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Photos: Newport Folk Festival 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 »

By: Miles Bowe / July 29, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Red Hot + Arthur Russell Tracklist Features Sufjan Stevens, Robyn, Blood Orange, Hot Chip, & More

For decades now, the Red Hot Organization has been raising money for AIDS awareness by putting together finely curated compilations, and their next one could be amazing. The forthcoming double-CD comp Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell pays tribute to Russell, the pioneering New York musician who died of AIDS-related causes in 1992. Russell… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2014 - 11:08 am

Watch Kurt Vile Cover The Clash’s “Guns Of Brixton”

Audio Ammunition is a new five-part documentary about legendary UK punk band the Clash put out this week by Google Play. The series was launched to celebrate the release of massive Clash 12-disc box set Sound System which comes with a ton of goodies (and we’re giving one away for free here). On top of… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 10, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Photos: Bumbershoot 2013

Over 100,000 fans hit the Seattle Center for this year’s Bumbershoot over Labor Day weekend. Performers included Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Fun., Heart, Gary Numan, and Death Cab For Cutie playing their now 10-year-old LP Transatlanticism start to finish. Our photographer Alex Crick caught those acts and a bunch more; check out his pics in the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 3, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Outside Lands 2013 Saturday: Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear, & More

Saturday at Outside Lands was a typical second day at festivals. The sets ran smoother, there were less technical problems, and the crowds seemed a little more laid back after the initial day 1 excitement dissipated. The sets today were just as incredible as yesterday, but with a completely different vibe – one of the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 11, 2013 - 3:12 pm

The 10 Less Obvious Must-See Sets At Outside Lands 2013

This weekend, thousands of people will be flocking to San Francisco. No they’re not going there to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Room -– it’s time for Outside Lands 2013! Now of course people are excited for Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, and that guy from Wings. But don’t stop there, because there… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 8, 2013 - 1:14 pm

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “Holy Roller” Video

Holy Roller” was the first song that Thao Nguyen wrote for We The Common, her new album as Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. The jittery indie-folk tune was also the first song we heard from the album, and now it’s the first one to get a video. In director Mimi Cave’s clip, Nguye… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Stream Thao & The Get Down Stay Down We The Common

We The Common is the latest album of wound-up, experimentally minded indie-pop that Portland’s Thao Nguyen has recorded under the name Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Indie production veteran John Congleton helmed the album, and we’ve already posted “Holy Roller,” “We The Common (For Valerie Bolden),” and the Joanna Newsom duet “Kindness BeMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2013 - 10:00 am

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “Kindness Be Conceived” (Feat. Joanna Newsom)

Thao Nguyen will release We The Common, her newest album of fractured indie-pop under her Thao & The Get Down Stay Down name, in a couple of months. She’s already shared early tracks “Holy Roller” and “We The Common (For Valerie Bolden),” but the album track that most of us were most amped to hear… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 24, 2013 - 10:30 am

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)”

Next month, Portland indie-pop experimenter Thao Nguyen, who records as Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, will release her now album We The Common. We haven’t heard its Joanna Newsom collab yet, but we have heard the early track “Holy Roller.” And now we’ve got the kinda-title track, which has an anthemic chorus and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “Holy Roller”

Recording as Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Pacific Northwesterner Thao Nguyen has spent an entire career at the intersection between indie-folk and experimental psychedelic weirdness, and now she’s got another album coming soon. Early next year, Nguyen will release the new LP We The Common, recorded with indie production O.G. John Congleton. Joanna… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 25, 2012 - 10:33 am

Monolith 2009 In Photos

While we were rocking the Catskills, enjoying what Wayne Coyne said was “the greatest collection of underground music ever assembled,” dozens of other great indie bands (and a few hip-hop luminaries) put on a much larger mountain festival in Morrison, Colorado. In its third year Monolith delivered rain from the get-go, but that only served… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 15, 2009 - 5:42 pm