Add Sons of Texas to your summer schedule

You’re going to the massive tours and festivals already, but here is a smaller, but must-add tour to your summer circuit travels.

Devour the Day and Sons of Texas are on the road together, tonight in Huntsville, Ala., and throughout the Southeast for another week.

You probably heard SOT’s “Baptized in the Rio Grande,” the title track from the band’s debut. But there is a lot more where that came from.

Here is a slower side of the Sons but go to a show and hear even more.

Cane Hill’s (The New) Jesus rolls out spiritual lyrics

I don’t know a ton about Cane Hill but two things I have picked up since hearing (The New) Jesus on SXM: 1) Love their sound. 2) captured by the spiritual nature of the lyrics of the single.

Definitely not a “Christian” band, but their sound – I’m just going to call is heavy metal – is a necessary add to a rock collection.

The New Orleans rockers will be in Memphis at New Daisy with Hellyeah on Aug. 6. Shooting for a chance to sit down with the guys to dig into their lyrics, their sound and exactly how they want to be see on the scene.


Christian accuracy of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”

Ran across this study that says AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” is more theologically accurate that 96 percent of modern worship songs heard on contemporary Christian radio stations such as Air-1 and KLOVE.

Fine, it’s satire but seriously, rock has always had a realness to us metalheads, so this survey isn’t surprising to us even if taken as fact. Here is the link to the survey.

More accurate songs according to the survey included Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” and Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast.”

MXPX playing Nashville, yes please!


This got past me, but found out MXPX has two shows scheduled in Nashville in September and I can’t freaking wait.

Never thought I’d get a chance to see the superb punk rockers and I’m sure there are many who thought the same. It’s a chance you don’t need to pass, especially if you’re as big a fan as I always have been.

To commemorate, here are a couple of videos

Hardwired To Self-Destruct: Metallica rocked packed out Busch Stadium

ST. LOUIS – Metallica brought plenty of firepower to Busch Stadium Sunday for the Hardwired to Self-Destruct Tour.

There was pyro. There was new material. There was vintage Metallica. There was rain. The veteran rockers played to some 39,000 fans, soaking wet fans. Rain poured during most of the show – Local H and Volbeat opening the night – and steady for a couple of hours before the show.

“Whatever, it’s just water,” lead singer James Hetfield said.

Metallica’s set was delayed as crew built a shield over Lars Ulrich’s drums. But once the band began with “Hardwired to Self-Destruct,” the full house sang along, often roaring through downtown St. Louis like one big happy metal family.

The bands played for more than two hours, including solos from guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo and an encore that ended with “Enter Sandman,” more pyro and fireworks.

It was an impressive production, but nothing able to overshadow the seemingly timeless band.