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We had an awesome time at The Birthday Massacre show earlier this week at the Ace of Spades. So many great bands performed including one of of our local favorites, Awoken Shadows and two spectacular sets by The Red Paintings and New Years Day. Another highlight of the night was catching the energetic set of Snow White Smile. They have a very refreshing sound that blends industrial and alternative edge to rock. Check out the photos by our Rockin Ryan of their set:

This was the last show of 2014 for Snow White Smile but stay tuned because 2015 is going to be a great year for them. They also have available their debut album as well as their remix album for sale on their official webstore: http://snowwhitesmileband.com/store.html. Pick up a couple and give the gift of Snow White Smile to the music lovers in your life.

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

Snow White Smile is:

  • David Wright – Vocals/Guitar
  • Zach Tole – Drums
  • Kyle Vorst – Bass
  • Stephanie Michelle – Guitar/Backup Vocals|

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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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SnoCore Tour have announced their coast to coast itinerary and we are excited to see that there is a scheduled date right here in Sacramento at the Ace of Spades on March 11th. The lineup for the tour  will feature Flyleaf as headliner and direct support from Adelita’s Way, Framing Hanley and Fit for Rivals. The tour is set to begin on February 3, 2015 in Charlotte, NC at Amos Southend.  The on-sale goes live on Saturday, December 6 at Noon via www.snocore.com. Check the dates below and see if they will be coming to a venue near you:

Confirmed SNOCORE Tour appearances include these markets with additional dates to be announced shortly:

  • 2/03     Charlotte, NC                                                 Amos South End
  • 2/04     Baltimore, MD                                                Rams Head
  • 2/06     Clifton Park, NY                                            Upstate Concert Hall
  • 2/07     Manchester, NH                                              Jewel
  • 2/08     Lancaster, PA                                                 Chameleon Club
  • 2/13     Syracuse, NY                                                  Lost Horizon
  • 2/14     Buffalo, NY                                                    Rapids Theatre
  • 2/15     Pittsburgh, PA                                                Altar Bar
  • 2/17     Louisville, KY                                                Expo Five
  • 2.18     Columbus, OH                                                A&R Music Bar
  • 2/20     South Bend, IN                                              Club Fever
  • 2/21     Flint, MI                                                          Machine Shop
  • 2/22     Joliet, IL                                                          Mojoes
  • 2/24     Libertyville, IL                                                Austins
  • 2/25     Minneapolis, MN                                            POVS
  • 2/27     Denver, CO                                                     Summit Music Hall
  • 2/28     Grand Junction, CO                                        Mesa Theatre
  • 3/03     Salt Lake City, UT                                          Hanger 18
  • 3/04     Missoula, MT                                                  The Wilma
  • 3/06     Spokane, WA                                                  Knitting Factory
  • 3/07     Seattle, WA                                                    Studio Seven
  • 3/10     Reno, NV                                                        Knitting Factory
  • 3/11     Sacramento, CA                                              Ace of Spades

 

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Flyleaf bassist Pat Seals shares, “We are thrilled to be headlining SnoCore this Winter. Joining the tour back in 2006 as a support act was such a formative experience for Flyleaf, and we’re looking forward to bringing it back to our fans in 2015.”

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Adelita’s Way

Adelita’s Way founder and vocalist Rick DeJesus offers, “We are very excited to be a part of SnoCore with Flyleaf.  This tour will be the most energetic, and exciting tour that will be out this winter. It will be a show no one should miss.”

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Framing Hanley singer Kenneth Nixon states, “It’s an honor to be a part of this SnoCore lineup.  SnoCore is a tour that I grew up always wanting to check out, but Nashville, TN isn’t particularly snowy, so I missed out on a lot of great tours. We are absolutely stoked to be hitting the road with Flyleaf, Adelita’s Way, & Fit For Rivals.”

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Fit For Rivals Renee Phoenix adds, “We’re excited to be out with Flyleaf because personally, they’re a band I’ve been listening to since I was younger.  I remember picking up their debut album in 2005 and becoming a fan myself.  We also did a run with Framing Hanley a few years back and it’ll be nice to share the stage with them once again!

So make sure to stay tuned for tour dates and additional information.

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Metalcore band,  Cry Excess from Italy are gearing up for the release of their new album, Ambition is the Sh*t. The album will be released on January 6th after they signed to Luxor Records. The album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and you can get immediate download of a few songs. Check out the album cover and the track listing:

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1. Rips*** (Hands Up For The Italians)
2. The Public Enemy
3. Hustler
4. Ambition Is The S***
5. What Keeps Us Alive
6. You Hate Because You Can’t Compete
7. Rebel, Forever
8. Unto Death
9. Neither Forgive Nor Forget
10. I Never Liked Clowns

Check out a lyric video for the title track:

Cry Excess have also announced a couple tours in Japan and Russia. Dates are listed below:

Japan Tour January 2015 

1/19 – Shinjuku, Tokyo
1/20 – Nagoya, Aichi
1/21 – Shinsaibashi, Osaka
1/23 – Tokyo
1/24 – Chiyoda, Tokyo

Ambition Is The Sh*t Russian Tour 

1/29 – Yekaterinburg
1/30 – Cheliabinsk
1/31 – Kurgan
2/1 – Tyumen
2/2 – Perm
2/3 – Izhevsk
2/5 – Toliatti
2/6 – Saratov
2/7 – Nizhny Novgorod
2/8 – Moscow

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

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People always ask me to describe a band by telling them who they sound like or what genre, etc. Well, if I had to describe the alluring music of The Red Paintings, I would be left speechless since their uniqueness can only be described by listening to them for yourself. Their music is a fusion of everything from orchestra, punk, rock, alternative and so much more. Their music is rich in colors, depth and amazing artistic talent. We had the great opportunity of catching their set last night at Ace of Spades in Sacramento and to witness first hand their live performance of their orchestral rock art was a treat for all of us.

Their stage appearance and wardrobe was as if they formed their band through time travel, dressed in Renaissance wear or as Japanese Geisha Girls or period pieces. Their set also featured their human canvas which is painted live during their set to the music by local artists. The passion that they bring to the stage bleeds out with every note and every word of their songs. They are highly entertaining and had the crowd engaged from the second they stepped onto the stage. Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

In addition to the songs off their debut album, The Revolution is Never Coming, they performed their much loved cover of Mad World which in my honest opinion, is one of the best remakes of a song leading it to surpass the original in adoration. I loved how they truly owned it with their interpretation and will always have me thinking of them whenever I hear the original. You can watch a video from their set here:

You can pick up their album by visiting their website or iTunes here.  Make sure to check out their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.  Also, check out their upcoming tour dates and do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a show. It will be an amazing experience that you will not soon forget.

~ Marisol

Tour Dates: 

DEC 5 HAWTHORNE THEATRE PORTLAND OR USA TICKETS
DEC 6 STUDIO SEVEN SEATTLE WA USA TICKETS
DEC 9 MURRAY THEATRE SALT LAKE CITY UT USA TICKETS
DEC 10 BLUEBIRD THEATRE DENVER CO USA TICKETS
DEC 13 TRIPLE ROCK SOCIAL CLUB MINNEAPOLIS MN USA TICKETS
DEC 14 BOTTOM LOUNGE CHICAGO IL USA TICKETS
DEC 16 THE AGORA BALLROOM CLEVELAND OH USA TICKETS
DEC 17 THE CROFOOT BALLROOM PONTIAC MI USA TICKETS
DEC 18 MOD CLUB THEATRE TORONTO CANADA TICKETS
FEB 27 ADELAIDE FESTIVAL (Thebarton Theatre) ADELAIDE AUSTRALIA TICKETS

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What an amazing night for music at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento it was yesterday. We will be bringing you our full coverage of all the bands from the night but let’s start it off with our feature on The Birthday Massacre. Hailing from Canada, this hybrid new wave, gothic rock and electronic infused band really made an impression on Sacramento!

It was a stormy day that left the roads flooded in some parts of Sacramento but that didn’t stop the dedicated fans from coming out to the show. After braving the 3 1/2 hour drive in rain and dodging the lightning storm, we were glad to finish off the night with a stellar set from The Birthday Massacre. Their music is as if they gave a refreshing vibrant makeover to the 90’s new wave synth dates, without feeling dated. Their energy was infectious as they each have a cinematic stage presence. We were treated to many of their songs from their recently released album, Superstition and each one had you wanting more. I was hoping to pick up the new album but unfortunately (well, fortunate for them) they had sold out of them! You can head over to iTunes here and pick it up online. With spotlight songs like Divide, Superstition and Surrender you are going to love it.

Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

There are still several dates left on the tour, so if they are coming to a venue near you, do your best to try and make it out to a show!

  • 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

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

~ Marisol

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Have you seen the new trailer for Terminator Genisys Movie? You are probably wondering why I am even talking about an upcoming movie release here on our music site, but I wanted to share with you about the music featured in the new trailer.  The trailer features a very haunting mysterious cover from Jetta of the classic rock song, I’d Love To Change The World. I remember my older brothers and sisters playing the Ten Years After album and it always takes me back to my childhood.

The British singer, Jetta performs a wonderful cover, produced by Joseph Trapanese and does a wonderful job at recreating a dark and ethereal vibe to the song. Yo can watch the trailer by visiting here: http://www.terminatormovie.com/  or check it out here:

Can’t get enough of the song, then you can check out Jetta‘s full version  here:

How about going back and taking a listen to the original so you can really appreciate the artistic creativity put into the remake. Here is Ten Years After version:

So I will leave you with an another piece of Arnold Schwarzenegger information. Back in 2006, our family, well more specifically, our son Ryan was invited by Governor Schwarzenegger to meet him and congratulate him. Ryan created Operation Ryan’s Hope in August 2005 to aid and assist those in need during and after Hurricane Katrina. What started with wanting to send all his toys and clothes quickly grew into over a quarter million pounds of supplies shipped and privately transported to those affected in six states by the hurricane. You can check out some of the pictures of the meeting with Arnold and also the beautiful letter he sent afterwords.  Next time, I will have to share what happened when Ryan picked up the big Conan the Barbarian sword that the Governor had in his office!

~ Marisol