Posts Tagged ‘Jessica Ayotte’

LIVE: Between the Buried and Me @ Upstate Concert Hall, 2/22/14

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me

Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte

Between the Buried and Me stopped at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on their self-titled tour this past Saturday, February 22. In addition to BTB&M, California-based bands Deafheaven and Intronaut graced the stage along with openers the Kindred from Ottawa. With a diverse mixture of black metal and progressive rock, Deafheaven and Between the Buried and Me were clearly the crowd favorites.

Generally considered a black metal group by most, Deafheaven formed in 2010 in San Francisco, bringing a unique mix of metal with progressive/alternative instrumentals. Being a fairly new band, Deafheaven’s catalog currently consists of one full-length album and 3 EPs. During their set at Upstate Concert Hall, Deafheaven played a mix of selections from their newest album, Sunbather (2013) and EP Roads to Judah (2011). One of the opening songs, “Dream House” started off with a relaxed, up-beat intro. But then as soon as I thought I knew which direction the song was headed in, the “black metal” aspect of Deafheaven quickly swept the rest of their performance. It was a rather unusual combination of genres, but overall, I believe that they were worthy of the crowd’s acclaim.

While there was a lot of talk and anticipation regarding BTB&M, I was still impressed with the performance put on by Deafheaven.

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LIVE: The Black Dahlia Murder / Skeletonwitch @ the Knitting Factory, 10/26/13

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
The Black Dahlia Murder

The Black Dahlia Murder

Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte

This past Saturday, the Into the Everblack Tour came down to the Knitting Factory in New York City. This tour featured four popular up-and-coming metal bands. Headlining the tour was the Black Dahlia Murder with Skeletonwitch, Fallujah and Noisem opening the show. Although I am not a metal fan at all, I seem to find myself going to these types of shows because of the performance itself.

Not only was it the anticipated performances that had me interested in the show, but also the album artwork for Skeletonwitch’s fifth studio album, the brand new Serpents Unleashed, described as “frosty blackened thrash” on their website. After forming in Athens, Ohio ten years ago, Skeletonwitch has toured almost nonstop around Europe and North America since 2006. They have played some of the smallest venues around, as well as huge festivals such as Ozzfest, and they once played 63 shows in 65 days, something that not many musicians could handle. in addition to constant touring, Skeletonwitch also managed to write and record along the way, including their new 11-track album in the nostalgic formats of cassette, vinyl and CD.

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LIVE: PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany, 9/28/13

Monday, September 30th, 2013
Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man

Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte

This year at PearlPalooza in downtown Albany nine bands performed on two stages – alternating continuously throughout the day. Sponsored and hosted by 102.7 WEQX-FM, people were able to watch bands from all over the world perform on the main stage – Gentlemen Hall, Cayucas, Said the Whale and Crystal Fighters. Headlining PearlPalooza was Portugal. The Man.

And the local stage at the other end of the street played host to four popular Local 518 bands – Eastbound Jesus, Wild Adriatic, Stellar Young and Titanics.

With the best weather that a late-September day could give, the first band I had the pleasure of seeing was Santa Monica band Cayucas. With their music ranging from indie pop to surf pop, the three-piece band played a lively and relaxing set Saturday afternoon, including “Deep Sea” and their radio single “High School Lover,” from their recently released debut album, Bigfoot. If I had to compare their sound to any other band, I would say they sound very much like Vampire Weekend. People in the crowd soon made this connection, too, and every person I talked to really enjoyed their performance.

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LIVE: Robert DeLong @ Upstate Concert Hall, 9/11/13

Friday, September 20th, 2013
Robert DeLong

Robert DeLong

Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte

After talking to a good amount of people at the show at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park last week, it was clear that there were at least a handful of people at the show primarily to see Ghost Beach, the support act who followed openers Mister F. Originating in New York City, Ghost Beach is an alternative-pop band working on their debut album, which is expected to be released early next year. With a number of people in the crowd anticipating their performance, I was interested to see what they would bring to the stage. The three-piece band was much better than I had expected. Playing their new single, “Miracle,” the band overall seemed to really enjoy what they were doing, showing their enthusiasm both on the stage and off while conversing with fans after the show. They won me over with their performance, and I too will be looking forward to their album debut next year.

With an elaborate and high-tech stage setup, headliner Robert DeLong was a one-man electro-pop band playing a number of songs off of his recently released debut album, Just Movement. While playing some of his radio singles like “Global Concepts” and “Happy,” DeLong controlled his laptops and keyboards with a Wii controller, then quickly jumped on to a traditional drum set playing complex drum solos on the side of the stage, then ended up running back to his keyboards. As I watched him and his crew set up his equipment before the show, I wondered how it was humanly possible for one person to play and keep track of so many laptops/instruments at once.

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LIVE: Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival @ SPAC, 7/20/13

Friday, July 26th, 2013
Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie

Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte

This year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival held four stages with over 20 performances by some of the biggest names in metal music, along with some newer artists. Hosted at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the main stage included Amon Amarth, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch and, last but not least, Rob Zombie. On the Jägermeister stage, five bands performed, which included the headlining band for this stage, Machinehead, a metal band out of Oakland, California. Job For a Cowboy, Butcher Babies, Battlecross and Huntress also performed on the Jägermeister stage. The third stage, sponsored by the Music Institute, had six more bands perform, and headlining was Children Of Bodom, along with Emmure, Born of Osiris, Attika 7, Motionless in White and Thrown Into Exile. A smaller fourth stage sponsored by Sumerian Records hosted five more bands, including Scorpion Child, City in the Sea and winners from the Headbang For the Highway contest.

Along with plenty of bands, there were vendors, giveaways and contests for fans to take part in. Throughout the whole day there was always something to do, and bands played back-to-back from when the gates opened (1pm) to when the whole festival was over (11pm).

During the day, I spent most of my time at the Jägermeister stage, because that was the one that was most talked about amongst the crowd. After watching some bands perform, I thought I saw everything from metal bands with a front woman screaming to the crowd, to spectators being hurled across barricades from crowd surfing.

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