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Nothing's Domenic Palermo @ Webster Hall Studio

Nothing – The Studio at Webster Hall (New York, NY) – Saturday, June 14, 2014

14 August 2014

This Philadelphia quartet’s My Bloody Valentine-esque onslaught continued through eight explosive tunes, which often flew by in a tumultuous blur. Don’t be misled by the unassuming moniker; on this night, Nothing was really something.

Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman @ Rough Trade NYC

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Rough Trade NYC (Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY) – Friday, March 28, 2014

5 August 2014

It sure was strange to see NYC’s poppy Pains for this fifth occasion, as frontman Kip Berman was backed by a completely different lineup than the familiar one that played the other four!

Toy's Dominic O'Dair, Tom Dougall & Maxim Barron @ Mercury Lounge

Toy with Heaven – Mercury Lounge (New York, NY) – Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2 August 2014

I missed London’s Toy when they played this superb-sounding tombstone store turned music venue back in January, so I was grateful to have this chance at redemption four months later. As expected, it was easy to lose oneself in a head-bobbing haze.

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: Slowdive Sunday

21 July 2014

In a word, their hour long set was epic. We overuse that word in the human race just like we wear out words like amazing but nonetheless if you were hesitating even in the slightest about seeing them as they embark on their upcoming tour, think again. It could easily be the best show you’ve seen all year and one you’ll remember and cherish for decades to come. It will make any doubters a believer in the blissful power of shoegaze music.

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: Saturday Highlights

20 July 2014

It is strange to be anything at all and still we’re all glad for the shared experience of hearing someone like Jeff Mangum who is not like anyone else we’ve ever known.

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: Friday Highlights

19 July 2014

England’s Factory Floor three piece started out slow but pretty soon female lead singer Nik Colk was starting to dance to her own rhythms as the heightened sense of beats took over the crowd and made for an awesome beginning set for many people. Some fans were even so appreciative of the beats by live drummer Gabriel Gurnsey that they started crowdsurfing!

Goat @ Webster Hall

Goat – Webster Hall (New York, NY) – Wednesday, June 18, 2014

17 July 2014

Not content to put on a run-of-the-mill gig, this elusive, secretive seven-member Swedish collective delivered another energetic, elaborate, and exhausting extravaganza.

Guided By Voices with Crystal Stilts - The Paradise Rock Club (Boston, MA) - Saturday, July 12, 2014

14 July 2014

The classic lineup rolls on like an out of control freight train, only on roller coaster rails with insane grip.

Pitchfork Preview 2014 Recommendations

13 July 2014

If there’s no other Pitchfork festival band that you check out the full set for, make it Slowdive and you won’t regret it!

Dum Dum Girls' Dee Dee & Sandy @ Prospect Park

Dum Dum Girls with Blouse – Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY) – Tuesday, March 25, 2014; with Hospitality – Prospect Park Bandshell (Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY) – Saturday, June 21, 2014

6 July 2014

After their breakthrough third LP Too True and a Late Show with David Letterman appearance, Dum Dum Girls played two of their biggest headlining shows in NYC.

Local H 6/6/14

Local H – Triple Rock Social Club (Minneapolis, MN) – Friday, June 6, 2014

6 July 2014

Midwestern rock duo makes music increasingly ravaged by winter, plays a show at the end of the worst one yet.

Rock The Garden (Minneapolis, MN) – Saturday-Sunday, June 21-22, 2014

28 June 2014

Two days, ten acts: Lizzo, Jeremy Messersmith, Best Coast, Matt and Kim, De La Soul, Valerie June, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Dessa, Guided by Voices, and Spoon.

Madeleine Jurkiewicz, Lily Jurkiewicz & Shannon Hayden @ Joe's Pub

Lily & Madeleine – Joe’s Pub (New York, NY) – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

28 June 2014

Was it worth schlepping from New Jersey to Manhattan on the night of the city’s tenth-highest rainfall total in record-keeping history, to see these golden-voiced teenaged sisters from Indianapolis trill together? In a word: yes!

Devo – Best Buy Theater (New York, NY) – Thursday, June 19, 2014

23 June 2014

The Spudboys from Ohio land in the Big Apple and go down a storm, playing material recorded from 1974-1977.

Kishi Bashi 5/30/14

Kishi Bashi with Busman’s Holiday – Fine Line Music Café (Minneapolis, MN) – Friday, May 30, 2014

21 June 2014

An incomparable showman handles the violin with the light and playful manner his celebration rock requires.

Gary Klebe and John Murphy of Shoes

Brooklyn Power Pop Festival, The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY, May 9-10, 2014

5 June 2014

Seven bands, two nights, thirty five bucks. What a bargain!

Matt Pond PA 5/12/14

Matt Pond PA – Turf Club (St. Paul, MN) – Monday, May 12, 2014

2 June 2014

On the Emblems anniversary tour, the band is determined to articulate every sound as powerfully as possible, as if the songs, ten years older but ten times more vivid, can be made new again.

Boston Calling 2014: Sunday (Day 3)

26 May 2014

Day 3 of Boston Calling, featuring Modest Mouse, Brand New, Tegan and Sara, Phosphorescent, Kurt Vile, Built To Spill and more.

Karl Wallinger of World Party

World Party with Gabriel Kelley, Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA May 25, 2014

26 May 2014

Karl’s voice is undiminished in its power and clarity after all these years, a time which included a brain aneurysm which left him with the inability to speak. That he recovered so well is a testament to his passion and drive as a musician.

Boston Calling 2014: Saturday (Day 2)

26 May 2014

Day 2 of Boston Calling, including sets from Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists, Warpaint and more.

Angel Olsen 5/1/14

Angel Olsen – Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis, MN) – Thursday, May 1, 2014

25 May 2014

Everything profound she follows with a laugh, sometimes in the middle of a song if she can break its spell.

Boston Calling 2014: Friday (Day 1)

25 May 2014

Day 1 of the Spring edition of Boston Calling, featuring Jack Johnson, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Cass McCombs.

Kristin Hersh & Tanya Donelly @ Bowery Ballroom

Throwing Muses with Tanya Donelly – Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY) – Sunday, March 9, 2014

21 May 2014

This show spotlighted the veteran trio’s new 32-song tenth LP Purgatory/Paradise, while Muses co-founder Donelly joined her half-sister Hersh on stage for five older numbers.

Live Review and Photos: Elbow @ House of Blues in Chicago 5/19/2014

20 May 2014

Yes, the night has darkness on it’s side but Elbow makes it all the more brighter and worth living, even if we still end up on the losing side.

Linda Draper @ Manhattan Inn

Linda Draper with Kath Bloom – The Manhattan Inn (Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY) – Sunday, March 9, 2014

11 May 2014

This cozy mid-afternoon Greenpoint brunch gig, opening for veteran CT folkie Kath Bloom, was ideally suited to Draper’s soothing approach.

St. Vincent 4/3/14

St. Vincent – State Theatre (Minneapolis, MN) – Thursday, April 3, 2014

8 May 2014

Annie Clark enacts a kind of science fiction story told in the relationship between herself and her guitar.

Cheatahs' Nathan Hewitt @ Baby's All Right

Cheatahs with Eternal Summers – Baby’s All Right (Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY) – Tuesday, March 4, 2014

6 May 2014

Not only does singer Nathan Hewitt bring to mind Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin, but the band also employs a similar no nonsense/no banter presentation, blasting through their ten-song set with workmanlike precision.

Austin Psych Festival 2014: Sunday (Day Three)

5 May 2014

Sunday proved to be another very exceptional day of gorgeous sunny weather and psychedelic bands that challenged the mind and explored both the outer reaches of the genre and the melodic harmonies that it could fulfill. Unlike the way many shows and some festivals are right now, Austin Psych Fest is filled with people who want to actively listen and learn and that makes all of the difference for the bands and the mood overall.

Austin Psych Festival 2014: Saturday (Day Two)

4 May 2014

It was another lovely day in Austin to experience all kinds of psychedelic music with influences from folk to drone to metal to pop to rock. The day seemed to be about people experiencing how far the genre could take them and enjoying both the onslaught of noise from the more aggressive bands to the relaxing sounds of music with a much different tone. Austin Psych Fest offered the whole spectrum of the genre for those with an adventurous spirit.

Austin Psych Festival 2014: Friday (Day One)

3 May 2014

It was clear from the lineup that the entire festival is chocked full of psychedelic wonder but the ultimate and constant pleasure of experiencing that all day long under the sunny Austin sky was remarkable.

Against Me! 4/2/14

Against Me! – First Avenue (Minneapolis, MN) – Wednesday, April 2, 2014

28 April 2014

They squashed my ego, broke down all barriers of self-definition and aesthetics that one might use as quarantine, left me standing there stunned with only these words: What can I say, it’s a great band.

Alejandro Escovedo 3/30/14

Alejandro Escovedo – Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis, MN) – Sunday, March 30, 2014

23 April 2014

“Stand up, your father’s passing,” someone might have said.

Jon Bernhardt's Midlife Crisis Of Champions (Bevis Frond, Dump, Barbara Manning) - TT The Bear's, Cambridge MA - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

5 April 2014

WMBR’s Jon Bernhardt rallies some ’90s indie rock heroes for a celebration.

the Sonics at First Avenue, Minneapolis

The Sonics with The Suicide Commandos, Charlie Pickett, and Curtiss A’s Jerks of Fate – First Avenue (Minneapolis, MN) – Saturday, March 1, 2014

1 April 2014

The greatest garage rock band in the world, brought to you by the Reverend Little Richard Penniman.

Dum Dum Girls with Blouse - Johnny Brenda's (Philadelphia) - Sunday, March 23, 2014

31 March 2014

For the encore, they closed with an incredible version of “Coming Down” which featured Dee Dee bringing down the house with her vocal acrobatics. What a treat!

Dave Mason photo by Daniel Coston

Dave Mason, Handlebar, Greenville, SC, Feb. 14, 2014

12 March 2014

After closing the first set with “Dear Mr. Fantasy”, Mason took a short break, and soon returned with a clear focus on his solo work. “We Just Disagree” opened the second set, noting to all that this was now a Dave Mason show.

Vivian Girls' Cassie Ramone @ Death By Audio

Vivian Girls with Waxahatchee – Death By Audio (Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY) – Saturday, March 1, 2014

8 March 2014

The trio’s first of two final shows focused on the bash ‘em out, ramshackle yet endearing punk days of their first two albums, and the career retrospective was a treat for longtime fans.

Slowness's Geoffrey Scott, Julie Lynn & Sean Eden @ Church of the Ascension

Slowness with Two Dark Birds – Church of the Ascension (Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY) – Friday, February 28, 2014

4 March 2014

This rare, one-off Northeast appearance by superb new San Francisco ethereal band Slowness was hypnotic and resonant.

Upset with Potty Mouth, Psychic Teens and The Pretty Greens - Kung Fu Necktie (Philadelphia) - February 9, 2014

20 February 2014

This was a bill so strong from top to bottom that we braved the icy tundra and slippery roads to make it out to this show.

Paisley Underground reunion - Fonda Theatre (Los Angeles) - Friday, December 6, 2013

18 February 2014

Paisley Underground favorites The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, Dream Syndicate and Rain Parade reunited in December for a show benefitting Education Through Music – Los Angeles. Chicago-based rock photographer Philamonjaro was at L.A.‘s Henry Fonda Theatre to document the evening in this photo essay.

Mission of Burma with Bleeding Rainbow - First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia) - Saturday, February 8, 2014

16 February 2014
It was a clever trick and though one wouldn’t automatically think that Mission of Burma covering The Beatles would work, they managed to pull it off.
MEN 2/1/14

JD Samson & MEN with Kitten Forever – 7th Street Entry (Minneapolis, MN) – Saturday, February 1, 2014

12 February 2014

In which Samson’s big pants emphasize and also encumber the parts of the body her dance pop compels to movement.

Os Mutantes - New Brookland Tavern (Columbia, SC) - Thursday, November 21, 2013

4 February 2014

For those in the audience, there was also a sense of joy to finally see such a heralded band during their first ever tour of the Southeast.

Cate Le Bon 1/25/14

Cate Le Bon with Kevin Morby – 7th Street Entry (Minneapolis, MN) – Saturday, January 25, 2014

4 February 2014

I suspect her band has tried the songs at every conceivable speed and then, finding the right one, often at the pace of deceptive leisure, they can finally play and let out their endless sigh.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 12/16/13

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis, MN) – Monday, December 16, 2013

30 December 2013

In his shifting pronouns, in person, I got the fullest sense of Oldham’s expansive affection.

The Breeders 12/12/13

The Breeders with Speedy Ortiz – First Avenue (Minneapolis, MN) – Thursday, December 12, 2013

30 December 2013

Last Splash, recreated with astonishing opulence and precision for at least the first five songs, then with forgivably less precision after that.