Happy New Year and Special Thanks!

Happy New Year, everyone! 2009 was quite the rollercoaster- so here’s to an awesome 2010! Make one of your new year’s resolutions to go out and support live music, as well as to buy music and merch from those bands that deserve our support! Just wanted to say thanks for reading- you all made my […]

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2009 In Review: Other Rockin' Opinions

OK, I think I’m done with my 2009 lists. It’s good to take a look back at the year, realize what was good (a lot), and what wasn’t (surprisingly little!). But these are just my opinion- so I wanted to include lists from my fellow music blogger and photographer friends. Sometimes there’s crossover, and sometimes […]

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HRC's Top 10 Standout Musicians of 2009 That Aren't Household Names (Yet)

I was able to see some amazing musicians this year: the fabulous front people: Trent Reznor, Maynard James Keenan, Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland, Perry Farrell, Satyr, Nergal, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Anton Newcombe, Karen O, and Alison Mosshart; the great guitar gods: Tom Morello, John 5, Jerry Cantrell, Kirk Hammett, Dave Navarro, Robin Finck, Brent […]

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HardRockChick interviews Jeff Friedl from ASHES dIVIDE, Puscifer, and Devo

I first became aware of Jeff Friedl when I went to see Puscifer early last month, and was particularly moved by his performance. It was after the show, when I was researching for my write up, that I realized he looked vaguely familiar because he’s also the drummer for ASHES dIVIDE. And then I discovered […]

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HRC's Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2010

These were the openers. The ones who I went to the show not knowing well, and left loving. The ones that had short little sets that made big impressions. These are the 10 bands to go see in 2010. Click on the band’s name for my review of their show 10. Nihilist Part of the […]

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HRC's Top 5 Craziest Concert Moments of 2009

It’s a questions I’m frequently asked: “So, HRC….I bet you see some crazy stuff at all those wild shows you go to….what’s the craziest thing you saw?” Well, here you go: 5. Bloody tambourine battle at NIN/JA Santa Barbara where my hair tried to intervene. LMAO at the comment. 4. Psyclon Nine set their drums […]

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HRC's Top 5 'Better Luck Next Year' Shows

So you’d think that after catching 115 shows that I’d seen it all, right? WRONG! Here are the shows that keep coming up as ones I should have been at: 5. Jesus Lizard @ The Fillmore At the last minute I chose the comfort of A Place to Bury Strangers over this show….but I’ve heard […]

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HardRockChick's Top 20 Shows of 2009

I started to think about this list last month. How will I be able to choose my top shows? What’s the criteria? I thought about many things: cultural importance, some sort of surprise, how much fun I had, who I was with, what I got as memorabilia, circumstances around the show….there’s a lot to think […]

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HardRockChick's Top 10 Albums of 2009

It was actually a pretty easy process to pick my top 10 albums for 2009. All I had to do was look at what was played the most on my last.fm and itunes, filter by year, do some balancing to account for differing release dates, and there you have it- behavioral based research! I had […]

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Unknown Pleasures: Swann Danger, Guitar vs. Gravity, 2:Frail @ Hemlock Tavern, 12/19/09

It was my 115th and probably final show of the year. After a year where I’ve been to shows big and small and traveled all over the U.S. to see them, I was very happy to end it with local bands in a locals only kind of venue. However, knowing that it will probably be […]

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