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Connect with Everything
Museum of Contemporary Art
Until 05 March, 2017
As the names suggests, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (abbreviated MCA), located in Sydney, is solely dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world. It is situated on prime real estate facing Sydney harbour vis-à-vis from the reflections of the iconic concrete shells of the Opera House and is housed in the art deco-style former Maritime Services Board Building on the Western edge of Circular Quay.
The museum was opened in 1991 as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and from 2010 underwent an A$58 million expansion, which culminated in combining the old sandstone facade with a new modern, non-fuss structure. Housing three new galleries on multiple levels along with a roof top café with a sculptural terrace, allowing visitors full advantage of the view, the use of an education centre cum lecture theatre and entry via a substantial plaza and broad staircase, the inner version of which provides cohesion by allowing light to flood in, creating a grand sense of arrival.
MCA’s collection contains over 4,000 works by Australian artists that have been acquired since 1989 and spans a wide array of art forms with strong holdings in painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and moving image, as well as significant representation of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Miyajima’s exhibition is part of Sydney’s International Art Series, which previously welcomed Anish Kapoor, Yoko Ono, Chuck Close and most recently Grayson Perry on terra australis.
Connect with Everything is Tatsuo Miyajima’s biggest exhibition in Australasia to date and represents something of a survey of his immersive and technology driven oeuvre over his four decades spanning career. The manifestation of his art with the theme of connectedness is informed by three core interwoven principles that pervade his installations: Everything is in a state of flux; everything is related to everything else and everything is ultimately part of an eternal cycle.
The whole exhibition appears as a profound meditation on the shape of time and the cycle of reincarnation within the confines of our existence. A mediation that is based on often complex light emitting diodes installations, whose universal accessibility and endlessly looped countdowns, which in Miyajima’s eyes resemble the Buddhist doctrine of impermanence, are diametrically opposed to the Western thought of the linearity of time. The importance of the now, a reminder that our time on this earthround is finite and the fact that time is everyone’s master.
Throughout the exhibition, this axiom is accentuated by the use of a certain palette of colours, most prominently blue hinting at the sky, the universe, infinity; with red and green evoking associations with fire and nature; white representing, well, enWHITEnment.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is Mega Death, which was commissioned for the 1999 Venice Biennale: A vast chamber with three walls comprised of 3,000 twinkling blue LED digital counters, each counting down from nine to one, with zero signifying the time of death before life starts over again, and programmed to interact with each other at varying speeds, giving chance a significant role and at certain intervals blacking out.
A metaphor for the twentieth century, the century of death on an industrial scale resulting from wars, the holocaust, natural catastrophes, terrorism and specifically the tragedies Japan had to endure, i.e. from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
From a cyclical angle also a metaphor for humanity’s capacity to heal, recover and begin anew.
Another major installation is Arrow of Time (2016), a term used in quantum physics representing time’s irreversibility. Arrow of Time is designed to make people gaze at the space above them to watch several hundred ceiling-mounted LEDs and contemplate the passing of time, the irretrievable nature of each moment, mortality, the magneticism of death and what this means to each person individually.
Sea of Time is a 20 meter long waterway installation, which was first and originally conceived under participation of the townspeople of Naoshima Island, the home of Benesse House, which shall soon be shed light on in an upcoming feature, serving as an opportunity to interject modern art into the lives of the islanders and the local Japanese area.
Time Train to the Holocaust was originally created by Miyajima as an installation for the German town of Recklinghausen, a centre for coal production in Germany: A toy train hauling small luminous blue counter gadgets around seven tons of coal, another installation with bright red LED counters interspersing the coals, signifying the finite capacity of our natural resources.
While playful at first glance, the train alludes to the sinister German efficiency in one of the darkest chapters of humanity: The very same mode of transport used for transporting coals or to get passengers in a timely manner form A to B, was run by the Deutsche Reichsbahn for the purpose of forcible deportation of the Jews as well as other victims of the Holocaust to the concentration, forced labour and extermination camps – mass transportation as an enabler for evil, as modern historians suggest, without which the scale of the final solution would not have been possible.
At face value, Connect with Everything is about time and technology. A closer examination reveals that this is just a mere vehicle to resonate with the audience on a far more personal and humanist level: Personal as Miyajima extends the dialogue between art and audience and presents time as something that only through human interaction becomes a visual manifestation, with unpredictability being a metaphor for life itself.
Musings that the pop-up Cherry Blossom Bar at the MCA provides an ideal backdrop for, with the food menu paying homage to the cuisine of Miyajima’s home country and sake and Japanese whiskey based cocktail providing inspiration.
Photos by KAVV
February 4, 2017
Twilight at Taronga is an annual concert series set amongst the environment of Taronga Zoo, in a natural amphitheatre with fully licensed bars and gourmet antipasto hampers on offer – cue cheese and wine - overlooking the picturesque Sydney harbour backdrop, with each stunning sunset competing with the headliner in terms of aesthetic presentation.
Sydney’s daily disappearances of the sun are nothing short of spectacular, especially when the sun has actually already disappeared and only the high altitude wispy, translucent clouds and alto cumulous can still reflect the light, like it was the case tonight.
With all proceeds raised from the Taronga shows going straight back to helping wildlife conservation, scientific research and environmental sustainability, it makes for good cause to support the yearly events on top of the culinary and visually appealing experience of the soft glowing light caused by the reflection of the sun’s rays from the atmosphere.
Killing Heidi is one of a few local Australian bands that performed a reunion show for the occasion of Twilight at Taronga.
Having formed in Violet Town in 1996, with the meaning of the band name to signify a play on the end of innocence and embracing imperfection, they recorded three albums and achieved considerable mainstream success on terra australis with their mix of teenage angst, adolescent energy and sing-along pop with just enough grrl-rock edge to mollify young audiences before they parted ways and went on an infinite hiatus.
The band disbanded in 2006 with siblings and founders Ella and Jesse taking a lower profile with an acoustic folk duo, The Verses.
While the question is if something that was so youthful in essence could be reproduced in a convincing and adroit manner twenty odd years on, the band presented itself well-oiled with an enriched reinterpretation of their songs and playing them in a mature and reinvigorated way, instead or merely rehashing the spirits of days gone by pretending to be teenagers.
The audience seemingly enjoyed the stroll down memory lane as front woman Ella Hopper, who has become a radio presenter and media personality in her own right, danced and pranced around the stage through a dynamic set, soaking up the "welcome back" love.
Photos by KAVV
DJ Z Trip
January 28, 2017
Turntablism is an art form.
An art form that more often than not has been diluted by applying a simple formula and reducing it to the lowest common denominator to make it appealing to the mainstream palate in a day and age where the democratization of technology has lowered the entry tariff
DJ Z Trip is fundamentally different: Strip the preconceptions, arm a man with turntables and vinyl records and focus on the crowd and the system.
Add creativity, sprinkle in technical precision, pepper it with sincere passion for what he does and a capability that seems to be hardwired into his DNA when it comes to detecting what makes a song and altering it, amplifying its merits and taking it over the top via prolonging its climax.
DJ Z Trip channels the essence of songs, infuses them with his own arrangements and brushstrokes his mixes by using the originals he chose as his canvas.
No matter if your pedigree is coloured by block parties, old school hip hop or rock, watching DJ Z Trip trawl through his vinyl connection is an infectious endeavour.
It is not hard to tell that he has absorbed every beat of it, learned to love it and with great respect emits it back to an appreciative audience, while riding the wave of the mood in the room.
We are talking limitless explorations: The way that DJ Z Trip imaginatively constructs his transitions, especially in a live environment, has a myriad of shades and deliberate connotations, that should urge one to take a step back, and envision his performance as a rich tapestry based on a history lesson of what has been proven to work in music, and a deconstruction and reassembling of the parts that make it tick, lending it a different and enhanced dimension.
Great technique means nothing if the selection is not on point and it is enhanced further if it is personal. With Z Trip the love is felt in the mix. There is groove. There is rock. There is dance floor. There is hip-hop. He mashes what is often perceived to be diametric opposites to form a fusion that makes you instantly vibe and appreciate the colouration that was given to the originals.
Crowd participation to the extent of heartfelt singalongs? Enter DJ Z Trip. With a profound disregard for what is considered to be restricting in terms of genres, layering becomes the instrument that evokes associations, reconnection and reassessment of what is commonly believed to have been shelved and compartmentalized in the canon of popular music.
Here’s a guy that is fueled by a healthy disregard for barriers, simmering down the essence of a great song, and boiling it up and having it fusion it with the DNA of another, encapsulating the essence of multi-tasking and blending old and new school.
His live sets are both delicate and dedicated, there is technical prowess galore while not neglecting the fun part. It is a delight to watch him in action, as it is an experience similar to watching an actual band and not a DJ merely pushing buttons.
Summa summarum, a rollicking good ole time, man!
Being a DJ can be a conflicting role in that there is a need to entertain and please the crowd in some way to make them pay attention to your music without sacrificing your own tastes and aesthetics.
DJ Z Trip creates his own environment while he is on stage reflective of the diversity and demographics of the audience.
The fact that he nearly sold out the Factory Theatre in Sydney with the city’s biggest annual electronic festival happening simultaneously is testament to his relevance, longevity and standing.
Photos by KAVV
February 3, 2017
“Periphery” denotes the external boundary of a body.
If the body in question is modern and progressive metal, the name of the band would be quite inadequate.
With their signature triple-guitar attack, which lends their oeuvre a particular rhythmic dexterity, mathematical cacophony and complex grooves, Periphery’s intertwined conceptual albums provide a solid canon of modern metal.
With their distinctive high-gain fuelled by extensive use of overdrive pedals, virtuoso soloing, distorted, palm-muted, low-pitch guitar sound, Periphery have become one of the spearheads of what has become known as the djent niche, named for an onomatopoeia of the sound that was coined by bands like Meshuggah and SikTh.
The palpable sense of excitement and anticipation of the sold out crowd spoke volumes for the band’s status in the modern metal scene: As soon as the band hit the stage, they were welcomed with open arms and received enthusiastically.
The band reciprocated with delivering a set list spiked with crowd pleasers and fan favourites, which elicited crowd reactions running the gamut from heartfelt singalongs to testosterone driven circle pitting.
Even if you are not at home in the land of progressive metal, it proves difficult to not be impressed by Periphery’s craft of technically astute musicianship blending crushing and aggressive parts with more quiet moments, which highlights the band’s attention to detail.
With the recent emission on the album front tapping into the heritage of classic rock bands, e.g. The Who and Pink Floyd, it adds yet another layer to the experience that is Periphery live: An entertaining mélange of heaviness and melodic components emphasized by Spencer Sotelo’s stage presence, audience engagement and varied vocal range, seamlessly transitioning from guttural growls to clean singing.
Seeing the band being in the moment and passionate about the act of performing only adds to the spectacle that Periphery in a live environment has become.
photos by T
Electric Gardens Festival
January, 28 2017
The second installment of Sydney’s electro bash festival descended again in the lush surrounds of Sydney’s Centennial Parklands, an idyllic location and arguably one of the best inner-city festival sites in New South Wales, featuring formal gardens, ponds, grand avenues, statues, heritage buildings, sporting fields and a diverse flora and fauna that make it an ideal backdrop for the three stages and the diverse artists that Electric Gardens hosted in 2017:
Local group DIGITAL THERAPY presented a stage situated in an indoor tent featuring some of more prominent names on the progressive scene of the last three decades: Sasha with his peerless command of dance floor sensibilities and his skilful exploration of beatless soundscapes; Hernan Cattaneo, who performed at Electric Gardens for the second time, took us on a complex voyage through genres, emotions and sounds; Eelke Kleijn heavy on anthemic floor fillers and Tel Aviv based Guy Mantzur, co-owner of the Munich-based label Plattenbank, weaved his hypnotic melodies to a carpet that invited to space out on.
The CODE techno arena returned with Hot Creations as well as its sub-labels Emerald City and Hottrax boss Jamie Jones at the helm, channeling his iconic sound that paved the way for a warmer, more melodic, deeper side of techno to emerge.
&ME delivered his signature blend of Techno and soulful House and Brazilian born and Barcelona based ANNA had the dance floor moving with her seductive yet heavy-hitting brand of techno and tech-house.
The MIXMAG main stage held the integral house heavyweight Mark Knight bouncing from genre to genre, invoking feels ranging from tropical via frenetic and at times just letting it rip by puling on the audience’s guilty pleasures, knocking out a thumping set of house, tech and progressive.
British electronic dance duo Basement Jaxx brought the big beats to the House (see what I did there?) and focused on what they do best: Fueling and providing the soundtrack to partay. It would have been a nice addition to the festival to see them in their element with a full blown, colourful regular production of theirs as with a traditional DJ set it is hard to compete with the wacky costumes, exotic dancers and overall fun carnival that makes their performances fun.
Swedish headline act Eric Prydz returned to Australian shores for the first time in three years. Being both one of the world’s most in demand underground spinners and producers of house tracks of the last decade, he took on the spot that in 2016 was reserved for Fatboy Slim.
Prydz operates three labels, each of which serving as a launch pad for his own diverse productions, which he releases under pseudonyms, e.g. Cirez D under which he channels his more traditional techno emissions, the more melodic Pryda imprint focusing more on the fusion of hooks and bass lines and the hard edged Mouseville Records.
His performance which was informed by all three streams of his creative sources once again underlined the breadth of his oeuvre that goes far beyond of what he is known for to the mainstream with his commercially most successful dance anthem “Call on me”.
His performance was framed and accentuated by a light show that would have made Albert Speer proud as the lasers built a dome of light.
With a refined approach, Electric Gardens has done it again: A great, diverse festival in a fantastic location based on conscious effort to provide a great experience to a diverse crowd.
---Photos by KAVV
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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
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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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