DNCE Concert Review! Band Provides Us With An Absolutely Delicious Evening!


(PCM) I recently attended DNCE’s sold-out show at Coda in Philadelphia, PA and I could not help but have the thought that I was being let in on a secret that is just so juicy you feel the desire to share it with everyone that you know! However, there is the other side of that secret, the part that makes you want to hold it close and keep it in that intimate inner circle which is just as overpowering. This idea gives you an idea about my head space while watching DNCE perform!

They are so freaking good that I feel like everyone in the world needs to let loose and experience their music, however I truly enjoyed the intimate experience of jamming out with this band in the atmosphere of a small sweaty nightclub. Their energy was intoxicating! The band is frontman Joe Jonas, guitarist JinJoo Lee, bassist/keyboardist Cole Whittle, and drummer Jack Lawless and they are flawless!


Formed in the summer of 2015, DNCE was born from Jonas’s long-brewing plan to launch an offbeat pop project inspired by the melodic R&B of Earth, Wind & Fire and Hall & Oates. Almost as soon as they started playing together, DNCE had a palpable chemistry and easy camaraderie which is an asset that carries directly over to their audience! The band claims they want DNCE to feel like a party and from what I witnessed during their recent concert, they have certainly succeeded!

There were no rules, no judgement, just everyone out on a Sunday night to let loose, have a good time and get their DNCE on all night long! DNCE’s debut EP “SWAAY” dropped on October 23 and they are currently enjoying the growing success of their first single, the delightfully catchy “Cake By The Ocean”! Their set consisted of tracks from “SWAAY” mixed in with some amazing covers of 90’s hits such as “Waterfalls” by TLC and even a little Prince thrown in for good measure.

I am certainly expecting to hear a lot more from DNCE in the coming year and we absolutely can’t wait to see them live once again! The band has a few upcoming live appearances in 2015 which are:


12/1 – Dallas, TX – KHKS Jingle Ball

12/3 – San Francisco, CA – KYLD Jingle Ball

12/4 – Los Angeles, CA – KIIS Jingle Ball
12/7 – Minneapolis, MN – KDWB Jingle Ball
12/11 – New York – Z100 Jingle Ball
12/16 – Chicago – WKSC Jingle Ball
12/17 – Atlanta, GA – WWPW
12/18 – Miami, FL – WHYI Jingle Ball
12/19 – Tampa, FL – WFLZ Jingle Ball








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GWAR Celebrate 30 Years! Exclusive Interview And Concert Review!


(PCM) Can you believe that GWAR has been wreaking havoc all over the planet for 30 years? For fans that is no surprise at all!  The longevity of this band is certainly due to their unwavering dedication and determination for world domination, and oh, you know, that whole music thing! GWAR has continued to thrive against all odds and show absolutely no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

As usual GWAR provided an amazing show during their recent stop at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. For me, attending a GWAR show is a bit bittersweet as I can still feel the tragic loss of the great Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie), however I give the remaining members of GWAR all the credit in the world for continuing to move forward while keeping the spirit of Oderus alive in the music.


For this tour we find our intergalactic space lords battling everyone’s favorite demon … the internet! GWAR is on a quest to kill the internet and that mission of course brought out the blood and gore (seriously, would it be a GWAR show without it?)!  GWAR are not a band for the sensitive or easily offended, but fans can truly appreciate their tongue-in-cheek and snarky humor. I adore that they are fearless when it comes to tackling a lot of subject matter that would otherwise be taboo to other artists.

For this tour, in particular, GWAR brought out several deep-cuts from throughout their 30 year history as a band including “Jack The World”, “I’m In Love (With a Dead Dog)”, “Meat Sandwich” and “Captain Crunch”. Hearing these songs live was a delightful treat for fans and the band’s set consisted of a perfect mix of both old and new material.


I had a chance to catch up with both Pustulus and Blothar of GWAR for an exclusive interview just prior to them slaying the stage!  Watch below to see us discuss everything from Thanksgiving to porn!

As GWAR continue their global domination on their 30th Anniversary tour, the intergalactic warlords have announced a special show for New Year’s Eve! “Midnight in the GWARden of New Year’s Evil” will take place December 31st at the National in GWAR’s adopted home of Richmond, Virginia. The event is presented by Night Prowler Productions and XL102.
This unprecedented celebration is a must attend for all Bohabs as GWAR is set to ring in the New Year with a special one of a kind performance. Special guests and exclusive events for the evening will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 AM Eastern HERE.

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Rock Allegiance 2015 Review: Appears Festival With Have a Permanent Home In The Philadelphia, PA Region


(PCM) We were beyond stoked to attend the Rock Allegiance Festival held at PPL Park in Chester, PA and I have to say that it was one of the most well-organized and beautifully run festivals that we have had the pleasure of attending. Rock Allegiance featured over 12 hours of music, craft beer and gourmet man food with 15+ bands performing on three stages. This year’s stellar line-up featured the talent of Rob Zombie, Korn, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, In This Moment, Pop Evil, Atreyu, Bring Me The Horizon and many many more who truly brought their A-game to the sell-out crowd of over 26,000 fans in attendance.

Rock Allegiance was PPL Park’s first-ever live music event and the sell-out crowd broke the venues previous attendance records by nearly 10,000 individuals. Producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents had the following comments “To set an attendance record in a new venue with a new festival, I couldn’t be more pleased with our choice to have Monster Energy Rock Allegiance in Philadelphia and to cement the city as our official home for many years to come”.

The layout featured two main stages that were situated directly next to one another inside the stadium bowl, so that once one stage ended the other almost immediately began. This made it incredibly easy for fans to simply turn themselves in one direction or another and not miss a single moment of their favorite artists performance. There was also a tent stage set-up directly outside the main stadium that also featured a fantastic array of bands such as Hollywood Undead, Saint Asonia, Butcher Babies, Charm City Devils and From Ashes To New.


With so many great performances throughout the day it was an incredibly difficult task to narrow down our highlights from the day. We found ourselves to be incredibly impressed with Atreyu who are making a comeback in a huge way this year after taking a bit of hiatus, as well as, Pop Evil who are truly enjoying the fruits of their labor with the amazing success of their new album “UP” and hit single “Footsteps” which is currently being used in the national ad campaign for Dodge.  We also have to note that we were blown away yet again by Saint Asonia. After seeing their debut performance at this year’s Rock On The Range back in May, they are truly showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.



The theatrics from an In This Moment performance are always phenomenal, as vocalist Maria Brink has the audience captivated from beginning to end and Papa Roach are the masters of amping up the energy in the room and truly getting the party kicked well into high gear.  Another band that appears to get better and better with age is Five Finger Death Punch. They are truly a force to be reckoned with in the rock universe and bring such amazing raw aggression and emotion to their live performance.  One can’t help but wish to dive head first into the mosh pit and go absolutely wild. Just have to note that vocalist Ivan Moody’s “skin” jacket was probably one of the creepiest things we’ve seen in awhile!


We never have enough good things to say about a live performance from Godsmack and their appearance at Rock Allegiance even further cemented our undying love for this band. They blasted through their set filled with hit after hit and it was over almost as quickly as it began. To close out the evening, we caught sets from hard-hitting rockers KORN and Rob Zombie who both did an amazing job at keeping the energy levels high despite the fact that fans had been rocking out since the early afternoon hours. We have said it before and will say it again, KORN has been sounding a lot more refreshed than in years past and appear to be truly enjoying themselves on the stage. Front man Jonathan Davis knows how to take control of the stage and the band performs like a well-oiled machine.


Following KORN, it was time to get the Zombie party started!  No matter how many times we have seen Rob Zombie live, we still find ourselves belting out all of the lyrics and jumping around like crazy to our favorite songs. Once Zombie takes the stage, he is like a whirlwind, leaping back and forth across the stage risers and even jumping off the stage completely to perform up close and personal with fans down in the crowd. Zombie walked the barrier several times during “Never Gonna Stop” and at one point even ran out deep in the crowd to perform at the soundboard giving fans who were further back in the stadium a more personal experience. Guitarist John 5 was spot-on and is absolutely hypnotic to watch on the stage, we are on the edge of our seats in anticipation for Zombie’s upcoming new album to see just what he has in-store for us next!

After a full day of rock n’ roll we weren’t sure we could muster the energy for anything else, but when a band like Steel Panther is playing the after party it is certainly worth staying!  We partied for a few songs and had a few laughs and then it was time for our rockin’ day to come to an end!  What was so incredible about the Rock Allegiance line-up is that nearly all of the band’s featured on the bill are headline worthy in their own right and gathering them all together in once place to celebrate the spirit of rock n’ roll was truly a magical experience.


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Madonna Once Again Cements Herself As A Musical Icon During Philadelphia Tour Stop


(PCM) The timing could not have been any more ironic as Madonna’s concert in Philadelphia was scheduled just one day before the historic visit by Pope Francis to the city of Brotherly Love and she didn’t let us forget it, even joking several times throughout the evening that the Pope may have just been stalking her tour (Pope Francis’s visit to NYC also happened to be just a few days after Madonna’s show at Madison Square Garden) or that he may actually just be in love with her. She did claim however to actually like the new Pope saying “Rules are for fools, right? That’s why I like the new pope; he seems really open-minded”. Madonna also revealed,  “I’ve been excommunicated by the Catholic Church three times. I’m very proud of that. It shows that the Vatican cares.”

It’s no surprise as Madonna has always had a rebellious spirit about her and never before have we seen an artist that has truly been able to reinvent herself to travel along perfectly with the ever changing musical landscape and still remain completely relevant. She more than lived up to her status a true musical icon when she brought her “Rebel Heart Tour” to a packed house crowd at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

In our opinion Madonna sounded the best she has in years and the sheer amount of theatricality and choreography that went into her overall performance was utterly spectacular. Opening with “Iconic” a single off her latest album “Rebel Heart” featured Madonna being lowered to the stage in a cage which she broke free dressed in full warrior regalia to dance battle a fleet of silver-clad warriors. Video screens featured cameos from both Mike Tyson and Chance The Rapper and the opening number certainly set the pace for what was in-store for the rest of the evenings performance.

She then immediately blasted into my personal favorite off the “Rebel Heart” album “Bitch, I’m Madonna” and then immediately into the classic “Burning Up”. Next up was the provocative “Holy Water” and “Devils Pray” which featured a pole-dancing routine upon silver crosses surrounded by scantily clad dancers in nun costumes and a routine upon a table set up to be reminiscent of Leonard DiVinci’s  “Last Supper” painting.  Does Madonna ever shy away from controversy … hell no! And that’s why we love her for it! She is bold and presents a very raw picture of the many spiritual parallels that exist in our world.

Another thing that we took notice of during the performance was that Madonna really appeared to be enjoying herself on the stage. She was having a blast bantering with the crowd and despite the fact of having to put on relatively the same show night after night on tour, she was most certainly not phoning it in. She gave her all and it showed.

Madonna also proved that she can very much hold her own even without massive amounts of theatrics, as some of our favorite moments of the show came when it was just her and the guitar on stage. “Body Shop” again off the “Rebel Heart” album was incredibly well-done and a stripped down acoustic version of “True Blue” was just phenomenal. Madonna showed off her amazing vocal prowess during “Heartbreak City” which also included a taste of “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”.

We are not always the biggest fans when artist change up their hits to different tempos and styles, however Madonna did a fantastic job stylizing songs such as “Dress You Up”, “Like A Virgin” and “Material Girl” with artistic flair. We had zero complaints. Madonna wrapped up her nearly two-hour set with “Unapologetic Bitch” followed by a one song encore of “Holiday” during which a literal celebration exploded upon the stage with Madonna leading the party before being swooped up into the rafters by a harness concluding the show.

Photography credit: Andrew Wendowski 


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Motorhead, Anthrax and Crobot Brought A Triple Threat To Philly And Delivered!


(PCM) Praises were sung to the gods of rock n’ roll during the recent Motorhead, Anthrax and Crobot tour stop at the historic Tower Theater in Philadelphia, PA. Church was in session and we were the eager disciples during this night of legendary performances. Motorhead has been a band for over four decades and despite a few health scares for front man Lemmy Kilmister, the band sounded just as fresh and fierce as they did in their youth. They have certainly more than earned their place among the heavy metal elite.


Kicking the evening off to a funktastic start were Pennsylvania rockers Crobot, who are without a doubt one of the most engaging and talented new bands out there on the scene. They bring to the stage the perfect blend of funk, rock and soul and absolutely hypnotize the audience with their performance on stage. Front man Brandon Yeagley is just out of the world and paired with the shreds from guitarist Chris Bishop, the grooves from bassist Jake Figueroa, and the beats from Paul Figueroa’s drums, Crobot are a true rock n’ roll force to be reckoned with!

The band blasted through songs from their debut album “Something Supernatural”, however it was fantastic to hear some new tunes sneak their way into the set such as “Welcome To Fat City”. We absolutely can’t wait for the band’s upcoming new album, as they have proven to have all the makings of a truly legendary rock band and are already well on their way to super stardom.

Just as the high from Crobot’s enthralling performance was winding down, the almighty Anthrax took to the stage. We have to say that this performance was one of the best we’ve heard from Anthrax, as it was almost like there was just something magical in the air. Quickly after Anthrax blasted onto the stage a sea of mosh pits opened up on the floor and fans appeared to be in high heaven as the band poured through their extensive catalog of hits.


Anthrax are a band that plays were such force and ferocity that they command the attention of the room. Singer Joey Belladonna files around the stage like a whirlwind putting to shame bands that are half of his age and the same goes for guitarist Scott Ian, whose masterful shreds continue to be absolutely mind-blowing. One of my favorite moments of the night occurred when Anthrax rolled down a banner that featured an image of the late Ronnie James Dio and paid tribute to their fallen comrade with an amazing cover of Black Sabbath’s “Neon Nights”.  It was a truly beautiful moment.


Currently, Anthrax are the process of putting the finishing touches on their follow-up to 2011’s “Worship Music” and the band hopes for an early 2016 release date via Megaforce Records. We would have loved to hear some snippets of new material during the band’s recent performance, however we know in our hearts that good things come to all those that wait!


Speaking of waiting, the time had finally arrived for the almighty Motorhead to close out the night!  As soon as Lemmy and the rest of the band stepped onto the stage the crowd went wild and opening with “Bomber” was certainly an ideal choice. We thought the band sounded fantastic and forget those health scares, as the Lemmy god looked utterly amazing! Phil Campbell’s guitar riffs were spot on and Mikkey Dee’s drumming was just as furious as ever.

For a band to sound as fresh and focused as Motorhead after 40 years is a true testament to the musicianship and passion of its’ members and it is certainly what makes Motorhead legendary. We were thrilled to hear songs such as “The Chase Is Better Than The Catch”,”Dr. Rock”,  “Ace Of Spades” and the no often performed live “Rock It”.  I would have loved to hear some songs off the band’s newly released album “Bad Magic”, but we can imagine with a catalog as extensive as Motorhead’s it can be quite an ordeal to choose the perfect set list for each tour.


We also got a bit of a rock and metal history lesson when Lemmy revealed to the crowd that Philadelphia was the very first city he played in the U.S. back in the pre-Motorhead days with Hawkwind. Going to have to store that tid-bit of information for metal trivia later! Lemmy and the rest of the band did a fantastic job of reminding us that rock n’ roll is very much alive and well with the very simple, yet poignant phrase uttered from the lips of the Lemmy god “Don’t forget, we are Motorhead and we play rock n’ roll”! And we say please don’t ever stop!


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Sabaton Frontman Loses A Bet And Has To Walk 323 Miles To The Band’s Next Gig!


(PCM) It’s all fun and games until someone has to walk!  Such is the case for Sabaton frontman Joakim Broden who lost a bet made with his bandmates and is now forced to walk about 323 miles to the band’s next gig at the Trodheim Metal Fest in Norway, held Oct 1 and 3. Broden has already started his journey and has decided to create a video journal of his trek!

It will reportedly take Broden about 107 hours to make the trip and in a comment to Norway’s TRD.by he says, “I will not go into details on exactly what happened, but I can say that it was fun and a bit silly. It started out almost as a joke, but it evolved to be quite serious. I will take a few days rest. I have made contact with some fans via Facebook, who have provided me with food and shelter.”

Broden goes on to say, “The first day was the hardest. That’s when I walked for ten hours without proper shoes. It wasn’t exactly ideal. And I do not walk such long stretches of time now. I walk between four and eight hours a day.” 

We can only wish Broden the best of luck with his journey and we certainly hope he will make it in time for the band’s performance!  Wonder if the rules of the best said anything about hitchhiking?

We caught up with Sabaton during their appearance in Philadelphia, PA last year….check out our exclusive interview and show coverage here!

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