12/05/2014 Nonpoint, (hed)pe, Recoil, Million Miles From Broadway, Setiva (Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall)

By Eric | December 19, 2014 3:48 pm

No Turning Back
Killing Time
One More Body
Raise Hell
Peer Pressure
Hold on
No woman no cry
Take me away

2014-12-06 01.34.27 - Nonpoint

2014-12-06 01.47.09 - Nonpoint

Pins and Needles
What a Day
Hands Off
Your Signs
Breaking Skin
In the Air Tonight
That Day
Alive and Kicking
Bullet with a Name

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ETID On-Stage Selfies are a No-No (But With A Happy Ending!)

By Eric | December 9, 2014 9:22 pm

Getting on stage during a show is one thing. Getting on stage during an Every Time I Die show is another. Getting on stage during an Every Time I Die show and then trying to take a selfie with Keith will result in Jordan going all Karate Kid on your phone.

But it has a happy ending!

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Slash – 2014 – World On Fire

By Eric | December 7, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Slash
Title: World On Fire
Label: Dik Hayd
Released: Sep 16, 2014
Packaging: Carboard with Slipcover
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#World On Fire
#Shadow Life
#Automatic Overdrive
#Wicked Stone
#30 Years To Life
#Bent To Fly
#Stone Blind
#Too Far Gone
#Beneath The Savage Sun
#Withered Delilah
#Dirty Girl
#Iris Of The Storm
#The Dissident
#Safari Inn
#The Unholy


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Seether – 2014 – Isolate and Medicate

By Eric | December 7, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Seether
Title: Isolate and Medicate
Label: The Bicycle Music Company
Released: Jul 1, 2014
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#See You At The Bottom
#Same Damn Life
#Words As Weapons
#My Disaster
#Suffer It All
#Watch Me Drown
#Nobody Praying For Me]
#Keep The Dogs At Bay
#Save Today
#Turn Around
#Burn The World
#Goodbye Tonight


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Clutch – 1997 – Impetus

By Eric | December 7, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Clutch
Title: Impetus
Label: Earache
Released: Oct 7, 1997
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#Impetus (demo)
#Ple Driver
#Passive Restraints
#High Caliber Consecrator

Review: Impetus is a re-release of the EP Passive Restraints by rock band Clutch, with two new tracks added from the Naive compilation. It was released in 1997, and contains five tracks.

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Emerson Hart – 2014 – Beauty In Disrepair

By Eric | December 7, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Emerson Hart
Title: Beauty In Disrepair
Label: BMG
Released: Apr 15, 2014
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#The Best That I Can Give
#Who Am I
#To Be Young
#Mostly Grey
#You Know Who I Am
#Another Life
#Don’t Forget Yourself
#The Wire
#All Is Well
#The Lines


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That’s Actually A Cover Song?

By Eric | December 3, 2014 11:31 am

I’m trying to get back to the free-floating music thoughts on here, in addition to just the CD’s and show reviews. Again. For the umpteenth time.

Anyway, I’ve long been a fan of cover tunes. I like when bands put their own spin on songs, for the most part. (See the rant about Florida Georgia Line destroying Black Stone Cherry’s “Stay” here.) There’s a ton of covers that are readily apparent, and the longer it goes, we’re now getting into songs I knew and loved the first time around getting covered (some good, some bad). What’s more interesting to me is when I hear songs by one band, and only find out much, much later that the version I knew was actually a cover!

I bring this up now because just last week, listening to Chris Jericho’s podcast with Slash, they talked about Slash working with Michael Jackson, and how he’s associated with playing on Black or White during live shows, while in reality, on the album, he played on Give In To Me. I’m thinking, that’s interesting, I didn’t know that, I don’t know that song, I’ll go check out that song.

I hear the opening notes, and its one of those “Heeeeyyyyyyyyy I DO know this song!”. But I know it because Three Days Grace covered it on Transit of Venus, not because of MJ. It was just another song on the 3DG album, and I didn’t think anything of it. But an MJ song? That’s not exactly obscure. It’s like, how did I miss that one?

It’s happened to me a couple of other times in the past too, notably with Finger Eleven covering Depeche Mode’s “Walking in My Shoes“, and Oleander doing The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry”. There’s probably a bunch more waiting in the wings for me to discover. I kind of like it when bands just slip songs in there and don’t call too much attention to them, just waiting for the sometimes-unobservant fans like myself to find them.

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11/29/2014 The Tea Party, Menew (Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom)

By Eric | December 1, 2014 3:46 pm

Ahh… an old favorite. The Tea Party. Just the mention of the name of the band and it’s deja vu all over again. This was my 15th time seeing the band, and I watched this one with a pair of friends whom I’d seen the majority of the prior 14 with as well. Sara managed to get a ticket for Mary at (wait for it) The 11th Hour, through her friend Roxy, who was very cool to hang out with, and a Tea Party veteran as well. Almost all of those prior shows were during our college years (10 shows between 1999-2002!) so nostalgia was definitely the name of the game here. And for everyone else apparently, as it was a older crowd to be sure, and once announced the show sold out almost two months in advance.

Speaking of that, because we’re all “old” now, and we’ve suffered through many a terrible Tea Party opener (seriously, aside from festivals there’s been ZERO good openers for them. Velour anyone?), we pretty much got our drink and talk on at one of the upper bars during Menew. They actually didn’t sound half bad, but unfortunately nothing grabbed me to the point of legit checking them out. Sorry guys. Definitely did not miss being smashed up front for 2+ hours beforehand, that’s for sure. And the best part? We still got down front!

Roxy knew a “secret” spot that even I wasn’t privy to, in all of my Town Ballroom shows… we snuck down to the left side barrier, right in front of the speaker stack (thank you earplugs), but with an amazing view of the stage, and a perspective I’ve only had one other time (Edwin McCain at Seneca Niagara). It’s funny, with most bands, one would usually complain about playing the new stuff, as everyone only wants to hear the old stuff. However, the new album is actually really good, so hearing a couple new tunes was appreciated! They opened with The L.O.C and sandwiched The Bazaar between that and The Black Sea, with The Ocean At The End as another new song highlight.. All the old favorites got played (as per usual). Sara put it succinctly in her review: “…we bitch about this standard set list, and when it’s done, they put on such a great show, and always sound so good, that we forgive them.” And it’s true. I actually found myself longing to hear The Halcyon Days after the teaser intro, after YEARS of (my, anyway) complaining about how they played it every time.

2014-11-29 22.21.58 tea party

So naturally, this was worth the drive to Buffalo, and in all honesty, this was one of the better shows I’ve ever seen them play, almost 17 years after the first time I’d seen them!

Some awesome guy on Youtube had a bunch of videos from just off to the right of where we were (its a playlist):

The Bazaar
The Black Sea
Fire in the Head
The 11th Hour (with Halcyon Days intro)
Water’s On Fire / Release
Save Me/The Messenger/Kashmir/Save Me
The Ocean at the End

Heaven’s Coming Down/All Along the Watchtower/Heaven’s Coming Down

Encore 2:
Winter Solstice
Sister Awake/Pulse/Sister Awake

Sara’s review… she’s much quicker on the draw with these than I am these days…

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Pentatonix – 2014 – That’s Christmas To Me

By Eric | November 26, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Pentatonix
Title: That’s Christmas To Me
Label: RCA
Released: Oct 21, 2014
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
#White Winter Hymnal
#Sleigh Ride
#Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy
#That’s Christmas to Me
#Mary, Did You Know?
#Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
#It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
#Santa Claus is Coming to Town
#Silent Night
#Let It Go


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11/15/2014 Mike Doughty (Rochester, NY @ The Club at Water Street)

By Eric | November 17, 2014 12:54 pm

It’s become a tradition at this point, Mike Doughty comes to Rochester; me and Matt have a “man-date” to go see the show! Touring in support of his latest Stellar Motel album, Mike and constant cohort Andrew “Scrap” Livingston came to Water Street for another Question Jar show. After a little pre-gaming at the Genesee Brew Pub, we made our way over to the club side of Water Street, and were pleasantly surprised to find there was no openers, just Mike! We got a fantastic two-set, mainly acoustic (with a bit of electric here and there) show, with the trademark Doughty comedy/commentary throughout, helped by the sometimes funny, usually ridiculous questions posed by the audience. I was particularly heartened to hear a lot of Haughty Melodic material, as that’s my favorite MD album. And he played Lazybones, which I’ve never seen live, not even the one time I saw Soul Coughing! Per usual, lots of hipsters, but lots of fun!

2014-11-15 20.22.34 Doughty


Grey Ghost
Madeline and Nine
Navigating by the Stars at Night
These Are Your Friends
Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future
Busting Up a Starbucks
Tremendous Brunettes
Super Bon Bon
Unsingable Name

(I Keep On) Rising Up
When the Night Is Long
I Just Want the Girl in the Blue Dress to Keep on Dancing
27 Jennifers
Sunken-Eyed Girl
Vegetable -> Sleepless
I Hear the Bells
White Lexus
Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well
Put It Down

Train to Chicago (Drink Me cover)
Your Misfortune

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