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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]

Vinnie Vincent Cancels Comeback Concerts

January 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

Important: The contents of this post are determined by the RSS settings of the originating site. We DO NOT cut and paste. We encourage you to start your reading here: http://bit.ly/2SbXycU Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has canceled his previously announced comeback shows. Derek Christopher, the promoter of the event, says that Vincent “has sent a notification letter that he will not be performing the concerts scheduled for February 8th and 9th, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.” Christopher adds: “While we cannot discuss the terms of the contract due to a confidentiality clause within the contract, we are shocked [read on]

Vinnie Vincent Cancels Comeback Concerts

January 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

Important: The contents of this post are determined by the RSS settings of the originating site. We DO NOT cut and paste. We encourage you to start your reading here: http://bit.ly/2SbXycU Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has canceled his previously announced comeback shows. Derek Christopher, the promoter of the event, says that Vincent “has sent a notification letter that he will not be performing the concerts scheduled for February 8th and 9th, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.” Christopher adds: “While we cannot discuss the terms of the contract due to a confidentiality clause within the contract, we are shocked [read on]

Chris Caffery Talks Spirits Of Fire, Savatage, Paul O’Neill, Criss Oliva And TSO

January 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Important: The contents of this post are determined by the RSS settings of the originating site. We DO NOT cut and paste. We encourage you to start your reading here: http://bit.ly/2Wr5tSQ By Andrew Catania    I spoke with Chris Caffery about his current project Spirits of Fire, and about Criss Oliva, Paul O’Neill TSO and Savatage! So how were the TSO shows? Did they go well this year? CC:  It was a great tour. It’s still a shocking and difficult time for me personally to be out there and to know that we don’t have Paul with us anymore.  The shows this year were so awesome and I know he would be very proud of everything that [read on]

Steve Vai Releases First Music Theory Book And Piano Reductions Vol. 2

January 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Important: The contents of this post are determined by the RSS settings of the originating site. We DO NOT cut and paste. We encourage you to start your reading here: http://bit.ly/2B89fHE Steve Vai has released two new titles. First, his first music theory book via publisher Hal Leonard. Titled Vaideology: Basic Music Theory for Guitar Players, the gargantuan effort was designed to help both beginners and veteran guitar players.  Vai takes a deep dive into the basics of music theory to help players better understand the language of music and become more musically literate. Through in-depth discussions of music theory fundamentals, the [read on]