The Original Wailers @ B.B. King Blues Club

NEW YORK, NY—It’s my general experience that the word “legendary” is, in the music world, more often than not, used erroneously or in some sort of misleading fashion. Take for example the “legendary” Wailers. I think of the “legendary” Wailers as being the group responsible for bringing reggae music to …

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Toots & The Maytals @ B.B. King Blues Club

NEW YORK, NY—I heard a funny anecdote once about Toots Hibbert. An associate of mine was once lucky enough to spend some time offstage with the reggae legend, and told me that if you see the way the man moves, you can tell he’s getting old. He hobbles, he limps …

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Phish @ Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK, NY—Back in 2004 Phish did the unthinkable and broke up leaving thousands of fans inconsolable and unsure. Five years passed, and in 2009, Phish did the unthinkable again and reunited, released a new album, and toured the country. They stopped in NYC on Dec. 2, covering Madison Square …

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Interview with the Disco Biscuits: Always On Time

I like jam bands because they aren’t really afraid to do things new and different. Jam for hours sraight? Sure. Add synths and computers with live instruments? Why not? Collaborate with some Philly-based hip-hop producers to add a little extra groove? Fuck yeah.

To be fair, the above doesn’t apply …

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CMJ 2009 Wrap Up: The City And The Sea Of Sound

Like my editor Patrick Slevin said a few weeks ago, you can’t see everything at CMJ. No matter how well you plan, there’s too many bands, too many venues, and way too many cases of P.B.R. standing in your way, so why not just throw away the list and let …

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Badfish @ Governor’s Island

NEW YORK, NY—Most critics, when reviewing a tribute band, often start out with something along the lines of, “I have a long and complicated relationship with tribute bands blah blah blah…,” but not me. I hate tribute bands. I think they’re boring, cheesy, unwanted and unnecessary monkeys who are stuck …

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NOFX: Don’t Call Me Red, White, And Blue

NOFX are a fucking punk rock group, plain and simple. For nearly a quarter of a century now, the band has sold over six million records worth of its unique So-Cal style skate punk, whilst successfully avoiding both major labels, contract and the likes of MTV or VH1. How’s that …

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Explosions In The Sky: Interview with drummer Chris Hrasky

For 10 years now, Explosions In The Sky have been the band at the forefront of the instrumental rock movement. Drawing inspiration from the likes of ’90s post rock masters Mogwai and Dirty Three, EITS took instrumental bombast to a new level with their second album, the paradoxically titled, Those

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Interview with Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups

It’s a beautiful thing to create music that straddles boundaries. I’m not necessarily talking about rap-metal or fusion type music, but rather music that manages to spread itself across several different territories of our emotional range. Music that is eloquent and flowery, yet at the same time, quite violent and …

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Flogging Molly @ Hammerstein Ballroom

NEW YORK, NY—I would say it is pretty rare to be able to judge the quality of a show based on the people standing in line outside of it. Sure, you could probably guess the genre, the vibe, maybe how much energy there will be once inside the venue, but …

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