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October 3, 2019
By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa INTERVIEW WITH Ms. JOSIE COTTON Josie Cotton-Everything is Oh Yeah Some of you may remember 80s icon Josie Cotton (“Johnny Are You Queer?”, “Jimmy Loves Maryanne”, and “He Could Be the One?).  What you may not know is she has been releasing albums since then—and one very special album Everything Is Oh Yeah will be released on October 4th via Kitten Robot/Cleopatra Records. The back-story is the album was created 30 years ago and was never released—and later lost! The tapes were miraculously discovered and the recordings were in near perfect condition. Imagine, this is like a time capsule discovered in 2019!  Back to the future!  With such an interest in the 80s in recent years (think Stranger Things, The Goldbergs, The Americans, and of course, Freaks and Geeks), the timing seemed perfect for the album’s release. Rock At Night has heard the album Everything Is Oh Yeah and absolutely loves it! The songs are timeless, capturing the essence of New Wave, 60s girls band, Motown, and rockabilly.  There is even a fantastic cover of The Beatles’ “The Night Before”, recorded with the one-and-only Brian Setzer! Really, cool stuff! Rock At Night’s Podcast Channel—Listen to the iTunes Interview Here   or   Podbay Here Prior to release of the Everything Is Oh Yeah, Cotton released a recently penned single “Ukrainian Cowboy”, which is a mixture of nostalgia, rockabilly, and a bit of Russian influences.  Check out the video below: Rock At Night caught up with Josie Cotton for an interview, which can be heard in its entirety via audio—or read excerpts [edited for clarity] of the interview below: “Ukrainian Cowboy” and the new album release Rock At Night asked, “Was the single “Ukrainian Cowboy” recently written or was that from the archives?” Cotton replied, “No, no, I wrote that this year.” Rock At Night wondered, “When you wrote that this year, was it in mind with the new album being released?’ “Everything seems to be happening simultaneously right now. I couldn’t control the series of events. We were en route and I didn’t want to stop anything midstream. There was a single that came out in Spain. I was really excited about the single “Ukrainian Cowboy” and “Cold War Spy.” It was important for me to get that out right now, something new, before dredging up stuff from the past. I was trying to beat the release of that record Everything is Oh Yeah.” In reference to her soon-to-be-released album, Rock At Night inquired, “Are you going to have any videos from Everything is Oh Yeah?” “There is a lyric video for the title song.”  Cotton continued, “We’re going to make a real video later on. It’s really funny with toy stick figures. It’s kind of Japanese…everything Japanese is alright with me! We’re trying to figure how to do a video for this record because it was recorded 30 years ago and we can’t really do a performance of it because there’s no original players. We are trying to come up with a clever way for it to make sense.” Rock At Night asked, “You are having a release party on Oct 5th.    It says in the press release that you are going to be performing the songs. Do you even remember the songs?” “Well, when Paul, my partner in the recording studio, found these two-inch 24 tracks (they were unmarked). We had no idea what they were. Then I realized it was from a record I really thought was lost. We had to re-mix everything and [I] became intimate with every nuance of my vocals and instruments. I relearned the songs as we were mixing them.” “The whole thing is so intriguing to me that 30 years later an album is being released—It’s almost like a time capsule,” laughed Rock At Night. “It is! I almost called it Lost In Space. I really thought it was gone in one of the natural disasters in California or lost in one of the studios or garages. “One thing that was amazing was the tapes were intact and in perfect condition. We baked the tapes for two days at a very low temperature. You
September 3, 2019
Click on the arrow above to listen to the entire interview By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Rock At Night has always had a penchant for classic rock bands—and Millennial bands that have that dirty, sexy, rock sound. You’ll find us following bands large and small between the UK, EU, and US such as Blackberry Smoke, Magpie Salute, Greta Van Fleet, rumHoney, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, and many more that have the “it” sound. Now, our new favorite band is Dirty Honey, a Los Angeles band which released a must-hear self-titled EP which will give you faith that classic-sounding rock music is here to stay! Dirty Honey came to fruition a couple of years ago but has managed to tour with Slash, open for The Who and Guns N Roses, not to mention playing at a slew of summer festivals such as Welcome to Rockville, Rocklahoma, and Sonic Temple. Rock At Night’s Podcast Channel—Listen Here A two year whirlwind Dirty Honey EP Rock At Night interviewed Jon Notto, guitarist with Dirty Honey, asking to recap the band’s last couple whirlwind years. He said, “We did seven shows with Slash this year and three last year, and those three were really our first shows, in terms of real shows. When we got management, that was the first thing that was kind of booked us.” I responded, “You mean you guys formed two years ago and, bam! You’re touring with Slash?” Notto explained, “The singer and I have known each other the longest, pretty much six years, the whole time we’ve been in L.A.. or longer.  Then I met the bass player, Justin.  The singer, Marc, I’ve known for a long time. I played in his bar band. He had some originals but for the most part they were bar band gigs. For a long time it was my way of keeping rock ‘n’ roll in my life in this L.A. landscape. I brought in Justin because the bass  player was going to leave.  Justin and I met through our circle of musicians in L.A. and he is just “rock ‘n’ roll” in my opinion. “So we started plodding along, trying to make it an original project and getting away from the cover band thing. It was really hard for us to find a drum chair so Justin brought in Cory for one of our cover band gigs and he said, ‘Yo! I really want to do this! I want to be in the band!’  And he was kind of the first person that was awesome and also said that! There’s no shortage of people wanting to be in a band but admittedly we wanted somebody really good! “So the two year mark was when Cory joined us on drums. That’s when we named it “Dirty Honey” and that’s when we started to become serious.  That’s when the songs were written.” Management is key L-R: bassist Justin Smolian, vocalist Marc LaBelle, drummer Corey Coverstone Notto discussed how the band became serious, started song writing, and acquired management from a long-time friends he describes as “like having our uncle manage us…we’ve known him so long it kind of felt like family.” He said, “After we made a music video, we got the attention of our current manager, who had been a longtime friend.  We had known about our manager for many years. He had seen us play in our cover band gigs and never took us seriously because we weren’t doing anything serious. When he heard ‘When I’m Gone’, our current single, he was like, ‘No questions asked! I can put this on the radio!’ “He said,  ‘Hey! I got some gigs for you guys! You guys want to open for Slash?’ “We were all like, Ahh…yeah!’ “Good! Because I already said ‘yes’!” So I asked about the name of the mysterious manager, and Notto laughed, saying, “Sorry! His name is Mark DiDia.  He has a history of running record labels. He was with Columbia and Capitol—I think President of A & R? Then I think about 10 years ago when everything wasn’t as lucrative, especially for A&R People, he switched over to managing. He also manages the Counting Crows, Three Doors Down.  I guess back in the 80s, he was doing promotions for Geffen Records. And so that was awesome for us! Now, he doesn’t really boast about that st
August 27, 2019
CLICK ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO By Andrea Ramirez-Maciolek, Rock At Night Philadelphia Mostly known for its breathtaking geography and the birthplace of Johnny Cash, The Natural State of Arkansas is also home to industrial, “shock-n-roll” band WHITE COLLAR SIDESHOW. Let’s be honest here and say that I was completely skeptical. I had fallen victim to the pitfalls of geographical stereotype when it comes to music and I should have known better based on my own personal experiences. I am grateful to have been proven wrong by the dynamic sound of husband and wife duo that solely make up WHITE COLLAR SIDESHOW. Drummer and singer TD along with wife VERONICA on the bass are a force to be reckoned with even if there are only two of them creating the same thunderous sound of a 5 piece rock band. Original in their own right, WHITE COLLAR SIDESHOW can be compared to White Zombie with a millennial edge. Transitioning and gathering inspiration through the rock generation of the 80’s, 90’s, and the millennium, their love of zombies, and film have allowed WHITE COLLAR SIDESHOW to produce their own unique brand of music and visuals. I recently had the honor of chatting with drummer TD about a lot of great things ahead for them. The band, which was mostly DIY, has recently signed with CURTAIN CALL RECORDS. Their latest album, I DIDN’T COME HERE TO DIE, will be released in October backed by a long list of tour dates. Veronica, White Collar Sideshow As music fans we often forget that our favorite bands are not objects programmed to create music just for our listening pleasure . In the interview, TD brings the real music experience back down to a human level detailing the trials, hard work, and rewards of the life of a band on the road. You begin to gain a greater respect for the life of a musician as you listen to the interview. An impressive story teller with southern hospitality at its best, TD outlines the adventures of a dedicated husband and wife team living on the road to bring music to their family of listeners in the US and abroad. Check out our incredibly insightful and inspirational interview below. Make sure to support WHITE COLLAR SIDESHOW by checking out their live shows and donating to their musical cause so that they may continue to bring awesome music to the masses. Click on the arrow below to listen: OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE TD Benton, White Collar Sideshow TOUR DATES For More Info On White Collar Sideshow WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER
December 14, 2018
Interview with Steve Kilbey of The Church. Click on the arrow above: By Deb Kloeden, Rock At Night Adelaide and Words by Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Steve Kilbey of the legendary Australian rock band The Church just released his 21st solo album Sydney Rococo (Golden Robots Records) on November 23rd, which consists of a collection of songs written over the last 5 years.  He recently just completed the Australian leg of The Church’s Starfish 30th Anniversary worldwide tour. Rock At Night interviewed Steve Kilbey about his new album, The Church, and more!  Kilbey discusses his yearning for melancholia in music; the painted album cover of Sydney Rococo; the Starfish tour and staying true to the original album; his favorite Church album, Priest=Aura; the Grunge movement; touring in the 90s versus today; and Stuart Coupe’s book Roadies. The audio interview is presented in its entirety in the link below and on Rock At Night’s iTunes channel, but some of Kilbey’s thoughts and impressions include: On his new album Sydney Rococo, which he described as being two years in the can… Many people write about Berlin, New York City, London…I felt it was time Sydney had its own album.  On his music having sad or melancholic undertones… Melancholy has always been my specialty, really. That is what I explore.  Melancholy is a wonderful theme…that sort of feeling of walking on the beach on a winter’s day on your own. There’s sort of a certain deliciousness in that, I think.   A beautifully sad song can make you feel happy. When I started listening to music when I was three or four, taking music in, I was always surprised by the fact that sad songs make you happy.  I’m always kind of working that angle in everything I do. The triumph of melancholia (not depression).   In the 80s people tried to say we were a depressing band and we’ve never been depressing. We’ve always had sad songs.  There’s a lot of difference between a depressed person and a melancholic person. I don’t certainly promote the virtues of depression but I do promote the virtues of melancholia.  Rock At Night noted the Starfish album finished in November—and The Church has produced 30 albums over the years.  Kilbey noted, “Every year is an anniversary of some sort” and he was looking forward to the year 2022 when his “favorite Church album Priest=Aura” would have its 30th year anniversary. On playing Starfish in its entirety during live performances, he explained the importance of not only staying true to the album but present it with “more bollocks…with more mojo” rather than digress into a “reggae version” of a beloved song. Rock At Night discussed Stuart Copes book The Roadies—The Secret History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  The conversation touched on roadie Shane Scully, who worked during the halcyon days with The Church. Lots of interesting tidbits and trivia, here, folks! Click on the arrow below to listen: OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Video FOLLOW STEVE KILBEY Instagram | Facebook | Web | Twitter Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford
December 11, 2018
Rock At Night chats with retro rockers Johnny Mile and the Kilometers By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Venue: Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa, Florida–December 7, 2018 I heard Johnny Mile & the Kilometers were going to be close to me, so of course, I dropped by to see them. This is my fourth time seeing them, and this time I had a chance to talk to them in a (sort of) quiet environment, so I’ll let them speak for themselves – but I also have some visuals to entertain you as you listen! OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE  
November 30, 2018
CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Andrea Ramirez-Maciolek, Rock At Night Philadelphia When it comes to Crashing Cairo and their new album, At Speeds That Destroy, lead singer Robert Wax described the album best, cinematic soundscape. The four-piece band from Detroit, Michigan, produce some of the best bone-chilling, and anthemic music I have heard and it’s no surprise their latest album has received national attention across radio stations in the United States, Canada, and across the pond. Each song sounds like a soundtrack to a specific point in life. The songs have an intensity about them building up to a satisfying and powerful climax. At Speeds That Destroy is a collaboration of great minds coming together for a very successful project both musically and on the technical spectrum. The band consists of members Robert Wax (vocals/keyboards), Joel Cooper (guitars), David West (drums/electronics), and Chris Rosin (bass).  Each member has a key role delivering unique qualities that make each song stand out as empowering anthems. At Speeds That Destroy saw Crashing Cairo work with producers Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) and Tim Palmer (David Bowie, Pearl Jam, U2) further proving that the band is a force to be reckoned with and to expect to hear a lot more from these guys in the future.  It is without a doubt that Crashing Cairo is a talented band with songs that will make you feel really good. I am glad to be finishing off the year with Crashing Cairo on my playlist as I’m sure I will continue to play them non stop for the next few weeks and well into the new year as I catch up on their discography. A few days ago, I had the chance to speak with lead vocalist Wax where he gave Rock at Night some details of what’s to come in 2019 for Crashing Cairo, and I can’t wait because it sounds like it’s going to be a great year for them. We also spoke about some of the songs on the album and how the band managed to work with such greats as Peter Katis, and Tim Palmer. We spoke about the band’s favorite gear, favorite concert moment, and who in the band may be listening to Britney Spears. It was a fun interview so make sure to listen to the podcast below. OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Crashing Cairo: Satellite ( produced by Tim Palmer, David Bowie, U2, Pearl Jam) CHECK OUT CRASHING CAIRO: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify
November 29, 2018
CLICK on the ARROW ABOVE to LISTEN By Andrea Ramirez-Maciolek, Rock At Night Philadelphia INTERVIEW with THE PENNY SERF’s The Penny Serf’s album, Politics in the Time of Heroin, has been released for almost a year with stellar reception from both fans and the world of music. The album is not only a musical, and lyrical masterpiece but also an important part of American music history and its transcending psyche during a political landscape of tumultuous divide. Politics in the Time of Heroin was put together at the time of the election circus right before Donald Trump was elected president. The album is the unheard cynical voice of many “what the fuck” moments going through the minds of Americans during political unrest where it was almost impossible to go three feet without getting into a political argument, not to mention, the in-your-face unfriending social media frenzy-all this while many Americans were hiding behind the mask of an opiate epidemic in order to drown the pains of everyday life. It was a rough time for Americans during the presidential elections seeing the world through a surreal curtain of toxic media and drugs. Let’s face it, it still is a rough time especially while many continue to fight their own demons but one inevitable positive process that never fails to repeat itself during times of socio-political unrest is the creation of incredible and emotional art. Luckily for our generation, Politics in the Time of Heroin, is one of those great pieces of art and it came at the right time where, hey, if politics keep us divided let music bring us together. The Penny Serfs are veterans in the music industry and are well known for the work they do behind the scenes as music techs touring around the world with acts such as The National, Regina Spektor, Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), The Shins, Sufjan Stevens, and Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap). Mikey Loy is a guitar tech and Kyle Lewis is a drum tech. It is no surprise their albums are flawlessly recorded due to the band’s musical technical prowess. I had the chance to speak with Mikey and Kyle right before Thanksgiving break and they gave some insight on their latest album, Politics In the Time of Heroin. Rounding up the rest of the Serfs are Stu Tenold and Aiden Landman. To listen to our fun and insightful conversation where we talk about everything from politics, the meaning behind the album title and some of the songs on the album, and what the guys were cooking up for the holidays take a listen to the podcast below.  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Photo by Harry W. Walker III Love in the Time of Politics Tracklisting: 1. Lonely Boy 2. In My Room I’m on Fire 3. Religious Republicans of Rock Island County 4. Ode to Franklin D. Roosevelt 5. Somebody Else 6. Obituary for Her 7. Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 8. Suzy Turned Yellow Yesterday SPOTIFY Check Out The Penny Serfs: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
August 13, 2018
By Anita Stewart, Journalist and Chyrisse Tabone, Photographer-Rock At Night Tampa  CLICK THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW Kelly of The Dollyrots I’ve been following the band for years and covering their tour dates on both sides of the pond. They decided to do a short tour of the eastern seaboard before hitting Europe this fall. They hit up cities such as Atlanta, GA, Worcester MA, Baltimore, MD and concluded with their last gig at the Attic in Ybor City, Tampa on Friday, August 10th, 2018. Luis of The Dollyrots Rock at Night got to sit down with Luis Cabezas for an in depth interview before the show started. He gave us a short history of he and Kelly’s early meeting in Land O’ Lakes High School, then they both went on to New College and the forming of their first band, No Chef. He discussed the catalyst that precipitated he and Kelly had leaving town and heading out to Los Angeles with nothing more than $700 in their pockets and huge dreams and aspirations of making it big.  And how they make it all work right now by continuing to make music, tour, produce and parenting two little “dollytots.” NoMore The opening act of this gig was a punk pop band from Gainesville called NoMore. Great songs and energy Rock at Night definitely wants to see more of this band. The Dollyrots mentioned that when they play dates in Florida they always ask this band to open for them. Both bands are participating in “The Fest 2018” in downtown Gainesville, Florida with tons of other bands the last week of October. Not an event to miss if you live in Florida and are a music aficionado! The Dollyrots took the stage and played a high energy set with all of their hits, “Brand New Key,” “Mermaid,” “Twist Me to the Left,” “Satellite,” and “Because I’m Awesome.” Their merch guy, Jon Smith took the stage to play the bass for Kelly for the latter song and he also did his punk rock rendition of the song “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice without missing a lyric. So if you want to know more about everything Dollyrots, hit that play button and listen to the Rock at Night interview with Luis for some very cool band news and upcoming plans! Tour info for Europe this Fall is HERE. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Photo Gallery Video  Website   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
July 27, 2018
By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa  CLICK THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW Jim Chambers Recently Rock At Night covered an evening called Hot Lava in Tampa, which was organized by Jim Chambers of Jim Chambers Music Box. My personal new discoveries for the evening were Sick Hot and Johnny Mile and the Kilometers. I frequent the Carrollwood Playhouse and have often seen the sign for The Music Box not knowing what it was.  Well, I finally had the opportunity to speak with Jim Chambers, who has a long history of working in the music entertainment industry but after twist and turns of fate, made his way back to Tampa, Florida (he went to high school here) to open up a music school which not only teaches lessons but assists students in forming bands.  In three weeks, the studio will be showcasing its new music venue, SHINE BOX, which will serve not only the students but the local community. You can listen to the 30-minute interview by clicking the arrow or downloading it via iTunes.  Jim Chambers discusses the trials and tribulations of working in the music industry (including record labels) during the last 25 years, how he formed the music school in Tampa, what the studio offers the fledgling student (all ages are welcome), and the new music venue SHINE BOX, which is associated with the school. Working with diverse artists such as Dave Matthews, TOOL, Matthew Sweet, Outkast, Fishbone, TLC, Usher, Art Garfunkel, Loudon Wainwright III , Maroon 5 among many others,  Chambers is proud to have won several Grammy® Awards.  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE JIm Chambers Music Box with Stixx the dog, keeping watch! HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INTERVIEW Jim Chambers Music Box is a learning facility based in Carrollwood, Tampa, Florida.  We teach all instruments—bass, guitar, singing, and band formation. We’ve been here three years in this location.  We teach young persons how to form bands, stay together, make records, and do photo shoots. So, our band formation classes are a bit more robust [than other schools out there]. Band formation is an important component of The Box. Jim Chambers What is the age range that you deal with? Oh, gosh, the student body age ranges between 3 and 70.  I have a 70-year old drum student.  For the bands, we try to keep [the members] all the same age range and same ability levels. One of our bands is 16 and 17….another we have has ages 12, 13 and 14… It’s interesting about the 70-year old. So you deal with adults as well? Maybe a person (like a retired person) may want to go back and pick up and instrument? We have students all day long and often have students that are adults who come on their lunch break. So the purpose of most of the students is to come here and form a band? Well, sort of…we were voted “Band Incubator” by Creative Loafing last year so In Tampa, we started with A Long Way From Kansas, who did quite well. They won Battle of the Bands. Sunday’s Secret was an act—we made a record–and it’s on YouTube.  Extra Celestial was an all-female band that did quite well. They were featured on the cover of Creative Loafing. Ink Blot—we made a record together—an EP.   Sick Hot–a band I’m working with that gigs out. We are going to make a record with Shawn Kyle, who is a local producer in Tampa–in mid-August, which is a big deal for us. Also, I’m working with Favorite Habit, which is a great act….young…and has really come together as a band. Have a couple others which are unnamed, but really explosive students who are ready to just pop! Stixx the dog Do you get the band’s gigs and groom them? When the bands are formed and they are in the guise of the band formation, you get me as a manager. I do all management responsibilities from social media, grooming, sure…repertoire, photo shoots.  Immediately we are talking about original material…writing. Look! How you look on stage, how you perform, how you entertain—all these things are covered. STIXX! How did you get
July 16, 2018
To listen to the interview please click the link above Caleb Henry is a singer/ songwriter and rock guitarist from Southern California whose vibrant personality and impressive guitar skills caught my attention when one of his music posts began to automatically play on my Instagram feed. I knew I had to listen to more and so I went over to his Instagram page where I found a link to his YouTube channel. I liked what I heard and immediately knew that there was something really special about his music. Finding good music is hard but finding an endearing artist behind the talent is even harder. When you listen and watch Caleb Henry play you know that he is very real, and very down to earth. He plays and writes wherever his heart takes him and masterfully crafts his songs with enough sincerity and the right amount of hard driven chords to keep fans enthralled. Caleb was a rare humble find in the world of social media. A real unpretentious rising star unlike the endless amounts of pretentious unknown “public figure” and bigger than real life profiles on Instagram, not to mention the bands that follow to Unfollow by the end of the day just so that they can look like rock stars when their talent does not support their grandiose amount of followers. Luckily for me, the dreadful Instagram algorithm for once worked it’s magic when it started to introduce me to Caleb Henry’s posts due to our mutual band follows and likes. Rock at Night had a chance to catch up with Caleb Henry where he talked about his musical style, influences and how he got started in his musical career. Caleb also gave us a rundown of his music gear and even gave us a beautiful unplugged performance of his song “Summer Gives to Fall”. Besides being a solo artist, Caleb also plays in the California punk band DKA whose members also back Caleb to form Caleb Henry and the Customs. Band members include: Ryan Moline on rhythm guitar, Mason Haynie on violin, guitar and back vocals, Kolten James Knaub on drums, Micah Herman on bass and back vocals, and Caleb Henry on lead vocals and guitar. His latest EP is called ‘Lost in the Particulars’ and his latest official music video “Trouble”, shot by Halle Keeth, can be found on YouTube. Who doesn’t like to find a great new artist with both talent and looks that will blow the roof off of any venue?! With that said, I am honored to introduce to you Caleb Henry, Rock at Night’s spotlight artist. Make sure to support his music by catching his live performances and by supporting his music through social media outlets.  LINK to EP on iTunes–Caleb Henry’s ‘Lost in the Particulars’-Release date September 30, 2017  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Website: Instagram: iTUNES Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
May 16, 2018
By Anita Stewart, Journalist-Rock At Night Tampa  CLICK THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW Kari Kimmel-Glitter & Gold Rock at Night recently got to chat with Kari Kimmel. You might not know her name, but you have heard her voice singing backup for others and you have heard her songs in over 650 TV shows and major motion pictures. The prolific songwriter and the voice you love to hear is coming out with a new album, “Gold and Glitter” that will drop on May 25th, 2018. We discussed the music industry, the creative process and so much more. Moving from Florida, spending a short time in Nashville and then on to Los Angeles early on in her career was the best move she ever made. And in doing so, she learned the hard way that to succeed with her career, she needed to do things her way, come up with a working formula and be the one to call the shots. Being in control of the songwriting, production and owning the masters was important to her. “If I was going to fail, it was going to be because of me, and if I was going to succeed, it was going to be because of me — not because someone said I could or couldn’t do something.“ She is well known in the Los Angeles music scene, but not poisoned by her success and now represents over 200 new artists. What is cool about what she does is she can go incognito and still be a wife and mom to two children and have a normal home life, even though she admits that juggling her music and family is challenging. She is definitely a pop princess but happy to be in the background. Each one of her albums has a theme and the song “Gold and Glitter” is the theme song of this new album; the genre is electronica and pop. Not to be missed if you love feel good music! Be sure to sign up at her site for a free song. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Website – Facebook– Twitter– Instagram – iTunes – Youtube – Spotify– IMDB Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
May 1, 2018
CLICK THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa All photos–Copyright–Kevin Nixon Photography Rock At Night (RAN) likes to provide in-depth interviews with musicians but sometimes it is interesting to look at those working behind the scene in the industry. Many of us at Rock At Night are professional photographers who have seen the industry evolve and change through the years—especially after the onset of digital photography. I recently had the opportunity to speak with a professional photographer in London, Kevin Nixon, who gave a candid and authentic interview about music photography.  His perspective is from the London scene; however, in America there are similarities.  You can read excerpts (not quite verbatim) of the interview or kick back and listen to the audio podcast in its entirety at your desk. Either way, enjoy an in-depth look at the music photography industry—warts and all!  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE From Passion to Profession I used to be an architect in a previous life Kevin Nixon RAN:  You are a concert photographer! Who do you usually shoot for? KEVIN: My main magazines are for a company called Future Publishing. The main ones are Classic Rock magazine, Metal Hammer magazine, and Prog Rock magazine…and various other magazines, however, these three are the main magazines I am working for at the moment. RAN: How long have you been working in concert photography? KEVIN: I’ve been a professional photographer for 28 years now. Concert photography—not the whole time, but possibly 15 years, something like that. RAN: Was photography a hobby that worked into a profession? How did this all evolve? KEVIN: I used to be an architect in a previous life- many, many, years ago. I went to live in New York in 1987 and came back to the UK in 1991. I couldn’t get back into architecture because it all had gone digital and card. So I thought, naively, that I would get into photography, so I bought a professional camera. I did the self-taught route. I didn’t study and I didn’t assist anyone. I just made it up and that was 27 years ago. So, I got something right (a lot of things wrong)…but I got something right! So, here I am! RAN: So, when you started photography, you used film, correct? KEVIN: Oh, gosh, yes!  35 mm for portraits, but mainly it was medium format. RAN: Did you do concert photography with film? KEVIN: Very little. It was just at the cross-over point when I started (when I crossed over to digital). Kevin Nixon Photography Working for Music Magazines It was pure chance I got to shoot for the music magazines The Darkness-Kevin Nixon Photography RAN: How did you get into concert photography? KEVIN: I was working as a studio photographer and I’ve always done editorial work. The magazines I was working for got bought out by another company that actually owned these music titles. And just by being a full-time employee at the publishing company, it was by pure chance that I got to shoot for the music magazines. I was there when the opportunity came up and I embraced it and I rose. RAN: Back in those days how did people get into venues? Did one need a photo pass? KEVIN: The magazines would contact the promoters. They would say “we want to get a photographer in there to do a review piece or do a portrait of the band “so I lucky it was the magazine that had lots and lots of contacts that would contact the band or the band’s management. They would say “we have a photographer named Kevin who is going to shoot portraits of the band”—so I was really fortunate! I subsequently made contacts for other purposes, so I could shoot them for myself. So working with magazines makes it so much easier, because they would make the contact and get you permission to get into the gig. The Evolution of the Field of Photography Everybody is a photographer now Nergal-Kevin Nixon Photography RAN: Through the years there’s been changes in photography. What are some
January 29, 2018
By Anita Stewart and Lisa Geores/Journalists,- Rock At Night Tampa Photos by Lisa Geores  CLICK THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW Alex Zayas Alex Zayas hails from Barcelona, Spain and tours worldwide and has played with some of the greats. While here on a winter vacation this impromptu gig was planned and a welcomed surprise to his local fans. This writer has seen Alex perform at planned events and the fact that he can play equally as well while on vacation is a testament to his wonderful talent. Being  the “after party for ”Pigz in Zhills,” an annual happening in this small community, some fans arrived early, ready to have a good time; some even chanting, “where’s the band?” People of varying ages trickled in all night as Alex played a total of four sets. He was accompanied by his drummer, Jamie Riekens (aka Dr. Boom) and bassist, Chuck Riley. This was their first time playing together. As evidenced by the cheering, singing and dancing of the crowd, the trio worked their magic and blew everyone away! The  sets varied, focusing on Alex’s  own unique style, combining classic blues and rock. Listening to Alex took everyone on an amazing journey of upbeat, electric, funk rock all the way to smooth, mellow blues. Alex Zayas Alex masterfully navigates through each song and set, leaving the listener excitedly wondering what they will hear next. Will he deliver speedy licks or dial up a fat, mellow tone?  We also heard wonderful stories from Alex about the time he opened for the legendary B.B. King. The stories had the crowd roaring with laughter. This writer’s favorite part of the show was when Alex played “The Sky Is Crying” by Elmore James. Though a native born Floridian, Texas Blues highly resonate with this writer, due in part  to the rich history that creates this style.  Alex’s outstanding guitar playing, terrific voice and charismatic presence make him a master at playing the Blues for a whole new generation of younger music lovers. Check out his three studio recordings HERE. Rock at Night got to sit down with Alex Zayas to talk about the music, the scene in Barcelona, touring, some of his favorite venues and what he desires for the future and so much more.  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Videos   WEBSITE FACEBOOK   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford
January 8, 2018
CLICK THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Bad Flowers Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with guitarist/vocalist Tom Leighton of rock band Bad Flowers.  The trio Bad Flowers is also comprised of bassist, Dale Tonks, and drummer, Karl Selickis. On Friday, February 16, 2017, the band will release its debut studio album Starting Gun, which is a follow-up to their 2016 self-titled EP. Starting Gun was recorded at Vigo Studios, near the band’s hometown of Cannock. The band chose this studio because they wanted to make a record that sounded like their roots and had the chance to work with long-time friend of the band and producer Adam Beddow, who has recently helped produce Diamond Head’s most current work. The band will play an exclusive album launch show at the Birmingham Asylum 2 on Saturday 17th February 2018 – playing all the songs from the new album plus more surprises. To dovetail the release of the debut album, The Bad Flowers will be special guests on Stone Broken’s nationwide 12 date UK tour that starts on Thursday 22nd February at The Haunt Brighton. The tour also includes an appearance at Planet Rock’s Winters End Festival. Tom Leighton During the interview, Tom Leighton discussed the origin of the band’s name “Bad Flowers”, noting it was from the lyrics of a song that was written in a prior band.  He discusses the history of the band, which was formed just outside of Birmingham, UK, four years ago. When asked to describe the genre of music in the band’s recent album, Leighton replied, “We just play what we feel. It’s a harder rock. We kind of experimented with the new album”. The acoustic ballad “I Hope” was discussed and when asked if the band does any covers, Leighton replied, “We used to cover ‘Voodoo Child'”.  Other songs on the albums were discussed, including “Hurricane”, which he says is a “heavier song” and “Rich Man” which has “strong beats” and is “foot-tappin’.”  Leighton’s favorite song on the album is “”Let’s Misbehave” and describes a Bad Flowers’ live performance as “classic rock and LOUD!” Tom Leighton noted his and the band’s influences are Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and the American band Rose Hill Drive.  Music is “in my blood”, he said, since his father played music. Leighton also noted he still uses his “prized guitar” to this day.  He knew he wanted to be a musician after listening to the cassette Monsters of Rock as a teenager. He thought to himself, “This is what I want to do!”  He still owns and listens to vinyl albums and noted the new album will have approximately 250 red vinyl albums released. Regarding equipment the band uses, he indicated the band favors Orange amps and pretty standard effects pedals like overdrive, Wah, and an octave pedal.    OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE  Videos  SOUNDCLOUD THE BRAND NEW DEBUT ALBUM WEBSITE Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford
December 16, 2017
To listen to the interview please click the link above By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with Jet Baker (lead vocals/piano) of the UK ska band Buster Shuffle.  Although labeled as a “ska” band they really cannot be pigeon-holed as their 4th album I’ll Take What I Want has eclectic influences.  I absolutely love the album which has songs that sound like Madness (“I don’t trust a word you say”) with its thick Cockney accent, honky tonk piano, and vocal harmonies. The song “See You Next Week” has a definite Small Faces tinge (think, “Lazy Sunday”) and “I’ll be in Peckham” creates a wonderful carnival atmosphere with mandolins and accordions into a Parisian feel. Some songs have tubas, others sound reggae, and even like a bouncy polka (“Banana Thief”) but all are fun Fun FUN!! Fans of Gogol Bordello or even ska bands like The Toasters will appreciate the album. And to Rock At Night readers/listeners in North America, Buster Shuffle will be heading your way in late-Spring!  They will be performing at the Punk Rock Bowling Festival in Las Vegas but Baker noted in the interview the band will be heading up and down the East Coast–and even Florida (it’s hard to contain my excitement hearing this). In the interview, Jet Baker discusses the stories behind various songs in I‘ll Take What I Want, the upcoming North American tour, and the ska genre. LINK TO TOUR  LINK to Album on iTunes–Buster Shuffle- I’ll Take What I Want–-Release date November 24, 2017 Label: Burning Heart Records  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Buster Shuffle consists of Jet Baker on piano/lead vocals) ,Terry Mascall (drums) and Tim Connell (double bass) Videos From the New Album   Check out more music! WEBSITE YOUTUBE FACEBOOK   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford
December 3, 2017
To listen to the interview please click the link above By Andrea Ramirez-Maciolek, Rock At Night Philadelphia Correspondent Pacific Radio is a band to keep in mind and on the radar of up and coming super bands to have in your music collection of greats. The band which is full of fun and dynamic songs is based out of L.A. California. They have created impressive momentum throughout the West Coast music scene with their infectious and addictive songs. The band consists of Joe Robinson (vocals), Joe Stiteler  (bass), Kyle Biane (guitar), and Hyke Shirinian (drums) Their first full length debut album called “Pretty, but Killing Me” is due to be released on December 8th just in time to spread holiday riot cheer. I promise, the catchy chorus of their songs will be on rewind over, and over, and over, in your head all day. “Pretty, but Killing Me” is a well  produced album by Grammy nominated producer Eric Weaver. All the songs on the album are tight and full of creative prowess. The songs are anthems of bad love and good love without the cheesiness of love ballads but with the reality that “hey, life goes on lets grab some beers, move on and have some fun”. Pacific Radio is a must have in your music collection and as a music writer, they stole my heart. In the interview, Joe Robinson talks about their new full length album Pretty, but Killing Me, and the origins of the song “Kitchen Table”. He also spoke about what it was like to be amongst the impressive list of bands at the Bottlerock concert in Napa Valley, California and many more fun facts about what makes this band so talented and unforgettable.  LINK to Album on iTunes–Pacific Radio’s Pretty, but Killing Me--Release date December 8, 2017  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Videos Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter  
November 6, 2017
Please click on the arrow above to listen to audio interview By Simon Shoulders, Rock At Night London Correspondent Venue: O2 Islington, London-November 2, 2017 Madame Mayhem is a Rock At Night favorite whom we have been covering for a couple of years or so. We were able to catch up with May of Madame Mayhem at the O2 Islington, London, prior to the concert as support for Fozzy.  They are touring Europe in support of their new release “Ready for Me” which was released on October 20, 2017 in the US under the HeadBall Records label and in the UK under the Metalville label.  London correspondent Simon Shoulder covered the London gig and you can read about his experience below: During the interview with the lovely Madame Mayhem, the sound recorder’s winking red light was desperately trying to tell me something. Something it thought was important….Even as the sound recorder continued in the futile attempts to communicate with it human (me), I was sharing a sweltering hot production office somewhere deep within the concrete bowels of the back stage area of the O2 in Islington with the lovely Madam Mayhem herself. We had a really interesting chat about her musical influences, working with rock legends, and the band’s pre-gig ritual before heading on stage. This, dear reader, is not the interview you’re about to listen to. That’s because the red light on the sound recorder was winking because I’d somehow managed to press “pause” as I put it down and only managed to record a whole 3 seconds of action before the interview began. Indeed the interview you’re about to listen to only exists because Madame Mayhem is a) happy to share a laugh about my ineptitude ( and embarrassment) and b) is a true professional who’s happy to do a second take despite it getting close to show time. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed Madame Mayhem’s energy-filled set! LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! TOUR DATES Oct 27 O2 Academy 2 Birmingham, United Kingdom Oct 28 Tivoli Dublin, Ireland Oct 29 Limelight 2 Belfast, United Kingdom Oct 31 Live Rooms Chester-Le-Street, United Kingdom Nov 01 Waterfront Manchester, United Kingdom Nov 02 Islington Academy  London, United Kingdom Nov 03 Corporation Sheffield, United Kingdom Nov 04 The Garage Glasgow, United Kingdom Nov 05 Riverside Newcastle, United Kingdom Nov 07 Q Factory Amsterdam, Netherlands Nov 08 Colas Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany Nov 09 Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland Nov 10 Live Club Trezzo  Sull’adda, Italy Nov 11 New Age Club Roncade, Italy Nov 12 Kimera Rock Rome, Italy Nov 14 Flex Wien, Austria Nov 15 TECHNIKUM Munich, Germany Nov 16 Turock Essen, Germany Nov 17 Grunespan Hamburg, Germany Nov 18 CPG Genk, Belgium Photo Gallery   Videos   Social Media Links: WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER   ALL PHOTOS BY SIMON SHOULDERS Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
August 26, 2017
To listen to the interview please click the link above By Steven Neff, Rock At Night Orlando Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of talking with Doug Aldrich of The Dead Daisies. Aldrich is humble and soft spoken, as much of a student of the guitar as he is the teacher. Many influences have shaped and molded his musical journey that began when he was eleven. His axes of choice during his Atlanta gig included a Gibson Les Paul and ESP guitars respectively. The guitar is what speaks for Aldrich and his playing is a masterpiece of rock and roll beauty. Bravo.  LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Doug Aldrich. Photo by Steven Neff. Band Lineup David Lowy-Rhythm Guitar Marco Mendoza-Bass Brian Tichy-Drums John Corabi-Lead Vocals Doug Aldrich-Lead Guitar Video Links to Social Media WEBSITE  http://thedeaddaisies.com FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/TheDeadDaisies Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford
August 18, 2017
To listen to the interview please click the link above By Andrea Ramirez-Maciolek, Rock At Night Philadelphia Correspondent In 2008, a young talented singer by the name of Danny Noriega made his television debut on the 7th season of American Idol. Today, this prolific performer has transformed into a well versed entertainer who now goes by the drag name of Adore Delano. Adore, who was also a finalist on the 6th season of Drag Race hosted by infamous drag queen RuPaul, now has a brand new heavy metal album called Whatever which is scheduled to be released on August 21st. This is Delano’s third studio album and the new single “Negative Nancy” is very infectious. Adore Delano took the time to talk to Rock at Night to promote her brand new metal album. Adore spoke about her musical influences and how 90’s metal and punk music were her first musical interests. Adore also spoke about her plans to tour in support her new project and having no fear on how the new metal album will be received by the metal community. Most importantly she gave young fans inspiring advice on how to handle today’s tumultuous political  landscape. Adore Delano’s crazy fun and “I don’t care what you think” personality is definitely contagious and no doubt she is a good role model when it comes to being comfortable in one’s own skin.  Her persona brings forth a positive light in today’s state of American current affairs. Adore’s single for “Negative Nancy” is out now and her album, “Whatever”, releases on August 21.  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE “Negative Nancy” video: Socials: Facebook:   Twitter: Instagram: iTunes Danny Noriega on “American Idol” Danny Noriega as “RuPaul’s Drag Race” finalist Adore Delano Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford
July 25, 2017
CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night is always on the prowl for new bands and the latest to cross our desk is Killset, an indie band out of California. The music genre cannot be pigeon-holed but the best description is hip-hop influenced metal and alternative rock.  The band likes to call their music “chaotic melodic”, based on their high-energy lives shows and variety of musical influences. Their second CD STFU was released on July 7, 2017 and Rock At Night highly recommends giving it a listen. Killset is one of those bands that has a lot of potential and I’d love to see them in next year’s Warped Tour line-up.  You can read an excerpt of Rock At Night’s interview with lead singer Chris Luca as well as listen to the audio of the entire interview in this article and on Rock At Night’s iTunes podcast Channel. Killset: Chris Luca (vocals), James “Jas” Dillon (drums), Mark Baker (bass), Dave Corner (guitar)  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Video FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: www.facebook.com/killsetofficial www.twitter.com/_killset_ www.instagram.com/killset   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford
July 18, 2017
CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW By Aaron Bellamy, Journalist- Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Venue: The Vinoy, St. Petersburg, Florida–Warped Tour 2017-Anti-Flag  Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with Isis Queen and Pyn Doll of Barb Wire Dolls, one rocking PUNK band from Crete, Greece. In the interview,  Barb Wire Dolls discuss how they started the band; their experience on the Vans Warped Tour; their favorite charity MusiCares; Lemmy Kilmister and Motorhead Music; surfing and skating; and advice to young musicians starting out. Members: Isis Queen (vocals) Pyn Doll (lead guitar) Krash Doll (drums) Iriel Blaque (bass) Remmington (rhythm guitar) Label: Motörhead Music/Warner Music Group OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Videos       FACEBOOK-Barb Wire Dolls Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford
July 17, 2017
CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW By Aaron Bellamy, Journalist and Chyrisse Tabone, Photographer-Rock At Night Tampa Correspondents Venue: The Vinoy, St. Petersburg, Florida–Warped Tour 2017-Anti-Flag  Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with Pat Thetic of veteran American punk rock group Anti-flag. Anti-flag put on one heck’ of a show during their set at The Vinoy and was definitely a crowd favorite! In the interview,  Pat Thetic of Anti-flag discusses the band’s upcoming album; the current political climate; punk rock’s evolution through the years; the band’s favorite charity, Amnesty International, and gives advice to young up & coming musicians. Members: Justin Sane (lead guitar, vocals); Chris Barker (bass, vocals); Pat Thetic (drums); Chris Head (guitar) OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE FACEBOOK-Anti-Flag Photo Gallery   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
July 13, 2017
CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW By Aaron Bellamy, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent and Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Photographer Venue: The Vinoy, St. Petersburg, Florida–Warped Tour 2017-The Fantastic Plastics  Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with self-described “New New Wave” band The Fantastic Plastics, which is comprised of Miranda Plastic and Tyson Plastic. The dynamite duo uses electro elements (Moog synth, Theremin), electric guitar, and vocals to create a unique brand of Sci-Fi inspired music with a punch. In the interview, The Fantastic Plastics spoke about their musical influences (Devo, B52s), experience at Vans Warped Festival, non-profit causes, and give advice to young musicians starting out in the business. OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE iTunes FACEBOOK Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
July 5, 2017
CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW By Aaron Bellamy, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondents Venue: The Vinoy, St. Petersburg, Florida–Warped Tour 2017-The Dukes  Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with dynamic French Art Rockers The Dukes, which was formed in 2010 by Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Francois “Shanka” Maigret – who has been a part of notable French Rockers No One Is Innocent. He is partnered with Drummer/Programmer/Vocalist Greg Jacks from the multi-platinum pop rock band Superbus, which won an MTV award, and 2 French Grammy nominations (winning in 2007 for Best Rock Album). The band has 2 previous releases: 2010’s “Resilient Lovers” EP and 2011’s “Victory” LP (both recorded by Magnus Lindberg from Cult of Luna). Their first American full length album is “Smoke Against The Beat” (produced by Jamie Candiloro – REM, Ryan Adams) which will be released by Concrete Entertainment on July 28th, 2017. The LP defines the band’s sleazy, sexy, driving sound and has established them as a successful touring act in Europe, both as headliners and as an opening act for international bands on arena tours. The band recently signed a worldwide management agreement with Bob Chiappardi and Erik Baker of Concrete Entertainment, the sister company of legendary Concrete Marketing. They are currently recording more new material to follow up “Smoke Against The Best” with #1 rock producer Kato Khandwala (Papa Roach, Paramore, The Pretty Reckless) who coined their style as “future rock”. The new material is being recorded at the legendary Sphere Studios in Los Angeles. A Pledge music campaign to finance the new recordings and upcoming tour is set to launch in Mid-June 2017. OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE “Black Hole Love” by The Dukes  Spotify Keep in touch with The Dukes: Official Website : www.thedukesmusic.com Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/thedukes54 Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/user/THEDUKESVIDEO Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/thedvkes Twitter : https://twitter.com/wearethedukes   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
April 22, 2017
Please click on the arrow above to listen to audio interview By Simon Shoulders, Rock At Night London Correspondent Introvertigo has been out for a little while and Dan’s been on the road rather a lot recently supporting greats such as 15-time Grammy Award nominee, Joe Satriani, and being a special guest on award winning blues-rock band, King King’s UK tour, but with the single “Sonova Faith” released on April 10th, he’s now on his own headline tour including five dates in the UK during May. Rock at Night met Dan at the end of a marathon press-day promoting his tour and were his 24th and final interview of the day! We talked about the concept behind the album’s striking cover art which unearthed Dan’s deep love for the “slow blues” of Pink Floyd. Then went on from there to discuss the broad palette of musical influences evident in Dan’s genre-straddling brand of blues-rock, and amongst other things, what it’s like to tour with Everlast. Celebrated South African guitarist and vocalist Dan Patlansky released his highly anticipated new single “Sonnova Faith” on Monday 10th April which coincided with his upcoming April / May UK tour with special guest Lincolnshire-based singer-songwriter Ash Wilson. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! The first time was in 2014 with his previous studio album Dear Silence Thieves which featured the rock radio singles Backbite and Fetch Your Spade.  This marks Dan’s first UK tour since he supported King King in 2016, and Joe Satriani’s 2015 Shockwave UK/European tour.  DAN PATLANSKY – APRIL / MAY 2017 UK TOUR Mr. Kyps, Poole                                                                Saturday 15 April HRH Blues Festival, Sheffield Academy                Sunday 16 April (Sold Out) Islington O2 Academy, London                                  Tuesday 2 May The Deaf Institute, Manchester                                Wednesday 3 May The Globe, Cardiff                                                          Thursday 4 May The Tunnels, Bristol                                                       Friday 5 May The Factory, Barnstable, North Devon                   Saturday 6 May TICKETS – thegigcartel.com, http://danpatlansky.com/shows Dan Patlansky–Photo by Luigi Bennet DAN PATLANSKY Contact:
 Website: www.danpatlansky.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/danpatlanskymusic Twitter: @danpatlansky YouTube: www.youtube.com/DANPATLANSKYfull Instagram: @danpatlansky   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
April 8, 2017
Please click on the arrow above to listen to audio interview  By Anita Stewart, Tampa Correspondent for Rock at Night and Yes She Rocks After 36 years of marriage with Neil Young and a very public divorce, Pegi Young’s experiences of love lost and then a resurrection of her own life is a perfect example of triumph in the face of adversity. Her latest album “Raw” tells her story. Pegi Young spoke with Rock at Night and we chatted at length about this latest album, her fifth one. On this album, she bares her soul. Her and her band co-wrote some of the songs and then threw some covers into the mix; great break-up tunes with sing along hooks that are familiar to most music aficionados of a certain age. For example, the last two songs are two of this writer’s favorites: “These Boots are Made for Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra and “The Heart of the Matter” by Don Henley (Eagles). Stand out tunes on the album are “Trying to Live My Life Without You” and “Too Little too Late.” Pegi stated that the songs on “Raw” follow a natural progression and that they tell a story from beginning to end. She has lived the rock and roll stories and tells us the tales through her music. From singing backup with Neil’s band, her involvement with Farm Aid, creating her own music, taking care of her children (and now a new grandchild) and her philanthropic work, Pegi is one of those women that never quits and is driven to give back to her community. Seeing a lack of adequate and thorough education for differently-abled children when they went in search of alternative education for their own handicapped son, Neil and Pegi founded the Bridge School in 1986. The Bridge School focuses on children with severe physical and speech impairments. Neil and Pegi have dedicated themselves to this cause and the Bridge School Benefit Concert is a huge annual event that they organize and other renowned artists are eager to take part in. A true renaissance woman and one we can all aspire to, Rock at Night is waiting for even more music from this artist! LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Video SoundCloud FACEBOOK
March 29, 2017
Click the link above to listen to the audio interview By Deb Kloeden, Rock At Night Adelaide, Australia Correspondent Missy Gilbert and Daniel Bourne are Sydney’s Avant-garde band, Ginger And The Ghost. Their new single ‘Glow’ has just been released along with a very dramatic, captivating video, which was co-directed by the band and noted director Polly Snowden (Mamakin, Tinpan Orange). Ginger And The Ghost created quite an impact when they toured in North America in 2013. They are now set to hit the EU circuit in June, including Turkey. They will be performing at The Nest Creative Space, Sydney, on Friday 21st April, 2017. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gingerandtheghost/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/gingerandtheghost/?hl=en
February 13, 2017
Please click on the arrow above to listen to audio interview By Jose Oliveira and Rosine Alleva, Rock At Night Journalists/Photographers, Colmar, France Ladell McLlin at Woodstock Guitares Sharing some time with the guitarist, singer, and songwriter Ladell McLin near Colmar at Woodstock Guitars February 4th. I had the chance to meet LADELL McLIN, this amazing blues guitar player but above all a born blues lover. His style is a mixture between Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and Lenny Kravitz. The interview took place in the great Woodstock Guitars shop and Ladell McLin even took a Martin guitar and played something for me. It’s on the South Side of Chicago, where he was born that he first began to play drums with his brother. His father and brother were already accompanying legends like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and later Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. LADELL McLIN began to play with a guitar left at home and this is how he discovered his own way to express the blues. He learned a lot on stage playing with Koko Taylor band, Johnny Guitar Watson band or even Buddy Guy himself.  He appeared on many recordings before releasing his own albums. When he moved to New York, he toured the world as the James Blood Ulmer guitarist. He began his solo career in 2005 with the release of his first album Stand Out, acclaimed by many international publications.  Since then, he delighted the European public but he also performed in Canada or Africa. In 2009, the French film director Michel Viotte asked Ladell Mclin to be the focus of a documentary on the influence of the blues in American culture “Sur la route du blues” (on the Road  to the Blues).  He also participated to the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2011 where he played with big blues names such as BB KING, Robert Randolph, John McLauglin, Santana, Susan Tedeschi, Dereck Trucks. If you didn’t hear about Ladell McLin until today, you will discover a wonderful musician but also a great human being. (With the kind collaboration of Rosine ALLEVA) LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Photo Gallery Videos   WEBSITE    Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
February 5, 2017
To listen to the interview please click the link above By Andrea Ramirez-Maciolek, Rock At Night Philadelphia Correspondent Rock at Night had the honor of interviewing girl power band the Glam Skanks. Currently on tour supporting Adam Ant’s Kings Of The Wild Frontier Tour, their journey began this week in Washington, DC as they opened for Ant on the first night of his North American tour. The lovely ladies from California are Ali Cat on vocals, Veronica on guitar, Millie on bass, and the newest member of the band Cassie on drums whose addition solidifies the Glam Skanks as an all-girl band. Like a bottle of champagne with a big pop of personality followed by sparkling awesomeness, the Glam Skanks spoke to Rock at night about their kick off tour with Adam Ant and their time in Washington DC during what perhaps is the biggest and most historical women’s march of our generation. What better band to have such an experience in DC then the Glam Skanks who are all for female empowerment. Do not let their glitter infused, girly girl looks fool you, these ladies are ready to kick some rock and roll ass and show the world that women can rock twice as hard as men, and trust me they do. The Glam Skanks discuss their awesome fashion sense, where and when they purchase their stage outfits and makeup, their musical backgrounds, and what bands influenced them the most. Myself being a girl from Jersey, I had to find out how they became part of Kevin Smith’s movie Yoga Hosers, which by the way, the ladies gave two thumbs up each, which translates in Glam Skanks language to 99% on the sparkly, glitter tomato rating. Their latest album, Glitter City, is raucous and in your face gleaming with attitude and power. The Glam Skanks evoke the greatness of 70’s era glam bands and they do it with sinful poetic justice, just listen to their lyrics. If you love Joan Jett and the New York Dolls, the Glam Skanks will steal your heart away and add glitter to your soul. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! **The interview was taped on January 24, 2017 prior to the tragic passing of Tom Edwards, guitarist and musical director of Adam Ant’s band. Subsequent gigs in Philadelphia and New York City were canceled. Glam Skanks, Credit:Suzanne Allison Tour Remaining Tuesday, February 7, San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore, SOLD OUT Thursday, February 9, Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda Theatre, SOLD OUT Friday, February 10, Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl Saturday, February 11, Tucson, AZ, The Rialto Theatre Tuesday, February 14, Dallas, TX, The Majestic Theatre Wednesday, February 15, San Antonio, TX, The Empire Theatre, SOLD OUT Friday, February 17, Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory, SOLD OUT Saturday, February 18, San Diego, CA, The Observatory North Park, SOLD OUT Videos Website BandCamp iTunes Facebook Unison Music Instagram Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
December 22, 2016
To listen to the interview please click the link above By Steven Neff, Rock At Night Orlando Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of talking with Leaves’ Eyes mastermind and metal warrior Alexander Krull before he took the stage at the House Of Blues Orlando last Friday night. Alexander talked to us about the band’s new life with frontwoman Elina Siirala, the new EP Fires in the North, next year’s North American tour with Sabaton, and an upcoming new album. Alexander’s stage presence is formidable, particularly during his death growl vocals which back frontwoman Elina Siirala. However, in our conversation with Krull, his demeanor and personality was laid back and warm. He enjoys what he does and that comes out in our interview with him. I’ve wanted to cover this band for a while and the combination of the interview with Alexander Krull and the epic concert provided by Leaves’ Eyes had me walking away a bigger fan than when I first came. Our special thanks go to Alexander Krull for taking time out to speak with us. We look forward to your next metal conquest in North America. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Leaves’ Eyes Videos WEBSITE LINKS: Website Facebook Special thanks go to Publicist extraordinaire Dustin Hardman and Tour Manager Sami Hauri for making our Leaves’ Eyes concert coverage a memorable one. Thank you gentlemen for being those rock stars in the shadows. Thanks also go to Leaves’ Eyes for not only bringing a great concert experience to Orlando, but enabling us to take it to your fans through the medium that is Rock At Night Magazine. Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
December 13, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Joel Barrios, Rock At Night Miami Correspondent Greek melodic Power metal masters FIREWIND have announced the release of their long awaited new album Immortals next January 20th, 2017 via the band’s longtime label partner Century Media Records in Europe & AFM Records in North America. The first band recording in four years, the band works for the first time ever with co-producer Dennis Ward and brings Henning Basse to the fold as the new singer. Rock at Night had the pleasure of speaking with Firewind’s mastermind Gus G about the lyrical theme behind “Immortals”, how the experience of working with Dennis and Henning influenced the recording, what the band’s fanbase could expect from the new album, what is in store in terms of future touring in the United States, what music impacts Gus not only as a guitar player but as a musicians overall, what are the chances for him to record a purely instrumental album and what is going on with the heavy metal scene in Greek. OR LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE FIREWIND LINE-UP: Henning Basse – Vocals Gus G. – Guitars Petros Christo – Bass Bob Katsionis – Keyboards Jo Nunez – Drums Firewind Website Twitter FACEBOOK You can read Rock At Night’s review of Gus G in Orlando, Florida (September 2016) HERE  Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
December 5, 2016
Click on the link above to listen to the interview By Steven Neff, Rock At Night Orlando Correspondent Symphonic metal goddess Simone Simons has been Epica’s frontwoman since their debut to the world in 2003. Her stunning vocal range is well known and her ability as a lyricist runs deep, which continues in the new Epica studio effort entitled The Holographic Principle. Simone took time to talk with Rock At Night just prior to her meet and greet with fans at the historic State Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida. Simone discussed the concept of the new album, the expansion of her pipes, and the impressive guitar work contained within the new album. This metal songstress was articulate and just genuinely a kind human being. Not only did she give us a memorable interview, but she was kind enough to give us an “on the spot” photo shoot. Thank you Simone for what was to be a Memorable Monday for this writer. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Epica Website Facebook Link to media/shop   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
November 28, 2016
Click the link above to listen to an audio segment of the conversation By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Bad Touch’s new forthcoming album “Truth Be Told” – will be released by Bad Touch Records on Friday, December 2nd. Rock At Night was fortunate to land a pre-release copy for review and you can read about it HERE. Really , the CD or album will appeal to all that love the classic Southern rock sound. The sound engineering is top notch, and no wonder, the engineer/co-producer is  Chris Kimsey (Sticky Fingers, Some Girls, Steel Wheels, Emotional Rescue). Rock At Night recently spoke with Stevie Westwood, songwriter and vocals, about the five-piece band Bad Touch and their new album Truth Be Told. The band, which was formed in 2009, is definitely influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Crowes, and the Kentucky Headhunters, whom Westwood said “we got to know them quite well and they have influenced us.” Westwood noted, “We released our first album last year…..We like to go out and play before we spent money for recording an album. We ‘re real excited about this one. It feels more mature.” Bad Touch’s sound evolved organically as the members jammed and brought other influences to the table, like Led Zeppelin. The Led Zeppelin sound is really prevalent in the song on the album “Waiting For This”, which features Jimmy Page power chords and what I like to call a “good and nasty” sound. Another song that intrigued me is “The Mountain” since it has an environmentalist message. Westwood said, “I wanted to show something that is not just rock, drinking, and women.” About the new single “99%”, which is really rocking with a cute message, he noted “It is feel good rock. I’m not a brooding, moody person. I am a happy-go-lucky chap.“ Rock At Night mentioned the songs on the new album deal with the theme of relationships, and “One More Night” (one of my favorites on the album) exemplifies this. Westwood described the meaning of the song saying,  “It’s about being thankful for a time….looking back. Trying to maintain optimism and think about the good times… It’s about questioning….” When asked what his favorite songs are on the album, Westwood noted, “ I really like ‘Take Your Time’ and ‘One More Night’…I do love them, I am really chuffed with all of them.” During the interview, Westwood described his dedication to the band and all the sacrifices one makes to “make it big.” Like a lot of musicians nowadays, he has a day job, but describes the feeling of being on stage, “I have had 100 people singing the songs I wrote and you can’t trade that for the world….” You can listen to this fascinating interview  (really a conversation) by clicking the link above or below on iTunes. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Bad Touch / Shot at The Waterfront Norwich by Rob Blackham / www.blackhamimages.com Band Members Members: Stevie Westwood – Vocals Rob ‘G’ Glendinning – Lead Guitar Daniel ‘Seeks’ Seekings – Guitar / Vocals Michael Bailey – Bass George Drewry – Drums / Vocals; Home Town: Norwich Video 2016 UK TOUR DATES CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH MASSIVE * SUPPORTING WHISKEY MYERS IN LONDON APPEARING AT PLANET ROCKSTOCK ON SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2016 EVI, Ebbw Vale Saturday 19th November 2016 The Station, Cannock Sunday 20th November 2016 The Exchange, Bristol Monday 21st November 2016 The Live Rooms, Chester Tuesday 22nd November 2016 Fac251, Manchester Wednesday 23rd November 2016 The Parish, Huddersfield Thursday 24th November 2016   The Musician, Leicester Friday 25th November 2016 Corporation, Sheffield Saturday 26th November 2016 Cobblestones, Bridgewater Sunday 27th November 2016 The Flapper, Birmingham Tuesday 29th November 2016 Sanctuary Live, Basingstoke Wednesday 30th November 2016  The Dome, London Thursday 1st December 2016 Planet Rockstock, Trecco Bay Saturday 3rd December 2016 The Flying Dutchman, Lowestoft F
November 10, 2016
Click the link above to listen to the audio interview By Deb Kloeden, Rock At Night Adelaide, Australia Correspondent RÜFÜS  are a three-piece, Sydney based, alternative/electronic dance group. They are currently touring the US, but are returning to Australia for a regional tour, The Full Bloom Tour, in January and February. This marks the one-year anniversary of their #1 gold accredited album Bloom, and will be the last chance for Australian audiences to see the band live before they take time off the touring circuit to start work on their next album. I spoke with drummer, James Hunt about: Their current US tour Festival gigs in NZ and the US over New Year Their Australian regional tour Their nomination for 5 ARIA awards LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE  RÜFÜS  Du Sol -North American Tour   RÜFÜS ‘THE FULL BLOOM’ AUSTRALIAN REGIONAL TOUR FRI 20 JAN | NIGHTQUARTER, GOLD COAST QLD | 18+ SAT 21 JAN | BIG PINEAPPLE FIELDS, SUNSHINE COAST QLD | 18+ FRI 27 JAN | UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG GARDENS, WOLLONGONG NSW | 18+  SAT 28 JAN | WESTS CITY, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+ FRI 03 FEB | THE CUBE, WODONGA VIC | 18+ SUN 05 FEB | GEELONG ARENA, GEELONG VIC | 18+ SAT 11 FEB | 3 OCEANS WINERY, MARGARET RIVER WA | 18+ SUN 12 FEB | CASTAWAY ROTTNEST ISLAND, ROTTNEST WA | 18+ FRI 17 FEB | UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA ACT | 18+ SUN 19 FEB | PHILLIPS LANE STREET PARTY, PORT MACQUARIE NSW | 18+ FRI 24 FEB | TANKS ARTS CENTRE, CAIRNS QLD | 15+ SAT 25 FEB | STREET PARTY, TOWNSVILLE QLD | 18+ SUN 26 FEB | MAGNUMS, AIRLIE BEACH QLD | 18+ WEBSITE   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
September 18, 2016
Please click on the link above to listen to the audio interview By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Vernon Neilly is no stranger to the music businesss. He has had a unique career  both a musician, actor, and founder of Boosweet Records, an independent label based in Los Angeles, California.  Neilly began his career in radio (WEDR-99 Jamz) in South Florida at the tender age of 19.  Surrounded by musicians during his youth, it seemed natural that he would forge his way into the industry.   Boosweet Records has been successfully releasing independent music since 1999 and was a pioneer in the distribution of music through the use of digital files. Vernon Neilly is also a Billboard Charting “Top 10” award winning recording artist, who has recorded with, toured with, produced, worked with some of the most legendary names in the music business such as, the late blues legends “Johnny Guitar Watson”, “Etta James”, “Temptations” , “Steve Vai”, “Greg Howe”, Motown hit producer “Norman Whitfield”, “Jennifer Batten”, “Slash”, Rap superstar “Warren G”, “Howard Hewitt”, “Teena Marie”, funk pioneer George Clinton, Brasilian guitar hero of Megadeth “Kiko Loureiro” and many more. His CD’s “G-Fire” and “G-Fire II” garnered Vernon two consecutive Contemporary Jazz Awards. Neilly and his all-star cast of virtuosos Greg Howe (Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Rhianna), Frank Gambale (Chic Corea, Return To Forever), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck), Kiko Loureiro (Angra, Megadeth), Mattias IA Eklundh  (Freak Kitchen), Victor Johnson (Busboys, Total Eclipse, Sammy Hagar), Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Jeff Beck, Tarja), TM Stevens (Steve Vai), Juan Nelson (Ben Harper) and the other highly skilled musicians contributed to his fifth release Outta Time.  Listening to the album, one will find an eclectic array of upbeat music that defies genre labeling. There are elements of rock, with Neilly’s wizardy on electric guitar, as well as hip hop, Latin beats, and jazz.  The album features original tunes but also Neilly’s “take” on such classics as Hendrix’s “Fire”. The politically-charged first single “They Don’t Care” was on the USA Billboard “Hot Singles” Chart for 9 weeks, 7 weeks in the Top 10 climbing as high as #6 and the song is in high rotation on British stations like London FM, Europe Radio One, Pop Shop FM, Britannia FM 106, Radio Britain FM, Fm Stations here in the USA, and Kiss FM 102.1 in Brazil. Rock At Night chatted with Vernon Neilly about his Latin-influenced hip-hop brand of music (he was born in Bahamas and reared in South Florida) ; taking classic Stevie Wonder or Jimi Hendrix tunes and putting his own spin on them; collaborating with talented musicians like Greg Howe; the changes he has observed in music industry in the Millennium; the mutual love and devotion to fans in South America, like Brazil and Argentina; and the South American culture versus American regarding music. You can listen to this fascinating interview by clicking the link above or below on iTunes. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! “Outta TIme” video shoot Videos Outta Time They Don’t Care iTunes Facebook Twitter WEBSITE Digitech Artist Profile Vernon Neilly is currently endorsed by the following companies, Parker Guitars, Giannini Strings, Digitech Electronics, Xotic Effects, Morley/Ebtech Products, Levys Bags and Straps, Meteoro Amps, Seymour Duncan, and Wampler Pedals.
September 18, 2016
Click on the link above to hear the audio interview By Andrea Ramirez-Maciolek, Rock At Night Philadelphia Correspondent Wrapping up a tour with Cage the Elephant, Silversun Pickups, and Foals, the guys from Bear Hands hit the road again with Foals on another highly anticipated tour. After their last successful album Distraction in 2014, Bear Hands released another dynamic and well received album in April called You’ll Pay For This. The band which has been together for 10 years consists of members Dylan Rau (vocals), Val Loper (bass), Ted Feldman (guitar), and TJ Orcher (Drums). The success behind Bear Hands lies in the unique approach to their musical style. It’s almost impossible to categorize their music into a specific genre because their songs are musically layered with styles that run the gamut of punk, folk, electronica, and rock. Make sure to check out Bear Hands on tour this Fall. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Video     Bear Hands Tour Dates * w/ Foals # Festival Performance 9/23 – Paramount Theater (Seattle, WA)* 9/24 – Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR)* 9/26 – The Fox Theater (Oakland, CA)* 9/27 – Hollywood Palladium (Los Angeles, CA)* 10/03 – Granada (Dallas, TX)* 10/04 – White Oak Music Hall (Houston, TX)* 10/07 – Austin City Limits (Austin, TX) # 10/08 – The Aztec Theatre (San Antonio, TX)* 10/25 – Revolution (Fort Lauderdale, FL)* 10/26 – The Ritz Ybor (Tampa, FL)* 10/28 – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (New Orleans, LA) # 10/31 – Electric Factory (Philadelphia, PA)* 11/01 – House Of Blues (Boston, MA)* 11/03 – Echostage (Washington, D.C.)* 11/04 – United Palace Theatre (New York, NY)* 11/05 – College Street Music Hall (New Haven, CT)* 11/07 – Sound Academy (Toronto, ON)* 11/09 – Riviera Theatre (Chicago, IL)* Follow Bear Hands on social media: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
September 16, 2016
Click the link above to listen to the audio interview By Deb Kloeden, Rock At Night Adelaide, Australia Correspondent Killian Gavin is a guitarist & vocalist from Sydney’s Indie band, Boy & Bear. The band first formed in 2009 and  they have produced three studio albums, the latest being ‘Limit of Love’. The band consists of David Hosking (vocals and guitar), Killian Gavin (vocals and guitar), Tim Hart (drums and vocals), Jonathan Hart (vocals, banjo, mandolin and keyboards) and David Symes (bass). LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE North American Tour Wed/Oct 5, 2016 at Parish, Austin, TX Thu/Oct 6, 2016 at Kessler, Dallas, TX Sat/Oct 8, 2016 at 3rd & Linsley, Nashville, TN Tue/Oct 11, 2016 at Highline, New York, NY Thu/Oct 13, 2016 at Paradise, Boston, MA Fri/Oct 14, 2016 at Phoenix, Toronto, ON Sat/Oct 15, 2016 at On Air Studio, Cleveland, OH Mon/Oct 17, 2016 at Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI Tue/Oct 18, 2016 at Skully’s Music Diner, Columbus, OH Thu/Oct 20, 2016 at Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN Sat/Oct 22, 2016 at Garrick, Winnipeg, MB Mon/Oct 24, 2016 at Broadway, Saskatoon, SK Tue/Oct 25, 2016 at Starlite, Edmonton, AB Wed/Oct 26, 2016 at Gateway, Calgary, AB Fri/Oct 28, 2016 at Sugar, Victoria, BC Sat/Oct 29, 2016 at Commodore, Vancouver, BC Sun/Oct 30, 2016 at Crocodile, Seattle, WA Tue/Nov 1, 2016 at GAMH, San Francisco, CA Wed/Nov 2, 2016 at Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA Thu/Nov 3, 2016 at Irenic, San Diego, CA Australian Regional Tour Wed 09 Nov Regent Theatre, Ballarat VIC Thu 10 Nov Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo VIC Fri 11 Nov Costa Hall, Geelong VIC Sat 12 Nov The Cube, Wodonga Wed 16 Nov C.Ex Coffs, Coffs Harbour NSW Thu 17 Nov Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD Fri 18 Nov Beach Hotel, Byron Bay NSW Sat 19 Nov Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast QLD Sun 20 Nov The Mills Precinct, Toowoomba QLD Wed 23 Nov Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton QLD Thu 24Nov MECC, Mackay QLD Fri 25 Nov Tanks Art Centre, Cairns QLD Sun 27 Nov The Venue, Townsville QLD Fri 02 Dec Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany WA Sat 03 Dec Oceans, Margaret River WA Sun 04 Dec Fremantle Prison, Fremantle WA Wed 07 Dec Orange Ex-Services Club, Orange NSW Thu 08 Dec ANU, Canberra ACT Fri 09 Dec  Waves, Wollongong NSW Sat 10 Dec Wests City, Newcastle NSW SoundCloud WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER Listen to Limit of Love on Spotify  https://play.spotify.com/album/0MHKrflB8JujwRknzxnKr3
September 3, 2016
Please click on the arrow above to listen to audio interview  By Anita Stewart, Tampa Correspondent for Rock at Night and Yes She Rocks Rock at Night spoke with Angela McCluskey, songwriter extraordinaire with an unmistakable voice that one hears everywhere.  You might have heard her voice in TV commercials for Chico’s, Schick Quattro TrimStyle razor, US Mitsubishi, or in the popular show Grey’s Anatomy and wondered “Who is that? What a great song!”  With a background in other creative arts, she fell into music and songwriting quite naturally. We spoke about her creative process, travel, drama, art, her music, her work with other bands such as Telepopmusik, the Wild Colonials and so much more. From retro Jazz with a Billie Holiday or Nina Simone feel to trance and dance Electronica, Retro, Reggae and danceable Pop, Angela McCluskey has traveled the world doing genre-bending vocals with many familiar names in music. Her latest album, The Roxy Sessions is available now on iTunes and will be released everywhere on September 9, 2016. Angela’s vocal styling is impossible to define, but instantly recognizable and  reminiscent of songstresses like Corinne Bailey Rae, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Valerie June just to name a few. However, Angela has a presence all her own. Angela’s background is a very creative one. She started out in drama, moved to the US from Scotland, and worked as a publicist with companies as notable as EMI and even had a “one woman” show! She has collaborated with many other acts, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Telepopmusik, the Wild Colonials, the latter being the Los Angeles band she still fronts. Her songwriting is organic, prolific and the lyrics and melodies come to her together. In her spare time, she works in other mediums and loves photography and painting. This new album is very personal and features songs from various genres. I heard 40’s torch, 70’s type James Bondish-type movie soundtrack songs, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Psychedelia, and Electronica–all backed with layers of rich instrumentation. Not to be missed! The ladies of Rock at Night love Angela’s music and are waiting for more! Stay tuned for Rock at Night’s review of The Roxy Sessions by Rock At Night columnist Gail Reynolds. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! SoundCloud Check out a song from The Roxy Sessions Video   The Roxy Sessions on  iTunes Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
August 23, 2016
Click on the link above to hear the audio interview By Andrea Ramirez, Rock At Night Philadephia Correspondent Venue:  Alma Mater, Philadelphia- RÆVOLUTIONworldTOUR‬-The Maension Andrea and The Maension in the tour bus It has been a year since Rock At Night has caught up with Hollywood-based alt-metal band The Maension.  In fact, when Rock At Night began producing podcast “hybrid” articles which are featured on the website as well as Rock At Night’s iTunes Channel, The Maension was the FIRST interview. So, yes, this August is our anniversary of what we hope will be a tradition as we catch up with them around the world! In this short interview which took place in The Maension’s tour bus,  The Maension discussed their recent trek from L.A. , up the West Coast, through Canada to New England, and now down to Philadelphia. If we are lucky, we will be able to catch them again in Florida or perhaps in Europe or even Australia within the next year. The Maension just finished their third album RÆVOLUTION, which has not be released yet.  Other news from the band is they are on their Second World Tour and hope to play in 15 countries on four continents.  One can expect to see a huge visual show (as Mark Maension notes “a light show…pretty intense energy”). Check out the interview and also see the highlights of their show in Philadelphia. The Maension:  Mark Maension, Skye Maension, Sjoerd Boom and Kal Reid. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Photo Gallery Video FACEBOOK WEBSITE   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford   The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
August 21, 2016
Please click on the arrow above to listen to audio interview By Anita Stewart, Tampa Correspondent for Rock at Night and Yes She Rocks Jocelyn and Chris Arndt joined Rock at Night for a fun interview in between traveling to their next gig and juggling their studies at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Originally hailing from a small central New York town, this brother and sister duo looked for fun in all the right places, starting with their parents’ music collection and then went on to mastering musical instruments. After that, there was no looking back! Jocelyn and Chris started gigging everywhere while gaining notoriety along the way. Smoking vocals and keys by Jocelyn and wild-ass guitar by Chris, amazing bass lines by Kate Sgroi and drums by David Bourgeois round out their very retro rock and roll sound. Their latest album is titled Edges and was released earlier this year. It features guests Danny Louis of Gov’t Mule and G Love. Soft ballads and belting rock and roll make this recording a treat to listen to. Now touring everywhere, be sure to check their site and socials to see when they are coming to your town! These two young people who are definitely old souls sounded wise beyond their years! We talked about retro music, the music industry, Grace Potter, creative inspiration, how they balance their studies at Harvard with touring and writing music, knitting, snow and so much more! LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Videos The new single “Shame” Another song from EDGES – “Where’s the Rain” Instagram Facebook Twitter BandCamp—Get their new 12-track CD EDGES  here!   Note from Editor: If you like Fiona Apple’s voice, you will LOVE Jocelyn’s!   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
August 18, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent   OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Recently I received a copy of a soon-to-be-released EP, Last of the Acid Cowboys by New York City-based band Evolfo and I decided to give it a whirl after seeing a video for the song “Wild Man”. The funk-driven groove and fantastic award-winning animation video further enticed me to listen to the EP. So, I burned a copy of it and took it on a three-hour trek across the state of Florida–and probably hit “repeat” about six times. The five-song EP consists of a mix of songs averaging three-minutes in length and can be described as a mix of retro genres: 60’s R&B (e.g., the soundtrack of “The Commitments”), 60’s psych/garage rock (e.g., The 13th Floor Elevators), 80’s New-Wave (e.g, B-52s), 60’s British Mod, guitar-twangy alt-rock music (e.g., The Toadies), and the Black Keys (which are retro-revival garage rock anyway). The EP of danceable music has a party vibe, a nice kick due to cool organ riffs and chord progressions, and finally a punchy horn section, which consists of a sax, trombone, and trumpet. Listening to the EP made me pine for a full album, which I hope will transpire in the near future. So, of course, this EP had the makings of “let’s interview this band” all over it. Rock At Night interviewed Rafferty Swink, the man behind the cool retro organ/synth playing. First off, I wondered what the name Evolfo actually meant and thought perhaps it was a derivation of “evolution.” I was so wrong. It actually is “of love” spelled backwards and Evolfo is actually a second generation band which actually was conceived by Matthew Gibbs (vocals/guitar) back in high school. The band was later reformed during his college days at Berklee in Boston, where he met fellow members approximately five years ago. According to Swink the band played more “groove-based funk music” at the time. Now, the music has finally come into its own, which he describes as “psych-rock that we all love” with a 60s soul core and more “traditional rock and rock” rooted in a Memphis or New Orleans sound. Think Stax Records. Swink continues, “The sound is more genuinely us” and he further explained how Last of the Acid Cowboys was recorded using an 8-track tape machine and vintage analog equipment. During the interview, Rafferty Swink and Rock At Night discussed the upcoming West Coast tour to Oregon and California; analysis of the songs from the new EP Last of the Acid Cowboys; and how Evolfo achieves their vintage sound of genre-bending music. Last of the Acid Cowboys will be released September 16 and will be available in digital format and even cassette tape (yes, they are serious about vintage) on the record label, King Pizza Records. According to Swink, it will not be pressed in vinyl yet—but there is always wishful thinking on my part. Members: Matthew Gibbs, Angelo Spampinato, Rafferty Swink, Ronnie Lanzilotta, Jared Yee, Kai Sorensen, Benjamin Allen Adams Soundcloud NY Dates and West Coast Tour   Date Venue Location   Tickets Aug 20 ToeJam 421 w/ Band of Young Saints,… Milton, NY Tickets Sep 15 Evolfo EP Release Show feat. Street Smells // The Mad Doctors w/ Street Smells, The Mad… New York, NY Sep 21 DOUG FIR LOUNGE w/ Ezra Bell, redray… Portland, OR Sep 22 The Dugout Olympia, WA Sep 24 Hi Fi Music Hall Eugene, OR Sep 25 Grizzly Peak Winery Ashland, OR Sep 26 Talent Club Talent, OR Sep 28 Velvet Jones w/ clean spill, Earl And… Santa Barbara, CA Tickets Sep 29 Moe’s Alley w/ Spiritual Rez Santa Cruz, CA Tickets FACEBOOK TWITTER INSTAGRAM SOUNDCLOUD YOUTUBE WEBSITE   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
July 27, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Rock At Night keeps up with bands around the world and yes, each of us has favorite genres. Last Spring we were following bands heavily who were playing in the Detroit area and John Corabi played a solo gig, which was really well-received by fans. I dug a little further and saw he was going to join “super group” the The Dead Daisies on tour. Hmm…Dead Daisies? I needed to look up this band so I gave their new video “Mexico” a whirl, and boy, I was blown away by their hard classic rock sound which was familiar yet fresh. Since the Millennium began it seems synth-driven pop songs with fake harmonies have been a mainstay on FM radio (the main reason I switched to Sirius XM) so the song “Mexico” gave me hope. Essentially The Dead Daisies, which has a rotating line-up of members from well-known 70s and 80s bands such as Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Guns N’ Roses, Rob Zombie—has been touring since 2013 with the likes of ZZ Top, Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bad Company, just to name a few. Last summer, Rock At Night interviewed bassist extraordaire Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake) and also had the pleasure of seeing The Dead Daisies with Whitesnake in Clearwater, Florida. The band was promoting their new album Revolucion, (which I proudly purchased that night) before heading out to tour—again–with Def Leppard and Kiss. The Dead Daisies has continued to tour around the world in 2015—Europe, Australia, Russia, Macedonia, Israel—you name the country, they’ve been there. The band is currently in the UK before heading over to Germany (Rock At Night will see them there) right around the time of the release of their latest 12-song release entitled Make Some Noise. Look for a review of this bad boy soon! Last week Rock At Night spoke with lead singer John Corabi on the eve of the Ramblin’ Man Fair. He called via Skype (although the wifi in rural UK was intermittent) and we chatted about everything—the Cuban trip which inspired the title Revolucion, the new album and how they actually cut it between January and February of this year while in Nashville; the meaning behind the song “Long Way to Go”; how I really loved the ballad “Sleep” from Revolucion; the classic rock sound of the band and how they achieve it; his health routine for maintaining stamina and his voice; and the emotional concert in Paris, barely two weeks after the massacre at the Bataclan. Listen to the audio of the interview or read some of the highlights below: Cuba Dead Daisies traveled to the island that time forgot, Cuba, early in 2015. There is a short documentary of The Dead Daisies trip on YouTube which shows the band playing a concert as well as mingling with local musicians during a “culture exchange”. Having lived in Venezuela and of course Florida, I’ve always been fascinated with Cuba. John Corabi described the trip saying, “The entire trip was a highlight…the weather was beautiful, the people were amazing…They were SO happy to see us! The fans there….I don’t think they’ve had many rock bands there at all? It’s funny because the fans showed up with Led Zeppelin shirts and Motorhead shirts and Guns N’ Roses shirts. It was amazing! The whole thing was amazing….the food, the music….The music culture that is there is off the charts. Like I said, the bands were just so grateful that we came!   Our manager was just saying ‘I’d love to have you guys go back there again’.” I commented, “I saw a video online that showed you playing with a bunch of local musicians. I bet they really enjoyed that experience.” John said emphatically, “Well, we did too! The talent that is there is amazing! Because most of America…they’ll never know. “We went to a school and the school that we were at was ridiculous. It was like an institute where they teach kids to read music. We saw these kids on cellos play an arrangement
July 23, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Joel Barrios, Rock At Night Miami Correspondent Joel Barrios with Fates Warning Progressive metal has been an evolving sub- type of metal since the eighties and Fates Warning is widely revered as the true creators of the genre. On the scene for more than 3 decades now, the band has built a massive international following as well as released 12 full length records over that period. Last July 1st their last discographic effort entitled Theories of Flight saw the light of day, and it’s been garnering rave reviews from critics and fans alike, many calling the album the best in the band’s catalog. We recently published a review I wrote about the record (You can read it here) and now I talked on the phone for a half hour with Fates Warning’s bass player Joey Vera, discussing several topics like what he would do if taken back in time to the moment he was asked to join the band, how stoked they are about the reception Theories of Flight have received, how he manages to separate his musical duties in two so different bands like Fates Warning and Armored Saint; what is going on with the other musical projects he’s involved with, what drives bands like Fates to keep moving forward despite the shortcomings in the music industry nowadays, and how the album was conceived with the band members working bi-coastal. OR LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Website Twitter: @FatesWarning FACEBOOK  Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
July 11, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Aaron Bellamy, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondents Venue: The Vinoy, St. Petersburg, Florida–Warped Tour 2016–Chunk! No Captain Chunk!  Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with Bert Poncet (vocals) of pop-punk/metal band Chunk! No Captain Chunk! AKA C!NCC during the Warp Tour 2016’s stop in St. Petersburg, Florida.  During the interview,  Burt discussed the band’s unique genre (pop-punk with metal), the Warped Tour, the positive message of the band, and offers advice for musicians starting out in the business. Members: Bertrand Poncet (vocals), Éric Poncet (guitar), Paul Wilson (guitar),  Mathias Rigal (bass), Bastien Lafaye (drums) Genre: Pop-Punk/metal; Home Town: Paris, France.  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Videos Website Facebook
July 11, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Aaron Bellamy, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Venue: The Vinoy, St. Petersburg, Florida–Warped Tour 2016–BAD SEED RISING Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with all of the members of BAD SEED RISING during their stop with the Warped Tour in St. Petersburg, Florida. During the interview,  the band discussed the band’s origin and genre; their Warped Experience thus far; their favorite charities and/or non-profits; their new full-length album coming out at the end of the summer; and advice for young musicians starting out. Members: Francheska Pastor: Vocals, Mason Gainer: Guitar,Aiden Marceron: Drums,and Louey Peraza: Bass.; Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland.  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE VIDEO Spotify WEBSITE YouTube Twitter Facebook
July 8, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Aaron Bellamy, Journalist and Juan Jusino, Photographer, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondents Venue: The Vinoy, St. Petersburg, Florida–Warped Tour 2016–BIG REEL FISH Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with Aaron Barrett (vocals, guitar) and Matt Appleton (saxophone) of the ska band REEL BIG FISH during their stop with the Warped Tour in St. Petersburg, Florida. The guys describe their music as a “ska band influenced by other stuff”.  They are unabashedly proud of being labeled as a “ska band”, saying “it’s fun like roller blading.” The band was started by high school friends in 1991 and has been going strong, touring year round, ever since!  When asked how many Warped Tours they have participated in, they noted “maybe 7 or 8”.  They really enjoy the Warped tour and get to “hang out with friends like Less Than Jake and Ballyhoo!” During the interview,  Aaron Barrett and Matt Appleton discussed the band’s evolution, the Warped Tour, their upcoming holiday ska vinyl album Happy Skalidays, charities they favor, and advice for bands starting out in music business. Members: Aaron Barrett – Vocals, Guitar Billy Kottage – Trombone John Christianson (Johnny Christmas) – Trumpet Ed Smokey Beach – Drums Derek Gibbs – Bass Matt Appleton – Saxophone, Vocal Harmonies; Genre: Ska/Rock; Home Town: Orange County, California  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Photo Gallery VIDEOS Big Reel Fish in St Pete in 2015     WEBSITE FACEBOOK   SEE PHOTOS OF ROCK AT NIGHT’s COVERAGE Of WARPED TOUR IN ST PETERSBURG Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
July 7, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Venue: Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Florida–July 3, 2016 Taylor of BLEEKER Rock At Night was excited to have the opportunity to speak with Taylor Perkins of Canadian rock band BLEEKER. I recently listened to BLEEKER’s self-titled EP and really, really liked their retro rock, almost Led Zeppelinesque sound. Look in RAN for a full review of the EP soon! BLEEKER is currently on a 23 city US Tour with Sublime with Rome, The Dirty Heads, and Tribal Seeds, which initiated in Atlanta on June 30th and will terminate in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 3rd. They are going to be zig-zagging their way to the North, Mid-West, West, and will probably see more states than I have in my entire life. BLEEKER is comprised of two brothers, Taylor and Cole, as well as two pals who all share the same love for the blues-retro-rock sound. This tour, believe it or not, is their second to the States (the first was earlier in the year with The Struts) so they are not novices. In fact, during the interview Taylor said “the band” (although it has undergone name changes and line-ups) has been around for 13 years! These cats must have started out at a wee age. At any rate I caught up with BLEEKER at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Florida for their five song set. Since I was already familiar with their music it was even more enjoyable. The guys came out on stage like gangbusters (no subtle intro) and jumped into the song feet first. It was sweltering hot on Sunday evening, but this didn’t stop Taylor from dancing with the microphone or Cole from firing off guitar riffs. Mike swayed and attacked the bass strings and Chris totally immersed in the drums. It is difficult being a support band but their energy revved up the crowd that was entering the venue. I saw people head bobbing and dancing. Taylor and I later met inside the nice and air conditioned lounge area for a little chat about the origin of the band and its name; the band’s experience during the current tour, including the difference between Canada and America; the unbearable sun and heat in Florida; the band’s songwriting process and classic rock influences; analysis of certain songs from the new EP; and the story behind the ballad “I’m Not Laughing Now” (hint** it involves a bathtub and a cereal box). Very funny and interesting stuff! Members: Taylor Perkins (vocals), Cole Perkins (guitar, vocals), Mike Van Dyk (bass), and Chris Dimas (drums); Home town: Orillia, Ontario, Canada; Genre: hard rock, blues-rock, alt rock. OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Photo Gallery VIDEOS EP BLEEKER on iTunes FACEBOOK Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
July 7, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Aaron Bellamy, Journalist and Chyrisse Tabone, Photographer, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondents Venue: The Vinoy, St. Petersburg, Florida–Warped Tour 2016–YOUNG GUNS Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with John Taylor (guitar) and Simon Mitchell (bass) of the UK rock band Young Guns during their stop with the Warped Tour in St. Petersburg, Florida. The guys describe their music as “straight up rock with choruses and riffs” or “melodic rock” with influences drawn from all their rock heroes. This is Young Gun’s first Warped Tour but they are no stranger to America, having toured here before. Chyrisse had the pleasure of seeing them in Tampa in 2015 during the 98Rockfest at the Amelie Arena in Tampa, Florida. During the interview, John Taylor and Simon Mitchell of Young Guns discussed their experience of touring in America, their new album Echoes, which will be released in September, their favorite charities, including their love of rescue dogs, and advice for bands starting out in music. Listen to find out all the details! Members: Gustav Wood – Vocals John Taylor – Guitar Fraser Taylor – Guitar Simon Mitchell – Bass Ben Jolliffe – Drums; Genre: Rock; Home Town: London/Bucks  OR DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Photo Gallery Videos New song “Bulletproof” from their upcoming album Echoes Discography Bones Ones and Zeroes WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER SEE PHOTOS OF ROCK AT NIGHT’s COVERAGE Of WARPED TOUR IN ST PETERSBURG Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
June 20, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night loves to cover blues and rock artists so it was our pleasure to speak with guitarist extraordinaire Gary Hoey about his upcoming 20th album (yes, 20th ) called Dust & Bones. The album will be released on July 29th and even features a beautiful duet with the fabulous Lita Ford. Recently, I listened to the album which Hoey pays homage to his heroes like Steve Ray Vaughan (“Dust and Bones”), Robin Trower (“This Time Tomorrow”), Johnny Winter (“Steamroller”) and Led Zeppelin (“Boxcar Blues”). There are even songs written in the vein of ZZ Top (“Born to Love You”), Brian Setzer (“Who’s Your Daddy”) and Dick Dale (“Soul Surfer”)—something for everybody, without deviating from the blues-rock theme. Look for a full review in Rock At Night before the release date! Gary Hoey came to fame in the 1980s when he started doing covers of instrumentals like “Hocus Pocus” by Dutch rock band Focus. Anybody who grew up in the mid-70s knows this song and probably used to sing along with its nonsensical lyrics before going into a dance frenzy. If you look on YouTube, you will see a ton of Hoey’s extremely cool metal versions of class retro songs like “Linus and Lucy” and “Misirlou”. As Hoey said during RAN’s interview, “I like to take old songs and rock them out.” He enjoys “twisting the classics” and putting his own imprint on quirky tunes like “Frankenstein”. Some of you may have stumbled across Gary Hoey’s Ho! Ho! Hoey! series of Christmas music. If you have not listened, please do because his renditions of the songs, as I told him, may be the “only Christmas music I can tolerate.” Honestly, the music is brilliant and will be a new tradition in my household—as it should be in yours. Gary Hoey is also a renowned guitar instructor so it only seemed appropriate to ask him a few questions for our burgeoning rock musician readers and iTunes listeners. Here, Hoey gives a lot of tips for what equipment to purchase and how “rock Gods in the making” can hone in their skills. In summary, Gary Hoey discussed guitar playing tips for the novice; his career and love for twisting the classics into metal versions; and analysis of each song on the upcoming album Dust and Bones, which includes a duet with Lita Ford. This interview is a must listen for all blues-rock fans!  OR LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Photo credit: Joe Nett Confirmed appearances include: 6/03     St. Charles, MO                      Family Arena (w/ Boston & Blue Oyster Cult) 6/17     Hermosa Beach, CA               Saint Rocke 6/18     Romona, CA                           Romana Mainstage 6/20     San Diego, CA                        Guitar Workshop Plus 6/25     Lowell, MA                            Lowell Summer Music Series 6/30     San Francisco, CA                  Biscuit & Blues 7/01     Seattle, WA                            WAMU Theater (w/ Boston) 7/02     Reno, NV                                RockBar Theater 7/22     Auburn Hills, MI                    Callahan’s Music Hall 7/23     St. Charles, IL                         Arcada Theater 7/24     Milwaukee, WI                       Shank Hall 8/04     Los Angeles, CA                    Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp – Vol. 2 8/19     New Hope, PA                       Havana 8/20     Teaneck, NJ                            Mexicali Live 8/21     Westford, MA                        Blues N Brews Festival Look for more dates to be added!   Dust & Bones   Pre-Order Dust & Bones Website   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford
June 17, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Joel Barrios, Rock At Night Miami Correspondent “My, my, my, I’m once bitten, twice shy, baby!” With a revitalized ambition and a never ending dedication to their fans Great White today is a band that has endured for almost 40 years, and is still doing what we’ve always set out to do, by writing songs and performing songs for people, and making them happy. Other bands of their generation have come and gone, but Great White’s music has stood the test of time. Mark Kendall (guitar), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards), Audie Desbrow (drums), Scott Snyder (bass), and Terry Ilous (vocals) are delivering that Great White sound we’ve all come to crave. Emerging from the Hollywood club scene, they had their commercial breakthrough with 1987’s Once Bitten album, then scored their biggest hit with their 1989 version of the Ian Hunter song “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.” Thirty years ago, Great White were playing with Whitesnake in arenas filled with 16,000 or 17,000 people. It was an exciting time for the band and the classic rock genre. The band has since changed its venues to festivals, casinos, bike rallies and the likes. The new shows are still big, but in a different way. Founding member and lead guitarist Mark Kendall and I spent a half hour on the phone discussing the bands successful career, memories of his first ever guitar, how he has evolved as a musician through time, which album was his all-time favorite, the band’s plans for the immediate future, and the life on the road these days. **Fun fact–Great White have played with a lot of legends. Who do you think they would love to play with but have not? Listen to find out!  OR LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Great White Website YouTube: officialgreatwhiteTV.com Twitter: @GreatWhiteRocks FACEBOOK Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
June 16, 2016
Click on the link above to listen to the interview By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night receives a lot of album solicitations so when we notice a band, they have to be pretty special. Montreal-based band, A Devil’s Din, fits the bill. As soon as I listened to the single “Skylight,” which is featured in the band’s second album, also titled Skylight, I was totally hooked. The song “Skylight” has a totally psychedelic rock sound with its floating, trance-like vocals, cool intertwined guitar and bass riffs, and keyboard accompaniment. I have had an earworm for the song ever since!  Actually, the whole album is a wonderful prog rock stew in the vein of Pink Floyd or Yes, but also has flavors of The Beatles Sergeant Pepper with Lennonesque vocals. There are hints of 90s grunge with vocals reminiscent of Alice in Chains and even vocals, which to me, sound similar to ELO (although singer David Lines says no vocoding was used at all). Nevertheless, fans of 60s psych rock, early-70s prog rock, or even the Millennial band melodic metal band Ghost, will enjoy Skylight. Rock At Night had the pleasure of interviewing David Lines (vocals, keys, guitar) of A Devil’s Din prior to the album’s release date of June 17, 2016. During the interview Lines discussed the “new” psychedelic rock music genre; the band’s history and line-up; analysis of each song on the CD Skylight; and the Fall tour in the UK. This interview is a must listen for all psych rock, stoner rock, and prog rock fans! You can listen to the links above or below: LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Photo: Renaud Kasma David Lines: Vox, Guitars, Keys Dominique Salameh: Drums Thomas Chollet: Bass Montréal, Québec Video “Skylight” A Devil’s Din – Skylight Release Date: June 17, 2016 Label: Island Dive Records Available: Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby Produced by David Lines Mixed by Rod Shearer Mastered by Andy VanDette/Engineer Room Audio NYC SKYLIGHT  Skylight  2.  Phaze Ulysses  3. Never the Same Thing  4. Bow to Thee, Absurde  5.  I Don’t Know  6.  Nature of the Beast  7.  7. For A While  8. Eye’s Pie  9. Prequel  Length: 42:16 WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER @ADevilsDin YouTube   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
June 7, 2016
Click the link above to listen to the audio interview By Chris Patmore, Rock At Night London Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of interviewing Australian rock band The Rubens before their gig at The Dome, London.  The band was very excited since the performance was sold out and this was their first headline experience in London.  They toured in the UK two years go with the American band Walk the Moon. The Rubens discussed their experience growing up in a small town (population 500) just outside of Sydney; how the band got together; the experience of having brothers in a band; some of the famous Australian bands who made it big and the distorted view of Australian music; electronic dance music in today’s world; and their future plans, which they hope will be another trip to the UK in the Fall. You can listen to the links above or below: LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE The Rubens: Zaac Margin (lead guitar), Elliott Margin (key/vocals), Scott Baldwin (drums), William Zeglis, Sam Margin (guitar/lead vocals); Hometown-Menangle, New South Wales, Australia; Genre-alternative/blues/rock PHOTO GALLERY Videos “Hoops” Website: therubensmusic.com Twitter: @therubensmusic Facebook: @therubensmusic **RAN Theme Song “Get On Down” is by Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
May 21, 2016
Click the link above to listen to the audio interview By Deb Kloeden, Rock At Night Adelaide, Australia Correspondent Rock At Night recently interviewed Australian alt-country musician Sam Brittain, who will be launching the Signal Lights Tour in Australia, Europe, and finally America (Nashville) this Summer.  Signal Lights will be released on June 3, 2016. Sam Brittain discusses the inspiration for writing his new album Signal Lights, life on the road, his rock roots, the Tram Sessions, and the new single “Stab in the Dark“.  Check out our little chat! LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Tour Videos   WEBSITE YouTube   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
May 17, 2016
Click the link above to listen to the audio interview By Petra Leusmann, Rock At Night Cologne, Germany Correspondent Rock At Night has been keeping up with Atlanta-based rock band Kickin Valentina for some time! We caught up with them recently in Münster, Germany and then again in Tilburg, The Netherlands.  Check out our little chat with the band while in The Netherlands. Members: Joe Edwards – Vocals, Heber Pampillon – Guitar, Chris Taylor – Bass, Jimmy Berdine – Drums; Genre: Rock and Roll; Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia, USA LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE LINK to review of Münster gig Video of the Interview Photo Gallery WEBSITE FACEBOOK YouTube Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
May 11, 2016
Please click on the arrow above to listen to audio interview By Anita Stewart, Rock At Night Columnist and “Yes She Rocks“ Rock at Night spoke to Sara Hartman while on the US leg of her tour. We touched on the other artists that inspire her, why she chose Berlin as her home base, her Swedish Fish addiction, and much more! Her songs are superbly crafted and even though she is young, her lyrics reveal an “old soul” deep within. Her rich alto singing voice and her music evoke a rich, multi-layered, “unplugged” feel.  We caught up with her a few days after Mother’s Day and right before her last several US shows–she is in Portland, Maine tonight and Washington DC and New York over the next several days. Afterwards she will take an extended stay on Long Island to visit her family. Then, she flies back to Berlin and will continue the tour through Germany, France, Switzerland and beyond in support of her album Satellite that was just released on April 22nd. A far cry from the young teenager of humble beginnings who played covers in the coffeehouses, bars and restaurants of Long Island; she learned very young what it was like to pay her dues. Sara happened to be in just the right place to get the perfect and fateful connection to continue pursuing her dreams. Because of that connection, she met up with her current producer, Tobias Kuhn in Berlin and eventually moved there. Sara just recently toured as the supporting act for Ellie Goulding and is making a name for herself as a stand out musician on her own! Check her out!  LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Videos SoundCloud FACEBOOK TWITTER SaraHartmanVEVO Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
May 3, 2016
Please click on the arrow above to listen to audio interview By José Oliveira, Rock At Night Columnist Bassist John Illsley was the rhythmic pillar of Dire Straits! He traveled the world several times and has lived unforgettable moments. Now, Illsley gets his kicks by playing in small rooms or clubs with The John Illsley Band.  When he isn’t touring Europe with the band, you can probably catch him visiting art museums or perhaps painting–or at a renowned UK pub he owns. After a great concert at Jazzhaus in Freiburg, Germany, Rock At Night was invited to go the next day to Prattein, Switzerland and have a private chat.  It was a great honour to speak with this great British rock legend! On May 20, 2016, Illsley will be releasing his album Long Shadows. During the interview John Illsley discussed the meaning behind the title of his new album Long Shadows; the music industry today and the new generation; his solo work as well as Dire Straits; his paintings and love of art museums; and even some politics! This is a must listen! LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! The John Illsley Band: JOHN ILLSLEY – Bass, Vocals ROBBIE McINTOSH – Guitar PAUL STACEY – Guitar JESS GREENFIELD – Vocals STUART MERCHANT – Drums STEVE SMITH – Keyboards WEBSITE Photo Gallery  Video “In the Darkness” from new album Long Shadow  Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
April 12, 2016
Please click on the arrow above to listen to audio interview By Anita Stewart, Rock At Night Columnist and “Yes She Rocks” Kept from her dreams at an early age and given a second chance at life, she stays committed to her soul and pursues her dreams through her music. Rock at Night caught up with Erica Chase, a very grounded young woman and a talented singer and songwriter with a positive outlook on life. And she has come a long way! As a young girl she was bullied and discouraged from singing and expressing herself through music. She was told her voice was too low and that she was not good enough and those early put downs shattered her vision and focus at a very early age. Erica kept music on the back burner just slowly simmering, thinking she would never make it if she tried it out. And she continued on with her life, finished school and went to college and then tried a few other careers that did not pan out. After those other career rejections, she knew she needed to choose music for her own happiness and fulfillment. Soon, a fateful connection led her to Dana Strum, the bassist for the metal band, Slaughter. The day after a lengthy conversation with him she went biking and got hit by a truck. The whole experience taught her that life was way too short to not follow her bliss… LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! Videos A behind the scenes look at the video “Paris” Erica’s new video/single is “Paris”, directed by Chris Hicky (Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood)   Twitter:  https://twitter.com/EricaChaseMusic Website:  www.EricaChase.com Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
March 30, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Joel Barrios, Rock At Night Miami Correspondent Rock at Night had the opportunity to talk with the legendary singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Anderson. Jon is mainly known worldwide because of his tenure with Yes, the British prog-metal giants he co-founded and fronted for decades, however his solo career is nothing short of astonishing, including a myriad of collaborations with other music luminaries like Vangelis, Tony Levin, Kitaro and Mike Oldfield, just to name a few. As part as his perennial search for new musical endeavors, Jon recently teamed-up with French violinist and jazz composer Jean-Luc Ponty and a new collaboration project was born: The Anderson Ponty Band. The resultant album “Better Late than Never” was released on September 2015, bringing together original compositions written by Anderson and Ponty along with reworked versions of some Yes classics. The album showcases the bottomless well of creativity and inspiration that Jon Anderson is, along with the pure game-changer magical talent of Ponty, bringing together the best of classic progressive rock and modern music. They will begin their North-America 2016 tour next April with dates stretching into late May. But Jon is a busy man, and is also involved in two upcoming different projects: Anderson / Stolt which brings him together with progressive rock veteran Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic) in which has been described as “an album of new music, modern and classical, rock and ethno, tribal and orchestrated, grooving and floating” set to be released next June and is also writing and composing music for the long awaited Anderson/Rabin/Wakeman project. Guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Rick Wakeman are former members of the progressive rock band Yes, joining the band at different times throughout its history of different line-ups; Wakeman first joined in 1971, and Rabin in 1983. The three only performed together for the 1991–92 Union Tour, but never worked in the studio together.The group have been developing material since their formation back in 2010, and in January 2016, all three discussed forthcoming plans, namely playing several festivals in 2016 with a set of their new material and Yes music followed by a tour in 2017. During the interview Jon Anderson discussed the Progressive Nation at Sea cruise; his new album with French violinist maestro Jean-Luc Ponty; his upcoming collaboration with Swedish guitarist, vocalist and composer Roine Stolt; the ongoing work on the sequel to his first solo album “Olias of Sunhillow”; his future involvement in a project with ex-Yes partners Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin; how he considers himself musically the same guy who started singing in the early 70s; and how his spirituality has impacted his songwriting and compositional style. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Tour Dates Link to Tour info WEBSITE-Anderson/Ponty Band ANDERSON / STOLT Album Press Release: Link to Press Release
March 27, 2016
Please click on arrow above to listen to audio interview By Anita Stewart, Rock At Night columnist  and “Yes She Rocks“ When Rock at Night spoke with Janey Street, she had just returned from a recording session at the legendary studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Her road to success has been a long and challenging one with stops and starts to her musical career all along the way. In the 80‘s, she had two songs that were on the Billboard Charts and the videos for those songs got continual airplay on VH-1. Suddenly she was dropped by her label. During those inbetween years she continued to have her hands in the music business and wrote music along with painting houses, waitressing, teaching guitar lessons and whatever she needed to do to pay the bills. Her eventual move to Nashville got her into the right “mix” of connections and she networked in with other musicians and people in the music business. By having the right connections and unforgettable talent she was recently signed to Blue Elan and her latest EP, “I’m Not the Girl I Used to Know,” was released a week ago to rave reviews. A five song offering, these are emotional tunes with lyrics that go way down to the depths of her soul. A full album of thirteen songs is scheduled to drop in June of 2016. As a woman of a “certain age” she has finally come “into her own” and her current success is due to her talent, constant performing and all of the experiences she has had along the way. Her creativity also extends to other outlets; she has even written a television script. We discussed the music scene in Nashville, how ageism plays a huge part in careers for women including within the music industry, mentoring young artists, how she met the famous rock and roll talent tycoon, Clive Davis of Arista and Columbia Records, musician Janis Ian who is her childhood friend and her vision of the future along with so much more! LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW  on iTUNES! SOUNDCLOUD   FACEBOOK TWITTER WEBSITE Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
March 24, 2016
Please click on arrow above to listen to audio interview By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with Gainesville-Florida natives Less Than Jake at the Vans Warped Tour Press and Media Event held at Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida on March 22, 2016.  The band,who has been touring on the Vans Warped Tour since 1999, is proud to continue its tradition this year.  Wearing red, white, and blue “political” shirts, their platform is to “make Warped Tour great again” this Summer. Less Than Jake discussed how the music industry has evolved through the years, their experience with fans across the globe, the upcoming Vans Warped Tour, and some of their favorite non-profit organizations.  They then performed an exhilarating three-song set during the mini-concert at the event. Members: Chris, Roger, Vinnie, Buddy and JR; Genre: ska punk metal; Home Town: Gainesville, Florida LISTEN on iTUNES! PHOTO GALLERY WEBSITE LESS THAN JAKE-FACEBOOK VANS WARPED TOUR Keep A Breast Foundation Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford   The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
March 24, 2016
Please click on arrow above to listen to audio interview By Anita Stewart, Journalist and Chyrisse Tabone, Photographer-Rock At Night Tampa Correspondents The Ries Brothers, a powerful multi-talented duo that carries on a Rock and Roll Legacy! This is music that moves the old and young alike! Rock at Night caught up with the Ries Brothers and their friend Ella Jet, another performer backstage at the Gasparilla Music Festival on Saturday, March 13th, 2016. These two young men form a powerful duo that hails from Clearwater, Florida. They have opened for some huge names in the rock music scene such as David Cook, Daughtry, Los Lonely Boys, REO Speedwagon, Little River Band, Firefall, the Edgar Winter Band and The Family Stone just to name a few. They have received recognition, most recently from the Tampa Bay Times who named them as one of the best artists in the past year. In a surprisingly unique way, they mix the genres up and play rock, blues, funk and reggae. They find their inspiration from classic rock and roll icons and reggae artists; Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Bob Marley for example and socially conscious music like Michael Franti, Jack Johnson and so many more. Charlie is the lead vocalist, drummer and keyboard player, often playing the two instruments at once and perfecting the method of doing the bottom (bass) with the keyboards a la Ray Manzarek of the Doors. We talked about the local connection of the Doors to the city of Clearwater. Kevin plays guitar and ukulele, sings backup and is co-writer on their original songs. He is the shyer of the two and his face lights up when he talks about music. These young men are a force to be reckoned with and are totally dedicated to their craft. We are waiting for even more! Check out their site for links to their social networks and info on upcoming gigs. Don’t miss them! LISTEN on iTUNES! Photo Gallery  Videos  “Run to the Sea” an original!  WEBSITE Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
March 17, 2016
TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE By Joel Barrios, Rock At Night Miami Correspondent Photo by Scott Rock At Night spoke to Andrew Lipke, member of the acclaimed Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out. Andrew explained the band’s approach when playing the Zeppelin songs in their shows, why they don’t try to mimic or impersonate Led Zeppelin members during their performances, what other musical projects he is involved with besides playing in the band, what he considers his bigger musical influences and his musical roots and even shared which one he considers the most iconic record of all-time. Andrew Lipke is a man of many hats. Besides playing several instruments with his Led Zeppelin tribute band “Get The Led Out” he is also a composer active in many different styles of music. He has become a critically acclaimed and sought after arranger, producer, composer, performer, and educator.  Andrew is driven by a passion to find the common ground between disparate styles of music and his career reflects this. He has performed as a vocalist with several prominent American orchestras (Indianapolis Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra) in addition to touring the country with Get The Led Out. He has produced dozens of records for local and regional artists and released five solo albums. Get the Led Out is not just another Led Zeppelin Tribute band. Comprised by six members the band is committed to bring the Zeppelin music live with all the guitar solos, drum fills, and vocal melodies intact, and performed with all the passion and fury that this legendary catalog deserves. Have you ever imagined experiencing “The Mighty Zep’s” iconic songs in concert just the way you remember them? Catching Get the Led Out live is your chance to enjoy a night devoted to the greatest music in rock history. LISTEN ON iTUNES HERE VIDEO TOUR DATES Thursday  3/17 – Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre Friday 3/18-Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room Saturday  3/19 – Orlando, FL Plaza Live Sunday  3/20 – Tampa, FL Tampa Theatre Tuesday  3/22 – Tallahassee, FL The Moon Thursday  3/24 – Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre Egyptian Ballroom Friday  3/25 – Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Live Friday  3/25 – Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Live Friday  4/1 – Durham, NC Durham PAC Saturday  4/2 – Hopewell, VA Beacon Theatre Friday  4/8 – Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium SEE MORE TOUR DATES HERE WEBSITE   Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford
March 2, 2016
Click the link above to listen to the audio interview By Andrea Ramirez-Maciolek, Rock At Night Philadelphia Correspondent Interview with Martin Barre of the Martin Barre Band, also famously known as guitarist of the legendary rock band Jethro Tull Circa 1970s Rock At Night spoke with legendary guitarist Martin Barre about his upcoming tour with the Martin Barre Band, which kicks off in the US in New York City on April 10th. The band includes Martin Barre (guitar, mandolin), Dan Crisp (vocals), George Lindsay (drums), Alan Thomson (bass), and Richard Beesley (sax/clarinet).  During the tour, you can expect to hear some vintage Jethro Tull and also originals from Away With Words, Order of Play and recent blues-rock album Back to Steel. Barre promised some surprises along the way–which he did not reveal, so you will just have to catch one of his live shows to find out. During the interview, Martin Barre discussed his latest album Back to Steel and his blues-rock music; his early days with Jethro Tull; his strong connection and affection for America; advice for aspiring musicians on how to survive in the music business today; how he is technologically-speaking “old-fashioned”; and also some of the current bands he enjoys listening to today. You can’t be a musician for six months and then retire… you’re a musician for  life – Martin Barre talking about the lack of continuity and staying power in today’s music. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE Martin Barre VIDEOS TOUR   USA Tour 2016 10 April – B.B. King Blues Club, New York NY 11 April – Rams Head, Annapolis, MA 12 April – Mcloones Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ 21 April – Infinity Hall, Hartford CT 22 April – Mexicali Live, Teaneck NJ 23 April – Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore PA 26 April – Martyrs Live, Chicago IL 28 April – Daryl’s House Club, Pawling NY 29 April – Hanover Theatre, Worcester MA 30 April – Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury MA   UK/Europe 2016 28 May – Mello Festival, Worcestershire, UK 19 May The Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea, UK 2 July – Fan Club Convention, Barcelona 9 July – Close to the Moon, Padova, Italy 7 August – New Day Festival, Kent, UK   WEBSITE EVENTS-TICKETS FACEBOOK   Rock At Night theme song is “Get On Down” by Billy “Bass” Alford
February 24, 2016
Click the link above to listen to the audio interview By Petra Leusmann, Rock At Night Cologne, Germany Correspondent Toseland is an up and coming rock band from the UK. The band was founded by singer James Toseland who is two-time Superbike World Champion. However, music has always been his passion. He started learning to play the piano as a 6-year-old kid and had private lessons until he was 16. He had to stop taking lessons because he was gaining more and more success in his second passion – motorbikes. In 2004 and 2007 he won the Superbike World Championship. In March 2011 during a test-drive, James suffered an accident which resulted in a broken wrist. Due to the damage, he had to give up his motorcycle career later the same year. Reflecting back to his first love, music, he began working with Toby Jepson (Little Angels). They wrote an album packed with classic rock songs and ballads called Renegade and it made it to the A-list of British radio stations. James Toseland, who is married to great singer Katie Melua, asked his brother-in-law Zurab Melua to join his band. In September 2013, guitarist Ed Bramford later joined them. With Roger Davies on bass and Joe Yoshida on the drums, Toseland are now on their way to conquer the music business. They played the Download Festival in the UK, which was an amazing kick-off! Members: James Toseland (keyboards, vocalsl); Zurab Melua (guitars); Ed Bramford (guitar); Rodger Davis (bass); and Joe Yoshida (drums). When Toseland recently supported Black Stone Cherry on their European Tour in Germany Rock At Night had the amazing opportunity to talk to charismatic James Toseland.  Toseland discussed the band’s current tour through Europe and the UK, including their support for Black Stone Cherry; how the band had 3 ½ days to prepare for the tour after Theory of a Deadman’s cancellation; the making of the second album Cradle to Rage with a new line-up and a German label; his love of playing piano, even through his competitive motorcycling years; how he focused on songwriting and music after a serious motorcycle accident; how he met his wife singer/songwriter Katie Melua, who shares his love of rock music, like Queen; working with his brother-in-law guitarist Zurab Melua; and the fan and media’s acceptance of a sportsman entering the music world. **Cradle to Rage will be released March 11, 2016 LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE PHOTO GALLERY VIDEO WEBSITE FACEBOOK Link to new album-Cradle to Rage (Release date March 11th) The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
February 24, 2016
Click the link above to listen to the audio interview By Petra Leusmann, Rock At Night Cologne, Germany Correspondent Toseland is an up and coming rock band from the UK. The band was founded by singer James Toseland who is two-time Superbike World Champion. However, music has always been his passion. He started learning to play the piano as a 6-year-old kid and had private lessons until he was 16. He had to stop taking lessons because he was gaining more and more success in his second passion – motorbikes. In 2004 and 2007 he won the Superbike World Championship. In March 2011 during a test-drive, James suffered an accident which resulted in a broken wrist. Due to the damage, he had to give up his motorcycle career later the same year. Reflecting back to his first love, music, he began working with Toby Jepson (Little Angels). They wrote an album packed with classic rock songs and ballads called Renegade and it made it to the A-list of British radio stations. James Toseland, who is married to great singer Katie Melua, asked his brother-in-law Zurab Melua to join his band. In September 2013, guitarist Ed Bramford later joined them. With Roger Davies on bass and Joe Yoshida on the drums, Toseland are now on their way to conquer the music business. They played the Download Festival in the UK, which was an amazing kick-off! Members: James Toseland (keyboards, vocalsl); Zurab Melua (guitars); Ed Bramford (guitar); Rodger Davis (bass); and Joe Yoshida (drums). When Toseland recently supported Black Stone Cherry on their European Tour in Germany Rock At Night had the amazing opportunity to talk to charismatic James Toseland.  Toseland discussed the band’s current tour through Europe and the UK, including their support for Black Stone Cherry; how the band had 3 ½ days to prepare for the tour after Theory of a Deadman’s cancellation; the making of the second album Cradle to Rage with a new line-up and a German label; his love of playing piano, even through his competitive motorcycling years; how he focused on songwriting and music after a serious motorcycle accident; how he met his wife singer/songwriter Katie Melua, who shares his love of rock music, like Queen; working with his brother-in-law guitarist Zurab Melua; and the fan and media’s acceptance of a sportsman entering the music world. **Cradle to Rage will be released March 11, 2016 LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE PHOTO GALLERY   And check out their new video to ‘Puppet On A Chain’!!   WEBSITE FACEBOOK Link to new album-Cradle to Rage (Release date March 11th) The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
February 20, 2016
Click the link above to listen to the audio interview By Chris Patmore, Rock At Night London Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of interviewing punk-garage-rock duo The Dollyrots (Kelly and Luis) during their stop at The Roundhouse.  The band which hails from Florida by way of L.A., California has been touring in the UK with their tot River in tow since the band is really a “family affair” now. During the interview, Kelly and Luis described how parenthood has “made us be more responsible” and how now they use social media to reach out to fans more than when they started the band in 2000/2001.  They noted that music today is more DIY and they have held three crowd-funding campaigns to raise money for each music project.  The Dollyrots recently released their EP Mama’s Gonna’ Knock You Out on January 29th (read RAN’s review here).  Their CD/DVD entitled Family Vacation: Live in the USA will be released on March 29th. During the interview, The Dollyrots discussed coming from a small town in Florida and moving to L.A.; being parents and working musicians; the new DIY funding of today’s music; the support of the arts and culture by countries like Canada, Norway, and Sweden; their genre of music which is “1950s rock meets late-70s Brit punk”; doing a cover of “Brand New Key”; and breaking a guitar while on tour. The Dollyrots: Kelly Ogden (bass, vocals) and Luis Cabezas (guitar, vocals) LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON iTUNES HERE PHOTO GALLERY VIDEOS At The Roundhouse in London-February 2016     MUSIC   Website: The Dollyrots   The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
February 15, 2016
Click the link above to listen to the interview By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent and Vicki DiAddezio, Orlando Correspondent Rock At Night’s BAND OF THE MONTH Nathaniel Shepherd-Photo by Chyrisse Tabone Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with musician/songwriter Nathaniel Shepherd of alt-funk-rock band G2P,  which is going on tour in the southeast and out west commencing on April 8, 2016. It is difficult to really describe their brand of music but Shepherd likes to call it “happy slam dance music.” The band was formed in 2011 in Tampa, Florida and has opened for the likes of Saliva, Ten Years, The Revivalists. During the interview Shepherd described 311 and Green Day as big influences. The band’s song “Walk Away” has received national airplay, charting in the Top 5 on Independent Music Network, Top 40 on National Radio Hits and New Music Weekly, and the Top 200 on FMQB.  After the song “Animals” became popular on ReverbNation, G2P gained a production contract with Capitol USA. During the interview, Shepherd discussed the origin of the acronym “G2P”; the upcoming audition for “American’s Got Talent” show in Orlando, Florida; the background of the band’s formation and unique sound; the type of equipment and rig he favors; and the band’s upcoming tour which starts in Daytona, Florida  and makes its way out west toward Oklahoma and Texas. Shepherd noted the next gig is February 27th at The Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida which will be a music showcase.  Music executives will be in attendance that night so this will be a more swanky affair. Members: Nathaniel Shepherd – Guitar/Vocals; Sterling Siegfried- Drums/Vocals; Matt Mallory – Bass/Vocals;  Genre: Funk/Rock/Alternative with a reggae influence; Home Town: Tampa Discography: EP-G2P (2014) LISTEN ON iTUNES HERE PHOTO GALLERY   Videos     SOUNDCLOUD   WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER SOUNDCLOUD REVERBNATION LINK to EP The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
February 12, 2016
TO LISTEN CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE Rock At Night recently spoke with guitarist Tagore Grey of the critically acclaimed British hard rock group The Treatment. The Testment, which now features Mitchel Emms (vocals) and Tao Grey (guitars) in its new line-up, is creating a buzz in the wake of its third album Generation Me which will be released on March 18th. The band will be embarking on its UK tour in April with special guests, The Amorettes. Highlights of the included various topics as Grey described the inception of the band in 2008 while band members were in their mid-teens. Dhani Mansworth (drums), with the guidance of his father veteran rocker/producer Laurie Mansworth, found other young lads who appreciate the classic rock sound and hungered for the “rock ‘n’ roll life.” From that point on, the band was a force to be reckoned with. During the interview, Grey described the band’s experience of touring with legend rockers like Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Motley Crüe—who welcomed the band with open arms and took the band under their wings. Grey noted the spontaneity and excitement of touring was an adrenaline rush because of “not knowing where you will end up.” They traveled throughout most of America at the tender age of 18 and it was “the best experience ever”, noting “all of the Crüe and the whole company were amazing to us and accommodating. We loved it! We saw the whole country.”   The Treatment even made it to my stomping ground Florida and Grey promised, “We are definitely coming back…don’t worry!” Tagore Grey-The Treatment Photo Credit: Robert Gershinson Rock At Night asked Grey about his opinion of American audiences. He said about being a support band, “When were were opening up for Kiss and Crüe, people were always there listening to us.” He described the American audiences as warm and welcoming, especially at the merch stands and signings. Grey discussed some humorous and memorable experiences during the American tour (but you will have to listen to the audio for this). Let’s say, we discussed everything from chocolate-covered bacon to strippers. Regarding the upcoming release of Generation Me, Rock At Night got insight on various album tracks, which in my opinion, is already off to being in my “Best of 2016” list. If you like classic 80s rock sound and feel-good music, this is for you. We will be releasing a full album review soon, so stay tuned. Grey discussed the meaning behind the title of the album, saying “We feel we live in a sort of a generation where it’s all about being on the phone and all in your own world.” He discussed how the album reflects the band’s growth from “straight up rock ‘n’ roll” of the first two albums to something deeper and promised, “Rock isn’t king at the moment—but we are going to bring it back!” He explained the band has a new line-up, a new look, and they have matured. When asked what his favorite song is on the album, Grey noted Let It Begin, which is really a balls-to-the-wall, high energy single in the album. When I first heard it, I felt it was in the vein of Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive 55” or Loverboy’s “Working for the Weekend”—fun, fun music with memorable sing-a-longs and notable lead guitar riffs. We later discussed the band’s stage presence, which is pure rock entertainment, with leaps, jumps, growls, and sneers. He noted he is not angry but just has a lot of energy, “You want to see a guy out of control out there. You want a rock show to be crazy.” He later pointed out the band is “not having a cup of tea up there.” Listen to the interview in full : LISTEN ON iTUNES HERE Photo Credit: Robert Gershinson VIDEO “Let It Begin” The Treatment: Mitchel Emms-vocals; Tagore Grey-Guitar; Tao Grey-Guitar; Dhani Mansworth-Drums and Rick ‘Swoggle’ Newman-Bass: Genre-Hard Rock: Cambridge, UK   THE TREATMENT “GENERATION ME” UK TOUR With special guests THE AMORETTES Norwich – Waterfront Wednesday 27th April 2016 Birmingham
February 8, 2016
TO LISTEN CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE By Joel Barrios, Rock At Night Miami Correspondent In 2016 Marty Friedman is touring the US for the second time in 10 years — and for the first time as a solo artist. Rock at Night interviewed him just before kicking out the second leg of his tour. The podcast has been published online and you can listen to the interview in the link above as well as the iTunes link below. Even when Marty’s music cannot be catalogued as prog-rock, he’s one of the most accomplished guitar players I’ve had the opportunity to listen to. His second solo album Scenes and his third Introduction both surprised the metal and guitar community, as he proved that he wasn’t just another shredder, but rather an intelligent and sensitive player with strong compositional skills. In these two albums (which I highly recommend to my folks here) themes are not just introduced and abandoned in favor of gratuitous technical noodling, rather the compositions are thoughtfully explored and brought to a natural conclusion. Tracks such as “Arrival”, “Valley of Eternity” and “Bittersweet” contain beautiful melodies that would fit perfectly on a movie soundtrack. In fact, the compositions of these sessions are so good that Mr. Friedman could easily put down his guitar in favor of a pen, as it is his gift of composition that differentiates him from his peers. Both, in my opinion are unexpected masterpiece in a genre that could use more releases such as this. In the interview Marty Friedman discusses how his latest album Inferno has been received by audiences; speaks about his bandmates and the way he chose them while assembling the touring band; shares how he feels now when looking back at his early albums, including the source of inspiration back in the day; how adding ethnic elements to heavy metal can drastically change the way an album sounds and how much he admires musicians that do so, like Yossi Sassi; details of his collaboration with his lifelong friend Jason Becker, who was his partner during the Cacophony years; and how he does not think of himself as a rock star, despite his vast accomplishments as a musician. LISTEN ON iTUNES HERE UPCOMING U.S. TOUR   VIDEO for “Undertow” FACEBOOK WEBSITE Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down” by Billy “Bass” Alford.
January 26, 2016
TO LISTEN CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Interview: Finsbury Pub, London-January 8, 2016 Chyrisse, Jaime, and Sky of rumHoney I discovered the British blues-rock band rumHoney in Spring 2015 while perusing the internet—and have been hooked ever since. Some of their songs sound like the rebirth of Bad Company and have a great classic rock feel—yet these guys were mere babes during the time these bands were at their height. I relished the fact great music could still exist in the Millennium with the same raw energy and feel of this long gone era. Rock At Night had the pleasure of seeing the band live at Finsbury Pub, London and interviewing them shortly after the show. It was an acoustic set that evening (minus the bass and lead guitar) since the guitarist had a little accident cutting with a knife while being confined during Storm Frank. Yes, no doubt “cabin fever” will do that to you! Nevertheless, the band, which consisted of Sky Wood (vocals), Jaime Black (guitar), and Niol Sweeney (drums), still put on soulful blues renditions of their normally “electrified” material. During the interview, rumHoney discussed the story behind their name, American blues versus Brit blues-rock, their bonding after a near death experience on an Alpine road, touring in Italy, the multi-cultural backgrounds of the band members, their love of Southern blues rock—Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and now Blackberry Smoke and Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Elvis’ birthday and soul traveling, and much more! There is plenty of comedy in the interview as the guys play off each other so you do not want to miss this one! Some interesting thoughts emerged during the interview: some white man’s blues are “cheap on emotion” since they are missing the soul and pain; after the near death experience (car crash)- we have “Lynyrd Skynyrd in our biographies”; and that it’s hard for people to write blues when they are suffering with their “iPads”. Members:  Sky Wood, Jaime Blake, Noël Martin, Dominic Giannetta, Niol Sweeney; Genre: rock/soul; Home Town: London LISTEN ON iTUNES HERE Photo Gallery VIDEOS “Fix Your Mended Ways” “Geneva” – LIVE   SOUNDCLOUD   FACEBOOK TWITTER LINK TO BUY THEIR MUSIC   The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
January 25, 2016
TO LISTEN CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE By Deb Kloeden, Adelaide correspondent REVIEW: The Franklin Electric’s 1st Australian tour VENUE: Thrillroom, Ed Castle, Adelaide, January 23rd Canada’s ALT-FOLK-POP band, The Franklin Electric, is currently touring Australia, supporting Australian band, Holy Holy, on their national tour. After tours in Canada and Europe, The Franklin Electric have ventured to the Land Down Under, beginning their tour at the Woodford Folk Festival. Lead singer, Jon, said one of the highlights of the tour so far, was climbing to the mountain top at the Woodford Folk Festival on New Year’s Day to watch the sunrise, with Tibetan monks chanting a welcome to 2016. While in Australia, the band has also played in Brisbane, Sydney, rural NSW, Perth and Adelaide. They are currently in Melbourne, performing there on January 28th & 29th, and will end their tour back in Brisbane on January 30th. I caught them at a sideshow in Adelaide at the Edinburg Castle Hotel. The band showcased their album; This is how I let you down, including the title track from the album, and ‘Strongest Man Alive’ which features on YouTube with an impressive animated video. Jon Matte, the front man of the band, supports his strong, yet also delicate vocals by playing mesmerizing keyboards, trumpet and occasionally, guitar. The band played a tight set, including a new song they wrote while here in Australia. So far they have one album to their name, This is how I let you down, but are currently working on new material. Following this tour in Australia and a month of gigs back home, they will be heading to Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and UK, in March and April. So look out for them if you can. Hopefully, they will return to Australia again one day. BAND MEMBERS: Jon Matte – Vocals, piano/keyboards, trumpet, guitar Ken Pressé – Lead guitar Martin Desrosby – Bass guitar Kevin Warren – Drums LISTEN ON iTUNES HERE Video-“The Strongest Man Alive”   WEBSITE FACEBOOK
January 20, 2016
TO LISTEN CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent and Amanda Cunningham-London Correspondent Interview: Sebright Arms, London-January 9, 2016 In July 2015 Rock At Night met up with John Robb of The Membranes in a studio located in Shoreditch, London. He was producing a new EP for a newly formed band called Black Crack. While we were waiting on the couch in the studio I could hear the band doing takes on one of their songs called “Peach Fuzz”. It had a nice raw, post-punk feel with an infectious bass line (songwriter/lead singer Mark Tilton later explained it was inspired by a Curtis Mayfield song). For months after I still had the song in my head– and I have been following the band ever since. Black Crack, I understand, will soon be releasing its EP in February/March. Rock At Night caught up with Mark Tilton of Black Crack at a restaurant, shortly before the band’s gig at Sebright Arms. We had a lovely pot of mint, white chocolates, and discussed the band’s name, his early career in punk music and later as a screenwriter, how he rediscovered music by channeling his anger, and the autobiographical nature of the song lyrics. This is a must-hear interview as Tilton’s charm, wit, self-deprecating humor, and genteel manner contradicts his stage persona of an angry white man who snarls and sings songs with titles like “Hey, Fucker” and “A.N. Other Hate Song”. Check out a few lines from “A.N. Other Hate Song”… I hate people when they piss in my hat I hit the fuckers with my cricket bat I hate people in the daytime, hate people at night Post note: I have seen YouTube videos of the band which actually do not serve the band justice in comparison to a live Black Crack performance. Honestly, you have to experience it. It made me think of Public Image Limited. The musicianship of the band is super tight and Tilton’s performance seeps of raw energy. Members: Mark Tilton, vocals (formerly of The Membranes); C.C.S. Meeke, rhythm guitar; Jon Wygens, lead guitar (formerly Blurt and The Blue Aeroplanes); Adrian Smith-Tuft, bass; Paul Wigens, drums (formerly Blurt, Ted Milton, Grand Drive); Genre: post-punk, garage rock, blues; Home Town: London (by way of Blackpool) LISTEN ON iTUNES HERE Photo Gallery VIDEO https://blackcrack.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/blackcrackuk/?fref=ts   The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
January 5, 2016
Please click on arrow above to listen to audio. By Anita Stewart, Rock at Night Tampa Correspondent and Yes She Rocks Columnist Chatting with Flash Silvermoon — Musician, Author, Radio Talk Show Host, Animal Advocate and Healer–Happy Birthday Janis Joplin!  Flash Silvermoon YES SHE ROCKS! Column As we slammed into 2016, a brand new year, Rock at Night did an enchanting interview with Flash Silvermoon about her music and her ebook about Janis Joplin in celebration of January 19th and what will be Janis’s upcoming 73rd birthday. Their story is mystically told in Flash’s ebook: “Janis Joplin and Me: 40 Years of Music and Magic.” Janis and Flash have had an ongoing friendship that began during a chance meeting in real time on this earth plane and at the very beginning of Janis’s career. This unusual camaraderie continues to this day through space and time. Even though Janis has been in the ethers since 1970, she continues to make her presence known. The two have formed a cosmic meeting of minds and souls and have become kindred spirits as Janis continues to communicate in the most mysterious of ways. During our interview, Flash Silvermoon and I discuss her work and how her art, writing and music continues to be influenced by Janis’s communication and presence from the “other side.” Flash’s old base was NYC and after many years she settled in the quaint area of Melrose, just south of Gainesville, Florida where she continues to work as a psychic, does magic, plays music, produces and hosts a radio show called “What the Animals Tell Me” and communicates with Janis under her old “Grandmother Tree.” LISTEN on iTUNES! JANIS JOPLIN: Greatest Hits Full Album || Best Songs Of Janis Joplin
January 3, 2016
Please click on arrow above to listen to audio. Anita Stewart, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent and Columnist Rock At Night welcomes Anita Stewart’s new column called  Yes She Rocks, featuring women songwriters and music-makers. Rock at Night got to speak with Gina LaMonte aka “Mama Gina” who is a prolific songwriter that has a lengthy musical history of gigging in cover bands on weekends while working a day job as a paralegal. She is a multi-instrumentalist; she plays guitar and various hand drums and has powerful vocals and writes masterful lyrics. She finally gave up the day job and stepped out in faith to pursue her musical destiny and nothing could have made her happier to be following her bliss! She enchants with her skillfully crafted songs that reflect the energy of the Gods, Goddesses, Spirituality, Healing and Mother Earth. A lover of sharing her musical gifts live, Mama Gina is a regular on the national Pagan Festival scene and can be seen at house concerts, coffeehouses, special events and busking all over the Tampa Bay area, the state of Florida and beyond. She has big plans for 2016 that include a tour and travels out west to the Pacific coast and into otherworldly realms! Don’t miss her when she comes near you and be sure to check out her upcoming events and her music on her site, Soundcloud, Reverbnation and all the social networks. LISTEN on iTUNES! Gina LaMonte aka “Mama Gina”   SOUNDCLOUD  
January 1, 2016
TO LISTEN CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with Texan blues musician Billy “Bass” Alford.  Billy is the songwriter of Rock At Night’s theme song “Get On Down (If You Feel Up to It)” but also is a blues historian with first hand knowledge, having played with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Mance Lipscomb.  He grew up with fellow Texans Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson–and has loads of stories to tell about his adventures in the music industry in the 1960s and later in the UK during the 1980s when he played in New Wave bands like The Truth and Zerra 1, whose former member Korda Marshall (drums), later became president of Infectious Records. In the 1990s, Billy took a hiatus from music and sought other ventures; however, in recent years he started tooling around with songwriting again. Going back to his musical roots of the blues, he found a new voice and vision after going through a bout of throat cancer. Billy is back stronger than ever and is currently recording an album of his original blues songs. In the interview, Billy discusses his experience as a budding musician in the turbulent 1960s in the midst of racial unrest in Texas; playing with blues greats in his youth; going to the Texas International Pop Festival, which played a couple of weeks after Woodstock; living as a musician in the UK during the 1980s; and all of his “Forrest Gump” moments with rubbing elbows with well-known musicians. This interview is a history lesson you do not want to miss! Stay tuned for Part II of the interview in the near future too! Check out some of Billy’s music on ReverbNation where he is ranked #3 in Austin, Texas; # 65 Nationally; and #94 Globally. Listen on iTunes PHOTO GALLERY   ReverbNation  
December 27, 2015
TO LISTEN CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with Anthony Cipolla (drums) and Gage Emmerson (vocals) of The Banshee Pilots, an alternative band hailing from Detroit Michigan. The band released their self-titled EP The Banshee Pilot (October 16, 2015) which was entirely self-produced, including the soon-to-be-released video for the single “If You Wanted Riches, Honey, You Should’ve Married A Doctor”.  With a post-apocalyptic and almost a “Purge” feel, the band produced a very entertaining video to mesh with their song which starts off slowly with only piano and bluesy vocals (“California”) but later segues into full-force pop punk mayhem. The Banshee Pilot discussed the making of their new video in the dunes of Michigan and an abandoned church; the second EP which will be released toward Summer; the formation of the band after going through a line-up change;  their musical influences, which include Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, and Panic! At the Disco; the trials of self-producing when one is already a professional in the music industry; and  the importance of live show performances and not playing “too often” in one’s hometown.  The band even discussed their unabashed love for mainstream bands like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, and Adele and what they do “for fun” in their off-time. The conversation with Cipolla and Emmerson revealed these are two very serious musicians who are dedicated and focused to making The Banshee Pilot into a well-known entity beyond Detroit-metro. They explained that the band has a long-term plan and in-house skill sets (their own recording studio, photography and videography skills) to produce a lot of their own work as well as stamp their own creative mark on it. These guys are very hard-working and dedicated, convincing me they should be Rock At Night’s Band of the Month. Please check out the links of their EP on Bandcamp .  Also, click on the link above to listen or click below for the iTunes. Listen on iTunes Members: Gage Emmerson (Vocals), Brandan Lee Keller (Bass), Anthony Cipolla (Drums), Nicholas “Nick” Alfonsi (Guitar) and Tim Hicks (Guitar);Genre: Alternative or Pop-Punk; Home Town: Detroit, Michigan Photo Gallery The Banshee Pilot EP: Written by The Banshee Pilot Produced by Marc McClusky (Letlive, D.R.U.G.S.) Mastered by Chris Athens (Drake, PVRIS, Johnny Cash) © 2015 The Banshee Pilot, LLC. BANDCAMP TWITTER FACEBOOK
December 12, 2015
CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO LISTEN By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night-Tampa Correspondent Desire Will Rot Album Rock At Night caught up with Ottawa-based grindcore band FUCK THE FACTS at the venue Epic Problem, Tampa, Florida. The band is currently on tour across the U.S. to promote their self-released, self-produced album Desire Will Rot. Having previously released three albums through the label Relapse Records, FUCK THE FACTS approached Desire Will Rot with creative freedom and their newfound independence. During their interview, FUCK THE FACTS founder Topon Das and lead singer Mel Mongeon discussed the origin and controversy behind the band’s name, life as a touring musician and their experiences in North America and Europe, their opinion of the Paris-Bacalan attacks, and how they and the band have matured through the years. Members: guitarist/founder Topon Das, vocalist Mel Mongeon, drummer Mathieu Vilandré, bassist/vocalist Marc Bourgon, and guitarist Johnny Ibay Listen on iTunes PHOTO GALLERY VIDEOS   FuckTheFacts.com | Facebook | Twittter | Youtube | Soundcloud | Instagram Buy Links: FTF Online Store | Bandcamp | iTunes The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
December 5, 2015
TO LISTEN CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of chatting with indie alt-rock musician Jaeger Wells, who is currently on tour promoting his EP Fever Dream Anthology (released November 20, 2015).  I understand the EP was produced by Ace Enders of The Early November, who did a bang-up job. With Vic Chan on drums, the EP is really catchy–a cross between pop punk voicing and alt-rock accompaniment.  The lyrics are raw, honest and sometimes dark– but the beat is always positive. I downloaded the EP from iTunes and listened to it intently while driving across Florida this week.  In the car with no distractions, I could hear the nuances in the songs–cheering and clapping, keyboard accompaniment which almost sound like violins at times, and nice, clean electric guitar strumming.  One song “Rotten Apple (Of My Eye) has almost a 50s or early-60s beat but still keeps a contemporary edge. My favorite is “Sao Paulo Liars Club” which has a great singalong melody, humorous candid lyrics, and almost a 60s Brit Invasion (Small Faces or Kinks) sound. This is just my impression–but I suggest you listen for yourself. In the interview, Wells discusses his musical journey, the inspiration behind the EP, being a Texan transplant, his writing process,  the new band, the current tour, and upcoming plans for 2016. Listen on iTunes Jaeger Wells – “What It Feels Like” Jaeger Wells – “Sao Paulo Liars Club” TOUR Fever Dream Anthology Sao Paulo Liars Club What It Feels Like For the Jilted, For the Broken Rotten Apple (Of My Eye) East Coast Ghosts Discography Separation Sounds (May 2014) Fever Dream Anthology EP (November 2015) FACEBOOK WEBSITE iTunes
December 2, 2015
TO LISTEN CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of finally meeting Imani Ramos Kolic, Valkyrie Management, who is a veteran in the music industry (she started her career at Columbia Records). Her management company specializes in artist development and management of bands from their initial formation (e.g., recording, merchandise development, etc.) to gigging and full-blown touring. Now based in Orlando, Florida, she manages, promotes, and books bands in the national and international circuit, having a sweet spot for Swedish viking metal bands. Imani Ramos Kolic discusses her history in the music industry, how technology has changed the business (“pirating”), being a woman in a male-dominated field, her recent marriage with lead singer Michel Kolic of  the Swedish hillbilly metal band Fearless, VISAs and international touring (“tour coyotes”), the trials and tribulations of keeping a band together, and churros! If you are a band, you do not want to miss this interview! Click on the link above to listen or click below for the iTunes. Listen on iTunes Imani Ramos Kolic and Withering Earth Imani Ramos Kolic and Withering Earth Valkyrie Management Twitter
November 30, 2015
TO LISTEN CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent Members: Greg Moir – Guitar/Lead Vocals, Dick Wisby – Guitar, Robert McGregor – Bass, and Keith Harris – Drums; Genre: Melodic Death Metal; Home Town; Melbourne, Florida, USA Rock At Night had the pleasure of hearing self-proclaimed Viking death metal band play at Venue 578 in Orlando, Florida on November 28th.  Withering Earth was the support band for GWAR that evening and played a tight set to much fanfare, cheering, and circle pits during what was their second gig (although one would never know it).  I was able to chat with them in the parking lot (we needed a quiet spot) about the origin of the band’s name, their musical influences, unusual facts about individual members, shapeshifting, Viking lore, wolf “snuggies”, and even their opinion of Swedish death metal band (my new fav’), Ghost. It was really a fun and entertaining interview so click on the link above to listen or click below for the iTunes. Listen on iTunes PHOTO GALLERY VIDEOS   FACEBOOK   The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
November 11, 2015
To listen please clink on the above link By Gail Reynolds, Tampa Correspondent For every personal musical preference, chances are that Stuart Fuchs plays a genre or style that will appeal to a particular taste: classical, folk, rock, Latin, or gypsy jazz.  His range also extends to the instruments he plays. Rock At Night recently had the opportunity to chat with Stu–performer, teacher, healer. In this audio interview he tells about his musical background and how he embraces the original meaning of amateur, one who loves a particular activity. He talks of his involvement in music therapy and demonstrates the primal sounds of the didgeridoo. Regarding the ukulele retreat at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, which will apply the practice of yoga and meditation to the ukulele: Experience in yoga is not required. You do not have to fold your body like a pretzel. Yoga simply means to yoke or unite; that is, to connect with yourself. Check Stu’s website for his concert and workshop schedule as well as videos:  http://www.stufuchs.com/ LISTEN to the interview on iTUNES PHOTO GALLERY   VIDEOS Stukulele Tutorial John Lennon’s “Imagine” Stu Ukulele Jazz Medley   Bach Prelude for Cello on Ukulele   WEBSITE
November 5, 2015
TO LISTEN CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent www.bvwphoto.com © Brian Van Wyk Sometimes one wants to listen to music that provokes thought and emotion—music that has real lyrics, a real voice, and acoustic-based instruments. I have noticed the surge of indie alt-rock music on SiriusXM on stations like “The Spectrum”, which play a lot of Vance Joy, Mumford & Sons, and Kurt Vile. Recently I started listening to a songwriter out of British Columbia named Mike Edel. In mid-October he released an album entitled India, Seattle. Out of curiosity, I wondered if there was a place around Seattle called “India” but Google Searches brought up restaurants. Rock At Night interviewed Mike Edel while he was on tour in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The interview explained the meaning behind a lot of his songs, his academic background in English literature, and growing up in rural farmland outside of Calgary. Edel explained the title India, Seattle is a metaphor about life—really a juxtaposition of two different cultures and lifestyles. The song is not specifically about places but relationships. The album cover with the feathers across the front is not in homage to Native Americans but to the introduction of the film “Forrest Gump”. The song “East Shore, West Shore” relates to a long-distance (or lack thereof) relationship one may have experienced. Edel notes although a lot of the songs are centered around the Pacific Northwest (I kind of think he is the John Denver of that geographic area in one regard) his music can appeal universally. He noted that films or songs about the Deep South might be understood by others whom have never been there but share common threads. For example, the lyrics in “Blue Above the Green” describe: We hiked up the mountain in the woods/I thought that maybe we could make out. Edel noted that everybody can relate to a period of infatuation and the feelings felt during that time. When asked if he is a poet or a musician, Edel replied “I am a songwriter for sure—an artist.” What was interesting about Edel’s background is he became interested in music during his junior high school days while playing drums in a Blink-182 cover band. The band played at a church he attended (he giggles about this) and explained the lyrics and themes of the songs did not exactly fit there. He explained how because he grew up on a large wheat and grain farm located one hour outside of Calgary that the availability of music, at least diversity, was slim. He later learned how to play guitar, traveled to Germany after he finished high school, and began to delve deeply into his interest in music. Edel is a full-time touring musician and clearly is dedicated to bringing his brand of alternative-folksy, coffee house-flavored music to life. You can listen to Rock At Night’s interview in full by clicking the link above or the link to Rock At Night’s iTunes podcast series. CLICK to listen on iTunes “Blue Above the Green” “East Shore, West Shore” SOUNDCLOUD India, Seattle All the Morning Blue Above Green Thought About July More Than The Summer Hell Exists East Shore, West Shore Sunny Outside This Afternoon Julia When the Good Goes Wrong The Closer Columba India, Seattle Label: Cordova Bay Records (Canada) Produced By: Colin Stewart, Jason Cook, Mike Edel **My personal favorites are “Blue Above Green”, “More Than Summer”, and “Hell Exists”.   WEBSITE    
November 3, 2015
HIT THE ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent If Jane Russell (or even Jennifer Garner) could sing the blues like Billie Holiday and play the bass like Sting, you’d have Anni Piper.   Rock At Night had the pleasure of interviewing Australian-born/Florida transplant blues singer Anni Piper at the Camping With the Blues Festival at Sertoma Ranch, Brooksville, Florida. We discussed Ms. Pipers’s start in the music industry, her experience in the U.S., her recent marriage in Las Vegas, her favorite pastime-yoga, being a female bass player and vocalist in the blues music industry, and her favorite charity Cristina’s House of Hope. I was able to catch Ms.Piper’s set with her band members Dave Kury (guitar/vocals) and Frank Hetzler (drums/vocalsl). She and the guys have a lot of chemistry and camaraderie as they shimmy back-to-back, lay on their backs while playing, and mingle with the audience. She smiles and beams as she speaks to the audience, who clearly adore this Aussie chanteuse’s sultry, smoky voice and down-under charm. To be honest, her voice sounds better live than on the CD I have been playing in the car. Her voice is full, womanly with hints of huskiness at times which the recordings seem to have smoothed out. The Anni Piper Band: Anni Piper – bass and vocal Dave Kury – guitar and vocal Frank Hetzler – drums and vocal; Genre: Blues, Blues Rock; Home Town: Cocoa Beach, Florida LISTEN on iTUNES PHOTO GALLERY Anni Piper – “Wonder Woman” Discography Jail Bait (2004) Texas Hold ‘Em (2007) Chasin’ Tail (2010) Split Second (2013) More Guitars Than Friends (Soon to be released in early 2016)   Awards Best New Talent 2005 Australian Blues Awards Best Album honors at the 2013 Canberra Blues Awards Nominated-The Best Female Vocalist Category at the 2014 Australian Blues Music Awards.   Label: Blues Leaf Records(USA); Black Market Music (AUS), Blues Leaf Records   WEBSITE-Anni Piper FACEBOOK-Anni Piper REVERBNATION-Anni Piper Cristina’s House of Hope The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
October 23, 2015
Hit the arrow above to listen! By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent Dirty Basement Blues: Mike Conley, Bryan Miller, Frank Grimaldi, Pete Zajicek, Joe Stanley; Genre: Blues/Rock; Home Town: Waterford, Michigan Listen on iTunes The Dirty Basement Blues CD Release Party on August 21, 2015   VIDEO-“You Don’t Act the Same to Me”   Link to Rock At Night’s “Band of the Month” Interview **Audio podcast was recorded on June 22, 2015 Awards and Nominations 2012—Detroit Blues Challenge–Nominated 2013—Winner—Detroit Blues Challenge 2015—Detroit Music Awards—Best Blues Group—Nominated  Discography Coming Clean (2014) Dirty Basement Blues Live at Callahan’s (August 2015) SPOTIFY FACEBOOK
October 10, 2015
Hit the arrow above to listen! By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent Members: Brent Powelson, Preston Jackson, Johnny Angel, and Cody Wilson; Genre: Rock; Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee Rock At Night receives solicitations from bands and publicists everyday saying “Please listen to us! Check this out!” It takes a special band to grab my attention and The Hollywood Kills is one of those bands that stopped me in my tracks when I started to listen to their new five-song EP Episode IV (released on September 25th). The song “Señorita” which has a very humorous video in the vein of a silent film has a rocking indie-alt, Tex-Mex feel (think “The Toadies”) with kicking melodic harmonies. I knew I had to listen to the rest of the EP which really was eclectic with blues, 80s rock licks, memorable bass lines, and a classic rock feel. Other songs sound like Maroon 5 or even have flecks of Brit Rock harmonies. I started to peruse some of their older music and videos on YouTube, which solidified my opinion, “I’ve got to interview these guys.” It appears The Hollywood Kills hails from Nashville, which could be deemed as Ground Zero for country music and the new hipster place for rock and indie recording. The band was formed about a decade ago and has shared line-up changes through the years but the heart has remained in its roots as a self-described “blue-collar rock”. These are working chaps that bust their ass during the day and rock hard at night. They are dedicated and determined to make the sacrifice to do what they love—playing good music and “live the dream”. The Hollywood Kills had the opportunity to tour during Vans Warped 2013 and appears on the brink of making it big time–which I hope they do! Rock At Night spoke with Johnny Angel (drums) and Cody Wilson (guitar) about a vast number of topics, including being a musician in Nashville (e.g., competition, being in the country capital), their new EP Episode IV, being a “blue-collar band”, being a musician in the Millennium (e.g., the audience controls the reaction and popularity of the band), their experience during touring (“they are rascals”), being in the band (“getting along outside the band is important” and “it’s not playing perfect but playing with the people perfectly”) and the writing process. You can listen to the interview above (hit arrow) or on iTunes. It was probably the easiest and most informative chat I have had in awhile! The topics we spoke about were interesting and eye-opening as we discussed society. I strongly suggest checking out The Hollywood Kills and watch for upcoming tours. I am crossing my fingers they will play in Florida so I can have the opportunity to see their live show. I am sure it is killer! Listen on iTunes “Señorita” “Tornado” – an acoustic version “I Don’t Walk Straight”   EPs Don’t Panic (2011) An Idiot’s Guide to Desertion (2012) Coming of Age (2014) Episode IV (2015)   Songs on Episode IV Senorita Chemistry Who’s Your Daddy Beggin’ Tornado   The Hollywood Kills Online: http://www.thehollywoodkills.com https://www.facebook.com/thehollywoodkills https://twitter.com/hollywoodkills
October 8, 2015
To listen please click arrow above By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Corespondent New album Memories, Music & Pride out October 9th on California Country Records; Produced by Kirsten and Steve Berns. Rock At Night recently spoke with Southern California-based Americana singer/songwriter Alice Wallace about her soon-to-be-released 11-track album Memories, Music & Pride, which was produced by Kirsten Profitt and Manda Mosher, California Country Records.   The album, which is vocal-driven with echoes of nostalgia, classic country, and perhaps hints of rockabilly, is comprised of songs Wallace composed while touring solo across the country. Wallace discussed songs on the album like “Leave” which has a distinctive cha-cha beat and was apparently a last minute add to the album to create more of an up-tempo feel to the mix. The lone cover on the album is a Depression-era song, “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart”, which was a hit by Patsy Montana, the first major female country artist. Rock At Night asked about the yodeling featured in the song and her interest in the lost art. Wallace’s interest in yodeling was piqued during her college years after listening to Jewel utilize the vocal technique. During Rock At Night’s interview, Wallace discussed how her long-time interest in singing was influenced by her parents who used to sing 1960s and 1970s era songs at home. She picked up the guitar in high school and then began songwriting. Although she studied journalism and commenced working in the field, she always longed to create a career in songwriting and music. She was able to fulfill this dream in approximately 2008 when she relocated to Southern California from her home-state Florida. After various jobs, Wallace eventually made the decision to pursue a career in music as a full-time touring musician. Along the way she produced two independent releases Sweet Madness (2011) and A Thousand Miles From Home (2013) and was nominated in 2014 for “Best Country/Americana” and “Best Live Band” at the Orange County Music Awards. Additionally, Wallace discussed such topics as touring as a female solo artist, her experience in the music business thus far, taking care of one’s voice, and more!   Check out the audio interview link above or download it on Rock At Night’s iTunes Channel. Listen on iTunes SOUNDCLOUD “A Traveling Song” “Poor Cleopatra” Song List I Just Don’t Care Anymore Poor Cleopatra Luck, Texas I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart Perfectly Painful Life Leave If I Didn’t Win A Traveling Song Grateful Rough Around the Edges AWARDS 2014 OC Music Awards nominee, Best Country/Americana and Best Live Band WEBSITE iTUNES
October 2, 2015
CLICK ON ARROW ABOVE TO LISTEN By Anita Stewart, Tampa Correspondent Betty Fox of the Betty Fox Band Sings from the Soul… The Betty Fox Band melts retro Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Rock and redefines it for our times. With a powerhouse voice and incredibly skilled musicians in her band, this lady should not be missed. Betty’s incredible vocal range as she growls the notes at the low register and hits the high notes flawlessly is a promise for maintaining star power for a long time. Rock at Night got to sit down and talk with Betty about how she got started and all about her newest album “Slow Burn.“ She also told us her vision for the next recording, her creative process, her thoughts on the current music industry and how she keeps her voice in tip-top shape. She ended by giving out some wise words to those young musicians just starting out. A local talent that is getting rave reviews and winning awards everywhere, The Betty Fox Band is heading straight up! LISTEN on iTUNES! PHOTO GALLERY   VIDEOS   WEBSITE FACEBOOK  The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
September 26, 2015
Please click on arrow above to listen to audio. By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Morley, the lead singer of Ellis Red, a four-piece rock band from Colchester, Essex. They released their EP V:IV in the Summer and it is fantastic! As our in-house reviewer Raven wrote “EllisRed’s V:IV is highly recommended for fans of hard rock, guitar driven rock, and well-balanced vocals.” See Rock at Night’s review of Ellis Red’s debut EP V:IV. Listen on iTunes: ROCK AT NIGHT’s text version the interview is here: FACEBOOK TWITTER SOUNDCLOUD Listen to song samples.  
September 21, 2015
Please click on arrow above to listen to audio. By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent–Interview in London A couple of months ago while checking out videos on YouTube I discovered a fantastic dark and eerie post-punk song called “The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons of White Pure Light.” It absolutely blew my mind! The song was from a newly released album by 1980s underground punk cult group Membranes and was its first in 26 years. I knew I had to find out more about this band and little would I know in July I would have the opportunity to chat with musician, songwriter, and punk rock historian John Robb while walking around London. LISTEN ON iTUNES READ Rock At Night’s TEXT interview with John Robb       WEBSITEFACEBOOK  TWITTER Dark Matter/Dark Energy Album
September 13, 2015
By Jason Michaelsen, Tampa Correspondent Venue: Sacred Grounds, Tampa–August 4, 2015 Every band wants to be famous. The Stolen, coming out of Old Bridge, New Jersy, is no exception. They are well-known throughout the Northeast and parts of Canada, playing with bands like The Offspring and All American Rejects, plus playing at Vans Warped Tour–but want to reach out more. What do you do in a case like that? Well, you book a tour going down the East Coast! Members: Dom Cuce – Vocals Rob Chiarappa – Guitar/Vocals Kevin Smart- Bass Mikey McDonald – Guitar Mike Chiarappa – Drums, Genre: Pop Rock / Alternative, Home Town: Old Bridge, New Jersey I was able to sit down with them in Tampa and catch their show. We talked for a while and here is what they had to say: LISTEN on iTUNES: THE STOLEN “Chardonnay”   WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
September 8, 2015
By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night recently interviewed Mike Gossard of the indie-rock band ACIDIC hailing from Southern California.  I listened to their most recent (and fifth) album Creatures and and I have to say each song is really unique making it hard to define their style. “Are You Ready to Go” begins slow and acoustic with almost hints of Brit-Invasion music (think Badfinger) but then segues into a rocking 80s style anthem. Some of the songs remind me of 1990s Texan alternative band Fastball and others appear pop-punk or grungy like Jane’s Addiction.  The vocal harmonies are a real stand-out because they are real and not created with a chorus pedal à la Millennium-style.   Any way you slice it, the album is great and there is something in there for everybody. I love it! Listen to the audio interview where Rock At Night discusses everything from the Creatures album to Gossard’s cameo appearance in Glee in 2013 and his experience on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. LISTEN ON iTUNES ACIDIC   “Chicago”   “Copperman”   WEBSITE FACEBOOK YOUTUBE TWITTER INSTAGRAM REVERBNATION MUSICPAGE BANDCAMP
September 6, 2015
Please click on arrow above to listen to audio. By Anita Stewart, Journalist and Chyrisse Tabone, Photographer UNRB — Tampa Bay’s Unique Ska Party Band Rocks Downtown’s Curtis Hixon Park Tales of Band Nerds, the House on Lime Street and the Sojourning Pineapple On September 3rd, 2015 Rock at Night caught up with Noel Rochford of Tampa Bay’s premier ska/reggae/party band before their show for the Rock the Park event that happens on the first Thursday of every month. Difficult to pigeonhole into a genre, Creative Loafing has called UNRB’s sound “ska fusion.” Clearly defined hooks and danceable grooves, this band and their music is just plain FUN! We spoke a lot about the history of the band and why the ukulele as the lead instrument instead of the guitar. Long time friends and self proclaimed “band nerds,” being friends took priority and came way before they formed into a musical act. The band celebrated their 5 year anniversary by doing a special show at Tampa’s Skipper’s Smokehouse last August 14th. We talked about their crazy and fun party video, The House on Lime Street and how the concept for it originated and the fun they had shooting it with their friends as the extras and videographer Mike Plante. (HINT: Look for the traveling pineapple throughout the video.) Their 2013 offering is called Inform the Masses and their latest EP is called Collateral Jammage. Their long term plans include playing more music, hitting the music festivals and doing a lot of touring. Don’t miss them! LISTEN ON iTUNES PHOTO GALLERY “Snippets of UNRB at Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa”   “House on Lime Street”   “PSA: Stop Musician Abuse”       WEBSITE FACEBOOK https://twitter.com/UNRBmusic The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
September 5, 2015
Please click on arrow above to listen to audio. By Anita Stewart, Tampa Correspondent The Hummingbirds CD/Album Release Party at the Hideaway in St. Petersburg with Special Guests: Will Quinlan and Rebekah Pulley and Rob Pastore A Sold Out Show that Rocked the Hideaway on Saturday, August 29, 2015 SG Wood and Rachel Lynn Wood. Photo by Anita Stewart The Hideaway is a great venue, good food, drinks, cozy and intimate. And it was in these down home settings that I met The Hummingbirds, the husband and wife team of SG and Rachel Lynn Wood. They were both gracious enough to speak with Rock at Night before their amazing show. Their music is best described as Alternative Country, Roots and Americana. We had a great 15 minute talk about music, being in the business, their move from Michigan to Florida and so much more. Some surprises included Rachel Lynn’s teaching career (she works with 3rd graders) and SG’s playing for seniors and his painting projects in his spare time. And they both love to fish so Florida is the perfect place for them to live! Will Quinlan. Photo by Anita Stewart Local artist Will Quinlan opened the show with a short set of very beautiful Folk and Americana originals. Originally hailing from Texas, Will was introduced by Rachel Lynn of the Hummingbirds, as one of her favorite songwriters. The Hummingbirds came on right after and did a rousing set. Then well known locals, Rebekah Pulley and Rob Pastore took the stage with SG joining in on lead guitar. The Hummingbirds closed the show with their final set. With both sets they had performed some of their older material and all of their songs from their new album, 13 Days. Stellar performances from all of these artists! Be sure to run, don’t walk to their next events! LISTEN ON iTUNES SG Wood and Rachel Lynn Wood. Photo by Anita Stewart SOUNDCLOUD   See more at their sites: Will Quinlan Rebekah Pulley and Rob Pastore WEBSITE FACEBOOK
August 31, 2015
By Chyrisse Tabone,  Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night recently interviewed professional photographer Matthias Hombauer about his experience touring with rock bands and working as a concert photographer.  The interesting fact about Matthias is he acquired a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology but decided to pursue his dream job. He has shot photos of bands like the Rolling Stones and has toured with Shantal, Elvis Costello, Fink, and Peter Gabriel.  Additionally, he is the author of the book “How To Become a Concert Photographer” and has contributed to numerous articles on photography.  You can listen to the interview above. LISTEN ON iTUNES Matthias Hombauer   FACEBOOK WEBSITE
August 29, 2015
By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent I have had the pleasure of attending numerous concerts and workshops held by Marc Revenson aka “Li’l Rev” who is probably known not only as a ukulele master but also a harmonica enthusiast and music historian. Li’l Rev may also be the busiest musician in the ukulele workshop/convention circuit.  If he is not traveling to festivals around the country, he is writing Hal-Leonard music books, recording CDs, and/or performing ukulele and harmonica concerts. His pace is almost dizzying. I sat down briefly between workshops to interview him at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway 2014 held in Clearwater, Florida. You can read the full text article here. Li’l Rev     Li’l REV WEBSITE: SoundCloud: Fountain of Uke Blogspot:    
August 27, 2015
Please click on arrow above to listen to audio. By Amanda Cunningham, London Correspondent Rock At Night had the pleasure of sitting down with blues-rock guitarist Larry Miller prior to his gig at The Borderline, London on May 8, 2015.  What a lovely man and talented artist!  You can read the text article or listen to the full audio interview above. LARRY MILLER VIDEO Website ReverbNation Facebook The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
August 26, 2015
By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent Rock At Night covers mostly rock music entertainment but sometimes likes diversity by reporting on the “Ukulele World.”  In recent years as the popularity of ukuleles has been rekindled, quite a few guitarists and former rockers have discovered the joy by transposing classic songs to the ukulele. Rock At Night interviewed Thom “Thom Dawg” Pallozola about how he transitioned from a rocker to a touring ukulele artist with the Flea Bitten Dawgs.  The Dawgs have toured with Bermudian ukulele artist Mike Hind as well as singer/songwriter Donna Frost. You might bump into the band at ukulele workshops as well as the famous Ukulele World Congress weekend held in Needmore, Indiana every June. Listen to the interview! Members: David Henry Spangler,  Thom Pallozola, Lee Kram; Genre: Music played on ukuleles; Home Town: St. Louis area   PHOTO GALLERY VIDEO     WEBSITE FACEBOOK YOUTUBE CHANNEL
August 23, 2015
Please click on arrow above to listen to audio. By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent You can read more about FEARLESS and see photos HERE. Listen on iTunes   “Rockbitch Boat”     FACEBOOK YOUTUBE
August 23, 2015
By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent Listen and/or Download Rock At Night’s Interview Above   Mark and Skye of The Maension     LINK TO PHOTO GALLERY ARTICLE     “Retrospection”   FACEBOOK WEBSITE The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission to Rock At Night and the photographer. Use of any image is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws.
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