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Semi Precious Weapons Set the Bar with Aviation High

Semi Precious Weapons are primed and ready to take over the world with the release of their stunning new record “Aviation” hitting stores this week. I wouldn’t have exactly said this back in 2008 when …

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God Bless The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Live Review and Photos

On their way to this year’s Coachella festival, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion brought their signature down and dirty, groovy blues-tastic extravaganza to Slims in downtown San Francisco. In a dark and sweaty club is …

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The Cult in Beautiful Black & White Photos

Born in 1984 out of the ashes of the UK post-punk scene, The Cult are one of the few bands that successfully reinvent themselves while staying consistent to their roots. It’s a tough thing to …

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10 Epic Guitar God Moments on the Monsters of Rock Cruise 2014

  The Monsters of Rock Cruise was chocked full of amazing guitarists, but the challenge was trying to capture each one of them in their element. Here are my top ten picks for the absolute …

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10 Epic Moments on the Monsters of Rock Cruise 2014

Just got back to San Francisco after an epic four day Monsters of Rock Cruise 2014. This was one of the best rock n roll experiences ever and I took thousands of photos. This is …

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Ace Frehley Announces New Solo Record; Space Invader Coming on June 24, 2014

2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ACE FREHLEY will release SPACE INVADER, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on June 24th, 2014. The album will …

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Tool Delivers Mind-Blowing Live Show In San Francisco

Tool are currently in the midst of their first US tour in two years, steadily winding their way down the West Coast. I was lucky enough to catch sold out show number two at the …

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10 Reasons the Monsters of Rock Cruise 2014 is Going to be EPIC

The Monsters of Rock 2014 Cruise is only a few weeks away and I could not be more excited. This will be my second time on the voyage and the line up looks better than …

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The Dio Tribute Record is Coming, and it looks F***ing Awesome

One of the all-time greatest metal musicians of all time will finally be immortalized with a tribute record fit for a god, a metal god that is. The long awaited Ronnie James Dio tribute record …

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How Eddie Van Halen Unknowingly Stole my Grandfather’s Flying V Guitar

I grew up in a musical family. My father played guitar, my grandfather played, and so did my cousins. I remember family jam sessions happening in the basement of my grandparents’ house and I remember …

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Jimmy Gnecco of Ours Treats San Francisco to a Stunning Intimate Performance

Jimmy Gnecco is one of the greatest American rock singers of all time in my opinion. His voice is unmatched in today’s over-bloated class of singer-songrwiters, and his talent remains under appreciated by the masses. But …

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The 13 Best Live Bands of 2013 That You Probably Missed

2013 has been a fabulous year for music, but  much like every year before, chances are that you probably missed out on some of the best artists.The sheer volume of new music and all the …

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The 13 Best Rock N Roll Cocktail Photos of 2013

It’s been one hell of a year for me here at Rock N Roll cocktail. I’ve shot over 200 live bands in 5 different states, interviewed some amazing artists, and even launched my own line …

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Fates Warning Return with Strong Album, Even Better Show

The original masters of progressive metal, Fates Warning returned to San Francisco last week touring in support of their first studio record in over nine years. I remember seeing these guys on Headbanger’s Ball back …

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The Winery Dog’s Richie Kotzen Discusses That Metal Show Mishap, Surprising Success , and of Course, Wine

One of the premier guitar aces of our lifetime, Richie Kotzen, has joined forces with drummer extraordinaire Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) and bass guitar god Billy Sheehan to form The Winery Dogs. You would think …

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5 Reasons Why Megadeth Matters Now More Than Ever

The first time I heard Megadeth I was around 14 or so. I saw their video for Peace Sells but Who’s Buying and immediately thought this would be the perfect soundtrack for my teenage rebellion …

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Twelve Holiday Records that Don’t Suck

Did you know that Mannheim Steamroller has three of the biggest selling holiday records of all time? (Gag.) What about the fact that the all time best selling holiday album is by Kenny G? (Double …

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Cinderella Frontman Tom Keifer Talks Past, Present and Future (Exclusive Interview)

You know him as the voice of Cinderella, but you have never heard him quite like this. Tom Keifer released his first solo record this year and it’s been a long time coming. After selling 15 million …

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Johnny Marr at The Fillmore Exclusive Photos and Show Review

The first thing that comes to mind when one mentions the name Johnny Marr is of course his legacy with The Smiths. Marr started the band back in 1982 and went on to release four …

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Brick and Mortar: The Most Interesting Band in the World, Seriously.

Brick and Mortar are a drum and bass duo from Jersey, but they don’t play traditional Drum n Bass. It’s simply their instruments of choice. Singer and bassist Brandon Asraf and drummer John Tacon have …

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Gwar: Earth’s Only Openly Extratrestial Band Reigns Blood and Chaos at The Regency Ballroom

A very brief history of Gwar – Eons ago, there existed an elite group of chaos warriors who ravaged the galaxy with a boundless hatred of all things alive. They were called the Scumdogs of …

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The Avett Brothers Close out the Summer Concert Series at America’s Cup Pavilion

The Avett Brothers closed out the summer concert series this past weekend at The America’s Cup Pavilion. It was the perfect ending to what turned out to be an epic race on the San Francisco …

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Primal Scream: Four Decades Long & Still Going Strong

Four decades long and still going strong, Primal Scream graced the stage at one of my favorite San Francisco venues this past weekend and blew some minds once again. Singer Bobby Gillespie and company have …

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Travis Light Up the Regency Ballroom

  It was 1999 at the Glastonbury Festival in England and Travis were performing. It had been sunny for several hours before Fran Healy sung the first line from the song Why Does it Always …

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Korn’s Fieldy Talks Favorite Touring Moments, Paradigm Shift, & Hair Metal

The highly anticipated new Korn record Paradigm Shift hits stores today. I caught the band’s performance at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento and was lucky enough to catch Fieldy for a quick chat. I was …

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Jimmy Eat World Bring the Power Back to Pop at The Warfield

Jimmy Eat World played to a jam packed Warfield Theater in front a perfect mix of hipsters and rock n roll enthusiasts both young and old. I have been following this band since their early …

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Uproar Festival Delivers in the Desert and Rocks New Mexico

The third annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival is currently pummeling its way across the US, and I was lucky enough to catch the show in the middle of the desert during the Albuquerque stop at the Isleta …

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A Brief History of Nate Ruess & Fun – The Underdog Finally Winning in the Music Biz

Fun. It’s not only the name of the band, it’s more like a mantra. But it hasn’t always been this easy for the Phoenix native Nate Ruess and his band Fun who seemingly broke out …

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God Save the Queen of Rock n Roll; Courtney Love Rises Above at The Phoenix

God save the queen of rock ‘n’ roll. Courtney Love played a blistering 17-song set list that was everything a fan could hope for. This is a remarkable woman who has led an even more …

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Best Coast Bring their Signature California Guitar Pop to The Fillmore, and Dazzle

It was certainly girl power night at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco as Best Coast took the stage to entertain a room full of inspired fans. The Los Angeles duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb …

Tom Keifer Talks Cinderella’s Early Days, Most Memorable Show and His New Solo Album

You know him as the voice of Cinderella, but you have never heard him quite like this. Tom Keifer released his first solo record this year and it’s been a long time coming. After selling …

The Ultimate Summer Playlist And The Stories Behind The Songs

Bring On The Rock N Roll Summer Summertime and the livings easy… not quite. So the other day I am pulling together some songs for what I like to call my ultimate summertime playlist. I …

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5 Amazing Photos of KISS Without Makeup in the 70′s

When I was a kid listening to KISS back in the 70′s I truly thought these guys had magical powers. And why wouldn’t I right? There were absolutely no photos of KISS without makeup and …

10 Hysterically Funny Reviews of Led Zeppelin IV by 10 People Who Hate It

Over the weekend I stopped into Rasputin Music in downtown San Francisco to do some record shopping. I came across a copy of Led Zeppelin IV, one of my all-time favorite records that for some reason I did …

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An Open Letter to Domino Records: 5 Tips for Upcoming Band’s Social Media Strategy

Dear Domino Records, First off let me say how big of a fan I am, I think the roster on your label is truly top notch. The reason I am writing to you is that …

The Best Band of 2013 so Far: Night Moves, Making the Sound of AM Radio Cool Again

Music can act as a time machine of sorts by transporting the listener back to a certain place almost instantaneously. Now, whether or not that’s a good thing depends on the memory. When it happens …

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Imagine Dragons Bring the Bombastic and Light up the Warfield

Las Vegas by way of Utah radio darlings Imagine Dragons are the band behind two of the biggest charting songs of 2013; “It’s Time” and “Radioactive”. You may not know the name but you surely …

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Tomahawk’s Trevor Dunn on Oddfellows, Mike Patton, and His Favorite Moment Touring with Mr. Bungle

Trevor Dunn may be the new guy in Tomahawk, but his long history with the post-rock supergroups eclectic frontman Mike Patton is certainly enough to make him feel right at home. Led by ex-Jesus Lizard …

The Afghan Whigs at The Fillmore, 11/8

When the Afghan Whigs dissolved in 2001, they were at the top of their game. Whigs mastermind Greg Dulli was writing songs that were simply beyond the comprehension of MTV and many modern rock radio …

Rival Sons at Cafe DuNord, 1/25

Rival Sons are going to save rock n roll. Why is rock n roll in need of saving you ask? Because there is no one doing it well. Kings of Leon started off on the …

Quicksand at Regency Ballroom, 1/21

New York post-hardcore rockers Quicksand hit back hard after a 13-year absence, sounding better than ever. Walter Schreifels and company were in top form playing to a jam-packed Regency Ballroom in San Francisco last Monday. …