concert

April 17, 2011 - 5:19pm
Review: Sam Beam steals show with songs off far-reaching new album, 'Kiss Each Other Clean.'

Part way through the Iron & Wine concert at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo on April 15 - maybe eight or nine songs in - one voice emerges loud and clear from the audience. It’s around the time in the show when people start getting anxious that their favorite songs aren’t going to be played. Some people might start shouting requests.

The request here was an easy one to fulfill.

"Play whatever you want.”

Everyone else cheers in agreement. They know that Sam Beam can do no wrong.

April 12, 2011 - 4:14pm
A look at Iron & Wine's new album, Kiss Each Other Clean, before their performance Friday at the Town Ballroom.

When Sam Beam – better known as Iron & Wine – dropped his fourth studio album, Kiss Each Other Clean, listeners were treated to the striking and thought provoking lyrics they were accustomed to, mixed with a sound that was unlike anything from the artist’s past recordings. The Iron & Wine concert at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo on April 15 should be unlike anything from Beam’s past as well.

March 5, 2011 - 7:47pm
Fans from all over New York experience Lady Gaga give one of her unforgettable "Monster Ball" tour performances.

A teenager casually took his seat before the Lady Gaga show, wearing a long-sleeve, button-up plaid shirt. He looked like any other high school boy.

Then he took off his shirt. Beneath the average plaid was a see-through, fishnet top covering his entire upper body. Around his waist hung circles of yellow caution tape. Underneath his nonchalant exterior was one of Lady Gaga's “little monsters” in disguise.

February 24, 2011 - 12:25am
Review: SU students avoided the frosty weather at Winter Carnival 2011 kick-off concert Wednesday night.

Rising hip-hop star Big Sean, electrified the jam-packed Schine Underground as 350 Syracuse University students flocked to hear him perform Wednesday night. 

As the youngest member of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. music group, Big Sean has been steadily building momentum within the industry. SU’s enthusiastic student response to Wednesday night’s show provided more evidence that he could be on the brink of stardom. 

November 7, 2010 - 10:44pm
Review: Cornell crowd gets wild at Kid Cudi's intimate concert with opener Cee Lo Green.

The show began promptly at 7 p.m. By 7:15 a kid lay slouched against the bleachers, surrounded by paramedics and onlookers as he vomited on himself. At 7:45, EMTs evacuated a girl on a stretcher. The diligent janitor zipped back and forth from one vomit pile to the next, wiping away any trace of the indiscretion just in time for other people to come and sit in the same spot.

November 3, 2010 - 4:41pm

A Korean music and dance concert drew a large crowd of students to Grant Auditorium on Tuesday night. Some of the students obviously don’t frequent folk concerts – a few even had their laptops and cell phones out – but the pieces in this Department of Ethnomusicology-sponsored performance were stunning enough to halt many audience members mid-text.

October 29, 2010 - 12:13pm
Review: Unusual stage elements added a unique kick to OK Go's show at the Westcott Theater on Tuesday.

It’s not often that confetti, hand bells and 3D glasses are found simultaneously at a rock concert, but Grammy-winning OK Go found ways to effectively incorporate them all into their 90-minute show at the Westcott Theater Tuesday night.

October 20, 2010 - 11:09am
Review: Irish up-and-comers Two Door Cinema Club played Schine Underground last night, but could be playing major venues within the year.

Two Door Cinema Club aren’t a household name, but they could be – and soon. This up-and-coming Irish trio have already amassed a considerable following across the ocean and could very well become the next big indie-pop outfit to hit the States.

October 18, 2010 - 9:01pm
Review: France's indie darlings conquer the rock scene in Central New York and around the world.

A friend had a question for me right before Phoenix took the stage last night at Cornell University. The show was sold out for a few weeks and we were packed tightly about 40 rows deep from the stage – this despite getting to the show 45 minutes early.

“So, you think they’re the most relevant rock band in the world?”

October 2, 2010 - 11:05am
Review: Sleigh Bells and LCD Soundsystem made a riotous impression in Clinton on Friday night.

There are a few ways for concertgoers to evaluate a set. Did the audience hear all the radio singles it wanted? Did the band throw in some fan favorites and rarities? Or did the band play a mixture of its whole discography in an order that allowed for the momentous highs while never bottoming out so low that the crowd stands still?

Whichever your answer, LCD Soundsystem has perfected a set list so epic, so powerful and so emotional, that the audience is never allowed to come down from its musical high.