The house lights go down. The attention of almost 1,800 people is instantly captivated. They know what’s next. Suddenly, they hear electronic drumming, and a blue hue light tints the stage. People are screaming and clapping. Those who were at the bar hastily make their way back into the main room of the venue, Brooklyn … Continue reading Redefining Punk and Finding Community: A Review of Against Me! at Brooklyn Steel, 2017
This past week I attended two out of four nights of Jeff Rosenstock's mini-residency at Bowery Ballroom (nights 2 and 4 - the 7th and 9th -, respectively). Since I have chronic pain, I had a seat in the balcony which meant I had a great view of the show and of Jeff's fans on … Continue reading “stop sneering at our joy like it’s a careless mistake”
It was November 26th, 2015. A Thursday. Thanksgiving, if you were in America. But I wasn’t. I had taken a red-eye flight the night before to London and found myself in a sleep-deprived haze standing inside the cavernous, and famous, Alexandra Palace. I was there hours before doors opened for the night to work a … Continue reading Embodying “God Damn – It’s Great To Be Alive”
My identity was formed at a young age in a dark community center room, with music blaring loudly through amps and speakers. I went to my first arena concert at age 7 (Billy Joel), my first GA concert at 12 (Sum 41), and my first local show at 13 (I honestly couldn't tell you who … Continue reading after all, it was rock ‘n’ roll.