Precocious Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer entertained faithful fans in St. Petersburg with a solo show that was as bewitching as it was uneven, not that Bob Pomeroy, or anyone else attending, seemed to mind.
Two similar and familiar bands collided as The Faint and Ladytron shared a co-headlining bill that included a pair of sold-out stops in New York City. With more black attire and keyboards than one could count, the two acts offered career-spanning setlists filled with their distinctive synth-pop, post-punk and new-wave sounds. Kiran Aditham witnessed night two of the dark, dancefloor delights for himself.
Fifteen years after New Kids on the Block (or NKOTB, if you please) attempted their premature comeback following their late '80s fame, they're back on tour with a new album to push. This time the fans, and even Jen Cray, have shown up.
Packing enough punk 'n' roll to wake up a sleepy Florida Friday afternoon, Riverboat Gamblers plowed through a matinee set at The Social that left Jen Cray sweaty and smiling.
Todd Rundgren's "Arena" tour passes through Orlando. The small show is so cozy, our own Carl F Gauze feels like he's visiting a long lost friend.
Skin, spit, and sweat were on board for a recent These Arms Are Snakes show that Jen Cray soaked up in Orlando.
Jen Cray thinks that this latest Next Big Thing from the UK just might live up to the hype.
The ever mighty Valient Thorr returns to Orlando to slay the crowd, Jen Cray included, once more.
A mind-boggler - not one, but two bands from Tacoma have been performing almost as long as rock 'n' roll has been on the radio. Is Pacific Northwest drinking water a fountain of youth? Steve Stav ponders such longevity in his review of the Fabulous Wailers and the Ventures.
The salacious details of pop messiah Butch Walker's recent sold-out Orlando concert, as told by willing follower Christopher Long.
After a week of YouTube mania, Steve Stav assesses the far-reaching ramifications of the Susan Boyle phenomenon in his essay on the Scottish singer.
Lynn Wallace talks to Pepper drummer Yesod Williams about touring with Pennywise, the band's new live album, Kona Gold, and what keeps the band going strong.
Merrill Garbus's enigmatic musical experiments are released under the odd moniker tUnE-yArDs. Ink 19 caught up with tUnE-yArDs to dish on her new album, BiRd BrAiNs, out now on vinyl.
Two Suns (Astralwerks). Review by Jen Cray.
Saving America. Review by Robert M. Sutton.
Skin of Evil (Soft Abuse). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Kiss/Kick (blank.wav). Review by Kiran Aditham.
Now or Heaven (Merge). Review by Andrew Coulon.
Doubleplusgood (Matinee). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Open Your Heart / Portrait of Petula Clark (Collectors' Choice). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Heartbreaker (Lujo). Review by Carl F Gauze.
The Hazards of Love (Capitol). Review by Matt Parish.
Living On The Other Side (Dead Oceans). Review by Andrew Coulon.
Here Anonymous (Dangerbird). Review by Jen Cray.
Come Back To The Five And Dime Bobby Dee Bobby Dee (Domino). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Right Place, Right Time. Review by Robert M. Sutton.
Remind Me Where the Light Is (Eenie Meenie). Review by Jen Cray.
Over Air (The Kora Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Speak Up (Matinee). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Double Gnarly/Triple Suicide (Interloper). Review by Matthew Moyer.
The Mountain (Fat Possum). Review by Jen Cray.
Assemble (Joyful Noise). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Reflections (Uproar). Review by Scott Adams.
Silver Lightning from a Black Sky (Division). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Sticks (ESL). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Hordes of Chaos (SPV). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Fantasies (Metric Music International). Review by Jen Cray.
Days of Wonder . Review by Robert M. Sutton.
Desire In Uneasiness (Crucial Blast). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Leaves in the Gutter (Merge). Review by Laura Pontillo.
Wavvves (Fat Possum). Review by Matthew Moyer.
A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors (Hydra Head). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Legendary drummer Bill Bruford recounts his life with Yes, King Crimson, and the Progressive Rock movement.
Beware the wrath of a KISS superfan scorned! Christopher Long reviews the 10th anniversary edition of Dale Sherman's biography of the Creatures of the Night.
Twomorrows gives the Modern Masters treatment to John Romita Jr., who is doing a fine job in living up to his father's rich artistic legacy at Marvel Comics.
Peter Wild and a group of authors take on the challenge of making literature out of Sonic Youth's noisy, chaotic, shimmering music. S D Green has some warnings for fans of Sonic Youth who may be intrigued.
All hail the King! Matthew Moyer finds Jack Kirby's comics legacy well-preserved in this pair of retrospectives from Twomorrows Press.
Three-hour documentary on DVD about the German electronic music band, their influences, contemporaries, and followers. Sean Slone gets lost on the Trans-Europe Express.
Everything is illuminated in Nina Davenport's inside peek at the nutty world of Hollywood filmmaking.
Matthew Moyer basks in the ramshackle glory of Sacred Harp singing, the oldest, and perhaps most punk, American religious music. This new documentary explains it all.
Dust off the Captain's log. After a big-screen hiatus, the Enterprise is back -- and bold as ever. Steve Stav carefully navigates the spoiler minefield in his review of J.J. Abrams' reverential re-boot of the Star Trek saga.