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 [...]

Aftershock Festival 2015

Aftershock Festival 2015 - The Year of Change By: Micheal Gianni The 2015 Aftershock Festival returned to Sacramento October 24th and 25th in a whirlwind of change that had fans buzzing long before the event even posted this year’s lineup. In a move that can often spell disaster, the organizers decided to change up the recipe that had brought them so much success in previous years though that didn’t seem to be the case this time. Gone was the river front [...]

Photos: Primus New Year’s Eve at the Fox Theatre

An Evening With Primus & The Chocolate Factory w/The Frog Brigade Ensemble Dec. 31, 2014 Fox Theater, Oakland Primus Set One: Seas of Cheese  | John the Fisherman  |The Toys Go Winding Down  | Frizzle Fry  | Over the Falls  |Lee Van Cleef  | Jilly's on Smack  | Del Davis Tree Farm  | The Heckler Set Two: Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers  | Last Salmon Man  | Southbound Pachyderm  | Too Many Puppies (with Enema snippet) | Eleven | My Name Is Mud  | Jerry Was a [...]

New Video Releases: James Brown

James Brown Live at Boston Garden April 5, 1968 Extended Edition Shout! Factory Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown(2014) Director Alex Gibney Currently airing on HBO There are currently two revealing documents pertaining to how American music was forever changed by James Brown. James Brown Live at Boston Garden April 5, 1968 is the actual concert footage that was broadcast live that night on WGBH in Boston, exactly one night after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. While many cities across the United States were [...]

Miranda Lambert takes the Shoreline by the Horns

Platinum Tour: Miranda Lambert, with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett August 9, 2014 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View She isn't very old (30) and she isn't very big (5'4"), but Miranda Lambert has been been a huge presence on stages since 2005, when she released Kerosene, her first album, which debuted at Number 1 on the Country Music charts before being certified Platinum. Along with an impressive number of awards and accolades, she has won five Female Vocalist of the Year awards from [...]

Soulfly at the Fillmore

Soulfly and Lody Kong Saturday, July 26, 2014 The Fillmore The Fillmore was only about half-full when we walked in before the show. People seemed to be in good spirits, and everyone in the room had something "Soulfly" attached to them: shirts, wristbands, flags, hats--you name it! Under the leadership of Max Cavalera, who formed the band in Phoenix in 1997, Soulfly is known and loved for its unique blend of metal with Brazilian tribal and world music, and bludgeoning anthems about [...]