Performance

BETTY: live at Joe’s Pub, 12/20/2011

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February 14, 2012
BETTY: live at Joe’s Pub, 12/20/2011

With 25 years, a half-dozen albums, uncountable world tours, and a number of successful TV themes under their collective belts, BETTY are an institution of indie music.  They’ve cultivated a devoted and passionate fanbase over the years, and their holiday shows in New York City have become something of an annual tradition: old friends...
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The Jungle Brothers: Live at SOB’s, 2/7/2012

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February 10, 2012
The Jungle Brothers: Live at SOB’s, 2/7/2012

On the evening of February 7th, The Jungle Brothers took the stage at SOB’s in lower Manhattan.  It was their first gig in six years, their first since 1997 with all three original members, and a historic evening for any fan of hip-hop music. An all-star assortment of acts appeared to support the local...
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New York Comic Con 2011: day one and kick-off concert (featuring Tom Morello & Z-Trip)

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October 14, 2011
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The first day of New York Comic Con was a relatively laid-back affair, a few panels in the morning for industry professionals, and a dry run for exhibitors on the main floor before the craziness of the weekend.  It was an afternoon for strolling around, taking the time get your bearings, looking at amazing new...
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Orchestal Manoeuvres In The Dark: Live at Irving Plaza, 9/21/2011

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October 13, 2011
Orchestal Manoeuvres In The Dark: Live at Irving Plaza, 9/21/2011

With a career spanning thirty-odd years, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark are a difficult band to categorize; they’re really a band with two distinct styles, dabbling equally in experimentalism and carefully crafted pop singalongs, mixing the two in varying degrees at any given moment.  One half of their catalog plays neatly alongside Kraftwerk, Gary Numan,...
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BETTY: live at the Highline Ballroom, 9/10/2011

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October 4, 2011
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Due in part to the sisterly love (and sibling rivalry) on stage, sitting in the audience at a BETTY show feels very much like you’re at your cousin’s wedding. Only the band is actually worth watching. This performance came at the end of a summer of touring and it showed: the group was tight, the...
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Kid Savant live in New York City

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September 20, 2011
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  Kid Savant are a band from NYC who are beginning to garner acclaim for their high-tension brand of synthpop. Their live show is sparse and direct: four guys onstage, lit only with projections, building anthems from tones and beats and sheer determination. At Irving Plaza on September 12th, they rolled through their set...
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Mariachi El Bronx, Legendary Shack Shakers, Two Man Gentleman Band: Live at Brooklyn Bowl, 6/28/2011

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July 6, 2011
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On Tuesday June 28th, Brooklyn Bowl hosted a special concert promoted by Sailor Jerry rum.  It was a strange bill, each act perfectly compatible with the image of the Sailor Jerry brand, but having very little in common with one another. The Two Man Gentleman Band opened the show.  Their snappy little set consisted...
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Urge Overkill: Live at The Bowery Ballroom, 5/17/2011

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May 22, 2011
Urge Overkill: Live at The Bowery Ballroom, 5/17/2011

Urge Overkill visited The Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday night, touring in support of their new LP “Rock & Roll Submarine” (reviewed here).  The band stepped onstage just past ten p.m., and proceeded to unleash an hour and a half of glorious swaggering rock and roll.  The setlist was well-balanced, containing tracks from the new...
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The Glory Stompers: Live at Brooklyn Bowl, 4/1/2011

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April 4, 2011
The Glory Stompers: Live at Brooklyn Bowl, 4/1/2011

The Glory Stompers are a five-piece band from Los Angeles; their thrilling brand of rock and roll melds heavy-metal riffing and dynamics with hardcore punk attitude and a stage presence that takes no prisoners.  At Brooklyn Bowl last Saturday night, the group’s brief set held the audience in thrall: stomping twin guitars, thundering bass...
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The Pogues: The Parting Glass Tour

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March 16, 2011
The Pogues: The Parting Glass Tour

This is the last tour the Pogues will ever do. Again. And as a farewell tour it’s worth seeing. Shane MacGowan’s voice is positively astounding. He can barely stand, his speech is absolutely unintelligible, there’s not a tooth in his mouth, he dropped the microphone several times and twice knocked over his chair as...
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