Read my review of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' surprise Unvarnished record release show at Santos Party House in New York, NY. You can also check out my photos.
Joan Jett is a bona fide rock and roll pioneer, icon and a future Hall of Famer. It was truly a treat to see her and the rest of The Blackhearts at such an intimate appearance - but I think it's safe to say that the show would have rocked just as hard regardless of the size of the venue. Unvarnished is classic Jett, and its release show followed suit.
Alex DiVincenzo on 10/04/13 - 01:05 PM
"She's a stranger that I used to know."
Staff ReviewsJustin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 (Craig Manning)
Show ReviewsA Day To Remember, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low, The Wonder Years [Photos] - Austin, TX (Ryan Gardner)
Craig Manning on 10/01/13 - 06:41 AM
Check out our show review and photos of the Tegan and Sara September 13th Austin show with What's Eating Gilbert.
Talk about an unforgettable performance. I could talk in circles all day about how much emotion Tegan and Sara put into their live show, but you probably already know if you’re seen them or heard their records. 14 years in and the Quin sisters have truly never sounded better. Not to mention the perfect mix of old favorites and new tunes crafted the ideal set list. Between What’s Eating Gilbert’s always entertaining and rocking performance to Tegan and Sara’s unwavering chemistry, emotion, and control, this was a night for the books.
Ryan Gardner on 09/16/13 - 01:43 PM
"You 'loved life' and those words have lasted."
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Retro ReviewsButch Walker Week: The Introduction (Craig Manning)
Butch Walker and the Black Widows - I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart (Craig Manning)
Ryan Gardner on 09/16/13 - 06:13 AM
Read our write up of the September 8th Austin stop of The Dangerous Summer's album release tour with Tommy & The High Pilots.
Whether you’re an old fan, casual listener, or just heard “Catholic Girls” and enjoyed it, this tour is definitely worth going to. The Dangerous Summer plays a great mix of material, while opener Tommy & The High Pilots heightens the bar for future live shows.
Ryan Gardner on 09/12/13 - 11:59 AM
"It felt like an earthquake when she'd shout."
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Butch Walker - The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let's-Go-Out-Tonites! (Craig Manning)
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Craig Manning on 09/12/13 - 06:27 AM
Check out my review of Longitude Festival 2013, featuring Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Japandroids, Foals, Phoenix and more here.
Kelly Doherty on 07/24/13 - 07:23 AM
Remember that night you were already in bed, said 'fuck it', got up and drank with me instead?
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Longitude Festival 2013: Day Two (Kelly Doherty)
Longitude Festival 2013: Day Three (Kelly Doherty)
Kelly Doherty on 07/24/13 - 07:14 AM
Read our write up of the June 12th Austin stop of the Tigers Jaw, Pianos Become The Teeth, and Sainthood Reps tour here.
Aside from the fact that this is Tigers Jaw’s final tour for who knows how long, I think the diversity of this tour is what makes it stand out. Dad Punchers loud version of indie-rock fits very well with Tigers Jaw’s indie influence meets old-fashioned emo/pop-punk style. Sainthood Reps old-school distortion-using jams bring another flavor to the menu, while Pianos Become The Teeth emotion-infused hardcore tears apart the stage. Even though Tigers Jaw are calling it quits for now, their legacy won’t be left in the dark, as they’ve paved the way for many more bands to...
Ryan Gardner on 06/14/13 - 10:55 AM
Read our review of the June 11th Austin stop of The Front Bottoms "Talon Of The Hawk Tour" with Weatherbox here.
The quirkiness of the records transferred wonderfully to the live environment. People were stagediving, crowd surfing, running up on stage, spilling drinks, belting their lungs out. Handclaps and stomping galore occurred throughout the set. It was a mad house in a tiny room. Chaos of an environment mixed with the simplicity of the music. An unexpected match made in heaven? Not sure – but it worked. From the haunting ending of “Swimming Pool” through The Front Bottom’s true masterpiece that is “Twin Sized Mattress” and the song that probably made many of us fall in love with...
Ryan Gardner on 06/14/13 - 09:23 AM
Read our show review of the Dallas stop of the Say Anything "Rarities" Tour with Eisley, HRVRD, and Northern Faces here.
Whether you’re a fan of rare, old Say Anything cuts or just dig tracks from the self-titled and Anarchy records, this is the show for you. Having a little bit of everything – and more surprises – this has to be one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. Northern Faces bring the gritty bluesy rock, HRVRD the theatrics, Eisley the intricate atmosphere, and Say Anything top it all off with their raw, punk-inspired nature. Clearly, Equal Vision Records continues to have one of the best lineups of any label today.
Ryan Gardner on 06/10/13 - 07:44 AM
Read my write up of last night's Austin stop of the Make Do And Mend tour with Diamond Youth here.
Yelling out lyrics like “I’m finding new ways to burn” during “Disassemble” and being able to hear one of my favorite lines of last blasted in my ears as Carroll yelled, “You can click your heels until you wear holes in the floor / And realize that no place feels like home anymore” on the penultimate “Stay In The Sun”…these are moments you don’t forget. This is why live music is so incredible. This is why you need to see this band live, as it makes you appreciate their records even more – if you can even believe that.
Ryan Gardner on 06/05/13 - 07:11 AM
You can read our review for the Winnipeg stop of the New Found Glory, Cartel and Living With Lions tour over here. This is NFG's first time touring across Western Canada so make sure you go to the remaining 4 shows if you live up here.
Deborah Remus on 05/27/13 - 10:11 AM
Read our show review of the April 26th Austin stop of The Gaslight Anthem's tour with Matt Mays. Be sure to check out photos from the show.
To me, The Gaslight Anthem just sounds like American rock music should. Listening to their records makes me wonder what it must have been like growing up in the 70s or 80s, and I can’t help but feel like this is the type of music my dad and his friends grew up listening to. Gaslight represent the new face of rock and roll music, and each member delivers exactly this on stage. Seeing the band live made me realize exactly why we all their songs so much – simpler, older times brought to life today. As one of the defining rock bands of our generation,...
Ryan Gardner on 04/29/13 - 07:25 AM
If I stop drinking all at once, I'm afraid the cumulative hangover will kill me.
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Jason Gardner on 04/28/13 - 09:12 PM
Read our show review of the April 14th Austin stop of Senses Fail's show with Such Gold, Real Friends, and Major League.
Over a decade in now and Senses Fail still deliver one hell of a live show. Here’s a band that really helped anchor our scene back in 04, and they’re still dominating today. Talk about seasoned professionals. And man can Buddy Nielsen scream his lungs out. If you can scream a song in Spanish (“Mi Amor”) and not miss a note, while still getting the crowd going while, I think you’re doing something exactly right. All the classics, from “Shark Attack” to “Lady in a Blue Dress” and the final “187,” sound even better ten years later, as Nielsen’s vocal abilities are...
Ryan Gardner on 04/16/13 - 07:50 AM
I went to go see Every Time I Die last night in Portland, OR, alongside some other great bands like The Acacia Strain. You can read my review here.
Jake Denning on 02/15/13 - 01:01 PM
Read our show review of the February 12th Austin stop of fun.'s show with Charlie Brand. You can check out the photos here.
Now, up until this point, I’ve wondered about the longevity of fun.’s insane fame. With Some Nights being – in my opinion – one of the best pop albums in the last 5+ years, the guys have a lot on their plates. However, coming off of 2 Grammys and an already-platinum record, I think it’s safe to say fun. are here to stay…for a long time. After seeing their live show, I am certain they’ll stay on top.
Ryan Gardner on 02/14/13 - 08:12 AM
You were always on mind, but I got an new partner now.
Staff ReviewsLocal Natives - Hummingbird (Kelly Doherty)
Tiny Moving Parts - This Couch Is Long And Full Of Friendship (Kelly Doherty)
Show ReviewsMax Bemis “Rarities” Release Show - Austin, TX (Ryan Gardner)
Kelly Doherty on 01/28/13 - 12:38 AM
"A George divided against itself, cannot stand"
Show ReviewsOf Mice & Men w/ Woe, Is Me, Texas In July, Volumes, Capture The Crown - Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theater (Jake Denning)
Jake Denning on 01/16/13 - 02:04 AM
Turn me back into the pet that I was when we met, I was happier then with no mind-set.
Staff ReviewsFierce Brosnan - Good Luck Exploding (Kelly Doherty)
Heart To Heart - Heart To Heart (Kelly Doherty)
Show ReviewsLydia, All Get Out, and Sweet Talker - Austin, TX (Ryan Gardner)
Kelly Doherty on 12/04/12 - 05:38 AM
Like when we would take rides in your American muscle car.
Staff ReviewsState Champs - Overslept EP (Ryan Gardner)
Show ReviewsYellowcard, The Wonder Years, We Are The In Crowd, Sandlot Heroes - Austin, TX (Ryan Gardner)
Ryan Gardner on 11/09/12 - 08:02 AM
The weekend of triple fun is now over. After sets from Braid, The Promise Ring and Refused, among many many others, I'm still a bit overwhelmed by it all. Hit the replies to read user Dustin Harkins and I's final write-ups. You can head to our Facebook page to check out a full set of photos from the weekend from photographer Sara Strick. Also be sure to check out Purevolume's full gallery from the weekend as well. Fugazi? Jawbreaker? Unwound? Harkonen? Who knows what next year will bring, but I'll be patiently waiting for the Fall of 2013 regardless. Seriously, please Harkonen, please!
Adam Pfleider on 11/06/12 - 12:44 PM
It's been quite a long weekend. It's been quite an amazing one as well. Head to the replies to check out reviews of Saturday's Fun Fun Fun Fest where user Dustin Harkins and I finally got to see Refused destroy our senses for an hour. You can view photos from the weekend over on our Facebook page. Our reviews of Sunday will be up tomorrow.
Adam Pfleider on 11/05/12 - 04:24 PM
Do we have anything to live for? Well of course we do. But until it comes true, we're drinking.
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Candy Hearts - The Best Ways to Disappear EP (Jason Gardner)
Show ReviewsTaking Back Sunday’s Tell All Your Friends Tour (TAYF10) - Austin, TX (Ryan Gardner)
Thomas Nassiff on 11/04/12 - 09:59 PM
What a hell of a first day at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest. You can check out a couple of photos from the day over on our Facebook page. Head to the replies to see not only my review, but Dustin Harkins review of the festival as well, who will be down here with me all weekend. Refused, Braid, David Cross and much much more today. I'd bring a bandana if you're hanging out towards the Black Stage today. More than enough dirt and dust is getting stirred up down there.
Adam Pfleider on 11/03/12 - 09:27 AM
"How does it feel to be on the receiving end of this one?"
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Show ReviewsBoys Like Girls and The All-American Rejects - Austin, TX (Ryan Gardner)
Ryan Gardner on 10/10/12 - 06:10 AM
Never nothing for you huh? Every never is now
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Socratic - Lunch for the Sky [Vinyl] (Alex DiVincenzo)
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Ryan Gardner on 08/22/12 - 09:27 PM
This past weekend I attended Austin's Chaos in Tejas festival for the second time. I was excited about the reunion set from Moss Icon, as well as sets from Thou, Ted Leo and the Pharmacist and Pygmylush, but I also got to see a ton of bands on a whim. It got me thinking about genre classifications, especially in the community of punk rock. Simply put, do you see punk as more of an idea or more of sound? Do you ever find yourself seeing the influence of punk in bands that wouldn't be classified as such? You can read my thoughts here and hit the replies for an afternoon talk.
Adam Pfleider on 06/07/12 - 11:14 AM
"Ow, Scuba Steve! Damn You!"
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Jake Denning on 05/09/12 - 02:29 AM
"Run from me. You can't wake up if you don't dream of anyone or anything."
Show ReviewsThe Lucky Street Tour: Go Radio, This Providence, Tyler Carter, Ivory Lights (Ryan Gardner)
Ryan Gardner on 04/20/12 - 05:01 AM
One of AP.net's readers, Dustin, was also at the At The Drive In reunion show the other night. He wrote up a pretty cool blog about the experience that I've included below. Also, don't forget to check out Adam's review here.
Fans Report InThe first time I saw The Mars Volta, it was at the 3,000 capacity Palladium Ballroom in Dallas. The first time I saw the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group (with Cedric Bixler-Zavala adding vocals), it was at the 1,500 capacity South Side Music Hall. Upon hearing about At The Drive-In's reunion and Coachella performances booked, I couldn't imagine the venues they'd be booked to play if they decided to tour. But they love their home state, and they showed it...
Jason Tate on 04/11/12 - 03:52 PM
Monday night I was able to witness At the Drive-In's first reunion show in eleven years at Red 7 in Austin, Tx. Walking back to my car, I had very mixed emotions about the performance. It was a moment where I looked back on a band that changed what I knew punk rock could be at a young age, and it made me reflect on what I know punk rock to be as a term now more than a decade later. You can read my thoughts on the night here. For all the complaints the site gets about not being "punk enough" - I hope this write-up reflects my sentiments on what you think you know and what time will show you when you get older.
Adam Pfleider on 04/11/12 - 12:44 AM
Hey everybody, if you look up (no, not at the ceiling, at the top of the homepage!), you'll see a staff content post for today. I wanted to give a snippet out of one of those reviews, a live show review I wrote after watching Bruce Springsteen this Sunday open his Wrecking Ball Tour in Atlanta. I haven't written something like that in a long time - everything just came out fluidly. I felt very strongly about the emotion in the show and I encourage you all to read the blog, and check out Springsteen on tour this year, if you have the means.
From the review“Do I have to say his name?” Springsteen would ask. The crowd would respond, “Clarence!” “Do I have to say his name?!” “Clarence!” The...
Thomas Nassiff on 03/22/12 - 09:08 AM
Head here to read a show review of Kiven's EP release party. Step drops on iTunes on March 6th.
Matthew Tsai on 03/04/12 - 03:59 AM
Watch video of Dance Gavin Dance with Matt Geise (Lower Definition) and Kurt Travis (A Lot Like Birds) in the replies, and read my review of their set here.
Jack Appleby on 02/19/12 - 12:44 PM
The Cab and The Summer Set are just about done with their co-headlining tour, but a show review of their stop in NYC can be read here. Tickets for the remaining dates can be purchased on their official website, and be sure to check out The Cab's Symphony Soldier and The Summer Set's Everything's Fine - both of which are available now.
Joe DeAndrea on 02/10/12 - 10:36 AM
You can read a nostalgic reflection about the Where's the Band? Tour from me here. Have you gone? What memories did it bring back and during which songs? Be sure to check out Alex's Backstage Session with Chris Conley here.
Adam Pfleider on 02/03/12 - 02:20 PM
Read my review of The Early November's holiday show with Man Overboard and Hostage Calm at Paradise in Boston, MA on December 26 here.
Alex DiVincenzo on 12/30/11 - 09:17 AM
My review of the Dallas stop of the Yellowcard tour with Go Radio and Every Avenue can be read here.
Ryan Gardner on 11/16/11 - 10:08 PM
It was a long weekend that blew out my eardrums and collected dust in my lungs, but it was well worth it for the sixth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest. You can check out my review of Saturday and Sunday here. Any of you guys go? Who was your favorite act? How much French Onion soup did you eat? Run into Blake from Workaholics?
Adam Pfleider on 11/08/11 - 02:47 PM
Yesterday was the first day (and first full Friday) of the sixth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest down in Austin, TX. You can head here to see my recap of the day. Last night, many fans were disappointed in the "Danzig Legacy" portion of the show. Last night, on Facebook, Transmission Entertainment (festival's promoter/booker) made a statement about the incident. It can be found in the replies.
Adam Pfleider on 11/05/11 - 09:34 AM
I went and saw the Bayside/Saves the Day tour the other night and it got me thinking a lot about longevity. How did those two bands last so much through one of the most progressive times in the music industry? How did they survive against the elements of death, label issues and pleasing longtime fans? Hit the replies and let's talk about not what makes a hold any sort of longevity past "putting out good music." What makes you continue to see your favorite bands year after year or multiple times a year at that?
Adam Pfleider on 11/04/11 - 08:11 AM
You can check out my review of Jack's Mannequin's People & Things Tour featuring support from Motion City Soundtrack here.
Thomas Nassiff on 10/20/11 - 12:32 AM
I wrote some thoughts on Kevin Devine and his latest tour which can be read here.
Adam Pfleider on 10/12/11 - 11:21 AM

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