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20 Sep

By Matt Arena

Energetic is a word used to describe of a lot of bands. Some convey it by bouncing around the stage like jumping beans, others are able to establish an energy merely with their presence. On a rare occasion you’ll get a band that can do both. Multiply that by about ten, have it take some Molly, and you’ve got Foxy Shazam. They move around more intensely (and fabulously provocative) and with more stage presence than most bands could ever dream of. Lead singer Eric Nally stands still for maybe about 1/100th of the set, as he’s too busy flailing, flipping, and dancing his ass off the rest of the time. Of course all this would mean little if they didn’t have the musical talent to back it up, which they do. Not only the well crafted booty shaking alt-rock tunes they belt out, but how they manage to do so while pretty much tossing themselves around stage for 45 minutes is always baffling.

Touring with Slash, they brought their funky spin on rock n’ roll to Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City this past Tuesday. Playing a number of songs off their latest album, The Church of Rock and Roll, and the past two LP’s before it, they left quite an impression on the crowd. Coming out to the titular track ‘Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll,’ the pounding, chanting trumpet anthem announced their arrival perfectly. The blaring trumpet blasts (and well timed crotch thrusts) from Alex Nauth and the manic keyboard stomping of the magnificently bearded Sky White added two elements that aren’t often present in modern rock bands. The bipolar nature of Nally’s voice gives the band an even better dynamic sound, too. At times glass shatteringly shrill, at other times a thundering low, it allows him to pull off the shrieks and screams just as well as the lower parts in the songs. Tracks like ‘I Like It,’ ‘The Temple,’ and ‘Holy Touch’ show off not only the wonderfully crafted bombast of their latest album, but how well the songs translated live.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Foxy Shazam show without a nice banter with the crowd. Many times Nally just rambles like a madman, telling hilarious stories that somehow end-up relating to the next song. But there were a couple people in the crowd none too pleased with Foxy’s set. After hearing a shout from the audience, Eric Nally paused in between songs to ask, “Did somebody say we suck? Who? It was you?” after the rude audience member gladly shot his hand up. They railed back at him, and with his greasy hair stuffed under a stars and stripes bandana, it wasn’t all that hard to. “Woah, nice bandana bro. Fuck yeah, America. How about I come down there and shit in your face? I’ll do it too.” Of course at this point, they had the entire crowd on their side, because there isn’t much else more cheer-worthy than someone hitting back at a heckler. Then after teasing the next song, “This next song is about my favorite flavor, chocolate. And my favorite size, big. And my favorite color, black. This song is about being caught in between a bed, and a woman,” and with a perfectly timed air hump pantomime, they launched into ‘I Like It.’ At this point in the set it became pretty clear they not only had won new fans over, but brought a pretty decent following with them. People jumped, danced, and sang along to the irresistible chorus, totally drowning out the already silenced naysayers. By the end of their set, they left the stage to a roar of ovation from the crowd, who had pretty clearly been wooed. In a time where most bands tend to take themselves too seriously, it’s refreshing to see a band like Foxy Shazam bring an incredibly stylized, over-the-top version of music to the table.

It was my baptism into the Church of Rock and Roll, and I like it.

10 Sep

Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators is currently on a coast to coast US tour in support of his second solo album Apocalyptic Love (iTunes). Foxy Shazam is providing support for the tour playing songs off of their album The Church of Rock and Roll (iTunes) released earlier this year. Friday night, the tour came to Stubb’s in Austin. Our photographer Phil DeSimone was there to get some great shots of both artists. Check them out below and catch the tour at one of the following remaining stops:

Sept. 11 New Orleans, La. House Of Blues
Sept. 12 Atlanta, Ga. The Tabernacle
Sept. 14 Ferndale, Michigan DIY Street Fair, Nine Mile Rd & Woodward Ave.
Sept. 18 New York, N.Y. Hammerstein Ballroom
Sept. 19 Cleveland, Ohio House Of Blues
Sept. 21 Cincinnati, Ohio Bogart’s
Sept. 22 Detroit, Mich. The Fillmore Detroit
Sept. 23 Toronto, Ontario Sound Academy
Sept. 25 Indianapolis, Ind. Egyptian Room
Sept. 28 Chicago, Ill. Riviera Theatre
Sept. 29 Springfield, Mo. O’Reilly Family Event Center
Oct. 2 Oakland, Calif. Fox Theater
Oct. 3 Los Angeles, Calif. The Wiltern

24 Jul

Genre-bending musical merry-makers, Foxy Shazam return to The Church of Rock and Roll with the album’s second official video, “Holy Touch.” The band gives new meaning to the phrase “take ‘em to church” in this provocative follow up to the epic, cinematic, Tommy-meets-Tarantino clip for “I like It.” Helmed by award-winning director/cinematographer Shane Valdez (Butch Walker, Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy), drop to your knees and be healed!

Following a “Mantler-worthy” performance last month as the house band for the Spike GUYS CHOICE AWARDS, the band has taken THE CHURCH OF ROCK AND ROLL back on the road, blessing headline dates and festival circuits throughout the summer. This Fall they join rock legend, SLASH on a month-long run (dates below).

The album, which reached #2 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers is available now on iTunes, and also features tracks “I Like It,” “Freedom,” and the title track “Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll.” Pick it up at

July 28 Chicago, IL Wicker Park Festival
July 29 Janesville, WI The Back Bar
July 31 Youngstown, OH Cellar
August 2 Johnson City, TN Capone’s
August 3 Atlanta, GA 91X Radio Event
August 4 Augusta, GA Sky City
August 5 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
August 7 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse
August 8 Destin, FL Club LA
August 10 Gulfport, MS 16th Annual CPR Festival

Check out Foxy Shazam LIVE with Slash:

Sept. 4 San Diego, Calif. House Of Blues
Sept. 5 Phoenix, Ariz. Celebrity Theatre
Sept. 7 Austin, Texas Stubb’s Bar-B-Q / Waller Creek Amph.
Sept. 8 Dallas, Texas House Of Blues
Sept. 9 Houston, Texas House Of Blues
Sept. 11 New Orleans, La. House Of Blues
Sept. 12 Atlanta, Ga. The Tabernacle
Sept. 14 Ferndale, Michigan DIY Street Fair, Nine Mile Rd & Woodward Ave.
Sept. 18 New York, N.Y. Hammerstein Ballroom
Sept. 19 Cleveland, Ohio House Of Blues
Sept. 21 Cincinnati, Ohio Bogart’s
Sept. 22 Detroit, Mich. The Fillmore Detroit
Sept. 23 Toronto, Ontario Sound Academy
Sept. 25 Indianapolis, Ind. Egyptian Room
Sept. 28 Chicago, Ill. Riviera Theatre
Sept. 29 Springfield, Mo. O’Reilly Family Event Center
Oct. 2 Oakland, Calif. Fox Theater
Oct. 3 Los Angeles, Calif. The Wiltern!/foxyshazam

12 Feb

By Michel Dussack

The world needs more bands like The Darkness and Foxy Shazam. Too many bands are going out trying to be perfect, or even worse, trying to be the next big thing. The most refreshing thing about these bands it’s their carefree attitude which, especially with Foxy Shazam borders on the line of “I don’t give a fuck what you think, this is what we do”. My statement might be laughed at, but after seeing the two of them command the stage of Irving Plaza on February 6th, it’s one I firmly believe to be true.

Foxy Shazam took the stage first, and from the first few notes played, it was clear that this would be a raucous 40 minute set from a band that is full of energy and has a unique, dominating stage presence. Vocalist Eric Nally was the star of the show, bouncing all over the stage, throwing himself on the floor, and towards the end of their set, eating a handful of lit cigarettes. At another point in the show Nally jumped onto guitarist Loren Turner’s shoulders to sing as Turner continued to play guitar seemingly effortlessly. As a writer, it’d be impossible to list off just how incredible of a live act this band is. Typically, such over the top and incredible stage antics are performed in order to cover up a deficiency in the music, however, with Foxy Shazam, the antics only compliment creative and incredible rock and roll. Nally’s communication with the audience was at times awkward, but always funny. At one point, before one of their more provocative songs, he introduced it as a song about “being trapped. Between a bed….and a woman”.

About half of their songs played were from their newest and critically acclaimed album “The Church Of Rock And Roll” and the other half from the back catalogue. While the older material was indeed great, it was the newer tracks that truly shone. The highlight of their set came in the form of track “I Like It”, which the band just released an insanely ridiculous (in the good way) video for. It’s clear why The Darkness asked them to be the support act on the tour, as many in the crowd noted a striking similarity between the two bands. Say what you want about Foxy Shazam, but the one thing that cannot be denied is that they go out and give 120% at every show they play. Their 8 song set was over much too quickly and shortly before 11pm it was time for the moment everyone was waiting for.

Fresh off their Superbowl commercial appearance, The Darkness walked onto the stage to perform a marathon 21 song set which featured all their hits, plus a couple new songs as well. The room was buzzing with anticipation, though not enough for vocalist Justin Hawkins, who after a cheer for congratulation New York on their Super Bowl victory remarked, “That’s fucking feeble – show me your thumbs immediately!”. The band sounded as tight as ever, with guitarist Dan Hawkins’ signature riffs, Ed Graham’s pounding drums and Frankie Poullain’s basslines blending perfectly with Justin Hawkins’ powerful, if not over the top vocals.

While some regard The Darkness as a one hit wonder, such was not the case at this show as nearly every song was a fan favorite. The band wove back and forth between all their material (including b-sides) throughout the night, as well as throwing in a few new songs that, had they not been introduced as new, would’ve fit right in with the bands older material. A cover of Radiohead’s “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” came towards the end of the main set as well. It is true that the devoted fans loved every song played, though there is one song that obviously garners a much larger applause than any other in The Darkness’ catalogue. “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” was played to close the band’s main set after a teasing guitar solo by Justin and Irving Plaza erupted in applause.

The real treat however, came for those who stuck around for the bands two song encore, with Justin giving the guitar solo of “Love On The Rocks With No Ice” (video proof below) in the crowd while riding on the back of a roadie. After a brief speech asking for more from the crowd and the necessity of trust, the crowd convinced Justin to stage dive off the speakers where after he surfed back to the stage remarked “I fucking love you guys” and finished the song before the band thanked everyone and walked off stage. Truly it was a magical night seeing a band reunite in such a magnificent way, and surely the next time they come around, they won’t be playing such an intimate space as Irving Plaza over the course of two nights.

10 Feb

Carolina Rebellion returns Saturday, May 5 bigger and better than ever and boasting a solid rock lineup for the multi-stage festival, including Shinedown, Korn, Evanescence, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch and Slash (see below for full lineup).

2012 marks the debut of Carolina Rebellion at its new home at the legendary Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, NC, conveniently situated between Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro. Also new in 2012: weekend RV and Tent Camping and the Friday Night Campground Party presented by Jägermeister, featuring performances from Foxy Shazam, Lez Zeppelin, One…The Only Tribute to Metallica. Full details are available at

The current lineup for Carolina Rebellion is as follows: Shinedown, Korn, Evanescence, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Chevelle, Volbeat, Halestorm, P.O.D., Adelitas Way, Paper Tongues, Weaving The Fate, Redlight King, Red, New Medicine and Ghosts Of August. The festival will once again feature the two Monster Energy main stages and the Jägermeister third stage.

Jonathan Davis of Korn says: “We’re excited to bring Korn’s new show to North Carolina and we fully intend on blasting out the loudest set of new dope sh#t ever at the Carolina Rebellion!!!”

“It is an absolute honor to be the headliner at such an amazing festival. It’s been a minute North Carolina…It’s good to be back. We can’t wait to see the masses at the Rebellion!” comments Brent Smith of Shinedown.

“Along with AEG Live, Right Arm is beyond excited to unleash the Carolina Rebellion lineup,” says Gary Spivack, co-executive producerof the festival for Right Arm Entertainment. “Like last year, it was our goal to make sure the 2012 lineup was stacked from top to bottom. Three stages of non-stop rock ‘n roll and a Friday night party to kick it all off…The ultimate rock festival in the Carolinas. Let the Rebellion begin!”

General Admission tickets for Carolina Rebellion go on sale to the public on Friday, February 17 at 10am EST at and To get access to the internet pre-sale, which will be held from Wednesday, February 15 at 10am EST through Thursday, February 16 at 10pm EST, go to the festival’s Facebook page ( or and sign up to receive the Rebellion newsletter. A limited number of early bird tickets will be available for only $59.50 plus fees.

This year, Carolina Rebellion–which was called “this generation’s Woodstock” by–will also feature an extensive selection of Camping Packages, as well as a VIP Lounge ticket option to invite the ‘Rebels’ to spend the weekend on-site in Rockingham and create an unforgettable party. The packages will be available via the internet pre-sale as well as the public on-sale. With every purchase of a Camping Package comes FREE TICKETS to the inaugural Friday Night Campground Party! Details for all Camping Packages and VIP Lounge tickets can be found at

Based on 2011 attendee feedback, Carolina Rebellion organizers have implemented various upgrades and vast venue improvements to provide a premier concert experience at the multi-stage rock festival. The new centrally-located site provides plenty of space to expand, including more food and beverage stands, merchandise stands, restrooms and parking, and also offers more traffic routes to and from the event.

“When our fans speak, we listen,” commented Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the festival for AEG Live. “We personally responded to every person who sent us comments, and because of that important feedback, our motto this year is ‘Let’s double it!’ Double the number of entrance points into the festival, double the number of concession stands, double the number of merchandise stands, and double the number of locations for free water…We’re taking the steps to make Carolina Rebellion an upgraded experience for everyone.”

In addition, all ticket prices will include parking to ensure quicker access to the parking areas, and earlier entry into the parking areas and will be allowed, along with earlier door times, to better alleviate the traffic and lines. The inclusion of the new Camping Packages will encourage fans to arrive on Friday starting at 10am and stay until Noon on Sunday, thereby relieving traffic congestion on Saturday.

Further improvements to amenities include: a larger box office area for will call pickup, shade locations in public areas and the Hangover Recovery VIP Lounge area inside the festival grounds to allow those with VIP Lounge tickets to have a special place to enjoy the event.

“Our sponsors mean as much to us as our fans do,” added Litvag. “And without the support of music-centric companies like Monster Energy, who present our two main stages at Rebellion, we couldn’t put a festival of this size and scope on for the people.”

Carolina Rebellion is also proud to be sponsored by Jägermeister, Hangover Recovery, and f.y.e. – for your entertainment (which will be on site selling CDs and DVDs and will host band autograph signings throughout the festival day). Carolina Rebellion is produced by Right Arm Entertainment and AEG Live, the same team that produces the highly successful Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH. Tickets for the 2011 inaugural Carolina Rebellion sold out more than one month in advance and attendance exceeded 30,000.

Rockingham Speedway is located at 2152 N US HWY 1, Rockingham, NC, less than two hours from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro.

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01 Feb

ROCK ON THE RANGE returns for its sixth year boasting a massive lineup covering the rock spectrum. America’s premier destination rock festival will be held May 18-20 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH featuring performances from Incubus, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Megadeth, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Mastodon and many more.

“Incubus is stoked to be joinin’ the killer lineup at Rock On The Range this year. We’ll see y’all in Columbus,” comments Brandon Boyd from festival co-headliner Incubus.

“If you thought last time was a blast, then this time we are gonna blow your f#@*ing mind,” says co-headliner Rob Zombie.

To get the party started and based on the success of last year’s anniversary celebration, the weekend will kick off with the Friday Night 4Play, which is absolutely FREE with every ROCK ON THE RANGE weekend ticket purchase. The May 18 party will feature performances from Hairball, Foxy Shazam, Hells Bells and more.

The current lineup for ROCK ON THE RANGE 2012 is as follows: Incubus, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Megadeth, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Mastodon, Theory of a Deadman, Volbeat, Down, The Darkness, Halestorm, Escape The Fate, P.O.D., Lacuna Coil, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Cavo, Attack Attack!, Trivium, Bobaflex, Falling In Reverse, Redlight King, Aranda, Emphatic, Otherwise, James Durbin, Black Tide, Kyng, 12 Stones, SOiL, Rival Sons, Eve To Adam, and Ghosts of August.

Monster Energy returns as one of the driving partners behind the success of ROCK ON THE RANGE as more than fifteen acts perform on the mammoth Monster Main Stage. Jägermeister also celebrates its fifth year as a key partner while welcoming twelve of the hottest up-and-coming bands to the in-your-face, up close and personal Jägermeister Music Stage. In all, ROCK ON THE RANGE features three stages, 44 bands, and three days of non-stop rock.

“There are so many incredible bands playing at ROTR this year, and every one of them is significant,” says Del Williams, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “I think this is the most interesting mix of bands that we have had at the festival. The Rangers already know that the weekend is going to be insanely great, but there will be surprises this year and a certain edge to the lineup that will likely create some of the most memorable moments in the 6 year history of Rock on the Range.”

Tickets for ROCK ON THE RANGE go on-sale Friday, February 10 at 10:00 AM EST at the festival’s website, Ticketmaster and the Crew Stadium Box Office. Two-day weekend stadium GA tickets once again start at just $99.50 (plus service and transaction fees). A limited number of ROTR pre-sale layaway tickets are also still available through February 29. Visit for full details and VIP package information.

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Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent line-up of bands on three stages. The nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country has annually drawn weekend crowds in excess of 70,000 since its inception in 2007.

07 Nov

By Keeyahtay Lewis

I have been spending a lot of time shooting shows at Starland Ballroom lately. They really do have some amazing bands come through. On Friday night, 11/4/11, Panic! At The Disco came through, bringing Foxy Shazam and Patrick Stump for support. I came in during Foxy Shazam’s first song, and I ran right to the pit to get my shots taken. It took me a couple minutes to settle into my groove and be able to actually watch what was going on on stage. Before I even really could pay attention to what was going on I was able to feel the energy radiating from the stage. I don’t know that I have ever seen a band quite like Foxy Shazam. Frontman Eric Sean Nally led the band like a captain trying to wrangle a speeding bullet. If Freddy Mecury and Justin Hawkins from The Darkness had a child somehow, Nally would be it. Theatrical would be an understatement. He is definitely a force to be reckoned with. At times he ran across the stage on all fours lightening fast, other times he belted out songs sitting on the shoulders of his guitar player.

The rest of the band kept up well and managed to also keep some of the spotlight on them. They all had their own definite quirky style and movements. The music sounded tight and upbeat, which fit with Nally’s often high pitched vocals. Keys and trumpets often complemented the songs. Foxy Shazam is not a band I am familiar with, but the audience clearly was. They never stopped moving or singing, matching the energy from the stage.

I will say that something weird happened towards the end of the set. Nally definitely has style and movements and gestures on stage that make you wonder a bit about his sexuality. Normally that wouldn’t be something I even mention, but at one point he thrust his crotch in the back of the one of the security guards heads, which the guard didn’t really like. He pulled away from the stage. A bit later Nally flicked a cigarette at him, and then toss a cymbal in his direction. He then took the microphone and basically said a big eff you to Starland Ballroom, and awkwardly stormed off the stage. It was a bit strange to see and I know it left people wondering what happened.

A short time later Patrick Stump took the stage. Most known as the frontman for Fall Out Boy, he is now touring on his first solo album. Taking the stage dressed in a bright blue tuxedo, matching bow tie, black shirt, black fingerless gloves and side swooped bright blonde hair, the new thin Stump doesn’t even remotely resemble the guy we are used to seeing. His solo album could be described as pop synth, and he played this image up 100%. He opened with a medley that started with “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie and two of his own songs. For me, the bad part was that my favorite song by him, “Spotlight,” was included in this. This was the song that was everywhere before his album even came out, so I would like to have heard the whole song.

Stump never stopped moving and it looked like he was having a genuinely good time playing these songs. His band kept up well dancing and playing right along with him. At the end of the set Stump jumped out into the audience and every kid in the place reached out to touch him.

If I had to sum up his set I would say at times it sounded fantastic and at other times it sounded like a train wreck. Losing weight and perhaps the weight of Fall Out Boy has turned Patrick Stump into a dancing machine. Some Michael Jackson/Justin Timberlake hybrid. There were definitely many times where I wish he would have danced less and actually just sang well. It is not that he didn’t sound good, but there were definitely a few times where his dancing definitely took the place of him actually being on point vocally. At one point he sat down behind the drum kit for a solo and then ripped into a pretty fantastic cover of “In The Air Tonight.” For me that was the highlight, and it should not have been. The set ended with “This City” which did sound fantastic live. He is definitely a great frontman for FOB, and he will probably end up becoming a great solo artist too, but to me at least, it seems like he was still searching for his groove.

I have seen Panic! At The Disco play once before, while touring on their first, incredible, album. I haven’t seen them since. Or to be honest, heard much of their music since then either. Watching the stage being set up, I had a feeling it would be a good show. It looked almost like a mad scientist lab. When they took the stage, the place erupted. Front to back, you could feel the excitement. Much has been said about the fact that only the singer and drummer remain from the original lineup, but the band sounded fantastic. I was impressed all around.

Brendon Urie has a fantastic range and it was on display Friday night. Their set included all the songs that we all know, “Lying Is the Most Fun…”, “Mona Lisa”, “Nine In The Afternoon” and of course, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” These songs had the biggest response, but even the songs that I didn’t really know well were clearly well known by everyone else at the show. I am not entirely sure who is in the band these days, but whoever they are, they sounded great and had chemistry to spare. At times Urie jumped behind a piano that was lit up with the band name and rocked out songs everyone knew so well.

Before their set the band tweeted to fans asking what covers they should play. Panic! included two cover songs in their set. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People and “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness. Both songs sounded great, but hearing Urie sing the shit out of the Darkness, and sing it so well was pretty amazing. That is not an easy song to sing, and he sounded great. He closed out the set starting out mostly solo with an acoustic guitar and it was a rare quiet moment in an upbeat night.

Despite a few awkward moments and a couple of hiccups, it was a great night for a sold out crowd. It made me excited to see Panic! again and curious to see what kind of solo performer Patrick Stump will eventually be. All the bands clearly had great admiration for one another and that is always nice to see. I am not sure if Foxy Shazam will ever come back to Starland but I know that almost everyone loved them as well. I love that Starland Ballroom is a venue so close to my house and they continually have incredible bands come through. I know that if Panic! ever come back to this part of NJ, I will most likely be there.

All photos courtesy of Keeyahtay Lewis. See more of his work at

06 Oct

FOXY SHAZAM, the rabble-rousing rockers who were lauded by USA Today for their “stadium-sized anthem” and praised by MTV for their “audacious glam-rock-meets-prog-pop,” are the first signing to the re-launched I.R.S. Records, a newly minted joint venture between Crush Management and EMI.

The Cincinnati, Ohio-based sextet–Eric Nally (vocals), Loren Turner (guitar), Daisy (bass), Sky White (piano), Aaron McVeigh (drums) and Alex Nauth (horns)—released three albums to critical and fan acclaim. Their fourth, as yet untitled album, drops in January 2012 on IRS/EMI, and the band has seen major support in the past via multiple video game and TV synchs from EA Sports, Cartoon Network, ESPN, CW, Activision, NFL, American Idol and more. U. Up. Upcoming are extensive tours with The Darkness (UK) and Panic at the Disco (US). Previous releases from Foxy Shazam are: 2008’s INTRODUCING; and 2010’s FOXY SHAZAM, and spawned the anthemic “Unstoppable.” “I Like It,” the first single from Foxy Shazam’s forthcoming I.R.S./EMI debut, furthers the band’s irrepressible mystique and solidifies their stellar vocals and musicianship. “I Like It” is currently premiering on Facebook.

I.R.S. Records will be operated in a new partnership between EMI Music, and Crush Management’s Jonathan Daniel and Bob McLynn, who were instrumental in the recent re-emergence of Train as well as developing artist/ songwriters including Butch Walker, Panic! At the Disco, Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship into gold and platinum acts. I.R.S. Records was launched in 1979, and was the home to groundbreaking artists including R.E.M., The Go-Go’s, The Alarm, The Buzzcocks, John Cale and The Dead Kennedys during its 17-year history. As Daniel noted, “We want I.R.S. Records to recapture the spirit of artistic freedom its original groups like R.E.M. and the Dead Kennedys represented. To quote the immortal words of Joe Strummer, ‘the future is unwritten.’”

Foxy Shazam’s live show has earned the band raves for its over-the-top energy and star quality, most notably while touring 2009’s Lollapalooza, 2010’s Warped Tour, and opening for Hole and The Strokes. It’s no wonder their “soulful, groove-laden punk” (American Songwriter) helped the sextet win the Cincinnati Entertainment Award two consecutive years for “Best Rock Act.” Or as MTV noted: “Foxy Shazam are here to put a little pomp and circumstance into your daily dose of rock ‘n’ roll… [They] make audacious glam-rock-meets-prog-pop-meets-musical-theater. … Recalls everything from Elton John and The Stooges to T. Rex.””

Compelling frontman Nally has his own take on what Foxy Shazam is: “When I listen to a Foxy Shazam record I think of Evel Knievel, Bruce Springsteen, my childhood, Van Morrison, my old friends from high school I don’t talk to anymore, Elton John, the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and beyond, Iggy Pop and my first kiss.” To experience the aural and visual phenom that is Foxy Shazam, check the band out live (tour dates below) and online.

Tour dates w/Panic! At The Disco:

10/10 Sacramento, CA ACE OF SPADES
10/11 Anaheim, CA CHAIN REACTION
10/16 Albuquerque, NM SUNSHINE THEATRE
10/18 San Antonio, TX BACKSTAGE LIVE
10/19 Austin, TX LA ZONA ROSA
10/20 New Orleans, LA TIPITINAS UPTOWN
10/22 Jacksonville, FL JACK RABBITS
10/23 Tampa, FL THE RITZ YBOR
10/26 Richmond, VA THE NATIONAL
10/27 Clifton Park, NY NORTHERN LIGHTS
10/28 Portland, ME STATE THEATER
10/30 Huntington, NY PARAMOUNT THEATER
10/31 Washington, DC 9:30 CLUB
11/2 Buffalo, NY TOWN BALLROOM
11/3 Philadelphia, PA TROCADERO
11/5 Grand Rapids, RI THE INTERSECTION
11/6 Cincinnati, OH, BOGART’S

I Like It by foxyshazam


05 Aug

Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Panic! At The Disco has announced plans for their upcoming fall tour. The dates get underway October 9th at Reno, Nevada’s Knitting Factory and then continue through mid-November (see dates below). Accompanying P!ATD on all dates will be Foxy Shazam. Pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Northern Downpour – Panic! At The Disco’s official fan club – beginning on Wednesday, August 10th, with all remaining tickets going on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 13th. For complete details, visit or

The band is currently poised to head out on a major international tour, encompassing festival appearances in Japan, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, and the United Kingdom. They will return home for an eagerly awaited headline show at New York City’s Central Park Summerstage on September 1st before heading to Australia to co-headline the all-star Soundwave Revolution traveling festival. For full details and ticket information, visit

In the meantime, Panic! At The Disco is set to hit NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, August 8th, where they will perform “Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind),” the latest single from their acclaimed new album, “VICES & VIRTUES.” The track is also currently featured as the end title song in Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster film, The Smurfs, in theatres now.

Fall Tour 2011
All Dates w/Special Guests Foxy Shazam

9 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
10 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
12 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
13 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
16 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
18 San Antonio, TX Back Stage Live
19 Austin, TX Emo’s
20 New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s Uptown
23 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
26 Richmond, VA The National
27 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
28 Portland, ME State Theater
29 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
31 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

2 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
3 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
5 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
6 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
8 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
9 Des Moines, IA People’s Court
10 Sauget, IL Pop’s

23 May

By Laura McWhorter

Brendon Urie was wrong. Lying is NOT the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off. In fact, it seems as though the most fun a girl can have is seeing Panic! at the Disco live. The Vices and Virtues tour made its first stop at House of Blues in Boston on Sunday night and turned me into a 16-year-old again. Not on a nostalgic, metaphorical level but quite literally I acted like a little school girl.

This tour is flawlessly put together. Not only is Panic! in rare form but even the support is top notch. While I had zero clue who the opening acts were when I showed up I can promise you as I write this I’ve already downloaded (legally of course) albums from both. The first out of the gate was Ohio-based six-piece Foxy Shazam. Awesome band name aside…they’re six of the weirdest people you’ll ever see and they wave their freak flags high. Singer Eric Sean Nally is a mix of Queen’s Freddy Mercury, Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara and Neon Trees’s Tyler Glenn. He goes absolutely nuts on stage and moves about as if he’s the least sober man on the planet (which he might be). One thing’s for sure, whether he was recklessly tossing the mic, jumping on guitarist Loren Turner’s shoulders or humping pianist Sky White we were all having a damn good time. My reco is to see them before you listen to them – but hurry. At the end of their set they like to destroy their stuff and I’m not sure how much longer they can keep it up.

Keeping with the theme of the night, next up was fun.. You know how when you define a word you’re not supposed to use that word in the definition? Well I hope that rule doesn’t apply to bands because that’s exactly what I’m going to do. This band is really really fun. Never thought I’d be happy that The Format broke up but singer Nate Ruess’s new project is a fantastic next step. Fun served as a perfect primer to Panic! and really got the crowd going. Picking up where Foxy left off, they got right into it with feel good faves ‘At Least I’m Not As Sad…’ and ‘All the Pretty Girls’. Ruess jigged barefoot across the stage as he demanded (and earned) major love from the crowd. Their catchy tunes are easy to pick up and we were more than obliged to sing along. While fun. is the brain child of Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff they’re joined on stage by a full touring band that helps to round out the poppy sound. The feel good toe-tapper ‘Bar Lights’ was the highlight of the night for me. House of Blues boomed as the crowd bellowed the anthemic hook, ‘I-I-I feel aliiiive’, and I found myself forgetting that these guys were just an opening act.

Finally, it was time for Panic! Set to a stage of 1920s-ish sound equipment and donning their signature old school swag (bow ties and all), Panic! launched full speed ahead into the fast-paced ‘Ready to Go’ and quickly proved that all the best parts of P!ATD were still alive and well. Urie and Spencer Smith are clearly all Panic! ever needed and their touring guitarist and bassist Ian Crawford and Dallon Weekes fill in the holes perfectly. I’ve never seen a crowd respond to a band the way they did last night. As the set powered on, the crowd undulated as if one live organism gasping for breath. Even after just the first few songs kids were passing out and being lifted from the fracas and by the end of the night you could see the steam rising off the floor. Any composure we may have had was completely lost when ‘Lying is the Most Fun…’ came up and Brendon was frontman perfection as he wailed and slinked across the stage during ‘Trade Mistakes’, ‘Kill Tonight’ and ‘The Only Difference…’. As a surprise (and brief timeout), Urie appeared in the middle of the floor with an intimate performance of the acoustic ballad, ‘Always’. However, this interlude was short-lived and we quickly got back to business with ‘Nine in the Afternoon’, ‘That Green Gentleman’ and ‘ Memories’. The set ended with a true-to-tune cover of ‘How Soon is Now’ by the Smiths and the high-test crowd favorite ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’. We knew there was going to be an encore but no one could have possibly expected what came next. Hearing Brendon Urie belt out the opening bars of ‘Carry On My Wayward Son’ by Kansas isn’t something I’m ever going to forget. I’ll be that girl and say I’m dangerously close to liking the cover better than the original and honestly…the entire set could’ve sucked and that would have saved it.

There’s not much I know. I don’t know if the world is going to end in 2012. I don’t know where Carmen San Diego is. And I don’t know if Brendon Urie and I are ever going to date but I do know one thing: bow ties (and P!ATD) are most definitely making a comeback.