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 >>
Summer might not semi-officially start until next weekend, but our fair city is getting a head start on jamming the schedule with as much music as possible. This weekend there are at least seven multi-musician extravaganzas happening in New York and New Jersey. Which one is most right for you? Our h ... 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 >>
Kiss bass player/reality-TV star/political gadfly Gene Simmons let his legendary tongue loose earlier this week during a press conference announcing his band's summer tour with Mötley Crüe. The two-headed bill, which will be at the PNC Bank Arts Center on September 21 and Jones Beach on September ... More >>
Luke Bryan w/ Josh Thompson, Lee Brice, and Matt Mason
Friday, September 16
Better than: Having to go out to PNC Bank Arts Center, where these all-star country shows usually take place.
In a town where the "but country" that finishes the trusty declaration of openmindedness "I listen t ... More >>
Toby Keith w/ Eric Church and J.T. Hodges
PNC Bank Arts Center
Friday, September 2
Better than: Most other Ford commercials.
Toby Keith is a hell of singer. He plays guitar, tooa nice acoustic one (when he returns for the encore it will have an American flag painted on it)but tonigh ... More >>
Yes, Ke$ha's involved in this.
In general conversation, the guilty pleasure is a simple enough concept: it describes something you might like but, well, feel guilty about liking, presumably because it isn't otherwise up to your standards of taste. Over the past ten or so years, with pop crit ... More >>
By Nick Minichino
Weezer/Flaming Lips w/Yeasayer
PNC Bank Arts Center
Thursday, July 28
Better than: Not seeing Bush at the Bowery Ballroom.
It's extremely easy to forget the advantages of an large-scale concert if you've gone, say, a decade eschewing such shows. Massive venues with lawn seatin ... More >>
Lil Wayne w/Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, Lloyd
PNC Bank Arts Center
Tuesday, July 26
Better than: Sorry For The Wait.
Before Lil Wayne took the stage last night at the PNC Bank Arts Center, the PA was playing cuts from Sorry For The Wait, the stopgap mixtape released as an apologia ... More >>
Near the end of A Perfect Circle's Beacon Theatre show earlier this month, Maynard James Keenan asked the audience to engage in a thought experiment of sorts. "We're going to pretend we all left the stage for a few minutes," he told the crowd. "We're just going to stay here and do a couple mo ... More >>
John RicardYesterday the Atlanta-born singer Lloyd released his fourth album King Of Hearts, a collection that explores love and lust, giddiness and heartbreak, and other opposing sides of the romantic cointhe first track you hear on the album is the expletive-filled summer jam "Dedica ... More >>
Yeasayer stopped by Conan last night to debut "Devil And The Deed," a taut, herky-jerky track that uses the upper ranges of lead singer Chris Keating's voice to fine effect and has a lovely, tinkling keyboard break. The band's on tour right now; their headlining show at Terminal 5 on June 18 is sold ... More >>
What with Nicki Minaj having gone and signed herself away to Britney Spears' tour this summer, Lil Wayne needed some new opening acts for the next leg of his I Am Still Music Tour. Enter--along with Keri Hilson, Rick Ross, and, uh, the Far East Movement--Lloyd, the sweet-voiced Atlanta croone ... 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 >>
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 >>