Previous Shows (in reverse chronological order):

(click on tiny photos downpage for large images)

Our last show was in November of 2011. It’s not that I’m opposed to performing live, it’s that I live in Portland Oregon and the band members are spread out around the country, and it’s just not feasible to fly everyone in to rehearse and then fly out to do a show. Someday, I am certain we’ll be on tour again. For now, here’s memories of shows we’ve performed. If you have photos from any of our shows please get in touch, as I would love to add them to this page. – Sam 3/2020

1996 photo (Mera & Sam at Projektfest) by: e. Katie Holm


Oscar, Dani, Novy, Sam

Saturday, December 3 2016 ~ Deja Vu Audio South, Miami Florida
These fleeting moments — Miami Record Release Party

8pm. 4040 NE 2nd Ave, Suite 412, Miami; Sam, Oscar & Dani mingled, and then listened to all 4-sides of the album on a bazillion dollar turntable. Oscar & Dani performed an acoustic version of “Through sky blue rooms.” Miami’s New Times ran a preview article with some quotes from Sam.

Sam-Cat-w NPRTech
Sam Rosenthal was interviewed by NPR’s Laura Sydell about the DMCA. Read the article & listen at NPR’s All Tech Considered. And after that, you can read Sam’s blog about a few things that he wanted to clarify.


SAM ROSENTHAL | Reading from his erotic novel Rye.

Saturday May 4, 2013 ~ Center for Sex & Culture, San Francisco CA
7pm. 1349 Mission Street [Between 9th and 10th St, corner of Grace Street], San Francisco, CA 94103
Saturday May 4, 2013 ~ Good Vibrations, Berkeley CA
4 – 5pm. 2504 San Pablo Avenue (at Dwight Way), Berkeley, CA 94702
Saturday May 4, 2013 ~ Ambicon’13, San Rafael CA
10am – Noon. This is not RYE-related, it is music-related. On the Saturday Morning Music Panel at this 3-day ambient / electronic music festival
Monday April 22, 2013 ~ Oh My Sensuality, Northampton, MA
6 – 7pm. 122 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060
Sunday April 21, 2013 ~ Good Vibrations, Brookline, MA
4 – 5pm. 308A Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Tuesday April 16, 2013 ~ The Erotic Literary Salon, Philadelphia
7:30 – 9:30pm. TIME (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge). 1315 Sansom Street, Center City, Philadelphia.
Saturday April 13, 2013 ~ Rainbow Book Fair, NYC
Noon ~ 6pm; Holiday Inn Midtown; 440 W. 57th Street, NYC 10019 (between 9th and 10th Avenues).
A 4-minute reading. Which is like speed-dating for a novel, I suppose.

Sam with promoter Bianca James at Boxcar Books.

Sunday April 7, 2013 ~ Boxcar Books, Bloomington, IN
5:30 – 6:30pm. 408 E. 6th St. Bloomington, IN 47408
Saturday April 6, 2013 ~ Shameless Grounds, St. Louis, MO
7 – 8pm. 1901 Withnell, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Friday April 5, 2013 ~ The Pleasure Chest, Chicago
8 – 9pm. 3436 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
Thursday April 4, 2013 ~ Lake Forest College, Chicago
7pm. This is not RYE-related, it is music-related. “The Business of Music in a Digital Age.” A free panel.
Saturday Feb 16, 2013 ~ Between the Covers @ The Fetish Flea, Providence RI
Omni Hotel (Formerly the Westin Providence). Noon – 1pm in Boardroom #418
Friday Feb 1, 2013 ~ Between the Covers, NYC
8 – 10pm. Happy Ending Lounge; 302 Broome Street; New York, NY 10002
Mon Dec 10, 2012 ~ The Pleasure Chest, LA
8 – 9:30 pm. 7733 Santa Monica Boulevard; West Hollywood, CA 90046
Sun Dec 9, 2012 ~ Good Vibrations, SF
7 – 8pm. 603 Valencia Street (at 17th Street); San Francisco, CA 94110
Sat Dec 8, 2012 ~ Wicked Grounds, SF
5 – 6:30 pm. 289 8th Street; San Francisco, CA 94103
Mon Dec 3, 2012 ~ The Delancey, NYC
7 – 8 pm. 168 Delancey Street; New York, NY 10002

Band Members: Sam, Athan, & Pinky
Pinky Weitzman joined the band after Valerie moved to Los Angeles. She played three shows with us.

Sam – electronics, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Athan – vocals, occasional percussion
Pinky – vocals, acoustic guitar, viola

Show #151 (32)
Saturday November 12, 2011 ~ Cambridge, MA @ Projektfest’11
The Middle East – Downstairs; 472 Massachusetts Ave; Cambridge, MA 02139. Projektfest website. Featured Projekt artists: Voltaire, Black Tape For A Blue Girl & Weep (featuring Doc Hammer of The Venture Bros fame). Supporting local Boston-area acts: Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. Sugar Snow. With DJ Matthew Griffin. 18+ 7:00 pm doors. Tickets are $20 in advance / $25 day-of-show.

Watch a few videos from ProjektFest’11 on youTube.

Show #150 (31)
Friday October 28, 2011 ~ New York, NY @ Webster Hall

The Studio at Webster Hall. 125 East 11th St, NY NY. DJ Jason Ledyard of Absolution will be spinning. 7:00 pm doors. 7:45 Void Vision | 8:45 Revel Hotel | 9:45 Black Tape For A Blue Girl. 19+ Tickets are $12 in advance / $14 day-of-show.

Exciting! Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s show was a pick in the New York Times.

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Photos by Boris Gasin

Show #149 (30)
Thursday October 27, 2011 ~ New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
The drive took three times as long as it should have, wandering around in the rain. Then a show for less than five people. It would have been disheartening, except that it was just a warm-up for the important Webster Hall show, the next day. 250 State St, New Haven, CT 06511. $10 in advance / Day of Show $12. 21+

Radio Show #148 (29)
Tuesday October 25, 2011 ~ East Orange, NJ
With host Julie Bennack, Dark Night of the Soul; engineer: Davey Jewell. We pre-recorded the band playing our set, much of it was played later on the radio show. There were two versions of “Rotten Zurich Cafe,” one with Athan one with Pinky.

Band Members: Sam, Athan, & Valerie

Show #147 (28)
Friday September 2, 2011 ~ Near Aberdeen, MD @ Fet Fest

Black Tape For A Blue Girl headlines the 1st annual Fetfest. Fetlife Event Page. FetFest is a 2 Day, 3 Night Festival in Maryland over Labor Day Weekend (Sept 2nd – 5th). Friday-only pass just added. Imagine summer camp for kinksters, and perverts. A Kinky, immersive camp! Poly, Tantra, BDSM, and much more. Watch a video at Youtube to get an idea what this is all about. Classes. Dungeon. Cabins. Meals. 10% discount on admission, use code ‘blacktape’ when you order your tickets.

Eastern Europe Tour 2011

Some of the flyers above open to larger images.

Show #146 (27)
Tuesday June 14, 2011 ~ Bucharest, Romania @ Kulturhaus

Photos from Metalhead Romania

#4 Sf. Vineri Street. In the minimalistic and coquettish KULTURHAUS, starting at 9pm, BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL will hold their first ever concert in Romania. The ticket price is 30 lei and can be purchased from Germanos, Vodafone, Orange stores, Carturesti, Humanitas bookstores,, and from the venue on the day of show. Doors open at 8pm, before Blacktape step onto the stage, enjoy a video projection of an exclusive ROME concert from the 13th of December 2008 (part of the Special Martial PostFolk Evening held in Brasov). Flyer | Official website.

A video for “Caught by a stranger” mixing footage from Bucharesti & Prague.

Show #145 (26)
Saturday June 11, 2011 ~ Prague, Czech Republic @ Palac Akropolis
Kubelikova 27, 130 00 Praha 3. 10pm (approx). website (scroll down to 2nd half of the page)

Full concert:

Show #144 (25)
Friday June 10, 2011 ~ Leipzig, Germany @ Wave Gotik Treffen

Schauspielhaus. 10pm (approx). (it appears that the venue’s name has been changed to Central Theatre) Eight years and a few days after our last performance at the WGT, Blacktape returns to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the biggest dark music festival in the world. 6 pm / 18:00 Roger O’Donnell (ex The Cure); 7:20 / 19:20 Jo Quail; 8:40 / 20:40 Sieben; 10 / 22:00 black tape for a blue girl. Official WGT website.

Thursday June 9, 2011 ~ Leipzig, Germany – Meet the band

@ Americans in Leipzig Dinner @ Bayerischer Bahnhof (trainstation) Bayrischer Platz 1; 04103 Leipzig. 5pm – 9pm. The band will be hanging out and talking with fans. Bayerischer Bahnhof is home to a brewery famous for producing Leipzig’s own specialty beer, “Leipzig Gose,” and includes a large restaurant and bar – and if the weather cooperates, a giant outdoor Biergarten. Come meet up with old friends and make new ones. The Bayerischer Bahnhof is just outside the city ring to the southeast, about a 10-minute walk from the Moritzbastei. It’s across the street from the Bayerischer Platz stop on the Strassenbahn Line 16, which runs past the Hauptbahnhof and Augustusplatz, and Line 9, which runs to Werk II. A Google map with walking directions from the Moritzbastei is available. website (not in English).

before we left for Germany, warm up show in the USA:

Show #143 (24)
Friday June 3, 2011 ~ Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
A page of youTube videos from the show. 622 Degraw Street Brooklyn, NY 11217. (718) 855-3388. Jaggery 9, Copal 10, Black Tape For A Blue Girl 11, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys 12. Advance $10. Day of Show $12. 21+. Littlefield website.

Show #142 (23)
Saturday March 26, 2011 ~ Cambridge, MA @ The Cantab Lounge
The Cantab Lounge (Downstairs); 738 Massachusetts Avenue; Cambridge, MA 02139. With DJ Matthew Griffin, What Time Is It Mr. Fox? (website), Electric Mummy (rare acoustic set!), and Amber Spyglass (myspace). Doors: 8:00 PM. 21+. $10 adv/$12 door

Photos by Full album of photos by Karmic Photography.

Show #141 (22)
Saturday January 15, 2011 ~ Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe
4023 Butler St Pgh PA 15201. Website. Doors: 8pm. With Patricia Wake and Jordan Decay. Black Tape @ 10pm. $12 advance / $15 DOS. 21+

Band Members: Sam, Athan, Valerie & Brian

Show #140 (21)
Friday January 14, 2011 ~ Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Avenue. Brooklyn, NY 11211. Venue website Doors at 8pm. Tommy Boy recording artists PLUSHGUN @ 9pm (website). Black Tape For A Blue Girl at 10pm. Intimate Stranger at 11pm. $10. All Ages.

Photos by Melanie Warner


Band Members: Sam, Athan & Valerie

Tour#8 – The Southern Tour

Show #139 (20)
Tuesday November 2, 2010 ~ Atlanta, GA @ Dark Industry at The Shelter
2101 Tula St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. Doors at 8pm. Black Tape For A Blue Girl will perform 2 sets, with some overlapping material in each set. One set at 10pm (for those who have to get home to the kids) and one at 11:30pm (for those with no bedtime). $5. 21+.

Atlanta: Paul Mercer guested on on violin, “Rotten Zurich Cafe.”

Show #(not happening)
Sunday October 31 ~ soundcheck only, in Houston.
(Worst Halloween of my life!) This “show” was a clusterfuck of bad. Soundmen arriving 3 hours after we did. Power blowing out during soundcheck. Blacktape on “the 2nd stage” at the same time as Voltaire. Poorly promoted. About 50 people there. They couldn’t get the power working, but told us we could go on a few bands after Voltaire. Really, 3 am? No thanks! I pulled the plug, watched Voltaire perform, and left. What a mess. : (

Show #138 (19)
Saturday October 30 ~ Austin, TX @ The Elysium
705 Red River Austin, TX 78701. Venue website. With & DJs Void + The Gothfather. Doors @ 9:30. Live music starts at 10. Costume contest at midnight. $5 with costume / $7 without. 21+. preview article from the Austinist.

[Photos by HVK Studios]

Show #137 (18)
Thursday October 28 ~ New Orleans, LA @ Rubyfruit Jungle
1135 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116. Also: NOLA comic writer Kurt Amacker unveils his newest creation- Immortal: 60, an urban fantasy epic with art by J.C. Grande. $12 at the door. Presented by Seraphemera Books and Skully’z Records. Doors @ 10:00. 18+.

Show #136 (17)
Tuesday, October 26 ~ Charlottesville, VA @ Umlaut at Club R2
R2 Inside Rapture. 303 East Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902. Venue website. Doors @ 10. Showtime @ 11:30. $7. 18+.

[Photos by Chad VanPelt] <!— Facebook photo album —>

Band Members: Sam, Athan & Brian

Show #135 (16)
Friday September 10, 2010 ~ New York City, NY @ The Highline Ballroom
This is the only show we ever performed without a female vocalist. Nicki had retired, we didn’t have Valerie worked into the band yet, but we really wanted to do this show opening for The Birthday Massacre. It was a short set, and Brian joined us on electric guitar.
431 W 16th St; New York, NY 10011. Between 9th and 10th Ave. website. Doors open @ 6:30PM. All Ages. Twitch The Ripper @ 7. Blacktape @ 7:50. The Birthday Massacre @ 8:30. Tickets $12.00 in advance / $15.00 day of show.
[Photos by knightmare6 | album

Band Members: Sam, Athan, & Nicki

Show #134 (15)
Saturday September 4, 2010 ~ Atlanta, GA @ Dragon*Con
This was our final show with Nicki Jaine. She found the road stressful and wanted to return to her real life. Dragon*Con 2010. Website. Marriott Atrium Ballroom. Also performing: Weep, Voltaire, The Cruxshadows.
Sam & Athan were on panels too:
FRI Sept 3 – 8:30 PM – State of the Goth Scene – DJ Nemesis, Rogue, Jessica Lackey, Sam Rosenthal, DJ Spider, Mod: DJ Ichabod
SAT Sept 4 – 1:00 PM – Gigs From Hell – Steven Archer, Donna Lynch, Rogue, Jessica Lackey, Athan Maroulis, Staff: DJ Ichabod
SUN Sept 5 – 7:00 PM – The Dark Muse – Donna Lynch, Steven Archer, Sam Rosenthal, Mod: DJ Ichabod
SUN Sept 5 – 8:30 PM – David Bowie panel – Doc Hammer, John Everson, Mari Mancusi, Athan Maroulis, Mod: DJ Ichabod

[Photos by Ichabod | Facebook photo album]

Band Members: Sam, Athan, Nicki & Brian

Show #133 (14)
Fri July 30 ~ Philadelphia, PA ~ Projektfest10 @ The Trocadero
1003 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-2307. Arch St. & N. 10th St. With Voltaire, Unto Ashes, The Twilight Garden & Nicki Jaine. Brian performed with us on guitar! Projektfest website.

Photos by Andy Lange | Facebook photo album]

Show #132 (13)
May 14-16, 2010 ~ Piscataway, NJ @ The Steampunk World’s Fair
The Radisson of Piscataway, 21 Kingsbridge Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-3920. (732) 980-0021. All Ages. $25 Advance Tix, $30 DOS. Black Tape For A Blue Girl is performing Saturday May 15 at 5pm — Brian Viglione is performing with us on percussion & guitar Festival website. <!— —>

[ First two photos by Althea Ann] Athan photo by Circuit Six, processing by silvershaneth] [Next four photos by knightmare6 | album] more photos.

Band Members: Sam, Athan & Nicki
Athan and I tried to convince ourselves we could go out one or two weekends a month, do some shows, keep the band active. The problem was the energy it took to be ready to play, not finding enough interested promoters, and my young son was with me every other weekend. This is why we weren’t recording a new album at this time.

Show #131 (12)
Sun April 11 ~ Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
472 Massachusetts Avenue (Upstairs). Dark Sky Productions presents: “Anderson Mar’s Annual Birthday Bash.” 7pm doors – 5 band bill. 18+. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Band line-up: Sans Nomenclature, Lucretia’s Daggers, Emmy Cerra, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, 1476. Middle East website | Show flyer.

Show #130 (11)
Sat April 10 ~ Providence, RI @ Club Hell
73 Richmond St. This is an early 18+ show, make note!! 7pm Doors. Spindle Shanks, Ego Likeness. Blacktape on at 9pm. $10.

Show #129 (10)
Fri April 9 ~ Ithaca NY @ The Haunt
The southern rock cover band was rockin’ the joint when we arrived for our 6pm soundcheck. I expect we got 20 minutes around 8pm, not at all what we needed. Oh yeah, we checked to a slight busy bar full of the previous band’s friends drinkin’ – always a drag to soundcheck with uninterested people in the room.
702 Willow Ave. 14850. 607-275-3447. This is an All Ages show. 10pm Doors. With Ego Likeness. $7.

Show #128 (9)
Fri March 12 ~ Washington DC @ Bound
The Loft Warehouse. 411 New York Avenue, NE. Bound is Washington DC’s Premier Fetish Dance Party. Doors: 9pm. 11:30 Casandra Syndrome. 12:30 Black Tape. 21+. $15.

Band Members: Sam, Athan, Nicki & Brian

Show #127 (8)
Wed Feb 3rd ~ The Studio @ Webster Hall in New York, NY
We are co-headlining with WEEP, the return to music by Doc Hammer (of the Adult Swim show The Venture Bros.) 125 East 11th Street; New York, NY 10003. Advance $10 / Day of Show $12. 19+. Purchase tickets. Doors @ 8. 9:30: Ego Likeness. 10:30 Blacktape. 11:30 Weep. Venue Website.

Band Members: Sam, Athan & Nicki

Show #126 (7)
Saturday, January 16, 2010 ~ Dracula’s Ball in Philadelphia, PA
Shampoo Nightclub, 7th & Willow. With I:Scintilla & Black Tape For A Blue Girl. All ages welcome. Large enclosed free parking lot on-site (fills up fast, so come early). Tickets: $15 through IsoTank, Digital Ferret, or Ticketmaster. Show flyer | Dracula’s Ball Website.

Show #125 (6)
Friday, January 15, 2010 ~ Istanbul Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA<
4130 Butler St. 412-683-1623. All Ages. Doors at 8pm. Showtime: 9:30. $10, Day of Show $12. With: The Burning Path, Adam’s Family. Tickets on sale: Eide’s Entertainment, Paul’s CDs, Dave’s Music Mine, Slacker, Caliban Books, Wicked Discs, The Exchange Squirrel Hill, and Istanbul Cafe. Venue website | Promoter website. Read a show previewfrom the Pittsburgh City Paper


Band Members: Sam, Athan, Nicki & Brian

Show #124 (5)
Monday December 7 ~ The Delancey in New York, NY<
68 Delancey st. 212-254-9920. FREE SHOW / release party. Brian Viglione sat in with us on guitar. Special acoustic guest opening the show: Android Lust. Celebrate the release of 10 Neurotics with fellow fans of Projekt and Black Tape For A Blue Girl. We’ll be there to hang out and also play some songs off the new album. This is going to be lots of fun, and it’s FREE! Doors at 8:00. DJ Ian Fford will be spinning, dancing, etc. Android Lust at 9:00 | Blacktape at 9:30. Venue Website.

REVUE NOIR | Sam & Nicki

RN #8
Sat Nov 21, 2009 – Dances of Vice Festival No. 3 in Brooklyn, NY.
Athan was out of the country, but we couldn’t resist playing at our favorite NYC event, Dances of Vice — THE GRAND SHIPWRECK BALL! Nicki & Sam fired up the old machinery and pulled Revue Noir out of mothballs for this, our final show! Featuring songs from Black tape for a blue girl and Nicki’s solo set. With guest accordianist Benjamin (on the first two songs).
Dances of Vice festival @ Fort Hamilton. 207 Sterling Drive, Brooklyn. With The Hellblinki Sextet. Festival Website. Akane’s photos from the event, here

RN #7
Fri Nov 20, 2009 – Digital Ferret In-Store Appearance in Philadelphia, PA
732 S. 4th St. (3 Blocks South of South St.). 4th Friday Event Series. 7 – 10pm. All Ages. Also: Interface.

Band Members: Sam, Athan & Nicki

Photo by Jesse Nicole | Facebook photo album

Show #123 (4)
Saturday November 7th ~ Blazes Billiards in West Warwick, RI
This show was a messy cluster-fuck. Too many bands on a too-small stage, and a woefully under-channelled mixing board. And a small turnout, because it wasn’t in Providence. I loved this show because my friend Margaret showed up; she sewed my kitty ears I use as a winter hat! Seeing her in the small audience made me smile.
1229 Main St. (401) 615-7677. $8. With DJ Matthew Griffin, Gravesideservice, Spindle Shanks, The Dirge Carolerss & Dorian James & The Brood.

From Motif Magazine | Tony Jones presents a Rock’n’Roll Creep Show for the ages (literally) at Blaze’s Billiards on Saturday, Nov 7. National act Black Tape for a Blue Girl and legendary Rhode Island Goths Spindle Shanks headline this bill. I don’t know what’s more surprising here, that I used the word legendary to describe Goths or that Jones has assembled such a potent bill with the likes of Dorian James & the Brood and The Dirge Carolers on the undercard.

Show #122 (3)
Friday November 6th ~ Plague in Portland, ME
The Asylum, 121 Center Street. 9-1am. 21+. Only $4 – free before 9:30 !!!! With DJ Dehuman8.

Show #121 (2)
Thursday November 5th ~ The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA
(Downstairs) 738 Massachusetts Avenue, 617-354-2685. $10. 21+ Venue Website & Dark Sky Productions myspace page. 8:00 PM: MELT, 9:00 PM: Dreamchild, 10:00 Blacktape, 11:00 Faebotica.

More Pictures at Justin Moore’s
Flickr page.

Backstage in Arlington — in the dressing room with my son. He had pneumonia coming on, but was a good sport in his Simone Salvatori outfit.

Show #120 (1)
August 27 2009 ~ The Regent Theater
7 Medford Street, Arlington, Massachusetts 02474. Cost: $12.00 adv./$15.00 door. A night of Grand Guignol excess. The evening began with an opening set of dark cello ambience by Wisteriax. Then a 4-song set from Black Tape for a Blue Girl. The carnival delights that are Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys. Dreamchild performed the final set of the evening.
This was the first show for the 2009 10 Neurotics version of the band. We were invited to play a four song set at the CD release party for Dreamchild’s Sleeping Flowers Severed, Scream of Slaughter. This was a chance to go out and do a low-pressure show, to see how it felt playing live again after a long break. How did it feel? It felt great! We had fun, we sounded great, and we knew we needed to do more shows!!!


Band Members: Sam, Elysabeth, Bret & Lisa

Above: video of “All My Lovers” from this show:
Show #119 Oct 12 2007 | Gothicfest @ Excalibur ~ Chicago, IL
632 N. Dearborn. With Attrition, Bella Morte, Grigori 3, Regenerator and others.

Show #118 Aug 11 2007 | Projektfest’07 at Blacksun Festival in New Haven, CT
Alchemy. With Nicki Jaine, Unto Ashes & Tearwave

Show #117 Aug 9 2007 | Club Europa in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
98 Meserole Ave (@ Manhattan Ave). Presented by Projekt & Wierd Records. With: Martial Canterel / The Hunt / DJ Pieter Schoolwerth (WIERD Records) and DJ Glenn (Blacklist). $10.


REVUE NOIR | Sam & Nicki

RN #6 August 29 2005 – Alchemy @ CBGB’s 313 Gallery in New York City, NY.
313 Bowery at Bleeker, in the East Village, New York City, NY 10001. 10pm-4am. Revue Noir on at 11pm. $6.

RN #4 August 1 2005 – Bar Noir in Philadelphia, PA.
112 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, PA 19019. FREE. Apparently the stage is the size of a postage stamp, thus our miniscule amount of gear won’t fit. Sam will only play keys on the songs Nicki plays guitar on; she’ll be balancing precariously on the back of a small raccoon who lives in one of the monitors.

RN #3 July 16 2005 – DOMINION @ Rare Nightclub in New York City, NY.
416 West 14 St., New York City, NY 10001. Sam & Nicki perform an intimate set at RARE. 18+. 9pm Revue Noir / 10pm Carfax Abbe / 11pm Anathema Device / 12am Hate in the Box / 1am Still Life Decay.

RN #2 Saturday May 21, 2005 ~ Calliope Fest IV in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Ft. Lauderdale Stadium; 5301 Northwest 12th Ave. Ages: All. REVUE NOIR was suppose to perform Saturday @ 8:00pm and Rasputina @ 9:00 pm. Read Nicki’s recollection of the disaster that was (Summary: “By this time, most of the audience had gone home, but one loyal group of about 40 concert goers moved a little tent over to the stage where we were hanging out. They wanted to hear music, so with me on guitar, Meredith on violin & sam on the cymbol & wooden spoon, we played a very spirited acoustic set for them. There was something so wonderful about playing for this deeply appreciative audience in the pouring rain, in the middle of a dark, soaked field. It was so memorable, really & truly amazing.”)

RN #1 Mon May 2 2005 – Alchemy @ CBGB’s 313 Gallery in New York City, NY.
313 Bowery at Bleeker, in the East Village, New York City, NY 10001. 10pm-4am. Revue Noir on at Midnight. $6.

RN #-1 December 30, 2004 ~ World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA
Upstairs Live! 3025 Walnut St. Hosted by Kate Gaffney. Nicki Jaine performs and Sam sits in on two songs.

RN #-2 December 18, 2004 ~ The Raven in New York City, NY
194 ave a (at east 12th st). Nicki and Sam perform two songs at the Middle Pillar Presents Xmas Party. This was before the band had a name! Photo below by Ian Dutton


Tour #7 Leg 2 – East Coast

Band Members: Sam, Elysabeth, Bret, Nicki, Bart & Jay.

This was “the six piece band,” for a fuller live sound to play the Halo Star material.
Booked by Athan @ Sepiatone

Show #116 Sun Oct 31 2004 | Revelations ~ Richmond, VA
at McCormicks, 12 N. 18th Street, Richmond, VA. With Nicki Jaine & Void Stares Back. 18+.

Show #115 Sat Oct 30 2004 | Masquerade8 ~ Pittsburgh, PA
The Upstage. 2609 Forbes Ave. With Thousahltnot & I, Parasite. All Ages.

Show #114 Fri Oct 29 2004 | Revolution @ Fusion Dance Club ~ Dayton, OH
605 S. Patterson Blvd. With Audra (acoustic set) & Hungry Lucy. 18+. Photo below by Ian Dutton:

Show #113 Thurs Oct 28 2004 | Nation ~ Washington DC
1015 Half St SE. 18+

Show #112 Tues Oct 26 2004 | The Middle East ~ Cambridge, MA
472 Mass Ave. With Plumerai & Cabiria. $9 / 18+.

Show #111 Mon Oct 25 2004 | NOKTURNAL @ The Century Lounge ~ Providence, RI
150 Chestnut Street. With Nicki Jaine.

Show #110 Sun Oct 24 2004 | Grape Street ~ Philadelphia
4100 Main Street. With Bow Ever Down & Stygian Vei. $8 / 18+. It’s misleading to call this “Philadelphia” because it was 7.6 miles from downtown, and people didn’t seem to want to travel out this far for a show.

Show #109 Sat Oct 23 2004 | Batcave @ Downtime ~ New York City
251 West 30th. With The Mirror Reveals. 18+ / 21 to drink.

Tues Oct 12 2004 | The Spectacle on WRSU
6:30 – 7:30pm. Live radio interview with Sam. 88.7 Rutgers University Radio. New Brunswick NJ. The Spectacle, hosted by Hadrian Mordeca.

Tour #7 Leg 1 – West Coast

Booked by Sam @ Projekt

This is the set list we were playing on the West Coast Leg of the tour; “Gravediggers” was performed some night, but “Damn swan!” was only performed the first night

In the van: Bart, Elsysabeth & Jay

Show #108 Mon Sept 20 2004 | Area 51 ~ Salt Lake City, UT
451 S. 400 West. 801-534-0819. With Mona. 18+. For this show, Elysabeth wasn’t with us, and Nicki sang lead vocals. You can see “All tomorrow’s Parties” and “Amsterdam” on the yellow set list to the left

Show #107 Sun Sept 19 2004 | The Venue ~ Boise, ID
523 Broad Street. 208-919-0011. With Murder Man & Audra (acoustic set). All Ages. For this show, Elysabeth wasn’t with us, and Nicki sang lead vocals

Show #106 Sat Sept 18 2004 | Sabala’s Mt. Tabor ~ Portland, OR
4811 SE Hawthorne. 503.238-1646. with Nicki Jaine & Dorien Campbell & the Salome Strings (ex-Sumerland). 21+.

Show #105 Thurs Sept 16 2004 | the Vogue ~ Seattle, WA
1516 11th Ave. 206-324-5778. Presented by Musicwerks. with Nicki Jaine & Legion Within. 21+.

Show #104 Tues Sept 14 2004 | DNA lounge ~ San Francisco, CA
375 11th Street.With Drop Black Sky & Nicki Jaine. $21+.

More fantastic photos here.

Show #103 Mon Sept 13 2004 | Amoeba Records In-Store Performance ~ San Francisco, CA
1855 Haight Street. 415-831-1200 6:00 pm. Free All Ages in-store performance.

Show #102 Sat Sept 11 2004 | Bar Sinister ~ Los Angeles, CA
Down the candle-lit alley @ 1652 n. cherokee avenue (next door 2 the famous Steve Boardner’s). Just south of Hollywood Blvd and three blocks east of Highland. 21+.

Show #101 Fri Sept 10 2004 | Showcase Theatre ~ Corona, CA
683 South Main Street. 951-276-7770. With The Flir. $9. All Ages.

Show #100 Thur Sept 9 2004 | The Mason Jar ~ Phoenix, AZ
2303 East Indian School Road (23rd Street & Indian School). With Audra. All Ages.

Show #99 Wed Sept 8 2004 | Club Congress ~ Tucson, AZ
311 East Congress Street. With Audra. $6. 21+.

Show #98 Wed Sept 8 2004 | KXCI ~ Tucson AZ
91.3FM | 4:30 – 6:00 pm. Black tape for a blue girl interviewed and perform a few songs on The Home Stretch hosted by Kristi Lloyd.

Band Members: Sam, Elysabeth, Bret, Michael & Lisa

Show #97 May 7-9 2004 | Convergence 10 @ The Metro ~ Chicago, IL
3730 North Clark, Chicago, IL. With other bands….

Here’s a photo of Vicki Richards in the studio for the Halo Star sessions. I asked Vicki for her recollections…
My 5 string solid body Viper violin was custom built for me in about 2003. It was a design whose evolution began in the 1970s by stellar rock violinist Mark Wood. The violin was an innovation also because it straps on, around the back, and eliminates a need to hold it up with neck and shoulder muscles. This gorgeous maplewood instrument has a great pickup, allowing no distortion or feedback, unless I intentionally trigger a pedal and switch to a rack preset. I can’t deny enjoying the “wow factor” when coming out to play violin with an instrument that looks like a Flying V guitar. Unlike an acoustic violin this electric violin has no sound until it’s plugged in. That means all the sound shaping, creating the timbre with an equalizer, and boosting the signal level with a good preamp is part of the setup. For soloing or playing live, the effect boxes and pedals on the floor, or in the rack can be combined to create an endless variety of soundscapes.


Band Members: Sam, Elysabeth, Bret, Michael & Lisa

Show #96 Sun June 8 2003 | Wave Gotik Treffen @ Agra ~ Leipzig, Germany
Black tape for a blue girl performed on the WGT mainstage, The Agra, to a crowd of 3000 fans from Europe and around the world.

Show #95 Wed May 5 2003 | Piano’s ~ New York City, NY
158 Ludlow St (at Stanton), New York City, NY. With Nicki Jaine.


Band Members: Sam, Elysabeth, & Lisa

Show #94 Sat May 25 2002 | Projektfest’02 ~ Philadelphia, PA
Trocadero; 1003 Arch St. Two Day Festival, with Johnny Indovina of Human Drama, Mors Syphilitica, Mira, Lovespirals, Steve Roach/vidnaObmana, Unto Ashes, Audra & Voltaire.
Our set: 1. The touch and the darkness 2. All my lovers 3. Overwhelmed, beneath me 4. Floats in the updraft 5. One last breath 6. Could i stay the honest one 7. The lie which refuses to die 8. Across a thousand blades 9. Your one wish 10. The whipper 11. Bastille Day 12. Entracte 13. Decomposed by the fire of the firmament Bret performed with us at this show

Show #93 — added Friday May 24 2002 | Virgin Megastore ~ New York City.

Show #92 Sat May 17 2002 | American Legion Post 271 ~ Hadley, MA
162 Russel St, Hadley MA 01035. D’arcangel productions presents. This was a warm-up for the Projektfest, Bret wasn’t with us. Elysabeth sang his songs.


Band Members: Sam, Elysabeth, Lisa & Vicki

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Live Image by Purple Tree Concert Photography

Show #88 & 89 Wed Nov 3 1999 | Philadelphia Museum of Art ~ Philadelphia, PA
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA. Towards The Millennium: 1990-2000 Two shows. 5:00-6:00 and 7:00-7:25

Show #90 Wed Nov 3 1999 | Irving Plaza ~ New York, NY
17 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003. 10pm. Opening for The Creatures.

Ok, so get this….. We performed three shows in one evening, in two cities. What happened was I had confirmed the Philly Museum show in May, and I was really excited to play at the Museum that houses so much of Duchamp’s work. But then I got a call in October to open for the Creatures. Did it have to be the same date? But we’re industrious, we can make it work! The way we did it was there were two sets of equipment, I loaded the gear at Irving Plaza in the morning, then we drove down to Philadelphia. The whole band performed the first set at the Museum. Then Elysabeth & Lisa rushed to the train station (with only minutes to spare) and went up to New York City, where they met our sound man (Matt Green, of Spahn Ranch) and set up everything for sound check. While they were traveling, Vicki & I played the second set as an instrumental duo. It worked quite nicely in the museum environment. Then Vicki and I raced to the train station and got up to NYC in time to play the show opening for The Creatures. What would have happened if we missed the train? I think Matt was going to stand in my place and hit the play button on the backing tracks, and fake that he was playing the synth. I cannot remember exactly, but it was the most hectic day of my life.

And it was my birthday the next day!

Yet, the driving and playing had not ended, yet. We went back down to Philadelphia:

Show #91 Sat Nov 6 1999 | The Gatherings ~ Philadelphia, PA
St. Mary’s Church, Philadelphia, PA, 3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6152. With Kevin Bartlett. Steve Roach performed on Friday Nov 5. The Gatherings website with review of the show.
In the middle of the standard Blacktape set, Vicki & I performed the extra instrumental music that we played in the second Museum set. The piece named “Raga Jog” (See set list above) was released as the intro to “Like a Dog” on The Scavenger Bride.

Tour #6

Band Members: Sam, Elysabeth & Lisa
Merchandise: SarahQ / Booked by: Pat @ Projekt (?)

Show #87 Thu Jul 1 1999 | Area 51 ~ Salt Lake City, UT
348 W. 500 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84101. With ???

Show #86 Tue Jun 29 1999 | Fenix ~ Seattle, WA
315 2nd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104. With Faith & Disease.

Show #85 Mon Jun 28 1999 | Satyricon ~ Portland, OR
125 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209. With ???

Show #84 Fri Jun 25 1999 | Shrine of Lilith ~ San Francisco, CA
375 1st St., San Francisco, CA 94110. Two DJs, no opening band.

Show #83 Thur Jun 24 1999 | Inn of the Beginning ~ Cotati, CA
8201 Old Redwood Highway, Cotatio, CA. With Copper Woman and a dance performance. I remember the dancers were doing some fire spinning, and almost lit the netting above the stage on fire. I was actually standing by the stage, with a fire extinguisher during their performance.

Show #82 Wed Jun 23 1999 | Starline ~ Fresno, CA
833 E. Fern, Fresno, CA 93728. With The Shroud.

Show #81 Wed Jun 23 1999 | Tower ~ Fresno, CA
5611 N. Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA. 6pm in-store performance.

Show #80 Tues Jun 22 1999 | Amoeba ~ San Francisco, CA
1855 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117. 6pm in-store performance.

Show #79 Mon Jun 21 1999 | Bojangles ~ Sacramento, CA
7042 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826. With Averse Affliction.

Show #78 Sun Jun 20 1999 | Coven13 @ The El Rey Theatre ~ Los Angeles, CA
5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. WIth ???

Show #77 Sun Jun 20 1999 | Virgin Sunset ~ Hollywood, CA
8000 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90046. 3pm in-store performance.

Show #76 Sat Jun 19 1999 | Empire Club ~ San Diego, CA
4225 30th St., San Diego, CA 92103. With ????

Show #75 Thur Jun 17 1999 | Chain Reaction ~ Anaheim, CA
1652 E. Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 90670. With ????

Show #74 Tues Jun 15 1999 | The Mason Jar ~ Phoenix, AZ
2303 E. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ 85016/ With Paris Burning & Audra

Show #73 Mon Jun 14 1999 | HazMat Art Space ~ Tucson, AZ
191 E. Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701. Presented by Drew Burk. With Mole Hill.

Show #72 Sun Jun 13 1999 | The X-Factory ~ El Paso TX
201 N. Stanton Street, El Paso, TX 79901. This show didn’t happen because the promoter chickened out. I remember selling merchandise out of the van, to the fans who showed up to see us play.

Tour #5

Band Members: Sam, Elysabeth & Lisa
Booked by: Chapin @ ACA

Show #71 Sunday May 23 1999 | Machine ~ Boston, MA
1256 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215. Promoted by Columbine. With ?????

Show #70 Saturday May 22 1999 | The Pyramid ~ New York City, NY
101 Avenue A, New York City NY 10003. With ?????

Show #69 Saturday May 22 1999 | South Street Seaport ~ New York City, NY
19 Fulton Street (pier 17), New York City NY 10038.
Yes! Believe it or not, we played an outdoors show at the Seaport!!! What I most vividly recall is right as Elysabeth started to sing the first word of “Overwhelmed, beneath me” a boat horn honked loudly, causing me to crack up for the rest of the song! Presented in conjunction with Musicland.

Show #68 Friday May 21 1999 | The Trocadero Balcony Bar ~ Philadelphia, PA
1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. With Tapping the Vein & ?????

Show #67 Thurs May 20 1999 | Bound @ The Metro Cafe ~ Washington, DC
1522 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20009. With Dead Letter Office & Bella Morte.

Show #66 Wed May 19 1999 | Randy’s ~ Pittsburgh, PA
In-store performance.

Show #65 Tues May 18 1999 | SubCulture ~ Grand Rapids, MI
1151 Chicago Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49509. With ???.

Show #64 Tues May 11 1999 | The Metro ~ Chicago IL
3730 North Clark, Chicago, IL. With Lynn Canfield of the Moon Seven Times.

Show #63 Sun May 9 1999 | Asylum @ The Melody Inn ~ Indianapolis, IN
3826 N. Illinois, Indianapolis, IN 46208. With: no opener.

Show #62 Sat May 8 1999 | Ascension UK @ The Labrinth ~ Detroit, MI
1703 Cass, Detroit MI 48226. With: Dragon Tears Descending

Tour #4

Band Members: Sam, Elysabeth Grant & Lisa
Soundman: Mark / Merchandise: SarahQ / Booked by: Chapin @ ACA

Show #61 Wed February 24 1999 | Downunder ~ Columbia, MO
1205 East Broadway, Columbia, M0 65201. With Babylon Hor.

Show #60 Tue February 23 1999 | Sokol Underground ~ Omaha, NE
2234 S 13th., Omaha, NE 68101. As I typed this in, I thought to myself, “Really? We played Omaha! I can’t remember this show at all!” But then I started thinking, and I recall that in the middle of our set, the electricity blew out to the stage. Somehow, I had a feeling it was a frayed electrical cord, and I went back behind the stage with my flashlight and I was right. The power cord to the whole stage had fried. Their tech guy quickly fixed it. I remember everyone being really nice. Now I have to lay down, because my brain hurts from remembering this.






Show #59 Mon February 22 1999 | Davey’s Uptown ~ Kansas City, MO 3402 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64111

Show #58 Sat February 20 1999 | the Red Light ~ Atlanta, GA
<——(1) 553-1 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. With The Changelings. Nick Pagan guested on “Denouement.”

Show #57 Fri February 19 1999 | Pussycat ~ Lafayette, LA
<——(2) 120 N. Grand St., Lafayette, LA 70501. This one was straight out of David Lynch. We were playing at an ex-Feed Store. It didn’t have a door, just a sheet hanging down. Oh, and it didn’t have a bathroom. You could use the one at the old-folks bar next door, but it closed at around 9pm. And then after 9 pm had to go and pee on the grain silo across the street. Well, dirt road, but what the heck, we’ll call it a “street.” There was no stage lighting, except for a single bulb. And a table lamp. So I set up the table with the lamp near the back of the stage, and Elysabeth or Lisa would sit at the table, when they weren’t on a song. It was just so bizarre, it was wonderful. With Slow Motion.

Show #56 Fri February 19 1999 | Virgin Records ~ New Orleans, LA
620 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130. 4pm in-store performance.

Show #55 Thur February 18 1999 | Instant Karma ~ Houston, TX
1617 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77006. With Lights Over Roswell & Delicate Terror.

Show #54 Wed February 17 1999 | Trees ~ Dallas, TX
<——(3) 2709 Elm St., Dallas, TX. With Seraphim & Gropius.

Show #53 Tue February 16 1999 | Atomic Cafe ~ Austin, TX
705 Red River, Austin, TX 78701. With Atomic Fetish Group & Audra.

Show #52 Mon February 15 1999 | 33 Degrees ~ Austin, TX
4017 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78751. 6pm in-store performance. I remember that we ate at McDonalds, but they served Mexican food. And then when we were going out to the car, some kids in a school bus were shouting some dumb shit at us. Welcome to Texas!!!

Show #51 Sun February 14 1999 | CD World ~ Norman, OK.
<——(5) 207 E. Main St., Norman, OK 73069. This show was in a hidden room in the back of a record store. Valentines Day, hearts hanging from the ceiling. With Fountain Head.

Show #50 Sat February 13 1999 | Kirby’s ~ Wichita, KS
3227 E. 17th North, Wichita, KS 62708. When I heard we were getting paid via a “tip jar,” I assumed this was going to be a disaster. But the people were really friendly, and we got paid quite well.

Show #49 Sat February 13 1999 | 7th Heaven ~ Lawrence, KS
Afternoon in-store performance. (we were crazy, doing 2 shows a day!)

Show #48 Fri February 12 1999 | the Firehouse ~ St. Louis, MO
<——(4) 3221 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63101. With My Scarlet Life.


Tour #3

Band Members: Sam, Julianna Towns & Lisa
Soundman: Ned / Merchandise: Brian / Booked by: Chapin @ ACA
Voltaire opened most of these shows, as a 2-piece: Voltaire & Gregor.

Left to right: Ned, Sam, Lisa, Voltaire, Brian, Julianna, Gregor

Show #47 Sat Aug 1 1998 | Shelter ~ Detroit, MI
431 E. Congress, Detroit, MI. With ??? & Voltaire.

Show #46 Fri July 31 1998 | The Continental ~ Buffalo, NY
212 Franklin, Buffalo, NY. With ??? & Voltaire.

Show #45 Thur July 30 1998 | New World Record ~ Buffalo, NY
Buffalo, NY. 8pm in-store performance.

Show #44 Wed July 29 1998 | Sanctuary @ The Sound Cafe ~ Norwalk, CT
17 North Main St., Norwalk, CT. With Sutra & Voltaire.

Show #43 Tue July 28 1998 | The Century Lounge ~ Providence, RI
150 Chestnut St., Providence, RI. With Voltaire.

Show #42 Mon July 27 1998 | Fletcher’s ~ Baltimore, MD
701 S. Bond St., Baltimore, MD. With ??? & Voltaire.

Show #41 Sun July 26 1998 | Jaxx Niteclub ~ Springfield, VA
6355 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152. With ???, Rain Fell Within & Voltaire.

Show #40 Sat July 25 1998 | Projektfest’98 @ Irving Plaza ~ New York City, NY
17 Irving Place, New York City, NY 10003. With Voltaire, Drew Pluta & Lycia

Show #39 Fri July 24 1998 | Projektfest’98 @ The Trocadero ~ Philadelphia, PA
1003 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. With Voltaire, Drew Pluta & Lycia

Show #38 Thur July 23 1998 | HMV ~ Philadelphia, PA
1510 Walnut Street. Philadelphia, PA. 6pm in-store performance.

Show #37 Wed July 22 1998 | QE2 ~ Albany, NY
12 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12210. With Le Cadeaux & Jump Cannon.

Show #36 Tues July 21 1998 | Middle East ~ Boston, MA
462 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02139. Presented by Laura Wilson / Bats in the Belfy. With Midnight Call (?) & ????

Show #35 Sat July 18 1998 | Projektfest’98 @ The Vic Theatre ~ Chicago, IL
The Vic Theatre, 3145 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657-4416. With Voltaire, Arcanta & Lycia

Show #34 Friday July 17 1998 | Sudsy Malone’s ~ Cincinnati, OH
2626 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45219. Serious, it was a laundromat with a stage. The washing machines were shut off during our set, but I remember people standing between them them during our set. With two opening bands – names forgotten ???

Show #33 Thur July 16 1998 | Cicero’s ~ St. Louis, MO
6691 Delmar St., St Louis, MO 63130. With Galaxia.


Band Members: Sam, Dominique, Mera & Lisa

Show #32 Sun March 15 1998 | Projektfest’98 – West Coast @ The El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. With Faith & the Muse, Love Spirals Downwards.

Dominique & The El Rey’s marquee

band before they were the band

Sam with Athan Maroulis at Projektfest’98. 4 years later Athan sang two songs on The Scavenger Bride, 11 years later Athan sang lead vocals on 10 Neurotics

Sam Rosenthal: the first pain to linger – book-reading in-store appearances

Thurs Feb 19 1998 | BORDERS #1 ~ Ann Arbor, MI
612 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI. 7:30pm
Thurs Feb 19 1998 | 8am interview on WJCU, University Heights, OH.
Wed Feb 18 1998 | BORDERS #62 ~ Cleveland, OH
30,121 Detroit Rd., Westlake Oh.
Tues Feb 17 1998 | “The Voice” at HMV ~ Philadelphia, PA
1510 Walnut Street. Philadelphia, PA. 6pm In-store performance
Mon Feb 16 1998 | hang out @ Alchemy ~ New York City, NY
Sun Feb 15 1998 | WHTG Interview ~ Asury Park, NJ
Sun Feb 15 1998 | BORDERS #41 ~ White Plains, NY
60 S. Broadway, White Plains, NY. 7pm.

Tour #2

Band Members: Sam, Dominique, Mera & Lisa
Soundman: Mark / Merchandise: Jamie / Booked by: Ben @ Bay Ridge Talent

Show #31 Sat Feb 14 1998 | The Bank ~ New York City, NY
225 E. Houston (Essex/Ave A), New York City, NY 10003. With Faith & the Muse, on the Evidence of Heaven tour. Mera was doing double duty, playing in both bands.

Show #30 Sat Feb 14 1998 | Sam Goody ~ New York City, NY
390 Ave. of the Americas (6th Ave. @ 8th St.), New York City, NY 10011. 3pm In-store appearance.

Show #29 Friday Feb 13 1998 | Rubberlution @ the Trocadero ~ Philadelphia, PA
1003 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Show #28 Thur Feb 12 1998 | Twisters ~ Richmond, VA
929 W. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23220.

Show #27 Wed Feb 11 1998 | Club Heaven ~ Washington, DC
2327 18th St., Washington, DC 20009. With Voltaire.

Show #26 Tues Feb 10 1998 | Red Light Cafe ~ Atlanta, GA
550 Amsterdam, Atlanta, GA. With the Changelings.

Show #25 Sun Feb 8 1998 | Respectable Street Cafe ~ West Palm Beach, FL
518 Clematis, West Palm Beach, FL

Show #24 Sat Feb 7 1998 | CLUB Z ~ Orlando, FL
7124 Aloma Ave., Winterpark, FL. With Blue Eyes a band that would not stop playing. Seriously, it was like a 2 hour set. Ugh!

Show #23 Fri Feb 6 1998 | F.S.U. Downunder ~ Tallahasee, FL
A333 Union, Tallahasee, FL 323o6. With The Cruxshadows. I met Regina from Mira at this show. She gave me the band’s demo. I signed them to Projekt later.

Show #22 Thur Feb 5 1998 | Luna ~ Baton Rouge, LA
302 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA. The best crafish etouffee I’ve ever had, made by the promoter who was also a chef. Lisa says, “I have never had as good! I keep searching for it…”

Show #21 Wed Feb 4 1998 | the Abyss ~ Houston, TX
5913 Washington, Houston, TX 77007. With Numeralia (?)

Show #20 Sun Feb 1 1998 | Inferno ~ Madison, WI
1718 Commercial Ave, Madison, WI 53704.

Show #19 Sat Jan 31 1998 | Rave Bar ~ Milwaukee, WI
2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI

Show #18 Fri Jan 30 1998 | The Saloon ~ Minneapolis, MN
830 Hennebin Ave., Minneapolis, MN


Band Members: Sam, Dominique, Mera & Lisa

Show #17 Sat November 8 1997 | Ascension UK ~ Detroit, MI
30 W. Grand River, Detroit, MI.

Band Members: Sam, Oscar Herrera. Dominique, Mera & Lisa

Show #16 Sat October 25 1997 | Salon Mexico ~ Mexico City, MX
Pensador Mexicano #200 y callejon de San Juan de Olos 25 Col. Guarraro, Mexico City. We were interviewed on a morning talk show; and a late-night show hosted by Brozo (the Creepy Clown). Oh, what I would pay to have a video of us being interviewed by Brozo! I’d answer a question all seriously, he’d translate it to Spanish, and the audience would laugh. Then I would look around, confused. I also spoke at the university during some sort of presentation on Vampires. I read from my book, which was NOT about Vampires. The whole trip was promoted by the amazing Aldo Altamirano who runs the Samadhi label that released The scavenger bride in Mexico.

Band Members: Sam, Dominique, Mera & Lisa

Show #15 Sat October 4 1997 | Channing-Murray Foundation ~ Champaign-Urbana, IL
1209 W. Oregon, Urbana, IL 61801. Sponsored by WEFT.

Tour #1

Numbers relate to comments in shows below.
(1) (2) (3) (4)
Photos of new vocalist Dominque by Kay McEntee from Show #4 in Detroit

Band Members: Sam, Dominique, Mera & Lisa

Show #14 Thur September 4 1997 | The Phantasy ~ Cleveland, OH
<——(1) 11802 Detroit Rd., Cleveland OH 44107. With Bath & Sophia Run. This is the set list that “The Road Band” performed this tour. (the road band being different from the shows where Oscar & Lucian joined us). We did “One Last Breath” as an instrumental, Lisa played the melody on the flute. Those scribbles are probably me trying to figure out a set list for the NYC and Boston dates, when Oscar and Lucian joined us. Jen=Dominique.

Show #13 Wed September 3 1997 | Ear X-tasy ~ Louisville, KY
1534 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40205. 7pm in-store performance, arranged by Alternative Press magazine.

Show #12 Tues September 2 1997 | Phantasmagoria ~ Wheaton, MD
11319 Elkin St., Wheaton, MD 20902. With Siddal & Sophia Run.

<——(2) To coincide with our show in Wheaton, The Washington Post ran a review of Remnants of a deeper purity in the classical music section. Overall, it’s a great review. “Unfortunately (Rosenthal’s) lyrics read like a cross between Victorian doggerel & literary soft porn.” Ooof! The problem with this show is that it was supposedly a “Washington show” but it was too far from town, and the mass transit shut down relatively early, so people had to leave before we even got on stage, after the two openers. Dumb.

Show #11 Mon September 1 1997 | Sanctuary @ Shenanigans ~ South Norwalk, CT
90 Washington St., South Norwalk, CT.

Show #10 Mon September 1 1997 | Tower Records ~ Boston, MA
360 Newbury St, Boston MA 02115. 1 pm in-store performance.

band before they were the band

Lisa Feuer, BlackTape’s then-flautist with Jon Derosa, BlackTape’s The Cleft Serpent-vocalist.

Show #9 Sun August 31 1997 | Danse Macabre Festival @ Hexx ~ Boston, MA 100 Warrenton St., Boston, MA. Oscar & Lucian performed with the band at this show. With The Changelings, Dead Leaves Rising (Jon’s band).

Show #8 Sat August 30 1997 | Bat Cave @ Downtime ~ New York City, NY
251 W. 30th St., New York City, NY 10011. Oscar & Lucian performed with the band at this show. I recall writing out the set-list in the hotel room in NYC, right before we rehearsed.

Show #7 Thur August 28 1997 | Twisters ~ Richmond, VA
<——(3) 929 W. Grace St., Richmond, CA 23220. Oscar performed with the band at this show, the hand-writen set list on the calendar shows the songs.

Show #6 Wed August 27 1997 | Club Laga ~ Pittsburgh, OH
3609 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Opening for Faith & The Muse.

Show #5 Mon August 25 1997 | Wizard Records ~ Cincinnati, OH
2612 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45209. 7pm in-store performance, arranged by Alternative Press magazine.

Show #4 Sun August 24 1997 | Alvins ~ Detroit, MI
<——(4) 5756 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI.
At this show and the August 27th Club Laga show, we opened for Faith & the Muse under the band name “the lush garden.” The idea behind that was I thought we’d do a few shows without pressure, while warming up with new vocalist Dominque, It was probably an unnecessary defensive plan, as things were just fine

Show #3 Sat August 23 1997 | Borders Records #1 ~ Ann Arbor, MI
612 East Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI. 2pm in-store performance with signing afterwards.

Band Members: Sam, Oscar, Lucian, Mera, Lisa, Kirk

Show #2 Sat August 2, 1997 | Projektfest’97 in Chicago, IL
The Vic Theatre, 3145 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657-4416. Lots of great photos from the show.
Set list: 1. Left, unsaid 2. Pandora’s Box 3. Tear love from my mind 4. For you will burn your wings upon the sun 5. The flow of our spirit 6. A good omen 7. On broken shells of crystal dreams 8. Overwhelmed, beneath me 9. Scream, my shallow 10. Seireenien lumoama 11. One last breath 12. The turbulence and the torment 13. Across a thousand bades

Press about Projektfest’97:


Band Members: Sam, Oscar, Lucian, Mera

Photos by: e. Katie Holm

Show #1 Tues June 25 1996 | Projektfest’96 in Chicago, IL
The Vic Theatre, 3145 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657-4416.
Set List: 1. Redefine pure faith 2. Into the garden 3. Scream, my shallow 4. The flow of our spirit 5. A good omen 6. We watched our sad-eyed angel fall 7. Slow blur 8. Remnants of a deeper purity 9. For you will burn your wings upon the sun 10. Chains of Color 11. I have no more answers 12. The turbulence and the torment 13. The rope

Psst! Projekt Label’s Going Live With Its Dark Sound June 21, 1996 | By Achy Obejas.
Chicago Tribune article (from the images below) can be read online here.

It is true. Even though The rope was released in 1986, it was 10 years before the band performed our first show. The Projekfest gathered together the label’s acts, and there was no way it could happen without us performing. We practiced for a few days in my living room, before the show. Oscar helped us keep it together as he had played live many many times with his various bands. I was still learning how to perform. – Sam 3/2020

Press about Projektfest’96:


Original art for 1991’s Music from the Empty Quarter, photo by Susan Jennings.


Doppler Shift

Doppler Shift was my band with Walter Holland. We performed melodic electronic space music (synthwave) at three shows.

Walter • guitar & electronics
Sam • electronics

October 3 1987 • Space Music on the Green • Live at Chapman College. Available for patrons at Bandcamp. With Richard Watson guesting on clarinet on some tracks.
May 8 1987 • Live at KSBR • Listen at Bandcamp. With Nicole Falzone on drums on 5 tracks, and Richard Watson on clarinet on one track.
April 30 1986 • Live at the Guggenheim (Gallery at Chapman College.) Multi-track recording, not digitized yet.


December 1985, photo by Beki.

March 1985. This was the only time I played live solo electronic music. I performed the “An Hour of Ambience” set twice in my college art gallery, as the accompaniment to an hour of my video art. Broward Community College, Davie Florida.

February 1983. It was nearly-40 years ago today, Patrick Ogle’s ugly orange la-z-boy taught the band to play… Thanatos rehearsing (for some reason) in Pat’s living room. That’s the same Moog MG-1 that’s I have today, and use for occasional spice on my songs.