2012: A Year In Pictures, October and December

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Johnny Hallyday, Beacon Theater, Oct. 7, 2012   Blake Mills, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 16, 2012   Fiona Apple, Terminal 5, New York, NY, 0ct. 16, 2012   Fiona Apple, Terminal 5, Oct. 16, 2012   Beast Patrol, The Studio at Webster Hall, October 19, 2012   Alex Greenwald and Z Berg, JJAMZ, The Studio at Webster Hall, Oct. 19, 2012   Alex Greenwald and Michael Runion, JJAMZ, The Studio at Webster Hall, Oct. 19, 2012   Sweatheart, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012   The Dirty Pearls, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012.   Justin Hawkins / The Darkness, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012   Jeffertitti’s Nile w/ Father John Misty, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Katy Goodman, La Sera, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Father John Misty, w/ Jeffertitti, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Lindi Ortega, Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 2012   Mike Ness, Social Distortion, Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 2012   Apparently I didn’t go to any shows in November, either.   Sheena Ozzella, Lemuria, Webster Hall, New York, NY, … Continue reading

2012: A Year In Pictures: Dec. 2011- March 2012

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A series of highlights, as well as a chronological accounting. At the beginning: shows I went to after I had completed last year’s year-end roundup but before the end of the year.   Naked Fiction, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 30, 2011   we are the Last Men On Earth, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, Dec. 30, 2011   Pollux, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, Dec. 30, 2011   Wounded Lion, Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 31, 2011   White Fence, Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 31, 2011   Fresh & Onlys, Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, Dec. 31, 2011   Thee Oh Sees, Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, Dec. 31, 2011   And now, 2012, starting my first show of the year at the Lakeside Lounge:   Mud, Blood & Beer, Lakeside Lounge, NY, NY, January 5, 2012   Crown Jewel Defense, Irving Plaza, New York, NY, February 4, 2012   Foxy Shazam, Irving Plaza, New York, NY, February 4, 2012   Justin Hawkins, The Darkness, Irving Plaza, New York, NY, February 4, 2012   The Darkness, Irving Plaza, New York, NY, February 4, 2012   Built By Stereo, Irving … Continue reading

Postcards from the Pit: The Darkness / The Dirty Pearls / Sweatheart, 10/22/12

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This show fell into the time period I refer to as “Halloween or Tuesday?”, in which, due to New York’s ah, vibrant populace, it is sometimes hard to tell if the person / group of people wearing what appear to be costumes are on their way to/from a Halloween party, or if they customarily rig themselves out in, say, top-hats, tails and corsets just to make a quick run up to the store. So when Sweatheart came out in their vaguely Medieval-looking outfits, you could probably see the Hmmm thought bubble floating above the crowd. I wasn’t really sure but was willing to come down on the side of Halloween. (I was also wondering what The Darkness would come up with as Halloween costumes.) As soon as the next band came on, though, it became apparent that we were not at a Halloween show, and snakeskin bodystockings, furry cuffs and monk robes were just Tuesday for Sweatheart. (Or Sunday night, as the case may be.) I appreciate that kind of ridiculousness in a band. They had excellent tunes, too, raunchy and hilarious in equal measure and driven by big crunchy riffs. And to top it all off they had a … Continue reading

Video: Valentine’s Day Grab Bag

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Because we’ve all got that one, you know the one I mean: it never works but you always want to think it will. And they always know exactly when to call.   Sometimes it goes so, so well, for a while:   Other times, you end up going all the way down the rabbit hole:   When it finally crashes and burns, you have to remember, you are still a rock star, with rock moves:   Though not everyone is so into all that DRAMA.   Though, okay, maybe a LITTLE bit of drama is fine:   Just enough to get your pulse going:   And maybe lead to shenanigans in public:   Especially if it ends  happily ever after:   Because against all odds and in defiance of experience and good sense, I do believe in a thing called love:

Postcards from the Pit: The Darkness / Foxy Shazam / Crown Jewel Defense, Irving Plaza, 2/4/2012

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This past Saturday night I went to the third show of The Darkness’ current North American tour, which is their first visit to these shores after a six year hiatus. It was an amazing evening; one of the many highlights of my time in the pit was the multiple occasions the dudes around me started air-guitaring along with the band. The setlist was a mixture of old and new songs, and included the entirety of their first record, Permission to Land. Highlights: One Way Ticket, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us, Get Your Hands off My Woman, Love Is Only A Feeling, Everybody Have a Good Time and, of course, in I Believe In a Thing Called Love. If the new tunes are anything to go by, the record they’re working on right now is going to be a banger. I can’t wait to hear the rest of it. And now, some pictures, starting with the first opener, Crown Jewel Defense, who have a record out. Taylor Hood and Steve Ford   Nick Clinch   Next up was Foxy Shazam, who have become somewhat ubiquitous (omnipresent?) in my concert-going adventures in the last couple of years or so. The first time I … Continue reading