April 20, 2018

An Evening with Matt James, Blacktop Mojo Frontman

It’s always amazing to get into a band as they’re just about to take off. You can see it, you can certainly hear it, but when you can just feel it , then it becomes real. When all 3 come together, you get Texas based Blacktop Mojo and then things most certainly get real, really fast. Blacktop Mojo has already…
April 06, 2018

Red Sun Rising - Icepick for April

It's amazing what a conversation at a gas station can lead to.  In this case it led to the start of Red Sun Rising with Mike Protich and Ryan Williams simply talking over music, pumping some gas in 2006 and by 2007 they were into playing local gigs; the journey had started. In 2015 they released their smash debut "Polyester Zeal" which hit…
March 22, 2018

Review - Stone Temple Pilots (2018)

I can’t say that I’m a Stone Temple Pilots fan. Historically anyway. They came along as music was in a shift from hair metal, where I grew up, to grunge, and I just lost interest in the latest trends of music and didn’t care for grunge overall. I mean, we go from women in short skirts and high heels to…
March 17, 2018

Evergrey - The Storm Within - Icepick for March

there are times i'm late to a party and i find a band too late to appreciate them while they're still cranking it out. i won't drop any names but there's more than 1 band i wanted to pick for my first "icepicks" of the year, but the ones i've found have been MIA on social media for 18+ months…
March 06, 2018

State of the Renegade Union

By now we’re coming into March and I’m WAY behind on icepicks, general reviews, interviews and so forth. Most of what I’ve been doing has been focused on having to move off my independent style where I paid all the PROs on my own and did what I wanted to do. 2017 saw that die and I had to move…
January 11, 2018

Twisted's Top Upcoming Releases for 2018!

We’re back again, Kids! You heard ALL about my Top Releases for 2017 and my top new finds for 2017 , So now it’s time to start looking to the future – But not too far. We’re less than Two weeks into 2018 and There’s surely a bunch of cool new stuff that will be coming out – a LOT…
January 10, 2018

icepicks - 2017

2017 is over and it’s time to look back and pull out some highlights and then see what 2018 has to offer and what I am looking forward to. So, my usual list of awards are usually one-offs and kinda strange, but it wouldn’t be me if it were anything else now would it? So, in no particular order of…
January 03, 2018

Twisted's Best Of 2017, Part 2: New Finds

We had my favorite albums of 2017 , but there are also a lot of artists who I fell in love with over the last year, that didin't make THAT list. They still deserve some shout outs! Wake The Sun I caught these guys in NYC early in the year as they opened up for friends in Face The King…
December 26, 2017

Twisted's Best Of 2017 Part 1: EP's/Albums

So, Who thought 2016 sucked? 2017 had SO much potential, Just when we didn’t think things could get much worse.  In retrospect, 2017 most definitely had it’s ups and downs. On The political spectrum, all kinds of crazy stuff happened. Movie-wise, We finally got a version of spider-man that was AWESOME, Wonder Woman finally graced the silver screen (And killed…
November 24, 2017

Hinder - The Reign

Formed in 2001 by OKC guitarist Joe Garvey and drummer Cody Hanson, Hinder has certainly seen some changes in themselves and industry itself in their march through the charts and global tours. In November of 2013 they made their biggest change in parting ways with charismatic front man, Austin Winkler. With Jared Weeks of Saving Abel stepping in for a…
October 26, 2017

How a shitty Batman Movie changed my Life.

I'll be honest. When "Batman Forever" came out, I was hyped. I was 12 years old and I couldn’t get enough of it. Today, after watching it again for the first time in years: Jim Carrey 's Riddler is holy annoying and Tommy Lee Jones ' Two-Face was just.. Bad. I wasn't a huge Val Kilmer fan, either (And we…
October 06, 2017

Steelheart - Through Worlds of Stardust

Many months ago, when I first heard Steelheart was in the process of making a new album I was beyond excited. Through Worlds of Stardust is their first album in 9 years, and recorded with his studio/touring band. They have been a long-time favorite of mine. Miljenko Matijevic’s voice has always amazed and blown me away. The control and power…
October 02, 2017

Scandroid - "Monochrome" Review

Scandroid “ Monochrome ” Review Editor's note: I totally realized i had stated the self-titled debut album was 2017. That is incorrect, as it was released in 2016. Fixed! - Sean Let me start off by saying – I’m a Scandroid fan. There’s nothing I didn’t love about his self titled release in 2016, or the multiple remix albums that…
September 25, 2017

13 Songs #1

A couple of days ago, I wrote a piece called “13 Short Reviews For A Rather Unlucky Day.” While I was quite pleased with the way it came out, I was kind of inebriated, to say the least. I realized after I posted the article that I genuinely enjoyed writing the piece, as I’m one who is prone to “skipping”…
September 23, 2017

13 Short Reviews For A Rather Unlucky Day

Today has been a rough day.    Correction, rough is an understatement. Do you remember that woman who spilled hot coffee on herself at McDonalds? Right on the crotch. Now imagine yourself being that woman, and that hot coffee you just spilled on your guy-bits isn’t cooling down. The door isn’t working as you try and leave the car, and,…
September 10, 2017

Blacktop Mojo Does It Again - Icepicks for September

Never done this before. Came close a few times, yes. But I don’t recall ever actually coming back and making a band I’ve already selected as an “ice pick” to be again, an “ice pick” for a later month. Even if I had, I don’t usually go back to a previous album to project future success. Again. So I’m going…
August 23, 2017

Jimmy Ray - Live to Fight Another Day

If I were to ask you how you found your favorite rock band, where does your mind immediately wonder? Maybe you remember that time you were hanging out with your cool Uncle Jeff down in the basement after christmas dinner, and he surprised you with your first record player and “Dark Side of the Moon.” Or maybe it was that…
July 24, 2017

Linkin Park / Chester Bennington - Hybrid Theory 17 Years Later

Chester Bennington unfortunately passed away on 7/20/17. His death has had a very strange effect on me, personally. I’m not a fan, nor have I really been a fan of Linkin Park’s music. Hell, I can honestly tell you, had you asked me prior to 4 days ago, I’d really only be able to tell you that Linkin Park is…
June 09, 2017

JIBE - Epic Tales of Human Nature

This is tough one for me. When I first started Renegade Radio, everything was new and everyone was “the next big thing”. We spent a few years kinda watching the scene and learning all we could about the best local talent and who the ones “on the verge” were.  11 years ago that was JIBE . If you were in a…
June 05, 2017

Doyle II - As We Die

For the handful of you out there who may be unfamiliar, Doyle got his start as the guitarist for the Misfits almost 40 years ago. Where many punk artists from that era are finding comfort in new sounds (some for better, some for worse), Doyle has been charging on with a surprising amount of consistency since day one, be it…