Death From Above 1979 @ The Bowery Ballroom

After ambling home from the sold out Death From Above 1979 show at The Bowery Ballroom, I attempted to write a review. As I sat down to my laptop, Jesse Keeler’s bass still buzzing in my head, I was at a loss. How do I write a review of a …

by   |  03/30/2005  |  Comments Off on Death From Above 1979 @ The Bowery Ballroom

Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ Bowery Ballroom

One might think in this age of DJs and music sampling that a great live performance is becoming a thing of the past. Well, not if Kenny Wayne Shepherd has anything to say about it. The young gun many had written off as a Stevie Ray Vaughan coattail rider has …

by   |  03/16/2005  |  Comments Off on Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ Bowery Ballroom

Mudvayne @ CBGB’s

Factor into the equation that the first time I saw Mudvayne perform, it was July 2000, and the members were sporting painted faces (but not black metal corpse paint) at the height of the Slipknot copycat craze, performing for 20 minutes at Tattoo The Earth, the traveling tattoo tour that …

by   |  03/09/2005  |  Comments Off on Mudvayne @ CBGB’s

The Polyphonic Spree @ Warsaw

It was a night of choral thunder and sanctimonious boom where the band’s sonic swirls, bombastic pop and bouncy beats sucked the bad karma out of the room like a meeting with the Dalai Lama. The Polyphonic Spree turned the reformed Polish social club into a rock church with its …

by   |  03/02/2005  |  Comments Off on The Polyphonic Spree @ Warsaw

Entombed @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Tours come and tours go. Great shows last forever in the memories of those lucky enough to have seen them.

Entombed, among the forefathers of the original Swedish death metal sound, met with Crowbar, the kings of New Orleans sludge, supported by Pro- Pain, the toughest of old-school New York …

by   |  02/23/2005  |  Comments Off on Entombed @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Thursday @ Starland Balllroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ—I juggled my vacation plans in order to catch both post-Christmas Thursday shows at the Starland Ballroom because I knew that this would be the last time the beloved New Brunswick band would be playing live for quite some time, a cold, hard-to-swallow fact that singer Geoff Rickly announced …

by   |  01/12/2005  |  Comments Off on Thursday @ Starland Balllroom

Emok @ Knitting Factory NYC

What first caught my eye about the ground-level room of the Knitting Factory was the floor. At some point between the smoking ban and now, it has been replaced and it was so clean yuppies in expensive driving coats were sitting on it like fourth graders in gym class. Small …

by   |  01/05/2005  |  Comments Off on Emok @ Knitting Factory NYC

Udet @ Lit Lounge

Udet, a garage rock trio, connected with localbandsnyc.com, performed a short, sweet 27-minute set in the ancient and atmospheric sub-basement of the Lit Lounge to introduce their second CD album, “Runaway Train.” Call me uninformed, I’m after all not a rock musician myself, but I always thought that rock was …

by   |  12/01/2004  |  Comments Off on Udet @ Lit Lounge


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