Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Big Head Todd and the Monsters are not that big on anniversaries, so there won’t be any big hoopla over the fact that the band is officially crossing the three-decade mark this year. Thirty years would seem like something to commemorate, especially with the same core lineup, an achievement few other name-brand bands can boast of. Yet right now they’re less about celebrating stability than volatility, in the form of their eleventh studio album, New World Arisin’, which makes good on its forward-facing title with what might be the brashest rock and roll of their career. The old world can’t rest on any laurels, and neither will they. “We’re in a real exciting part of our career right now,” says co-founder Todd Park Mohr. “We’re a viable band with a great audience". That desire to communicate and connect is very much reflected in a new album that explores a variety of subgenres, from the funky (“Trip”) to the unexpectedly punky (“Detonator”), with stops along the way for raging country-rock (“Damaged One”), expansive storytelling in the Van Morrison/early Springsteen mode (“Wipeout Turn”), a Jimi Hendrix cover (“Room Full of Mirrors”), and, in the title track, “New World Arisin’,” a Charley Patton-inspired tune that ended up having what Mohr describes as “a heavy metal/gospel feel.” He doesn’t feel these musical zigzags will give fans musical whiplash. “The fact is, most people, like myself, listen to multiple genres of music, so I don’t think people have a problem with variety. I love it.”
The Gin Blossoms have undoubtedly left their mark on the rock music map. The Grammy-nominated band's fusion of melodic rock, pop, folk and country elements has helped pave the way for the modern rock of today. Fans around the world are very familiar with Gin Blossoms’ five-time Platinum breakthrough album New Miserable Experience, containing gems like “Until I Fall Away,” “Found Out About You,” “Hey Jealousy” and “Allison Road.” Those hit tracks were followed up by the Empire Records Platinum Soundtrack hit, “Til I Hear It From You.” In 1996, the singles “Follow You Down” and “As Long As It Matters,” hit the radio again in a huge way, making their "Congratulations I’m Sorry" record another platinum success. Gin Blossoms hits have crossed over in five different formats, taking the airwaves by siege, and held the MTV playlist captive for most of the '90s. Boasting record sales of over 10 million, the band continues to burn up the road performing over 120 tour dates per year as they ready a brand new record release in Summer 2018. Don’t miss all these great hit songs, a sampling of new music, and a rockin’ the house down show.
Tonic was formed in 1993 by Emerson Hart along with Jeff Russo, Dan Rothchild and Kevin Shepard. The group signed with A&M Records for the debut, Lemon Parade, where they worked with Jack Joseph Puig. The album was released in 1996 and followed a new member, Dan Lavery, while they returned with 1999's Sugar followed by another set in 2003.