words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Lori Baily

true love
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Cavalera Conspiracy @ Irving Plaza = a lovefest? Seems far fetched, I know, but Sunday night (July 20, 2008) was definitely family night as NYC welcomed the Cavaleras for the last of their two night stand as brothers united, or as Roadrunner calls it, Cavalera Conspiracy. The band tore through a good portion of their new record Inflikted ("Sanctuary", "Inflikted", "Ultra Violent", among others) but also took care to play some of the old Sepultura classics ("Refuse/Resist", "Territory", "Innerself") before they left the stage at the one hour mark. Max Cavalera, even with his angry razor-shredded voice, couldn't hide his smiles on stage and even Igor Jr (Igor's son) got in on the action, playing drums for two songs before Dad came on to play the closer, "Roots Bloody Roots".

the Dillinger Escape Plan
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The Dillinger Escape Plan was, well, The Dillinger Escape Plan, an absolute picture-perfect example of controlled mayhem. They climbed speaker stacks to the top floor of Irving Plaza. They swung their guitars around by their straps like a lasso. They ran and jumped off of every imagineable surface. They played ridiculously technical jazz scales while thrashing around like madmen. They covered Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher"! They performed arguably one their best songs ("Sunshine The Werewolf") from the CENTER OF THE MOSH PIT. And most importantly, they didn't miss a single note. I have no idea how they do it.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan...

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