Good Charlotte's Albuquerque Stop Was One of Their Last on the 'Generation Rx' Tour, But Also One of Their Best

By: Ryan Schultz

Good Charlotte's Albuquerque stop on their Generation Rx tour was a performance that fans won’t soon forget. It started with The Dose, who opened the night with a great showcase of their musical ability. With only two members- vocalist/guitarist Indio Downey and drummer Ralph Alexander- I was surprised and amazed at the fullness of their sound. With Indio covering the vocals and guitar and Ralph handling the drums and basslines using synth add-ons to his kit, The Dose had a sound that I would describe as a heavier Nirvana. They’re a group I would choose to see live over and over again.

Knuckle Puck.

Knuckle Puck.

Knuckle Puck was up next. Hailing from Chicago, this group was full of energy, and put on an amazing show. They even wore Lobos jerseys onstage to show support for our local sports team, which fans admired.

Unfortunately, Sleeping With Sirens had to cancel this stop due to personal reasons. So after Knuckle Puck, it was time for Good Charlotte to take the stage, and their set was amazing in a few ways. First, the visual and audio production was superb, and honestly one of the best-looking shows I’ve been to recently. Secondly, vocalist Joel Madden made it a point to interact with the crowd, giving small speeches between a few songs to talk about the band’s story and the meaning of some of their songs. The packed venue sang along to every song the group played, and the overall experience was something I would recommend to anyone who has been a fan of this band.

The Generation Rx tour wraps up in North America this month, but picks up again in Europe starting on February 1st. You can check out those upcoming dates here.

And if you’re curious about Good Charlotte’s recent Denver stop, check out our coverage of that show at this link.

-Ryan

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Atreyu Didn't Make It to Their Albuquerque Show But It Almost Didn't Matter

By: Ryan Schultz

The Albuquerque stop on Atreyu's In Our Wake Tour was definitely a memorable show. From an amazing crowd to super humble bands, it was one I won't soon forget.

The night started off with security informing us that Atreyu never made it to the venue (an alleged bus breakdown), but all the openers decided that the show must go on. Sleep Signals was up first, and having never heard of them before, I had no idea what to expect. What we got was a totally independent band (no label, no management, everything done by the band themselves) who not only had a great stage presence and live performance, but made it a goal to really connect with the audience, going so far as hanging outside of the venue before doors opened to talk with people in line.

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Ice Nine Kills was next, and they were one of the reasons why this show was memorable. All members came out on stage wearing horror movie costumes. From Friday the 13th’s “Jason” to “Freddie Kruger “from Nightmare on Elm Street, the band’s theatrical performances and expressions were apt to their characters. The lead singer, Spencer Charnas, was crowd surfing back and forth, all while singing and screaming along with the crowd.

Memphis May Fire became our openers for the night, and they took on that role very well. The lead singer, Matty Mullins, had great crowd interaction through the whole set and the band had a great sound overall, even with the absence of their usual sound tech. About halfway through the set, they brought a special guest on stage to sing part of a song: a local named Jayden who sang his part very well and seemed totally comfortable on stage.

Memphis May Fire.

Memphis May Fire.

While this tour stop came without its headliner, the opening bands stepped it up and filled that gap very well. I would recommend anyone who is a fan of metalcore hit up a stop on this tour; the opening bands alone make the experience worth it, and I can't imagine what the show would've been like with Atreyu's presence added.

The In Our Wake Tour continues to roll through the US until December 13th, and you can keep up and find more info on it here.

-Ryan

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Sullivan King's 'Fight Back World Tour' Brought the Heaviest Bass I've Ever Seen

By: Ryan Schultz

Sullivan King's Albuquerque stop on his Fight Back World Tour was one of the heaviest bass events I've ever seen. The local opening acts all played great sets, but the one that stood out to me the most was Navallo's. His set was a very fine balance of heavy-hitting trap remixes and melody filled bass tracks.

Navallo.

Navallo.

Sullivan King's set was an epic fusion of crushing heavy metal riffs and massive dubstep basslines which shook the entire venue. He played his 7-string guitar along to his music, and he  sang on some parts, all while DJing.

Sullivan King.

Sullivan King.

Having never seen Sullivan King live before, I was blown away by his performance and would recommend anyone see him live if you haven't already!

You can still catch him on tour until December 22nd and keep up with him here.

-Ryan

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Trap and Dubstep Beast Borgore Coming to Sunshine Theatre This Thursday

This Thursday, trap and dubstep beast Borgore will play the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, NM as a part of his Buygore University Tour. The tour, named after Borgore’s own record label Buygore Records, started on September 12th and continues through the 21st of October, showcasing the hottest new talent coming out of this label. For his Albuquerque date, Benda and GGMagree will be on board for support.

Borgore.

Borgore.

Borgore’s newest aggressive trap release “MOP,” featuring Gucci Mane and THIRTY RACK, has only strengthened fan excitement for this upcoming show, and the rest of the tour. The track just hit the airwaves last month and has been climbing the Soundcloud charts.

The show this Thursday is a 16+ event and tickets can be purchased at the door, and online here. Anyone in the area who’s a fan of the heavier side of EDM should not hesitate to check this event out.

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Parkway Drive's 'Reverence Tour' Stopped in Albuquerque & The Mayor Showed Up + Fans Went Wild

Mayor Tim Keller.

Mayor Tim Keller.

The Albuquerque stop of Parkway Drive’s Reverence Tour last weekend was awe-inspiring. The band, whose Denver stop we just covered, are currently on the road in support of their record Reverence. I entered the venue just in time to catch the last two songs of opener August Burns Red’s set, and the whole venue was already moshing like crazy.

After ABR’s set, Tim Keller, Albuquerque’s mayor and a heavy metal enthusiast, made an appearance on stage and actually gave a speech about Albuquerque’s metal scene and fanbase, which was enjoyed by fans and the bands alike.

Parkway Drive’s set followed and was insane. It had been seven years since they’ve played in Albuquerque, and the crowd was more than ready for their return. From front to back and side to side, the crowd had their heads banging and their bodies moving all set long. The production value of Parkway’s set (and of the tour overall) was big: their minimal, yet very effective lighting rig perfectly visualized Parkway Drive’s heavy and powerful sound.

Although I would've loved to experience Polaris’ and The Devil Wears Prada’s sets, I was very impressed by ABR’s and Parkway Drive’s performances and cannot stress enough that this Reverence Tour is an absolute must-see. You can catch the Australian leg of the tour starting October 25th, followed by their European leg starting in January 2019.

Keep up with Parkway Drive here.

-Ryan

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Godsmack & Shinedown's Current Co-Headlining Tour Is Explosive

By: Ryan Schultz

My first concert photo shoot as a BolderBeat photographer ended up being one of the best shows I've experienced. It was the first time I’ve seen all three of these bands live and they all had something crazy cool and unique to bring to the table. Like A Storm came all the way from New Zealand for this tour and started the evening off with heavy sounds and something new to me: didgeridoo metal! At one point, the band, who is comprised of three brothers and their good friend, even brought their parents onstage. It was a touching start to the night.

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Shinedown’s set followed with explosive style and energy and amazing stage presence. Every song made great use of the numerous firework launchers around the stage and an EDM-style laser shows added to their killer performance. Shinedown’s lead singer Brent Smith was incredible at interacting with the crowd and kept the entire amphitheater fully hyped. He performed two songs from the back lawn of the amphitheater, and even took the time in the middle of the first song to shake my hand in the pit.

Godsmack.

Godsmack.

Godsmack’s set was absolutely solid. Moving stage sets and a combination of fireworks and other pyrotechnics really made their show stand out. Their lead singer Sully Erna had comical interactions with the crowd between songs, keeping people smiling. Toward the end of the set, Godsmack played a full instrumental song with two full drums kits, the second one being played by Sully, and both drummers exchanged solos and showed off their technical skills to the delight of us all.

Overall, it was an absolutely amazing show and I would not hesitate to see any of these bands again. You can still catch Godsmack and Shinedown on their North American tour until October 13th. They then jump the pond and play Europe starting October 30th. Keep up with these tours here.

See the full concert gallery from this show here.

-Ryan

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Wilson Harwood: A Fall Tour, A Spring EP, & His Current Single "Saturated in Sunshine"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Wilson Harwood's been busy and his new music is rad.

Boulder artist Wilson Harwood.

Boulder artist Wilson Harwood.

If you haven’t yet heard, local singer-songwriter Wilson Harwood just dropped a new single. And it’s tasty. Harwood’s “Saturated in Sunshine” opens with an easy-listening, beachy vibe that soon has you singing-along to its catchy, upbeat chorus. Harwood has managed to combine what feels like a smooth lullaby with a buoyant reminiscence of something lost; you can almost feel the warm tide rolling over your feet as his voice sweeps over drippy percussion and soft guitars. Just days after dropping it online, Harwood had his single release party featuring Pamela Machala and Cousin Curtiss, which was a huge success. So we wanted to catch up with him and hear more about his solo work (you may know him from Rocktin), what inspired him to write “Saturated in Sunshine,” and what his plans are for the fall. Read on:

So we know you have some involvement with Boulder-based Rocktin. Tell us about your venture into the solo world and what it has been like now creating from that perspective.

It is super fun to play with Rocktin and create music with so many collaborators. My new venture into the solo world was a bit daunting at first, but also pushed me in new directions musically. I have enjoyed writing for just banjo, guitar, and ukulele; I really like the challenge of playing with less instrumentation. Overall, it has been a lot of fun recording and performing with an array of different musicians in Boulder and playing to their individual strengths.  

Banjo Indeed.

Banjo Indeed.

“Saturated in Sunshine” is so upbeat and positive. It even feels a bit beachy. What inspired this track?

It’s a bit ironic since the nearest beach is hundreds of miles away, but the song started as just an improvised recording session. I like to simply create for creation’s sake at times and “Saturated In Sunshine” was the result of doing just that. I think the chord progression came first, which inspired the beachy feel, but the idea of a couple falling out of love in paradise was a spur of the moment creation while recording some scratch lyrics. I like the irony of it feeling upbeat and positive, but having a heavy tinge of “down and out” as well.

That sort of play is definitely evident on the track. What was it like recording at The Hook Factory?

The Hook Factory is actually the name of my mixing engineer, Justin Peacock’s, company. He rents out space at Silo Sound Studios in Denver. It was very different from recording sessions I had done with Rocktin in the past where we had hours of tracking and several isolation booths. For “Saturated In Sunshine,” I just recorded the acoustic guitar over the production I had already made at home. I then overdubbed vocals on top of that and it was a wrap!

Sometimes simple is the best way to go. Speaking of- we love the pastel goodness that is your album art for this track. Was this something you created?

Thanks! Actually my talented friend Adrian Flynt made the artwork. He is the bass player in Rocktin and a great artist. We are also working together on the artwork for my next single, which will drop on 02/09/2016.

Very cool. So your single release party was an awesome success. Tell us what it was like putting together the lineup for that show with Pamela Machala and Cousin Curtiss. And what was your favorite part of that show?

The show was a ton of fun. I was very happy to have Pamela Machala on board and have always admired her songwriting. Cousin Curtiss was actually recommended to me by Shine’s booking manager. Once I saw that Curtiss was a looping artist, played great music, and traveled around in a tiny home, I knew I wanted to add him to the line up. My favorite part of the show was when I realized the audience was listening so intently that I had to pause and tell them it felt like I was performing to them in my living room. The show was a perfect mix of intimate listening tracks and danceable grooves.

Always a good combination. Talk to us about your plans this fall. Any more releases planned? Recording? Is a music video for “Saturated in Sunshine” in the works?

I am actually touring on “Saturated In Sunshine” around Colorado and New Mexico until January. Then, in February, I’ll be having my next single release party at Swallow Hill in Denver. I have all of my recordings finished and am currently having them mixed and mastered. So actually in May, I’ll release a five-song EP. And you know, I did make a music video for “Saturated In Sunshine,” but we didn’t release it. We wanted a slightly different aesthetic and production in the end. But keep an eye out for a music video for my next single in February!

Wow! Jam packed plans. We dig that. You can listen to “Saturated in Sunshine” below:

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Check out Wilson Harwood’s tour schedule, musings, and other music on his website here.

-Hannah

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