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Metallica // Live @ US Bank Arena // 1.30.19

Article and Photos by: Linda Carlson   Cincinnati, OH – In 2016, Metallica performed at the AT&T stadium on the eve of the Super Bowl, a concert that was ultimately dubbed, “Too Heavy for Halftime.”  There’s a reason for that clever billing…a Metallica concert is unlike any other.  It rocks in ways

The Magpie Salute // Live @ The Taft Theatre Ballroom // 1.27.19

Article and photos by: Linda Carlson   Cincinnati, OH – The Magpie Salute, formed in 2016, is a group of musicians with one common link…former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson.  After The Black Crowes dissolved in 2015, Robinson pursued other music ventures.  Through a criss-crossing of individual paths, The Magpie Salute emerged,

Rumpke Mountain Boys // Live @ 20th Century Theatre // 12.30.18

Article and Photos by: Linda Carlson   Cincinnati, OH – The Rumpke Mountain Boys performed two nights at Cincinnati’s 20th Century Theatre, December 30 and 31.  The show on December 30th, which is being reviewed here, was an unusual one.  While the band typically performs as an all-acoustic foursome, this night was

Cannibal Corpse // Live @ The Vogue // 11.29.18

Article and Photos by: Linda Carlson Indianapolis, IN – You can’t get much more intensely metal than Cannibal Corpse’s current tour, now winding down, with Hate Eternal and Harm’s Way.  The combined darkness and raw power of these bands make for an evening of collective release. Chicago’s industrial hardcore Harm’s Way was

Thrice // Live @ Bogarts // 11.10.18

Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts played host to three California rock bands on November 10, 2018.  It was a chilly evening outside, but inside the venue, the crowd was kept warm by hot music, favorite beverages and the closeness of a packed audience. First on stage was Teenage Wrist, an alternative rock band

Good Charlotte // Live @ Express Live! // 11.2.18

Article and Photos by: Linda Carlson Columbus, OH – November in Ohio.  It can swing either way…cold and bitter, or brisk and chilly.  On this November 2 evening, the crowd that formed outside Express Live defied the brisk, chilly and gray day.  After all, Good Charlotte was set to perform, and fans had

The Glorious Sons // Live @ The HI FI // 9.30.18

Article and Photos by: Linda Carlson   Indianapolis, IN – It was something of a sleepy Sunday night in Indianapolis.  The streets were quiet, the traffic was light.  The HI-FI, a secluded spot for enjoying intimate musical performances, filled steadily for an evening of indie rock that spanned the UK (Charming Liars),

Nothing More // Live @ Manchester Music Hall // 9.2.18

Article and Photos by: Linda Carlson   Lexington, KY – Nothing More is one hard-working touring band.  Sprinkled throughout their aggressive large venue tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin and Bad Wolves, Nothing More has been headlining smaller clubs and venues to bring their music to more intimate stages and

Five Finger Death Punch & Breaking Benjamin // Riverbend Music Center // 8.28.18

Article and Photos by: Linda Carlson   Cincinnati, OH – August 28th was a hot, humid, sticky night in Cincinnati.  There was no gentle breeze to stave off the sweat.  But despite the sweltering conditions, Riverbend Music Center was packed with more than 15,000 fans who had assembled to experience a hot line-up

Puddle of Mudd // Live @ Manchester Music Hall // 8.12.18

Article and Photos by: Linda Carlson   Lexington, KY – August 12, 2018 was a big night for post grunge / rock at Manchester Music Hall, which played host to four bands that lit the stage with rock-and-roll fervor. Tantric started the show with their brand of heavy grunge rock.  Formed in 1998, and fronted