Posts Tagged ‘review’

SKILLET Unleashed

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Without a doubt, Skillet is back and stronger than ever.  “Unleashed” is easily their best album since “Comatose”.  This album is the most cohesive piece of work John Cooper and company have put together.  Their last effort “Rise” was FANTASTIC, in its own right.  They took a stab at making a concept album with Rise [...]


SEVENDUST Cain’s Ballroom

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CAIN’S BALLROOM GETS DUSTED! Atlanta based rockers Sevendust stormed the stage and shook the foundations of the historic Cain’s Ballroom, ramping up the heart rates of young and old fans alike.  A diverse crowd of fans welcomed the band back to Tulsa for a night of head-banging, fist-pumping, raging rock and roll. Sevendust’s line-up includes [...]


BLESS THE FALL at Cain’s Ballroom

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THE CROWD SURF AMERICA TOUR! The historic Cain’s Ballroom was packed with young fans who came out to see Bless The Fall & Chiodos when they brought their Crowd Surf America Tour to Tulsa.  Openers Capture The Crown & I Killed The Prom Queen gave performances worthy of headliners with Capture The Crown’s Jeffrey Wellfare [...]


TESLA rocks Peoria, IL

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TESLA ROCKS THE GRAND NATIONALS! Tesla recently played a rockin’ headline set at the 20th Anniversary Grand Nationals TT Motorcycle race weekend in Peoria, Illinois. After a full day of motorcycle parades, stunt bike demonstrations, music, swap meets and of course food and beverages, everyone was tired of hearing about potential thunderstorms and 2-3 inches [...]


LITA FORD at Stir Cove

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Lita Ford, the queen of metal, recently played the Stir Cove Concert Series in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Lita has been touring relentlessly the last couple of years promoting her killer comeback album “Living Like A Runaway” which I highly recommend.  The new album contains a rockin’ remake of the Elton John classic “The Bitch Is [...]


NEW MEDICINE Breaking The Model

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So, Dave from Midwest Music Scene asked me if I wanted to do the review of the Minneapolis, Minnesota band New Medicine’s second album, Breaking the Model.  I am sorry to say that I had never heard of New Medicine.  I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable about all genres of music (although I will [...]


THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH Oxygen Inhale

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A WORTHY ADDITION TO TFK’S ALREADY IMPRESSIVE DISCOGRAPHY! Canadian rockers Thousand Foot Krutch release their ninth album entitled Oxygen: Inhale on August 26th.  Being a fan of TFK for several years now, and knowing this album was going to be co – produced by vocalist Trevor McNevan and longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (Sprinkle has also [...]


ALICE COOPER – BOK Center

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ALICE COOPER ROCKS THE BOK CENTER! photos by Michael Ervin Alice Cooper, the original horror show MASTER!  Alice still has it, no other way to put it.  Opening for Motley Crue’s Final Tour his show was less of an opening set and more of a shortened headlining set complete with a 10 foot Frankenstein, real [...]


CHEVELLE at Brady Theater

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CHEVELLE ROCKS A SOLD OUT SHOW AT BRADY THEATER! by Rob Crupper,  photos by Michael Ervin   A sweltering summer night in Tulsa got even hotter inside the legendary Brady Theater in Tulsa as modern rock band Chevelle laid down their darkly sensual sounds on a capacity crowd who soaked up all the heat and [...]


GODSMACK 1000HP

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I was VERY excited when I heard Godsmack was back with a new single and an album coming soon.  I have loved all of their past albums dearly.  They have always written some very big songs, not just big in popularity but in scope.  From songs like “I Stand Alone”, “Faceless”, “Cryin Like a Bitch” [...]


ANBERLIN Lowborn

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by Zene Smith Florida based band Anberlin’s latest album titled Lowborn is somewhat of a bittersweet journey in that it is the last one we will get to take with them and yet somehow, reassures us that it may be a deserving ending in this discography.  One thing I’ve found very interesting is that this [...]


POP EVIL at Kewanee Stock 2014

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POP EVIL ROCKS KEWANEE STOCK! photos by Michael McMillen Saturday, under threats of severe storms ruining the whole thing, was the 2nd annual Kewanee Stock festival in Kewanee Illinois.  This years event was made up of local bands Brushville,  Mindset Evolution,  3 Years Hollow and Sick Puppies with Grand Rapids, Michigan  rockers Pop Evil headlining.  [...]


STARSET Transmissions

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In this age of disinformation, misinformation, and just plain lies, it is hard to know how to interpret “The Message” to which the cinema-rock group Starset makes reference.  Their July 8, 2014 release “Transmissions” is itself a combination of songs that could easily fit into the soundtrack of any modern day sci-fi film and arena-ready [...]


THEORY OF A DEADMAN Savages

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From the opening notes of “Drown” to the closing ring of “The Sun Has Set On Me”, every track on Theory Of A Deadman’s new album Savages breathes new life to their expanding catalog of fun, energetic songs, as well as powerful ballads meant to tug at our heart strings.  Opening the album is lead [...]


BOSTON at Hard Rock Casino

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BOSTON ROCKS THE JOINT! photos by Michael Ervin It’s more than a feeling, it’s 38 years of incredible rock ‘n roll music!  Boston brought their Heaven On Earth Tour to the Joint at the Tulsa Hard Rock Casino for a SOLD OUT show.  The venue was packed with young and old who came to hear [...]


MOTLEY CRUE at BOK Center

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Pyrotechnics, fireworks, drum rollercoasters, dancing girls, expletives and a hit after hit set list.  All of the ingredients were there in Tulsa at the BOK Center as Motley Crue took the stage for their final tour, but more on that later!  First let’s talk about the beginning of the night and opener Mr. Alice Cooper!  [...]


CROWN THE EMPIRE – Warped Tour

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CROWN THE EMPIRE KILLING IT AT WARPED TOUR! photos by Michael Ervin www.facebook.com/crowntheempire


ALIEN ANT FARM – Castle Theatre

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ALIEN ANT FARM ROCKS THE CASTLE! Alternative rockers Alien Ant Farm recently brought their show to the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, Illinois. All four original members are still rocking the band who are on tour in support of their newly released album “Always and Forever”.  Lead vocalist Dryden Mitchell seemed like he was very happy [...]


SEETHER – Isolate and Medicate

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Seether’s new album “Isolate and Medicate” is a great listen and a journey.  The album takes us from the depths to the heights and back down again.  I’m glad I got this assignment  because I thought Seether was a pretty decent band with which to make my music critic debut.  But better than that, I [...]


COLLECTIVE SOUL at Hard Rock Casino

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COLLECTIVE SOUL 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR! It’s hard to believe it has already been 20 years since Collective Soul released their first album.  The band made a stop in Tulsa, OK on their 20th Anniversary Tour to play a show in The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino.  The venue was full and the band’s equipment [...]


NOTHING MORE

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Nothing More is a hard rock band from Texas looking to prove that there is still hope for rock music and they do JUST THAT with their new self titled release.  Kicking things off is the very ambient “Ocean Floor” with some cool electronics and vocals leading into the killer riff that begins the amazing [...]


LINKIN PARK – THE HUNTING PARTY

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  Huge distorted screams from Chester Bennington start out what is to become Linkin Park’s best album to date, The Hunting Party.  They promised us a heavy album and boy did they deliver.  Linkin Park have been exploring other sides of their musical tastes with the last couple of albums.  “A Thousand Suns” was very [...]


ROCKLAHOMA 2014 REVIEW

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THE NON STOP THREE DAY PARTY OF THE YEAR! There is nothing quite like Rocklahoma.  Between all of the great bands, crazy people and insane parties in the campground, there is nothing else that compares!  We started off our weekend interviewing some of our favorite bands like Nothing More, Hellyeah and Seether.  This was rock and [...]


AGAINST ME!

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TEENAGE ANARCHY AT THE CASTLE Anarchist punk rock band Against Me! brought their highly energetic live show to the Castle Theatre in Bloomington Illinois.  The band rocked the crowd through an 18 song set that consisted of old favorites and songs from their rockin’ new album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”.  New song “Fuckmylife666″ kicked things off [...]