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Concert Reviews

Dead Man Walking at Madison Opera

David Browning | Posted 06.30.2014 | Arts
David Browning

Visually, the show was stark and beautiful. Harry Frehner's sets and Marcus Dilliard's lighting effectively suggested the actual settings while also reminding one of the constant prison theme.

What I Learned From Miley Cyrus

Marion Winik | Posted 06.14.2014 | Entertainment
Marion Winik

Last week I saw Miley Cyrus in concert at the Verizon Center in D.C. and what a crash course in modern culture it was. Let me tell you about my night with the lovely and talented badass, Ms. Destiny Hope Cyrus, aka Miley.

Karmin and Bonnie McKee on Their 'Pulses' Tour

Hugh McIntyre | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Hugh McIntyre

Hot off the heels of their first full length Pulses being released and smack dab in the middle of Bonnie's solo career taking off (last summer's "American Girl" was unstoppable), Karmin and Bonnie McKee are joining forces for what is sure to be the most fun you've had in... well, ever.

Can Ron Blake Retake Jazz's 21st Century Groove With Millennials?

Brian Ross | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Brian Ross

Listening to them is like sipping a 1961 Château Latour, or watching Phil Jackson dominate a basketball game by owning the pace on the court.

Enchanted Evening: Great Big Sea Comes to Tarrytown

Jaime Lubin | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

It's worth noting that, enthusiastic as the proceedings were, they also carried a peculiar gravity. Perhaps this had to do with nostalgia's more serious side, the wish to honor what's gone before and the realization that all things cannot stay the same forever.

Once Upon a Time in Dracut: Scott and Bob's Excellent Adventure

Jaime Lubin | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Jaime Lubin

Putting these musicians together with this community results in a truly beautiful phenomenon -- the guys are so relaxed and natural you forget they're celebrities. You forget they're even performing. As Scott likes to say, "It's all spontaneous."

Homeward Bound, Saving the Arts: Guiney and Grimes in Dracut

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.04.2013 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

It's common knowledge that "you can't go home again," but actor Scott Grimes is a master of the impossible -- especially when it's for a good cause.

Tickled Pink for Bluegrass

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.29.2013 | New York
Jaime Lubin

Amid the Dixon Place bar's clinking drinks and humming, intimate assembly, bandleader Leah Wells glows with anticipation. The versatile musician plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle in several bands around New York.

Music: The Mavericks' Triumphant Return on Stage & In Studio

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Frank Sinatra always insisted he was just a saloon singer. In the same way, the Mavericks always pride themselves on being a bar band, albeit the best bar band this side of E Street.

An Editor's Transcendant Experience At The Apollo, With The Boss

Spinner | Posted 03.10.2012 | Entertainment

Whether it was the legendary venue, the excitement of his first show behind his new album, the allure of the celebrity-filled crowd, or the jitters of...

The Kills, Um, Kill It at the 9:30 Club

Marlene Hall | Posted 04.10.2012 | DC
Marlene Hall

Most people may not have heard of The Kills. However, it's time people start tuning into this underrated band.

Dudamel Conducts a Thousand in Mahler's 8th - Wow!

Jay Weston | Posted 04.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

The conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, combined our local symphonic group with the Simón Boliver Orchestra of Venezuela in playing Mahler's Eighth Symphony, called 'Symphony of a Thousand."

Skrillex Plays New York, Young Hip Bloggers Marvel At Kids These Days

Kia Makarechi | Posted 04.03.2012 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

As a somewhat younger editor who has interviewed a number of EDM artists and found himself at Webster Hall and Pacha a number of times this year as a result, Skrillex's show didn't seem that different to me.

MUSIC REVIEW: Yelle in Concert

Judah Joseph | Posted 02.15.2012 | Home
Judah Joseph

Sounding similar to dance-pop groups like CSS and Cut Copy, French pop trio Yelle stands alone in how its music influenced an entire population of Francophone youth.

Icebird/RJD2 at Brooklyn Bowl

Isabelle Davis | Posted 12.14.2011 | New York
Isabelle Davis

Watching RJD2 perform songs off of his 2002 debut album, Deadringer, basically made me feel 17 again. Aural time travel is always my favorite kind.

The Bangles Warm Up Washington

Marlene Hall | Posted 12.09.2011 | DC
Marlene Hall

The Bangles played to a close to sold-out show at the famous/infamous 9:30 club. It's pretty cool seeing three women rocking it like they do on the stage... sadly I don't see that too often.

An Evening With Jon Brion at Le Poisson Rouge

Isabelle Davis | Posted 12.07.2011 | New York
Isabelle Davis

A veritable one-man band, Brion seamlessly moves from keys to guitars to drums to the harmonica, all the while layering and looping each component, building the songs right before the audiences' eyes.

Das Racist Launches Relax With Dynamic Show

Gary He | Posted 11.13.2011 | New York
Gary He


Sade at Honda Center: Style as Enlightenment

S.X. Rosenstock | Posted 11.06.2011 | Los Angeles
S.X. Rosenstock

Sade's show at Honda Center in Anaheim August 30 was such a triumph of visual and sonic beauty, I started to wonder if pure gorgeousness could fix the economy or make political parties get along.

Selena Gomez and Christina Grimmie: Bright Stars, Different Shades

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 10.28.2011 | Celebrity
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

On a hot August Saturday afternoon, bright sun beating down on a crowd of over 20,000, my young daughter and I had our attention focused intensely on ...

Phish Maintains Its Colorado Connection

Colin St. John | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Colin St. John

Phish kicked off its fall tour in improv-laden style. The general admission crowd was mobile and overjoyed; the band was equally fired up.

HuffPost Review: Jeff Beck Rocks LA

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Irene Rubaum-Keller

If you were at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles last night to hear Jeff Beck play, and there had been an earthquake, you wouldn't have known it. The music was literally shaking the seats.

Cold War Kids at Terminal 5

Simon McCormack | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Simon McCormack

Last night, concertgoers ages 14-19 flooded Terminal 5 in anticipation of the Kids' show. There were many of-age attendees, but it was clear most of the crowd wouldn't be enjoying any $6 Budweisers.

Show Reviews: Why?, Au, and Dark Dark Dark at the Bluebird

Erin Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Erin Barnes

Perhaps it's the accordion, but when I first heard Dark Dark Dark I felt like it should be piping through Metros of Paris, sad songs wafting sadly from a band of waif-like ragamuffins.

Top Moments of Monolith Music Festival

Erin Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Erin Barnes

At the fest: rockstars are so cute sometimes in their pleas for anonymity!