Live Show Reviews

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
The Hate My Day Jobs @ Pianos – 6.4.16

The Hate My Day Jobs @ Pianos – 6.4.16

Author’s Note: I didn’t have a real good way to celebrate America today. I jerked off, did my laundry, looked at ACs. Simple stuff which I guess is banal and liberated as anything else USA! but I would’ve liked to have gotten drunk on a roof top with hot dogs...

Review by Charles
Pissed Jeans / Lydia Lunch Retrovirus @ Knitting Factory (BK) – 6.24.16

Pissed Jeans / Lydia Lunch Retrovirus @ Knitting Factory (BK) – 6.24.16

Editor’s Note: Charles claims he first really learned about himself when he was sixteen-years-old, lost and ravenous in a sweat-dreadful summer that saw him getting drunk in the streets of Los Angeles, sucking dick in a park blocks from his boyhood apartment, making out with a married woman in the...

Review by Charles
Wharf Cat Records Northside Showcase @ Union Pool – 6.11.16

Wharf Cat Records Northside Showcase @ Union Pool – 6.11.16

Author’s Note: If society is a hole, then Brooklyn is an abyss and I say this as a man whose family is born and bred in the borough, whose occupation takes him there on the irregular days that his profession demands his presence, whose friends have lived and rooted there...

Review by Charles
Savages – Emo’s – Austin, Texas, April 12, 2016

Savages – Emo’s – Austin, Texas, April 12, 2016

Photos and Words by David Brendan Hall With their 2013 full-length debut Silence Yourself, Savages set the bar high – that head-on, post-punk blitz alluded to heavy influence from Psychedelic Furs, Bauhaus and Siouxsie and the Banshees while forging its own space among this era’s great heavy rock records. So...

Review by eds.
WALL / Pill / Your 33 Black Angels @ Rough Trade – 2.24.16

WALL / Pill / Your 33 Black Angels @ Rough Trade – 2.24.16

Ed. Note: Charles isn’t here right now. He’s somewhere far away (with feelings that one day he’ll learn to express) drinking beer in the dark and blasting No Fucker because some days the heart needs noise, not music. So it’s a little hard for him to get back to the...

Review by Charles
Protomartyr / Priests / Beech Creeps @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – 2.13.16

Protomartyr / Priests / Beech Creeps @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – 2.13.16

Saturday was cold, man. Bitter fucking cold. Nut-skinningly cold. Clit-crackingly cold. Straight-up skull sheering old soul hemorrhaging cold and I know, I know, I know that I live in New York City and as a lover of Eastern Seaboard seasons I should be comfortable with a winter wild but a...

Review by Charles