A night with the masked men of Magic Sword

It was a cold and frigid night in Nashville this past Tuesday as I made my way to one of the hottest venues in the city, Brooklyn Bowl. It would be a new experience for me, as this is the one place in the city I had yet to see a show. One part bowling […]

How Tool overtook Sacramento

It was the first Sacramento show for Top Shelf in 2022! Tool and Blonde Redhead were a hit — let’s get after it! Fans were very excited and eager to enter the arena. There were many fans walking around wearing Tool merchandise, even concerts shirts from 2012. Some fans had mohawks and others wore all […]

A wild night with Waterparks at SOMA San Diego

Pop rock fans rejoiced on Saturday, December 4th at SOMA San Diego, as Waterparks brought their Night Out on Earth Tour to southern California for their second-to-last stop (last being up in Los Angeles). Not only did Waterparks bring incredible vibes and our favorite songs off their newest album, Greatest Hits, they also brought LA-based […]

Angels & Airwaves homecoming show at SOMA San Diego

Angels & Airwaves packed the house at SOMA San Diego on November 7th, marking an epic conclusion to the Lifeforms 2021 Tour. Some could consider this a full-circle moment for frontman and guitarist Tom DeLonge, after debuting his new band “Blink” at 18-years-old at SOMA San Diego in 1993. (Soon, the band changed their name […]

The night I reached for Starset, but got a tornado

Lightning cracked across the sky as crowds gathered at Delmar Hall to see American rock band Starset on a balmy 70-degree day in December in St. Louis. The ominous weather painted the perfect backdrop for the absolute otherworldly experience that was about to unfold. The small venue felt packed almost immediately, which is uncommon for […]

A Day To Remember & Asking Alexandria ignite Hollywood

A Day To Remember brought the Re-Entry Tour to the legendary Hollywood Palladium in October, along with longtime tour pals Asking Alexandria. These two have been top favorites in the post hardcore era of the twenty-teens, and the turnout of the crowd spoke highly of how they still appeal to rock lovers everywhere today. The […]

State Champs storms SOMA San Diego stage

The Pure Noise Records Tour hit San Diego’s SOMA in Point Loma on October 5th, bringing an evening of pent-up pop punk that we’ve all been dying for. With a lineup like State Champs, Four Year Strong, Real Friends, Just Friends and Bearings, it was some pretty fantastic noise all night! As the crowd began […]

Greta Van Fleet sells out two nights at LA’s Greek Theatre

After their first worldwide tour, March of the Peaceful Army, which was completely sold-out in the U.S., Greta Van Fleet proved theirselves as exceptional live performers. As now GRAMMY laureates, the “March” turned skeptics into believers and everyone else eager for more live experiences. After long months of obligatory non-touring, Greta was one of the […]

A night with Badflower at San Diego’s Observatory North Park

Badflower played a rare San Diego show at the North Park Observatory on October 17th! They don’t play in San Diego that often, so it was a pretty special show, with support from Dead Poet Society and Teenage Wrist. Dead Poet Society has a really unique sound that I really dig! They mostly played songs […]

An intimate show with Anti-Flag in Santa Cruz

On October 10th, I was fortunate enough to see Anti-Flag in Santa Cruz alongside some other amazing punk rock bands. Oxymorrons started off the night, with a mixture of hip hop and hardcore punk. Oxymorrons are the ‘babies’ of the tour, yet, the way they all connected with the crowd was amazing and spoke for […]

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo rock The Grove at Anaheim

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo rocked The Grove of Anaheim on September 7th, taking attendees on a magical ride through their 42-year playbook of extraordinary musical mastery. I can still recall the first time my Pop played Pat Benatar for me… I was six years old and remember being blown away by the beautiful, powerful […]

Hella Mega Tour leaves San Diego in awe

Selling out stadiums across America, the Hella Mega Tour finally rolled into San Diego on the gorgeous Sunday afternoon of August 29th. The vibe was this happy, positive, calming energy. Yes!! We are finally back, doing what we love with the people that get it! Of course, there were a few new rules for the safety […]

The Beach Boys play Ventura drive-in show with John Stamos & Mark McGrath

On October 23rd, Ventura was blessed with a legendary performance by The Beach Boys, featuring John Stamos and Mark McGrath (of Sugar Ray), in the form of a drive-in concert. The venue was put together to accommodate social distancing, music enthusiasts and fun-seeking fans. Attendees arrived in their own personal vehicles and every automobile had […]