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Alison Toon
George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, and what younger musicians can learn from the grand statesman of funk

Aug 31, 2014
George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, and what younger musicians can learn from the grand statesman of funk

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, 30 August 2014I've been lucky enough to see a George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic show twice in the past two years, both times at Sacramento's Ace of Spades: first time was March 2013, second time, last ni...

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Alison Toon
Cold Cave, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails: huge show at Wheatland’s Sleeptrain Amphitheater, and an open letter to Chris Cornell

Aug 28, 2014
Cold Cave, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails: huge show at Wheatland’s Sleeptrain Amphitheater, and an open letter to Chris Cornell

Audience watching SoundgardenI thought Soundgarden were wonderful. Seriously. Chris Cornell was totally in control, his vocal range impressive, and the performance was electric. The set wasn't long enough... it should have gone on all night."Jesus Chri...

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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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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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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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Alison Toon
Aftershock 2014 preview: Otherwise, and their new album is coming soon!

Aug 20, 2014
Aftershock 2014 preview: Otherwise, and their new album is coming soon!

Otherwise, Aftershock 2013A nice surprise at last year's Aftershock was Otherwise, who I saw--and heard--for the first time. (That's a link to the review.)They'll be here again this year. And their new album, Peace At All Costs, is out soon: a couple o...

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