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Vic Mensa Submits His Application For Superstardom At SXSW

By Chris DeVille / March 18, 2015 - 1:30 pm
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Vic Mensa’s 2013 mixtape Innanetape was the kind of project that creeps up on you, gradually ingratiating itself over days and weeks. In the 17 months since, Mensa has kept gradually but unmistakably building a head of steam, showing he’s every bit as fascinating as fellow Chicago upstart and longtime collaborator Chance The Rapper and… More »


Natalie Prass Embraces Her Rock Roots In SXSW Debut

By James Rettig / March 18, 2015 - 12:19 pm
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Natalie Prass’ SXSW debut was absolutely packed. She was squeezed onto the inside stage at Austin’s Cheer Up Charlie’s late Tuesday night, and it became readily apparent that it was much too small a space for an artist who has picked up as many fans as she has over the past few months. But eve… More »


Tibet House US Benefit Concert @ Carnegie Hall, New York 3/5/15

By Caitlin White / March 6, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Right before Patti Smith abandoned the low, throaty hum of her alto to burst into the growling second half of “Ghandi,” she spit on the Carnegie Hall stage. If it had been anyone else, the act would’ve seemed careless, like an afterthought, an accident maybe. It seemed like an act: not of attrition against the… More »


Paul McCartney @ Irving Plaza, NYC 2/14/15

By Ryan Leas / February 15, 2015 - 2:52 pm
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Every now and then, I take a trip to some other, quieter city and, like a lot of people who live here, get tempted to leave New York. And then things happen, like my day gets spontaneously rearranged around seeing Bruce Springsteen fill in for Bono when U2 plays in Times Square. Or, I find… More »


Sleater-Kinney Played Their First Show In 9 Years Last Night

By Stereogum / February 9, 2015 - 9:20 am
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While most of the world was struggling through an uneventful and inoffensive Grammys ceremony, a lucky few got to witness Sleater-Kinney take the stage for the first time in nine years last night to perform a full headlining show. The band went back to its roots, opening up its No Cities To Love tour at… More »


Father @ The Kymberle Project, Brooklyn 1/29/15

By Caitlin White / January 30, 2015 - 12:05 pm
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I pressed play on Father’s Young Hot Ebony mixtape this Sunday and I haven’t been able to listen to anything since. Sure, I’m late on realizing that Awful Records are probably the most promising new hip-hop collective of 2015, but they’re from Atlanta, and Southerners run on their own time too, so I think they’ll… More »


Photos: FIDLAR @ Regent Theatre, Los Angeles 1/23/15

By James Rettig / January 25, 2015 - 6:38 pm
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FIDLAR played their first show in ten months on Friday night at the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles, and our photographer Wilson Lee was there to capture the event. Looks like it got pretty rowdy! Check out all of the photos above, and watch them perform six songs below. More »


The Smashing Pumpkins @ Webster Hall, NYC 12/8/14

By Ryan Leas / December 9, 2014 - 11:20 am
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End-of-year lists — including ours — may have already hit the internet, but there are still a few releases left in these waning weeks of 2014. One of them is Monuments To An Elegy, the Smashing Pumpkins’ followup to 2012’s Oceania, and the first in a planned set of sister albums that Billy Corgan ha… More »


Watch Jonah Hill Cover Drake, Scarlett Johansson Cover New Order, Stephen Malkmus Cover The Black Crowes, Jarvis Cocker Cover Celine Dion For Vice’s 20th Birthday In Brooklyn

By Ryan Leas / December 6, 2014 - 4:18 pm
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There was a not-entirely-common sight down around the Brooklyn Navy Yard last night. Dozens of cabs lined the street, because depending on where you’re coming from the Navy Yard can kind of be a pain to get to, and also because NYC’s been doing this thing where it’s decided to just rain constantly in December,… More »


Photos: 38 Bands Say Goodbye To Death By Audio

By Peter Helman / November 24, 2014 - 11:26 am
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Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio, which became a staple in the Brooklyn scene after opening in 2007, has now closed its doors for the last time. On Saturday night, Lightning Bolt, JEFF The Brotherhood, A Place To Bury Strangers, and Grooms played the space out for good, but bands have been stopping by to… More »


Kurt Vile And The Violators @ First Unitarian Church, LA 11/21/14

By Ryan Leas / November 22, 2014 - 1:37 pm
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All through November, Red Bull Sound Select is running the event 30 Days In LA, during which they schedule a show a night, always at a different venue, bundling some of their own RBSS artists with artists like Run The Jewels, Phosphorescent, Cut Copy, and a bunch of others. Last night, it was Air Review,… More »


Perfume @ Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC 11/15/14

By Phil Freeman / November 21, 2014 - 11:20 am
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Japanese pop artists rarely come to the US. So when Perfume — the female vocal trio who’ve spent the last decade embodying a unique and amazing techno-pop sound and visual presentation, rising to J-pop prominence in the process — announced that they’d be playing Hammerstein Ballroom (as well as L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium), the response from… More »


Tobias Jesso Jr. Played His Fourth Show Ever In Someone’s Kitchen Last Night

By James Rettig / November 19, 2014 - 11:32 am
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It’s always a little bit nerve-racking seeing an artist perform live for the first time, especially one that’s been garnering a lot of hype on the internet. With only three readily available songs to his name (two of which are demos) and a list of producers for his debut album that include some of the… More »


Caribou @ Webster Hall, NYC 11/14/14

By Ryan Leas / November 15, 2014 - 1:32 pm
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My whole experience with Caribou started live. Back in 2012, when the profile of Dan Snaith’s project rose due to opening for Radiohead, I was one of those who happened to show up to the arena in Newark early looking to secure a good spot for Radiohead and wound up leaving the show a complete… More »


Iceland Airwaves 2014: The War On Drugs, The Flaming Lips, & The Knife’s Final Show

By Ryan Leas / November 10, 2014 - 1:46 pm

While I might be in some kind of minority here, Iceland Airwaves is the kind of thing I prefer to a normal festival. Not that I’d be in a minority because of the Iceland thing — in the past few months of me mentioning I was about to go to this festival, I’ve discovered that… More »


Photos: Jenny Lewis @ Terminal 5, NYC 11/5/14

By Miles Bowe / November 6, 2014 - 12:42 pm
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Jenny Lewis gave us an impressive new album this year, The Voyager. As Tom put it in his review, it was “impossibly glamorous.” That power only intensifies on stage; it’s why Lewis ranked high in our favorite sets at Outside Lands. Last night, Lewis played for a packed audience at Terminal 5 in New York. More »


Photos: Iceage @ Elbo Room, San Francisco 10/31/14

By James Rettig / November 1, 2014 - 5:04 pm
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Iceage spent their Halloween night playing a show at San Francisco’s Elbo Room, though they didn’t do anything especially spooky. They’re currently in the midst of a North American tour in support of their new album, Plowing Into The Field Of Love. Our photographer Autumn Andel was there and you can view her pictures above… More »


Photos: Queens Of The Stone Age’s Halloween Extravaganza @ The Forum, LA 10/31/14

By James Rettig / November 1, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Queens Of The Stone Age celebrated the last show of their …Like Clockwork tour with a Halloween extravaganza. The event — called “The End Of The Road” — took place in Los Angeles last night. The Kills served as the opener and there was also a performance from SuicideGirls, a haunted house, and a costume… More »


Photos/Videos: The Allman Brothers’ Last Concert @ Beacon Theatre, NYC 10/28/14

By Miles Bowe / October 29, 2014 - 12:19 pm
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The Allman Brothers Band have called it quits after four-plus decades making music. They performed their final shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, but saved last night for a big finish. The band played three sets and two encores, which amounted to just under four hours of music. Above you can find… More »


CMJ Photos: DJ Dodger Stadium, Blue Hawaii, Adult Jazz @ Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn 10/25/14

By Miles Bowe / October 27, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Brooklyn Bowl’s Saturday CMJ showcase was a stacked lineup of exciting bands. The biggest name was DJ Dodger Stadium, who released the fantastic album Friend Of Mine earlier this year. As Tom explained in his review, that album worked as dance music, but also hit with a strong emotional quality. The entire showcase carried that… More »


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