Earth, Wind, and Fire rock the NJPAC

Earth, Wind, and Fire rock the NJPAC

Earth, Wind, And Fire filled out the NJPAC center in Newark last night. You could feel the electricity in the air as soon as the HUGE ensemble filled the stage. If you missed last night, don't wait and head over to the NJPAC for night two of the iconic gang. Tickets below 

https://www1.ticketmaster.com/earth-wind-fire-newark-new-jersey-06-04-2018/event/0000544FCF8C5DAC

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band visit Atlantic City

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band visit Atlantic City

After selling out the Borgata Event Center, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band add another night in The Music Box playing the hits. Ringo was accompanied by Colin Hay ("Who Can It be Now", "Land Down Under"), Steve Lukather ("Africa", "Hold The Line", "Roseanna"), Gregg Rolie ("Black Magic Woman", "Evil Ways") and new member Graham Gouldman of 10cc ("I’m Not In Love", "Things We Do For Love").  On percussion and sax is Warren Ham and on drums Gregg Bissonette. 
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The Sick Tour Rocks The Jersey Shore

The Sick Tour Rocks The Jersey Shore

After a week of rain, the jersey shore was unsure if the weather would clear up for the anticipated Sick Tour at The Stone Pony Summer Stage. Luckily Asbury Park is in no shortage of music venues and the punks packed it in at Convention Hall. I've attended my fair share of events in Convention Hall, from wrestling to Hellogoodbye to weddings to flea markets, and I've never seen Convention hall so packed. X Fest alums Well Wisher opened up the stacked mini-festival, as folks poured in from the boardwalk.  Between the main stage, acoustic stage, and hot dog stand it was nearly shoulder to shoulder by the time New Found Glory took the stage.

The Wonder Years Pack It In At House of Independents

The Wonder Years Pack It In At House of Independents

I was allowed to go to Warped Tour alone for the first time in 2011. It was a stacked line up for any scene 14 year old, A Day To Remember, 3OH!3, and enough ska bands to buy out an entire Vans store. Other than eating 4 hot dog rolls the only thing I genuinely remember from that year was seeing The Wonder Years for the first time. Suburbia had come out the month before and I had ample time to prep for the gang vocals. After their set, I assured myself that I needed a Hank the Pigeon tattoo with “head above water” around it. I’m never not been in a weird place in my life but at then it felt like I had it all figured out.

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PHOTOS: Marilyn Manson at Starland Ballroom

PHOTOS: Marilyn Manson at Starland Ballroom

This past weekend I was lucky enough to catch thee Marilyn Manson at Starland Ballroom. I've attended my fair share of sold-out shows but this was like no other. There was a buzz across the room whether we'd get more of a show than the night prior where Manson left after 4 songs. 

When the lights dimmed, the crowd was a roar, "WE HATE LOVE. WE LOVE HATE." The room filled with fog and Manson took the stage. I shot the first song and being completely honest, I feel like I might have blacked out just a bit. The crowd was electric, the strobes were bright, and Marilyn Manson was less than a foot in front of me, could you blame me? 

After regaining my footing, I found a cozy spot in the back corner so I could soak it all in. There is nothing like watching someone see their favorite artists live, sharing a personal moment with 2,000 people. 

 

Make sure you check out HEAVEN UPSIDE DOWN, now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and where ever else you listen to music. 

Photos: Thrice, Circa Survive, CHON, and Balance and Composure

Photos: Thrice, Circa Survive, CHON, and Balance and Composure

I was lucky enough to catch the second night of this incredible tour at Starland Ballroom November 19th, 2017. I've seen half of the tour, Circa Survive and Balance and Composure, before a handful of times but this is the first time I got to see Thrice and CHON. Balance and Composure kicked off the night, they've always had this unforgettable rooted tone that brings me back to the first time I saw them. CHON was an experience, there are few bands that leave me completely stunned like CHON did. CHON wants nothing to do with the age-old cookie cutter alt song and I don't blame them. Their completely instrumental set kept me more on my toes than any 10-year tour would. Next up Circa Survive took the stage, it's always a pleasure to see Anthony Green go buckwild. This band has always had something that took them beyond the normal limitations of the band on stage/crowd behind barricade dynamic. Green has a way of tapping into this hidden energy and making sure it touches every single inch of the venue. Thrice closed out the show and the weekend. This was my first time seeing Thrice, my 7th grade self was screaming the entire time. 

The Front Bottoms Play A Sold Out Home Town Show

The Front Bottoms Play A Sold Out Home Town Show

There is no hiding that I've been on The Front Bottoms bandwagon since middle school, my Instagram is littered with pictures of them playing empty bowling alleys and sweaty basements. Seeing them grow to sell out 2,000 capacity rooms makes my heart swell, it has been an amazing journey to watch them evolve. That being said, I held off listening to Going Grey. Counterintuitive, I know, but I was afraid that I've boxed TFB into this lo-fi-college DIY-gritty synthpop that only made sense to grow out of. I can hear Be Nice To Me ringing out in the back of my head, "You say I’m changing, Sorry I didn’t know I had to stay the same." 

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PHOTOS: Ron Pope at The Stone Pony

PHOTOS: Ron Pope at The Stone Pony

Ron Pope graced the famous Stone Pony with his presence a few weeks ago and our disk jockey, Alicia Monus, snapped us a few pictures of the incredible evening. If you've yet to listen to Ron Pope's latest release Work, check it out HERE

PHOTOS: Against Me! at The Stone Pony

PHOTOS: Against Me! at The Stone Pony

The Dirty Nil, Bleached, and Against Me! graced The Stone Pony with an incredible show October 15th. I've been dying to see Against Me since I finished Laura Jane Grace's book " Tranny", It reminded me of how impactful this band was on who I've become. Shoutout to that one Nickelodeon commercial that used Thrash Unreal. 

If you're spending this weekend at Fest (I'm very jealous) catch Against Me! 
 

PHOTOS: Shadow Of The City 2017

PHOTOS: Shadow Of The City 2017

Shadow Of The City has become one of my favorite local traditions. In its 3 years of life Shadow of Thie City has set some high expectations with Carly Rae Jepson and The 1975 last year and The Front bottoms the year before that. Founder and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff goes to extra lengths to ensure a small beach town can keep up with its sounding cities, hosting a pop-up shop of Rachel Antonoff fashion line, a dunk tank, and a myriad of other sponsors. 

Check out the rest of my photo gallery below! 

Who To See At Punk Rock Bowling

Who To See At Punk Rock Bowling

Punk Rock Bowling is this weekend and you might be feeling overwhelmed, well have no fear Ali is here! Here are bands you HAVE to see this weekend! 

PHOTOS: Real Friends, Tiny Moving Parts, Have Mercy Broadside, Nothing,Nowhere @ The Stony Pony

PHOTOS: Real Friends, Tiny Moving Parts, Have Mercy Broadside, Nothing,Nowhere @ The Stony Pony

Last Wednesday was lucky enough to check out one HECK of a bill at The Stone Pony. To say it was stacked is an understatement. It was my first time seeing the first time seeing Nothing,Nowhere and Broadside. I was really blown away by Nothing,Nowhere, they have a really emotional sound and frick fracking shred. Broadside I've always known as that band that had a music video that was a Youtube AD. The crowd seemed to be most stocked for them besides Real Friends. It is no secret that I love Tiny Moving Parts, they never cease to get me boogieing. Real Friends is a band that I've seen more times than I can count but can never really figure out how I feel about. I really admire how passionate their fans are. They range across ages and aren't afaird to get to some finger pointing when it comes to boney knees and sleepy eyes. Real Friends is doing some international touring this summer but you can catch them with me in September at Riot Fest in Chicago! In the meantime, check out my photos below! 

FESTS: The First Annual Karoondinha Festival 2017

FESTS: The First Annual Karoondinha Festival 2017

Paramore. Chance the Rapper. John Legend.

These are just some of the names on the bill for the first annual Karoondinha Festival this summer, a weekend long, must-attend event. In addition to the chart-topping performers mentioned above, other acts in line with WMCX’s style include Coin, PVRIS, Young the Giant, The Revivalists, and DNCE. In a previous feature, one of our very own discussed experiencing DNCE live in Montclair, NJ and expressed a desire to see the band take their already high energy performance to an even larger stage. What better place to delve into this than a huge summer festival? With over 80 performers in the lineup, gourmet food, and campgrounds offering endless opportunities to explore, this is one festival you do not want to miss. Karoondinha translates to “The Land of Shining Waters,” and provides an accurate description of its campgrounds and surrounding area, which are filled with chances to view wildlife and explore, making sure the adventure doesn’t stop when the music does. Over the 1600 acres of Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park, festival-goers are able to participate in scenic off-roading tours, wildlife tours, and cave explorations, as well as view art installations or take part in daily workshops. The festival takes place in Centre Hall, PA Friday, July 21st through Saturday, July 23rd, with a kick-off party at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park Thursday the 20th

PHOTOS: Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, and Emarosa @ Starland Ballroom

PHOTOS: Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, and Emarosa @ Starland Ballroom

This past Wednesdays I've got a blast to the past with 3 bands from 3 different parts of my life. I haven't thought about Emarosa since the Marlboro Rec Center stopped having shows, but I was incredibly taken aback by this band I had locked away with all my Hot Topic shits. Singer Bradley Walden spent more time in the crowd than on the stage, a little annoying for the security guards but the crowd couldn't get enough. If you had 50 bucks on hand you could get a private singing lesson with Bradly at the gig! That's wild! If you haven't listened to them since 2010 like me, I recommend Sure off of their latest record 131. 

WMCX's 24 hour fest RECAP

WMCX's 24 hour fest RECAP

Here at the X were all finally waking up from our post 24 hour music fest hibernation. We're obliviously a little biased but can safely say it was a major success! We had a great turn out, all the bands showed up and played incredible sets, and we had a load of fun.  Stay tuned for all the sets and interviews, till then check out these SICK photos from our Social Media Director, Linda Pluhar

Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Dies On Stage

Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Dies On Stage

Bad events happen in threes and we have seen the second death of a rock and roll legend in less than a week. Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian tragically passed away after collapsing on stage during a performance at the Legends of Rock Cruise on Wednesday Night. He was 67 years old.

Sib Hashian joined Boston in 1975 and played on the band’s 1976 self-titled debut album. Included on the album is possibly their best-known song, “More Than a Feeling.” Rolling Stone praised Hashian’s “climatic drums fills in the final fade-out” on “More than a Feeling.”

The leader of Boston hired Hashian during sessions for the group’s first LP, firing their original drummer Jim Masdea. Ironically Sib Hashian was later replaced in the late 80’s by Boston’s original drummer.

Though best known for his time with classic rock band Boston, his accolades stretch far beyond. He played on bandmate Barry Goudreau’s self-titled album as well as singing backup vocals on Sammy Hagar’s cover of “Sittin On (The Dock of the Bay).

It has been reported other musicians will perform tributes to the late Sib Hashian and his wife insisted the cruise not come to a premature end. The cruise began March 18th in Florida making stops in Peurto Rico and the Bahamas.

On The Passing Of Chuck Berry

On The Passing Of Chuck Berry

The legendary Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90 this March in his home outside of St. Charles, Missouri. It was reported he died of natural causes. Death cannot stop a master musician considering his next and final album will be released in June featuring Nathaniel Rateliff. The influential musician who was born in 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri has been considered the father of rock n’ roll but is constantly compared to Elvis Presley, another founding father of rock n’ roll. There has been a long history of black people being compared to their white counterparts instead of being allowed to represent themselves. A major difference is as such, Chuck Berry is also known as a pioneer performer for rhythm and blues. Over the decades copious amounts of arguments have taken place about who is the founder of rock and roll, Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley. As music does not evolve in a linear fashion there is no way to definitely say which one was the “first” or most influential.

Death comes for us all but just like Presley and all those before him, Chuck Berry will be forever immortalized in his musical influence on all forms of music and musicians.

Freelance Whales' Diluvia Album Review

Freelance Whales' Diluvia Album Review

From the subways of Queens to somewhere in outer space, experimental indie folk band Freelance Whales showcases their ethereal sound with their newest album (released back in 2012), Diluvia, that “Absolute Punk” raves is “a celestial and cinematic tour-de-force” that “cements [the band’s] status as one of New York City's most creative and rewarding indie” groups. Once again travelling down the rocky path of a concept album, the band’s sophomore story this time focuses on space travel – which was inspired by movies and TV shows such as The NeverEnding Story and Battlestar Galactia.