Chillin’ On The Town With Binky Bianca @ Grove Street Music Series

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Jersey City, N.J.–On my way home from a tiring day at work, I decided to hop off the PATH train one stop ahead of my station and was rewarded by the sight of Binky Bianca band members setting up the stage for their set at the Groove on Grove 2009 Music Series. It was a balmy Wednesday night when the Grove Street station and nearby Jersey City neighborhood were treated to the Filipina-fronted rock band Binky Bianca. Continue reading

+/- and Versus @ The Mercury Lounge

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On June 18th +/- {Plus/Minus} kicked off their European tour with a show at New York’s Mercury Lounge along with bands Mascott, Gramercy Arms and Versus. When I first heard that Versus and +/- were performing, I had to go because as far as the American indie rock scene goes, they’re kind of a big deal. So big in fact that apparently neither rain nor the gig being on a Thursday night deterred fans from showing up either, because the house was packed! Fans literally came from all around. I met some guys at the sales table that drove in all the way from Rhode Island just to see the bands, caught them in Boston a few weeks ago and spent about $60 easily on vinyl…talk about devotion! Continue reading

Fil-Am Bands Join Hands for Franz

n75813394185_2642If you had the opportunity to do something good for someone else AND could have an awesome time, you’d take it, right?  That’s exactly why I couldn’t pass up the “Fil-Am Bands Join Hands for Franz – A fundraising concert for Franz Pantaleon,” at Fontana’s, NYC on Eldridge Street.  The event was hosted by Poptimes Magazine and his family here in the United States.  Franz is an 18-year old Filipino teen diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Extraskeletal Ewing’s Sarcoma.  The $10 donation served as the cost of admission, 1-hour open bar and an evening’s worth of entertainment.  Talk about great, I seriously don’t remember the last time I’ve been to a gig with such a power-packed line up: Gates of Era, Wallows, Sodapop Suicide, P.I., Run Robot, The Happy Analogues, The Kuwagos, Qwadra, Apriori and Blue Mellon Pop.  It was literally a feast for the mind, body and soul. Continue reading