Living Mirage is the first ride on the Johnson-less, Russell-steered ship to bigger things that may or may not be better for the band. Only way to find out is to try, and that is something these reacquainted musician friends are ready to explore together.
The Shinedown chaps may have changed things up a bit, but the intensity, musicianship, soul and showmanship remained as lit as ever. The gang’s temporary metamorphosis was well received by aficionados and straightforwardly proved how musically diverse these alt-metal cats really are.
Ladies and gentlemen, the fine folks that organize Shaky Knees deserve a round of applause and a tip of the hat. Excellent job, artists. Wonderful job, Atlanta. Amazing job, Shaky Knees. Till next year.
From leader Maria Brink to the Blood Girls and everyone in between, In This Moment are a force to be reckoned with. Presenters of a witching hour of live metal grandstanding, In This Moment is candidly a can’t miss act.
Aterciopelados brought their oddball rock best, and Los Amigos Invisibles simply delighted with their dance disco approach; yet both styles were equally welcomed and cuddled by the Hotlanta crowd. The night was colored of Latin rock hues, and on this evening, that was just perfect.
Carlos Santana and his posse rifled off renditions left and right, each passing tune better than its predecessor. From start through encore and beyond, roars drew louder, applause rained heavier, the music simply took over.
Simply stated, Social Cues is a forthright look inward, an exposé detailing a frightening and maturing journey, and one heck of a rock-n-roll record.