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Last night, Sheer Mag played Revolution in Amityville and brought their new twist on classic rock to Long Island. No band has been able to replicate the distinct 1970’s sound that bands like Led Zeppelin pioneered in a way that can earn them proper critical respect and praise. But Sheer Mag may change that. They blasted through bangers from their first three EPs, as well as some new songs. Each one sounded like a powerpop and punk fusion version of Led Zeppelin or the Jackson 5, but to compare Sheer Mag to any other previous band would be an injustice to their distinct and innovative sound. Iron Chic, the local “best band of all time” (author’s opinion) opened the show. Though the crowd wasn’t as big or as loud as it should have been, and the stage wasn’t anything fancy, both bands carried the show with their impressive technical, skill…

Last night Every Time I Die played a sold out show at Revolution. But it was unlike any other sold out show that’s ever graced Revolution. What happened for an hour and 15 minutes on a Friday night could only be described as an absolute madhouse, filled with stage dives, sing-a-longs and enough sweat to make a swimming pool. While the openers, Eternal Sleep, Harm’s Way and Knocked Loose clearly had some hype from the younger half of the crowd in the form of a mosh pit and a few pile ons for Knocked Loose’s hits, it was very clear that 90 percent of the crowd was there just for the energetic performance that Every Time I Die can give. It might be a cliché, but Every Time I Die’s performance was so crazy that it really only can be seen in pictures. Thankfully, we took some and you can…

Last week, AFI brought their “The Blood Tour” to Terminal 5. To a sold out crowd of 3,000 people, AFI jammed through 17 songs that covered the entirety of their discography, illuminated with an array of dazzling lights. No matter what the current popular consensus on the relevance of AFI is, it’s hard to deny the near religious chanting of their fans in between each song, as well as the booming sing-a-longs to the choruses of even their less popular songs. Opening were Souvenirs from California, who just released a new record that features a guest vocal spot from Davey Havok, AFI’s frontman, and Nothing from Pennsylvania. While Souvenirs’ crisp and swaying melodies sounded incredible over giant speakers, Nothing’s mix sounded like nothing but pure noise. While this may have been an issue on the production end of the venue, it was disappointing considering how excellent both of Nothing’s full…

Alright, cool. So you made it to Stony Brook. You’re straight chillin’ in the greatest town on Earth and now you’re wondering, “I’m a hobbyist musician and I’m pretty good at what I do. Why can’t I find a gig/audience/fan anywhere in this new place I’m going to college?!” Well, that’s because Long Island is a different place for music than wherever you’re used to. It’s not necessarily more difficult to get started as a musician here, but it’s definitely about more e-mails and Facebook invitations. Step 1) Doing Your Thing: To play shows and record music, first you need to, well, have something out there to work with. Whether it’s a band, you rapping over a beat, you and a guitar, a traditional band, a two-piece band, a nine-piece band, or just you doing some weird synth DJ stuff; you need somewhere to practice and record. That’s where…

In 2013, Kanye West famously claimed that “rap is the new rock and roll.” To some, this was simply a moronic statement from an ego-centrical loudmouth in the midst of an album promotion circuit. But to others, this spoke on the massive shift occurring in music culture. The first five months of 2016 can serve as primary evidence for West’s rash words. So far, the year has been shrouded by stellar hip hop releases that have mesmerized huge audiences. But where is the stellar guitar music? Why would anyone pay to go see a Guns N’ Roses reunion show over a high-energy Kendrick Lamar performance? Sadly, much like its aging superstars, rock music is currently dying. However, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are soaring above these aging rock bands. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, the Gizzards may be one of the few remaining torch bearers for real rock and roll.…

While many musicians make it a priority to find their own sound and style, one Long Island band has blended the musical talents of John Mayer, the Beatles and Stevie Ray Vaughan together to form their own unique style. From a Long Island garage band to an east coast touring group with thousands of fans, the brothers in their late-20s have taken large strides in a short music career as the Como Brothers Band. Fans who have stumbled across the Como Brothers say that their bond is very clear on stage and adds to their performance value. “Working with my brother is great, he’s my best friend,” Matthew said. The two Comos were born in a small suburb on Long Island, NY. Their home was filled with musical influences, mostly from their father, James Como. “My mom and Dad both love music and always played Billy Joel, Huey Lewis and…