Sully Erna’s Avalon soars at The Riv (2011)

Author/psychedelic aesthete Ken Kesey once described the effects of LSD as “an orgasm behind the eyeballs” and anyone who attended last night’s Sully Erna concert at the Riviera Theatre may have had a similar experience. Unlike other shows you’ll attend this summer, “The Avalon Tour” is formulated to penetrate every ounce of your mind, body … Continue reading Sully Erna’s Avalon soars at The Riv (2011)

Anthrax, Testament, and Death Angel at Town Ballroom (2011)

If you can picture someone trying to stuff a hyena into a shoe box, you’ll begin to ascertain just how harried the atmosphere was inside the Town Ballroom on Tuesday for Anthrax and Testament. The thrash giants injected their heavy metal serum straight into Buffalo’s jugular, and the followers responded accordingly. Bodies went flying, knees … Continue reading Anthrax, Testament, and Death Angel at Town Ballroom (2011)

Alter Bridge tears up Town Ballroom (2011)

When Creed called it quits in 2004, the public’s reaction was anything but typical.  Rather than millions of fans crying foul and expressing their undying affection for all things Scott Stapp, we heard nothing but jubilation from pundits who had reached wit’s end regarding the band’s bloated brand of theological post-grunge. Despite being one of … Continue reading Alter Bridge tears up Town Ballroom (2011)

Allen Toussaint brings the Bayou to The Bear’s Den

As a music journalist, I’m often confronted with the contention that quality music just isn’t being written or performed anymore, that any composition worth its salt has already been chewed up and spit back out into the public sphere by a corporately controlled organism that feeds off hype and pusillanimity. MTV is anathema to music … Continue reading Allen Toussaint brings the Bayou to The Bear’s Den