Jill Menze

Hilary Duff / Aug. 27, 2007 / New York (Radio City Music Hall)

Hilary Duff / Aug. 27, 2007 / New York (Radio City Music Hall)

Hilary Duff's sold-out set at New York's prestigious Radio City Music Hall was somewhat of a mixed bag. Sure, there were legions of wildly hysterical 4-to-14-year-olds incessantly chanting her name before the show. Sure, she's a Disney-product phenomenon (though currently trying to spice up her appeal, i.e. the new cover of Maxim) with a built in Lizzie McGuire-loving fan base.
M.I.A. / July 25, 2007 / Brooklyn, N.Y. (Studio B)

M.I.A. / July 25, 2007 / Brooklyn, N.Y. (Studio B)

By the time M.I.A. took the stage after midnight at Brooklyn's Studio B on July 25, everyone in the sold-out crowd was either overheated, over-boozed or some sort of uncomfortable combination of the two. A lot of folks had been there since the doors opened three hours earlier, and there were no opening acts.
Lovett Living 'Large' On First CD In Four Years

Lovett Living 'Large' On First CD In Four Years

Lyle Lovett has been as busy as ever in the past year in preparation for his new album, "It's Not Big It's Large." Recorded live in the studio with his longtime collaborator the Large Band, the follow-up to 2003's "My Baby Don't Tolerate" is due Aug. 28 via Lost Highway.
The Decemberists / July 16, 2007 / New York (Central Park SummerStage)

The Decemberists / July 16, 2007 / New York (Central Park SummerStage)

The Decemberists' sold-out show at Central Park's SummerStage spoke to just how big the theatrical pop group has grown. True, they did make the move to a major label (Capitol, who released 2006's "The Crane Wife"), and of course there was that very public guitar battle with Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central.
The White Stripes / July 24, 2007 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

The White Stripes / July 24, 2007 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

You know you've hit the big time when your band plays Madison Square Garden for the first time, and on July 24, Jack and Meg White proved the two of them could hold their own in the massive arena, leaving fans hungry for more after a nearly two-hour set.
Maximo Park / July 12, 2007 / New York (Webster Hall)

Maximo Park / July 12, 2007 / New York (Webster Hall)

There was a rush to get the equipment ready before Maximo Park's set at New York's Webster Hall on July 12 (all the gear was apparently left in Connecticut), and the crew barely managed to pull it together within minutes of the band's stage time.
New Pornographers / July 4 / New York (Hudson River Park)

New Pornographers / July 4 / New York (Hudson River Park)

Nothing says "Happy Birthday, America" like celebrating with some of indie rock's most beloved free-health-care-toting neighbors from up North. Yes, this year's River to River July 4 performance at New York's Battery Park was headlined by Canadian collective the New Pornographers.

Pages