Mark McMillon, guitarist for the The Story Changes, is a busy man. When he’s not in the studio or touring with his best friend and drummer, Poppy, in his own band, he’s on the road, sometimes internationally, with another Dayton-rooted band, Hawthorne Heights.
A few days ago, I caught another very cool show at The Iridium on Broadway and 51st Street here in Manhattan. It was the opening night of a two-night visit by Tony Levin's band, Stick Men, and the Adrian Belew Trio.
George Benson has had an illustrious career, spanning more than half a century. He has found commercial and critical success in a wide variety of genres, and has tackled everything from jazz to R&B to pop. Widely considered one of the best guitarists in jazz, Benson in was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master in 2009, one of the highest awards in jazz.
Shelby Lynne doesn’t want to talk. Not about gear, not about songs, not about the why, when, and how. She just wants you to listen and draw your own conclusions. But my first pass through her new, aptly titled album, Revelation Road, left me with a million questions!
The blackened thrashers from Ohio believe in expressing themselves as a truly brutal band through the sheer force of their music, and not through the use of gimmicks like corpse paint and stage props. Their music possesses a crushing amalgam of death, black and thrash metal, music that has the power to make heads bang and minds explode.
California-based heavy metal outfit DevilDriver has enjoyed a healthy fan following over the years. Their music can be described as a blend of melodic death metal and groove metal, but despite being associated with those terms, their latest album "Beast" is more of a death metal album than anything else, and I consider it to be the heaviest among the five studio albums they have released till date.
Los Angeles' very own progressive metal outfit Intronaut has been making waves in the scene ever since they started out in 2004, through three full-length albums and numerous tours that saw them hit the road with huge acts like Mastodon, Cynic, Animals As Leaders and the like.