- Music Reviews
- February 17, 2020
Taking the World by Storm (APO Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze
James Mann finds that even he thinks his musical soundtrack to 2005 was weird.
Thirty years have passed since she first invaded mainstream pop radio with her cartoony punk looks and squeaky Brooklyn-ized voice, but no one told Cyndi Lauper. Jen Cray witnesses the oversight.
U2 stop off in Tampa to remind nearly 22,000 fans that they are rock gods! Tampa responds with “Yes, you are!”
H.I.M. bring their brand of Love Metal to American audiences (and Jen Cray), and the fans come out in swarms.
After postponing the original show date to make history in Cuba, Audioslave finally arrive in Orlando to play an intimate venue in the midst of their arena tour. Jen Cray decides the wait was worth it.
A post-grunge double header, with Foo Fighters and Weezer. Jen Cray is awed.
Once again, New York City signals the end of summer with a non-stop CMJ Marathon. Tracy Fay gives us her highlights in this roundup.
System of a Down fuse rap/metal with bold political opinion, and The Mars Volta are just bold, period. When the two bands tour together you’ve got one hell of a package deal. Jen Cray ignores the politics (mostly) for an unforgettable night.
Nashville’s Kings of Leon may be suffering from tour fatigue, but you’d never know it by hearing them play. Jen Cray struggles past a migraine to pinpoint what went wrong.
My Chemical Romance’s nonstop touring has not only strengthened their popularity, but it has tightened their performance as they have been proving all summer on The Warped Tour. Jen Cray finally captures that somersault.
The 30 minutes that Boston’s Dropkick Murphys spent onstage were easily the most intense, and awe-inspiring of the Warped Tour’s Orlando stop — enough to convert Jen Cray.
Scottish band Franz Ferdinand made a special trip across the Atlantic for a live MTV taping at Orlando’s Hard Rock Live, and Jen Cray was there.
Time conquers all, even famously virtriolic band implosions. Witness the recent Pixies reunion, and as Steven Garnett did, Dinosaur Jr.
Canadian-bred Hot Hot Heat began their North American tour with an MTV live taping at Orlando’s Hard Rock Live. Jen Cray gives us a glimpse.
London’s Bloc Party capture the essence of a rainy summer day at Atlanta’s Music Midtown Festival, winning over a skeptical Jen Cray in the process.
LouisXIV may be ripping off T. Rex and David Bowie, and they may only know how to write songs about one topic (sex!), yet they’re music is irressistibly catchy. Jen Cray is hooked.
Playing their first North American show in support of their latest release, The White Stripes draw a crowd in the tens of thousands for their closing performance on the first night of Atlanta’s annual Music Midtown Festival, and Jen Cray gets to scratch out the top name on her list.
A double bill of white boy blues rock starring The Black Keys and The Hentchmen, and Jen Cray reveals her long-obvious crush for Detroit.