Concert Review

Werid Al at UB’s Center for the Arts (7/15/15)

Weird Al is typically viewed as a comedian more often than a musician. In the public’s eye, musicianship is hard for any comedian to earn, especially one that parodies. So before going to Weird Al’s sold-out show at the Center for the Arts last night, I thought of it more as a chance to see…

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Glastonbury: Part 2 (6/27/15, 6/28/15)

Saturday (6/27/15) While many artists caused a stir going into Glastonbury, none inspired the kind of controversy that Kanye West did as the hip hop super star when tabbed as the festival’s headliner, so much that the announcement drew a petition with over 130,000 signatures protesting the booking. Even death threats were aimed at Kanye…

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Glass Animals at Asbury Hall (6/16/15)

The great hall at Babeville was less a house of God and more a temple for trippy beats, jazz cigarette smoke, and sweat Tuesday night when Oxford quartet Glass Animals made its local debut. Layered, brain melting textures, hypnotic beats, and the sensually soulful vocals of Dave Bayely  got the sold out crowd moving and…

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The Decemberists w/ Alvvays @ UB’s Center for the Arts (4/1/15)

I had seen The Decemberists once before. The Portland, OR natives played an outdoor, midday set on a sweltering day at Bonnaroo 2011, and I was excited to be able to cross one of the “bucket list bands” off of my list, despite the heat. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t show up hours early for…

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Neutral Milk Hotel at Asbury Hall (04/21/15)

Neutral Milk Hotel is a band that needs no introduction; if you’re reading this, you probably know exactly what you clicked on and why you clicked on it. Either you were there, basking in the intimate glow of Asbury Hall, or, regretfully, you missed out on the sold out show and read now to salt…

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Real Estate at the Tralf Music Hall (6/20/15)

Within ten minutes of me shuffling in, the entire venue goes from about 300 people to full capacity. Bodies are pressed up against the stage. Every crevice is filled on the floor. The band dives right into their muted, suburban-rock jams. “Have my adopted babies!” “Play at my wedding!” Proclamations like these along with “Fuck…

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Widespread Panic at Artpark (6/16/15)

Last year, Widespread Panic suffered a similar fate to Athens after Poseidon lost the city to Athena in a great challenge. Irrate with anger, he flooded the city in spite, as he would Artpark that fateful night. Attendees were compensated with tickets to Ziggy Marley or Gregg Allman, but those remedies could not mend the…

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Beach House at Town Ballroom (8/21/15)

Whenever I’m writing a review of show, I always bumrush the stage to get a pic of the night’s setlist because writing it down in real time is a pain and it takes you out of the all important moment. But there were no setlists to be had last night after Beach House’s mesmerizing return…

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Glastonbury: Part 1 (6/25/15, 6/26/15)

While this blog has featured road trips from such places as Rochester and Toronto, Glastonbury might easily walk away as the easy winner of this blog’s longest voyage. So, would the largest and most famous music festival in the world be worth the 4,000 mile trip? In a word: Yes. I should begin this article…

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Steve Earle & The Dukes at Buffalo Iron Works (7/7/15)

Last night, American music legend Steve Earle transformed Buffalo Iron Works into a Sportsman’s-esque honky tonk, raising the roof with his pure country and western rock. The thrilled sold out crowd was blessed with an almost two hour set of Earle classics new and old, with nary a note of the BS and corny ass…

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