Ryan Leas

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  • 8 months ago | Concert Reviews

    Better Than: That time where I could've seen Ryan Adams open for Oasis in 2008 and passed on it, like, "Eh, they'll both be back around soon enough," and then waited six years for a chance to see Adams for the first time. Ryan Adams is a charmer. ...

  • 9 months ago | Concert Reviews

    Better Than: Going to school. It's been a while since we've been to a show that had the stipulation "16+," as if there'd actually be younger kids who would show up. Sometimes it's easy to forget, even in the wake of "I Love It" and "Fancy" and now...

  • 9 months ago | Concert Reviews

    Better Than: Never loving again, I guess? Lykke Li is one of those strange situations that happens now and again these days: someone who's talked about as a pop singer, is sort of presented as such, but in reality is a bit weirder, a bit too idios...

  • 10 months ago | Concert Reviews

    Spoon are no nonsense. It takes less than a minute for them to remind you of this. After walking out and jumping right into "Knock Knock Knock"--a standout from their new album They Want My Soul, one that seems to yield more surprises upon each li...

  • 11 months ago | Concert Reviews

    Better Than: About 90-95 percent of the shows I've seen in my life. First, a bit of disclosure. There's a certain degree to which you get spoiled living in New York, especially if writing about music factors into your job. You see a lot of concert...

  • 1 year ago | Concert Reviews

    Better than: Keane, definitely. As half a dozen nearby Upper West Side bars thrummed with a low-key, polite enjoyment of Cinco de Mayo, a collection of eager and already-ecstatic concertgoers gathered amongst the Beacon Theatre's faux-gilded embel...