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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2017 (Manchester, TN) June 11th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

13 June 2017

Photos and a quick recap of Sunday of Bonnaroo 2017.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2017 (Manchester, TN) June 9th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

10 June 2017

Photos and coverage from Friday of Bonnaroo 2017.

Photo of U2 by Kevin Mazur.

U2 (Chicago, IL) - June 3, 2017

5 June 2017

U2’s first of two nights at Chicago’s Soldier Field transcended mere nostalgia. The veteran Irish rockers shared the “desert songs” of 1987’s landmark The Joshua Tree album with a multi-generational assemblage of devoted fans as an act of spiritual communion.

Clutch

Clutch with Lucero, the Sword - the Capitol Theatre - (Portchester, NY) - May 17, 2017

31 May 2017

Walking into the Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY, there were signs that warned NO SURFING and NO MOSHING. Clutch were in town on their East Coast leg of their Summer 2017 tour supporting Psychic Warfare. These signs made it seem that the crew running the theater have not seen Clutch since the early to mid ‘90s. True enough, the band were part of the 90’s punk and hardcore scene but over the past 15 years or so they have evolved into a hard-working no BS kick-ass rock band.

Snake Pit 2017 (Indianapolis, IN) - May 28th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

30 May 2017

Recap and photos from the 2017 Indianapolis 500 Snake Pit.

Snake Pit 2017 (Indianapolis, IN) - May 28th, 2017 (PRE-COVERAGE)

10 May 2017

Pre-Coverage for Indianapolis’s “Gateway to Summer” – Snake Pit.

Mark Eitzel and Howe Gelb - ONCE Somerville, MA - Tuesday, April 11, 20167

24 April 2017

A pairing of two of the finest songwriters, both in a stripped-down setting.

Andrew Bird with Daniel Knox - Fourth Presbyterian Church - (Chicago, IL), December 16th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

17 December 2016

Photos from Andrew Bird’s final Gezelligheid show at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL.

M83 - The Riviera - (Chicago, IL) - October 20th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

25 October 2016

Photos of M83’s show at The Riviera on the 20th, check it out!

The Buzzcocks, Residuels @ Royale - Boston MA - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

19 October 2016

The Buzzcocks hit town for the first time in six years, with their prodigious songbook of earworms in tow.

Riot Festival and Carnival - Douglas Park - (Chicago, IL) - September 17th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

18 September 2016

Photos from Saturday’s Riot Festival and Carnival in Douglas Park.

X, Dead Rock West @ Brighton Music Hall - Monday, August 15, 2016

22 August 2016

Billy Zoom battles cancer to hit the road with X once more.

Jane's Addiction, Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston - Thursday, July 19, 2016

9 August 2016

The heady days of alt.rock return, with Jane’s Addiction headlining a bill that includes Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour.

Lollapalooza Day 4: Sir the Baptist, Local Natives, Flume (Grant Park, Chicago, IL) – Sunday, July 31, 2016

1 August 2016

Highlights from the final day of Lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary touched all extremes of the eclectic lineup. The mix included hip-hop, psychedelic folk, alternative rock, EDM and more. Read here for coverage of Sir the Baptist and Local Natives.

Lollapalooza Day 4: (Grant Park, Chicago, IL) - Sunday, July 31st, 2016 (PHOTOS)

31 July 2016

Photos from the 4th and final day of Lollapalooza 2016.

Lollapalooza Day 3: Joy Formidable, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Leon Bridges, etc. (Grant Park, Chicago, IL) – Saturday, July 30, 2016

31 July 2016

Saturday’s sunshine was a welcome transformation in Grant Park, and it made for a perfect music-watching. Most of the musicians also mentioned their gratitude for this particular form of climate change from the stage. Read here for reports on the Joy Formidable, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, and Dua Lipa.

Lollapalooza Day 2: M83, Radiohead, Foals, etc. (Grant Park, Chicago, IL) – Friday, July 29, 2016

30 July 2016

Read here for Lollapalooza 2016 Day 2 coverage including Radiohead, M83, Foals, Frightened Rabbit, and more rain.

Lollapalooza Day 1: Yeasayer (Grant Park, Chicago, IL) – Thursday, July 28, 2016

29 July 2016

Lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary got off to a soggy start, but day one included many highlights including Yeasayer, The 1975, Kurt Vile & the Violators, and Lana Del Ray. Read the article for the rundown on Yeasayer’s set.

Lollapalooza Day 1: (Grant Park, Chicago, IL) - Thursday, July 28th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

29 July 2016

Photos from Thursday (Day 1) of Lollapalooza 2016.

Yeasayer with Day Wave - Concord Music Hall - (Chicago, IL) - July 27th, 2016 (Lollapalooza Aftershow)

28 July 2016

Some shots from the first Lollapalooza aftershow, featuring Yeasayer with Day Wave, at Concord Music Hall.

Wicker Park Fest 2016 - Milwaukee Avenue - (Chicago, IL) - July 23rd, 2016

25 July 2016

I attended Wicker Park Fest this past Saturday, have a glance at some photos.

Pitchfork 2016 - (Chicago, IL) - July 17th, 2016 (Sunday)

23 July 2016

Some thoughts and photos of the final day of Pitchfork 2016.

Pitchfork 2016 - (Chicago, IL) - July 16th, 2016 (Saturday)

20 July 2016

A recap and photographs of Saturday at Pitchfork Music Festival, in Union Park, Chicago.

Pitchfork 2016 - (Chicago, IL) - July 15th, 2016 (Friday)

20 July 2016

A recap (and some photos), of the opening day of Pitchfork Music Festival, in Union Park, Chicago.

Swans with Okkyung Lee @ Royale, Boston - Thursday, July 7, 2016

17 July 2016

The final knockout blow was the title song of The Glowing Man, a thirty minute opus that alternately led to dropped jaws or shut eyes, the audience enrapt as the sonic tsunami washed over them.

Pitchfork 2016 - (Chicago, IL) - July 15th-17th, 2016 (PRE-COVERAGE)

13 July 2016

A quick note on this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, and some hints as to what to expect.

The Taste of Chicago - (Chicago, IL) - July 8th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

9 July 2016

I attended (if ever briefly) The Taste of Chicago. Read and (see) all about it.

Summerfest - (Milwaukee, WI) - July 6th, 2016

7 July 2016

A small recollection and some photographs from my one day at Summerfest Music Festival. Check it out.

Mamby on the Beach - Oakwood Beach (Chicago, IL), - July 3rd, 2016

5 July 2016

I attended Sunday of Chicago’s “Mamby on the Beach” at Oakwood Beach. Read some reviews, and see some photos!

Pere Ubu at Bowery Ballroom, June 29, 2016

Pere Ubu - Bowery Ballroom (New York) - June 29, 2016

2 July 2016

The progenitors of “avant-garage” revisit their early work in a concert like none other

Givers with Lower Dens - Pritzker Pavilion - (Chicago, IL) - June 30th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

1 July 2016

Read (and see) all about Givers and Lower Dens performing at Pritzker Pavilion this past Thursday.

Mamby on the Beach (July 2nd-3rd, 2016), Chicago- Preview

29 June 2016

Mamby on the Beach returns to Chicago’s Oakwood Beach this July 2nd and 3rd. Read a quick preview, get info on sets, afterparties, tickets, and a map here!

Bonnaroo 2016

Bonnaroo 2016, Day 4 (Festival Recap)

15 June 2016

I recount on my Bonnaroo experience, and attempt to tie it all in to one cohesive experience. Stay tuned for photos!

Bonnaroo 2016

Bonnaroo 2016, Day 2 (Daughter, Kamasi Washington, CHVRCHES, M83)

11 June 2016

A quick recap of Day 2 at Bonnaroo Music Festival

Bonnaroo 2016

Bonnaroo 2016, Day 1- (Waxahatchee, HINES, Twin Peaks, BØRNS)

10 June 2016

I recap my first day at Bonnaroo 2016- read all about it here.

Bonnaroo 2016

Bonnaroo 2016 (Wednesday)

9 June 2016

A 9 hour car ride begins my journey to Manchester, Tennessee, where I will cover Bonnaroo 2016.

Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone - The Metro - (Chicago) - June 3rd, 2016

4 June 2016

Aesop Rock delivers a masterful show at The Metro, proving that at the age of 40, the most lyrical artist in hip-hop still has it.

Boston Calling 2016 - Sia, Robyn, Haim, etc - May 27-28, 2016

31 May 2016

The final chapter of Boston Calling to be held in the brick-lined plaza at City Hall features Sia, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens and a host of others.

Rogue Wave with Hey Marseilles - Thalia Hall (Chicago) - May 26, 2016

27 May 2016

Rogue Wave and Hey Marseilles deliver masterful sets at Thalia Hall, setting off a great series of summer shows in Chicago.

Palehound with Pinkwash and Ursula - The Beat Kitchen (Chicago) - May 20th, 2016

22 May 2016

Palehound delivered a fantastic set at The Beat Kitchen on May 20th, one that lends great credence to the band’s future success.

Parquet Courts 2/18/16

Parquet Courts – Triple Rock Social Club (Minneapolis) – Thursday, February 18, 2016

20 March 2016

A great live band leaves its ancestors in the dust, then channels The Saints.