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Nov 22 David Bronson At Rockwood Stage 2, Thursday, November 21st, 2014, Reviewed
David takes to the audience like he takes to people in the real world, he makes you at ease, ready to be part of his family and then he levels you with the intensity of his playing. It is as though he sees no reason why artistry must be self-important. At Rockwood he shared his stage so generously while remaining the focal point.
Posted 22 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 22 Hal Ketchum/Ronnie Fauss, Kessler Theater, Dallas Texas, Thursday, November 20th, 2014 Reviewed
The majority of Ketchum’s material exists in a bell curve where everything sounds good, it’s well crafted folk influenced country music and Ketchum still has a strong voice, but there’s no emotional glue to his work. The music wafts by you, very little sticks
Posted 22 November 2014 by Steve Crawford  Add comment
Nov 22 Emel Malthouthi’s At Live@365, Thursday, November 20th, 2014 Reviewed
At Live@365, she took the band out for a spin and found them capable of sounding like everything from traditional Arabic music, to trip hop, to lo fi electronica, all held together by Ethel’s superb voice, a great instrument which sounds Arabic in Arabic and European in English and French
Posted 22 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 22 Ozzy Osbourne: ‘That Bono Pisses Me Off!’
I liked some of their earlier stuff, but to be perfectly honest, that Bono pisses me off. He’s made his name out of working with and talking about starving people in Africa. I don’t particularly like what he does. It’s phony
Posted 22 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 22 Lana Del Rey, Marilyn Manson, Eli Roth’s Lost Troubling Video
I should say first that Manson’s representative, Kathryn Frazier of Biz3, has declared that the Goth singer has nothing to do with the video and that ‘It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else’s Lana Del Rey footage’
Posted 22 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 22 Hear, My Friends: Nikki Vee’s Five Songs
When I asked my Facebook friends, and my friends at 45 Revolutions Per Minute, to offer up their five favorite songs I figure I’ll get through em all eventually and first things first, here is Nikki Vee of Rhode Island’s song list. Not faves, not best, just what she is listening…
Posted 22 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 22 Pricing Kills Buying Music, Not Streaming
The battle over streaming is a battle over prices not distribution. I don’t care what anybody says, the average person does not want to spend $10 a month on a streaming service, it is too expensive, but if songs and albums were cheap enough they would get back in the habit of buying them.
Posted 22 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 22 Must See? Bob Seger At MSG December 19th, 2014
I’ve never seen Seger live and the only way for me to be sure is to take a look at him in concert. I would hope that if you read rock nyc it is for an informed opinion and the only way to have an informed opinion is to do the work, even if it is painful. So, yeah, I am gonna check him
Posted 22 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 22 10 Songs: Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
It is one thing to sing “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” as though it was “Send In The Clowns” and another thing entirely to sing “Send In The Clowns” as though it is “Your Painted Face”, the former is the mainstreaming of Dylan, the latter the devaluing of Sondheim. Amazingly enough it doesn’t suck… but that doesn’t add up to an endorsement – B
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Nov 21 “The Art Of McCartney” Reviewed Track By Track
Battles have ensued between those who claim the only song worth listening to is Dylan’s, those who think it is fun and shouldn’t be taken that seriously, those who consider it borderline Karaoke and Def Leppard are guilty if only by association and those who are going back to their GNR roots. Me? I say all of the above…
Posted 21 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 21 Watch Angel Olsen’s New Video For ‘Windows’
The video is an enigmatic beauty, beautifully shot, and it shows Angel and her famous blank stare, as she goes from total expressionlessness to a real sadness frozen on her face, while her emotive song is played
Posted 21 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 21 Billboard To Include Song Streams In Ranking System
So my question is, will this dethrone Taylor Swift because she has removed her music from Spotify? Bakula thinks it’s simply impossible: ‘No amount of streaming in the world could keep Taylor from No. 1,’ he declared… this girl is definitively way too powerful for my taste.
Posted 21 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 21 “Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets” Reviewed
It closes with 20 minutes from the ashtrays of the final show. In between, Jarvis and the rest of the band discuss their career while fans sing their songs, remember the band before they got famous,
Posted 21 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 21 Manu Koch And Filtron M’s “Mandatory Underground” Reviewed
The trick here is don’t concentrate on Manu, he’ll come for you when he wants you, concentrate on the beats which are consistently hooky, they are like little tommy guns on all four tracks and they will keep your ears centered while you ride away on keyboards that kind sound Enoish and Ornette Colemanish within a coupla bars of each other.
Posted 21 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 21 rock nyc Top 10 Songs Week Of November 17th, 2014
A nice week of music, especially surprisingly enough Nickelback who I have never come close to liking and is now in my good books because they found the perfect foil for their MOR rock with a perfect pop rapper. DP are a seriously good band.
Posted 21 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment

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Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 9-21-13

both sings and paints a masterpiece

1. When I Paint My Masterpiece Demo – Bob Dylan – If you have been raised on the Greatest Hits 2 version, it isn’t the solo on piano that flips you out, it is the bridge: “Sure wish I hadn’t had sold my old Vitrola, ain’t nothing like that good ol rock and roller” all that’s missing is the coca cola line – A+


Hear Ye On Spotify : what rock nyc is listening to 9-20-13

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1. Loud Like Love – Placebo – Bowie for morons with darker hair and arty prescriptions at a minimum, this lead song is real catchy big time rock – B+

2. Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel – The thing about this classic rock ballad is you can play it just abut anyway you choose, and it  will still work – A

3.  Thursday – Pet Shop Boy – This was so good on stage ,I went back to it on record and it sounds much better, especially the tail of the chorus – A-

4. Campus – Vampire Weekend – I haven’t seen em in years and so despite a nosebleed seat, I am psyched for tonight – A-

5. Stay In Touch – David Bronson – This is one of the best slices of rock this year and considering where it comes, at the end of The Long Lost, in context it is even more thrilling – A

6. Nasty Boy – Notorious B.I. G. – It feels like a long way from Junior Mafia here – A-

7. Glad To be Gay – A great gay anthem in the 20th century, a little too downbeat for the 21st – A

8. Triplets – Danny Kaye – Solo, so you miss Judy and Gene, but still pretty great – A

9. Funky Ceilli – Black 47 – The first time I heard this, on a cassette they sold at their gigs, there was a difference coda with Larry inviting his guy friends over to sleep with MTV models with him! – A

10. Southern Pacific – The Del Lords – This Neil Young cover is a standard bearer for all future Neil Young covers –a powerhouse classic. I think Scott said they’d been covering it back in the 90s.


Hear Ye On Spotify: 9-19-13

Great return to form from Saint Motel

1. My Type – Saint Motel – A-

2. Digsy’s Finer –  Oasis – A

3. Woman’s World – C-

4. Salt In My WOunds – Shemakia Copeland – A-

5. Dream On – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – C+

6. Damaged – The Del Lords – A

7. La Festa Italiana – Matt Whipkey – A-

8. We Were Us – Keith Urban – B

9. Popscene – Blur – A+

10. Back To The Wind – Pat Todd And The Rankoutsiders – A-

Comment: Pat sounds like the Stones without the vocals, though his vocals have a nive edge, and Shemakia is a major blues singer and still in her 20s, Oasis are getting back together (maybe) and listening to Noel you can hear why. But the day belongs to Saint Motel, a band I’ve been expecting to break through for years now. Maybe they are too good, certainly this disco glam workout is worthy of just about any one. A great slice of modern disco.