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The Damned 40th Anniversary Tour Review | Gramercy Theater | New York

The Damned 40th Anniversary Tour | 10/30/16 | Gramercy Theater Let me preface this review by stating that The Damned are one of my favorite bands. I’ve seen them close to a dozen times since the mid-‘90s and think they are one of the greatest bands to come out of the first wave of punk rock. Dave Vanian has a voice that can’t be compared to anything else of its time and he still rocks harder than all his modern contemporaries. Knowing full well that The Damned are getting up there in age and seeing most of their peers...

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Turbonegro | Gramercy Theatre | 6/26/16

I’m a huge Turbonegro fan, but sadly I haven’t been able to see a show since Hank left the band, so catching them on their recent abridged world tour was a huge deal for me. An awesome bonus was getting to hang out with all the new local Turbojugend crews that popped up over the past decade. Huge props to Alex Rosen for establishing the new Turbojugend Asbury Park and helping revitalize the Turbojugend movement in New Jersey. Turbonegro took the stage promptly at 9pm with no warm-up act, sans a DJ set that could have been confused with the typical pre-show PA music. The band...

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Ghost | Wellmont Theater | 4/13/16

Ever been in a situation where all your friends are a fan of something and you feel left out? That’s kind of how I felt about Ghost — everyone’s favorite masked, satan-worshipping pseudo-metal band. Look, I’m a huge fan of art-metal and horror rock bands like GWAR and The Misfits, but it took me a while to warm up to Ghost, largely because their albums don’t rock in the traditional sense. Ghost play melodic metal over ritualistic soundscapes, and their albums feature a blend of Greek Orthodox choir chanting, operatic vocals and non-traditional hard rock guitar work. In other words — power metal lite....

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Electric Frankenstein Live at Bloomingdale’s (2013)

I’ve seen a lot of strange things in my short 38 years on this earth, but the oddest has to be the time I saw Electric Frankenstein play the men’s section of Bloomingdale’s at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ. It was December 21, 2013 and I was about to start my winter break when I a notification came over Facebook from Electric Frankenstein’s ringleader Sal Canzonieri. He revealed that the band had struck a deal with Bloomingdale’s to do a pilot shirt sale and he wanted as big of a crowd as possible to show up to the...

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Jello Biafra “Holiday in Cambodia” Asbury Lanes (6/25/14)

Jello Biafra might be the biggest enigma in punk rock. He is equal parts showman, genius and madman and he hasn’t lost any of the magic that made him a legend back in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Biafra is nothing like his contemporaries, he vocally mocks the machismo that plagued the hardcore punk scene in favor of an awkward, spastic stage presence that is a little unsettling and visually awesome. Two years back, on a whim, I stopped by Asbury Lanes to check out Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine. I was worried that much...

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