Tag Archives: PlayStation Theater


Machine Head – PlayStation Theater – February 9, 2018

February 12th, 2018

Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com


Black Label Society – PlayStation Theater – January 31, 2018

February 1st, 2018

Photos courtesy of Marc Millman Photography | www.marcmillmanphotos.com


Greensky Bluegrass Headline PlayStation Theater Friday and Saturday

January 24th, 2018

We’re in another golden age of string bands: traditional, progressive, genre-smashing, fleet-fingered, young, old, awesome. In that vanguard is the Michigan-bred Greensky Bluegrass, who formed in 2000, broke out in 2006 after winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition and have spent much of the last decade shoring up a national fan base adoring of their ridiculously fun live shows. They’ve won their success the old-fashioned way—town by town, venue by venue, fan by fan. In New York City, especially, they’ve graduated to larger venues almost every year and are now fit enough to headline PlayStation Theater in Times Square for two weekend nights, this Friday and Saturday. By all accounts 2017 was another watershed year for the fivesome, for the first time selling out Red Rocks, outside Denver, and continuing to tour behind their best album to date, 2016’s Shouted, Written Down & Quoted (stream it below). Anders Beck (dobro), Mike Devol (upright bass), Paul Hoffman (mandolin), Dave Bruzza (guitar) and Michael Arlen Bont (banjo) collaborate with a level of simpatico obvious before they even pluck a note. They’ve created a formidable body of work by adhering to bluegrass, roots and string-band traditions while comfortably subverting them with no small amount of rock and roll mojo. “We just speak the same language, and it’s been that way since I started in the band,” Beck told JamBase last September. “A lot of it is how we all came to music. We weren’t raised bluegrass players.” What you’re guaranteed is a varied set list, from Greensky originals like “Living Over” (above, live) and “Wings for Wheels” to songs by everyone from Bruce Springsteen and the Grateful Dead to Peter Tosh and traditional railroad tunes like “Reuben’s Train.” They hold it all together with staggering improvisational chops tight as a constrictor knot but aggressively energetic. Don’t be surprised if you’re still dancing three hours later. —Chad Berndtson | @Cberndtson


A Couple of Shots to Catch Electro-Swing Pioneer Parov Stellar Live

October 25th, 2017

Marcus Füreder began working as a DJ in Austrian nightclubs in the ’90s, which eventually led to production and publishing work around the turn of the century—before he began releasing downtempo electronic songs under the name Plasma. And while that moniker didn’t stick, the musical path did: Under the name Parov Stelar (above, the video for “Everything of My Heart”), the prolific musician has released a host of singles, EPs and LPs—2007’s Shine (stream it below) earned him the label of “promising producers active in Europe today” from BBC Music—filled with his pioneering electro-swing sound. Stelar’s most recent studio release, The Burning Spider (stream it below), which features jazz and blues artists like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Muddy Waters, came out earlier this year. And now on a North American tour in support of it, Parov Stelar lands in New York City this week for a double dip, tomorrow at PlayStation Theater and on Friday at Terminal 5. South African dance group Goldfish open both nights.


UB40 – PlayStation Theater – September 8, 2017

September 11th, 2017

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


Desiigner – PlayStation Theater – May 15, 2017

May 16th, 2017

Photos courtesy of Mina J