Musical genre map creates new work procrastination tool

As if I needed another distraction from whatever I am supposed to be doing, a friend posted this link on Facebook last week. Every Noise at Once is nearly every musical genre mapped with representative song samples. Chamber Pop? What the heck is that? Let's give a listen. The clip played is The National "Fake …

BROS ‘Murdercastle’ slays musically, emotionally

Going to the theatre is not typically something I ever do, but when the production involves metal, murder and new friends, my interest is definitely piqued.  So it was with great excitement and anticipation that I waited in line outside the Autograph Playhouse (9 W. 25th St. Baltimore) for the opening night of  “Murdercastle”, the …

Metallomusikum featured on WYPR’s The Signal

For the most part, I am behind the camera and behind the microphone in my lame attempts to capture my view of the metal world. But I recently stepped in front of the microphone for this story by Aaron Henkin of WYPR in Baltimore for the weekly show, The Signal. There are a few factual errors. …

Twisted Sister still make me wanna rock

The last act I caught at this weekend's M3 Rock Festival was Twisted Sister. It was what my husband and I had waited all day for,  and they didn't disappoint. There's not much to say. They put on a great show as always, and the fans loved them. I was very happy that Dee did …

Reminiscing with W.A.S.P. at M3 Rock Fest

No, I did not hang out with Blackie Lawless. But the entire vibe of the W.A.S.P. performance at the M3 Rock Festival last night did have the feeling of being a career retrospective. I guess that's what you do when you have been around in spandex for 30 years. During most of the songs they …

KIX’s frontman knows how to throw a party

Steve Whiteman, front man of KIX is like a party clown. A skinny, bleach blonde, raunchy party clown. And if I was having a birthday party or anything, just for grown ups, I would invite him.  Plus, he likes Bingo, and he likes to torture old people with ventriloquism. And he brings his own balloons, …

Iron Man’s new album teaser will make you want to come … to their next show

Full disclosure here. My husband is the drummer for the legendary heavy metal outfit from Maryland called Iron Man. You know, that Iron Man band led by guitarist "Iron Man" Al Morris III, that's been around for like 25 years and put out four albums and three EPs and have garnered a world-wide following, long …

May Day!

Beltane, maybe I should try this next year. Probably not. But dang, check this out!

Tonight prog-rock invades House of Rock

Most of the bands I have seen booked at White Marsh's House of Rock have been in the traditional or hair, glam or sleaze metal category. So it was nice to see something I actually wanted to go to slated for  tonight, May 2.  Here's the line up: Pain of Salvation (Sweden) Kingcrow  (Italy) Imminent …