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We have had the great pleasure of seeing New Years Day nearly half a dozen times in just the last couple years and on Wednesday we saw them once again as they returned to the Ace of Spades as they are out on tour with The Birthday Massacre.  New Years Day have the knack of putting on a whole of a performance every time and this time, I believe they outdid themselves. They were absolutely on point the entire night with energy abound and truly reaching a peak of perfection with their music.

Ash Costello is truly an amazing vocalist and artist, her stage presence captivates the crowd and she invites them to join in her in singing the songs. The audience was fully engaged from start to finish. Anthony is a madman on bass and you he has great powerful backing vocals. Nikki Misery is absolutely stellar in his fierce guitar shredding as he is bouncing around the stage with leaps and jumps that will have your eyes wide open.

Nick Rossi unleashes his adrenaline as he turns into beast mode on the drums, delivering precision drumming with every beat. With the addition of Tyler Burgess on guitar, he appears to be the perfect match for the energy that this band brings out. He was wild on stage and together they created an intense level of excitement that I haven’t seen in a while. Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

 

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We had the opportunity to chat with New Years Day shortly before their set and we will be bringing that interview to you later this weekend. For now, make sure to check the remaining dates of the tour and don’t miss them when they are coming to a venue near you.  If you don’t already have it, I would strongly encourage you to pick up their latest EP, EPIDEMIC. The EP really displays the great musicianship of this band and how they have evolved through their sound. They really bring out the passion in their songs as well as when they perform live. This is a band that speaks volumes of truth in their music and give you a good dose of hard ROCK at the same time.

  • DEC 05 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
  • DEC 06 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
  • DEC 09 Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre
  • DEC 10 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
  • DEC  13 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
  • DEC 14 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
  • DEC 16 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
  • DEC 17 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
  • DEC 18 Toronto, CAN – Mod Club Theatre

We loved it when they came to Slim’s in San Francisco on the We Love Tour featuring Combichrist and William Control. They delivered a high energy intense set that had the crowd in awe. I think they set a record for crowd surfing during a set at Slim’s which rarely tolerates. It was probably the most energetic crowd that I have witnessed at their performances, full on mosh pit, crowd participation and infectious passion raging through the crowd. Check out the slideshow of photographs by our Rockin Ryan from their SF show:

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I will leave you with a video from their set at Ace of Spades performing Death of the Party: 

Make sure you head over to Itunes to pick up EPIDEMIC and crank it up loud!  Also, make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on the latest news from them.

~ Marisol

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Vans Warped Tour have just announced the first five bands of the 2015 lineup. It is great to see several familiar faces right in the first announcement.

It is great to see the return of Front Porch Step and Neck Deep, both a couple of our featured highlights of Warped Tour 2014 and this year we caught a couple shows of Palisades and Handguns so that is exciting as well. I am looking forward to checking out Kosha Dillz for the first time. Dates for the tour are as follows:

JUNE 19 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
JUNE 20 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
JUNE 21 Ventura, CA Seaside Park – Ventura County Fairgrounds
JUNE 23 Mesa, AZ Quail Run Park
JUNE 24 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
JUNE 25 Oklahoma City, OK Remington Park
JUNE 26 Houston, TX Reliant Park – Main Street Lot
JUNE 27 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
JUNE 28 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
JULY 01 Nashville, TN Tennessee State Fairgrounds
JULY 02 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
JULY 03 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
JULY 04 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
JULY 05 Orlando, FL Tinker Field
JULY 07 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
JULY 08 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
JULY 09 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
JULY 10 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
JULY 11 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
JULY 12 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
JULY 14 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
JULY 15 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
JULY 16 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
JULY 17 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
JULY 18 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
JULY 19 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
JULY 21 Scranton, PA The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
JULY 23 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
JULY 24 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
JULY 25 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
JULY 26 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
JULY 27 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
JULY 28 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
JULY 29 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
JULY 30 Bonner Springs, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
AUGUST 01 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State fairpark
AUGUST 02 Denver, CO The Pepsi Center
AUGUST 05 San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium
AUGUST 07 Portland, OR Portland Expo Center
AUGUST 08 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater
*Dates subject to change

 

I will leave you with a couple interviews we did, one with Front Porch Step during Warped Tour and the other Handguns while they were out on the Love Like Tour.

Also check out our write ups on Neck Deep, Palisades and more.

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

~ Marisol

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Palisades: 
Handguns: 
Front Porch Step: 
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Blessthefall were another great band to check out on the Moving On Tour. This was the first time for us catching them perform live and they were incredible. The crowd at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco were definitely ready to heavy it up by the time Blessthefall hit the stage. From the second they hit the stage, the intense wave of crowd surfers began. It was like a sea of legs in the air and sweat flying across the venue.

They kicked ass and I am already looking forward to the next time they return to San Francisco.  The energy these guys bring out is unreal and they had the crowd under their spell. Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

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You can catch Blessthefall out on the remaining dates of The Moving On Tour.

  • THU 12/04 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
  • FRI 12/05 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
  • SAT 12/06 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Briens
  • SUN 12/07 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick
  • WED 12/10 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
  • THU 12/11 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
  • FRI 12/12 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
  • SAT 12/13 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
  • SUN 12/14 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • TUE 12/16 – Watertown, NY @ Exhibition Hall
  • WED 12/17 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
  • FRI 12/19 – Norfold, VA @ The Norva
  • SAT 12/20 – Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s

Make sure to pick up their latest album, Hollow Bodies on iTunes and check out the video for the title track here:

Visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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SomeKindaWonderful just finishedy entertaining crowds across the country with their genre-bending music that injects energy into every listener and brings them to life.  The 34 date US Fall tour opening for New Politics and Bad Suns wrapped up this past Sunday in Hartford, CT.  We brought you our coverage of their amazing set in San Francisco and performed at the legendary Fillmore. You can check out that coverage here.  It was amazing to see finally catch this band live. SomeKindaWonderful is:

  • Jordy Towers – Vocals/lyrics
  • Matt Gibson – Guitar
  • Ben Schigel – Drums
  • Justin Andres – Bass/Keys
  • Sarah Dryer – Vocals/Percussion

Check out our interview with SomeKindaWonderful here:

These five are pure entertainment when they hit the stage. You cannot categorize them simply by placing them in a genre checkbox, they bring so many great elements of alternative, rock, hip hop, soul, grunge and so much more. Their refreshing sound will become true music to your ears as they jump start your love of all music. Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

 

Now that you are hooked on them, how about a chance at winning a hand written personalized note from the band?  Visit https://somekindawonderful.jammer.fm/posts/6084 for details about winning and how you can get their latest song, Rhinestone Melodies for free!

 

Pick up their self titled album which was released earlier this year. It is available on iTunes here. Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. ~ Marisol

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We have been telling you a lot about The Killing Lights, the new music project by Michael Vampire, widely known for his work as frontman in Vampires Everywhere. The day has finally arrived for the release of their self titled EP and it was definitely worth the wait. The  five-song release was produced & engineered by DJ Black & Michael Vampire, mixed by Erik Ron (Motionless In White, Escape The Fate) and mastered by Sterling Sound NYC.

The EP starts right off with Until I Bleed which delivers a straight up dose of rock n roll, complete with some old school style rock guitar solos and wrapped in a modern hard rock edge. As Michael says about the song,  “Writing this song was liberating for me,I was reminiscing about all the fucked up shit that happened to me over the last five years. Everyone has their breaking point and this was mine. I just started scribbling words down on paper that eventually became the intro and I knew that this song would make an impact and hopefully help people in the same situation.”

The next track takes it even a bit heavier with Barely Breathing and has you swirling in a frenzy of double bass, powerful vocals dancing with harmonies and backing chants. It brings out a strong anthemic feel that will awaken your senses and invigorate you.

Crashing Down is absolutely my favorite track off the EP and I have already found myself compelled to put it on replay for most of the afternoon. It bleeds out passion in a dark haunting way as if your emotions and feelings are being felt captive, a very emotive song for me.

Next up is, Lies Spreading Like Fire which was the first single released off the EP and really made a strong impression on the listeners. It immediately had everyone excited for this new chapter of Music for Michael. They also released an epic video for it.  “I am beyond excited to finally release the ‘Lies Spread Like Fire’ video,” said Michael. “We all fight our own demons from time to time, and this is about standing up after the fight. We wanted to keep it as raw as possible, which I feel we achieved using L.A. street culture as the main storyline and aesthetic. This video is for all the fans and people that have stuck with me this past year. Together we will change everything.”

Check out the new video, Lies Spread Like Fire: 

The EP ends with Conversations and is another musical gem. This track starts off with an ethereal style intro amid backing vocals/screams. The song transcends through a celestial journey that will leave you in anticipation of more new music from The Killing Lights.

Make sure to head over to iTunes here and pick up the new EP. In case you missed our interview with Michael Vampire, you can check it out here:

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

~ Marisol


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Motionless In White have had quite a busy 2014 and it seems like there is no slowing down in site. They have just announced their headline tour,  The Beyond The Barricade Tour which will also feature For Today and Ice Nine Kills. They will announce North American dates on December 8th so stay tuned! Meanwhile, I will leave you with plenty of pictures and videos of the bands to satisfy you until then!

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Emphatic

Hard rockers Emphatic are just about ready to start their Break The Ice 2014 Tour later this week. The tour kicks off on December 3rd in Colorado Springs, Co at Sunshine Studios and will wrap up at the Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan. The tour will also include 9Electric and Kalaido.

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Check the tour dates below and get yourself to a show:

December

  • 03 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
  • 04 North Platte, NE – Sculley’s Shooter
  • 05 Joplin, MO – Rock 3405
  • 06 Kansas City, MO – Daveys Uptown
  • 07 Cherry Valley, IL – Take 20
  • 09 Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s Grill / The Reverb Rock
  • 10 Racine, WI – Rt 20
  • 11 Burlington, IA – The Washington
  • 12 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
  • 13 Gering, NE – Oregon Trail Lounge
  • 15 Billings, MT – Pub Station
  • 16 Williston, ND – DK’s Lounge
  • 17 Minot, ND – The ‘O’riginal Bar and Nightclub
  • 18 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
  • 19 Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo
  • 20 Battle Creek, MI – Music Factory
  • 21 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop

“The textbook definition of perseverance is to remain steadfast and stay the course despite being faced with extreme obstacles. If you look up the term it just might have a picture of Omaha based rock band Emphatic. The band has overcome countless storms and nothing has been able to stand in their way. Emphatic has had several songs on the charts and has toured with some of today’s biggest names in music.”

Emphatic has had great success with their albums  “Damage” and “Another Life”, along with 4 singles charting in the top 40 active rock charts. They are set to release their new album in 2015 and we are excited to take a listen and I am sure they will not disappoint in giving us another heavy dose of hard rock!

So make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news, tour dates, album details.

~ Marisol

Emphatic is:

  • Grant Kendrick (vocals)
  • Justin McCain (lead guitar)
  • Lance Dowdle (lead guitar)
  • Jesse Saint (bass)
  • Patrick Mussack (drums)

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