Musings From A Married Father Life Has Problems. I have Distractions

Unique Surprises? The Island of Misfit Toys 0

Unique Surprises? The Island of Misfit Toys

Swingstate was packed. There were several bands scheduled for that night, some of which had played, and others that hadn’t. Everything seemed to be backed up. All available Hookah’s were taken.  The combined smoke from hookahs, cigarettes, and cigars in the shrouded the surrounding area with a mixture of extravagant smells.  (Nothing smells better then the person blowing out some Pomegranate and Blueberry flavored smoke into the are around you.)  The music had started, and the sounds I was hearing attracted my attention toward the stage. I got up and slowly made my way to the mid front area of...

August Burns Red set to record 4th album 0

August Burns Red set to record 4th album

Giants August Burns Red are gearing up to go into the studio in February. Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For a Cowboy, Trivium) will be teaming up with August burns Red yet again to record their 4th album. Suecof recorded ABR’s latest release- Constellations and that album received excellent ratings. That is a very small picture of Jason Suecof and a random chick. “We can’t wait to get back to Florida to start recording with Suecof,” says guitarist and songwriter JB Brubaker. “We’re just about finished writing and it’s shaping up to be a huge sounding album. I can’t ever recall feeling...

A packed house at the Oasis with moshers abounding! 2

A packed house at the Oasis with moshers abounding!

It was a packed show at the Oasis. In fact it was probably the most packed show I’ve seen at the oasis for this year and the last year.  Probably about 150+ people showed up for the show, including some of the more “despised” faces in our scene. “Cough” Jazz “Cough” Nothing tops off a more successful show then someone getting punched in the face, or at least I’m told. If they aren’t moving, show them no mercy, 12 year olds included. I took footage for most of Cain and Abel’s set, as well as Kingmakers set. There were plenty...

Jonny Craig goes on idefinite hiatus! 0

Jonny Craig goes on idefinite hiatus!

Deuche? Worn out wannabe man? You decide.  Well, he may be hated by some, but now he is probably dead to plenty of others.  Without almost any advance notice, he has suddenly decided to go on an indefinite hiatus. I already see people blaming this on Rise to an extent, but theres plenty of drama to go around. One rumor, which no one knows the autenthicy of according to one twitter post is: “Jonny has quit music to pursue the filming of his documentary i’m still here 2 bitch” No here is what he posted via his twitter about 11...

Monsters releases Self Titled Album 0

Monsters releases Self Titled Album

Monsters? You’ve been invited to see a show at some venue that you’ve never been to. There’s been some talk by your friends about how crazy the show will get, but you assume this can’t be anything too drastic. You’ve been  to Ludacris, Boys Like Girls, and whatever local indie band you’ve seen in the area, so you’ve essentially seen it all. Wrong. You arrive at the venue, some band called Monsters gets on stage, with their members all clad in black. Instead of the emo vocals you were expecting, the lead vocalist belts out a deep low scream which...

Is the next big band out of Northwest Illinois “I, Artificial? 0

Is the next big band out of Northwest Illinois “I, Artificial?

We’ve heard good things about  I, Artificial, and frankly some bad things.  I’ve been told that they can’t do live any most of the synthesized elements on their studio tracks, as well as that their clean vocalist is bad live and can’t match the former one. I’m not going to pass judgment on the fore-mentioned rumors, as I unfortunately have yet to see I Artificial live. There’s no way I’m going all the way to Bartlett or Elk Grove for a local show, unless I really want to see a certain band there, and yes,  I’m ashamed about it. (I...

Victory Records Sign Dr.Acula 0

Victory Records Sign Dr.Acula

Well known record company Victory Records add party band Dr. Acula to their roster. The band accumulated much success after many DIY tours and albums. Tyler Guida, one of Dr. Acula’s frontment said “I’m very excited to be a part of Victory Records and I know this is a great opportunity for us. As a band growing up we listened to VICTORY bands. We are looking to make the best record that we can make while satisfying our current supporters as well as reaching out to new music fans.”Dr. Acula is a deathcore/grindcore/”noisecore” (as Victory records puts it) band. Their lyrical themes...

Tragedy temporarily knocks out With Life In Mind in traffic accident. 0

Tragedy temporarily knocks out With Life In Mind in traffic accident.

Well sometimes bad things happen to good bands who are tearing things up. For those of you who don’t know, Hardcore/Metal/Progressive outfit, With Life In Mind (CI Records) suffered a nasty accident only a few days ago early on December 28th.  They were just starting out in the early stages of a small tour called “A Metal Christmas” headlined by Texas In July accompanied by other bands including Like Moths To Flames, A Hero A Fake, Destruction Of A Rose, I was lucky to see these guys live, but I’m guessing no one else will be able to see them...

An epic show in December: 20 Bands Of Christmas. 0

An epic show in December: 20 Bands Of Christmas.

If you weren’t at the 20 Bands of Christmas, you missed a great show that demonstrated some of the local talent and exposed the wannabee, the unoriginal, and the just plain weird and creepy bands who were all just thrown into the mix. Now this took place about two weeks ago, and I’ve been super busy, but I’ve been slowly compiling this mega post up until now. Christmas and New Years get in the way a bit.  Well, like any scene, there are some good bands, and well some bad ones. I’m a bit impressed then I thought I would...

Departure of the Two Founding Paramore Members? 0

Departure of the Two Founding Paramore Members?

Josh Farro (guitarist) and Zac Farro (Drums) have left Paramore. (If you hadn’t guessed by their surnames, they are brothers.) The two brothers told the Paramore members they would be leaving a few months ago, but it was posted on Paramore.net on the 18th of December.  “A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday [December 12, at the House Of Blues venue],” they wrote. “None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn’t seemed as if they wanted to be around...

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