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I've never been good at filling these things out, but here it goes. I like long walks in cold mountain air, preferably with snow on the ground. I enjoy drinking fine soda by the crackling fire, and deep tissue massage. I hope to one day grow up an become and astronaut, so I can fly to Venus to see if that's really where women come from. If it's true, I'll bring one back for you, too. Unless it's a dude you want, and then you're out of luck...sorry. My favorite month is October, because Halloween is the best holiday ever! It allows me to openly proclaim my love and obsession with scary movies without being seen as some sort of lunatic. Okay, not too much of a lunatic. I'm a huge fan of rock and metal music, and you'll often hear me blasting the control room speakers into oblivion every night during my show. My engineer doesn't like me very much, since he has to fix them. Sorry, Mike.
WIRED Cafe At Comic-Con - Day 1
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Express Yourself as Clearly as Possible with Android’s New Hodor Keyboard

"Game of Thrones" has become such a huge hit because of the HBO series, that people have been creating amazing memes like "Winter is Coming" and my personal favorite:

One character who has become so Meme-eriffic is the huge guy with the tiniest part.  Hodor.  

He can only speak one word, and this seems to have made him everyone's second-favorite character, right behind Tyrion Lannister, of course.

And now you too can communicate like Hodor with the new Hodor Keyboard for Android!

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2014 CMT Music Awards Rehearsals - Day 2
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Lzzy Hale and Eric Church Rock the CMT Awards [Video]

The other night, Lzzy Hale from Halestorm hit the stage with Eric Church at the CMTs for a loud version of "That's Damn Rock N Roll".  It's also come out that she's doing some shows with Eric Church on his tour this summer.

Country music has swerved more and more toward the rock side of things over the last few decades, and some country stars put on bigger rock shows than some rock bands!  This ain't your daddy's country music anymore.  Hell, your parents probably can't even tell the difference anymore!

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Gojira ‘Explosia’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Let me start this by saying, "I freaking LOVE Gojira"!  I've been so excited to see this band, I would have paid for tickets to Rock on the Range JUST to see them!  

It would have been a weird thing to do, admittedly, buying tickets to a huge show for only one band, and I still would have checked out as many as I did ... but you get what I'm saying.

This French band has been building their followers over the last few years, and among them, tons of well-known musicians.  This band takes the rhythmic and percussive things that a lot of bands are doing in different directions.  They use odd time signatures, weird sounds, cool tapping riffs, and odd song structures to blow people away.

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Mastodon “Black Tongue” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

So many bands at Rock on the Range 2014, so little time!  This was the first year they expanded the event to three days, and there were 60 or so bands over the weekend!  I ran around checking out all the bands I had to see, and I still only managed to see maybe 40 of the 60.  I promise I'll try hard next year.

One band I wanted to see, and did, was Mastodon!  I've been listening to Mastodon since I first got the Remission album when it came out, and watched the bonus DVD on there.  Wicked stuff!

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Killswitch Engage “Always” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

There were so many bands to see at Rock on the Range 2014, it's taken me a few weeks to get through all of the videos I recorded at the shows...and all bands are so good, it's still fun to watch them!  Check out Killswitch Engage from the first day of ROTR, kicking ass with the return of original singer Jesse Leach!

The song is "Always", from their newest album, Disarm the Descent, the first with Jesse back in the band, and the song is really good, of course, and rocks live!

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Mesquite Wood-Grilled Salmon, my favorite!
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Check Out Logan’s Roadhouse for Amazing Food! [Sponsored]

You've probably heard me talking about Logan's Roadhouse recently, hinting that their 2 for $14.99 is a fantastic deal.  Well, the nice people at Logan's invited me over for lunch today, so I could sample some of these meals, and since I love that place and their rolls, I didn't even hesitate!

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Five Finger Death Punch Guitar Rig Tours [Video]

Five Finger Death Punch is coming to town on September 21st with Volbeat, Hellyeah and Nothing More!  The show is at the Deltaplex, and it's going to be an amazing night, with some really great, and loud bands!

Get ready for the show with these rig tours of both Zoltan's and Jason's gear.  They show you the guitatrs they're using, the amps, effects and cabs.  I love me some gear porn!

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Heaven's Basement's Aaron Buchanan (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Heaven’s Basement Singer Does Clapping Crowd Handstands at Rock on the Range [Video]

Heaven's Basement is a great English band, and you've heard the songs "Fire, Fire" and "Nothing Left to Lose" here on GRD.  You might have even seen them at Rock on the Range this year!

If you did, then you got to see a really cool crowd surfing thing the singer Aaron does, where he jumps into the crowd, does a handstand, and then leads the clapping during the song!

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Suicidal Tendencies ‘Possessed to Skate’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

I've never had the chance to see Suicidal Tendencies live before Rock on the Range 2014, and I was stoked to finally get my chance!  They're one of those classic bands, that even if you're not the biggest fan in the world, you have to check out.  Mike Muir is an absolute maniac on the stage, and I don't know where he gets the energy or the stamina to move around the stage as much as he does!

Maybe as he gets older, he'll skateboard around the stage...that would be awesome!

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Avatar’s ‘Vultures Fly’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

I wasn't too sure about seeing Avatar before Rock on the Range began this year, since I hadn't really been super excited about some of the things I'd seen online from the band.  I can happily claim to have been wrong about this band.  The Jagermeister stage area was freaking PACKED with people for Avatar, and when they took the stage, I learned why.

They're a really good live band, and they brought a lot of energy to the crowd, and blasted through a great set!

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Lee Altus and Johnnie
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Exodus ‘Toxic Waltz’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Another band I was really excited to see at Rock on the Range this year was Exodus!  I've seen them a few times, and they always kick serious ass live!  The dual shredding guitars of Gary Holt and Lee Altus (of the fantastic Heathen, too) really make Exodus a force to be reckoned with.

I first saw them before Lee joined the band, and since he's come on board, the band has gotten even better!  And luckily, I got to see Lee Altus briefly after their set and geek out with a picture!

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