Category: Live Review

deaddaisies

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...

Afghan Whigs

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...

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 fall or winter, Jesse Dayton, who has played with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Wayland Jennings, filled in the spot, learning 28 songs in eight days....

Kaleao

Anderson East ‘n’ Kaleo at Mercury Lounge, that Athens ‘n’ Iceland Music Vibe

“Cause it’s Saturday night and I’m high and I’ve been drinking…” Yes, you get me Anderson East, you and your blue-eye soul. Thanks for the “I Would Die 4 U” cover to close the night at the Houston Street mainstay Mercury Lounge. And thanks for having the Icelandic-born (now Texas-living) Kaleo open the early set for their first New York show, them being your straight-up dirty bluesy hard rock from the land of Vikings and Gnarr....

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 annual, one-day indie music fest, but this year 4Knots finally found its space, by moving further west and uptown to Pier 84 at Hudson River...

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 for all. This year, it’s a ticketed event. Pier 84 in Hudson River Park (555 12th Ave., near West 44th St.) is this year’s 4Knots...

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. VINCE STAPLES @ 50 KENT Watch this guy. He has something to say and killed it Sunday night. Artist’s Facebook Venue’s Upcoming Events SLEIGH BELLS...