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Review: Stolen Babies @ Chicago House of Blues 1/28/2014

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Photos, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2014 by Randy

Circulating on rock radio right now is a very intriguing band that goes by the name of Stolen Babies. Their sound is very reminiscent of early Industrial Metal, mixed with a strong Shock Rock influence. Sprinkle a little accordion in there, maybe some 55 gallon drum, then choose either a guitar or bass (never both at the same time), and wa-lah.

Stolen Babies are currently embarked on tour with two power house bands in rock (Stone Sour and Pop Evil), and most dates on this tour have been sold out. We were fortunate to cover the Chicago House of Blues stop, and honestly, we were mind blown. They are the opener for this tour, and with only 3 bands on the bill, they had ample time to melt faces. From the first note, to the last riff, they managed to strangle hold the crowd. Regardless if they’ve never been heard, their arsenal of songs is a crowd mover…exploding with an instant pit, full of elbows and crowd surfers.

The band consists of Dominique Lenore Persi (vocals), Rani Sharone (bassist and guitarist) and Gil Sharone on drums. One interesting thing about the band and their sound is Dominique…and she isn’t just a vocalist. On certain songs she beats away at that 55 gallon barrel hanging from what appears to be an engine hoist, giving a slight percussion that you’d expect to hear in bands like Slipknot and Mushroom Head. But, there’s more: the unique sound doesn’t stop there because she also plays an accordion… YES, AN ACCORDION! This throws a completely different aspect into this band’s sound that has already separated them from traditional rock/metal bands. To say the least, these guys are a true experimental rock band and have certainly found their niche in an industry constantly looking for new sounds.

-Pop Evil highlights included Leigh Kakat coming out and climbing on the crowd to sing
-Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor played Alice in Chains’ “Nutshell” solo, and also the first 2/3 of “Through Glass” before the band erupted
-Within each set, there were some sound issues

Only a few more dates remain on this tour…check them out below. If you aren’t able to make it to a show, definitely get on your computer and check out Stolen Babis online and hear their fascinating sound for yourself.

-Randy Hall and Logan Rendulic © The Rock Tribune, 2014

Feb 6  Thu   Anaheim, CA
Feb 8  Sat     Las Vegas, NV
Feb 9  Sun    Tempe, AZ
Feb 11 Tue   El Paso, TX
Feb 13 Thu  Dallas, TX
Feb 14 Fri    Houston, TX
Feb 15 Sat   San Antonio, TX

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Stolen Babies, a set by logan.rocktribune on Flickr.


STOLEN BABIES Announce Upcoming U.S. Tour with STONE SOUR and POP EVIL – Coming This January/February

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Shows, Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 6, 2013 by Randy

Experimental rock group STOLEN BABIES are pleased to announce their upcoming U.S. tour with headlining hard rock giants Stone Sour and fellow supporters Pop Evil. The tour begins on January 14th in Orlando, FL and stops in several major American cities through February 15th.  See below for all current tour dates and make sure to get tickets now before there are none left! Additional dates are scheduled for announcement.

Drummer Gil Sharone says, “We’re really excited about being on the Stone Sour tour and coming back to so many of our favorite cities. It’s a big deal to us and we’re grateful for the opportunity.”



14-Jan  Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

15-Jan  Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore

17-Jan  Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

18-Jan  New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

19-Jan  Philadelphia, PA @ TLA

21-Jan  Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

22-Jan  Boston, MA @ House of Blues

24-Jan  Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

25-Jan  Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s

26-Jan  Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

28-Jan  Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

31-Jan  Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre

1-Feb   Sioux Falls, SD @ The District

3-Feb   Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

5-Feb   West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

6-Feb   Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues

8-Feb   Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

9-Feb   Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

11-Feb El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

13-Feb Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

14-Feb Houston, TX @ House of Blues

15-Feb San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live



STOLEN BABIES drummer Gil Sharone is an official nominee in the Modern Drummer 2014 Readers Poll! Gil is nominated in the Best Clinician category. Support STOLEN BABIES and cast your vote for Gil HERE.


While you are surfing the web, check out the band’s latest music video for the track ‘Second Sleep’. The video was directed by Ilan Sharone, well-known video director and brother of Rani and Gil, with visual FX and animation by Meats Meier. The track is cut from the band’s most recent full-length release, entitled Naught. The album is available at your local music retailer and through iTunes, Amazon and all other standard digital retailers.



For more information on STOLEN BABIES, please visit these websites:




Dominique Lenore Persi – Lead Vocals/Accordion

Rani Sharone – Bass/Guitar/Vocals

Gil Sharone – Drums


Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2011 by Randy

(NEW YORK, NY) – Michigan rock band POP EVIL have released a brand new song today called “Unstoppable.” ESPN has debuted the track HERE. We are very excited to announce the addition of two new songs to our iTunes Deluxe Version of ‘War of Angels: ‘Unstoppable’ and a new acoustic version of ‘Monster You Made,'” says front man Leigh Kakaty.

Produced by Johnny K, this is the first time the band has released all new material since their highly viral Michigan Wolverines football fight song which debuted over the summer.

Kakaty continues, “We recently had a break from the road to go into the studio with Johnny K. We knew we wanted to release these tracks soon so our fans would have something to kick off the new year! They deserve it, they’ve been there for us through the thick and thin!”

Unstoppableis about the obstacles we dealt with as a band during the past year. Going through a six month battle with our former record label and the loss of our drummer were both stressful for us as a band. Despite these obstacles, we still managed to overcome them all while playing over 200 shows this year!”


Posted in Artist Watch, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , on August 8, 2011 by Randy

 (NEW YORK, NY) – POP EVIL have announced dates opening for 3 DOORS DOWN on the “Time Of My Life Tour” this fall. Dates will span through out the east coast and south west.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming tour. This is the biggest tour of the band’s career and it couldn’t come at a better time. The fans are going to get their money’s worth, that is for sure! We can’t wait to get started on 9/29 in Chattanooga! We would like to thank the entire 3 Doors Down camp for giving us this opportunity.” says front man Leigh Kakaty.

The band will be doing a series of contests surrounding the tour as well. Fans will have the chance to win everything from a phone call from Leigh and Matt to dinner with the band. For more contest details visit the band’s facebook page.

POP EVIL released their most recent album, “WAR OF ANGELS” last month which debuted at #42 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The band also enjoyed an entire week of having the #1 record on the iTunes Rock Chart with “MONSTER YOU MADE” being the #4 selling current rock single during release week to boot. Preview / purchase “WAR OF ANGELS” on iTunes here.

The band shot a video for “MONSTER YOU MADE” with critically acclaimed director Robby Starbuck, which can be seen here.

POP EVIL is Leigh Kakaty (lead vocals) Dylan Allison (drums) Davey Grahs (guitar) Tony Greve (guitar) and Matt DiRito (bass).


Posted in News with tags , , , on June 2, 2011 by Randy

(New York, NY) — American rock band POP EVIL have signed a world wide record deal with eOne Music. Their new long awaited album “War Of Angles” will be released on July 5, 2011. Grammy Award nominated producer/engineer Johnny K is producing.

The band even went as far as to tear up their old record contract on stage during their performance at Rock On The Range festival earlier this month before announcing their new home. Watch the video of front man Leigh Kakaty doing so HERE. hailed it one of the “10 Best Moments of Rock on the Range.”

The band has enjoyed early success with their hit single “Last Man Standing” which peaked at #5 on the active rock charts. That single can be heard HEREWar Of Angles will be the follow up to Lipstick on the Mirror which was released in 2008. The band will continue their co-headline run with CROSSFADE. Click HERE for tour dates!

POP EVIL is Leigh Kakaty (lead vocals) Dylan Allison (drums) Davey Grahs (guitar) Tony Greve (guitar) and Matt DiRito (bass).


Posted in News with tags , , , , , on March 16, 2011 by Randy

PAPA ROACH To Headline 2nd Leg With Support ESCAPE THE FATE and POP EVIL Beginning May 12th in Kearney, NE

Tickets For 1st Leg with Finger Eleven On Sale Now

Tickets For Second Leg with Escape the Fate On Sale This Weekend

UPDATE – March 16, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Following the announcement last week of their headlining “Raid the Nation” Tour, Papa Roach have announced a 2nd leg of the tour. With the first leg beginning on April 25th in Anaheim, CA with support from Finger Eleven and Pop Evil, the band will be beginning their 2nd leg on May 12th in Kearney, NE with support from Escape the Fate and Pop Evil (please see below for tour dates). Papa Roach will perform hits including the current single “Burn,” which moved Top 5 this week on the active rock radio chart. Tickets for the 1st leg with Finger Eleven are on sale now and the second leg with Escape the Fate goes on sale this weekend at

Papa Roach front man Jacoby Shaddix says, “We’re super stoked to share the stage with two great rock bands.  We’ve been wanting to tour with Escape the Fate for a while and we were finally able to put it together so here we go.  Let’s raid the nation bitches.”

As the common denominator for some of the most successful rock tours and festivals worldwide in recent years, Papa Roach has been dubbed “this generation’s great live rock band” by fans and critics across the globe and has become known for their electrifying and explosive live shows.

With their feet firmly planted in over 10 years of multi-format success, Papa Roach’sTime For Annihilation…On the Record and On the Road (Released August 31st via Eleven Seven Music) debuted as the #1 Independent Rock, #23 Top 200, #4 Hard Rock and #5 Alternative Album on Billboard’s charts.  The New York Post proclaimed “Papa’s On Fire” and hailed Time For Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road as one of the “most appealing concept albums of the year.”  The album’s lead single, “Kick in the Teeth” remained in the Top 10 at the Active Rock radio format for over 4-weeks straight. The album is a unique hybrid listening experience, which showcases live renditions of past hits as well as five new studio tracks produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus).

With the release of this record, the band continued their long-term commitment to WhyHunger, raising funds and awareness for hunger and homelessness worldwide.  The band included a hidden track on the record, a first in philanthropy, to encourage fans to text to donate as they do live in concert.  In addition, the band visited the Los Angeles Mission (Los Angeles, CA) and the Yorkville Common Pantry (New York, NY) food banks as volunteers to celebrate their album release and continued partnership with WhyHunger.

“Raid the Nation” Tour Dates with Finger Eleven and Pop Evil:


23; Mesa, AZ; KUPD Ufest, Quail Park Run
25; Anaheim, CA; House of Blues
26; Los Angeles, CA; House of Blues
27; Santa Clara, CA; Avalon
29; Spokane, WA; Knitting Factory
30; Portland, OR; Roseland Theatre


1; Seattle, WA; Showbox Sodo

3; Boise, ID; Knitting Factory
5; Chico, CA; Senator Theatre
7; Las Vegas, NV; Downtown Freemont East
9; Albuquerque, NM; Sunshine Theatre

Second Leg with Escape the Fate and Pop Evil:


12; Kearney, NE; Kearney Events Center (Also with Finger Eleven)
17; Saginaw, MI; The Dow Theater
18; Ft Wayne, IN; Piere’s
24; Clifton Park, NY; Northern Lights
25; Watertown, NY; Watertown Fairgrounds Arena

Additional Tour Dates:


13; Sioux Falls, SD; The Vault (With Halestorm, Pop Evil & PR Pro)

14; Kansas City, MO; Liberty Memorial Park – RockFest
20; Providence, RI; Lupo’s at The Strand

22; Camden, NJ; Susquehanna Bank Center – MMR-B-Q

28; Little Rock, AR; Riverfest

29; Pryor, OK; Rocklahoma

**Additional dates to be announced

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DROWNING POOL OFF TO SUCCESSFUL START ON HEADLINING TOUR Pop Evil Joins the Tour Tonight as Anew Revolution, Trust Co. and Static Cycle Continue to Round Out the Bill

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on March 16, 2011 by Randy

Tickets On Sale Now

New York, NY (March 16, 2011) – All American Anthemic rockers, Drowning Pool are three shows in on their headlining tour and have begun strong by playing to packed crowds. Supporting hit singles “Feel Like I Do” and “Turn So Cold” from their self-titled studio album (Drowning Pool via Eleven Seven Music), this is the band’s first headlining tour since their successful run with Godsmack. Pop Evil will be joining the US trek as direct support starting tonight in Farmington, NM and Anew Revolution, Trust Co. and Static Cycle will continue to round out the bill through the end of April (Please see below for a list of tour dates). Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at

Drowning Pool turned the world into believers with their breakthrough single “Bodies” in 2001. Ten years, three singers and four albums later, they’re giving fans a new reason to believe.  “Feel Like I Do,” the lead single from their self-titled fourth studio release [Eleven Seven Music], became the band’s biggest radio hit to date, reaching No. 2 at Active Rock Radio, and remaining in the Top 5 for 12-weeks.  With 2009’s “37 Stitches” off of Full Circlereaching #4 at Active Rock and “Feel Like I Do,” the band had 2 consecutive Top 5 Active Rock smashes and cemented their place as one of the top hard rock acts today.  Recent successes have paved the way for unique opportunities such as presenting the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform to then-senator Barack Obama on Capitol Hill, performing for our troops all over the world and partnering with organizations like The Wounded Warrior Project and the G.I. Film Festival.

DROWNING POOL is:  Ryan McCombs-vocals, CJ Pierce-guitar, Stevie Benton-bass and Mike Luce-drums.

Drowning Pool Tour Dates:

3/16; Farmington, NM; Top Deck

3/17; Denver, CO; Summit Music Hall

3/18; Colorado Springs, CO; The Black Sheep

3/19; Casper, WY; The Venue

3/21; Missoula, MT; Wilma Theater

(Drowning Pool, Pop Evil, Anew Revolution & Static Cycle Only)

3/22; Billings, MT; Shrine Auditorium

3/24; Fargo, ND; The Venue

3/25; Rochester, NY; The Wicked Moose

3/26; Minneapolis, MN; First Avenue

(Drowning Pool, Trust Co., Anew Revolution & Static Cycle Only)

3/27; Des Moines, IA; People’s Court

3/29; Milwaukee, WI; The Rave

3/30; Chicago, IL; House of Blues

4/1; Dayton, OH; McGuffy’s House of Rock

(Drowning Pool, Anew Revolution & Static Cycle Only)

4/2; Flint, MI; The Machine Shop

4/3; Battle Creek, MI; Planet Live Music

4/5; Muskegon, MI; Club Envy

(Drowning Pool, Trust Co., Anew Revolution & Static Cycle Only)

4/6; Indianapolis, IN; 8 Seconds Saloon

4/8; Fort Wayne, IN; Piere’s Entertainment Center

4/9; Traverse City, MI; Ground Zero

4/10; Huntington, WV; V Club

4/11; North Charleston, SC; Thee Southern Belle

4/13; West Palm Beach, FL; Roxy’s

(Drowning Pool & Pop Evil Only)

4/14; Jacksonville, FL; Brewster’s

4/15; St. Petersburg, FL; The State Theatre

4/17; Pensacola, FL; Capt’n Fun Beach Club

4/20; Houma, LA; The City Club

(Drowning Pool, Pop Evil, Anew Revolution & Static Cycle Only)

4/21; Beaumont, TX      ; The Gig

(Drowning Pool, Trust Co., Anew Revolution & Static Cycle Only)

4/24; Albuquerque, NM; Sunshine Theater

(Drowning Pool, Trust Co., Anew Revolution & Static Cycle Only)

4/28; Denton, TX; Rock N Rodeo

(Drowning Pool, Trust Co., Anew Revolution & Static Cycle Only)

Additional Dates:

4/16; Orlando, FL; Tinker Field – WJRR Earthday Birthday

4/23; Mesa, AZ; Mesa Riverview Park – KUPD UFEST

5/1; Memphis, TN; Tom Lee Park – Beale Street Music Festival

For more information on Drowning Pool and updated tour dates, please


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