Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Shiprocked Chronicles

I cannot sum up an insane, beautiful experience like Shiprocked Cruise in just one I've put together a list of Tumblr pieces about the coolest adventure ever.

I give you the Shiprocked Chronicles...

Shiprocked: We shall hail those waves

I fell even deeper in love with Avatar:

The day I drank a margarita and showed Alter Bridge my AB tattoo 

In which I take my fangirling to new heights.

Shiprockers take over the beach

And remind each other to put sunscreen on our tattoos.

Only on Shiprocked 

Yoga on a freaking boat, and an intimate concert with a rock legend.

Wilson: My Shiprocked obsession

This band is the coolest.

Shiprocked: A life changing trip

I get all philosophical: "Finding some insane enlightenment on a rock music cruise might seem kinda silly, but I don’t care."

Thanks for reading!

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Vacation harder,

Mrs. W.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Glenn Hughes/Resonate

Want to end your 2016 with an absolutely rocking album--maybe the best one of the year? Then listen to Mrs. W and run, don't walk, to pick up Glenn Hughes' latest release, Resonate.

This album is timeless. It's solid. It's intense and real. It's true rock 'n roll. It will rip your heart out and make you bang your head. This is what happens when a group of amazingly talented rockers get together and throw away the rule book.

The appropriately titled "Heavy" hits you hard right out of the gate. My rock 'n roll dreams are made of that riff. Hughes spits out the verse and wails over the chorus like the rock god he is. Listen to this song once, it will be in your head for a week. You're welcome:

You'll find kick ass guitar rocking all through Resonate. "Flow" is sludgy and metal as hell. "Let it Shine," "Steady," and "God of Money" also boast riffage that would not sound out of place on Active Rock radio.

But what makes Resonate infinitely more satisfying than anything you'd hear on rock radio--Soul and groove that only bassist/singer/King Badass Hughes can bring.

Hughes' voice is the heartbeat of this album. He feels every single word he sings...and if you don't feel it too, you have a damn heart of stone in your chest. Hughes doesn't even phone in an "it" or a "the." Get this--the band recorded Resonate live--so the guy is just that freaking good.

"How Long" is a standout. Hughes absolutely slays on this song--turning in some growling, beautiful screams at the end. "Landmines" is pure blues, dance-like-James-Brown goodness.The driving and thoughtful "Stumble and Go" is another one of my favorites.

Resonate's lyrics focus on perseverance, faith, and the idea that money can only take you so far. Hughes chooses his words carefully. If you just read the lyrics cold, they may not fall on the ear quite right, but each phrase weaves into the guitar and the groove perfectly.

If music doesn't take you on a sonic journey, if it doesn't have variety--it's boring. "Long Time Gone" is a great example of why Resonate is so killer. This album seems effortless yet painstakingly crafted at the same time. Hughes wrote and produced it, and the musicians who join him are more than up for the challenge of bringing his songs to life. The world needs more music like this:

I hope this inspires you to check out Resonate. Listen to it front to back. Then do it again.

Hughes has an insane catalog of work that I'm digging though right now. I've only scratched the surface. If you like Resonate, check out 2005's Soul Mover. He has also done some work with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi that I am looking forward to diving into.

May your day be filled with Love & Rock 'n Roll,
--Mrs. W.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The newest Alter Bridge song is perfect in my ears

I've been a bad and lazy blogger lately...and I'm sure my seven readers have been just waiting for my take on the upcoming Alter Bridge album, The Last Hero.

Honestly, I haven't found that much inspiration in the first two songs the band has released from the album. I mean, "My Champion" and "Show Me A Leader" are solid tunes, but no goosebumps, no fire. Plus, I have built a world for myself online that surrounds me with AB. (Myles pics in my facebook feed all day every day? Yes please) I just didn't feel like I had anything to add to the discussion. BUT, this third release from The Last Hero smacked me in the face and made me pret-ty freaking excited for October 7.

Bow down, peeps...this is "Poison in Your Veins:"

Yaasss! YES! This is what I was expecting:

Lyrics that cut deep. Dammit Myles, you see into my soul.

Sexy guitar effects. Right before the chorus? Damn, son. There's a lot going on here musically and I hear a new little nugget of Tremonti goodness with each listen. (Can we make #NuggetOfTremontiGoodness a twitter thing asap?)

Speaking of that chorus--catchy as hell.

A bad ass guitar solo. Enough said.

This shit is my new anthem. Color me #Obsessed. The more I listen to "Poison in Your Veins," the more I love it. I simply must sing along with this song, from the front row, while making eye contact with Brian and Myles. *Longing teenage girl sigh*

So I'm late to the full-on-fangirl mode party with The Last Hero, but I'm there.

If you need me any time during the next two weeks, I'll just be over here attempting to appear productive and engaged in life while I'm actually just thinking about Alter Bridge.

--Mrs. W.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Hey, Springfield, Remember when Dorothy opened for Halestorm and Lita Ford back in April and everyone fell deeply in love with the beautiful brunette who can sing her ass off?

Well, now Dorothy has released a full length album, ROCKISDEAD.

I already lost my shit about Dorothy a few months I've reviewed half this album already.

And my buddy over at The Cheap Seats Report wrote a fantastic description of ROCKISDEAD.

So I don't really need to spend a ton of time on this write up. But I'm probably going to anyway.

ROCKISDEAD starts with "Kiss It." The guitars are dirty and fun and the lyrics are rebellious. This album is full of girl power, but not the fluffy, pink kind. Real girl power. Metal girl power. "Dark Nights" continues that theme--Dorothy won't settle for anything less than the bad ass dude she deserves, and you shouldn't either dammit.

The album is full of gritty, electronic sounds that give it a unique edge. There's something for everyone on ROCKISDEAD. Indie, pop, rock...even country. Imagine "Whiskey Fever" sung in the style of Miranda Lambert. You may not want to, but if you try, you have to admit it will work. The album closer, "Shelter," even has a gospel feel.

"Raise Hell" and "Wicked Ones" bring a one-two punch of sexy party music. Ladies, this is what you should listen to when you're putting on red lipstick and black stockings. Guys, this is also what should be playing when you take them off later. (Or vice versa...whatever)

The haunting "Medicine Man" is a must hear...a bit Stevie Nicks. The bluesy, sultry "Woman" sounds like it's coming from fuzzy amps in a smoky bar.

These days, I always wonder if a singer is actually as talented as they sound on an album. Because, studio magic. Dorothy is the real deal. The whole band is talented. I love the rock vibe they bring live:

More songs that should be your soundtrack for your first tattoo, staying out until 4:00 a.m. and/or smoking cigarettes follow in "After Midnight" and "Missile." The latter is one of my favorites on ROCKISDEAD. It's effortless but ballsy. I love how Dorothy plays with melody and mood-- spitting out the verse, slowing down before the chorus, then totally letting loose.

This album will make you feel things. All kinds of things. You should buy it and play it really loud while you get into some kind of delicious trouble.

This night ain't for the faint of heart,

-Mrs W.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Red Sun Rising/T.R.O.Y. Outland Ballroom 6/10/16

The Outland Ballroom is a hot and sweaty place in the summer. Steamy. Just embrace it, because you're all a hot mess and everyone is just getting lost in the music.

Red Sun Rising cut through that thick, humid Springfield air with "Push" Friday night. We were in the palm of their hands immediately. Singer Mike Protich makes it difficult to look away from the stage, even for a second. Even when you need a drink of your sweet, icy vodka cranberry. Did I mention it was hot?

By the end of that first song, the band was just as sweaty as the rest of us.

"The Otherside" hit early in the set. Singing along with my Friday night family gave me chills.

This is my church, guys:

"Amnesia" is going to be Red Sun Rising's next single. They said it's a perfect song for summer, and I agree. It's a super catchy tune about seizing the moment: "Life should be touched not choked to death."

The stage setup and lighting really worked for this show. As Protich sang the beginning of the second verse of "My Muse," he stepped up onto one of the risers. The lights behind him and the fog and the music just came together in this perfect little moment. "Your masquerade it never changed/you wear your mask in the dark..." Magic. One of those moments I'd like to bottle up and keep forever.

RSR covering Alanis Morrisette's "Uninvited" is apparently a huge fan favorite. This acoustic version is fantastic, but does not hold a candle to the electric version we saw at the Outland Ballroom. Guitarist Dave McGarry's harmonizing with Protich is beautiful. This song live was haunting. Stunning. Dreamlike.

"Blister" gives Protich a major chance to shine...there are front men who can sing...then there are front men who can SING. True vocalists. This guy has a "holy shit" kind of voice.

Before "Blister," Protich talked about writing the song years ago, and gave a shout out to the local bands who opened the show. This would be a good time to mention I noticed both guitar players, Dave and Ryan, came out and watched T.R.O.Y.'s set. That's pretty damn cool.

"Bliss" is another "wow" vocal song:

Obviously, that video is not from Friday, but it's good quality.

It's been awhile since I've been this excited about a band. Red Sun Rising really doesn't sound like anyone else. That's why they're so refreshing. The song "Imitation" not only rocked the Ballroom Friday, I'm guessing it's a mantra for RSR. ("Imitation is suicide...") They are definitely making their own way and I can't wait to see where they go. Hopefully somewhere with air conditioning.

These guys next to me were head banging like this the entire show:

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At the height of our "hot yoga" sultry rock 'n roll bonding session, the band's current single "Emotionless" closed out the show as everyone in the room sang along. Also, we are a bunch of dicks and didn't catch Protich when he jumped from the stage. I wasn't standing in that particular spot, so don't blame me. I would have caught him. Because I may or may not think he's adorable.

Don't worry, Myles fangirl heart is big enough for both of you.

Red Sun Rising's music is catchy and cool enough to enjoy on a nice drive or just to rock out to...but in Polyester Zeal they've also given us something you can listen to over and over-- really dig in and find something new to appreciate with each spin. Most artists today don't achieve both.

It's T.R.O.Y.'s fault we were already hot and sweaty when Red Sun Rising hit the stage. The local favorites definitely deserve the attention and success they are receiving. Thrashy riffs, peppered with just enough solos and little guitar licks to keep things interesting. Plenty of people in the crowd wore T.R.O.Y. T-shirts, and I could feel the love in the room as they performed their original tune "The Reckoning." T.R.O.Y. also turned in a pretty killer "War Pigs" cover. If you aren't from Springfield, or you haven't drank the T.R.O.Y. Kool Aid yet, I encourage you to check these guys out.


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Also--shout out to the other local bands who played Friday night: Subject to Loss, The Final Piece, and Seirenes.

Q102 hosted a Rock Room Session with Red Sun Rising earlier Friday afternoon. If you didn't catch it on the radio, RSR sang "The Otherside" and "Emotionless," and shared the stories behind the songs.

Cue my inner struggle of how much eye contact to make with the band. Goal: #InterestedButNotCreepy

I'm really thankful I was able to be a part of this intimate performance. It was a rad experience.

Keep on rocking, Springfield! Hope to see you at the next show!

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Springfield Show Amp Up: Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising hits the Outland Ballroom on June 10, so in order to prepare for obnoxiously singing along, and indulging my obsession with throwing the horns at the perfect moments in a song, I am checking out their album, Polyester Zeal this week.

Your girl is pleasantly surprised by this album. There's a ton of variety on Polyester Zeal, and there's also a truckload of emotion here. The singing, lyrics, riffage, and melodies touch that nerve music is supposed to touch. It will keep you guessing and will give you chills.

"Push" is a high-energy rock track that kicks off the album and definitely made me want to keep listening. "Amnesia" would have been right at home in the '90's rock scene, especially the pre-chorus.

"Otherside," which you've probably heard on Q102, starts with a verse that is very Alice In Chains, then leads into a chorus that will offer the perfect chance for me to employ my aforementioned sing along skills at the show:

"Emotionless" is also getting a lot of love on Q. I love the lyrics in this one:

Lead singer, Mike Protich, has a really interesting, captivating voice. "Blister" shows this off perfectly. "Worlds Away" is another standout.

You have to hear the opening 30 seconds to "Awake." It rocks. "Bliss" is another example of variety on this album. It starts off  as an acoustic number, then turns into a full-on lighters-in-the-air rock anthem. "Imitation" closes us out on a stellar note--great message, and a more aggressive performance.

I really see big things for these guys, and I'm looking forward to following their career. It's obvious they're intensely dedicated to the art of songwriting, and they've got that rock mixed with melody thing down.

I'm having a hard time categorizing RSR or comparing them to other artists, so trust me on this one-- if you've liked what you've heard from Red Sun Rising so far, Polyester Zeal won't disappoint. Check it out and let me know what you think...and I'd love to rock out with you on Friday!

--Mrs. W.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Shinedown/P.O.D./Wayland Shrine Mosque

Dammit Shinedown. My story is just beginning...

Why am I crying? Damn you, Brent Smith, and your perfect voice.

Full disclosure: Your girl usually writes about bands she's obsessed with. Shinedown, I am not obsessed with...I mean, I might be now after seeing them live and realizing how many of the band's songs are a huge part of my brain and my heart and my life. How the hell do they do that?

Shinedown took the stage with "Asking For It," from the band's most recent album. For the next hour and a half, the mega-melodic, just-enough-rock, magic continued. "Fly From the Inside" kept the crowd going, followed by "Diamond Eyes," marking the first time I cried like a freaking girl. But not the last.

How do I know all of these songs? "I've got a candle/and I've got a spoon..." Someone save me.

I've never tried to memorize the words to "Second Chance," but I know all of them. This song took me hostage and gave me a major case of Stockholm syndrome.

Shinedown is nostalgia and now. They are everywhere. They are the tugging, longing feelings I used to be afraid of, but I now miss. Shinedown is teenage angst and early-30's disillusionment. They're high school. They're, "Aw, shit, I better not have another beer...I have to work in the morning. And every morning. For the rest of my life." Shinedown is everything I want to be. Shinedown is so perfect it hurts.

"I Dare You" was a definite highlight of the night. Smith was on point--he even came down into the audience to hang out with us. "If You Only Knew" was another teary moment that I can't explain. YOU listen to this fantastic band and a couple thousand people sing, "It's 4:03/and I can't sleep/without you next to me/I toss and turn like the sea," and try not to cry. The last ten years of my life came rushing back to me in that chorus.

I honestly am not sure I've heard an audience sing as passionately as the Shrine Mosque crowd sang along with "45." It was beautiful. Smith dedicated "Simple Man" to Prince, after speaking about media portrayal of his potential problems with pain killers, and pointing out that anyone who deals with that is so much more than their addiction. Preach, brother.

The Shrine lit up with cell phone flashlights and lighters for "State of My Head" for another "wow" moment.

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I have two definite standouts of the night, "Cut the Cord," with a killer bass line, stole the show near the end of Shinedown's set. I am obsessed with the moment that chorus starts. "Make it RAIN/so ring the bell" Hell yes. The set closed with "Sound of Madness," which is so much fun to sing and dance along to. I want to live in that song.

Shinedown, you have baptized me in your music. I am now a believer. Can I get a witness?

P.O.D.'s set made me feel like I had taken a trip back in was basically high school, only the band was wearing skinnier jeans. Youth group me (aka Miss S.) was definitely more into Steven Curtis Chapman than P.O.D., so I can't say I'm an expert on the band.

"Boom" started off P.O.D.'s nu-metal-tastic set. The band's time on stage was full of DJ sample noises, rock-rap, and big choruses. The audience? Lots of crowd surfing and vaping. Of course, "Youth of the Nation" (during which they brought an adorable little girl onstage) and "Alive" closed out P.O.D.'s time with us.

Wayland opened the night. As usual, the most high-energy band of the night was the openers. These guys went nuts. Vocalist Mitch Arnold had that "possessed by the music" thing down. I dig it. The Michigan four-piece rocked through "Welcome to My Head," "Bloody Sunrise," and "Reno."

I listened to these guys on Spotify, and thought they had a country flavor, but after seeing them live, I don't get that at all. They are so 80's--and I mean that in a good way. Very, very Skid Row, kinda Bon Jovi. This was super evident with "Come Back To Me." The band also went crazy and Arnold got all red-faced with a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." Arnold asked if we'd come back and see them when they play Springfield again. Of course! The whole band is talented, and it was really the only time in the evening we got to hear a guitar solo.

Now I see the world through diamond eyes.

Goddammit, Shinedown.

--Mrs. W.