The Outlaws and Blackhawk heat up The Bear’s Den

On yet another evening when snow and vindictive sub-zero temperatures made their way into Western New York, Southern rock pioneers The Outlaws proceeded to make the polar vortex their bitch by bringing The Bear’s Den inside Seneca Niagara Casino to a boil with cordiality and infernal guitar interplay. Despite singer/guitarist Henry Paul and drummer Monte … Continue reading The Outlaws and Blackhawk heat up The Bear’s Den

An Interview with “Titan of the Telecaster” Bill Kirchen (2013)

For a guy who was christened “The Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player magazine, psycho-folk legend Bill Kirchen speaks with a salt-of-the-earth drawl that suggests he’s just another artist blessed to be doing something he loves for a living. Rather than embracing the vacuity and barefaced narcissism of 2013’s reality television generation, he maintains … Continue reading An Interview with “Titan of the Telecaster” Bill Kirchen (2013)

Big Wreck blows the Town Ballroom wide open (2013)

According to its description on last.fm, Canadian alt-rock outfit Big Wreck is “a neo-progressive hard rock band of the late 1990s.” While many artists are quick to distance themselves from the “progressive” paradigm in 2013, Ian Thornley and Co. have not only embraced it, but also devised a way to channel their musical exploration into … Continue reading Big Wreck blows the Town Ballroom wide open (2013)

Sully Erna’s Avalon soars at The Riv (2011)

Author/psychedelic aesthete Ken Kesey once described the effects of LSD as “an orgasm behind the eyeballs” and anyone who attended last night’s Sully Erna concert at the Riviera Theatre may have had a similar experience. Unlike other shows you’ll attend this summer, “The Avalon Tour” is formulated to penetrate every ounce of your mind, body … Continue reading Sully Erna’s Avalon soars at The Riv (2011)