Live Review

Show Review: Streetlight Manifesto/Kevin Seconds/CrabHammer, The Masquerade, July 14, 2017

Words by Andrew Humphrey. Photo by Jesse DiFlorio Some artists crumble under pressure while others thrive. Streetlight Manifesto clearly falls in the latter of the two categories as was demonstrated by a last-minute acoustic performance at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia, July 14, 2017. Due to a family emergency involving Chris Thatcher, the band’s drummer, combined with weather-related flight delays, … Continue reading Show Review: Streetlight Manifesto/Kevin Seconds/CrabHammer, The Masquerade, July 14, 2017

Show Review: The Shelters/Royal Blood, Newport Music Hall, June 10, 2017

In 2014 Brighton, UK, duo Royal Blood emerged with their debut, self-titled LP and immediately garnered praise from music critics and rock luminaries alike. In fact Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) said ”Their album has taken the genre up a serious few notches. It’s so refreshing to hear, because they play with the spirit of the things that have preceded them, … Continue reading Show Review: The Shelters/Royal Blood, Newport Music Hall, June 10, 2017

Show Review: Beach Slang/Jimmy Eat World, Canopy Club, May 6, 2017

A line stretching around the block resulted in the Canopy Club being packed elbows to assholes for the Urbana, Illinois, stop of the Beach Slang/Jimmy Eat World tour. While fans waited for the doors to open, Jimmy Eat World’s soundman, who also happens to be Dennis Jagard of California melodic punk band Ten Foot Pole, walked the line playing requests … Continue reading Show Review: Beach Slang/Jimmy Eat World, Canopy Club, May 6, 2017

Show Review: Thursday/Touche Amore/Basement/Cities Aviv, Bogart’s, April 22, 2017

During the encore to Thursday’s set at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, singer Geoff Rickly admitted that their current tour was the first he’d ever done sober and encouraging those in the audience struggling with addiction that he was hopeful they could find healing and peace. With his powerful words resonating with the crowd, it also provided the perfect opportunity to reflect … Continue reading Show Review: Thursday/Touche Amore/Basement/Cities Aviv, Bogart’s, April 22, 2017

Etch+Tiffany Go ‘n See: MidPoint Music Festival (bonus)

This past summer Ghettoblaster sent our artists out with a mission to capture MPMF with a pen and paper.  MPMF returned again this year in Cincinnati with a weekend long festival packed into a 1 block radius featuring a ecliptic mixture of bands from every level of the music industry.  The expected highlights of the weekend included the Mountain Goats, … Continue reading Etch+Tiffany Go ‘n See: MidPoint Music Festival (bonus)

PromoWest Fest, July 15-17, McFerson Commons, Columbus, Ohio

In the July-heat, under mostly clear skies, 28,000 music fans took in the inaugural edition of Columbus, Ohio’s PromoWest Fest at McFerson Commons in the city’s Arena District. Despite social media complaints of a cashless payment system on site grounds, band and fan tantrums about VIP areas, which were roped off sections close to the stage, and more than a … Continue reading PromoWest Fest, July 15-17, McFerson Commons, Columbus, Ohio

Show Review: M83 in Columbus, Ohio

M83, Express Live, Columbus, Ohio, June 3, 2016 The first time I saw M83 was at Lollapalooza 2012 with a few tens of thousands of my new friends. The live incarnation of Anthony Gonzalez’s sprawling synthpop was in a prime slot that year, leading into first-night headliner The Black Keys on the south field of Chicago’s Grant park. At the … Continue reading Show Review: M83 in Columbus, Ohio

Deafheaven with Power Trip, January 27, 2015, Ace of Cups, Columbus, Ohio

It’s no secret to those who know me that Deafheaven’s New Bermuda was my pick for Album of the Year in 2015. Its massive riffs and lovely, often haunting, melodies resulted in the most beautiful metal album I’ve ever heard. I told many around me that I felt metal finally had its Ok Computer. New Bermuda elevates the craft of … Continue reading Deafheaven with Power Trip, January 27, 2015, Ace of Cups, Columbus, Ohio

Sasquatch! Music Festival to return to Washington in 2016

Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to The Gorge – the recently crowned Top Amphitheater in the World (Billboard 2015 Touring Awards), carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA – for four days over Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30, 2016).  A limited number of discounted 4-day festival passes will be available in time for … Continue reading Sasquatch! Music Festival to return to Washington in 2016

InFested: Latest Flame Records calls it quits with farewell show in Milwaulkee

Latest Flame Records and are calling it quits after 12 + years. However, they are planning the LFR Farewell with a weekend of music by their favorite bands! Three of the bands who’ve confirmed for the weekend are reuniting in the fall; The Response, Troubled Hubble and Police Teeth.  Nervous Curtains and We Are Hex will be playing as part … Continue reading InFested: Latest Flame Records calls it quits with farewell show in Milwaulkee