Reviews Archive

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Xerox Auditorium – Rochester, NY

  Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey was one of the many impressive acts who performed at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival this year. Making a stop during their tour of the East Coast to enlighten us with their progressive jazz sound and powerful stage presence, the group consists of Brian Haas (piano), Chris […]

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Queensryche ousts singer Geoff Tate

It appears Geoff Tate has been tossed from Queensryche due to “creative differences.” Check out the article right HERE: Now hair metal castrati, this band really has no purpose existing anymore. I mean, it was hard enough knowing Chris DeGarmo wasn’t playing with them anymore, but Geoff? Is there anybody listening??? No… There is nobody […]

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Fiona Apple 6/19/12 State Theater – Ithaca, NY

First off, let me just say that Fiona Apple puts on one amazing show, and Dan Smalls Presents did a fantastic job getting this booking in Ithaca, NY! Now, allow me to tell you that if you didn’t make it, or were anywhere air-conditioned, you may have been better off… It was oppressively hot in […]

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Dream Theater 6/15/12 – Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY

If there was ever any need to verify an artist’s previous visit to a particular town, none was more convincing than Dream Theater’s James LaBrie when speaking about the group’s first time in Rochester, NY in 1992. Snowed in and unable to leave, he spoke of eating lots of chicken wings and drinking too much […]

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Abject “Try Again!” – self release

Abject is NYHC through and through. After my fourth listen in an hour, I’m diggin’ this album a whole lot! Clocking in at just over 16 minutes, “Try Again!” is 9-tracks born of beer, barroom brawls, and George Carlin’s unique take on society. Politics be damned… This is music to get in a fight to […]

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Primus Landmark Theater – Syracuse, NY 5/20/12

Does anybody not like Primus? I mean, I know “Primus Sucks” and all, but are there people out there who don’t get at least a chuckle when they hear Les Claypool’s voice on record? He may not be the most charismatic, exuberant, or athletic frontman in the world, but he is definitely one of the […]

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Big Leg Emma “Revival” Album Review

I’ll say it upfront… This album is very, very good! “Revival,” the latest offering from Jamestown, NY’s Big Leg Emma, is 12 tracks of amazing Bluegrass/Folk/Rock songs that dig right in and make you listen. I am not sure why this is my first exposure to the group, but it certainly will not be the […]

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DJ Shadow Review 3/31/12 Westcott Theatre – Syracuse, NY

In 1997, DJ Shadow came to Syracuse, NY to perform during one of SU’s (often intriguing) music events. The show never happened. Headlining act Nas failed to appear, leaving DJ Shadow, tour mate Jeru The Damaja, and Suzanna Vega pondering a memorable Talking Heads lyric. Entroducing the Divine Design of Luka in a NY State […]

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