Rock on the Range – Deconstructing the Line-up

After a number of days and more typing than I’ve done in years (but for a good cause!), I’ve finished my Squidoo lens on this year’s Rock on the Range line-up. Lots of good acts, and only a handful worth missing – it will come down to some serious consideration as to who you see. I do not recommend trying to split the sets up as they are on opposite ends of the stadium, so instead of seeing 15/15 you’re more than likely going to see 10/10 max.

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Warped Tour Update

The latest batch of bands are in, and this year’s Vans Warped Tour is shaping-up to be quite an event. Well, if you enjoy metalcore that is. Bands announced tonight (2/1) that should be hitting Detroit on Friday, July 19 at The Palace of Auburn Hills:

- Forever Came Calling
- Handguns
- Kairo Kingdom
- Mad Child
- Memphis May Fire
- Sleeping With Sirens

When you remove the bloat we are left with Forever Came Calling, a band that is a throwback to old A New Found Glory and Taking Back Sunday, and our metalcore twins: Memphis May Fire and Sleeping With Sirens. Both of former bands appeared on last year’s Warped Tour, and Sleeping With Sirens vocalist Kellin Quinn appeared on Memphis May Fire’s latest album and made cameo appearances during the tour to perform it live with the band. An additional note of interest is while Sleeping With Sirens is originally from Orlando, they have since settled in and are based out of Grand Rapids.

These bands join an already growing list of artists that includes Chiodos, We Came As Romans, I See Stars, The Black Dahlia Murder, Reel Big Fish, Hawthorne Heights, letlive, Architects, blessthefall, The Chariot, and many more. Additional bands will be announced next Friday.

Just Announced

A new crop of shows have just popped-up in the Detroit area:

- 3/24, Sunday – Howl @ The Berkley Front

- 4/12, Friday – Today Is The Day, KEN mode, and Fight AmpThe Magic Stick

- 4/13, Saturday - IAmDynamite from Ann Arbor and The Virginmarys @ The Shelter

Bands that have announced the first leg of new tour without a Detroit date but still have a second leg to announce:

- Adrenaline Mob (Dream Theater)

- Stone Sour (Slipknot)

Mark Your ‘Dars: Week 5, 2013

We are now five weeks deep into 2013, with a number big shows already under our belts. Soundgarden dropped by The Fillmore last night, while Underoath said their good-byes and Marilyn Manson welcomed us to The Dope Show at the same location.While The Fillmore has hosted these larger events, the focus this week is on smaller venues.

As we still stand on the outside looking in of the ever-busy summer concert season and the show announcements continue to roll in. Before artists play the large festivals or tours, they typically book a number of warm-up shows to practice new material and keep their skills sharp. This week’s slate of shows certainly seem to be the case, being held in intimate surroundings while not skimping on the quality.

Chiodos

Chiodos – Baby, You Wouldn’t Last a Minute on the Creek
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/chiodos / Instagram user @happyowski

Tuesday, January 29thChiodos, Rival Summers, Rocky Love Emily, and The Most Dangerous Animal @ The Pike Room [Sold Out]

Prior to heading across the pond to play a magazine-sponsored tour, Davison natives Chiodos are playing a show in Pontiac and are bringing lots of different genre-orientated bands to the party. A duo of bands from Sterling Heights are on the bill – Rival Summers are acoustic-pop based, while Rocky Loves Emily bring a pop-punk flair. Flint’s The Most Dangerous Animal are a different beast, coming at you full force with a more classic punk sound. If you can get there early, do it.

For fans of: With this all over the place line-up, you’ll have a good time if you like We Came As Romans, Dashboard Confessional, Every Avenue, Hot Water Music, tight spaces.

If you can’t make it to the show, Chiodos will be on the Vans Warped Tour this summer.

Crackjaw

Crackjaw – Midnight Cruiser
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/crackjaw

Friday, February 1stCrackjaw, Wolfshark, Meet Me At The Skyline, and Myths and Legends @ The Pike Room

Similar to the previous show at The Pike Room, this one also exclusively features Michigan talent with all four bands coming from the Metro area. Rockers Crackjaw have made a name for themselves locally, playing numerous festivals and gigs to increased fanfare. This past summer at Dirt Fest the band shared the main stage with national acts Clutch, Falling in Reverse, My Darkest Days, Hurt, and Chiodos amongst many others.

Wolfshark is an enigma that seems to have just gotten things up and running, so with them being direct support there is somebody over at The Crofoot that knows something we don’t. Meet Me At The Skyline are a young pop-punk band influenced by a number of bands I listened to when I was young and listened to pop-punk, and Myths and Legends are a young, developing metalcore band that are presumably the hardest act on the bill – pending whatever Wolfshark throws at us.

For fans of: Adelita’s Way, animal mash-ups, (A) New Found Glory, Asking Alexandria

If you can’t make it to the show, Crackjaw will probably come to you some time this summer.

Tapt

Trapt – Who’s Going Home With You Tonight?
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/trapt

Saturday, February 2ndTrapt and Acidic @ Saint Andrew’s Hall

You may remember Trapt as that one band that played that one song. Yep, that’s them. Known worldwide for their hit single “Headstrong,” Trapt are back with a slightly modified sound and a new album. There’s more to Trapt than Headstrong – the band is also known for “Still Frame,” “Echo,” and “Who’s Going Home With You Tonight?.” What really interests me about this show is their new lead guitar player, whom happen to be Travis Miguel of metalcore pioneers Atreyu. As for Acidic, Trapt will be playing.

For fans of: Papa Roach, fraternities.

If you can’t make it to the show, there are a number of future shows that should interest you – stay tuned!