Bush Tetras tonight celebrated the release of the new EP with a headlining concert at le Poisson Rouge. The band remained true to its stirring, unpolished sound, packing a propulsion that made its listeners want to bounce to the beat but also loading a raw and tense agitation that could give the listeners the nervous jitters. Opielski and Pop synchronized to give the songs a groove-filled spine, to which Place added stinging reverb-and-distortion riffs and Sley thrusted lyrics. The total effect was a fiercely gripping combination that was as loud and as crude as a cannon and yet was utterly spellbinding. Bush Tetras influenced numerous later guitar-based indie bands, but none of these outfits are as intense and as novel as Bush Tetras.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The changes in membership have left a musical dent on the Big Pink. The song catalogue as performed tonight at Baby's All Right could no longer be described as electronic or industrial rock; the stripped-down guitar-bass-drums performance would be closer to a form of alternative rock. Although the more edgy, experimental side of past lives was missing, the band still often dwelled on its principal attribute, a bombastic wall of sound tempered with light vocals. Periodically these songs would be hoisted by big hooks, while other songs were driven by more hypnotic grooves. The best compositions matched Emery's ethereal vocals with Furze's earthier vocals. The Big Pink is a very promising act; reinvention can be risky but in this case it seemed like a new chapter is still being written.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Amy Helm, the daughter of singer/songwriter Libby Titus and drummer Levon Helm of the Band, was born in Woodstock, New York, and started singing rhythm and blues and hip hop with her friends in a group called the Chilly Winds while attending school in Manhattan. By age 17, she started listening to her father's music and absorbed his taste for vintage American music like blues and gospel. In 1993, she began a professional career singing backing vocals for her stepfather, Donald Fagen, and his reunited Steely Dan. In 2002, Amy teamed up with several New York roots musicians to form the group Ollabelle, which fused bluegrass, gospel and other roots music. She also began singing at her father's monthly Woodstock jams, known as the Midnight Rambles, and as part of his road band. After her father's death in 2012, she continued to host concerts at his barn, and began working with a new band, Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers. Her one album as a solo artist is 2015's Didn't It Rain.
Amy Helm performs in New York City frequently, seemingly with a different collective of musicians each time. Her concert tonight at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, the first of three consecutive Tuesday nights there and part of her second annual Woodshed Residency Tour, featured guitarist Tash Neal of the London Souls, Woodstock-based guitarist/keyboardist Connor Kennedy, bassist Jeff Hill of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Brooklyn-based drummer Yuval Lion. Her set consisted of pretty much the same songs she performs regularly, including "Didn't it Rain" and "Rescue Me" from her album plus covers of Mary Gauthier's "Gentling Me," Allen Toussaint's "Yes We Can Can," and the Milk Carton Kids' "Michigan." Helm's stellar, bluesy vocals steadfastly remained the aural heartbeat of the performance, but she encouraged her musicians to rave, and Neal and Kennedy especially jammed extensively on their instruments. The band went all out on the traditional blues song "I Know You Rider." Helm invited guitarist Eric Krasno of Soulive to join the band for a few jams towards the end of the set. Perhaps all this is among the beauties of Helm's down-home concerts; her heartfelt vocals rule, but she allows each of her musicians to tailor the arrangements of the songs so they never sound exactly the same. The result is always solid, grooving, American roots-influenced music.
Visit Amy Helm at www.amyhelm.com.
Friday, April 6, 2018
Lloyd returned to the Bowery Electric tonight with a band that consisted of guitarist David Lennard, bassist Tom Currier and drummer Kevin Tooley. Lloyd performed four of Television's best-known songs, but the twist this time was that instead of engaging in guitar duals he played all the lead parts himself. Hence, the oblong and obtuse extensions that trademarked Television were all but gone. Instead, Lloyd played the no-compromise guitar solos like a rock star. The set also included songs from several of his early solo albums, much of which were of the same flavor as his previous work. In the end, Lloyd will not be remembered for his faltering vocals, but his fluid guitar playing lifted the songs to outstanding merit.
Richard Lloyd will perform at the free, outdoor Arts and Music Festival in Hoboken, New Jersey, on May 6.
Visit Richard Lloyd at www.richardlloyd.com.
- The Word/I'm Waiting for the Man (The Velvet Underground cover)/The Word
- Watch Yourself
- Elevation (Television song)
- Marquee Moon (Television song)
- Fire Engine (13th Floor Elevators cover)
- Swipe It
- Friction (Television song)
- See No Evil (Television song)
- Field of Fire
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Between the Buried and Me brought its progressive metal, technical death metal, progressive metalcore, and mathcore to the PlayStation Theater tonight, often sounding thunderous for a few minutes before relaxing into a more cinematic soundscape. The band's current album is a concept piece which takes place in a not so distant future when dreams are sold as entertainment for the masses. While the concert did not revolve around that story arc, the band's complex performance often felt just as mysterious, cerebral and ominous. Rogers alternated death growls and screams with peaceful clean singing, sometimes reaching for falsetto against thick guitar riffs that were later diffused with smoother keyboard and synthesizer sounds. On many occasions, the music mellowed out for a pop-like melody, but was followed by seemingly chaotic noise. It was a complex mix, where all musical efforts were allowed as long as they ultimately hit like a truck.
Visit Between the Buried and Me at www.betweentheburiedandme.com.
- Condemned to the Gallows
- The Coma Machine
- Dim Ignition
- Gold Distance
- Astral Body
- Lay Your Ghosts to Rest
- Obfuscation (second half only)
- Silent Flight Parliament
- Goodbye to Everything Reprise
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Concert promoter/dj and party impresario Xris SMack! regularly hosts Stimulate, a long-running series of gothic and industrial rock parties at various venues. Tonight SMack! and his following celebrated his birthday with his Stimulate series at dröm. Panzie* was the first band to perform at Stimulate, followed by Panic Lift and Xentrifuge. Panzie represented the best of New York music, performing a rapid-moving set of hard-hitting punk metal industrial songs. Wearing corpse paint on his face and tattoos covering his arms, Cadic was a commanding presence, screeching lyrics into the microphone and using props, costumes and wardrobe changes to color the lyrics. Behind him, a dual guitar attack lifted the songs higher, with razor-sharp leads that stung like bee-stings and brutal metal riffs that were heavier than an anvil. New bassist Russell Pzutto teamed well with the energetic drumming to keep the music pounding. This was rock and roll, only a much darker, faster and heavier variety than the traditional, matched with low budget but entirely effective staging. Panzie* is at the ground floor of a sight and sound that, given proper exposure, ought to rocket to national prominence.
Visit Panzie* at www.panzie.com.
- Scene of the Crime
- All American
- Dance (Mofo)
- Take Off Your Mask
- Time's Up
- Rock n Roll Hammer
- ABC (Alphabet Soup)
- Say Something
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
What does one call a revival of a revival? Squirrel Nut Zippers was among the bands that led the charge in swing revival in the 1990s and, at City Winery tonight, Mathus and company were once again fusing 1930s–era swing, Delta blues, gypsy jazz, klezmer, New Orleans jazz, and even calypso. Once could hear the ghosts of Cab Calloway, Django Reinheardt and Fats Waller, but the performance was not music trapped in a bottle. This was not simply a crooner with a lively horn band. While the band drew from vintage genres, the definitive template for the music was a light-hearted blend that accentuated the fun facet. Hence, the construct of the concert was not built for hardcore swing enthusiasts as it was for casual revelers enjoying buoyant songs and merriment. Perhaps this revival of a revival was simply ageless music with a grin.
Visit the Squirrel Nut Zippers at www.snzippers.com.
- Karnival Joe from Kokomo
- Put a Lid on It
- Blue Angel
- Memphis Exorcism
- Good Enough for Granddad
- Evening at Lafitte's
- Use What Mama Gave You
- Rusty Trombone
- West of Zanzibar
- Bad Businessman
- Ghost of Stephen Foster
- Axeman Jazz
- Prince Nez
- Plenty More
- Hey Shango!
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Lord Huron played a preview show tonight at le Poisson Rouge before launching a national tour. For this tour, the band added to its personnel the two members of the Los Angeles-based My Name Is You, guitarist Brandon Walters and keyboardist Anne Williamson. Together, the musicians followed Schneider's lead through a psychedelic pop spectrum of wordy songs and ebullient rhythms. The angular approach to folk, rockabilly and rock along with the unrefined veneer of the final hard-charging product suited the band well, even if the blaring garage approach obscured most of the lyrics. This might be a consideration for the band: let the lyrics be heard.
Lord Huron will perform at the Beacon Theatre on May 3 and at Brooklyn Steel on August 1 & 2.
Visit Lord Huron at www.lordhuron.com.
- Ancient Names Part One
- Ancient Names Part Two
- Meet Me in the Woods
- Hurricane (Johnnie's Theme)
- Never Ever
- Wait By The River
- Ends of the Earth
- Dead Man's Hand
- Back From the Edge
- When the Night Is Over
- The Birds Are Singing At Night
- Way Out There
- Vide Noir
- The World Ender
- The Night We Met
- Fool for Love
Monday, March 26, 2018
k.d. lang's current tour celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Ingénue album, and so the performance tonight at the Beacon Theatre featured lang singing the album in its entirety plus a few additional songs. Lang came on stage in a dark suit and barefoot, backed by a seven-piece band. The mezzo-soprano immediately showcased an enormous range, singing clearly and loudly, unencumbered by the band's subtle accompaniment. The charm was that her singing seemed honest and uncontrived; there were no gimmicks or calculated crescendos, just a naturally unadorned voice with perfect pitch, strong timbre and soft vibrato. After the third song, lang spoke to the audience, framing the intent of the concert, then stated that she would say no more until the completion of Ingenue so as not to disturb the "hypnotic" nature of the album. That said, the music varied a bit with jazz, pop and Latin undertones. She concluded the main set with covers of her three favorite songwriters, which she pointed out all happened to be Canadian. Her encore included "Sing It Loud," the title track of her 2011 album, and she dedicated the song to yesterday's young participants in the March for Our Lives. For those who anticipated a country segment, lang moved away from that genre 25 years ago; her music now is middle-of-the-road adult contemporary and she did this extraordinarily well.
Visit k.d. lang at www.kdlang.com.
The Mind of Love
Wash Me Clean
So It Shall Be
Still Thrives This Love
Season of Hollow Soul
Tears of Love's Recall
Honey and Smoke (case/lang/veirs cover)
I Dream of Spring
Help Me (Joni Mitchell cover)
Helpless (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover)
Sing It Loud
Friday, March 23, 2018
|photograph by David Swanson|
Prior to a summer tour that includes headlining Governors Ball in June, Jack White assembled a band and performed three small venues, including the 1000-capacity Warsaw in Brooklyn tonight. It was a "no cell phone" event, requesting that patrons lock their phones into little green pouches. The two-hour set introduced songs from the new album as well as re-imagined songs from his catalog. Led by White on vocals and guitar, White's band consisted of keyboardists Quincy McCrary and Neal Evans, bassist Dominic Davis, and drummer Carla Azar. White seemed very much into the band experience, directing spontaneously what might have been under-rehearsed arrangements as he used rolling hand motions to instruct the musicians to stretch out solos and waving to them to end a song. The set started with the fuzz-riff-loaded "Over and Over and Over," which seemed to be a lively addition to the trajectory one would have expected from White. With two large trays of pedals by his feet, White distorted his guitar sounds increasingly as the sonic assault progressed. Frequently inviting improvisation, much of the set was as raw and loose as a jazz concert, with White perhaps freer than he has ever been on stage. White sang, rapped, funked and rocked rather noisily and explosively. Many moments were more accessible than others, but the wild unevenness of the performance made it more interesting than if it had been a polished package comprised of all strengths. The experimental nature of the 26-song set was enthralling.
Visit Jack White at www.JackWhiteIII.com.
- Over and Over and Over
- Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes song)
- Cannon (The White Stripes song)
- Why Walk a Dog?
- Connected by Love
- I Cut Like a Buffalo (The Dead Weather song)
- Respect Commander
- Get in the Mind Shaft (Live debut)
- I’m Slowing Turning into You (The White Stripes song)
- Missing Pieces
- Ice Station Zebra
- Hello Operator (The White Stripes song)
- Just One Drink
- What’s Done Is Done
- We’re Going to Be Friends (The White Stripes song)
- Carolina Drama (The Raconteurs song)
- Battle Cry
- Black Math (The White Stripes song)
- That Black Bat Licorice
- Would You Fight for My Love?
- Blue Moon of Kentucky (Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys cover)
- Sixteen Saltines
- Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes song)
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Celebrating 30 years as Iced Earth, Schaffer and his current bandmates headlined at the Gramercy Theatre tonight with a solid set of headbangers. The set included six songs from the band's most recent album, but the majority of the music came from the band's 1990s albums. Amid brain-crushing riffs and avalanche-styled rhythms, Block's vocal range was impressive, from screeching high notes to singing deep from the gut. Several times Block risked climbing on top of Smedley's drum cage and sang from high above. After nearly two hours of riveting, rocking heavy metal, the concert wrapped with a more somber closure, as Block dedicated "Watching Over Me" to "anyone in your life who has passed" but also "for life," and invited youth from the audience to join the band onstage.
Visit Iced Earth at www.icedearth.com.
- Great Heathen Army
- Burning Times
- Black Flag
- Seven Headed Whore
- I Died for You
- Vengeance Is Mine
- Raven Wing
- Angels Holocaust
- Travel in Stygian
- Clear the Way (December 13th, 1862)
- Watching Over Me
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
|Ian Hill, Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton|
Prior to the start of the Firepower tour, Judas Priest announced that Tipton was retiring from live performances due to his battle with Parkinson's disease; Andy Sneap would replace Tipton on the road. At Prudential Center tonight, Halford sang up a storm, ranging from throaty growls to ear-piercing screeches, while guitarists Faulkner and Sneap provided the bolts of lightning, and the rhythm section of Hill and Travis supplied the booming thunder. Apart from three songs from the new album and one song from 1990, the rest of the set was from the band's golden decade, 1976 to 1986. Indeed, the band's peak was some 35 years ago, and for 100 minutes the band relived the glory days, even with Halford huffing for breath between songs. Once known for its S&M-styled wardrobe, the musicians dressed in more casual rocker wardrobe, while Halford frequently stepped off stage between songs to change jackets or vests, and yes, at one point reentered the stage on a motorcycle. Judas Priest is no longer breaking new ground, but the band's performance was a finely-polished exhibit of classic heavy metal excellence. To end the night with a blast, Tipton rejoined his band for the first time to perform a three-song encore. With exciting concerts like this, Judas Priest will continue to be ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time.
Visit Judas Priest at www.JudasPriest.com.
- Running Wild
- The Ripper
- Lightning Strike
- Saints in Hell
- Turbo Lover
- The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) (Fleetwood Mac cover) (tour debut; first since 2012)
- Evil Never Dies
- Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
- You've Got Another Thing Comin'
- Hell Bent for Leather
- The Hellion
- Electric Eye
- Metal Gods (with Glenn Tipton)
- Breaking the Law (with Glenn Tipton)
- Living After Midnight (with Glenn Tipton)
Thursday, March 15, 2018
The second annual LOVE ROCKS NYC! benefit concert for God's Love We Deliver hosted live performances by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons, Government Mule's Warren Haynes, Gary Clark Jr., Mavis Staples, Ziggy Marley, Andra Day, Trombone Shorty, Marc Cohn, Lucinda Williams, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm with Steve Jordan, Heart's Ann Wilson, Patty Smyth, Anthony Hamilton, the Bacon Brothers, Bernie Williams, Valerie Simpson, John McEnroe, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall II, Ivan Neville, Amy Helm, Allen Stone, the London Souls' Tash Neal, Jimmy Vivino, Bob McEnroe, Tangiers Blues Band's Chris Scianni and Danny Clinch and others. Presented by John Varvatos and Greg Williamson and hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Murray and Michael and Kevin Bacon, the concert at the Beacon Theatre raised more than $2 million for the New York City-based not-for-profit organization on March 15, 2018.
Musical director/bassist Will Lee (the CBS Orchestra) led a massive house band that accompanied most of the performers. The band also included pianist Paul Shaffer (the CBS Orchestra), guitarists Eric Krasno (Soulive, Phil Lesh & Friends) and Larry Campbell (Levon Helm, Bob Dylan), keyboardist Jeff Young (Jackson Browne), and drummers Steve Gadd (James Taylor, Eric Clapton) and Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live). The ad-hoc We Deliver Singers and God’s Love Horns also contributed to some of the performances.
Trombone Shorty opened the night and ignited the crowd, setting the tone for a memorable evening to follow. After an inspirational and informative introduction by Goldberg, Andra Day took to the stage to perform her song “Rise Up,” dedicated to American veterans. Musical highlights included unanticipated collaborations, including Trombone Shorty and Ivan Neville on "On Your Way Down," Keith Richards, Steve Jordan, Gary Clark Jr. and Ivan Neville on "Happy," Keith Richards, Robert Cray and Norah Jones on "Make No Mistake," Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams on "When Will I Be Loved," Jimmy Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall, Gary Clark Jr. and Billy Gibbons on "Pride and Joy," Mavis Staples, Amy Helm, Donald Fagen, Jimmy Vivino, Marc Cohn on "The Weight," David Hidalgo and Doyle Bramhall II on "Presence of the Lord," and Ann Wilson and Bernie Williams on "Barracuda" and "The Immigrant Song." The most amusing segment of the evening happened when Bill Murray encouraged the audience to donate cash on the stage for the charity; dozens of attendees walked up the aisles and handed him large bills. The evening concluded with most of the artists returning to the stage to join Ziggy Marley for a rousing performance of Bob Marley's "One Love."
Several speakers, including the hosts, and a video and slide show informed the audience on the work of God’s Love We Deliver. The agency is the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. Begun as an HIV/AIDS service organization in 1985, God’s Love cooks and home-delivers more than 1.7 million meals annually to New Yorkers living with 200 different diagnoses. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge.
|Doyle Bramhall II, Jimmie Vaughan, Danny Clinch|
|Nona Hendryx, Allen Stone|
|Marc Cohn, Anthony Hamilton, Amy Helm, Mavis Staples, Jimmy Vivino, Larry Campbell, Will Lee, Donald Fagen|
|Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams|
|The Bacon Brothers|
|Robert Cray, Keith Richards, Gary Clark, Jr.|
|Billy Gibbons, John McEnroe|
|Ann Wilson, Bernie Williams|
|Bill Murray, Nona Hendryx, Valerie Simpson, Kevin Bacon, Ann Wilson, Lucinda Williams, Billy Gibbons, Doyle Bramhall II, Ziggy Marley, Chris Scianni, Marc Cohn, Allen Stone, Will Lee, Gary Clark Jr., Eric Hrasno, Donald Fagen|
- Fire on the Bayou (The Meters cover, performed by Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville, House Band)
- On Your Way Down (Allen Toussaint cover, performed by Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville, House Band)
- Rise Up (performed by Andra Day, House Band)
- Drown in My Own Tears (Ray Charles cover, performed by Andra Day, House Band)
- I Like It Like That (The 5 Royales cover, performed by Jimmie Vaughan, Jimmy Vivino, Danny Clinch, Doyle Bramhall II, House Band
- Take Me to the River (Al Green cover, performed by Allen Stone, Nona Hendryx, House Band)
- Last Time (The Rolling Stones cover, performed by The Bacon Brothers, House Band)
- You're All I Need to Get By (Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell cover, performed by Valerie Simpson, Anthony Hamilton, House Band)
- Love Child (Diana Ross & the Supremes cover, performed by Patty Smyth, House Band)
- Lucille (Little Richard cover, performed by Tash Neal, Doyle Bramhall II, David Hidalgo, Chris Scianni, House Band)
- Presence of the Lord (Blind Faith cover, performed by David Hidalgo, Doyle Bramhall II, House Band)
- Walking in Memphis (performed by Marc Cohn, House Band)
- Respect Yourself (The Staple Singers song, performed by Mavis Staples, House Band)
- The Weight (The Band cover, performed by Donald Fagen, Mavis Staples, Marc Cohn, Jimmy Vivino, Larry Campbell, Amy Helm, Steve Jordan, House Band)
- We Have Come Too Far (performed by Lucinda Williams, House Band)
- Two More Bottles of Wine (performed by Emmylou Harris, House Band)
- Angel Dream (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers cover, performed by Norah Jones, House Band)
- When Will I Be Loved (The Everly Brothers cover, performed by Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, House Band)
- You Must Believe in Yourself (performed by Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm with Steve Jordan)
- Just How Low (performed by Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm with Steve Jordan)
- Make No Mistake (performed by Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Hi Rhythm with Steve Jordan, Ivan Neville)
- Happy (The Rolling Stones song, performed by Keith Richards, Hi Rhythm with Steve Jordan, Ivan Neville, Gary Clark Jr.)
- Aja (Steely Dan song, performed by Donald Fagen, House Band)
- Reelin' in the Years (Steely Dan song, performed by Donald Fagen, House Band)
- Come Together (The Beatles cover, performed by Gary Clark Jr., House Band)
- Bright Lights (performed by Gary Clark Jr., House Band)
- Pride & Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan cover, performed by Gary Clark Jr., Billy Gibbons, Doyle Bramhall II, Jimmie Vaughan, Mike Flanigan, House Band)
- Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top song, performed by Billy Gibbons, John McEnore, House Band)
- Barracuda (Heart song, performed by Ann Wilson, Bernie Williams, House Band)
- Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover, performed by Ann Wilson, Bernie Williams, House Band)
- She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (The Beatles cover, performed by Warren Haynes, House Band)
- Melissa (The Allman Brothers Band cover, performed by Warren Haynes, House Band)
- True to Myself (performed by Ziggy Marley, House Band)
- Love Is My Religion (performed by Ziggy Marley, House Band)
- One Love (Bob Marley & the Wailers cover, performed by all)
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
|Marco Hietala & Floor Jansen|
Headlining at the PlayStation Theater tonight, Nightwish combined elements of symphonic metal, progressive metal, power metal and even ambient and European folk music into a bombastic yet melodic explosion. The two-hour performance included many of the band's best-known songs, but also included many songs that were rarely performed live in the past. Although scenarios and movement were projected onto the wide screen behind the band, the statuesque leather-clad Floor Jansen commanded constant attention as she sang delicately to rocking music. Hietala, with his husky voice, countered Jansen's skyward-soaring. Holopainen often provided an ambient or cinematic interlude on keyboards and synthesizers. Donockley inserted a folksy with a variety of traditional woodwind and stringed instruments. Kai Hahto of Wintersun, who substituted on drums for an ailing Nevalainen on this tour, propelled the drive on the uptempo songs. Concluding the concert, Jansen dedicated "The Greatest Show on Earth" to Professor Stephen Hawking, who died earlier that morning, and then ended with another epic-sounding song, "Ghost Love Score." In concert, Nightwish was an inventive band, with a catalogue that was both visionary and mesmerizing.
Visit Nightwish at www.nightwish.com.
- End of All Hope
- Wish I Had an Angel
- 10th Man Down
- Come Cover Me
- Sacrament of Wilderness
- Dead Boy's Poem
- Elvenjig ([traditional] cover)
- I Want My Tears Back
- The Carpenter
- The Kinslayer
- Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean
- Slaying the Dreamer
- The Greatest Show on Earth (Chapter I: Four Point Six; Chapter II: Life; Chapter III: The Toolmaker)
- Ghost Love Score
Monday, March 12, 2018
A Day to Remember's “15 Years In The Making Tour” included Papa Roach, Falling in Reverse, and The Devil Wears Prada as support acts. ADTR's set was dominated by the band's middle period, with no songs from the debut album and only one song, "Paranoia," from the most recent album. The band opened with “I’m Made Of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of?,” which featured a guest vocal from Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada. Pop punk and emo dominated the band's reference points, leading to endless angst-filled singalongs from the audience, but the skeletons of the songs were often rooted in riff-based metalcore with few extended guitar leads. The convergence of generally soft vocals (although there were a few death growls) and deep and dark grooves made for a lighter shade of metal. A Day to Remember seems to be forging a new path for younger emo bands to follow.
Visit A Day to Remember at www.adtr.com.
- I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of? (with Mike Hranica)
- You Already Know What You Are
- 2nd Sucks (Michael Buffer intro)
- Right Back at It Again
- Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson cover)
- My Life for Hire
- All Signs Point to Lauderdale
- Fast Forward to 2012
- You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic (preceded by Sonic theme)
- Better Off This Way
- Show 'Em the Ropes (a fan request)
- Have Faith in Me
- Sometimes You're the Hammer, Sometimes You're the Nail
- All I Want
- If It Means a Lot to You
- I Remember (Acoustic)
- The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle
- The Downfall of Us All
Saturday, March 10, 2018
|Left to right, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Doogie White, Robin McAuley, Michael Schenker|
Headlining at Irving Plaza tonight, the Michael Schenker Fest was a retrospective that played up to Schenker's best moments so far. Although structured as a spectacular, with each of the vocalists singing a handful of songs and some songs featuring more than one singer, it really hardly mattered which vocalist was on stage or even how many were on stage. All four vocalists sounded pretty similar, and realistically, the star of the show was Schenker and his dazzling guitar work. Schenker was all smiles throughout the performance, and often played directly to the fans at the edge of the stage, several times reaching out to slap outreached hands. For two hours and 40 minutes, the "Blond Bombshell" relentlessly played clean, fluid, lyrical guitar leads with a bit of distortion, utilizing nimble fingers to get the most out of his guitars. The mostly uptempo songs showcased Schenker's technical guitar wizardry, mixing various modes on major and minor pentatonic scale runs with both picking and legato, wide vibrato, deep bends and general rock phrasing. The only way to adequately describe Schenker's superb performance was "Wow!"
Visit Michael Schenker Fest at www.michaelschenkerhimself.com.
- Into the Arena (Michael Schenker Group song, performed instrumentally)
- Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Michael Schenker Group song, with Gary Barden on vocals)
- Cry for the Nations (Michael Schenker Group song, with Gary Barden on vocals)
- Attack of the Mad Axeman (Michael Schenker Group song, with Gary Barden on vocals)
- Messin’ Around (Gary Barden on vocals)
- Armed and Ready (Michael Schenker Group song, with Gary Barden on vocals)
- Coast to Coast (Scorpions song, performed instrumentally)
- Desert Song (Michael Schenker Group song, with Graham Bonnet on vocals)
- Dancer (Michael Schenker Group song, with Graham Bonnet on vocals)
- Night Moods (Graham Bonnet on vocals)
- Searching for a Reason (Graham Bonnet on vocals)
- Assault Attack (Michael Schenker Group song, with Graham Bonnet on vocals)
- Captain Nemo (Michael Schenker Group song, performed instrumentally)
- Bad Boys (McAuley-Schenker Group song, with Robin McAuley on vocals)
- Save Yourself (McAuley-Schenker Group song, with Robin McAuley on vocals)
- Anytime (Robin McAuley on vocals)
- Heart and Soul (Michael Schenker Fest song, with Robin McAuley on vocals)
- Love Is Not a Game (McAuley-Schenker Group song, with Robin McAuley on vocals)
- Searching for Freedom (performed instrumentally)
- Live and Let Live (Doogie White on vocals)
- Vigilante Man (Doogie White on vocals)
- Lord of the Lost and Lonely (Doogie White on vocals)
- Take Me to the Church (Doogie White on vocals)
- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (Doogie White on vocals)
- Warrior (Michael Schenker Fest song, with Barden, Bonnet, McAuley, and White on vocals)
- Rock Bottom (UFO song, with Barden, Bonnet, McAuley, and White on vocals)
- Doctor Doctor (UFO song, with Barden, Bonnet, McAuley, and White on vocals)
- Shoot Shoot (UFO song, with Barden, Bonnet, McAuley, and White on vocals)
- Natural Thing (UFO song, with Barden, Bonnet, McAuley, and White on vocals)
- Lights Out (UFO song, with Barden, Bonnet, McAuley, and White on vocals)
Friday, March 9, 2018
Gangstagrass's performance at Hill Country Barbecue Market tonight demonstrated that "hick-hop" has a new Brooklyn-based face, fresh with authentic bluegrass instrumentalists, frequent three-part harmonies, hard beats and dominant raps. Together, the emcees and pickers perform original compositions as well as traditional folk anthems that pay tribute to Americana veterans. Often the two rappers trade verses and the others sing the choruses. The band's hybrid of genres may not be for purists, but presumably there must be a wider audience that would appreciate the Rappalachian fusion.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Entrepreneur Michael Dorf has been an integral fixture of the New York City music scene for over 30 years, beginning at the Knitting Factory and for the past 10 years with City Winery. For the past 15 years, he has assembled impressive all-star casts for his "Music of …" series at Carnegie Hall. In recent years, these concerts have held a live rehearsal the night before at City Winery. These annual tribute concerts have generated over $1.5 million for The Orchestra Now, a Bard College outreach program for New York area high school students, and other causes related to music education and underprivileged youth.
O.A.R., the Zombies, moe., Nicole Atkins, Son Little, Orianthi & Richie Sambora, Living Colour, Bettye LaVette, the London Souls, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., Erika Wennerstrom of the Heartless Bastards and others were advertised to appear at the Music of Led Zeppelin concert at Carnegie Hall on March 7. The live rehearsal at City Winery on March 6 would include some but not all of these performers, plus unannounced artists.
By way of welcome and introduction, Dorf emphasized to the audience at City Winery that this was a rehearsal and that many mistakes would be made. The house band, which consisted of bassist/conductor Tony Shanahan of the Patti Smith Group, guitarists Andy York and Jackie Greene, keyboardist Andy Burton, and drummer Dennis Diken of the Smithereens, were joined by violinists and cellists from The Orchestra Now and vocalist Shannon Conley of Lez Zeppelin (a local all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band) for a powerful rendition of "Kashmir." Son Little played acoustic guitar on "Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You," Matthew Sweet sang "Dancing Days," J Mascis played on "Tangerine." Conley returned for "Misty Mountain Hop," and guitarist Ayron Jones played "Since I’ve Been Loving You." The house band left the stage so Living Colour could perform "Rock n Roll" and the London Souls could perform "Bring It On Home." The house band returned to back vocalist Joseph Arthur on "Ramble On." The remainder of the show featured Conley on vocals on "Trampled Underfoot", "The Ocean" and the set closer "Whole Lotta Love." Called back for an encore, Conley, Jones, guitarist Tash Neal of the London Souls, and the house band jammed to "Communication Breakdown."
|John Petkovic & J Mascis|