• Foo Fighters and Weezer

    Foo Fighters and Weezer

    A post-grunge double header, with Foo Fighters and Weezer. Jen Cray is awed.

  • System of a Down

    System of a Down

    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.

  • Kings of Leon

    Kings of Leon

    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

    My Chemical Romance

    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.

  • Transplants

    Transplants

    What do you get when you mix Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and Blink 182’s Travis Barker with a roadie-turned-rapper? The Transplants answer Jen Cray‘s question on this year’s Warped Tour.

  • Dropkick Murphys

    Dropkick Murphys

    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.

  • Hot Hot Heat

    Hot Hot Heat

    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.

  • Bloc Party

    Bloc Party

    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.

  • Louis XIV

    Louis XIV

    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.

  • The White Stripes

    The White Stripes

    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.

  • The Black Keys

    The Black Keys

    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.

  • Autolux

    Autolux

    Autolux will put you to sleep while keeping you awake. Lush, dreamy sounds with bursts of distortion that made Jen Cray‘s head feel light and her feet feel heavy.

  • Erasure

    Erasure

    Dance/pop darlings of the 80’s, Erasure, bring a flamboyant display of unadulterated fun to Orlando’s House of Blues. Jen Cray is pleasantly surprised.

  • The Gore Gore Girls

    The Gore Gore Girls

    The Gore Gore Girls take the two best musical styles of Detroit, Motown and Garage Rock, and combine them with sexy, sultry attitude. Jen Cray reports from the white vinyl lounge.

  • Billy Idol

    Billy Idol

    Punk Rock Pop Star Billy Idol is touring in support of his comeback album, Devil’s Playground , and Jen Cray has the good news — he still rocks!

  • Green Day

    Green Day

    Green Day started out 16 years ago as a bratty punk rock band playing in dank, empty clubs, but these days their ambitious punk rock opera American Idiot has catapulted them onto a sold-out arena tour. Jen Cray finds them not to have changed in the least.

  • Tiger Army

    Tiger Army

    In one year’s time psychobilly trio Tiger Army have graduated from playing small clubs, to being the supporting act on a high profile tour, to headlining their first American tour. Jen Cray gives the analysis.

  • Interpol

    Interpol

    The guys of Interpol look and sound great in concert, but remind Jen Cray of a bunch of Ken dolls when onstage.

  • Danzig

    Danzig

    The former frontman for the seminal hardcore punk outfit, The Misfits, unleashed an evening of pure, dark, bluesy metal on an eager Florida crowd. Jen Cray escapes unscathed.

  • Social Distortion

    Social Distortion

    Social Distortion plays to yet another sold-out crowd 25 years into their career. Thus proving conclusivelly, to Jen Cray and all that Punk is not dead.

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