Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings @ El Salon

By Christopher Bussmann - Bop and Beyond - 04/28/2005

Opening with a funky instrumental set, the Dap-Kings had bodies moving to their grip-tight buggalo, priming the audience for their four-foot, eleven inch soul dynamo front-woman; and when she took the stage the place exploded. Sharon can sing, she can dance, and she can connect with the fans - bringing them on stage to sing-along and dance, telling them stories about 'back in the day' and how each song came about. Sharon Jones is a performer in the true and versatile sense of the word. And she is a star.


HOT HOT HEAT + The Futureheads + Louis XIV @ Metropolis

By Matt - Idle Minds - 04/22/2005

Awful, Excellent, and not the train wreck I was expecting.

Easiest review I ever wrote!

…what? I have to write more? Damnit…

For people who love bands that sound like other bands, last Friday’s show at the Metropolis was a night to remember. And I don’t mean that as a negative... these days, it’s very hard to find a band that doesn’t sound like someone else, or an amalgamation of various bands. The trick is to do it well.


MARTHA WAINWRIGHT @ Main Hall

By Mikaela - Lessons in Lo-Fi - 04/18/2005


GHOULUNATICS - Blood Curdling Years (DVD)

By Johnny - Turn Down the Suck - 05/03/2005

GhoulunaticsBlood Curdling Years is the first DVD by a Quebec metal band and it sets the bar high. Containing one full show, half of another, bits of 60 others, two videos, lots of photos, and a slew of backstage/behind the scenes/making of/on the road/etc footage, this disc delivers both quantity and quality.


THE WONDER STUFF @ Cabaret

By Louis - Hooked On Sonics - 04/08/2005


THE KILLS + Scout Niblett @ Café Campus

By Alex - Losing My Edge - 04/08/2005

If there's anything harder for a gimmick band than releasing a sophomore effort, it's touring for it. While the Kills, to their credit, have managed to create a somewhat interesting sound from their post-White Stripes inception, the burden of proof that they still warrant further attention three years later lies squarely on their shoulders. Armed with generally positive response to their follow-up album No Wow and a drum machine, the confident blues-damaged London-based duo stepped up to the plate in front of a capacity crowd, aiming for the fences.


PUNGENT STENCH - Ampeauty

By Brendan O'Flaherty - Catatonia Shall Prevail - 02/22/2005

Over a decade ago, when death metal as a genre was in desperate need of something fresh and original, Pungent Stench provided something simultaneously brutal, fast, funny, sick, perverted and groovy to enthrall us with. Well, the perverted Austrians are at it again and they continue to excel at conceiving art that’s both sick and fetishistic with this new platter of sludgy death n’ roll, cleverly titled Ampeauty.


THE WEAKERTHANS + The Constantines + guests @ Cabaret


By Mikaela - Lessons in Lo-Fi - 03/30/2005

I’ll begin by stating that due to unforeseen circumstances -- as in, I didn’t feel like going -- I missed the first two opening bands for the Constantines/Weakerthans show. I can only comment on their participation in the after-show sing-along, which I shall do later.


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