While a host of hard-rock groups still try to emulate the monolithic sounds of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Maryland-based rock juggernaut Clutch stands as a rare band that captures the relentless swing and ferocious groove that elevated those two iconic acts to greatness. For more than 20 years, ... More >>
Body/Head, Horsebladder, Burmese @ Rickshaw Stop Jason Lytle @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 // Noise Pop Festival Opening Night Better than: The ambient soundtrack at your local Guitar Center. Noise Pop 2013 kicked off last night with something relatively rare for the 21-year ... More >>
The Black Keys Arctic Monkeys Friday, May 4, 2012 Oracle Arena Better than: The sound of a Guitar Center inside a parking garage. Maybe the Black Keys just aren't an arena band. Sure, the Akron blues-rock outfit sold out Oracle Arena just prior to the start of its Friday show. And the humble duo ... More >>
Royal Bangs last night at Rickshaw StopRoyal Bangs Foster the People January 20, 2011 @ Rickshaw Stop Better than: Southern Rock at any point in time. If last night's Royal Bangs show was one of those we-saw-them-way-back-when nights, it was also a we-walked-out-on-them-way-back-when nigh ... More >>
If you're anything like me, your 2011 so far has been lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Did you know that je ne sais quoi was French for "rap battle between local MC and 2003 Guitar Center Drum Off champion"? Of course it's not. How could you even think such a thing? Anyway, watch this video:
Richard HaickThe Black KeysNicole AtkinsSeptember 29, 2010@ The Fox Theater, OaklandBetter than: Listening to old biker dudes noodle blues drivel in Guitar Center.Dan Auerbach couldn't squeeze out a smile on stage last night, but his band stuck one onto the face of every broham and babe in t ... More >>
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Great American Music HallBetter than: staying home to catch the new episode of Lost. The air in the Great American Music Hall became electrified last night when Ted Leo stepped center stage to do a quick mic check right before going ... More >>
Scott CarisNeko CaseTuesday, June 9, 2009The WarfieldBetter than: Fighting a cyclone.It looked like Guitar Center up there on stage last night before Neko Case strode up to the mic, with a dozen different guitars lined up for the cherry-haired songstress to pick up and play over the course of the ev ... More >>
Angel of Bass: dub Gabriel Here's some cool news for DJ and producers: music production software maker Ableton has teamed with electronic music institute Dubspot to present a series of interactive workshops utilizing Ableton's newest app, Live 8, and its dedicated controller, the Akai APC40. The ... More >>
From Monument to Masses Bottom of the Hill February 26, 2009Review by Brian MossBetter Than: Any other band I've witnessed since the New Year turned. In our recently turbulent times, while an unarticulated fuck Bush song has seemed to have an obligatory place on most records, music has seemed t ... More >>
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