Concert Review: TesseracT / The Contortionist / Erra / Skyharbor

When news hit that TesseracT would be touring across North America in support of their newest album “Polaris,” I did everything in my power to leave my night open for them. My anticipation intensified when I found out that The Contortionist, Erra, and Skyharbor were supporting them. For those who don’t know of these bands, this is a massive lineup, containing some of the brightest, up-and-coming bands in the progressive metal genre. I was lucky enough to have been given an opportunity from Entertainment One Group to write about TesseracT’s latest stop at the House of Blues in San Diego on Monday. With so much enthusiasm going into this concert, I made sure to listen to every band’s discography a week before the show. Although I may have not remembered all of the lyrics or powerful moments of every band’s songs, I did enter through the venue doors with an idea of what to expect.Read More »

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Concert Preview: TesseracT

Their first tour in the United States in years, English prog metal band TesseracT will be playing at the House of Blues in San Diego next Monday.

This will be my first time seeing a concert at the House of Blues in several months, but the first time I’ve ever seen TesseracT live. Having conversed with drummer Jay Postones over the weeks, I look forward to his live performance on the stage. The House of Blues is a staple in the San Diego music scene, having hosted hundreds of bands large and small over the years. There’s always room to see, whether you’re in the pit or on the second floor balcony.

Formed in 2007, TesseracT have released three albums, their latest “Polaris” released earlier this year. After parting with the band for their previous album “Altered State,” singer Daniel Tompkins returns better than ever. They are supported by The Contortionist (who I’ve seen earlier this year), Erra, and Skyharbor, concert-goers will be aware of the long night ahead of them.

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When: Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Doors: 6:00pm

Where: The House of Blues San Diego
1055 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Cost: $20

Concert Review: Coheed and Cambria/Thank You Scientist/Silver Snakes

It took nearly ten years to accomplish a feat that had arrived Thursday night: It was my tenth time seeing my favorite band Coheed and Cambria. Ten long years of setlists, lineup changes, and manning our jackhammers, this was a huge moment for me. To think that this concert was centered around their latest album “The Color Before The Sun,” an album previously mentioned on this site as being very underwhelming and a complete change in sound from preceding albums, left me a little anxious. How reliant would Claudio Sanchez and company be on their latest album? Would they surprise everyone and play mainly older material? Regardless, my friend Traci (a fellow Coheed-fanatic) and I anticipated their set.Read More »

Concert Preview: Coheed and Cambria

With only a few dates left before their official tour supporting their latest album “The Color Before The Sun,” prog rockers Coheed and Cambria will be playing at The Observatory – North Park in San Diego this Thursday.

My second concert at The Observatory this year, I mentioned in a previous post how easily I was able to stand in the front row. With a nice little barricade separating me from hundreds of moshers, The Observatory is a great venue to view any concert. Whether up close and center, or farther back in designated mosh-free standing areas, any concert-goer will enjoy their time here. Although the music will not be as heavy as last time, I will again watch myself against the infamously harsh security staff, hoping to evade their wandering eyes.

I plan on making the most of this night because this concert in particular will be special moment for me. Why is that? It’s because this will be my TENTH time seeing Coheed and Cambria live! Having seen them in venues large (San Diego Sports Arena), medium (House of Blues) and small (Soma San Diego), I have seen my fair share of setlists, interacted with many Coheed fans, and have had my toes stepped on repeatedly. How will this concert differ than prior concerts? Crash And Ride Music will be there to share their experiences, and will report live via social media.

In their twelve years together, Coheed and Cambria have released eight albums, seven of them following an elaborate concept-turned-comic book series called The Amory Wars. Consisting of Claudio Sanchez on vocals/guitar, Travis Stever on guitar/vocals, Josh Eppard on drums, and Zach Cooper on bass, Coheed and Cambria have explored their sound over the years, ranging from progressive rock, to pop-punk, to metal. With their most recent album “The Color Before The Sun” being the first album to not follow The Amory Wars story arch, Claudio Sanchez and company have opted to share the most personal of experiences, from moving away, to the birth of children, and accepting where they are in their lives. It is by far a collection of their most personal and direct songs they’ve ever released. Touring with them are Thank You Scientist and Silver Snakes.

Tickets: Ticketweb

When: Thursday, October 29th, 2015 Doors: 7:30pm

Where: The Observatory North Park
2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA

Cost: $35

Concert Preview: William Fitzsimmons

Continuing his North American tour in support of his latest mini-album “Pittsburgh,” William Fitzsimmons will be playing at The Casbah in San Diego this Sunday.

My second concert at The Casbah in two weeks, I remarked at the intimate setting for such a heavy band while seening And So I Watch You From Afar. This time, indie-folk songwriter Fitzsimmons (supported by Jake Phillips) will grace the stage in a setting that is perfectly adequate for his type of performance and songs. Having seen him twice in the past (both in smaller, intimate venues), I can recall the closeness we all felt when Fitzsimmons graced the stage alone with his acoustic guitar. I can foresee a much closer audience, stepping close to the stage, swaying back and forth with tears in their eyes. With a catalogue of heart-wrenching songs, Crash And Ride Music will be there to capture the moment.

In his tenth year of writing and performing, William Fitzsimmons has experienced a lifetime’s worth of pain and anguish, and has amazingly captured those moments on his five full length studio albums: “Until When We Are Ghosts,” “Goodnight,” “The Sparrow And The Crow,” “Gold In The Shadow,” and “Lions.” Known for producing, writing, and mixing all his own material in prior albums, “Pittsburgh” marks the first album he’s done this since “Goodnight.” Dedicated to his grandmother who passed away late last year, the album focuses on the loss and love of his grandmother and the city they shared.


When: Sunday, October 25th, 2015
Doors: 8:30pm

Where: The Casbah – San Diego
2501 Kettner Blvd.,
San Diego, CA

Cost: $15 in advance / $17 at door (21+ show)

Concert Review: And So I Watch You From Afar/Mylets/Blis

I had been anticipating this concert all week. Having never seen a performance at The Casbah in San Diego in the past, I became baffled at the thought. How has such an avid concert goer as myself never been to this venue in the past? Having sat under flight paths towards Lindbergh Field for nearly thirty years, this little venue has never hosted a band I wanted to see enough live. So I guess congratulations are in order to And So I Watch You From Afar, the passionate post-rock band from Northern Ireland for dragging me all the way out to downtown San Diego.Read More »