Live Review: Lucero in Indianapolis at The Vogue


Memphis rock and roll underdog heroes Lucero rolled into Indianapolis on Thursday for the first night of a new blitz of tour dates. Such a night is nothing new for the band of legitimate road warriors, a collective who have played upwards of 200 shows a year since their inaugural set back way back in [...]

Live Review: Dawes at Cannery Ballroom

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Occasionally, there are certain bands you’ve heard about for years and all your peers enjoy, but you yourself have yet to take the time to check out. It’s not because you aren’t interested, but simply because sometimes it’s easier to stay under your respective rock than tackling a new catalogue. For me, Dawes is one [...]

Live Review: System of a Down at The Verizon Center, D.C.


As lights flash to the opening, discordant riff of “Prison Song,” the first track of the band’s 2001’s album Toxicity, the shadows of the Armenian-American fourpiece that is System of a Down can be seen, obscured, through the giant curtain that covers the stage. As the introduction continues in its irregular rhythm, tantalizing the crowd with [...]

Live Review: Sweet Billy Pilgrim at Bush Hall


Sweet Billy Pilgrim are having quite the year, critically. Their 2012 release, Crown and Treaty, has sailed towards the top of the highest ranked albums released this year on Metacritic*. On top of that, I can quite easily see their tour receiving high praise – their show at Bush Hall was a surprising, memorable, fun [...]

Live Review: Young the Giant at The Egyptian Room

Young the Giant

On Tuesday night, Young the Giant made their inaugural appearance in Indianapolis to a crowd of roughly 1,500 in The Egyptian Room at Old National Centre. Young the Giant, comprised of Sameer Gadhia on vocals, Eric Cannata and Jacob Tilley on guitar, Payam Doostzadeh on bass, and Francois Comtois on drums, played a 75-minute set [...]

Live Review: Ezra Furman w/ Daniel Knox at Hideout Chicago

Ezra Furman

Last Thursday I left the apartment still shouldering a hang-over from 4th of July and headed out on a solo mission toward Hideout Chicago—an intimate and delightfully homey venue in an industrial cul-de-sac on the west side of the city—to check out Ezra Furman performing solo as the headlining act among a lineup that also included comedians, [...]

Live Review: Tallest Man on Earth @ Hackney Empire, London


This being my first music gig at an all-seated venue, I was preparing myself to be utterly annoyed by not being able to jump about crazily as I got needlessly expensive beer spilled on my jacket. It was a rather surreal experience from the outset, actually – particularly when Mrs. Tallest Man On Earth took [...]

Show Review: Metric at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire


Having to be sat down for this show was hell. Metric are a band that are known for being wonderfully grandiose and unapologetically showy. Their performance always radiate a glorious and vibrant energy, as if the music itself is hardly able to be contained on stage. Metric aren’t necessarily writing the heaviest music right now, [...]