Benjamin Francis Leftwich at The Belfast Limelight - Really really really good indie folk. A wallowing music go-to.
The Static Jacks at The Roadhouse in Manchester - Post-punk poppy fun.
Girl in a Coma at Bowery Ballroom - These Texas girls are Joan Jett’s babies and their motorcycle post-punk has a little hot sauce twang. Gracias.
EULA at Cameo Gallery - Post-punk in the brilliant bite-sized punch of lead vocalist Alyse Lamb.
Fort Lean at Santos Party House - Driving guitar, big rock sounds, flying hair. All good.
Young the Giant in Toronto at Sound Academy - Gum-smackin’ good!
Pat Benatar at Irving Plaza - Because love is a battlefield.
XYLOS at Mercury Lounge - Electro-pop with strong vocals. These chicks have great shoes, too!
Beach Fossils at Music Hall of Williamsburg - Beachy lo-fi pop. The funnest show you didn’t anticipate would be. These guys are great live.
You Can Be A Wesley at Pianos - Happy indie pop. A major audio memory trigger. An old friend sent me “Elephants in Rabbit Holes” and it spawned my musical enlightenment.
Tennis at Bowery Ballroom - Husband and wife duo sing catchy, dancey indie pop songs about life, and it doesn’t suck. New crush.
Black Taxi and Wicked Tomorrow at The Bowery Electric - Indie rock bands that bring it. And Black Taxi’s tshirts are really cool.
Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band at The Hive - What else needs to be said? It’s Amy Klein. More downtempo and spare than her other efforts.
Little Tybee at The Goatfarm in Atlanta - Tour kickoff.
Coldplay and Mumford and Sons at Radio City Music Hall - Just kidding.
Jane’s Addiction at The Paramount, Huntington, NY - The father of the modern music festival deserves your respect.