Nicholas L. Hall

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  • 4 years ago | Concerts

    Critical condemnation and popular adulation go alarmingly hand-in-hand in the world of rock music. Often, the same qualities lead those opposing camps to their positions, and such is certainly the case for '70s and '80s progressive rock stalwart R...

  • 5 years ago | Concerts

    Describing L.A. quartet Bigelf involves a swan dive into the adjective grab bag, employing all the clichéd linguistic parlor tricks of the rock critic's trade to find words for surreal yet disturbingly visceral forces. You know — bomb...

  • 6 years ago | Concerts

    Every revolution has its heroes. You know, the legendary figures, poster children for their given cause. They usually get their image on T-shirts, eventually to be worn by teenage mall-dwellers who were nowhere near the revolution in the first pla...

  • 6 years ago | Concerts

    Going to see the New York Dolls is an odd proposition. On one level, it's difficult to deny the importance of a band so central to the legacy of rock 'n' roll, and punk music in particular. Their genre and gender-bending brand of heavy-hitting rau...

  • 7 years ago | Concerts

    With six Grammys and hundreds of millions of records sold worldwide, Billy Joel has a pedigree that's impossible to ignore. And time seems to have done little to dampen public enthusiasm for his oeuvre: Friday's gig at the Seminole Hard Rock kicks...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    The opening strains of "The Mirror's Truth" might give you the wrong impression about A Sense of Purpose. This album is not about speed, power, and the almighty riff. Although these are certainly integral elements of In Flames' delivery, there's a...