Rock Allegiance 2018 Spotlight: KNOCKED LOOSE

Have you ever just been standing there, minding your own when someone jump kicks your teeth into your skull? That’s exactly what Knocked Loose sounds like. These riffs are so grimy and down tuned so low that the neck of the guitar might as well snap due to lack of tension. They make you want to take a bite out of the sidewalk.

Perhaps the heaviest thing that Kentucky has every produced, Knocked Loose has been cranking out filth since around 2012 with their current lineup. Lead by vocalist, Bryan Garris, Cole Crutchfield and Isaac Hale on guitars, Kevin Otten on bass and on drums, Kevin Kaine. Their metalcore/hardcore revival outfit is currently signed with Pure Noise Records, with one full length, “Laugh Tracks” that was released in the fall of 2016. It was masterfully produced by Will Putney of Fit For An Autopsy whose done work with Body Count, Every Time I Die, Thy Art is Murder, etc.

Knocked Loose is currently making their rounds on a select few dates of the last inception of Warped Tour. Their very first US headlining run was earlier this Spring, alongside Terror and Jesus Piece. This band has been turning heads in the scene ever since their LP dropped. These breakdowns are so heavy the floor nearly caves in. Vocalist Garris prefaces the “Counting Worms” breakdown by barking. This might be the best way to announce a breakdown since 2004 when Unearth called “BREAKDOWN” before it came down in “This Lying World.”

They are definitely one of the hardest bands on the 2018 lineup of Rock Allegiance and arguably one of the most important bands to check out at said festival. Do not leave your vans and dad hats at home.

Knocked Loose will be playing alongside Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach on October 6th, in Camden, NJ.

Tickets for Rock Allegiance are on sale right here and VIP packages are still available.

Gen-X Tour: Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, Alien Ant Farm In Corbin, KY [Review & Photo Gallery]

The rock and roll show that is the Gen-X summer tour made a stop off in Corbin, KY recently. Alien Ant Farm, Lit, P.O.D. and Buckcherry all are veteran bands that have been on the road a long time, so I knew the Corbin fans were in for some kickass music! That is exactly what these four bands brought!

Alien Ant Farm

Alien Ant Farm was first up out of this killer line up. Formed in the late 90’s and with 5 albums and 1 on the way this multi-platinum selling band knew how to get a crowd going! Playing their hit songs like “Movies” and “These Days” the fans in Corbin where ready for what the night had in store. If you are in your mid to late 30’s its impossible to watch this band and not be reminded of your youth and watching TRL on Mtv, you know when Mtv still actually played music. Alien Ant Farm wasn’t done with them; Alien Ant Farm closed the set with their mega hit cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. The song that sky rocketed Alien Ant Farm to the forefront of the music scene in the early 2000’s, at last check the video has over 135 million views on YouTube, and to think Youtube didn’t even exist when this song was first released. “Smooth Criminal” dropped in 2001 and Youtube followed in 2005. You can also see our interview last year with Alien Ant Farm guitarist Terry Corso here.

Lit

Lit didn’t waste any time with the excited and vocal crowd in Corbin. The band came out with a amazing cover of Tom Petty’s song “American Girl”, they even threw in a cool cover of The Cars “Just What I Needed”. Mixing the covers in with their own hits was a nice touch! They’ve had a hit song or two over their career, songs like “Miserable” and the song that put them on the music map “My Own Worst Enemy”. Something you may not know is that members of Lit own The Slidebar Rock -N- Roll Kitchen in Orange County, California. The bar/music venue/restaurant sits on the very spot that Leo Fender created possibly the most important contribution to Rock ‘n’ Roll ever – the Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster electric guitars, I mean how kickass is that? These guys still dominate a crowd just as fiercely as they did when they came on the scene. This also isn’t the first festival they’ve played with Buckcherry either, as they both played the infamous Woodstock 1999. While tonights crowd pales in comparison to that event Lit’s performance was spot on and for the duration of their set we was all 20 years younger at heart. They’ve taken a bit of change in direction with their 6th and latest album 2017’s ‘These Are The Days’ but there is no denying Lit is a talented group of musicians that are making the quality music no matter the genre.

P.O.D.

This was the second time this year I’d seen P.O.D. and they didn’t disappoint either time! The coverage from earlier this year can be found here. P.O.D. has been at this for a long time, formed in the early 90’s these 4 guys have played a lot of music together and that experience is on display every time they take the stage. Opening the set with “Boom” and from that moment on front man Sonny Sandoval had the fans in Corbin right where he wanted them! Sonny talked about a new album coming out later this year and while everyone (me included) is eager to hear the new songs the people in Corbin where ready for some classic P.O.D. songs! That’s what they got when P.O.D. tore into “Youth of the Nation” “On Fire” and closing out the set with “Alive”. P.O.D. shows no signs of slowing down!

Buckcherry

I think everyone here in Corbin was a fan of at least one if not all four of these bands but as Buckcherry’s time was approaching you could feel the anticipation growing with the crowd. Buckcherry didn’t let them down, hitting the stage in high gear with “Ridin’” off of 2001’s ‘Time Bomb’. Then “Whiskey in the Morning” and Slammin’” and those were just the first three songs of a 13 song (plus a 2 song encore) extremely high energy set. These guys have been releasing music since 1999 and while Josh Todd is the only original member left since those days the band that’s playing around him now is top notch in my opinion! Josh spoke about a new album coming out in the near future, exciting news as we all are looking forward to new Buckcherry tunes! But while we wait on new tunes they’ve got a killer setlist to play for us tonight, including “Lit Up”, “Too Drunk…”, “Sorry” and everybody’s favorite “Crazy Bitch” which is what closed out the set. But this small (why southern and eastern Kentucky won’t support a rock show I’ll never understand) but vocal crowd at the Corbin Arena wasn’t ready to leave, the Buckcherry guys rewarded them with a 2 song encore of “Chaos Is The Ladder” and stellar cover of the Door’s classic “Roadhouse Blues”.

As always the Corbin Arena is a great venue to see a show, easy to get to right off the interstate. No reason people shouldn’t come out and support live music in Southern Kentucky!

Get out and see a show! There is still time to catch this amazing and nostalgic tour and a couple of these shows won’t cost you a penny, that’s right FREE SHOWS, it doesn’t get any better than that. Save on a ticket and buy some merch.

GEN-X Tour: Featuring Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, & Alien Ant Farm Tour Dates

July 26 – Farmingville, N.Y. @ The Amphitheater at Bald Hill
July 27 – Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium
July 29 – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
July 30 – Watertown, N.Y. @ Exhibition Hall
July 31 – Barrie, Ontario @ Maverick’s Music Hall
Aug. 3 – Moorhead, Minn. @ Bluestem Amphitheater
Aug. 6 – Sturgis, S.D. @ Iron Horse Saloon FREE SHOW
Aug. 9 – Pocola, Okla. @ Choctaw Casino & Resort FREE SHOW
Aug. 10 – Lake Charles, La. @ Golden Nugget Casino – H20
Aug. 11 – El Dorado, Ark. @ Griffin Music Hall
Aug. 12 – Nixa, Mo. @ Summers at the River
Aug. 14 – Aurora, Colo. @ Stampede
Aug. 17 – Glen Fora, Wis. @ The Northwoods Rock Rally
Aug. 19 – Bonner Springs, Kan. @ Providence Medical Center
Aug. 21 – Corpus Christi, Texas @ Concrete Street Pavilion
Aug. 22 – Cedar Park, Texas @ HEB Center
Aug. 24 – Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music
Aug. 25 – El Paso, Texas @ Speaking Rock Entertainment FREE SHOW
Aug. 26 – Sugarland, Texas @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugarland
Aug. 28 – Abilene, Texas @ Abilene Civic Center
Aug. 30 – Sioux City, Iowa @ Tyson Events Center
Aug. 31 – DuQuoin, Ill. @ DuQuoin State Fair
Sept. 1 – Naperville, Ill. @ Naperville Last Fling
Sept. 3 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
Sept. 6 – Scottsdale, Ariz. @ BLK Live
Sept. 7 – Scottsdale, Ariz. @ BLK Live

*Pointfest Radio Show with Offspring, 311, and more

 

Louder Than Life Festival 2018 Announces Complete Music Lineup and More

The 5th annual Louder Than Life festival announces massive music lineup for 2018 including Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, and Deftones. The World’s Largest Rock n’ Roll Whiskey Festival has expanded to three days – Friday, September 28th; Saturday, September 29th; and Sunday, September 30th – at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Continue reading

CLUTCH, THE BRONX, RED FANG & FIREBALL MINISTRY Rock The Bluegrass State [Review & Gallery]

Clutch

I can’t think of a better place to be on a rainy Saturday night in May than at Sold Out Manchester Music Hall! It’s dry inside the drinks are cold and the music is LOUD! It’s also the first Saturday in May so there’s a little horse race going on up the road a piece, but tonight that was the farthest thing from this crowds mind! Tonight was all about Clutch, The Bronx, Red Fang and Fireball Ministry shaking the roof off of Manchester Music Hall!

Fireball Ministry

Fireball Ministry had first swing at this huge crown and they didn’t waste it! This group of experienced musicians (formed in 1999) knew exactly what to do with this crowd and that was to work them into frenzy for the bands to come. That’s exactly what they did with songs like “Flatline” “Two Tears” and “King”. You know it’s going to be a great show when the first band puts out a performance like this!

Red Fang

Next to take a shot at keeping this crowd going was Red Fang. Red Fang is another band that has been around the block. Formed in 2005 in Portland Oregon, this “stoner metal” outfit has 4 studio albums, several EP’s and a host of video’s to pull material from. It was evident from the beginning of their set that Aaron Beam vocalist and bassist was having a good time with this big responsive crowd, he had a smile on his face from start to finish! Playing songs like “Blood Like Cream” “Hank is Dead” and their first single “Prehistoric Dog” Red Fang had the folks in Manchester Music Hall right where they wanted them!

The Bronx

Trying to keep the momentum up that Fireball Ministry and Red Fang had started was The Bronx. To say they not only kept it up put pushed that momentum forward would be an understatement. The Bronx has been around since 2002, formed in Los Angeles California. I’ve seen them listed as a punk/ hard rock band, whatever category you want to put them they are talented musicians and onstage front man Matt Caughthran is nonstop! I was wore out after watching him, jumping running, dancing, moving back and forth across the stage and at one point in the crowd, were he sang three songs while dancing and moshing with some very surprised fans! Their fifth album titled ‘V’ was just recently released; all the albums are self-titled with roman numerals differentiating each one. If you like loud, energetic, well played music get out and see The Bronx!

Clutch

The reason Manchester Music Hall was Sold Out, the reason this crowd was in Lexington KY and not Louisville at Churchill Downs, the reason people were standing in line in the pouring rain was tonight’s headliner Clutch! “Holy Shit!” , that comes real close to summing up this night! This was my first Clutch show and hopefully not my last! A friend and lifelong Clutch fan gave me some advice before the show he said “Watch Neil Fallon, as you’re photographing the show, he delivers his lyrics like a southern church pastor” and he was right. Not only does he deliver those lyrics like a preacher but he controls the crowd like one as well. Back and forth across the stage everyone in the building was watching him and reacting to everything he did. It was beautiful to watch. Neil along with guitarist Tim Sult, bassist Dan Maines and legendary drummer Jean-Paul (JP) put on a show that Manchester Music Hall will not soon forget. They opened the night with “Pure Rock Fury” what followed was an epic set list of 16 more songs that included “Firebirds” “Crucial Velocity” along with two songs off their yet to be released album Book of Bad Decisions (Sept. 2018) “Gimme the Keys” and “Spirit of ‘76” then closing out the set with “D.C. Sound Attack” before coming back for a two song encore “Electric Worry” and “The Mob Goes Wild”. With that an amazing night of music in Lexington, KY came to an end. Those that had the privilege of being here will not soon forget it. There will be various other opportunites coming up to see Clutch as they are one of the headliners of the inaugural Inkcarceration Fest in Mansfield, Ohio in July at the prison where Shawshank Redemption was filmed as well as their own festival in West Virginia the Earth Rocker Festival on Saturday August 4th get more info for that festival here. 

As always get out and see the show! Support local and touring musician, buy tickets, merch and most importantly buy their music!

 

 

RIVAL SONS Closes Out Back 2 Back Nights In Whitesburg, Kentucky [Review & Photo Gallery]

Rival Sons

I’m back at the Appalshop Theater for day 2 of the two night stand, Rivals Sons, Welles and tonight’s special guest SIMO. If you missed last night’s show it was a truly special night! There were fans here from at least 17 different states; most of those folks have stayed the night around Whitesburg to be a part of this second show. Continue reading

THUNDERSTRUCK: AMERICA’S AC/DC Thrills Fans In Lexington, Kentucky [Review & Photo Gallery]

 

“We know we aren’t AC/DC, we do everything from Bon Scott to Brian Johnson and fuck Axl Rose!” says frontman Dave Moody for the AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck: America’s AC/DC. Continue reading

Review: BABY BONES – ‘Curse of the Crystal Teeth’ [EP Stream]

 

Kentucky punk trio Baby Bones formed around 2016. Band members Dave Rucinski (guitar/vocals), Thomas Burgos (guitar/vocals/bass) and Badnewz Brandum (drums) are veterans in the Louisville music scene for years. In 2016 the trio recorded the song “Pay Us In Dimes” for the ‘We Have a Bevin Problem’ compilation under the mantle of Baby Bones, rocketing themselves into an unknown future. Of course “Bevin” refers to the current governor Matt Bevin of the Bluegrass state who hasn’t been too well received by the majority of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He is only the second Republican to hold the office in over 40 years. As we know punk bands are often inspired by political themes and rebelling against the powers the be, and Baby Bones is no different. That compilation created a consumer demand for more of what Baby Bones was offering; Therefore it ignited the trio to invest more time into the group and release more material. The band has went into the studio at Tin Pan Basement and recorded with Dave Rucinski. They have finalized their debut EP titled ‘Curse of the Crystal Teeth’ and it will release on April 14th, 2018 via Gubbey Records.

 

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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown And The Cold Stares In Whitesburg, KY [Review & Photo Gallery]

 

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown

 

Rock and Roll returned to Whitesburg, Kentucky and the Appalshop! Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown along with The Cold Stares reminded everyone in attendance what rock and roll was supposed to sound like and that it’s supposed to be played very very loudly!! You know that saying “If it’s too loud, you’re too old”? There was a wide range of ages represented in this audience, not one person left!

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Review: ANATOMY OF A CREATION – ‘Contamination’ [Album Stream]

 

Anatomy Of A Creation is a Kentucky based Deathcore project, and the brainchild of Anthony Leasgang its sole member. Founded in 2012 Anatomy Of A Creation gave the world its first listen in 2013 with a 5 track E.P. ‘Murderer’ and since then has gone on to put out 3 additional E.P.s and two full length albums.

Anatomy Of A Creation actually just released their 2nd full length album on 3-3-2018 titled ‘Contamination’ and what an album it is coming from the mind of just one person. This album in its entirety is filled with some nasty down tuned guitar, heart stopping breakdowns, and perfectly placed fast picking segments, All of which compliment the throaty, seemingly pissed off vocals of Leasgang.  Continue reading

GET THE LED OUT Bring Zeppelin To EKU In Richmond, Kentucky [Photo Gallery]

 

Get The Led Out are a Led Zeppelin tribute band. They made their first ever appearance at the EKU Center For The Arts Concert Hall in Richmond, Kentucky. As the crowd eagerly awaited the opening song, a loud Bonham snare roll kicks off as the band opens up to a classic Zeppelin tune “Whole Lot Of Love” The audience immediately gets to their feet and the air is filled with flash backs to the great era when Zeppelin ruled the rock and roll air waves.

Get The Led Out are a six piece group. They are one of many Led Zeppelin cover or tribute bands in today’s music world. Being a musician and drummer myself and a HUGE Zeppelin fan, I can be very critical on anyone covering a Led Zeppelin song. I’ve seen a lot, but from what I hear from this band that separates them from the rest is they don’t try to imitate Zepplin note for note. Now, I’m not saying they couldn’t because the musicians on stage were very talented. But, they had their own sound mixed with Zeppelin that made them very distinguished from all the other Zeppelin cover/tribute bands. The drummer for the group was very talented and played very Bonham’ish. My favorite thing about the drummer was he didn’t try to be a Bonham clone (like anyone could). But his timing was spot on and he knew his way around the kit. He played a traditional Ludwig kit with the iconic Gong that is known to be identified with Bonham back in the day. Playing classics like “Dazed And Confused”, and “Stairway To Heaven” the band instantly had the crowd singing along.

The band as a whole was very entertaining and expressed lots of emotion with each song. The band covered the stage well and used the entirety of it to their advantage by interacting with the crowd and making them feel like they were part of the music magic. Paul Sinclair the man up front filling some very big shoes did a fantastic job entertaining the crowd and keeping them wanting more. Sinclair’s vocals were clean. Polished and showed that he had some range! His vocal control was outstanding and his presence on the stage was in true rock star fashion! If you want to see a very good group of musicians who do justice to the music of Led Zeppelin, I highly recommend this group.

The band has a long list of tour dates all over the East Coast, touching down in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New York Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, head over to their Facebook page to see if they are bringing a little Zepplin to your area.