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VNV Nation

March 29 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 23, 2010
"Bigger is better" is a cliche that VNV Nation must hold close to heart. Composed of Ronan Harris (vocals and synth) and Mark Jackson (manning percussion), VNV produces industrial-inflected Electronica with a thirst for the grandiose, as witnessed on their lastest LP, 'Of Faith, Power and Glory.'  

Music: A Place to Bury Strangers

0 Comments · Monday, March 15, 2010
A Place to Bury Strangers is a Brooklynite Shoegaze/Indie Rock outfit. Oliver Ackermann uses an array of pedals to craft enormous distortion-filled textures in the spirit of My Bloody Valentine. They play the Southgate House with The Big Pink and Eat Sugar.  

A Place to Bury Strangers with The Big Pink and Eat Sugar

March 22 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Friday, March 12, 2010
Oliver Ackermann manufactures noise for a living. Fronting Brooklynite Shoegaze/Indie Rock outfit A Place to Bury Strangers isn't enough to satisfy his thirst for rattling decibels. As a supplement, he founded Death by Audio, a guitar pedal company that shares its moniker with a New York venue and has a client list that includes U2.   

Music: The Architects with Flogging Molly

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 2, 2010
When it comes to points of comparison, The Architects chiefly receive it by way of two types of Rock & Roll groups: the long dissolved (The Clash, The Replacements, Husker Du) and the aged but still chugging along (AC/DC, The Who, Queen). They open for Flogging Molly Tuesday at Bogart's.  

The Architects with Flogging Molly and Frank Turner

March 9 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Sunday, February 28, 2010
When it comes to points of comparison, The Architects chiefly receive it by way of two types of Rock & Roll groups: the long dissolved (The Clash, The Replacements, Husker Du) and the aged but still chugging along (AC/DC, The Who, Queen). The Kansas City, Mo.-born four-piece's lead vocalist/guitarist, however, doesn't mind being in the company of the dated. "Those are the bands we look up to," Brandon Phillips says.  

Music: Kiss Kiss with The Venetia Fair

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Kiss Kiss revels in melodrama. This New York outfit loads its strain of Indie, Emo and Experimental music with endearingly over-the-top flourishes: electric violins that strike and whine, snatches of slow burn piano and blasts of guitar that ring passionately. They play The Mad Hatter.  

Fishbone Skanks Down Memory Lane

The 25-years-young band keeps the old-school Ska rhythms moving

1 Comments · Monday, February 22, 2010
John Norwood Fisher remembers hearing Two Tone Ska for the first time. It was the early 1980s, and fellow Fishbone member/trumpeter "Dirty" Walter Kibby introduced him to The Selecter and The English Beat. The bassist's reaction? "I was disappointed. We didn't invent Ska?!" Fishbone barely profited from the cachet they earned as the style's U.S. elders (the cultural focus shone on younger bands like No Doubt and Mighty Mighty Bosstones), but the group has rocked steady for 25 years.   

Kiss Kiss With The Venetia Fair

Feb. 24 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Monday, February 22, 2010
Kiss Kiss revels in melodrama. This New York outfit loads its strain of Indie, Emo and Experimental music with endearingly over-the-top flourishes: electric violins that strike and whine, snatches of slow burn piano and blasts of guitar that ring passionately. The five-piece version has recently picked up steam supporting last summer's CD release, 'The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left' (Eyeball Records).  

Music: Fishbone With The English Beat

0 Comments · Monday, February 22, 2010
Fishbone is assuredly one of the archetypal purveyors of Ska Punk. Fusing bouncy beats with high-energy Rock (and eventually everything from Funk to Metal), the combo found immense popularity for a stretch in the '90s. They turn 25 this year. See them at The Mad Hatter with The English Beat, Outlaw Nation and The Pinstripes.  

I Am Ghost

Feb 21 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I Am Ghost cycles through over-the-top macabre motifs (vampires, blood, guns, fire, coffins, etc.) that Atreyu and My Chemical Romance would have utilized in their early days and bashes their dark aesthetic over your head.