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Photos: Newport Folk Festival 2014

By Miles Bowe / July 29, 2014
This past weekend brought the 2014 edition of the Newport Folk Festival. Headliners included Jenny Lewis, Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, and a very special appearance by Mavis Staples. We sent photographer Taylor Hill to capture the event, and you can find our gallery of performance photos and portraits above. More »


Artist Portraits From Pitchfork Festival 2014

By Miles Bowe / July 21, 2014
This past weekend, Pitchfork Festival went down in Chicago, and it included a great deal of excellent acts. We sent our photographer Max Herman to capture some behind-the-scenes portraits of artists around the festival. Above you'll find photos of DIIV, Deafheaven, Giorgio Moroder, and more. More »


Photos: 4Knots Festival 2014 Feat. Mac DeMarco’s Tattooed Pig Fetus

By Miles Bowe / July 14, 2014
This past weekend, 4Knots Festival 2014 took place in its usual location at the South Street Seaport in NYC. It's a great festival for a few reasons: The location is incredible; admission is free; it's only one day so there's not much of a time commitment; and it always manages to cram in a to… More »


Judas Priest Albums From Worst To Best

By Adrien Begrand / July 9, 2014
Judas Priest is heavy metal personified. The most important innovator in the genre's progression after Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Judas Priest's influence looms immensely on not only heavy metal's music, but its visual presentation as well. Historically, the Birmingham band fits neatly in the genre's second wave alongside Scorpions, UFO, Rainbow, and KISS, a… More »


Photos: Robyn & Röyksopp @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco 6/28/14

By Miles Bowe / June 30, 2014
We finally got to hear some new Robyn songs, recorded at her performance in Hollywood last night. And this past Saturday, the singer (along with her buddies Röyksopp) stopped off in San Francisco for a large show at the Bill Graham Auditorium. We sent our photographer Moses Namkung to capture the performance, and you… More »


Watch Glastonbury 2014 Performances From Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Jack White, Disclosure, Haim, & More

By Scott Lapatine / June 28, 2014
Glastonbury, the world's biggest and wettest music festival, is going down this weekend and despite what M.I.A. claims the BBC has been broadcasting bits of all the performances from the legendary Somerset extravaganza. Below you can watch professionally shot footage of songs from Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Haim, Metallica, MGMT, Parquet Courts, Chvrches,… More »


Photos: Strand Of Oaks @ Mercury Lounge, NYC 6/26/14

By Peter Helman / June 27, 2014
Timothy Showalter aka Strand Of Oaks just put out the powerful, cathartic HEAL, one of the best albums of 2014 so far (and we recently spoke with him about it). Last night he launched the tour for the album at NYC's Mercury Lounge, and we sent wagz2it to document the show. Check… More »


Photos: Beyoncé And Jay Z On The Run Tour @ Sun Life Stadium, Miami 6/25/14

By Miles Bowe / June 26, 2014
Last night Beyoncé and Jay Z kicked off their On The Run Tour in Miami. The couple switched back and forth between their respective songs over the course of a sprawling 43-song performance. Check out some photos above and the epic setlist below. More »


Prince Albums From Worst To Best

By Brad Shoup / June 25, 2014
In baseball, the five-tool player is kind of a bullshit concept, but it connotes a particular beauty. The five-tool player hits for power, hits for average, throws well, fields well, and roams the basepaths like a guerilla warrior; when the term "five-tool" is deployed, it implicitly presents these skills as equally weighted. As the greatest… More »


Photos: Veruca Salt Reunion @ Mississippi Studios, Portland 6/22/14

By Miles Bowe / June 23, 2014
This year, their original Veruca Salt lineup got back together. We already spoke to co-frontwomen Nina Gordon and Louise Post in their first joint interview in 17 years, and last night the band began what will be their first tour in just under two decades. Veruca Salt performed at the Mississippi Studios in Portland… More »


Photos: NorthSide Festival (Denmark) 2014

By Miles Bowe / June 20, 2014
The 2014 iteration of the Danish music festival NorthSide took place this past weekend and hosted a large number of exciting bands. There were the major rocks acts such as Arcade Fire, the Pixies, and the National, but there was a lot to be seen beyond that, too. There was Franz Ferdinand, Mount Kimbie, Roby… More »


The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far

By Stereogum / June 17, 2014
Great music has come from just about every corner of the musical map this year, and on this list of our favorites of the year's first half, there's no real connecting thread. An ambitious all-over-the-place album from a big-money Nashville country mainstay is just as likely to rule as, say, a mixtape from a pair… More »


The 10 Best Sets At Bonnaroo 2014

By Ryan Leas / June 16, 2014
It has to be a toss-up between Coachella and Bonnaroo as to which is our most iconic currently active American festival. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I found the earlier years of Bonnaroo somewhat mythic -- I had friends who would make summer trips down to the festival, and they talked about it like it wa… More »


Canada Got Peak Lorde At The Much Music Video Awards

By Tom Breihan / June 16, 2014
The Canadian music network Much Music is the station that employs Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham as a VJ, but it's still best understood as a more-local MTV analog, something that comes through pretty clearly if you look at the station's annual Much Music Video Awards show, which went down this past weekend. Despite it… More »


How To Dress Well’s “What Is This Heart?” Had A Spectacular Live Debut

By Miles Bowe / June 12, 2014
Last night in New York City, Tom Krell debuted most of the songs from "What Is This Heart?", the highly anticipated third album of his influential experimental R&B project How To Dress Well. Yet the most significant moment of the evening came from a throwback to one of the earliest songs of his career. Krell… More »


Rush Albums From Worst To Best

By Adrien Begrand / June 10, 2014
For a band that has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, whose streak of consecutive gold and platinum records is topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, trying to nail down the exact reason why Canadian trio Rush is so adored by so many is never easy. Reviled by critics -- or… More »


Artists Portraits From Governors Ball 2014

By Stereogum / June 9, 2014
This past weekend, New York City hosted the annual Governors Ball, whose 10 Best Sets we counted down for you right here. Photographer Luis Ruiz was on site to document the festival for Stereogum, and he managed to pull aside many of the artists in attendance to do some portrait shots before or… More »


The 10 Best Sets At Governors Ball 2014

By Ryan Leas / June 9, 2014
I recognize this is an issue of taste, but Governors Ball 2014 was a little bit of a mixed bag for me. There were two headliners I loved, and they conflicted, and I had no interest in the subsequent four on Saturday and Sunday. After being impressed and surprised repeatedly on Friday, I had a… More »


Watch Grimes Debut “Go,” Her Song For Rihanna, At Governors Ball

By Chris DeVille / June 7, 2014
Grimes promised three new songs at Governors Ball -- including one she and Blood Diamonds wrote for Rihanna (who passed on it) -- and that's exactly what she delivered. "David," "Sleepwalking," and "Go" were the titles of the new tracks. Billboard had this to say about the new stuff:… More »


BottleRock 2014 Sunday: Thee Oh Sees And Deerhunter Deliver Strong Sets For Small Crowds

By Ryan Leas / June 2, 2014
It's not uncommon for a festival's last day to be something of a comedown. It's Sunday, and everyone's sunburnt and hungover and staring down the barrel of a work week -- the return to reality matched with the physical fatigue of having stood out in a field for three days. It takes a powerful and… More »


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