Photos: Blood Orange @ Webster Hall, NYC 2/6/14

By Miles Bowe / February 7, 2014
Dev Hynes is Blood Orange, and he stopped by Webster Hall last night to play for a sold out crowd. Showcasing some fantastic dance moves, and an even more fantastic hat, Hynes played a set mostly comprised of songs from Cupid Deluxe, one of the best albums of 2013 according to the GummyMore »

Volcano Choir @ Wonder Ballroom, Portland 1/23/14

By Stereogum / January 24, 2014
Volcano Choir stopped by Portland's Wonder Ballroom last night to perform many of the tracks on Repave, one of last year's best albums. In addition to most of that release, fans got to hear a couple of non-album cuts like "The Agreement." Justin Vernon also performed the Bon Iver favorite "Woods," which eventually… More »

We Saw Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza-Themed Velvet Underground Cover Band Last Night

By Miles Bowe / December 14, 2013
I have seen the future of rock and roll, and it is delicious. Stepping into Williamsburg's Baby's All Right, I was hit with the intoxicating perfume of freshly baked dough and I knew I was in the right place. They were a young band, not too many shows down so far, with all the song… More »

Chvrches @ The McKittrick Hotel, NYC 12/11/13

By Miles Bowe / December 12, 2013
I considered myself extremely lucky when it came to Chvrches this year. I think I am one of the very few audience members who got to see both the first show of their US Tour (at Sasquatch! Festival) and the final, Tuesday night's private performance for SiriusXM at the McKittrick Hotel, the same building… More »

Photos: Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy @ Kimmel Center, NYC 12/5/13

By Chris DeVille / December 6, 2013
Three exhilarating punk bands at different stages of their careers converged at NYU's Kimmel Center last night, and our photographer BJ Enright was there to take in the action. Atop the bill were the trailblazing hardcore veterans Ceremony, currently at work on the follow-up to 2012's Album Of The Week honoree Zoo. Vancouver… More »

Operators (Dan Boeckner & Sam Brown), Connections @ Double Happiness, Columbus, OH 12/5/13

By Chris DeVille / December 6, 2013
It's weird how these things play out. Sam Brown had already done stints drumming for seminal Columbus garage punk bands Gaunt and New Bomb Turks when he joined pop-minded alt-rockers the Sun on a whim back in 2002 days before their showcase with Warner Brothers. The Sun inked a deal with WB that would unfold… More »

Photos: Drake, Miguel, Future @ Moda Center, Portland 12/3/13

By Miles Bowe / December 4, 2013
Drake put out one of our favorite albums of the year a while back, and since then has been on tour with Miguel and Future. It's a trifecta of amazing musicians, so we sent photographer Colin McLaughlin over to the Moda Center in Portland to capture the show. Check out our gallery above, and… More »

Sleigh Bells, Danny Brown @ Terminal 5, NYC 11/22/13

By Ryan Leas / November 23, 2013
At first glance, Danny Brown and Sleigh Bells on the same bill doesn't necessarily make a whole lot of sense, almost as incongruous—though not half as offensive—as the fact that Dinosaur Jr. will be opening for MGMT next month. It's one of those shows where you almost feel like there are different groups of people… More »

Boston Hassle Fest 5 In Words And Photos

By Miles Bowe / November 11, 2013
This all feels like a milestone, Dan Shea tells me. We're sitting in a back room of the Elk's Lodge basement, a dungeon-esque place with low ceilings and lower lighting. We're surrounded by stacks of instruments, and people are coming through, running questions by Shea, while an artist works through a solo sax performance nearby… More »

The 15 Most Memorable Moments At Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

By Ryan Leas / November 11, 2013
Fun Fun Fun Fest went down this past weekend in Austin, Texas, aka "the Live Music Capital Of The World." The Fest celebrated its eighth year with headliners M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, and Slayer, along with a stacked lineup that included Ice-T, the Descendents, Kurt Vile, the Julie Ruin, Bleached, Killer Mike, the Men, Chelsea Light… More »

A$AP Ferg @ Branx, Portland 11/9/13

By Chris DeVille / November 11, 2013
A$AP Ferg and A$AP Mob's Turnt x Burnt Tour rolled into Portland club Branx on Saturday, and Stereogum photographer Colin McLaughlin was there to capture the action. From the looks of these photos, it was just as much of a madhouse as when I caught Ferg and his cohorts a week prior in Columbus. More »

Report From Death Cab For Cutie’s Secret Acoustic Show In Seattle Last Night

By Jonathan Zwickel / November 8, 2013
Blame it on the city, or blame it the band, but last night in Seattle people did not freak out for the surprise "special guest" appearance of Death Cab For Cutie during the opening of Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary weekend. More »

Watch WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Open For M.I.A. In NYC

By Stereogum / November 2, 2013
Last night, before M.I.A.'s set at NYC's Terminal 5, Julian Assange Skyped into the venue from his current home in London's Ecuadorian embassy. M.I.A. has had a long mutual admiration with the WikiLeaks founder, taking inspiration from him on her Vicki Leekx mixtape in 2010 and writing the theme to his The World TomorrowMore »

Photos: Janelle Monáe @ Roseland, Portland 10/29/13

By Miles Bowe / October 30, 2013
For many people, their first exposure to Janelle Monáe was as an opening act to of Montreal. Though she has moved completely beyond those early days to massive pop stardom, it was always a good combination. From the theatricality, costume changes, and explosive energy, Monáe still carries the magic from those early shows, only amplified… More »

Arcade Fire @ Capitol Records, Hollywood 10/29/13

By Philip Cosores / October 30, 2013
If you have a couple hours to kill, Google "Arcade Fire live reviews" and set the date range to 2003-2006. You'll see some good writing and some average writing and you'll realize that the Believer published a concert review at one point, but noticeably you'll catch writing unlike the binary concert reviews we're used to. More »

Watch Sky Ferreira & DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith Cover Elliott Smith

By Miles Bowe / October 22, 2013
Last night, in remembrance of the 10 year anniversary of Elliott Smith's death, several musicians gathered at Glasslands in Brooklyn to celebrate his songs. An Elliott Smith Tribute Show performers included Cat Power, Sky Ferreira, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Aaron Pfenning (ex-Chairlift), Marissa Nadler, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), and others. Check out our photos from… More »

Artist Portraits From Treasure Island Festival 2013

By Miles Bowe / October 21, 2013
In addition to our gallery of live shots from last weekend's Treasure Island Festival, our photographer Moses Namkung snapped some intimate portraits of Sleigh Bells, Disclosure, Holy Ghost!, Palma Violets, and more. Check them out above. More »

Photos: Treasure Island Festival 2013

By Miles Bowe / October 21, 2013
People who live in the Bay Area are lucky. Not only did they get to enjoy the incredible Outside Lands lineup, a month later they get a whole other festival in the form of Treasure Island. A ton of great bands showed up there over the weekend, from James Blake to Holy Ghost! to Real… More »

CMJ 2013: Exploding In Sound Showcase @ Silent Barn, Brooklyn 10/19/13

By Miles Bowe / October 21, 2013
The Exploding In Sound showcase at Silent Barn in Brooklyn last Saturday was special for a few reasons. It was a moment of catharsis for fans that watched the label and the growing family of bands associated with them make their meteoric rise to success. It was also the two-year anniversary of the label, a… More »

Kanye Finds Jesus At Yeezus Tour Opener In Seattle

By Jonathan Zwickel / October 20, 2013
Beyond irony, beyond sincerity, in the '00s we've entered the Age of Ambivalence. The common definition of the word misplaces it alongside apathy -- a lack of care or concern. Its true meaning is more complicated and more relevant: To be ambivalent is to simultaneously hold two opposing ideas about a thing. The Internet, smart… More »

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