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

By Miles Bowe / October 19, 2013
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
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… More »

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

By Miles Bowe / October 18, 2013
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… More »

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

By Stereogum / October 18, 2013
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… More »

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

By Stereogum / October 15, 2013
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 a… More »

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

By Miles Bowe / October 14, 2013
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 wa… More »

Artist Portraits From Austin City Limits 2013

By Stereogum / October 8, 2013
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
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 More »

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

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / October 6, 2013
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… More »

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

By Robert Ham / October 4, 2013
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
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… More »

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

By Miles Bowe / September 27, 2013
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
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,… More »

Photos: Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2013

By Miles Bowe / September 23, 2013
Virgin Mobile Freefest, which was held this past Saturday, might have been the best way to end music festival season for most people. It's got a solid line-up, it's only a single day, and (of course) it's free. Thousands of people collected at Merriweather Post Pavilion to see Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Robin Thicke, Chvrches, and… More »

The 7 Best Things At Virgin Mobile Freefest 2013

By Miles Bowe / September 23, 2013
Virgin Mobile Freefest is understandably something that a lot of music fans look forward to every year. The organizers have always curated a line-up that is a hell of a lot better than you would expect from a free music festival, and with everything else going on during the day -- from food to vendor… More »

Metallica @ Apollo Theater, NYC 9/21/13

By Michael Nelson / September 23, 2013
There's no way any review of Metallica's one-night-only concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem can effectively capture the event itself. It was a private show held by SiriusXM, and the majority of the small crowd was made up of SiriusXM subscribers lucky enough to win tickets. (The concert also aired live on SiriusXM's new,… More »

Photos: Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Barclays Center, Brooklyn 9/19/13

By Miles Bowe / September 20, 2013
Last night the Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They released the new album Mosquito (which we really enjoyed) earlier this year, and are now closing in on the end of their tour. We sent photographer Luis Ruiz there to capture the performance, as well as opening act… More »

Oneohtrix Point Never @ Our Lady Of Lebanon Church, Williamsburg 9/17/13

By Miles Bowe / September 18, 2013
If you've only occasionally tuned into Daniel Lopatin's music under the moniker Oneohtrix Point Never, the idea of him playing in a church might seem odd. For someone whose recordings, especially the massive compilation Rifts, often remind people of soundtracks for old sci-fi films, it might seem like a strange setting for his live show. More »

Report From Arcade Fire’s Surprise Show At Montreal’s Salsathèque 9/9/13

By Gregory Bouchard / September 10, 2013
Last night at Montreal's Club Salsathèque, Arcade Fire performed songs from their upcoming double album Reflektor for a crowd of 200 people. The show was announced yesterday morning when a poster for "The Reflektors" appeared under the "Parties" section of Salsathèque's website, saying the event would take place on 9/9 at 9PM and… More »

Photos: Musicfest NW 2013

By Miles Bowe / September 9, 2013
This past weekend Portland held Musicfest NW 2013, which had a pretty sweet line-up. Many of the bands playing have been doing incredible things on the festival circuit this summer and our photographer Colin McLaughlin captured a great deal of them. Above are his photos of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Neko Case, Earth,… More »

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