Primus at Fox PAC in Riverside 11/23/2014

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Primus at Fox PAC in Riverside 11/23/2014

I first saw Primus in the 90s as a youngster, and as a fan I know they won’t disappoint.  The great thing about Primus though is how they continue to incorporate new elements into their style.  They really outdid themselves in their translation of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory into musical performance.  Primus and the Chocolate Factory is phenomenal for fans new and old.

The venue provided a classic theatre style scene, with full seating and unobstructed views surrounded by beautiful architecture.  It really set the stage for a kickass Wonka-infused Primus show.  The photo shooting policy and options was more challenging but Dan was able to get some great shots

Marquee Riverside Fox PAC

Marquee Riverside Fox PAC

The merch area offered fans an opportunity to pick up a variety of items, including a poster by renowned artist Mario Martinez. Attendees also had the chance to pick up autographed posters, with proceeds going to cancer research.  Check out some of the amazing artists they have conspired with here.

The first part of the show was all Primus, as they played to fans of their music.  Full of great montage and solo jams, Les, Larry, and Tim had the crowd wriggling and jumping.  It was fantastic to see Tim after his health scare this year and even better to say that his drumming suffered not one iota.  Les let everyone know that Larry was a Riverside native.  We are much happier with his strumming for Primus rather than purveyor of Ler’s Fancy Franks.

Tim Alexander of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Tim Alexander of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Les Claypool of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Les Claypool of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus and the Chocolate Factory

The second half of the show was preceded by an intermission.  Upon completion of intermission the curtain raised to reveal a Wonka wonderland complete with mushrooms, candy and colors.  The big screen kept time with a multidimensional interpretation of the original Wonka film as Primus drew the crown through the Dahlian wonder of an otherworld candy paradise.

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

The band’s love of the movie was evident in the show, and its combination with the band’s wonderful sound was loved by the crowd.  Original footage combined with the psychedelic camera work which was often beat driven was inspired.  I will never tire of the ease with which Primus unleashes their art into an auditorium.  Primus and the Chocolate Factory fans have a couple of more dates to look forward to.  If you are anywhere near the upcoming venues/shows and have a chance to attend, you’d be a special kind of fool not to take the opportunity.

Special thanks for allowing Music Icon News access to photograph Primus at the fantastic Riverside Fox Performing Arts Center.

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Misfits, Dickies, DI, and Total Chaos Rule in Riverside

Misfits, Dickies, DI, and Total Chaos Rule in Riverside

Saturday, November 15, 2014 – The Riverside Municipal Auditorium is an excellent venue for a show.  Open french doors and balconies allow for fresh air or cigarette opportunities.  It  has a large floor area backed by several rows of seating, as well as a balcony.  The courtyard provides tables and seating for relaxing pre or post show as well. The sound was good and the crowd was ready for Misfits, Dickies, DI, and Total Chaos!

Total Chaos opened the night with some punk rock to get the crowd going.  They waxed nostalgia over the locale between songs, telling the crowd of times past when they would panhandle and get wasted at the Tyler Mall.  These local boys did a good job of getting the night going.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen DI but DAMN they did not disappoint!  Song after song was excellent and this is when the pits really began to take form.  It was awesome to see Eddie Tater of the Dickies play with DI; his energy is difficult to deny.  Several fans were there with their spawn and could be seen in the pit or around the edge giving a full punk-rock education.

DI @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

DI @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

DI @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

DI @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

DI @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

DI @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

DI @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

DI @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Music Icon News are huge fans of the Dickies; they never let us down! If punk rock and puppets is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.  Always love to see Leonard messing with the other bandmates during the sets.  Adam Gomez didn’t miss a beat even with an inflatable doll being violated on his drum set.  Eddie and Dave take their pseudo punches like champs, and Stan shreds despite Leonard’s sweaty towel being thrown over his head.  Also have to give props to Leonard’s assistant who always has puppets, swim masks, and inflatable dolls ready to go.

Dickies @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Dickies @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Dickies @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Dickies @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Dickies @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Dickies @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Dickies @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Dickies @Riverside Municipal Auditorium

By the time the Misfits came on there were two valid pits going on at any given time.  Although there was the baker’s dozen of complete asshats to be found, it was a night of true fans moshing it up and helping those who fell to the floor.  The Misfits played for a good two hours with a long set list to rival all set lists.  When is the last time you saw a two column set list?

Misfits@Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Misfits@Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Misfits@Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Misfits@Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Misfits@Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Misfits@Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Misfits@Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Misfits@Riverside Municipal Auditorium

One squawking fan was pulled from the audience to sing Teenagers from Mars with the band.  Lucky bastard! Good Times!

The best part for many fans came after the show when Jerry Only came down to the barrier to sign autographs or otherwise interact with all the fans.  One woman had him sign next to her misfits skull tattoo on her ribs and darted away.  I’m fairly certain that might now be a tattoo but would love to have confirmation of that!  He climbed over the barrier to see a fan in a wheelchair as well as spending true time with the fans.  It was not your typical grip-n-grin event.  I was even swept up in it and got my snaps in as well.

Jerry interacts with all of his fans that stay.  Thank you Jerry!

Jerry interacts with all of his fans that stay. Thank you Jerry!

Jerry interacts with all of his fans that stay.  Thank you Jerry!

Jerry interacts with all of his fans that stay. Thank you Jerry!

If you have a chance to see a show at Riverside Municipal Auditorium I highly recommend it!  Not only was the venue a pleasure but everyone who worked there was easy going.

 

New LIVE Anthrax DVD Chile On Hell

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New LIVE Anthrax DVD Chile On Hell

This May, Anthrax announced Chile on Hell: the live DVD that would display the hard work and dedication to fans that Anthrax is all about.  Set to release on September 16, 2014, Anthrax’s Chile on Hell is an excellent wrap-up to an amazing three years of touring.  In those three years Anthrax has reminded us that they are still among the living of iconic metal masters.  The return of Joey Belladonna on vocals set the stage for a multiyear tour to feature not only their newest releases Worship Music and the Anthems EP, but also the classic favorites that remain metal anthems for rockers of all ages.

I have been to several Anthrax shows and I will continue to do so because they are one of the best live bands I have seen.   I saw them in many shows leading up to their performance at the Big Four in Indio.  The Big Four was definitely a killer show, as it had the four bands that started so many other heavy music performers on the road for metal; Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax!  Anthrax never fails to deliver an energetic performance that gets everyone going, and this DVD shows their skill as entertainers.

Anthrax loved the idea of filming their live DVD in Chile as the fans had been so memorable for them. Charlie Benneke says, “Santiago was the perfect place to film the show for this. When we’d played there in the past, we’d finish our set, play our encore and go back to the dressing room.  But every time, the fans would continue to scream and cheer and clap.  I mean, they went on and on, they wouldn’t stop.  One time Scott and I walked out to the side of the stage just to watch what was going on in the audience, it was intense.  Why wouldn’t we want to film a DVD in front of an audience like that?”

Again, this DVD is perfect for new as well as loyal fans.  There are so many songs by Anthrax that fans want to hear live, and you’ll get everything from “I am the Law,”  to “Indians,” and everyone’s favorites like “Caught in a Mosh” and “Madhouse”.  “Indians” has got to be one of the best songs to ever experience live. One thing I really like about this DVD is that it is mostly music!  There are a few candid moments but this is exactly what you want when you buy a LIVE DVD!  Celebrate life by picking up your copy on September 16th!

If you want a chance to check them out live you might want to consider the Motorboat Cruise with many other killer bands, or Knotfest coming up right in the Inland Empire.  The lineup at that show is phenomenal!

If you can’t stand to read one word more until you get a taste of this DVD, I guess you better click HERE to see the trailer for Anthrax live DVD Chile on Hell!  Any of you that also enjoy the album art will notice that the DVD cover art is similar the work on the Anthems release.  It was designed by Stephen Thompson who partnered with Charlie Benante to “redesign” the artwork from last year’s release

Acknowledging their fan dedication I have to say I had the opportunity to speak with Joey Belladonna as a fan a few years back.  I grabbed a couple of former students of mine and shoved them towards Joey saying, “Here is your young fanbase man! Tell ’em what’s up!”  He took the time to speak to both of them at length, and signed things for them.  It had been a long night but it was great to see him listen to young people; more folks should take their time with young people these days.

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Horton’s Hayride Rocks Long Beach

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Horton’s Hayride Rocks Long Beach

Saturday, July 12, 2014 was a beautiful day for a hootenanny! The Reverend Horton Heat was joined by several guests for a day of classic cars, pin-ups, up-dos and music! Guests included Supersuckers, Phantom Slim Jim and Lee Rocker of Stray Cats fame, Deke Dickerson, Larry Collins, and Jello Biafra.

Music Icon News was lucky to get behind the barrier and get some killer shots of all of the musicians.  I was chilling, just getting ready to watch Supersuckers when some members of Nashville Pussy sidled up next to me to enjoy the show.  I kept my cool until I got a chance to tell them how much I dig them!  I’m hoping for some west coast tour dates!  I will always be the nerdiest fan when I see someone famous that I totally appreciate ;D  The Supersuckers destroyed their set, playing songs off of their ninth release “Get the Hell”.  Do yourself a favor and get the new album.

Supersuckers kickin' ass at Horton's Hayride

Supersuckers kickin’ ass at Horton’s Hayride

Deke Dickerson and Sugarballs threw down some tremendous riffs, with Deke even requesting assistance from the crowd to hold Sugarballs upside down for a solo.  Deke also sang a KICK-ASS rendition of Psycho Therapy in memory of the recently deceased Tommy Ramone.  Check out Deke’s new album as well as his other discography here.

Sugarballs gets a hand for his upside down solo

Sugarballs gets a hand for his upside down solo

 

Deke administers Psycho Therapy to the crowd

Deke administers Psycho Therapy to the crowd

 

Slim Jim Phantom and his stand-up drumming were extremely well-received by fans as he ripped through his set of Rumble in Brighton, Matchbox, Race with the Devil, and Rock this Town.  Well-known for his work with the Stray Cats, Slim Jim had zero problems throwing down with the Rev.

Slim Jim Phantom and Jim Heath of The Reverend Horton Heat

Slim Jim Phantom and Jim Heath of The Reverend Horton Heat

 

Slim Jim Phantom and a few thousand of his closest friends

Slim Jim Phantom and a few thousand of his closest friends

 

One killer aspect of this type of show is how the Reverend Horton Heat performed between the sets as well.  It kept the late afternoon and evening flowing with music.  Always great to hear Johnny B. Goode, especially before the amazing Larry Collins took the stage!

The enigmatic Larry Collins accompanied by Deke Dickerson!

The enigmatic Larry Collins accompanied by Deke Dickerson!

 

Larry Collins

Larry Collins

 

Lee Rocker took the stage with a set including Bulletproof, Built for Speed, Stray Cat Strut, and the Rockabilly Boogie.  It’s always great to see him swinging that bulletproof bass around, and Stray Cat Strut is a crowd favorite.

Lee Rocker at Horton's Hayride

Lee Rocker at Horton’s Hayride

 

Lee Rocker muscles the bass for the fans

Lee Rocker muscles the bass for the fans

 

The Rev rolled out once again for Baddest of the Bad and Big Red Rocket of Love.  Somehow these song choices were befitting of the next performer, Jello Biafra.  The crowd was already going wild and pressing the barrier closer and closer to the stage, and as Jello prepared for his entrance even the crowd outside of the fences was heard chanting his name.  Jello bounded on stage in his brightly colored blazer and shirt with a zebra print fez, blasting into Jezebel.  He shed his fez and blazer on his way through John Dillinger.  No doubt the physicality of his performance was keeping him toasty!  Holiday in Cambodia caused barriers and fences to sway, but the highlight for me was definitely the Dead Kennedys Too Drunk to Fuck.  I think I had this classic on the B side of a 45. 😀

 

Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra takes the stage at Horton's Hayride

Jello Biafra takes the stage at Horton’s Hayride

Jello Biafra asks the crowd to move it back

Jello Biafra asks the crowd to move it back

Holiday in Cambodia with Jello Biafra

Holiday in Cambodia with Jello Biafra

Despite a few wrinkles in planning and the last minute venue shift, the Hayride was well received.  The Reverend Horton Heat conducted themselves as the true gentlemen that they are and seamlessly jammed with all of the awesome performers and legends.  We look forward to next year’s show and the performers that will attend.

The Rev takes in adoring fans

The Rev takes in adoring fans

 

The Reverend Horton Heat

The Reverend Horton Heat

 

My favorite shot of Jim of The Reverend Horton Heat

My favorite shot of Jim of The Reverend Horton Heat

Thank you to everyone who performed or otherwise assisted in Horton’s Hayride.  What a great day!

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Erimha Photo Gallery Mayhem 2014

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Erimha Photo Gallery Mayhem 2014

Erimha was our cool discovery from Mayhem 2014!  Plan on seeing more of them in the future because they rocked that Victory Records stage! We loved their barefoot bodypainted growling performance, and I think Ice T was digging their sound as he could be seen rocking out in the wings of the stage.

After their performance, we staggered over to the Erimha booth and picked up their CDs.  My daughter also snagged a cool shot with a band member!  Super-nice thrashers!  Check out Erimha on Facebook.

One thing I like about the festivals is the discovery of new music.  The small stages certainly did not get overlooked by fans, and access to each band was feasible for everyone.  Good job people!

Click on any picture to check out the slideshow!

Thank you for introducing us to your sound; I am sure we will see more of you as people get to hear your work!  Keep it up!

Erimha: Our Mayhem music discovery!

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Devo at Wiltern and Belly Up Prove We Are Men

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Devo at Wiltern and Belly Up Prove We Are Men

Ever since I was a youngster Devo has represented a huge part of my music culture.  I remember hearing mechanical man when I was a lass and thinking it was a most unusual song.  In the contest of a playlist, it certainly disjoints the listener and forces her into considering what the lyrics mean.  I am a music  lover, and Devo certainly set the stage for my future love of New Wave, Punk, Metal, and Progressive sounds.

In this time much music is a din of wasted corporate nonsense, relegated to fly-by-night “artists” who employ a team of people to create their personas.  Sure, I’m old, but I’m not saying there isn’t good music being produced now. I’m saying that to have a band like Devo, which has influenced many genres of music and continues to inspire new artists as well as seasoned, is truly a blessing.

Musical Influence

Devo represents an important movement in music which challenged artists to move beyond the accepted.  An analysis of society and the status quo is like challenging one’s faith: it is necessary to develop as a human being in our devolving world of pop culture.  Anyone who devalues the importance and necessity of pop culture is also devaluing the human experience.  Remember that art is everyman’s expression of life as we know it, not the experiences of those who win the wars, set policy, and write our histories.

The stage show progressed from Devo’s beginnings in a basement in Akron in the 70s to their popularity that their music led to.

The set list was as follows:

Mechanical Man

Auto Mo-Down

Space Girl Blues

Baby Talkin Bitches

Fraulein

I Been Refused

Bamboo Bimbo

Beehive

Midget

 

Satisfaction

TimingX/Soo Bawls

Stop Look and Listen

O NO

Be Stiff

Uncontrollable Urge

Social Fools

Jocko Homo

Fountain of Filth (allow me to say WOW on this one, both venues)

Gut Feeling (A personal favorite of mine)

U Got Me Bugged

Clock Out

At one point in the Devo show they transitioned from seated and semi-seated positions to working man’s coveralls, basement walls rotated to reveal bright and shining lights, and eventually masks and hardhats were donned.  Booji Boy also made his appearance for a touching love song, not to be missed.

A truly meaningful portion of both of these shows (Wiltern and Belly Up) was when Alex Casale joined Devo for “Clock Out”.  Jerry commented that the song had not been performed since it was performed with Bob 2 (Casale) many, many years ago.  The Belly Up show also featured a kick-ass encore of Mongoloid!

We caught up with Alex prior to the show at the Belly Up, and he mentioned that he had only appeared at the three California shows.  He was very kind and humble when we spoke, and very talented during his performance.  Thanks for giving us your time Alex.

Here is a highlight of some of the amazing shots from Daniel of both shows.  Check back as I will be adding photo galleries to display the whole gamut of photographs for you Hard Core fans.

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Scion Rock Fest Pomona 2014: Smashing Success! – Music Icon News

Scion Rock Fest Pomona 2014: Smashing Success! – Music Icon News

Perhaps it should be described as a Thrashing Success!  The city of Pomona hosted Scion AV’s Rock Fest on May 17, 2014 at the Fox Theatre, Glass House, and Sky Fox Lounge.  This annual multi-band event hosted over 20 bands this year!  We at Music Icon News camped out at the Fox Theatre and we are so glad we did.  Check out some of the highlights!

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King Buzzo, (above), opened at the Fox, exposing music fans to an acoustic jam of rock proportions.  He stomped around the stage delivering his unique sound unaccompanied and unencumbered by anyone.  I haven’t seen him since his time with the Melvins many moons ago, but I have to say I was impressed with his intensity and sound.  He was very welcoming as a diverse opening act, and I’m looking forward to giving his new release This Machine Kills Artists the good sit-down/listen that it deserves!

Big Business @ Scion Rock Fest 2014

Big Business @ Scion Rock Fest 2014

Big Business @ Scion Rock Fest 2014

Big Business @ Scion Rock Fest 2014

King Buzzo was followed by Big Business (above), also of Melvins’ fame.  They were a ton of fun, and their active sound got the crowd churning!  Their new release is  Battlefields Forever.  Give them a listen and be rocked!

Crowbar @Scion Rockfest 2014

Crowbar @Scion Rockfest 2014

Crowbar @Scion Rockfest 2014

Crowbar @Scion Rockfest 2014

Next up was Crowbar (above).  Personally I am quite impressed with Daniel’s shots of these guys, and our choice to shoot the Fox Theatre was a good one!  They pounded out a hard-ass set, keeping fans’ horns in the air.  They could be seen hanging out all night at the merch tables, chatting and taking pictures with fans.  Seriously, look at that beard and majestically flying hair.

Orchid @Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Orchid @Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Orchid @Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Orchid @Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

The next band was Orchid (above), and this was the night’s great discovery for me!  I thoroughly enjoyed their Sabbathesque sound, and their rhythms were pure and true!  They performed cleanly, talking briefly to the crowd between songs and thanking everyone.  Their fans gave them a sweet response and I am sure they only added to their fan base that night.  Their humble nature was evident.  I have been listening to their stuff since the show, and I am digging them!  Their new release is The Mouths of Madness. After the show we got to chat with one of the band members who stopped what he was doing to take fan shots.  Thanks for being so gracious!

 

Red Fang @ Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Red Fang @ Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Red Fang @ Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Red Fang @ Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

A HUGE highlight of my night was seeing Red Fang (above).  This is a favorite newer band of mine, and honestly the band I was most excited to see when we decided to shoot Scion Rock Fest 2014.  They absolutely did not disappoint!  Photographing their head-banging was about equal to photographing a butterfly.  The crowd was more packed at this point, which really added to the ambiance of the Fox Theatre.

If you haven’t seen Red Fang’s videos, check them out and prepare to be entertained!  I highly recommend Prehistoric Dog. 

High on Fire @Scion Rock Fest 2014

High on Fire @Scion Rock Fest 2014

High on Fire @Scion Rock Fest 2014

High on Fire @Scion Rock Fest 2014

High on Fire (above), appeared next.  Their set played well off of Red Fang, and they continued feeding the pits with endorphin-rich fans.  To get a good idea of what they are, check out their Slave the Hive video.  They do not disappoint!

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

 

The headliners at the Fox, Machine Head, were adored by their fans.  Flynn and crew were flawless, and were extremely thankful and humble to the Fox theatre and promoters, having played previous shows at the venue.  This show was most anticipated and Scion’s free show enabled fans to spend money on coveted merch.  Have you sampled tracks from Killers and Kings?  With over 3 million records sold world wide, you’d be silly not to give it a listen.  Do it.  I haven’t seen a show with so many fans wearing the headlining bands’ shirts, and let me tell you that Scion had a wide array of shirts to be seen.  Music Icon News thinks it’s great that Machine Head would headline a show where other, more underground thrash metal bands can get their music out to fans in the best way possible: LIVE!

Machine Head is a fantastic live band.  They give their hometown of Oakland another great asset to add to their list of musical roots, and the full gig stage setup at the Fox let fans experience it at a great sounding venue.  The flashing lights of the venue, while occasionally challenging to photograph, made all the flying hair look amazing from different areas of the Fox as I cruised through the crowd.  There were more pinwheels of hair than I could count.

Machine Head drove home everything that Scion is about: hard driving, loud, and, most importantly LIVE music.  Scion is doing their part to bring underground bands into perspective for music starved fans.  In this day of streaming music and digital downloads music fans can’t forget that it is the live show that intensifies the respect for music as art.  The rhythms, melodies, and performance of the artists as well as the interaction with fans during a show is what makes music an interactive art spectacle.  Do your part and support live music!

NOTE:  Huge thanks to Scion and particularly Monica Seide at speakeasy PR for allowing us to shoot and partake in Scion AV Rock Fest 2014!  CHECK BACK for FULL photo galleries of ALL of the great photos shot by Daniel at Scion Rock Fest 2014!

Pixies Play Pappy and Herriet’s 4/17/2014 – Music Icon News

Pixies Play Pappy and Herriet’s Pioneertown Palace 4/17/2014 – Music Icon News

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We’ve seen many shows, but this show ranks extremely high on our scale of amazing shows.  Each member of the Pixies was on point with his or her art. Vocals, guitar, bass and drums, they were all killer.  With no set list visible Pixies were clean yet spontaneous, and they played for a very respectable time of about two hours!  They didn’t miss a beat.  They flowed seamlessly from one song into another.  I recall one fan’s comment, “The mutherfuckin Pixies!” as her eyes took in the spectacle

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I was pleased that Black Francis’s vocals have stood the test of time.  His screams were pitch perfect, his melodies rocked.  Santiago made the guitar wail, and Lenchantin and Lovering on bass and drums pounded our souls.  The intimacy of the venue let fans see them for the musical artists they are.  It was quite the Thursday night jam.

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Pappy and Herriet’s offers an intimate venue with a wide range of music styles: rock, folk, funk, country, punk, new wave, and more.  You can say this is progressive venue for such a unique location; it sits in Pioneertown, near Joshua Tree.  Pixies performed outdoors but Pappy and Herriot’s also has an indoor venue.  A special shoutout and hearty THANKYOU to Heidi Ellen Robinson-Fitzgerald for allowing us access to this show.  It was truly one of the best shows we have seen.

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Thank you to the Pixies for playing Pappy and Herriet’s Pioneertown Palace!  You fucking rocked it!

 

Wild West Fest With Steam Powered Giraffe 2014

Wild West Fest With Steam Powered Giraffe 2014 Music Icon News

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By Renata Kelley

From the moment the town opened, Calico was a hub of activity this weekend. Upon walking into the town, one found him or herself lost among a sea of top hats and clockparts. Sarsaparilla flowed freely, and the day was punctuated with gunshots as men and women in period clothing showed off their weaponry to a wide-eyed crowd. The town itself had been transformed into something out of an H. G Wells story as steam hissed out of buildings.

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The vendors brought their finest crafts, each carefully built out of clock parts, glass, leather, and whatever else the artist could manage to get their hands on. The artist were also quick to share tips with patrons on how their pieces could be duplicated, bringing the steampunk family together. Patrons and artists could be heard bartering and striking deals throughout the day, discussing the pros and cons of having cogs on their lapels.

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Entertainment could be found all over the town, from stilts to sword swallowing, with Poplock Holmes performing at the top of the town for anyone and everyone, and Dino Straats astonishing people of all ages.

Perhaps the most important part of any steampunk event is a good costume. Fortunately, everyone brought their A-game when it came to costumes. Ladies fanned themselves or perched under parasols, while gentlemen tipped their hats to each other andlittle kids ran around in smaller, adorable versions of what their parents had on. Have youever seen a three year old wearing a bowler hat? If not, put it on your bucket list.

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As the sun grew closer and closer to the horizon, the crowd around the stage where Steam Powered Giraffe was going to play grew and grew, fans just happy to be watching The Spine, Rabbit, Hatchworth and Steve check their equipment and crack jokes. By the time the stage was opened and seating began, the line of people wanting to see the show stretched across the town. There weren’t nearly enough seats, so people sat or stood all over the hillside. No one was letting anything put a damper on his or her spirits.

The robots on stage put on a high-energy show; chock full of humor, heckling, laughter, and of course…music! Fortunately the automatons had the Walter Girls on hand, because there were a few malfunctions, where steam poured out of the backs of the robots, or their voices changed drastically. At one point, the robots were so scrambled, they could only speak Japanese, much to the delight of the crowd. After a full song in the language, Steve managed to sort them out so they could play an Encore for the fans.

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The entire event was well orchestrated, with never a dull moment or a sad face. Thank you to the organizers of the event, the entertainers, the workers, the vendors, aand of course, the people that showed up for fun! If you didn’t make it, don’t fret. We’ll see you next time!

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Rabbit has her eye on you!

Rabbit has her eye on you!

For more photos of this event, please click here to visit our facebook page.

Also look for the interview of Rabbit and The Spine from Steam Powered Giraffe to be posted shortly!

Tech N9ne Kills it at Musink 2014 – Music Icon News

Tech N9ne Kills it at Musink 2014 – Music Icon News

Drinking my morning bloody-mary, I reflect on Tech N9ne’s performance last night.  As astute observers note, they killed  it!  Following the epic Transplants explosion with an alternative sound, the crowd loved every minute of it.

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When I was posting up Transplants pictures last night I noticed how many other artists posted their own pictures, a true sign of respect for their work.  I can’t think of anything cooler than to have other artists’ respect.

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Musink, you continue to entertain and amaze!

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