Lorna Shore and Bodysnatcher: The Beg for Death Tour

I’m so sorry this review is so late, but here it is! I shot Lorna Shore and Bodysnatcher for the first time on June 2nd (a long time ago, I know, your favorite photographer has been dealing with a lot of personal stuff lately so I’ve been super slow on this). I will be the first to tell you that my first time will NOT be my last time seeing either of these bands live.

I arrived late to the show, so I was unable to see the first few acts, but I’m positive they were great because when I arrived, the whole crowd was buzzing and the energy in the air was amazing. That being said, Bodysnatcher took the stage and the amazing energy from before was brought to a whole new level of craziness. To be honest, I had never listened to their music before, so I went into the show not knowing what to expect. What I got did not disappoint Their breakdowns were, as I affectionately say, “sick,” and the level of talent and instrument mastery put forth by the whole band was nothing short of impressive, especially considering they were performing in the small room at Alamo City Music Hall.

I had listened to Lorna Shore in the past, but was never really a huge fan of theirs… this is no longer an issue. Their live performance was absolutely phenomenal and 10/10 would go to another one of their shows. They engaged with their fans wonderfully and had the whole crowd moving during their whole set. They played a fairly long set including new songs off their 2017 album “Flesh Coffin” and others such as their popular single “The Absolution of Hatred.” I was hooked after the first note, to be honest, and the whole crowd seemed to be as well.

As I said before, this was my first time seeing both bands live, but it will not be my last. If you haven’t seen either Lorna Shore or Bodysnatcher live or you have and want to see them again, keep up with both bands on their Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/LornaShore/

https://www.facebook.com/bodysnatcherfl/

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-RCT

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Social Security Scam Alert

IMG_3713WARNING do not open the email or click on link to “check your social security account.” It’s a scam. If you look closely, the link contains underscores, which would never happen with a government site not to mention the real site address is http://www.ssa.gov. I recommend you delete the email and share this warning with friends, especially those that are not on social media and/or are easily scammed.  Call your parents to let them know.

I personally received this email today. I know that the IRS issues your social security account summary by mail NOT email.

You are welcome. – BMT

The Robot With Human Hair VS CHONzilla Tour

Dance Gavin Dance is a name I’ve heard since I first began listening to post-hardcore music about seven years ago.

I listened to them a number of times, but never really got into them. Upon the release of their “Mothership” album, I decided to give them one more chance, and, man, was I glad I did. After getting into this album I naturally wanted to see them live, and I was privileged enough to shoot them on their “The Robot With Human Hair vs. Chonzilla” tour with one of my favorite bands, Chon.

When I arrived at Alamo City Music Hall, about 45 minutes before doors were scheduled to open, I was amazed at the line built up for entry into the show. There were people as far as the eye could see, all donned in shirts bearing the names of either Dance Gavin Dance or Chon (there was also a small amount of Circa Survive shirts, but they were minimal in comparison to the sea of DGD and Chon). There were mothers and their children, from ages three to thirteen, groups of twenty-something year olds prepared to get down, teenagers clad in crazy lipstick, and even people over forty. This was a tour that broke age barriers in the music scene. DGD has impacted everyone who has listened to them, whether six or thirty-six, and it certainly showed in the crowd.

The show opened with performances by Vasudeva, an instrumental band influenced by Chon, and Eidola, a band much like Dance Gavin dance. I really enjoyed their sets and the energy they brought into the venue. I could tell the crowd was pumped for what was to come.

Immediately after Eidola cleared the stage, chants for Chon rang out from the crowd. The hype for their set was extremely high, and they did not disappoint in the slightest.

After they completed their final song, the excitement and tension in the room could have been cut with a knife. Everyone in the crowd was preparing themselves for the most anticipated set of the night– Dance Gavin Dance. After coming out in complete darkness, DGD played a short, but heartfelt set, ending about 20 minutes before their scheduled off time (probably much to the venue’s delight) and including new favorites, such as “Betrayed by the Game” and “Frozen One” off their new album, and older classics such as “Death of a Strawberry” and “Me and Zoloft Get Along Just Fine.” They closed out the show with another one of their new songs, “Inspire the Liars,” that happens to be my favorite, so I was one happy photographer!

All in all, this show was a night to remember, and I highly suggest heading out to see both Chon and Dance Gavin Dance on their next tours!

-RCT

To keep up with the bands, just go to the links below:

Dance Gavin Dance: https://www.facebook.com/DanceGavinDance/

CHON: https://www.facebook.com/musicofchon/

Eidola: https://www.facebook.com/eidolaUT/

Vasudeva: https://www.facebook.com/VasudevaMusic/?hc_ref=SEARCH

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Rest in Peace, John Hurt

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We’ve lost another great actor. John Hurt, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the “Elephant Man” in the movie of the same name in 1980, passed away yesterday at the age of 77.  His career spanned about 60 years.  He played many popular roles in his lifetime, most recently “War Doctor” in the “Doctor Who” series.  He also played “Mr. Ollivander” in “Harry Potter” movies.

Though his exact cause of death has not been released, it is known that Hurt suffered from pancreatic cancer.  Our condolences to his family. May his memory be eternal. – BMT

Happy New Year 2017

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As we say goodbye to 2016, we’d like to wIsh everyone a very blessed and happy 2017. Thank you for your follows, likes, comments, and support  – Beth

TBT – Movie Review – “Bad Moms” – Now on DVD

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You may have missed it on the big screen, or know someone that did.  “Bad Moms” is now on DVD and a perfect gift for anyone who needs a good laugh; and who doesn’t?   Here’s my previously posted review.

Movie Review – “Bad Moms,” So Good, It’s BAD!

https://wordpress.com/post/reviewsoftheartssa.wordpress.com/1823

 

If you want to buy it, right now Target has it for $16.99. You can also find it at Redbox and on Netflix.  A great movie to watch no matter what medium you choose. – BMT

The Unbreakable Tour: A Night That Will Never Be Forgotten

When the Unbreakable Tour was announced, I jumped on the opportunity to see Parkway Drive. Though I have a long history of shows behind me, I had not once had the pleasure and absolute honor to see them live. That being said, I had high hopes going into this show on October 16th. And, allow me to begin by saying the performances put on by Parkway Drive, We Came as Romans, Counterparts, and San Antonio’s own Covina exceeded my expectations.

Counterparts, coined the “really nice Canadians” by the drunk guy screaming behind me the majority of the time they played, blew me away. I had heard a few of their songs, but had never really gotten “into” them, but after this show, I went home and Googled them immediately. These guys know how to put on an amazing show, even in a short amount of time. When vocalist, Brendan “B” Murphy, guitarists, Adrian Lee and Blake Hardman, and bassist, Brian Kaczmarczyk walked offstage, I was left upset and wished they’d come on for one or two more songs when they completed their set.

However, my sadness didn’t last too long because after their set came the only band on the tour I had seen before: We Came as Romans. Now, if you haven’t seen WCAR perform, I pity you because these guys are nonstop energy and entertainment. There was not a second of their set in which they weren’t moving, jumping, or hyping up the crowd in some way. They played so many of the songs that I know and love, including “To Plant a Seed” and “Hope,” and I did not stop singing along until the lights went out and they walked offstage. Guitarist Joshua Moore, bassist Andy Glass, drummer Eric Choi, guitarist Lou Cotton, and vocalists David Stephens and Kyle Pavone know how to put on one hell of a show.

Now, the main event is what truly took my breath away. Parkway Drive, a metalcore band hailing from Australia, has a fan base like no other. The moment We Came as Romans’ gear was cleared off the stage, the whole room erupted in cheers and chants for the hallowed “PARKWAY DRIVE, PARKWAY DRIVE, PARKWAY DRIVE.” The band did not take long to satiate these cries, as they came out about twenty minutes later playing “Crushed,” and hyping the crowd up even more. As a fan of the band, it was hard for me to take photos and not sing along, and in the end, I was left screaming with the crowd as I shot my final pictures.   Vocalist, Winston McCall, guitarists, Jeff Ling and Luke Kilpatrick, bassist, Jia O’Connor, and drummer, Ben Gordon know how to put on a show nobody will ever forget. Much to the fans’ delight, “especially the dudes in the pit,” as McCall put it, PWD played “Boneyards” and got the whole room shaking. I know for a fact my heart was pounding the whole time I watched the band perform. With their smoke cannons and intricate lighting, Parkway Drive owned the stage and owned the minds and hearts of everyone in the GA crowd, from the people in the pit to the mothers and their daughters, to your little, pig-tailed photographer shooting photos near the stage and in the balcony.

This was truly an unforgettable show for me.

-Rini Christina

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Harry Connick Jr. replaces Billy Bush on NBC ‘Today’ show (shared post from counton2.com)

(CNN)- NBC “today” show looks to be setting the stage for life without billy bush. Singer and actor Harry Connick Junior announced Friday that he’ll be co-hosting the third hour o…

Source: Harry Connick Jr. replaces Billy Bush on NBC ‘Today’ show

 

Congratulations Harry!!! We at Reviews of the Arts SA (#Reviewsoftheartssa) are so excited for you!