A Very Belated Concert Review

A couple weeks ago, I kind of lost my shit at work and decided it was time for an escape.  Having wrangled one free ticket to the opening night of Corrosion of Conformity‘s spring tour, I headed to the Gramercy by myself to see them play alongside Torche, Valient Thorr, and A Storm of Light.… Continue reading A Very Belated Concert Review

My Lifelong Struggle with Metal Trivia

  At work, we talk a lot about how important it is for students to have background knowledge of influential people and important historical events – in other words, “No, sweetie, Michelle Obama’s mother couldn’t possibly have been a slave BECAUSE THE CIVIL WAR ENDED IN 1865!”  I’m finding that background knowledge is also helpful… Continue reading My Lifelong Struggle with Metal Trivia

You’ll Wish You Were at Their Show: An Interview with Jessica Pimentel of Alekhine’s Gun

Bands can take awhile to pick up steam in the local music community. Months of practice are followed by one shitty show, followed the next month by another shitty show…. Followed by a year of hard work before the band is known by anyone who hasn’t slept with the members. Or if we take Choice… Continue reading You’ll Wish You Were at Their Show: An Interview with Jessica Pimentel of Alekhine’s Gun

Jucifer: Not Junius, Has Lots of Speakers, and Can Ride a T-Rex

By Jessica May Among my friends, I’m one of the least knowledgeable people about new bands, music trivia, and so forth. (Why do I write these columns again?) So when I saw that Jucifer was coming to the Heirloom Arts Theater in Danbury on July 7th, I was like, “Oh, that band Howl was on… Continue reading Jucifer: Not Junius, Has Lots of Speakers, and Can Ride a T-Rex

Mongrel: A New Breed of Kick-Ass

In June of 2010, Jessica Sierra got a phone call from Mongrel guitarist Adam Savage that went something like this: “How would you feel about covering a few shows for us?” “When?” “In three days.” So, Sierra learned the punk band’s entire set in thirty-six hours and has been singing with them ever since.

On the Phone with Howl

  “A huge rat just crawled across my feet!” And you thought being a touring rock star was all about whiskey, money, and naked chicks. Well, Alternative Control had a phone chat with Howl guitarist Andrea Black before the band’s 9/21 show in Washington DC, and apparently touring involves spending all your money on gas,… Continue reading On the Phone with Howl