Concert Reviews

The Lemonheads | 12.13.07

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 06 February 2008 06:02

lemonheads.jpgThe stunning nineteen perfectly-played songs crammed into just 50 minutes amounted to one of the greatest concerts I have ever witnessed in my life...and then it all turned to shit.




Video Games Live | 01.26.08

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Written by Byron Kerman Monday, 28 January 2008 13:58


As the orchestra ennobled the jingles that play as we maim, kill, fly and run through imaginary universes, the crowd erupted, time and again.




The Walkmen | 1.21.08

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Written by Karen Brandt Thursday, 24 January 2008 07:25

live_walkmen_sm.jpgThe wait for The Walkmen was much like the White Rabbits' set: short and sweet, with a lot of noise.



The Feed | 12.22.07

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 27 December 2007 09:54

live_feed_sm.jpgHighlights of the show included imagining a duet between falsetto pimp Ryan Jordan and Barry White.



MTVu Tour | 12.11.07

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Written by Katie Herring Tuesday, 18 December 2007 03:11

live_mae_sm.jpgIt was an odd lineup at best, with the heaviest of the bands opening the show and the sound getting poppier throughout the night.



The Cult | 11.29.07

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Written by Amy Burger Wednesday, 05 December 2007 03:53

live_cult_sm.jpgThe energy in The Pageant was indescribable—the frenzy of a thousand fans who had waited since 1985 to hear these songs performed.



Models Need Sleep | 11.24.07

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:54

live_essig.jpgYou see, Andrew's a singer-songwriter in his own right, and a damn fine one at that. What he lacks in stage presence and banter will come with experience; what he's got in song composition and delivery can't be learned as readily.


LucaBrasi | 11.23.07

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 27 November 2007 10:23

live_luca_sm.jpgOn some of the tracks, particularly the slower ones, the guitar work was shrouded and restrained; at times like these, the band truly excelled, its power visible but in check, just under the surface.

Modest Mouse | 11.14.07

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 27 November 2007 02:14

Photo by Joanna Kleine. The band did little to rein in its musical explorations, but the extended jams felt more focused, and would often stop on a dime. A run through the hit single "Float On" was endearingly sloppy, yet the band still felt in total control throughout.



Of Montreal | 11.19.07

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Written by Pete Wissinger Monday, 26 November 2007 09:34

live_ofmontreal_sm.jpgOf Montreal's exaggerated attire and stage presence perfectly represents the wackiest parts of Prince and David Bowie.


Sammy Hagar | 11.13.07

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Written by Ryan Parker Sunday, 25 November 2007 11:17

samusabig1.jpgOften when you see a classic rock artist performing their songs you get more of a nostalgic trip down memory lane. When Hagar performs his classic tunes, he insists his songs are as relevant today as they were thirty years ago.

Regina Spektor | 11.12.07

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Written by Kaylen Hoffman Wednesday, 21 November 2007 09:35

live_regina_sm.jpgSpektor plays with her voice much more in concert than on her records, and tonight she scats, screeches, growls, meows, hoots, and hollers throughout the show.

Tori Amos | 11.09.07

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Written by Joanna Kleine Wednesday, 21 November 2007 09:29

live_tori1_sm.jpgHer lips smear blood-red lipstick on her microphone as she sings, and she's not the kind of girl to cross her legs before she sits down, or after.


Shaw-Blades | 11.15.07

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Written by Derek Lauer Sunday, 18 November 2007 07:57

shawblades.jpgNeither Shaw nor Blades looks any worse for wear and their vocals were as good as or better than ever. They harmonize together effortlessly. The full sound of the trio was rounded out with Will Evankovich sitting in the middle providing solid rhythms on bass and guitar and adding to the vocal harmonies.

The New Pornographers | 11.04.07

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Written by Mandy Jordan Sunday, 18 November 2007 07:26

nps.jpgThe show in Lawrence was the second to last date of the Canadian indie/power-pop gaggle's three-month U.S. tour (before taking an almost two-week break, then heading off to Europe for a two-week stint). Despite their obvious exhaustion, they performed a show that would (upon reflection) rival most, if not all, the shows I've seen in a decade of concert-going.

Gov't Mule | 11.03.07

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Written by Amy Burger Sunday, 11 November 2007 03:21

haynes3.jpgThe first set was very mellow for Mule, but showcased the outstanding musicianship of not only Haynes but Grammy nominated drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Andy Hess.

Girl Talk | 11.08.07

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Saturday, 10 November 2007 09:07

live_girltalk.jpgWhile most of the tracks Gillis played were from 2006's Night Ripper, there were a few surprises, including a mash of Soulja Boy's "Crank That."

Robyn Hitchcock | 11.07.07

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Written by Pete Wissinger Saturday, 10 November 2007 08:59

live_robynh.jpgThe thing that really blew me away, though, was his virtuoso guitar playing. This doesn't necessarily hit you when listening to the album, but Hitchcock is one amazing folk guitar player.



Old Crow Medicine Show | 11.02.07

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Written by Glen Elkins Saturday, 10 November 2007 08:57

live_oldcrow.jpgThroughout the night, charismatic lead singer Ketch Secor whipped his band into a frenzy at the drop of a hat. His sporadically bowed fiddle revels with bumblebee agility over intricately plucked banjos, guitars and double bass.



Battles | 11.03.07

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Written by Jim Mancini Saturday, 10 November 2007 08:55

live_battles.jpgThe unseen member of Battles is technology, with a laptop set up next to Braxton and various other "stuff" with knobs and dials that are continually being tweaked and adjusted throughout the performance.



Tony Bennett | 10.27.07

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Written by Byron Kerman Wednesday, 07 November 2007 09:21

live_bennett_sm.jpgSomehow, the octogenarian has kept his talent intact. He proves it with a stunt he does at each concert, singing an a cappella "Fly Me to the Moon" with the microphone shut off.



Art Brut & The Hold Steady | 10.30.07

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 05 November 2007 09:50

live_holdsteady.jpg"Little Brother" and "Nag" were definite highlights, with "Good Weekend" the best, and biggest crowd pleaser...all before 8:10 p.m.



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