[Album Review] Dawn Lights – My Will Alone

Dean Johnson and Eric Hess are Dawn Lights (Photo credit: Jocelyn Petruccio)

Dawn Lights is a studio project that includes Cleveland rock scene veterans Eric Hess (Battlestar, Audiblethread) on vocals and Dean Johnson (Via the Sun, Burning Vegas) on guitars, drums and everything else. The band’s debut album, My Will Alone,  is set for an October 21, 2011 official release. Continue reading

Sgt. Pepper Spotlight: “Within You, Without You”

George Harrison in India (Photo: Getty Images)

ed. note: This post was originally written for WNCX.com and published on 6.3.11. Killer.

The Beatles‘ landmark album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band turned 44 this week. Released on June 1, 1967, the album was highly regarded, winning four Grammy awards and reaching Diamond certification by the RIAA (over 10 million units sold). Continue reading

Bob Dylan – From Drug Addict to Religious Icon

Bob Dylan (Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

ed. note: This post was originally written for WNCX.com and published on 5.24.11.

Bob Dylan , 70 years old today, has had a storied career spanning over five decades. The 1988 Rock Hall inductee was back in the headlines this week after the BBC revealed a lost interview from 1966 in that he admitted to a heroin addiction.“I kicked a heroin habit in New York City,” Dylan confesses, “I got very, very strung out for a while, I mean really, very strung out. And I kicked the habit. I had about a $25-a-day habit and I kicked it.” (Check out the full story here.) Continue reading

[Recap] Avengers Casting Call 7.15.11

Photo Credit: Win McNamee / Getty Images

ed. note: This post was originally written for Radio923fm.com and published on 7.18.11.

If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the last couple months, you would have noticed that there are several movies being filmed in Cleveland this summer. On July 15-16, Marvel Studios was at Holiday Inn in Independence looking for extras for the new Avengers movie, set to film in Cleveland this August. Continue reading

Nirvana and Producer Butch Vig to Appear on SiriusXM, 9.24.11

Nirvana (Photo: Getty Images)

The surviving members of Nirvana, with producer Butch Vig, will appear on SiriusXM radio to take a look back at their legendary album Nevermind with Jon Stewart from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show on September 24. The event will coincide with the radio network’s September 23 launch of a weeklong tribute to the band on its Lithium channel (34). Continue reading

[Concert Review and Setlists] Def Leppard and Heart at Blossom 8.24.11

Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart (Photo Credit: J. Diffner)

Heart and Def Leppard rocked Blossom Music Center yesterday. If you missed the show, pictures and words cannot convey the sheer rockitude of the show..but I can certainly try, right?

At most concerts, the last band to play is often the headliner, the best band of the evening. On this night however, those who attended were given the gift of TWO headliners.. Continue reading

[Concert Review] Classic Rockstock at Clay’s Park 8.19.11 – 8.21.11

Vinny Salvatore of The Godz at Classic Rockstock 8.19.11 (Photo Credit: Gene Natale)

The WNCX 25th Anniversary Concert Series continued this past weekend at Clay’s Park Resort in North Lawrence, OH. Three days and nights of bands made it an unforgettable weekend for those who attended!On the first day of the event, a quintet of bands performed all day and into the evening, rocking out to a diverse group of fans including the local Cleveland chapter of the Hell’s Angels. Jackyl was the final band of the evening, and their performance was preceded by L.A. Guns, The Godz,  and Cold Truth. Continue reading

Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic to Play Tribute Concert in Seattle!

Krist Novoselic (Photo courtesy of The Seattle Weekly)

Krist Novoselic has been confirmed as one of the Seattle musicians slated to play at the upcoming concert to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Nevermind this September 20. Joining Novoselic will be several other Seattle bands including The Fastbacks, Vaporland, The Long Winters, Visqueen, Campfire OK, Valis (Former Screaming Trees), Ravenna Woods and others. The artists will perform one song each in tribute to the album that made international superstars out of Nirvana, with over 10 million copies sold in the U.S. and over 30 million sold internationally. Continue reading

[Album Review] Chimaira – The Age of Hell

Cleveland’s own Chimaira has shown once again that they are a force to be reckoned with, as displayed in their latest album The Age of Hell, which hits stores today. Despite a number of recent changes to the band’s lineup, this effort shows that Chimaira is just as strong as ever – in terms of musicianship AND brutality. Continue reading