Category: Live Review

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, 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....


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...


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...