The Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ B.B King’s

Rapid fire from the fare meter can be heard spitting out the total for a 13 block cab ride. There was no reason to sit in her backseat any longer with 42nd St. basically reduced to a parking lot. Cabs and pedestrians flood the entire causeway between the sides of …

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Iron Maiden @ Continental Airlines Arena

How huge is huge? Is there a limit to how hard one can possibly rock? What stance allows for maximum rocking? These vitally important questions, along with countless others, were wonderfully answered when Iron Maiden brought their magnificent stage-show to Continental Airlines Arena.

After one look at the stage, there …

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The Who: Endless Wire

Erase all preconceptions. The Who are back and on their first album in 24 years they have managed to shatter all expectations. Somehow Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey rekindled the magic of years past to create an album that can stand alongside Tommy and Who’s Next without looking inferior. It’s …

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Journey / Def Leppard @ Borgata Hotel

This tour is an interesting mix of styles and it features two bands that have been playing to millions of fans over the years— Journey and Def Leppard.

Journey have gone through some changes over the years but even more recently, lead singer Steve Augeri, who sang on the band’s …

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Battle of Mice: A Day of Nights

It is both impossible and inappropriate to separate A Day Of Nights from the narrative out of which it was created. Not only is the fluctuating personal relationship of Red Sparowes’ Josh Graham and Made Out Of Babies’ Julie Christmas part and parcel to understanding the gripping and emotional content …

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Sufjan Stevens @ Town Hall

At the first of three sold-out shows at The Town Hall, Sufjan Stevens demonstrated that a large band performing in a mid-sized hall can still provide the type of intimate performance usually reserved for small clubs. Stevens was accompanied by a large string section and three horns, in addition to …

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Colour Haze: Tempel

Sometimes in life you have to dig to get what you want, and that’s the case with this German trio, who cater their sound to spacey jams and classic rock riffing. Only problem—and I mean, the only problem—here is that the label, Elektrohasch, doesn’t have US distribution. So you either …

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ISIS: In The Absence Of Truth

Abandoning their love affair with one-word album titles, Isis have once again turned a tonal corner for In The Absence Of Truth. A darker, murkier listen against 2004’s Panopticon, the latest from the Californian five-piece has an unsure quality to it, mysterious and foreboding, placing their crystalline tones …

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Jamie Cullum @ Roseland Ballroom

Exploding like an M-80 in a soda bottle, Jamie Cullum took the stage at Roseland Ballroom, and to thunderous applause, he humbly sat at the piano and began his set with “Photograph” off of his current album Catching Tales. From there he moved into a surprisingly revamped version of …

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Totimoshi: Ladrón

What’s so immediate about Oakland, CA’s Totimoshi’s latest full-length is the flow. Right from the start, on the six and a half minute semi title track “Ladrón In Virgo,” you almost can’t tell where one song ends and another begins. Entrancing and warm, Ladrón is easily Totimoshi’s best work to …

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