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  • Concert Review: Rock The Bells 2007 feat Rage Against The Machine

    Ago 1 2007, 2:35

    Sat 28 Jul – Rock The Bells 2007

    Concert Review: Rock The Bells 2007 feat Rage Against The Machine
    What: Rock the Bells 2007
    When: 07/28/2007
    Where: Randall’s Island
    Who: Rage Against the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill, The Roots, Public Enemy, EPMD, Mos Def, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks

    As far as musical second chances go for fans, a Rage concert disguised as an all-day hip-hop festival in 2007 is right up there with the best of them.

    Organization proved to be Rock The Bells’ weak point—from changing the order of the performances on the fly, to a shoestring staff trying their damnedest to appease the 30,000+ crowd, to running out of water and beer (plenty of kids were fainting), to getting off the island in which your choices were a $21 ferry or a piling on three free buses back to Harlem in the middle of the night. About 10,000 picked the buses—resulting in me getting home six hours after the show had ended.

    Opting for the VIP tickets were worth it. The pass included a backpack, a poster, free drinks, a t-shirt, access to an icy cold VIP lounge with a personal DJ, access to shade, real stalled bathrooms, and an unobstructed view of the stage from the far right. Celebs piled into the VIP lounge at Coachella a few months ago for Rage’s first reunion show. If you consider Turtle from ‘Entourage’ and Xzibit celebrities, then I guess you could say the same about this show. VIP tickets also came with three SanDisk memory chips—one for your cell, your PDA, and your PC. I popped the cell phone one in after the show and it contained an easter egg message telling you to present the message to a certain person at a certain time to get to meet the bands in an all-access area. Dammit!

    With doors opening at noon and RATM not going on until 9, the crowd was treated to a vast cross-section of artists from the entire lifetime of hip-hop itself. Arriving at four turned out to be a great idea. We caught the entire Public Enemy set, including “Shut Em Down,” “He Got Game,” “Public Enemy #1,” and other classics. Chuck D seemed erred by the crowd’s make-up—95% white—and changed his rhetoric from “fighting the power” to lessons about the history of black music. Flava Flav also took a large chunk of the group’s set to push his reality show and upcoming roast. He also introduced the crowd to his children—cutting off an introduction to the group’s next song. The group was not on the same page.

    Next was The Roots who played for an hour straight, followed by Cypress Hill who rapped about hits from da bong, smoking joints, weed, bongs, pot, getting high, and something about being a rock superstar.

    Wu-Tang Clan—like Public Enemy—was surprised by the crowd’s ethnicity as well but was less polite about it. They kept asking the crowd for their energy and promised to give it back in song. They also were disappointed in the crowd’s reaction, pointing out how when they come back home to NYC they expect the best. After a long tribute to ODB with “Shimmy Shimmy,” they closed with “Cream” and a full, nine verse version of their 1997 epic, “Triumph.” I was worried about Wu-Tang after hearing about mediocre sets in the past, usually involving a dozen rappers singing 30 second medleys of old hits followed by 45 minute big booty contests.

    Then came part two of the night—Rage Against The Machine. The sun had gone down and the crowd was completely different. “We are Rage Against The Machine from Los Angeles, California.” The group mixed the set up a bit, replacing “Bombtrack” and “No Shelter” with “Tire Me” and “Down Rodeo.” “Calm Like a Bomb” felt slower and more menacing. Tom Morello was getting tremendous feedback from the speakers, creating sounds way off the charts. Fans tore down the fences during the chorus of “Killing In The Name” and I saw a kid crack his skull open. “Wake Up” featured an anti-war and anti-Bush speech in which the group clarified their reported position regarding Bush from “should be assassinated” (as “reported” on Fox News) to “tried, hung, and shot like the war criminal he is” and bemoaned the suffering of American soldiers and their families and Iraqi citizens fighting for “an empire that needs to start wars to keep going.”

    Bulls On Parade
    People of the Sun
    Know Your Enemy
    Bullet in the Head
    Down Rodeo
    Tire Me
    Guerrilla Radio
    Calm Like a Bomb
    Sleep Now In The Fire
    Wake Up/Bush Speech

    Freedom/Township Rebellion
    Killing In the Name

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  • Shows: 9/2006 - Present

    Set 25 2006, 13:00

    Who: Strike Anywhere/Ignite/A Global Threat/Modern Life Is War
    When: 09/04/06
    Where: CBGBs; New York, New York

    This was my first and last experience at a legendary venue that is closing its doors in six weeks. Not only is it tiny with no place to hide, but there was no frisking at the door, no metal-detecting wands, no fence in front of the stage, no security guards, and no alcohol policy except that it should be relatively cheap. Stagediving and circle pits were encouraged.

    Modern Life Is War opened with a hard and fast set, at times letting their humble Midwestern roots show with excessive amounts of thank you's and crowd appreciation. The crowd went crazy with D.E.A.D.R.A.M.O.N.E.S., First and Ellen, and Young Man On A Spree. They paid tribute to the venue with
    Nervous Breakdown.

    A Global Threat came out next, with red eyes and noses. This 'spark' led to an energic set with very little crowd interaction. I caught the drummer staring at the same poster on a wall to his left for several minutes straight.

    Ignite then pushed through the crowd to start their set. They blended melodic with short stories about communism, immigration, the consequences of drunk driving, and the importance of family. The band then called Vinnie Stigma (Agnostic Front, Madball) onstage to play guitar with the band for a song. They also thanked Mike Ness of Social Distortion for being there to support them. They paid tribute to the East Coast hardcore scene with 20 Eyes. Fans enjoyed Poverty For All, My Judgement Day, Who Sold Out Now?, Bullets Included No Thought Required, and Bleeding.

    Strike Anywhere finished the night with an hour-long set spanning their entire discography. They focused on performing the highlights of their upcoming LP release/recently leaked album Dead FM. The album is a good continuation of what they were doing with Exit English. You may not like every track, but I can guarantee that this is not a sell-out album. Highlights included Aluminum Union, To The World, Prisoner Echoes, Amplify, Infrared, and Blaze.

    All in all, a great mixed bag of geographically diverse hardcore bands.

    New York certainly got a lot of mileage out of the club. There were extreme amounts of DIY repairs to the every object in the building and a clear well-worn feel. I can only imagine how shows were like in the past before the tables were bolted down and beer bottles were thrown, all without the now-standard yellow-shirt wearing security guards.

    Who: The Flaming Lips/Deerhoof
    When: 9/24/2006
    Where: Hammerstein Ballroom; New York, New York

    I had an open mind but wasn't looking forward to / act Deerhoof, but the local crowd decidedly ate them up. I recall this not only being the same city, but also the same venue that nearly booed The Dresden Dolls off the stage at a similar point in that band's growth. The audience was treated to most of The Runners Four and such seminal DH tracks as Panda Panda Panda, Flower, Rrrrrrright, and Dog On The Sidewalk. The lyrics (such as "bunny bunny bunny bunny bunny...bunny!," "pork chop pork chop!," and "panda panda panda...chi-NA!") where either genius or cute for a 5-year old child, depending on your stance. The ballady, experimental guitarplay was their strength and the audience could follow along with a a huge screen that spread across the stage, focused on the guitarist's kick pedals.

    The Flaming Lips came out in grand fashion--with dozens of bigender Santa Clauses, female aliens, a 'whiteout condition' of confetti, dozens of balloons over the crowd, and Wayne Coyle running on top of the crowd in his clear gerbil ball. They opened with crowdpleaser Race for the Prize with a gigantic timer counting down on the screen previously used by Deerhoof. They followed with Free Radicals and stepped up the distribution of laser pointers. The fifth song was Vein of Stars and the audience was prompted to ain their laser pointers at a gigantic mirror held up by Wayne. Of the crowd of 1,500, about 1,000 had these. The effect was very beautiful, with a couple thousand red beams bouncing off of everything. Apparently, this was the group's first attempt at something that had never been done before.

    The group then played songs spanning four albums- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 2, an ultra-extended version of Yeah Yeah Yeah Song, She Don't Use Jelly, The W.A.N.D., My Cosmic Rebellion, and concluded the regular set with Do You Realize??

    The encore consisted of A Spoonful Weights A Ton and You Have To Be Joking from 1991's Hit to Death in the Future Head, a rarity live.

    The intense party atmosphere and incredibly positive vibes were felt through the entire crowd. I felt bad wearing my division-by-default Against Me! t-shirt. I've never been offered a joint from a kid and a hug from a 50 year old man within 15 minutes before, but somehow it felt perfectly in place. This may go down as my favorite concert ever, ahead of 2005's Nine Inch Nails comeback show at the same venue and a 2002 performance by Weezer in which they picked the setlist out of a hat before the show. But first, I have to let my regularly scheduled life set back in.

    Who: Mustard Plug/Against All Authority/Westbound Train/
    Bomb the Music Industry!/Third Wave Bandits
    When: 10/14/2006
    Where: The Knitting Factory; New York, New York

    This was my first show ever. The crowd got four and a half hours of ska for $10. Compare that price to going to the movies or renting a video game for a few days and I felt plenty entertained for my money.

    The Third Wave Bandits (3wb) opened and looked like a bunch of kids who only went on first because they were afraid that they'd be late for their respective band/computer camps the next morning. My friend and I got a laugh out of saying 'tromboner' the first dozen times. Does exist? If the tag link actually works, then I guess it does.

    Bomb the Music Industry! came out next and the crowd surged forward. They opened with Dude, Get With the Program. Jeff Rosenstock spoke briefly about growing up on Long Island and then moving to Georgia as well as their three album set available for free on their website. Other highlights included Congratulations, John, on Joining Every Time I Die, and all four parts of King of Minneapolis Pts. I & II and King of Minneapolis Pts. III & IV in a row. The crowd asked for an encore and chanted "One more song!," the first time I've ever seen that happen to an opening act. I got more of an Against Me! feel instead of a The Mighty Mighty Bosstones feel from them and they could have been much higher on the concert bill.

    Westbound Train came on next with ska that sounded like elevator music or -influenced soft rock. A and influence was also evident. The crowd ate it up with slow circle pits, 'pseudo-pits,' and pogoing, especially during Seven Ways to Sunday and their ode to their hometown, Boston.

    Against All Authority had a fast-paced, punk-first-ska-later style set. The horns augmented the songs instead of carrying them, making them more accessable to individuals who would not normally be at a ska show (aka: me). I got an early Anti-Flag feel from listening to their discrography before the show, but was presented with more of a hardcore punk and late-90's punk rock (including Anti-Flag) driven at the show. Their set looked exhausting and the crowd was as rough as it was during the entire show. The audience also got greedy and asked for an encore from this group too.

    Mustard Plug came on next with classic third wave-style ska, in the same vein as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Highlights included Mr. Smiley, The Freshmen, as well as "Rat Bastard," a new song advertised as the theme song to "the next Jim Carrey movie." My friend and I left during the encore to get outside for a DIY BTMI! t-shirt.

    We got outside and met up with Jeff. They had already done the t-shirt thing and his hands were covered in blue paint. I told him that we were here tonight specifically to see his group and he told us that we got the best show of the tour. We had a long conversation about his move to Georgia and the upcoming vinyl release. He took our t-shirts and promised (with a 65% probability) to mail them back when he gets home from the tour. We also learned that he made $50 from ticket receipts and donations that night.

    Couple observations for ska kids:
    1. Don't stagedive with a backpack on and jump backpack first into the crowd. If you bring a backpack to a show, you lose the right to stagedive.
    2. Don't stagedive if you're morbidly obese. If you're 150+ pounds overweight, you lose the right to stagedive.
    3. The circle pits were the equivalent of a sloppy preteen handjob; awkward but hopefully, character-building.
    4. Use the word 'tromboner' more. Ska can be hilarious sometimes.

    So, the Skank and Destroy Tour provided a ton of entertainment for the price of going to a movie. It was a fun show and allowed me to further discover Bomb the Music Industry! and Against All Authority. BTMI! now has two extra fans, eagerly awaiting their tee's. It's incredible that Jeff would spend 12% of the show's profits on sending two guys stenciled t-shirts in the mail.

    Who: Thursday/Rise Against/Circa Survive/Billy Talent

    Who: Glassjaw/This Is Hell/Crime In Stereo
    Where: Webster Hall; NY, NY
    When: 12/29/2006

    We arrived at the end of This Is Hell's set, missing Crime In Stereo's set entirely. They played hard with a ton of energy, as we were approaching the end of the tour. As is the common complaint about This Is Hell--is that what they do has been done so many times before. Close your eyes and you're listening to a poor man's Strike Anywhere or Modern Life Is War. They thanked Glassjaw for the opportunity to open for them and they promptly filed off the stage.

    Oddly selected beats were selected for the waiting-between-sets music. This would be fine if Webster Hall was having one of it's regular shows--the venue specializes in dance, , , and shows--but it felt out of place for a show in the Bowery. At this point I was still on the second floor, looking across into the VIP section which contained other bands, such as New Brunswick's Thursday.

    I made my way down to the barrier just before Glassjaw's set and caught the whole thing from the front row. Daryl Palumbo managed to keep his tough-as-nails appearance even as an 95-pound stickfigure battling Crohn's Disease and drug addiction. They had great stage prescence, even missing their fifth member. Having only four members made each play at a higher, more intricate level. They started off with the brutal "(You Think You're) John Fucking Lennon" demo, a nod towards their Long Island origins. "Jesus Glue" and Natural Born Farmer were more on the side, with the latter an older gj song that just never made it to recording. They played material from every album, including Star Above My Bed from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Song highlights were dominated by tracks off of Worship and Tribute, especially Tip Your Bartender, which led directly into Mu Empire, Ape Dos Mil, and a surprisingly stripped-down the gillete cavalcade of sports. Pretty Lush, Siberian Kiss, and Babe came off of Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence. All in all, a chaotic, brutal set of 14 songs.

    This was my favorite post-hardcore/screamo show of the year. 2007 will feature an EP by Palumbo's Head Automatica side-project and an LP by Glassjaw, a potentially banner year for GJ fans. The multi-year wait (with multiple metro-New York area tour cancellations) was worth it and this show ranks up there somewhere in between the Nine Inch Nails' 2005 comeback show and The Flaming Lips 2006 show, both at the Hammerstein Ballroom, and the early Thursday and Against Me! shows of the past.
  • Post Post-Punk Group Stats

    Set 8 2006, 20:40

    Group Created: 07/07/06

    Membership Stats:
    *08/07/06: 100
    Avg age: 19
    Top 5 Countries: No Data
    Top 5 Artists: No Data

    *09/07/06: 216
    Avg age: 19
    Top 5 Countries: USA (83), UK, Germany, Australia, Canada
    Top 5 Artists: Death Cab For Cutie (52), Muse, blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, AFI/Alkaline Trio/Rise Against (tie)

    Most new members (one day): No data, 5
    Most new members (one month): Aug 2006, 216
    Top artist (by quantity): Death Cab For Cutie, 52 members
    Top country (by quantity): USA, 83 members

    1 x 09/08/06
  • The Millennial Generation and Music

    Ago 30 2006, 15:35

    Popular music today is broken down into three major parts: punk- and metal-influenced , with a infusion, and . These genres have held their top spots on the Billboard charts and radio stations for a relatively short period of time. But, more importantly, is what they have replaced: , , and . This is more of a function of our generation's (defined as those born between 1980 and 2001) demographic significance than it is of anything else.

    Here is a quick background about popular theories about demographics. There are four reoccurring, distinct generation types: Civic (World War II generation), Adaptive (Silent Generation), Idealist (Baby Boomers), and Reactive (Generation X). The Millennial generation is widely considered to follow in the path of the Civic generation, defined by hubris, hedonism, confidence, and the ability to refine and then redefine the previous generations' world. This last piece is key to understanding how punk rock and rap died and how a cleaner and hip-hop replaced them.

    , , , , et al. did not come out of nowhere. Critics, such as The New York Times, have chimed in and have wrote at length about how emo and pop punk compares to the // era that dominated pop in the 1980s. Both became popular very quickly, both produced big stars, and both left its mark on music without adding much substance. Both genres got kids to dress in a hilarious way as well. Also note the awkward gap between Generation X's and today's music that was filled by self-mocking rap/metal and .

    The economy effects music as well. A booming, expanding economy can support a higher overall mood. Prime examples would include the Gay 90s, The Roaring 20s, and Y2K. That final example gave us Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Uncle Cracker, Everclear, Lifehouse, Smashmouth, Sugar Ray and many other 'feel-good' bubble-gum artists. Each period was preceeded and followed by economic and social turmoil which also effects the popular style of music. Consider the highly visiable debut of grunge and rap in the period preceeding the year 2000. For an example of music coming after economic expansion, note the rise of (later renamed 'punk rock') and during the mid-1970s.

    The world has predicted great things for our generation--everything from surviving crisis to becoming excellent soldiers (!). Generation X reacted meekly against the Baby Boomers and we've just begun to reshape what both generations have laid down for us musically. We now enter a period of supposed "rational" thought in music (the motive to make a profit, making songs poppier to appeal to as many as possible because of poor record sales, 'selling out,' to literally selling lyrics, such as of Montreal to Outback Steakhouse). In conclusion, economic mood and the emergence of a new generation has fueled the rejection of punk rock and explains the rapid rise of today's pop artists.

    Discussion of this article is limited to that found in the group Post Post-Punk. Check out that group and if you like the concepts behind it, please join. Concepts such as this will come up frequently, so we'd love to have you around.

    List of popular Generation X artists: Geoff Rickly (Thursday), 1979; Gerald Way (My Chemical Romance), 1977; Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day, The Network), 1972; Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw, Head Automatica), 1979; Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service), 1976; Tom DeLonge (blink-182, Angels and Airwaves), 1975; Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), 1970; Davey Havok (AFI), 1975; Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs), 1975; Serj Tankian (System of a Down), 1967; Thom Yorke (Radiohead), 1969; 50 Cent (G-Unit), 1975; Jay-Z, 1969; R Kelly, 1967; Andre 3000 (Outkast), 1975; Cee-Lo Green (Gnarls Barkley), 1974; Eminem (D-12), 1972; Kanye West, 1977

    List of popular Millennial generation artists: Patrick Stump, 1984 (Fall Out Boy); Brendon Urie, 1987 (Panic! at the Disco); Tyson Ritter, 1984 (The All-American Rejects); Adam Lazzara, 1981 (Taking Back Sunday); Conor Oberst, 1980 (Bright Eyes)

    Generations, Straus and Howe, 1989
    The Great Boom Ahead, Harry S. Dent, 1993
    NYT emo article
  • Shows: Band Listing

    Ago 17 2006, 17:30

    A Global Threat
    A Static Lullaby
    Against Me!
    Against All Authority
    Alkaline Trio
    Arrogant Sons of Bitches, The
    Bad Rabbits
    Beef and Broccoli
    Blood Brothers, The
    Bomb The Music Industry! x 2
    Boxcar Racer
    Casting Out, The
    Chotto Ghetto
    Circle and Square
    Coheed and Cambria
    Cracked Out x 5
    Crime In Stereo
    Cypress Hill
    Dashboard Confessional
    Def Leppard
    Dillinger Escape Plan, The x 2
    Does It Offend You, Yeah?
    Dresden Dolls, The
    Ergs, The
    Fad, The
    Fear Before The March of Flames
    Fiery Furnaces, The
    Flaming Lips, The
    Glassjaw x 3
    Green Day
    Jane's Addiction
    Jonbenet, The
    Killswitch Engage
    Matt Kurz One
    mc chris x 3
    Men, Women & Children
    Minus The Bear
    Modern Life Is War
    Montclairs, The
    Movielife, The
    Mustard Plug
    My Chemical Romance
    My Morning Jacket
    Nightmare of You
    Nine Inch Nails x 5
    Nosaj Thing
    Number Twelve Looks Like You, The
    Patent Pending
    Pearl Jam
    Public Enemy
    Rage Against The Machine
    Rise Against
    Roots, The
    Sainthood Reps
    Saves The Day x 2
    Senses Fail
    Status Green
    Streetsweeper Social Club
    Strike Anywhere
    Third Wave Bandits
    This Is Hell
    Thursday x 6
    Underoath x 2
    Used, The x 3 All Broken x 2
    Westbound Train
    Wu-Tang Clan
    xx, The
  • Shows: 5/2006 - 8/2006

    Giu 28 2006, 17:02

    Who: Thursday/Minus the Bear/mewithoutYou/We're All Broken
    When: 5/2/2006
    Where: Irving Plaza; New York, NY
    Notes/Highlights: A City By The Light Divided CD release party. MWY gave the audience most of Catch For Us The Foxes and some demos. The crowd didn't recognize mewithoutYou or Minus The Bear. This seemed to upset the critics the next day.

    Who: Pearl Jam/My Morning Jacket
    When: 6/3/2006
    Where: Continental Airlines Arena; Lyndhurst, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: PJ played 33 songs for a total of three hours. We had nosebleed seats, but still felt spoiled. Plenty of hits such as Leash as well as some Riot Act and the new Pearl Jam CD. Many guitar solos were replaced with Boon keyboard solos.

    Who: Nine Inch Nails/Bauhaus/Peaches
    When: 6/16/2006
    Where: PNC Arts Center; Holmdel, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: Keeping with NIN tradition, Peaches was forgetable. Bauhaus lost some of the effect they may of had because it was still light out. NIN was excellent, opening with Somewhat Damaged. The setlist was more diverse than at Hammerstein, with multiple songs from every album. Fortunately, this meant for more Pretty Hate Machine and less With Teeth.

    Who: AFI/The Dillinger Escape Plan/Nightmare Of You
    When: 6/22/2006
    Where: Roseland Ballroom; New York, NY
    Notes/Highlights: I thought Nightmare of You was going to put down their instruments at any second and start making out with each other, which, I later learned, has happened in the past. The set was a mess, with song restarts, equipment problems, and not knowing when their tie was up. Dillinger was excellent. A lot of emo kids scrambled when the frontman started to climb and swing from the speakers. AFI gave the crowd most of Sing the Sorrow, Decemberunderground, and a little bit of Black Sails in the Sunset. I went by myself and hadn't listened to Decemberunderground yet, so most of it was new to me.

    Who: Def Leppard/Journey
    When: 6/27/2006
    Where: PNC Arts Center; Holmdel, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: Journey just isn't the same without Steve Perry. The new material, presumably from Generations, was largely ignored. Def Leppard, on the other hand, was excellent. Even the new Yeah! songs were fun. One could tell that a lot of today's groups were influenced by DL. Sometimes literally, when I heard the same riffs 'borrowed' by today's rock bands. I appreciated that the jumbotrons showed a lot of the drummer's footwork, as well.

    Who: MC Chris/Cracked Out
    When: 7/14/2006
    Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre; New York, NY
    Notes/Highlights: Went and saw / artist mc chris perform improv, skits, and some of his raps at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC last night. Extremely funny. Improv included mc meeting Jesus (who ends up burning in the atmosphere) and a basement full of nerds arguing about 'Superman Returns' and 'Batman Begins.' The new raps gave a nice hint at what the next CD will cover--mostly about drugs and trying to pick up married chicks.

    Most will recognize mc chris' voice from late-night programming on Cartoon Network's [adult swim]. He provided voice talent on 'Sealab 2021,' 'The Brak Show,' and most famously on 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' as MC PeePants, Sir Loin, Lil Brittle, and Young Carl. The 'ATHF' movie has found a distributor and finally has a February 2007 release date.

    We met him at a local bar afterwards where he rapped out a song he's never performed in the many times we've all seen him (Hijack). After that, other people from the show filed in and we filed out. Nice, personal service and the highlight of the night.

    Who: Status Green
    When: 7/28/2006
    Where: Maxwell's; Hoboken, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: A friend of a friend was in this band so we decided to check them out while partying in Jersey City and Hoboken. They played straight-ahead, melodic rock and got the audience involved and excited. The highlight of the show was getting in for free while the ticket guy had his back turned to us, flirting with girls.

    Who: Poison/Cinderella/Endeverafter
    When: 8/6/2006
    Where: PNC Arts Center; Holmdel, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: Poison's 20th Anniversary Tour. We had VIP seats so the view with excellent. Missed opening acts tailgating. Poison's performance at least equalled Def Leppard's and blew Journey's out of the water. Whereas Def Leppard and Journey were trying to push their new material, Poison gave the audience a genuine 'greatest hits' performance. Other highlights included an extra hard version of Fallen Angel and Unskinny Bop.

    Who: The Number Twelve Looks Like You/Fear Before The March Of Flames/HeavyHeavyLowLow/The Jonbenet
    When: 8/14/2006
    Where: Knitting Factory; New York, NY
    Notes/Highlights: The meek shall inherit the earth. The loudest and heaviest / bands, with the exception of DEP, are some of the youngest and skinniest people you'll see outside of a Third World country. With this in mind, the bands have become more technical and fluid. The formula appears to be one-third My Chemical Romance, one-third Metallica, and one-third , with a splash of . The Jonbenet opened and lived up to their reputation as a group heavily influenced by The Blood Brothers. They lacked the style keyboard and melodies that TBB use effectively. HeavyHeavyLowLow was explosive and a positive surprise. Their set was about 20 minutes long, but they were completely exhausted by the time it was over. The crowd responded well and I felt that they may surpass FBTMOF in the fanbase if they can keep this up. The before-mentioned Fear Before The March of Flames came up next with a set laced with hits from Odd How People Shake, Art Damage, and both singles off the upcoming The Ever Open Mouth, Lycanthropy and Drowning The Old Hag. The two new demos marked a different direction for the band. Both brought up memories of the Thursday and The Used shows from 2003 and 2004, with good two vocal interplay (Thursday) and classic metal guitar licks (The Used). They were the reason I was there and I got a good performance. The Number Twelve Looks Like You rounded out the show. My favorite individual song was Rememberance Dialogue. I also distinctly recall a riff taken directly from the theme from the NES classic Contra (!). They closed with My Sharona while The Jonbenet stagedived (all of ' once). Complete chaos.

    I heard several conversations between sets about how technical the bands were and how jumping into the crowd while playing your instrument robbed the audience of this aspect of the performance. For example, FBTMOF had no bass player for three songs as he tried to get back to the stage, entangling fans with wires. As stated in my posts in Post Post-Punk, I still believe that the vast majority of the crowd wasn't there for jazz-influenced time signatures (just kidding guys), but for the genre's ability to release emotion and acceptance of all types of music fans.

    Attendence was probably close to 100.

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  • Shows: 05/2004 - 04/2006

    Apr 17 2006, 5:09

    Who: Coheed & Cambria/Underoath
    When: 11/23/2004
    Where: Roseland Ballroom; New York, NY
    Notes/Highlights: Nice to see Underoath building a following.

    Who: Thursday/Turmoil/ All Broken
    When: 12/26/2004
    Where: Starland Ballroom; Sayreville, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: Original lineup included post-hardcore act Glassjaw, then Converge, and finally long-retired and well-out-of-place Turmoil. Thursday 'made it up' to the crowd with a long setlist including the first performance of 'Porcelain' in 5 years.

    Who: The Used/Killswitch Engage/Senses Fail/Atreyu/A Static Lullaby/Unearth
    When: 2/27/2005
    Where: Asbury Park Convention Hall; Asbury Park, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: Inaugural Taste of Chaos tour; Killswitch Engage and Atreyu were the highlights.
    NOTE: Did Underoath play?

    Who: Nine Inch Nails/The Dresden Dolls
    When: 5/15/05
    Where: Hammerstein Ballroom; New York, NY
    Notes/Highlights: NIN promoting newly released 'With Teeth,' first NYC show since 2000; NIN blew a fuse a few minutes into their set; first time NIN opens with 'Wish;' new iterations of 'March of the Pigs' and 'Closer To The Only Time;' acknowledgement of Johnny Cash's death before 'Hurt.' Attendance was approx. 1,200 people, stood next to the talking heads for most of the show.

    Who: MC Chris/SNMNMNM/The Ergs
    When: 8/2005
    Where: Maxwell's; Hoboken, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: /laptop rap local act mc chris. Attendance was 50-75 people.

    Who: Thursday/The Blood Brothers/Men, Women, & Children/ All Broken
    When: 12/27/2005
    Where: Starland Ballroom; Sayreville, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: For some reason, MW&C threw fruit into the crowd. Thursday peppered the show with demos from their upcoming 'A City By The Light Divided' album. Sets were very short.

    Who: Alkaline Trio/Against Me!
    When: 4/15/2006
    Where: Starland Ballroom; Sayreville, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: Trio played all of 'Goddammit,' followed by a full acoustic set, and then parts of the rest of their discography, including 'Radio' and 'Fuck You Aurora.' Overall, they played for over 2 hours. AM! set breakdown: 3 from 'Reinventing Axl Rose,' 4 from 'As the Eternal Cowboy,' and 6 from 'Searching for a Former Clarity.'
  • Shows: 05/2002 - 04/2004

    Apr 17 2006, 4:23

    Who: blink-182/Green Day/Saves the Day
    When: 5/24/2002
    Where: PNC Arts Center; Holmdel, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: Travis Barker revolving drum solo a la Tommy Lee, midgets playing trumpets, patented build-a-band act by GD; lost glasses in mosh pit.

    Who: Weezer/Dashboard Confessional/Sparta
    When: 7/23/2002
    Where: PNC Arts Center; Holmdel, NJ
    Notes/Highlights: Missed Sparta; Weezer played their hits and picked the rest of the setlist out of a hat, ended up playing almost all of 'Pinkerton.'

    Who: Box Car Racer/H20/The Used
    When: 11/1/2002
    Where: Hammerstein Ballroom; New York, NY
    Notes/Highlights: First NYC performance for The Used; temporarily lost shoes in mosh pit.

    Who: Saves the Day/Circle and Square/Ash
    When: 11/22/2002
    Where: Roseland Ballroom; New York, NY
    Notes/Highlights: STD had 'the flu;' debuted demos of what would become 'In Reverie;' this was near the top of the band's popularity.

    Who: Finch/The Used/My Chemical Romance/Midtown/The Movielife
    When: 2/6/2003
    Where: Irving Plaza; New York, NY
    Notes/Highlights: First NYC performance for MCR; The Movielife broke up soon after this show.

    Who: Thursday/Poison the Well/Spitalfield
    When: 4/12/2004
    Where: Starland Ballroom; Sayreville, New Jersey
    Notes/Highlights: First live performance of 'M Shepard', Thursday considered Starland a 'hometown' show.