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 Internet, smart… 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 »

Photos: Austin City Limits 2013

By Stereogum / October 7, 2013 - 11:30 am
The first of two Austin City Limits weekends took place in Zilker Park over the weekend, with performances by Depeche Mode, the Cure, Kings Of Leon, Atoms For Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, the National, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, HAIM, and dozens more. Check out photos from the festival by JWMore »

Sleigh Bells @ (Le) Poisson Rouge, NYC 10/5/13

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / October 6, 2013 - 2:14 pm
Four years ago, before releasing any full-length material, Sleigh Bells played a show at (Le) Poisson Rouge that caught our attention. Last night, the Brooklyn-based duo celebrated the release of its third full-length album Bitter Rivals in the same filled-to-capacity venue. Derek Miller and band walked onstage to an electronic drumroll produced by a guy… More »

Fiona Apple & Blake Mills @ Newmark Theatre, Portland 10/3/13

By Robert Ham / October 4, 2013 - 9:57 am
The balance of the evening was already a delicate one. The restraint of the audience at the Newmark Theater as they watched the manic glee of Fiona Apple in performance mode was palpable. Yes, they laughed at her strange stage banter (after one particularly sexy duet with tour mate Blake Mills, she exclaimed, "See, Christians? More »

Photos: Depeche Mode @ Staples Center, Los Angeles 10/2/13

By Andrew Youssef / October 3, 2013 - 5:06 pm
Depeche Mode capped an impressive three night run at the Staples Center in the midst of their tour for their latest album, Delta Machine. Dave Gahan owned the stage with his assortment of twirls and effective use of the microphone stand, as his stage presence is in a league of its own. Martin Gore also… More »

Photos: Neko Case, A.C. Newman @ Radio City Music Hall, NY 9/26/13

By Miles Bowe / September 27, 2013 - 12:47 pm
Neko Case stopped by Radio City Music Hall last night while touring her newest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, with some support from fellow New Pornographer, A.C. Newman. Playing to a nearly sold out audience Case worked through a long set of… More »

Photos: Savages @ Wonder Ballroom, Portland 9/25/13

By Miles Bowe / September 26, 2013 - 1:23 pm
Savages, who put out one of our favorite albums of this year this spring, stopped by the Wonder Ballroom in Portland last night to play through their set of volcanic post-punk, including a cover of Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream." We sent photographer Colin McLaughlin to capture the entire performance. Check out the gallery above, and… More »

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