Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and Tyga get down and dirty on Between The Sheets Tour

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(PCM) “Double your pleasure, double your fun,” Chris Brown croons on his hit single “Forever”. It’s also exactly what Breezy had in mind when he teamed up with Trey Songz for their co-headlining Between The Sheets Tour. Along with very special guest Tyga, the duo have been packing arenas across North America. Despite nearby stops in New York and Philadelphia merely days earlier combined with last night’s nasty snow storm, the trio still managed to pack the Izod Center in New Jersey for another nearly sold-out show.

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Tyga kicked off the evening festivities with a tough set, dropping hits like “Make It Nasty”, “Rack City” and others. Tyga is still supporting his last album, 2013’s Hotel California, which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200. Chris Brown laid down guest vocals on the song “For The Road”, and now they’re on the road together. Yesterday, Tyga and Brown released their much-anticipated collaborative effort Fan of a Fan: The Album. The disc’s lead single “Ayo” dropped back in January. Tyga has also been working on new music for his fourth album entitled The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, which is due out later this year.

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Trey Songz took the stage and immediately captivated the audience with his sweet voice and undeniable swag. After opening with “Foreign”, his second song, “Cake”, set the mostly-female audience into a frenzy. They are the first two tracks on his latest album, 2014’s Trigga which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. From there, Trey pulled the trigger on several of his biggest hits including “Can’t Be Friends”, “I Invented Sex”, “Can’t Help But Wait”, and others.

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Chris Brown entered the arena surrounded by smoke and lasers, opening with “X”, the title track off his latest album. From there, Breezy unleashed a barrage of big songs. The crowd exploded and sang along to “Wall To Wall”, “Run It!”, “Look at Me Now”, and “Take You Down” among others. Brown dazzled fans with his signature dance moves that accompanied his high-octane hits. He is still touring in support of his latest album X which had a strong #2 debut on the Billboard Top 200 back in September.

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In the middle of the show, Chris Brown and Trey Songz gave the crowd an intimate experience that made the tour live up to its name. Chris and Trey took turns dropping songs that simply oozed sexuality. Songz performed the likes of “Neighbors Know My Name”, “Panty Dropper”, and “Dive In” while Brown sang “No Bulls**t”, “Don’t Judge Me”, “Songs on 12 Play”, and others. Their back-and-forth set was unique and a great treat for the fans. Afterwards, some were so hot and bothered that bras and panties began to fly from the crowd onto the stage.

After their collaborative sing-off, Songz returned to the stage for another solo stint that included performances of “Heart Attack”, “I Need a Girl”, “Bottoms Up”, and others. Brown would then come back to close out the evening, kicking off the encore with his megahit “Fine China”. Tyga would join Breezy for the final two songs of the night – “Ayo”, a cut from the duo’s new album that got off the presses just over 24 hours ago, and “Loyal”, a duet from Brown’s latest studio effort.

Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and Tyga put together an impressive tour package. Their resumes speak for themselves, but the trio delivered on stage. The Between The Sheets Tour is a sexy, energetic evening not to be missed.

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Marilyn Manson Concert Review: He Is The God Of Whatever He Wants To Be!

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(PCM) I recently had the privilege to attend Marilyn Manson’s recent “Hell not Hallelujah” tour stop at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA and I can say without a doubt that Manson is looking and sounding the absolute best that he has in years.

He and his band plowed through a blistering 16-song set that featured at least four to five tracks off his recently released new album “The Pale Emperor” as well as the “classics” such as “mOBSCENE”, “New Sh**t”, “Sweet Dreams”, “The Dope Show”, “Rock Is Dead” and of course “The Beautiful People”.

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As you can tell by my recent review of The Pale Emperor, I am absolutely in love with Manson’s new album, however hearing these tracks live just took things to a whole new level. Opening the set with his current single “Deep Six” was perfect and I  thoroughly enjoyed hearing “Third Day of A Seven Day Binge”, “Cupid Carries A Gun” and my personal favorite off the new record “The Mephisotopheles of Los Angeles” in the live performance setting.

Much of Manson’s fan base looks up to him as if he is a god, as it was quite apparent by the reaction of the audience at this show and at this point in his career with a stellar new album under his belt Manson is surely in the position to be the god of whatever he wants to be. The days of a Manson concert being a shocking or controversial experience are long gone and what is left is nothing more than a solid rock show for some incredibly talented musicians.

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Marilyn Manson has a way of being about to ignite the audience and hold them in the palm of his hand. The audience was hanging on to his every word and he along with guitarist Tyler Bates (who also happens to be the producer of The Pale Emperor) and bassist Twiggy Ramirez delivered an absolutely epic performance. His banter with the crowd was full of snark and dead-pan wit and I absolutely adore Manson’s ability to turn both a lyric and phrase on a dime.

Our one piece of advice to anyone heading out to any of the remaining dates on this tour, is to please take a moment, put your iPhone down and just spend some time soaking in the music and actually engrossing yourself in the show … trust me … it’s worth it!

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Full Set List:

“Deep Six”
“Disposable Teens”
“mOBSCENE”
“No Reflection”
“Killing Strangers”
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” (Eurythmics cover)
“Cupid Carries a Gun”
“Rock Is Dead”
“The Dope Show”
“Third Day of a Seven Day Binge”
“Personal Jesus” (Depeche Mode cover)
“This Is the New Shit”
“The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles”
“The Beautiful People”
“Irresponsible Hate Anthem”
Encore:
“Coma White”

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Reverend Horton Heat Ignites Audiences With That Rockabilly Spirit

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(PCM) The rockabilly spirit was alive and well during the Revered Horton Heat’s recent performance at the World Cafe Live: The Queen in Wilmington, DE. Despite the freezing cold winter temperatures outside the “heat” was certainly on inside as the audience bounced and danced their way through the band’s nearly two hour set.

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Show openers the lovely Rosie Flores and the always entertaining Dale Watson set a nice pace for an evening of rockabilly or rather psychobilly madness that was sure to ensue once Reverend Horton Heat took the stage.

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Revered Horton Heat, the stage name adopted by front-man Jim Heath along with his upright bass player Jim “Jimbo” Wallace are veteran live performers and once the momentum gets started on stage it doesn’t let up from beginning to the very end.

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The band is still touring behind their latest album release “Rev” which dropped last January on their new label Victory Records and their set opened with “Victory Lap” and “Smell Of Gasoline” off of the new album. The rest of the band’s set consisted additional hits and fan favorites that spanned the entire catalog of Reverend Horton Heat’s releases.

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I can honestly say that hearing songs such as “It’s Martini Time”, “Psychobilly Freakout”, “The Jimbo Song” and “400 Bucks” never get old, especially live. There is just something in the air when Reverend Horton Heat is performing that is absolutely intoxicating. I also thoroughly enjoyed the band’s cover of “Johnny B. Goode” which somehow seemed like an incredibly obvious track for them to perform.

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It is always wonderful to find an band that can not be boxed into one particular genre or another. Reverend Horton Heat can do it all and do it well, in fact it was even announced that they will be performing at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California this coming spring.

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Seeing Reverend Horton Heat live is witnessing a solid mix of country, rock, bluegrass, Rn’B, blues and soul and the band has created quite a unique sound and one of a kind sound that will always distinctively be their own. You never quite know what to expect from the band on-stage, but you can always count on a good time and I highly recommend checking them out when they visit a city near you!

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For more information on Reverend Horton Heat, please visit: http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

Photography credit: Ken Schuler

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Papa Roach And Seether Provide A Rocking Start To The New Year!

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(PCM) Rockers Papa Roach and Seether have provided a rocking start to the New Year by embarking on a co-headlining tour that is packing venues across the country. Bringing along their friends in KYNG and newcomers Islander, we could not have asked for a more solid show to start off the 2015 concert season.

We recently attended the show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA and despite the frigid temperatures outside the heat was certainly on once these bands took the stage and blasted through their sets pumping out hit after hit as the night raged on.

After blistering sets from both KYNG and Islander, Seether took the stage and played with more energy and enthusiasm than we have seen in them for quite some time. The band is currently on the road in support of the newest album release “Isolate and Medicate”, which is proving to churn out just as many hit singles as the band’s previous releases. The album’s first single “Words As Weapons” tore up the active rock charts and currently the album’s second single “Same Damn Life” is performing much the same.

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With an album library that is as extensive as Seether’s we can’t even begin to imagine what goes into crafting their set list, but they managed to span their entire catalog throughout their performance and played just about everything the audience wanted to hear.  The audience sing-a-long for “Broken” was incredibly emotional and I was thrilled to hear some of our favorites such as “Gasoline” and “Country Song” again in the live environment.

Vocalist Shawn Morgan sings with such amazing precision, while bassist Dale Stewart and drummer John Humphrey never missed a beat. Seether are certainly starting out 2015 with a performance high note and we highly recommend checking out their set.

Following, Seether’s invigorating performance the audience was amped and ready for Papa Roach to take the stage. If you have never had the chance to witness Papa Roach live then you truly do not know what you are missing. The raw energy and adrenaline that exudes from the stage is intoxicating and we were thoroughly engrossed in the band’s performance from beginning to end.

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Vocalist Jacoby Shaddix has a way of commandeering the stage and he along with the rest of the band made up of guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance and drummer Tony Palermo strive to provide the audience with the most intensely rocking performance imaginable.

Papa Roach is currently gearing up for the release of their 8th studio album “F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) which is set for release on January 27th. We also have to note that January 27th just so happens to also mark the 15th anniversary of the band’s debut album “Infest”, so we are sure there are going to be a few celebrations for the band while out on the road.

We have had a chance to give “F.E.A.R” a few spins and without a doubt find that the new album is some of Papa Roach’s strongest material to date. We adore the fact that this band has never made the same album twice and “F.E.A.R” will definitely be a favorite among fans for sure.

Papa Roach’s set list, much like Seether’s consisted of the band churning out hit after hit such as “Getting Away With Murder”, “Between Angels and Insects”, “Broken Home” and of course their mega-hit “Last Resort”.

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PCM’s Kristyn Clarke and Renee Winner were able to catch up with Papa Roach guitarist Jerry Horton just prior to the show to discuss the band’s new album, the recording process and more … check out the full interview below:

Photography credit: Mike Sievila

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Opeth, In Flames And Red Fang Bring An Amazing Show To Philly!

Review and Photography by: Megan C. Brooks

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(PCM) Two of Sweden’s premier metal acts, In Flames and Opeth are co-headlining a North American tour with Portland Oregon’s Red Fang opening. On December 17 they performed in Philadelphia a The Electric Factory. Having seen Red Fang headline a tour just last spring, it was a little surprising to see them open, there wasn’t even a local warm up band. They went on while most people were still getting frisked at the doors, which is a shame because they are an incredible band.

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In Flames, one of Sweden’s most popular metal acts are touring in support of their eleventh studio album Siren Charms which was released in September. They put on an awesome, energetic performance, they played for over an hour, but it felt like just minutes went by. In Flames played fifteen songs, including about half the tracks on Siren Charms along with some fan favorites like “Trigger” and “Take This Life”. The crowd was really into the show, moshing, screaming and having a great time. Except a guy in the front row, which lead singer Anders Friden criticized shooting video with his phone and not participating in the show. We’ve all wanted to say it, thanks Anders!

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Another one of Sweden’s finest, the progressive metal band from Stockholm, Opeth closed the show. They entered the stage to chants of “OPETH, OPETH, OPETH!” The band’s stage set is gorgeous, based on the cover art of their latest album Pale Communion, three painting like banners hang behind the band almost resembling stained glass windows. Their long, winding, dreamy songs seem to drift one into another. Opeth played only seven songs, but they are long enough songs that they actually played for about an hour. They started the set with two songs from Pale Communion, “Eternal Rains Will Come” and “Cusp of Eternity” then grooved right through five more songs “The Drapery Falls”, “The Moor”, “Windowpane”, “The Lotus Eater” and ending with “Deliverance”.

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Overall the show was fantastic! Lineups like this are few and far between, if you get the chance to see any of these bands it’s a great show, but all three together was amazing!

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GWAR Eternal Tour Beautifully Paid Homage To Lost Leader Oderus Urungus

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(PCM) Many were curious just how GWAR and the scumdogs of the universe would survive after the loss of their leader Oderus Urungus but I can say that his spirit was very much alive and well during the GWAR Eternal Tour as it slayed its’ way across the nation.

After being sucked through a hole in the space/time continuum Lord Blothar has now found himself thrust on stage fronting the almighty GWAR and he certainly managed to pull it off without a hitch. Well, maybe that is not entirely true … he did have to deal with his sister from a distant future the sexy breast-blood spewing Vulvatron.

The tour overall focused on GWAR’s search for their lost leader Oderus and they payed homage to his spirit beautifully. The show was both highly entertaining and the perfect way to allow fans to both celebrate and mourn the death of Oderus, who in his own right was a true rock n’ roll pioneer.

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The production for this tour was phenomenal and it was an utterly fantastic idea to have the first song of the evening performed by Oderus himself through the magic mirror aka. a video screen on-stage. I am not going to lie that I actually shed tears during the song while watching one of the slaves (GWAR’s on-stage hands/prop guys) looking devastated the clawing at the screen which contained an image of their beloved leader.

Musically speaking everyone in GWAR has truly stepped up their game and their finale cover of the Pet Shop Boy’s “West End Girls” was fantastic. I definitely enjoyed GWAR’s version a whole lot more than the original.

I am sure that GWAR will have plenty more in-store for 2015 as the band will be celebrating their 30th anniversary!  It is sure to be a bloody good time!

Photography by: Megan C. Brooks

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