Imelda May at Pianos
Sep24

Imelda May at Pianos

Imelda May Pianos September 15, 2009 Click here for full Photolog from the show It’s hard to ignore the dearth of rockabilly bands hitting the Big Apple as part of their tour itinerary. So, when I get an invite to check out an up and coming rockabilly diva at an NYC show, I do not turn it down. In the case of Imelda May, the show lived up to the hype. May is a country crooner straight out of the extremely not western-style country of...

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Green Day at Madison Square Garden
Jul31

Green Day at Madison Square Garden

Green Day/Kaiser Chiefs Madison Square Garden July 27, 2009 Click to view more photos from show Thousands of fans packed NYC’s biggest venue for two evenings of stellar punk rock courtesy of a band heralded as this generation’s U2, and judging by the audience reaction at MSG, the band is more than worthy of the moniker. The band is currently on tour supporting their latest release “21st Century Breakdown,” so...

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The Damned: Live at the Fillmore
Jun02

The Damned: Live at the Fillmore

The Damned, The BelRays, Electric Frankenstein Fillmore at Irving Plaza May 14, 2009 It’s sad to say, but the number of living legends from the early part of  punk history is dwindling rather quickly. With the death of three quarters of The Ramones, Joe Strummer, Arthur “Killer” Kane, and (most recently) Lux Interior, the need to see bands that are still alive (and killing it on stage) is a must. Luckily, the dark...

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South X Southwest 2009
May07

South X Southwest 2009

“You can hate a hammer but it’s a good tool,” said Pat Todd, owner of independent label Rankoutsider Records (and front man for Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders) when asked about the good and bad of South by Southwest. I had no idea what to expect from SXSW – how would it compare to lame-o festivals like Lollapalooza, Warped Tour and CMJ? Why the hell am I, a person who suffers regular, frequently crippling, anxiety attacks willingly...

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Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ‘08
Nov13

Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ‘08

Jay Reatard Matador Singles ‘08 Matador Records Who woulda thunk a kid in his 20s would have two collections of singles released in the same year (and these covering only a two year span of his 10-plus year career)? The ever-prolific Jay Reatard keeps evolving his distinct, agitated pop sound. These songs are creepy as hell but catchy as fuck. His solo debut (2006s Blood Visions) was just as angry but more or less straight ahead rock...

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