All posts by Cretin

East Coast guy who's first words were "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" from the Beatles "She Loves You." Grew up listening to British Rock 'n Roll courtesy of some thoughtful and hip uncles and aunts. Loved the Alternative bands from the 80's and 90's, and still enjoy lots of new stuff.

Matthew Logan Vasquez Live Review

Show Review: Matthew Logan Vasquez, The Social, Orlando

Matthew Logan Vasquez is rock ‘n roll.

Best known as front man for Delta Spirit, Vasquez is out on the road playing with a blistering new band under the MLV banner. Somehow, they never hit my radar, so I didn’t know him as a member of Delta Spirit.  To me he is an indie rocker with a penchant for writing blistering, relateable rock. His new music is a treat for ears which at are so often tortured by the cesspool of crap on commercial rock radio.

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Rubbing Elbows with One of My Favorites

Meeting Mike Peters at Vans Warped Tour Event

The Vans Warped Tour is a young person’s event. Me? I’m not a young person, not by any stretch of the imagination. But I’m young at heart, and unlike many of my contemporaries, I love new rock music just as much as I love the 80s rock I was educated on.  This appreciation for all things rock, enabled me to experience a priceless moment with one of my heroes amidst a room packed with college students.

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RIP Paul O’Neill

RIP Paul O’Neill of TSO

“The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness.

He was our friend and our leader — a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul.  This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all.”

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SOTD: Within Reason – No Home

New Rock from Within Reason – Our Song of the Day

Our old friends from Birmingham are finally back with some new music, and the first taste we’ve got is rather enticing. “No Home” is an early glimpse into what is in store on their new album Battlefields Life Love and War. The song features the same straight-forward rock ‘n roll that we love from Chris Dow, David Koonce and friends, paired with poignant lyrics.

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Legendary Wailers Deliver Fantastic Show

These days, there are a crapload of classic rock bands who are a mockery of their former selves. There are countless bands out on the road, prostituting their name on a pure money grab, often touring without any original members. I was afraid I’d be in for more of the same when The Wailers played Velvet Sessions this week. I was totally wrong. The Wailers today are closely connected to the Wailers of 5 decades ago. They are reggae’s first family and on this sumptuous night, they delivered a legendary show for a sweaty, pulsating crowd at the cozy Hard Rock Hotel venue.

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Irish TBT: Black 47

James Connolly – Black 47

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, and I’ve got some proud Irish genes, so this one was an easy choice for me.  25 years ago, Black 47 broke onto the NYC music scene with a distinctive blend of Irish rock, punk and reggae.  Larry Kirwan and Chris Byrne had connections with The Pogues and Dexy’s Midnight Runners and were filled with Irish Nationalistic pride.

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Martin Barre – A Rock ‘n Roll Soul

Legendary Jethro Tull Guitarist Martin Barre

My Freshman year of high school sucked.  It was my only year at the snooty regional Catholic school. I didn’t fit in, and I was saddled with long bus rides every day.  But there was a silver lining, my stoner bus driver Walt, introduced us to Progressive Rock, and all of the magic that was Jethro Tull.  As a skinny tied, skinny runt, I fell in love with the guitar of Tull’s Martin Barre, and this week, I had a chance to pick the brain of a legend who continues to tour prolifically.

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Kolars Show Review

Kolars at Will’s Pub – Orlando

Kolars are one of the most compelling acts to hit the rock music landscape in recent memory.  They serve up a delicious mix of distinctive music that is best described as Rockabilly Dance, or perhaps Danceabilly.  And, as I witnessed earlier this week, they deliver an incendiary live show.

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