Sep 17, 2018 Live Web Exclusive

As I approached the House of Vans, my eyes were met with what had become a familiar neighborhood scene in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the past eight years-hordes of young, fashionable New Yorkers assembled outside the doors of 25 Franklin Street in long queues that winded and wrapped around the block in serpentine like fashion. But tonight would be the last time.  More

Aug 30, 2018 Live Web Exclusive

There is nothing on stage at the Shrine Auditorium that indicates a rock show will be taking place-not even an art rock show. The entirely bare stage is lined on three sides by silvery grey beaded curtains. These shimmer like raindrops, receding into the background when necessary and becoming part of the performance the rest of the time. More

Aug 21, 2018 Live Web Exclusive

The saturation of the European festival market is such that you might think that every potential money-spinning niche has long since been plundered, from increasingly mainstream-aping line-ups to calculated focuses on non-musical elements, from cuisine to comedy to fashion.  More

Aug 03, 2018 Live

Over the last decade, Chicago’s Lollapalooza has morphed from what was originally a touring festival, into the sprawling four-day destination in Grant Park. As its borders extend to include editions around the world, such as Germany, Chile, and Paris, one stage has drawn the most sought after artists, even though it holds just over 1,000 people: Metro Chicago.  More

Aug 02, 2018 Live

In this corner of the country they like to say, "the South will rise again." Though probably not in the context of the phrase's original intention, Sloss Music & Arts Festival in Birmingham, AL went into day two of its weekend run with a heart full of good intentions and optimism. More

Jul 27, 2018 Live Web Exclusive

Sloss Music & Arts Festival occupies a unique spot in Birmingham's musical and cultural history. For two decades (1989-2009), the town's major music festival was City Stages, which brought such diverse acts as Bob Dylan, The Killers, Ludcaris, Ryan Adams, and Jethro Tull to the Magic City every Father's Day weekend.  More

Jul 25, 2018 Live Web Exclusive

"Festival season," for lack of a better term, can be mildly frustrating. The days feel endless, the festivals themselves can often turn into muddy, drunken shitshows, and the artists playing are typically exhausted, punching in for an hour set while in the midst of frenetic summer touring schedules. More

Jul 12, 2018 Live Web Exclusive

There is no such thing as a SOPHIE DJ set. Behind a table littered with MIDI controllers and with the volumemostly the bassturned to at least 12, she can make any pop song with even a hint of darkness sound like she produced it. Each and every sound heard when she takes the stage is an expression of herself, her influences, her musical goals.  More