What Happened During Rap Concert Riot at Tammy Hall in NYC

    We all know there’s usually two sides to every story. And that appears to be the case with a recent record release party for Pete Rock, Tek & Steele (of Smif N Wessun) who were celebrating the release of their collaborative album, ‘Monumental’ when a riot broke out. Yes, the video above does […]

Do Today’s Touring Bands Measure Up To Mannish Boy?

It’s a challenge for all bands.  Some can do it and some can’t. But what can two blues legends teach us about transferring the palpable emotion and energy a band creates in the studio to the live show? Can you teach the “STLS” or is it just something a band either has or doesn’t?

Popmatters Live Review: Kid Sister in Chicago

This article originally appeared in Popmatters. It’s been a long wait for Melisa Young (aka Kid Sister) since she released her first single “Pro Nails” via MySpace in 2007. It was a catchy track complete with sassy rhymes, a chopped and screwed chorus and guest appearance by rapper/producer Kayne West. Since then, the 29 year-old […]

How To Shoot A Concert When A Riot Breaks Out

As fans we all remember our first concert experience. But when you decide to cross that line and write about or photograph live music for the first time everything changes. I’ll always remember the first concert I reviewed. Though I was excited, nervous and anxious, I can’t say that a riot broke out during the first […]

Voyage Into the Heart and Mind of Keith Urban Fans

  Welcome to Part Two of Keith Urban’s Concert in Chicago! In Part One, I focused on Urban’s performance at Joe’s Pub and explored how it impacted the crowd who came ready to be rocked and wooed on Saturday afternoon.  I also learned a bit more about what makes Urban one of Country Music’s top entertainers today. […]

Keith Urban Gets Intimate with Chicago Fans

On Saturday I had a chance to finish what I started. Last week I watched with large amounts of skepticism and doubt as upstart country star Taylor Swift won Entertainer of the Year among other CMA awards. Then in my post the morning after I mentioned that Swift was up against some stiff competition a group […]

AEG Live Wants Your Next Concert To Be 3D

  Man, this story got me pumped when I read it! I just hope the corporate concert industry doesn’t mess up their great opportunity to revolutionize the live concert experience. And it looks like we aren’t as far away from live concert mashups as I thought we were.  What I’m talking about is this Billboard story […]