Movement Music Festival (5/23-5/25, Hart Plaza, Detroit)

The Movement Music Festival (http://movement.us/) will take place over Memorial Day Weekend in downtown Detroit, Michigan, and will provide concert-goes with nearly 100 distinct acts, performers, and other attractions. Of particular note this year have to be Disclosure, !!!, Griz, Richie Hawtin, and Dog Blood (Skrillex + Boys Noize), but music will be going on over six stages throughout each of the festival’s three days. This year, Squarepusher, Danny Brown, and DJ Snoopadelic push the constraints of what the festival could be; the sheer amount of styles, genres, and influences that are represented by the different performers here is mind-blowing. The festival has more than enough in the way of food trucks and vendors to keep individuals interested even if one becomes weary of the intense beats and flows that will be present. Continue reading “Movement Music Festival (5/23-5/25, Hart Plaza, Detroit)”

Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett – 03/18/2015 – Southern Theatre, Columbus, OH

Started the night off at a local hot dog palace for a few wieners and $1 drafts of PBR before walking the swift 2 blocks to the historic Southern Theatre which is awe inspiring as soon as you make it into the interior. It was damn well maintained history and worth the price of admission alone. Continue reading “Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett – 03/18/2015 – Southern Theatre, Columbus, OH”

Zola Jesus – 2/3/2015 – Red7, Austin, TX

I first heard Zola Jesus in 2012 when the iconic David Lynch remixed her song, “In Your Nature.” I was immediately drawn to Zola Jesus’ melodic, sad, and soulful vocal presence. When I was given the chance to review her show, I naturally jumped at the opportunity. It was a cold, rainy day so the show was moved from the Mohawk to Red7’s indoor stage. Angel Deradoorian was the tour opener which was a pleasant surprise. They are a two piece whose sounds falls somewhere between Warpaint and Portishead but with a forestry sound, if that makes sense.



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Authority Zero, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake / House of Blues / Cleveland Ohio – January 23rd, 2015

Authority Zero, Reel Big Fish, and Less Than Jake made for a tremendous night. The House of Blues was more packed than we had ever seen it with their barely any place to move when one wanted to walk through the crowd. The sheer amount of energy that was present through Authority Zero’s set was substantial given their opening space on the card. The band was able to create a style of music that linked together acts like Pennywise, Strung Out, and Face to Face. The show only chilled out for a few brief moments as Reel Big Fish was doing their set up on stage. RBF’s performance was not full of props or other junk cluttering the stage – Reel Big Fish had a little more than their instruments, microphones and monitors, and a cloth backdrop with a band logo. The banter back between the various members of Reel Big Fish take things light and lively as front man Aaron was able to get the crowd immediately whipped up into a frenzy. Continue reading “Authority Zero, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake / House of Blues / Cleveland Ohio – January 23rd, 2015”

Reel Big Fish at the House of Blues, Cleveland – 1/23/2015

Reel Big Fish are coming to the House of Blues (http://www.houseofblues.com/cleveland/ ; 308 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio) on Friday, January 23rd. The show will also feature Authority Zero and Less Than Jake. The doors for the show will open at 7 PM, and the area immediately surrounding the venue has countless restaurants, bars, and hip spots that will be open before and after the show ends. Continue reading “Reel Big Fish at the House of Blues, Cleveland – 1/23/2015”

FunFunFunFest 2014 Review

I arrived at FunFunFun Fest and walked into a crowded tent to witness John Waters go on a comedic diatribe about how people should put their old pornographic magazines on the shelves of Walmart. Then and there, I knew it was going to be a good evening. After Waters’ performance I walked over to the Waterloo Records booth where he was signing autographs and posing for pictures. I told Mr. Waters how I somehow managed to rent Pink Flamingos when I was thirteen. Things haven’t been the same since that fateful trip to the video store. Continue reading “FunFunFunFest 2014 Review”

Housecore Horror Film Festival

Friday morning started with a bang as I stumbled into the front patio of the Housecore Horror Film Festival where I was suddenly face to face with the men that haunted my childhood imagination, Gunnar Hansen and Bill Johnson; The Leatherfaces from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 and 2, respectively. I kind of just creepily starred at them to make sure I wasn’t dreaming before going to browse merchandise booths for cool scores.  I picked up a shirt with the evil jack-o-lantern from Halloween 2 and a few buttons, including one for Abel Ferrera’s Driller Killer, the scuzzy New York slasher movie. I then killed some time looking at horror memorabilia from some really unique vendors. Before I knew it, the time had come for Brian Posehn to play the Midway stage. He joked about Star Wars, eating like an old lady’s dog, and curb stomping Guy Fieri.  It was sinisterly hilarious.  Next I found myself in the Grindhouse Tent for the debut of American Guinea Pig, the American version of Japan’s snuff-like Flowers of Flesh and Blood. This movie was excruciatingly brilliant in its unforgiving sheer brutality. Have you ever wanted to see people tortured in a frighteningly realistic manner? If so, go find this creepy, blood splattered extravaganza. I won’t give too much away but it’s definitely on the sick fuck level of A Serbian Film. Go see it in your town, you drooling, deviant dirtbag. Continue reading “Housecore Horror Film Festival”

Midnight Show Review

Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, TX

Midnight are Cleveland’s hooded kings of lucifer infused metal. They made a stop in Austin on August 31st to play 6th Street’s crowded Dirty Dog Bar on a hot, muggy night. The set was opened up with “Satanic Royalty”, the title track off of 2011’s album of the same name. The crowd exploded into a circular mosh pit as the first chord was struck. Continue reading “Midnight Show Review”

Mid West Reggae Fest at Clay’s Park, North Lawrence, Ohio This Weekend (August 1st-3rd)

The Mid West Reggae Fest is coming up this weekend (August 1st – 3rd); tickets are $115 for the whole weekend, Saturday admission is $85, while Sunday admission is $65; children that are under the age of 12 are provided free access to the concert. The festival is a Clay’s Park Resort in North Lawrence, Ohio. The Resort contains a number of additional amenities for those attending the festival. There is a beautiful lake, a Jacuzzi, a skate park, zip lines, and a number of additional activities that Clay’s Park presents. Continue reading “Mid West Reggae Fest at Clay’s Park, North Lawrence, Ohio This Weekend (August 1st-3rd)”

Movement Detroit 2014 Concert Review

The festival was held at Hart Plaza in Detroit from May 24th to Monday, May 26th. We were able to take a sneak peek on Saturday, a day that was helmed by some of the hottest names in electronic dance music (EDM) and rap – this year’s lineup included Boys Noize, Carl Cox, Flosstradamus, DJ Snake, Jeff Mills, Tiga, Pete Tong, Carl Craig, and Ryan Hemsworth among others.  Continue reading “Movement Detroit 2014 Concert Review”