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In Praise of Ironfest

Annual music fest in honor of late musician Mike Davidson has become much more than just a memorial event

{CommentsCant} · Monday, November 24, 2014
Cincinnati is host to a great number of music festivals and it feels like every season adds another one. Midpoint is becoming nationally recognized for its ability to draw in heavy hitters, Bunbury has exploded in popularity in just a few years and Buckle Up had a great inaugural year this past summer, just to name a few obvious examples. It’s a great time to be a music lover and music journalis...  

Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: The Rules of Dibs

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Hours spent in the van, hours spent waiting for sound check in the venue, hours spent wandering European cities waiting for the venue to open, hours waiting for show time and hours spent waiting for the show to wrap up. All of this adds up to lots of free on our hands and not much to do with it. So what is a Rock & Roll band — and its merch and sound guy — to do with opportunity? Why,...  

Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: Würst Merch Guy Ever

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 31, 2014
I crowd surfed for the first time ever in Strasbourg, France. And I did it in a hot dog costume.Man, I can’t wait to tell my grandkids this story. The hot dog spawned from a Facebook Messenger conversation before we even left. As we were preparing for the trip, the group bought me a glow in the dark skeleton onesie. It proved far too comfy and warm for it to be a nightly outfit in dirty, sweaty ...  

Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: Ode to a Van

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, October 30, 2014
For the past two and a half weeks, Arnaud’s van has been home for five full-grown men. While we’ve been lucky enough to not have to spend the night in it at any time, we’ve done pretty much everything else. We’ve eaten in here, we’ve slept in here, we’ve emptied bladders (well, only one … Nick was desperate), it houses all of our possessions on this continent and we’ve had far too...  

Let It ‘Bleed’

Cincinnati’s 500 Miles to Memphis returns with its most accomplished and mature album yet

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
 500’s success has always been a group effort and the group pushed itself harder than ever on Bleed.  

Music: 500 Miles to Memphis

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Ryan Malott, founder, vocalist and guitarist of Cincinnati’s 500 Miles to Memphis, started the group in the early '00s   

Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: Janky Promoters

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, October 28, 2014
One thing that I’ve learned on this trip is that the show’s promoter can often set the mood of an entire night. On this tour, we’ve been lucky enough to have several great promoters who know how to run things and take care of a band, which helps lead to a great show.
Our night in Milan did not have one of those types of promoters. Hell, to even call him a promoter is an insult to the conc...  

Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: The Wonders of Gaff Tape

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 24, 2014
Today, I wanted to write about something that all five of us share on this trip. Something we all cherish, hold close and respect more than anything. I want to talk about something that holds us all together on a daily basis. The love of Rock & Roll.

Ha ha! Just kidding, I’m talking about gaffer’s tape.

Some of you may be asking what gaffer’s tape (aka gaff tape) is. Others...  

Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: A Day in the Life of a Merch Guy

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Before I left, I had a lot of people ask me just what I’d be doing while on tour. The best answer I could give them was, “I don’t know, sell shirts I guess.”  So, in an effort to give you a better picture of what a day in the life of Valley of the Sun’s illustrious merch guy/tour bitch, I give you a minute-by-minute breakdown of what will most likely be our busiest day on the tour. ...  

Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: A Guide to Packing/Overpacking

{CommentsCant} · Monday, October 20, 2014
Remember in my first blog when I said I was worried that I had over packed? Guess what? I over packed.  I’ve been on tour for a week now and these are a few things I’ve learned so far, in no particular order. Hopefully they help you the next time a Rock band drags you across Europe. Or on your next trip to Disneyland. Backpack space is very important. In my backpack, I origi...