Concert

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

By Ryan Leas / November 22, 2014 - 1:37 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »


Photos: Beach Goth 3 Fest Feat. Atlas Sound, Foxygen, DIIV, Alice Glass, & More

By Peter Helman / October 27, 2014 - 11:58 am

Orange County’s eclectic Beach Goth festival, organized by surf-rock weirdos the Growlers, returned for its third year on Saturday. The fest included a diverse lineup, some wandering Oompa Loompas, and — for some reason — an incredibly awkward Pauly Shore on hosting duty, who somehow managed to piss off Alice Glass enough that she reportedly… More »


Photos: Perfume Genius @ Mississippi Studios, Portland 10/24/14

By James Rettig / October 26, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Perfume Genius played Portland’s Mississippi Studios on Friday night, and our photographer Colin McLaughlin was there to capture it. Mike Hadreas gave a characteristically great performance — his setlist was geared mostly towards songs from his fantastic new album, Too Bright, but he also dipped into his back catalog as well. Matteah Baim opened. Check… More »


CMJ: Girlpool, Jawbreaker Reunion, Amanda X, Bent Shapes, & More @ Silent Barn, Brooklyn 10/24/14

By James Rettig / October 26, 2014 - 3:37 pm

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that the lineup for the Miscreant & Father/Daughter CMJ showcase was tailor-made for me. Pretty much every artist on the bill has been in my high rotation all year, so I was insanely excited to see everyone live, most of them for the first time. The lineu… More »


CMJ: Blue Hawaii, Ballet School, Lydia Ainsworth @ Glasslands, Brooklyn 10/24/14

By Ryan Leas / October 25, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Ever since we named Lydia Ainsworth’s dual EP debut Right From Real Stereogum’s Album Of The Week almost a month ago, I’ve been hooked on it. Going into last night’s PopGun showcase at the not-long-for-this-world Glasslands, Ainsworth’s presence was the main hook for me. And, well, unfortunately I ran late and only caught the last… More »


CMJ: Twin Peaks, Happyness, Nai Harvest @ Rough Trade, Brooklyn 10/23/14

By Ryan Leas / October 24, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Yesterday was a disgusting day in New York, and this is coming from someone whose favorite season is winter: wet coldness due to the obnoxiously persistent rain, and a particularly bone-cutting kind of wind (especially if you were, like me, near the East River). Given that, spending the day indoors, at an afternoon showcase at… More »


CMJ: Ryn Weaver @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 10/22/14

By Ryan Leas / October 23, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Chances are, if you read this site or anything about music on the internet, you heard about Ryn Weaver this summer. Back in June, Weaver appeared, seemingly apropos of nothing, on SoundCloud with “OctaHate,” a song that garnered considerable buzz because A) it’s a really great, infectious song, and B) the murderer’s row of people… More »


Photos: Jessie Ware @ The Chapel, San Francisco 10/21/14

By Miles Bowe / October 22, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Jessie Ware has made major pop music strides with her second album, Tough Love, but it pays off, as Tom explained in his review when he called it “an example of how hard this soft-pop can kick you in the gut when it’s done just right.” Last night, Ware played her album-release show in Sa… More »


Photos: Alt-J @ The Paramount Theatre, Seattle 10/15/14

By Miles Bowe / October 16, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Alt-J released their anticipated second album, This Is All Yours, to an army of eager fans last month. Since then, the Leeds-based psych-rock band began a North American tour that included a stop at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle last night. We sent photographer Eric Tra to capture the event. Check out the photo gallery… More »


Cheap Girls, Beach Slang, Chumped @ Saint Vitus, Brooklyn 10/14/14

By James Rettig / October 15, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Midwestern rockers Cheap Girls kicked off their tour last night at Greenpoint’s Saint Vitus along with Beach Slang, Signals Midwest, and Lee Corey Oswald. Brooklyn-based Chumped kicked off the night with a short but sweet set that included their recent tracks “Hot 97 Summer Jam” and “Songs About Boats.” Later, Beach Slang played songs from… More »


Rave Of Thrones: A Night With DJ Hodor At House B.B. King

By Ryan Leas / October 13, 2014 - 3:04 pm

There are few things that would convince me it’s a good idea to go to Times Square on a Friday night. Let alone the Friday preceding what is, for some people, a long weekend; the area seemed extra clogged with drunken tourists this past Friday. And, hey, that’s good for them, it’s just not where… More »


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