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Kurt Vile & The Violators at the 4Knots Music Festival (6/29/2013)

29 Jul

4 Knots BookletI turned my girlfriend on to Kurt Vile last year when I played “Baby’s Arms” for her (on my stereo…I can’t finger-pick a guitar for shit) from his 2011 Continue reading

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Wilco’s 2013 Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA (6/22/2013)

17 Jul

2013 Solid Sound Field Guide

I bought tickets for Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival this year on April 19th, exactly ten minutes after my paycheck cleared.  The Solid Sound Festival was a weekend-long event with concerts beginning on Friday June 21st.  Due to Continue reading

The Joy Formidable at Upstate Concert Hall (4/14/2013)

2 May

The Joy Formidable TicketIt’s only a few weeks late!

Since the old Northern Lights venue in Clifton Park, NY has changed hands and been renamed The Upstate Concert Hall the shows have gotten a lot better.  1) It seems as though they have finally put some capable person in charge of the acoustics so that they don’t sound absolutely awful at every show, and 2) They actually attract acts worth seeing; there are still bullshit stoner cover bands which wrangle the desperate, scene-less 40&50-somethings, but NYC’s A$AP Rocky was in Upstate New York a few months back, Foals play there this coming Monday and Wales’ The Joy Formidable Continue reading

Dirty Projectors at Skidmore College (4/13/2013)

23 Apr

Dirty Projectors Ticket

I was thrilled when I heard that Dirty Projectors would be playing at Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY, a mere 30 minute drive.  I had been to the venue before some years ago for a Wilco show.  It’s a gymnasium but the acoustics are surprisingly sharp.

My girlfriend, two friends and I arrived unfashionably early Continue reading

Al Di Meola and Gonzalo Rubalcaba at The Egg (4/7/2013)

16 Apr

Al Di Meola Ticket & LP

Above:  My ticket to the show atop Al Di Meola’s 1976 debut Land of the Midnight Sun.

I have to say that I’m glad that I subscribed to The Egg’s email list some months ago because I’m not sure that I would have heard about this show otherwise. Last Sunday night two legends of jazz in Al Di Meola and Gonzalo Rubalcaba played at the Swyer Theatre within The Egg. Continue reading

Morrissey at The Palace Theater (10/18/2012)

20 Oct

Above: My ticket to the Morrissey show along with his ridiculous playbill pic.

My friend Joey was nice enough to buy us tickets to see Morrissey in concert this year for my birthday as he and I are longtime fans of The Smiths as well as Morrissey’s solo career.  My birthday was months ago and October seemed a long time away at that point, but I was pleasantly surprised Continue reading

Public Image Ltd. at Upstate Concert Hall (10/12/2012)

14 Oct

Above: My ticket with the band’s name presented incorrectly…

I had no idea of what to expect for a PiL show.  For starters they are a band that I never thought I would see live, let alone from ten feet away.  Granted John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) is the only member of the original band, but the revamped PiL is by no means a collection of slouches.  The current line-up Continue reading