Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Green Day Plays New Track For Upcoming Live DVD Filming

Hey Everyone!
Slightly delayed, I know considering this happened in late August, but I've been busy reliving my own Green Day memories ahaha. As some of you may know, Green Day have been hard at work on this round of touring... filming a brand new live DVD! For those of you who own their live DVDs of the past, you know how exciting this is! There aren't even words to describe the epic-ness that is Bullet In A Bible haha.

In any case, while performing in Denver on August 28/2010, the boys decided to unveil a new song. I use the term "new" loosely though. Word has it that THIS track by the name of Cigarettes and Valentines was one of those stolen from the studio, this theft of course, led to the creation of one of the most brilliant albums of the modern generation, American Idiot. A big story for such a "new" song. Give it a listen, see what you think! I love it, sounds a lot like old school Green Day... like 1991-1994. I could even see this making an appearance on Insomniac. Has a similar feel to it with the chord choices, the progression, the simple yet effective solo, and the catchy lyrics.


What do you think? And who's excited for a new Green Day DVD??? I AM!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Axl Rose Back To His Old Tricks

Hey Everybody!
Well, I guess Axl never really left the jungle behind, eh? The front man is back to his old routine of disappointing his fans with diva stage antics. At a performance in Dublin a couple of days ago, he showed up late to the performance, prompting the crowd to throw drinks and other objects at the stage. And of course, in his true fashion, Axl stormed off the stage before the second song of the set was finished.

Sources say that the band was scheduled to hit the stage around 9:45pm, but didnt actually manage to do so until nearly 10:30pm. Personally, I dont blame fans for getting a bit rowdy! I'd be kind of pissed off having to wait that long too. I was mad enough waiting 20mins for the Stone Temple Pilots!

What do you think? Would you be mad? What about Axl's behaviour?
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Trent Reznor Film Score Makes Its Debut

Hey Everyone!
Wow, feels great to be back! I cant even begin to tell you how much I missed my daily writing. Alright, lets get into it! So even though Trent Reznor called it 'quits' with NIN a while back, it seems that music is truly in his blood. He cant seem to slow down, and why should he?! He's BRILLIANT.

Some of you may have heard about the new movie coming out. The Social Network- the one based on Facebook? Well, Trent Reznor is going to be the man behind the music! Trent is composing the music for the film, and I'm personally very excited to hear it. I'm predicting clean cut techno... something simple, yet fascinating. Not overpowering... just an interesting add to the background.

What do you think? Reznor going to be successful as usual???
Rock On!
-Girl At The Rock Show

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm BACK!

Hey guys!
Long time, no talk! Sorry guys, my internet has been out of commission all summer but low and behold, today around 11am, ITS BACK! Reconnected for another year which means lots of writing from me :) Stay tuned guys, its going to be a good year!
ROCK ON!
- Girl at the Rock Show

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

GREEN DAY CONCERT PHOTOS- TORONTO ON

Hey guys!
Quick little post today, specifically for those of you in the GDC (Green Day Community) who are looking for any photos! As some of you may know, I was lucky enough to be pulled on stage for the old school medley and pretty much just rock out on stage with my fav band. I shot some pretty decent pictures while I was in the crowd so I'm posting them here for all to see :) Enjoy!



Rock on!
-Girl At The Rock Show

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sum 41 Frontman Deryck Whibley Attacked In Japan

Hey Everyone!
Man, it seems like Deryck just cant catch a break these days! After a VERY rough ride on this years Vans Warped Tour and a failed marriage, you would think he's been through enough, right? Apparently not. While in Japan, Deryck was reportedly attacked by 3 unknown people. The band took to their Twitter to, once again, break the troublesome news. Lets hope its not serious, and that he's ok! Police are looking into the matter.

What do you think of their recent string of bad luck? Poor guys!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Monday, July 26, 2010

Jimmy Eat World 'Invent' World Tour

Hey Everyone!
Good news today for Jimmy Eat World fans! The band have announced an upcoming tour in support of their new release Invented. The tour will take the band across the USA and make a final stop in Toronto, ON. Check out the tour stops HERE and see if theres one in a city near you! I've sadly never had the privilege of seeing these guys play, but I do hear they're fantastic. If their recordings are any clue, I'd say this is one to see!

Will you be attending? Why or why not? Let me know!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Rockers Tie The Knot

Hey Everyone!
Seems like love is always in the air for indie rockers, be it in their songs or their real lives. Congratulations are in order for two members of that community! Stacy Dupree of Eisley and Darren King of Mutemath got married! The adorable couple flaunted their union via this twitter post. Cute, arent they? What a good looking couple. Best of luck to them!

Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Friday, July 23, 2010

2010 Alternative Press Tour Lineup Revealed

Hey Everyone!
Its that time of the year again! The 2010 AltPress Tour is making its way through the US and selected Canadian cities. If you're into those hardcore 'famous but not big enough to play stadiums just yet' kind of bands, then this lineup may interest you!


Joining this year's tour will be Bring Me The Horizon, August Burns Red, Emarosa, The Polar Bear Club and This Is Hell. My personal recommendation? Go check out BMTH. Those boys know how to put on one hell of an amazing show filled with audience involvement, lots of moshing, and wicked tunes. I love their shows, I bet you will too if you give them a chance!

What do you think of the 2010 lineup?
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Good Charlotte Sign To New Label


Hey Everyone!
Man, this one takes me right back to my High School years! Yes, I admit. As a teenager, this band was a big part of my life haha. I had all the albums, I had the tshirts, and meeting Joel Madden was the highlight of my first Warped Tour experience. Those days are well behind me now, but every now and then, I still bust out the old GC albums and reflect on the 'good old days'. Anyways, back to the story!

Pop punk playboys, Good Charlotte are back with a new album and a new label to help them out! The boys have officially signed to Capitol Records, and will be releasing a new album by the name of Cardiology in October of this year. I honestly didnt even know they were still making music, but sure why not. I may not be their biggest fan anymore, but theres a 13year old out there somewhere I'm sure, who is getting the same fulfillment from their music as I once did, so kudos to them!


What do you think of a new GC record?
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Trace Cyrus Being Sued By Ex-Bandmates

Hey Everyone!
I kind of figured this might happen, it was only a matter of time as far as I'm concerned haha. Apparently the rest of the band is finally admitting that they too, were tried of Cyrus' diva attitude!

Metro Station are suing the former "frontman" for announcing his departure/the bands breakup without their consent. On top of that, they are not impressed by the way he proceeded to bash their music via Twitter. Maybe he should have thought that out... he did in fact take a lot of credit for the "weak shit" they performed! What are you saying, Trace? You write bad music? We all knew that, but thanks anyways :) Basically the lawsuit comes down to Trace being named president of the band brand but the others not too sure they stand by that early decision based on the 'leader's' actions. Fair enough, he wasnt as hot headed when they started! I'd say they were led to believe he wouldnt let his ego get the best of him haha. Wow, this whole blog is bashing the guy isnt it? Sorry- I just really dont understand what happened to him and this is how I cope haha.

What do you think? Should he apologize and give back CONTROL? Pun... I'm funny ahaha
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Black Cards Vocalist REVEALED

Hey Everyone!
Finally! After weeks of guessing games and song clips, the face behind the voice has officially been revealed! Pete Wentz is finally ready for the world to meet... Bebe Rexha.
Most of you are probably going "uhhh....who?" and I'm right there with you! Apparently, she is a young woman in her 20s from Staten Isle with no formal music business experience. But, Wentz heard her voice and it was a done deal! Lucky girl, most people would love this chance, even if it means working with the bassist (lets be honest, he has a pretty solid foot in the door in this industry, he can move your career like no one's business!). I have to admit, I'm a fan of his choice. Her voice is impeccable. Smooth, raw and full of soul. Good call, Wentz (man, never thought I'd say that!)

What do you think of Bebe? She's got the voice, and she's stunning. Lets see how it works out!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

William Beckett To Star In Edgar Allan Poe Film Adaptation

Hey Everyone!
Weird I know, but apparently true! Academy Is frontman, William Beckett, is reportedly set to star in a film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic The Fall Of The House Of Usher.

Now, I'm sure many of you are reading this going "wtf... acting?" but if you know the band well, then you'll know Beckett is an artsy guy in many ways. He even dabbled in modelling (but I mean come on, with that bone structure, WHY THE HECK NOT? right? haha). In any case, he is also a literature nerd, so this only seems to perfect for him. An artsy, indie film, based on a classic piece of literature... spot on.

The film will begin filming in December. Beckett will play the lead role of the narrator, so definitely look forward to that!

What do you think of this new project for Beckett? I say, Break a Leg!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Max Bemis Reopens 'Song Shop'

Hey Everyone!
Something cool to talk about today! Not sure how many of you are familiar with it, so here we go. Max Bemis (frontman of pop punk band Say Anything) has reopened his Song Shop. What is that, you ask? Allow me to give you some background....

Many of you may be aware that Max suffers from Bipolar Depression, something that is very well documented in many of his songs if you know what to listen for. In any case, Max believes that music can help the healing process, so as a means to reach out, he started this thing called the Song Shop. Basically, fans can go to the online store, write a brief essay about something they feel passionately about, something that affects them. In return, Max will write a song about it and send it your way. Pretty cool eh? A musician writing a song about your own personal demons? I love this idea!

So if this seems like something you might want to invest in, hurry over to the website now and make your request. The first 1500 will also get a short phone call from Max himself. May only be 5mins, but if you're a good interviewer, thats all you'll need to get some cool info or advice from an awesome musician!

What do you think of the Song Shop? Corporate or Compassionate? Share your thoughts!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Toronto 2010 Warped Tour Wrap Up

Hey Everyone!
Phew... what a weekend! I dont know about you folks, but I'm about ready to crash and never get up haha. I spent this past weekend in Toronto with one of my best friends checking out the 2010 Vans Warped Tour and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Not that I was expecting it to suck... but when I consider the lineup and compare it to past years, I have to say it was somewhat lack luster for me. And then I remembered the magic of that place... 5mins in the gate and I was home. Here are some of my highlights for the day... recommendations of what to see if you plan to catch the tour in a city near you... pricing for those of you who are curious about the money you can expect to spend on various things... the whole deal, right here!

HINT: The lineup- Great place to meet new friends. Why not strike up a conversation with the people around you? I know that the weather made for great small talk in Toronto with the torrential downpour we experienced in the morning. Be aware, if you intend to pay for tickets in line they may sell fast and price just over $50 CDN.

HINT: First thing is first... before you run off to the nearest stage, check out the schedule usually located by the main stage. Hard to miss... its huge and inflatable! Make sure you prioritize and get to see as much as you can. Dont regret it!

First up in my day I checked out the last few tracks of the We The Kings set. The boys played a great set as per usual. Very tightly knit instrumentals, great vocals, and a guest appearance by Hey Monday's Cassadee for a memorable duet. If you get the chance to watch them, definitely do. They are certainly a pop punk fan's dream, but they also know how to get the audience going.

HINT: Take a walk of the full park on your downtime. Check out the layout, get familiar with it. Its easier to find your favorite bands when you already know where the stage is. You wont miss anything looking for it! Also, check out some of the tents. Lots of cool merch and free giveaways that are worth a look. Great causes and charities also set up tents so you can learn a lot in the process of walking away with free swag.

Note: Band tees run about $15-25, Hoodies about $40-50, Pins/Patches/Bracelets about $2-5

Next up, I went over to see The Rocket Summer. I swear, Bryce Avary is a genius. I know he does it in every city, but the man can write a freaking song in seconds. He's a multi-instrumentalist, which is something I am completely floored by. It took me 5 years to play a solid flute piece, I cant even begin to fathom playing an entire bands worth of instruments perfectly! If you want something a little upbeat and fun to beat the serious metal/emo overtones of the tour, wander over to their set and smile for a bit!

About halfway through their set, I wandered off to check out the tents and found my way back to the Main Stage (This year its going by the name of Teggart, in honor of a warped tour staff veteran who passed away earlier this year) for the Bouncing Souls set. Always a great set for punk rock fans. Timeless, simple, and amazing. I saw these guys at my very first Warped seven years ago, and watching them was like reliving that day. If you're looking for some fun in a pit, be sure to check them out.

Next up I got some lunch. Price points here werent as bad as I expected. You can assume that a slice of pizza will run about $4.25 CDN... closer to $9 if you add a pop and a bag of chips.

HINT: Bring food. Sealed water bottles and wrapped sandwiches are permitted in MOST venues, so check it out online and save yourself a few bucks.

Next up, The Cab. Now, I know what you're all thinking... Rocket Summer, We The Kings, The Cab... whats with all the pop? Truth is, I will take this over some of the "metal hxc alt core" whatever you want to call it stuff that plays on some of the other stages. I actually have an appreciation for vocal talent and solid instrument harmonies so think what you will, but I dont care. It was GOOD. The Cab drew a pretty large crowd, and played a lot of great tracks off their album, as well as their upcoming release. If you're in a dancing mood, I highly recommend letting lose to their set... tracks like Bounce and One Of Those Nights will have you busting a move in no time.

After the Cab's set, I decided to head over to their tent for their impromptu signing. The guys were great, super chatty and friendly which is always a plus. Cant say the same for the screaming girls though...

HINT: Some bands dont announce signings until they close their set. If you're really hoping for some Warped Tour magic, to meet your favorite bands, wait to see if they invite fans to drop by their tent for an autograph, then deak out before the last song to snag a spot in line early. ALSO, please... remember that lines function better than mobs people. LINES. Like when we were all in Kindergarden? Remember lines? One behind the other... orderly fashion. Lines...

Once I finished up with that, I had just enough time to check out a couple tracks by both Motion City Soundtrack and Pierce The Veil. Good times. Pierce the Veil are actually on my radar for Warped. They are a lot of fun, and usually play a pretty wicked cover or two that make the set more than worthwhile. This time around they chose Drake. Good fit for us Canadians. Motion City are also a solid band worth giving a go. If you like their old stuff, they play a lot of it on tour so dont worry- they make use of their catalogue unlike some bands :)

3:45pm and the clouds were pushing further into the distance. About halfway through the day, lots more to see and do! Here is where I had my first and only real conflict for the day. You see, Bring Me The Horizon and The Pretty Reckless were set to play different areas of the park at the same time.

For all you metal fans out there... Bring Me The Horizon is a MUST SEE. These british boys know how to tear the roof off a place... even when its outdoors. They take control of the stage and crowd with incredible ease and aggression. Driving bass lines, growling vox, and vicious melodies had the crowd in a frenzy. They are also the only band I saw that day who managed to create a successful circle pit AND my personal favorite, the Wall Of Death... for those of you who dont know, Oli (singer) essentially splits the crowd like Moses did with the sea, and then when the music kicks back in, everybody runs at each other. Crazy, dangerous, but SOOO fun. They also had a crowd surfing contest, the winner walking away with a brand new, signed skateboard deck. Not bad. Never have I seen so many limbs in the air, and never have I been more afraid of feet falling from the sky and whacking me upside the head.

For those of you looking for something a little more 90s grunge era... I might suggest to you, The Pretty Reckless. So, you know Gossip Girl? The little blonde chick on the show who goes after guys twice her age and is the Queen Bee? Well, chickie is also in a band, and surprisingly, the girl has a voice! Rough, raw, edgy... this girl wowed me. Yes, the lingerie was a little over kill, the blonde extensions could use a wash, and the makeup made me think of the raccoon who digs around in my trash... but beyond all that, just focusing on the music... she's good. Youtube it if you dont believe me. I know she hates the comparison, but she really is a young, more talented Courtney Love. Watch her, she's going to be huge.

After this, I made an attempt to check out Mayday Parade, but some genius decided to put them on one of the smaller stages which was impossible to get to... or see... or hear. So needless to say, I gave up after only a few minutes of their set. I wandered around a little bit and managed to catch a bit of Dillenger Escape Plan, and meet Oliver Sykes from BMTH... even though my picture magically deleted itself from my camera. Its cool. I know it happened and it was pretty sick. After this excitement, I made the tough choice to turn down The Casualties set in order to pursue something a little more satisfying to the 14 year old burried inside me... Sum 41. Yes, ladies & gentlemen, I waited a little while by the front of the main stage to see my 9th grade favorites.

Sum 41... SO MUCH FUN. Yes, they had a lousy album with Underclass Hero, but the old stuff is still classic and insanely fun. Who gets tired of hearing Fat Lip? Not me! Any rap about back packs and dentists wins me over even years later. Out of all the sets I saw that day, they were one of the best. I think thats what happens when Candian bands play their home country on the main stage. Just like Alexisonfire and Billy Talent in previous years, the hometown heroes always win over the audience. Lots of "devil horns" up, and 41 salutes were made. Lots of jumping and moshing ensued. A good time was had by all the Toronto crowd.

Finally, as the night wound to a close and the sun began to set on yet another Warped Tour, the stage stayed standing for its final performance. The one I had anxiously been awaiting all night... Alkaline Trio. The chicago trio are some of my favorite musicians. All equally brilliant, and all true musicians. You can tell they love what they do. I actually met them at their signing earlier in the day and it was probably one of the highlights of the tour for me. Now, with all the hype I had running through my system, I have to say I was slightly let down... The problem? So much new material. I havent had a chance to pick up This Addiction yet, so I wasnt familiar with many of the tracks. I was really hoping for some older stuff. Mind you, Stupid Kid was played so I cant complain much at all. They were still the image of punk rock perfection. Perfectly in sync with each other and brimming with talent. It was a great way to end the night... sun lighting the stage so intensly it looked like flames were climbing the banners. Everyone gathered around the last standing structure, basking in the summer heat and dusty air. Grudgingly turning away to leave the park as the last notes rang out through the amps... amazing.

So that about sums up my day... get it, SUMS up? Haha I'm such a joker :P Anyways, I hope that sheds some light on the fascinating world of Warped Tour through the eyes of yours truly. An real life, summer punk rock wonderland with something for everyone to see and enjoy. If you can, check out this tour. I promise you wont regret it. If the bands all suck, at least you have the experience... again, unlike anything I could possibly describe. A united community, always welcoming new members.

Will you be checking out the tour? Have you already? Tell me your Warped Tales!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

More Unexplained Black Cards News

Hey Everyone!
So if you remember, former Fall Out Boy bassist and emo icon extraordinaire, Peter Wentz has been hinting at a new project. His unexplained posts give very little insight to what this project may be, but it certainly has a lot of people talking. To add to this, today, Wentz posted a video on popular website Vimeo, containing yet another song clip. Same burlesque rock sound, same female vocals, same catchy melody. So head on over to Vimeo HERE and give the track a listen (if you care!) Hint: You will need a password for this, type in 'july8' and you'll be directed straight to the song!

Let me know what you think of all this, I'd love to hear some thoughts!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Sum 41 In The Works!

Hey Everyone!
Your favourite Canadian boys and mine are back! ...And lets hope its better than their last attempt with Underclass Hero. Sum 41 have made the official announcement for the release date of their next record, Screaming Bloody Murder. It will hit the store shelves on August 31, 2010. Correlating nicely with the end of their summer long Warped Tour booking.

A new track is also being streamed HERE so be sure to check it out!

What do you think? Yay or Nay? Share!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Forrest Kline Gets Married


Hey Everyone!
Some happy news today! Forrest Kline, front man of the beloved band Hellogoodbye, married his girlfriend of six years last weekend! How sweet, its about time! Just kidding Forrest, marriage is never something to rush into! I'm with you on this one :)




Congrats to the adorable couple, best of luck for your future together!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Free Coheed And Cambria Download Today!

Hey Everyone!
Special treat for all you Coheed and Cambria fans out there. Today, you can log into Amazon and download their track, "Pearl Of The Stars" for free! Doesnt get much better than that as far as I'm concerned. Free music by an awesome band is always a bonus.

This track can be found on the band's most recent release, Year Of The Black Rainbow, which was released on April 13th of this year. The deluxe version includes a 352 page novel penned by frontman Claudio Sanchez and best selling author, Peter David. An interesting addition to a cd, but not a far stretch!

Will you be downloading the track? I will! Never pass up free music, you never know what you might like until you give it a try :)
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Silent Library: Possibly The Most Entertaining Show MTV Has Ever Made

Hey Everyone!
Now, usually, I do not enjoy MTV... nor do I recommend wasting your life on its mind numbing programming, but in this case I have to make an exception. Still equally painful for the mind, its entertaining aspect tends to overshadow its stupidity haha. The show, you may ask? Silent Library.

Basically a child's version of Jackass, the show takes a group of individuals, places them in a library setting, and assigns them a series of painful/humiliating tasks with dollar amounts attached for their successful completion. The catch? Like a typical library, all tasks must be completed in SILENCE. Yeah... its really easy to remain totally silent when someone is shooting you with a paintball gun to the chest lol. See my point? Funny!

Another fun part about this show? It is often slotted with celebrity guests. Cant even begin to tell you how priceless that is! Just the other day I watched the boys of All Time Low partake in the humility and I couldnt stop laughing.

Yes, its MTV... the "music television" with no music. Yes, its not something I'm really excited about because I personally cant stand the real world and all the spin offs it has produced. I mean, really... these people must be in their 30s by now! Why should I watch them run an obstacle course, sleep with everything in sight, and make utter fools of themselves? I'm 21. If I want to watch these shenanigans, I'll go to the bar and do it without a cable subscription haha. HOWEVER, this show is one of those "I dont want to think right now" programs, and I have always believed that everyone must have at least one of those tucked away for a stressful day! Big fan of it. If you're looking for something ridiculous to laugh at, I highly recommend checking this out!

What's your Mindless Entertainment? Tell me! Always open to new suggestions! :)
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

SUM 41 Involved In Drunk Driving Accident

Hey Everyone!
Relax, no one in the band was behind the wheel. No, it seems like our Canadian boys in Sum 41 are having some rotten luck with their bus on this year's Vans Warped Tour. Apparently, their driver got behind the wheel after a few drinks and ran the bus off the road, endangering the lives of those on the road and those on board.

In a series of early morning twitter posts, the band gave fans a sort of play-by-play of the unfolding events. From the accident, to near fights, and replacement driver salvation, they let everybody know what was going on. They also made sure to note that the driver would never work for the band again, thank god. Drunk driving is seriously scary. You risk so many lives in taking hold of the wheel while drunk. Especially when you control a tour bus- thats a weapon in itself. A lot of metal, steel, and speed. Lethal combination when handled in a wreckless way.

What do you guys think of the situation? Must have really shaken to boys up!
Rock On!
-Girl At The Rock Show

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pete Wentz and The Black Cards

Hey Everyone!
Seems like everyone's favorite egotistical emo boy is back in the music game... not such a long break between FOB and his apparent new project: The Black Cards. Not much is known about this band, only what Pete has shared with us so far via online messages. The cryptic webpage, though it claims to be a non-viral campaign, is pretty much the definition of such- including only links to social networking sites and a catchy uncredited pop song. Pete claims that in the coming weeks, information will be linked and shared in a "controlled" manner for fans to make a judgement on. Personally, I am VERY worried that this could be a husband/wife collaboration. Remember folks: NEVER mix business with pleasure. Ok?

What do you think Pete is up to? Share your thoughts!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Alesana Get A New Guitarist

Hey Everyone!
So what do Greeley Estates and Alesana have in common? Well, besides a similar fan base and sound, the answer is guitarist Alex Torres. Alex recently made the swap into Alesana following the departure of Jake Campbell who had been with the band since 2008. He was originally their bass player before making a quick transition the same year to lead guitar.

Alex is known for his roles in Greeley Estates and Eyes Set To Kill. He will be touring with the band on their upcoming summer slot on the Van Warped Tour so make sure to check them out and see what you think of their newest addition!

Will you be checking out Alesana's set? I will, see you in the pit!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Top Canadian Bands You May Not Know

Hey Everyone!

So today, its not so much news, but one of my rants and raves about issues related to music. Today's topic: The Canadian Music Scene. This post is inspired by the MMVAs (Much Music Video Awards) which is currently airing as a rerun on my television. I didnt have much of a chance to watch this when it first aired live because I dont have cable at my house, but now that I'm at my mother's house between shitfs, I decided to give it a go. I respect the way that they are helping Canadian artists out, its great! My only issue: I find that people have a very narrow, limited view of Canada's Music industry.



As a Canadian, I am definitely proud of our exports... including those in the entertainment industry. Over the years, Canada has provided the world with some absolutely phenomenal talent... and yes, though many of them may move to the US, that doesnt change their maple leaf roots. I bet some of them still eat ketchup chips, insist on real maple syrop and believe in beer with an actual alcohol content. All that aside, my goal in this post is to remind everyone that Canadian music DOES NOT start and end with Justin Beiber. The kid may be this generation's Aaron Carter, but he is not the embodiment of this side of the border. So here is MY personal list of fiftenn amazing Canadian bands that you may or may not already be familiar with. All these bands are the combination of fantastic musicianship, raw talent, and creativity. Lets get started! In no specific order...



15) Theset
This five piece alternative rock band hails from Victoria, BC. What draws me to these guys is their live show... high energy, lots of passion, and purely Canadian. Love it. If you dont believe me, take note that this powerhouse band has played with the likes of Metric and Sebastian Granger, a couple amazing Canadian artists. If you love live music like I do, definitely look these guys up.

Their MYSPACE page has some great songs on it, I really like Already Know for what its worth!


14) Spiral Beach
This unique group comes to us from one of Canada's more well known cities, Toronto ON. This is pop with a serious edge... its definitely a bit darker than what you might expect. Lots of interesting instrumentation, powerful female and male vocalists, and a very unique sound that you wont soon forget.

Check out their website HERE!


13) Arkells
I saw these guys play a couple years ago and they did an amazing job. Hadnt heard much beyond some hype up until that point, but I'm really glad I checked them out. Love the gritty vocals, simple but effective melodies... it all comes together in a great package with these guys! You may even recognize a couple of their tracks from radio and TV. Trust me on this one, this band is amazing.

Check them out HERE



12) Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker
Are there even words for these guys? Never forget the first show I saw them play... they made a smoothie on stage as part of their set. Pricelessly entertaining and memorable: everything a show should be! Their blend of hip hop, indie and rock is completely unique and purely Canadian. They are one of those bands that make me proud to hail from the great white north.

Check them out at their Myspace page HERE

11) You Say Party
Tragedy struck this band merely months ago when they lost their drummer, but I am still very impressed by their career span, and I love their work. I've only seen them play once and it was incredibly brief, but I remember it being one of the most fun sets I have ever witnessed. Watching them play, you'll be screming PARTY at the top of your lungs!

Check out their music HERE



10) Stars
This Canadian indie group has just made it to the ten year mark, and they have already solidified their place in this music scene. Lets face it, any group attached to the Broken Social Scene name is destined to be touched with gold. They're heading out on tour soon so be sure to check them out if they make a stop near you!

Check out their Myspace page HERE


9) Attack In Black
This band is a bit tricky... let me explain. They are EXTREMELY talented, yes. That is a given. They make great music, I certainly wont argue that. BUT I have seen alcohol pretty much destroy my opinion of their performance. See, I have seen them a few times. The problem is, they reallllly lack in the consistancy area, and its ALL dependent on how much they have had to drink before. I really like them, but I actually fell asleep once when I saw them open at an arena show because I was so lack luster with the performance. I have high hopes for these guys. I really do. They have some serious potential, and their album got rave reviews... I just hope that next time I see them, its soberISH.

Hear their Music HERE

8) Wintersleep
These Halifax natives came together in 2001, and they're only just getting the recognition they deserve. I mean, lets be honest, its been a couple years now since Weighty Ghost dominated Canadian airwaves and its STILL stuck in my head! With all of the music I listen to, thats a pretty impressive achievement haha. "Are you some kind of medicine man? Cut the demons out of my head, You cant kill something thats already dead, Just leave my soul alone."

Listen to their music HERE


7) Controller.Controller
Probably one of the better known Canadian bands. An indie group with a bit of a techno edge, they make some really fantastic music... kind of dark, but still dancey with the beats and rhythms used.

Check out their Music HERE



6) Dragonette
Love Dragonette. Yet another one of those bands who have become quite the hometown favorites in these parts- seems like every show they play in the area is packed and hyped up to no end... and its easy to see why! The synth-pop trio have dominated the Canadian airwaves with radio friendly dance tracks like "I Get Around" which made it onto the Canadian Billboard chart. Between Martina's flawless voice, their signature creative genre bending sound and ability to kickstart dance parties from coast to coast, there is an endless list of reasons as to why this band is on the Canadian radar.

Listen to Dragonette HERE



5) Final Fantasy (aka Owen Pallett)
Owen is also a Toronto native... and absolutely brilliant, just like a handful of others on the list. Man, thats one talented city. What is perhaps most amazing about Pallett is the fact that he is clearly in it for the pure, simple love of music. He is known to donate a lot of the money to great causes. Struggling musicians, Doctors Without Borders... thats pretty cool. This violinist is one of a kind. Live shows get rave reviews and he even won the highly valued Polaris Music Prize. His work with numerous artists and solo ensure him a place on my list of valued Canadian musicians.


Give Owen and his work a listen HERE



4) Jesse Labelle:
Yes, a personal favorite of mine. This guy used to play a regular one man, one guitar show at a bar in my hometown before he hit it big- so its possible I'm in a bit bias. That dazzling smile, those heartfelt lyrics, and those impressive guitar solos probably encourage that bias JUST a little haha. Anyways, the Toronto native is remarkably talented and his cd is filled with beautifully written, catchy pop tunes that I can definitely see making a mark on the charts in the near future! Definitely check him out

Check out Jesse's music HERE... definitely listen to Dont Leave Now if you want a good idea of this boy's flawless voice



3) Saint Alvia
Formerly, Saint Alvia Cartel, the group formed back in 2005 uniting members of other bands like Jersey and Boys Night Out. Whats always great about bands coming together like that is the diverse influences that are often drawn out. The dynamic can make for a very distinct style that can never be duplicated. In this case... something punk/reggae/ska-esque. Magic. Give it a listen, its pretty fantastic, especially if you're looking for some summer tracks.

Listen to Saint Alvia HERE



2) Woodhands
More Toronto! This electro-indie pop duo is another example of the incredible things that happen when musicians from different backgrounds come together. Synth player Dan Werb had worked in bands from the Vancouver and Montreal scenes before teaming up with drummer Paul Banwatt. What ensued their collabortion? Pure Magic! This is what happens when punk meets sophisticated techno beats and catchy synth melodies. Hard to believe this is all the doing of two guys and a producer... thats what I call talent. Enjoy!

Check out Woodhands HERE



1) Broken Social Scene
Perhaps the most multi-faceted Canadian band in existence. This indie powerhouse contains a varrying number of band members who are involved in projects of their own outside the group. Members include well known musicians like Feist, Emily Haines (Metric) and Jason Tait. Now lets be honest here... with a lineup consisting of some of Canada's most amazing indie talent- HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG? Its just not possible for this to end badly. Melding ideas from some of the most brillian indie voices in the country is only going to result in a surge of intense Canadian pride. DEFINITELY check them out and prepare to be left speechless.

Listen to some amazing Canadian music by Broken Social Scene HERE


And thats it folks, some awesome Canadian tunes to make you think twice about the great white north. Let me know what you think, eh?
Rock On!
-Girl At The Rock Show

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Free Warped Tour Sampler From Itunes!

Hey Everyone!
So to those of you attending this year's warped tour, or those of you trying to decide if the ticket is worth it to you this year (especially with the lack of old school punk on the tour) this may help you out! Itunes and Vans have come together to provide a FREE music sample download, available until August 2010. Yes, you read that right... FREE. The 10 song download includes tracks from several of this year's performers including Alkaline Trio, New Cities, and Set Your Goals. The album is short, but a great insight to some of the different acts that are can be found of the stages this year. Might help you decide if the lineup is a good fit for you! So check out the sampler HERE, it is available in both Canada and the USA.

What do you think? Good idea!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

NOFX To Release "The Longest EP"

Hey Everyone!

So punk legends NOFX have announced that they will be releasing a collection of EP tracks. The tunes will date back to 1987 all the way to the present date. They have decided to title the work: "The Longest EP". Very fitting I'd say, including all those tracks would definitely make it a pretty long EP... most EPs are only a few songs long. However, with the average track length under 2mins, I suppose it could balance out. Guess we'll have to wait and see.



Have to say, I'm not much a fan of NOFX. I know, I know, backlash awaits that comment in the punk community. I am sure that in admitting this, I could stand to lose a few followers. The thing is, I respect their career... they have worked long and hard to get where they are. I like that they have really solidified their place in modern punk history, HOWEVER, after watching them "share their opinions" on more than one occassion at various Warped Tours, I lost A LOT of respect for them. For me, Punk isnt about being so outspoken that you insult everyone around you... its about being free to believe what you want. Its about being your own person. But that doesnt mean that you have to criticize people for what they believe in... its not the way I work. I dont mind some of the music- a lot of it is great punk, but I just cant watch these guys play live shows anymore... its frustrating for me I guess. Anyways, thats my thought on the subject. Feel free to disagree, music is something that everyone has their own opinion on, especially when it boils down to the politics of the whole thing.

So new NOFX EP... looking forward to it? I'll give it a listen, but dont look for me at live shows!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Slipknot Bassist Cause Of Death Revealed

Hey Everyone!
So sad news today. Autopsy results revealed the cause of death for Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who if you remember, was found dead in a hotel room near his home town of Des Moines, Iowa on May 25th. It seems that drugs have caused us to lose another talented musician, an alarming trend amongst young artists. The overdose has been deemed accidental by coroners. However, a heart defect was also discovered and believed to have played a role in the tragedy.

The saddest part of the whole thing? His wife is pregnant with their first child.
May you rest in peace, Paul. You will be missed!
Rock on,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mark Hoppus To Host Weekly TV Show On Fuse

Hey Everyone!
Well, its not exactly Blink-182 news, but its still Hoppus, and its still genius! Just announced, Hoppus will soon be hosting his own show on Fuse.

The show will be talk show format, probably pertaining to music and artist interviews. I love the idea of someone who's such a heavy part of the industry taking charge of interviews. So sick of watching petite blondes ask about girlfriends and fashion on tour... I dont give a damn, I want to hear the dirt, the details, the stories that are locked up on those buses or left in those hotel rooms haha. Even more about the recording process, the writing process, all the technical stuff. Nothing better than getting in an artist's head and seeing what makes them tick! If anyone can get it out of them, its Mark!

Downside? I wonder what effect this will have on Blink's touring, writing, etc...
Guess we shall see! In the mean time, keep a look out for the show to hit small screens soon!
Rock on,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Boxcar Racer Coming To Vinyl

Hey Everyone!
Yup- its true! Even though the band broke it off a while back, its been confirmed that Boxcar Racer's album will soon be making an appearance on vinyl. Perhaps a must have for any die hard Blink-182/Tom Delonge/Travis Barker fan. I have the cd and its pretty rocking. Have to say that tracks like "I Feel So" and "There Is" still make regular appearances on my playlists. Now, the vinyl is being sold through Hot Topic chains and is on a very limited count. Only 2000 pressings of a limited edition black and red swirl vinyl are available... so act quickly if you're interested! A great addition to any fan's collection.

Do you still rock out to Boxcar? Whats your favorite track?
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Friday, June 18, 2010

Riley Breckenridge of Thrice Announces Weekly Column

Hey Everyone!
For those of you who think, "Man, that name sounds familiar"... yes, you may know Riley outside his skillful drumming for alternative rock group, Thrice. Riley isnt new to the world of the written word, and I'm not taking about penning a song. No, no. The drummer acutally used to write a column alongside Morningwood singer Chantel Claret. "The Battle Of The Sexes" column took a fan's problem and examined it from both the male and female perspective- providing two points of view and separate sets of advice, followed by a semi joint ruling. I used to read this all the time... before it was cancelled in 2007. Anyways, seems the writing bug couldnt let Riley stray for long. Seems the drummer is back with pen in hand, this time writing for OC Weekly. His column will be called: Riley's Three Things. Each week, it will feature a list, like a top 3. Could be interesting. I'm curious to see with some of the Top 3 lists he comes up with! He's a great writer so its definitely worth a read. Simple, yet intriguing. I like it.


Will you be reading Riley's 3Hree Things? (no thats not a spelling mistake, thats the title haha)
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth Covers "Jumper" With Third Eye Blind

Hey Everyone!
Just wanted to share a video with you all today. Its kind of cool... shows how rock can interact even with generation gaps pushing two bands apart. While on the Bamboozle Road Show, Third Eye Blind had All Time Low vocalist, Alex Gaskarth, come out and perform Jumper with them. Classic song- makes for a great karaoke track for those of you keeping score of such suggestions at home. Anyways, the band and Alex did a great job performing the track together. Really brought a sense of community to the act, which I love. None of that pretentious "I've been doing this longer than you" stuff that sometimes happens. Sad, but true. So check out the video below, see what you think! I love it. Alex's voice is a great fit. Have to say- ATL is really starting to grow on me. Take that however you want, I'm not ashamed of my love for pop-punk boys haha.


What do you think? Not too shabby, eh? *yes, I AM CANADIAN*
Rock on,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Alternative Press Show Off 2010 Warped Tour Covers

Hey Everyone!
So, Alternative Press have unveiled their Warped Tour edition covers and they look great! This year's photos include members of We The Kings, Bring Me The Horizon, Alkaline Trio, The Rocket Summer, Versaemerge and more! This year's tour may not be the most exciting lineup (in my books anyways) but it still has some rocking bands and the experience is still unlike anything else in North America. I'm stoked, and these covers just intensify that adrenaline. Warped Tour- here I come! Year seven is going to be killer. I'll be adding this issue to my collection soon, will you?

Who's checking out Warped 2010? Who are you excited to see?
Tell Me! We'll compare notes :)
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Free Drake/Hanson Show In NYC Shut Down For Safety

Hey Everyone!
Yup, its true! A free Drake & Hanson show planned for New York City was shutdown by cops today due to safety hazards. No one had a chance to grace the stage before the NYPD decided to cancel the performance and clear the area. So what caused the cancellation? Apparently- far too many people showed up! I have to ask... what were they expecting? Drake is a huge up and coming hip hop artist with an album that dropped yesterday to rave reviews and probably major sales... wouldnt you think that throwing a FREE concert in a major city would result in a disaster? I would. Its kind of common sense...

In any case, the lack of space kind of drove people crazy. They began to climb up buildings and structures for a better view. When security asked them to come down, they got vicious. Sadly, quite a few people were hurt in the event. Just goes to show you that concerts can still be violent. Tragic really. If everyone would just take it easy and relax a bit, then concerts could be a fun experience like they're supposed to be! Dont you miss those days? I do :(

What do you think? Were the cops in the right? Watching the footage, I'd say they were!
Rock on,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

B.o.B Premieres New Music Video For "Airplanes" Featuring Paramore's Hayley Williams

Hey Everyone!
That catchy/beautifully written song that has everyone going quote crazy finally has a video to go along with it. I love this song. B.o.B has some of the best flow I've heard in a while. Its so smooth and flawless, and I'm not typically much of a hip hop lover. However, I love the slowed down music with the rapid pace rapping and beautiful harmonies of Hayley. This song has me hooked, just like the rest of you. "Can We Pretend That Airplanes In The Night Sky Are Like Shooting Stars? I Could Really Use A Wish Right Now..." that is a beautiful quote in my eyes. Check out the video below and see what you think!


Well? I like how simple it is, and Hayley looks amazing as usual. What do you think?
Rock On!
-Girl At The Rock Show

Monday, June 14, 2010

Green Day Perform On The Tony Awards

Hey Everyone!

FIRST OFF: I'm sorry, my encoding does not seem to be working. Something is up with my computer so I'm not able to post videos outside of Hyperlink format. I'm working on it, I promise to try and fix it ASAP! SORRY!

As some of you already know, Green Day were nominated for a few awards at this year's Tony Awards in recognition of their success on the Broadway circuit with "American Idiot". Green Day and cast also performed at the ceremony, bringing the crowd to their feet with a standing ovation. It was a very cool performance of some American Idiot/21st Century Breakdown tracks. I love the way they were able to bring the original rock n roll side and musical side together so well. Check out the video HERE and see what you think!

Well? Not bad in my mind. I'm really wanting to go check this out. How about you?
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Stars New Album Now Streaming

Hey Everyone!
So Canadian indie rockers, Stars, have unveiled their newest album for online streaming. The highly anticipated release is the band's fifth full length release in a decade (formed 2000). The album is entitled "The Five Ghosts" and is set to hit shelves on tuesday, June 22, 2010. The band recently did a promotional cross country tour of Canada in support of the release and from what I hear, the shows were fantastic. Check them out HERE, and make sure to stream the new album while you can HERE.

What do you think of the new Stars material?
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thom Yorke Warns Of Music Industry's Collapse

Hey Everyone!
Apparently, rock and roll icon Thom York of Radiohead, is warning us all that the music industry is in severe danger of collapsing. The very outspoken frontman is warning young bands to avoid signing with major labels because the industry will "fold within months". If you recall, Radiohead bid farewell to their longtime mainstream roots at EMI records to produce/release on an independent basis not long ago. They released their last album, In Rainbows, embracing the new digital era via the internet for prices of the fan's choosing. From nothing to 100 dollars, the album was worth whatever you wanted to pay. Interesting choice which I dont see being repeated... ever haha. So the question remains... is he right? Who's to say? I mean, there has been a VERY clear decline in album sales over the past few years with the invention of P2P file sharing and cd burning. Who's to say its impossible? Only time will tell I suppose.

What do you think? Is this a serious threat to artists? What does the future of the music industry hold?
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Lady Gaga Video For "Alejandro" Hits The Air


Hey Everyone!

Yes, its true! The latest in the long line of Lady Gaga epics has finally been released. The eight minute video is, in true Gaga style, an oddity. In the first minute alone it features men in fishnet stockings, and a circus inspired military march. Fast forward a little more and you have a very dark funeral and some pretty twisted imagery. Pretty standard for her, but still, she manages to keep it interesting for sure. There is definitely a lot to see haha.

Check out the video HERE and see what you think.


Anyone else seeing a LOT of more modern nods to Madonna here? I REALLY am!
As always, let me know what you think, lets talk music videos :)
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Teaser For Katy Perry's New Video Hits The Viral Circuit!

Hey Everyone!
Seems that yesterday, Katy Perry unveiled a 30 second clip of her new music video for "California Gurls". The song is reportedly her west coast response to Jay-Z's wildly popular "New York" which had everyone praising the country's east coast. Feeling the need to represent her coast and gender, Katy came up with this catchy summer hit. I love it. The first time I heard it, I wasnt so sure. But after a few patio nights with my girls, this song just seemed to define the early summer feeling. Check out the video clip below!


Cant wait to see the full video, LOVING the candyland on crack theme!
Cupcake bikinis anyone???
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Jimmy Eat World Finish Upcoming Album

Hey Everyone!
Well, it seems that everyone's favorite Arizona natives, Jimmy Eat World, have finished recording their new album. Sweet! The band made the announcement over their twitter and facebook fan pages. The band revealed that they would be writing/recording a new album in 2008, and continued to drop hints all the way up until March of this year as to what fans could expect, and when they might see new music come to the shelves. Well people, the wait is almost over! This will be the band's Seventh studio release.

Excited for new Jimmy Eat World? I am!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Green Day Nominated For Tony Awards

Hey Everyone!
Well, looks like American Idiot: The Musical has shaken off those early mixed reviews! Turns out that the show has recieved a few nods from the Tony Awards. The musical has been nominated for three awards at this year's ceremony. Not too shabby for a newcomer, I'd say. The nominations are for the following categories: Best scenic design of a musical (Christine Jones), Best Lighting Design of a musical (Kevin Adams) and Best musical. Hope they come out with something, GOOD LUCK BOYS!

What do you think? Should American Idiot win? Have you seen it?
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Friday, June 4, 2010

Original Pink Spiders Lineup To Reunite?

Hey Everyone!
So rumors have been running wild that the original Pink Spiders lineup may be working together once more! I dont know how many of you are familiar with these guys, but if you arent PLEASE I urge you to give them a listen. Their music is seriously amazing. Kind of a retro fitted brand of pop punk... lots of catchy melodies. Hard not to fall in love with it. Anyways, the original lineup disbanded a couple years back around the time they released "Sweat It Out". The album was recorded with the original band, but the members soon departed due to royalty fee issues and left Matt Friction as the only founding member. Soon after, Matt announced a longterm hiatus so he could focus on his side project, Matt Friction and the Cheap Shots.


Matt announced however, that the original line would possibly be getting back together. Via myspace, he said that the three had been playing together and that talks of tours and albums could follow!


For a fan, this is definitely exciting news :) How about you guys? Excited?
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New Anberlin Album Release Date

Hey Everyone!
So Anberlin have finally announced a date for their upcoming release. During a concert in New York today, lead vocalist Stephen Christian announced that the new album would hit the stores on September 21, 2010. It has tentatively been titled, "Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place". Interesting title. Seems that those ridiculously long song titles trends may be taking a new shape in long album titles. Reinvention is a wondrous thing haha. The bands last album New Surrender was incredibly successful- reaching as high as #13 on the Billboard charts with their single "Feel Good Drag". I for one, cant wait to hear their new work. I'll leave you with one of my favorite songs by the boys of Anberlin. Its called "Time and Confusion". Enjoy!


How about you? Excited for new Anberlin music?
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

The Holly Springs Disaster Breakup!

Hey Everyone!
Sad news for fans today- The Holly Springs Disaster have broken up! According to their blog post yesterday- the Saskatchewan boys decided to call it quits after deciding as a group that they would be unable to replace frontman, Mike Froh. They claim it was not an easy decision, but a necessary one. "You all know how much we loved coming out and playing shows for you but it is something we feel isnt going to continue as the band you all once knew. And we cant get on stage and perform as THSD without all of us in it together" (Band's Blog- HERE). I think thats pretty fair. Its probably difficult to keep going when you lose a member of a band... things just arent the same. Fans notice it, obviously the bands would too, right? Makes sense. I know that I've seen these guys play my hometown stages a few times, always a fun show. Well, the boys say that they will be pursuing their own lives and side projects. Who knows, maybe instead of one awesome band, the breakup will only lead to the development of a few more? Fingers crossed!

What do you think of the news? Sad? Happy? Indifferent? Let me know!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Sunday, May 30, 2010

On The Radar: Kate Miller-Heidke "Caught In The Crowd"

Hey Everyone!
So not a big long post today, just going to share a sweet little song with you! Today's tune comes to you from Australian songstress, Kate Miller-Heidke. I havent heard much by her, but the song I came across is catchy, pretty, soft and really honest. I think thats what I like most about it. Its a story with a soft melody. I also quite like her voice... I wasnt sure on the first listen but after a few plays, its really grown on me. She's had two albums released, and is rather well known in the Australia/Europe circuit, so she's not a complete unknown... her airy voice just tends to draw the alt pop crowd that is gaining in popularity here lately. The song I'm going to leave you with is called, "Caught In The Crowd". Its a beautiful song about High School cliques that I think we can all relate to on one level or another. Theres a character for everyone. The victim, the bully, the by stander... we're all there. I urge you to listen to it... and then come back and listen to it again... maybe a few times. Its the kind of song that not everyone will love, but some people (like me) may like it more after a couple plays. Intriguing how that works, eh? Check it out below and see what you think!


PS. If you like it, check out the official music video here... I like this but embedding was disabled!
So what do you think? I've been singing this for DAYS now!
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Teenage Crowd Maced During All Time Low Performance At Six Flags

Hey Everyone!
What is this world coming to? I mean, MACE at an All Time Low concert? This isnt The Beatles, and it certainly isnt Elvis. I dont get it. Maybe, MAYBE, mace should be used in extreme cases of what I call, Bieber-itis.... aka excessive fandom of the sixteen year old youtube sensation from my neck of the woods... but even then, its harsh.

Apparently the All Time Low performance tonight at Six Flags got a little out of hand, and police decided to take some action. The show was part of this years Bamboozle road show, featuring LMFAO, Boys Like Girls, Forever The Sickest Kids, and Good Charlotte among others.

Personally, until I see proof that this was out of control, I'm going to say this is probably just another example of security being out of touch. Fans these days get rowdy, they like to have fun. I know I've started some shit at shows I've been to over the years. Moshing and circle pits are all part of the package now, even with lighter, poppier bands like ATL. Its all about generating memories... about that split second where you get to the front of that crowd, when the guitarist points you out in awe of your achievement, the way that drumstick feels as it hits the palm of your hand. I'm sure most of you know what I'm talking about. We were all 13 once, we all pulled stunts that in retospect may not have been well thought out, but the point is- They are memorable. Am I wrong?

What do you think? Did the cops take it too far? Were they right to handle it with Mace?
Let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Ozzy Prank Makes His Fans Scream

Hey Everyone!

In honor of his upcoming album "Scream" to be released in late June, iconic rocker Ozzy Osbourne decided to have a little fun with his fans at Mme.Tussaud's wax museum. Seems that Ozzy decided to take the place of his wax self for the day, and the results are HILARIOUS. Check out the video below and get ready to laugh!



I wish I could have seen this, how cool of a story would that be to tell?

Rock On,

-Girl At The Rock Show

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hayley Williams Twitter Hacked- Pictures Leaked

Hey Everyone!
So, the latest victim of twitter hacking and leaked photos of a 'questionable nature' is Hayley Williams. The fiery female vocalist had her twitpic account hacked the other day, and a photo in which her shirt is rolled up, was leaked briefly.

It sucks that people can have their privacy invaded like this. She may be a celebrity, but first and foremost, she's a human being. No one deserves to be exploited like this... I cant imagine how it would feel to be the victim of an act like this. Its so, so sad. And worst of all, it happens to celebrities and every day people all the time. In an age where everything is/can be made digital, its nearly impossible to make sure something you intend to be private, never goes public.

Hayley is a beautiful girl, who was the victim of an unfortunate circumstance. Lesson be learned- dont take provocative photos of yourself unless you are ready to deal with seeing them everywhere. Sadly, this is the world we live in. Look at Pete Wentz, he still hasnt lived that down. I guess the best you can do is take his advice, and try to have a sense of humor about it. So remember kids, DONT SEXT. You never know where that picture could end up. In the meantime, support Hayley! We're all human, we all make mistakes.

What do you think? Please be respectful in your opinion, or your post WILL be deleted.
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Academy Is... Touring With KISS????

Hey Everyone!
Yes, you read that right. Chicago based pop rock sensations, The Academy Is... have been announced as headliners for the upcoming KISS tour. Yes, the same KISS with Gene Simmons, heavy duty costumes, and full stage makeup. This is an odd tour grouping... in fact, ODD barely begins to cover it haha. I mean, I dont even know what to think of it all. Who thought to put this together? I mean, on one side you have these "heavy metal" icons who are famous for their stage theatrics and attention to image details... and on the other side... pretty rock boys from Chicago who dont wear more than a single swipe of eyeliner? Alrighty then. I'm sure the guys are probably stoked about this... its known that some of the members are HUGE classic rock fans, and of course KISS are pretty iconic in that way. Its also a cool experience I'm sure. I just hope the fans who attend the shows give them a chance... I promise, you wont be disappointed. These guys are raw talent.

Dates for the Tour can be found HERE

So if you're going to check out KISS, give TAI a shot, k? No throwing bottles haha
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

RIP: Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray Is Found Dead

Hey Everyone!

Sad news... yesterday, Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was found in his hotel room yesterday morning in Urbandale, Iowa. According to priliminary reports, there were no signs of foul play or trauma. Toxicology reports have been ordered. He is survived by his wife, Brenna, who is currently pregnant with their first child. So tragic...


Paul Gray was only 38 years old at the time of his death. Seems like everyone is getting younger and younger... and to be expecting a child? That must be very rough to deal with... At least the child will grow up knowing that their father was a great musician with a large fan base. A lot of people really respect the work he did. I know thats no where NEAR close to knowing your father, but I guess in times like this its important to take comfort where you can, right?


Rest In Peace Paul, you will never be forgotten.
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Young Veins Track Featuring Jon Walker On Vocals

Hey Everyone!
New songs by Ex-Panic! At The Disco members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker have been hitting the net by storm lately. With the anticipation of the upcoming album on the rise, the guys have been posting new songs fairly often. The most recent of which is a little different. Its called 'Everyone But You' and features bassist Jon Walker on lead vocals. Its kind of cool... a darker tone than the other tracks we've heard. More minor chords... its sad, but I like it. If we go back to the 60s imagery that seems to relate so heavily to this album/this sound, I would relate this back to tracks like Elanor Rigby. Not nearly the classic that song is, but its a pretty similar composition I think. So check out the song HERE and see what you think. Not bad, I'm curious to check out this album when it comes out.

How about you? Do you like this new direction or would you prefer to see Panic make a comeback?
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rivers Cuomo To Work With Simple Plan

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Ok, you're confused. Its cool... now, read the title again because NO, sadly you were NOT mistaken. Weezer frontman and ultra talented Rivers Cuomo is said to be working with Canadian pop punk group Simple Plan on their upcoming release. I really dont even know what to think about this... I really respect Rivers. I mean, the geek chic rocker brought us songs like The Sweater Song and El Scorcho... great stuff! And from the Simple Plan camp, we have songs like Perfect and Welcome To My Life... who could ever forget such classic lines as "with their big fake smiles and stupid lies, while deep inside you're bleeding". I just cant imagine what they could come up with. Mind you, Rivers has been on some interesting kicks lately (see- Kenny Rogers) so who knows? Apparently he's bored writing smart, insightful, catchy tunes that get great milage over the years. He's grown beyond simplicity... taking a hint from Gaga on this whole "reverse shock value" deal. Who knows... I dont haha.

What do you think of the collaboration?
Rock On!
-Girl At The Rock Show

Friday, May 21, 2010

Westboro Church To Protest Ronnie James Dio's Funeral

Hey Everyone!
Is any body else getting REALLY sick of these protests? Seriously, this needs to end. I am all for freedom of speech and expression, but these people are just ridiculous. Funerals and such are not the most ideal place for such expressions... thats just down right hateful and disrespectful. Anyways, on to the story!

As some of you may know, rock n roll icon Ronnie James Dio passed away on May 16th from his battle with stomach cancer. Although many messages relayed to fans via online updates suggested that treatments were going well, we've once again witnessed just how silent and deadly of a killer cancer can be. Tragic. Ronnie Dio is best remembered for his powerful metal voice and work with bands like Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, and Dio.

Well, it appears that Westboro Church now intends to make their opinion known. The hateful group plans to protest the singer's upcoming funeral... probably because he sang metal music and helped make "devil horns" popular. I dont care what he did, these people have no right to protest a FUNERAL. This is a place for people to gather in comfort and remember someone they lost. The last thing they need is someone spreading hate at the front door. All this man did was play amazing music and bring people together... He even developed a fundraiser called Hear N Aid to raise money for famine relief in Africa. Seems like a pretty good guy to me...

Again, all for basic rights of humanity but this is just sick and wrong in so many ways. What do you think?
Rock On
-Girl At The Rock Show

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New Transplants Album In The Works

Hey Everyone!
According to recent tweets by drummer extraordinaire- Travis Barker, the Transplants are currently in the process of recording a new album! I'm pretty stoked for this, I mean, how can you go wrong when you combine Tim Armstrong with Travis Barker??? Answer: You cant. I love the punk with hip hop overtones that they have. Makes for a good mix in my opinion. I just wonder if this will have any effect on the release date of the new Blink album? Lets hope not- that stuff is LONG overdue!


New Transplants... who's excited???
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Alternative Press Anniversary Covers

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Alternative Press Magazine have released the new covers for their upcoming 25th Anniversary edition... and its a cool concept for sure! The magazine has chosen to take some of today's popular bands and replicate some of their classic covers with the new generation. 30h3, Escape The Fate and The Maine have stepped in to "cover" (if you will) some old photo shoots by Kid Rock(Aug 1999), Afghan Whigs(Feb 1994), and Brand New(Dec 2003).

Definitely a call for congrats, Alternative Press. Celebrate the fact that you have achieved your 25th anniversary amidst this age of economic uncertainty. With magazines and newspapers being forced to shut their doors, getting to the 25th year is impressive. GOOD JOB!

So, go HERE to check out the covers, they're pretty cool
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Trace Cyrus Shops Reality Show To Networks!

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Oh how I hope this is some kind of HORRIBLE practical joke that will leave me laughing and thanking all that is good when I find out that it was all a big haha to make us squirm! Apparently former Metro Station/present Ashland High star Trace Cyrus and his 'father', one-hit-wonder "achy breaky heart" singer Billy Ray Cyrus are shopping around television network meetings hoping to land themselves a reality show. Can you IMAGINE the horror? Seriously... an hour of them a week? Talking about their very limited careers, and how they cling to Miley for fame? What could be interesting about that? I'm sorry but if this is what TV has come to, I am SO glad I dont have access to cable right now haha. The Osbournes are legends... well, Ozzy is at least. The Simmons are funny... what are they Cyrus'? No. No. PLEASE NO.


What would you think of a Cyrus family reality show? Can anyone say House of Carters?
Would any of you watch this? Why/why not?
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Monday, May 17, 2010

More Blink-182 On Vinyl

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Mightier Than Swords records has announced the upcoming release of yet another piece of the essential Blink-182 catalogue to be available on vinyl! Oh yes, I cant wait for this one. Blink's self titled album (the one they released before the terrible, never to be spoken of again Hiatus) is going to be released in a limited pressing on the label's web store. The presale begins on May 24th at 12pm EST. There will be 5 color selections to choose from... all of them will consist of 500-2000 pressings (the later being a hot pink print available ONLY from Hot Topic). The store ships only to US and Canada addresses so if you live outside those countries... now is the time to get on the phone with that distant American relative of yours who would be more than happy to forward it to you upon arrival ahaha.


So excited! I bought Dude Ranch and Enema from this site and I LOVE THEM.
Cant wait to add this to my collection, how about you?
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tokio Hotel Guitarist Overdoses... And Its Not On Any drug You Would Think Of First!

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Oh man... I battled with myself about posting this but I just CANNOT resist. Its priceless and just a little bit screwy. Apparently while touring in Taiwan, Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz decided to take some VIAGRA that was offered to him at a market. Yes, the 20 year old apparently asked the man if he really looked like he needed those kinds of meds, and yet, he took it anyways. Not only did he take it, but he took enough to overdose and suffer from side effects for TWO DAYS. Come on... isnt it just common sense that at 20, you probably dont really need that stuff under normal circumstances. Really now... Kids, dont follow this suite please. Its not a good example...

Let this be a reminder that `Drugs are BAD... mmkay` as Mr.Mackey would say
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Friday, May 14, 2010

Some Artists Dont Stop Believin'

Hey Everyone!


This is pretty cool. For a Rainforest Fundraiser at Carnegie Hall, some of the greats of yesterday and today got together and performed a rendition of Journey's classic Dont Stop Believin. Check out the video below... it features Lady Gaga, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Blondie (Debbie Harry) and Shirley Bassey!



I love this song, its my karaoke classic. Also seems to work well for this group!

Rock On,

- Girl At The Rock Show

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Attention Portland, OR! Rise Records Is Looking For An Intern

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So this post is kind of designed towards anyone reading from Portland, OR. Apparently Rise Records is looking for an intern! Trust me, if I lived in the area, I'd be applying for this in a second, looks like a great opportunity for anyone interested in working in the entertainment/business field. The job listing states that the applicant would be responsible for a lot of seemingly random tasks a couple times a week. So yeah, typical intern work I would assume haha. Everything from coffee runs to computer spread sheets... the stuff dreams are made of, right? But on the bright side, this would look FANTASTIC on a resume, and they also claim that it COULD lead to a full time position with the label. Pretty sweet. Only troublesome catches are that you have to be 18+, and you have to live in Portland... hence my inability to apply haha. Also, the job is NOT paid.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the label, they are an Oregon based record label that started back in 1991. Their focus is primarily on what some may call "post hardcore"... basically aggressive, heavy, metal/punk. You know the stuff I'm talking about... bands with more than three words in their name, can hardly understand the words, and their T-shirts are filled with gory cartoon monsters and bright colors? Just so you know, I dont have much against this music, even though that description suggests otherwise haha. Its just the best way I know to explain the bands they have signed. Their current roster includes bands like: From First To Last, The Bled, Of Mice And Men, Piebald, The Devil Wears Prada, and Bleeding Through.

Anyone from Portland? Will you be applying? Great opportunity!
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Green Day Cover Rolling Stones On Jimmy Fallon

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In case you missed it, Green Day did a pretty sweet cover of The Rolling Stones Classic "Rip This Joint". The performance was part of a week long celebration of the Rolling Stones album Exile On Main Street. The cover is really upbeat, and even if it is a cover, it sounds a lot like classic Green Day meets Foxboro Hot Tubs. The celebration of the band's 10th studio album is the result of its re-release. Check out Green Day's take on "Rip This Joint" below!


What did you think? I would love to see them play this live, they look like they're having a blast with it!
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Katy Perry Tops Maxim's Top 100 of 2010

Hey Everyone!
Its official... Katy Perry is the most beautiful woman in the world according to this year's Maxim list. I think she's a great pick... she's not the most modern example of stereotypical beauty... she's not blonde, she's not super thin, she writes her own music... she's just a healthy, fun loving, pretty woman. I think she's gorgeous, creative and a perfect fit for this list. She's quirky, not afraid to be herself and I like that as a choice for a role model. Better seeing her on the top of the chart than a barbie doll look alike who is completely molded by the industry.



What do you think? Would there have been a better choice in your mind? Who?
Rock On,
-Girl At The Rock Show

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Underoath Drummer Announced!

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Shortly after the announcement that Aaron Gillepsie would be leaving Underoath, the band have announced his replacement. Well... kind of. According to Facebook and Twitter posts, the band has been working closely with ex-Norma Jean drummer Daniel Davison. He has apparently had a part in writing, recording, and will even be touring with them soon. Could this mean that Daniel will be a new permanent fixture in the group? I think its totally possible. Norma Jean comes from the same genre/fan base as Underoath. Daniel is a solid drummer, but my question is: Can he sing? Because Aaron certainly can, and for that I will miss his presence in the band.



What would you think of Daniel joining Underoath? Let me know!
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Avenged Sevenfold Announce Drummer For Upcoming Tour With Disturbed

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So its official! After hitting it off with the boys of Avenged Sevenfold while helping them track drums for their upcoming album, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater will be filling in for their late drummer on their upcoming tour. After A7x Drummer Jimmy "The Reverand" Sullivan passed away unexpectedly late last year, the future of the band was met with a lot of unease and uncertainty. No one knew what would happen, but it looks like the guys are trying their best to keep the band, and Jimmy's legacy alive.



It is important to note that the Mike will not be a permanent drummer for the band. He is simply filling in because his tour schedule with Dream Theater allowed for it and he wants to help the guys out as much as possible. Although the tour with Disturbed and the album are both getting the green light, there are still a lot of questions pertaining to the future of the group. All I can say is that I hope they are dealing with these unfortunate circumstances as best as can be expected. Touring has to be very difficult when your best friend is no longer there with you. Same with studio sessions... I cant imagine how hard it must be.

Good luck boys, you have a strong fan base behind you!
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Friday, May 7, 2010

Blessthefall's Frontman Beau Bokan Recovering From 25ft Fall

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It appears that newest member of Blessthefall, lead vocalist Beau Bokan, took a nasty fall earlier this week while on tour. While performing in Richmond, VA, Beau fell off the stage, about 25ft. He's in good shape after a visit to the hospital, but he's having some issues walking. He's on crutches until his legs and feet heal up. The band has no intention of stopping or postponing their current tour with As I Lay Dying.



Speedy recovery, Beau!
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Miley Cyrus Turns Up The Heat In Her New Video

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Apparently Hannah Montanna has been laid to rest, and this is what we're left with. Teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus has released her latest video and she wants you to know, she cant be tamed! The video is a very dramatic spin from Miley's last single "When I Look At You" which is very light hearted and soft if you will... This new released features the young songstress dressed as some kind of raven/dark angel in a bird cage. Very reminiscent of a scene from King Kong. As the music kicks in, Miley spreads her wings and dancers appear at her sides. The next three minutes or so are filled with highly sexualized dance moves, revealing clothing and suggestive themes. I mean "I go through guys like money, Flying out their hands"... really?

Now, I'm not a fan of young Ms.Cyrus, and I know she is very sick of this cookie cutter Disney image... but thats what you signed up for, Honey! Now you have a fan base of pre-teen girls and you may wanna take a second to realize that you are in fact a role model. There are already enough little sisters, daughters and cousins singing about brushing their teeth with Jack Daniels, now they cant be tamed? Great. I'm looking forward to whatever pre-teen trend hits next. I can see it now... sequined bustier dresses for everyone!

Check out the video below to see what you think for yourselves...




Well? I mean, its not as bad as some videos but again, FAR CRY FROM MS.MONTANNA
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show


PS. Anyone else seeing a little tribute to Fergie and the Peas here???




Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Jesse Labelle Steals The Show

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So last night, I had the opportunity to go check out Faber Drive's tour in support of their new album "Cant Keep A Secret". Along with them for this leg of the tour, they brought fellow Canadian artists Jesse Labelle and The New Cities. Here's a rundown of the show for those of you who are curious or about to check the tour out in your home town!

Honestly, I say this without bias and without a fan girl bone in my body... Jesse Labelle absolutely STOLE THE SHOW. Its a shame that he is the opener on this tour, but it makes sense as he just released his first full length album on Wax records in April of this year. He's been called the next John Mayer, and after last night, I can see why this young Toronto native is getting such high praise. Jesse's set was filled with perfect pitch, soft melodies, incredible guitar solos and lyrics that made every girl in the building swoon. The small, confident smiles he flashed were always followed by bursts of cheers and screams. But his talent goes far beyond those boy band good looks. Behind all that, there is a singer and songwriter with the ability to write beautiful ballads about life and love. Trust me, this boy has only just begun his career... forget those short lived, 90s boy band escapades of his- he's clearly grown up since then.

Jesse is a true, raw talent. It was great to see a young man take the stage with such ease and confidence in his music. The set was nice and simple... no extravagant stage theatrics, just some guys in jeans jamming out on their instruments. So refreshing to see a band who let the music speak for itself. Particularly stunning was the solo acoustic rendition he performed of his song "Lost". Throughout his set, I had to remind myself that I was in fact NOT watching a young Butch Walker. So if you're into gorgeous indie love songs, definitely check this guy out! You wont regret it.

Sadly for me, that's where the talent on this tour kind of started to die. Next up to play was The New Cities. I had seen these guys play back in the summer when I took my two younger sisters to see Katy Perry as a way to spend some time with them. I didn't think much of their set, but it was alright. Nothing entirely too memorable but they served their purpose and played well. Last night, I'm not sure I can be as nice. Something was really off, and as far as I could tell, it was the vocals. Following Jesse's near flawless vocal style must have been difficult to follow, but I mean, the key of each song ran noticeably flat. Also, after the first few tracks, I began to have difficulty telling the start of one from the next. It was pretty much 40mins of solid techno-pop-punk. A couple songs stood on their own two feet and proved a nice break, but by the end of it, I wasn't sure if they had played 5 songs or 15. There is potential, that's for sure. Maybe last night was just an off night for the Quebec boys. I reserve total judgement of this band until I see them one more time... third time is a charm, right? Not sure if that logic applies to music and artists or not but I'll choose to be hopelessly optimistic for once in my life haha.

Finally, headliners Faber Drive took the stage. Now, I have to say I actually used to like this band. I mean, I didn't run out to the local store to pick up their CD or anything, but I could sing along when tracks made appearances on radio and television stations. I liked the somewhat generic love songs, they were well played and well produced so I had very few complaints... and then came their latest album Cant Keep A Secret... yeah. I don't even know what to say anymore because I'm pretty sure aliens abducted the original band and are now inhabiting clone bodies or something because they pulled a COMPLETE 180 and jumped on board this techno-pop-punk bandwagon which is still moving records at a fast pace. To say the release of "G-G-Get Up And Dance" caught me off guard is an understatement. You get the point, enough of my rant, lets get back to the show!

Now, I didn't stay for their entire set... in fact, I think I left after about 5 songs. However, it wasn't bad. They played a good mix of newer and older tracks to kick off their set which I enjoyed. The performance was definitely high energy as the band members bounced around the stage. It is great to see people having fun on stage without overdoing it. Faber and Labelle were both on par with that idea. All in all, I definitely prefer their earlier material. Songs like "When I'm With You" and "Second Chance" instantly find their way into your Itunes play list with their catchy, heart felt lyrics and alternative rock finesse. I'm interested to see what the B.C. boys do next... will they stick to the trend or venture back to the alt rock their fans love? Only time will tell. However, if you're looking for a fun night out with some good music and lots of energy, check these guys out. You'll have a good time, and that's what concerts are all about!

Overall, this tour is fairly generic. A few upbeat pop-punk bands with synths and auto tune used as an instrument. Throw in a young Canadian songwriting heart throb who plays the guitar with the precision of a seasoned pro, and well, its worth the money spent. If you're looking for a fun night out, you may wanna see if this tour is rolling through a town near you!

"Toronto native Jesse Labelle had the crowd hanging on every note at his
performance last night at Cowboys in London, Ontario. Opening
for fellow Canadians, The New Cities and Faber Drive, the seasoned
indie singer proved that he can write breathtaking ballads while
playing a mean guitar solo. Perfect tone, heartfelt lyrics, and a fun, casual presence left the crowd wanting more."


Anyone else attend one of these tour dates or about to? Let me know what you thought!
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show