At the pace of the uber-fast, Twitter-ific world we live in now, last month’s SXSW 2011 music festival might be already gone and forgotten. But for some of us (like me) the experience still resonates. Thirty-plus live shows, tons of memorable moments, and a whole lot of tofu kimchi tacos from a food truck: it […]


Bathed in sunset-pink light, plucking the opening notes of “She Was a Vision” from the strings of a large wooden harp, Active Child‘s Pat Grossi made quite an entrance on the stage of Cambridge, MA’s Middle East Downstairs last night. But it wasn’t until Grossi started singing–his voice two parts choirboy and one part world-weary […]

In an uncertain world, there’s something to be said for consistency. I’ve seen the Raveonettes at the Paradise three or four times over the last few years, and I always know exactly what I’m in for: noisy, gorgeously dark rock and roll, performed with energy and an irresistible coolness. Though a lot of songs from […]

Whoa! How did we miss this one? Blondie will be playing the beautiful Community Theatre of Morristown (biking distance from extrawack! HQ in Union County), this Monday night. It’s not only a rare opportunity to see Rock & Roll Hall of Famers out here in Suburban Jersey, but a chance to see real rock royalty […]

Concert review: Grizzly Bear at Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA June 3, 2009 The first time I saw Grizzly Bear live—at a crowded, stiflingly hot club in Northampton, Massachusetts—was the moment I went from being a casual fan to a mildly obsessed one. These four sweaty, slightly goofy guys put on a dazzling, energetic, virtuosic […]

More good news coming from the Siren Festival camp… Spank Rock, Japandroids, Bear Hands, and Future Of The Left have been added to Siren’s bill. Already announced are Built To Spill, The Raveonettes, Frightened Rabbit, Grand Duchy, Monotonix, Micachu, and The Shapes. Sounds like there’s still a few more acts to be announced…we’ll let you […]

Maybe it was the giant white ball hovering moonlike above the stage, its surface swarming with abstract film projections. Maybe it was the colored lights mounted under the white-draped tables where the three band members bent over their instruments. Or maybe it was the music itself: layered, percussive, hypnotic, and building moment by moment to […]

Although they’ve not officially announced their summer free show line-up, The Seaport Music Festival apparently already has some great shows lined up. According to the good folks at Oh My Rockness, here are some of the shows they’ve confirmed: Fri 7/036:00 PM Here We Go Magic, Bachelorette Fri 7/106:00 PM The Pains of Being Pure […]

Brooklyn’s most hirsute band, Neckbeard Telecaster, kicks off the South Street Seaport Ice series of concerts this Friday night at the skating rink there.  Shows are free to watch, and you can even skate during the shows for a reasonable skate-rental fee.  The rifftastic Grand Mal opens.   Gig poster of the year so far?: […]

I’m typically of the opinion that a live show should be more vigorous and dynamic than what one puts down on record. Just because it’s desirable though doesn’t mean it’s an easy transition to acheive. Joanna Newsom’s orchestral Ys album was full of potential to fall flat on its face live with only five performers […]