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Earlier this week we braved the 3+ hour traffic to Sacramento and did get there in time to catch Palisades hit the stage at the Assembly Music Hall. This was our first time at the new Assembly, but it was great to see that it is under the same ownership/management as our fave Sacramento stop, Ace of Spades. The staff was exceptional and the venue set up is ideal for a crowd to feel the energy from the stage.

Palisades definitely delivered on the energy! They got the crowd engaged and ready to rage. The intimate atmosphere really allowed for the crowd to feed off the artist’s vibe. There was no one left standing still when Palisades took the stage. Their music brings the perfect fusion of EDM and Post-hardcore an inviting style that appealed to all. One drawback is the extremely dark venue and the little to no lighting which even at 6400 iso, it was tough to catch any good shots. Check out the photos from their set:

Palisades have a couple more dates on the Not Your American Idols Tour as well as many more dates. Check the list below:

Oct. 24 EL Corazon Seattle, WA
Oct 25 The Shredder Boise, ID
Oct 26 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 27 Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 29 The End Nashville, TN
Oct 30 Emerson Theatre Indianapolis, IN
Oct 31 The Pike Room Pontiac, MI
Nov 01 Mojoes Joliet, IL
Nov 02 Agora Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Nov 03 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 03 Mac’s Bar Lansing, MI
Dec 04 Nelligan Hall Louisville, KY
Dec 05 Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 06 California Brew Haus Rochester, NY
Dec 07 Heirloom Arts Theatre Danbury, CT
Dec 08 Stanhope House Stanhope, NJ
Dec 09 The Shop at Newgrounds York, PA
Dec 11 Club Absinthe Hamilton, Canada
Dec 13 The Kalkaska Kalkaska, MI

 

You can pick up their current release Outcasts which was released last year. They are also featured on the Punk Goes Pop Vol 6 which their cover of Pharrell William’s Happy. Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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blueeyed

Industrial electronic rocker Blue Eyed Christ released a lyric video earlier this week for their cover of Gary Glitter and later Joan Jett song, Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah). Check it out here:

Blue Eyed Christ is the project of mixer/producer/engineer, John D. Norten who explains about the cover, “I’ve always been a big fan of Joan Jett. I love the mix of raw energy and sexual tension in her version of “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)”. I actually didn’t even know it was originally a Gary Glitter song until after I recorded my version. Mine is much more true to the Joan Jett version but modernized with big drums, huge guitars, heavy synths, and a dose of noise to give it the Blue Eyed Christ sound.

Blue Eyed Christ was first started by John as a teen in 1991. He then released a couple albums but it has been 12 years since his last release of American Whore. The new album, A Rush and a Thrill, is a whirlwind ride straight into the psyche of John D. Norten and the world of Blue Eyed Christ.
Do you want to be featured in their new video for Freakshow? Well now is your chance to enter the contest!

1. Download the song “Freakshow” exclusively HERE for free from the forthcoming album A Rush and a Thrill to be released November 4th
2. Record your “Freakshow” Video of anything provocative and interesting. Getting your Halloween Freak on? Singing along? Dancing? Stripping? The Freakier the better!
3. Send your video links to blueeyedchrist@gmail.com using wetransfer.com.

Submissions must be uploaded by Nov 4, 2014 to be considered for use in the official video.

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on the latest Blue Eyed Christ news.

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thebadyears

Los Angeles based The Bad Years features Sami Akbari and Aaron Mort. They have just released a Double Side A single with the haunting dreamy track, Common Mistake and Didn’t Need To Know. Check out their song Common Mistake where the vocals will enchantingly whisk you away on a musical journey:

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

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Photo Credit: Monica Sotto

Photo Credit: Monica Sotto

stars

Stars & The Sky are a great rock band from Ohio that have just released their EP, Claudetur and it is definitely one to pick up! The EP features great refreshing vocals all the while pleasing you with catchy hooks and fierce riffs. Check out their single, Demons here:

On their EP make sure to check out two other stand out songs, Under The Influence and Dreams. This is definitely a band to watch out for as they will begin to garner a lot of well deserved attention. Make sure to pick up the EP on iTunes here and visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Matt Nathanson recently made a trip to Peru with the Starkey Hearing Foundation on a mission to fit people with free hearing aids. As Matt says,

” i’ve been trying to write a short piece
about my experience for weeks now.
it’s been really hard. words kinda fail it.
if i didn’t have my hearing, i wouldn’t have music.
and if i didn’t have music, i definitely wouldn’t have
survived my childhood. listening to albums and
seeing bands and being connected to songs was
EVERYTHING to me. it still is. it makes me feel not
alone. it helps me transcend my broken brain.
in fact, the only reason i play music is because i
love it so much. i couldn’t stay on the sidelines,
i HAVE to be a part of it.

matt

Going to peru was super heavy.
the people were incredible.
to be in service to them, to assist in
connecting them to their kids laughter,
to their parents voices, to MUSIC!…
it was completely humbling.
and overwhelming.
i felt love and gratitude towards other human
beings on a level i’ve never experienced.

see? it’s really hard to put into words…
so i’m glad we shot footage and made a video while
we were there. it does a WAY better job explaining
than i ever could.” 

Matt released a video for his song, Headphones featuring LoLo and it includes the footage from his trip to Peru. As you may not know, I am 100% Peruvian so it really is great to see the wonderful work that he and the Starkey Hearing Foundation has done. 100% of artist and label proceeds from this video are being donated to Starkey Hearing Foundation. For more information on how you can help, go to http://headphones.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/

Download the song on iTunes http://smarturl.it/mnheadphones Amazon http://amzn.to/1uKZ2E8Listen on Spotify http://spoti.fi/1sVEy03

Check out the video here:

 

What an amazingly inspirational video and truly heartwarming! Matt is currently in London working on the next record and we truly can’t wait for it. Make sure to visit his social media sites and stay up to date on his latest news.

~ Enjoy, Marisol

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Tuesday night we made our way to Sacramento to cover the Not Your American Idols Tour in Sacramento at the Assembly Music Hall. The crowd was ready and the bands definitely were there to deliver incredible sets. Youth In Revolt from New Jersey was one of the bands that I was looking forward to catching live. They were awesome with energy that filled the stage and poured into the crowd. They delivered an intense dose of hardcore to the Sacramento crowd. You couldn’t keep yourself contained as you would get amped watching the fierce jumping of the bassist and guitarists. Every member of the band holds an incredible stage presence and they got the crowd off their feet and captivated them from start to finish. Definitely one of the stand out bands of the night and I am already looking forward to seeing them again! Check out the photos from Rockin Ryan of their set:

There are still several dates left on the tour and if you can, make sure to see them.

10/23 – Portland, OR – Branx
10/24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/25 – Boise, ID – The Shredder
10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
10/27 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
10/29 – Nashville, TN – The End
10/30 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
10/31 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room
11/01 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
11/02 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
11/03 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar

Youth in Revolt are also featured on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6 with their cover of Lourde’s Royals. You can also pick up their new EP, Love is a Liar’s Game on iTunes here. With tracks like There For You and When It’s Over, your ears will thank me!  Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Band Members:

  • True Arahill: Vocals    @itsTrueA
  • Kenny Torres: Vocals/Bass    @Kennyinrevolt
  • George Shrouder: Guitar   @gshroud
  • Alex Ramos: Guitar  @Alexyir
  • Scott Baker: Drums  @scotty_revolt

Jack Kovacs_

Hollywood. You come to a live show to get something extra you don’t get by listening to an album. Jack Kovacs gave that something extra to us Saturday night at the Hotel Café, he gave us himself, in words, music and conversation. Billed as an EP release party, Kovac’s appearance Saturday night was less of a party and more of a gathering of friends as he debuted his new EP, “The State Line”. The crowd was tight and intimate at the storied venue, relishing his music and his just darn plain friendliness. In a world in which many performers are uncomfortable talking and seem at times to hide behind their music, Kovacs was not only comfortable conversing but in his wheelhouse. He obviously loves people and we loved him.

Kovacs and his six person band took us on a melodic and introspective look into the mind of a young songwriter just beginning to discover his power. He has learned to inhabit the in-between spaces that separate public musical expression from internal contemplation. The result on an EP is poetic, dreamy, otherworldly; the result on stage is all of that, but also happy and energetic and very real. He took us into dreams and nightmares and made it all sparkle.

Kovacs filled us in on the backstory behind almost every song , but even when he didn’t, when he sings and we know we have been there in the place his lyrics describe. Whether it is the strange and spooky “The Empty House” or the soft and sweet “Jenny”, Kovacs connected with us and reminded us of our own dreams and thoughts and memories. Carried by soft, precisely picked and strummed guitar, he brought back some people’s past and foretold other’s future, all the while keeping the conversation going, musically and otherwise.

He opened up slowly with the mesmerizing title song “The StateLine”, taking a full 5 minutes to transport us on a Colorado road trip, signaling that this night was going to be an emotional as well as musical experience. Then brought us back to reality with a conversation about a girl he proposed to, “Jenny”, and then sang us into a sunny day with her (he was coy about whether or not she said yes). He shifted into a more mysterious vein with “Something Strange”, and then got even more mysterious – calling it “the Halloween part of the show” – with “The Empty House “sung ominously, harmonizing with his female accompanist. For fans who have seen the disturbing video, hearing it live brings back those images and makes you shudder a bit. This must be a band favorite because they seemed to grow with energy and presence when the song started and the show moved to a higher energy level afterward.

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He upped the tempo and brought us back to something close to reality with “Mariana Trench” and then encased us in total musical beauty – and a delicately picked banjo – with “Voice that Only Sings”. All this after regaling us with a story about his grandfather’s jacket which he was wearing, strange cults and a pocket-sized Rosetta stone.

Sensing that his audience was thoroughly with him and did not want a break, he moved through “Carolina”, and “Human Nature” with his trademark mesmerizing harmony and intriguing lyrics. By the time he announced he had one more song, we were all quite happy and did not want it to end, but the finale, “Song of the Summer”, was perfect. Starting gently, the music built up; the drumbeat amplified, the base throbbed and the bands voices crescendoed as they sang We are looking for a chance to be young/And listening for a brand new song to be sung/We will be ready for this moment for the rest of our lives. The audience was clapping and tapping and cheering and wanting more. And a few of us thought, he’s right, as we looked back and forward over our lives.
Patrick O’Heffernan, Host, Music FridayLive!

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