Concert

How To Dress Well’s “What Is This Heart?” Had A Spectacular Live Debut

By Miles Bowe / June 12, 2014
Last night in New York City, Tom Krell debuted most of the songs from "What Is This Heart?", the highly anticipated third album of his influential experimental R&B project How To Dress Well. Yet the most significant moment of the evening came from a throwback to one of the earliest songs of his career. Krell… More »


The 10 Best Sets At Governors Ball 2014

By Ryan Leas / June 9, 2014
I recognize this is an issue of taste, but Governors Ball 2014 was a little bit of a mixed bag for me. There were two headliners I loved, and they conflicted, and I had no interest in the subsequent four on Saturday and Sunday. After being impressed and surprised repeatedly on Friday, I had a… More »


BottleRock 2014 Sunday: Thee Oh Sees And Deerhunter Deliver Strong Sets For Small Crowds

By Ryan Leas / June 2, 2014
It's not uncommon for a festival's last day to be something of a comedown. It's Sunday, and everyone's sunburnt and hungover and staring down the barrel of a work week -- the return to reality matched with the physical fatigue of having stood out in a field for three days. It takes a powerful and… More »


BottleRock 2014 Saturday: OutKast And Weezer Deliver The Hits, No Age Open For Smash Mouth

By Ryan Leas / June 1, 2014
Every now and then, it's good to reorient your perspective. At any given more established or mainstream festival stocked with your usual indie mainstays, No Age wouldn't come across as too out there or jarring, but between BottleRock's semi-bucolic surroundings, laidback tone and pace, and generally more rustic or easygoing lineup (the band was playing… More »


BottleRock 2014 Friday: TV On The Radio Debut Three Songs, The Cure Get Cut Off

By Ryan Leas / May 31, 2014
The second year of Napa Valley's BottleRock festival got off to a slow start yesterday, as a modest crowd milled around through some of the festival's lesser known acts. By the time TV On The Radio started off the evening, however, a more sizable group of fans had gathered to see one of the Brookly… More »


Panda Bear @ Warsaw, Brooklyn 5/18/14

By Colin St. John / May 19, 2014
UPDATE: You can download a fan recording of the concert at two-sails. Here's a sample:… More »


Lykke Li @ The Apollo, NYC 5/15/14

By Claire Lobenfeld / May 16, 2014
A "pathetic fallacy" occurs when, in a story, nature reacts to a human emotion: when everything is going wrong and a character says something like, "At least it's not raining," and then BAM! it rains. Lykke Li, the current queen of heartbreak, had the opposite effect on New York City last night. A rainy morning… More »


Photos: Lily Allen @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 5/15/14

By Miles Bowe / May 16, 2014
Last night Lily Allen played her first show in the United States since 2009. The controversy spawned by her new material didn't stop her from selling out the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan, and being hospitalized for food poisoning didn't keep her from delivering a strong performance. We sent our photographer Luis RuizMore »


Photos: Austin Psych Fest 2014

By Miles Bowe / May 5, 2014
This past weekend Austin Psych Fest hosted a ton of great bands that generally would fall under the umbrella of being psychedelic. That is a gratefully wide definition which led to a varied and far-reaching lineup. Current psych masters like Panda Bear and of Montreal performed alongside old guards like the Zombies while stranger, more… More »


Photos: The Knife @ Terminal 5, NYC 5/1/14

By Miles Bowe / May 2, 2014
After putting out one of the best albums of 2013 with the gargantuan Shaking The Habitual, the Knife have been touring an equally bombastic live show that finally came to New York this week. You can check out photos of last night's dance-centric performance at Terminal 5 by photographer Erik Erikson above. And… More »


Artist Portraits From Coachella 2014

By Miles Bowe / April 18, 2014
Last weekend we told you our top moments for the first week of Coachella from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Today, before the second weekend of the festival begins, we'd like to share some of our intimate portraits of artists and bands at Coachella, including Future Islands, Blood Orange, Disclosure, Courtney Barnett, and… More »


Photos: Queens Of The Stone Age @ Keller Auditorium, Portland 4/15/14

By Miles Bowe / April 16, 2014
Queens Of The Stone Age put on a killer live show -- in fact, we just listed them as one of the best parts of Coachella last week. Last night Josh Homme and company stopped by the Keller Auditorium in Portland to play a massive 20-plus-song setlist, touching on many tracks from their recent… More »


Future Islands, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat @ Doug Fir Lounge, Portland 4/5/14

By Miles Bowe / April 7, 2014
Future Islands got everyone's attention this year through their triumphant Letterman performance and became the band to see at SXSW. But the fact is that the Baltimore band has been building a cult following through their live shows and albums for roughly half a decade. On their current tour for Album OfMore »


Watch Jim James Join The War On Drugs On John Lennon’s “Mind Games” In Portland

By Chris DeVille / March 31, 2014
The War On Drugs' tour behind the triumphant Lost In The Dream rolled into Portland's Wonder Ballroom Sunday, and we sent photographer Colin McLaughlin to document the action -- action that included a guest appearance by Jim James. The My Morning Jacket frontman lent vocals to the cover of John Lennon's "Mind Games"More »


Here’s How Fans Dressed Up For Arcade Fire In Philadelphia

By Scott Lapatine / March 18, 2014
Last fall, Arcade Fire caused a stir when they included a note on Ticketmaster requesting that fans wear formal attire or costume to their upcoming concerts. While their small warm-up shows in Montreal and Brooklyn featured this mandatory dress code, the band clarified that anyone upset about it should relax, because dressing… More »


Watch Julian Casablancas Play 5 New Songs At SXSW’s Chevrolet Courtyard

By Ryan Leas / March 15, 2014
After recent shows in Pensacola and New Orleans, Julian Casablancas hit SXSW with his new backing band the Voidz last night for a headlining set at the Chevrolet Courtyard. Placed at the end of what essentially felt like an alleyway (though you might be able to attribute that to just how many people had packed… More »


Perfect Pussy & Nothing Bring The Noise To Surprise SXSW Bridge Show

By Ryan Leas / March 14, 2014
As the drunken apocalypse that is 6th St. and the heart of SXSW wound down Thursday night, a different show was just getting started off in another corner of Austin. Sometime in the afternoon, retweets had begun to make the rounds, announcing a show called "Above The Bridge" with a poster sardonically emblazoned with a… More »


Soundgarden Bring Superunknown To SXSW

By Ryan Leas / March 14, 2014
There was a time when it wasn't a pseudo-common thing for a band to play a record straight through in concert. That time wasn't that long ago, but it seems to be receding ever faster into the rearview. Once a practice associated with washed-up, no-longer-relevant acts making the rounds and cashing in on lingering nostalgia,… More »


Damon Albarn Closes SXSW Day 2 With Career-Spanning Set, But No Hits

By Ryan Leas / March 13, 2014
After a long night featuring sets alternatively blistering (Perfect Pussy, Eagulls), danceable (Kelis), and mind-altering (St. Vincent), somewhere around 1:20 AM, NPR's Wednesday night SXSW showcase wound around to its headliner, Damon Albarn. The show happened at Stubb's BBQ, which by SXSW standards is considered a larger stage (or, at least, it has been considered… More »


Photos: Wild Beasts @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 3/4/14

By Miles Bowe / March 5, 2014
Wild Beasts have been the source of an enormous amount of great music lately. Aside from their outstanding new album, Present Tense, there have been remixes of their songs by such wildly different artists as Factory Floor and The Field, not to mention recent covers of Leonard Cohen and Miley Cyrus. More »


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