Friday, November 21, 2014

Charity Spotlight: ABOARD Receives Donation From Helping Hands Rock Reviews

Sharon and Chip present a check to ABOARD's Jennifer Salamon
One of our goals at Helping Hands Rock Reviews is to donate every penny of income we generate from our website to deserving charities.  We are delighted to announce that we have made our second donation of 2014!

The recipient of our latest donation is ABOARD - the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders.  ABOARD's mission is to "provide a lifeline to support families and individuals affected by autism."  ABOARD gives "hope and information to families and professionals by connecting them with each other, and to the resources that enable them to navigate their unique challenges."

We personally admire the work that ABOARD does and feel great about our donation going to a wonderful cause.  You can learn more about ABOARD at  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Dead Deads Soar To New, Rocking Heights Thanks To Fateful Plane Ride

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When one thinks of Nashville, the last genre one thinks of is grungy punk.  But Nashville is the home base for The Dead Deads and grungy punk is indeed an apt description of their music.  Think a cross between The Misfits and Hole and you won't be far off from imagining what The Dead Deads sound like.

With a national tour and a quickly growing live and social media following, The Dead Deads are one of 2014's emerging rock artists.  Helping Hands Rock Reviews recently had the pleasure of sitting down with vocalist/guitarist Doomy Dead and keyboardist/backing vocalist Hella Dead for an exclusive and revealing interview.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gear Review: The Limited Edition Gibson Lzzy Hale Explorer

When Lzzy Hale first showed off the custom Explorer that Gibson had built for her in 2012, I immediately contacted Gibson and begged them to manufacture them for the public. I was told at that time that there was "no plan to build a signature model."

Throughout the years since that time, I had been in periodic discussions with Gibson, getting the same answer: no plans for a Lzzy Hale Explorer. But things started to change more recently.

Lzzy posted pictures of a mysterious second Explorer built to her specs. Still, my contact at Gibson stated as recently as August 28, 2014 that "We have not been given any indication that a Lzzy Hale Explorer model [is] being planned."

However, almost immediately thereafter, Gibson reached out to me with information that the release of a Limited Edition Lzzy Hale Explorer was indeed going to become a reality in late-2014 or early-2015. I really wanted to become the first member of the public to buy and own one. Despite reaching out to Gibson, members of Halestorm, dealers, etc., I was finding it difficult to get any help in winning the race to be the first.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Medicine's "Breaking The Model" Used on PNC Park's Big Screen!

At Helping Hands Rock Reviews, we are loving the new New Medicine album. The band is still a bit underground, so we were shocked when we were at a Pittsburgh Pirates game and they used the band's new song "Breaking The Model" as part of a highlights montage on the big screen at PNC Park!

We recognized the tune right away and had iPhones in hand, so we caught this video!

Congrats to the New Meds guys!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Highway 4 Reaches For Classic Status With "Up In Arms"

"Don't judge a book by its cover," they say.

In drawing a connection between literature and music, could this axiom be adapted to say "Don't judge a band by its genre?"

With Western Pennsylvania band Highway 4 and their new album, Up In Arms, I think it could.

Let me explain...