As the 10(ish) members of the band hit the stage at 9 p.m. and the giant banner of Underdog World Strike's cover began to rise behind them, celebrating the end of 2015 and kicking off 2016 came early for those in the packed house.
We live in an EP, YouTube ready, and singles only -- and I mean that in music terms -- world. So, when artists emerge with not just a full-length album but an amazing one at that, you have to figuratively hug the living crap out of it.
Arriving on stage to a heroes welcome, the slick New York City rockers sprang into action with "Say Hello to the Angels," off their stellar 2002 debut, Turn on the Bright Lights, the record that pushed them to the forefront.
A few hours before another SOLD OUT show -- this time at Terminal 5 on Manhattan's westside, I had a very engaging conversation backstage with half of Rudimental's foursome -- Amir and Piers, who were casually kicking back in their dressing room.
Since they debuted, the stellar UK band have switched up their sound but keep it rocking throughout the journey with their signature sound and sharp-as-a-machete lyrics. Last month, the trio dropped their seventh album entitled Loud Like Love.
It was a co-headlining bill that may seem obtuse at first, rising Australian buzz band, Tame Impala on the same level as psychedelic indie legends, The Flaming Lips, but the match-up worked just right.
Blake is playing the first single from his new album Overgrown, an album aptly titled for a musician who stands at 6'5. This is the first of two sold-out shows the UK-based artist is playing at New York City's Terminal 5.
The food came close to being inedible -- an omelet that resembled a battered hockey puck, a white paste identified as potatoes on the menu, accompanied by four pieces of pale watermelon and six grapes plus a dead-white plastic-sealed icy Vienna roll and a putative apple dessert also dead-white.
2012 has been quite the year by all accounts. The music industry -- which is still trying to figure out what happened to its former self -- took a serious blow by the concept of crowdfunding this year. And by concept I mean runaway success.
From small headlining gigs to playing Lollapalooza and then curating this year's ATP, The Afghan Whigs are enjoying their time back together, which brought them to a sold-out crowd at Manhattan's Terminal 5 on Friday night.