Manhattan Beat: Recapping Renaissance, Gwar, & More

Renaissance/The Town Hall/October 28, 2017

The original Renaissance was born in 1969 when two former members of the YardbirdsKeith Relf and Jim McCarty, moved away from the British blues rock of their previous band to form an experimental progressive rock band with classical influences. Personnel changes happened …

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Manhattan Beat: Recapping Soulfly, Lana del Rey and More!

Soulfly/The Gramercy Theatre/Oct. 22, 2017
Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Massimiliano “Max” Cavalera and his family were in a state of financial crisis and family turbulence when he founded thrash/groove metal band, Sepultura, in 1984. In the early 1990s, Max relocated to Phoenix and introduced a side …

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Manhattan Beat: From Ministry to Red

Ministry/Terminal 5/Oct. 17, 2017

Alejandro Ramirez Casa was born in Havana, Cuba, but shortly thereafter moved with his mother to the suburbs of Chicago.  She remarried and her son became Al Jourgensen.  While in college, Jourgensen started as a club DJ, and then in the late 1970s he played …

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Manhattan Beat: Scoping Out The Skins, KMFDM and More!

The Skins/The Bowery Electric/Oct. 6, 2017

Three teenaged siblings, all students at the School of Rock, began jamming in their basement in Brooklyn, N.Y. The oldest of the three, Bayli Mckeithan, was interested in guitar but wound up singing; Kaya Nico Mckeithan, took to the bass; and baby …

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Manhattan Beat – Covering The Cynz, Stiff Little Fingers, And More!

The Cynz/Sidewalk/Sept. 30, 2017
Born and raised in New Jersey, Cyndi Dawson sought a career in performance art in New York City. Over the next few years, she secured a few acting, dancing and bartending gigs, briefly played percussion in the short-lived Kamikaze Kitty & the Attack Kats, and …

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Manhattan Beat – Recapping Sacred Reich, Marilyn Manson, And More!

Sacred Reich/The Gramercy Theatre/September 24, 2017
    Until age 12, Phil Rind lived in Brooklyn, New York. His family then moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he met rhythm guitarist Jason Rainey in high school. Rainey had formed Sacred Reich as a thrash metal band, but was unsatisfied with his original musicians. …

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Manhattan Beat – Afghan Whigs, Front 242, And More!

Afghan Whigs/The Bowery Ballroom/September 15, 2017

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio, Greg Dulli played in a local band called the Black Republicans in the 1980s, which bassist John Curley, a transplant from Washington, DC, later would join. In 1986, rising up as a garage rock band around the …

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Manhattan Beat – The Latest With Orphaned Land, Patti Smith, And More!

Orphaned Land/The Gramercy Theatre/September 11, 2017

Kobi Farhi was born in the ancient port city of Jaffa, Israel, amidst a heterogeneous population of Jews, Christians and Muslims. As a youth, Farhi discovered oriental and world music through his family, and also a love for heavy metal music through his friends. …

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Meadows Music & Arts Festival 2017 – Sept. 15-17, 2017

Sept. 15-17, 2017, the Meadows Music & Arts Festival returned for its second year in the parking lot of Citi Field in Queens, NY. The festival, produced by Founders Entertainment — which also produces the annual Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island — expanded to three days from last …

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Manhattan Beat – Venom Inc., Eugene Hutz & Gogol Bordello, P.O.D. And More!

Venom Inc/The Gramercy Theatre/September 2, 2017

Formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Venom became one of the darkest bands in thrash and speed metal. The band has split and reformed several times, and presently consists of one original member, bassist/vocalistm Conrad “Cronos” Lant. In 2010, original Venom …

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