LIVE REVIEW: Blondshell My Home Is Your Playground Summer Tour 2023 at PhilaMOCA

Late last month indie rocker Blondshell (Sabrina Teitelbaum) packed Philadelphia’s PhilaMOCA performing arts venue with adoring fans.

Written by Jonathan Lane

Together with solid backup by her bandmates, Sabrina delivered a very satisfying 14-song set comprising tracks from her 2023 self-titled debut album and others, Rounding out the set were covers of a Sarnia and Le Tigre numbers:

Onstage the unassuming Blondshell commands your attention while her disarming presence removes any invisible barrier between herself and the crowd.  Fans are fully tuned in as she opens up and invites us to share the high highs and low lows drawn from her experiences.

Blondshell kicked off the set with “Veronica Mars”, a soft tune that steadily builds to a delicious, grungy sonic stew. The set provided a good cross-section of where Blondshell is musically up to now: at times cheerful and upbeat, angry, or hopeful. Extremes on the romantic front were represented by fun indy tune “Cartoon Earthquake” about a promising romance:

If a rock hit the ground

And split like a hairline fracture

A cartoon earthquake now It’s me that you’d run after

And jump the gap

To get to my half I wanna trust that

…the singer-songwriter-styled “It Wasn’t Love” about heartbreak, which features a crowd-thrilling vocal crescendo in the few seconds:

She told her mom I was her friend, I was a friend
It hurt the most when I was always at her bed
But it wasn’t love, it wasn’t love, it wasn’t love
It wasn’t love if you have to ask if you’re making it up

…and “Salad” – harder indy rock tune, where the band’s playing reflects the barely suppressed impulses to murder a seemingly deserving former beau:

I’m so scary

I can’t stop having visions of following him

Gonna make it hurt

Gonna make it hurt

This early-career show promises great things for Blondshell – and we’ll look forward to seeing and hearing the next chapter.

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Photo gallery of Blondshell performance below.

Photography by Jonathan Lane

Blondshell – PhilaMOCA – Philadelphia, PA 7/21/23

Set List

1.       Veronica

2.       Cartoon

3.       Sepsis

4.       Charm You (Samia cover)

5.       Sober

6.       Joiner

7.       Deceptacon (Le Tigre cover)

8.       Street Rat

9.       Olympus

10.   Dangerous

11.   Kiss City

12.   Tarmac

13.   It Wasn’t Love

14.   Salad

Hello Mary opened for Blondshell with a very original and of progressively rock-ier set of songs – as their understanded performance proceeded, Hello Mary infused borderline psychedelic sounds and riffs, allowing the talented trio to demonstrate their chops on guitar, bass, drums and vocals.

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Photo gallery of Hello Mary performance below.

Photography by Jonathan Lane


Electronic music festivals are one of the rare things in life that you can thoroughly enjoy while in the heart of a major city or hundreds of miles from the nearest city. Each of the opposite settings, and everywhere in between, have their own merit. Each have their own vibe but have a common theme of having a fantastic time dancing to the varying beats.

Written by Jessica Trail

September 8-10, 2023 the small village of Ninilchik, AK will see an influx of festival goers for the second annual Sacred Acre Festival. The village is a 3.5-hour drive south of Anchorage and 45 minutes north of Homer.

Being the first established electronic music festival in Alaska is no small feat. Having experience with music events helps but having a mission makes it that much easier and can provide the right amount of motivation to make it successful. The listed mission on the festival’s website is to bring awareness to the effects that trawling, especially bottom trawls, have on marine life. See the festival’s mission page for more information.

From year one to year two there are nearly double the number artists lined up this year. Headliners include Of The Trees, Boogie T, and Daily Bread. There are also four artists returning from year one including Jason Leech, DJ Fractal Theory, Clint Samples, and DJ Grim. Additionally Manic Focus, Jason Leech, Clint Samples, Phyphr, Marvel Years, Motifv, and Rachel Monae are all performing multiple sets during the 3 days!

As if the three days of great electronic music alone was not enough to entice a visit to southern Alaska there are also excursions add-ons available. These add-ons include a foraging excursion, fly fishing, helicopter excursion, spear fishing, and a now sold-out cruise of the bay.

Now that you know about some of the great artists performing, the fun add-ons, the dates, the location, and the solid mission of the festival all that is left is buy tickets and get ready to go! There are General Admission and VIP package options available.

So now that you have your tickets, how are you going to get there? That part is easy, the festival worked with a shuttle service that can provide a shuttle from the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage (ANC) directly to the festival grounds. If you would rather drive yourself there are vehicles available from local vehicle rental spots too.

And what about where to stay once you get there? For accommodations there are three options available. Options include tent camping, RV, and vehicle + trailer packages.

Before you arrive make sure to check out the FAQ for need-to-know information such as prohibited items, information about parking, and more. Then once you arrive there are tons of amazing artists performing as well as a devoted calm area called the sanctuary. This space will provide an area “where you can go at any time, day or night, to find shelter for your mind, your body, or your spirit.”

For additional information and updates check out their website and social media links.

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Title Photo Credit: Sacred Acre


At the time writing, there are a few weeks left until everyone starts arriving in Kingston Downs in Rome, GA.  While Atlanta is about an hour away, the fresh air and chill vibes will make you think you are hours away from the big city.  As someone who has attended several camping festivals in various countries, I would like to think I have some helpful tips for anyone who has never been to this festival, or any other for that matter, or would like to make the experience more enjoyable.  Here are some tips that have helped me learn to not only survive, but leave having enjoyed the whole experience.

Written by Jessica Trail

Remember, this is a music festival, so sorting out a plan for the music should be one of your top priorities.  First, secure tickets for the festival.  Second, arrange accommodations be it, RV, tent camping or hotel.  Do not forget to look into the fun add-ons such as pool parties and locker rentals, which can be purchased if desired.  It is then helpful to review who you are interested in seeing from the lineup.  See who is playing on each stage in the lineup and what time slot they are playing at for each day.

Once tickets are purchased, accommodations are set, add-ons are selected, and know whom you are planning to see at which stage, it is then time to get packing.  Remember to review the items allowed and prohibited for both camping sites and festival grounds.  Every festival is a little different, so make sure you review festival rules and regulations carefully before you attend any festival to see if anything has changed!  Imagine’s “Don’t Leave Home Without It” and “You Don’t Need It To Survive, But You’ll Be Happy You Did” lists are quite good, but I have a few more recommendations to add:

For clothing, it is important to think about both hot days and cool nights.  Also, plan for the unthinkable such as rain for the entire festival, though hopefully it will not.  As a general travel tip, pack 1.5 times the number of socks and undergarments you will need because things can and do happen!

I’m sure some of you have been thinking about this years’ festival outfits since last year and already have everything ready to go.  For those that haven’t, here is something to consider.  Of course, you will want to wear something fun, but don’t underestimate the luxury of comfort!  I am bad at following my own tips at times, but dark colors are not always your friend for outdoor festivals.  Lighter colors are key!  But, if you must wear dark colors, I suggest something light weight such as a tank top.

Remember the add-ons we spoke of earlier?  Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit!  Even if you didn’t purchase the pool package, they are comfortable to wear on a hot GA day!  Along those lines, sunscreen will be your best friend.  Use it, but more importantly, remember to reapply.  There is nothing worse than a car ride or plane ride when you have a sunburn.

While we’re on the topic of clothing, the super cute shoes you bought just for the festival might seem like a fantastic idea, but your feet (and back) will thank you for wearing something semi-practical.  As someone who has been attending festivals for over 20-years, I promise you I never regretted the times I was comfortable!

Other festival essentials are numerous.  Earplugs, neck / handheld fans, toiletries if you intend to shower (wipes if you don’t), makeup, face paint, body paint, feminine hygiene products (guys, bring them too because you never know when you might be someone’s hero!), toilet paper, towels, bug spray, water bottle, hydration pack, a hat or two, sunglasses, powerbank / cables for your phone, trash bags and yet more earplugs.

In case of rain, it may be worth your while if you also pack boots, waterproof bags for essentials, an umbrella and / or poncho.  If you have selected tent camping, it may be silly to say, but do NOT forget your tent, air mattress, sleeping bag, blankets, pillows, and a flashlight!

Now that you have gone through your checklist, and maybe added a few more items from the festivals list, or any of my recommendations, there is just one last thing to do after you arrive:  Don’t forget to have an amazing time!  Don’t let someone else’s bad vibes ruin your fun time.  Bad moments are temporary, but memories of amazing moments last forever.  I can’t wait to see everyone there!

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LIVE REVIEW: Steve Vai Inviolate Tour North America 2023

The final concert of the Canadian leg of Inviolate Tour North America 2023 took place on August 15th in Vancouver BC.

Written by Arturs Feists

The large line that wound down the street for the length of the block indicated that this evening was going to be hot, literally and figuratively. Heated by the hot sun, the audience with ovations – without a warm-up band, welcomed Steve Vai and his bandmates – Dave Weiner (guitar/keys), Philip Bynoe (bass), and Jeremy Colson (drums).

During the first three compositions – Avalanche, Giant Balls of Gold and Little Pretty, people confirmed with continuous exclamations, applause and cheers – the audience is listening, and they are listening very well! The concert-goers were heated to the maximum – the heat of the sun, the sound of guitars and drums did their job. It seems that Steve Vai’s guitar would have nowhere to fall if he threw it into the audience – so many people had gathered to see the Canadian leg’s last concert. The songs changed one after another, as did Steve Vai’s guitars, but the audience’s attitude, response and appreciation remained constant throughout the concert. As Steve Vai himself said from the stage – let’s forget politics and celebrate great music together!

A total of 20 songs were played – songs from the last album Inviolate alternating with compositions from previous records. Classic hits from Passion and Warfare – Liberty and For the Love of God were also played at the end of the concert.

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Opus Pro at Šlokenbeka Manor at July 8, 2023

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Band: Opus Pro Live Show in Latvia Opus Pro is a Latvian heavy rock band formed in 1986. Opus Pro was one of the most popular Latvian groups in the 80s and 90s of the 20th century. The members of the group changed over time, the band core consisted of lead singer Oleg Andreyev (Alex), and guitarist and songwriter Harijs Zariņš until 2010, when guitarist Harijs Zariņš left the group. Then a new stage in the history of Opus Pro began. The group receives the biggest blow at the end of 2021 – on December 27, Alex passes away. The group is on the verge of disbanding, but in 2022, the singer Jānis Drēģeris, who is an acquaintance of bass guitarist Uldas Krūmiņas, is approached, who convincingly confirmed his talent as a rock singer on the Lithuanian television show “Lietuvos balsa”. Opus Pro has performed with such world music stars as “Whitesnake”, “ZZ Top”, “Nazareth”, “Slade”, “Sweet”, Bjorka, “CCR”. Live show review: The band started the performance with one of their classic hits “I’m gonna steel you”. It is the song with which the new lineup started their first concert when they played in the rock capital of Latvia, Liepāja, some time ago. One after the other, older and newer songs of the group are performed – I love you, Tonight, We will be together forever, Where and how, Only Dream and many others. The group’s most popular ballads – Don’t leave, You and Me, Pink Rain – are not missing. Two covers of world rock hits are also played – “Come together” by the Beatles and “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC. In spite of his youth, the young vocalist Jānis Drēģeris naturally blends into the band. If someone is pessimistic about whether Opus Pro has a future even after passing of the iconic voice of Latvian rock Alex, then the young vocalist Jānis is able to destroy the judgments of any skeptic with his voice, singing capability and energy. Opus Pro performed as a united team, standing strong on an already laid solid rock’n’roll foundation, ready to offer a new single and, hopefully, very soon, the band will please its fans with a new full-length record!

JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES Announce 2024 Tour

JOHN 5’s first tour since joining Mötley Crüe will feature unexpected special guests to be announced soon!

“I am really looking forward to see all of you monsters on the road!” – JOHN 5 

Both loved and revered, JOHN 5 is hitting the road again. The tour kicks off NAMM weekend with two special Southern California performances with Special Guest Jared James Nichols.

Tour Blasts Off:

01/26/24 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory – w/Jared James Nichols

01/27/24 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater – w/Jared James Nichols

01/28/24 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d

01/30/24 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios

02/01/24 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater

02/02/24 – Turtle Lake, WI – St. Croix Casino

02/03/24 – Green Bay, WI – Epic Events Center

02/04/24 – Kansasville, WI – 1175 Event Center

02/06/24 – Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room

02/07/24 – Harrison, OH – The Blue Note

02/08/24 – Cleveland, OH – The Winchester Music Tavern

02/09/24 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop

02/10/24 – Columbus, OH – The King of Clubs

02/12/24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille

02/13/24 – Lititz, PA – Mickey’s Black Box

02/14/24 – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall

02/15/24 – NYC, NY – Gramercy Theater

02/19/24 – Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater

02/20/24 – Greenville, SC – Radio Room

02/21/24 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft @ Centerstage

02/23/24 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall

02/24/24 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

02/25/24 – Tulsa, OK – The Shrine

02/27/24 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater

02/28/24 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater

02/29/24 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile

03/01/24 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park

Flor de Loto unveils “Lines of Nasca”

a milestone album featuring industry collaborators and an English lyrics debut

Flor de Loto, a driving force in Peru’s Andean Prog-Folk Metal scene, release today their new album, “Lines of Nasca”. Available now on all digital platforms, this album isn’t just a new release, it’s a milestone marking the band’s significant 25-year musical journey.

“Lines of Nasca” is an homage to Flor de Loto’s musical evolution, featuring a stirring mix of remakes, re-recordings, and remixes. Adding to its allure are collaborations with established names in the industry, including Fabio Lione (Rhapsody, Angra) and Doogie White (Rainbow). Breaking new ground, Flor de Loto, for the first time, introduces an album sung entirely in English, allowing their musical storytelling to resonate with a broader audience.

The album’s production has been expertly handled by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Halford) at his US-based studios, and it received its mastering touch from Maor Appelbaum (Yes, Faith no More, Sepultura).

On the same day of the album’s release, Flor de Loto shares a glimpse into their sonic world through the music video for their evocative single, “Slave to your soul,” featuring guest singer Doogie White. 

As producer Roy Z aptly states: “Flor de Loto is what would have happened if Iron Maiden met Jethro Tull in the ruins of Machu Picchu.”

The band, consisting of Alonso Herrera (Vocals/Guitar), Sergio “Checho” Cuadros (Quena, Zampoña, Transverse flute), Álvaro Escobar (Drums), Alejandro Jarrín (Bass), Diego Sánchez, and Gustavo Valverde (Keyboards), invites listeners on a sonic journey with “Lines of Nasca”. It’s an album that promises to thrill fans of Jethro Tull, Rhapsody, Iron Maiden, Mägo de Oz, and Saurom.

Dive into the mystic and melodic depths of “Lines of Nasca,” available now on Spotify, Deezer, and all major platforms. It’s a musical expedition where Iron Maiden meets Jethro Tull in the heart of the Incan heritage.


  1. Empire Made of Glass (feat. Fabio Lione)
  2. Animal
  3. Slave to your soul (feat. Doogie White)
  4. Afraid to shoot strangers (Iron Maiden cover)
  5. Nasca Lines
  6. Regression (feat. Fabio Lione)
  7. Until the end


  • Alonso Herrera – Vocals / Guitar
  • Sergio “Checho” Cuadros – Quena, Zampoña, Transverse flute
  • Álvaro Escobar – Drums
  • Alejandro Jarrín – Bass
  • Diego Sánchez – Keyboards
  • Gustavo Valverde – Keyboards

FALLEN UTOPIA Announces “RUIN”, set to be released on November

Austrian Death Metal powerhouse FALLEN UTOPIA is set to release their third full-length album, “RUIN,” on November 11, 2023. The album is a sonic exploration of the collapse of civilizations, brought to life through nine relentless tracks that marry intense musicality with a powerful thematic narrative.

“RUIN” signifies a significant evolution for FALLEN UTOPIA, showcasing their mastery of Death Metal with a modern twist. The album’s recording, helmed by Norbert Leitner in Vienna, captures the band’s raw energy and tight-knit chemistry. This release promises to deliver an unrelenting auditory assault that resonates with fans of Machine Head, Illdisposed, Behemoth, Kataklysm, Vader, and Pungent Stench.

Each track on “RUIN” serves as a chapter in the harrowing tale of civilization’s demise. The album’s lyrical depth explores themes of decay, destruction, and the tenacity of human spirit in the face of downfall. FALLEN UTOPIA has embraced the challenge of pushing the boundaries of their genre, creating a sonic journey that combines relentless aggression with introspective storytelling.

“RUIN” will be accompanied by four fully-fledged music videos, each a visual representation of the album’s themes and fervent energy. Produced by Max Ehrlich, these videos promise to elevate the album’s storytelling to new heights, offering fans a multi-sensory experience.

The cover artwork, meticulously crafted by Pierre-Alain D. of 3mmi Design, provides a tantalizing glimpse into the album’s essence, inviting listeners to delve into the dark abyss of “RUIN.”

Loveless Share “Drag Me Down”

Loveless, comprised of vocalist/producer Julian Comeau and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Tirapelli-Jamail, share “Drag Me Down” via BMG/Rise Records. The track follows the band’s recent single “I Hope I’m Not Sick” which has earned 1M+ streams globally, as well as support from KROQ, Sirius XM AltNation, and BBC Radio One.

“‘Drag Me Down’ is about how in my head I get with every relationship I’ve ever been in. I feel like I’m a hopeless romantic, but with my own struggles with anxiety and my perceptions of myself, I never feel like I’m enough for my partners. I always push people away and find a reason to leave, even with the people I love the most,” shares Comeau. “Our songs don’t often resolve, musically or lyrically, but it was a deliberate decision for this song. There’s a lot of hesitation in the lyrics, this feeling of being dragged down by my own imposter syndrome and finally realizing, at the apex of the song, that I’d rather face the down moments with you than without.” 

Fresh off a sold-out North American tour and an appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago this past weekend, Loveless is gearing up to continue their world tour in Australia, Europe, and the UK. For tickets and more information, visit


8/17 Sydney, AUS       Metro Theatre

8/18 Brisbane, AUS     Triffid 

8/20 Melbourne, Aus     170 Russell 

9/16 Paris, FR          Trabendo

9/18 Amsterdam, NL     Melkweg OZ – SOLD OUT

9/20 Berlin, DE         Columbia Theater – UPGRADED 

9/21 Hamburg, DE Reeperbahn Festival

9/23 Brussels, BE       AB Club – SOLD OUT 

9/25 Cardiff, UK        Tramshed – UPGRADED

9/26 London, UK        Electric Ballroom

9/29 Birmingham, UK    O2 Institute 2 – SOLD OUT

9/30 Manchester, UK    Academy 2 – UPGRADED & SOLD OUT

10/1 Glasgow, UK      Garage – UPGRADED

10/3 Dublin, IE         Academy Green Room


Loveless first met in 2019 and released their debut single “Better” in April 2020 just as COVID lockdown restrictions began to go into full force. The limitations prevented any touring plans and found Loveless embracing social media to connect with fans globally. 

The pair began to find success posting thrilling covers online entering the Billboard Hot Hard Rock Songs chart at #2 with their version of Elley Duhé’s “MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,” garnering attention from Lizzo with their spin on “About Damn Time,” and going viral with their emo/pop-punk version of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever,” to name a few. 

AMARANTHE Announce New Album “The Catalyst” At Wacken Open Air!

This afternoon, the holy ground for heavy music, the sacred space for metal heads saw the beginning of another glorious chapter for one of the brightest modern metal stars to date. Swedish six-piece AMARANTHE announced the release of their upcoming album The Catalyst live on stage after their bedazzling performance on Wacken’s main stage.

“So at last it is official! This has been a long time in the making, and more effort went into this album than any previous AMARANTHE record. You have already gotten a taste of what’s to come on “Damnation Flame”, but as the most varied and eclectic AMARANTHE album to date, expect the unexpected! We cover a lot of musical ground on ‘The Catalyst’, but the core of what we are about creatively is completely intact. It will be immediately obvious that you are listening to AMARANTHE, as much as it will be immediately obvious that this is both a leap forward as well as a step up. Can’t wait for all of you to hear what we have been cooking, as well as seeing us perform these pristine new songs on the road SOON!”, guitar player Olof Mörck states about this moment.

The Catalyst will see the light of day on February 23rd, 2024, via Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be available digitally and in different physical formats including CD, Vinyl, and a 2CD Special Edition.

Presave or preorder your format of choice here:

The Catalyst is the most conceptually coherent piece of work in AMARANTHE‘s storied history. Dedicated to notions of transformation and revelation, it delves deeper than any previous album, as Olof Mörck explains.
“We’ve done these things before, but we’ve never been as theatrical as we have this time,” Mörck grins. “In fact, we all questioned whether we went too far this time, but I also figured that this band was always this way. Literally, the first seconds of our first video was a big explosion! But yes, The Catalyst is more theatrical than ever. We’ve never really been symphonic or orchestral before, but this time we just thought why not? Because we can! The key to this album is that we let go of the boundaries and decided to do something even more adventurous.”

The Catalyst represents the culmination of 15 years of hard work and the breathless pursuit of a wholly original musical vision. Change is inevitable. Victory is assured.


05.08. FI Lieto – Smuggler Rok

10.08. ES Villena – Leyendas Del Rock 

17.-19.08. CZ Moravský Krumloch – Rock Castle 

20. – 24.09. DE Berlin – Full Metal Cruise 

01.12. FI Jyväskyla – John Smith Rock Frozen 

02.12. FI Joensuu, Unholy Winter Fest  

Formed in 2008, AMARANTHE walked their own unique path from the start. With a sound that combined the sharpest, cutting edges of melodic metal, electronic rock, and razor-sharp pop, their impact was immediate and undeniable. Kicking off with their self-titled debut in 2011, the Swedes blazed a trail through the European metal scene and beyond, swiftly establishing themselves as a dazzling one-off, not least due to the unprecedented triple vocal attack that paired clean tones with exquisite melodic sensibilities and feral growls. Over the next few years, the sextet steadily grew in stature, releasing a series of praised studio records that jabbed persistently at the boundaries of modern metal.

Elize Ryd | vocals
Mikael Sehlin I growls
Olof Mörck | guitars, keyboards
Johan Andreassen | bass
Morten Løwe Sørensen | drums
Nils Molin | vocals