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Recap: Coachella, Weekend 2

Recap: Coachella, Weekend 2

I’ve gotta be honest: I went into this thing expecting it to be a breeze. Never would I have imagined that catching […]

Daughtry @ BMI headquarters, 4/12/2016

As Chris Daughtry’s honey-toned voice belted out the heartwarming lyrics to “Home,” I couldn’t help but think how stoked my college girlfriends […]

Graveyard and Spiders @ Brooklyn Bowl 2/10/16

Graveyard and Spiders @ Brooklyn Bowl 2/10/16

The four norsemen of the rockpocalpyse have landed on US soil and it would be an understatement to say it was anything […]

Filter: Crazy Eyes Listening Party @ Rockwood Music Hall, 1/26/16

Filter: Crazy Eyes Listening Party @ Rockwood Music Hall, 1/26/16

Richard Patrick, former touring guitar player for Nine Inch Nails and current mastermind behind Filter sat down (or rather stood up due […]

Martin Barre and Band @ Rockhall Music Hall, 12/19/2015

Martin Barre and Band @ Rockhall Music Hall, 12/19/2015

As much hitting is us with the heavy yet commercial title track from his latest album, Barre ran through lots of blues (interestingly enough, switching from electric guitar to mandolin-an instrument Barre manned often through the many pastoral passages of Tull music-during the most blues tune of the night, “Crossroads”) and lots of Tull. As Mr. Barre told this second-show-of-the-night crowd, he was changing things up from the first set and I watched as he called out tunes to the band and they rolled through “Smoke Stack Lightening” and his sly cover of “Eleanor Rigby” as well as Tull classics like a very heavy “Sweet Dreams,” his special send-up of “Skating Away (On The Thin Ice Of A New Day”) “Minstrel In The Gallery early on and my personal favorite of the night, Barre’s 8-minute read of the middle of the Tull “concept” piece “Thick As A Brick.”Without Ian Anderson’s leading flute through this stuff I really came to appreciate Barre’s guitar parts in these classic tunes…as well delighting in him taking on those lead flute parts.

The Sword and Royal Thunder @ Webster Hall 12/1/15

The Sword and Royal Thunder @ Webster Hall 12/1/15

Austin, Texas is known for spawning more than a handful of hard rocking, groove laced groups ranging from the acid drenched 13th […]

Steve Hackett “Acolyte to Wolflight” Tour @ Tarrytown Music Hall, 11/12/2015

Steve Hackett “Acolyte to Wolflight” Tour @ Tarrytown Music Hall, 11/12/2015

After the intermission it was Hackett taking out only Genesis nuggets and the band settling in for obscure tunes like “Can-Utlility and the Coastliners” and then more recognizable stuff like the lilting “Cinema Show”-Hackett and Stolt on dual guitar picking-and Roger King managing note-for-note reads on “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” and “The Musical Box.”

Sufjan Stevens Halloween Concert at Loew’s Landmark Jersey Theatre

Sufjan Stevens Halloween Concert at Loew’s Landmark Jersey Theatre

In an evening where the New York – New Jersey masses masqueraded under the dusty dark neo-French baroque shadows of the Landmark […]

The Darkness @ Irving Plaza, 10/27/15

The Darkness @ Irving Plaza, 10/27/15

“We are the motherfucking Darkness from the mother fucking UK” exclaims front man and borderline mad man Justin Hawkins a fews songs […]

Blood Manor Opening Press Party 9/22

Blood Manor Opening Press Party 9/22

My most favorite time of year sees my birthday (Oct 30th for those of readying your present buying) stealing candy from my niece and nephew when they aren’t looking, autumnal scents in the air and Pumpkin Spiced lattes from just about any coffee establishment I care to enter This time of year also sees the venerable Blood Manor opening its doors once again (from Oct 2nd to Nov 7th.) at their 2nd floor office space.

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