Concert Reviews

The Police | 07.02.07

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Written by Jason Green Saturday, 07 July 2007 09:08

police003During each lengthy instrumental break, Summers and Sting would approach center stage, exchanging goofy looks or parodying typical rock band behavior by rocking in time with each other, the pair behaving as if they were goofing around in front of a handful of fans instead of a near-capacity hockey arena.



The Long Blondes | 06.13.07

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Written by Dean Ramos Tuesday, 26 June 2007 14:10


longblondesheaderAs band mates Dorian Cox and Emma Chaplin exchanged guitar and keyboard duties throughout their set, black-clad bassist Reenie Hollis stood demurely in the background, her presence no less felt because of it.




The National | 6.11.07

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Written by Dave Jasmon Tuesday, 26 June 2007 13:30

national_owyoung2The National's performance was one of those that cemented the devotion of old fans, pulled the new fans down deeper, and introduced curious music lovers to a band that will soon be one of their favorites.


The Cinematics | 06.20.07

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 24 June 2007 10:28

live_cineIn fact, during the band's last number, the slowed-down charmer "Asleep at the Wheel," there was such a wall of sound and crashing melodies that I was amazed they were still just four; so great—and wondrous—was the noise that it seemed a full orchestra should have been present.




John Mayer | 06.20.07

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Written by Katie Herring Sunday, 24 June 2007 07:38

mayer0607Live, his music doesn't sound as watered down as it does on the radio, and you can tell that, if Mayer had his way, this would be how his audience heard his tracks all the time. 

Garrison Starr | 06.16.07

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Written by Kevin Renick Tuesday, 19 June 2007 03:50

starrStarr played solo on electric guitar, something you don't see many female performers do, so that was rather striking.



Electric Six | 06.07.07

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 18 June 2007 13:31

live_electric6Valentine was the dance commander with a repertoire that included holding the microphone stand above his head, gay disco moves, and synchronized kicks with the guitarist.






Yacht | 05.10.07

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 18 June 2007 13:23

live_yachtSuperfun usually offers a hilarious cover, Weezer's "Beverly Hills" or The Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare," but due to laptop difficulties, Enrique Iglesias's "Do You Know the Ping-Pong Song?" was botched.






Electrelane | 06.07.07

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 18 June 2007 12:57

live_electrelaneI pride myself on getting set lists, but for Electrelane I left with a very incomplete one, filled with hopeless notes of "incessant piano," "hypnotic keyboard," "circular melodies," "frequent guitar-solos," and tidbits of Verity Susman's soft-spoken British accent.






Bobby Bare Jr. | 06.11.07

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Written by Chris Schott Monday, 18 June 2007 12:50

live_bbarejrBobby Bare Jr. is like a coffee table with one short leg. He's completely unstable and he rocks.







Jonny Lang | 06.14.07

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Written by Lauren Beckerle Sunday, 17 June 2007 13:09

langHere is an artist who makes Mom smile warmly and say, "Look honey, now we have something in common. I already bought your ticket."






Fergie | 06.11.07

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Written by Amy Burger Friday, 15 June 2007 12:14

fergie2Fergie did a full-on, booty-shakin' performance of Black Eyed Peas hit "My Humps," but gave the rest of the Peas songs the lame, quickie-medley treatment, teasing the audience just enough to get them cheering, then moving on.







Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals | 06.10.07

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Written by Amy Burger Friday, 15 June 2007 01:46

live_harperHarper's gifts are many. He's an incredible, soulful singer and a highly accomplished guitarist with a unique ability to engage his audience with both hard-driving, guitar-wailing rock 'n' roll songs and quiet, thoughtful acoustic ballads.






Tea Leaf Green | 06.07.07

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Written by John Shepherd Monday, 11 June 2007 03:18

live_tealeafNoodling this music may be, but it does require the mastery of an instrument and, more importantly, the ability to listen closely to other players and sync with them.






Night Ranger | 05.27.07

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 06 June 2007 03:28

live_nightrangerThe main thing to note is that Night Ranger is a pop vocal group backed by good musicianship, and every one of them can sing fantastic while playing guitar.






Rik Emmett | 05.27.07

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 06 June 2007 03:20

live_emmettOne great thing about seeing seasoned musicians like Emmett is their ability to entertain in spite of the situation.






Dave Brubeck Quartet | 06.03.07

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 06 June 2007 03:13

live_brubeckThe setting gave me a sense that I was there to be educated as much as entertained, sort of like watching a performance of your college professors.






Cursive | 05.29.07

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Written by Mandy Jordan Monday, 04 June 2007 14:43

live_cursiveThey moved forward with "Dorothy at Forty," one of my favorite tracks from their most recent release, 2006's Happy Hollow, the lyrics precise and exact: "Dreams are all you have/ dreams have held you back/ dreamers never live/ only dream of it..."






Brian Capps and the True Liars | 06.02.07

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Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 04 June 2007 14:28

live_cappsOne highlight was Capps' signature cover of "Walk the Line," which fans of his shows are certainly familiar with. But this time, upon completing the song, Capps exclaimed, "Okay, now let's turn the record over," and he imitated the sound of a scratchy 45 ending.






The Arcade Fire | 05.20.07

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Written by Kaylen Hoffman Saturday, 02 June 2007 06:02

live_arcadeTheir music reminded me of a hot, steamy summer's night in an urban jungle, where the Sharks and Jets are about to rumble through the New York City streets.






Brandi Carlile | 05.22.07

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Written by Brian Kenney Wednesday, 30 May 2007 08:31

live_carlileThe singer/songwriter brought down the house with hyperkinetic versions of "Closer to You" and "My Song," prompting Carlile to quip, "I always forget when I come to this part of the country and get up here and start stomping around that the air is thin and all."






Honda Civic Tour 2007 | 05.18.07

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Written by Katie Herring Wednesday, 30 May 2007 08:24

live_hondaThere were some funny parts in their set, though, especially when Hoppus pointed out that there was a woman in front doing sign language for anyone who was deaf. He proceeded to say, "Mark Hoppus is the sexiest man alive. He is super awesome...and I bet he is a great kisser."






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