The Philly band IKE offered up a night of brotherly love and some great music. Brittany Sturges was there for every minute of it.

  • Men, Women & Children

    Men, Women & Children

    With their electronic pop-rock sound and odd stage antics, Men, Women & Children are somewhat of an acquired taste. Yet, this time around, their stage show won Brittany Sturges over.

  • Fat City Reprise

    Fat City Reprise

    On a cold New York night, Brittany Sturges and a gang of fellow Philly travellers take in an out-of-town gig by their hometown heroes, Fat City Reprise.

  • Straylight Run

    Straylight Run

    Despite a promising line-up of up-and-coming indie rockers- Straylight Run supported by Matt Pond PA, Street to Nowhere and Kevin Devine- Brittany Sturges ended the night disappointed.

  • Bouncing Souls

    Bouncing Souls

    The Social, in Orlando, has been frequently offering two-night residencies to bands that can easily sell out the small venue. Booking the bill with big talent and odd packaging, these shows are usually a hot ticket and always memorable. For a holiday treat in December, Bouncing Souls were the band in big letters with hefty support from The Street Dogs, Whole Wheat Bread and World/Inferno Friendship Society. Jen Cray was there for the mayhem on night #2.

  • No Snow Show

    No Snow Show

    The annual O-Rock 105.9 No Snow Show had AFI in top billing with heavy support by Taking Back Sunday, Angels & Airwaves, Buckcherry, Sugarcult, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Kill Hannah. Reporting deep inside the very unwinter weather was Jen Cray.

  • The Hold Steady

    The Hold Steady

    The Hold Steady are in part known for the copious amounts of alcohol they consume onstage during every performance. How much alcohol can they actually get through in an hour and change? Jen Cray was at their Orlando gig to find out.

  • Sparta


    When At The Drive In split up, half of the band went on to critical success in The Mars Volta. The other half quietly slipped into a band just as worthy of praise, Sparta. Jen Cray stepped in to pay the band some respect.

  • Cursive


    On the first real cold night of our Florida winter, Cursive came to town with Jeremy Enigk, and The Cops. Jen Cray found the weather to be more enjoyable than some of the music.

  • Death Cab For Cutie

    Death Cab For Cutie

    Appropriately booked at a college campus, Seattle’s shoegazers Death Cab For Cutie rolled into Orlando for a crowded show at the UCF Arena. Jen Cray found their inimate sounds rather impersonal inside the too big space.

  • Silverstein


    The Never Shave Again Tour may have had Silverstein with top billing, but as Brittany Sturges found out, it was Aiden who stole the show.

  • Joan Jett

    Joan Jett

    Even this far into her career Joan Jett is all about the music. Why else would she bring two show-stealing bands- Eagles of Death Metal and Riverboat Gamblers– on tour with her? Jen Cray falls into the celebratory atmosphere of one perfect lineup of rock n’ roll.

  • Mute Math

    Mute Math

    There’s a good reason why Mute Math played two consecutive nights during Orlando’s Anti-Pop Festival, at The Social… Because, as Jen Cray soon found out, they are one of the greatest live bands touring the club circuit these days.

  • New Found Glory

    Despite cold weather and the rain, fans huddled under umbrellas, in anxious anticipation for New Found Glory. Brittany Sturges found their faith not entirely misplaced.

  • The Detroit Cobras

    The Detroit Cobras

    The Detroit Cobras are all about reviving the essence of early rock ‘n’ roll, from the rockabilly roots of the 50’s to the soulful days of Motown. Jen Cray catches up with them in Orlando.

  • Twilight Singers

    Twilight Singers

    Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli has brought Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan on board for his Twilight Singers tour. Jen Cray fell into the 90’s nostalgia headfirst.

  • Bloc Party

    Bloc Party

    Bloc Party cancelled the rest of their US tour opening for Panic! At The Disco after drummer Matt Tong was hospitalized for treatment of a collapsed lung. Jen Cray managed to catch the band’s Orlando show, the night before the medical trauma.

  • Tilly & The Wall

    Tilly & The Wall

    Tilly & The Wall have a tap-dancer instead of a drummer. That’s all it took to convince Jen Cray that she had to check them out.

  • 30 Seconds To Mars

    30 Seconds To Mars

    With five Mtv buzz-worthy bands on the bill (six if you count the unannounced special guest) and tickets going for a mere $22 a pop, it was no wonder that the 30 Seconds to Mars’ “Welcome to the Universe Tour” sold out Orlando’s Hard Rock Live. Jen Cray joined the echelon.

  • Barenaked Ladies

    Barenaked Ladies

    An evening with Canadian jokesters Barenaked Ladies was an almost illegal amount of fun. Between the energy of BNL and catchy grooves of Mike Doughty it was enough to leave Linda Tate spent.

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