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Ottawa-based band The Goodluck Assembly performed to a massive crowd on a beautiful afternoon at Bluesfest, opening for Mother Mother and RUSH. Brothers Bruce and Mike Libbos led the performance with a ton of energy and enthusiasm which was reciprocated back by the crowd who seemed very familiar with their music. This band has made a great name for themselves in Ottawa and we hope to see they perform again soon!

Fusing classic hardcore with infectious melodies, Edmonton’s own Lucid Skies bring aggression and stage banter that invites the crowd to become a part of the performance. Lucid Skies toured Western Canada in support of their 2013 EP Hounds. This is a video diary with audio entries from their merchandise guy, Dylan Larkin, and images that chronicle the tour itself in a comprehensive 5 minute video. Check it out!

Venue change and rainy weather didn’t stop the crowd from filling in to the Smash Mouth show the other night at Gramercy (it was suppose to be Irving Plaza). The San Jose based band played a full set to just around 10:30 pm, giving the audience a full hour and a half of songs like, “Come on Come on”, “The Fonz” and of course no SM tour would be complete without “Walkin on the Sun.” Hey, we might as well be!

Welcome to part 4 of our ongoing coverage of Heaven’s Basement current major North American tour with The Pretty Reckless which will see the bands playing until November 11th before heading off to tour in the UK. Heaven’s Basement recently wrapped a headlining tour of the UK, including a sold-out show at London’s The 100 club. Heaven’s Basement’s latest album Filthy Empire has been performing extremely well, including the hit song “Fire, Fire” which was a top 20 song on the Active Rock charts. Check out what bassist Rob Ellershaw had to say about the current tour!

For metal-loving Southern Californians, The Battle of San Bernardino was this Summer’s hottest event. On a lucky Friday the 13th (August), seven heavy bands, Warbringer, Overkill, Sabaton, Testament, Anthrax, Megadeth, and headliner Iron Maiden performed at a venue well-known for its big outdoor festivals. Testament and Anthrax played extraordinary sets, Megadeth shined, but it was the headliner, Iron Maiden, that blew minds. A killer set highlighting the ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’ album, it was classic Maiden, playing in top form.

For metal-loving Southern Californians, The Battle of San Bernardino was this Summer’s hottest event. On a lucky Friday the 13th (August), seven heavy bands, Warbringer, Overkill, Sabaton, Testament, Anthrax, Megadeth, and headliner Iron Maiden performed at a venue well-known for its big outdoor festivals. Testament and Anthrax played extraordinary sets, Megadeth shined, but it was the headliner, Iron Maiden, that blew minds. A killer set highlighting the ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’ album, it was classic Maiden, playing in top form.

One of the most high-energy sets of the day – this is a band that I LOVE but that I had never had the chance to see live. They put on an insane show (I’d say that the photographs almost speak for themselves here!). I would absolutely love to see these guys play again, their set was unreal and full of energy from start to finish and you could tell that the crowd would say the same.

The Studio at Webster Hall is a place where new bands go to get discovered. Or where old bands go to get re-discovered. The latter case in Fates Warning, the CT-based progressive rock band formed in the 80’s. My favorite rock sub-genre, drummer Mike Portnoy once said that Fates Warning were the leader in this genre and inspired Dream Theater. The crowd at Webster was lively as Fates Warning front man Ray Adler crisply belted out old and new tunes from their 11 studio albums. Many die-hard where right on top of Adler singing along with his every word.

For metal-loving Southern Californians, The Battle of San Bernardino was this Summer’s hottest event. On a lucky Friday the 13th (August), seven heavy bands, Warbringer, Overkill, Sabaton, Testament, Anthrax, Megadeth, and headliner Iron Maiden performed at a venue well-known for its big outdoor festivals. Testament and Anthrax played extraordinary sets, Megadeth shined, but it was the headliner, Iron Maiden, that blew minds. A killer set highlighting the ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’ album, it was classic Maiden, playing in top form.