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Had the privilege of attending a great night of 90’s rock music lead by Everclear, with Soul Asylum, Spacehog and EVE6 also performing at Irving Plaza on June 17, 2014. It was Everclear that headlined, at least at Irving, with the other groups doing short 5 songs sets. All bands were tight, especially Everclear who showed no sign of age as front man Arthur Paul Alexakis belted out a great 55 min set. Catch their Summerland tour at a town near you!

Had the privilege of attending a great night of 90’s rock music lead by Everclear, with Soul Asylum, Spacehog and EVE6 also performing at Irving Plaza on June 17, 2014. It was Everclear that headlined, at least at Irving, with the other groups doing short 5 songs sets. All bands were tight, especially Everclear who showed no sign of age as front man Arthur Paul Alexakis belted out a great 55 min set. Catch their Summerland tour at a town near you!

HIM, the Finnish rock band from Helsinki, played to a sold out crowd last night at Irving Plaza. Now, I’m not a big fan of HIM, nor did I know the band who opened for them – a prog-rock band from Livepool, England called Anathema. Maybe cause I was feeling a bit under the weather, but both bands seemed to have fallen short on what my expectations were judging from this type of music. HIM did dive into 16 songs in over an hour and twenty min set hitting the stage at about 9:10pm. Lead Ville Valo did his best to resemble AC/DC front man Brian Johnson. I guess that was not too bad considering it could have been worse… he could have resembled Bon Scott.

Sweden’s Katatonia is a band of pleasing contradictions, one that combines differing elements into a darkly emotive blend of sound. While watching them perform at New York’s Irving Plaza on September 24th, those paradoxes came to the fore, mostly to the band’s advantage. Onstage it’s not physically stoic (considering the act’s name, that wouldn’t be a surprise), but its players don’t run amok like sugar-stoned toddlers, either, and singer Jonas Renkse kept his face hidden behind his curtain of long dark hair like a grieving widow, never showing his face. Despite being a progenitor of the doom genre, its set list didn’t sound depressing or disturbing enough to be described as black. Its uptempo moments weren’t consistent enough to be straight metal; the same goes for its progressive characteristics.

Both Fleshgod Apocalypse and Wintersun played the Irving plaza to a totally pumped up and sold out crowd. The mosh pit was in full effect with plenty of crowd surfing to boot. Wintersun killed it with a hour plus long set. Jari Mäenpää’s vocals were tight as they ran through tune after solid tune.