Date: June 8th 2013
After last year’s awesome concert, my wife and I decided to head back to Boston to see the legendary John Williams conduct the Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall. It was well worth the trip and money to see Williams conduct again!
Date: June 1st 2013
Bands: The Slackers, Spring Heeled Jack, MU330, Mephiskapheles, The Pietasters, The Scofflaws, Westbound Train, Thumper, Bigger Thomas
The second day of Apple Stomp was even better than Day 1 just in terms of how many great bands were on the same bill! Day 1 was more of the ska/punk bands and day 1 was the third wave type of ska bands. Both nights had their moments though.
Date: May 31st 2013
Bands: The Suicide Machines, Pilfers, Murphy’s Law, Metro Stylee, Inspecter 7, What’s Your Problem Brian, The Fad
I’ve been saying for awhile that New York City hasn’t had a decent ska or punk music festival in a long time. Thanks to the folks at Asbestos Records, Live Nation and others who worked hard to bring this amazing two day ska fest to Irving Plaza. The lineup for both days was superb and if you missed these shows, well I guess there’s always next year. Apple Stomp was a big success in my mind and hopefully this is a big thing every year now.
Date: April 19th 2013
Band Link: http://www.greatbigsea.com
Canadian folk group Great Big Sea is currently celebrating 20 years and stopped by a sold out Town Hall in New York City on April 19th. The band were their usual selves: highly entertaining, cracking jokes, singing their asses off and just making everyone feel good after a long, dramatic week.
It’s been awhile since I’ve got the chance to hit up a Supervillains show…probably since 07-08 when they came through with Slightly Stoopid. Being a super early (pun intended) 6:30 show on a Friday, that meant that I got to leave work early and kick off my weekend ahead of schedule. Thanks to the Supervillains and their PR guy Derek, I was able to get on the guest list for this here review and even though there were some minor issues, everything got ironed out accordingly.
After leaving Pittsburgh out of their touring circuit for quite a few years, the Slackers are back for the third time in four years. This time they brought out the Pinstripes from Cincinnati for the duration of the tour and local Pittsburgh rocksteady/ska/reggae band the Pressure were the opening act.
Date: April 3rd 2013
Band Link: willienile.com
New York rocker Willie Nile and his band played an early show at Joe’s Pub last night. If you’ve been to a Willie Nile show before, you know why they are legendary! This was only my second time seeing Willie, but I’ve been a fan of his since 2004 when I saw him for the first time. I believe it was in 2004 and he opened for the Saw Doctors at Irving Plaza. I have no idea why I haven’t seen him since but I need to make it a point to see him more than once every 9 years!
Date: March 15th 2013
Opening Band: The Latchikos
Band Link: sawdoctors.com
It’s that time of the year when The Saw Doctors come to the United States and rock out! They stopped at their usual spot at Irving Plaza and the show was sold out! That’s not surprising since they sell out that place in August when they play. But since it’s St Patrick’s Day weekend, everybody was out having a great time, watching the band from Tuam.
Date: March 9th 2013
Opening Act: Molly Parden
Band Link: http://peterbradleyadams.com
Americana singer/songwriter Peter Bradley Adams and his band played Rockwood Music Hall in New York City last night. The club was packed with fans, ready to hear some new tunes and some old ones as well. PBA’s show last night was my first and I was impressed!
Date: March 2nd, 2013
Opening Bands: Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder
1…2…3…4! The Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket and Masked Intruder on the same bill? What an awesome punk rock lineup! Once I knew these guys were in town, I knew I wanted to check it out. I’m glad I did because it was a classic punk show with short songs, drinks flying all over the place, and stage diving. I was just glad to be sitting away from all that.
It’s been almost six years since Reel Big Fish came to Pittsburgh and the last time that the Pilfers were in the ‘burgh they tore up Club Laga last century. I miss that place, but the Altar Bar has been a good substitute for some pretty great shows in Pittsburgh over the past few years. Along for the ride with those two bands was Dan Potthast, lead singer of MU330, with his solo acoustic act. I was thrilled and excited to be catching an all ska show for the first time in a long time as well.
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