Fixer @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise

What a trip! Take a two-level cruise boat, add a trio of bands and 100 or so fans, throw in a small bar and a simple sound system. Toss it into the East River and head south. For three hours, revelers aboard the Half Moon enjoyed cool breezes, gorgeous views …

by   |  09/28/2005  |  Comments Off on Fixer @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise

Ringo & The Roundheads @ Irving Plaza

What’s my name? The former Beatle called out to the crowd at Irving Plaza followed by a resounding R-I-N-G-O, and “Do you feel better now?” With a wink and a nod the band laced into “I’m The Greatest “from his 1973 album Ringo. Written by John Lennon, the tongue …

by   |  07/13/2005  |  Comments Off on Ringo & The Roundheads @ Irving Plaza

Anthrax @ Starland Ballroom

Reunions can be a tricky proposition. There’s the nostalgic thrill of seeing your favorite band rage and pillage through their back catalog like they did when you were 13…however, with every reunion comes the threat of sub par renditions of otherwise explosive tunes and bands that often lose the chemistry …

by   |  06/29/2005  |  Comments Off on Anthrax @ Starland Ballroom

Rolling Stones @ Juilliard School Of Music

The Rolling Stones cockteased the crowd with three songs at Manhattan’s Juilliard School of Music behind the pompous halls at Lincoln Center in a lunchtime press conference to announce their upcoming tour. This was the first time the band played at one of their press conferences since 1975 when they …

by   |  06/01/2005  |  Comments Off on Rolling Stones @ Juilliard School Of Music

Gabby La La @ Joe’s Pub

A Monday night in the swirling urban banality of NYC, the air cool but not cold easing its way through the end of April, and I, marching into a packed Joe’s Pub, wondering what happened to all the smoke in this lounge, daddy-o?

Les Claypool protege Gabby La La is …

by   |  05/18/2005  |  Comments Off on Gabby La La @ Joe’s Pub

Green Day @ Taj Mahal

Green Day is one of the most successful Punk Rock bands of all-time and this concert shows that after 16 years they still have it. They are 100 percent pure adrenaline yet they continually thanked the crowd for showing up as if they still play in some empty concert halls.…

by   |  05/11/2005  |  Comments Off on Green Day @ Taj Mahal

Duran Duran @ Borgata Hotel

Duran Duran was a wildly popular British band of the ’80s that made danceable rock tunes that were very memorable. In the MTV era their videos were always on the cutting edge and the band was always interested in their image while maintaining substance.

Duran Duran bashers will say that …

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Reggie And The Full Effect @ Webster Hall

Webster Hall had more bunny costumes than a shopping mall on this Easter weekend. Although the show featured two acts that are known for their cult-like following, I wasn’t sure if I was at a Halloween costume ball, a freak-show or an emo-rock concert.

My visions of what character Reggie …

by   |  04/27/2005  |  Comments Off on Reggie And The Full Effect @ Webster Hall

Shonen Knife @ Maxwell’s

Just when things were looking pretty bleak—the President speaks, the Pope doesn’t, there’s no place to park in Hoboken—Shonen Knife bounced into town and made everything right with the world.

Not looking or sounding much different from nearly two decades past, this cheery trio performed their musical magic onstage at …

by   |  04/13/2005  |  Comments Off on Shonen Knife @ Maxwell’s

Flogging Molly @ Spirit Center

Envisioning all manner of ghastly scenarios—heavy traffic, no parking, missing tickets, late starts—there was little urgency to arrive at Spirit by 8 p.m. Unfortunately, traffic, parking, tickets and timing all aligned and the Riverboat Gamblers were basking in the afterglow when I arrived. Buzz was they were really good and …

by   |  04/06/2005  |  Comments Off on Flogging Molly @ Spirit Center

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