“Reignwolf” surprise fans with 2018 Fall Tour in USA/Canada and new jams

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It’s a great day for Reignwolf fans ! There is evidence of life.

The band posted on Facebook announcing fall US and Canada tour dates and hinted at music they have been putting together.  It was like a beacon to many of their hardcore fans who have stayed the course,  in hopes that they had not seen the last of Jordan Cook, the passionate force behind the wall of explosive guitar brilliance that is the stuff legends are made of – – – fire and fury.  (Check out the formidable singles ‘In the Dark’ and ‘Are You Satisfied’ to get a flavor of the distortion- laden blues this guy can lay down).

Reignwolf  have maintained a rather low profile conventionally, rolling across the country, gathering fans from their travels and live shows. That doesn’t mean they have not been on the music radar.  Their resume’ includes a prestigious spot opening for Black Sabbath on their Canadian tour, playing at Sasquatch, Lollapalooza , and Voodoo Festival to name a few.  All without a single proper album. In past interviews the band has discussed what they feel are the challenges of capturing the “essence” of their live music.

After releasing one track last year, ‘Hardcore’, fans looked to the release of a promised first full length album — then nothing.  If their short-list arsenal of singles gives a peek into what might be coming next, no doubt we are all in for an incredible churching in the school of Reignwolf.
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Check out all the dates here . More West Coast and Canada dates to be added:
http://www.reignwolf.com/tour/ 

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Be sure to stop back to check out my reviews and photos from their tour .

Goo Goo Dolls head out on 20th Anniversary Tour of “Dizzy Up the Girl”

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ‘Dizzy Up The Girl’,  Goo Goo Dolls are hitting the road this Fall to perform the album live in its entirety! Goo Goo Dolls will play 2 sets: 1st set: Dizzy Up The Girl in its entirety 2nd set: Hits .

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Also announced are VIP offerings for these shows. VIP packages include meet & greets with John and Robby, a backstage tour, the guitar that John has just played on stage, a personalized limited edition Dizzy Up The Girl plaque, signed handwritten “Iris” lyrics, priority entry, commemorative VIP laminate and much more. You can check out all of the VIP offerings on the ticket page for the show you are attending below. These are LIMITED so make sure you reserve yours before they’re gone!

Tickets & VIP Packages went on sale  Friday, April 13 at www.googoodolls.com.

You can find all the dates here :

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Goo Goo Dolls   All rights reserved. Rockpicschick Photography and Music.

 

#RockPicks // March 2018

#RockPicks  March 2018

This is the 5th month I am showcasing a new release I find worthy of your listening consideration. Emotionally potent, bold Irish indie rockers, — Snow Patrol
studio later this summer, their first full length in some seven years. ‘Wildness’ arrives May 25th.

Newly announced April/May Irish tour dates (plus 2 added USA dates):

April

11 London Islington Assembly Hall

** USA DATE ! April 18   New York, NY   Irving Plaza

** USA DATE !  April 25   Los Angeles CA  Fonda Theatre

May

11 Derry Millennium Forum

12 Cork Opera House

14 Killarney INEC

15 Dublin Olympia Theater

16 Wexford Opera House

18 Galway Leisureland

20 Belfast Ulster Hall

27 Coventry UK   BBC#2 Biggest Weekend

***  Listen to new single “Don’t Give In” here:  https://youtu.be/JUaVhMjlPZg  ***

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#RockPicks // December 2017

This is the second month I am showcasing a new release I find worthy of your listening consideration.

RockPicks  // December 2017 Edition

This month it’s an extra special one that will touch your heart and also help others this Christmas.
This new one-off track release comes from Ally Dickaty, guitarist and lead singer of The Virginmarys.

 

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“Don’t Let Go”, was written and conceived as a song to bring about awareness for and raise money to aid the homeless of Manchester. Released on December 4th, 100% of all donations will be given to support homelessness via Cold Nights.
The track has already been recognized and shared, exceeding expectations with monies raised.

Please donate anything you can afford at : https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/allydickaty
Full quality video and audio at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6qsAp5QY5A
Free download of the song https://www.thevirginmarys.com/dontletgo

Concert Review// Austin’s Fuel Room/Libertyville, IL/9.11.2017/Biffy Clyro

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All photo credit : Linette Britt, Rockpicschick Photography and Music.

Biffy Clyro

This is a tale of three Scotsmen, whose rise to success has been nothing short of what dreams are made of. Since the early age of 14, Simon Neil, James Johnston, and his brother, Ben have been making a racket, always with the hope of making music that people would enjoy, all the while with no grand illusions of rock stardom and worldwide acclaim. Yet, they have managed to do just that.

 

Holding tight to each other through thick and thin, the good times and bad, for the sheer love of making music, these gents have been not only able to eek out a good living doing what they love, they have crashed through the ceiling far beyond what their younger selves ever envisioned.

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One can easily follow the evolution of Biffy Clyro as a band through listening to the music catalog they have created. The tracks bear witness to the roads traveled and the men they have become. Time has not just solidified their brotherly bond, but it has also amassed a huge fan following they have enamored each step along the way. Their music’s vulnerable lyrics, dynamic “pomp, and circumstance” delivery works to break down the barriers of country and kingdom, uniting us reflecting on life, the human plight, and all it celebrates and despises. Biffy has become known for their amazing ability to create anthemic walls of sound and deliver a one-two punch — moving lyrics, and powerful riff-age. Their high stage energy is on a level that would stand up against many early legendary rockers.

Coming off some challenges with their bus, and missing the very first headlining show of their recent tour (Boston), the band enjoyed a pedaled back small in-studio performance at WIIL Rock in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. A few select winners enjoyed a live, in-studio acoustic show that can be viewed online at the station’s website. The band talked about working on many new songs and being excited about a writing a new album, hopefully in the next year. Their latest album, “Ellipsis,” is the seventh studio album which was released in July 2016. Featured tracks have been ‘Re-Arranged,’ ‘Medicine,’ ‘Animal Style,’ and ‘Wolves of Winter.’

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Biffy’s return to Austin’s was met with much excitement, with many people I spoke had come tonight upon hearing the band play at Austin’s previously. I also encountered several ‘lifer’ fans who have been into their music for a long time, travelling long distances to get an opportunity to see the band here in the US on this tour.

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The audience was an eclectic mix, speaking much to the way the band’s music is able to connect with people of all ages and walks of life. Their performance was lively, fun, and intense. Biffy didn’t hold back at all in making this venue a hot sweaty mess of believers. The band appeared to be having a great night as well, shifting from coveted classic tracks to songs from their latest album, chatting with the audience, and being playful on stage.

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The sound was well balanced, which really showed in their softer acoustic songs like ‘Medicine” and ‘Folding Stars”. Simon’s guitar sounded amazing against his delicate, heartfelt vocals. The complex walls of sound these guys can create are unbelievable. Overall — killer show!

Can’t wait to see them again and look forward to the next chapter to their story.

 

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SETLIST 
Wolves of Winter
Living is a Problem Because Everyone Dies
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Biblical
Victory Over The Sun
Who’s Got A Match
Bubbles
All the Way Down: Prologue Chapter 1
Black Chandelier
That Golden Rule
Re-Arrange
Medicine
Howl
Mountains
9/15ths
Animal Style
Many of Horror
*ENCORE*
Folding Stars
Stingin’ Belle

Concert Review// Bogart’s/ Cincinnati, OH/8.3.2017

Royal Blood

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Photo Credit: Linette Britt

Less than 2 months after the release of their second studio album, Royal Blood wasted no time in getting their newest material to their rabid fans, hitting the road on a US tour that started early June and runs through mid-August. Hitting up most of the major US festivals, they have been popping in and out of outlying cities in between doing headlining shows that have been packed to capacity. Cincinnati was on the way to two shows at Chicago’s music mega-festival, Lollapalooza where they played an aftershow at Lincoln Hall, which was -(interestingly)-  the night before their main stage appearance.

The new album has seen much success on the rock charts in the US and abroad. The unique space that Royal Blood fills in the rock music scene is a special formula that is the result of the chemistry and creative interplay between the two artists. It’s a symbiosis that has served them well on their debut album, “Out of The Black” and now on “How Did We Get So Dark?” Not sitting on their laurels (but getting some much-needed rest), the two conceived to entertain other elements, pushing their signature sound on this new album, stretching the limits of their own prowess, with a resolute to create an ardent set of tracks they would feel gratified with and go to new places.

The result is a set of intoxicating tracks that poke at the wounds, regrets, and misfortunes of relationships, with massive low-frequency riffs, swinging R&B groove, and unexpected rhythmic changes. Kerr also added to the dynamic by injecting more keyboards, which personally, I enjoyed, as well as Kerr’s own layered vocal harmonies.  Thatcher attacks and withdraws in a controlled drum style that punctuates each track, defining and yielding to Kerr’s lamentations. Then there is push and pull – on songs like “She’s Creeping,” “Hole in Your Heart” and the lead single, “How Did We Get So Dark?” — diving in and out of big fat bass lines with intention. The album is indeed dark, dauntless and unconventional — you wouldn’t expect any different from these two, right?

Refreshing to this album is more vocal driven songs, allowing Kerr to show more of his vocal range with several falsettos that play perfectly into the tormented lyrics.  Don’t worry though, Kerr isn’t turning into a pop crooner anytime soon. There are plenty of raucous, angsty wails and howls to drive the point home. It does make me wonder how a few of these tracks might sound broken down and unplugged, like the unsettling and haunting, ‘Sleep.’

The new songs translated well live, and it didn’t take long for the crowd to be whipped into a fury with songs from their first album intertwined with the new tracks. With two albums to play from, the band treated the audience to pretty much the whole enchilada —   1 hour and 15 minutes of some of the freshest hard rock to fill their tummies.

Royal Blood was hand- picked by Queens of the Stone Age to open for a bunch of dates on their Fall Tour of their soon to be released Villains album, due out on August 25th.

Check out Royal Bloods’ remaining US dates below (some are SOLD OUT already).

You can find all things Royal Blood at www.royalblood.com including their newly released album which is available on all the usual suspects – iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Spotify.

 

 

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Concert Review//Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes/ Cobra Lounge/ Chicago, IL 5.15.17

British outfit Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes may have only been a band for a little over 2 years, but already have found their sweet spot —  a unique interplay of raucous punk and hard rock that dances on the fringes of mayhem. Frank Carter’s newest group can most clearly be described as the love child of his former band – the fiercely hardcore, Gallows, and his short- lived upbeat pop project, Pure Love. The two bands couldn’t be further apart stylistically if they tried, yet somehow, they seem to have influenced the sonic shape of the sound of the band, and their debut album, Modern Ruin (Jan 2017 – International Death Cult).IMG_7576

How fitting that they would be playing at a very small club in the heart of industrial Chicago, called the Cobra Lounge. To my surprise, I found many people who have been fans of the band since the early days of Frank Carter’s first punk band, Gallows.

Raging like a bull in a china shop, Frank Carter is truly the juggernaut he proposes to be, delivering songs in his live performance with fervent soul-bearing balls-to-the-wall physicality and conviction.  The audience returned every ounce of intensity —  rushing the stage, stage diving, and belting out songs word for word. The Rattlesnakes held up their end —  meeting the challenges of matching Frank’s intensity and swagger with commanding drum work and potent, fierce guitar riffs. They definitely aren’t a back up to Frank . They are his wings. The transparent yet powerful message of the band’s lyrics provided a confessional for Carter (and the listener), all the while still giving a glimpse of hope through the despair, as in songs like “Thunder”, laden with dark imagery of immigration and the stark realization of how we let our fears overcome us.

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“They’re all mothers and fathers and children too/And you’re scared of them ’cause they don’t look like you.”

Notably, Carter’s infamous primal-scream puts an exclamation on the truths of inequality, injustice, and pain that bring a depth to the performance that one can see is authentic. It’s relatable because it is the world we are all living in.

Since debuting with Gallows in 2005, the years and experiences have found an older, wiser Frank Carter, who now has his own family (one of the songs on the album is for his 2 year old daughter). He cares about his audience and the fan community relationships, delivering a speech to this Chicago audience about caring for one another with respect and equality inside and outside their gigs.  

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After meeting him Frank later in the evening, I could see his excitement for what the future holds with the way the USA embraced them on this tour. They have enjoyed much success in their native UK, with “Modern Ruin” peaking at number #7 in the UK album list. The band has announced a winter UK TOUR which starts December 1st in Bristol at O2 Academy. Dates are already selling out.

Having lived in New York for 5 years, Frank calls the USA his “home away from home” and is very much looking forward to returning to the USA to do another more extensive tour as soon as they can. From the reception they have received on this most recent North American Tour, it can’t come too soon for their fans’ liking.

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Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes are the new hardcore punk that delivers from the head and the heart, relentless and fearless. Their music is liberating, feeding your soul as it tears it apart at the same time. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes :
Frank Carter – vocals
Dean Richardson – guitars
Tom ‘Tank’ Barclay – bass guitar
Gareth Grover – drums
Thomas Mitchener – guitars& synth
Check out the video for their song,  ‘ Lullaby’ here — 
 https://youtu.be/DDgekKQ8nLc