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Album Review: 3 Pill Morning – Never Look Back

NLB_CoverMinneapolis is such an underrated city for music, even with the likes of Prince as a beacon for that city. Husker Du, The Replacements, and Soul Asylum all call The Twin Cities home as well. It’s a great place for a particular brand of rock music to thrive and new music from 3 Pill Morning is no different. Never Look Back is the band’s follow up to their 2012 debut Top 100 Black Tie Love Affair and continues to highlight the band’s melodic, but heavy, sound.

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b.d. Gottfried – Motion Fever

b.d. Gottfried Album Review

I’ve had this album for about a month now, and really struggled with putting together a meaningful review. At the end of the day, I am not going to profess that I achieved creating something meaningful – but at this point in time, it’s all that I’ve got…

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Central Florida April Concert Calendar

April Rock Music Calendar

Not many shows in the Central Florida rock scene this month at a national level. But we will get Rush and some excellent festivals in all three primary cities: Two full days of Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, Earthday Birthday in Orlando and 98 Rockfest in Tampa. Other than those killer shows, it might be a good month to check out some of the great local rock in your own backyards.

Orlando

04/12 – Anthrax, House of Blues. Metal Alliance Tour
04/12 – Umphrey’s McGee, The Plaza Live

04/13 – Sister Hazel, House of Blues. Gainesville rockers always put on a fun show
04/13 – WJRR’s Earthday Birthday, Tinker Field. Excellent line-up of hard rock powers, featuring Offspring, Papa Roach and Stone Sour

04/17 – All Time Low and Pierce the Veil, House of Blues
04/17 – Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, West End Trading Co (Sanford)

4/18 – 4/20 – Florida Music Festival, Downtown Orlando at various venues. Lots of good new music and plenty of the yet to be discovered.  Local favorites Blaine the Mono and The Dropa Stone, and fun Indie act Reverend Peyton’s Bog Damn Band highlight the schedule: Florida Music Festival.

04/21 – Dick Dale, The Plaza Live. Dale is the father of surf guitar and a legendary guitar player

04/24 – GWAR, The Beacham

04/25 – ASIA, featuring John Payne, Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions – always a great cocktail party, this time with some great rock.

04/26 – The Wailers, House of Blues

04/28 – Rush, Amway Center. The legendary Canadian rockers visit the big house in this month’s highlight show in Orlando.

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Jacksonville

04/01 – Marron 5 with RARA’s Farm favorites Neon Trees (see our concert review) and Owl City, Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena

04/03 – Yes, Florida Theater. This incarnation features Steve Howe, Christopher Squire and Alan White!

04/11 – Unphrey’s McGee, Freebird Live

04/24 – The Wailers, Freebird Live

04/25 – GWAR, Freebird Live

04/26 – Saliva, Jax Underbelly. Welcome To Rockville kick-off

04/27 – Welcome to Rockville, Metropolitan Park. This is a great rock line-up at an excellent venue for a festival: Limp Bizkit, Three Days Grace, Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Papa Roach

04/28 – Welcome to Rockville, Metropolitan Park Day 2! More great rockers: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Three Doors Down, Shinedown (see our recent review), Buckcherry, Thousand Foot Krutch and many more

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Tampa Area

04/02 – Yes, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

04/13 – Foghat – Manatee County Fairgrounds (Palmetto)
04/13 – Umphrey’s McGee, Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

04/16 – All Time Low and Pierce the Veil,  Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

04/19 – Dick Dale, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

04/25 – The Wailers, Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

04/26 – 98 Rockfest, Tampa Bay Times Forum. Nice line-up of rockers: Three Days Grace (see our review and photos here), Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Halestorm and more.

04/27 – Relient K with Mike Mains & The Branches, State Theater (Saint Petersburg)

04/30 – The Black Crowes, Mahaffey Theater (Saint Petersburg)

04/30 – Suicidal Tendencies, State Theater (Saint Petersburg)


iPod Essentials for Classic Rock Fans


Classic Rock iPod Selections

Rock ‘n Roll has been around for 50 years, for thousands of bands and millions of songs. Therefore it’s totally understandable that a few great classic rock tunes have slipped through the cracks and somehow eluded your iPod.  Have no fear – I’ve started up an occasional article focused on a few of these classics that belong on the iPod of every rock fan.

Here’s a six pack of tracks for your Spring sampler:

Stranglehold – Ted Nugent – This one is purely and simply an amazing rock song.  Eight minutes and 22 seconds of fantastic guitar licks and kick ass vocals. We caught The Nuge performing it live last year, and this one stands the test of time, still a great track today.

The Story In Your Eyes – The Moody Blues – These guys have been rocking themselves for nearly fifty years, and still tour today. This classic off of their Every Good Boy Deserves Favour album is one of their greatest rock tracks, and a song that never received proper recognition.

Subdivisions – Rush  – This was the first of many synth heavy hits for these Canadian icons, and they definitely made the transition masterfully. Check it out for yourself when they visit The Amway Center on April 28th.

Change Your Mind – Sister Hazel – These boys from Gainesville tore it up at the turn of the century, and this one was their best. It’s a great song. and the perfect rock and roll singalong.

Police On My Back – The Clash -From the band’s royalty-free triple-album Sandanista, this is one of the band’s best cuts. This one features Steve Jones on lead vocals, and is surprisingly a cover of an Eddy Grant song – yes, that Eddy Grant!

Free Four – Pink Floyd – Released just before Dark Side of the Moon, this one is totally different. It’s the equivalent of a Roger Waters meets The Monkees kind of groove. A fun little ditty…

SO, how many are on your iPod? Check the others out and download the ones you need to shape up your iPod. Also, let me know which classic rock treasures you think need to be in our next six pack.

Mike G.