Sweet, Sweet Poison

These 3 Poisons is a band that I hold near and dear to my heart. Residing in Orange County, NY, Alex, Brendan, Brian, Mike, and Ryan are guys you want to have a beer with (or ten beers) all the while getting the vibe that you’re on deck with raucous, yet refined pirates. And of course you want to pop in one of their CDs and rage until your limbs fall off. I’m serious. Combining metal, hardcore and rock, they have a sound that cannot be pinned under one musical genre.

The most recent show I attended was on April 30th with Senses Fail at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY. After taking an elbow to the jaw while in the mosh pit, I realized not only do I need to brush up on my windmill, but also that these guys induced a ferocity upon the crowd that could only come from masters. Take a listen to one of the tracks off their latest EP, Three Sides to a Story, Your Side and tell me you don’t feel it too. “Sweet Needle of Death” has got to be my favorite, but you need to hear them all to know for yourself. Check out These 3 Poisons’ website where you can find out where they’re playing next, how to purchase their albums, and, of course, to see their lovely mugs. (You can also check out my sister from another mister, Mama Poison, who takes the raddest shots of these swashbucklers) Yargh, matey!

Girl in a Coma Play Free Show in Coney Island With Joan Jett

Lone-Star gems, Girl in a Coma are awesome. I feel as though I shouldn’t have to convince you, but if you are saying, “Who?” then I suppose I must, or you can go to their website to learn more about them, and to listen to their latest album featuring one of my favorites, “Pleasure and Pain”.

Fronted by Nina Diaz with her sister Phanie on drums and forever friend, Jenn Alva on bass, this trio packs a wallop of beauty with plenty of musical genius. I mean who really cares if a chick is pretty in the music business? It does, unfortunately, matter a great deal to the industry-types, but this is not why I’m featuring these lovelies.

On July 14th, 2011, the Girls are playing a free show at Coney Island with none other than rock legend, Joan Jett. If you’re in the NYC area, you should take the opportunity to see the show.I know I’m going to try like hell to get there.


Portishead Announces US Tour Dates

It was summer, 1999 and I had agreed to go to a house party with a guy I had just met. Sweet coincidence was that a co-worker of mine was in the car when he pulled up (luckily no weird, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been scenario was to be had). Even sweeter was when after we had settled ourselves nicely onto the host’s couch, a tripped-out, dreamy sound hit my ears. Portishead. And the song was “Sour Times”. 

Thus began my love of the band that hails from Bristol. Beth Gibbons vocals permeate the thick walls of your mind while Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley provide the perfect mix of tradional instruments, DJ styling and musical sampling to give you a desirable, yet formidable feeling. My favorite track from Portishead that possesses this very attribute has got to be “Over”. Check it out.

In case you feel as I do check out their tour dates http://www.portishead.co.uk/2011/07/11/portishead-announce-north-american-tour-october-2011/

Maybe I’ll catch you in NY.