Tagged: Hard Rock

‘Kick’ing It With Saigon’s Bieler in New York City

Saigon Kick co-founder Jason Bieler, in the midst of a string of one-man acoustic performances, recently proved once again why the singer-songwriter’s gigs have been so well-received by everybody who attends them. More of a sporadic schedule of shows than a full frenetic flock of back-to-back dates, Bieler is clearly having a copious amount of fun at the informal events. His enthusiasm for his solo jaunts was distinctly evident on July 14 at the Rockwood...

Lizzy Borden Set To Slay With ‘Midnight’

Before Marilyn Manson unleashed his distinct brand of ‘shock and roll,’ Lizzy Borden was crafting his own visual version of music to effectively assault the senses. Named after the infamous 19th century New England woman accused of viciously murdering her father and stepmother with an axe, Borden is much more than just a gimmick. Often incorrectly grouped in with pop metal acts of the Los Angeles hard rock scene such as Poison and Warrant, the...

Sons Of Apollo ‘Come Home’ To New York

It’s easy to label progressive rock as pretentious, bombastic, and self-indulgent. The polarizing genre, popularized by prog pioneers such as Rush, Yes, and Kansas, has long been criticized for its propensity for lengthy solos, grandiose stage shows, and nonsensical lyrics. But with any musical style, there are a plethora of both good and bad examples. Sons of Apollo, unquestionably, fall into the former category. For all the complaints about the maligned art form, at its...

Night Ranger Can Still ‘Rock In America’

For those who think Night Ranger is merely the group who rose to the top of the music charts with the 1983 hit power ballad “Sister Christian,” seeing them during their recent stop at The Paramount on Long Island, NY on May 3 would surely change their minds. The gig, part of the band’s 35th Anniversary Tour, featured selections from the San Francisco-bred quintet’s entire catalogue, going all the way back to their debut album...

Guns Are ‘Cocked And Loaded’ At Revolution

The 80s produced many different well known subgenres of “metal,” from speed to thrash to progressive to glam. But there’s one subcategory of the style that’s not quite as established in the vernacular of rock aficionados: sleaze. Often confused with glam, sleaze rockers were regularly lumped together with fellow makeup wearing, big hair bands from the era. In reality, however, there was a major distinction. While most sleaze metal practitioners unapologetically lathered on the lipstick...

Poison Ready For A ‘Good Time’

If you plan on attending a Poison show, don’t expect to hear many, if any, obscure cuts or long lost B-sides. The party-rock group, known for chart-topping anthems like “Unskinny Bop,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” and “Talk Dirty To Me,” are preparing to embark across North America on a summer excursion with the legendary Cheap Trick, as well as the Michigan-bred Pop Evil. And while a healthy number of Poison’s peers will be competing...

Kix ‘Blows’ Its ‘Fuse’ At The Space

As difficult as it is to believe, Blow My Fuse, the seminal album recorded by 80s hard rockers Kix, turned 30 this year. And what better way to mark the occasion than to play the album in its entirety, from top to bottom, as part of the Maryland band’s current string of live performances? From the down and dirty licks of top track “Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT” to the epic, MTV-saturated power ballad “Don’t...

Daisies Are Set To ‘Burn It Down’

They are a part of the genre known collectively as “new classic rock,” according to rhythm guitarist, businessman, and band founder David Lowy. And if The Dead Daisies’ new disc Burn It Down, out April 6, is any indication, the self-appointed label couldn’t be more veracious. From the blazing, opening chords of “Resurrected,” masterfully played by guitar virtuoso and Whitesnake alumni Doug Aldrich, to the record’s rousing title track, a deliciously funky ode to self-destruction,...

Ready For ‘Mayhem’

Mayhem seems to follow her everywhere, hence the name. And if Madame Mayhem has her way, more and more rock fans will discover the eclectic artist in the days, months, and years to come. Fresh off the release of her third album, Ready For Me, the New York native is preparing to head out on a massive trek across the country this spring, opening for metal legends Sevendust, while also sprinkling in a number of...

Former Crue Singer Releases First ‘Live’ Album

Ask any average metal fan what their favorite Motley Crue song is and you’ll likely receive a wide range of answers, ranging from early, pre-Elektra Records picks like “Live Wire” or “Too Fast For Love,” breakthrough-era selections such as “Shout At The Devil” or “Looks That Kill,” and consequent, post-rehab tunes like “Kickstart My Heart” or “Dr. Feelgood.” Often overlooked are songs created during a brief, Vince Neil-less, period in the band’s history, dating back...

Winger Fans ‘Can’t Get Enuff’ at The Space

When Kip Winger altered the chorus to “Seventeen” and sang “She’s only 47” on December 10 in New York, the intent of the joke was clear – the hit came out nearly 30 years ago, meaning the barely legal subject of the popular song would be exactly that age now. Yet despite the extensive passage of time, Winger and his namesake band are anything but stale. The band played with the ferocity of a group...

Skid Row Still ‘Paramount’ To Rock Scene

While most people might think of either Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen when the subject of New Jersey rockers comes up, it’s difficult to ignore another powerhouse from the Garden State – Skid Row. Formed in 1986 by bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave “The Snake” Sabo, the pair recruited second guitarist Scotti Hill and drummer Rob Affuso before eventually settling on the notoriously extroverted Sebastian Bach to provide lead vocals. Three years later, the...