Reviews

Wrekmeister Harmonies / Kayo Dot / Miserable @ Trans Pecos – 11.4.16

Wrekmeister Harmonies / Kayo Dot / Miserable @ Trans Pecos – 11.4.16

Before I go any further, you should know that my mind’s not right. Isn’t tonight and wasn’t the last five. Personal shit. Heavy truths of watching the ones you love get older while you chance the teenage dream again and it all just seems so much grayer than it did...

Review by Charles
Skeletonwitch / Iron Reagan / Oathbreaker / Homewrecker @ St. Vitus – 10.28.16

Skeletonwitch / Iron Reagan / Oathbreaker / Homewrecker @ St. Vitus – 10.28.16

Fuck today. No. Yeah. I mean, definitely fuck today but motherfucking fuck this week. This shit was a bad scene from the beginning and only got worse as the hours unfurled what with the discharge and contempt; the nonsensical doublespeak, the maladies and doe-eyed incompetence that just makes me want...

Review by Charles
Dillinger Escape Plan / O’Brother / Cult Leader / Bent Knee @ Webster Hall – 10.15.16

Dillinger Escape Plan / O’Brother / Cult Leader / Bent Knee @ Webster Hall – 10.15.16

I shouldn’t have gone to this show. Five days into a cold or flu or whatever phlegmatic shitshow I’m still enjoying this evening and deep into the dizzying twilight of the third migraine of the week, I was dizzy and hacking and weak and would’ve done a better service to...

Review by Charles
Birds in Row / Listener / Mercy Ties / Sun Rot @ Don Pedro’s – 10.13.16

Birds in Row / Listener / Mercy Ties / Sun Rot @ Don Pedro’s – 10.13.16

This town gets smaller every day. Sun Rot Sludge as fuck, wet crust with black hearts and glue eyes or something similarly unpleasant and appealing like the smell of a freshly picked scab. A glum trudge punctuated by electronic squealing. The name’s appropriate. Mercy Ties I’ll kind of always be...

Review by Charles
Self Defense Family / Jesus Piece / PAWNS / GLORY @ Brooklyn Bazaar – 9.30.16

Self Defense Family / Jesus Piece / PAWNS / GLORY @ Brooklyn Bazaar – 9.30.16

After three beers (before the first band even played) it finally clicked: Brooklyn (nee Night) Bazaar’s new Greenpoint location is the perfect spot for a devastatingly disarming 70s party scene what with the inescapable blackness contrasting tallow halogen, drab rugs and mirrors fucking everywhere. NOFX blared from some rooms, artisinal...

Review by Charles
Foals at the Hollywood Palladium 9-27-16

Foals at the Hollywood Palladium 9-27-16

Photos and Words by Natasha Aftandilians “Math rock” is something of a cute, albeit nerdy appellation that’s stuck to Foals’ music since they made their 2008 debut; for most of their career it seemed like an accurate label, but at the Hollywood Palladium last night, lead singer Yannis Philippakis and...

Review by Natasha Aftandilians
The Kills @ ACL Live – Austin, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016

The Kills @ ACL Live – Austin, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016

Photos and Words by David Brendan Hall One might assume that a duo rock act, by virtue of having fewer creative minds to reconcile, might be the swiftest sort of songwriters. Between 2003-2011, the Kills lived up to that notion, releasing four records during that span, one roughly every three...

Review by David Brendan Hall
Joanna Newsom @ ACL Live – Austin, Texas, Sept. 7, 2016

Joanna Newsom @ ACL Live – Austin, Texas, Sept. 7, 2016

Photos and Words by David Brendan Hall Joanna Newsom’s music isn’t the most accessible. Not everyone can vibe with the eccentric harp, and piano-based tunes laden with fairytale-esque lyrics, but her talent for spinning something superbly complex out of myriad seemingly simple elements is undeniable. During her Sept. 7th performance...

Review by David Brendan Hall