Pixies @ Bowery Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—When Pixies bassist Kim Deal announced this summer that she was quitting the group, many fans wondered if it meant the end for their alternative rock heroes.

Well, far from it.

Instead, the band announced a full tour, hired Muffs leader Kim Shattuck to handle bass duties, and actually …

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Electric Zoo @ Randall’s Island

NEW YORK, NY—The fifth installment of Electric Zoo was set to outdo previous years, expanding the grounds with a second main stage. A heavy lineup of the biggest names in the EDM scene spanned over three days and there were a couple artists performing incognito. However, the weekend took a …

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Farm Aid @ Saratoga Performing Art Center

“The farmers are on the front lines of climate change, and climate change is THE issue of the 21st century. It’s a bigger way of looking at what we’re all doing here. It’s about getting the carbon out of the sky and back into the earth.” – Neil Young


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Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Beyond Visible

Local rock fans, it’s about that time! Thanks to everyone who has been sending me new tunes and giving excellent feedback on the Local Radar acts in the past few months! I am glad to help contribute some material to your playlists, week after week!

We’ve all been there: You …

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Blink-182 @ Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ—When asked the question, “What do you like to do for fun?” the answer is always concrete and simple: Go to shows. In my opinion, there is nothing like the experience of a concert—the energy, raw talent, and feeling of a sore neck in the morning from jamming. Having …

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Dan Bern @ City Winery

MANHATTAN, NY—Dan Bern blew into New York City late on Aug. 25 and hit the ground running with a taught, raw and stirring solo acoustic show at City Winery. It was here in the fading days of late summer that his autumn in the big town had begun. The prolific …

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Yellowcard @ Irving Plaza

MANHATTAN, NY—On Monday, Sept. 9, Yellowcard kicked off their two-night stay at Irving Plaza in NYC. As I got to the venue located near Union Square, I was greeted by Yellowcard fans while they formed a line from the venue that reached the end of the block. These die-hard fanatics …

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Styx @ The Borgata

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ—I say this respectfully and for all the right reasons: Seeing Styx at The Borgata was like seeing a promising young band at a high school talent show, but without that sinking this-might-be-hard-to-watch feeling in my gut. Not to equate the prog-lite hitmakers with teens still ambitious enough …

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On The High Seas With Sir Ivan

For rockers and regular folks, the term “Hamptons party” might invoke the image of conservatively-dressed blue bloods sipping wine, schmoozing and bemoaning their first world problems. Sir Ivan’s “Sinners & Sailors” shindig was not that party. It was way more fun. Pop singer and creator of the Peaceman Foundation, Sir …

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Matchbox Twenty/Goo Goo Dolls @ Susquehanna Bank Center

CAMDEN, NJ—On a perfect summer’s eve, fans piled into the Susquehanna Bank Center to see Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls. Both bands have huge followings, numerous hit songs, and exceptional lead singers. It was the perfect pairing for a blockbuster concert.

The Goo Goo Dolls opened the show …

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