will go on sale here on Friday, December 14th at 10am Local Time, (with the [read on]