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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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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Death Rattle: Black Cobra @ Annie's Social Club, 12/19/09

I was enjoying a rare evening out at a really nice restaurant in Woodside with friends and made it back into the city a bit later than expected. I had intended to see Death Angel at Slim’s, but as I started to make my way up there and look for parking, it was too late. […]

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Top 5 Crying Songs

Guns ‘n’ Roses / Don’t Cry Aerosmith / Cryin’ Aerosmith – Cryin’ – Watch more Music Videos at Vodpod. Ozzy Osbourne / No More Tears Bullet For My Valentine / Tears Don’t Fall BRMC / Red Eyes and Tears

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Contemporary Live Music Photography

‘A picture’s worth a thousand words’. As a writer, this phrase always makes me a little sad…..but it is often true. Think of some of the iconic live shots of bands. They always convey not only the moment, but the personality of the band, and even the sentiment of the era. The way that concert […]

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HRC's Commentary on the Alternative GRAMMY Nominations

The Alternative category is a collection of misfits; artists who’s work doesn’t’ cleanly fit in one genre. Perhaps this is where new territory is forged, as disparate genres are pulled together into something truly unique. The nominees for Best Alternative Music Album are: David Byrne & Brian Eno’s Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is […]

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HRC's Commentary on the Rock GRAMMY Nominations

The Rock field for the GRAMMY awards incorporates a wide variety of musicians, bands, styles, and tastes. As a fan of music on the more hard rock and metal end of the spectrum, it’s been interesting to ponder the elasticity of the rock genre as I tingled at the familiar names of some bands I […]

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