Photos: Lily Allen @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 5/15/14

By Miles Bowe / May 16, 2014 - 10:50 am

Last night Lily Allen played her first show in the United States since 2009. The controversy spawned by her new material didn’t stop her from selling out the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan, and being hospitalized for food poisoning didn’t keep her from delivering a strong performance. We sent our photographer Luis Ruiz out to capture… More »

Photos: Austin Psych Fest 2014

By Miles Bowe / May 5, 2014 - 4:33 pm

This past weekend Austin Psych Fest hosted a ton of great bands that generally would fall under the umbrella of being psychedelic. That is a gratefully wide definition which led to a varied and far-reaching lineup. Current psych masters like Panda Bear and of Montreal performed alongside old guards like the Zombies while stranger, more… More »

Photos: The Knife @ Terminal 5, NYC 5/1/14

By Miles Bowe / May 2, 2014 - 4:56 pm

After putting out one of the best albums of 2013 with the gargantuan Shaking The Habitual, the Knife have been touring an equally bombastic live show that finally came to New York this week. You can check out photos of last night’s dance-centric performance at Terminal 5 by photographer Erik Erikson above. And below you… More »

Artist Portraits From Coachella 2014

By Miles Bowe / April 18, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Last weekend we told you our top moments for the first week of Coachella from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Today, before the second weekend of the festival begins, we’d like to share some of our intimate portraits of artists and bands at Coachella, including Future Islands, Blood Orange, Disclosure, Courtney Barnett, and Alexis Krauss of… More »

Photos: Queens Of The Stone Age @ Keller Auditorium, Portland 4/15/14

By Miles Bowe / April 16, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Queens Of The Stone Age put on a killer live show — in fact, we just listed them as one of the best parts of Coachella last week. Last night Josh Homme and company stopped by the Keller Auditorium in Portland to play a massive 20-plus-song setlist, touching on many tracks from their recent album… More »

Future Islands, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat @ Doug Fir Lounge, Portland 4/5/14

By Miles Bowe / April 7, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Future Islands got everyone’s attention this year through their triumphant Letterman performance and became the band to see at SXSW. But the fact is that the Baltimore band has been building a cult following through their live shows and albums for roughly half a decade. On their current tour for Album Of The Week pick… More »

Watch Jim James Join The War On Drugs On John Lennon’s “Mind Games” In Portland

By Chris DeVille / March 31, 2014 - 10:27 am

The War On Drugs’ tour behind the triumphant Lost In The Dream rolled into Portland’s Wonder Ballroom Sunday, and we sent photographer Colin McLaughlin to document the action — action that included a guest appearance by Jim James. The My Morning Jacket frontman lent vocals to the cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games” that the… More »

Here’s How Fans Dressed Up For Arcade Fire In Philadelphia

By Scott Lapatine / March 18, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Last fall, Arcade Fire caused a stir when they included a note on Ticketmaster requesting that fans wear formal attire or costume to their upcoming concerts. While their small warm-up shows in Montreal and Brooklyn featured this mandatory dress code, the band clarified that anyone upset about it should relax, because dressing up for the… More »

Watch Julian Casablancas Play 5 New Songs At SXSW’s Chevrolet Courtyard

By Ryan Leas / March 15, 2014 - 1:01 pm

After recent shows in Pensacola and New Orleans, Julian Casablancas hit SXSW with his new backing band the Voidz last night for a headlining set at the Chevrolet Courtyard. Placed at the end of what essentially felt like an alleyway (though you might be able to attribute that to just how many people had packed… More »

Perfect Pussy & Nothing Bring The Noise To Surprise SXSW Bridge Show

By Ryan Leas / March 14, 2014 - 1:48 pm

As the drunken apocalypse that is 6th St. and the heart of SXSW wound down Thursday night, a different show was just getting started off in another corner of Austin. Sometime in the afternoon, retweets had begun to make the rounds, announcing a show called “Above The Bridge” with a poster sardonically emblazoned with a… More »

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 thi… 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 »

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