- Staff Picks
- October 19, 2021
Radio Astro (BMG). Review by Julius C. Lacking.
Even with only two original members remaining, New York Dolls still dazzle, as Jen Cray discovered at a recent Orlando show.
The Sounds take a night off from their opening stint on No Doubt’s big tour to seduce an excited Orlando audience, Jen Cray among them.
Alkaline Trio can always be counted on to bring the same consistent formula of pop punk goodness to every show. Jen Cray, alongside a packed House of Blues audience in Orlando, contemplated whether or not their consistency is predictable, or comforting.
Gavin Rossdale may be a musical shapeshifter (Bush, Institute, solo), but he never fails to entertain a crowd. At his recent Orlando show, Jen Cray was bowled over by Mr. Gwen Stefani, and swept away completely by opening band Nico Vega.
Kings of Leon are well on their way to dominating the rock world here in their own country. Jen Cray caught their subtle, but satisfying, show in Orlando recently.
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 ever mighty Valient Thorr returns to Orlando to slay the crowd, Jen Cray included, once more.
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.
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.
Filling up The Plaza Theatre with their heartbreaking sounds, Cowboy Junkies treat Orlando — and Jen Cray — to an evening of tear-jerking beauty.
Fallen From the Sky and Static Radio woke up Orlando — and Jen Cray — for an afternoon punk show at the newly relocated Will’s Pub.
The return of anti-folk master Paleface piqued the interest of few in Orlando, but those who did turn out for his intimate, late-night performance on a frigid winter night were treated to a rare moment of musical beauty.
An enthusiastic Hot Water Music set fails to revive a House of Blues audience left in the lurch by a no-show Naked Raygun.
With a stage show more akin to performance art than rock concert, Of Montreal is anything but subtle. Jen Cray did not wear a pink leotard or face paint to the Orlando show, but she enjoyed it all the same.