Category: Live Review

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...


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.


2015 Northside Music Festival, Day 1

A day of sweat and beers, the Northside Music Festival kicked off in the music-bursting neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY (events also spilled over into Green Point and Bushwick). Royal Flush was there to capture new and emerging bands, and a return of dream pop legends, at some killer venues to seek out.

Enjoy the photos. We’ll enjoy the merciless 90-degree heat hitting us between venues.

Happily Halloween: The Damned at Irving Plaza

The last time The Damned played Irving Plaza was in 2011, part of their 35th anniversary tour. Opting to play a Halloween show in Anaheim, Calif. instead that year, it was only a matter of time before they would make their way back to New York for the special day. This time around, the punk legends even dedicated a five-night, east coast mini tour called Hallow’s East, centering around a Halloween show in NYC. Covered...

Dum Dum Girls Walk Dead on Halloween Eve

Halloween started early Thursday night. Bloody, smeared faces and gaping, flesh wounds on their body, Dee Dee, Jules, Sandy and Malia floated onstage as the undead at Brooklyn Bowl.  The Dum Dum Girls were fully zombified for Halloween Eve with guitarist Jules trickling wine down her chin for full horror effect. Dee Dee Penny was last to step on stage in nothing but a crochet crop top, black g-string and a sheer latex pencil-length skirt...

Coming (Back) to America: The Boomtown Rats

Bob Geldof reached deep into his closet to wear something special for occasion: a snakeskin suit. Even though they’ve been playing throughout U.K. since May, The Boomtown Rats were returning to the United States for the first time in nearly 30 years. “We are the Boomtown Rats,” slithered Geldof, “and I’m wearing a fuck-off, pretend snakeskin suit.” It was enough to get him into Boomtown mode. Pushing Terminal 5 curfew, the Rats hopped out at...

The Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival

For the fourth consecutive year, the Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival took over the South Street Seaport in New York City for seven hours of music on July 12. This year’s set up was different from years past with a Front/Row Stage set up in the middle of Fulton Street and the main stage on Pier 16. Fit in around the reconstruction of South Street Seaport’s shopping and dining center (undergoing a complete overhaul through...

CMJ 2012: Artist Line-Up Announcement party

It’s about that time again folks! CMJ Music Marathon isn’t for another month but it’s definitely a time to get excited. Since the radio is dominated by pop music, it’s become hard to discover new bands or artists. Some would simply suggest a music recommendation service like Pandora or Spotify radio but it’s never really worked for me in the past. Just like in gaming, there isn’t simply one genre I fit into and it’s...

My Chemical Romance Burn Up Second New York Show

Hands raised, hundreds beckoned with chants of “M-C-R.”  Their thumps paid off as My Chemical Romance walked on stage for their second, sold-out New York City show Saturday night at Terminal 5, lighting up the impatient crowd with opener “Na Na Na.” “I have a theory,” said singer Gerard Way, midway through the band’s 17-song set. “If you play two nights in New York City, the second night is always the best.” It seemed as...