EMELI SANDE LIVE IN TORONTO 2012 – FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

All Photography By: Fridae Mattas
All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

EMELI SANDÉ

LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS 2012

FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

By: Fridae Mattas

EMELI SANDE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS 2012Friday November 23rd the latest Scottish vocal talent Emeli Sandé hit Toronto’s Kool Haus with Shawn Hook as supporting act. When I found out she was coming to the city I had to go see and hear her perform live. Emeli is one of the newer legit talents to reach the mainstream waves, the “Our Version Of Events” tour is her first headlining tour. In the past Emeli opened for acts like Cold Play performing at huge venues across the globe, she even sang a cover of Cold Play’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” in this set. Emeli’s real name is Adele Emeli Sandé, she started using her middle name “Emeli” as a stage name when fellow British songstress Adele’s star began to rise. My ears discovered Emeli’s music late last year just before she released her début record and began to explode in North America. Many people still don’t know who Emeli is and that is why I created FridaeTV, to introduce the world to fantastic new artists like Emeli Sandé! Once you listen to Emeli’s music you will understand. 

Arriving just in time to catch the last two songs from Canada’s Shawn Hook who was opening the show for Emeli. He wasn’t too bad from what I caught and he even did a little autograph session at the merch table for his fans after the set. Watching the last bit of his set I could not tell if there was a pit, far too many people were crowded in front of the stage. All I know is, I will definitely have to check Shawn out again when he’s back in Toronto.

EMELI SANDE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS 2012

Once given our media passes we were escorted to the stage area, our Live Nation escort EMELI SANDE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS 2012then informed us there wasn’t a media pit to shoot from. She didn’t know in advance because she did not check the stage area of the venue prior to the show. I should have listened to my intuition and brought the 70-200 lens but decided against it because my confirmation email stated we were to shoot first 3 songs no flash from the media pit. Now, I had to shoot from the crowd with my regular lens and the fans were going to get upset for being in their space. So I did what I had to do, worked my way into the large crowd getting close enough to the stage as possible, explaining to the fans around me that I would only be there for three songs. Managed to capture a few feasible photographs to use in this editorial. Thank the Lord it wasn’t a rock concert without barricades because that would have been deadly.

After putting my camera away I came back to the venue to watch the rest of Emeli Sandé’s fifteen track set. People want to have fun and dance but they also have different issues going on in their lives and look for an escape, that’s where music comes in. Everyone can relate to music about relationships and heartbreak because life is filled with both.

EMELI SANDE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS 2012

My favorite songs of Emeli’s are “Heaven”, “Next To Me” and “My Kind Of Love”, she performed them all and more. A few other tunes I took a liking to are “Clown”, “Breaking The Law” and the final encore “Read All About It (Part III)”. She sounded incredible when she sang and utilized the large stage to the best of her ability with her band, a piano player and a guitarist. There were a few pitchy moments, very few! I can remember only one incident mid set during an acoustic track. She played a few songs on the piano herself while singing her heart out to the crowd and they were loving every minute! Well…The majority of us paying attention to the amazing talent on stage. These bobblehead broads in front of me kept taking Facebook or Twitter profile shots throughout the entire set and that was getting played out fast! Other than the bobbleheads, I enjoyed the rest of the show and was able to feel the music. If you like genuine talent with soul, your ears need some Emeli Sandé therapy! Go see her live if she’s in your area, I can guarantee that you will not be dissapointed!

COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

www.EMELIESANDÉ.com

NEW ORDER LIVE @ THE SONY CENTRE – FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

NEW ORDER

LIVE @ THE SONY CENTRE

FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

By: Fridae Mattas

On October 23rd New Order hit Toronto to play the first of two sold out shows ending off their 2012 North American Tour at The Sony Centre for Performing Arts. I completely forgot about this show, the month of October has been extremely busy for me. I was filtering press releases when I received media confirmation a few hours prior to doors.

New Order are a bit before my time, the only song I could think of that I knew was “Blue Monday”. It’s always fun to cover old school bands I would have never thought I would get a chance to see live, nevermind actually shoot. British band New Order was formed in 1980 after Joy Division singer Ian Curtis committed suicide. They regrouped and renamed the band New Order with majority of the original members still in the band. New Order today is: Bernard Sumner – Vocals and Guitar, Stephen Morris – Drums, Gillian Gilbert – Keys, Vocals and Guitar, Phil Cunningham – Guitar and Keys and the newest member of the band replacing original member Peter Hook is Bassist Tom Chapman.

I arrived just on time, literally! I reached the stage area and was immediately given the break down by our media contact, I didn’t even have a chance to configure my camera’s setting as the lights went out and the first tune “Elegia” began. We were allowed to shoot the first four songs after the intro, this is very rare. Usually the media shoots the first three sometimes only two. This was my first time actually shooting a show at the Sony Centre, I’ve covered other events at the venue but they were Ballets and Musicals that do not permit any photography during the performance.

Once the intro wrapped I started shooting from the right wing and migrated to the left, we were told to shoot from the wings and not block the middle. I wanted to take a few shots from the back of the venue of the crowd but I didn’t know if I was permitted to. It was a sold out show, the people came to listen, dance and watch their favorite band. The crowd varied in ages, the youngest being in their late teens which surprised me because I was expecting a much older crowd. I tried to observe the performance as much as I could while photographing the band but I didn’t really get the full effect until I sat in my seat to watch the performance.

I was turning to go back to the media area when the media contact reminded me I still had one more song to shoot. So used to three tunes that I completely miscounted how many tracks were left. After the fourth track ended we headed back to the media room and I was the only one who went back in to review the set. I finally found my seat as New Order played “Isolation” a Joy Division cover followed by “Here To Stay”. I was amazed by the lighting and the disco ball was a nice touch. It felt like I was watching a 3D concert movie because they also had a screen with various different images one being the bands name, it was too cool.

All of the members played their instruments well, but not as enthusiastic as you would expect. Gillian could smile a little more and show some vibrance on stage, she was not very lively. Frontman Sumner, did well vocally for his age although it was rather pitchy in a few tracks. I could barely hear him when I was in my seat during the performance because the guitars were drowning him out. He also needs a little more crowd interaction, the connection with his audience wasn’t there, he kept looking at his guitar. The whole band needs to step it up a notch for the entertainment factor, I was expecting a little more personality and showmanship from these veterans. Compared to other reunion shows I have recently covered, they were a little disappointing obviously relying on the lights and disco ball to keep the crowd on their toes.

Regardless of my critical journalistic perspective as a music fan I enjoyed myself, it was like discovering a new band and the lighting was definitely my favorite part. I went in thinking I didn’t know many of the songs but I did! Once I heard the songs live, performed by the actual band that created them, I surprisingly knew more tunes than I thought. It was so fun to sing along to “Blue Monday” and “Bizarre Love Triangle”.

A fan of the band or not, New Order will bring their 80’s infusion into your life! The fans were ecstatic, throughly enjoying themselves as New Order played most of their hits. This crowd was the most dancey I have seen in a while, more people need to dance to their favorite music. The two encores that closed this seventeen track set were Joy Division covers “Transmission” and “Love Will Tear Us A Part”. If New Order hits the road again and you are an 80’s music fan, this show you must experience. Major thanks goes to the fabulous folks at Goldenvoice Canada/AEGLive.

www.NEWORDERNOW.net

  COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

NOVEMBER 3RD THRASH FUCK TRASH BASH 4! PLUS FREE DOWNLOAD!

Thrash! Fuck Thrash Bash 4!

 FREE Download Comp. FT. Fatality, Aggressor, Mastery, Lethal Voltage, Eternal Judgment

Nov 3 – Toronto – Blacktooth Ent. Presents: Thrash Fuck Thrash Bash 4 w/ Fatality, Aggressor +more!

Following the undeniable success of the last three Thrash Fuck Thrash Bashes, Blacktooth Entertainment is proud to bring fans the highly anticipated fourth installment on Saturday, November 3 at Hard Luck Bar (772 Dundas Street West).

  A slew of bands, including Fatality, Aggressor, Mastery, Lethal Voltage and Eternal Judgment will take to the stage while DJ Cyndi Z will be spinnin’ classic vinyl records all night, giving all show goers what is bound to be an epic music hangover.
 

Blacktooth Ent. is now offering a FREE DOWNLOAD compilation of all the kickass bands performing at this year’s TFTB 4, which is available at the following link and features the following tracks.

Download Link – http://thrashbash4.bandcamp.com

Thrash Bash 4 – Track Listing
1. Fatality – Thrash Fuck Eat Sleep 05:25 – Music Video
2. Fatality – Bleed Me Useless 03:49
3. Aggressor – Chopper 05:01
4. Aggressor – Unto the World 06:19
5. Mastery – Ashes of Epiphanies 04:56
6. Mastery – Faithful Trust 04:26
7. Lethal Voltage – Lethal Voltage 07:31
8. Lethal Voltage – Seeds of Evil 06:52
9. Eternal Judgment – Fatal Virus 03:57
10. Eternal Judgment – Kill to Survive 03:40

Show Details
Thrash Fuck Thrash Bash 4 – http://www.facebook.com/events/157027787769941
Featuring: Fatality, Aggressor, Mastery, Lethal Voltage, Eternal Judgment and more TBA!
DJ CYNDI Z spinnin’ classic vinyls all night!
Sat. Nov 3rd @ Hard Luck Bar – 772 Dundas Street W.
All Ages

FATALITY
www.facebook.com/fatalitythrash

AGGRESSOR (Return show!)
www.facebook.com/aggressivemusic

MASTERY
www.facebook.com/pages/Mastery/160638577320942

LETHAL VOLTAGE
www.facebook.com/lethalvoltage

ETERNAL JUDGMENT (Montreal)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eternal-Judgment/112880535392018

+ DJ CYNDI Z spinnin’ classic vinyls all night!

*MORE TBA!*
www.facebook.com/BlacktoothEntertainment
www.facebook.com/HardLuckBar

HELLYEAH ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES!

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

NEW HELLYEAH TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

New York, NY – October 4, 2012 – Hard rock supergroup HELLYEAH has announced a long string of tour dates in both the US and Canada for this fall. The run kicks off on October 19th in Oklahoma City, which finds the band sharing the stage with The Cult, Hinder, Buckcherry, Saving Abel and Lit. Following those shows, HELLYEAH will embark on a solo run through Texas, across Canada and select East Coast gigs, which will lead them up to the anticipated Lamb of God tour. All dates are on sale now. Detailed routing is listed below.
 
HELLYEAH released their highly anticipated third album, Band of Brothers, in July. The album’s second single, “Drink, Drank, Drunk” holds true to the band’s heavy-hitting, feel good rock and roll. The track has charted at Active Rock one week following impact and continues to climb.
 
Festival Dates with The Cult, Hinder, Buckcherry, HELLYEAH, Saving Abel, and Lit:
 
Fri-Oct-19Oklahoma City, OKZoo Amphitheatre
Sat-Oct-20Miami, OKBuffalo Run
Sun-Oct-21San Antonio, TXSunken Gardens Amphitheatre

 
 
Headline Dates with Holy Grail in the US; Dance Laury Dance and Holy Grail in Canada:

Tue-Oct-23 Waco, TX Wild West
Wed-Oct-24 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Backroom
Fri-Oct-26 El Paso, TX House of Rock Live
Sat-Oct-27 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
Sun-Oct-28 Ventura, CA Ventura County Fair
Wed-Oct-31 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Thu-Nov-01 Vancouver, BC The Venue
Sat-Nov-03 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Center
Sun-Nov-04 Regina, SK The Pump
Mon-Nov-05 Saskatoon, SK Odeon Nite Club
Wed-Nov-07 Thunder Bay, ONT Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Fri-Nov-09 Toronto, ON The Opera House
Sat-Nov-10 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Mon-Nov-12 Quebec City, QC Imperial Theater
Wed-Nov-14 Watertown, NY Exhibition Hall
Fri-Nov-16 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans Music Hall

 Sat-Nov-17    Jacksonville, FL      Brewster’s Roc Bar

With Lamb of God:
Tue-Nov-20 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
Wed-Nov-21 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
Fri-Nov-23 Wallinford, CT Toyota Presents Oakdale
Sat-Nov-24 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory
Sun-Nov-25 Boston, MA House of Blues
Mon-Nov-26 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
Tue-Nov-27 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE – Indoor Stage
Wed-Nov-28 Richmond, VA The National
Fri-Nov-30 Chicago, IL Congress Theatre
Sat-Dec-01 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
Mon-Dec-03 Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room
Tue-Dec-04 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
Thu-Dec-06 Houston, TX Bayou Music Theater
Fri-Dec-07 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
Sat-Dec-08 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
Mon-Dec-10 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
Tue-Dec-11 Farmington, NM McGee park
Thu-Dec-13 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
Fri-Dec-14 Medford, OR Medford Armory
Sat-Dec-15 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
Sun-Dec-16 Seattle, WA Show box SODO

www.HELLYEAHBAND.com

Queen’s Hungarian Rhapsody: Live In Budapest Review

QUEEN’S HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY

LIVE IN BUDAPEST

REVIEW

By: Fridae Mattas

Last Thursday September 20th I was invited to the screening of this newly restored concert classic. As a fan of Queen I was more than happy to attend and see how they remastered this old school concert. Queen was popular before my time but I came to know their songs as I grew up realizing I knew a lot more Queen songs than I thought. I remember being fond of Queen as a kid because they were one of the very few rock bands I was allowed to listen to. My parents were obsessed with Abba, I like a few of their tunes but even in diapers they were just too cheesy for me. Its pretty amazing how much a person remembers from infancy, I can recall all the way back to when they took my hospital picture not too long after I was born. The only reason I remember that day is because I did not like the flash of the camera, it hurt my eyes. My expression in that photograph is absolutly hilarious to me, from the look of annoyance on my crinkled browless watermelon face to my tiny fists raised and ready to fight.  My ears discovered Queen about the same time they did Bon Jovi, my Dad was blasting “Another One Bites The Dust” on his 8 track the one time he drove me to Ballet when I was three. Since then I have been intrigued with the Queen I heard and to this day I still love listening to old school Queen tunes. My Brother has most of my Dad’s old records including a bunch of Queen vinyls but none of the 8 tracks survived our multiple moves.

The Hungarian Rhapsody screening was only to be for that day, recently it was announced that it will be released globally in select theaters starting September 20th and available on DVD to purchase in November. Having seen other Queen concerts on TV I was excited to see this one, especially because it was on the big screen. I wish I was old enough to have seen Queen live in action fronted by the late great Freddie Mercury because he truly knew the meaning of entertainment. I have not yet seen any frontman with the charisma, chops or enthusiasm Mercury had on the stage. Not one lead vocalist out of the thousands of bands has come close to the level of Freddie Mercury live. These days, too many bands and artists rely heavily on the voice box and autotune. If you can’t sing, don’t.

You can tell the footage is old, the colour correction on the compiled interview portion could have been done a little more, it was a lot more dull compared to the actual show footage. While watching the set on the big screen I noticed the crowd was huge! This was filmed at an enormous open air venue in Budapest filled with 80,000 screaming Queen fans who sung along to each and every song. The set included most of their hits, which was a great joy to my ears but I did notice Mercury carried the band. The others had their moments with a few solo’s sprinkled here and there but it was Freddie who did all the work when it came to engaging the crowd. I hope to see Queen live one day but I don’t know if I will ever be comfortable watching their classic songs being performed by someone other than Freddie Mercury.

For all the Queen fans around the world, you need to go see this remastered live performance on the big screen! Thanks to www.Eagle-Rock.com and Cineplex for the tickets and swag, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as I’m sure everyone else who caught the screening did. Find out exactly where you can watch Queen’s Hungarian Rhapsody here or hit up www.Queenonline.com.

Directed By: JÁNOS ZSOMBOLYAI
Executive Producers: JIM BEACH and LÁSZLÓ HEGEDÜS

COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

QUEEN’S HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY: LIVE IN BUDAPEST – SPECIAL SCREENING TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 

Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest
Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond Street, Toronto
Thursday, September 20th, 2012
7:30PM

Three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Queen staged the first Western rock concert in a stadium behind the Iron Curtain with 80,000 fans watching. This was the largest ever show in Népstadion, Budapest. In addition to such favourites as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “I Want To Break Free”, and “We Are The Champions”, the film will also feature some never-before-seen archive footage of the band at rehearsals, interviews and on the road. The fascinating mini documentary will lead into the astounding concert movie with snippets and highlights from the band during the year leading up to one of their most significant performances.
 
The first 200 people to arrive at the Scotiabank Theatre on September 20th for this event will receive a Queen gift bag with a theatrical poster and a selection of Queen DVDs.
 
The film will be playing at various participating Cineplex theatres. Tickets are available at participating theatre box offices and online at cineplex.com/events. A complete list of participating theatres and showtimes is also available online. Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest on November 6th, 2012 on DVD, Blu-ray, digital video, DVD/CD, and Blu-ray/CD.

CONTEST INFORMATION: Thanks to the amazing folks at Cineplex and Eagle Rock I have a pair of tickets for the screening to giveaway! Email me your favorite Queen song, no purchase necessary contest ends 11:59pm Tuesday September 18th. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced Wednesday September 19th. Email your answer with “Queen” in subject line along with contact information to info@fridaetv.ca Good Luck!

LINKS
http://www.cineplex.com
http://www.eagle-rock.com

LAMB OF GOD FALL U.S. TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

LAMB OF GOD Announces Fall U.S. Tour

 IN FLAMES to Support HATEBREED and HELLYEAH Split Tour Appearances SYLOSIS to Open!

After a successful reunion with singer Randy Blythe at the two Knotfest shows in mid-August, LAMB OF GOD is pleased to announce a 38-date fall U.S tour starting October 30th in Phoenix, Arizona. Joining LAMB OF GOD as direct support for the entire tour is In Flames. Hatebreed will be joining the package from October 30th until November 19th at which point HELLYEAH will replace them for the remainder of the shows.  British band Sylosis will open all dates.   Due to Randy Blythe’s continuing legal situation, the band will not be able to perform in Canada on this tour but look forward to doing an entire Canadian run in the near future.  The tour will be the first U.S tour in support of the band’s CD, Resolution, which debuted at #3 upon its release in January, and will be the last tour dates of 2012. Tickets for the tour will begin to go on sale the weekend of September 21st. 

 Tour Dates   

Tue/Oct-30      Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theater     

Wed/Oct-31    Los Angeles, CA @ TBA     

Thu/Nov-01     Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues                

Sat/Nov-03      Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion    

Sun/Nov-04     San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden 

Mon/Nov-05   Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom            

Wed/Nov-07   St. Louis, MO @ Pageant      

Thu/Nov-08     Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room  

Fri/Nov-09      Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom  

Sat/Nov-10      St. Paul, MN @ Myth            

Mon/Nov-12   Louisville, KY @ Expo Five             

Wed/Nov-14   Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater           

Thu/Nov-15     TBA

Fri/Nov-16      New York, NY @ Roseland 

Sat/Nov-17     Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore                       

Mon/Nov-19   Orlando, FL @ House of Blues         

Tue/Nov-20     Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle  

Wed/Nov-21   Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore                 

Fri/Nov-23      Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theater

Sat/Nov-24      Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Sun/Nov-25     Boston, MA @ House of Blues         

Mon/Nov-26   Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater

Tue/Nov-27    Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE  

Wed/Nov-28   Richmond, VA @ The National                                

Fri/Nov-30      Chicago, IL @ Congress Ballroom    

Sat/Dec-01      Detroit, MI @ State Theater  

Sun/Dec-02     Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion (no HELLYEAH)

Mon/Dec-03    Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room     

Tue/Dec-04     Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom

Thu/Dec-06     Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center           

Fri/Dec-07       Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom    

Sat/Dec-08      Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater                   

Mon/Dec-10    Denver, CO @ Fillmore         

Tue/Dec-11     Farmington, NM @ McGhee Park                       

Thu/Dec-13     San Francisco, CA @ Warfield         

Fri/Dec-14       Medford, OR @ Medford Armory   

Sat/Dec-15      Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory    

Sun/Dec-16    Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO

www.LAMB-OF-GOD.com 

ROCKAPALOOZA OHIO BACK TO COLLEGE JAM THIS SATURDAY!

ROCKAPALOOZA OHIO SEPTEMBER 8TH

Headlined this Year by THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and MACHINE GUN KELLY with Support from ATTACK! ATTACK!, TWISTA, and more!  ROCKAPALOOZA Ohio – Back to College Jam will take over the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in just one week on September 8th! The fairgrounds are located at 19201 E. Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, OH. The event is ALL AGES. Tickets are on sale at this etix.com location. Doors open at 10am and curfew is set at 12am.

Ticket Prices: $30 Advance General Admission Buy tickets here!

$40 Day of Show

$100 VIP – This grants you front of line access upon entry, front of line access to the meet and greet artist autograph signing tent, access to an exclusive VIP artist viewing deck attached to the main stage, and half priced drinks in the VIP lounge (meet and greets TBA). FYI – www.soundrink.com is providing VIP ticket sales with reduced fees now!

Hosted this year by SiriusXM Faction DJ Shannon Gunz and model Taylor Brynne, ROCKAPALOOZA Ohio features headliners THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and MACHINE GUN KELLY with support from ATTACK! ATTACK!, TWISTA, and more! Other artists performing include INSPECTAH DECK of the Wu Tang Clan, TEXAS IN JULY, IONIA, and many more. See below for a full line-up.  Learn more about some of this year’s stellar artists below:

· Drae Michael Smith (D-RAE) was born on July 29, 1991, grew up in the small town of East Palestine, Ohio and at the age of 14, realized that he wanted to take his love and passion for music to another level by writing and recording his own music. In 2011, Smith began to brand and promote his “Keep It Movin” movement and shared the stage with names such as Wiz Khalifa, Machine Gun Kelly and Yelawolf. Smith had faced a lot of challenges in the form or hate, criticism, low-budgets and no support, but through it all he kept things moving and continued to work hard. His goal is to be a source of inspiration for those who have dreams of any kind, to always keep their head up and know that if they believe and work hard, good things will come their way.

· Formed in 2011, Helix Reign combines elements of 90s Alternative Rock, Modern Hard Rock, and traditional heavy metal to make music that can only be described as “helix reign” Helix Reign has opened for national acts Mushroomhead, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Red Jumpsuit Aparatus, We Came as Romans, Emphatic, Trapt, and Icon for Hire as well as headlined several shows in their hometown as well as won 2 battle of the bands contests. In the Summer of 2012 they began working on their first full length album. Check out www.helixreign.com for more info and upcoming shows

· Hailing from the streets of NYC, ionia will once again make its way to the Rockapalooza stage to deliver a performance that will surely be remembered by the fans. ionia is a band of strength, dedication, and without compromise. Made up of five socially and economically conscious members they strive not only to deliver one hell of a rock performance but do so with integrity and a lyrical message that contains meaning and provokes thought. This is not just another cookie cutter rock band. ionia is one to watch out for. www.ioniamusic.com 

· A rising star from a broken region, Fallen Captive brings a blue collar work ethic, blends it with melody and that never-give-up attitude that is synonymous with the city of Cleveland and heavy metal music. More than just a group of musicians, they’re brothers in arms. Playing a potent brand of metalcore with a slew of influences thrown in, they’re never content to rest on their laurels. Fallen Ca ptive is all about moving forward to take their music to the next level. With a dual lead guitar attack, booming bass, thundering drums and a hint of keyboards to offset the aggressive vocals, Fallen Captive is a force to be reckoned with and everyone should stand up and take notice. http://www.facebook.com/fallencaptive 

· Ruled by Reason is a progressive metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Combing sounds from Between the Buried and Me, In Flames, Mastodon, and August Burns Red, Ruled by Reason create a sound that is fresh and compelling in the modern music scene. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Ruled by Reason! http://www.facebook.com/ruledbyreason 

— ROCKAPALOOZA Ohio – Back to College Jam is presented by Kings of Rock Entertainment & Live Loud N Local and brought to you by Rockstar Energy Drink. The festival is also sponsored by Young & Reckless Clothing, Cleveland Scene Magazine, Blueprint Artist Development, Ghost Vodka, and Revolver Electronic Cigarettes.  

VIP CONTEST INFO: Rockapalooza Music Festival is kicking off a brand new contest to benefit local Kent, OH social services. The fest will be giving away a VIP upgrade to some lucky fans at the Ohio event! Bring a canned good or donate $1 upon entry into the festival grounds and receive an entry into the VIP upgrade drawing that will be held every two hours! That’s right! Just for making a small donation to help those in need, you could win one of four VIP passes. VIP to the festival includes, front of the line entry into the artist meet and greet tent, the ability  to watch the show from the special VIP viewing deck attached to the main stage, half priced drinks and a very special VIP pass! Help us help others and win some cool prizes too!  

HEADLINERS:

The Devil Wears Prada

Machine Gun Kelly

Attack Attack!

Twista

Inspectah Deck (Wu Tang Clan)

Texas In July

Ionia

Bobaflex

Ghosts of August

iPhonic

Eric Evasion

Chuck Lew

Fallen Captive

With performances by:

Alternant Resonant

Animas

Beat To Quarters

Black Cloud Syndrome

Broken Reflection

D-Rae

Distant Descend

Fallen Captive

Ice Possible

It Lies Within

Jay Mel

Jet City Vega

Killjay

Ky’Ly’Ntae

Mind Pulp

Nation of Wealth

Nazareth

Nyland

Rotation

Tisk Tisk

Trakblazas

Undone

Wixor

For more information on ROCKAPALOOZA Ohio, please visit these websites: www.rockapalooza.net http://www.facebook.com/RockapaloozaFestival 

Join the Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/485511688130778/

2ND NEW ORDER TORONTO SHOW ADDED, ON SALE TOMORROW!

NEW ORDER

NORTH AMERICA – 2012

SECOND TORONTO SHOW JUST ANNOUNCED

 

TORONTO, ON – (MONDAY, AUGUST 20) – Following the immediate sell-out of their first night at Toronto’s Sony Centre For the Performing Arts, NEW ORDER has confirmed they will add a second night in Toronto as part of their first tour of North America since 2005. 

Singer Bernard Sumner said, “We’ve been having such a great time together this year, playing shows all over Europe, and we’re all really excited to be playing America again. We have so many friends and fans there we can’t wait to get back!”

NEW ORDER’S last US tour was back in May 2005, their last US show an exclusive appearance at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival earlier this year, and their last visit to Canada was 11 years ago, in 2001.

For ticket information   www.newordernow.net

NEW ORDER are:

Bernard Sumner (vocals, guitar)

Stephen Morris (drums)

Gillian Gilbert (keyboard, guitar)

Phil Cunningham (guitar, keyboards)

Tom Chapman (bass)

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EDGEFEST 2012 FEATURE EDITORIAL

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

EDGEFEST 2012

FEATURE EDITORIAL

 

By: Fridae Mattas

 

Edgefest! Yes, it went down on Saturday July 14th at Downsview Park and headlining this year was Canada’s own Billy Talent. The lineup also included The Pack A.D., USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker), Death From Above 1979Silversun Pickups, The Sheepdogs, The Balconies, Indian Handcrafts, The Dirty Heads and a few more I just couldn’t get to on time.

There was a good sized crowd when we arrived just after 12:30pm, it was perfect timing to see Vancouver duo Becky Black Vox/Guitar and Maya Miller known as  The Pack A.D. The garage rock duo was first to play the mainstage and did an incredible job keeping the crowd excited, not to mention they make some pretty tasty sugarless mojitos! Keep it peeled for the interview team member Anthony Dell’Orso did with the talented Femmes. You can view photos and videos of  the bands covered here and here.

Photo By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV
Photo By: Fridae Mattas

Once The Pack A.D’s  set ended we headed over to catch The Balconies at the side stage which was pretty much three football fields away! It took five minutes with a bit of crowd traffic to reach from the main stage but by 3pm it took at least fifteen and we did not have golf cart access to take us there. Migrations to that stage had to be limited if I wanted to catch any of the bands. At least we managed to hit up the side stage more than once, I looked but couldn’t find the electronic stage.

Photo By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV
Photo By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV
Photo By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV

This was my first time seeing The Balconies from Ottawa live or so I think, so many bands I thought I haven’t seen but I have. I must say they put on an entertaining performance I love their tune ‘Kill Count’, they all looked like they were having a lot of fun on the stage. I definitely need to catch another one of their sets in the future.

So many people this year it blew my mind there was no space except near the sides of the of the park and backstage.  It was super hot that day perfect for a festival that even had a cooling station. Thankfully it didn’t rain but Vans Warped Tour the next day did not have such luck. We kept cool by drinking lots of water and finding shade under random trees if we weren’t chilling in the media trailer between sets. There weren’t any serious medical emergencies other than the drunk crowd surfer who smashed his head open and was gushing blood after landing in the media pit. The bleeding Larry was fighting the Popo’s as blood ran down his face like a waterfall. They were trying to help the guy get to the medical tent and he was battling them because he wanted to go back out and watch the rest of the bands set! That was a fucked up incident to witness and I’m glad he’s okay, all the blood gave me goosebumps!

Photo By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV
Photo By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV
Photo By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV

After that incident nothing of that nature happened and the thousands of people having  a safe but amazing time was so good to see! A few of the bands in the lineup like USS, I have covered before and will over again because they put on one of the most energetic sets I have seen, plus their tunes are catchy! the crowd was certainly loving every minute of their on and off stage antics.

Photo By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV
Photo By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV

Another first was The Dirty Heads who looked super familiar to me, maybe I have seen them because even their tunes sounded familiar. Many bands covered over the years and they have  beyond blended, a stand out is very rare. The Dirty Heads sound is way different than their rock band appearance, they have this mellow island vibe with some pretty sick vocals. Never judge a book by it’s cover, you may surprised what stories and glories you will find inside to discover.

The Sheepdogs also put on an exceptional performance, as always they are enjoyable to listen to. Indian Handcrafts were another band seen at the second stage, a male duo who are “men that make man music”! Quite surprised with their performance, looking forward to seeing more from these Larries. Anthony did an interview with Brandyn and Daniel, stay tuned for that one as well.

Death From Above 1979 were incredible, I’m glad I finally had the chance of seeing the turn it out live. I loved the guitars, the way the axe sounded was exactly how you would want it to sound. I think they are much better live than on record, one of those better live bands for sure.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

The Silversun Pickups were decent but for their divo rock star attitude they really didn’t throw it down as hard as half the bands who already performed, no wonder they refused video last minute. I had no idea because I was doing an interview minutes prior to their set almost missing the three media tunes. Some grumpy old men in the pit behind me decided to talk loudly about it amongst themselves “I thought there was no filming?”, instead of just telling me politely like the media rep did a few seconds later. If there is no filming, that’s cool I don’t care, it is much less work for me. Some people! Thirty plus years my senior and they never left high school, it’s hilarious! And people wonder why kids are bullies, look at who is breeding, we are all products of our environment.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

 I managed to cover all the bands I had scheduled except one Whale Tooth, there is always a next time but I did manage an interview which will be up in a few weeks.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV
Now onto the headliners Billy Talent! When I heard they were headlining I was happy because they always put on a great show and this year they were booked at the right kind of festival. We were in the media trailer just before the set recharging batteries and ourselves, Billy Talent had two trailers and the one beside us was where Vox Ben Kowalewicz was warming up. He sounded pretty good for his style of singing and even better once they hit the stage, this band is always consistently incredible on stage. I have so much respect for Billy Talent if you don’t know, now you know the band is: Ian D’Sa – Guitar/Backup vocals, Jonathan Gallant – Bass/backup vocals and Aaron Solowoniuk on The Drums. They have been together since 1993 all original members, for rock bands that is a miracle, they change members like they change names, groupies, girlfriends and friends. Similar to the style of Hollywood marriages, some last but most tend to break up. If you have not yet seen Billy Talent or any of the bands mentioned you have been missing out on some fantastic music and need to immediately listen to one of their tunes!
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

Extreme thanks goes to the FridaeTV Edgefest team: Joanna and Anthony for helping out, without them I would have missed half of the bands! And, last but not least the super Women of the Audioblood crew, thank you so much ladies for the pleasant experience! Hope to see more people, if that’s possible at Edgefest 2013!

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