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The Tea Party
April 21, 2017
Since the Canadian three piece’s inception in the early-‘90s, the Tea Party has pursued a singular epic sound melding middle-eastern influences with cacophonous power for what has become widely dubbed as ‘Moroccan roll’.
Their eight album spanning catalogue defiant of categorizations, balanced psychedelic and a myriad of other influences as they evolved from a heavy and bluesy band taking pages from the books of Led Zeppelin and Jim Morrison to incorporating electronica, psychedelic tones and noises, thereby becoming a progressive boundary pushing band while not losing appeal for their core audience.
Their latest guise saw the Tea Party perform with Sydney’s Youth Orchestras at the Star Events Centre Sydney, an Orchestral Show that has not been performed outside of Canada since 2002.
The show has been updated from its Canadian origins to incorporate a broad range of their bombastic songs and fan favourites from across the band’s career.
Under the directorate of conductor Marc Quellette, and the incorporation of instruments such as Oud, Sitar, Qanoun, Hurdy Gurdy, Theremin, Rabob, Tabla and many unusual and rarely seen percussive instruments, the symphonic treatment re-examined the songs in a different light and shaped a new story for each song, making the two-hour set flow and embedding the trio’s velvety and at times dark and mystical sonic arrangements in different contexts for each song.
With Sydney Youth Orchestras having honed their craft as part of Vivid Sydney (Intel, Ignite Dance Anthems), Carols in the Domain and the BBC Proms Festival and with the SYO musicians thriving on music and arts collaborations, the symphonic treatment seamlessly fused with the Tea Party’s DNA and lent their performance a dramatic and epic proportion, that made the evening a sensual experience which was further enhanced by Star City’s integrated audio-visual, lighting, production and its bombastic state-of-the-art sound system, one that is revered as one of the best in Australia.
Photos by KAVV
Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music
April 19, 2017
In Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music, Graham McPherson, the frontman of the seven-piece ska pop ensemble Madness and sometime DJ and television host, takes to the stage in an amusing, and a times moving, theatrical solo show that combines elements of comedy, a play and music hall.
Triggered by the death of his beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday, Suggs embarks on a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew.
Stunned by what he learns, Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970ies Soho, his first appearance on Top of the Pops at the age of eighteen, which started his ascent to rockstardom, and his relationship with an absentee dad, who was a heroin addict, zigzagging through his life and culminating in behind-the-scenes tales of his times and shenanigans with Madness.
Underlined and accentuated with musical accompaniment and uncalled for interjections by his sidekick Deano, Suggs reminisces, tells funny anecdotes and performs cover versions and stripped down renditions of his own emissions.
McPherson’s charisma along with his experience as a performer and raconteur carries the autobiographical monologue along and makes it an engaging show, which is in essence an intimate memoir with an emphasis on personal revelations.
McPherson’s reflective, self-deprecating, tongue-in-cheek take on things and his cheeky swagger lend the stories authenticity.
His anecdotes are well-paced / phrased, calibrated to circumvent nostalgia and sentimentality and his punchlines are delivered with the timing of a seasoned standup.
Suggs: My Life Story is a theatrical companion piece to the Madness shows, who are currently touring Australia, and while ample references are made to the constituents of his outfit, being a connoisseur of the band is not a prerequisite for having an enjoyable evening with the insights of Suggs.
My Life Story in Words and Music will be in Perth at the Astor Theatre on Saturday April 22 and in Melbourne at the Comedy Theatre on Monday April 24.
Image from Suggs McPherson website
Cool for Summer Festival
Olympic Park Sports Centre
April 15, 2017
Ah, social media.
Rooted in the broader Web 2.0 landscape, it helped engineers, entrepreneurs, and everyday people reimagine the role that technology could play in information dissemination, community development, and communication.
While the technologies invoked by the phrase social media have a long history, what unfolded after the dot-com crash pretty much reconfigured socio-technical practices in significant ways and opened doorways to new worlds of interactivity, reflecting values and norms of the network and users who embrace the tools.
Cool For Summer is a new single-day festival in Sydney and Melbourne over the Easter long weekend that combines the music acts with the digital influencers. Putting a modern spin on traditional music festivals,
Cool For Summer is the first festival of its kind in Australia, creating a forum for the “connected generation” featuring a set of live performances, DJs, activations, meet & greets and food trucks.
Featured performances included American violinist, dancer, performance artist and composer Lindsey Stirling, BBC presenters Dan & Phil, internet personality Nash Grier & Friends, Australian YouTuber Tyde Levi and In Stereo, electronic music act Mashd N Kutcher, Vine alumni Hayes Grier, musical artist Mahogany LOX, vocalist and Viner Alec Bailey, composer and Emblem3 frontman Wesley Stromberg, YouTuber Tana Mongeau, Marcelo, teen boy band Kid Zr0 & Take Two plus local influencers.
Each artist had their own full set and it was an interesting spectacle especially since literally all protagonists had been unbeknownst to your humble narrator, which after exchanges with some of which did not prove to be a massive loss.
However, the target audience of the event, that being underaged enthusiasts most of which under the careful watch of their parents, were thrilled to meet their heroes in the third dimension, with reactions ranging from uncontrolled shrill screaming to their parasympathetic receptors being activated by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and resulting in their lachrymal glands welling up, i.e. tears of joy were commonplace.
The event was both a celebration and testament to digital life having become an alternate universe with real life implications in everyday life and the reach blogebritiies and status internet personalities and their social media emissions have.
Bad Friday Festival Block Party
April 14, 2017
The etymology of the term “good” in the context of Good Friday is contested: Some claim it is meant to simply mean pious or holy, i.e. of a day or season observed as holy by the church, while others content that it is a corruption of “God Friday” to commemorate the crucifixion of JC and his death at Calvary.
Be it as it may, Sydney’s got itself a massive block party that goes by the antonym of the former to celebrate the beginning of Easter by showcasing the crème de la crème of Sydney’s Inner West talent.
Having first incarnated at the Annandale Hotel in 2010, 2017 saw the festival take over Railway Parade in Marrickville.
Newtown locals Scabz kicked off the proceedings with their catchy, skulking, fuzzed-out odes to favourite Australian pastimes, e.g. the surf and Victoria Bitter consumption.
Next up was Flowertruck delivering their light hearted, saccharine low-fi garage pop with dual vocals and a well-measured dose of melancholy.
Got a weak spot for Blondie, Kate Bash and War on Drugs? Reformed folk singer and Wollongong artist Bec Sandridge had you covered, evoking the ghost of the 70ies and 80ies with her swagger and velocity.
Green Buzzard proved that they are more than a 1970s inspired garage rock epigone, adding their own flavour comprised of melodic punk rock grit, early 90s Brit-pop exuberance and a penchant for writing a good tune.
Shining Bird is an experimental dream pop band from the coastal town of Austinmer in New South Wales and entranced the audience with their layered synth pop.
The female poet and singer-songwriter Sampa The Great hails from Africa the motherland, and based her musical endeavours on the search for creativity, laughter, purpose and rhythms by weaving dense lyrical mazes with her verses, drawing listeners into a lush, imaginative world. , Backed by DJ Rodriguez she ran the gamut from spoken-word to more traditional hip-hop rapping, with stops at psychedelic and bluesy waypoints in between, the audience lapped up a set that seemed strangely familiar but also new.
Royal Headache is Sydney punk rock royalty with soul and a penchant for romantisches Loosen while conveying that there is a glimmer of hope in that uncertain future of yours. Too melodramatic? Well, their intense set had a sense of urgency with their raucous punk rock and singer Shogun’s soulful, melodic vocals and dedicated performance.
DMA’s took the stage to dish out their bolshy, well-crafted, catchy tunes, refurbished 90ies Brit-rock inspired catchy and at times spacey tunes including its pub poetry and no fucks given attitude: A quality stoic live performance with great stage presence and the band’s focus on the songs while holding the audience firmly in the palm of their hand, which embraces DMA’s wholeheartedly.
After an ambient intro, The Jezabels took over the stage with front woman Hayley Mary dominating proceeding with her dynamic, provocative and powerful presence and her elevating vocal delivery evoking singalongs from the audience while Heather Shannon on the synth provided the foundation with 80ies vibrations that have become a trademark of the band.
2017’s Bad Friday Festival was its eight incarnation and the Music and Booze co. managed to raise the stakes and organize the event at a much bigger scale than in previous years without diluting its DNA.
The audience was varied in age and appearance, food stalls from local outfits provided sustenance and the DJ team of local institution Sound of Seduction provided party vibes when a breather was needed from the onslaught of live performance.
A unique fest that has organically grown to a big event without sacrificing the essence of what it started out to be by honouring the local context and talent, most of which have become successes on not just on Australian turf but global territory.
Photos by KAVV
Explosions in the Sky
St. Petersburg, FL
April 12th, 2017
Explosions in the Sky are a rarity in the day and age of the “right now”, with information at everyone’s finger tips, all the time There seems to be a slight movement away from music that might take a minute to make an impact and breathe life into anticipation. Sometimes anticipation is the thing that makes it exciting….
Explosions in the Sky are masters of this. The Austin, TX band have been doing it for nearly 20 years with mini-symphonies that sit the listener on the edge…. With heaping doses of anticipation. It’s no different in a live setting. The band stopped by the shores of the Gulf on the stage of Jannus Live in the heart of the St Petersburg downtown area on April 12th. The band walked out to at least 500 screaming fans, more than I think they had expected, and played until the curfew made them stop.
For a band with no lead singer, they captivated the attention of the entire crowd moving through their instrumentals as if we were watching a movie, captivating the audience with very little downtime, the music bleeding through as the band switched instruments, turned on pedals, and moved around the stage in a blanket of multi--colored smoke.
They played songs from most of their seven studio records and various soundtracks and compilations, but I believe that didn’t matter, they could have been playing the Brady Bunch theme song and the crowd would have ate it up. Guitarists Mark Smith, Munaf Rayani, and Michael James, stalked in unison on stage, simultaneously telling their story, and summoning demons. The band totally and completely immersed themselves in the audience, I have yet to go to a show where this has happened ad length. It might be for a song or two, but this was the entire set, let alone without a front man to focus on. The absence of that front man allowed the band, and the audience, to connect on a much deeper level. With no narration, the band made the music more personal, telling a different story to each listener.
Photo by Brian Furman
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Lucero Lee's Palace Torononto, Ontario October 15, 2015 In support of their new album All a Man Should Do, Lucero have been pulling double duty on their latest tour and ... read more
Paradise Lost w/Tribulation and Lucifer October 4th @ KOKO, London Hype surrounding a band is either indicative of said band being incredibly talented and worth your time, or, on the ... read more
Algiers Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA September 17, 2015 Photos by Lindsay Corry; more photos here Algiers self-titled debut this year blew me away with its raw, layered sound and politically ... read more
THE TOP FIVE ACTS ON THE RIOT FEST UNDERCARD Last year I started my Riot Fest coverage by getting kicked in the head and ended it with a man drinking whisky ... read more
Earlier this week I was browsing my twitter feed when I noticed the a number of posts using the hashtag #ImagineOctober20th . The tweets were Canadians speculating on what the ... read more
NOFX, Lagwagon, Dillinger Four, Strung Out, Swingin' Utters, The Flatliners, Masked Intruder, toyGuitar, Bad Cop/Bad Cop The Myth Maplewood, MN August 28, 2015 No review, see photo gallery ... read more
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Manning Bar Sydney August 7, 2015 As Karl Marx said, the relationship between a band and the context it is playing in is metabolic. Both ... read more
“We were standing in the middle of the square. There were snipers on the roof. Riot cops all around. People had already been killed. And she turned to me and ... read more
The So So Glos, Desaparecidos Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA August 4, 2015 I went for Desaparecidos - Conor Oberst’s (of Bright Eyes fame) hardcore band - who put out ... read more
Radioactivity, Birthday Suits, Butcher’s Union Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 22, 2015 It’s nice to live in a city where some great out of town bands have ... read more
Ex Hex, Tweens, Pink Mink Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2015 I go to a lot of shows. Sometimes it’s nice to be surprised, and that’s what ... read more
Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses Oxford Art Factory Sydney, AUS July 19, 2015 Pizzazz. Omph. Charisma. If your music depends entirely on that, the dependency is too great. ... read more
Picture this: You’re looking at the front of a stage. Above you a man in a suit made entirely of muscles walks on in a shroud of fog. From far ... read more
Babes in Toyland Rock the Garden Minneapolis, MN June 21, 2015 It’s difficult for me to write about Babes in Toyland without sounding at least a little bit gushy. Like ... read more
Belle and Sebastian Rock the Garden Minneapolis, MN June 20th, 2015 As a hot and humid day began its turn towards much needed cooler temperatures, Scotland’s baroque pop sweethearts ... read more
Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone, L’Assassins Amsterdam Bar & Hall St. Paul, MN June 10, 2015 Amsterdam is a venue that’s not new by any means, but still feels to ... read more
White Lung 7th St. Entry Minneapolis, MN June 11, 2015 Abandoning my beloved NBA Finals, I bounced somewhere during the third quarter and rushed downtown to catch White Lung. Upon ... read more
Boris Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS May 29, 2015 And then there was Boris. The Japanese unikum named after a Melvins song. Cue labels that span the spectrum ... read more
Art is Masturbation. It’s a sensational, attention-grabbing statement for sure and one that presents an idea that many artists and people who create have probably toyed with at one point ... read more
Fuckface Unstoppable Manning Bar Sydney, AUS May 7, 2015 It’s about 6 years ago and I am sitting on the balcony of a stilted house right by Cambodia’s Tonlé ... read more
Mastodon Big Top Luna Park Sydney, AUS March 28, 2015 The red volcanic soil in the surrounding region of the city of Tequila is particularly well suited to the ... read more
Steel Panther, Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AUS February 24, 2015 Satire is a lesson, parody is a game: Steel Panther are seasoned performers ... read more
Now that was a band that I did not really think I would hear from again. Named after the description of the Elder God, Azathoth, in H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmos, this ... read more
Bombay Sweets, Pink Mink, Swami John & The Blind Shake Turf Club St. Paul, MN February 19, 2015 No review, see photo gallery below. read more
Shonen Knife @ The Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 24, 2015 Grin-inducing Japanese energetic, upbeat and catchy all-girl pop punk entertainment with the ingredients of a classic rock show: Shonen Knife ... read more
How does one go to a show of a band that has been around consistently for longer that you have been alive and not have expectations? This along with possible ... read more
Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses @ The Enmore Theatre Sydney, AUS November 23, 2014 The Newtown area was part of the land of the Cadigal band of the Eora people, who ranged across ... read more
The Dwarves @ The Bald Faced Stag Hotel Sydney, AUS October 8, 2015 Parramatta Road is the east-west artery of metropolitan Sydney. On its 23 kilometers long strip, the road is ... read more
While it may be a bit grandiose to title a tour "Black Metal Warfare" or really any kind of warfare after witnessing a show on the tour in question it ... read more
It seems as though we are in a period of time where we read of a famous musician dying almost daily, this tour was supposed to have Ian McLagan in ... read more
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds State Theatre Sydney, AUS December 11, 2014 "All that has dark sounds has duende, that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher ... read more
Run The Jewels, Ratking The Fine Line Music Café Minneapolis, MN November 20, 2014 Earlier this week I attended an artist’s talk/writer’s workshop-type thing here in Minneapolis. Kevin Bowe, who’s ... read more
The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Cory Brannan First Avenue Minneapolis, MN October 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Against Me! and I hadn’t seen Gaslight ... read more
The Pixies, Royal Blood State Theatre Minneapolis, MN October 11, 2014 There’s a lot that can be said about The Pixies and their 2014 tour—well, about any tour of ... read more
Lethbridge is a suburb of sorts to Calgary to give you, the reader an idea of the towns size. Usually the Enmax (where this show took place) is host to ... read more
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know Arcade Fire are currently shaking up North America with an enchanting spectacle of a tour. I caught the tour in Los ... read more
Too Many Rappers: July 2014 7/18/14 - Minneapolis, MN Commuting earlier than usual this morning means it’s nice and cool. I ride by a kid who’s wearing an old 3rd ... read more
Guided By Voices, Crystal Stilts Irving Plaza New York, NY July 11, 2014 Photo courtesy of Gerald McBoing-Boing See Guided By Voices before you die. ... read more
Agalloch, Jex Thoth Irving Plaza New York, NY June 30, 2014 Agalloch were one of the first metal bands to combine black/doom’s monsoon of carnage with ambient, ... read more
Eyehategod, Ringworm, Enabler, Shitkill Club Europa Brooklyn, New York June 7, 2014 This past weekend, the mega-festival Governors Ball hit hard in NYC. People from all ... read more
Boston Calling Music Festival 2014 City Hall Plaza in Boston, MA May 23-25 2014 (All concert photos courtesy of Mike Diskin) Over Memorial Day weekend, I experienced the ... read more
As my friend David and I were being hurled around the mosh pit at the Terminal 5 show of legendary post-rock ensemble Mogwai, I thought back to how earlier ... read more
Chuck Ragan, White Buffalo, Jonny Two BagsTriple Rock Social ClubMinneapolis, MNApril 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Chuck Ragan perform, and that was with his ... read more
Written by Eli ZegerPhotos by Hadar Sagi From Indian Lakes From Indian Lakes is a group of five pretty boys who make poppy emo music, but with post-rock riffs ... read more
Russian Circles, KEN Mode, Inter Arma at Underground Arts, Philadelphia, 2/19/14 Last week, Chicago's Russian Circles touched down in Philadelphia as a part of their current tour with Ontario's KEN ... read more
Too Many Rappers: Fall Roundup The Minnehaha Creek is just one of the many places I do my thinking. I mean, as a human being with a fully functional brain, ... read more
HIM, Caspian Southampton GuildhallSouthampton, Hampshire, UKOctober 28, 2013 It has been three years since HIM last played on the shores of the UK, with a lot of uncertainty whether they ... read more
Beacons Festival 2013 North Yorkshire August 16-18, 2013 Beacons Festival is a pretty novel addition to the British concert scene. Taking place in Skipton (Lancs > Yorks) away from the ... read more
Elliott Smith at his last-ever NYC show, January 29th 2003. He killed himself that October.Photo: Alexis I have this friend, let's call her L. We "met" on a music messageboard ... read more
October 12, 2013 Calgary, Alberta @ THE GOLDEN AGE CLUB After a few hiccups in the booking process (venue issues, etc.) the day finally came for Terror to come back ... read more
A couple weeks ago, I went on a trip to the middle of the country to see my favorite band, AFI, play shows up and down the midwest. Some of ... read more
A couple weeks ago, I went on a trip to the middle of the country to see my favorite band, AFI, play shows up and down the midwest. Some ... read more
FLAG, T.S.O.L., Cerbral Ballzy, Off WithTheir Heads First Avenue Minneapolis, MN September 13, 2013 After spending a few hours in a sports bar down the street, where my compadres and ... read more
Caïna, Hordes, Barshasketh The Unicorn London, UK September 6 2013 We've been talking a lot about the rebirth of Caïna of late and we'll soon have a review of the new ... read more
It's that time once again! The fabled Progressive Music Awards are tomorrow night, and I've spent the last few weeks getting myself familiar with the best of the best in ... read more
Holy crap, has this summer been hot or what? Like, hot as in temperature hot. Like, literally hot. Which might be confusing now that Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries as well ... read more
The NINES Festival Devens, MA I must admit I was anxious to attend this festival when I heard the lineup featured none other than Shuggie Otis. I have had ... read more
It's a tray in a hotel room, fairly unremarkable when put back to basics. The tray is littered with cigarettes, beer bottles, a can of coke, a crumpled McDonald's ... read more
Die Kruezen, Hepa/Titus, Mudhoney, Gay Witch Abortion, Negative Approach, Honky, Melvins Grumpys Downtown Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2013 It’s a shame that Amphetamine Reptile Records quit putting out new ... read more
The Postal Service are making their rounds again in support in the Deluxe Edition re-release of their 2003 album, Give Up. Scene Point Blank had a chance to check'em out ... read more
Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza Social Distortion, Cheap Time, Dave HauseCabooze PlazaMinneapolis, MNJuly 2, 2013 Dave Hause is a busy guy. I swear I get an email a week here ... read more
Well here we are into the first part of May, and I'm wondering where the fuck March and April went. I apologize for dropping the F bomb on you in ... read more
Minneapolis, MN, 4/20/13 Despite being fairly worn out from the previous evening—one which had me visiting three different venues, seeing six different bands, and imbibing at least twice as many ... read more
The Men 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN June 12, 2013 On just the third night of their North American tour, Brooklyn-based band The Men landed in Minneapolis for a packed-in ... read more
(This review contains copious spoilers: if you intend to read the novel yourself, proceed with caution. We're posting it as a blog since it's not strictly music-related, despite being written by ... read more
Tegan and Sara were appreciated by Albany, NY last month when they came to the Upstate Concert Hall, the first time they've visited since the duo released So Jealous, which ... read more
Anthrax, Exodus, High On Fire, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail First Avenue Minneapolis, MN April 4th, 2013 Continuing their recent-ish trend of performing classic albums in their entirety, Anthrax rolled into ... read more
In the days following Adam Yauch’s passing in May of last year, many of us nostalgia-stricken fans were searching for words to express how deeply saddened we were by not ... read more
February 28th, 2013 As I write this, I am overlooking the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Peninsula from the balcony of my room at a vacation resort outside of ... read more
This hip-hop train just keeps on rolling. And although I would like to think I’m fully on board, it feels more like I’m running beside it, trying to keep up, ... read more
Well, here we are, a whole month into the New Year, and as usual January was spent catching up on all the music I slept on last year. Normally the ... read more
The tiny Black Heart in Camden holds court to an evening of droned out sludge, traditional heavy doom, and more English black metal than you can shake a stick at ... read more
The Unicorn is suffering from a severe lack of air con tonight, the tension in the air made all the palpable by the insane levels of heat and the anticipation ... read more
The view that Scene Point Blank has been afforded for tonight’s performance is beautiful, and the sea of heads below on the floor is all the more astonishing seen from ... read more
Minus the Bear and Cursive have been on tour for the past few months in support of their 2012 releases. Minus the Bear put out Infinity Overhead in August, while ... read more
Murder by Death have just begun to tour for their new album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, by supporting pop-punk troop, Say Anything. It's an interesting combo and Murder by Death ... read more
It's rare that you attend a show that feels like it has the weight of history riding on it, but seeing At The Drive-In play what is likely to be ... read more
Fun. are back on the road selling out shows again. This time however, they didn't just sell out one show, but 3 nights at the illustrious Wiltern Theater in Los ... read more
Murder by Death are preparing the release of their 6th studio album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, while celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their first LP, Like The Exorcist, but More ... read more
Well, it's high time that progressive music got a good, high-ish-profile awards show, and now, thanks to Prog Magazine, we have one. The bad news is that it stlil shows ... read more
Japandroids 7th St. Entry Minneapolis, MN July 7, 2012 When a touring band starts their set by saying, “It feels like we’re back home, Minneapolis”, the natural instinct is to go ... read more
LeBron James is Four Titles and a Rape Allegation Away From Becoming Kobe Bryant: How the Miami Heat Winning is Bad for Basketball Now I know that we here at ... read more
Royal Headache, The Arrivals, Condominium Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN June 9, 2012 It was with some intrigue and, admittedly, mostly trepidation that I made my way to ... read more
Hot Water Music just released their new album, Exister, and recently spent a couple nights in So-Cal to warm up the new songs before they head out to Europe this ... read more
There are a few cultural constants we all come to understand depending on where we come from, and growing up in Vermont is no exception. Amongst other things, many develop ... read more
Once again, fun. are on the road and Scene Point Blank was there to catch another great show. The band's playing the clubs in support of their sophomore record, Some ... read more
I had the pleasure of attending the 5th annual Musink Fest in Costa Mesa, CA--a festival blending live music and an appreciation for tattoo art--hosted by LA Ink star, Kat ... read more
Cursive recently began touring in support of their 7th studio album, I Am Gemini. I had the privilege of catching their show in Pomona, CA where they played a great ... read more
I know we don't usually review websites here at Scene Point Blank, but we just couldn't help ourselves after our editor in chief Loren received the following request: Hi,I'm Pheiné, ... read more
The piece ended rather suddenly, almost completely without warning. The conductor held his position for a moment, then slowly brought his arms down. The theater erupted with applause as the ... read more
Saves the Day and Bayside decided to team up this Fall to deliver a thrilling show fans of either could appreciate. Joining them on the tour are I Am ... read more
The World/Inferno Friendship Society recently started their US tour supporting their new album, The Anarchy and The Ecstasy, with sci-fi-psychobilly (psy-fi?) band, The Phenomenauts. You could not ask for a ... read more
Last Thursday, The Purple Turtle in London's infamous Camden held what is likely to be the most fun headlining show I've seen this year. Cannabis Corpse, fresh off the back ... read more
Motley Crue and Poison live, Target Center, Mpls, MN, 6/24/11 The New York Dolls opened the show but I couldn’t tell you damn thing about them. The girlfriend and I literally ... read more
Read Midwest Hell Fest Wrapup-Day 1 here. Despite intermittent sleep, I wake up feeling fairly well rested. If memory serves correctly, I’m somewhere deep within the confines of enemy territory—Wisconsin. ... read more
After losing a year of my life behind the wheel, I finally arrive at my destination: Kimberly, Wisconsin. Upon walking into the hotel—and I use this term loosely—lobby, I am ... read more
After a long wait and two opening acts—the clock struck 9:30 and Fun took the stage, while the boys and girls cheered. Suddenly, the beautiful overture to “Be Calm” opens ... read more
200 bands, seemingly as many beers, and only three nights. Where do I begin my recap? My stomach is still shrunken from not eating right, and I continue to drink ... read more
Let me start off by saying that I love all three of these bands, and I have been looking forward to this show since I got confirmed to photograph it. ... read more
Portugal. the Man is a Portland, Oregon based experimental indie-rock band, fronted by native Alaskan John Gourley. If you haven’t heard the story about this up and coming group, Gourley’s ... read more
I don't know how many of you have heard of Moving Mountains. A band from Westchester, NY, they are fresh off a tour with Thursday, about to embark on a ... read more
I hit the 500 review mark last week with my Narrows review. That's a lot of reviews. Sometimes I get burnt out with all the stuff coming through, especially when ... read more
So I just got done watching the season finale of Scrubs. It was Zach Braff's final episode. His character is saying goodbye, but I think they gave it a nice ... read more
Two months ago I had high hopes for the Cleveland Browns. Now I am left with a fairly mediocre season. We shall see how the remainder plays out. I'm looking ... read more
Might as well has this here too, it's been three years since I wrote it. I think it still holds true. Space for rent. Your ad here. My name is ... read more
I forgot to post this prior to week one, but given the outcome of that game, maybe it was for the best. Anyway, the Browns season is underway and that ... read more
Over the weekend a band that was very dear to my heart announced their sudden breakup and played their final show. I first became acquainted with Life Long Tragedy over ... read more
I was yelled at again for writing this, and since I am applying for a job at a local newspaper, I don't really want this hanging over my head. Sorry ... read more
Last night my band played with Souvenir's Young America, City of Ships, and Monolith at Siren Records in Doylestown, PA; it was a fun time all the bands played real ... read more
If you didn't hear the news, Roy Scheider died this week at the age of 75. Jaws is one of my all-time favorite films. I am extremely sad. I fully ... read more
They could make me look not so good to certain people. Nobody read them anyways. read more
So, back when Cave In's Until Your Heart Stops dropped on the hardcore masses several years back, I had the chance of catching the band at Middlesex County Community College. ... read more
I broke out my CD for the Gehenna- The War of the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness and saw something that always made me smile. Allow me ... read more
Hello. Some of you might remember (or have participated in) my experiment over the summer collecting people's wishes on this page. I got over 160 entries and published them all ... read more
Imagine being in this kid's place... Interview w/ Henry Rollins read more
Even though it is just a joke, I'd still vote for Stephen Colbert for president before I'd vote for anyone else for running, outside of the longshots that have no ... read more
Dear Atreyu, Please stop. No seriously, please stop...now. - File has been removed. It was up for a month. It was the band's cover of Faith No More's "Epic." - ... read more
I woke up today at 5:30am to get my ass to the store to open it for what I figured would be another boring Sunday at work. Work has been ... read more
So the man that founded Factory Records and helped Joy Division become as huge as they did through hype died today. Not alot of people repect what Wilson did for ... read more
Yesterday during rush hour traffic on 35W the bridge than spans the mighty Mississippi fell. There was no earthquake. There was no terrorist attack. The bridge just buckled and toppled ... read more
Part 1: Mission Statement, Introduction, and first terribly nostalgic musing A number of years ago, a few friends of mine, myself, and people who would quickly become my friends used ... read more
Shook Ones, for the uninitiated, are a melodic hardcore band from Seattle, Washington. Their debut LP, Sixteen, had some serious Kid Dynamite aping going on, without a doubt, but it ... read more
Remember when the idea of Friday the 13th used to be scary? Maybe its because I am a grown adult, but there just does not seem to be any horror ... read more
You have no idea how wonderful it is to be finally typing these words. Not that my work is done: a SPB staffer's work is never done! But seriously: typing ... read more
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