Ghost — “Dance Macabre”
Marquis Of Vaudeville — “We’re All Mad Here”
Last weekend, I went to 11th Frame Live to see Common Rarity. I was excited because I had familiarized myself with the Tuscaloosa-based band while writing the Alabama edition of “5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following.” Now that I have been to a show and heard their debut EP in full, I have plenty more to say.
First and foremost, I really really enjoyed Common Rarity’s performance. A balanced combination of talent and image, the band had a lot of energy, and their set list consisted mostly of covers meant to encourage crowd participation: “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “School’s Out,” “Rebel Yell,” etc. Singer/guitarist Bailey Rollins was a less exuberant showman than his band mates, particularly bassist JD Smalley and drummer Jaxon Hubbard, but it fit the vibe of their show. There was never a dull moment, the audience was definitely feeling it, and I had more fun with Common Rarity than I’ve had in a while.
Needless to say, I immediately bought their self-titled EP after their set. A mix of alternative, progressive, grunge, and the theatrical, Common Rarity has plenty to work with. The quartet channels Alice in Chains, The Cure, REM, and others while injecting their own flair, putting a more current spin on that late 80’s/early 90’s sound. Bailey is often reminiscent of Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), yet he can use his voice in a variety of ways, lending to that unique something that is simply Common Rarity.
In addition to this so-called review, I have to say that there is a lot going on for Common Rarity. The current lineup has been together for three years and are already very proficient at their craft. Talented, driven, and young, there seems to be nothing holding them back from achieving their goals. The members are also sweet and extremely fan-oriented, traits that — along with the music, of course — will draw even more people in.
After chatting with JD and Jaxon at the show, it is apparent the band have a pretty clear idea of what they are doing and what they want to do in the future. I have little doubt Common Rarity will become even more amazing, as they have been on an upward trajectory for a while now. I can’t wait to see what’s next for them!
Alice Cooper — “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
This is the Alabama edition! We have a lot of talent in my home state and I wanted to share it with the rest of you!
1. Common Rarity
Self-proclaimed “alternative odd rock.” I discovered these guys when I added bassist JD Smalley on Facebook. (I always check out my FB friends’ bands.) For fans of The Cure, The Clash, The Smashing Pumpkins, etc. Common Rarity is currently working on their second album and booking shows to spread their brand of rock.
2. By All Means
Rock/Alternative/Heavy Metal. For fans of Sevendust, Shinedown, Tremonti, etc. By All Means have released the Buried EP, which you can hear on their official site or Soundcloud.
3. Burn the Harlot
Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. For fans of Skindred, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, etc. Burn the Harlot’s album Calm Before the Storm is now available!
4. All or Nothing
Alternative/Metal. For fans of Escape the Fate, Black Veil Brides, Rise Against, etc. All or Nothing just released their self-titled EP, available on Spotify and iTunes. Listen to “Napalm” and “Mauled By Jackalopes” here:
5. Who Shot Lizzy?
Southern Rock/Country. I am familiar with Who Shot Lizzy? because of Roger Jones, who is an extremely talented musician that spans multiple genres. For fans of Zac Brown Band, David Allan Coe, Eric Church, etc. Who Shot Lizzy? is playing in Lyons, Georgia, at Kerrigan’s Lounge, July 5th — 7th.
1. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: “I Love Rock N Roll” (The Arrows cover)
2. Bile: “Love Stinks” (The J. Geils Band cover)
3. Ghost: “Here Comes the Sun” (The Beatles cover)
Ghost has announced another North American tour, taking place this fall. You can read more details and get info about the Blabbermouth.net presale here.
- Oct. 26 – Tulsa, OK – Cox Business Center Ballroom
- Oct. 27 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
- Oct. 29 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
- Oct. 30 – Indianapolis, IN – The Murat Theatre
- Nov. 1 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
- Nov. 2 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center (Theatre)
- Nov. 3 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
- Nov. 4 – Ames, IA – Stephens Auditorium
- Nov. 6 – Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theater
- Nov. 8 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium
- Nov. 9 – El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez Theatre
- Nov. 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
- Nov. 12 – San Diego, CA – Spreckels Theatre
- Nov. 13 – Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Community Center Theater
- Nov. 15 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic Center
- Nov. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
- Nov. 17 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
- Nov. 19 – Midland, TX – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
- Nov. 20 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
- Nov. 21 – New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theatre
- Nov. 23 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Walt Disney Theater)
- Nov. 24 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
- Nov. 25 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
- Nov. 27 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
- Nov. 29 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre
- Nov. 30 – Atlanta, GA – Roxy Theatre
- Dec. 1 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
- Dec. 2 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
- Dec. 4 – Richmond, VA – Dominion Energy Center
- Dec. 5 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – FM Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
- Dec. 7 – Laval, QC – Place Bell
- Dec. 8 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
- Dec. 10 – Baltimore, MD – The Hippodrome
- Dec. 11 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
- Dec. 13 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
- Dec. 14 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
- Dec. 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
1. Midnight Blackout
A post hardcore/math rock band from France. For fans of Every Time I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, etc. You can listen to their debut EP, Hangover, on Spotify or YouTube. For a taste of what you can expect, check out “Lorenzo.”
2. Amerakin Overdose
AOD is a mix of industrial, hard rock, metal, and even a bit of pop. They hail from Oregon. For fans of Nine Inch Nails, Mushroomhead, Static-X, etc. Amerakin Overdose will be hitting the road for a summer tour, kicking off June 29th. Here is my favorite song from them, “Letting Go.”
A hard rock/metal/post hardcore band from Australia. For fans of early Atreyu, Memphis May Fire, Blessthefall, etc. Check out “Destructive Tendencies” from 2016’s The Complex Truth.
A melodic metal/hardcore band from the UK. For fans of early Asking Alexandria, Mastodon, Beartooth, etc. Listen to the latest single, “Hopeless,” below!
5. Marquis of Vaudeville
A truly unique band from Dallas. Best described as alternative/carnivalesque rock/psychedelic punk cabaret. I don’t know how to do a “for fans of,” but perhaps I can say if you liked the music from The Devil’s Carnival, or just Emilie Autumn, you’ll like Marquis of Vaudeville. I’m sharing the first song I listened to, and I highly encourage you to check out more.
I missed this being premiered on Sirius XM Octane yesterday, but I heard it this morning (while waiting on another new Tremonti single).
Ghost has a new record, entitled Prequelle, coming out on June 1st of this year. Listen to the first single — “Rats” — and tell me what you think!
Ghost — “He Is”