Last Tuesday I finally had a chance to see Flogging Molly. Flogging Molly was playing two night at the New York City venue Irving Plaza. I got tickets for the first night. The problem was I called in for a meeting at 7 pm which I thought I was not going to make it. I miss Flogging Molly play all of the time and once again I thought I will never see this band. Well, I got out around 8:30 and drove the fastest I can to the city. I made it by two minutes before their set started. Unfortunately, I miss the two openers.
Flogging Molly took the stage. They are a Celtic-Punk band from Los Angeles. They opened up their set with “Selfish Man.” The crowd went off. I was thinking prior to the show how Flogging Molly crowds get. I figure it somewhat like Dropkick Murphys. People moshing to Punk/Celtic/Folk music and a lot of drinking in the crowd. People were moshing and there was a lot drinking. It seemed that everyone was having a good time and being happy. Dave King who is the lead singer of the band was hilarious on stage. Honeslty this guy is an underrated frontman. Just having a lot of fun with the crowd. They played “Drunken Lullabies” which probably had the best reaction of the night. This is their most known song. This set felt like I was at a Dropkick Murphys show. Just people drinking and having a good time. The music is catchy and just a lot of fun. Flogging Molly played nineteen songs and all had a good reaction from the crowd. They could have played a lot more. They played some songs I always wanted to hear which was “Life in a Tenement Square” and “What’s Left of The Flag.” This was my first time seeing them play and Flogging Molly was fanstic. If you like Celtic-Punk like The Pogues you will like this band. Flogging Molly has been around for twenty years and they rocked the house. When they come back around again I will probably see them again. They were a lot of fun. I am glad that once I got out of that meeting I took a chance and at the end I pulled it off.
Last Monday, I got a chance to see Rise Against play for free at the Brooklyn venue House of Vans. Last Thursday they announce two free House of Vans shows. One was in Chicago and the other one was in Brooklyn”. Rise Against will be doing a Summer tour with Deftones and Thrice. This was somewhat of their warm up show. They had Dead Heavens openings up the show. House of Vans
Dead Heavens opened up the show. They are an NYC based hard rocking Blues band. Their lead singer is Walter Schreifels who was in Quicksand, Warzone, Rival Schools, CIV, Gorilla Biscuits and other bands. They started to play and it was a little different than I expected. I was not expecting a Blues band. I was expecting a Post-Hardcore band like Rival Schools and Quicksand. I was surprised that Rise Against had them opening up the show. The audiences seemed to like them. Seeing a Blues band opening up for a Punk band was odd. Two different styles especially pace. I thought Dead Heavens were okay. I am not a fan of a modern Blues band. I prefer music from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Overall I was not crazy about this band but the set was alright. If you like modern day Blues check them out especially if you are a Walter Schreifels fan.
Rise Against took the stage. The audience was chanting “Rise Against.” The crowd looked like they were about to pop off. This was my fourth time seeing this Chicago Punk band. They started off their set with “Give It All.” The crowd went berzerk. People were moshing and crowd surfing. It felt like the last time I saw them which was two summers ago in Central Park. Last Monday they played a good set. They played sixteen songs. They played some rare track, popular songs, and some new songs. At one point they played three new songs in the row. The new songs sounded great. The crowd liked them and so did I. I believe the new album will be coming out in a few months. After those songs, they played a song I never expected them to play. They played “State of The Union.” The reaction was crazy for this. I could not believe they played this. It was absolutely insane. Besides that, they covered Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Fortunate Son.” This was my first time seeing them cover a song. It was good cover and the crowd loved it. They did a three song encore that featured “Hero of War” where Tim Mcllrath the lead singer comes out and plays this acoustic. This was followed by “Blood-Red, White & Blue” which got a good reaction. The last song was “Savior.” This song probably had the best reaction of the night. It looks like three pits opened up for this. Overall Rise Against was great last Monday. If you have never seen them before you have to, they always play great sets. I mention before that they will be doing a summer tour with the Deftones. Be sure to check that out.
Last Wednesday, Sheer Mag played Revolution Music Hall. I believe this was their first time playing Long Island. They had Iron Chic, Weed Hounds, and Somerset Thrower opened up the show. This was not a sold out show which I was not surprised. The cap that Revolution has is big but usually, when Sheer Mag plays Brooklyn venues they have the same cap. If this show was at Amityville Music Hall which is a few blocks up I think most of the venue will be sold out. I felt that over 100 people came last Wednesday. There should have been more but still, this was a good show.
The opening band of the night was Somerset Thrower. This was my sixth time seeing this 90’s Alternative Rock worship band. The last time I saw them was last December when they played Incendiary’s Holiday show. As I mention before the band is heavily influenced by the 90’s. To me, this style is my favorite so I always love seeing these guys play. The band started to play. They were not a lot of people there for them. The band setlist was a mix between their last EP and some new tunes. Somerset Thrower played a good set overall. I think they are one of the most underrated bands from Long Island. They always playing great sets and I wish more people were into them. The 90’s style is popular in the underground and these guys need more attention. If you like 90’s Alternative Rock or Grunge this band is for you.
Weed Hounds was up next. They are a Long Island/Indie band. Prior to this show, I saw their name on flyers just never got the chance to check them out. They started to play. The band reminded me a lot like Best Coast but with a heavy Shoegaze influence. They had a strong early 90’s Indie-Pop style. It was a little different for this show because everyone else was a little bit more upbeat. I liked what I heard. I would like to see this band again. I think this lineup was perfect for them. Overall I enjoyed this set. Check out their self-titled album out on Katorga Works.
Iron Chic took the stage. This was my fourth time seeing this band. The last time I saw them was when they opened up for Fucked Up at Amityville Music Hall. Iron Chic started to play. People moved up to the stage but no one was doing anything. People were just singing along or drinking their beer. This was the tamest set I ever saw Iron Chic play. I was shocked. I was expected people to go off. I was a little disappointed by this, not by the band but the fans. It was probably because not a lot of people came and there was a lot of room. I guess no one wanted to go off. Besides that Iron Chic played a fantastic set. They are one of the best Punk bands from Long Island. I believe their next Long Island show will be Wild Fest at Amityville Music Hall on May 26th. They are the headline of day one of Wild Fest. This is a benefit fest for Rob Mcallister who was the guitarist of Iron Chic and who passed away early 2016. Overall go see and support Iron Chic.
Sheer Mag was up next. For about two years I have been hearing about this band. Only recently I checked them out. I would always see their name on lineups in Brooklyn and they play a lot of sold out shows. Sheer Mag is from Philly. They have a huge 70’s influence. If you mix Led Zeppelin, Power-Pop, New York Dolls, and early Proto-Punk bands. The band came out on stage. They started to play a little jam. These guys looked like the 70’s with the long hair and facial hair. I loved it. They had a two to three-minute jam. The lead singer came out and the crowd was cheering. Just like Iron Chic they crowd was tame but Sheer Mag was so sick. They played some new songs which will be coming out in July. As for now, they have three EPs but early this year they came out with Compilation which all three Eps together. Sheer Mag rocked Revolution that night. This was my first time seeing them. I would love to see them again. Hopefully the next time it would be a show where they are more appreciation for the band. Overall Sheer Mag played a great set. I’m glad they played a Long Island but I do wish more people came out to see them. This band deserves a lot of recognition and if you never listen to them go check them out.
Last Thursday, The Menzingers came to New York City to play a sold-out show. On their tour they had Jeff Rosenstock & Rozwell Kid open up for them. The tour had two nights in New York City. The first one was last Thursday and the next was not until Sunday when they played Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show I went to was at Irving Plaza. I was there the week prior seeing Enter Shikari. A few years ago I used to go to this venue all of the time until other venues started to book great shows.
The Opening band of the night was Rozwell Kid. They are from West Virgina. This was my second time seeing this Power Pop/Indie Rock band. The last time was when they played Amityville Music Hall during their mini tour with Long Island own Soda Bomb (RIP) back in August of 2015. That set they did not impress me. It was not until a year later I gave them another chance. Listening to their albums Unmacho and Too Shabby I became a fan. The band took the stage. They had a banner behind them that said, “Jeff’s Up Next”, which is referring to Jeff Rosenstock playing next. Rozwell Kid started to play and the set was pretty good. To me, it is crazy that I saw them play to fifty people on Long island but last Thursday they played to probably 400-500 people. That must be something for them. They played some new tunes that will come out in late Spring early Summer. Rozwell Kid was a solid opener. The band reminds me of Weezer but a little bit more on the nerdy side. If you like classic Power Pop with a little bit of a Hard Rock edge this band is for you.
Jeff Rosenstock was up next. This was my third time seeing this Long Island legend. The last time I saw him was when he played with Modern Baseball and Pinegrove at the Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right. That was February of last year. Since then he released a new album Worry on Side One Dummy Records. Back to back years, Jeff Rosenstock has released albums that both made my top ten releases of the year for 2015 and 2016. Back to the show, Jeff took the stage with his band. The band members are from San Francisco and New York City. The band started to play. The opening song was “We Begged 2 Explode” which is the opening track of his new album. Right off the bat people moved up and started to sing along. This set was great. Jeff Would go into the crowd and let people play his guitar. Most of the set were from both Worry and We Cool? I do not think most of the crowd of that sold crowd was there but the ones who were there for Jeff was going. There was a lot of people singing along to his jams. The last song was crazy. The last song was “You, in Weird Cities” and during this song Jeff played his saxophone. He got up on the side area. At Irving Plaza, there is a little stage area that sometimes performers will climb up there to play or dive into the crowd. Jeff played a sax solo on there. Overall Jeff Rosenstock played an amazing set. On June 11th, he will be playing a free show at McCarren Park in Brooklyn with Thursday, PUP, and The Hotelier.
The Menzingers were up next. This was my second time seeing this Scranton, Pennslyvania band. The last time I saw them was in 2012 opening up for Rise Against, A Day To Remember, and Glassjaw. The show was at Nassau Coliseum. They were the opening band of the night and I liked them but it never made me check them out. When they released the single “Lookers” last December I absolutely loved it. That is when I started to listen to them. After the Party was released on February 3th on Epitaph Records. From start to finish that record is amazing and it is one of my top releases of this year so far. I love their Heartland Rock meets Punk Rock style. It reminds me of bands Beach Slang, Dropkick Murphys, The Clash, and Against Me! The Menzingers took the stage. The first song off the set was the first song off of After the Party which was “Tellin’ Lies”. The crowd was going off. People were moshing, crowd surfing, and singing along. I did not mention before but this show had a barricade. People who read my blog know that I am not a huge fan of barricades especially for Punk shows. Besides that The Menzingers were great and the crowd was just wonderful for them. I was not expecting it to be crazy. I mention before that I have not seen this band in over five years so their fanbase has grown. A good portion of their set that night was were songs off of the new album. They played some classics like, “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore,” “In Remission,” and “The Obituaries.” The Menzingers were fantastic last Thursday. This show overall was one of the best shows so far this year. I wish I was able to get tickets for their Sunday show before hand but that sold out before I got a chance. Their next New York City show will be on a boat on June 22nd. I think I will be going to this because this Irving show was great but seeing them on a boat is going to be mind blowing so I have to go.
Last Wednesday, Touche Amore played an off date for their upcoming tour. Touche Amore will be going on tour with Basement and Thursday starting the following night in Philly. The show was a benefit for Planned Parenthood and The ACLU. The show was sold out and took place at the Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus in Greenpoint. This was an all ages show and they had Slingshot Dakota and Whipworm opening up for them.
The first band of the night was Whipworm. They are a Punk band from Philly. For their entire set, the lead singer sang on the floor where the audience was not on the stage. The entire was probably ten minutes if that. I think the set was seven and a half minutes. The crowd was just standing there. No one moved around for them. The band was okay, they were a little too generic for me. Quick Punk songs with raw vocals. This is something that has been done many times before. In a way, they reminded me of Krimewatch. Overall I was not a fan.
Up next was Slingshot Dakota. I have only seen Slingshot once and that was in 2015 when they played with Iron Chic to close out the Long Island DIY venue The Wood Shop. Slingshot are an Indie band from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Last year they released Break on Topshelf Records which I enjoyed a lot. The band started to play. They had a good crowd there to watch them. I forgot but they just came back from a headline tour which is crazy that they decided to play this last minute show. I love the fact that this band sets up by playing to each other and not the audience. If you do not know Slingshot Dakota are a duo. The singer Carly Comando is playing keyboards and facing Tom Patterson who playing the drums. Keyboards and Drums are the only instruments of this band and they make great Indie music. Overall last Wednesday, Slingshot played a wonderful set. I recommend seeing this band.
Touche Amore took the stage. Touche Amore is from Los Angeles, California. This was my fourth time seeing them play. The last time I saw them play was when I attended Chicago annual Rock festival Riot Fest. This set I knew it was going to be good because I have not seen Touche play a small venue since 2014 when they toured with Tiger’s Jaw and Dads. They started to play. Their set started off with “Flowers of You” which is the opening track off of the new album Stage Four on Epitaph Records. The rest of set was mixed with their second and third album. The band played a good portion of the new album. I actually enjoyed the new album a lot. It was my one of my top releases of last year. They got a reaction from the crowd with the new songs but when they played the old songs people went nuts. People were stage diving, moshing, and singing along. This was the best set I have ever seen at Saint Vitus. This set went by too fast. I mean once they played “Honest Sleep” they said it was over. That was the only song they played off of …To the Beat of a Dead Horse. They played nineteen songs and this was my favorite set I ever saw them play. If you have not seen Touche Amore I recommend you to do so. They are a fantastic live band and they are so much fun live. They will be playing the New York City area at the end of April on the tour I mention before. Thursday, Touche Amore, Basement, and Wax Idols will be playing Irving Plaza April 29h & 30th. I will probably be there and so should you.
Last Thursday, Against Me played an off date in Long Island. The band is currently opening up for Green Day on their Revolution Radio tour. The previous night I got a chance to see that tour. The show was great overall. That show was sold out. This past Thursday’s show was not sold out. I believe only half of the venue was filled which was disappointing because Against Me is a big band. If this show was booked at Revolution Music Hall in Amityville this ould have been a sold out. Against Me had two bands opening for them in which both bands were from out of state.
Typesetters were the opening band of the night. This five piece are from Chicago. They have a sound that mixes between modern day Emmo and Indie with some Punk roots. I missed their first two songs due to arrival to the show late. I was attending another show where I saw the band Vein playing Amityville Music Hall. Back to the band, they had a little bit of an audience to watch them play. Before this show, I never heard of this band before so this band was brand new to me. Overall the band played a good set. I thought they were a little bit of a weird opener for Against Me. I can also see this band play the annual Punk festival The Fest. They seemed like they are part of that crowd.
The next band up was Mobina Galore. Mobina Galore is a two piece from Winnipeg, Manibota. Once they started to play I liked it right away. The guitarist was the lead singer and her vocals reminded of Courtney Love and Brody Dalle of The Distillers. The vocals were raw and ver Punk. The drummer was the backup singer and her vocals were more melodic. The band sounded like a more aggressive Sleater-Kinney with some Ramones influences. Overall I enjoyed this set. I am glad Aginst Me got this band on the lineup. Mobina Galore was a solid opener for Against Me. They recently released an album titled Feeling Disconnected on New Damage Records which was good. Besides that, I hope to get another chance to see them play.
Against Me took the stage. As I mention before I saw Against Me the night prior opening up Green Day at the Barclay Center. That night they played a little over a half hour. Last Thursday they played for over an hour. The band started off the set with True Trans Soul Rebel. There was a lot of people there for them. People were going crazy for them. People were moshing and crowd surfing for them. It was a nice difference from the night before where no was going off for them. The night before I saw no one singing along to their material. I was quite surprised. Last Thursday was different. Against Me set was filled with songs from all seven albums from their discography. The night before they only played songs off their last three albums. Last year they released their new album Shape Shift With Me. The new album I enjoyed a lot and they played quite a few songs off of their. Overall last Thursday Against Me played a great set. If you have never seen this band you are messing up. To me, this is the best band that writes lyrics about politics and transgenders. Luara Jean Grace is an amazing front woman. I love and support this band. Everyone should see them at least once.
Last night, I got a chance to see Green Day again. Green Day are currently on tour supporting their new album Revolution Radio which came last October. In my opinion it is their best album since American Idiot which came out in 2004. This leg of the tour they had Against Me opening up for them. This was sick because Against Me is one of the best Punk bands I have seen live. This was a sold out show and Brooklyn was rocking last night.
Against Me took the stage. I have seen them before when they played a Gov Ball aftershow at Webster Hall last June. That was a fantastic set. I knew last night was going to be weird because they do not play arenas. I also kind of figure that majority of the audience do not know who they are. They opened up with their set with “True Trans Soul Rebel”. I looked around and no one knew words. I was pretty sure that I was the only one who knew the songs for the entire set. I notice people in the GA digging the music. Most of the set were from the last three albums. The band played for over half hour. For the people who do not know Against Me they are a Punk band with some Folk influences. The music is about being open mind especially to transgenders. The lead singer Laura Jean Grace is transgender and the songs are so good. They are one of the best bands right now and they play so well live. Overall last night Against Me was great. I recommend everyone who is reading this to see them live. I will be seeing them tonight at The Paramount in Long Island playing a headline off date set.
Green Day was next. This was my third time seeing them. The last time I saw them I spent $300 to see them play a small show at Webster Hall. I still do not regret doing that. Right before they came on they had “Bohemian Rhapsody” playing over the speakers. This got the the crowd going where everyone was singing along. After that they had their bunny mascot come out during the next song which was “Blitzkrieg Bop”. After that Green Day came out to the theme song of the movie The Good The Bad and The Ugly. The first song of their set was “Know Your Enemy”. The place erupted. Everyone was singing along. The band had pyro and explosions on stages. During this song they got a fan to sing the last verse of the song. A few songs during the set they had this too. A few times they had members of the audience sing a verse then stage dive and crowd surf. During their cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge” the last verse they had a member of the audience play the three chords of the song. After the song they gave the fan the guitar. Green Day played about six or seven news songs that all sounded great and people were going off for them. Like I said before Revolution Radio is a great album and the songs on there were prefect on there. Green Day played songs from Dookie, American Idiot, Nimrod, and Warning. I think it was crazy when they played “2,000 Light Years Away” which is song off of Kerplunk. Overall Green Day played another fantastic set. The band played twenty eight songs and played for two and half hours. My only complicate about this set is that they did not play “Welcome to Paradise.” Everything else was perfect. If you have not seen Green Day yet you are messing up big time. Hopefully I get another chance to see them play over the summer either in Connecticut or New Jersey.