Rock It: May kicks off summer music season

Posted on November 14, 2013


Rock It: May kicks off summer music season

By: Rachael Mattice

Summer is coming.

However, though it is only May, summer music season has arrived. While filling out your festival calendar or updating your Songkick push alerts, check out these noteworthy items that lead the summer 2013 musical vanguard.

Beware of Darkness goes back to basics

Are you one of those people who wants to rip out your car radio or protest at hipster festivals over the bombardment of electronic dance music, pop and folk?
Then thank the lord of rock almighty for trying to bring back the luminosity of rock music with Los Angeles-based Beware of Darkness.

This generation of fans has been yearning and praying for its own rock bands to emerge and change the world like their predecessors. It would be presumptuous to assume Beware of Darkness is one of them.

However, Beware of Darkness has a classic look – no makeup, strangeness or distracting theatricals – that gives hope for rock to defeat the pollution of electronic dance music and fill coliseums.

With sounds similar to The White Stripes or even Jane’s Addiction, Beware of Darkness could lead the way in bringing full-band acts back to clubs in place of house DJs. Their all-over-the-stage energy is a full dose of crash and burn.

Beware of Darkness’ first single, “Howl,” is available on iTunes with a video on YouTube. The band’s full debut album, “Orthodox,” will be released Tuesday.

Golden God Awards crown rock royalty

If you have ever felt the Grammy Awards inadequately awarded musicians according to radio-popularity standards, nominating sort-of rock bands while ignoring the true rockers, there is another awards show that honors a bona fide assortment of metal lords in “best hard rock/metal performance”-like categories.

Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods, a fan-voted awards show, is in its fifth year of handing out statues to the heavy metal and hard rock scene.

Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach will host the “Black Carpet” pre-show in downtown Los Angeles at 7 tonight before the show at 8 p.m. with FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho hosting for the fourth year.

The sold-out event will be broadcast live on national television for the first time through AXS TV (Comcast Channel 1241) and also through Xbox LIVE and Revolver’s Facebook page.

Live performances will include Danzig, Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Stone Sour, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Halestorm and a few surprise collaborations that honor heavy music.

Hoot Night season ends Wednesday

For those undecided or eclectic individuals who love an assortment of musical genres, The Mixtapes will manifest licks of many flavors for the monthly Hoot Night showcase at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lafayette Brewing Company.

The seven-piece cover band will perform with The Clinton Era and The Jim-Jims for the final Hoot Night until September. Find more information on the event’s Facebook page.

Mattice is a producer and music journalist at the Journal & Courier. She can be reached at or on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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