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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

Album Review: Yuki – Be Free

Article by: Charles Yamabe   Chicago, IL -- It's not often I get sent an album that I immediately fall in love with, let alone a freshman album by an artist that, for all intents and purposes, is relatively unknown. The album Be Free by nineteen-year-old New Zealand native Yuki 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

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

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