Top 5 shows of the weekend

thecure

We return to our regular schedule after last weekend’s Northside Festival. Happy weekend everybody! It’s a truly wonderful day… and that’s probably only because England just beat Wales in the European Championships… as a result, this entry will be brief, but it’s all about the quality of the acts anyway!

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What it’s like to see your favorite band from high school (if that band is Iron Maiden)

Photo by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Photo by Dana (distortion) Yavin

My girlfriend had been laughing at me for three days. “I have never seen you this excited about anything in the entire time I’ve known you,” she said. And she was probably right. I was seeing Iron Maiden. High-school-me’s capital-B Band. Live. For the first time. At Madison Square Garden. I attend somewhere between 30 and 40 shows every year, but this? This wasn’t a show. This was a notch on the ol’ life belt—by definition, the last chance to see my favorite band for the first time.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

a1459108403_16More sickening news from the world at large this week. I love metal. My guess is you do too. But as we approach one of the 2016’s first serious AOTY contenders –and one not without its own ethical complications–let’s try to keep all this in perspective. We aren’t saving or taking lives here. We are talking about entertainment, so keep calm and respect your fellow hessian.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

SunkilmoonJesu

As the great moral philosopher Blain said, “I ain’t got time to bleed”, and so we’re skipping pleasantries today to get right down to it, you have a weekend to enjoy, so here are my recommendations.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

a1663082985_10Following a work-related foray to frigid northern strongholds of Boston last week, today marks an unofficial return to regularly scheduled programming. Let’s metal.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

VanumAfter a brief deviation from the script last week, This One Goes To Eleven returns to regularly scheduled programming today with yet another batch of soul-crushing, life-affirming heavy. Needless to say, don’t touch that dial.

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Who had the better MSG show?

I’m pretty sure it means something that the two huge-ass shows that took place this weekend were indie bands playing at Madison Square Goddamn Garden. So who do you think had the more “we’re rock stars and y’all know it” show?

The Strokes featuring Elvis Costello?

Or LCD Soundsystem?

The answer to this is probably clear, but looking at these two side by side really shows how far “indie” music has come in the past 10-ish years, right?