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 »

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

By Miles Bowe / October 30, 2013 - 1:06 pm

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 - 12:15 pm

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 - 11:20 am

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 - 5:45 pm

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 - 5:10 pm

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 - 12:49 pm

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 - 4:24 pm

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… More »

CMJ 2013: Fuck Buttons, Lichens, Mystery Skulls @ (Le) Poisson Rouge, NYC 10/18/13

By Miles Bowe / October 19, 2013 - 5:05 pm

You can tell a lot about a band and the way people feel about them based on their opening acts. I learned something about both bands when I saw Chelsea Wolfe open for Swans earlier this year, and I learned a lot when I saw LCD Soundsystem open for Arcade Fire in 2008 (I. Was. More »

Photos: Pearl Jam @ Barclays Center, Brooklyn 10/18/13

By Scott Lapatine / October 19, 2013 - 11:10 am

Pearl Jam played the first of two shows in Brooklyn last night, touring in support of Lightning Bolt which will debut at #1 on the Billboard album chart next week. The band performed five songs (“Daughter,” “Dissident,” “Rearviewmirror,” “Eldery Woman,” “Indifference”) from Vs., which was released 20 years ago today. They also covered Dead Boy… More »

CMJ 2013 Photos: Kelela, Potty Mouth, The Internet @ Fader Fort, Brooklyn 10/17/13

By Miles Bowe / October 18, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Last night’s Fader CMJ showcase brought together a ton of bands that we love. Potty Mouth was a Band To Watch earlier this year, Kelela’s fantastic new release was just our Mixtape of the Week, and we recently did an interview with Odd Future acolytes, the Internet. We sent Luis Ruiz over to capture the… More »

CMJ 2013 Photos: Mutual Benefit, Bent Shapes @ Muchmore’s, Brooklyn 10/16/13

By Stereogum / October 18, 2013 - 10:47 am

With so many great up-and-coming acts vying for your attention during CMJ, it’s tough to know what to attend. But the folks at Father/Daughter Records had your back at Muchmore’s in Williamsburg on Wednesday. Their showcase had a strong line-up (especially in Mutual Benefit, who recently put out an excellent debut) and we sent our… More »

Photos: Nine Inch Nails @ Barclays Center, Brooklyn 10/14/13

By Stereogum / October 15, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Nine Inch Nails stopped by the Barclays Center last night in Brooklyn to show off their new stage show, which looked surprisingly bright and colorful in parts. This is the band’s first stop in NY on the Hesitation Marks tour, though we caught them a while back at Outside Lands where they had an entirely… More »

Ariel Pink @ Mexican Summer: Five Years Festival, Pioneer Works, Red Hook 10/11/13

By Miles Bowe / October 14, 2013 - 12:37 pm

When a label makes it to five years, it’s really something worth celebrating. Mexican Summer is a label that has not only had the drive and strength to make it that far, but (as we explored in depth last week) they’ve also developed a distinct and unique sound along the way. The anniversary was decadently… More »

Artist Portraits From Austin City Limits 2013

By Stereogum / October 8, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Yesterday we shared live shots from the first weekend of Austin City Limits. We also caught up with some bands off-stage to take their photo in a quieter setting. Check out Pooneh Ghana’s great portraits of HAIM, Phoenix, Purity Ring, Tame Impala, Smith Westerns, and more above. More »

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