If you’re into the alt-rock scene at all, you already know who Bear Hands are. If you’re not, you owe it to yourself to check them out. These guys from Brooklyn put on an outstanding show in support of X Ambassadors at the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre last Saturday night. They opened with the catchy, synth-y “ Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide), and played a musically diverse 11-song set that alternated between songs from their latest album, “Fake Tunes,” and their older
You know how movies are sometime described as “The Feel-Good Hit of the Year?” That’s exactly how I felt about X Ambassadors’ performance at Old National Centre last weekend. It wasn’t one thing in particular; it was the combination of great musicianship, relatable lyrics, and a whole bunch of people doing and sharing something they love. There was no moshing, surfing, or middle fingers in the air, but there was tremendous energy and an abundance of positive vibes from X Amba
A lot of times you have to catch a musician when they are on the road. I was able to get in touch with Jack Klatt for a quick phone interview when he arrived a few hours north of me in Chicago. It was after 10:00 PM and I did not want to keep him too long as it sounded as if he had been travelling all day.
Michele: A lot of your songs you have a sort of an old soul feel. Do you feel like you connect better with a time when it was more about the love of making music and a l
I’ve always loved live music, and I’ve been to a fair number of concerts, especially in the past couple of years. I can honestly say Friday’s Santana show at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center was one of the best shows I have ever been to. The musicianship, the lights, the energy, the camaraderie among the band, and the incredible music all combined to make an absolutely amazing experience.
After a stellar set by The Doobie Brothers, Santana opened with Soul Sacrifice, a s
There’s always a special place in my heart for bands from my home state, Michigan, especially Detroit-based I Prevail. I started following their progress after interviewing them and watching them absolutely kill it at the Northern Invasion Festival in 2017. The band, which has been described as metalcore, punk, and post-metalcore, went from relative obscurity to YouTube stars in 2016 with their cover of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space. But that particular tune was left off the set
Sometimes I joke around, saying, “My issues have issues,” but the band Issues certainly doesn’t have any problems when it comes to putting out great music. The Atlanta-based foursome put on a hard-hitting, kick-ass show at The Egyptian Room at Old National Thursday night, delighting fans and getting everyone pumped up for headliners I Prevail.
It’s kind of hard to categorize Issues into a specific genre. Their eight-song set, which started with Hooligans, and ended with “Ma
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Hyro the Hero opened the Rockstar Energy DISRUPT Festival at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center with a high-powered, kick-ass show that definitely woke up the audience. I’m not sure how he mustered so much energy so early in the day, but it was one of the most intense, athletic performances I’ve ever seen. I’m not talking about a few jumps and some dancing, either – he lunged, twirled, and stomped across the stage, scrambled up the lighting stands, and leaped over the heads of
MC Hammer’s House Party crashed its way through Ruoff Home Mortgage Center in Noblesville, Indiana filling nearly 7,500 seats on their summer tour.
It has been twenty-eight years since MC Hammer - or Hammer as he would later rebrand himself in an effort to stay relevant with the increasing influence of Gangsta Rap upon 90’s culture - embarked on a “major” U.S. tour. Not since the 1991 tour for his third album (Too Legit To Quit) and follow-up to the phenomenon that b
Mad Scientist, Sage, Guru, Ring Master, Genius, Rocketeer, Jester.... These are few adjectives that can describe Wayne Coyne. One of the greatest rock shows you can see is a Flaming Lips concert. The energy and artistry that is presented each night is luminous. And Wayne Coyne's endearing and thought provoking demeaner is something that you don't see often on the big stage. When it's a said and done I'll let the Flaming Lips summarize how I feel about them with their "Do You
I thought I knew what to expect from Breaking Benjamin, having covered them last summer when they toured with Five Finger Death Punch. But I actually didn’t. Lead singer Ben Burnley has stepped up his game, and I was impressed. Burnley, who had seemed almost aloof last year (and in years past), was everything a good frontman should be: enthusiastic, confident, and, most importantly, engaging. He seemed happier and less angst-y than before, joking around and telling little sto
If I had to summarize Chevelle’s set in one sentence, I would say, “They make a hell of a lot of noise for just three guys.” The Chicago-based band have a sound that’s amazingly distinct, due largely to frontman Pete Loeffler’s growly vocals and grungy guitar riffs. But Dean Bernardini’s bass was growling right along with him, while drummer Sam Loeffler pounded the skins relentlessly throughout the set. Although Chevelle’s music wasn’t as fast-paced as Three Days Grace’s, the
Next up was Three Days Grace, the Canadian four-piece that’s been rocking out since 1997. Although I had seen them live a several years ago, seeing them from the photo pit with vocalist Matt Walst, who joined the band in 2013, was an entirely different experience. Walst one of the best frontmen I’ve seen in terms of interacting with the audience and getting them involved. He had a little something to say before every song, including a message about it never being too late to
Dorothy, a five-piece band from LA, had a vibe that was less metal and more blues, but rocked just as hard as the other bands on the lineup. Frontwoman Dorothy Martin’s raspy, sexy vocals brought to mind smoky bars, sweaty nights, while the band’s jam sessions were a blast to watch. Dorothy opened with Flawless and rocked and rolled through a great set which included my favorite tune, Raise Hell. #Dorothy #BreakingBenjamin #Diamante #AlternativePop #PopRock #hardrock #Audioph
On Sunday, June 30 Third Eye Blind came to the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at the White River outdoor music venue with Jimmy Eat World and Ra Ra Riot in tow. It was a hot and dry Sunday evening in Indianapolis and attendance was high, even for the first of the three bands.
Ra Ra Riot provided a fairly mellow opening act. Lead vocalist Wes Miles stood out from his bandmates putting forth visible effort in his craft, even seemingly pushing the limits of his vocal cords. Bassist
As the sun began to cast long shadows on Day One of the Bunbury Music Festival, attendees flocked to the Sawyer Point stage to catch one of the heaviest bands in the lineup, Stone Temple Pilots (STP). They came on strong, opening with Wicked Garden, and they never let up. Frontman Jeff Gutt, along with guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz, put on a great performance – they were well-rehearsed, relaxed, and having fun onstage. These guys definitel
Although I’m way more of a Parrothead than I am a Deadhead, I was really looking forward to seeing Dead & Co., live at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center. For as long as I can remember, the Grateful Dead, and later, Dead and Company, have been coming to this venue but I had never made it to a show before. And you know what? I really enjoyed it!
The show started with “Cold Rain and Snow,” which was kind of ironic given the fact that it was beautiful summer evening. Guitarist/v