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Alison Toon
Cutting through the smoke at Wheatland’s Sleeptrain Amphitheater, 27th August 2014

Aug 28, 2014
Cutting through the smoke at Wheatland’s Sleeptrain Amphitheater, 27th August 2014

Much-awaited show last night out at Wheatland's Sleeptrain Amphitheater: I say "out", as it's around 45 minutes drive from Sacramento, and it appears to be in the middle of nowhere... late summer in a drought year means that much of the surrounding lan...

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Kite Tails

Aug 27, 2014
Kite Tails

For all my complaining about the foggy conditions at the Long Beach Kite Festival on Saturday, thick fog does make for some interesting photographic opportunities.  Especially when there are bright colors involved.  I'm always amazed by how v...

Alison Toon
Buckcherry, new CD, and insulting emails from Amazon. Sorta. Kinda. Not their fault really, but it’s funny.

Aug 26, 2014

Lurking on Twitter, I saw mention of Buckcherry's new CD, and the amusing emails received from Amazon.com after ordering it. As Buckcherry will be at Aftershock, and I really enjoy seeing them in concert, I went to check it out.This is why I couldn't r...

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Alison Toon
Aftershock soon, and it’s not another NorCal earthquake, unless you consider 5FDP

Aug 26, 2014
Aftershock soon, and it’s not another NorCal earthquake, unless you consider 5FDP

Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch at Monster Energy Aftershock 2013 They ruled the show last year, at Aftershock 2013. Bet they do it again this year... but there's a HUGE lineup to compete with. Something for everyone. Really. You're going to...

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Marine Layer

Aug 26, 2014
Marine Layer

What is it about us and kite festivals that causes a marine layer of fog to roll in just as we arrive?  We made a quick trip out to Long Beach, Washington over the weekend to enjoy the kite festival there, but it turned foggy just as we arrived.&n...

Alison Toon
Ten reasons music photogs need more gear

Aug 25, 2014
Ten reasons music photogs need more gear

lionfight, Feb 2014, 1/125 f4, Canon 60D and Sigma 70-300 at 70mm, ISO 1600, very under-exposed, low-light venueThere's little-to-no light in the venue and you know you really, reall need to get That Shot of the bass player doing his twirling jump, and...

Alison Toon
Force of Habit, opening at the Ace of Spades

Aug 24, 2014
Force of Habit, opening at the Ace of Spades

As openers for Restrayned and Y&T, Force of Habit warmed up the already-big crowd last night at the Ace of Spades. It's been a few months since I saw them last, and they have come a long way musically. Good sound, good music, good show.I still wond...

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Alison Toon
Restrayned are not at all (restrained): Ace of Spades, 23 August, supporting Y&T

Aug 24, 2014
Restrayned are not at all (restrained): Ace of Spades, 23 August, supporting Y&T

Local hard rock/melodic metal band Restrayned held nothing back last night: real rock, real good local musicians.They have an album available: A Dark New Day (Amazon) and also through iTunes.More photos from last night's show:  http://alisont...

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Alison Toon
Y&T (Yesterday and Tomorrow) at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades, 40 years and going strong

Aug 24, 2014
Y&T (Yesterday and Tomorrow) at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades, 40 years and going strong

I'm the first to admit, there's a whole list of mostly-American-but-some-non-American bands that I've never really heard (or even heard of), and Y&T fall into that list. Those eighties-ish rock bands that I know many of you adore: Motley Crue, Guns...

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Alison Toon
Aftershock preview: Chevelle, volume, loudness, and hearing the music this time

Aug 22, 2014
Aftershock preview: Chevelle, volume, loudness, and hearing the music this time

Chevelle, Aftershock 2012Last time I saw them--at Aftershock 2013--I remember their show being good but incredibly, incredibly loud. I.e., it's a rock concert, it's a metal festival, it's supposed to be loud, but Chevelle were more than that. There's a...

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