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November 2010

Event Reviews

A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember puts on an intense performance for a sold-out venue in Pennsylvania. Kristina Kauffman pushed her way deep into the crowd.

Bad Religion

Bad Religion celebrate their 30-year career the only way they know how: by releasing a killer new album and touring the country playing songs off of all 15 of their punk rock defining releases! Jen Cray was at the party without her hot pink wig.

Caribou

Canadian electronica whiz Daniel Snaith (Caribou) brings down the spirit of Brian Eno at a very crowded, smoky Backbooth in Orlando. Jeff Schweers wallowed in the trance-heavy psychedelia.

Circa Survive

Circa Survive and Dredg put on a pair of performances at Orlando's House of Blues that should officially release them from their previous emo trappings. Jen Cray reports.

Gary Numan

British synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan hit the U.S. concert circuit this fall, much to the delight of hundreds of his most ardent Orlando followers, Chris Long among them.

Gayngs

A recent Gayngs concert in Chicago swept Chris Catania up in its euphoric blurring of musical lines.

MGMT

MGMT's debut Florida appearance may not have been as over-the-top as Jen Cray imagined, but it was a still a party worthy of the inevitable headache the morning after.

Phoenix

If Phoenix's debut Orlando performance is any indication of its future, the little French band is finally beginning to see the fruits of its decade-long labor. An enthusiastic sold-out crowd that included Jen Cray greeted the band with open arms.

School of Seven Bells

Just two days after one half of the identical twin sister vocal team that makes up School of Seven Bells unexpectedly departed the band, Jen Cray caught their newly downsized performance.

Styx

Cashing in on the current classic albums craze, Styx returned to Melbourne, Florida to recreate two best-selling records in one hit-filled evening that had Chris Long enthralled.

Interviews

Baroness

Elianne Halbersberg nabs Baroness bassist Summer Welch to talk band, record labels, and music in a social media world.

Music Reviews

Bluetech

Love Songs to the Source (Interchill records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Bruno Mars

It's Better If You Don't Understand (Elektra). Review by Robert Sutton.

Cee Josephs

Time Out (CJG Production). Review by Robert Sutton.

Delain

Lucidity (Sensory). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Django Voris

The Strange Particle (100m Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Elsinore

Yes Yes Yes (Parasol Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Fran Healy

WRECKORDER (Ryko). Review by Sean Slone.

Gentry Bronson

Gentry Bronson. Review by Robert Sutton.

James Teej

Evening Harvest (Phonica Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

John Williams

Turn Point. Review by Robert Sutton.

Linkin Park

A Thousand Suns (Warner Bros. Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Lugano Fell

Slice Repair (Baskaru). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Mark Olson

Many Colored Kite (Ryko Records). Review by Sean Slone.

Monarch

Mer Morte (Crucial Blast). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Pippa Hayes

It Had to Be You (Seyah Records). Review by Robert Sutton.

Prince Rama

Shadow Temple (Captured Tracks). Review by Matthew Moyer.

The Fall

Your Future Our Clutter (Domino). Review by Matthew Moyer.

The Honored Guests

Into Nostalgia EP (Breakfast Mascot). Review by Eric J. Iannelli.

The Posies

Blood/Candy (Ryko). Review by Sean Slone.

The Prids

Chronosynclastic (Velvet Blue Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Trees

Freed of this Flesh (Crucial Blast). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Various Artists

Music of Ireland: Welcome to America (Elevation Management). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Women

Public Stain (Jagjaguwar). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music A

Ólöf Arnalds

Innundir Skinni (One Little Indian). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music C

The Chapin Sisters

Chapin Sisters Two (Lake Bottom). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music S

Esperanza Spalding

Chamber Music Society (Heads Up). Review by James Mann.

Music V

Violens

Amoral (Friendly Fire/ Static Recital). Review by Jen Cray.

Print Reviews

Shelter From The Storm: Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Years

Jeff Schweers suggests a greater purpose for Sid Griffin's supposedly unique look at Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue.

Life

A creative genius, cultural icon, guitar hero, all of that and more. Keith Richards's Life is as compelling as its subject.

Sparks: No. 1 Songs In Heaven

Lucky for us and Cherry Red Books, Dave Thompson is a HUGE Sparks fan. Matthew Moyer calls Sparks: No. 1 Songs in Heaven his strongest piece of writing yet.

Screen Reviews

Assault of the Sasquatch

Mr. Sasquatch terrorizes a small town -- and perhaps Carl F Gauze -- after a poacher traps him by mistake.

Johnny Winter: Live Through the '80s

Archival footage captures the concert energy of Johnny Winter.