PHOTOS: Animals as Leaders, The Contortionist, Buke and Gase – May 16th, 2019 @ House of Blues, Chicago, IL

Few bands rarely see tenth anniversaries. Even fewer will see the success of large-scale tours in their home country or others, huge stages, massive production values, or even a consistent lineup. Animals as Leaders, however, have managed to consistently pump out immense instrumental material over four albums. From 2009’s self-titled…

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A Hellion Rises in Central America: Hirax Comes To Guatemala

For nearly 35 years Hirax have been plying their trade of sinister thrash metal with rotating lineups, and now, for the first time in their long career, they visited Guatemala. When considering the most metal-starved fanbases in the world, this small Central American nation is rarely recognized but this is a place where the fans are the embodiment of fanatics, gobbling up every note of music from other countries that comes in front of them.

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GALLERY: A Celebration of the Life and Art of Caleb Scofield — October 13th, 2018 @ The Wiltern, CA

Death is a terrible thing, arguably the most terrible thing. But when it hits you unaware, with no preparation or warning, it’s even worse. When the person taken from us is, by all accounts, a caring, deep-feeling and innovative musician, new heights of anguish and pain can be encountered. Such was the…