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Jawbreaker’s San Francisco Show Raised The Bar For Punk Reunion Tours

"So how the fuck did all of you get tickets?" says Paul Lee, the singer of '90s East Bay punk band Monsula. There’s an air…
Nina Corcoran | August 14, 2017 - 11:49 am

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Car Seat Headrest Played One Of The Best Sets At Lollapalooza 2017

Teens Of Denial, Car Seat Headrest's breakthrough album from last year, was a minor miracle. It was built on music that had plenty of retro…
Ryan Leas | August 7, 2017 - 12:22 pm

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Flight Of The Conchords’ Comedy-Rock Friendship Still Feels Timeless 10 Years Later

Rock 'n' roll may be the result of combining sex, drugs, and a few good blues guitar runs, but at its best it's all about…
Margaret Farrell | August 7, 2017 - 11:41 am

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Arcade Fire Bring New Songs, Old Favorites, And “Mind Games” To Intimate Chicago Show

We're used to Arcade Fire being gigantic now. Years past the moment where the band started to attain the kind of magnitude their music always…
Ryan Leas | August 6, 2017 - 1:45 pm

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Nine Inch Nails Crushed Panorama With Controlled Rage

Whenever people ask what the first show I ever saw was, my standard response is, "Do you want the cool answer, or the real answer?"
Michael Tedder | July 31, 2017 - 1:42 pm

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Tame Impala Headlined Panorama With Hits And Rarities

It's been just over two years since Tame Impala released Currents. And in that time, the man behind it all, Kevin Parker, has seemed fairly…
Ryan Leas | July 30, 2017 - 3:16 pm

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Fans See Frank Ocean Like A UFO At Panorama 2017

One of the best recent Getty Images of Frank Ocean is a paparazzi shot of him wandering around SoHo. Frank’s wearing a T-shirt with a…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | July 29, 2017 - 2:23 pm

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Tom Petty Brought All The Hits To Forest Hills

Last night, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers brought their 40th anniversary tour to New York for the first time. After playing an arena in New…
Ryan Leas | July 27, 2017 - 2:03 pm

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Who Knew The Faint Were Still So Popular? And Other Thoughts After FYF Fest 2017

In some of my darker moments from this past weekend, I had to wonder why anyone reads these festival recaps. Or, to clarify -- why…
Ian Cohen | July 26, 2017 - 2:58 pm

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Reasons To Be Missed: A Fan Remembers Chester Bennington

When I got news that Chester Bennington was dead, the last thing I had tweeted was a semi-serious theory that Linkin Park's song "Papercut" was…
Nina Mashurova | July 21, 2017 - 3:59 pm

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Last Night Guns N’ Roses Played An Epic Set At The Apollo, Today Appetite For Destruction Turns 30

Appetite For Destruction turns 30 today. If you’re a fan of rock music, it doesn’t really matter when you were born -- that’s bound to…
Ryan Leas | July 21, 2017 - 1:22 pm

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Against All Odds, Linkin Park Were America’s Last Huge Rock Band

During the late '90s and early '00s, I was one of Alternative Press magazine's nü-metal correspondents. The publisher and editors didn't really favor the music…
Phil Freeman | July 21, 2017 - 11:58 am

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Chester Bennington Turned Nü-Metal Universal

What was so startling about Chester Bennington's left-field rant this past May toward fans who weren't down with Linkin Park's EDM-influenced 2017 single "Heavy" (a…
Dan Weiss | July 20, 2017 - 8:06 pm

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Joey Purp And Jamila Woods Show How Deep Chicago Rolls At Pitchfork Fest

"We still alive, Chicago?" Joey Purp came back to that refrain over and over again throughout his set Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival's Blue Stage.
Chris DeVille | July 17, 2017 - 12:35 pm

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Solange Closes Out Pitchfork Festival With A Dazzling, Moving Vision Of A Set

Only once during Solange's headlining set at the Pitchfork Music Festival last night did someone other than Solange speak into a microphone. This was toward…
Tom Breihan | July 17, 2017 - 11:52 am
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