Concert Review: Nik Havert Gets Melted In South Bend

Clutch, The Sword, and Crobot – Club Fever, South Bend, Indiana – January 09, 2014                 It was cold.  Snow covered most of the street outside Club Fever in downtown South Bend, but I had faith that I would soon be warmed by face-melting rock.  I had an extra ticket to sell for a show…

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Waylon Fest – Whiteface, Texas

“This is no dress rehearsal, we are professionals, and this is the big time.” – Waylon Jennings “Those words from Waylon have inspired musicians and people from all walks of life for many, many years and his Music has and will continue to inspire and touch people’s hearts and lives for Eternity as long as…

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Cowtown Cancer Ball: Ft Worth, TX

Something very cool that will endure for years began quietly yet effectively in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday, the 30th of June, 2013. At the Longhorn Saloon, a venerable and well-run establishment up on the hill of Exchange Street, an outpouring of love and sacrifice from the music community raised awareness of the sort of local charity…

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Jason and The Punknecks Perpetual Tour

Country Punk band, Jason and The Punknecks from Nashville, TN equals hardcore road warriors, hardcore workers, and hardcore players.  My duo, Babs Martin & Outlaw Haints had the opportunity to open for this band at The Mercury Lounge in Tulsa. The Punknecks went through hell and, as Jason reminded me, high water to make the…

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Kevin Welch: 3 Moons House Concert

Kevin Welch – 3 Moons House Concert Series Some months ago a friend of mine suggested to me that we should hitch our wagon to a pursuit that he termed “house concerts.” Being intrigued by any possibility for a gig I inquired, “What the hell is a house concert?” Logic led me to assume that…

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Kelsey’s Woods Rocks Chattacountry by Jim Boles

Well, Kelsey’s Woods was originally three band members, then four, then back to three…they’ve even been down to two where they’re better known as D-n-R (Dave and Russ), but they’ve also been back up to three…just a different three, where they are known as Large Marge and the 18 Wheelers (Dave, Russ, and Andrew), but…

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Austin TX Psych Fest: Live Review

Austin Psych Fest April 25 – 28, 2013  in Austin, TX. The sixth annual Austin Psych Fest (www.austinpsychfest.com) was my first, and its first at an outdoor venue.  The festival’s coordinators, better known as the Reverb Appreciation Society, had longed to have the festival at an outdoor venue for years.  They finally got their wish and…

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Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor & more – Indiana’s Brass Rail

If you were in Fort Wayne, Indiana on April 19, 2013, I hope you were at the Brass Rail. If you weren’t, you missed a great triple-bill psychedelic rock show. First up was the Detroit psych-rock trio Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor (www.sistersofyoursunshinevapor.com).  I’ve been a fan of theirs since I saw them open for…

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