First night on tour with The Offspring in San Diego

The Offspring kicked off their tour in San Diego at Cal Coast Amphitheatre on the SDSU campus. I love seeing the opening night of a tour, especially after a pandemic; everyone is just stoked to be back onstage doing their thing again. That said, The Offspring did play Blue Ridge Rock Festival in 2021, but this is […]

Two full weeks of SXSW 2022

SXSW is known for many things… whether it’s throngs of happy music lovers, rediscovering their love of seeking the best new bands, or the pack of tech guys in networking nirvana. Or, the film geeks and geek-ettes, gawking in gritty discourse over the merits (or lack thereof) of their latest screening. For me, though, SX […]

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast, Ep. 69: Nathan Ruyle

Welcome to an all-new episode of Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast! Hosts Victor Ramos and Skunk Manhattan are joined by Nathan Ruyle from his new post sound facility in Burbank, CA. Ruyle works as a sound designer, supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer and founder of the independent post-production sound company, This is Sound Design. In a career […]

Reverend Horton Heat at OC’s Garden Amp

On April 8th, Reverend Horton Heat headlined a show at the Garden Amp. They were supported by the Delta Bombers and 40 Acre Mule. 40 Acre Mule out of Texas started the night out, getting everyone moving with their mix of country, soul and rock sound. It was my first time seeing them and I was really […]

Bad Religion packs punk rockers inside Majestic Ventura Theater

What a night celebrating a sold-out show with Slaughterhouse and punk rock legends Bad Religion at the Majestic Ventura Theater! One of my favorite things about going to concerts is knowing that, sometimes, I might not know who the opener is and I get to experience someone new. It was cool to see a young […]

Sad Summer Fest to hit the road once more for 2022

Hey emo kids! We might be in a post-Warped Tour era, but that doesn’t mean all our emo rock punk summer vibes are lost! Sad Summer Fest is back for its third installment and have yet another STUDDED lineup across 8,177 miles of the United States. In fact, they’re even bringing Waterparks(s)! Thats right, Waterparks […]

SXSW 2022: Best Bands

SXSW made its cautious, yet triumphant return earlier in March after its abrupt cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. The city of Austin took a safe approach to this year’s festival by opening many onsite testing facilities, as well as administering a digital pass for all vaccinated festival-goers. Even with safeguards in place, the […]

NOFX’s Punk In Drublic 2022 takes over Ventura

Brew Ha Ha’s Punk In Drublic hosted a great lineup of some legendary punk bands! First up for the Ventura stop, since this was a traveling tour, was newcomers Dry Socket, kicking off the show at 1pm on the side stage with some upbeat, highly intense punk rock to get the day started Then, female-fronted […]

Slam Dunk Fest set for Leeds & Hatfield for summer 2022

The annual Slam Dunk Festival returns to the United Kingdom this summer! The North installation of the festival takes place on Friday, June 3rd at Temple Newsam in Leeds, followed by the South installation on Saturday, June 4th at Hatfield Park in Hatfield. Slam Dunk is a one-day festival taking place in two different cities […]

Pennywise at OC’s Garden Amp: Weekend 2, Day Three

On March 13th, Pennywise headlined their fifth night — and third night in a row — over a two-week span at southern California’s outdoor Garden Amp. On this fun and final night, they played the album Straight Ahead from front to back — it was straight up phenomenal! Sunday’s show was further supported by punk rock […]

Pennywise at OC’s Garden Amp: Weekend 2, Day Two

On March 12th, Pennywise had their second show (of their second weekend) at Garden Amp! For this night, the band announced that they were playing their album Full Circle in its entirety. Unlike the nights before, support for this show was Chaser, Authority Zero and Good Riddance. The energy was palpable and you could hear people who had […]

Mayday Parade sells out Delmar Hall, St. Louis

Many of you may remember Mayday Parade from their heyday back in the early 2000s. If, like me, you happened to be in middle school between 2005 and 2010, this band was reaching the height of their popularity right around the same time as your angsty emo phase that hit so many young teenagers (and continues […]

NOFX kicks off six-city Punk In Drublic 2022 Fest

Punk In Drublic starts its six-day festival route for 2022 tonight in Arizona, ending in Detroit, Michigan on July 9th. The annual Punk In Drublic Fest is put on by punk rock legend and NOFX frontman Fat Mike, as well as craft beer connoisseur Cameron Collins, providing the most packed lineup to any fan of […]

Pennywise at OC’s Garden Amp: Weekend 2, Day One

On March 11th, Pennywise headlined at the Garden Amp once again after selling out two nights the weekend before! This Friday night, the band played their entire About Time album from start to finish, with support from Dissension, Pulley and T.S.O.L. The Adolescents were supposed to play, but could not make it, so T.S.O.L filled […]

Welcome to Rockville Fest set to break records for 2022

Welcome to Rockville is returning to its regular schedule this May 22nd through 25th! Due to COVID, the festival’s 2020 installment was postponed to November of 2021; that was the first time in this festival’s history that it was held later in the year — not to mention, at its new home at the Daytona […]