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Whitechapel -The Recorruptour

Heavy metal rockers Whitechapel have been on the road since the beginning of March on The Recorruptour sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink and Alternative Press. At their stop last night in Orlando at the House Of Blues, the crowd was small, but ready to rock! Bathed by never ending strobe lights, the band took to the stage, opening with “Section 8″ and continued right into Breeding Violence.” The band only played 13 songs, a rather short set for a headline tour, but none the less, those 13 songs brought the rowdy fans pummeling over the barricade. Read the rest of this entry

The World Is Ours Tour

The World Is Ours tour is bringing madness and mayhem to venues across the US. Co-headlined by Escape The Fate and Attack Attack, along with The Word Alive, Mest, and Secrets, fans couldn’t buy tickets fast enough! Earlier this week in Orlando at the House Of Blues, the tour drew hundreds of fans ready to rock out and have a good time. After a rather bland set from both Secrets and Mest, The Word Alive set the place on fire with hardcore breakdowns and melodic screams. With a special guest vocal appearance by Craig from ETF, Telle and crew got the crowd amped for the rest of the night. Attack Attack was up next, with a set decked out with more ramps and staircases than an arena rock concert. Read the rest of this entry

Rise Against & A Day To Remember in Tampa

Rise Against is currently crisscrossing the US on the 2nd leg of their spring tour. Along with A Day To Remember and newcomers Title Fight opening the show, it was a hard rock and roll tropical paradise at the Green Iguana Stadium in Tampa. Check out our exclusive photo gallery from this show by CLICKING HERE!!!

Ben Packard

Young The Giant

Hipsters rejoice, Young The Giant are spending 2012 on the road, playing show after sold out show across America. At their recent stop in Tampa on St Patrick’s Day, the building was over-packed and the green beer was flowing. This made for an extra-excited crowd for the entire show. Grouplove was on first, and the crowd was loving it! After a little too long of a set change, the crowd grew restless and started chanting “YTG.” The band took this cue and walked onstage, causing the uniform chants to morph into endless cheers. While the band only played 14 songs, a rather short set, they put everything they had into it! Read the rest of this entry

The DigiTour 2012

The DigiTour 2012 made their stop in Orlando this past weekend, bringing the most popular musicians of YouTube to the stage.

The night started off with The Key of Awesome, a trio who perform parodies of popular songs. The crowd seemed to enjoy their takes on hit artists like Owl City, Adele, and Maroon 5.

Second up was singer/songwriter Alex Goot. His piano style is reminiscent of performers like Gavin Degraw and The Fray, and his songs were both catchy and emotional.

After Alex Goot was Dave Days, a guitar slinging pop-punk artist who commanded the stage. He performed new and old songs, including some from his new EP “We’re Just Kids”. His set was my personal favorite. He was joined on drums by Ricky Ficarelli, one of the most popular drummers online.

NicePeter was the next act to perform on the DigiTour stage. His viral videos, “Epic Rap Battles of History”, are currently topping the YouTube charts. His impromptu style and clever lyrics kept the audience guessing. His performance stood out as one of the more entertaining, bringing crowd members on stage to perform raps. Read the rest of this entry

CD Review: John 5 – God Told Me To

 JOHN 5
 God Told Me To CD
 Sony/Red and Rocket Science Ventures

JOHN 5 is absolutely one of the best and most underrated guitarists in the world today! I’ve been a huge fan of John’s since his MARILYN MANSON days. Now with ROB ZOMBIE, JOHN 5 is an incredible musician and a master of arrangement! God Told Me To is filled with just about every style of guitar playing you can name…from straight up shredding to acoustic steel string with a country/blues flair to finger style to Flamenco. If you can’t find something to love on this album, you ain’t a music fan!!! It’s my opinion that JOHN 5 should be a household name…and it’s a travesty that he isn’t! John is technically and musically, truly one of the best guitarists in the industry today. God Told Me To is John’s sixth solo record. Simply…it’s absolutely incredible! Favorite tunes include “Killafornia”, “The Castle”, “Creepy Crawler” and “The Lie You Live”(even though these names imply something dark, these songs are absolutely beautiful!), and a kick-ass all-electric version of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It!”  Truthfully, they’re all awesome! Read the rest of this entry

CD Review: The All-American Rejects – Kids in the Street

The All-American Rejects
Kids in the Street
Interscope Records

Ahhhhh, one of my absolute favorite bands have come through again! THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS are back with their fourth album, Kids in the Street. Fans of AAR will be excited to know that the boys are back in true AAR form! Masterful power-pop at its finest! It had to be a daunting task for the band to try to keep up with the pure hit-power of their previous 3 albums! Producing hits like “Swing, Swing”, “Move Along”, “Dirty Little Secret”, and “Gives You Hell”, AAR are the masters of producing relentless hook that won’t let go! Tell me you haven’t been singing every one of those damn songs for days after you heard them? Mmm hmmm…like I said, these boys can write a pop song! With this fourth installment, lead vocalist/bassist Tyson Ritter, guitarist/vocalist Mike Kennerty, lead guitarist/vocalist Nick Wheeler, and drummer Chris Gaylor have delivered again! Read the rest of this entry

Guns N Roses Up Close And Personal Tour

The once in a lifetime Guns N Roses “Up Close And Personal Tour” pulled into the Orlando House of Blues last week, and they did so with a bang! The sold out show was only announced the week before, but it was 100% packed to the walls. While the band did start an hour and a half late, the crowd was still just as excited. At their previous show last year at Orlando’s Amway Center, pyrotechnics and a massive stage set took the focus, but at the House Of Blues, it was all about the music. The band took to the stage and belted out their new song Chinese Democracy, then moved right into Welcome To The Jungle. In total, the band played 31 songs over an impressive 3 hour set; the fans didn’t even walk out the door until almost 4am! Highlights of the night were definitely the multiple covers, including Paul McCartney, The Who, Bob Dylan, and Pink Floyd.   Read the rest of this entry

Cody Simpson – Welcome To Paradise Tour

Finishing up a string of dates on his first US headlining tour, Australian pop sensation Cody Simpson brought the “Welcome To Paradise” Tour to Tampa’s Ritz Ybor last week. Joined by his self-proclaimed best friend Jessica Jarrell, the duo drew hundreds of teenage girls out for the show. Simpson kept his stage simple, with just a few band members and occasional backup dancers. With a suave James Bond style entrance, Simpson, dressed in a black suit, caused a deafening roar from the crowd. He played songs ranging from Angel and All Day to Evenings In London and On My Mind. Cody showed off his endless dance skills throughout, he barely stood still the entire show. He showed off his instrumental skills as well, playing both the acoustic guitar and the keyboard. Read the rest of this entry

Jeff Dunham Controlled Chaos Tour

After nearly 3 years on the road touring with his old material, Jeff Dunham is back on the road and better than ever with his new “Controlled Chaos Tour.” At a recent stop in Daytona Beach, Dunham and his little friends had the near sold out crowd rolling on the floor. His new act is a mix of material from his latest Comedy Central special, as well as some brand new never before heard jokes. With so much to say, Dunham no longer has Guitar Guy out on the road to open the show, it is all Jeff, all the time. Along with fan favorites Walter, Bubba J, Achmed, Peanut, and even Jose, Jeff introduced two new characters, AJ and Little Jeff.  The usual crude yet hilarious banter between Jeff and his puppets was ever present, with an occasional F-bomb or two thrown in! While that may be the case, the kids in the crowd were laughing just as hard as their parents. During intermission, Jeff introduced the crowd to Roadie the wonder dog, his new puppy. Read the rest of this entry