PINS @ Mercury Lounge, 7/1/15

Manchester’s PINS are back this year with a formidable new record, Wild Nights. The album has a strong, vibrant sound to it, with a ferociousness that bubbles a step below hard rock, settling instead somewhere slightly more comfortable. This evening’s gig at Mercury Lounge was my first time seeing them live as well, and featured a lot of […]

The NYC Debut of Melanie De Biasio

Darkness shrouded Rockwood Music Hall, and barely a flicker of light illuminated the figure on stage. The silhouette was Melanie De Biasio, a native of Belgium, and tonight was her first performance here in New York City, a private event hosted by her label, PIAS. Joined by Pascal Paulus on guitar, she wove through a short set of material showcasing […]

TOY Finally Made It to NY, Played Glasslands

TOY delivers the kind of psychedelic rock that one can headbang and thrash to live. They lit up Glasslands this past Thursday in support of last month’s Join the Dots, their sophomore record. Previous touring attempts through the US were shuttered last year due to visa issues, which actually made this evening their first show […]