Shiny Toy Guns at Highline Ballroom last night by herche
June 26, 2007, 6:59 pm
Filed under: Concert, Highline Ballroom, Live Shows, Review, Shiny Toy Guns

It was past 11pm by the time the kids of Shiny Toy Guns took the stage at what’s shaping up to be one of NYC’s hottest new music venue’s last night. Well worth the wait, STG go full throttle from load in to load out, creating an energy so strident that most didn’t hear the fire alarms going off all throughout their encore.

Shiny Toy Guns

Their set was just over an hour, which I felt completely appropriate considering they have only released one album. They hit all the key songs off of “We Are Pilots” including Chemistry of a Car Crash, first single Le Disko, Starts with One, and of course closed out the show with crowd favorite and break out track You Are The One. To splice up their set they threw in a little known track from their demo called Rocketship and even covered a little Depeche Mode famously.

The Band member’s raw musical talent is showcased by their constant switch offs: vocals, to guitars, to keyboards and back around. Female lead vocalist Carah Faye is a vision on the keyboards, but her undisputed trademark in the band is her voice which holds a perfect pitch while slicing through its electronic surroundings.

If you hear Shiny Toy Guns are playing at your local music venue, go buy a ticket. Each member on their own is a remarkable talent-it’s pure genius when they join together.

Written by B

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Bonnaroo 2007 by herche
June 25, 2007, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Bonnaroo, Concert, Live Shows, Music, Review, The National, Wolfmother

Bonnaroo

The National KILL IT…

The National

UFO’S???

UFO

Wolfmother

Wolfmother

Thanks to Gabriela Schwartz & Mattias Eng…



Emily King at Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival by herche
June 25, 2007, 3:41 pm
Filed under: Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Business Man, Emily King, Live Shows, R & B, Review, Soul

Emily

Emily King was great at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.  She went on around 3:30 and played until a little after 4 PM, it couldn’t have been a nicer day and she played to a good size crowd.

She absolutely KILLED “Business Man”, which was played acoustically and ended with her upcoming single “Walking In My Shoes” (which we have heard features Lupe).

She is definitely an up and comer to watch.



Albert Hammond Jr. at Webster Hall by herche
June 19, 2007, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Albert Hammond, Concert, Live Shows, Music, Review, Rock, The Strokes

What do you get when you put together Albert Hammond, Jr. [the Strokes], Josh Latanzi [Ben Kweller’s bassist on tour], Steve Schiltz [Longwave’s frontman], Matt Romano [Strokes drum Tech], and Marc Philippe Eskenazi [Medium Cool]. One hell of a rock show. This record can stand on it’s own but it may be even better live. It’s true and well known I have a weak spot for the Strokes (and I’ll even say the same for Longwave) however this only makes me more critical on Albert’s band. As my friends will joke it’s my typical statement when I enjoy a live band but these guys, “KILL IT”, at times reminiscent of the Beach Boys. It would be easy for me to say that, “they’re okay” and then ask when the Strokes are going to record new material and start touring again but honestly, I can wait if this is why I’m waiting…see video and set list below.

Intro

Everyone Gets A Star

In Transit

Call an Ambulance

Bright Young Thing

Old Black Dawning

Blue Skies

Can’t Cha Stop

101

Scared

Postal Blowfish

Hard To Live In The City



Cage the Elephant “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” by herche
June 13, 2007, 7:08 pm
Filed under: Cage The Elephant, Concert, Live Shows, Music, Review, Rock

Last night the dirty south made an appearance at Mercury Lounge in NYC. Newcomers Cage The Elephant are an old fashioned breed; hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky their sound is reminiscent of the late 70’s era of rock and roll and their performance style is distinctly Iggy Pop. 

Making up for the sparse turn out of their NYC debut, the young five-piece is talented enough to fill the spaces in-between.  Their music is loud and rich-perhaps a bit too much so for the tiny confines of Mercury. However, I can see it translating geniusly to an outdoor arena and truly believe they will be a crowd favorite at Bonnaroo.

After seeing them live there is no doubt that these boys love their music.  Their show includes very little audience interaction, which is fine because it’s not for lack of performance skill; but rather because they obviously go inside their lyrics, and riffs, and drum lines.  Keep an eye open for these guys, the buzz is only going to keep growing…written by B



Reunited Smashing Pumpkins at Germany’s Biggest Festival, Rock Am Ring by herche
June 6, 2007, 8:25 pm
Filed under: Music, Review, Rock, Smashing Pumpkins

The reunited Pumpkins played Germany’s biggest festival, Rock Am Ring, last weekend and lots of videos from the professionally recorded mega-gig have already made their way onto YouTube.



Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Webster Hall by herche
June 4, 2007, 8:26 am
Filed under: Live Shows, Review, Rock

One of our personal favorites.