OK, millennials, that’s not Joaquin Phoenix or Heath Ledger. That’s Keith “Monkey” Warren, frontman of British punk band the Adicts. Forming 45 years ago, Monkey and his fellow droogs have outlasted almost all the competition. The Adicts end their 2020 U.S. tour tonight at the Garden Grove Amphitheater in Garden Grove, Calif.; MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski caught their fun-filled horror show at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC.
Twin Peaks played Philly’s Union Transfer supporting excellent fourth album Lookout Low (Grand Jury), produced by the esteemed Ethan Johns. The Chicago quintet was touring with fellow Windy City wonders Lala Lala and Ohmme, and we were ecstatic to spend the night together with all three bands. MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich captured the action and adventure from these first-rate Second City artists.
With her warm, husky voice and intense presence, Margo Timmins has a paradoxical way of inhabitIng songs with languor and urgency, making each one of Cowboy Junkies’ originals and their well-chosen covers seem untethered to time yet firmly rooted in the moment.
In two sets at the Scottish Rite Auditorium roughly divided into new material and old, highlights included All That Reckoning’s “Nose Before Ear” and “Shining Teeth” and classics like “‘Cause Cheap Is How I Feel” and “Misguided Angel,” as well as a jaw-dropping, practically poppy reading of Vic Chesnutt’s emotionally taxing “Flirted With You All My Life.”
—M.J. Fine; photos by Chris Sikich
Snoop Dogg hit the road to support 17th album I Wanna Thank Me, and the 48-year-old rap legend pulled out all the stops: pole dancers; a money-shooting “gun”; tributes to Nipsey, Biggie, Tupac, Eazy-E and Nate Dogg; and lovable mascot Nasty Dogg. MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski left the sold-out Gramercy Theatre smiling, happy to see the Doggfather is still living his best life.
The man in the unironic mask is Jonathan Bree, the New Zealand musician, producer and label mogul who led twee-pop outfit the Brunettes. Now a solo artist, Bree is exploring more classically inspired, orchestral composition, and impressive third album Sleepwalking (Lil’ Chief) shows this sophisticated singer/songwriter at the top of his game. Bree and his fellow veiled virtuosi wowed the crowd at Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie, and MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich was there to document a little night music by the real masked singer.