Month: July 2017

Northern Invasion 2017

Northern Invasion, May 13-14, 2017 Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, WI This was the 3rd year Northwest Wisconsin experienced an “Invasion” by some the biggest bands in rock, metalcore, grunge and rap rock. Growing from a single day event in 2015 to its current 2 day format, this year’s event was  sure to please a wide variety of musical tastes. If you’re a fan of good old american rock, metalcore influenced rock, melodic death metal, grunge, pop punk, even rap rock, there was plenty to see and hear during these 2 days. Held at the spacious Somerset Amphitheater Music and Event...

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Skillet at Naval Station Great Lakes on July 3rd, 2017

Skillet at Naval Station Great Lakes, IL, USA on July 3rd, 2017 By Coren McLeod ROCK WHITE & BLUE with 95 WIIL ROCK at Naval Station Great Lakes had the American Christian rock band phenomenal Skillet closing the night toward the Independence Day 2017. I have been a fan of Skillet for a very long time and this was my first time seeing them live. Their music is very rock influenced. However, it’s the inspiration behind each song which has helped many get through tough situations. That is why it was so important to me to attend this 4th...

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“How To Be A Rock Critic” by Jessica Blank and Erick Jensen at Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago, IL

“How To Be A Rock Critic” by Jessica Blank and Erick Jensen Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago, IL USA July 22, 2017 Play Review by Maja Rios “How To Be A Rock Critic” based on the writings of real Rock and Jazz Critic, Lester Bangs, acted by Erick Jensen who also co-wrote the script. Erick Jensen did a remarkable job inhabiting the real person and critic, Lester Bangs who wrote for Rolling Stone and Cream magazine. The scene opens in a disheveled apartment, strewn with empty beer cans, cough syrup bottles, and tons of books and magazines, and albums and bric-a...

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Gabriel and the Apocalypse at The Wire

Gabriel and the Apocalypse Hit The Wire, Berwyn, IL, USA on July 13, 2017 By Coren McLeod Nothing could motivate me more to go out on a Thursday night after my big girl job, than having a phenomenal band in town which I have admired from the very 1st time my ears gave a listen. Gabriel and the Apocalypse (GATA) hit the Chicagoland area with their vicious tour with Wednesday 13 on Thursday July 13th at the famous Wire in Berwyn, Il. I kind of knew what to expect from this massive band hailing from Minnesota. A hard hitting...

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A Night with Vinnie Paul

Kyng, Avatar and Hellyeah! The Rapids Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY, US – July 21, 2017 Story by Joshua Thomas   To be completely honest, I didn’t know much about these bands (Kyng and Avatar) before the show, except for Hellyeah because of my favorite drummer Vinnie Paul was in the band. Nevertheless, when they all took the stage I instantly became a fan. Kyng, the three-piece from LA, were no doubt the underdog of the show and possibly my favorite of the night. With the soulful guitaring from Tony Castaneda, the powerful drumming from Pepe Clark and the epic...

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