Fantastic Four: Secrets of the Moon @ Thee Parkside, 10/30/09

It was going to be a quick in/out. Germany’s best kept secret, black metalers Secrets of the Moon, would open the night at my local dive metal bar Thee Parkside. I planned to swoop in with my warm up Halloween costume, and duck out before Divine Heresy and Moonspell. At our precise 9pm arrival time, […]

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"Everyone is a story": Valient Thorr, Hightower, Nihilist @ Annie's Social Club, 10/29/09

The smell of unwashed boys is thick in the air as I enter Annie’s Social Club. Nihilist is on stage, and the sparse yet meaningful crowd is all eyes on the stage. Immediately my radar goes off….guitarist and drummer have major X factor. I can’t describe it here, but you just know it when you […]

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HardRockChick Interviews Jesse Dayton / Captain Clegg from Rob Zombie's Halloween II

Continuing on with part 2 of what should be 4 entries in my Zombie week, I recently had the opportunity to interview Texas singer/songwriter Jesse Dayton. Dayton’s Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures will be opening for Rob Zombie on his tour, set to kick off today in Phoenix. Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures […]

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Thinking Woman's Metal: Pelican, Black Cobra @ The Independent, 10/27/09

After probably five failed attempts at seeing local metal duo Black Cobra, I finally made it to a show. Man, had I been missing out. First off, these two guys are loud. It should be illegal for two people to make that much noise with only a drum set, guitar, and screams….at least, that’s the […]

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Rob Zombie: Tour and Album updates….and HRC's one little question

So I got to participate in a teleconference with Rob Zombie yesterday. It’s kind of a weird concept- a bunch of interviewers call in and are allowed one question with the man himself. I get it- they want to kill a bunch of interviews with one stone, but I also kinda don’t- there’s no flow […]

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We Demand an Apology from Ms. Cheney

My quick letter to this organization that calls themselves ‘Keep America Safe‘ who recently said offensive things about two of my favorite rock stars, Trent Reznor and Tom Morello: To Whom It May Concern: I can distinctly remember when I heard that ‘March of the Pigs’ was used to torture prisoners at Gitmo. I was […]

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This Shit Will Fuck You Up – Combichrist, Informatik, Everything Goes Cold @ DNA Lounge, 10/25/09

I couldn’t go to see Zombichrist and not dress like a zombie. So I threw on some makeup and scared some neighbors on my way out and some tourists on my way into DNA Lounge. Everything Goes Cold started as soon as I had perched myself in the balcony. They sounded ok….neither offensive nor mind […]

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Doom & Art Room: UFOMAMMUT & Acid King @ Varnish, 10/24/09

Last night really couldn’t have been more different from Friday even though it was in the same genre. To get to Varnish, an art gallery nestled in the heart of SoMa, you have to maneuver one of SF’s shantytowns. The smell of urine abounds, shopping carts must be dodged, and tents and boxes line the […]

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Let Loose at Slipknot w/ Deftones @ San Jose Event Center, 10/23/09

There’s something exciting about rushing out of work right at 5 on a Friday, transforming into my metal attire, and hitting the road for the hour long trip to San Jose. I’m maximizing the weekend and I’m about to enter uncharted HRC territory: a new venue in a new city with bands I’d somehow never […]

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Interstate Love Song: Stone Temple Pilots @ The Fox Theater Oakland, 10/21/09

For some reason, Stone Temple Pilots never make it on the list of ‘my bands’. Why is that? I pretty much know every word to every song. I go see Weiland or the DeLeo brothers anytime they are near. What’s the deal? I can distinctly remember seeing the video for ‘Plush’ in 1992 and thinking, […]

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