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Surfer Blood And Brick+Mortar Played The Stone Pony; Or Phillip Seymour Hoffman Had It Right

Photos by Chris Rotolo “These are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of the rock stars, and they will ruin Rock N’ Roll and strangle everything we love about it.” We begin this review of [...]

August 14, 2012 Live, Reviews
The Gaslight Anthem

Lollapalooza Day 3: The Gaslight Anthem, Jack White, At The Drive In Close Things Out

Photography by Chris Rotolo On Sunday, Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” introduced Jersey’s new favorite sons, The Gaslight Anthem, who crushed the opening notes of “Great Expectations” just as the first verse cut out, setting a new tone on this third day [...]

August 10, 2012 Live, Reviews
The Tallest Man On Earth

Lollapalooza Day 2: Weather Steals The Show…The Tallest Man On Earth, Givers, JEFF The Brotherhood Triumph

Photos by Chris Rotolo With festivals of Lollapalooza’s scale, featuring lineups jammed to the seems with artists and outfits of various genres and dynamic, it can sometimes be difficult to locate a theme at the backbone of it all…80 mph [...]

August 5, 2012 Live, Reviews
Emily Haines (Metric)

Lollapalooza Day 1: Black Sabbath, M83, Metric, And Passion Pit Front The Assault

Photography by Chris Rotolo On opening day of Perry Farrell’s musical Carnival, Lollapalooza, The French-bred soundscape construction crew that is M83 brought forth a series of shoegazing Electo-Rock under the cover of moonlit “darkness” on The Sony Stage, which included [...]

August 4, 2012 Live, Reviews

Firefly Fest Day 3: The Flaming Lips, Black Keys, AWOLNATION, & Reptar Rally The Tiring Masses

The final day of any elongated festival has a certain theme: survival. With legs aching and feet swollen from a weekend of trekking to the various on site hot beds, the only chance of retaining one’s sanity and physical well [...]

July 23, 2012 Live, Reviews

Firefly Festival Day 2: The Killers, CAKE, and Modest Mouse Leave Their Mark On The Woodlands

The morning session on day two of the Firefly Festival was used to embark on an exploratory venture. The Felice Brother’s too heavy handed for lunch time compositions were observed bar side at the on site Dogfish Head Brewery, while [...]

July 22, 2012 Live, Reviews

Firefly Festival Day 1: Jack White, Silversun Pickups, And OK Go Sound The Opening Charge

Photo by Kristen Driscoll Photography Opening day of the inaugural Firefly Festival was a statement making affair as the Delaware Summer circuit stop proved to be more than merely a corporately backed, soul raping, money making event as the eclectic slate [...]

July 21, 2012 Live, Reviews

“One More Time, All Together Now” by Empty Orchestra

When Empty Orchestra’s bio stated that they were oft compared to The Hold Steady, they weren’t kidding. Listening to “Broken Record”, the opening track on the Michigan septet’s newest LP, and “You Should See the Other Guy,” there were more than [...]

July 16, 2012 New Music, Reviews

“Play. Rock. Music” by Toadies

First things first. In 1994, Toadies released Possum Kingdom and sunk into the shadows after their follow-up record was shelved. With that out of the way, we can tackle their newest release Play.Rock.Music. The years have been kind to the [...]

July 16, 2012 New Music, Reviews

“You Belong To The Minutes” by The Ugly Club

The Northern New Jersey quintet’s follow-up to last summer’s Visions of Tall Girl EP is a far departure from the assorted, jittery songs of their earlier material. More like Wild Beasts and Miniature Tigers with a bit of The Rapture [...]

July 16, 2012 New Music, Reviews