Feb 12, 2016 Live Web Exclusive

Braving a frigid, face-numbing Chicago winter, a faithful pack huddled into Schubas Tavern for a night of exemplary guitar pop classicism courtesy of EZTVMartin Courtney (best known as Real Estate's frontman), and likeminded collaborators. More

Jan 17, 2016 Live Web Exclusive

Not long after news of David Bowie's death shocked the world last week, Arcade Fire and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band announced a second line parade through New Orleans' French Quarter to honor the late musician. (Traditionally, a New Orleans funeral involves two lines-the first, a somber march to the cemetery; the second parade is an animated, musical celebration of the deceased's life.) More

Nov 30, 2015 Live

The final day of any festival is a bit like camp. By that point, you’ve made a few new friends, had a few incredible bonding experiences, and never ever want to go home. More

Nov 24, 2015 Live

For the first night, I took it easy. Well, easyish. Along the way I learned that I’m late to the party on an indie darling, that Germans know how to rock, heartache still sells, and the Dutch are crazy y’all. Let’s blurb it out. More

Nov 17, 2015 Live Web Exclusive

The hackneyed phrase often lobbed at slow, subtly evolving music is that listening to it is akin to watching paint dry; absorbing Yo La Tengo's largely acoustic performance at the Vic Theatre, then, was more like trying to lap up every last droplet of an ice cream cone melting all too rapidly.  More

Nov 16, 2015 Live

Björk and Sigur Rós cast long shadows over this year’s Iceland Airwaves. Ever the nation’s musical ambassadors, both managed made an impact without performing. Björk, (who was once slated to headline) hosted a press conference to discuss environmental initiatives, while Sigur Rós debuted a new concert film. With the lack of a big-name Icelandic show, the sixteen annual edition of the fest became an excellent hunting ground for new and upcoming artists. More

Nov 15, 2015 Live

I spent my afternoon on a tour, during which a sweater-clad tour guide insisted that we all have a beer and took us to the Whales of Iceland museum to meet the mayor of Reykjavik.  More