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The Rock and Roll Report Artist Of The Week is Shane Knight

shane 1Shane Knight is a cutting edge singer stylist that merges heavy rock beats and blazing guitars with an underlying pop “singles style” hit format. Singer, Song, Writer, Bassist,Shane Knight From Southern California now lives in Seattle, Washington and has just completed his new 10 song CD “BAD AS THEY COME” with Producer Paul Sabu. Out now on iTunes and more, Shane Knight also has an E.P. “Hungry” out now on iTunes, CDBaby.com and more.

According to Shane “I have been very fortunate to have opened shows and shared the stage with an incredible selection of musicians including: Ozzy Osbourne, , Def Leppard, Slaughter, Queensryche, Iron Madien, L.A Guns and more. I am also a winner of the L.A Music Award.Best Rock Band I look forward to the next steps in my Music Career. ”

Shane also wants to give a big thanks to his sponsors Shawn Green from Basson Sound, (www.bassonsound.com), Tony Delarosa at Samick Music,Tim Pfouts at S.I.T Strings’ tim@sitstrings.com’ “but most of all to all my friends and fans that continue to give me support and reason to my life of music…THANK YOU All ROCK ON”’ ALL KNIGHT ”

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The Rock and Roll Report Band Of The Week is..Toys In The Forest

Toys in the ForestFormed in 2005, Toys in the Forest is at the crossroad of blues and Rock and roll , mixed with some heavy metal influences. ” The band was formed to perform live, we are a live act and many venues book us because we do the show, the rock n roll show” says Max. (lead vocals and guitar).

The songs are all about life, parties, sex and rock n roll, but we also explore a dark side with slow tempos and heavy riffs. We have a few songs about life after death such as “Pain and Fear” or “sympathy for a dead man”.

We love rock n roll music, we have have always been big fans of bands like iron maiden , Thin Lizzy or Motorhead. After a few changes in the line up, the band has spent the last two years on the road to promote their second EP “Sex , Toys and Rock n roll”, playing in bars, lesbian clubs or rock festivals during their Hypnotic tour .

The band is all about rock n roll, we can play almost anywhere as long as we can plug in ! Toys in the Forest are back in the studios to write and record  their third opus due in january 2010. In the meantime, they are still promoting their rock n roll on Tvs, radios and Live gigs !!

Today I would like thank Toys In The Forest  for taking some time out to do this for us their Fans

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Intense Nick checks out John Wilkes Booth

JWB_HatJohn Wilkes Booth are a four piece band , these are the players – Kerry Merkle (Vocals), Christian Horstman (Drums), Jason Beickert (Guitar) and Harold Vrooman (Bass). The result of the combined efforts of these guys rocks in an awesomely dirty and slightly sludgy, a bit punky and with a hint of metal all combined in a uniquely John Wilkes Booth fashion. If you are into bands like Clutch and Kylesa then these guys will surely hit the spot for you. John Wilkes Booth’s music is packed with wicked riffs and stupendously energetic rhythms delivered imaginatively and perfectly finished with great vocals. Once heard there is no escape, John Wilkes Booth will have you gripped.
John Wilkes Booth has just completed their first full length release Sic Semper Tyrannis. Booth fans, whose numbers are ever increasing, have eagerly been awaiting the fulfillment of promises for new tracks from the latest recording sessions. They will not be disappointed. Since the formation of the band in 2005, the band has consistently recorded and played live shows while continually escalating their fan base.

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The Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week is Picture Me Broken

Picture Me BrokenI was invited to see a “Melodic Hard Rock” band that just happened to have some “Screamo” thrown in. “Picture Me Broken” is such a band and I was invited to their open showcase in Los Angles a few weeks ago. Sure I live in the LA basin, but the show was at 7:00pm on a Friday evening in the heart of Hollywood and I just wasn’t sure I wanted to take the two hour ride with my husband and 14 year old daughter through the streets of Orange County and Downtown LA to get to the small studio to see a band belonging to a musical genre I am just not too into in the first place. But I went, because after a long week I thought it would be great to get out for a show that possibly (but unlikely) my entire family could enjoy and relate to… But I was so very wrong in my assumption… because all three of us had a blast!

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The U.K.’s Sierra Alpha Opt to Rely on Hard Work and Their Niche-Free Sound for Success, Rather Than Chasing a Golden Ticket Like Their Peers

l_1be8903baf054e15a3735148d19c8436Sierra Alpha is a highly rated five-piece pop/rock outfit from Wales, U.K., that is getting well-earned praise from countless sources. Their debut EP, Superhero, was released in June of this year and was welcomed with strong regional press and radio support, and the title track was featured as the single of the day on Amazon.com. Furthermore, World Machine, another track from the EP, has been featured on a MySpace.com video segment promoting Leonardo DiCaprio’s film, Body of Lies.

Sierra Alpha is comprised of Martin Goddard (Vocals, Guitar), Stuart Davies (Bass), Andrew Harries (Keyboards), Andrew Evans (Lead Guitar) and Simon Beecher (Drums). Their unique gift lies in that both their recordings and live performances are filled with a signature rocking style and catchiness that truly makes them a hit just waiting to happen.

The five track EP, with its combination of brilliant harmonic choruses, superb keyboards and Martin’s wide vocal range, leads to a collection of highly memorable, infectious songs. And, having had the chance to catch them performing live in Bath, U.K., I can also vouch for their stellar shows. On stage Sierra Alpha have a strong, tight delivery that has punch and verve. From the first song, Weekend Lover, Sierra Alpha commanded the attention of the entire venue and from that point on they faultlessly delivered the entire set, even mixing in a cover of La Roux’s Bulletproof.

Once the band got offstage I was lucky enough to catch up with Martin Goddard, who happily agreed to a chat for The Rock and Roll Report.

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The Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week is El Dog

El_DogEl Dog are an excellent four piece band from Glasgow, Scotland UK who style is alternative ambient Rock. They are gently arousing yet soothing to the ears while having the drive and power to exhilarate and entice. You can check them out at

http://www.myspace.com/eldogmusic

Their new album is justly getting great reviews from all over the UK, ranging from BBC Radio 1 to the national news press and I am fortunate enough to have a copy of their latest release The Lamps of Terrahead.

If your taste includes bands such as Muse, Led Zeppelin, Idlewild, Radiohead, Mogwai and Biffy Clyro then El Dog should be in your collection. The Lamps of Terrahead is the bands stunning debut and is sure to get them noticed and loved by all. It is out on October 19th 2009 and on Lo – Five records and available through i-tunes and all major download sites. I would recommend pre-order to avoid disappointment.

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The Rock and Roll Report Band of The Week is Day Minus 7

Day Minus 7A punch to the face is what radio needs to end the ceaseless mediocrity, DayMinus7 is that punch. The Ft Myers quintet began as two friends in St Petersburg Florida with a dream. That dream of course is to be one of the biggest rock bands of their generation. We are now at the beginning stages of that dream.

Cliff and Eddie worked on projects throughout their youth and teens. Cliff then moved to Cape Coral, Florida, Where he met Cody through a mutual friend. Soon after, Eddie moved down and DayMinus7 was born. The three piece, (with Cliff on guitar) played throughout Florida at local clubs, podcasts, and local radio block parties. As time passed they grew together musically, and Cliff put down the guitar to concentrate on singing. They decided to turn the band into a five piece so they could capture a bigger sound. So began the search for the right two guys. By chance Kit walked into the music store where Cliff worked and started playing guitar. Kit was in the band soon after that. Mike was part of the local music scene. He always seemed to be popping up at gigs and when the guys heard him play they knew right away he was our guy.

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The Rock and Roll Report Band Of The Week “The Crossing”

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This week I am stoked to bring you a band that has Done so much for my Taste In Music.

Not Only do they Rock as Friends but their tunz’s are something that keep you coming back for more.

I love how they have a Style of their own and have Taken music to a different place in my head……Enjoy them as I do guys and here is what they had to say ……

Hi ! We are THE CROSSING, a rock act out of Chicago. Thanks for checking us out. The band manages this site personally and we have really enjoyed meeting all of you these past few months. Your friendship and consideration is much appreciated.

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The Rock and Roll Report Band Of the Week is Renegade Ride

renegade ride 300Sometimes grinding hard, but not metal. Partly soft, but not pop. A bit unpredictable, but not too progressive. Renegade Ride – an independent modern rock band with a twist.

Good songs are what music is all about and that’s what we strive for!

I guess there is a story behind Renegade Ride – the bigger, better and meaner version of the group formerly known as The Ride. The band was founded in Helsinki, Finland in 2005. After drifting through space and time for some years, line-up changes, writing quality material and working hard, Renegade Ride is now emerging stronger and harder than ever – ready to blow your mind.

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Lost Without Cause Talk Influences, Bankrupt Labels and Aspirations

Lost Without CauseLost Without Cause are an Alternative Rock, three piece outfit hailing from Watford, Herts, UK. They have been playing together since their formation in 2004, and so far have played well over 200 gigs with the likes of My Passion, Saving Aimee, Fei Comodo, Koopa, The Runners and Linchpin.

To give you a little background information on Lost Without Cause: in 2007 the band was selected by MTV as part of their new talent initiative program, which involved a live performance and an interview which aired on MTV2 throughout April, May and June 2007. In July 2007 they visited and recorded a live session in the world famous Maida Vale Studios, and in November 2007, after progressing to the 3rd round of an International Battle of the Bands, were invited to play at the London Astoria 2. The gig was a massive success and the band progressed onto the 4th round where they once again played the London Astoria 2. In July 2008 they were selected by Bon Jovi from over 400 acts as one of the Top 20 bands with the chance to support them at their Twickenham show. Unfortunately, after an online vote, they narrowly missed out.