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Aftershock 2016

Aftershock 2016

It's that time of year again, my favorite time of year... ROCKTOBER!! And with that this year brings the 5th anniversary of the awesome Aftershock Festival in Sacramento.  This year's line up is a much heavier line up than years past and people are stoked! The festival is SOLD OUT!! So if you're heading to Sacramento this weekend be ready for some traffic. 

Luckily this year Aftershock is back at Discovery Park... thank GOODNESS!! After the parking debacle of 2015 I'm sure everyone was stoked for the return to Discovery Park. A few tips from previous years experience...

1. Wear sunscreen. I know, I know. I sound like your mom. But believe me the Sacramento sun is nothing to mess with. You'll be drinking beers waving your band tee in the air all in good fun during the day, then the night will come and you'll be hating life.

2. Bring a sweater. It gets cold at night. I don't know about you, but I hate being cold and no amount of alcohol will help keep me warm. Unless I'm passed out. But then, where's the fun in that?

3. Wear comfortable shoes that you don't really care about. Don't be one of those girls trying to walk across the grass in your high heels. You look ridiculous and no one thinks that's hot when you get your heel stuck in the grass. Wear some cute boots or something. Sexy and comfortable!! But take note, your shoes and everything else you're wearing for that matter will end up covered in a layer of dust by the end of the day. 

4. Bring a bandana to wear around your face. No not to look like a gangster, to prevent yourself from consuming and breathing in all the dust. You'll thank me later. Believe me. Plus you'll kind of look like a badass. 

5. Bring cash. Do you really want to wait in line at the ATM while your favorite band is hitting the stage? I think not. 

Ok, enough of all that. Let's get to the good stuff... the MUSIC!! It's an awesome line up this year and there are definitely some must see's on my list! Saturday kicks off with The Shrine on the Capital Stage. They're a super fun band out of Venice, CA who categorize themselves as Psychadelic Violence Rock and Roll. I saw them open up for a band called Graveyard at Slim's in SF. I liked them so much I bought one of their hoodies... if they're cool enough for me to buy a hoodie then you gotta check them out. Saturday also brings Bay Area favorites Death Angel. These dudes have been around forever and always put on an awesome show. If you're a fan of old school Metallica, Slayer or any other thrash metal band, Death Angel is a must see. Plus you gotta support the local guys! Also hitting the stage Saturday is Avatar, Motionless In White, Drakulas, Baroness, Face to Face, Anthrax, Deafhaven, Meshuggah, The Pretty Reckless, Primus, Slayer and finally headliners Tool who are sure to bring it with an amazing light show. 

Highlights for Saturday's line-up:

Sunday's line up brings a bit more "new" rock to the stage. Heavy hitters Avenged Sevenfold will close out the festival Sunday night. Korn will take to the stage fresh off the release of their latest album "The Serenity of Suffering"; Disturbed will bring to life their fan-favorite rendition of "The Sound of Silence"; Maynard James Keenan takes to the stage again on Sunday but this time kicking off the fall tour for his band Pucifer.

Kicking off Sunday's musical festivities is local Sacramento band Some Fear None. Also hitting the stage on Sunday: Chevelle, Suicide Silence, The Amity Affliction, Ghost, Zakk Sabbath and more. Can't wait for the festival! See you all there!

Throwback Friday, because I'm a rebel...

Throwback Friday, because I'm a rebel...

Yeah yeah, I know #throwbackthursday was yesterday but I don't care. I was in the mood for some Smile Empty Soul and am throwing it back to my early days in college. I still remember the first time hearing the first riff to "Bottom of a Bottle", I was immediately hooked. Then I heard Sean Danielson's amazing voice and couldn't stop listening or watching the music video every morning on MTV (you know, back when MTV - aka Music Television - played MUSIC). 

I still think Sean Danielson has one of the most amazing voices in rock music and his talent is highly underrated. I loved Smile Empty Soul so much that I hopped on a Grey Hound bus and rode 11 hours next to the pooper to go see them in concert with one of my best friends who lived in L.A. (Tip of the day... DON'T SIT NEXT TO THE POOPER ON A GREYHOUND!!!). For some reason I thought sitting in the back next to the bathroom would be a good idea. 1. I got my very own seat on a packed bus and 2. Ummm... who's gonna use the bathroom on a moving bus? Not very many people right? WRONG!! Just. Don't. Do it. 

My only solace in this horrid situation was literally playing Smile Empty Soul's self-titled debut on repeat the whole time. Yes... thew whole time and I loved every second of it regardless of getting offered random substances by my fellow bus riders, a stop at a nasty Burger King and an endless stream of passengers who evidentially had too much to eat and drink visit the pooper. I can still smell the horrid tinge of fecal matter. #puke

I've seen these guys in concert many times and am never disappointed. I had the opportunity to interview Sean Danielson before one of their shows at the Boardwalk in Orangevale and mentioned that I thought they should do an acoustic set. Their great at what they do, but stripped down gives their music an unsuspecting power. At the time he wasn't into it, but not along after what did he do... went on an acoustic tour. *pats myself on the back* Ok fine, he probably was gonna do it any way but I like to give myself some credit for that. 

I still want to know what the heck MRA stands for. 

For now... enjoy the song that made me fall in love with this band. 

And here's one of my favorite songs off of their self-titled debut "With This Knife" from one of his acoustic performances.





Literally just yesterday I was driving in my car on the way to work listening to Octane when System of a Down's "Sugar" came on. I was rocking out and didn't want to stop listening but had to because I was late. But it made me think... "Man, when are these dudes gonna put out some new music?" and then low and behold we get this... 

and this... 

Such a tease!! Are they planning new music? A new tour?! No one knows... YET. But I'm sure all will be revealed soon. Let's just hope this isn't the same some sort of cocktease that MCR just pulled on their fans with the anniversary of The Black Parade. 

We can only hope that System has some new music and an upcoming tour planned. The rock world needs these guys again and we can't keep listening to 'Chop Suey' to get us revved up before every concert. Ok, maybe we can, but let's add some new SOAD to that playlist! You know what I'm talking about... you're in the crowd at a concert, the music is playing while you're anxiously awaiting the band to hit the stage. Some songs get a little play from the crowd, but the second 'Chop Suey' hits those speakers the crowd is jamming right along singing every single word, fists in the air, banging their heads as if System was on stage right in front of them. Sadly, the song ends and the mini concert going on in your head is done. On that note, let's enjoy some 'Chop Suey' while we wait to see what these guys have in store for us! 

Twenty One Pilots - Heathens LIVE

Twenty One Pilots - Heathens LIVE

Check out footage of the first live performance of their song Heathens, taken by YouTuber "two happyboys" at the show on June 28th in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

They dropped the official video last week giving you a sneak peak of some Suicide Squad footage.  Suicide Squad, starring Jared Leto, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne, and Viola Davis hits theaters on August 5th. Check out the official video below: 

Twenty One Pilots are hitting up the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on June 21st and 22nd. 

Bring Me The Horizon - Avalanche

Bring Me The Horizon - Avalanche

Bring Me The Horizon just released their video for "Avalanche" off their 5th studio album That's The Spirit. Oli and the boys bring you a sneak peek into their live show. Front row seat, back row seat, view from the stage, camera man... you're covered. I'm a sucker for the live show music videos, if done well they make you feel like you're there experiencing the show with the rest of the crowd. Or if you're broke and can't afford a concert ticket they give you a taste of what you're missing out on. Love this song and love the video. I'll be watching this on repeat from my desk at work pretending I'm at a BMTH concert instead of well... work. Thanks the the mini escape dudes!