• Mannheim Steamroller

    Mannheim Steamroller

    The holiday music of Mannheim Steamroller reverberates, even as we take our unwanted Christmas sweaters back to Target.

  • The Airborne Toxic Event

    The Airborne Toxic Event

    Three bands (including The Airborne Toxic Event), six bars — what more could Carl F Gauze want? Oh, yeah, legible sound.

  • Family Force 5

    Family Force 5

    Hundreds of salivating teenaged females (and one creepy old guy named Christopher Long) recently packed into Orlando’s hotspot, The Social, for the opening night of Family Force 5’s Solid Gold Tour.

  • Orlando Calling Festival

    Orlando Calling Festival

    The first ever Orlando Calling Festival set up camp on a picture-perfect Central Florida fall day. Jen Cray parked it on the lawn amid tens of thousands of music fans and absorbed.

  • Anthrax

    Anthrax

    Orlando fans went metal-thrashing mad when the Anthrax/Testament tour recently decimated the House of Blues. Christopher Long was deep in the pit of it.

  • Capitol Steps

    Capitol Steps

    Nobody can dish the political dirt like insiders, Capitol Steps. Carl F Gauze tries to keep up with all of the costume changes.

  • Social Distortion

    Social Distortion

    Another sold-out Social Distortion show satisfies both Orlando and über fan Jen Cray.

  • Dan Sartain

    Dan Sartain

    Dan Sartain doesn’t really care if you know his name, or any of the songs he plays. He just came to remind you that rock ‘n’ roll can still be unsettling… and Matthew Moyer LOVES it.

  • Guns N’ Roses

    Guns N’ Roses

    Guns N’ Roses… well, sort of… arrive “fashionably” late to their first US show in over five years. Jen Cray is still trying to decide if Axl Rose can shoulder the legendary metal band on his own.

  • Bush

    Bush

    After nearly a decade’s hiatus, Gavin Rossdale has relaunched BUSH, and a super sold-out show in Orlando lets Jen Cray know that she’s not the only one excited to see this band back together.

  • New Found Glory

    New Found Glory

    Pop Punk’s Not Dead on New Found Glory’s fall tour, but that doesn’t mean that Jen Cray is as blindly accepting of the modern day take on the genre as some.

  • The Sounds

    The Sounds

    The Sounds strut back through Orlando and Jen Cray is part of the small but devoted crowd that welcomes them.

  • Don Quixote

    Don Quixote

    The Bolshoi ballet dances Don Quixote on screen at Maitland’s Enzian Theater.

  • Cut Copy

    Cut Copy

    Cut Copy, a band too skilled to be discarded as just another dance band, blanketed Orlando’s Firestone Live with an aura of awesome, according to Jen Cray and about a thousand others.

  • Atmosphere

    Atmosphere

    Atmosphere taps into the psyche of self doubt of twentysomethings, Matthew Moyer discovered at a sold-out Jacksonville show, where the powerhouse rhymes were so hot they broke the air conditioner.

  • Frank Turner

    Frank Turner

    Jen Cray and a horde of bodies mosh to Frank Turner’s odes to life, love, and music at his headlining Orlando show — finally.

  • Foster the People

    Foster the People

    Foster the People caught a lucky break with their first single, but prove to be more than just the flavor of the month at a recent Orlando show that made a believer out of Jen Cray.

  • Erasure

    Erasure

    The timeless appeal of Erasure wooed Jen Cray and a couple-thousand Orlando fans, who put on their party hats and left their inhibitions at home.

  • Hippiefest 2011

    Hippiefest 2011

    An array of classic rock all-stars came together for one of the most anticipated concert events of the summer, Hippiefest. Chris Long braved hurricane conditions to attend the ’60s throwback spectacular.

  • Alkaline Trio

    Alkaline Trio

    Alkaline Trio celebrate 15 years of sweetly poppy gloom and doom with a greatest hits tour that allows them time to strip it all down for the fans. Jen Cray witnessed the bare bones at the band’s Orlando date.

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