Jennifer Harmon

Christine Owman/Sarah Jaffe: The Living Room, New York, NY 3/2/11

Concertgoers were mesmerized Wednesday night when sultry, Swedish singer Christine Owman graced the stage at the Living Room on the Lower East Side. Clad in a blue silk blouse, black shorts and fishnet garters, the ravishing redhead performed tracks from her album Throwing Knives, which will be released in the U.S. in May 2011.

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The Barrens – Bold & Outrageous

The band has come a long way since their move to New York. Today, the group has lost its inhibitions, connecting further with the audience. They seem to feel freer to roam around the stage  With her sweet, sensual sound, Debbie Chou take turns on vocals with Fitzgerald while maintaining keyboards; Chris Gersbeck, a controlled, yet highly energetic drummer, remains powerful and observant; and Mike Koene, on lead guitar, is confident with his playing, as feral as his sound may be.

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Garbage 3/19/2005: Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY

Lusty. Loving. Driven. These are just a few of the words that flickered across the screen behind the rock-pop powerhouse, Garbage, at the band’s first tour stop in support of their new album, Bleed Like Me. The stellar New York City performance proved that Garbage is one band that continues to improve after being together for more than 10 years, thanks to the outrageous and uninhibited redhead at the helm.

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Sam Champion – Perfect Pitch

Delivering melodic pop music as lofty as Pavement and as grounded as Neil Young or Wilco, Sam Champion is ready to blossom beyond their Big
Apple roots. With their follow-up album due in July, the band is demanding everybody to simply take a listen.

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Dogs Die In Hot Cars/Phoenix 3/05/2005: Irving Plaza, New York, NY

When the lights went down at Irving Plaza, fans of the French rock band Phoenix were in for a treat when opening act Dogs Die In Hot Cars, took to the stage first. The playful five-piece from Scotland won over the crowd with its colorful mix of new wave pop tunes reminiscent of the Talking Heads.

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Sam Champion 2/29/2005: Mercury Lounge, New York, NY

On the heels of a few rainy days in the Big Apple, winter-like weather pushed fans of the indie act Sam Champion inside the Mercury Lounge early on Tuesday night. It was one of the last times like this in March before Spring made its official arrival. Clusters of guys and girls were still layered in heavy wool coats and corduroy jackets to bare the crisp, cold air.

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The Soundtrack of Our Lives 2/24/2005: Knitting Factory, New York, NY

For music lovers who dig old classic rock music like Pink Floyd, The WHO, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and the Rolling Stones, The Soundtrack of Our Lives is a perfect fit. The group has been around for more than ten years and just released their sixth studio album, Origin Vol. 1. The band brings to life unexpected combinations of 60’s pop, soul and garage psychedelia with 70’s high-energy rock-n-roll, plus a tinge of boogie.

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Longwave 2/12/2005: Luna Lounge – New York, NY

Gracing the stage at exactly midnight, this Longwave show was to mark the upcoming closing of the Luna Lounge. The New York band pleased the audience by offering up a wide mixture of songs from its music vault including older tunes from the Untitled EP. The group played a lot off their first full-length disc, The Strangest Things, which is often compared to early U2, to new songs from the upcoming sophomore effort, There’s A Fire.

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