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Pre-Coverage for Indianapolis’s “Gateway to Summer” – Snake Pit.
A pairing of two of the finest songwriters, both in a stripped-down setting.
Photos from Andrew Bird’s final Gezelligheid show at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL.
Photos of M83’s show at The Riviera on the 20th, check it out!
The Buzzcocks hit town for the first time in six years, with their prodigious songbook of earworms in tow.
Photos from Saturday’s Riot Festival and Carnival in Douglas Park.
Billy Zoom battles cancer to hit the road with X once more.
The heady days of alt.rock return, with Jane’s Addiction headlining a bill that includes Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour.
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.
Photos from the 4th and final day of Lollapalooza 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.
Photos from Day 3 of Lollapalooza 2016.
Read here for Lollapalooza 2016 Day 2 coverage including Radiohead, M83, Foals, Frightened Rabbit, and more rain.
Photos from Day 2 of Lollapalooza
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.
Photos from Thursday (Day 1) of Lollapalooza 2016.
Some shots from the first Lollapalooza aftershow, featuring Yeasayer with Day Wave, at Concord Music Hall.
I attended Wicker Park Fest this past Saturday, have a glance at some photos.
Some thoughts and photos of the final day of Pitchfork 2016.
A recap and photographs of Saturday at Pitchfork Music Festival, in Union Park, Chicago.
A recap (and some photos), of the opening day of Pitchfork Music Festival, in Union Park, Chicago.
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.
A quick note on this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, and some hints as to what to expect.
I attended (if ever briefly) The Taste of Chicago. Read and (see) all about it.
A small recollection and some photographs from my one day at Summerfest Music Festival. Check it out.
I attended Sunday of Chicago’s “Mamby on the Beach” at Oakwood Beach. Read some reviews, and see some photos!
The progenitors of “avant-garage” revisit their early work in a concert like none other
Read (and see) all about Givers and Lower Dens performing at Pritzker Pavilion this past Thursday.
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!
I recount on my Bonnaroo experience, and attempt to tie it all in to one cohesive experience. Stay tuned for photos!
Bonnaroo Day 3- Sun, Rain, and Pearl Jam.
A quick recap of Day 2 at Bonnaroo Music Festival
Bonnaroo Day 2 (Press Conference)
I recap my first day at Bonnaroo 2016- read all about it here.
A 9 hour car ride begins my journey to Manchester, Tennessee, where I will cover Bonnaroo 2016.
A purple glow filled the final day of the festival.
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.
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 and Hey Marseilles deliver masterful sets at Thalia Hall, setting off a great series of summer shows in Chicago.
Palehound delivered a fantastic set at The Beat Kitchen on May 20th, one that lends great credence to the band’s future success.
A great live band leaves its ancestors in the dust, then channels The Saints.
As this Portland, OR theatrical troupe’s peerless performance proved, glimpsing a papal motorcade was not the only way for New Yorkers to experience divine intervention on this night.
To celebrate the release of their excellent debut album, The Conjuring, NYC experimental jazz trio, Premature Burial, assembled a group of like-minded musicians for an eclectic night of captivating performances.
The frenetic strumming of The Feelies in full force, married to the upturned lip sneer of Richard Hell and the je ne sais fuck you of Lou Reed.
With honking horns, squealing sirens, and rowdy revelers creating a headache-inducing clamor just outside the venue on busy Allen Street, the affable, angelic-voiced Rose turned cozy Rockwood Music Hall into a comforting, cathartic refuge.
With ‘90s UK shoegaze scene stalwarts still speechless from seeing Slowdive’s first U.S. shows in 20 years in 2014, Oxford foursome Ride’s announcement of their first U.S. tour in 23 years sent shockwaves spiraling even further.
The most striking moment was seeing a couple hundred people shouting along in the most rapturous manner imaginable with the lyric, “you will always be a loser.”