Soundgarden Bring Superunknown To SXSW

By Ryan Leas / March 14, 2014 - 1:42 pm
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 - 11:49 am
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 - 3:20 pm
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. And, of course, they… More »

Photos: Arcade Fire @ Carnival In Jacmel, Haiti 2/21/14

By Stereogum / February 24, 2014 - 2:18 pm
Arcade Fire have a long history with Haiti: Co-leader Régine Chassagne's parents immigrated from there to Quebec in the 1960s; the band have raised a lot of money for the country in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake; and most of Reflektor was recorded in and inspired by the country. Over the weekend, the… More »

Photos: Pixies @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland 2/19/14

By Stereogum / February 20, 2014 - 1:01 pm
After the departure of Kim Shattuck last year, the Pixies annnounced a massive world tour alongside new bassist Paz Lenchantin. Last night they stopped by the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland to play through a set of song both old and new. We sent photographer Colin McLaughlin over there to capture the night. Check… More »

All-American Bacchanalia: Six Days In Mexico For My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday

By Ryan Leas / February 20, 2014 - 11:06 am
Day 1 There's an eerie sense of calm hanging over the waiting area outside my gate in the Atlanta airport. All around me are people roughly four decades my senior; save for one couple that looks like they may be twenty-somethings as well, I am one of the only people waiting for this flight without… More »

Arctic Monkeys – “All My Loving” (The Beatles Cover)

By Scott Lapatine / February 9, 2014 - 7:56 pm
Arctic Monkeys headlined Madison Square Garden for the first time last night with a 90 minute set focused mostly on last year's AM. The band's encore kicked off with a Miles Kane-assisted cover of "All My Loving" by the Beatles (debuted in Portland, ME the night before) who made their historic first appearance on TheMore »

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

By Miles Bowe / February 7, 2014 - 12:15 pm
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 Gummy Awards. Photographer… More »

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

By Stereogum / January 24, 2014 - 2:19 pm
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 descended into… More »

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

By Miles Bowe / December 14, 2013 - 11:31 am
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 - 4:47 pm
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 where… More »

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

By Chris DeVille / December 6, 2013 - 4:55 pm
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 punks White… More »

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

By Chris DeVille / December 6, 2013 - 3:42 pm
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 - 3:18 pm
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 look… More »

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

By Ryan Leas / November 23, 2013 - 3:20 pm
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 - 2:26 pm
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 - 2:17 pm
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 - 12:54 pm
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 - 9:07 am
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 - 4:08 pm
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 Tomorrow programMore »

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