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The Gruesome Twosome and their Halloween Hootenanny show come to St. Charles, Missouri in horrific fashion. It’s definitely a scary costume clad crowd. You feel as though you’re sitting in the end zone at an Oakland Raider game or on Bourbon St. for Halloween. It was an unusually warm autumn night at the Family Arena but there was nothing “family” about this concert…

For those of us who caught Flyleaf open up the main stage at Pointfest, we knew we were in store for a good show. Flyleaf is a band made up of five Christians but doesn’t want to be defined as a Christian rock group. Their songs are influenced by their faith but are ambiguous enough that they can tour with such metal groups as Disturbed, Stone Sour, Seether, and Avenged Sevenfold.

Let me start out by saying that even though I’m already very familiar with Anberlin and their music, I was a little surprised by the turnout for the KROQ sponsored event at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA this past weekend. So much so that by 7pm, I was already posting, “Definitely didn’t realize how big this band was” and “Who are all these kids?” on FaceBook. In any case, by the time I walked through the door, the venue was a little over capacity downstairs with no chance to move around. The last time I was at the House of Blues for a show with an audience this large was when Avenged Sevenfold played there, but that was a while ago and this audience was actually larger. The question for me was, “Would this show actually be better?

Though down to the very last dates on the North American leg of the 21st Century Breakdown World Tour (and well over a year after the release of their last album), Green Day undoubtedly performed at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater with no less energy and gusto than they could have possibly exerted when the tour

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Initially I hadn’t been sure what to expect from She & Him’s live act. I own both of the band’s albums, love their fresh (though oddly reminiscent) style, and have listened to them repeatedly. But a well produced album doesn’t always translate into a good live performance. It took about one verse and half a chorus into the band’s first song to realize that Deschanel and M. Ward are the real deal. I’ve been enjoying Deschanel’s movies for years, but after seeing her perform live on stage, I realize now that she’s one of those rare people who was born with more talent in her little toe than most people will ever know.