Live Show Reviews

Chain Wallet / Dinowalrus / Hot Curl @ Mercury Lounge – 3.10.17

Chain Wallet / Dinowalrus / Hot Curl @ Mercury Lounge – 3.10.17

You know, I could’ve been on a hot date tonight. Some experimental prepared piano atmospheric intimacies in a basement called Subculture, then sushi and cocktails and then maybe, just maybe Kay Parker. Instead, I was deep down on the other side of the island making time with an unexpected popfest...

Review by Charles
Pissed Jeans / Latchkey Lights / Weeping Icon @ BK Bazaar – 2.24.17

Pissed Jeans / Latchkey Lights / Weeping Icon @ BK Bazaar – 2.24.17

I’ll pay good money any day of the week to have Matt Korvette yell at me and so would Joseph and that’s why we’ve committed our bones to spend an unseasonable shimmering evening out in BK at “that joint with the terrible toilets and the weird-ass mirrors everywhere” with the...

Review by Charles
Bambara / Stuyedeyed / Midriffs / Pink Mexico @ Alphaville – 2.18.17

Bambara / Stuyedeyed / Midriffs / Pink Mexico @ Alphaville – 2.18.17

One day, Joseph’s gonna punch me in the face for dragging him out to these surly Brooklyn gigs (Manhattan, as you may well know is a dead fuckin’ silhouette and I refuse to concede that anything off the L train is actually Queens) but for now, he’s content to get...

Review by Charles
Beck – HollywoodPalladium – 02/10/17

Beck – HollywoodPalladium – 02/10/17

As one might expect with an occasion where a 5-time Grammy winner kicks off the annual music awards ceremony’s weekend in Los Angeles with his first show of the year, Beck delivered a decidedly all-star – albeit almost too loose at points – greatest hits set Friday at the Hollywood...

Review by David Brendan Hall
Cold Cave / Drab Majesty @ St. Vitus – 1.22.17

Cold Cave / Drab Majesty @ St. Vitus – 1.22.17

This is how I like to think my Sundays will unfold: Wake up before 8, feeling ready. Grind some coffee and sip it listening to something erudite and empowering on the radio while I burn through the Sunday Puzzle. Go to gym. Lift. Run. Sweat. Mark personal bests and then...

Review by Charles
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