Concert Review: Wingdale Community Singers – June 24, 2005

Wingdale Community Singers Housing Works Used Book Cafe – New York, NY June 24, 2005 Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy, July 25, 2005 If record release parties represent a public birth for a collection of songs, it would be hard to think of a more comforting or welcoming midwife than the intimate crowd that…

Concert Review: Ipecac Records Geek Show – May 23, 2003

Ipecac Records Geek Show Irving Plaza – New York, NY May 23, 2003 Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy May 30, 2003 It is only due to the wonders of two very small, bright orange earplugs that I am not completely deaf right now. The ear-threatening volume of the Ipecac Records jetset blew right into…

Concert Review: Slint – March 18, 2005

Slint Irving Plaza – New York, NY March 18, 2005 Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy March 28, 2005 And that, my friends, was — without question — the best live show I have ever seen. On the reunion of the reunions, more than a decade since it dissolved in the wake of the frighteningly…

Review: Shesus – Ruined It For You

  Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Feb. 14, 2005 Forget O-Matic. When it comes to gauging Michelle Bodine’s work as a guitarist and songwriter, the standard is always Brainiac’s Smack Bunny Baby, the only full-length she recorded with Dayton, Ohio’s favorite Surrealist pop-punk noisemakers. On the disc, released on Dutch East India-distributed Grass Records…

Concert Review: Shipping News – Feb. 13, 2003

  Shipping News Tonic – New York, NY Feb. 13, 2003 Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Feb. 13, 2003 It says a lot about a band when they can face technical obstacles and malfunctions on stage and still manage to pull out an incredible live performance. Shipping News did just that on February 13,…

Review: Scoville Unit – Everybody Knows

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy July 21, 2004 Scoville Unit’s Everybody Knows is an aptly titled debut from an up-and-coming group of five Connecticut friends, a guitar- and vocal-driven pop-rock affair that taps into some familiar melodies while keeping its audience bouncing in carefully synched unison. But the 11-track Ernest Jenning release doesn’t develop…

Review: The Scientifics – Future Mothers and Former Babies

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy May 18, 2005 When in doubt, blame Devo. Sure, the group was a staple of 1980s pop and quirky electronica, and it left an odd legacy, however implicit, on indie rock, but it also just somehow feels responsible for the glut of good-intentioned but lackluster electro-pop that’s surfaced in…

Concert Review: Rachel’s/Clogs – May 25, 2006

Rachel’s / Clogs Merkin Concert Hall – New York, NY May 25, 2006 Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy June 5, 2006 It was a night of quiet, fragile, and sometimes haunting music, with refrains that slowly unfolded and wrapped their delicate fingers around listeners, as two like-minded indie-chamber ensembles helped close New Sounds Live’s…

Review: Scary Kids Scaring Kids – The City Sleeps In Flames

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy April 4, 2006 Scary Kids Scaring Kids are suffering from a little bit of an identity crisis, and not the edgy but semi-accessible kind you’d imagine a commercially accessible metal/punk act would put out there in an effort to attract the ears and empathy of disenfranchised youth. No, this…

Concert Review: The Great Shakes – July 11, 2003

The Great Shakes Luna Lounge – New York, NY July 11, 2003 Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy July 28, 2003 Mothers hid their daughters and gentlemen guarded their beers while in New York City recently, and for good reason. The Great Shakes were in town, making a lot of noise on their own home…