• Dropkick Murphys

    Dropkick Murphys

    Celtic punk veterans Dropkick Murphys rip though Orlando leaving beer-sodden green mohawks in their wake.

  • Indigo Girls

    Indigo Girls

    Jen Cray enjoys a time trip back to 1994 with everyone’s favorite college radio folk duo, Indigo Girls.

  • Flogging Molly

    Flogging Molly

    Flogging Molly didn’t give up much for Lent, instead bringing one hell of a happy show to Orlando’s House of Blues.

  • Jet

    Jet

    Jet‘s inspired blending of garage and classic rock shouldn’t work, but it does, even six years after plowing into America’s consciousness.

  • Brand New

    Brand New

    Brand New and Thrice play the first of a pair of sold-out Orlando dates.

  • The Sounds

    The Sounds

    The Sounds bring an ear-pleasing mix of alt-pop gems and a hefty dose of star power to Orlando’s House of Blues.

  • Down

    Down

    Slower! Slower! Jen Cray is bowled over by the brutal trudge of an evening with Down, Weedeater and the mighty Melvins.

  • The Avett Brothers

    The Avett Brothers

    The Avett Brothers don’t just appeal to hippies anymore. Their recent Orlando show showcased a genre-defying band with talent beyond their numbers. Jen Cray is a newly born fan.

  • Rise Against / Rancid

    Rise Against / Rancid

    The Rise Against/Rancid tour has been a hot ticket all summer, but only in Orlando was it scorching enough to not only require that a second date get added, but to result in a double night sell-out. Jen Cray squeezed into the pit for the opening evening.

  • New York Dolls

    New York Dolls

    Even with only two original members remaining, New York Dolls still dazzle, as Jen Cray discovered at a recent Orlando show.

  • Alkaline Trio

    Alkaline Trio

    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

    Gavin Rossdale

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hot Water Music

    Hot Water Music

    An enthusiastic Hot Water Music set fails to revive a House of Blues audience left in the lurch by a no-show Naked Raygun.

  • Of Montreal

    Of Montreal

    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.

  • The Toadies

    The Toadies

    Reunited after a 2001 breakup and toting a new album and tour (alongside People in Planes), The Toadies bring grunge back in a big way. Jen Cray is one of many Orlando fans reveling in the murky merriment.

  • Hanson

    Hanson

    There’s more to Hanson than “MmmBop,” and the all-grown-up band proves it at Chicago’s House of Blues. Cindy Barrymore says the brothers’ cuteness has worn off. You be the judge.

  • Rise Against

    Rise Against

    Jen Cray is thoroughly rocked by a triple bill of Rise Against, Thrice, and Alkaline Trio. All killer, no filler? The point can be argued…

  • Against Me!

    Against Me!

    Jen Cray hoofs it to Orlando’s HOB, where she gets an amped-up dose of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and sticks around for a satisfying Against Me! set.

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