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Tobias Jesso Jr. Played His Fourth Show Ever In Someone’s Kitchen Last Night

By James Rettig / November 19, 2014 - 11:32 am

It’s always a little bit nerve-racking seeing an artist perform live for the first time, especially one that’s been garnering a lot of hype on the internet. With only three readily available songs to his name (two of which are demos) and a list of producers for his debut album that include some of the… More »


Caribou @ Webster Hall, NYC 11/14/14

By Ryan Leas / November 15, 2014 - 1:32 pm

My whole experience with Caribou started live. Back in 2012, when the profile of Dan Snaith’s project rose due to opening for Radiohead, I was one of those who happened to show up to the arena in Newark early looking to secure a good spot for Radiohead and wound up leaving the show a complete… More »


Genesis Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Reed / November 13, 2014 - 9:58 am

Genesis’ loyal fans and outspoken critics love and hate the band for the exact same reasons. During their prime-era prog-rock run in the early ’70s, with Peter Gabriel as frontman, Genesis either represented the genre at its peak of bloat or expressiveness; during the ’80s, with Phil Collins on vocals, they were selling out stadium… More »


Watch Pharrell Reunite With N.E.R.D., Debut Gwen Stefani’s “Spark The Fire” At Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival

By Chris DeVille / November 10, 2014 - 10:39 am

Pharrell headlined Odd Future’s annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles over the weekend, and a couple notable things happened during his set. For one, his N.E.R.D. cohorts Chad Hugo and Shay Haley joined him on stage for a brief reunion performance that brought Tyler, The Creator to tears. More »


Photos: Jenny Lewis @ Terminal 5, NYC 11/5/14

By Miles Bowe / November 6, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Jenny Lewis gave us an impressive new album this year, The Voyager. As Tom put it in his review, it was “impossibly glamorous.” That power only intensifies on stage; it’s why Lewis ranked high in our favorite sets at Outside Lands. Last night, Lewis played for a packed audience at Terminal 5 in New York. More »


Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best

By Phil Freeman / November 6, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Miles Davis was one of the most important musicians of the 20th Century. How important? He’s one of the two or three jazz musicians non-jazz fans have heard of, and may even have heard something by. More »


Photos: Iceage @ Elbo Room, San Francisco 10/31/14

By James Rettig / November 1, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Iceage spent their Halloween night playing a show at San Francisco’s Elbo Room, though they didn’t do anything especially spooky. They’re currently in the midst of a North American tour in support of their new album, Plowing Into The Field Of Love. Our photographer Autumn Andel was there and you can view her pictures above… More »


Photos: Queens Of The Stone Age’s Halloween Extravaganza @ The Forum, LA 10/31/14

By James Rettig / November 1, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Queens Of The Stone Age celebrated the last show of their …Like Clockwork tour with a Halloween extravaganza. The event — called “The End Of The Road” — took place in Los Angeles last night. The Kills served as the opener and there was also a performance from SuicideGirls, a haunted house, and a costume… More »


Photos/Videos: The Allman Brothers’ Last Concert @ Beacon Theatre, NYC 10/28/14

By Miles Bowe / October 29, 2014 - 12:19 pm

The Allman Brothers Band have called it quits after four-plus decades making music. They performed their final shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, but saved last night for a big finish. The band played three sets and two encores, which amounted to just under four hours of music. Above you can find… More »


Led Zeppelin Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / October 29, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Led Zeppelin is a formative experience. They’re the kind of band you discover early on, that kicks open the door to a whole bunch of other things. It’s hard to separate those experiences, eventually. I can’t tell you the last time I listened to Nevermind or Appetite For Destruction the whole way through, and for… More »


CMJ Photos: DJ Dodger Stadium, Blue Hawaii, Adult Jazz @ Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn 10/25/14

By Miles Bowe / October 27, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Brooklyn Bowl’s Saturday CMJ showcase was a stacked lineup of exciting bands. The biggest name was DJ Dodger Stadium, who released the fantastic album Friend Of Mine earlier this year. As Tom explained in his review, that album worked as dance music, but also hit with a strong emotional quality. The entire showcase carried that… More »


Run The Jewels Announce Global Graffiti Project, Rough Trade NYC In-Store

By Chris DeVille / October 27, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Run The Jewels is nothing if not an example of how old-school foundational hip-hop can adapt for the future without compromising its essence. So it makes sense that in addition to the duo’s MC-and-DJ-based musical onslaught, they’ve commissioned a worldwide graffiti project called Tag The Jewels. More than 30 artists across six continents were invited… More »


Photos: Beach Goth 3 Fest Feat. Atlas Sound, Foxygen, DIIV, Alice Glass, & More

By Peter Helman / October 27, 2014 - 11:58 am

Orange County’s eclectic Beach Goth festival, organized by surf-rock weirdos the Growlers, returned for its third year on Saturday. The fest included a diverse lineup, some wandering Oompa Loompas, and — for some reason — an incredibly awkward Pauly Shore on hosting duty, who somehow managed to piss off Alice Glass enough that she reportedly… More »


Photos: Perfume Genius @ Mississippi Studios, Portland 10/24/14

By James Rettig / October 26, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Perfume Genius played Portland’s Mississippi Studios on Friday night, and our photographer Colin McLaughlin was there to capture it. Mike Hadreas gave a characteristically great performance — his setlist was geared mostly towards songs from his fantastic new album, Too Bright, but he also dipped into his back catalog as well. Matteah Baim opened. Check… More »


CMJ: Girlpool, Jawbreaker Reunion, Amanda X, Bent Shapes, & More @ Silent Barn, Brooklyn 10/24/14

By James Rettig / October 26, 2014 - 3:37 pm

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that the lineup for the Miscreant & Father/Daughter CMJ showcase was tailor-made for me. Pretty much every artist on the bill has been in my high rotation all year, so I was insanely excited to see everyone live, most of them for the first time. The lineu… More »


CMJ: Blue Hawaii, Ballet School, Lydia Ainsworth @ Glasslands, Brooklyn 10/24/14

By Ryan Leas / October 25, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Ever since we named Lydia Ainsworth’s dual EP debut Right From Real Stereogum’s Album Of The Week almost a month ago, I’ve been hooked on it. Going into last night’s PopGun showcase at the not-long-for-this-world Glasslands, Ainsworth’s presence was the main hook for me. And, well, unfortunately I ran late and only caught the last… More »


Check Out Revealing Zoomed-Out Views Of Classic Album Covers

By Michael Nelson / October 24, 2014 - 5:40 pm

In this era of Instagram, we all know just how easy it is to crop the hell out of a picture to remove from the fringes all unwanted detritus (i.e., our friends) and maximize the attractiveness of the image’s primary subject (i.e., ourself). But back in the day you needed a degree in graphic desig… More »


CMJ: Twin Peaks, Happyness, Nai Harvest @ Rough Trade, Brooklyn 10/23/14

By Ryan Leas / October 24, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Yesterday was a disgusting day in New York, and this is coming from someone whose favorite season is winter: wet coldness due to the obnoxiously persistent rain, and a particularly bone-cutting kind of wind (especially if you were, like me, near the East River). Given that, spending the day indoors, at an afternoon showcase at… More »


CMJ: Ryn Weaver @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 10/22/14

By Ryan Leas / October 23, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Chances are, if you read this site or anything about music on the internet, you heard about Ryn Weaver this summer. Back in June, Weaver appeared, seemingly apropos of nothing, on SoundCloud with “OctaHate,” a song that garnered considerable buzz because A) it’s a really great, infectious song, and B) the murderer’s row of people… More »


Trash Talk Get Their Own Converse

By Miles Bowe / October 22, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Converse has a history of getting bands to design custom sneakers, from Metallica to Big Boi to Pink Floyd (check out our official band sneaker guide for way more). Now, Trash Talk are getting their own official Converse design, and the kicks are inspired by the LP released by the band earlier this year, NoMore »


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