Live: The Ike Reilly Assassination @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 8/5/10

August 10th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

The Ike Reilly Assassination

45 minutes into the Ike Reilly Assassination’s blistering show at Valentine’s Music Hall last Thursday, Ike announced, “That was the set we are going to play at Lollapalooza on Sunday…and now we are going to play some other shit.” And that is what they did, continuing to please the rather small audience with more of his rapid-fire lyrical tales of losers, druggies, freeloaders, veterans of war and whores. All of this driven by a rootsy but punk-inspired musical attack.

To me, one mark of a truly great live band is that they give it their all, no matter what the circumstances, and that’s exactly what IRA did, giving the light crowd in Albany the same, high-energy, emotional, fist-pumping show that they were going to give to thousands just two days later.

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