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Record Review: Dragonforce – The Power Within (The Disappointment Within)

Awful… Just fucking awful. I love Dragonforce. No, I need to change that. The present tense is no longer valid. I loved Dragonforce. I saw them and Killswitch Engage on my birthday during the Inhuman Rampage tour and to this day it is still one of my all-time favorite shows. Killswitch was in perfect form … Continue reading

Zambri – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY (May 23, 2012)

Whenever I think of music labeled “experimental,” “art pop,” “avant garde” (or the even more pretentious “avant indie”), I must immediately suppress a yawn and lunge for my two liter bottle of Mt. Dew. In the context of the various bands working in the Brooklyn music scene these days, one must take such labeling with … Continue reading

Ava Luna/Magic Wands – The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY (May 16, 2012)

Ava Luna/Magic Wands – The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY (May 16, 2012) I like Magic Wands’ new album Aloha Moon, but my attendance at the Knitting Factory (aka the “Knit”) this evening was all about getting a live peak at the fabulous Ava Luna. Rather than the traditional headliner/opener format, Magic Wands and Ava Luna … Continue reading

Deer Tick / Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside – Urban Lounge (SLC, UT) 5/10/12

As I was just a budding young lad at the age of 16, I dreamt of the day I would be old enough to go see a 21 and over concert every day of the week. It was to be magical. I would drink, stay out late, see all of my favorite bands and not … Continue reading

Record Review: The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap (Self-titled)

Considering the success that The Temper Trap’s debut album, Conditions, gained for the band, the pressure undoubtedly was on for their follow-up album- no one wants to fall victim to the dreaded “Second Album Syndrome”. While the expectations for the band’s sophomore album were high, rather than ride the coattails of “Sweet Disposition”, the band bravely … Continue reading

Record Review: Beach House – Bloom

I typically steer clear of writing album reviews, because any given recording usually has a mutable shelf life for any given listener, and therefore an individual’s interpretation of a collection of music simply reflects a brief moment of judgment and application of value, inviting the possibility of subsequent reevaluation. For me, albums tend to change … Continue reading

Record Review: Silversun Pickups – Neck of the Woods

Los Angeles’ Silversun Pickups are back with Neck of the Woods, their first full release since 2009’s Swoon. The new album is a slight departure from previous efforts, with the band at times eschewing their traditional guitar-driven distortion for a more sampled and produced sound. Opening with “Skin Graph,” the album leads in with a … Continue reading

Chairlift – Webster Hall, NYC (May 8, 2012)

A few days ago one of my students asked me if I ever take hallucinogenic drugs (apparently she occasionally partakes of a drug similar to shrooms while cavorting with a Scottish shaman in Peru). Thanks to the Chairlift show this evening at the grand old Webster Hall I need not wonder what I’m missing with … Continue reading

M83 – In the Venue SLC, UT (4/29/12)

Amidst the extensive array of performances I viewed during my days at Coachella last month, I was only able to catch a few songs of M83’s late night performance. At a multi-day music festival, the decisions one is faced with could be colossal: The Black Keys, Explosions in the Sky and M83 being one I personally … Continue reading

Nite Jewel – Bowery Ballroom, NYC (April 24, 2012)

Wow, a musician using synthesizers, samples, keys and other electronica actually shows up for a concert with instruments and performers and then proceeds to play music!! I suppose I should avoid beating the dead horse that is the Sleigh Bells live show, but I must say that I find their approach disturbing (similar to how … Continue reading

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