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A Final Pilgrimage To Warped Tour, As Told By A Former Scene Kid

It could have been my rookie naïveté, but witnessing the 2007 Vans Warped Tour felt magical. On the steamy pavement of the Hubert H. Humphrey…
Grace Birnstengel | August 2, 2018 - 9:20 am

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Still Sick After All These Years: The Grunge Era Kicked Off In Earnest 30 Years Ago Today

On August 1, 1988, the grunge takeover of the world began. That was the day that Sub Pop Records released Mudhoney's debut single, "Touch Me…
Phil Freeman | August 1, 2018 - 10:55 am

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Janet Jackson Brings Legacy Pop Star Allure To Panorama

The 2018 iteration of Panorama had a bumpy start. Thanks to the storms that have been hanging over New York all week, the first day…
Ryan Leas | July 29, 2018 - 3:35 pm

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“Kokomo” Is 30: The Strange Backstory To The Beach Boys’ Last Cultural Gasp

We'll start with the most obvious thing: there is no Kokomo. Not off the Florida Keys, anyway. Sure, a couple places staked claims, but only…
Brad Shoup | July 23, 2018 - 1:36 pm

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Pitchfork Music Festival: The Gratification And Frustration Of Lauryn Hill

There was a clock. You had to be looking at the stage from just the right angle to see it, but it was there. On…
Tom Breihan | July 23, 2018 - 11:36 am

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Pitchfork Music Festival: Japanese Breakfast Were Surprisingly Joyful, Unsurprisingly Great

Joy was pervasive Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival. Maybe that's odd considering the national mood lately has been characterized by hostility, despair, and righteous fury…
Chris DeVille | July 23, 2018 - 10:50 am

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Pitchfork Music Festival: Blood Orange Plays Negro Swan Songs To A Hero’s Welcome

Freetown Sound was a legend-confirming album. Dev Hynes' 2016 album as Blood Orange proved that his 2013 breakout Cupid Deluxe was no fluke. Nor was…
Chris DeVille | July 22, 2018 - 2:18 pm

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Pitchfork Music Festival: Kelela Is The Future

2018 was the year that Pitchfork quietly became a leftfield R&B festival. It's not just that; there will always be room for plenty of indie…
Tom Breihan | July 22, 2018 - 1:10 pm

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Pitchfork Music Festival: Julien Baker’s Radical Vulnerability Gets A Dose Of Rock-Star Swagger

At this point in her career, Julien Baker is too popular to be playing the smallest stage at Pitchfork Music Festival. But the smallest stage…
Chris DeVille | July 21, 2018 - 1:04 pm

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Pitchfork Music Festival: Tame Impala & Courtney Barnett’s Aussie Rock Explosion

A snatch of conversation I heard outside the Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday afternoon: "Oh, I did ketamine yesterday." "Ooh! How…
Tom Breihan | July 21, 2018 - 10:23 am

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Pearl Jam, NIN, Arctic Monkeys Make NOS Alive 2018 A Thrilling, Rock-Dominated Festival

Over the last 11 years under a few different iterations, Lisbon's NOS Alive has sneakily become one of Europe's more appealing festivals. It isn't hard…
Ryan Leas | July 15, 2018 - 12:28 pm

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Where Do We Go Now? Navigating The Crowded Field Of Music Festivals In 2018 And Beyond

Calling the state of the music festival market anything but saturated in 2018 would be either dishonest or disconnected. The optimistic would say the festival…
Glenn Peoples | July 13, 2018 - 12:20 pm

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Pharrell’s 18 Biggest Hits From Worst To Best

Twenty years ago this past weekend -- on July 8, 1998 -- something very predictable happened on the Billboard Hot 100: Mase's "Lookin' At Me"
Patrick Lyons | July 12, 2018 - 12:31 pm

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Death Grips Is IRL: Privacy, Community, & The Shadow Of Deltron 3030 Hang Over Year Of The Snitch

Year Of The Snitch will be remembered as one of Death Grips’ better records. It’s no Disc 1 of The Powers That B, but it’s…
Bruce Hamilton | July 2, 2018 - 12:00 pm

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U2 Bring The Moving, Bombastic Spectacle Of Experience To MSG

Three years ago, U2 began to tell a story. It was the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, an eight-night residency at Manhattan's legendary Madison Square Garden.
Ryan Leas | June 27, 2018 - 1:08 pm
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