Overkill / Epica / DTA @ Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ—It was a long night of thrash at the Starland Ballroom, made longer by some, but it was clear that most long- haired, beer-chugging metalheads had descended for Jersey’s own Overkill. And why not? It was a fine Saturday for it, and everyone was assured a good time.

But …

by   |  11/14/2007  |  Comments Off on Overkill / Epica / DTA @ Starland Ballroom

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band @ Continental Airlines Arena

E. RUTHERFORD, NJ—No one is more beloved for his survival in the rock and roll idiom than Bruce Springsteen. Not the Stones. Not Dylan. No one. While they are also grand survivors of age, generation, curious career choices and an unforgiving waver in and out of our pop culture radar, …

by   |  11/07/2007  |  Comments Off on Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band @ Continental Airlines Arena

The Dream Concert @ Radio City Music Hall

NEW YORK, NY—What do you get when you put Stevie Wonder together with Garth Brooks, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tommy Hilfiger, Miss USA, and P. Diddy? If you guessed the sign of the apocalypse, I’ll give you credit. It might seem that way. In this instance, however, it was the complete …

by   |  10/24/2007  |  Comments Off on The Dream Concert @ Radio City Music Hall

Austin City Limits Festival @ Zilker Park

AUSTIN, TX—Alt country and rock nations collided in for the annual Austin City Limits (ACL) fest, in the self-proclaimed “live music capital of the world,” where the locals wear “keep Austin weird” t-shirts in celebration of the place’s boho spirit. It’s also home to the annual SXSW fest in the …

by   |  10/10/2007  |  Comments Off on Austin City Limits Festival @ Zilker Park

Aesop Rock @ Irving Plaza

NEW YORK, NY—Definitive Jux must be on top of the world right now. When the label started out in 1999 as the newest fish in the relatively obscure pond of underground hip hop, it didn’t seem likely that their roster would make the splash that it has. Each new disc …

by   |  10/03/2007  |  Comments Off on Aesop Rock @ Irving Plaza

Clutch @ Bowery Ballroom

NEW YORK, NY—I was trying to make my way to The Bowery Ballroom to catch what would have been a kick ass show, had I seen the whole thing, and to start Labor Day weekend off with a bang. I blame the Holland Tunnel and the obscene amount of traffic …

by   |  09/26/2007  |  Comments Off on Clutch @ Bowery Ballroom

Knowlton River Fest @ Hunter’s Lodge Field

KNOWLTON, NJ—After a one-year hiatus, Riverfest returned with a pleasant vengeance, featuring a staggering array of musicians, artisans and food.

Gates opened Friday at 5 p.m. with a queue already formed. Kicking off Riverfest, under the traditional big white tent, local favorites Streetlights played a set of originals with a …

by   |  09/19/2007  |  Comments (2)

Def Leppard @ PNC Bank Arts Center

On a murky summer night Foreigner opened up this triple bill with their memorable hit “Doublevision.” Current singer Kelly Hansen, was more than able to belt out some of the group’s best all-time hits. His range was good and Mick Jones, the lone original member, was slick, and he added …

by   |  09/12/2007  |  Comments Off on Def Leppard @ PNC Bank Arts Center

The National @ South Street Seaport

NEW YORK, NY—New York’s River to River Festival hosted up-and-comers The National on a drizzly Friday night to a huge crowd of clean-cut hipsters.

You can no longer consider yourself hip, nor the possessor of secret knowledge about a brilliant undiscovered band, when you hear them featured on National Public …

by   |  09/05/2007  |  Comments Off on The National @ South Street Seaport

Family Values @ PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s kind of ironic that they call it the “Family Values Tour” since that famous four letter “F” word (you know what I fucking mean) was just as much a part of the tour as any other headlining act of the day. Although, what American family do you know that …

by   |  08/29/2007  |  Comments Off on Family Values @ PNC Bank Arts Center


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