Category: Live Review

Skid Row Still ‘Paramount’ To Rock Scene

While most people might think of either Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen when the subject of New Jersey rockers comes up, it’s difficult to ignore another powerhouse from the Garden State – Skid Row. Formed in 1986 by bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave “The Snake” Sabo, the pair recruited second guitarist Scotti Hill and drummer Rob Affuso before eventually settling on the notoriously extroverted Sebastian Bach to provide lead vocals. Three years later, the...

‘Saigon’s’ Bieler ‘Kicks’ It Up A Notch

No single musical genre immediately comes to mind when discussing the sound of Saigon Kick, the Florida-formed band that first hit the scene in the early 1990s with their self-titled debut that quickly resulted in cult classic status. Not quite metal, not exactly glam, and not entirely alternative, Jason Bieler, Matt Kramer, Phil Varone, and Tom DeFile created a band known for its intricate melodies, complex lyrics, haunting vocals, and all around avant-garde compositions. Best...

‘Life’ is Good For Tom Keifer

  Tom Keifer usually makes it a priority to play the BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City whenever he embarks on a solo tour, a stop that frequently results in being a highlight of the trek. October 11 proved to be no different as the Cinderella frontman performed a blistering, 75-minute set in front of a jam-packed crowd, a feat quite impressive considering the hump day it landed on. “We play...

Now Hear This, Comedy Unfolds in New York

Drag queens in cotton candy wigs and aerodynamic heels strutted in to its massive atrium for the third annual RuPaul’s Drag Con at the Javits Center in New York. Just two flights down, quite a different scene was unfolding. Lined up patiently on the cavernous subterranean level, men with glasses and bookish women carrying tote bags stood quietly, starring at their phones, waiting to listen to podcasts. The second annual Now Hear This Podcast Festival,...

L.A. Guns Find ‘Peace’

It’s been 15 years since one of hard rock’s most talented duos, frontman Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns, have released new music together. The pair, the two core members of 80s metal veterans L.A. Guns, last collaborated on 2002’s Waking The Dead, the initial comeback disc in the band’s history. Its lukewarm response, however, ultimately led to another split between the warring bandmates. The years since haven’t been particularly positive for the band as...

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Depeche Mode Get ‘Spiritual’ in New York on 9/11

Nothing could be more fitting than a show on September 11 in New York City, wrapped around Depeche Mode‘s 14th studio album Spirit. Partly fueled with political angst, it might be hard for some to think the world is in a better place 16 years later, but Spirit isn’t Depeche Mode sending negative vibes out to the world. As with anything the band has done in their nearly 40-year career, there’s always some darkness, and...

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The Dead Daisies Are ‘Making Some Noise’

Comprised of former members of legendary bands such as Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe, Foreigner and Dio, The Dead Daisies are the prototypical example of a supergroup. Formed in 2012 in Sydney, Australia by guitarist David Lowy and vocalist Jon Stevens, the band has gone through multiple personnel changes in their relatively brief five years of existence. But after witnessing their recent show at New York’s Highline Ballroom (August 17), it’s difficult to believe that the current...

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra

KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra World Tour is Every Fan’s Dream Show

The KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra World Tour hit New York City this past weekend and it was a spectacular event. The tour celebrates the 15th anniversary of the multi-million selling video game franchise featuring video compilations from the game which accompanied every song played by the orchestra. Voice actors Risa Uchida (Kairi / Xion) and Megumi Toyoguchi (Aqua) recorded three short voice sequences which were featured in the concert. Audience members were also able to see a new KINGDOM...

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Afghan Whigs’ Showtime at the Apollo

When the Afghan Whigs last played New York City in 2014, it was October 4 and close to tour’s end supporting Do to the Beast, the band’s seventh studio album—and first following a nearly 14-year hiatus—at the Beacon Theater. Nearly three years later, the band returned to the Apollo Theater backing their eight studio album, In Spades, partially rooted in bits and pieces of the singer Greg Dulli’s Twilight Singers, the Whigs’ Black Love or...

Norman Reedus Salutes the Fleets in NYC

Even the “Walking Dead” came out for Fleet Week 2016. Well, Daryl Dixon did. Norman Reedus arrived on Pier 84 atop a pimped out motorcycle to give the fleets a proper salute in New York City on May 29. The “Walking Dead” star was joined at Hudson River Park by Playboy playmates, on-site tattoos and rum-infused imbibing out of tins at the Fleet Week Block Party, organized by Sailor Jerry Rum. “You’re in our hearts...

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 fans’ delight at the return—a second time around since a chaotic split in 2006—for the Suffolk-bred, hair metal rockers with their “Blast of Our Kind”...

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 a flurry of pink and feathers, was the real reason why the band is trekking through its 20 Years Queer tour. Manson, along with Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig emptied out an entire backlog of B-sides and other songs from 1995 and 1996 at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre...