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Pop Evil Tour Announcement

Pop Evil Tour Announcement w/ Red Sun Rising

Pop Evil Tour AnnouncementPop Evil are one of the most successful hard rock acts of the past decade, boasting a catalog filled with huge hits, and they put on a killer show every time they hit the stage. They’ll be hitting the road and crossing the country on their Rock ‘n Roll Now Tour, Right Now this Winter. This Pop Evil tour announcement is more special to us because they’ll be joined by fantastic guests Red Sun Rising and Badflower. The pre-sale taking place now has significantly reduced fees. Read on for more info.

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Taste of Rockville Day 1 Photos and Thoughts

Damn – that was one hell of a way to kick off a festival.  On a beautiful, warm Florida day, thousands of fans at Jacksonville’s newly arranged Metropolitan Park were treated to some killer live rock ‘n roll.

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2015 Albums of the Year

Last week we revealed our 2015 Songs of the Year, and this week we go a little bigger, with the 2015 Rock Albums of the Year. The music industry is changing and great albums are simply becoming more difficult to discover. But, thanks to a nice year of Indie Rock contributions, I came up with a good list of albums that I feel defined the year. Take a look and see if you agree.

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2015 Rock Song of the Year

It’s been an interesting year for rock music. Lots of excellent new music in the Indie and Alternative universe, but Active Rock seemed to be taken over by non-melodic screaming music which to me just isn’t music to my ears. So, as you will soon discover, this year’s list definitely leans to the Alternative side.

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Welcome To Rockville Line-Up Announced

The World’s Loudest Month kicks off on April 30th at Jacksonville’s first rate hard rock festival, Welcome To Rockville. The lineup for the weekend event, announced today is headlined by iconic artists Disturbed, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch and A Day To Remember. (Click more to see the full lineup)

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Best Rock Songs of 2013

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The Best Rock Songs of 2013

(Make sure you check out our Top Rock Albums 0f 2013)

2013 was a year packed with interesting entertaining rock offerings.  Most commercial radio seems fixated on synth-driven, watered-down, safe music for the masses.  At times, I’m a sucker for that stuff, too, but far more often, I enjoy my rock with a little guitar, as you’ll see below…

Click on the sing titles to check out and grab your own copy of each song.

Bonus Track: Golden, Holly Maher – Our own BrokenBirdie sums this one up perfectly: This Nashville native “really knows how to mix sassy and sweet perfectly…” Maher is not an easy fit into our rock ‘n roll genre, but she’s a blossoming singer songwriter with lots of potential.

24. What Doesn’t Kill You – Jake Bugg – Garage rock 21st Century style. This 19 year-old has a great sound, sometimes punk, sometimes folksy, and this is the best offering from his second album.

23. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys – Really like the guitar intro on this one, and just love the focus on Alex Turner’s vocals, which are his best yet.

22. Safe and Sound – Capital Cities – An example of the synth and drum machine recipe that dominates today’s airwaves, but this one is creative and catchy. 

21. Harlem – New Politics – A bit of a guilty pleasure. Bubble gum rock, but it’s got infectious lyrics and a memorable guitar riff that you’ll never get out of your head.

20. High School Lover – Cayucas – This one has a slick late 60′s surf rock feel which fits this band from Santa Monica perfectly.

19. Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend – It’s a great showcase for Ezra Koenig’s vocals, and unbelievably, this is actually the band’s highest charting song of their career.

18. 17 Crimes – AFI – This one is carried by Adam Carson’s drums. It’s got a great singalong chorus about a nasty topic. I should have moved this up to #17 just for the symmetry.

17. Recovery – Frank Turner – It’s fun catchy song with deep meaningful lyrics from one of today’s best rock ‘n roll poets from Tape Deck Heart, one of this year’s best albums.

16. Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood – The first single off of their debut album I Love You and it was a breath of fresh air on the Alt-Rock scene. The first of two tracks from the West Coast band on the list.

15. Wake Me Up – Avicii – My wife rarely turns me on to excellent new rock, but this is an exception. This one makes a great driving song, but it’s excellent in any environment and crosses so many musical genres. Love the music bed…

14. Drive Me Home – The Reason – A big rocker from a veteran Canadian band who sound like Kings of Leon, just with a little more talent and a lot more passion and less pretentiousness.

13. Deal with the Devil – Pop Evil – Reminds me a bit of Alice and Chains which is always a good thing. Love Leigh Kakaty’s vocals, but the music from his band mates is even better.

12. Diane Young – Vampire Weekend – Bit of a different feel, where Koenig’s vocals highlight early; and then the song masterfully devolves into a clever mash-up of sounds eerily reminiscent of the late 80’s dance remixes from Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

11. Hail to the King – Avenged Sevenfold – Best hard rock band around, and this song is a prime example why. Searing guitar solos, hard driving rhythm and killer vocals.

10. Cut Me Some Slack – “Nirvana” featuring Paul McCartney – OK, I named the band… It’s Dave Grohl’s fantastic contribution to Sound City. Paul bringing back haunting “Helter Skelterish” vocals accompanied by the living members of Nirvana, and it works amazingly well.

10. Waves – Blondfire – It’s a great summer vibe, and a tune that highlights the beautiful vocals of Erica Driscoll and an absolutely mesmerizing groove.

9. Bit By Bit – Mother Mother – One of today’s most underrated bands, and this provocative quirky song is the best one from their fantastic album The Sticks. It’s aggressive Alt-rock with a unique blend of boy-girl vocals.

8. Lola Montez – Volbeat – Killer guitar work from new addition Rob Caggiano (Anthrax) and an excellent spotlight for Michael Poulsen’s powerful and distinctive vocals.

7. The Boys Are Back – Dropkick Murphys – Bagpipes and a rousing chorus power this rocker. Just love Ken Casey’s beautifully ragged and harsh vocals. It’s Irish rock at its best, well almost…

6. House of Gold – Twenty One Pilots – Ukelele driven ode to Tyler Glenn’s mother featuring his quirky but perfectly fitting vocals as this duo continues their ascension into rock stardom.

5. Rose Tattoo – Dropkick MurphysThis is Irish rock at its best. Tender mandolin opening with more of a classic Irish story teller vibe and a memorable chorus. They also released a version with Springsteen on vocals as a Boston Marathon victims’ fundraiser which is just as good as the original.

4. Thanksgiving – Stephen Kellogg – It’s a masterpiece, a ten minute masterpiece, but worth every second of it. Poignant, meaningful lyrics, passionate vocals and superb music. This one should become the definitive Thanksgiving song.

3. San Francisco – The Mowgli’s – A positive, happy, upbeat song, and it’s just fun as hell. This octet delivers a wall of sound, and the music is simply addictive. A great song made better by the great vibe.

2. Afraid – The Neighbourhood – Jesse Rutherford’s vulnerable vocals and deeply introspective lyrics are fantastic, and the song is absolutely great. It is the highlight track from the band’s excellent debut I Love You.

1. Four Simple Words – Frank Turner – This one starts with soft piano accompanied by acoustic guitar, then evolves into a raucous punk rock throwdown. It’s everything wonderful about rock ‘n roll wrapped up into one song. Oh, and the lyrics are perfect, too.

 

There you have it. My list… What did I miss? Let me know in he comments below, and make sure you Follow Us on Twitter and Like our Facebook for rock music updates all year long.

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Cretin

Alice Cooper and Papa Roach Highlight Halloweenie Roast


Halloweenie Show Review – Orlando

WJRR’s annual rock ‘n roll Halloween Bash came tearing through UCF’s CFE Arena over the weekend. Simply put, it was a fantastic rock event, punctuated by a killer set from legendary performer Alice Cooper. This year’s Halloweenie Roast delivered nearly six hours of hard-driving rock, featuring a diverse line-up of talented bands.

Heaven’s Basement
Young Brits, Heaven’s Basement got the night started with a tight energetic set on what was their first ever large arena gig. The band certainly has the talent and charisma to find their way back to these larger venues in the future, with a brand of active rock that was both powerful and catchy and that put the quartet at ease on the big stage.

Pop Evil
Veteran Midwest rockers, Pop Evil, kicked it up a notch, and put on an excellent rock and roll show featuring superb vocals from Leigh Kakaty.  The Michigan native put on a nice show with an active stage presence. One fun highlight from their set was the band actually succeeding in making Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” sound like a rock song.

Bullet For My Valentine at Halloweenie Roast
Bullet For My Valentine at Halloweenie Roast

Bullet For My Valentine
Front man Matthew Tuck has lopped off his signature long dark locks and now sports short blond hair, but the distinctive, powerful voice is still there. He delivered a strong, energetic set that had the crowd on their feet throughout. Featuring selections off of their latest heavy metal release, Temper Temper, these Welsh rockers had the fervid crowd on their feet throughout their entire 45 minute set.  

Tuck’s vocals were excellent and clearly a focus for the fans, but the band’s musical chops were more impressive.  With Jason James’ driving bass and Michael Thomas’s thunderous drums providing a great backbone, the guitar work of Michael Padget stole the show.  Padget offered up the best guitar solos of the night, and the band’s loud set sounded great in the CFE Arena setting.  Check out our Facebook for more concert photos: Bullet For My Valentine Pictures

Papa Roach
These West Coast rockers were in reality probably the biggest draw for the crowd.  They’re a talented band who have had their share of huge hard rock hits over the past decade, and resultantly brought out a passionate fan base for this show.  Lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix had the crowd in the palm of his hand, including numerous singalong moments including an impressive rendition of “Forever.”

They closed strong with killer versions of “Getting Away With Murder” and “Last Resort,” and offered up a crowd pleasing (and Cretin-pleasing) snippet of The Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop,” but the clear highlight of the show was “Scars.” The song is the band’s biggest commercial success and one that clearly has deep personal meaning for Shaddix.

During the extended version, Shaddix jumped into the crowd and proceeded to tour the entire arena. He sang the “Tear my heart open…” chorus from at least six different locations throughout the arena, surrounded by his appreciative fans.  Definitely the single most memorable performance of the entire show.

Alice Cooper at Halloweenie Roast
Alice Cooper at Halloweenie Roast

Alice Cooper
First let me state that there are a bunch of Central Florida rock fans who should be embarrassed.  As the stage was being switched over after Papa Roach’s set, five hundred or so fans headed for the exits, missing the entire set from the Godfather of Shock Rock. Cooper is a legend with genre-defining music and a memorable, theatrical stage show. To those of you who skipped out early to beat the traffic, you missed one hell of a rock ‘n roll experience.

The stage was set up perfectly for this “Nightmarish” experience, festooned with eccentric freaky looking items and bathed in fog.  Truly, the perfect setting for a Halloween show.  Cooper has surrounded himself with a talented band, a quintet of accomplished musicians who are also engaging performers. I thoroughly enjoyed the three guitarists in the line-up, and their ability to trade-off solos numerous times throughout the evening.

Each song offered during the seventy-five minute set was a mini-rock opera.  Cooper, still with his strong distinctive voice was a consummate entertainer.  He sounded great, moved all over the stage and interacted with his band mates throughout the show. Musical highlights included an early offering of “No More Mr. Nice Guy” featuring superb vocals from Cooper, as well as entertaining bass and drum solos during “Dirty Diamonds,” and dueling guitar solos before “Welcome To My Nightmare.”

Cooper and his mates sounded excellent and did a nice job offering up a visual for each of the songs. Some of the visual highlights included a ten foot tall Frankenstein stalking the stage during “Feed My Frankenstein,” electric chairs, the beheading of Alice, and his famous boa constrictor draped over Cooper’s shoulders during “Welcome To My Nightmare.” Despite the non-stop theatrics, the band sounded spot on the entire set. Check out our Facebook for more Alice Cooper Photos.

As the concert drew to a close, they ratcheted up the excitement a bit with a raucous crowd-pleasing version of his signature hit “School’s Out” that had the crowd singing along loudly, including a tasty snippet of Pinf Loyd’s classic “Another Brick In the Wall.”  After taking their bow, the band returned for an encore of the powerful rocker “Poison,” putting a fitting end to a killer night of rock.

Kudos to the folks at 101.1 WJRR. Aside from being Orlando”s only rock radio outlet, they continue to put on excellent well-run events like this Halloweenie Roast.

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Cretin

Setlist

Hello, Hurray
House of Fire
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Billion Dollar Babies
I’ll Bite Your Face Off
Under My Wheels
Hey Stoopid
Eighteen
Dirty Diamonds
Welcome To My Nightmare
Go To Hell
Feed My Framkenstein
Twilight
Killer
School’s Out

Encore
Poison