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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

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

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

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

Reignwolf // Live @ The Vogue // 8.17.19

Article and Photos by: Linda Carlson   Indianapolis, IN – The crowd that assembled to see Reignwolf, a three-man rock band that formed in Seattle in 2012, came to experience the band’s bluesy rock as well as their intimate stage show. The night started off with J.J. Wilde, a female vocalist from Canada. 

Knotfest Roadshow // Live @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater // 8.14.19

Article and Photos by: Wendy Podmenik Darugar   VIRGINIA BEACH, VA: Wikipedia has no less than 27 different metal genres listed, not to mention sub-genres ad infinitum. The “Knotfest Roadshow” North American tour line up features four bands that cut across a healthy spread of metal. Leading the evening is Polish “extreme

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