The 5 Best Moments Of Primavera Sound 2015 Friday

By Ryan Leas / May 30, 2015 - 10:49 am

After spending some more time at Primavera, it’s just striking how civilized of a festival it is. Things are reasonably priced! You spend the whole time looking out at the water! You can wear a jacket at night! For a festival that goes until sunrise, people do a surprising job of keeping their shit together,… More »

Photos: Refused @ Doug Fir, Portland, 5/29/15

By James Rettig / May 30, 2015 - 9:32 am

Refused are currently making their way around the United States for their reunion tour in support of Freedom, their first new album in 17 years. Last night, they stopped in Portland at Doug Fir, which the band called the smallest venue on the tour so far. From the intimacy of these pictures, it shows. They… More »

The 5 Best Moments Of Primavera Sound 2015 Thursday

By Ryan Leas / May 29, 2015 - 1:06 pm

Just setting a festival in Barcelona means you don’t really have to try as hard. Who doesn’t feel like going to Spain for a festival overlooking the water? Bonnaroo is probably my favorite festival, and while Nashville is cool and the Farm is a special setting, it’s not exactly the allure of Tennessee that ha… More »

Artist Portraits From Sasquatch! 2015

By Stereogum / May 26, 2015 - 11:50 am

Sasquatch! Festival took place over the course of Memorial Day weekend at Quincy, Washinton’s Gorge Amphitheatre, featuring a diverse, stacked lineup including both musicians and comedians. Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, and Ryan Adams headlined the four-day weekend alongside a smattering of other exciting acts including Run The Jewels, Courtney Barnett,… More »

Photos: Torres @ Doug Fir, Portland 5/15/15

By James Rettig / May 16, 2015 - 1:32 pm

Torres is currently touring in support of her excellent new album, Sprinter, and we sent photographer Colin McLaughlin to shoot her show at Doug Fir in Portland last night. As he tells it, she put on a fine performance, which was given a little extra rage after someone tried to break into the band’s va… More »

Artist Portraits From Shaky Knees 2015

By Stereogum / May 11, 2015 - 11:46 am

Shaky Knees Festival went down in Atlanta this weekend, and we sent two photographers to capture portraits and live shots of some of the performers on this extensive lineup. The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, and Ryan Adams headlined, and a smattering of equally well-known acts played over the course of three… More »

The Weird, Wonderful World Of PC Music’s POP CUBE

By James Rettig / May 11, 2015 - 11:44 am

The discourse surrounding PC Music is filled with a lot of baseless opinions masquerading as people doing their best to be the first ones to finally “get it”: It’s a takedown/celebration of the vapidity of modern pop music! It’s a hyperrealistic deconstruction of society’s obsession with commercialization! It’s all an allegory about the darkness inside… More »

Photos: The Julie Ruin, Bleached @ House Of Vans, Brooklyn 5/9/15

By James Rettig / May 10, 2015 - 4:35 pm

Besides a handful of dates last fall, it was one of the band’s first shows since Kathleen Hanna had to cancel a three-month-long tour after some health problems associated with her Lyme Disease. It was also the band’s first time playing in New York City since 2013. L.A. sister duo Bleached opened for them. Check… More »

Chris Stapleton Turned NYC Country Last Night

By Caitlin White / May 6, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Chris Stapleton’s excellent debut solo album Traveller came out yesterday, and he marked the occasion by blazing through a sold-out late night set at Mercury Lounge. From his take on the George Jones classic “Tennesssee Whiskey” to the misty-eyed Los Angeles love song “When The Stars Come Out,” Stapleton delivers rebel-country blues that split at… More »

Blur Take Magic Whip To First NY Show In 12 Years

By Michael Nelson / May 2, 2015 - 10:33 am

Scott called it a week ago, when he heard Blur were playing Fallon. Hell, for all I know, Scott made the whole thing happen through sheer force of will. Or maybe it was just magic. This is what he tweeted on Friday, April 24:… More »

Photos: Faith No More @ Keller Auditorium, Portland 4/17/15

By James Rettig / April 18, 2015 - 10:20 am

Faith No More’s comeback tour is in full swing, and last night they made a stop at Portland’s Keller Auditorium. They opened up their set with “Motherfucker,” the Record Store Day single that announced their return last year, and continued on with a set that spanned their long career, including their cover of the Commodores’… More »

Photos: Colleen Green, Upset, Charly Bliss @ Shea Stadium, Brooklyn 4/10/15

By James Rettig / April 13, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Some nights, there are just too many shows in Brooklyn. I’m not complaining! But it’s a blessing and a curse — obviously, it’s great because you get to see so many awesome bands, but the downside is that you have to make some tough decisions. Imagine the agony you go through choosing between what artist… More »

Photos: Tame Impala @ Fox Theater, Pomona 4/8/15

By Stereogum / April 9, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Last night, Tame Impala performed at the Fox Theatre in Pomona, California. The Australian psychedelic band will release their highly anticipated third full-length, Currents, later this year, and we’ve already heard the first two singles, “‘Cause I’m A Man” and “Let It Happen,” both of which made their live debut last night. You can watch… More »

Nick Cave, Courtney Love, Devendra Banhart, And A Million Others Paid Messy Tribute To Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” In L.A.

By Molly Bergen / April 8, 2015 - 11:13 am

It was an unusually wet evening in Los Angeles, and soggy Allen Ginsberg fans lined up outside the Theatre at the Ace Hotel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Ginsberg’s legendary poem, “Howl.” They chatted excitedly about the show while glaring at the sky. Drought be damned, they were taking the sudde… More »

Karen O, Sky Ferreira, Duran Duran, And A Dozen More Artists Paid Tribute To David Lynch (And Die Antwoord Heckled The Whole Time)

By Molly Bergen / April 2, 2015 - 11:05 am

Amongst the shabby, shuttered vaudeville theaters that line Broadway in Los Angeles, the Theatre at Ace Hotel burns bright. A line stretched from the theater doors all the way down the street, with fans dressed to the nines waiting to get in. The event? The Music Of David Lynch, a concert at which a galaxy… More »

Photos: Burgerama Four

By Caitlin White / March 30, 2015 - 12:22 pm

Burger Records held their fourth annual Burgerama festival at the Observatory in Santa Ana this past weekend. The two-day fest featured appearances from bands like Together PANGEA, Fidlar, La Luz, Gang Of Four, Public Access T.V. and many, many more. Ty Segall and Weezer were the headliners, and Rivers Cuomo’s dad Frank Cuomo made a… More »

Photos: Father John Misty, King Tuff @ 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C. 3/28/15

By Stereogum / March 30, 2015 - 11:41 am

Father John Misty has been out on the road promoting his latest record, I Love You, Honeybear, for the past month and will continue to travel the country well into early summer. Photographer Tom Daly caught his set at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club, along with opener King Tuff, whose Black Moon Spell dropped last fall. More »

Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2015 Yearbook

Congratulations to the SXSW Class Of 2015! We are honored that you could join us at Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion this year, and we hope that you cherish the memories we made together. Because you’re all so great, we’ve put together a little yearbook-style recap of the event, and bestowed upon you… More »

Good Thing Makthaverskan Made It To SXSW Because They Were Awesome

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 23, 2015 - 11:55 am

After undergoing a series of unforeseeable visa issues that brought their long-awaited debut US tour to a standstill, Sweden’s Makthaverskan finally made it to SXSW. The band appeared at venues all around Austin, but most of our staff caught them at Run For Cover’s stacked showcase on Saturday night. More »

Mitski Silences The Rain At SXSW

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 23, 2015 - 10:57 am

SXSW is exhausting. If you throw yourself into it, by the end of the week your feet hurt, your ears are ringing, and you probably contracted a cold. But if it’s tiring for industry people to be at SXSW, then being a musician at the week-long festival is downright hellish. You traipse from showcase to… More »

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