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Concert Reviews

Heavier Than the Rain: Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022

photos & words by Austin Spruill As the blistering summer of 2022 winds down into the cooler weather of fall, musicians and fans alike are treated to a number of high-profile festivals raging across the country, from Welcome to Rockville and Inkcarceration to Rocklahoma and Louder Than Life. However, few were as highly anticipated as this year’s incarnation of Blue Ridge Rock Festival, taking place from September 8–11.  Hosted at the world-renowned Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA, hopes were high for the relatively young festival, as the successes and challenges of 2021 propelled the event further into the spotlight… Read more »


Blue Ridge Rock Fest in Virginia

Blue Ridge Rock Fest hosts the ultimate four day rock and metal festival in Alton, VA. The lineup includes artists such as Alice Cooper, Spiritbox, Knocked Loose, and many more. idobi photographers Austin Spruill (9/8-9/10) and Jayleigh Harkai (9/11) captured tons of content below in case you missed out or want to relive the incredible weekend!


Motley Crue launching traveling rock festival

Motley Crue is taking a page from the Ozzy Osbourne playbook by launching its own touring hard-rock festival, the band said on Tuesday. Crue Fest, whose roster also includes Grammy-nominated acts Buckcherry and Papa Roach, will kick off in West Palm Beach, Fla., on July 1, and take in 41 cities across United States and Canada. The amphitheater trek will help the band promote its autobiographical new album “Saints of Los Angeles,” which is due in stores on June 17. Singer Vince Neil, bass player Nikki Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars and drummer Tommy Lee performed the title track, as well… Read more »


HIM to headline UK rock festival

HIM will be the star attraction at this spring’s Give It A Name rock festival, Sound Generator can reveal. Confirmed today, the Californian rockers will head one night, in London, for the hard rock event, which travels through London, Birmingham and Glasgow in late April. Joining HIM on the bill will be The Used, playing second headliner. High energy slots will also come from Alexisonfire, Juliette and the Licks, From First To Last, Mindless Self Indulgence and Cry For Silence. Both the other two shows in Birmingham and Glasgow will be headlined by Jimmy Eat World and Brand New. Dates… Read more »

Concert Reviews

Just Like Heaven Festival – Indie Rock Bliss in Southern California

As the sun was setting over the Rose Bowl on May 13, nostalgic indie rock filled the Southern California air. Just Like Heaven, the single-day indie rock festival was in full swing across two stages in Pasadena’s canyons. The day was filled with sunshine and legends of the indie scene, punctuated by a visceral performance from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to close out the night.  When the lineup was announced, Just Like Heaven instantly became one of the most interesting draws of the season. Single-day, genre-specific festivals are thriving in the modern music festival industry. At just over $125, festival-goers… Read more »


Shiprocked Shares Stacked Line-Up For Cruise Festival

The January 2023 Shiprocked was a huge success with an astounding attendance of over 4,000 fans and sold out in a matter of a few days. Today, the 2024 initial line-up has been announced and it is totally stacked with both artists known for their legacy and exciting upcoming acts. Shiprocked will showcase artists like I Prevail, Killswitch Engage, Beartooth, Highly Suspect, Code Orange, Badflower, Scene Queen and more. Leaving from Miami, FL on February 14th and running until February 10th, the cruise will make stops in Bimini, The Bahamas, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman. The floating music festival is the… Read more »


Welcome To Rockville Festival Announces 2023 Set Times

The annual Welcome To Rockville in Daytona Beach, FL has announced the set times for this year’s four-day event, which marks the festival’s twelfth year in production. Running from May 18-21, this year’s installment of Welcome To Rockville will see performances from nearly 100 artists including Slipknot, Evanescence, Rob Zombie, Coheed & Cambria, Motionless In White, Badflower, and plenty more. Read more: The Aces Announce Massive Tour With Support From LALA LALA The Danny Wimmer Presents festival will boast more than 100,000 fans during the four-day event and will include amusement rides, an adult-sized water slide, art installations, and interactive… Read more »


MAGfest 2016 – Rock Out and Game On

Music and Gaming. What more could you want on a chilly February weekend? Well it turns out there was all that and more to the annual MAGfest held at the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington, DC on February 18-21st.

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