• M. Ward

    M. Ward

    M. Ward suspends time and lifts Chicago, and Chris Catania, up in the warm embrace of his timeless music.

  • The Ting Tings

    The Ting Tings

    Jen Cray thinks that this latest Next Big Thing from the UK just might live up to the hype.

  • Riverboat Gamblers

    Riverboat Gamblers

    Packing enough punk ‘n’ roll to wake up a sleepy Florida Friday afternoon, Riverboat Gamblers plowed through a matinee set at The Social that left Jen Cray sweaty and smiling.

  • The Faint

    The Faint

    Two similar and familiar bands collided as The Faint and Ladytron shared a co-headlining bill that included a pair of sold-out stops in New York City. With more black attire and keyboards than one could count, the two acts offered career-spanning setlists filled with their distinctive synth-pop, post-punk and new-wave sounds. Kiran Aditham witnessed night two of the dark, dancefloor delights for himself.

  • New Kids on the Block

    New Kids on the Block

    Fifteen years after New Kids on the Block (or NKOTB, if you please) attempted their premature comeback following their late ’80s fame, they’re back on tour with a new album to push. This time the fans, and even Jen Cray, have shown up.

  • The Fabulous Wailers & The Ventures – 50th Anniversary Concert

    The Fabulous Wailers & The Ventures – 50th Anniversary Concert

    A mind-boggler – not one, but two bands from Tacoma have been performing almost as long as rock ‘n’ roll has been on the radio. Is Pacific Northwest drinking water a fountain of youth? Steve Stav ponders such longevity in his review of the Fabulous Wailers and the Ventures.

  • Valient Thorr

    Valient Thorr

    The ever mighty Valient Thorr returns to Orlando to slay the crowd, Jen Cray included, once more.

  • Amanda Palmer

    Amanda Palmer

    Precocious Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer entertained faithful fans in St. Petersburg with a solo show that was as bewitching as it was uneven, not that Bob Pomeroy, or anyone else attending, seemed to mind.

  • These Arms Are Snakes

    These Arms Are Snakes

    Skin, spit, and sweat were on board for a recent These Arms Are Snakes show that Jen Cray soaked up in Orlando.

  • Bad Brains

    Bad Brains

    Phillip Haire catches up with ground-breaking punk band Bad Brains, with enigmatic front man H.R. on board, at a rare Orlando date.

  • Glasvegas

    Glasvegas

    Scottish rockers Glasvegas rode into New York City on a wave of hype for two sold-out shows. With only one proper album to flaunt, the band nevertheless proved to Kiran Aditham that they can bring arena-sized sound to a mid-sized theater.

  • Modest Mouse

    Modest Mouse

    Modest Mouse are playing bigger and bigger gigs these days. Their recent sold out show at Orlando’s House of Blues is an example. S D Green questions their modesty in light of all this popularity and new personnel.

  • Less Than Jake

    Less Than Jake

    Less Than Jake has been riding the third wave of ska for fifteen years. Jen Cray was there at the start, and she’s still turning up at their shows so many years later.

  • Dr. Dog

    Dr. Dog

    Dr. Dog‘s recent concert at Orlando’s Social conjures up both Frampton Comes Alive and Flavor of Love for S D Green. Believe it or not, this is a good thing.

  • Flogging Molly

    Flogging Molly

    Returning for two sold-out shows in Orlando on their annual Green 17 Tour, Flogging Molly gave Carl Gauze a reason to chug another Guinness.

  • Girl Talk

    Girl Talk

    There was much buzz about Girl Talk at the opening night of Harvest of Hope’s three-day weekend of music. Phillip Haire dutifully caught the set, and found a new respect for mixing and mashing.

  • Mötley Crüe

    Mötley Crüe

    Having survived near fatal overdoses, porn scandals, reality shows, and twenty five years of a fickle music scene, Mötley Crüe continues to sell out arenas all over the country. Jen Cray tossed on her leather and lace and sprayed her hair upward toward the Gods in preparation for the Orlando show… not really, but she did jam out to their Greatest Hits album on the way to the show.

  • King Kahn & the Shrines

    King Kahn & the Shrines

    King Kahn & the Shrines stood out, to Phillip Haire, as a key performer at Florida’s inaugural Harvest of Hope Festival.

  • Slipknot

    Slipknot

    While recognized more for their skin-crawling costumes than for their music, Slipknot are a speed metal band worthy of a little respect — as Jen Cray discovered recently at the Orlando date of the band’s current arena tour.

  • The Pretenders

    The Pretenders

    Bus flu and pesky amateur photogs can’t keep The Pretenders from rocking the Taft Theatre on their first extensive headlining tour since 2003. Sean Slone keeps tally.

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