Album Review - Braid, 'No Coast'

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music BraidNo CoastTopshelf “I don’t want to have to defend my medicine,” sings Bob Nanna on “Light Crisis,” which appears on the first full-length Braid album in 16 years. It’s a rattling but familiar taste of emo that hasn’t gotten stale. Just in time for the revival of the genre that the Midwest outfit had a hand in popularizing, No Coast delivers 12 timeless tracks. It’s a reunion record that doesn’t reek of a money grab. The helix guitars and... READ MORE

10 Dream Double-Header Tours

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Despite my penchant for all things '90s, I'd never seen Nine Inch Nails or Soundgarden in concert. Sure, I'd attended gigs by Trent Reznor's How To Destroy Angels and Chris Cornell's Audioslave, but neither band could match the unadulterated fury of those artists' star-making endeavors. So imagine my fangirl glee when I scored tickets to the joint NIN-Soundgarden gig at the Hollywood Bowl! Tears will be shed; panties might be thrown. It got me... READ MORE

Cry havoc and let emo rule again

Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Dashboard Confessional in concert circa 2007. Photo by Melissa Bobbitt Perhaps my generation is having a hard time admitting we're turning 30. We're no longer cool (instead of consciously Through Being Cool). We are now those "old" weirdos at concerts that saunter into the venue 10 minutes before showtime instead of proving our fandom by lining up in the wee hours to get a front-row spot at a GA gig. (My posse and I used to... READ MORE