Tossing out some serious 70s vibes with their embroidered jumpers, brown suits, dungarees, and thick mustaches, Canadian rock ‘n’ roll band, The Sheepdogs tackled Le Poisson Rouge, last Friday night. Continue Reading
Testament, Behemoth, Anthrax, Lamb of God, and F*ckin’ Slayer. I can’t believe a line up this insane is even legal. In my constant running from photo pit to my nosebleed seats, I was dodging puddles of blood on the floor and the halls of Mohegan Sun’s arena were echoing with metal heads chanting and hollering for their favorite band, SLAYERRR! Continue Reading
Without a new album to promote (their most recent, Little Neon Limelight, was released on March 17, 2015), Houndmouth had Thursday night at Bowery Ballroom just to do what they do best; harmonize, lead singalongs and endear the sold-out crowd. Continue Reading
The Hunna performed at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City last month. The rescheduled April performance concluded their 2018 US tour, which began in early March. With a line outside the venue before doors were set to open, it was clear that fans had long awaited the rescheduled show. Continue Reading
Matt and Kim are stuck in a time-warp, living every day like it’s 2005 and they’re still playing parties near Pratt instead of back-to-back nights at one of Brooklyn’s biggest venues. It’s brilliant. Mostly.
The show started with a safety announcement: Matt and Kim shows don’t come with a seat-belt so grab a friend and hold on. As the band play their hits (“It’s Alright,” “Forever,” “Cameras,” and so on), that message continues. At one point, Matt prompts the girls in the crowd to grab a boy to dance on. He corrects himself quickly after. “Or grab a girl.”
At Run The Jewels shows, a similar announcement opens the show. I don’t remember the exact words but the idea is simple. If you want to touch someone, get their consent and don’t even think of doing it otherwise. Run The Jewels aren’t the pinnacle of perfection (and other artists certainly open shows with this or similar messages) but watching Matt and Kim almost felt like while the world as a whole moved forward to 2018, parts of Matt and Kim’s performance were stuck in 2008.
On stage, the pair still feel like two friends who like to hit things. Kim Schifino bangs on her drums like she’s trying to break them and Matt Johnson shouts out lyrics like he doesn’t have a microphone. The pair has been doing the same thing on stages for over a decade now and it genuinely feels like they still love it. And if Matt and Kim should be remembered for one thing, it’s giving lots of kids who seem to have never crowdsurfed before a chance to crowdsurf. That alone is a worthy cause. But there’s so much more they could be doing, right?
The solution probably wouldn’t be to change the songs they write, since the band is probably better known for their live shows than recorded albums anyway. On top of that, “Forever” is one of their best singles in a while, and while the lyrics are somewhat repurposed from songs they’ve made before the beat is a little off-kilter and Matt has a nice nuance to his tone. But maybe it could be something small like adjusting their on-stage twerking to Migos and DMX to be a little less goofy and a little more inclusive?
Listen. Matt and Kim certainly have a political slant in some regards. Kim is body-positive, sexually liberated and proud. Matt is too. And of course, no one – famous or not – should be pushed to stand for a cause they don’t believe in but how the heck could Matt and Kim not be progressive?
Seeing Matt and Kim is still a joyous, beautiful experience. Somehow, ten years later they’ve managed to make rooms that hold 2,000 people still feel like parties in a basement. Seeing a Matt and Kim show for the first time is still probably a phenomenal experience. Seeing a Matt and Kim show for the second time probably is, too. But then, you start wondering what else they could be doing. Of course, it’s inferred that the person you grab to grind with should be willing and I have no doubt that Matt and Kim choose to dance to 50 Cent because they truly love his music, but why not bring those ideas a little more to the forefront?
Tickets: http://mattandkimmusic.com/tour/. More at http://mattandkimmusic.com.
The Darkness walk a fine line between rock parody and true rock’n’roll, and at Brooklyn Steel it was clear they had no intention of pushing things in one direction. Continue Reading
Julien Baker tugged at the heartstrings of a crowd of all ages at her sold out show at White Eagle Hall in New Jersey last night. Her charisma shining through in her small breaks in between songs to thank for her supporters and crack a quiet joke or two. Continue Reading
New York City has a slew of great festivals, but Governors Ball continues to impress with it’s stellar line-ups, gourmet eats and top-notch production. Even with weather-issues plaguing the Randall’s Island fest in past years, it remains a stellar fest to consider if you’re deciding where to flock to this summer. Continue Reading
Rainbow colored lasers danced around Brooklyn Steel as Albert Hammond Jr. put on what seemed to be an effortless yet energetic and almost whimsical set. An extremely charismatic performer, he occupied just about every empty space on the stage, including on top of the guitar monitors! Continue Reading
Hunny, an indie rock band from Southern California, is currently on tour with Made Violent and Talk In Tongues. On March 23, the bands put on a loud show at Trans-Pecos in Queens, New York. It was my first time attending this venue, so I was already excited to have a new experience, and the night definitely lived up to my high expectations. The venue didn’t look like anything special from the outside, but as soon as we entered the door, we were transformed into a totally new environment. The room was filled with plants, hanging from the ceiling and in pots scattered throughout the room, including on stage. There were wild, super saturated lights of various colors all around the room, making it feel like everyone was a part of the experience instead of just having dim lights everywhere except the stage.
Talk In Tongues and Made Violent opened the night and got everyone excited and ready to party. When Hunny took the stage, the packed room erupted in cheers and chants from several people about how cute they were (its not what you’re thinking – the majority of fans yelling were grown men, not just squealing teenage girls). The band played a few new songs from their upcoming release, Windows EP II, which as of now, has no set release date. “I’m being electrocuted!”Jason Yarger, the lead singer, yelled into the microphone because he was getting shocked every time his lips touched the mic. “If I pass out, it’s not some fun act,” he shrugged, “all in the name of sweet sweet rock n roll.”
Kevin Grimmett, who usually is on keys, played bass for the first time live that night. Throughout the set the band cracked several jokes about it. Jason announced that there were two songs left because Kevin didn’t know how to play bass for any more songs. “Its the other way around,” he said, “he doesn’t know anymore bass and there’s two songs left. We’re screwed.”
Right before starting the last song, Jason yelled “New York has the most beautiful trash!” I’m not entirely sure what inspired this statement, however I don’t disagree. Hunny closed their set with “Televised” and Jason got in the crowd at the end and danced with everyone then thanked everyone for coming. If you want to see Hunny (you definitely should) then check out the remaining tour dates below:
Upcoming Tour Dates:
March 27 – Chapel Hill, NC
March 28 – Nashville, TN
March 29 – Atlanta, GA
March 30 – Tampa, FL
March 31 – Margate, FL
April 1 – Orlando, FL
April 4 – Houston, TX
April 5 – San Antonio, TX
April 6 – Austin, TX
April 7 – Dallas, TX
April 8 – Oklahoma City, OK
April 10 – Santa Fe, NM
April 11 – Phoenix, AZ
Tickets Here: www.hunnytheband.co