- Music Reviews
- July 8, 2020
The Pandemic Songs (Saustex Records). Review by James Mann.
Many have called them the first punk band. Others insist they were the first “grunge” act. Regardless of their place in rock’s family tree, The Sonics’ influence has reached as far as Nirvana and The White Stripes. Recently reunited after 40 years apart, New Year’s Eve found The Sonics playing a homecoming show. Steve Stav was there to capture all their furious glory.
Watermelon-squashing comedian Gallagher returns to splatter the stage of the Plaza and the first eight or nine rows of seats. Carl F Gauze hides beneath a trash bag outside of the splash zone.
God of rock ‘n’ roll flute and leader of Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, opens his US tour in Orlando. Carl F Gauze watches from the balcony and tries not to get too distracted by the aging fans and their frail bladders.
A Day to Remember puts on an intense performance for a sold-out venue in Pennsylvania. Kristina Kauffman pushed her way deep into the crowd.
If Phoenix’s debut Orlando performance is any indication of its future, the little French band is finally beginning to see the fruits of its decade-long labor. An enthusiastic sold-out crowd that included Jen Cray greeted the band with open arms.
Cashing in on the current classic albums craze, Styx returned to Melbourne, Florida to recreate two best-selling records in one hit-filled evening that had Chris Long enthralled.
MGMT’s debut Florida appearance may not have been as over-the-top as Jen Cray imagined, but it was a still a party worthy of the inevitable headache the morning after.
British synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan hit the U.S. concert circuit this fall, much to the delight of hundreds of his most ardent Orlando followers, Chris Long among them.
Circa Survive and Dredg put on a pair of performances at Orlando’s House of Blues that should officially release them from their previous emo trappings. Jen Cray reports.
Three of thrash metal’s infamous Big Four recently teamed up and proved to be the mightiest force to hit South Florida since Hurricane Andrew. Chris Long was on hand for the American Carnage Tour with Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax.
LCD Soundsystem and Sleigh Bells turned Orlando’s Hard Rock Live into the hottest dance club in Central Florida — and did it all before 11pm on a school night! Jen Cray immersed herself in the party.
Singer/Producer Jamie Lidell plays at the EARL in Atlanta along with Twin Shadow.
Phantogram transports an Orlando audience, including Jen Cray, into another dimension with the help of some tribal trance music, a slide show, and a whole lot of strobe lights.