2013: A Year in Pictures

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A full year of rock ‘n’ roll pictures, January to December, New York to Boston to Philadelphia to Brooklyn. They might not be the best pictures ever, but they are mine. Magic Trick, Webster Hall, New York, NY, January 14, 2013   Father John Misty, Webster Hall, New York, NY, January 14, 2013   Wildstreet, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   William Control, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Ashley Purdy, Black Veil Brides, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Jake Pitts and Jinxx, Black Veil Brides, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Jinxx, Black Veil Brides, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Pete Wentz book signing, New York, NY, February 21, 2013   The Naturals, The Bowery Electric, New York, NY, April 6, 2013   Wise Girl, The Bowery Electric, New York, NY, April 6, 2013   Mud, Blood and Beer, The Bitter End, New York, NY, April 13, … Continue reading

Postcards from the Pit: Black Veil Brides / William Control / Wildstreet, 1/25/2013

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This was not my first show of the new year, but it was the one I looked forward to for days in a state of nervous, fluttery happiness. It was also my second Black Veil Brides event in one week; the first one was a viewing of Legion of the Black, the movie that accompanies / amplifies their new record, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones. I say accompanies/amplifies because the movie both illustrates and provides a narrative structure for the record. You can listen to and enjoy the record without ever watching the film, but it’s somewhat like listening to the official soundtrack of a Broadway show and never seeing the stage play itself. I got watch five minutes of the movie at the listening party in December; having now experienced the rest I can tell you it is interesting, conceptually and thematically, but I’m holding off on making detailed commentary until I can watch it again when it gets a wider re-release in the spring. Meanwhile, onwards to the show:   Wildstreet, of New York, were up first. They have a new record out. Here are some pictures of (most of) them:       … Continue reading

Report from a Listening Party: Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine

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Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones is album number three for Black Veil Brides. As a quick introduction to their current aesthetic, here’s the video for the first single, In the End, which dropped on Wednesday:     The rest of Wretched and Divine is due out in early January, and will be accompanied by a movie called Legion of the Black. Buying a ticket for the New York premiere of Legion of the Black was what led to me being one of the lucky people who got to attend a listening party for Wretched and Divine today. We got to listen to it all the way through one time. The following notes and observations are based on that single hearing: This record is big, in the sense that it is ambitious, and in the sense that it contains multitudes. It is expansive, but not bloated, and heavy, at times, but not ponderous. One of my notes on I Am Bulletproof, the first song, was WHAMMO guitar time! More punch than drag; heavy drums, lots of shredding, but cohesive, which I feel is a reasonable summation of the song and most of the record as well. Main … Continue reading