I try to stay away from the celebrity gossip angle of music, but you guys, the news that perpetually "punk" tween Avril Lavigne is going to get married to fellow Canadian and Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger is too good to resist, particularly since every person in my Twitter feed felt like they ... More >>
Not to be one of those people who talks about the weather, but has this summer's concert-going season seemed sorta... washed out to you? Multi-day festivals from Lollapalooza to Catalpa to Pitchfork have been plagued by rain delays, and other outdoor concerts have been similarly doused. Shows at the ... More >>
Wiz Khalifa is in love with weed. The Pittsburgh-raised rapper has established himself as a hip-hop superstar by making songs that are largely hooked around getting high. While it's not all that a unique pastimethe likes of Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill ushered in the first great rush of weed r ... More >>
Jones Beach Theater
Saturday, July 28
Better than: A rainout.
3:47 p.m., Babylon-bound LIRR train
Seated across from me are two college girls, a blonde and a brunette, and one college boy. They're wearing neon and denim, a combination I will be seeing a lot of today. His shorts ... More >>
Jones Beach Theater
Wednesday, July 4
Better than: Putting the freak flag in permanent cold storage.
"Goddard College!" Phish leader Trey Anastasio called out between verses during "Alumni Blues," the band's opening number at Jones Beach on Wednesday night, a rare onstage shout-out to the b ... More >>
Ah, the summer, the time of year when one can enjoy a concert in the glorious out of doors. This morning Live Nation announced the full lineups for its two local amphitheatersthe PNC Bank Arts Center in bucolic Holmdel, N.J. and the Jones Beach Theater, out on the South Shore of Nassau County ... More >>
Honda Civic Tour: Blink 182/My Chemical Romance w/Alkaline Trio
Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Sunday, August 7
Better than: A five percent chance of rain.
On the way to Jones Beach last night, leery of the weather that had cut short the final day of Escape To New York some 70 miles east, I checke ... More >>
"I'm not saying don't drink. Just don't do 13 shots out of a bowling ball. The guy peeing where he's standing? That's a problem."
O.A.R. manager Dave Roberge on the rowdy fans that helped his charges get banned from the Jones Beach Theater after a particularly rowdy show where 20 drunk teena ... More >>
Yeasayer. Here's hoping things are a bit warmer than this for their shows this summer. Today Live Nation announced a slew of shows at Long Island's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center, and in addition to the many classic rock acts (with "classic rock" now being ... More >>
On Saturday, the Times ran an overview of the woes facing this summer's tours, which have seen sales overall suffer despite sellouts for the likes of Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Even the Eagles--once an act that could be guaranteed to print money from boomers--have suffered during the dog da ... More >>
With the Rihanna/Ke$ha bill already announced for Nikon at Jones Beach Theater this summer, a pop-superheroine double-threat that Nicki Minaj sadly abandoned, there was a momentary glimmer of possibility that the Lon Guyland outdoor amphitheater's other bookings would give metropolitan ... More >>
Jones Beach Theater
Saturday, June 27
"I always thought I'd be a mom" is not the most obvious applause line at a rock concert. But when Gwen Stefani cooed just that in the middle of the conflicted 2000 power ballad "Simple Kind of Life," the thousands of girls-- teens with teens ... More >>
Well that's over with. To complete my spiritual journey, I will now both provide my top-five greatest moments (Metallica excluded) and explore how non-SXSW revelers might enjoy their music, immediately or in the immediate future.
1. Ms. Janelle Monáe, of course. Her deeply, defiantly weird dyst ... More >>