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MAY 24, 2018
ROCKWiRED SPECiAL FEATURE: KENNETH JOHNSON
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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalITimes.jpgn the spring of 1983, there were two things that I was looking forward to - the end of the school year and the release of RETURN OF THE JEDI, the final chapter in the STAR WARS saga! (Please don't laugh!) I was eight years old and who the hell my age age didn't want to see how this STAR WARS business was going to pan out? Could DARTH VADER have been bluffing about being LUKE's dad? Was HAN SOLO going to be freed from the carbonite or was this going to be the end of the road? Did any of this mean wedding bells for LUKE and LEIA? (Seriously, don't laugh!) We could certainly count on the fact that the EMPIRE was going to get it's due and LUKE was going to have learned a thing or two about wielding a lightsaber. This was the age before moral ambiguity reared it's head in space opera. The good guys always won in those days.
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MAY 21, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: QFT
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http://www.rockwired.com/LiveInSpaceLP.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalWTimes.jpghen I was a boy, heavy metal music was an escape from the math and science that was being forced on me by school. Heavy metal was that never-never land where schoolyard bullies and school didn't exist. There was no way in hell that headbanging and the scientific/mathematic mind were going to occupy the same space, but along comes LINNEA VIKSTROM  who has made the curious decision to make math and physics the theme of the debut album LIVE IN SPACE from her new band QFT. By the way, QFT stands for Quantum Field Theory. Clearly my ninth grade science teacher was right when she said I would encounter this later in life. QFT is LINNEA VIKSTROM's first bold step outside of  the band THERION - a band that she has fronted vocally ever since graduating high school. LIVE IN SPACE is a big album with a big sound and even bigger ideas. In a time when garden variety rage is informing much of what gets called metal these days, LIVE IN SPACE is a breath of fresh air. Or in this case, a breath of empty vacuum. ROCKWIRED had the chance to speak with LINNEA VIKSTROM regarding QFT and their debut release. Here is how the interview went.
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MAY 19, 2018

THE ROCKWiRED ARTiST OF THE MONTH NOMiNEES:

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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalRTimes.jpgOCKWIRED.COM is pleased to announce the nominees for our latest ARTIST OF THE MONTH COMPETITION. The current artist of the month winner is the band  DYNAMOS. Now we are getting things set for the month of April and we've got an amazing group of artists for you to pick from. This official ballot page has been set up with polling services provided by MICROPOLL. Voters are welcome to vote as many times as they wish although it may involve clearing  your cache and cookies to do so.
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MAY 14, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: ALLMAN GOLDFLiES
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http://www.rockwired.com/SecondChanceLP.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe band ALLMAN GOLDFLIES may only be a little more than a couple of years old, but it's two founders have stories to tell and rather large ambitions for their soulful brand of southern rock. There isn't a band alive that doesn't want their music to connect to a listener, but this band, started by singer-songwriter and guitarist GARY ALLMAN and bassist and producer DAVID GOLDFLIES have bigger ambitions - ones that will take their music all the way to the Great American Songbook. Evidently, in a time where music has been reduced to $0.99 downloads or less, songcraft is very important to these two. GOLDFLIES cut his teeth musically working with the likes of  BILL BARTLETT of STAR STRUCK and RAM JAM and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS before getting into orchestral work. GARY ALLMAN is the cousin of the late-GREG and DUANE ALLMAN and was under the tutelage of TOY CALDWELL of THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND. These two men shared the stage together for the first time in the late-nineties doing shows with guitarist LUTHER WOMBLE (CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN). Two years ago, the two rekindled their friendship and recorded their debut album SECOND CHANCE - a catalog of ten songs that are cut from all of lifes highs and lows. ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with GARY ALLMAN and DAVID GOLDFLIES regarding their new album. Here is how the interview went.
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MAY 10, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: F.K.U.
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http://www.rockwired.com/1981LP.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalBTimes.jpgeing a child of the eighties, I often overlooked the connection between heavy metal and horror films. I simply took the two things for granted. At the time, it  was important to engulf myself in a music that had my parents on edge thinking that I was a Satan worshipper. The motif worked, and the imagery that decorated my walls from bands such as IRON MAIDEN and MEGADETH proved to be effective in keeping my parents and siblings at a distance. And how many horror films of that era contained heavy metal on their soundtracks? The Swedish thrash band F.K.U. emerged from this time in the year 1987 as a chance for it's founders - guitarist PETE STOOAAHL and bassist PAT SPLAT- to indulge themselves in the shock of horror and the visceral assault of metal, however the band didn't take off until the late-nineties when they recruited front man and producer LARRY LETHAL. Now, the band has released their newest album 1981 - a tribute to the year when horror films reached critical mass in terms of box office appeal with such films a FRIDAY THE 13th PART 2 (there is ven a track named after this film), EVIL DEAD, THE HOWLING, HALLOWEEN II and others.  ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with lead singer LARRY LETHAL regarding the band and their new album. Here is how the interview went. 
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MAY 9, 2018

ROCKWiRED NiTE OUT: ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY
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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe 33rd class was made up of BON JOVI, THE CARS, DIRE STRAITS, THE MOODY BLUES, NINA SIMONE, and SISTER ROSETTA THARPE. Now you're probably thinking one of three things: like me, you might be thinking, "Really, they weren't already in?" or your blood pressure might be steadily going up as you're thinking "Why them and not___?" fill in the blank as you see fit, or possibly you're thinking "Well that's exactly who I would've picked." Although, I'm betting few of you are saying the latter.
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MAY 8, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: DYNAMOS
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http://www.rockwired.com/StainlessCover.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe death of rock n roll is another thing that we can blame millennials for. EDM and anything by DRAKE may be making the world spin for anyone who grew up playing with MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGER action figures and POKEMON pogs, but now we've got the band DYNAMOS to remind people of the primal, devil-may-care energy of rock in a time where DJs are considered akin to rock stars. Don't expect any of us here at ROCKWIRED to understand that shit. Thank God for DYNAMOS! When it comes to rock n roll, the band takes the direct approach and because of that, they stand out from the minions of angsty post-grunge active rock or the passive lilt of  "indie" music.  DYNAMOS packs a mean punch with their primary weapon - front woman NADIA E. The classically trained NADIA has vocal range to spare, a sense of storytelling and an interpretive sense that has the potential to connect her to millions. The band's EP COLD COMFORT is the first step in what we predict will be a long musical journey and we're already believers with such songs as the BO DIDLEY-esque KNOWLEDGE or the Tex-Mex rabble rouser STAINLESS. ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with front woman NADIA E. regarding the band and their new EP. Here is how the interview went.
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MAY 4, 2018

ROCKWiRED REViEWS: COBRA KAi
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http://www.rockwired.com/CobraKaiLogo.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalYTimes.jpgOUTUBE RED has been a thing since 2014 and yet, it's only selling point has been a commercial-free viewing experience on YOUTUBE. The original programming that it comes with has left much to be desired and seems to be on a production level not far above the likes of PEWDIEPIE or GLOZELL.  For the kind of entertainment that sucks you in  and keeps you from doing work around the house, people have historically gone to either NETFLIX or HULU for their binging. $10.99 a month is just too much for a paltry listing of programming that looks like it came from DISNEY CHANNEL's rejection bin, but with the May 2nd release of the original series COBRA KAI - the latest entry in the shaky KARATE KID franchise -YOUTUBE RED may have taken that first step into being a formidable paid streaming subscription service.
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MAY 3, 2018

ROCK SHOW #8: FEATURiNG LEGENDARY TV PRODUCER KENNETH JOHNSON AND NEW MUSiC AND iNTERVIEWS WITH CiTY OF THE WEAK, KNEE HiGH FOX, iRON TUSK, F.K.U., and QFT!!!

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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalFTimes.jpgor almost a month now, our podcast ROCK SHOW has been on an unintended hiatus due to some changes that are continuing to unfold with ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE. In case anyone is unaware, the name ROCKWIRED and it's official website is now in it's teens. For thirteen years, the website and all of the online podcast programing and the publications that have come with it have kept the brand going for thirteen years. Personally, I remember being a thirteen year old kid nd all of the ugliness of growing up that came a long with it. ROCKWIRED is weathering those same changes today, but we are confidant that the brand will re-emerge as a strong force in rock music and popular culture, and our weekly podcast ROCK SHOW will play a huge part in that. Wrods can't describe how great it feels to be in front of the mic again with my co-host RITA LOUISE and spinning some new music that has come ROCKWIRED's way as well as some interview excerpts with the likes of CITY OF THE WEAK, KNEE HIGH FOX, IRON TUSK, Swedish horror meltal band F.K.U. and QFT - the latest musical outing from the led singer of THERION, LINNEA VIKSTROM. In addition to all of this is a sneak peak into astory that ROCKWIRED has cooking involving legendary television writer and producer KENNETH JOHNSON ( THE INCREDIBLE HULK and V) regarding his plans to bring V to the big screen with a little help from the newly revamped DESILU PRODUCTIONS.
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http://www.rockwired.com/StainlessCover.jpgMAY 1, 2018 - You voted, the polls have closed and the winner of the 85th ROCKWIRED ARTIST OF THE MONTH title is the rock band DYNAMOS on the strength of their new EP COLD COMFORT and their raucous singles KNOWLEDGE and STAINLESS. The death of rock n roll is another thing that we can blame millenials for. EDM and anything by DRAKE may be making the world spin for anyone who grew up playing with MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGER action figures and POKEMON pogs, but now we've got the band DYNAMOS to remind people of the primal, devil-may-care energy of rock in a time where DJs are considered akin to rock stars. Don't expect any of us here at ROCKWIRED to understand that shit. Thank God for DYNAMOS! When it comes to rock n roll, the band takes the direct approach and because of that, they stand out from the minions of angsty post-grunge active rock or the passive lilt of  "indie" music.  DYNAMOS packs a mean punch with their primary weapon - front woman NADIA E. The classicially trained NADIA has vocal range to spare, a sense of storytelling and an interpretive sense that has the potential to connect her to millions. The band's EP COLD COMFORT is the first step in what we predict will be a long musical journey and we're already believers with such songs as the BO DIDLEY-esque KNOWLEDGE or the Tex-Mex rabble rouser STAINLESS. 

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APRIL 30, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: KNEE HiGH FOX
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http://www.rockwired.com/JawbreakerCD.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalFTimes.jpgrontwoman KRSY FOX, of the the alt-rock/electronica band KNEE HIGH FOX, is determined to take listeners on a roller coaster ride with the release of their new album JAWBREAKER. In looking at the title of the album, I was immediately reminded of the 1999 black comedy cult film JAWBREAKER starring ROSE McGOWAN as the villain in a tale of high school bitchery that escalates to murderous proportions. It turns out I wasn't too far off the mark, as FOX cites the film as an inspiration for this new album. In fact, cult 90's films such as THE CRAFT, FOXFIRE, GIRL INTERRUPTED and even more high brow films as AMERICAN BEAUTY have and continue to inspire FOX's music making giving the woman and her band's blistering, primal sound a bit of cinematic intrigue. When you're a band with an appreciation for high drama and moving images, you can only imagine how that makes any live performance all the more exciting. ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with KRSY FOX regarding the bands new album. Here is how the interview went. 
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APRIL 25, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: iRON TUSK
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http://www.rockwired.com/DarkSpiritEP.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalWTimes.jpghen I first interviewed drummer CARLIN BLACKRABBIT back in early 2017 it was for his Calgary-based punk band NO MORE MOMENTS and their INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARD nominated EP STILL GOING. The band embodied the very D.I.Y. spirit necessary for that coveted punk rock cred that isn't going to get you laughed out of the the room. Why the hell wouldn't ROCKWIRED have been on board with these guys. Unbeknownst to me at the the time, BLACKRABBIT was pulling double duty as he was also in another band called IRON TUSK which he has formed with the original  members of NO MORE MOMENTS. Yes, the rock n roll life is all about ending relationships and started them up all over again and with a 2016 EP behind them, IRON TUSK has now issued a soft release of their newest EP BAD SPIRIT. Accompanied by less than a handful of gigs thus far and pressings on both vinyl and cassette,  this band hailing from the Siksika Nation are determined  to toss their hat into the ever-shrinking ring of punk rock and make a little noise. ROCKWIRED had a chance to get reacquainted with CARLIN BLACKRABBIT regarding IRON TUSK and their new release. Here is how the interview went.
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APRIL 24, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: CiTY OF THE WEAK
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http://www.rockwired.com/PardonMe.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalFTimes.jpgor us, CITY OF THE WEAK represents something that has been lacking severely in the world of rock for a long time - artistry. So few have had that artistry that goes along with being a rock n roll band down to a science and this band - fronted by the irrepressible front woman STEF W/ AN F - has always had the musicality and the visual smarts to stand out of the active rock crowd. You could hear it in their punchy, pop rock delivery and you could see it in all of their music videos to date and we have the photogenaeity of STEF and the vision of bass player and filmmaker CODY EVAN HOFFMAN (the guy directs their videos) to thank for that. In a time when musicmakers simply make music on their laptops and post it to whatever musical platform is out there, it's quite refreshing to see a band that has the complete package and knows the value of a little visual flash and style. For years, CITY OF THE WEAK has released a steady stream of EPs and singles to reasonable chart action and radio play on all of the right markets, but now the band is gearing up with the release of their first ever LP PULLING TEETH. The title represents the struggles the band has faced by simply making the music they want to make. Not only is the album a milestone for the band, it's a middle finger to the haters and the naysayers. When we spoke with STEF W/AN F it was the weekend before the the commencement of a new tour promoting the forthcoming release of PULLING TEETH. Here is how the interview went.
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APRIL 20, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: LONESOME GEORGE
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http://www.rockwired.com/BurtBachapackCD.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe artist known in certain circles as ANIMAL TEEF is something of a first in the eyes of our publication. Blame it on our lack of knowledge when it comes to the world of hip hop - as we are a rock publication - but the Oglala Lakota rapper may very well be the genre's first real vgabond. Since 2013, we have seen his solo career take off from the fields of the Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation with the single AIN'T NOBODY'S BIDNESS and the LP PINK TRASH. The man's brand of socially conscious hip hop came with a jagged edge and not a word or beat went to waste, even on the 14-song collection THE SHAKE BAG or the EP SAY LA VIE. In an a genre of music that is all about representing a certain locale, TEEF is a vagabond who has taken his music North by Northwest to such cities at Seattle and Eugene. For the past couple of years he has contributed rhymes to this and that project, but now he is one half of a new project called LONESOME GEORGE. The other half is comprised of beat maker and producer ENDOR and their message of Indigenous pride and decolonization can be heard loud and clear on their new album BURT BACHAPACK- a play on the name of a legendary songwriter and a hat tip to what TEEF refers to as "back pack" rapper. Us "dad rockers" learn something new every day! ROCKWIRED had the chance to speak with ANIMAL TEEF and ENDOR of LONESOME GEORGE regarding their new album. Here is how the interview went.
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APRIL 10, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: TED AXE
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http://www.rockwired.com/SexHorrorViolenceCD.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalITimes.jpgn speaking with Canadian glam/punk rock veteran TED AXE, you get the sense that the Great White North is just a little too quiet for the guy. In the late seventies, it was he and his band THE ACTION that got the punk music movement going in Canada with some rather sensational headlines in the Ottawa newspapers and the release a balls-to-the-wall EP which contained their clarion single TV's ON THE BLINK. Yes sir, "Canada's First Punk Rock Band" knew how to get the press going and the band quickly found themselves touring their homeland and the States alongside such punk rock legends as THE STRANGLERS and THE RAMONES. When all of this was going down, rock n roll was only twenty something years old so no one was thinking about maintaining a legacy or even working their way into some "hall of fame" nonsense. THE ACTION became inactive after one year but AXE took his razor tongued antics elsewhere. He's stalked the stage of London and Los Angeles and then formed the band SISTER HYDE in Seattle. Now, he has just released his new solo album SEX HORROR VIOLENCE - a twelve-song opus that celebrates the man's punk rock spirit  and thse glam flourishes of his that he hasn't been able to shake since he first heard ZIGGY STARDUST in a record store years and years ago.
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APRIL 6, 2018

THE ROCKWiRED ARTiST OF THE MONTH NOMiNEES:

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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalRTimes.jpgOCKWIRED.COM is pleased to annuonce the nominees for our latest ARTIST OF THE MONTH COMPETITION. The current artist of the month winner is the band  WE ARE BAND NERDS who secured their victory with over six thousand voters. Now we are getting things set for the month of April and we've got an amazing group of artists for you to pick from. This official ballot page has been set up with polling services provided by MICROPOLL.
TO CAST YOUR VOTE CLiCK HERE!!!

APRIL 5, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: SEPiA
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http://www.rockwired.com/DropDeadGorgeousCD.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpgwenty-four years after making the big leap to living life in the western part of the United States, it's hard for me to believe that I had ever lived in the congestion of the D.C. Metropolitan area. Sure, I'm cut off from some big city refinement in my middle age and living in a town that no one can spell. Everyone knows my immediate surroundings for the exploits BREAKING BAD's WALTER WHITE and slimy but likable SAUL GOODMAN on BETTER CALL SAUL, but I'm away from the "political intrigue" that defines the D.C. metro area - intrigue which never intrigued me in my formative years. To be more specific, I grew up in Silver Spring, a Maryland town on the border of D.C. where drummer DEREK FALZOI currently resides. One day we struck up a conversation on FACEBOOK for the first time and we got to talking about his band SEPIA which was a few days away from releasing their newest album DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. Who was I to dismiss a "homey" and not give his band a chance?  After all, a magazine favorite like SILVERTUNG also hails from the "Old Line State". Maryland is a million miles away from rock n roll abandon but SEPIA have a knack for it and you can hear it loud and clear on their new, relatively self-produced new album. Post-grunge is most definitely alive with these guys and while that may cost them radioplay in any significant pop market it'll be a breath of fresh air for listeners who recall a time when music making was a band effort as opposed to simply pressing a button. The album's first single MARIONETTE - an assured piece of pop rock on being a slave to love - is a fine single indeed but the song HOME is the one that really catches our ear with a spirited, rambunctious chorus sung in a round and singer RYAN BECKELMEN taking command of the proceedings with refreshingly understated vocals that recall ANTHONY KEIDIS and BRANDON BOYD of INCUBUS. ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with singer RYAN BECKELMEN and drummer DEREK FALZOI of SEPIA regarding their latest album. Here is how the interview went.
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http://www.rockwired.com/ForgetMeNotsCD.jpgAPRIL 2, 2018 - You voted, the polls have closed and the winners of the 84th ROCKWIRED ARTISTS OF THE MONTH winners is the hiphop metal band WE ARE BAND NERDS. The combining of hip-hop with the raucous stylings of heavy metal is a an old recipe that goes back to the days when rap was something you only heard on the streets as opposed to every facet of American life. This hybridization first became popular when RUN DMC teamed up with AEROSMITH for the hip-hop retelling of the latter's freak flag classic rock staple WALK THIS WAY and reached it's zenith in the late nineties/early 2000s with bands such as LIMP BIZKIT and LINKIN PARK. Despite the fact that this type of fusion is absent from the charts these days, WE ARE BAND NERDS has no probablem dusting the genre off for their new album FORGET-ME-NOTS (PAVEMENT ENTERTAINMENT) but what makes this new release so exciting is that the ...NERDS' approach isn't the same ole' same ole'. Their musical arsenal is a considerable one with jazz and electronic elements and lyrics and rhymes that examine middle class minority life and the highs, lows, and hopes and dreams that go with it. 

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APRIL 2, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: FLiGHT OF FiRE
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http://www.rockwired.com/SickInLove.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalLTimes.jpget me tell you what sucks about getting old. You find yourself not wanting to go out as much and that puts you in a strange place as a music journalist. Sure, my area of expertise is recorded music, but rock n roll is all about the live performance. I've let age get the better of me and after checking the all female prog metal band FLIGHT OF FIRE from Boston, I've learned that I'm missing out on a lot.  According to some favorable press and some footage that can be found on YOUTUBE, FLIGHT OF FIRE has something - that over-the-top live sensibility that has been missing from rock since the eighties. What good is rock n roll without showmanship? Outside of the pomp and circumstance that goes along with the band's live set, FLIGHT OF FIRE has musicality to spare. You can attribute that to either their ingrained sense of rock n roll with ambition (we did mention they are on the prog-y side of metal right?) or the years spent studying music at Berklee School of Music. Either way, the band's artistry and musicality can be heard loud and clear on their 2017 album PATH OF THE PHOENIX. We are given assurances by the band that a new album is on the way but inthe meantime, the band has released the playful single SICK IN LOVE and are gearing up for a tour of Europe that is set for Summer of this year. ROCKWIRED had the chance to speak with the band's front woman MAVERICK and twins TANYA VENOM (lead guitar) and TIA MAYHEM (bass) regarding the band and their music making. Here is how the interview went.
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http://www.rockwired.com/ForgetMeNotsCD.jpgAPRIL 2, 2018 - You voted, the polls have closed and the winners of the 84th ROCKWIRED ARTISTS OF THE MONTH winners is the hiphop metal band WE ARE BAND NERDS. The combining of hip-hop with the raucous stylings of heavy metal is a an old recipe that goes back to the days when rap was something you only heard on the streets as opposed to every facet of American life. This hybridization first became popular when RUN DMC teamed up with AEROSMITH for the hip-hop retelling of the latter's freak flag classic rock staple WALK THIS WAY and reached it's zenith in the late nineties/early 2000s with bands such as LIMP BIZKIT and LINKIN PARK. Despite the fact that this type of fusion is absent from the charts these days, WE ARE BAND NERDS has no probablem dusting the genre off for their new album FORGET-ME-NOTS (PAVEMENT ENTERTAINMENT) but what makes this new release so exciting is that the ...NERDS' approach isn't the same ole' same ole'. Their musical arsenal is a considerable one with jazz and electronic elements and lyrics and rhymes that examine middle class minority life and the highs, lows, and hopes and dreams that go with it. 

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MARCH 28, 2018

ROCKWiRED NEWS BLAST: THE WiNNERS OF THE 2018 LA MUSiC ViDEO AWARDS
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http://www.rockwired.com/JowannaAndB.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalOTimesLarger.jpgn March 24, 2018, the winners in the first ever LA MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS were announced during a lively and intimate awards ceremony hosted at UNFRIENDLY STUDIOS in Vernon. California. The director of the event - JOWANNA LEWIS of RADIO KSCR - served as the hostess of the event. After months of planning, selecting the nominees and facilitiating the voting, we can only imagine that the stress of pulling off an evening to remembers was high, but knowing LEWIS like ROCKWIRED does, we were not the least bit surprised to see this entrepreneur pull of this event with her usual grace and panache. "It was a pleasure and a challenge to do the LA Music Video Awards." says LEWIS.  "There were some great videos that were submitted.  I am looking forward to putting this event on next year."
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MARCH 26, 2018

ROCK SHOW #7
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FEATURiNG NEW MUSiC FROM KiM WILDE, NENA, DALi VAN GOGH, G TOM MAC, FATHER JUPiTER AND MORE!!!

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http://www.rockwired.com/DevilPic.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe latest editon of ROCK SHOW is the product of a truly lazy Sunday afternoon. This edition doesn't feature any interviews. It's simply your host host BRIAN LUSH and co-host RITA LOUISE spinning some tunes and talking in between the songs, and we've got some brand spaking new ones this week. This show is kind of an unofficial eighties reunion as it features new music from the likes of KIM WILDE and NENA. WILDE is back with her new album HERE COME THE ALIENS and it is a brash return to the woman's new wave rock beginnings. The delectable electropunk rocker KANDY KRUSH recalls a bit of the fiestiness that could be heard on her 1980 hit KIDS IN AMERICA. NENA made an impression in the early days of MTV with the teutonic bop of 99 LUFTBALLOONS. Now she is back with the slinky electro-glam stomper BE MY REBEL where she gets a little help from producer and ex-EURYTHMIC DAVE STEWART. Rocker G TOM MAC has become synonymous for his song CRY LITTLE SISTER from the soundtrack for the eighties vampire flick THE LOST BOYS and now he has created a musical adaptation of the LOST BOYS called A LOST BOY'S STORY - THE MUSICAL. In this show we spin the opening number of MAC's mighty opus. That about does it for representation from the REAGAN era. All of our other new songs this week come from such artists as DALI VAN GOGH,  SAYERS, DYNAMOS and FATHER JUPITER.
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MARCH 26, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: MiCK McMAiNS
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http://www.rockwired.com/AmericanSoulCD.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe first time I spoke with singer-songwriter MICK McMAINS, it was the year 2006 and he was one part of the trip-hopped, politically charged musical hodge podge known as DJ MONKEY. It was the last two years of the BUSH-CHENEY years and who didn't want some sort of political resistance in their music? DJ MONEY had a sound that encompassed spoken word, hip hop, punk rock, jazz and passion for social justice a whole decade and a half before this SJW thing became a thing. It was five men in a recording studio but noticeable from a distance was the truth creative nucleus of the of the band - McMAINS and songwriter JOEY ALKES (famed for his work on THE PLIMSOULS' 1983 power pop hit A MILLION MILES AWAY).
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MARCH 21, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: WE ARE BAND NERDS
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http://www.rockwired.com/ForgetMeNotsCD.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe combining of hip-hop with the raucous stylings of heavy metal is a an old recipe that goes back to the days when rap was something you only heard on the streets as opposed to every facet of American life. This hybridization first became popular when RUN DMC teamed up with AEROSMITH for the hip-hop retelling of the latter's freak flag classic rock staple WALK THIS WAY and reached it's zenith in the late nineties/early 2000s with bands such as LIMP BIZKIT and LINKIN PARK. Despite the fact that this type of fusion is absent from the charts these days, WE ARE BAND NERDS has no probablem dusting the genre off for their new album FORGET-ME-NOTS (PAVEMENT ENTERTAINMENT) but what makes this new release so exciting is that the ...NERDS' approach isn't the same ole' same ole'. Their musical arsenal is a considerable one with jazz and electronic elements and lyrics and rhymes that examine middle class minority life and the highs, lows, and hopes and dreams that go with it. ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with rapper/vocalist TONY LUCAS regarding the band's new release. Here is how the interview went.
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MARCH 19, 2018

ROCK SHOW #6: FEATURiNG MUSiC FROM THE NOMiNEES OF THE LA MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS AND iNTERViEWS WiTH MiCK McMAINS AND LONESOME GEORGE!!!
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http://www.rockwired.com/LAMusicVideoAwardsGuideCover.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalITimes.jpgt's been over a week since we've had a new edition of ROCK SHOW but now we're back with new music and some new interviews. This edition comes just days before the first annual LA MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS which will be held on Friday, March 24, 2018 at  UNFRIENDLY STUDIOS in Vernon, CA.  ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE has published the official guide for the LA MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS and the 122-page publication has been received ecstatically by readers both domestic and abroad. We put a lot of work in the writing and the layout of the guide and with all ofthe work behind us, we are using this show as an opportunity to share with the listeners some of our favorites videos from this year's impressive list of nominees. In addition, this edition of  ROCK SHOW will also feature music and exclusive interviews with singer-songwriter MICK McMAINS regarding his new album AMERICAN SOUL and ANIMAL TEEF and ENDOR of LONSEOME GEORGE  regarding their debut release BURT BACHAPACK. Sandwiched in within all of this is the usual banter between hosts BRIAN LUSH and RITA LOUISE.
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MARCH 16, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: KEiTH SECOLA
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http://www.rockwired.com/KeithSecolaCircleCD.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalITimes.jpgn a musical career, all one needs is that one signature tune that resonates with listeners so that when they hear you're name, they are going to connect it with that song that brought a smile to their face or got their  head banging or in the case of  NDN KARS by KEITH SECOLA, the hairs on the back of their neck to stand up. No one needs to be reminded the dearth of  Native American artistry  on the pop music landscape unless some pop tart or hip hop guys wants to don a headdress. At least we've got REDBONE's pop classic COME AND GET YOUR LOVE still popping up in this commercial or that movie. Despite the lack of representation on the upper echelons of popdom, KEITH SECOLA (Anishinabe) has been a rock n roll troubadour who has entertained and moved audiences from throughout Indian Country and beyond with a patchwork sound that combines reggae, folk music and rock n roll. He committed this sound to tape in 1992 with his album CIRCLE with a little help from the SAND CREEK BAND and a rumbling rock anthem called NDN KARS.
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MARCH 14, 2018

ROCKWiRED DOSSiER: JON MARCHEWKA OF RFL RECORDS
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http://www.rockwired.com/RFLRecords.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalFTimes.jpgor the past decade and a half there has been talk of how there is no gold in them there hills when it comes to the music industry and  how easy it is to make music and make it available online for people to download without paying. It all sounds hopeless. With an environment like this, why the hell get into the industry? For that matter, why even start a record label if music has become this taken-for-granted commodity as opposed to being a precious one? Those are the questions anyone entering this "crazy" business should be asking themselves, but ROCKWIRED is leveling these questions to JON MARCHEWKA, the owner and founder of the small, independent record label  RFL RECORDS. In speaking with MARCHEWKA, we've learned that it is simply a love for the heavier side of rock n roll that fuels MARCHEWKA's passion  for his fledgling label and the artists  on his roster which include the heavy metal thunder of bands such as HYDROGYN and SILK 9 to the gritty punk rock assault of BLACK KNOTS. This baby-faced, mild mannered entrepreneur isn't letting any music industry cynicism get in his way and is looking forward to adding new bands and artists to RFL RECORDS' already impressive roster. 
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MARCH 5, 2018

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WE ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF ROCKWIRED'S ARTIST OF THE MONTH AWARD AND FEATURE MUSIC AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH SEPIA, FLIGHT OF FIRE AND WE ARE BAND NERDS!!!

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http://www.rockwired.com/AOMAwardShowBanner.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/WeAreBandNerds.jpgeing away for a week was a huge mistake but what choice do you have when you host a podcast and you get struck with laryngitis and it hurts like hell to talk. Some of the rasp is still with me, but ROCK SHOW is back, as is or co-host RITA LOUISE for two hours of music, interviews with some bands that have come ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE's way and banter between the hosts on their current living conditions in the Duke City and shady neighbors that are across from them. Neighbors that can't be stopped by ATF raids, forced evictions or the love of Christ for that matter and we've got a sneaking suspicion that meth making is in the picture. Thanks alot BETTER CALL BREAKING BAD for making this shit chic. Oh there is so much to discuss on this fine show but we are kicking everything off by announcing the winner of the ROCKWIRED ARTIST OF THE MONTH. To find out who it is you're going ot have to listen to the show until we fire off the press release. Also included in this edition of ROCK SHOW is music and exclusive interviews with Maryland-based rockers SEPIA, the all-female metal band FLIGHT OF FIRE and the rap metal band WE ARE BAND NERDS.
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FEBRUARY 22, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: THE OUTFiT
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http://www.rockwired.com/TheOutfitCD.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalBTimes.jpgrothers MARK and MATT NAWARA are veterans of the Chicago rock scene having recorded and written endless hours of original music over the years with this band and that band. Their latest venture - THE OUTFIT - is one that plays to their strengths as music makers. Straight ahead rock n roll with clever hooks marks the band's sound on their self-titled debut LP with such tracks as LIAR, SOLDIER BOY and LUCKY ONE providing the rah rah rah on this raucous debut. Of course, the band's flawless rock n roll execution - done with the assist of producer MATT MERCADO - was never in question given the resumes of the men who round out the line up of THE OUTFIT. MIKE GORMAN hails from the legendary Chicago bands PEZBAND and OFFBROADWAY and front mand and rhythm guitarist ANDY MITCHELL  whose past bands include  DISH, VERONA and 9 VOLT. ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with ANDY MITCHELL regarding THE OUTFIT's self-titled release. Here is how the interview went.
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FEBRUARY 19, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: COSMiC WOOL
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http://www.rockwired.com/CosmicWoolCD.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe restlessness for a new sound either allows a band to grow or drives  nail into their coffin. The southern metal band ANTI-MORTEM made a name for themselves with bottom heavy, groove laden heavy rock anthems just like your dad used to listen to but with the band's creative nucleus LARADO and NEVADA ROMO giving the proceedings a youthful, angsty vigor. There was certainly no reason to beleive that this little enterprise couldn't have gone the distance but the brothers ROMO detected a widening chasm between the music they were listening to and the music they were sharing with the masses. Because of that chasm, ANTI-MORTEM is no more and the band COSMIC WOOL has emerged with a wider musical palette complete with experimental guitar riffs and dance breaks and a "sky's the limit" attitude to their ambitious musical direction. The ROMO brothers are still calling the shots creatively but a new lease on life has led to the creation of  their self-titled LP and an electrifying live set. ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with guitarist NEVADA ROMO of COSMIC WOOL regarding the new album. Here is how the interview went.
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FEBRUARY 19, 2018

ROCK SHOW #4 | FEATURiNG MUSiC AND iNTERViEWS WiTH LA MUSiC ViDEO AWARDS AND iT'S DiRECTOR JOWANNA LEWiS OF RADiO KSCR TED AXE, AND MANHIGH!!!

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http://www.rockwired.com/LAMVACoverSmall.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalWTimes.jpge are going to try not to have an edition of ROCK SHOW  go by without our co-host RITA LOUISE. The addition of her to the ROCKWIRED family has been invaluable  and her presence in front of the mic is really something special. Her being away for one show was way too long and we're grateful to have her back. In the latest edition of ROCK SHOW, we kick things off with news of  the upcoming LA MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS which ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE will be publishing an official guide for. We'll be interviewing the director of the LA MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS JOWANNA LEWIS (CEO of RADIO KSCR) and spin some tunes from some of the nominees like RAYMOND LEVIER, MILITIA VOX and B OF DAKOTA SOUTH RECORDS. We will also be spinning some tunes and presenting exlcusive interviews with the likes of Canadian punk/glam rocker TED AXE, the New Mexico-based rockers MANHIGH and the adventurous musical stylings of RAUSCH. There is also some new music from ROCKWIRED  newcomers such as MAGNETIC NORTH, SHINOBI NINJA, SIDE CHAIN and WE ARE BAND NERDS.
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FEBRUARY 17, 2018

ROCKWiRED NEWS BLAST: LA MUSiC ViDEO AWARDS NOMiNEES AND THE COVER FOR THE OFFICIAL GUiDE
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http://www.rockwired.com/EventInfo2.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalOTimesLarger.jpgn March 2, 2018 ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE will be releasing the official guide for the 2018 LA MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS taking place in Vernon, California  on March 24, 2018 at UNFRIENDLY STUDIOS. This guide will feature an indepth look at the all of the music videos that have been nominated for this exciting awards program and  give readers and music fans a taste of  what the world of  independent music has to offer in the way of visuals. It is a mission that has ROCKWIRED publisher BRIAN LUSH "completely excited" to say the least.  "I'm all too anxious to get this immense project off the ground!" says BRIAN LUSH. "These days, it's not just the song that gets an artist noticed. It's the vision that a band brings to the table. This is nothing new. MTV got the ball rolling decades ago but with services like YOUTUBE and other social media, a music video is more important than ever to have but the problem is that there is so much out there and an awards program like the LA MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS will give people a taste of everything that is out there. The number of categories is truly intimidating but ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE's guide to this year's program is going to cover all of it with style and charm."
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FEBRUARY 14, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: SiLK9
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http://www.rockwired.com/Silk9CD.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalBTimes.jpgack when I was a kid, you had these groups of guys called rock bands who played music and obsessed about fame and that often times elusive recording contract. Nowadays, it's all about the DIY and making things happen on your own with a steady stream of live gigs, music that is available on all of the right platforms and a strong social media presence. And of course, a music video wouldn't hurt. Yes, it's all at a band's fingertips these days and as a result you hear less and less about that aforementioned recording contract. Breaking with this rather recent tradition is the Pennsylvania-based metal band SILK9 who have signed that dotted line with the fledgling label RFL RECORDS. Their  raucous 5-song EP RETRIBUTION is a gritty look at life and all of the ups and downs that go along with it and the struggle  depicted is not only real, it's engaging as hell. ROCKWIRED had the chance to speak with the band's guitarist and founding member ANTHONY LEONE. Here is how the interview went.
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FEBRUARY 12, 2018

ROCK SHOW #3 | FEATURiNG MUSiC AND iNTERViEWS WiTH KEiTH SECOLA, THE OUTFiT, COSMiC WOOL AND SiLK9!!!

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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe latest edition of ROCK SHOW has host BRIAN LUSH flying alone but there is still some great music to be played and some interview excerpts to be heard. ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE is committed to keeping this new show going for the ling haul and we look forward to having our co-host return next week. We are continuing to refine this show week by week until a formula sticks and are constantly on the look out for new music and talent to feature on the show. This week, ROCK SHOW presents music and interviews with pow wow rocker KEITH SECOLA, Chicago-based band THE OUTFIT, the Texas-based COSMIC WOOL which features former members of ANTI-MORTEM as well as current members of TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION  and Pennsylvania-based metal band SILK 9. Check out our playlist for todays show below. THe songs will appear in exactly that order.
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FEBRUARY 9, 2018
ROCKWiRED REWiND: CANDLEBOX

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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalOTimes.jpgkay so I didn't go back as far as I could've for the first ever presentation of ROCKWIRED REWIND, but I picked a good one. It was the summer of 2016 and CANDLEBOX had just released their glorious album DISAPPEARING IN AIRPORTS. I had already been acquainted with the band's lead singer KEVIN MARTIN through another musical project he had been involved with called LE PROJET and had a good working relationship with the band's publicist DENISE. VEXATIOUS was a punchy single and the album was just the kind of rock album that I'm programmed to fall in love with - the kind that has something to say. This was the 642nd edition of our now defunct podcast series ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES and it was one of my favorites. KEVIN MARTIN is always a great interview. Please enjoy this podcast in it's entirety with three cuts from the album included.
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FEBRUARY 9, 2018

THE ROCKWiRED ARTiST OF THE MONTH RADIO SHOWCASE

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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe ROCKWIRED ARTIST OF THE MONTH  competition is making it's grand return to ROCKWIRED.COM. The last artist of the month was the band BOBAFLEX in October of 2017 who had won onthe strength of thousands of voters and their 2018 ROCKWIRED READER'S POLL AWARD winning album ELOQUENT DEMONS. In the months following their victory ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE had undergone some editorial changes and so far, 2018 is shaping up to be our most exciting year yet in our entire thirteen year history. Along with the establishment of our exciting new weekly podcast ROCK SHOW and expanded reportage on the website, what better time to augment our ARTIST OF THE MONTH campaign?
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FEBRUARY 6, 2018

THE ROCKWiRED ARTiST OF THE MONTH NOMiNEES:

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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe ROCKWIRED ARTIST OF THE MONTH  competition is making it's grand return to ROCKWIRED.COM. The last artist of the month was the bnd BOBAFLEX in October of 2017 who had won onthe strength of thousands of voters and their 2018 ROCKWIRED READER'S POLL AWARD winning album ELOQUENT DEMONS. In the months following their victory ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE had undergone some editorial changes and so far, 2018 is shaping up to be our most exciting year yet in our entire thirteen year history. Along with the establishment of our exciting new weekly podcast ROCK SHOW and expanded reportage on the website, what better time to augment our ARTIST OF THE MONTH campaign?
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FEBRUARY 5, 2018

ROCK SHOW #2 | FEATURiNG NEW CO-HOST RiTA LOUiSE AND MUSiC FROM BOBAFLEX, SiLVERTUNG, MiLiTiA VOX, JACOB CADE AND MORE!!!

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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe reason for  ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE taking it's time in getting it's official weekly podcast off the ground has had a lot to do with my own insecurities about getting in front of the mic and doing a show. Strange, for a guy who has produced and hosted over 900 hours of  podcasting and before that was host of an actual radio show for five years. I always knew that I was going to need a co-host to bounce ideas around with. In the last year of my weekly radio show, I benefitted greatly from the radio presence of my then host SINE DOHERTY. That final year of ROCKWIRED LIVE in Southern California proved to be the most satisfying. In trying to build a new life in New Mexico for myself and the ROCKWIRED brand, I stepped away from broadcasting and slowly turned to podcasting with the seven year run of ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES  from 2010 to 2017.  ROCK SHOW was the show I always wanted to do - a weekly show where music gets spun and discussed with a co-host. It's all about capturing magic and now, I've found the perfect co-host - my sister RITA LOUISE.
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FEBRUARY 1, 2018
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Well kiddies, here you have it! This is the very first edition of our brand new weekly show ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE'S ROCK SHOW. We admit it's not the most inspired title but it gives you an idea  of what to expect with this new weekly program. This latest endeavor by ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE is not much of a new endeavor. It's more of a rebranding of our previous podcast series ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES. We feel a title like . Since 2010, ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES lasted for over 700 editions and featured music and interviews with various active rock artists such as WAYLAND, BOBAFLEX, ADELITA'S WAY, EDGE OF PARADISE, ANOTHER LOST YEAR, SAINT MOTEL, SHALLOW SIDE, BONZ, ADLER, STAR OFF MACHINE, ZEROKING, A.D.D., EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS, STATION, ELISIUM, RED TIDE RISING, SILVERTUNG, MAXXXWELL CARLISLE, CITY OF THE WEAK, VAJRA, ELISIUM, MILITIA VOX and  DIAMOND LANE. Now, ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE has decided to scale back with a weekly podcast that still delivers on the music and exclusive interviews but also seeks to entertain it's audience. Isn't rock n roll all about keeping folks entertained?
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JANUARY 30, 2018

THE 2018 ROCKWiRED READER'S  POLL AWARD WiNNERS!!!

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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe eleventh annual awards season for the ROCKWIRED READER'S POLL AWARDS has come to a close and all of the votes have been tallied. There were so many artists and bands who made the year 2017 a remarkable year here at ROCKWIRED.COM despite the challenges our publication faced that year and the loss of our flipbook magazine. But that was 2017. 2018 is shaping up to be a much more prosperous year with traffic reaching an all time high since we made the decision to post articles directly to  the website. Helping in the upswing in vistors to the site was the voting for the 2018 ROCKWIRED READER'S POLL AWARDS. This year, BOBAFLEX was the big winner with 4 READER'S POLL AWARDS for BEST BAND, BEST LP for the their album ELOQUENT DEMONS, and BEST SONG and BEST MUSIC VIDEO for the single LONG TIME COMING. Rounding out the winners of the 2018 ROCKWIRED READER'S POLL AWARDS are MILITIA VOX who won BEST FEMALE ARTIST o the strength of her single NYCTOPHILIA and SILVERTUNG who won BEST RECORDING (EP) for their live acoustic EP LIGHTEN UP. Also, rocker JACOB CADE walked away with BEST MALE ARTIST on the strenght of his single WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM. Votes came from all over the Continental U.S. and North America. ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who took the time to vote.
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JANUARY 29, 2018

DAMNiT GILLEY PRESENTS: BOBAFLEX LiVE
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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalBTimes.jpgefore I get started, I want to clear up a handful of things, all of the bands that played were all wonderful, the show featured SCARS REMAIN, FALLING THROUGH APRIL, and ASIDE OCEANS. Great bands, I definitely recommend that you the reader check them out. Also want to give a shout out to ALEXANDRIA SNYDER, I know you really wanted to make it out to the show but life happens. A shout out to BLAKE WEBB as well for pulling through on a ride situation. Lastly TRAVIS SCHINKE, your words of encouragement mean the absolutely world to me, you don't understand how much I needed to hear that after the past few months, let alone 3 weeks that I've had. Thank you!
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JANUARY 29, 2018

ROCKWiRED SPECiAL FEATURE: LA MUSiC ViDEO AWARDS GUiDE
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JANUARY 28, 2018
DAMNiT GILLEY PRESENTS: REASON DEFiNE
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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalRTimes.jpgEASON DEFINE, originally your name was THE REASON YOU STAYED if I'm not mistaken, how come the name change and what made you decide on the current name? Does it have anything to do with being a HOOBASTANK cover band and trying to move on?
For the record, we have never played a HOOBASTANK song! We changed our name to REASON|DEFINE because we thought that it was time for a change from our name that we came up with when we were really young. It was time to grow up and move forward with our debut album with a name that more accurately described our music and our commitment to each other.
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JANUARY 24, 2018

DAMNiT GILLEY PRESENTS: FOZMO
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http://www.rockwired.com/40Times.jpg OZ MOUSE, what brought all of you together and what do each of you bring to the band?
Heyo! JORDAN here! We decided to condense the band name to FOZMO because so many people couldn't find us. That's what we go by now. Originally the band started as a two piece folk punk(ish) duo. We met in college and began writing, recording, and playing shows. That other guy has since left the band but before he did he transferred to UNCG. His suite mate, CHRISTIAN happened to become our drummer. We were a 3 piece for some time until Aaron joined on bass. I knew Aaron from high school and had been in several bands with him. When the other original member left Aaron switched to guitar. CHRISTIAN introduced us to one of his coworkers DEXTER who jumped in on bass. We met our lead guitarist DALLAS from playing shows with his old band. As for what we bring: CHRISTIAN brings the most gear. AARON brings his guitars and accidentally breaks them. DEXTER brings his bass, but not much else. DALLAS brings his fiance. JORDAN brings crippling anxiety, horrible stage banter, and his acoustic.
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JANUARY 22, 2018
ROCKWiRED NOTES: HYDROGYN
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http://www.rockwired.com/RedemptionLP.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe lead singer of a band is so integral to the identity of that  band that losing them could be harmful or - at the very least - force the remaining  band to go for a serious musical overhaul. Even legendary bands have come to the fork in the road. Some, like VAN HALEN, have been successful in brandishing two legendary front men with two distinct followings. What was left of GUNS AND ROSES ditched AXL for the late SCOTT WEILAND and formed VELVET REVOLVER. HYDROGYN is a band based out of Ashland, Kentucky that has made some noise  as well some BILLBOARD charting with a series of albums released on this label and that label since 2004. A good chunk of the band's notoriety stemmed from the band's former front woman JULIE WESTLAKE - whose country and western roots couldn't be denied  in her tackling of the more hard rock metal leanings of HYDROGYN. Following the 2014 EP BREAK THE CHAINS, JULIE stepped away from the band leaving HYDROGYN with a musical ideas and not much else. In steps ERICA PARROTT, the kind of pyrotechnic vocalist that a metal band of this caliber requries and according to founder and guitarist JEFF WESTLAKE, PARROT has got attitude to spare. We hear it loud and clear on the band's latest album REDEMPTION, where PARROTT not only commands the vocals but the lyrics as well.
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JANUARY 17, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: A VERY LOUD DEATH
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http://www.rockwired.com/LanternsLP.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalWTimes.jpgith the release of a single and an EP behind them, the Atlanta, Georgia-based trio A VERY LOUD DEATH have stepped up their game artistically with the release of  their debut LP LANTERNS. The album is a dark, moody listen that combines  primal punk energy with a more nuanced, progressive rock aesthetic. It's a sound that is sure to take the band beyond their stomping grounds and into that cherished glow of indie rock recognition, and dare we say 'fame'? ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak tot he band's guitarist and front man CHRIS EDGE regarding the band's new album. Here is how the interview went.

LANTERNS is an amazing album and it's been out since September. In the months since the album's release how do you feel about the finished work?
I feel that we did the best that we could do with what little that we had. It was all done live essentially with a few layers over it.  I think the reception to it hs been pretty good but we're trying to get this thing pushed out more. It's always very crowded when you're trying ot get your music out there. We feel good about it. 
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JANUARY 9, 2018
ROCKWiRED SPECiAL FEATURE: LA MUSiC ViDEO AWARDS
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http://www.rockwired.com/EventInfo.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalMTimes.jpgTV changed the musical landscape tremendously by making music a visual experience and turned recording artists into superstars in some cases. In an time when the M in MTV has become obsolete due to the network no longer spinning music videos, there are more music videos than ever thanks to YOUTUBE. Visuals are still the most powerful way to sell a band no matter the genre. With the flux of music videos coming from this or that independent recording artist, where does the artist go to get recognition for their work if MTV's VMAs are all about celebrity and wardrobe malfunctions and KANYE WEST outbursts? JOWANNA LEWIS - the founder of the online radio station RADIO KSCR - is an entrepreneur who saw a need for this need for recognition and began hosting music video festivals involving screenings of music videos at vintage movie theaters. In 2016, LEWIS upped her game by hosting RADIO KSCR's MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS which celebrated the visual work of an intimidating number of bands and artists from around the world. Just as intimidating as the number of artists nominated were the categories themselves which included BEST HORROR MUSIC VIDEO and MOST LIKELY TO BE AN INDIE FILM. To check out the winners that year click here. A year and a half later, LEWIS has rebranded her ceremony the LA MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. Bands and artists are able to enter their music video for consideration up until regular deadline of January 20, 2018 or the late deadline of January 31, 2018Nominees will be announced on February 4, 2018 and the ceremony will be taking place at UNFRIENDLY STUDIOS on March 24, 2018. To promote the event, ROCKWIRED.COM will publish the official guide for the program featuring write ups on the nominees. 
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JANUARY 8, 2018

DAMNiT GILLEY PRESENTS: MESSENGER DOWN
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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalMTimes.jpgESSENGER DOWN, how long have you been together and who makes up the band currently?
My name is GARRETT FOSTER and I released my first song as MESSENGER DOWN in 2012. I have a few friends who come help out when I play shows, but I'm a solo artist so there's not really members of MESSENGER DOWN. It's my stage name.

If I'm not mistaken, you have been through quite a few line up changes, in what ways do you feel as though you have adapted to survive through them rather than fall apart?
It's partially true and partially not, MD's had a weird history. In the beginning I wanted to do MESSENGER DOWN as a solo artist in part to avoid the drama and distraction of member changes. These days it's a rare thing to find a band who hasn't had a member change or two, and when you're on a smaller local scale that can seriously get in the way of building up momentum and progressing. I have always loved writing music on my own, so after being in a few bands I decided this time I was just gonna do this on my own. After about a year and a half there were a few guys who had been playing shows consistently and really dug the music I was writing so we decided to try it as a band, but that eventually became the revolving door of member changes we all wanted to avoid in the first place. We were burnt out and that lead to a lot of tension among us so it was just best for us all to go off and do our own things. As of 2015 MESSENGER DOWN has just been me again, and those dudes all have their own things going on now that I'm super supportive of and into.
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JANUARY 7, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: FAiTH iN THE FALLEN
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http://www.rockwired.com/GravityEP.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalFTimes.jpgor years, we have become acquainted with many a rock band that was young and eager and willing to do what it took to beat that ever-elusive rock n roll dream into submission. Doing so often means living on the road for months at a time going from one gig to another with barely enough money in the bank and putting all of your effort into recording music that gets shared as opposed to purchased. And the merchandising. We can't forget the merchandising. Despite all that you have to do these days to sell your band's brand these days,  you've got bands that have mde it work. But in the case of the Chi-town based metal band FAITH IN THE FALLEN, brand recognition and the quest for fame don't figure into the band's modus operandi. FAITH IN THE FALLEN are just folks - working class guys with families and mortgages to pay off and day jobs, but the demands of work and family life in now way prevent these guys from writing songs and rocking out. In fact, their working class status informs much of the material on their latest EP GRAVITY. The band's high-octane metal sound has made them a hit in their native Chicago and we'll be hearing more from the band by the end of January 2018 with the release of two brand new singles. 
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JANUARY 5, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: CORNERS OF SANCTUARY
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http://www.rockwired.com/GallopingHordes.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe mission for a band like CORNERS OF SANCTUARY has always been a consistent one - to keep that classic heavy metal sound within reach of the populace. In a time when rock n roll is increasingly becoming your grandpa's music, CORNERS OF SANCTUARY has found a niche for themselves as a bombastic touring band that has reliably turned out one electrifying album after another. Since the band formed in 2011, their momentum seemed unstoppable until their lead singer FRANKIE CROSS decided to step back. Losing a lead singer is a big deal for a band and finding the right replacement can be a daunting task but the fellas from CORNERS OF SANCTUARY made the finding of a vocalist with serious range their mission and their search resulted in the finding of pyrotechnic vocalist TREESE LOGAN. Since the band's announcement of their new lead singer, CORNERS OF SANCTUARY and LOGAN have made a positive impression on fans with the band's electrifying live set but listeners can get a taste of the all new CORNERS OF SANCTUARY on their new single BURN which comes months before the upcoming LP THE GALLOPING HORDES.
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JANUARY 3, 2018

ROCKWiRED NOTES: JAY KATANA
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http://www.rockwired.com/BrighterThanYourFuture.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghe release of JAY KATANA's humorously titled LP BRIGHTER THAN YOUR FUTURE actually dropped at the tail end of 2017 but since we're looking to the future with the arrival of 2018, why not give the man his due at the start of this brand spanking new year. When we spoke with KATANA in 2016, he had released an ambitious sounding EP BLEEDING BOYFRIEND PART 1 which demonstrated the young artists virtuosity on the six string and his wide music reach melding SATRIANI-esque guitar work with current electronic beats. Giving the music and the artist some extra varnish was the artwork that highlighted the music videos for that EP's roll out. Romantic disillusionment ruled the day with that release and there was nothing more pwoerful than guitar virtuosity mixed with electronic dance music to drive the point home. Now, KATANA continues his rock guitar-meets-EDM alchemy with his new album BRIGHTER THAN YOUR FUTURE but the motivation is different this time. Following a serious hand injury in which had KATANA fearing he would never play guitar again, the Russian-born ax-man found himself re-invigorated when the blood-spurting injury was fixed with surgery and a new lease on life was discovered. Accompanying this new lease on life is another artfully released album complete with all of the flare that we've come to know KATANA for. It's even coming with an action figure!
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DECEMBER 25, 2017

ROCKWiRED'S ANNUAL READER'S POLL BALLOT!!!

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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalABlue.jpgward season is upon us here at ROCKWIRED.COM and today we are pleased to announce the nominees for the upcoming 2018 ROCKWIRED READERS POLL AWARDS. Our award season has always been a huge to do but this time around we will be doing it bigger than we've ever done before. This year the voting will begin on Today, December 25, 2017 here at ROCKWIRED.COM with polling provided by MICROPOLL. Polls will close January 26, 2018. On February 4, 2018,  winners of the 2018 ROCKWIRED RADIO MUSIC AWARDS will be announced on a two-hour presentation which will be featured on the online radio station RADIOKSCR.COM. This marks the eleventh annual awards season for ROCKWIRED and this year's top nominees include BOBAFLEX, EDGE OF PARADISE, WAYLAND and VAJRA. This year we have come to a concensus on an impressive list of nominees. Please take a good look at who we have selected  and cast your vote with care.
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DECEMBER 21, 2017

ROCKWiRED SPECiAL FEATURE: EDiTOR'S CHOiCE 2017
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http://www.rockwired.com/2017YearEnd.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/TimesHRed.jpgistorically, at year-end, I've always made a point of expressing what a great year the previous twelve months were. And why not? You have to build up the anticipation for the EDITOR'S CHOICE list that I was about to roll out for our readers. At the close of 2017, we've got another amazing list of artists who made 2017 so damned memorable. Some of the names are familiar, some are not, but everyone of them left a strong impression on us visually and musically. As far as the year 2017 itself - eh, it's been difficult! Our monthly publication ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE has ceased, but there is hope that it maybe returning in the Spring of 2018. This has forced us to beef up the editorial for ROCKWIRED.COM and so far the results have been promishing. 2017 may not have been the best year for us, but it's one more year behind us and If we've got twenty five favorite bands and artists to share with you at the end of the year, that works for us. 
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DECEMBER 18, 2017

ROCKWiRED NOTES: KRASHKARMA
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http://www.rockwired.com/PaintTheDevil.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalE.jpgver since THE WHITE STRIPES came up with the idea of cutting out the bass player, rock n roll seemed to have stumbled on a primal urgency that had been lacking in the years prior to their debut. The duo KRASHKARMA has the same kind of line up consisting of a male guitarist and a singing female drummer but KRASHKARMA boasts a punchy, theatrical heavy metal sound that electrifies on recordings and a live stage. Plus, guitarist RALF DIETEL and NIKI SKISTIMAS look so fucking adorable together. ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE reported on a show featuring these guys and the band VAJRA in our April 2017 issue. I can't quite remember what my reason for not being able to make it to their show at BURT'S TIKI LOUNGE was, but trust me when I say that I'm kicking myself for it now.  It's been a couple of years since the band released their blistering LP PAINT THE DEVIL featuring such mesmerizing singles as GHOST IN THE MACHINE, VOODOO DOLLS and SAVE ME, but it's been enough to fuel anticipation and excitement for their recent Winter tour whose promotion boasted some clever, classic  STAR WARS imagery. ROCKWIRED got a hold of these two over the phone as they were on the road heading to a gig in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We talked about the current tour nd their plans to release a new album in the coming year. Here is how the interview went.
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DECEMBER 16, 2017

ROCKWiRED NOTES: SiLVERTUNG
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http://www.rockwired.com/LightenUp.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTRed.jpghe blistering hard rock sensibility of SILVERTUNG earned them a dedicated following and some serious traction on what's left of active rock radio with such singles as NEVER TO LATE, FACE THE MUSIC and YOU & ME. Truth be told, the steady progress of this band has filled me with pride given the fact that SILVERTUNG hails from my home state of Maryland. We've been with these guys from the beginning and have seen their evolution through such releases as the LP DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS to the EP FACE THE MUSIC. Now, SILVERTUNG has turned the volume way down for their latest EP LIGHTEN UP, a live acoustic recording that doesn't simply strip some of their big hits down to a bare, heartfelt minimum - it reimagines them. The new lease on these songs results in a band enjoying themselves on the stage and an already enthusiastic audience becoming all the more enthused. ROCKWIRED had a chance to catch up with SILVERTUNG's front man SPEED regarding the new EP, the band's current tour and their plans to hit the studio for a follow up EP in the coming year. Here is how the interview went.
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DECEMBER 8, 2017

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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalORed.jpgkay, we're at it again! With the absence of ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE, we here at ROCKWIRED.COM are filling that void by re-launching our podcast series ROCK SHOW. Back in late-August, the show was launched as a means of complimenting our monthly magazine  by featuring music and interview excerpts from the bands who  have been featured on the site and the magazine. With ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE on an indefinite hiatus we felt it important to bring back ROCK SHOW as a weekly show featuring all new music and interview excerpts with the bands and artists behind the music. On the latest edition of ROCK SHOW, we feature music from SILVERTUNG, RED VELVET CRUSH, MANHIGH, JANGLING SPARROWS and JACOB CADE.
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DECEMBER 6, 2017

ROCKWiRED NOTES: MANHiGH
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http://www.rockwired.com/ManhighPic.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalIRed.jpg got GABRIEL GAMBINO going in a recent phone conversation when I described the sound of his new band MANHIGH as QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE on peyote. The man knows me well enough to know that such a comparison from me comes from the heart. For the past seven years, I've come to know GAMBINO as the front man of the alt-rock band THROW THE TEMPLE and have seen the band's evolution from demo makers into a serious touring band (one of the few out of Albuquerque these days) with an LP (ANYWAY BUT DOWN from 2015) that had the potential to go the distance. This was a band that seemed determined to break out of the Duke City and make a dent in the world of active rock sharing the touring stage with bands like ACIDIC. Mysteriously, the band ceased operations and  despite my prying GAMBINO has been tight-lipped as to the reasons for the demise.

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DECEMBER 5, 2017

MUSiC ViDEO BLAST: eM
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http://www.rockwired.com/SomebodySometimes.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/eM.jpgis that rare artist in the realm of electronic music that boasts the very earnestness and spark of artists such as  KATE BUSH, MADONNA and SINEAD O'CONNOR. On eM's official facebook page she lists these artists as influences and you can hear it in her signature hypnotic style. Having sung since the age of six, this chanteuse from Melbourne Australia has applied her voice to such musical endeavors as choirs, rock bands, acoustic duos and working with djs. Her voice can do anything but int he past few years, the pulsating sounds of electronica are where she is most comfortable these days. Already, she has given us something to look forward to in the coming year with her forthcoming EP SOMEBODY SOMETIMES. The roll out is planned for January 11th and eM is confident in the material she will be presenting. "I feel I am a unique artist and with each release I evolve, better and bolder." says eM "I love getting feedback good or bad. I'm not out to please people but if they love a track, I am happy! This EP flows really well from start to finish, I am hoping people pick up on that." Preceding the release is the haunting A WORLD OF POSSIBLE and it's simple-yet-striking video. 

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DECEMBER 4, 2017
ROCKWiRED NOTES: JACOB CADE
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http://www.rockwired.com/WhatsYourProblem.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalHRed.jpgitting the road with a band like BOBAFLEX is a big deal in the active rock world. In fact it's one hell of a glory gig, especially for a lean mean 19 year old kid who knows a thing or two about looking good wielding an ax and playing the shit out of it. Young men getting swept up in the rock n roll lifestyle has historically made for some exciting , salacious adventures filled with women, adulation and drugs. Somewhere in that mess is rock n roll. The temptations are many in that lifestyle but we've got every confidence that JACOB CADE can resist the excesses and temptations and maintain the upward trajectory that he is on. At 19, CADE is already an artist with past. He has two albums behind him and is now on the verge of releasing his latest EP HUNGER in the coming year. This forthcoming release marks a shift in creative approach as CADE gets a little help in the songwriting department from the likes of RACHEL BOLAN of SKID ROW and LZZY HALE of HALESTORM along with producer MICHAEL WAGENER behind the recording console. Preceding the release of the EP is the punchy first single WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?

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NOVEMBER 29, 2017
MUSiC ViDEO BLAST: RED VELVET CRUSH
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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalB.jpgehind the band RED VELVET CRUSH is the steely determination of it's frontwoman JILLIAN RISCOE. Nothing has been able to deter this young woman from living the rock n roll dream. We first became acquainted with her back in 2009 when she was a solo artist plugging her self titled solo album. Many spend their lives in rock band after rock band and eventually find their voice as a solo artist, but RISCOE felt that having a band was the way to go. Along with guitarist and co-songwriter DANIEL MENDALA, she formed RED VELVET CRUSH and let the world in on their dynamic approach to music. Is it rock with a pop sensibility or is it pop with a rock n roll attitude? It's hard to care about what order it goes in when you've got something this catchy. RED VELVET CRUSH released their debut EP SMOKE AND MIRRORS in 2013 and are now knee deep in the promotion of their follow up EP CRYSTAL CLEAR which takes their hard driving pop rock sensibilities a giant step forward as evidenced by their latest single and music video STATE OF EMERGENCY.

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NOVEMBER 28, 2017
DAMNiT GiLLEY: THE CHROMA DiViDE
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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTOrange.jpgHE CHROMA DIVIDE, how did you come up with the bands name and how long have you been together?
NICK:
We came up with the name amongst a few others. This one just kind of felt right. We like to blend different genres, kind of like colors in a painting. Each individual part stands on its own, but together it comes together as one. And that's what we are trying to accomplish. Establishing our own sound, but doing it our own way.

Tell me a bit about yourselves, how did all of you meet and group together to form the band?
CAMERON: We're from small town CHINA GROVE, NC. We've all played together in some capacity. This is the first time we've all been together in the same project though. We just got tired of trying to fit a certain genre. We wanted to make our music, and create our own sound. We've been overwhelmed by the support we've gotten. It's really motivating us to push our own limits and create something spectacular.
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NOVEMBER 28, 2017

ROCKWiRED REViEW: RUMBLE - THE iNDiANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD
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http://www.rockwired.com/RumblePoster.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalT.jpghe roll out and subsequent universal acclaim for the documentary film RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD couldn't have come at a worse time for me. ROCKWIRED's supplemental publication ROCK IS RED MAGAZINE - which covered American Indian and first Nations contemporary music - was going under and seemed to signal the demise of our monthly publication ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE. News of this brand new documentary seemed like a ray of hope for me as an American Indian music journalist. I wanted to reach out to REZOLUTION PRODUCTIONS - the team behind the documentary film - and get their story on the pages of ROCKWIRED. Numerous interview requests were sent to REZOLUTION and the film's directors CATHERINE BAINBRIDGE and ALFONSO MAIORANA, only to be  greeted by radio silence. Was this any way to treat the first American Indian-owned rock music publication?
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NOVEMBER 26, 2017

ROCKWiRED SPECiAL FEATURE: TiNA TURNER
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http://www.rockwired.com/TinaTurnerBirthday.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalW.jpgeary are we as a publication in bringing up the dearth of female voices in rock these days. We could say that what we need is another rock n roll hero like the woman born ANNA MAE BULLOCK in an unincorpated township in Tennessee called Nutbush, but you'd roll your eyes at the pun, as you are probably doing now, and thinking "There isn't gonna be another TINA TURNER." Who needs another TINA TURNER when we've still got the  real thing walking this green earth?  Retired, happily married and living in Switzerland, TURNER has boasted one of those few musical careers that have reached legendary proportions and had the sort of biblical backstory worthy of CECIL B. DEMILLE's TEN COMMANDMENTS. Forget the Old Testament stuff. The unwanted sharecroppers daughter from the backwoods of Tennessee made her way to St. Louis where she became enthralled with local music star IKE TURNER and his KINGS OF RHYTHM. It turned out the little girl from Nutbush had one hell of a RAY CHARLES growl  and soon found herself at the center of the action. With that voice, BULLOCK cut the single A FOOL IN LOVE and the TINA TURNER (a name inspired by the amazonian heroine SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE) persona was born. As a duo, IKE AND TINA TURNER enjoyed sporadic success on the charts with such classics as their high octane rendition of PROUD MARY to the all out ruckus of NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS, but it was their blistering live set that put them in a class all by themselves. And of course there is  the dark matter of the violent marriage that TINA found herself in with IKE. Years of abuse came to an end of July 4, 1976 when following a bloody brawl with IKE, TINA walked away with 36 cents to her name and a resolve to take on the world on her own terms. Years of financial and professional struggle followed but the world would soon find out that TINA TURNER was a fighter. That fighting spirit proved useful when putting together a solo music career that would defy the odds of race and age. The often times elusive second act proved to more successful than the first go around and came complete with multi-platinum albums, record-breaking sell out tours, eight GRAMMY wins and a movie about the woman's life in which the actress playing her  (ANGELA BASSETT) was nominated for an OSCAR. Now there is talk about a musical coming to the WEST END stage.

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NOVEMBER 20, 2017
ROCKWiRED NOTES: JANGLiNG SPARROWS
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http://www.rockwired.com/140Nickels.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalW.jpgith the release of  140 NICKELS by the roots americana band JANGLING SPARROWS, front man and songwriter PAUL EDELMAN has found himself in an exciting place creatively. Music making, even in these lean musical times, is a painstaking art that comes with an equally painstaking process. With all of the work that goes into creating songs, it's easy to forget that one needs to make some money and more importantly - connect with an audience.  On 140 NICKELS, we don't feel that EDELEMAN and the JANGLING SPARROWS will have any trouble connecting with an audience that is hungry for music that speaks to the good, bad and ugly that goes with the dodgy territory of love and life. EDELMAN is a committed pro both vocally and on the lead sheets and proves, even in a time when music is a taken-for-granted commodity, that there are troubadours out there that are worth the time and attention given to such dearly departed rockers as TOM PETTY.  File the album 140 NICKELS somewhere in between PETTY'S WILDFLOWERS and JOHN HIATT's BRING THE FAMILY.

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NOVEMBER 17, 2017
ROCKWiRED NOTES:
ELANTRiS

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http://www.rockwired.com/ThisSacrifice.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalW.jpge have to admire the creative gumption of ELANTRIS. The Lisbon, Ohio-based band, formerly known as BLACKTHORNE, boast a sound that is described as 'symphonic' metal powered by the high octane vocal perofrmances of  front man THOMAS ULLOM and front woman LINDSAY VICTORIA KETCHUM. Giving the band it's symphonic flourish is keyboardist MARK LIBER, who put down the guitar when the band band changed it's name and got lost in the endless sounds and textures that were available to him through the keys. Yes, these guys got a whole lot more ambitious with their heavy metal, but according to MARK LIBER finding the audience proved challenging until the band did what ever band does to survive in these lean musical times - hit the road. At the time of this interview, ELANTRIS was on the road, performing their ambitious musical set before audiences who like their metal to be more theatrical and  sonically nuanced. This live set is largely informed by the reformed/retooled band's debut album THIS SACRIFICE. The self-produced catalog of epic heavy metal mastery isn't for casual listening. This opus is a musical journey worthy of HOMER featuring such standout performances as CAPTIVATE and SEAS OF TORMENT.

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NOVEMBER 9, 2017
ROCKWiRED SPECiAL FEATURE: FRONT  & CENTER 2017

http://www.rockwired.com/FrontAndCenter2017Heading.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTRed.jpghe Autumn season has always been an important one for ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE. Not only is it the time of year that we roll out our KICKING AX list. We also roll out our FRONT & CENTER list which highlights our publication's favorite front men in rock. For the better part of rock n roll's illustrious history, the music has always benefited from the kinetic energy created between a lead singer and a guitar player. Look at MICK JAGGER and KEITH RICHARDS. Consider ROBERT PLANT and JIMMY PAGE. Or how about ANN and NANCY WILSON? We could go on and on. This year's FRONT & CENTER list heavily compliments the list of guitarists in the KICKING AX feature and according to editor-in-chief BRIAN LUSH, it's one of life's happy little accidents. " There is a lot of cross-pollination between the two lists. " says LUSH "But that speaks to the chemistry generated by these bands. It's that very chemistry that keeps rock n roll going despite all the times that someone like GENE SIMMONS has declared it dead."
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NOVEMBER 8, 2017

ROCKWiRED NOTES: ALARM FOR WAR
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http://www.rockwired.com/EnemiesOfTheState.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalW.jpghen I spoke with BUGGY, the thirteen year old rapper fronting the band ALARM FOR WAR, it was the 16th anniversary of 9/11. I have gotten used to feeling old when I speak with some of these bands and artists that have been profiled on ROCKWIRED throughout the years, but there was something that unsettled me about this young subject. BUGGY, a kid from Crystal, Minnesota, never lived in a world before 9/11 so the chaos and the dysfunction that he addresses on his rambunctious debut EP ENEMIES OF THE STATE is coming from a very real place.  What better way for  a young man to vent his frustrations and deliver a message of "hope and truth" than the blistering sound of rapcore metal? Is this beyond his years? Could be, but in an age when many believe that the youth of American grow up too damn fast, maybe an EP like ENEMIES OF THE STATE has dropped at just the right time. Engineered by BRIAN BART (LOGIC RECORDINGS), edited and mixed by GRAMMY winner JR. McNEELY and mastered by BRAD BLACKWOOD, ENEMIES OF THE STATE showcases the band's potent musical chops and BUGGY's lethal sense of rhyme and vocal prowess. With a starting point like this, BUGGY's career could go anywhere. Let's just hop that the young man's idealism stays intact.
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NOVEMBER 3, 2017

FOR iMMEDiATE RELEASE: JACOB CADE
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here is a new name about to burst on the rock scene, that mixes the styles of LED ZEPPELIN and GUNS N' ROSES - and that name is JACOB CADE. :Energetic rock n' roll with a modern twist" is how this singer/guitarist/band leader from Colorado likes to describe his music. And from late November through early December, rock fans in the northeast will be able to get a glimpse of this talented performer, as he will be opening shows for BOBAFLEX.

"I am so stoked to be going on the road with BOBAFLEX," says CADE. "This will be the first experience for me being out and playing every night. I can't imagine how much fun I will have. Sort of a mini-dream come true! I'm jumping in circles right now. Fans should expect the band and I to come out and give it all we've got. It's going to be an energy filled, in your face, kick ass piece of entertainment. I guarantee whoever comes to see us will be mind blown." 
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NOVEMBER 1, 2017

DAMNiT GiLLEY: POLARiTY
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hings have been very eventful for POLARITY with the release of ACTION POTENTIAL not too long ago, how would you describe your emotions both going into the album and it's release? 
It's certainly been one hell of a roller coaster ride. Overall a great learning and memorable experience. Initially starting off with feeling excited and hopeful to finally just a feeling of satisfaction and relief. It did take alot longer than we expected it to with regards to production time. Fortunately we feel it was definitely worth the long wait!
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OCTOBER 30, 2017

DAMNiT GiLLEY: HORROR FiLM DiRECTOR SHANT HAMASSiAN
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IGHT OF THE SLASHER was released to a lot of critical acclaim, where does it stand now a year later in 2017?  
At this point, NIGHT OF THE SLASHER has been selected in over 185 festivals, has won over 50 awards, and has become OSCAR eligible. The short film premiered as a VIMEO STAFF PICK (the first horror film to do so on that site), and featured as SHORT OF THE WEEK, and FILMSHORTAGE. The short film online is still growing and slowly reaching half a million views cumulatively across all platforms including VIMEO, FACEBOOK, and YOUTUBE. I still receive emails from festivals and events to showcase screenings of it! 

Since NIGHT OF THE SLASHER, do you have any other projects that you have been working on or are you working to piece together a feature length film? 
NIGHT OF THE SLASHER was always a proof-of-concept for a feature film, but right now, the developments on that are under wraps.
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OCTOBER 30, 2017

ROCKWiRED.COM'S ROCK SHOW: ROGER CAPPS

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t the core of a every kick ass rock band is a strong, sturdy bass player and they don't get stronger and sturdier than ROGER CAPPS. For ten years, he laid down one mean four string in support of that GRAMMY-winning rock n roll coloratura PAT BENATAR. This guy goes all the way back that woman's cabaret singing days as part of the jazz quartet COXON'S ARMY in Richmond, Virginia. When BENATAR was getting too big for RICHMOND she moved to New York City to pursue that often times elusive rock n roll dream, and invited CAPPS with her to help develop a sound that was going to capture the ears of a record company and get this woman's career to the next level. CAPPS and BENATAR developed an electrifying night club act at the comedy club CATCH A RISING STAR and caught the ears of the big boys at CHRYSALIS RECORDS. Before anyone could blink, BENATAR was signed and the woman's rock n roll vision came to fruition thanks to NEIL GIRALDO - a young hot shot guitar player fresh off of a recording and touring gig with RICK DERRINGER. As the bass player in BENATAR's band, CAPPS traveled the world, co-wrote such tracks as HELL IS FOR CHILDREN and played on all of BENATAR's platinum albums IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1979), CRIMES OF PASSION (1980), PRECIOUS TIME (1981), GET NERVOUS (1982), LIVE FROM EARTH (1983) and TROPICO (1984).
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OCTOBER 29, 2017

DAMNiT GiLLEY: HORROR FiLM DiRECTOR TYLER HALL
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YLER HALL start off by telling me about yourself. What made you want to get into the movie industry?
My upbringing was fairly normal other than the amount of horror films my parents allowed me to watch and what age I watched them at. The earliest memory I have watching a horror film was when I was 5 years old sitting on my Father's lap. I remember a dark endless tunnel, sounds of the undead echoing about and a cold loud shatter of a firearm. You guessed it, my first horror movie I ever watched was GEORGE A. ROMERO'S "DAY OF THE DEAD". After that first encounter with a true horror film, I was completely hooked. Like most kids, I loved HALLOWEEN and truly anticipated the holiday each year. I remember my mom always helping me piece together my costumes instead of buying them at the store because store bought costumes weren't creative enough for me. I always wanted to be something completely different then all my other friends and to be quite honest, I was very competitive. During my Highschool years the faculty would hold a homecoming week costume contest each year and I would be brainstorming ideas for my costume weeks in advance. I needed to entertain and I wanted my costumes to be good and better than the ones I had created in the past. I won every year. I guess that's where a lot of my creative side comes from though, I guess it all comes from my mom. Her and I would stay up for hours making different Halloween props and costumes. I really think my adolescence and love for the holiday really sparked my interest in becoming a filmmaker. I just couldn't imagine a better and more unique childhood. 
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OCTOBER 24, 2017

ROCKWiRED NOTES: FELiX Y LOS GATOS
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http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalIRed.jpgn recent years, Albuquerque, New Mexico has become the land of BREAKING BAD and BETTER CALL SAUL. As one who lives in the "Duke City",I feel  it's better to be known for two bad-ass televsions shows than it is the place where BUGS BUNNY forgot to make a left turn.  This dry, arid, mountainous setting is on the map in a big way when it comes to televsion production, but I always felt that the music scene here deserved just as much attention. Maybe the lack of exposure speaks to the fact that there are no music scenes in the age of the internet and social media, but that hasn't stopped FELIX PERALTA  from making a decent penny making and performing music here and throughout the country. He and accordion player D.B. GOMEZ form the creative core of FELIX Y LOS GATOS - a musical act with a sound as wide and expansive as the American Southwest. Covering a wide range of sound from blues, bluegrass and zydeco, FELIX Y LOS GATOS have been an in-demand live act in the Land of Entrapment and beyond. In the coming year,  the band is set to release their forthcoming album which they've recorded at the legendary BLUE CAT STUDIOS in San Antonio (days before Hurricane Harvey struck the region). The new album will mark the band's evolution from troubadours-for-hire to full fleged recording artists with an enviable sense of musicality and  a mission to bring their distinctive Southwest sound to a much broader listening public.

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OCTOBER 23, 2017
ROCKWiRED'S 30 MOMENTS: PAT BENATAR
http://www.rockwired.com/PatBenatarHeading.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/PatBenatarInsert.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalIRed.jpgn an era filled with the so-pop-it-ain't-country glamour of TAYLOR SWIFT and the quirky, cheeky stylings of KATY PERRY, it's hard to believe that there was a time when women who sang hard rock once topped the charts. Acts like the female-fronted HEART, the playful, powerchord approach of JOAN JETT and the ethereal STEVIE NICKS have had their day in the upper reaches of the charts and all of those women have made it into the ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME. (NICKS was inducted as a member of FLEETWOOD MAC) The one woman who hasn't even made it onto the "to be considered" list is a four-time GRAMMY winner with seven platinum albums to her credit. And she was the first female artist on MTV. Yes, PAT BENATAR, the woman with a four-octave range, stuck it to the rock n roll boy's club with a sound that was forceful and feminine and evidence of her infleunce on the firmament of hard rock is felt today with such standards as HEARTBREAKER, HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT, HELL IS FOR CHILDREN, FIRE AND ICE, LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD and WE BELONG still permeating the airwaves through classic rock radio. With a track record like this, it's a surprise to us that this dame didn't make it into the HALL OF FAME ten years ago. But with some of the decidedly non-rock n roll entrants of recent years, it has us wondering if that HALL OF FAME racket even deserves the name "rock n roll".
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OCTOBER 22, 2017

DAMNiT GiLLEY: TESTAROSSA
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ESTAROSSA, you were formerly known as GRACEFUL REGRET. What brought about the name change?
We had a slight personnel change as well as a slight change in vision for the band. Things have gotten so heavy and uptight in both the world and and the music scene lately, we decided we wanted to create music and a vibe to combat that. We are a brazen, unashamed, simplistic, rock-n-roll party band. We want people to have a good time at our shows, not hear us sing songs about how bad our home life is and how our parents are making us get jobs. The TESTAROSSA is one of the sexiest cars made during the decadent 80's. That's the vibe we are going for, sexy and decadent. It's ironically very new and refreshing in today's scene. Funny thing is, FACEBOOK wouldn't let us change our band name for over a month because they claimed we were misleading people (whatever that means). It was a major ordeal.
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OCTOBER 18, 2017

ROCKWiRED NiTE OUT - SOCiAL DiSTORTiON
http://www.rockwired.com/SocialDistortionHeading.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalAOrange.jpgFEW MONTHS SHY OF THEIR 40TH ANNIVERSARY, FULLERTON PUNKERS SOCIAL DISTORTION COME THROUGH ABQ. ON THEIR SUMMER 2017 TOUR. It had been a long time since SOCIAL DISTORTION had come through Albuquerque. Long enough that I had pretty much thought that short of my going to some 3-day festival in Milwaukee or some damn place to catch a 30-minute set, my hope of seeing the legendary punkers was out of the question, forever to be put in that category of acts I never got to see. Fortunately for myself and many others like me, I was wrong, and on September 6th I finally had my chance.
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OCTOBER 16, 2017

ROCKWiRED SPECiAL FEATURE: KiCKiNG AX 2017
http://www.rockwired.com/KickingAx2017Heading.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/DaveBatesKickAx.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalEOrange.jpgvery October, for five years now, ROCKWIRED.COM has given props to the seminal instrument in rock n roll and to the men and women who pick one up and play the hell out of it. This year, ROCKWIRED has picked twenty such ax-wielders who are doing their duty in keeping rock n roll alive and kicking. This annual list never comes easily and ROCKWIRED's editor-in-chief BRIAN LUSH is pleased with this year's list and the wide range of sounds, textures and tones from each of these most valued players. "Every year is different" says LUSH "Some names are very familiar to thsi list and some are brand spanking new. Not only does this list celebrate all of the pomp and theatricality that comes with being a guitarist in a rock band, but speaks to the musicality and the determination of each of these players. I'm super excited by this list of musicians that we have come up with for 2017."
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OCTOBER 11, 2017

ROCKWiRED Q&A: MiLiTiA VOX
http://www.rockwired.com/MilitiaVoxHeading.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/MilitiaVoxAOM.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalLOrange.jpget's face it. THe LP is a dying art in an age where attention spans are limited to memes, tweets and two-minute STAR WARS trailers. And lets not even bring up the roll out for an LP. These days, you've got to make a massive impression with a single and a music video and goth rock siren MILITIA VOX has done so with her latest offering NYCTOPHILIA, a dark exploration into the human psyche and it's ability to haunt the streets late at night. Thematically, the moody single recalls the creepy, crawly theatricality of ALICE COOPER's WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE and the showmanship and hellbent delivery of SIOUXSIE SIOUX of SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES. Both the single and video have earned the woman raves from such sites as AFROPUNK.COM and have proven that the singer - famed for her vocal prowess for the JUDAS PRIEST tribute band JUDAS PRIEST - has a delivery and an artistry that is all her own.
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OCTOBER 10, 2017

ROCKWiRED Q&A: BOBAFLEX
http://www.rockwired.com/Bobaflex2017Heading.jpg http://www.rockwired.com/EloquentDemons.jpghttp://www.rockwired.com/CapitalAOrange.jpgnyone who says that rock n roll is dead ain't listening to the right bands. In a time when everyone is watching what they say in fear of retaliation from folks who spend way too much time on social media, you've got rock bands out there that are letting it all hang out in a way that's gonna get them some backlash from this group of people or that group of people, and a band like BOBAFLEX is leading the pack. Truth be told, these guys have been in the game since the turn of the century, so we're talking over seventeen years-plus of sex, drugs and the very music everyone claims is dead. There is is no posing here. The rabble-rousing is genetic. The band's founders - the brothers McCOY (lead singer MARTY and guitarist SHAUN) are direct descendants of the McCOY family famed for their epic feud with the HATFIELDS back in the 19th century. Family history aside, the band BOBAFLEX have proven time and time again that they are survivors in a music business that's been pumping everything it's got into pop tarts and pretty boys instead of anything with balls attached to it. A testimonial to the band's fighting spirit is their latest album ELOQUENT DEMONS.
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OCTOBER 9, 2017

ROCKWiRED SPECiAL FEATURE:
http://www.rockwired.com/PumpingIronFirstPage.jpg With a movie like PUMPING IRON, the GEORGE BUTLER documentary that broke bodybuilding and ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER into the mainstream, you see some heart on display, but you also see unbridled ambition. The film was released in 1977 and focused on the 1975 IFBB MR. UNIVERSE and the 1975 IFBB MR. OLYMPIA  championships. 1977's STAR WARS may be the film remembered most for it's epic battle but PUMPING IRON  had an epic battle of it's own. In one corner, you had the ultimate alpha male. A 6'2", 235 pound Austrian guy with mighty arms, shoulders and pecs. Just as broad as the man's shoulders was his smile which brandished a gap in his teeth. And that voice, high and gentle, ran contrary to his herculean physique  and pronounces v-sounds like f-sounds and  r-sounds like ah sounds. At the time of the filming, SHWARZENEGGER was a four time MR. OLYMPIA winner.
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OCTOBER 5, 2017

ROCKWiRED SPECiAL FEATURE:
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http://www.rockwired.com/StandIntro.jpgIn my adult life, the whole notion of being a gentlemen is one that I have clung to and still do today. If, for no other reason than to hear compliments for my chivalry. And domestic violence? The notion of a man hitting a woman to exert some sort of power and control is one that sickens me. But what if the woman hits first? What if the gentler sex is the aggressor?

In the past few years, moments have been caught on video and shared on social media showing some rather thuggish behavior on the part of women. In one video, that had made the rounds on social media, a black mother got in the face of a mall security guard who yelled at her kids to keep quiet. The further the woman got into the security guard's face, he warned her, "you better back up!" As this was going on, her children, toddlers at the most, taunted the guard with "That's why you gay!" Eventually the woman resorted to hitting him, leading the security guard to shoot her with a taser gun, sending the belligerent woman into shock and a comical tumble sideways, bringing to mind the fall of a redwood tree. As a result, the woman's children were left screaming, crying and jumping up and down as onlookers started questioning the guard for his course of action. When the story blew up on social media, there were those that questioned the man's need to use a taser on the woman in front of her children, but there were many who came out in support of the guard. 

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