Concert Review: Wingdale Community Singers – June 24, 2005

Wingdale Community Singers Housing Works Used Book Cafe – New York, NY June 24, 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 gathered at Housing Works Used Book Café on June…

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

Ipecac Records Geek Show Irving Plaza – New York, NY May 23, 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 the rain-stricken gloom of New York City last week,…

Concert Review: Slint – March 18, 2005

Slint Irving Plaza – New York, NY March 18, 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 perfect Spiderland, Slint rolled into New York City. Rumor…

Review: Shesus – “Ruined It For You”

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 way back in 1993, Bodine’s guitar is less an instrument…

Concert Review: Shipping News – Feb. 13, 2003

Shipping News Tonic – New York, NY 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, overcoming problems with guitarist Jeff Mueller’s amp to present an…

Review: Scoville Unit – Everybody Knows

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 a unique voice so much as it stabs at,…

Review: The Scientifics – “Future Mothers and Former Babies”

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 its wake. The Scientifics, despite the best efforts put…

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

Rachel’s / Clogs Merkin Concert Hall – New York, NY May 25, 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 2005-06 season. But, those who filled the seats of…

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

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 is more of a scatterbrained affair, and its psychosis…

Concert Review: The Great Shakes – July 11, 2003

The Great Shakes Luna Lounge – New York, NY July 11, 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 turf, and they were definitely looking to stir up…