SHOW REVIEWS

Show Reviews “National and Regional Acts” by ON TOUR MONTHLY

Trees (Dallas, TX) – Words by Michal Elizabeth Smith / Photos by James Villa – “The World Needs More Bands Like The Joy Formidable” The first time I saw The Joy Formidable was two years ago at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie. Local radio station, 102.1 The Edge hosted their annual How the Edge Stole Christmas conc…

FC DALLAS STADIUM (Frisco, TX) –  Words by Michal Elizabeth Smith / Photos by James Villa – “This Year’s Eclectic Lineup Play It Out in the Texas Heat” Over 2,500 people gathered on Saturday, April 27th at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco for 102.1 KDGE’s Edgefest 23. Twenty bands traveled from all over to take part in the…

Trees (Dallas, TX) –  Words by Michal Elizabeth Smith / Photos by James Villa – “Disturbed Frontman Takes New Solo Project On Tour” Industrial metal band Device performed the first show of their headlining tour at Trees in Dallas. Frontman David Draiman formed the side project in June 2012 after his band, Disturbed wen…

Trees (Dallas, TX) – Words by Krishen Anthony / Photos by James Villa – “Sweden’s SOILWORK Shreds Trees” Soilwork’s intense brand of melodic death metal showcases their technical prowess as well as their dedication to the genre, but can they do it live? During their daunting 55 date U.S. tour, I was able to catch their…

March 17, 2013 – Verizon Wireless Theater (Grand Prairie, TX) – Words by David Huff / Photos by Chris Eason – I’ll say one thing for Alicia Keys. She certainly loves her hat. She also loves big expansive stage productions that include the prerequisite dancers, a high powered band as well as back-up singers. That said t…

Palladium Ballroom (Dallas, TX) – By David Huff – “Year of the Shake“ There is a ‘not so silent’ rebellion taking place in the music industry these days that’s rocking the staid order down to its very core. The sound of this movement is so simple, yet so emotionally vexing, it literally defies explanation. One of the p…

Palladium Ballroom (Dallas, TX) – Words by Krishen Anthony / Photos by James Villa – “Veteran Rocker, Danko Jones Punks Up The Palladium“ A 17 year veteran of the stage, Danko Jones’ experience with varying crowds was evident while warming up the audience for Volbeat on their current U.S. tour. He was commanding and ch…

Palladium Ballroom (Dallas, TX) By David Huff It is incredibly difficult for any artist to maintain a continuous line of communication with its fan base for extended periods of time. It’s darn near impossible to keep that momentum going when your music literally demands the audience see the landscape through the eyes o…