I recently read an article written by Andrew McMillen called How To Be A Live Music Critic. The piece basically pokes fun of music journalists and lists in bullet points examples of what NOT to focus on in a live show review. One of the points that stood out to me most is: "You must not use more than half of your word limit to describe the band’s music. This is a waste of valuable words, which could be better devoted to describing stage attire, between-song ... Read More
There’s a stubborn pall that blankets Atlantic City. Once a hotbed of Mobster decadence during Prohibition (hi, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire!), the New Jersey gambling town puttered out into a miasma of bedbugs and barflies during the ’60s. It’s never quite shaken that reputation of being Vegas’ developmentally disabled cousin, no matter how many entrepreneurs have descended upon its carcass. So it was almost cheeky that Perez Hilton chose this destination ... Read More
So it's probably okay to admit that the first thing to draw me to the music of Danielle Ate the Sandwich was the word sandwich, right? I mean, the truth is the truth, but I will follow up that revelation by telling you that singer/songwriter Danielle Anderson is a wholesome and tasty treat. (UGHHHHHH. I know.) Anderson gained popularity, and was able to really spread the buzz about her folky tunes by making a series of cute and funny YouTube videos. I highly ... Read More
The last time Corin Tucker belted it out on a NYC stage was in August of 2006 when Sleater-Kinney played their final show here. Last night she rolled in, with babies and a new band in tow, and bitch slapped a crowd of adoring fans with her hair flips, just like the good 'ol days. Opening for the Corin Tucker band was Hungry Ghost, Portland's version of a party-rock band. Tucker's drummer, Sara Lund, moonlights as the drummer for Hungry Ghost as well, so by the ... Read More
Obtaining tickets (translation: promising to review in exchange for) to a sold out Kathy Griffin show is pretty exciting. Having realistic expectations for the seats being in the janitor's closet, and then coming to find that they are in the THIRD ROW is cause for me to take time out from the last full day of my first ever trip to Portland to brag about it via blog, which I'm doing now from the publishing department of Portland State University. When planning this ... Read More
Our Portland based writer, Elisabeth Wilson, went to a Chromatics show the other night at Rotture. Here's what she has to say about it:  Have you ever loved a band in this really private way where seeing them perform live, although the highlight of your month, is almost painful because having to share them with a room full of drunk assholes makes you feel possessive and violated? That’s how I feel about Chromatics. If that all sounds really ... Read More
Last night I had the honor of taking a friend of mine to her very first concert in NYC. A few weeks ago we had exchanged some banter via the interwebs about how awesome Best Coast's Crazy For You album is, so I figured their show at Music Hall of Williamsburg would be a nice girl's night out (kooky!) for us. As we sat in the balcony waiting for opening band Male Bonding to take the stage, we talked about the kids camped out at the front who were willing to endure ... Read More
For those who don't know, LUSH is a fresh, handmade cosmetics company that originated in London several years ago and has now reached cult status. The company is by no means a cult, but when you mention its name, a wide spectrum of people will turn glass eyed and immediately reach for their purse or wallet. In an attempt to bring the loyal lovers of their popular bath bombs and soaps to a heightened frenzy of buyer's lust, co-founder Mark Constantine and resident ... Read More
While listening to Melissa Czarnik's Raspberry Jesus, her second album on Milwaukee based label Hyperdrive Motivator Productions, I found myself repeatedly picking up the CD cover and looking at her picture in amazement. Perhaps this is a controversial statement, but I needed to remind myself that the soulful hip-hop jams I was hearing were indeed coming from this little fresh faced hipster looking girl. Czarnik is a native of Milwaukee and her first album ... Read More
When people talk about sex it's usually in a very summer blockbuster sort of way. All ripped t-shirts and things throbbing and pulsating all over the place. It's always "the best I've ever had," or "the hottest I've ever had." What's left out is usually the most intimate parts, the little awkward details like those body fart noises that happen when two sweaty people mush up against each other, and how satisfying/painful the hood of a car can feel when you're ... Read More
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