One cool thing about living in a big city is that you get to see the biggest bands play the biggest venues (and sometimes pay big ticket prices). The cool thing about living anywhere, from Brooklyn to Bozeman, is that the Indie scene is alive and well. Musicians are working, making music, and loving it; and it's a relief to know we cannot escape that. Iced Ink played The Rock Shop in Brooklyn, and frankly, they rocked. Things overheard from the audience, "Even if you think you understand what these guys are doing, you don't--they are so well rehearsed." Also, "That guy [guitarist Mike Krenner] is heroin sweet." Which, yes, sums things up pretty well. Krenner really is incredible, and makes it look easy. They describe themselves as being surf-jazz-metal...but there's also pop and funk and rockabilly in there.
Assorted Animals opened the night, and played some wild covers of The Beatles, Elvis Costello, and others. Heldin was serious metal. Out-of-breath-is-this-even-possible-boarderline-Wayne's-World-heavy-metal. All in one night. All in one place. Don't miss out on this stuff: most of the time bigger is better (don’t kid yourself), but when it comes to smaller venues and lesser known bands, amazing things can happen. -Micah Ling