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Hometown Throwdown:
Day 2
June 2, 2001
At The Bowery Ballroom
New York City, NY

by Alex Rud
June 3, 2001

The second night of the (your)Hometown Throwdown, kicked off. I was excited because I get to see some great bands do their thing.

The first band Bloo, well, their name can describe their sound, because they blew hard. They played rock/Emo, and it sounded very radio friendly. They kinda reminded me of Fuel and the singer looked like the singer of Fuel too. The only cool thing about them is that one of the guitarts played a violin for a few songs, which I thought it was pretty nifty.

Mephiskapheles got off to a great start. Then their set went stale right after the first song. Plus, I didn't like the people moshing to them. Not one dancing song in the whole set. These stupid pop-punk kids don't know how to behave at a ska show. Maybe they will learn when they run into someone who will not take it as lightly as me.

Toasters came out, and they really kicked ass. I haven't seen them in almost 2 years now, and they can still rock the house. They played such songs as " D.L.T.B.G.U.D," "Weekend In LA," a take-on more of "Sweet Home Alabama," "Sweet Home Jamaica." They didn't play "2tone Army," which made me kinda upset. The Toasters had a good set except all the preppy kids stage diving, but I'm not gonna touch that one.

The Bosstones put on a great set. I would think they were gonna be slower than the first night, but damn, they had even more energy; even the dancer, who moves none-stop during the whole set, was not tired. I guess that's why they have such a great amount of fans and they are where they are right now.

One of the best parts of the Bosstones set was when Angelo from Fishbone came out to do "Someday I Suppose" with the 'Tones. He was playing sax and singing. It was really great.

The show was really awesome. Too bad I can't go the 3rd night. I'm pretty tired though so I might not have as much fun as I did the first 2 shows. I will try to get my friend to review the show. Well peace and see you at the next Bosstones throwdown!

Alex Rud is a Staff Writer. Contact him at arud@rockzone.com.

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