Sheer Mag

[Review]: The DIY Rock Ragers of Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag

There’s something to be said for a band that’s taken control of its own fate. Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag reached cult status before they were signed becoming hometown heroes thanks to their no-frills American rock ‘n roll and DIY approach. At a recent gig in Hamden, Connecticut’s Space Ballroom, the band brought its scrappy, scuzzy tunes…

LIVE REVIEW: Melvins, Hamden’s Space Ballroom

When The Melvins come to town, they come to annihilate. They bring with them heaps of hair, grinding, sludgy noise, and this time around, not one, but two bassists. At a Melvins show, faces will be melted. On tour for their latest album, last month’s Pinkus Abortion Technician (Ipecac), Melvins staples, singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover, brought…

METZZZ

REVIEW: METZ, The Outer Space, Hamden, Conn.

For better or for worse, I’ve never been an earplugs-at-concerts kind of guy, so when (not “if”) I eventually lose part of my hearing when I’m older, surely I’ll have METZ to blame/thank in part. Canadian punks and noise rockers METZ made a lot of noise up on The Outer Space Ballroom’s stage…and I mean a…

Rad upcoming tours

First off, Grace Potter is hitting Toad’s Place in New Haven on Sept. 26th. Apparently, this show was just announced and serves as the off-day in between Boston and NY shows (why don’t MORE BANDS COME TO CT?). For more information on how to buy tix for the CT show, check out the Toad’s site.…

THE LAST RIOT! tour stops at Wallingford

The Last Riot tour came to Wallingford on 8/30 with Phantom Planet as openers. Phantom Planet has been on my radar for awhile. I saw them way back on the tour for “The Guest”, Dug ’em then, and still dig ’em now. Their set was rather short, but they played “Do the Panic” and “Dropped”…

KT Tunstall is NOT 'lesbian music'…

…as one of my friends (who shall remain nameless) likes to call her. She is Drastic and Fantastic. In most cases, radio play helps commercial artists be just that…commercial. In a lot of ways, I feel radio play has simply hurt Tunstall. Well, that and American Idol. Anyone not putting KT in the likes of…