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Riot Fest: (Chicago, IL) - September 14-16, 2018

25 September 2018

Coverage of Chicago’s Riot Fest includes text and photos of Johnny Marr, Elvis Costello, Gary Numan and more.

Beach House – Hollywood Forever Cemetery, L.A. 8-3-18

7 August 2018

Beach House kicked off two-sold out nights at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, an ideal setting for their haunting brand of dream pop.

Lollapalooza 2018 - Day 3: (Chicago, IL) - August 4th, 2018

5 August 2018

Photos and a quick excerpt from Day 3 of Lollapalooza.

Lollapalooza 2018 (Pre-Coverage)

31 July 2018

Pre-coverage for the 2018 installment of Lollapalooza.

Radiohead - Little Caesars Arena (Detroit) - July 22, 2018

23 July 2018

Radiohead in 2018 continues its decades-long campaign of confounding expectations and challenging the norms of conventional rock bands. An adventurous crowd in Detroit offered strong support on Sunday. Photos by Andrew Potter.

The Pretenders - The Riverside Theater (Milwaukee) - July 10, 2018

22 July 2018

Review and photos by Philamonjaro. The Pretenders’ playing is as vibrant and visceral as ever. The catalog of songs by Chrissie Hynde, Martin Chambers and company reveals rock and roll with substance, savvy arrangements and a mountain of melodic hooks. No pretending here; this band is the real deal.

Spring Awakening 2018

11 June 2018

A rundown of Chicago’s beginning to festival season – Spring Awakening 2018.

The Trashcan Sinatras - Highline Ballroom (New York) - May 30th, 2018

1 June 2018

Songs that sound like whimpers on the original Lp like “Even the Odd” and closer “January’s Little Joke” were as powerful as the immortal singles such as the aforementioned “Obscurity Knocks” and “Only Tongue Can Tell.”

U2 - United Center (Chicago) - May 22, 2018

26 May 2018

Irish rockers U2 performed two dates at the United Center in Chicago, IL for its eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour. The set list leaned heavily upon U2’s recent bookend albums Songs of Innocence (2014) and Songs of Experience (2017). Photographer Philomonjaro was on hand to capture the action on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Preoccupations

Preoccupations with Moaning and Facial – The Echo (L.A.) May 17, 2018

22 May 2018

Preoccupations and Moaning played two sold-out dates at The Echo in Los Angeles, with support on Thursday from Facial.

Acid Mothers Temple with Yoo Doo Right, Hooveriii and Leaf – The Echo 5-8-18 and Alex’s Bar 5-9-18

16 May 2018

Acid Mothers Temple closed out their North American tour with shows in Los Angeles and Long Beach last week, leaving minds blown and eardrums buzzing. The 40-date tour also featured Yoo Doo Right from Montreal, with local support from Hooveriii (at the Echo on 5/8/18) and Leaf (at Alex’s Bar on 5/9/18).

The Pretenders with Lowlight - The Orpheum Theatre (Boston) - April 1, 2018

5 April 2018

Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers play through the The Pretenders songbook in front an appreciative Boston crowd.

Iceage with Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates – Gold Diggers (Los Angeles, CA) March 31, 2018

3 April 2018

Iceage finished their run of three sold-out nights at Gold Diggers in Hollywood on Saturday, with reclusive legend Gary Wilson opening.

FOXES Fest – 1720 (Los Angeles, CA) March 25, 2018

29 March 2018

The first FOXES Fest in Los Angeles featured performances by Cosmonauts, Sextile, Death Valley Girls, Honduras, Thee MVPs, and The Mad Walls.

Chrome with Automelodi and Boyscouts of Annihilation - Echoplex (Los Angeles, CA) - March 18, 2018

22 March 2018

Legendary cyberpunks Chrome headlined an eclectic night that also featured stand-out performances by Automelodi and Boyscouts of Annihilation.

Snow Globe (South Lake Tahoe, CA) - December 29th, 2017

30 December 2017

Images from Day 1 of Snow Globe Music Festival.

Midnight Oil - Riverstage (Brisbane, Australia) - October 17, 2017

26 October 2017

With the extensive The Great Circle Tour 2017 barreling toward its final date in Sydney, the reactivated Midnight Oil showed no sign that it ought to return to retirement. The band’s activist posture and reinvigorated music are more potent and relevant than ever.

Swervedriver - Brighton Music Hall (Boston) - September 9, 2017

12 September 2017

Franklin and Hartridge bring a mix of brawn and finesse to the fore as they tear through Raise and Mezcal Head in fine fashion.

Midnight Oil (Cleveland, OH) - August 27, 2017

31 August 2017

Australian activist rockers Midnight Oil stormed the stage at Cleveland, Ohio’s House of Blues for a night of political agitation and feral rock and roll. Cover photo by John Welk.

Lollapalooza 2017 - Day 1: (Chicago, IL), August 3rd, 2017

4 August 2017

Photos and words of Day 1 of Lollapalooza 2017.

Paul McCartney (Chicago, IL) - July 25, 2017

28 July 2017

Paul McCartney brought his One on One tour to Chicago on Tuesday. Here’s an unconventional review of the former Beatle’s unconventional connection to some of his ardent fans – through the eyes of 11-year-old Melody Elbel. Photos by Curt Baran.

Pitchfork 2017 (Chicago, IL), July 16th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

17 July 2017

Photos and a few words from the final day of Pitchfork 2017.

Pitchfork 2017 (Chicago, IL), July 15th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

16 July 2017

Photos from Saturday of Pitchfork 2017.

Pitchfork 2017 (Chicago, IL), July 14th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

15 July 2017

Photos from Friday of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017.

Gorillaz by Jamie Howlett

Gorillaz (Chicago, IL) - July 8, 2017

10 July 2017

Gorillaz launched their North American tour supporting Humanz under a full moon at Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.

Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI) July 4, 2017 (PHOTOS)

6 July 2017

Photos from July 4th at Summerfest, in Milwaukee.

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.