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Manchester Orchestra @ St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI – November 19th, 2013

For those members of my audience that are mere figments of my imagination (that is, almost certainly all of you), the constant soundtrack in my head is likely maddening. It’s not so much that it is always there, adding great [...]

November 25, 2013 Features, Show Reviews
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The Dear Hunter @ The Crofoot Ballroom – September 12th, 2013

Less than a week prior, I attended O’Brother’s excellent show at The Pike Room – the bar on the upper level of The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan. It was a fantastic show brimming with the raw grit of a [...]

September 16, 2013 Articles, Show Reviews

O’Brother @ The Pike Room – September 7th, 2013

Almost a year ago, I picked up tickets to see Circa Survive play at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan with the outstanding opening line-up of Touche Amore, Balance and Composure, and O’Brother. I have been madly in love with [...]

September 9, 2013 Articles, Show Reviews

The Postal Service @ The Fillmore, Detroit, MI

June 10th was an exceptionally strange night. As I careened down the I-75 to Detroit to see one of my all-time favourite musical acts, I was bombarded by equal parts rain and fear. The rain, though genuinely tempestuous, was remedied [...]

June 13, 2013 Show Reviews
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Senses Fail, Such Gold @ The Roseland Theater 4/24/13

It was unseasonably warm as I walked to the Hawthorne Theater, and while this produced a surreal enjoyment outside, it created a sweltering sauna inside. And this being only 80° and mid spring; I can only imagine what it will be like [...]

May 9, 2013 Articles, Show Reviews
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A Weekend in Jersey

In the game room of a bar in north Jersey, I watched as three people casually discussed the merits of astrology on a couch in the corner, four friends exchanged playful barbs and wagers as they undertook an epic game [...]

April 29, 2013 Articles, Show Reviews
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Show Review: ∆ (Alt-J) @ The Roseland Theater 4/8/13

Well, the summer concert touring season is starting to pick up in the Pacific North West, and things are grand. Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the sold out Alt-J show at Portland mainstay, the Roseland Theater. This venue [...]

April 23, 2013 Articles, Show Reviews

Show Review: Muse @ The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON – April 10th, 2013

Not long ago, I wrote a review of the latest album from England’s premier rockers, The 2nd Law. I stressed that Muse has entered troubling terrain, fully embracing electronic elements from genres such as dubstep on songs like ‘Unsustainable’ and [...]

April 12, 2013 Show Reviews

Show Review – Phoenix @ The Crystal Ballroom 3/30/13

I was more than a tad excited when I saw that Phoenix was not only coming through Portland, but that they would be playing a relatively small venue, the McMenamins Crystal Ballroom. It’s a venue I have always wanted to visit, [...]

April 5, 2013 Articles, Show Reviews

Show Review – Caspian @The Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR

It was a cold and rainy night in Portland… It was a typical night in Portland, as staff writer Gally and I scarfed down some slices of pizza at Sizzle Pie before walking up to the Doug Fir Lounge on [...]

March 17, 2013 Articles, Show Reviews

Show Review: Circa Survive and Minus the Bear at the Royal Oak Theatre, Royal Oak, MI – March 12th, 2013

This may not be the most prudent way to begin a show review, as it reveals a great deal of bias, but I absolutely love Circa Survive. I really do. There are few bands on the planet that have the [...]

March 14, 2013 Features, Show Reviews

Gates @ 751 Lounge, Toronto, ON – January 25th, 2012

You know what’s better than a live show? A live show with friends. And so it came to pass that on January 25th, Daniel and I teamed up to see Gates at the 751 Lounge in Toronto, Ontario.   Chris [...]

January 29, 2013 Show Reviews

Show Review: Alexisonfire – Final Show – December 30th, 2012

On December 30th, ten thousand people gathered at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. We came together to say goodbye to some of the dearest friends we have ever had: Alexisonfire. They were Southern Ontario’s golden boys, and they had [...]

January 1, 2013 Show Reviews

Orion Walsh – Live @ The Hawthorne Theater Lounge

I’ve known Orion personally for a long time. He used to play bass in my old punk band over a decade ago, he was the singer and guitarist for Tooth & Nail band Slow Coming Day, and as of late, [...]

November 12, 2012 Articles, Show Reviews

Peter Gabriel @ The Palace of Auburn Hills – Detroit, MI

If it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in any particular field, then it’s safe to say that Peter Gabriel has spent a good deal longer than that performing on stage. There’s a reason that the one-time Genesis frontman [...]

September 30, 2012 Show Reviews

Refused @ The Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

“They told me that the classics never go out of style but they do, they do.” I, like many others, had no idea how important that first line from The Shape of Punk to Come was, nor could I conceive of how [...]

September 14, 2012 Show Reviews

Gates @ My Dad’s Place – Detroit, MI (8/13/12)

Gates is a band that has managed to capture an incredibly special place in my heart.  Coming from someone who adores and obsesses over music as much as I do (with an iTunes library currently running 6,139 “items” strong to [...]

August 20, 2012 Show Reviews
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As Cities Burn Review @ Bang Bar, Basingstoke, UK (July 18th, 2012)

I have been to a lot of shows in my short life. I have been to huge stadiums and small bars; trendy clubs and festivals; capacity crowds and no-shows. I’ve spent a lot of time traversing the spectrum of live [...]

July 28, 2012 Show Reviews

Thrice – Farewell Tour – London, UK

Saying goodbye is never easy. Thrice has been my favourite band for a very long time and my musical tastes have evolved in perfect synchronisation with their musical development. ‘Deadbolt’ was one of the first songs my first band ever [...]

May 1, 2012 Show Reviews

The Bled – Last Show Ever Feb. 19th 2012 Dingwalls, London UK

Casey’s Take: It is an interesting experience to a see a band play their final show ever. This is of course barring the inevitable reunion that will (hopefully) happen after an appropriate amount of time, but who knows, maybe The [...]

March 25, 2012 Show Reviews