Category: Live Review

The Darkness Shed Some Light

The last time The Darkness played Irving Plaza in 2012, they just rebounded from a nearly six-year hiatus and were about to embark on a Born This Way tour with Lady Gaga—a fitting opening slot for the bombastic, glam rockers. “I’m happy to be of service,” said Dan Hawkins of...

Garbage, 20 Years Later, in Chicago

Shirley Manson did her hair for the occasion. Her bleached blonde, rose-speckled locks matched Garbage’s self-titled debut album from 20 years earlier. The album, covered in flurry of pink and feathers, was the real reason why the band is trekking through its 20 Years Queer tour. Manson, along with Duke...

X

X, Dead Rock West, Class is Up at City Winery

For the past few years, X dialed back their charged up punk, playing more acoustic-style versions of their songs live, but have returned to their punk roots following the departure of founding guitarist Billy Zoom, who is undergoing treatment for bladder cancer. Expected to return on the road by this...

4Knots Music Festival Hits Stride on Pier 84

Not many music festivals can park right next to the Intrepid. Just a pier to the left of the military ship museum is exactly where the 4Knots Music Festival made its home this year. For the past four years, the South Street Seaport has been the meeting point for the...

Twin Peaks

2015 4Knots Music Festival – The Photos

Manhattan’s Pier 84 docked both the eminent and emerging in the music scene at this year’s 4Knots Music Festival. Royal Flush was on hand to get some suds and sun, and of course photos. Can’t ever forget that. Can’t ever forget Screaming Females and Marissa Paternoster’s solos, either. Or the Welsh’s taste in furry costumes on an 88 degree night. That hyper-T. Rex inspired Twin Peaks set. Malkmus being Malkmus. $5 beers.

4Knots Music Festival Sails West

All aboard! This year, the Village Voice‘s 4Knots Music Festival returns—just a tad different. Since 2011, the one-day, free-for-all (literally) of music has rocked the South Street Seaport, but this year the fest is moving on up—and over—to the West side along the Hudson River. It’s also no longer free...

Sleigh Bells

2015 Northside Music Festival, Day 4 – Run the Jewels and Sleigh Bells

Royal Flush closed out Northside, got the hands up, and bounced. Boombox-metal (a truly epic sub-genre) filled our hearts and moshing tenancies, and a homecoming of sorts for one of hip hop’s emerging superstars headlined the final show in the melting-pot of 50 Kent, amidst the rain and dancing yupsters....

Prurient

2015 Northside Music Festival, Day 3

Fresh-air summer shows and a dark metal dive club, the dichotomy is not lost on Royal Flush. Here below is a mix of rebellious pop punk (Gender is Over! If you want), brash new Nashville rock, Nova Scotia’n dreamy tunes, three-guitar attack from alternate rock pioneers, west coast’s garage, black metal, malevolent synth, and beautiful doom core.

Whiskey Bitches

2015 Northside Music Festival, Day 2

Bar Matchless hosted an early showcase with Rocker Stalker & Behind The Curtains Media along with tons of daytime drinking (two-for-one happy hour, so…). Bands ranged from hard liqueur rock to beer rock to … ok too many drinks. Then a quick trip to Rough Trade NYC wrapped up the evening with jangle jingly dreamy twin guitars and a kimono wearing alterna-persona stuck in a groove.