Miles Davis: Tribute to Jack Johnson

There’s something in the swagger of Miles Davis’ playing on these recordings that reminds me of a boxer walking down the aisle. There’s the limit of the people crowded all around the runway, the chaos of that moment where the heavyweight comes out from behind the curtain and the whole …

by   |  01/19/2005  |  Comments Off on Miles Davis: Tribute to Jack Johnson

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

Gibby Haynes: Gibby Haynes and His Problem

Warm summer, top down, driving off to nowhere low-edge rock music with all the outlandish and absurd lyrics you would expect from the former Butthole Surfers frontman’s solo debut. Stripped down production, light use of sampling and Haynes’s trademark megaphoned-in vocal style make short work of today’s alternative scene, going …

by   |  12/01/2004  |  Comments Off on Gibby Haynes: Gibby Haynes and His Problem

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

Mark Lanegan: Bubblegum

The former Screaming Trees vocalist returns with his fourth solo offering, presenting a deceptively-titled and complex group of songs with guest appearances from P.J. Harvey, Nick Oliveri and Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age), Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan, Dean Ween (Ween), and Chris Goss (Masters of Reality), …

by   |  08/25/2004  |  Comments Off on Mark Lanegan: Bubblegum


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