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Shiny Toy Guns @ Webster Hall (4/23/2009)

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Artist: Shiny Toy Guns
Venue: Webster Hall (New York, NY)
Opener: Semi Precious Weapons
Date: 4/23/2009
Label: Universal Music

I went into this one primarily for the opening act of Semi-Precious Weapons because after having seen them a few times already this year, I just could not find it to be enough of their infectious brand of Glam Rock & Roll. They are a band that seems to pull out all the stops during a set and just recently we had attended a special gathering that was done on behalf of the lead singer and his jewelry line. The guys were all present at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex where Justin presented his new line of bling and then they jammed a hot set for all attendees much to everyone’s delight. It was a nice taste of how they do things and we will offer up a link to that article later. Tonight the band was actually opening up for Shiny Toy Guns who are one of those Alternative Rock acts that is generating a lot of buzz but since its not a group I actively follow, I was not too up on what they did. The setting would be the spacious Webster Hall and the Rock was surely going to roll when Justin and company hit the stage.
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Semi Precious Weapons @ Highline Ballroom (1/31/2009)

Semi Precious Weapons were in the middle of what they called the “Hell on Heels” tour and it found them at the Highline Ballroom on a cold winter’s night with both Von Iva and Nico Vega as support. We checked out this interesting appearance and for those who wish to see more they can click the logo below to be brought to our item on the main PiercingMetal.com site. We offered commentary on all three bands and took photos of everyone so please enjoy.

Logo - Semi Precious Weapons

Artist: Semi-Precious Weapons
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Von Iva, Nico Vega
Date: 1/31/2009
Label: Razor & Tie Entertainment

Before I had walked out the door for this show, my day had actually started off with a massive amount of emails and calls from friends who were all wondering if I was going to be hitting the area appearance of Metallica that night and doing my “Metal Guy” thing. Alas I was not and their notes actually didn’t bother me all that much because I was bravely adventuring out for something completely new to my senses as opposed to stuff I was fully aware of. The show would be at The Highline Ballroom and the super cold night made the confines of the club seem like a welcome and warm embrace. The gig was referred to as “The Hell On Heels” tour and found headliners Semi-Precious Weapons performing with both Von Iva and Nico Vega. It would be my first go round for all of the groups so I made sure to check this one out from the very beginning. Here is what you missed if you didn’t join in on the fun. Von Iva was up first.
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“We Love You” by Semi Precious Weapons

Artist: Semi Precious Weapons
Title: “We Love You”
Label: Razor & Tie
Release Date: 9/30/2008
Genre: Sleaze Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

If you’re looking for the new rising star of Sleaze Glam Rock then don’t look over to the West Coast but instead focus your attention on Brooklyn, NY’s own Semi Precious Weapons, a band that manages to take the teachings of the New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks and other influencers of note and create their own interesting identity. Led by singer Justin Tranter who employs some of the similar cross-dressing techniques of Dee Snider and David Johansen, the band offers up a rocking display of vivid sexual innuendo and a somewhat danceable groove depending on the track. There is a lot of bold ACDC type swagger going on in terms of the vibe but the real emphasis is on their pushing the buttons with their lyrical content. The band’s debut on Razor & Tie is entitled “We Love You” and it’s a release that finds the band making no bones about their overt sexual imagery and this can be felt as soon as the CD begins spinning.
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