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Tune In: Florence + the Machine Sell Out Terminal 5

By Julia Krivonos

Florence + the Machine, who continue to tour 2009’s debut “Lungs”, played a sold out date at Terminal 5 on Friday, April 9th. Singer, and focus of everyone’s attention, Florence Welch, was backed by Robert Ackroyd on guitar, Chris Hayden on drums, Tom Monger on harp, and long-time musical companion Isabella Summers on keyboard.

The band opened with the heart-wrenching anthem “Howl”, Florence’s voice powerfully soaring over the heads of the audience, all the way to the back of the balconies. This was a cursor for the rest of the night’s performance – energetic and heartfelt. Welch’s voice is so resonant, it almost seems as if recording it is too containing; I found her live performance a far more thrilling experience than could ever be captured on audio. Not only did she more than deliver vocally, she was a vision, prancing around the flower-adorned stage in a tasselled dress and feathery cloak draped around her willowy frame.

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Tune In: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Plays at Sold-Out Webster Hall Show

April 11, 2010 1 comment

By Matt Surrusco

The first time I saw Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, after the encore, Peter Hayes offered his bass guitar to a fan in the crowd. After a near scuffle between a half dozen BRMC devotees (or passionate EBay sellers), a venue employee had to pry the bass from a man’s hands and take it away. Nevertheless, the act showed how much BRMC is willing to give to their audience – their hearts, souls, and even their instruments.

Now with a remixed lineup, including former Raveonettes drummer Leah Shapiro and band founders Robert Levon Been (guitar, bass, vocals) and Hayes (guitar, bass, vocals), the fuzzed out rock and roll trio continues their mission of providing trippy/distorted/alternative rock for the masses. They are now touring in support of their latest album “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo” (released March 9 off Abstract Dragon/Vagrant).

At Webster Hall on Friday (April 9), the California natives debuted news tracks, including “Mama Taught Me Better,” “Bad Blood,” and the album title track “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo.” Although each song continues the tradition of Hayes and Been alternating guitar, bass and vocal leads, the title track is the catchiest and most unique. Hayes still plays the bass more like a distorted second guitar than a strictly rhythmic instrument, which works well in a band without a third guitarist.

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Tune in: The Whigs Kick off North American Tour in NYC

The Whigs performing at Bowery Ballroom on March 31st.

By Matt Surrusco

If you didn’t catch them at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (March 31), you may have seen The Whigs as the musical guest on The Late Show with David Lettermen on CBS. The rock and roll trio from Athens, Georgia, made up of Parker Gispert (guitarist and lead vocals), Julian Dorio (drummer) and Timothy Deaux (bassist), began their North American tour with UK acts Band of Skulls and 22-20s in New York.

Recently, The Whigs toured in support of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and performed at Austin’s annual SXSW. Now they are co-headlining with hard rocking Band of Skulls, and 22-20s as the opening act. Promoting their third full-length album “In The Dark” (released March 16), The Whigs, following 2005’s “Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip” and 2008’s “Mission Control,” seem to be trying to hold onto the rawness of youth, while maturing into more dynamic songwriters and popular musicians.

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Tune In: Back at Bowery Ballroom, The Return of the Black Lips

The Black Lips played for an unruly audience at The Bowery Ballroom on March 24, 2010.

Last year when I saw the Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, the four-piece psychedelic/punk/garage band from Atlanta was debuting their 2009 release “200 Million Thousand.”

On Wednesday (March 24) when I saw the Black Lips again at Bowery Ballroom, they offered much of the same, a sampling from their last three albums “Let It Bloom,” “Good Bad Not Evil” and “200 Million Thousand,” since they are currently working on a new record.

While the set list was similar to last year’s show, this time around Cole Alexander (guitar), Jared Swilley (bass), Ian Saint Pé (guitar) and Joe Bradley (drums) seemed less enthralled (as was I) by the rowdy New York fans, who climbed on stage, obnoxiously crowded the musicians, and waited to receive accolades from the audience before diving back into the swelling mass.

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Tune In: From Brooklyn to Boston, Jay-Z Rocks Beantown

New York rapper and ten-time Grammy Award winner, Jay-Z, performed in front of a sold out crowd at Boston’s TD Garden on March 11, nine days after his performance at Madison Square Garden as part of the ongoing Blueprint 3 Tour.

The Brooklyn native opened with “Run This Town” off his latest album, “The Blueprint 3,” Jay’s record eleventh number-one album, according to Billboard.  The near two-hour performance featured the hits “Empire State of Mind,” “99 Problems,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “Big Pimpin’” and “Can’t Knock The Hustle.”

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Tune In: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

Danish Import, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Plays Hit or Miss Set at Bowery Ballroom

Touring in support of their first LP “Fruit” off Small Giants Records, Danish pop/rock/soul/funk/garage band (not necessarily in that order) The Asteroids Galaxy Tour performed an hour-long gig Tuesday night (March 16) at Bowery Ballroom.

The duo, consisting of lead vocalist Mette Lindberg (who resembles a longhaired Debbie Harry of Blondie) and bassist and producer Lars Iversen, were joined by Mads Brinch Nielsen (guitar, keys), Rasmus Valldorf (drums) and horn section, Miloud Carl Sabri (trumpet) and Svend Meinild (sax). But, Lindberg’s soulful voice and lively yelps juxtaposed with Iversen’s bottom-heavy bass lines and prominent hooks remain the songs’ foundation.

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