Concert Review And Exclusive Interview With The Pretty Reckless!

Words by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler

I have to start this review off by saying that if you have not had a chance to check out The Pretty Reckless then you don’t know what you are missing. The band fronted by Taylor Momsen are incredible performers and put on one amazing rock show. My only complaint is that they did not play long enough, while I know that they have only released one full-length album and a new EP, I still would have loved to see them play for just a bit longer than their strict 45 minute set.

I was about to catch up with The Pretty Reckless front-woman Taylor Momsen prior to the band’s set. Listen to the interview below where we discuss her incredible performance with Marilyn Manson at the Revolver Golden Gods, upcoming touring plans for The Pretty Reckless, music, and more!

Throughout the show most of the spotlight is on Taylor Momsen, due to her Hollywood fame, however I can not fail to mention the talent that pours forth from the rest of the guys that make up The Pretty Reckless. Guitarist Ben Phillips is phenomenal and the chemistry between Phillips and Momsen is especially showcased during their beautiful duet “Cold-Blooded” a gorgeous track off the band’s latest EP “Hit Me Like A Man”.

Taylor takes on the role of front-woman with ease, interacting with the crowd and wowing us with her incredible vocal range that reminds me of Courtney Love/Debbie Harry lovechild. The last time I had a chance to see The Pretty Reckless was during their opening stint for Guns n” Roses, and it seems with each and every performance Momsen grows more confident and seems more in touch with her emotions on stage.

Music from The Pretty Reckless is all about honesty, as brutal as it can sometimes, and they carry over that honesty to their live performance, as we the audience are going through the same range of emotions as the band on stage. Despite the short set, the band managed to pack quite a few songs off their debut album “Light Me Up” into their set, as well as a few covers which included a fantastic version of System Of A Down’s “Aerials”.

After this run of headlining dates, The Pretty Reckless head out on the road to open up for Marilyn Manson. Get there early to catch the band’s set!

Openers of the evening June Divided and Hollywood Kills did a fantastic job of warming up the crowd, and are definitely two bands that we should prepare to hear a lot more out throughout this year.

The Pretty Reckless set list:

  1. Hit Me Like A Man
  2. Since You’re Gone
  3. Zombie
  4. Miss Nothing
  5. Just Tonight
  6. Goin’ Down
  7. Cold Blooded
  8. Aerials (SOAD cover)
  9. My Medicine
  10. Make Me Wanna Die
  11. Factory Girl

 

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Switchfoot's 8th Annual Bro-Am Announced!

Dead Feather Moon (www.deadfeathermoon.com), The Howls (www.thehowls.com), Brandon and Leah (http://brandonandleah.com), and Jon Foreman & Friends will perform at the 8th annual Switchfoot Bro-Am Presented By Hurley (http://www.switchfoot.com/switchfoot/c/bro-am) at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA on Saturday, June 16th.

SWITCHFOOT (www.switchfoot.com) conceived the Bro-Am as a way to give back to its hometown of San Diego. While admission to the beach event is free, funds are raised from beach vendors and sponsorships as well as at a pre-event auction night soiree. This year’s Bro-Am will once again benefit San Diego area chapters of StandUp for Kids, a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization founded in San Diego that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless and street kids (www.standupforkids.org). Since its inception in 2005, the Bro-Am has raised more than half a million dollars for San Diego-based children’s charities.

“The Bro-Am has been my favorite day of the year ever since we started it back in ’05,” notes SWITCHFOOT’S Jon Foreman. “We feel truly honored to again partner with StandUp For Kids, an incredible organization serving at-risk youth here in San Diego and across the country. Last year was our biggest year ever, and we hope to top it again this year. We are so grateful that our friends Dead Feather Moon, The Howls, and Brandon and Leah can join us for an incredible day of music and surf that will benefit a remarkable group of kids. ”

You can check out footage shot at last year’s Bro-Am in this short video:

The festivities will begin with the Switchfoot Bro-Am Kickoff and Auction Night Soiree, which will take place on Thursday, June 14, at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe. It will feature VIP meet & greet opportunities, silent and live auctions, opportunity drawings, exclusive live entertainment, and delectable culinary creations and sips from such upscale establishments as Pacifica Del Mar, Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, Del Mar Rendezvous, Pacific Coast Grill, Zenbu, Rimel’s, and many more. A limited number of tickets will be available for this special evening. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 27. For further details, visit http://www.switchfoot.com/switchfoot/c/bro-am.

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Bonnaroo Announces globalFEST Tent!

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is excited to announce the creation of the globalFEST Tent. The latest in a series of successful and inspiring specialty venues the festival has developed, globalFEST will bring some of the most exhilarating musicians from around the world to perform throughout the day in one tent. The confirmed line up features: Debo Band, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Khaira Arby, La-33, Pedrito Martinez and Red Baraat. Information on these wonderful artists is below.

Since it began nine years ago, globalFESThas become North America’s most influential showcase and festival of global music, centered around its annual multi-stage event in New York each January. Cofounders Bill Bragin, Isabel Soffer, and Shanta Thake produce the annual event and oversee the globalFEST Touring Fund, which provides much needed tour support for local and international artists to reach new markets throughout the US.

“I’ve attended globalFEST every year for many years now, and I’m always blown away by the music that I discover there,” says A.C. Entertainment’s Ashley Capps. “The curators behind globalFEST are deeply aware of the most exciting music being created throughout the world, and they’ll bring their distinct vision and more than a little magic to Bonnaroo this year.”

“globalFEST’s role in developing audiences for a wide variety of international music styles and to encourage artistic risk taking in the performing arts field has made significant strides for venues, audiences and artists alike,” explains Soffer. “We hope our mission to encourage cross-cultural exchange, support diverse programming, and develop meaningful cultural diplomacy relationships will create new opportunities within the performing arts field and beyond.”

“Part of our goal has been what I half-jokingly refer to as ‘infiltration,’ says Bragin. “We’ve been successful in moving world music to the center of the conversation in the performing arts world and Bonnaroo represents a huge leap forward – to reach some of the most active, and open-minded indie-music audiences at one of the most beloved and best curated festivals in the country.”

“Through globalFEST’s ‘infiltration’ success, we are acknowledging that a younger audience now exists for world music,” Thake adds.

Information on the artists perfoming in the globalFEST tent is below: Continue reading

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Exclusive Interview With Kevin Martin Of Candlebox!

Rockers Candlebox have recently released their incredible new album “Love Stories & Other Musings” and the album’s first single “Believe In It” is tearing up at rock radio at stations across the country. “Love Stories & Other Musings” is the fifth studio album from the band and contains nine brand new tracks, as well as, five re-records of past Candlebox hits such as “Far Behind”, “You”, and “Cover Me”.

Candlebox has sold over five million album world-wide and it is easy to see why because Candlebox brings an energy and style to the music landscape, especially with their latest album, that has been lacking for quite some time. The new songs are sure to resonate well with old and new fans alike and the band is long overdue to reclaim a spot in current rock scene. “Love Stories & Other Musings”, to me, is the band’s most honest album as they are making the music they want to make with a new found maturity and true to life lyrical content.

PCM’s Kristyn Clarke had the chance to chat with Candlebox’s Kevin Martin about the direction and creative process behind the new album, upcoming touring plans, and more! Listen to the full-interview below:

Listen to Kristyn’s interview with Candlebox’s Kevin Martin Here!
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Candlebox is currently out on a headlining tour in the U.S., so be sure to stay tuned to PCM for our upcoming review coverage of the band’s upcoming show in Philadelphia, PA.  We can’t wait!

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Concert Review: Breathe Carolina at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA!

Words by: Allison Ebner
Photography by: Ken Schuler

When you go to a Breathe Carolina show, you’re going to have a good time. That was certainly the case at their recent show at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA for The Blackout Forever Tour. From the second the lights went down, the fog started going and the strobe lights lit up the room until they had to get off stage due to a curfew, the crowd was moving, bouncing and singing along.

Breathe Carolina’s David Schmitt and Kyle Even mirrored this excitement on stage as they delivered with their usual non-stop liveliness that makes you wonder just how they aren’t crawling off the stage after expending so much energy. Older fans were treated to several songs from their second album (like “Hello Fascination” and “I.D.G.A.F.”) and even a true oldie, “Lovely,” from their EP and first record.

But the fans of their latest album, Hell Is What You Make It, were in for a treat as they played tons of those infectious hits that had everyone joining in the party with songs that are so easy to get stuck in your head like “Wooly,” “Sweat It Out,” “Last Night (Vegas)” and more! On the album, these songs are fun and catchy, but at a show, David and Kyle bring a whole new dimension to the music and their passion for what they do.

Between almost every song, both Kyle and David would thank the crowd and fans for their continued support as they stared out into the biggest crowd they’ve played to at the Chameleon club. Their excitement and gratitude came across in spades and certainly played into their show.

The party-mode was already in full swing and the fans were loving every minute of it when Kyle must have felt the love so much that he went into the crowd not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES. First, he charged through the crowd and ran up to the balcony where he proceeded to sing the entire song, the second time he jammed out with the crowd as he climbed over the barricade and had people singing on the floor with him and the third time was on the last notes of the unforgettable encore, “Blackout.” Again, he climbed over the barricade and into the sea of fans, but like nothing I’ve ever seen before. He literally started hugging every single fan he bumped into as the song finished, the lights went up and he remained in the crowd giving out hugs. Now that’s a man and a band who love their fans! And it wasn’t just refreshing, but inspiring to watch.

Something else inspiring? David was giving it 110% on stage at the show, but the very next day, he took a fall on stage and broke his rib and fractured his sternum. He’s pushing through the pain and still getting out on stage for every single show to share the music and the night with fans. Way to go, David!

Breathe Carolina is a band that has puts their passion and their hard work on display every night they take to the stage and put on a show that you truly have to experience for yourself… and you better be prepared to dance! Looking for your next chance? They’re playing Warped Tour all summer long on Main Stage. Just saying.

Before their set, we had the opportunity to catch up with David and Kyle to talk about new music, Warped Tour and much more! Check it out here:

The Blackout Forever Tour also featured opening bands the It Boys, Matt Toka, Ashland High and co-headliner The Ready Set. I’ll admit, I was surprised to find that all of these bands put on great sets, only  adding to the energy of the night and leading perfectly into the ultimate party of Breathe Carolina’s set.

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Exclusive Interview and New Music News From Kevin Rudolf!

It has been a little while, so that is why we are super excited to share the news about the awesome new single “Don’t Give Up” from Kevin Rudolf. The new songs is available on iTunes today!  http://tmblr.co/ZRpm5xJqBZ7i

Cash Money Records rocker Kevin Rudolf broke out in 2008 with the anthemic “Let It Rock,” which featured Lil Wayne. On his latest track, “Don’t Give Up,” the singer-songwriter embraces a pure pop feel. Having recently relocated from Los Angeles to his hometown New York City, Rudolf felt invigorated by his return. “When I started writing this album, I had just moved back to New York City, where I grew up. I just got out of L.A. and when I got to the city I was feeling really positive and hopeful, and that’s the place where ‘Don’t Give Up’ came from,” he explains. “And plus, since the world is ending in 2012, I thought I’d leave on a high note.” With a bright acoustic guitar melody, snappy snares and an uplifting message, the song urges listeners, “Don’t give up/ Don’t look down/ Because your time is gonna come around.”

PCM’s Kristyn Clarke spoke to Kevin Rudolf about the new single, the direction of his upcoming album, and what’s in store for 2012. Listen to their exclusive interview below:

Listen to Kristyn’s interview with Kevin Rudofl Here!
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Metal Masters 3 Invades L.A.! Live Review!

Words and photos by: Matthew Waite

Icons and legends of heavy metal filled the stage Thursday night at the Key Club on Sunset Blvd deep in the heart of West Hollywood. Individually they stand out and are considered the best of their craft. Together however they form a powerhouse of sound and talent rarely seen in the music of today. A dream team you couldn’t even dream up.

Frank Bello (Anthrax), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Kerry King (Slayer), Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob/Flying Colors), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), and Dave Lombardo (Slayer) made up the main line up of the evening. First up Frank Bello spoke about how he and Charlie grew up together and his grandmother encouraging them to get together to play. Starting as a guitar player, Frank gravitated toward bass idolizing Geddy Lee and Geezer Butler as masters of their craft. Inviting Charlie Benante on stage, they played the bass and drum line from Anthrax’s “Got the Time” and demonstrated how those two instruments really drive a great metal song.

Dave Ellefson took the stage next centered a lot around the forming of Megadeth and the start of thrash metal. Megadeth being one of my favorite bands, it was amazing to see a legend like Dave explaining the birth of a generation of metal music. He played samples of “Hanger 18,” “Five Magics” and “My Last Words” to show how the half step and chord structure developed what we call thrash metal today. First surprise of the night was inviting Chris Broderick (Megadeth) on stage along with Dave Lombardo (Slayer) to jam and then leaving Lombardo to really amaze the crowd with a lengthy drum solo.

Dave Lombardo (Slayer) had more of a Q and A session which he quickly realized was just going to be fans screaming out for him to play different songs. Playing through “Silent Scream” and “Ghost of War” solidified that he is one of the greatest heavy metal drummers of all time. When asked what technique he uses, he simply replied “I use my own technique” amid screams of requests to hear their own favorite Slayer song.

The highlight of the evening however was when all were joined on stage by Kerry King and Phil Anselmo, lead singer of Pantera and Down. A line up that you would never be able to see anywhere else played through  five Pantera favorites “Mouth for War,” “New Level,” “Walk,” “This Love” and “F***ing Hostile.” Even with some of the technical problems of the evening, it was completely made up for by the phenomenal performance of this group of icons. Hearing Kerry King on those Dimebag Darrell solos did those songs so much justice.

And if that wasn’t enough for the evening, Phil had the honor to introduce Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) onstage for one last song “Hole in the Sky.” I have to say before going into this show I didn’t know what to expect. Not having been able to attend the first two Metal Masters shows the idea I had of a clinic far exceeded my expectations. It was an amazing show with some of the greatest live music I have ever seen. I only hope that the 4th installment of this awesome one of a kind metal show stays on the West Coast next year.

In case you missed it…check out a live stream of the event below:

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Tupac Came Back to "Life" at Coachella Music Festival

An all-too realistic hologram of the late rapper Tupac Shakur performed at Coachella last Sunday evening. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre joined the life-like image of Shakur on stage and performed hits like “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.”

Other notable moments of the evening included Eminem’s performance of “Til I Collapse” and appearances by rap heavy hitters 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar. Despite all of the living talent that performed Sunday evening, it was Shakur’s hologram that stole the show and sparked the most buzz on Twitter from fans.

“#TupacBACK #unbelievable #IWASTHERE #STORY4myGrandKidz,” Rihanna tweeted.

Are hologram performances the new wave of the future? Only time will tell but there is no denying this technology is amazing. With his tightly toned abs and a spring in his step, Shakur’s hologram had more stage presence that Snoop Dogg.

Check out the eerie performance below.

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Rocklahoma Daily Peformance Line-Ups Revealed! Single Day Tickets On Sale This Friday, 4/13!

The daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma has been revealed (please see below). America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party takes place May 25-27, 2012 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK and is proud to be presented by Budweiser.

Single day tickets for the three-day camp & rock festival will go on sale Friday, April 13 at 10:00 AM CT. Single day tickets are priced as follows: Friday ($60 plus fees), Saturday ($70 plus fees) and Sunday ($60 plus fees).

The daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma is as follows:

Friday, May 25

Creed, Slash, Chevelle, P.O.D., Cavo, Adelitas Way, Red, Redlight King, Janus, Eve to Adam, Beneath, Fist of Rage, Lynam, Pretty Little Suicide, Hessler, Down & Dirty, Ragdoll, Sunset Riot, Absence of Ink, For The Broken, Echo Fuzz, Shotgun Rebels, Soulicit, Rocker Lips, Mine Enemies Fall.

Saturday, May 26

Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Theory of a Deadman, Volbeat, The Darkness, 10 Years, Pop Evil, Trivium, New Medicine, Anti-Mortem, Gypsy Pistoleros, Lillian Axe, Firstryke, S.E.X. Department, Ruff Justice, Switchblade Scarlett, On Fire, Villains Dance, Stun, Dagger, Unwritten Rulz, Echo Vendetta, A Good Fight, Sweatin Bullets.

Sunday, May 27

Chickenfoot, Queensrÿche, Jackyl, Puddle of Mudd, Hellyeah, Black Stone Cherry, Art of Dying, Aranda, Charm City Devils, Rains, Falling in Reverse, Wildstreet, Black Tora, The Glitter Boys, Diemonds, Desi and Cody, David Castro Band, The Hawkeyes, We the Ghost, Through the Thorns.

Bands will perform on the Main Stage, Hard Rock Stage, Retrospect Records Stage and AXIS Campground Stage. Eddie Trunk–from VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, SiriusXM Radio and author of Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal–returns as the Rocklahoma emcee for 2012.

Rocklahoma organizers continue to offer fan-friendly ticket prices for the 3-day weekend rock event which features over 70 artists on four stages. Three-day general admission tickets are available now for only $125 plus fees and 3-day VIP tickets can be purchased for $350 plus fees. Beginning Friday, April 13 at 10:00 AM CT, 3-day general admission ticket prices will increase to $150 plus fees and 3-day VIP reserved tickets will increase to $380 plus fees. Groupie and Roadie VIP package prices will remain the same. The Rockstar VIP package is now sold out.

For a detailed list of 2012 Rocklahoma ticket options, VIP packages and amenities, please visit www.rocklahoma.com. Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing info@feverfest.com. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 AM and will remain open though Tuesday, May 29 at Noon. Doors to the main Rocklahoma festival area and stages will open at 3:00 PM each day. VIP and package ticket holders can pickup their credentials at VIP Check-in beginning at 12:30pm on Friday, May 25th. Continue reading

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The 13th Annual Gathering Of The Juggalos Tickets On Sale Now!

The 13th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos has been announced, and tickets to the one and only ‘Juggalo Island’ are available now at the event’s official website, juggalogathering.com. The music festival, curated by Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records, will take place August 8th-12th in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois at The Hatchet Landings (AKA Hog Rock), and will feature performances by Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, ABK, Boondox, Mike E. Clark, and many other acts to be announced.

Ticket packages for the Gathering include a five (5) ticket deal, a combo pack, a Big Balla Campsite pass, and more. Regular admission tickets for the festival are also available. For more information on Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records, please visit their official websites, Facebooks, and Twitters, which are provided below, and keep an eye on juggalogathering.com for the full line-up.

Official Sites:
insaneclownposse.com
psychopathicrecords.com
psychopathiclive.com/
facebook.com/INSANECLOWNPOSSE
facebook.com/PsychopathicRecords
twitter.com/ICP
twitter.com/#!/psychopathic

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