Rock The Bells @ Randall’s Island

RANDALL’S ISLAND, NY—The gates had only been open for about 10 minutes and already there were over 1,000 people waiting for security to open the main stage barrier to the greatest hip hop acts of today and yester year. Public Enemy, Wu Tang Clan, The Roots, E.P.M.D., Cypress Hill, Mos …

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Dispatch: Zimbabwe @ Madison Square Garden

“Could you answer all the questions of the world with just one word?”

—“Elias” by Dispatch

“Welcome to the original first night of Dispatch: Zimbabwe!” shouted guitarist Chad Stokes Urmston. The thousands gathered in Madison Square Garden screamed and cheered, overwhelmed to be able to see Dispatch at their first …

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Sounds Of The Underground @ Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ—For a metal festival, this year’s Sound Of The Underground wasn’t half bad (that being said with a pinch of salt because it was about five billion degrees, and the one band I went to see, Heavy Heavy Low Low, didn’t perform; more on that later). With a band …

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The Oohlas! @ Webster Hall

NEW YORK, NY—Performing a short set at Webster Hall in support of Maximo Park, the California based The Oohlas! arrived in NYC to showcase selections off their Stolen Transmission debut, Best Stop Pop, which hit shelves in September of 2006. Consisting of former Everclear percussionist Greg Eklund (guitar), brother Mark …

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Collective Soul @ Nokia Theatre

NEW YORK, NY—Only one sentence reminded me that indeed the members of Collective Soul hail from Atlanta, Georgia, not California: “Southern gentlemen getting that Northern hospitality, man.” Though, even that remark ended with “man,” something lead singer Ed Roland says more often than not, in addition with “dude.”

Either way, …

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The Nightwatchman / Dustin Kensrue @ The Bowery Ballroom

NEW YORK, NY—It was a little odd, to say the least, seeing a stage that is usually overrun with amps, mics and drumkits for a few different bands, stand practically naked except for a single chair with a mic stand in front of it. However, the bare canvas befitted the …

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The Machine @ Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE NJ—Yahoo lists 12 Pink Floyd cover or “tribute” bands, including entries from L.A., Germany, Denmark, Canada and the U.K. New York’s own The Machine perform worldwide, but also quite regularly in our area, reviving the classic psychedelic sight and sound experience of this, one of the most beloved bands …

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Bonnaroo Music & Art Festival 2007 @ Manchester, TN

MANCHESTER, TN—The annual Bonnaroo fest turned the corner on its jamband history and offered up its most eclectic lineup ever in southeastern Tennessee, a little more than an hour plus ride from the state’s capital of Nashville. This year’s model offered an outstanding take on Americana, bringing older acts together …

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Arctic Monkeys @ Hammerstein Ballroom

NEW YORK, NY—It wasn’t the scent of burning grass that filled the rafters at Hammerstein Ballroom, but rather it was the stumble of a wee too many pints at the corner pub that set the overtone for an evening of pulsating British rock. Strolling into NYC after a mind-numbing string …

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Roger Waters @ Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK, NY—Roger Waters played it like a psychedelic shaman at the the altar of this Garden party, throwing off diatribes at the power elite and that fine line between intellectual euphoria and mental madness all in the space of a two and a half hour set.

Waters’ backup band …

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