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Jun 05, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

“I have a naïve request,” said Swedish troubadour Jens Lekman, looking down at group of adoring Los Angelinos after a years’ absence from the city. “You can record and take video all you want, but please don’t post it on the Internet. I want this to be special…just between you and me.” More

May 26, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

As anyone who has been to a Decemberists show can testify, a show is certainly ensured. This year's The Hazards of Love, which acts more like a rock opera than all previous endeavors, was presented last Tuesday night on its own terms. With minimal stagecraft, The Decemberists performed Hazards in its entirety in their first set and a mixed bag in its second. More

May 26, 2009 Live

Extra Golden's Tuesday night show at an Albuquerque steakhouse famous for its prime rib and Salsa dancing was a pleasant surprise. More

May 25, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

"When Cheyenne and I do tandem beer drinking it means we're going to sing together," Will Oldham announced after he and singer/fiddle player Cheyenne Mize simultaneously swigged from their beer bottles. They were onstage at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston last Sunday preparing to perform the duet "You Want That Picture," from Oldham's 2008 release Lie Down in the Light. More

May 01, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

5,000 fans shut down Hollywood Blvd. for a five block stretch smack dab in the middle of the city of angels on a Thursday night just to witness the live spectacle of Depeche Mode racing through a mini set of seven tracks. Making one of their more grandiose promotional stops in support of the newly released Sounds of the Universe, the band’s performance on the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live belied, not only their age, but nearly everyone’s expectations as the black clad trio plus backing band opened the show by tearing into a barn burning performance of the latest single “Wrong” with a ferocity other groups half their age would be lucky to muster on a good night. More

Apr 23, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

On day three of Coachella My Bloody Valentine threatened to burst a thousand eardrums. As we entered the festival site around 12:30 PM they were handing out complimentary earplugs in anticipation for the aural attack. Other highlights included a blood-splattered Fucked Up, an energetic Friendly Fires, and the incredibly strange Throbbing Gristle. More

Apr 20, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Day two of Coachella 2009 failed to top day one, in part because of a weak headliner. But the second day did feature strong sets from M.I.A., Jenny Lewis, and Fleet Foxes. More

Apr 18, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Coachella 2009 kicked off with strong sets from living legends Leonard Cohen and Paul McCartney, as the crowd adjusted to a desert heat that was forecasted to get even hotter as the weekend went on. More

Apr 14, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Friendly Fires, of St. Albans, U.K., is still riding high on their self-titled debut. The album, released in the fall of 2008, showcases confident, kinetic songwriting that matches their growing reputation for high-octane performances. Frontman Ed Macfarlane’s winking histrionic delivery plays nearly perfectly against the tight, road-honed sounds of Jack Savidge (drums), Edd Gibson (guitar), and Rob Lee (bass) making for a kind of smart, indie-rock response to Duran Duran. More