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Every Time I Die & The Ghost Inside co-headline at Webster Hall

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12/12/2014

Hardcore rock and metal fans descended upon Webster Hall during a chilly Friday night to wild out at one of the largest shows Every Time I Die has ever performed. With some 30+ stops on this tour, the band has been making music for over 15 years and released a new album this year calledFrom Parts Unknown. Architects (UK), Hundredth and Backtrack opened the show.

The great thing about tours that feature several bands is the variety of rock styles you can sample. If the bands are different enough, music cliques will start claiming space in different areas around the stage. The punks stand in the back of the room while the hardcore rock is playing and the thrashers glare in disbelief at the kids chanting melodic metalcore anthems. On a good night you might discover a new band with a style you hadn’t thought you’d enjoy…

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La Traviata @ The MET Opera

My obsession with contrasting musical arrangements continued last night when I attended the Met Opera to see La Traviata, composed by Verdi. The original story, “La Dame aux Camélias” or known in America as “Camille,” was written by Alexandre Dumas in 1848. He is most recognized for his classics like “The Three Musketeers,” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”:

Dumas was a French nobleman of Haitian descent who was able to to use his father’s station to navigate a time in France when slavery was common practice. The story of Camille was so wonderful and yet sad, , there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!

If you’ve seen the classic American film starring Greta Garbo, you get the gist of the story. Camille or in this case Violetta is a French courtesan (kept woman) who knows she is dying and has committed herself to burning out in a life of partying and pleasure. Alfredo is one of her many suitors who declares his love for her, but the true irony of his character comes from his inability to recognize how ill Violetta is becoming. It’s so clear to everyone but him, which shows his love is immature and naive. In my opinion Violetta’s attempts to hide her tuberculosis are halfhearted and he should have realized what was going on. Still, in the finally moments of her life, Alfredo emits a blind love for the woman, only to have her die in his arms. Grand romances like this are similar to Romeo and Juliet, where the lovers are terribly self centered -consumed with the idea of love and rarely paying attention to the other person. So sad! :( Add these elements to the robust melodies of Verdi’s opera and you make for a stunning evening at the theater.

Sonya Yoncheva was the lead soprano Violetta on the night I attended the show. Stephen Costello played Alfredo, Quinn Kelsey and Ludovic Tézier were Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducted.
For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_of_the_Camellias

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The Word Alive @ Gramercy Theatre

PHOTO SET: The Word Alive ‘Get Real” Tour @ Gramercy Theater, NYC. November, 2014

Photos from the NYC show by #‎blkgrlswurld‬ ZINE. Line up also featured The Color Morale, Our Last Night, Dead Rabbits and Myka,Relocate

Us Black Girl Punks Are Right Here! Where the F*#k Are You?

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I am tired of seeing articles scurrying across my social media feeds complaining about a lack of minority presence in the punk and metal scenes. With all the underground music I’ve witnessed in both rural and urban communities for the past decade, I can’t believe that all we have to show for it is mainstream reports that my being in the crowd with my friends isn’t enough.

How is it that writers are quick to forget the Black women music enthusiasts that actually attend shows and support bands? My younger sister and I grew up in midwestern suburbs listening to any style of rock we could get our hands on. She had her life band and I had mine. For us a life band consisted of every album of one artist played on repeat everyday at anytime until the weekend when we might jam on new artists we’d heard about…

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The Annual Lestat Coronation Ball #NOLA

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This Halloween #blkgrlswurld caught up with Anne Rice and crew at the UnDead Convention in New Orleans to celebrate the debut of her new book Prince Lestat. The Vampire Lestat Coronation Ball is an annual formal where fans come together for all things goth, vintage and vampy. The costumes were so cool! My lil sis and I spent a bit too much on our formal gowns but other folks went all out with hand made bodices and Victorian hoop skirt dresses. The men were in top hats, formal suits and tuxedos :D

My favorite part was the wild and feathery parade troop that escorted Anne rice into the venue. There was music, dancing and huge elaborate costumes that made me feel as if I had been transported to a Haitian music festival.

The evening featured several talented bands and vocalists and as they performed on stage to some of New…

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Caption: Gerard Way thanks fans in the Webster Hall Grand Ballroom as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. 10/23/14. Photo by C.Long

Gerard Way’s Hesitant Alien Rocks Out Webster Hall 10/23/14

Written by Christina A. Long

When Gerard Way announced earlier this year he’d been working on a new solo album, Hesitant Alien, I was one those hardcore My Chemical Romance (MCR) fans that couldn’t wait to check it out on principle alone. Attending high school in the early 2000s, it was hell waiting to be old enough to see one of their sold out shows. And naturally by the time I was old enough to go, the band had broken up!

Lot’s of kids naturally identified with MCR when they came on the scene in 2003 with Way as lead vocalist. At that time narratives of the underdog misfit had quieted down since the time of The Cure and we were all huddling close to a supposed “emo fandom of freaks and geeks” that was indeed underground. (This so called “emo scene” was a term created by outsiders who only glanced over at us once or twice, wondering what Jpop meant and why we had our noses in Manga books you had to read backwards).

Caption: Gerard Way performs in the Webster Hall Grand Ballroom as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. 10/23/14. Photo by C.Long

Caption: Gerard Way performs in the Webster Hall Grand Ballroom as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. 10/23/14. Photo by C.Long

Way’s solo album is a slight change in style from the days of post-punk mayhem, exploring pop-rock rhythms and gritty, up-tempo chants. What keeps songs like “No Shows” from fading to the background of my playlist is the sharp energy coming from Way’s vocals and the catchy guitar riffs supporting contagious melodies. I find bouncy songs like “Zero Zero” and “Juarez” to produce visions of Way’s wily characters from his comic book series The Umbrella Academy.

There has been profound enthusiasm from fans since his return to the stage over the course of this brief tour across the states totaling 8 full performances. I suspect it’s because we have all really, Really missed him. While he’s exploring a lighter Britpop sound with this new album, I noticed on Instagram during the afternoon of the Webster Hall show that some fans had been camping outside the venue in the rain since 2 a.m. for an event that wouldn’t get started until 8 p.m. that night. Yep, hardcore follows this guy.

However, we all know that too much of anything can tip the scales. Metal head-banging writer that I am, I always take photos of a show from within the crowd, never standing on the sidelines or near the front stage barricades. During the show this became a blessing as the audience of excited fans got so enthralled pushing towards the stage that a few people were crushed (including photographers) and fortunately were pulled to safety by staff. I watched within arms length as one girl lost her footing and disappeared beneath the sea of fishnet stockings and converse sneakers. Way only made it through a couple of songs like “Action Cat” and “The Bureau” before stopping the band and announcing to security that folks were pushing and the stage barricade was breaking. Having attended hundreds of metalcore performances, I’d never seen anything like this before. It got me wondering whether the pop-rock scene is more thrilling than I’d imagined.

Caption: Gerard Way thanks fans in the Webster Hall Grand Ballroom as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. 10/23/14. Photo by C.Long

Caption: Gerard Way thanks fans in the Webster Hall Grand Ballroom as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. 10/23/14. Photo by C.Long

Similar to those long family road trips with everyone piled into the mini-van, eventually we got situated and the music started up again. The performance was a great conclusion to the U.S leg of the tour, featuring a number of conversational moments where Way thanked his family and friends who were watching from the balcony. Comments and references in regards to songs like “Brother,” were supportive of gender equality and LGBT inclusion.

As the night came to a close it was clear how thrilling this journey of retuning to the stage had been for Way. Before singing “How It’s Going to Be,” Way noted to the crowd “A lot of us never thought we’d live past a certain age, and now we have gotten there and we have to think about what to do with the rest of our lives.”

With fans cheering for an encore after his set was over, the evening concluded with Way covering the Sleater-Kinney song, “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone.” It’s so great that Way has come back to us through rock music. I’m curious to see how this new solo album is received by the mainstream. #

Christina A. Long, MFA is a Harlem based visual designer who manages a music zine for girls called #blkgrlswurldZINE // Twitter: @christinalong12

Caption: Gerard Way thanks fans in the Webster Hall Grand Ballroom as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. 10/23/14. Photo by C.Long

Caption: Gerard Way thanks fans in the Webster Hall Grand Ballroom as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. 10/23/14. Photo by C.Long

Caption: Gerard Way in the Webster Hall Grand Ballroom as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. 10/23/14. Photo by C.Long

Caption: Gerard Way in the Webster Hall Grand Ballroom as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. 10/23/14. Photo by C.Long