An Evening With 311

On Monday, July 6th, the 311 tour billed as “An Evening With 311” made a stop at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City and I was lucky enough to be in attendance. The venue was packed full of fans of all ages. For this concert there were no “opening bands”, so you knew the crowd packing the place was there to see 311. Once the clock hit 8:30 the crowd started chanting 311…311…311…anticipating one their favorite bands taking the stage. Once the band took the stage there was no denying the energy level in the room.
Although there was not a lot of banter and chatting between songs, which to me proves that these guys have still got it and don’t need too much “down time” or “breaks”, it did not hinder the crowds interest one bit. I watched the fans get more and more excited with each song, and they were singing along to every song. I made it a point to keep an eye on social media leading up to this show to see what the general response was going to be from the local crowd, which was amazing. People were gushing about 311. While at the show, I then tried to listen on conversations as I passed through the crowd to take it all in and all I heard were people raving about the show and singing along. The only thing that would have made the show better is if the stage was set up on the beach and I had my toes in the sand and sipping on a fruity cocktail.
There is a reason these guys are still making music and touring after all these years. I hope you take the time and make it a point to check out 311 if they are coming to your area. Check their tour dates at I am glad I did.
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311 Oklahoma City

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Bleachbangs is proud to announce An Evening with 311 on July 6th ay The Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City.  Doors open at 7, with the show starting at 8.  This is an all ages event and tickets can be purchased HERE  Make plans to attend this show and let’s show these guys that OKC rocks!!


311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Los Angeles, California.

311 mix rock, reggae, hip-hop and funk into their own unique sound. After years of consistent touring, 311 have developed a reputation as one of the most influential and most entertaining live bands in the U.S.

311 have released eleven studio albums, one live album, one greatest hits album and three dvd’s – and have sold over 9 million albums in the U.S. Nine of their albums have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Sales Chart…and nine of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Alternative Rock Radio Chart (including the #1 singles Down, Love Song & Don’t Tread On Me; along with Amber, All Mixed Up, Come Original, Creatures For Awhile, Hey You and Sunset in July).

311 recorded their 11th studio album, STEREOLITHIC, for a March 11, 2014 release, which debuted at #6 on the Top 200 Album Chart. 

The band’s celebratory live shows & incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide. Since its inception in 2004, 311’s annual summer headlining amphitheatre run, Unity Tour, has become one of the largest modern rock concerts of the summer. Support acts on previous Unity Tours have included Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, The Offspring, Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Papa Roach, The Wailers, O.A.R., Matisyahu, and Ziggy Marley. 

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Nothing More “Jenny” Tour

Nothing More first came onto our radar about 3 years ago when we were able to catch their show with Hinder and Buckcherry. They were such a breath of fresh air. Their style and music was refreshing and innovative. We have been lucky enough to catch their sets a handful of times since then; however, we have been patiently waiting for a headlining tour so we could see them for more than the normal 20-30 minute set time. Fast forward to May 31, 2015…we finally got our wish.  The first stop on their headlining “Jenny” Tour was in Oklahoma City, and of course we were there.  The music these guys put out is lyrically edgy, and musically fantastic.  You can’t help but love what these guys are doing.  Their music is honest, straight to the point, and doesn’t fit into the typical cookie cutter mold many of today’s bands are falling into.  They make a statement, and it is awesome!! I cannot wait to catch another show, and I will not miss them anytime they are in the area. Check them out if they are coming through your area.  You will not be disappointed.  And pick up their self titled album Nothing More. While
you’re at it, go ahead and get their first album “The Few Not Fleeting” as well.  Both albums are worth it.DSC_0248
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Straight Line Stitch

I’m not much for female vocals in my rock music  I know it, people around me know it. I see a girl walk up on stage and I tend to go get a beer. Until…
Straight Line Stitch  knocked on the door, asked politely to come in and then proceeds to make themselves  at home in my “no girls allowed “club. Where have these guys been? Why haven’t I checked them out sooner? Oh yeah, my narrow scope of what Rock and Roll should be had deprived me of one of the best bands that  I have heard in awhile.
Once I put my preconceived opinions aside, I found an extremely precise, and solid metal band that pulls my emotions from the inside out. The vocals are so intense I can’t help but smile ear to ear. The band is fluid and flows as a single unit to deliver heart racing riffs and nonstop in your face metal that would open a circle pit in any venue guaranteed.
Straight Line Stitch has been around for quite some time and have many albums and ep’s under their belt, but after previewing their latest album “Transparency” set for release on June 30th I will guarantee this will be their biggest success to date it is outstanding. You can pre-Order the Transparency CD   Here.

Transparency Track Listing:

  1. Out of the Shadows
  2. Dark Matter
  3. Out of Body
  4. Face of God
  5. Wilderness
  6. Human Bondage


6/12/2015 Battle Creek MI The Music Factory
6/13/2015 Clarksville TN The Warehouse
6/14/2015 St. Louis MO The Ready Room
6/16/2015 Dallas TX Trees
6/17/2015 Houston TX Scout Bar
6/18/2015 Austin TX The Dirty Dog Bar
6/19/2015 San Antonio TX 210 Kapone’s
6/20/2015 Lubbock TX Jake’s Back Room
6/21/2015 El Paso TX Tricky Falls
6/22/2015 Albuquerque NM Launch Pad
6/23/2015 Phoenix AZ Club Red
6/24/2015 Las Vegas NV LVCS
6/25/2015 W.Hollywood CA Whisky A Go Go (ILL NINO + SLS ONLY)
6/26/2015 Fresno CA Fulton 55
6/27/2015 Long Beach CA Club Hydra
6/28/2015 Corona CA M15 Concert Bar


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 The BleachBANGS Sydicate recently caught up with Chad, lead vocalist of the Detroit band “WILSON”. As I could only speculate, this was going to be a hilarious, and entertaining interview.  And what else would you expect from a band with enough balls to name their first album “Full Blast Fucekery”?  Chad was in great spirits and extremely excited to start the first date of their tour with “Nothing More”.  

I wasn’t sure what to expect from their live performance, but the band came out punching at your genitals (as Chad would say) And left no doubt that this a band that is on its way to the top. If you are like me and have never heard of Wilson you are in for a treat.  

These guys love what they are doing, and they do it well and leave it all out on the stage, One of the best new live performances I have seen in a very long time.

Make sure you pick up “Full Blast Fuckery” and pre-order “Right to Rise set to release June 30th at  And catch them out with Nothing More as well as another great band called “Red Sun Rising”.

I apologize for the wind noise throughout this interview I hope it doesn’t distract you from all the hilarity  in the recording!

Date Venue. Location Tickets
Jun 05 The Loft

Lansing, MI Tickets
Jun 06 A&R Music Bar

Columbus, OH Tickets
Jun 07 The Studio at The Waiting Room

Buffalo, NY Tickets
Jun 09 Altar Bar

Pittsburgh, PA Tickets
Jun 10 Shakas Live

Virginia Beach, VA Tickets
Jun 13 Kress Live

Biloxi, MS Tickets
Jun 14 Nitetown

Lafayette, LA Tickets
Jun 15 Dirty Dog Bar Austin, TX Tickets
Jun 16 House of Rock

Corpus Christi, TX Tickets
Jun 17 Average Joe’s

Laredo, TX
Jun 18 Club Dada Dallas, TX Tickets
Jun 19 The Aztec Theater

San Antonio, TX Tickets
Jun 21 Launchpad

Albuquerque, NM Tickets
Jun 22 The Black Sheep

Colorado Springs, CO Tickets
Jun 23 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO Tickets
Jun 24 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO Tickets
Jun 27 ‘Right To Rise’ Album Release Show

Pontiac, MI Tickets
Aug 07 Heavy Montreal 2015 Montreal, Canada Tickets
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BleachBANGS/Adelitas Way

Charan Norris interviews Rick frontman of the band Adelitas Way.  It’s refreshing to hear how candid Rick is about the state of the music business, and how they won’t be fooled by the record companies that have been running the music industry into the ground.  He says it is going to only get worse until someone steps up and says enough, is enough and the musicians and their art are put first and foremost. It’s perfectly clear that Adelitas Way is not in it for the money, but the true love of music and performing.

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Delta Rose


Delta Rose….

The 4 piece known as Delta Rose is without question, full on bluesy, heavy, Rock n Roll. You can quote me on this “They are oozing Bluesy, ballsy, swagger, with the chops to back it up”. I didn’t quite know what to expect from them in a live performance. I was not disappointed in the least! Couldn’t have been, they wouldn’t have allowed it. From the rad originals such as “Chew me up”, or “Ain’t dead yet”, to the cover of Uncle Ted’s “Stranglehold”… they never missed a beat and put on for lack of a better term “one hell of a show”. The cover of Stranglehold by the way, was by far and away the best I’ve ever heard anyone do it!! Spencer Krasch, Forrest Goss, Steven Aulcy, and Mikey Herrea really know how to bring a show to the audience. This band has quickly become a top 5 for me!! Get the new Album “Golden”, and find everything you need at Do not miss them!!

Charlie Owens

BleachBANGS Radio

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Diamond Lane

Diamond Lane…

Well what can I say about these lads? I became aware of the powerhouse that is Diamond Lane just about two years ago and immediately became a fan. This was just another case of finding a new band that I really dug and wondering when/if I might see them live…. Fast forward to a few days ago and I got what I wanted and then some!! Holy shitballs!! I watched this 5 piece light The Jam spot on fire. Slamming drums provided by Dave Vandiggity. Thundering bass by Ray Zhang. Screeching, melt your face guitars slung by Jarret Reis and Ian Mclaren. Last but certainly not least the wailing vocals of Brandon Baumann. I couldn’t stop smiling through the entire performance!! Watching these guys on stage was a gift. Consummate professionals. Not only were the songs played perfectly, but the band was having fun. Isn’t that what it’s all about??!! Watching them play off of one another was another treat. The best compliment I feel I can pay a band is telling them they are doing it right.

Diamond Lane… You are doing it right! They have cemented their place firmly in my top 5 and it will be hard to knock em loose. Get the Album “TERRORIZOR”. Everything you need is at

One thing I would like to add to this review is a massive thank you to both bands. There was an absolute horrible turnout for the show here in Albz. I myself was embarrassed. Maybe 5 people there when these guys took the stage. The thank you is for playing like there was 5 thousand. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Charlie Owens
The Hellion Rocks

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Rocklahaoma The Worlds Loudest Month

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We wait with anticipation all year long for what we call “Concert Season”, With us it all begins with Rocklahoma. This 3 day outdoor festival held in Pryor, Oklahoma is going on its 9th year and has been gaining momentum every year with record breaking crowds topping the previous year.

The festival is a Rock n Roll Buffet, From Current National bands all the way to the local unsigned bands that are on their way up. It is non-stop action on 3 stages on the official festival grounds as well as Camp Jager and the Axis stage in the campgrounds which are always popular stops for the diehards between acts or after most have faded off to bed in their tents or R.V.

For those of you that have never been able to make it to Rocklahoma and are worried about fitting in with the locals, Don’t worry, in all the years I have been to Rocklahoma I have yet to see one single fight, not saying there hasn’t been any trouble, but I have done it all and I have never seen it. It’s more of a family vibe everywhere you go, everyone is your friend because we are all here for the same reason, great Rock n Roll and hanging out with like minded people. Needless to say I have met some of the greatest people at Rocklahoma and our Rock n Roll family grows bigger, and bigger every year.

This years Headliners are, The always Requested Linkin Park, as well as Tesla, Godsmack, and Slayer. The headliners alone show the true diversity of this Spectacular festival.

There are many choices as far as amenities and packages when it comes to your ticket purchases.

G.A., VIP, Groupie, Roadie, and the Rockstar Packages are all available, Check out what each has to offer here I recommend nothing less than VIP. VIP gives you Free beverages, including beer, and 2 Buffet style meals a day. You can’t beat that deal!

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Don’t Forget that the campgrounds are the after party, party every night.  Especially Camp Jager in conjunction with  Retrospect Records   they do a great job of securing great bands for their stage every night after the main stage closes down. Definately a place you will need to visit at least once.   


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Texas Hippie Coalition 4/11/15

Nobody could ever say that Texas Hippie Coalition does not have a large and devoted fan base.  The Diamond Ballroom was full of the THC fans/family, all proudly wearing their leather and THC patches.  The show started out with 3 great local bands (Octave Jaw, Soul Torrent, and Another Round) getting the fans primed and ready for their THC.  As soon as the crowd spotted Cord towards the back of the stage, they knew it was almost time.  At that point the THC…THC…THC…chant began.  Their show is always impressive and the energy from John and Cord is awesome.  Of course it is awesome to have OKC’s own Timmy Braun back home for a show.  It is always great to see a local boy on that stage and touring the country.  There is no denying that Big Daddy Rich loves what he does, and he belongs on that stage.  I for one can’t wait for the next THC show.  Check them out if you haven’t!!DSC_0398 DSC_0365 DSC_0351 DSC_0183 DSC_0204 DSC_0210 DSC_0240 DSC_0260 DSC_0087 DSC_0103 DSC_0156

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