With five Mtv buzz-worthy bands on the bill (six if you count the unannounced special guest) and tickets going for a mere $22 a pop, it was no wonder that the 30 Seconds to Mars' "Welcome to the Universe Tour" sold out Orlando's Hard Rock Live. Jen Cray joined the echelon.
On their first big headlining tour Atreyu participate in the tour mashup of metal, emo, and hardcore. Jen Cray reports on the West Side Story of girly boys versus manly men.
An evening with Canadian jokesters Barenaked Ladies was an almost illegal amount of fun. Between the energy of BNL and catchy grooves of Mike Doughty it was enough to leave Linda Tate spent.
The Fun Fun Fun Tour it's called. How could you not want to check that one out? Esspecially when Ben Lee and Rooney are sharing the bill! Jen Cray was in on the fun!
Bloc Party cancelled the rest of their US tour opening for Panic! At The Disco after drummer Matt Tong was hospitalized for treatment of a collapsed lung. Jen Cray managed to catch the band's Orlando show, the night before the medical trauma.
Touring in support of his latest album -- a double CD no less -- Frank Black takes the stage at the House of Blues in Orlando for a spooky Friday-the-13th set. Ian Koss, for one, is glad for the lack of Pixies covers.
The Club @ Firestone is once again booking rock shows, and Seattle's Minus The Bear packed the place for an eclectic evening of sounds. Jen Cray found the venue to be more inspiring than the bands.
Despite cold weather and the rain, fans huddled under umbrellas, in anxious anticipation for New Found Glory. Brittany Sturges found their faith not entirely misplaced.
Go west on I-4, young man! Carl F Gauze heads out to the Hard Rock Cafe to get dazzled by the Pet Shop Boys.
From The Casualties show down the block, Jen Cray rushed over to the much more relaxed atmosphere of the Tapes 'n' Tapes show, and finally found a band doing Indie Rock justice.
NYHC legends The Casualties bring their traditional Punk sounds to Orlando. Packed in amongst the sweaty, bloody, sticky miscreants is Jen Cray.
The Detroit Cobras are all about reviving the essence of early rock 'n' roll, from the rockabilly roots of the 50's to the soulful days of Motown. Jen Cray catches up with them in Orlando.
Joining forces on a co-headlining tour, Rise Against and Thursday are bringing their seasoned skills to mid-sized theaters this winter. Jen Cray caught the Orlando set.
Tilly & The Wall have a tap-dancer instead of a drummer. That's all it took to convince Jen Cray that she had to check them out.
Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli has brought Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan on board for his Twilight Singers tour. Jen Cray fell into the 90's nostalgia headfirst.
The conglomeration of sounds brought forth by 7 Shot Screamers can win the hearts of any crowd, due in no small degree to frontman Mike Leahy's grand showmanship. Jen Cray called up the man who had even Morrissey raving about him.
For a band that is less than two years old, the guys of A Paper Tiger know what they’re doing when it comes to music— and they’re doing it extremely well. Brittany Sturges catches up with the band over a cup of coffee and some food.
With catchy lyrics and humble attitude, the guys of Fat City Reprise are on their way to something big. Brittany Sturges hangs with the guys in the studio.
Brit-pop smash Starsailor is working on a foothold in America. Chris Catania sat down with James Walsh to find out about breaking in a new country, Bright Eyes and why American crowds giggle during "Alcoholic."
Dante Adrian, the mastermind behind the psychedelic garage punk band Starlite Desperation, chatted with Jen Cray about being a free agent in an industry currently drowning in the wake of their own greed.
Talking with Sienna DeGovia, vocalist/bassist for The Randies, is like chatting with a friend, as Jen Cray found out recently.
Yes Yes To You (Absolutely Kosher). Review by Jen Cray.
High School (City Canyon). Review by Jen Cray.
Making It Through. Review by Kyrby Raine.
Through Playing Me (NA). Review by Andrew Ellis.
The Collection. Review by Kyrby Raine.
Dancehall Grind (Super Hit Jam). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Ampersand (Musica Baudino). Review by Kyrby Raine.
Better Part of Me (Cadillac). Review by Kyrby Raine.
Offshore (Secretly Canadian). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Absolute Noon (Hometapes). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Stone by Stone (Elemental/ In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Hearts and Unicorns (Kickball). Review by Matthew Moyer.
A Different Sea (Red Submarine). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Mean Things Happen in this Land (Ropeadope). Review by Bob Pomeroy.
What If.... Review by Kyrby Raine.
Lovers and Stars. Review by Andrew Ellis.
Ghosts of Our Vegas Lives (3 Beads of Sweat). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Tripping Maggie. Review by Kyrby Raine.
Science (Hybris). Review by Aaron Shaul.
I Saw The Devil Last Night And Now The Sun Shines Bright (Victory). Review by Jen Cray.
Anywhere But Here. Review by Tim Wardyn.
Now Is The Time (219). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Monster of the Absolute (Strange Attractors). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Beautiful Baby Elephant. Review by Andrew Ellis.
Little Films. Review by Kyrby Raine.
Teenage Graffiti (Suretone/Geffen). Review by Jen Cray.
Start of the Century (The Lab). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Not Easy To Forget. Review by Andrew Ellis.
Shine (National Recorder). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Back from the Brink (Spinerazor). Review by Bob Pomeroy.
Snow Machine (Daemon). Review by Aaron Shaul.
The Fair Shore (Acuarela). Review by Aaron Shaul.
The Crusade (Roadrunner). Review by Jen Cray.
WW1 (Merge). Review by Aaron Shaul.
012906 (Asahra). Review by Kyrby Raine.
Are you an aspiring superhero, but there's something missing in your wardrobe? Does your alias "Quickie" bring laughter rather than fear? Then take a look at Does This Cape Make Me Look Fat? and find out the answers that work and the ones that don't to these and other questions posed by superhero wannabes like Tim Wardyn.
Dust off your tiaras and practice your wave! Brittany Sturges delves into the history of the beauty pageant, courtesy of this new volume.
From the editors of Write Now! and Draw! magazines comes a comics crossover like no other. Seriously. Darius Gentley shows you how you too can script and illustrate comics like a pro. And no, it doesn't involve winning a reality TV show.
What would the USA be like if it were overrun by creatures that refused to shuffle off this mortal coil? David Wellington tells us in Monster Nation, and zombie enthusiast Lips Fresno enjoys his vision.
Black Sabbath. The name alone conjures up images of protean Metal, the stuff that called the demons forth and made the parents sweat. Matthew Moyer tells us why Doom Let Loose is the definitive guide to the definitive metal band.
Can Bill Deasy make the transition from celebrated singer-songwriter to accomplished author with his debut novel, Ransom Seaborn? Andrew Ellis finds out.
Hey buddy, wanna see the dead? John Hood has a few ideas on how to pull off the impossible after reading Graham Hancock's new tome.
Musician Graham Slater documents the decadence and desperation of the gig circuit in beat group-era Hamburg, albeit behind a thin veil of fiction. Tom Schulte gets in the van.
Reviewing a film that has generated as much buzz as Borat is pretty daunting. However, Steve Stav takes his best shot with a look at America's latest pop-culture phenomenon.
What, a James Bond story without a volcanic secret lair, a menacing missile or a metal-mouthed villain? Our man in the Bahamas, Steve Stav, explains that sometimes less is more in his review of Casino Royale.
With this new DVD release, Hyena continues their ambitious attempt to put together a case for Darin as both underrated and influential. Does it work? Ben Varkentine says that although Darin sometimes seems to be on autopilot, when he's got his mojo working and is soldly in the driver's seat, his skills as a perfomer are too great to be denied.
Longtime Zep-head Matt Parish is dazzled by Robert Plant's first performance DVD. The Mighty Rearranger does it again.