Author: Josh

I'm a screenwriter, journalist, independent filmmaker and photographer when time permits. I cut my teeth in Journalism with Klusterfuct Magazine, Fringe Magazine and finally Your Music Magazine interview bands such as Rob Zombie, Korn, Unearth, Shadows Fall, Rise Against, All That Remains and many more. Fed up with the politics involved in working for someone else I ventured out on my own journey and started creating short films in hopes to one day create feature films, but alas I missed writing about bands that mean so much to me, so here I am...fighting the good fight, fighting the metal fight!

JJ GREY & MOFRO at Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA

Photos and Article Written by Kevin Graft JJ Grey made his post pandemic return to Sacramento Sunday November 7th almost two years after last playing Sacramento in January of 2019 at The Crest Theater.  If you are not familiar with JJ, his career started over 20 years ago and he has a velvety thick smoky […]

JINJER at ACE OF SPADES, SACRAMENTO, 10/28/21

Something told me walking in to Ace this night that I would be bored with three bands I really knew nothing about and have never really listened to, with the exception of Suicide Silence who I haven’t seen live since Mitch Lucker was still the singer. However, I ended up not just being thoroughly entertained, […]

CRADLE OF FILTH w/ONCE HUMAN – ACE OF SPADES, Sacramento, CA – 10/24/21

Cradle of Filth with Once Human photos and live review from Sacramento Ace of Spades on 10/24/2021

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY REVIEW & PHOTOS– ACE OF SPADES, SACRAMENTO, CA 10/1/21

Months ago when BLS first announced this tour, I whole heartedly thought it would get cancelled before it actually happened, but now we’ve seen several tours and festivals that have kicked off with mostly success in the wake of Covid 19, and boy was I happy this one happened. Not only is Zakk Wylde a […]

Aftershock Announces Entry Protocol

Aftershock Announces Entry Protocols for Festival, October 7, 8, 9 & 10 At Discovery Park In Sacramento, CA Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test Result Within 72 Hours Will Be Required At the upcoming Aftershock festival, safety is the NUMBER ONE concern. To protect the health of fans, artists, staff and crew, all […]

NorCal’s Destroy Boys unveil new video ahead of new album!

The new video from Northern California’s Destroy Boys for “Locker Room Bully” was released today below before the release of their third studio album “Open Mouth, Open Heart” being released on October 8th. I don’t know about you, but they’ve been growing on me and am loving seeing some locals keep moving up!

FORMER SLIPKNOT DRUMMER JOEY JORDISON HAS DIED

Joey Jordison, the co-founding member and prolific former drummer of Slipknot has passed away at the age of 46. The statement as released by his family reads as: The statement reads: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26th, 2021. […]

Black Tusk coming your way this fall!

The week of tour announcements continues! Savannah, GA swamp rockers BLACK TUSKwill be hitting the road in September for a two and a half week tour throughout the U.S.! The run will kick off on September 2 in Asheville, NC and will conclude on September 18 in Orlando, FL! The full run of dates can be found below and tickets […]

Anti-Flag announce 2021 Tour!

Anti-Flag have announced their return to the road and their Fall 2021 headline North American tour dates. The first leg will kick off on September 14 in Grand Rapids, MI and run through October 14 in Vancouver. Support will come from Dog Party, Grumpster, and Oxymorrons. The second leg features Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Doll Skin. It kicks off on November 2 in […]

RED FANG – ARROWS

Red Fang’s “Arrows” is a trippy, slow burn with attitude. To begin, I have always been a massive Red Fang fan. Their albums are always very groovy and powerful, but the second I started jamming “Arrows” I noticed it had a completely different vibe to it, and almost a completely different mix. Each song had […]

Buckcherry premiere new video “Hellbound” and tour dates!

BUCKCHERRY premiere today the video for the title track of their forthcoming album Hellbound, set for release on June 25. Watch it here. The video, directed by KasterTroy and shot in Las Vegas, follows the release last month of the video for the song “So Hott.” The “Hellbound” track is available now for download and streaming on all DSPs here. […]

August Burns Red announce “Leveler” 10th anniversary tour

AUGUST BURNS RED ANNOUNCE LEVELER 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY HEADLINE TOUR  FIT FOR A KING, ERRA, + LIKE MOTH TO FLAMES TO SUPPORT LEVELER: 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OUT NOW AUGUST BURNS RED — JB Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass] — have announced their Fall 2021 headline tour. The “Leveler 10-Year Anniversary Tour” kicks off on September 9 in Philadelphia and runs through October 31 in Sayreville, […]

TIMES OF GRACE, FEATURING KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’S JESSE LEACH AND ADAM DUTKIEWICZ, RETURN!

NEW ALBUM SONGS OF LOSS AND SEPARATION OUT JULY 16 BAND SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “THE BURDEN OF BELIEF” — WATCH + LISTEN TIMES OF GRACE, featuring Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage, return after a 10-year hiatus with their second album Songs of Loss and Separation, out July 16 via the band’s own imprint label, Wicked Good Records, distributed by ADA Worldwide. Pre-order it here, and check out the band’s newly-relaunched […]

Welcome To Rockville returns big in 2021!

Welcome To Rockville Returns In 2021 With Massive Lineup IncludingMETALLICA, NINE INCH NAILS & DISTURBEDFlorida’s Biggest Rock ExperienceExpands To Four Days & Shifts To A New Month For 2021,November 11-14 At Daytona International Speedway In Daytona Beach, FLFestival Also Features Rob Zombie, Deftones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lamb Of God, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Staind, Mudvayne, Cypress […]

In This Moment release rescheduled 2021 tour dates

Grammy-nominated band IN THIS MOMENT will make their triumphant return to the road this September. The band will embark on a headline U.S. tour this fall, dubbed “The In-Between Tour.” The trek kicks off on September 17 in Lincoln, Nebraska and winds through the country before wrapping on November 21in Atlanta. All confirmed dates are below. Support will come from Black Veil Brides, DED, and Raven Black. Tickets […]

Nathaniel Rateliff – And It’s Still Alright

I would love to sit down over a cocktail and talk music, but more importantly talk life with Nathaniel Rateliff, his music never ceases to amaze me. Musically there’s nothing too special most of the time, but his voice matched with his lyrics make you “feel” and want to groove with him. If you’re looking […]

FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS – ACE OF SPADES – 10/25/19

Frank Turner holds a special, weird, unusual place in my heart because when I discovered him it was a time in my life where I needed to hear a like minded voice, so I usually like to make every effort to see him when he comes to play live.  I was leaving for the show […]

AT THE GATES – HOLY DIVER, SACRAMENTO, CA – 10/24/19

1 / 5 ( 1 vote ) If you were to tell me that At The Gates were going to play a venue that only holds around 200 people in Sacramento on a Thursday night I would tell you you’re bat shit crazy. But, this was the case. And what a night it was to […]

The Struts @ Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA – 7/5/19

5 / 5 ( 1 vote )     As I sit and watch the magnificent line of Struts fans slowly make their way inside, I’m reminded why I always show up about 30min after the doors open-because there is absolutely no need to wait in those lines in mid size venues, and I’m also […]

AFTERSHOCK 2019 LINEUP ANNOUNCED!

After welcoming a sold-out crowd of 60,000 peoplein 2018, Aftershock returns even bigger this year, expanding to three full days of performances from some of the most popular music acts, including a mix of chart-topping headliners and up-and-coming buzzworthy bands across the rock spectrum. The eighth annual edition of California’s biggest rock festival takes place Friday, October 11, Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 at Discovery Park near […]

MUSE – Sacramento – Golden1 Center – 3/7/19

Out of my comfort zone i went for a show that every person I know has told me they put on an absolutely monstress performance. I was not disappointed. On album, the band can sometimes seem to be a bit slow and unfortunately makes them slightly boring. This is not the case with their live […]

In Flames – I, The Mask

If there’s a moment in time that I could freeze and think back to with a much larger magnifying glass, it would be one of the most influential concerts I’ve ever been to. Sometime in the early 2000’s In Flames headlined a tour with Soilwork, Chimaira and Unearth and solidified In Flames as my favorite metal band of […]

Aftershock Festival Upgrades to 3 days and tickets are on sale!

AFTERSHOCK JUST GOT BIGGER! Aftershock will return to Discovery Park in Sacramento, California and we’ve extended the show to THREE DAYS: Friday – Sunday, October 11th – 13th, 2019 You know what that means – more time to ROCK! More good news: Pre-sale tickets are available NOW! Click below for a first shot at getting your tickets to California’s […]

The Bash Music and Beer Festival w/Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies and more….

With Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies & L7, Plus & More On Select Dates With Tastings From A Selection Of Over 100 Different Craft Beers Including The Debut Of Rancid & Ska Brewing’s Brewstomper Golden Ale   Touring Festival Launches May 11 In Phoenix, AZ With Stops In Tucson, AZ; Englishtown, NJ; Boise, ID; Tacoma, WA; […]

Hatebreed returns with absolutely bonkers headlining tour package across the U.S.!

HATEBREED ANNOUNCE SECOND LEG OF 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR FEATURING OBITUARY, MADBALL, AGNOSTIC FRONT, PRONG, & SKELETAL REMAINS NEW DATES SLATED TO HIT THE MIDWEST + WEST COAST IN MAY  FIRST LEG TO KICK OFF IN APRIL 2019 & FEATURES OBITUARY, CRO-MAGS, TERROR, & FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY Hatebreed remain one of the most relevant and impactful acts in the hard rock and […]

Don’t Miss Danko Jones on tour in Sacramento!

They’re coming and they’re bringing their very unique brand of hard rock from Sweden to Harlow’s in Sacramento this weekend 2/17 Sacramento!! Below is the press release on their most current record: New DANKO JONES Album ‘A Rock Supreme’ Due April 26; ‘Dance Dance Dance’ Single Out Now Acclaimed hard rockers’ U.S. tour with Nashville […]

Newcomers iDKHOW rock Sacramento!

Article and Photo Credits: Jess Vincent As the room goes black, a tall dark character comes out on stage holding his bass guitar at the ready. His face decorated with glittery black dots on his cheeks. As he reaches the mic center stage, he begins to pluck out a empathy song for the opening bands. […]

Rocklahoma 2019 Announced with Ozzy, Disturbed, and More!

Rocklahoma is set to take place on Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019 at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Now in its 13th year, America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party will feature performances from some of today’s top rock artists, including: Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, […]

Ozzy Healthy & Ready To Kill at Ozzfest!

With what appears to be one hell of a lineup for a shortened day of Ozzfest, they did a nice job with the announcement a few weeks ago and I for one am heavily looking forward to what will be my 16th Ozzfest! Unfortunately for those outside of California this may be a tough one […]

GHOST Leaves Sacramento Screaming for More

5 / 5 ( 1 vote ) GHOST – 11/13/18 – SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY THEATRE Photo Credit: http://www.joshpiersonphotography.com I’ll be the first to tell you that I have no idea how or why Ghost has gotten as popular as they are, and in fact when they announced this tour and the incredibly large venues they’re playing […]

Slash w/Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators with Classless Act

SLASH w/Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Hollywood Palladium – 10/16/18 When a person such as me spends time in LA, pretty much any amount of time in LA, I start to feel at home every single time. It’s amazing that after years of traveling back and forth from Sacramento to LA that I haven’t […]

Slash w/Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Living The Dream

5 / 5 ( 1 vote ) “Living The Dream” is a special record that has all the layers of Myles Kennedy’s beautiful voice and the screaming melodies of Slash along with The Conspirators to keep your love for traditional rip-roaring Rock ’N Roll alive! If you tell me you like rock ’n roll but […]

High On Fire – Electric Messiah

There’s not much that I can say that can quite prepare you for the attack that High On Fire puts out on ‘Electric Messiah.” From top to bottom this album moves so quickly and so precisely that it’s amazing to get through. It’s everything you expect from High On Fire, but seems to be much […]

As I Lay Dying Plans To Tour the Earth This Year

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few weeks, I’m sure you’ve noticed that As I Lay Dying is planning a new album release as well as a new tour to go along with it. And oddly enough I think they’ve underestimated the amount of people that still support them even after frontman […]

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