Reviews: Brand New, Justin Bieber, John Fogerty, Jimmy Buffett, Insane Clown Posse

Get’ em before they vanish into the ether!  This week’s collection of journalistic critiques include Brand New in Wallingford, Conn.; Justin Bieber in Manchester, England; John Fogerty in Victoria, British Columbia; Jimmy Buffett in San Diego, Calif.; and Insane Clown Posse in Mesa, Ariz.

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Shaky Knees Music Festival, Central Park, Atlanta, Ga.

Brand New @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Conn., Oct. 17 – “Ultimately, the band let their music speak for them, only briefly talking at the end when Mr Lacey thanked the crowd for supporting them over the last 16 years.” – Alissa Silber / The Newtown Bee

Justin Bieber @ Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Oct. 20 – “Despite accusations of miming, the former cheesy pop prince, whose breakthrough hit was the bouncy bubblegum ‘Baby,’ proves he can really sing – when he didn’t drop the microphone down to point and dance.” – Katie Fitzpatrick / Manchester Evening News

John Fogerty @ Save On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia, Oct. 19 – “If fans weren’t already aware, Fogerty showed them on Wednesday why guitar fans count him among the legends of his generation. “ – Mike Devlin / Times Colonist

Jimmy Buffett @ Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay in San Diego, Calif., Oct. 18 – “Profundity is not his strong suit, although the wistful pathos in ‘A Pirate Looks at Forty’ nicely counterbalances the alcohol-fueled sentiments of ‘Coconut Telegraph’ and ‘Margaritaville.’” – George Varga / The San Diego Union-Tribune

Insane Clown Posse @ Club Red Theaters in Mesa, Ariz., Oct. 17 – “The duo had demanding stage presence, their demonic painted faces glowing in the epileptic laser light show glow. It wasn’t long before the Faygo clowns arrived – four or five of them, dressed in black chemsuits with atrocious rubber masks – equipped with 2-liter bottles of Diet Cola, which they sprayed on the sea of cell phones like champagne at the end of a NASCAR race.” – Troy Farah / Phoenix New Times