Despite the obvious pitfalls of playing on a giant Transformer in a "backyard", Aesop Rocks this block party-esque show at Orlando's Anti-Pop Music Festival. S D Green was there to drink the $2.50 PBRs.
The Orlando date of the Against Me! tour was scheduled in competition with the annual Anti Pop Fest, but the band's loyal followers could not be deterred. Jen Cray skipped out on the multitude of alternate shows happening downtown to spend another evening with these Gainesville boys.
Progressive metalcore masters Between the Buried & Me surprised everyone when their Orlando show sold out in advance, leaving many fans scrambling the streets begging for tickets. Jen Cray squeezed inside for a surprisingly friendly evening of new metal.
It was another night of dirty, rowdy punk rock as Big D and the Kids Table brought their Steady Riot Tour to Orlando. Jen Cray got knocked around in the pit, but still managed to make her way out and report back.
While most were trying to push their way closer to get a glimpse of Boys Like Girls, Brittany Sturges found herself trying to make a "great escape" to the back of the venue.
The two-night stint of Brand New and Thrice at Orlando's House of Blues sold out days in advance. Jen Cray managed to get inside on the closing night.
Despite an unpredictable set played on borrowed instruments, and at times, almost drowned out by the screams of adoring devotees, David Gray made a fan of Chris Catania one night in Chicago.
The freshly reunited Dinosaur Jr. prove that you don't have to create a big PR circus to get people excited about your comeback. The numbers may have been modest, but those who made it out to the band's Orlando show at The Club@Firestone -- Jen Cray among them -- had a Sunday night to remember.
What began as a side project for Pantera members Phillip Anselmo and Rex Brown has since become a supergroup within the metal world. Down brought their metal alumni to Orlando, and Jen Cray got herself an invite.
Finland's finest export, HIM, filled up Orlando's Hard Rock Live with hordes of gothcentric metal fans... and Jen Cray.
I Am the Avalanche brought a slew of mediocrity on tour with them to Orlando. Jen Cray was there to witness the disaster.
Jens Lekman came all the way from Gothenburg, Sweden to Tallahassee, FL to play some songs and laugh at our warm Florida Novembers. Omar DeLaRosa wore a sweater to the show, anyway.
O-Rock 105.9 may have really dropped the ball on this year's annual No Snow Show by splitting it into two separate shows, but at least they scored Jimmy Eat World and Silverchair to co-headline the second night of the event. Jen Cray was amongst the masses at Orlando's House of Blues trying to convince themselves that the pair was enough to justify the pricey ticket.
Chris Catania files a report from the Chicago stop of the hip-hoptastic Bounce Tour, featuring N.W.A. alumni and pop culture junkies-turned-rappers- like Madlib- alike. And of course, tour headliner and organizer, dj Peanut Butter Wolf.
A fast departure from Brand New's show at the House of Blues brought me to the much more laid back vibe at The Social for the Chuck Ragan gig. The Hot Water Music frontman was not the only famous frontman who decided to leave his band at home and go it alone for an acoustic evening. Jen Cray was in for a quadruple bill of talent!
RJ Bowen knows that She Wants Revenge is a dish best served cold at the Club@Firestone in Orlando. Wait, that makes no sense whatsoever...
Brittany Sturges attempts to decipher all the hype surrounding South Dakota's own, The Spill Canvas during an eventful Philly gig.
When Tori Amos comes to town, Orlando in this case, it's an event - one which Jen Cray had no intention of missing.
Jazz luminary Oscar Peterson has died at age 82 in Toronto. James Mann looks at the legendary pianist.
An interview with Erik Johnson, the humble and brilliant front man for the San Francisco-based psychedelic band Wooden Shjips.
Former Trans Future Vol. 1 (The Wannabe Has Beens). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Moving Backwards (A. Rex Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Big Science (Nonesuch Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Class of 3000: Music Volume One (La Face Records / Cartoon Network). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Life is Cheap (Superfi Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Bright Outside (Self-released). Review by Chris Catania.
Phoenician Terrane (Contraphonic). Review by Aaron Shaul.
True Stories I Made Up (Zip). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Sound of the Apocalypse (B&B Records). Review by Crystal Lee.
Bliminal (Interchill). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Dear Independence (Tvt). Review by Jen Cray.
Sustain (Asian Man Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Guitar Language (Dallas Records). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Gold Thriller (Joyful Noise). Review by Nora Richardson.
Up (Temporary Residence). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Immolation/Immersion (Strange Attractors). Review by Bob Ham.
Da Connect (Trump Tight Entertainment). Review by Chris Catania.
League of the Living Dead (self-released). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Deadverse Massive Vol 1: Dälek Rarities 1999 – 2006 (Hydra Head Records). Review by S D Green.
Police, Police! (Standard Recording Co.). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Personal Stereo (Beatservice). Review by Aaron Shaul.
The Forms (Threespheres). Review by Jen Cray.
Wagner's War (Blood and Guts Music). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Golden Black (Narnack). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Midnight Cashier (Dirtnap). Review by Jen Cray.
Solace (Graveface). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Jinn (Superfi Records, Right To Refuse Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Rebound Town (Reach Around). Review by Jen Cray.
Kurr (Ever). Review by Aaron Shaul.
The League of Tomorrow (Evo Recordings). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Land of 1000 Dances (Collector's Choice Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Save the Scene (Kindercore). Review by Aaron Shaul.
The Remix Sessions (Quango). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Soft Pow'r (RAD). Review by Aaron Shaul.
The Other Side of Los Angeles (Deaf, Dumb & Blind). Review by Chris Catania.
The Matinee Hit Parade (Matinee). Review by Aaron Shaul.
At Your Service (Virgin). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Masters of War (Big Rack Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Fumbling With the Covers (Oglio Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Me (secrets) You (I Heard You Wanna Fight Me). Review by Matthew Moyer.
High (Attack Attack). Review by Sean Slone.
1 (Novoton). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Let's Decompose and Enjoy Assembling! (Twisted Knife). Review by Al Pergande.
Victorious (Nettwerk). Review by Aaron Shaul.
The Arrow (7D Media). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Good Machine (Self-Released). Review by Jen Cray.
Freedom Suite (Collector's Choice Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.
245t (CdBaby). Review by Matthew Moyer.
The Redwalls (Mad Dragon). Review by Jen Cray.
Calling the World (Geffen). Review by Sean Slone.
How to Make a Bad Situation Worse? (In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.
The 25th Day of December (Riverside Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Fake Fake (Modern Radio Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Beast Moans (Jagjaguwar). Review by Aaron Shaul.
P.I.N.S. (NDN Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Introducing (I and Ear). Review by Jen Cray.
Hope and Glory (Zoe / Rounder Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Matthew Moyer swoons like Dale Arden over this latest volume of vintage Flash Gordon reprints from the fine people at Checker Books.
James Michener's first posthumous publication is revived after thirty years of sleeping with the fishes. Rose Petralia grinds it up for chum.
Matthew Moyer is glad that Holly George-Warren and the other compilers of this coffeetable-riffic collection of punk photos fetishize image as much as he does.
Carl F Gauze enjoys the short story Kate Schatz spins out of PJ Harvey's monumental Rid Of Me album, the newest addition to the 33 1/3 line of books on classic albums.
Matthew Moyer gets a crash course in hardcore history and a masterclass in interviewing bands from reading this collection of Norman Brannon's Anti-Matter zine.
Portland, ho! Matthew Moyer finds the Zinester's Guide to be a heartfelt, if somewhat flawed, love letter to stick in your jacket pocket the next time you visit "the city that works."
Bob Ham squirms and laughs his way through this surreal comedy about two wheelchair-bound men on the road in Europe.
Andrew Ellis reviews Golden Days, a documentary about NYC band The Damnwells, which expertly brings to life Hunter S Thompson's famous observation about the perils of the music industry.
Bleuuuuuuurghroarrrr! Matthew Moyer is overjoyed to find Obituary just as primitive and bloodthirsty as when he first heard them, in this recent concert dvd. Change is overrated.
Despite muffled sound and the occasional camera work that makes your mom's home movies look like Wellesian epics, Andrew Coulon can't help but recommend this compilation of classic footage from Canada's rudest punks.
Screenwriter John Hamburg discusses his career with host Mike De Luca as part of this dvd interview series with Hollywood's top scribes. Carl F Gauze wants to do lunch.
This new interactive film allows you to choose the path of Eric, a young pizza delivery man. Carl F Gauze is softly cursing himself for continuously cheating on his Choose Your Own Adventure books, many years ago.
A pseudo pseudo-documentary about aliens living in the hollow earth and their ties to the CIA and Fidel Castro. Carl F Gauze knows for a fact that tinfoil makes the most comfy of hats.
Two children run away from their mothers in Havana to save their budding romance; Carl F Gauze advises against an Amber Alert and recommends you settle in and watch this gorgeous near-travelogue through the Cuban countryside.