Live On Stage

Why The Return of The Skate and Surf Festival Left Me Unimpressed

By Helen Bach | May 21, 2013

Apparently these guys were on a different time zone and every act was behind an hour. Sad news for labels like Fearless Records who tweet Mayday Parade (aka ‘Breadsticks’) is on at 7:15 and they come on after 8. Seriously, how amateur can you be? I have been to so many festivals and theyre precision timing.

Fall Out Boy, Skate and Surf Fest Saturday May 18th, 2013 Reviewed

By admin | May 20, 2013

This is when it hit me that FOB is truly the greatest band of our generation. They have such stage presence, and I can’t say often enough how insanely phenomenal Patrick’s voice was.

The True Believers Grapevine, TX Friday, May 18th, 2013 Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | May 20, 2013

I would love to hear the True Believers play live with a proper sound system and I’d also love to see them perform a full set. After forty minutes, the Grapevine Main Street Festival organizers told the band to exit the stage. The True Believers were booted for being too loud.

FIDLAR At Artopia, Thursday May 16th 2013

By Alyson Camus | May 19, 2013

New York (or New Jersey should I say?) has intellectual punk Titus Andronicus making all these references to Albert Camus and Shakespeare. Los Angeles has riotous punk FIDLAR making references to coke, weed, skates and cheap beers… Both bands are young and bring tons of punk energy to their shows but don’t seem to come from the same place… existentialism versus teenage boredom,

The Wonder Years In-Store Acoustic Tour Newbury Comics, Norwood MA Wednesday May 15th, 2013 Reviewed

By admin | May 17, 2013

Dan “Soupy” Campbell walked by me and at that moment, I fangirled. I lost my cool. I was not a journalist at a show, I was a hardcore fan stoked to see my idols grace a stage.

Infantree At The Echo, Monday May 13th 2013

By Alyson Camus | May 17, 2013

So many indie bands sound alike, but Infantree was showing a real uniqueness which was certainly borrowing from the 70s and way beyond, ‘Fibber’ had a little bit of this Jefferson-Airplane-Grateful-Dead-CSN-hippie generation smoking through the cracks of the song

Torches (Do Arcade Fire) At The Echo, Monday May 13th 2013

By Alyson Camus | May 16, 2013

Still, it was pretty daring to juxtapose their own songs with these beloved youth rebellious anthems,… it’s like asking for a comparison! And I am saying this because, after this experience, Torches’ music did not entirely sound different from Arcade Fire’

Twenty One Pilots, Webster Underground Hartford, CT May 10th, 2013 Reviewed

By admin | May 14, 2013

I was in the middle of the crowd, surrounded by mostly teenage boys talking about how stoned they were and how stoked they were and how awesome their band was and how drunk they got last weekend. Losers, but meh. I was just excited. I knew that that night was going to be groundbreaking, life-changing. I felt it in my bones.

Mudhoney w/ Pissed Jeans, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Sat. May 11th, 2013 Reviewed

By Robert Ross | May 14, 2013

Had the sound been better, I would have liked them even more, but for certain, Pissed Jeans were a great way to begin the night.

Cold War Kids At Amoeba, Monday April 1st 2013

By Alyson Camus | April 4, 2013

it was a large crowd for a stadium-sized sound, as the quintet did sound big and confident on the small stage, with singer Nathan Willet’s powerhouse falsetto vocals leading the game during their eight-song set. They started with two new songs off their brand new ‘Dear Miss Lonelyhearts’, first, ‘Loner Phase’, which had an interesting combination of dance-y beats and sweeping-bombastic synth wrapped by a sort of Depeche-More-meets-the Killers sound

Texas Is The Reason At The Henry Fonda Theater, Saturday March 30th, 2013

By Alyson Camus | April 3, 2013

Over the years, they sure have built a loyal follow-up, and the Henry Fonda theater seemed quite packed on Saturday night, filled with fans eager to see a band which just played one-off reunion show in 2006, but had basically turned down other offers,… until 2013. A few months ago, they headlined two shows in New York and Chicago to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their label

Milk Music At The Echoplex, Friday March 29th 2013

By Alyson Camus | April 2, 2013

Their set was quite animated, there was a sort of Ariel-Pink-look going on with Alex Coxen’s bleached hair and shorts over tights, but he was producing some visceral open-throated vocals, and a nervous but triumphant feeling was coming from all that loud distortion, squalling and shredding. Dinosaur Jr.? Sure, but there was certainly more than this in their booming guitar solos

Iceage At The Echoplex, Friday March 29th 2013

By Alyson Camus | April 1, 2013

You will read a lot of Joy Division comparisons in critics, and it is understandable based on the pessimistic ambiance they installed during their short set, it would certainly be difficult to top it, but I don’t know if I totally buy the whole Hamlet in hell, I-am-the-new-Ian-Curtis nihilistic approach. May be they don’t want to be compared to the 70s English band

The Milk Carton Kids At Amoeba, Tuesday March 26th 2013

By Alyson Camus | March 29, 2013

The finger picking was getting more intricate on some songs, going from mellow parts to more country or bluegrass ones, and they were joking about the fact that people thought they were from the mid west because of the type of music they were playing. ‘We are from LA’, they said, ‘But we went to Michigan once and wrote this song about getting out of there!’… ‘Is there someone from Michigan?’

Dan Aykroyd Jumped On Stage With Harper Simon At The Satellite Last Monday

By Alyson Camus | March 28, 2013

There were a few photographs hanging around the stage, waiting between the sets, and I was among them, checking my phone, when I saw a hand in front of me and a voice saying ‘Hello I’m Harper’, I was so surprised I must have said something quite stupid like ‘I know’!

Chris Owens At The Ebell Theater, Friday March 22nd 2013

By Alyson Camus | March 25, 2013

On Friday night, Chris Owens had settled down for this 60s-inspired pretty and delicate music, embellished with ethereal flute, Toots-Thielemans-style harmonica and vibrant sax, and he didn’t even hesitate to cover big classics from Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkel, Donovan and Bob Dylan, going with the period.

Complaints To The FCC After Beyonce's Super Show Reveal The Worst Of America

By Alyson Camus | March 17, 2013

You get the picture, you can read all of them, but it is very redundant, with a lot of ‘gyrating hips’, vagina’, ‘porn’ and various sex references. So decades after Elvis, people are still shocked by dance movements involving hips?

They Might Be Giants, House of Blues, Dallas, 12 March 2013 Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | March 14, 2013

Flansburgh, who seems to be more disheveled and heavier each time I see him, mugs for crowd, jumps up and down in time with the music, and dramatically plucks out one note at a time while jerking his guitar at different angles. He’s the nerd rock Rick Nielsen.

The Sound City Players At The Palladium, Thursday January 31st 2013

By Alyson Camus | February 3, 2013

David Grohl is a very crazy person, what was he thinking? That his fans would follow him into this marathon-show idea? But he was right and he also proved he was a very tough guy as he didn’t leave the stage once during this 3 hour-and-half performance, jumping behind the drums or playing guitar with the same passion

An Orphan Molly Writes…

By Miriam El Djazairy | December 17, 2012

Since Annie had a ginger afro, we had to get Molly a wig, and any time she walked on stage we all started laughing, but if we wanted to be professionals we had to keep it in.

Jack White's Short Set At Radio City, Fans Won't Leave

By Helen Bach | September 29, 2012

Simply said fans are outside the stage door now waiting for Jacks exit. Hipster riot indeed. The details will flow soon, and rocknyc was on the scene and can honestly state that the show was seamless and perfection. Either this abrupt ending was planned or Jack just cut the encore.

Jack White And His All-Girl Band Play A Surprise Show At Boyle Heights On Friday Afternoon

By Alyson Camus | August 12, 2012

ack White and his all-female entourage showed up on the small outdoor stage and played a 20-minute set. It was announced at the last minute (I don’t know if I could have made it if I had seen it on time) and happened in a neighborhood not used to such things.

Haim, Twilight Concert Series At Santa Monica Pier, Thursday July 19th 2012

By Alyson Camus | July 22, 2012

three voices doing harmonies over harmonies, Este on bass, Danielle on guitar and Alana on guitar and synth played a strong set of their original compositions inspired from 90s R&B, 80s funky synth music and classic rock and folk.

Big Boi, Camp Bisco 11, Friday July 13, 2012

By Henry Sins | July 21, 2012

He put energy behind every word which is not something you can say for many rappers. Even if when you couldn’t quite hear him because of the sheer volume of the music and crowd, Big Boi just kept up the energy and got louder so you could hear his sharp lyrics

The Disco Biscuits live at Camp Bisco, Reviewed

By Henry Sins | July 19, 2012

Standing with the crowd as the Disco Biscuits performed was a little bit like floating in an ocean of music. That sounds a little fluffy and cliché but it’s the best way I can think to describe it.

Adam Lambert Gives His First Performance with Queen in Kiev

By Alyson Camus | July 4, 2012

It is not enough to be gay and to be dressed up like a S&M prom queen, the guy has not a huge stage presence, and he takes too many liberties with the songs which just fall flat, especially he just can’t escape the American idol audition, and the whole thing sounds like a bore.

Pitbull and Walmart

By Helen Bach | July 2, 2012

Look, Pitbull is a product. Don’t get it f*cked up—I’m a businessman. This industry is 90 percent business, 10 percent talent. It’s the people who think they’re talented, that their sh*t don’t stink, who get left behind…Two thousand nine was freedom, 2010 was invasion, 2011 was takeover, 2012 is grow wealth.”

All Aboard for Holy Ship!! II

By Helen Bach | May 24, 2012

Brought to you by party maniac promotors Hard Events, Cloud 9 Adventures and The Bowery Presents, The 2013 cruise also includes sets from Diplo, A-Trak, Skream & Benga, Busy P, Jack Beats, Zedd, Crookers, 12th Planet, Dillon Francis, Tommy Trash,

Another Giant Festival by Promoter Goldenvoice For 2013?

By Alyson Camus | May 21, 2012

Goldenvoice and the city of Irvine have signed a contract that would allow the promoter to stage a multi-day music festival at the Orange County Great Park next year. At the center of Orange county, Irvine is at a convenient 40-mile-distance from downtown LA and they say that the festival could draw more than 150,000 people

Jack White Streaming, Concerts In Your Pajamas

By Helen Bach | April 29, 2012

Free of charge and not having to smell anyones sweat I sat back and watch Jack White and his band of merry makers on two cameras. A cute idea to have it on ‘venue cam’ and,’garys cam’. Gary did a nice job. Who the hell is Gary?

New England Hardcore and Metal Fest 2012 Worcester Palladium

By Helen Bach | April 24, 2012

What stunned me more than the precision of this event is the crowd itself. Worcesters hardcore scene is vicious but this was a brotherhood that I had not seen before. Could be that they were on best behaviour so they wouldn’t miss their faves but regardless there was a lot less smack talk going on.

MLB Fan Cave NYC Concert Series

By Helen Bach | April 5, 2012

The MLB Fan Cave is located in the former Tower Records Greenwich Village. Located at 692 Broadway, this mega space will be the scene of some pretty interesting concerts in celebration of the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season

Imperial Teen at Origami Vinyl Sunday, March 25th, 2012

By Alyson Camus | March 28, 2012

The four of them played a few of their poppy songs, which were diverse but shared these boy-girl harmonies with nervously excited beats and a punkish background, while switching instruments several times during the show, navigating between keyboard, guitar, bass and drums

Faces with Rod Stewart Will Perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

By Helen Bach | March 26, 2012

We ended up not doing anything more for a couple of reasons, including Rod’s busy solo schedule and his Vegas commitments, which is why we brought in Mick [Hucknall] for a few dates.”

Bad Religion headlining Reason Rally in Washington D.C.

By Alyson Camus | March 23, 2012

they have been inspired to learn more and care more by listening to our music. I think, therefore, that the Reason Rally — like Bad Religion — can be very inspirational.’

Fiona Apple Premieres New Songs At SXSW

By Alyson Camus | March 16, 2012

Why everyone is expecting the same unnatural perfection you can hear on the record? Shaky is okay in my world, she is really real, and don’t say this if you don’t want to see her disappear for another 7 years.

The Music Of The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964 -1971 At Carnegie Hall, Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | March 15, 2012

A corking good idea at first glance: the Stones classic double greatest hits album, Hot Rocks.. performed in sequence from one end to the other, with three ringers thrown in for the heck of it. At Carnegie Hall Tuesday night.

Our Last Night, Tuxedo Junction Saturday February 24, 2012

By admin | February 27, 2012

Their screamer was absolutely mind blowing. His voice was so perfect and there wasn’t a single scream that came out of him that I wasn’t impressed with. His variety of screams made it all the better. As for the singer, he was equally flawless.

Electric Daisy Carnival Hits New York

By Helen Bach | February 27, 2012

Over 250,000 sweat soaked dance fans overtook Sin City and now its Gotham’s turn. In partnership with EDC organizer Insomniac Events, and Pacha New York, are promising a party of epic proportion

Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Ball, NYC Style

By Helen Bach | February 22, 2012

EPIX (EpixHD.com) will broadcast live the first ever Secret Policemans Ball from Radio City Music Hall on March 4th at 7pm. This is the first time this event has been held in the US

Gettin' Warpy With It: Warped Tour News

By Helen Bach | February 19, 2012

Yes its only February and no I don’t care I still am preoccupied with Warped Tour. As the and line up trickles in a find myself again crossing my fingers so that some of my faves hit the bill.

Streaming McCartney Thursday February 9th On iTunes

By Helen Bach | February 8, 2012

I do know he is legend. I do know that his fans are like idiotic rabid dogs with any smidgen of criticism so all of you just line up and hit the button to enjoy this iTune freebie.

Don Giovanni Records Showcase 2012

By Helen Bach | January 31, 2012

The return of For Science, and sets by Screaming Females and Black Wine, and thats just day one. 2012 is a kiler year for Don Giovanni Records and we strongly suggest you book your time accordingly. Three nights of greatness from the coolest label I know.

Mayhem Festival 2012, Here’s One For The Old Guys

By Helen Bach | January 27, 2012

But we do have the outstanding Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria and As I Lay Dying. There we go with something worth hearing. There will be more additions of course, this is a multi stage ‘Festival’

The Henry Clay People & Friends Satellite Club, New Years Eve 2012

By Alyson Camus | January 3, 2012

And if people were already all-smile and drunk, the rest of the night was a real treat as they covered some great classics and also a few cheesy numbers, but everything was an absolute funfest.

“Love You Madly: A Concert For John O’Brien,” Scott Weiland and Velvet Revolver

By Helen Bach | January 3, 2012

The House of Blues in West Hollywood California is the venue where Mr. ‘Fall To Pieces”, will hopefully NOT fall to pieces before a benefit crowd.

Helen's Top 5 Concerts of 2011

By Helen Bach | December 23, 2011

All Time Low, Wallingford CT. There is nothing more fun than hanging out with ATL. The guys are exactly what you want to spend a night with. I have never laughed harder at a non comedy show in my life.

Paul McCartney Falls Off The Stage

By Helen Bach | December 23, 2011

Now McCartney is not exactly a dancer and well I dont think anyone had thrown business cards at the stage, which we know makes things mad slippery

Yusuf Islam's "Moonshadow" Musical in Melbourne

By Helen Bach | December 7, 2011

For those of you unfamiliar with Cat Stevens or Yusef Islam, its time to school yourself. One of the most soothing voices and most graphical lyrcists of all time. Islam has faced some opposition and rough press upon his religious conversion. He had made some controversial statements

"A Twisted Christmas", Twisted Sister In New York

By Helen Bach | December 2, 2011

This just in.. Jesus will not be born this year.  This in protest to the horrific news that Twisted Sister is playing live in honor of the holiday. New York I am so sorry for this but, Friday, December 2 at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY, and The Best Buy Theater in NYC on…