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Getting to Know: Matt James, Blacktop Mojo

Article & Photos: Linda Carlson If you don’t know Blacktop Mojo, get yourself out from under that rock!  This East Texas band, formed in 2012 by lead singer Matt James and drummer Nathan Gillis, fills an underserved rock niche that infuses classic southern rock with metal and grunge overtones, sprinkled with

Damn you, Coronavirus… I Miss Live Concerts!

Article & Photos by: Linda Carlson   As a concert photographer, I regularly attend live performances, photographing nearly two hundred bands last year alone.  Then all of a sudden… Boom!  NO LIVE PERFORMANCES, thanks to the coronavirus.  Like most concert-goers, there is a hole in my life, and I am a bit

American Authors & Magic Giant // Live @ Bogart’s // 2.20.20

Article & Photos by: Linda Carlson   Cincinnati, OH – When bands tour together as co-headliners, there’s typically a synergy of musical styles. Touring together makes sense - it brings fans of each band together, exposing them to more music of a similar genre.  From a concert perspective, though, the formula is

Blacklite District // Live @ Riverfront Live // 1.30.20

Article and Photos by: Linda Carlson   Cincinnati, OH – January can be a relatively sleepy time for touring.  Tour schedules are often still being firmed up for the new year, and venue schedules can be a bit light.  However, January 2020 ended strong at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Live, which hosted Blacklite District and Adelita’s Way to

Rumpke Mountain Boys // Live @ The 20th Century Theater // 12.30.19

Article & Photos by: Linda Carlson   Cincinnati, OH – People ring in the New Year in all sorts of ways, and what better way than two nights of music from the Rumpke Mountain Boys and friends?  As was done last year, The RMBs played two nights (December 30 and 31) at

DEEPFALL // Live @ Bogart’s // 11.15.19

Article & Photos by: Linda Carlson   Cincinnati, OH – What an exciting night for Cincinnati rock and metal fans!  Hellyeah was performing the second stop of their Celebration Of Life Tour to a large crowd of “Hellions” feeding their metal cravings since large scale touring took a break after drummer and

Icon For Hire // Live @ Top Cats // 11.5.19

Article & Photos by: Linda Carlson   Cincinnati, OH – On November 5, cozy Top Cats hosted a pair of female fronted bands that exuded positivity, liveliness and righteous dance-worthy fun. The evening started with Veridia, a Nashville-based alternative rock band, touring with headliner Icon For Hire on the East Coast portion of

William DuVall // Live @ Top Cats // 11.1.19

Article & Photos by: Linda Carlson   Cincinnati, OH – What a treat on the day after Halloween trickery.  William DuVall, lead singer of Alice In Chains, is on tour promoting his solo album, One Alone (October 2019 release).  The One Alone Tour made a stop at Top Cats for an intimate acoustic

Adema // Live @ Blue Note Harrison // 10.25.19

Article & Photos by: Linda Carlson   Harrison, OH – Adema is currently supporting Powerman 5000’s The Days of Disorder 2019 Tour, and on this night performed at Blue Note Harrison just outside Cincinnati, Ohio.  The venue is cozy, offering a very different atmosphere from larger, more cavernous venues that corral a

Joyous Wolf // Live @ The Murat Theatre // 10.12.19

Article & Photos by: Linda Carlson   Indianapolis, IN – Joyous Wolf is a young band gaining momentum.  After touring with Buckcherry earlier this year, this foursome from Southern California now find themselves supporting legendary Deep Purple’s The Long Good-bye Tour.  On this night, the 1960s/1970s-era fan base was treated to a

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