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Bad Omens & Rival Sons tackle Riff Fest 2023!

Giovannie and the Hire Guns, Rival Sons, Bad Omens, and I prevail rock Pine Knob Music Theater for the last show of their summer concert series in Clarkston, MI! Due to limited access (and a PR mishap that got ALL photographers booted from the pit) I was only able to get in front of Rival Sons, and just may have stuck (snuck) around a little longer than welcome to get some shots of Bad Omens. Shhhhhh! Don't tell!!


This was my first time seeing Rival Sons, and I gotta say, they sounded amazing live! I couldn't help but listen to "Do Your Worst" in my earbuds while scrolling through my camera roll, and now, they're a regular in the catalog.


I'm a repeat customer for Bad Omens. Going in, I knew to expect, but was still impressed none the less! Like the shows of theirs I've seen in the past, they closed it out with "Dethrone", naturally, and an epic extended version at that!


Bad Omens is a contemporary American rock band known for their unique blend of metalcore, post-hardcore, and alternative metal. The band originally hails from Los Angeles, California, and was formed in 2015. Their music is characterized by powerful vocals, heavy guitar riffs, and emotionally charged lyrics.


The band has gained recognition for their dynamic and genre-blurring sound, making them a notable presence in the modern rock and metal scene. They have released multiple albums and have a dedicated fan base, with a reputation for captivating live performances.

The band's music often explores themes of inner turmoil, personal struggles, and the complexities of human emotions, connecting with listeners on a deep and emotional level. While they have evolved their sound over the years, Bad Omens remains true to their roots, delivering music that resonates with fans of heavy and melodic rock genres.


Rival Sons is an American rock band with a distinctively retro and blues-infused sound. Hailing from Long Beach, California, the band was formed in 2009. Rival Sons are known for their vintage rock and roll style, which draws inspiration from classic rock bands of the '60s and '70s.

The band's music features soulful, gritty vocals, bluesy guitar riffs, and a rhythm section reminiscent of the golden era of rock. Rival Sons have been praised for their ability to revive and modernize the classic rock sound, making them stand out in the contemporary rock music landscape.

With a series of critically acclaimed albums, Rival Sons have garnered a strong following among fans of classic and blues rock. Their songs often explore themes of love, rebellion, and the human experience, capturing the essence of timeless rock and roll.

Rival Sons' commitment to preserving the roots of rock music while adding their own unique flavor has earned them a reputation as one of the leading bands in the modern rock revival. Their live performances are known for their electrifying energy and musical prowess, making them a must-see act for rock enthusiasts.



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