Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth North American Tour 2016 Supported by; Entombed AD San Francisco, Warfield Theater 5/20/16 Written By: Walter Morgan Photos by: Chris Kentzell Johan Hegg − vocals (1992–present) Olavi Mikkonen − guitar (1992–present) Ted Lundström − bass (1992–present) Johan Söderberg − guitar (1998–present) Jocke Wallgren − drums (2016–present) Amon Amarth kings of Swedish Viking Melodic Death Metal, are in San Francisco, on a blistering North American Tour which has 35 dates. This is the night before their last show of this very successful tour. This crowd is no ordinary metal [...]

Bad Company and Joe Walsh

Bad Company And Joe Walsh by: Walter Morgan Photos by: Kevin Graft One Hell Of A Night Tour 2016 Concord Pavilion Joe Walsh 5/17/16 There is nothing better than to kick off the Bay Area Summer Concert season than with Bad Company & Joe Walsh, a co-headlining tour, the third night of the tour at the Concord Pavilion.A perfect pairing on this beautiful night, with a heat wave with temperatures in the 90's.  Tonight's crowd is an older, more mature lot, (the 45 and over [...]

Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes: “We Can Do Anything Tour” The Fillmore SF May 10th 2016   Vox/Guitar:Gordon Gano Bass: Brian Ritchie Drums: John Sparrow By: Jenny Cash   They CAN do anything!  More than 15 years later, the Violent Femmes’ find themselves back under the familiar stage lights, and on tour in support of their ninth full-length studio album, WE CAN DO ANYTHING, which hit record stores on March 4,2016.  The boy’s latest journey brought them to The Fillmore SF for two Sold Out nights beginning on May [...]

All Time Highs

All Time Highs hits the Bottom of the Hill By Jesse Amazeen | May 18, 2016 Who: All Time Highs When: May 12, 2016 Where: Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco   Explosive. There you go, a one-word review. OK, there's more to the story, but I really could stop there. Witnessing All Time Highs is akin to standing in front of a blast furnace wearing a suit made of ice cream. Expectations melt away as you're enveloped in the searing sounds of ATH's blistering [...]

NorCal Tattoo and Music Festival

Death Angel Headlines the NorCal Tattoo and Music Festival By Jesse Amazeen   Cal Expo was the scene of last weekend’s NorCal Tattoo and Music Festival, a three-day gathering of tattoo artists, tattoo seekers, bands, and thrash metal aficionados. Featuring over twenty-five bands, the NorCal Fest wisely chose Death Angel to headline the festivities. Clocking in at well over thirty years in the Bay Area Thrash Metal business, Death Angel knows how to deliver the goods, and they didn’t come up short [...]

Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe Serenades the Luther Burbank Center Review and Photos by: Jesse Amazeen   Equal parts southern rock, folk, and blues, Larkin Poe is a standout in today’s music world. Talent, honesty, and feeling are the tools this dynamic duo from Georgia uses to get their message across. Santa Rosa was treated to their soulful stylings Tuesday night, as they warmed up the stage for Elvis Costello at the newly renamed Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Formerly known as the Lovell [...]


Nightwish Lights Up The City National Civic By Jesse Amazeen Being a Finnish symphonic metal band isn’t easy nowadays. Having spent two decades forging a new genre of metal, Nightwish has spawned legions of imitators. None however, have the staying power, nor the commitment to flawless performances as the original. San Jose was treated to one such performance Friday night, at the City National Civic. Following sets by supporting acts Delain and Sonata Arctica, Nightwish took the stage, suddenly emerging from the [...]


Megadeth Nukes The Warfield By Jesse Amazeen After their 2013 release Super Collider failed to impress fans and critics alike, lead vocalist and guitar player Dave Mustaine knew that Megadeth had to come back with all guns blazing. And that’s exactly what they did with a new lineup, and a new album, Dystopia. An army of amped-up metalheads lined up down the block to get into the sold out show at the Warfield Monday night. Kicking off the festivities was Havok, an [...]

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath brings “The End” to San Jose By Jesse Amazeen Forty-eight years ago, in Birmingham, England, a child was born. That child’s name? Heavy Metal. And the parents? Black Sabbath. Many have argued that Led Zeppelin fathered what we now know as simply “metal”, but to most metalheads, Sabbath is the blueprint for heavy, blues-based rock ‘n’ roll. They proved that fact fifteen times over, at the SAP Center in San Jose on Tuesday. Supporting their latest album “13”, and if [...]

VH1 Save The Music

VH1 Save The Music Event in Napa Valley Article By Sandra Michaan Photos by Kevin Graft A heavy mist fell upon the serene and lush landscape at Solage Calistoga in Napa Valley when VH1 Save The Music threw its first Musically Mastered Menu event of the year. This SOLD OUT gathering came out to support a great cause that merges the music and culinary worlds for an intimate evening of raising funds to restore music programs in public schools across America. Matt Nathanson “Come [...]

Metal Allegiance 2016

by Jesse Amazeen To say Metal Allegiance is a super group would be an understatement. The touring lineup is composed of current and former members of legendary bands such as Megadeth, Death Angel, Testament, Dream Theater, and Mastodon. Indeed this band is the heavy metal hell-child of Bay Area thrash and progressive metal. Born out of the longstanding friendships between bassist David Ellefson of Megadeth, guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament, songwriter/bassist Mark Menghi, and drummer Mike Portnoy, formerly of Dream Theater.  The [...]

Another Death Angel Christmas

This was the 2nd annual "Another Death Angel Christmas" show! This year the bay area was treated to TWO shows back to back. Our local thrash icon PACKED THE HOUSE with friends, family and fans. Just recently coming back from recording a new album in Florida with producer Jason Suecof, they didn't even have time to relax before hitting the stage at Slim's in San Francisco. Death Angel, in my opinion, has some of the hardest working, dedicated, loyal, skilled [...]