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TAM Music: Mastodon, Red Fang, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Black Fangs, Tiger! Tiger! Show Review

Story and Photos by Ellen Eldridge
The recently Grammy-nominated, Atlanta-local Mastodon, a band that found its name based on guitarist Bill Kelliher’s Star Wars Bantha tattoo, celebrated in style with their network of friends and families during “The Missing Link” show at the Tabernacle Dec. 2. Of the opening acts, Atlanta’s most recent conglomeration of metal and psychedelia mix in MonstrO with Mastodon singer/bassist Troy Sanders’ brother Kyle on bass… (more…)


TAM Music: Interview with Brian “Head” Welch Formerly of KoRn

By Rose Riot
We’ve all seen VH1′s: Behind the Music where the story is told of a hungry musician who fights to get to the top only to stumble upon money, drugs and sin eventually falling from the top position to a hard, cold rock-bottom. Brian “Head” Welch was no stranger to this storyline. The founding member and acclaimed guitarist of the band KoRn caved to the temptations of fame and found himself with a serious drug addiction…

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TAM Music: Shonen Knife

By Rose Riot
Raise your hand if remember the all-girl, Japanese surf/garage rock band 5.6.7.8′s in the movie Kill Bill Volume 1? I am happy to report that these diminutive ladies otherwise known as Shonen Knife are celebrating their 30th year rocking Ramone-esque style with a US tour. Seen by some as a novelty act, Shonen Knife gained popularity and respect by the likes of Sonic Youth, Red Kross and Nirvana in the 90s. They have also gone on to do many theme songs used in movies and cartoons…

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This One Goes Up to Eleven… Eleven… Eleven

By Jimmy Perlman
In the tradition of triple date tattoos 6/6/06, 7/7/07 etc… 11/11/11 is the Holy Grail, it’s all ones! We won’t get this opportunity again for a hundred years… (more…)


TAM MUSIC: Interview with Hank III

Story and photos by Rose Riot
Shelton Hank Williams, better known as Hank III, is celebrating his creative liberation with the release of four new albums on September 6, 2011. Armed with his own new record label aptly named Hank III Records and a red-hot cattle brand, Hank III is ready to tour, searing three vertical lines into the ears of folks across the land. (more…)


TAM MUSIC: Interview with Mike Dean from Corrosion of Conformity

By Rose Riot
Corrosion of Conformity (C.O.C.) the legendary hardcore band from North Carolina with almost 30 years history, has gone through many changes and members. Currently, three of  C.O.C.’s founding members Mike Dean, Woody Weatherman and Reed Mullin are on tour.

The the three-piece C.O.C. is doing a setlist that is made up mostly of the Animosity album. I was able to catch up with Mike Dean before the C.O.C. show in Atlanta at The Earl and ask him a few questions about the tour, controversy about the bands changing sound and his lack of tattoos…

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Tyler B. Murphy: Hand Poked Tattoos on Die Antwoord

By Tyler B. Murphy
My mate Ryan got stabbed in the back outside a bar in my old neighborhood. They snatched his friends handbag and left him thinking that he had been punched on his right shoulder-blade. Moments later as the blood cooled, he felt the wetness, and realised the truth behind the sharpened steel in the punch…

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Social Distortion Performing on Guitar Center Show, Sessions Aug. 6th, 2011 at 10:00 P.M. on DIRECTV

Courtesy of  Social Distortion: Social Distortion will be appearing on the award-winning music series Guitar Center Sessions this coming Saturday, August 6th at 10:00pm ET/PT on DIRECTV’S Audience Network (channel 239). Tune-in and catch the guys perform some of their classics as well as songs from their latest release Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes. You won’t want to miss Mike Ness in a very candid one on one interview with host Nic Harcourt; discussing three decades of Social Distortion. If you’re not familiar with the series, Guitar Center Sessions features exclusive performances and intimate conversations conducted by musical tastemaker Nic Harcourt. Click HERE to see an exclusive clip of Social D’s performance of “California (Hustle and Flow)” from their forthcoming episode…

Lucero Talks to Jimmy Perlman About the Joys and Pains of Touring and Tattoos

Jimmy Perlman: At about what age did you realize that you wanted tattoos? And what was the impetus?

Ben Nichols: I was in high school. Turned 18 and went down to a crusty old biker’s tattoo shop on Asher Ave. in Little Rock, AR and picked some flash off the wall. That tattoo is now 19 years old and holding up fine… for better or worse.

Brain Venable: I never really did know for sure, Steve Lovett the singer for Raid “convinced” me to pawn my stereo and get the judge hammers with “stomp crew” around them when I was 18, after that I was hooked…

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A Perfect Circle in Atlanta

Story and photos by Rose Riot
Hot, crowded, moody, sultry and sweaty are the words to describe A Perfect Circle’s (APC) performance at The Tabernacle in Atlanta on July 20. APC is one of the many creative undertakings by frontman Maynard James Keenan. The band started in 1999 and has had an ever changing all-star line up. The band recently came out of hiatus to tour…

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Keith Morris Talks About Music, Punk Rock and His New Band Off!

By Rose Riot
Keith Morris is known as one of the godfathers of American Punk. He is responsible for fronting two of the most crucial bands in the genre, Black Flag and The Circle Jerks. His latest band, Off! is creating a stir among fans young and old. The word on the streets is that Off! is the real punk rock deal. Having seen them recently at SXSW, I would agree. I felt honored that I was granted an interview with Keith, a man who has a lot to say and some great stories to tell… (more…)


Bryan Kienlen of the Bouncing Souls Talks About Touring and Tattooing

By Rose Riot
The Bouncing Souls are one of the staple bands in American punk rock. These four New Jersey boys have managed to travel the globe, playing shows with some of the world’s premier punk rock bands. But the band remains true to their punk rock roots as they still do a portion of their U.S. tours in their iconic white van. I had conversation with Bryan Kienlen, the bassist about his work with the band and a little but about his tattoo experience… (more…)


Music: Red Fang Interview (VIDEO)

By Rose Riot

Summer is here, and that means music festival season. One such festival that I am looking forward to attending in the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest. Mayhem will be rolling through Atlanta in August and I will be prepared for the heat of the sun and the heat coming off of the stages. One of the bands I’m most looking forward to seeing is a band from Portland, Oregon called, Red Fang. I had a nice little conversation with the guitar player and vocalist Bryan Giles… [Video on expanded page] (more…)


Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #25: 2011 SXSW Review

By Rose Riot

South By South West (SXSW) is a 10-day film, music and interactive conference that happens every year in Austin, Texas since 1987. It has been the career starting place for many musicians and a place for bigger name musicians to play for intimate crowds. SXSW has been on my “bucket list” for many years.

My only reservation was that I would need to have help with the 15-plus-hour drive. As long as I could get help, I would do it. Luckily, I found the world’s best co-pilot, my friend Jen. I picked her up on Tuesday morning and we set out for what could be no less than a rock and roll adventure. (more…)


Mike Ness Interview: Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #23

“If you don’t have roots, you don’t have shit…” -Mike Ness
By Crash and Jimmy Perlman.
Photos by Rose Riot.

Crash: All right Mike- You’ve been getting tattooed for a long time, so this isn’t a fad thing for you…and one thing I’ve noticed about younger bands is that they tend to just pop up fully tattooed- it’s like ‘instant street cred’ or something… (more…)