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Aug 10, 2012 Live Øya Festival 2012 Øya Festival 2012: Day 2 Ane Brun St. Vincent Björk John Maus Philco Fiction Baroness

I had a thought while eating dinner last night: it’s nice to cover a festival with food options that involve something other than eating a pile of grease. Among other such deep revelations I also saw Philco Fiction, Baroness, John Maus, Frank Ocean, St. Vincent, Ane Brun, and Björk.

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Aug 09, 2012 Live Feist The Stone Roses Willis Earl Beal Sondre Lerche Purity Ring Øya Festival 2012 Oberhofer Øya Festival 2012: Day 1 Thurston Moore Friends Florence and the Machine

Welcome to the first official day of the Øya Festival—or as I like to call it: shock the American. Check out reviews from the day including: Sondre Lerche, Willis Earl Beal, Oberhofer, Thurston Moore, Friends, Florence and The Machine, Feist, Stone Roses, and Purity Ring.

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Aug 07, 2012 Live Disaster in the Universe Einar Stray Orchestra Making Marks Øya Festival 2012

Greetings from Norway where—swaddled in a cozy/confusing fog of jetlag—I’ll be spending the next five days taking in Olso’s fourteenth annual Øya Festival. Today I caught: Making Marks, Einar Stray, and Disaster in the Universe.

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Jul 27, 2012 Live Forecastle Festival

There’s something about being able to walk through the familiar streets of a town you live in, the final destination a music festival. Parking in the same lot you do each day for work, walking toward the Ohio River, but knowing the familiar Waterfront Park will be transformed, decked out in a music lover’s heavenly village. Five stages, a bourbon lounge (this is Kentucky, after all), and a slew of really ridiculous fish floats on sticks that a strange army of festival volunteers carries around throughout the day.

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Jul 13, 2012 Live Governor’s Ball 2012, Randall’s Island, New York, NY, June 23rd & 24th, 2012

Randall’s Island, situated in the East River just between Queens and The Bronx, was at one time home to an asylum, an orphanage, a potter’s field, a juvenile reform school, and a rest home for Civil War vets. Now joined with nearby Ward’s Island by landfill, it’s the site of picturesque parks, the Icahn track stadium, various public facilities and athletic fields, and the 2012 Governor’s Ball.

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Jul 05, 2012 Live Beach House Wild Nothing

One does not turn to Beach House for effusive stage banter. With a series of shadows dancing across their faces from sidelights, and backlighting provided by a sheet of theatrical stars, the Baltimore-based duo kept chatting at Tuesday night’s show to a bare minimum. That is, save for a few perfunctorily thank yous. “It’s not that I don’t want to talk to you,” said keyboard/vocalist Victoria Legrand, acknowledging the duo’s seemingly aloof presence, “It’s just that it’s complicated.”

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Jun 26, 2012 Live

Andrew Bird is not one of those performers who makes the audience feel as though they’re part of the experience. Instead, the audience feels as though they’re lucky enough to be allowed to watch a very personal, private show.

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Jun 09, 2012 Live Destroyer

Dan Bejar is the smoothest man in indie rock. Nine albums and a handful of EPs into his musical career as Destroyer (not to mention a side-gig as a member of “don’t call it a supergroup” New Pornographers), he combines some of the least cool aspects of folk, 1970s-style soft rock, and (in the case of his most recently release Kaputt) good ol’ fashioned lounge music into a disarmingly slick blend.

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Jun 08, 2012 Live Radiohead

Radiohead have been progressing from a standard rock band (albeit a damn good one) circa 1995’s The Bends and 1997’s OK Computer, into something more silvery, elliptical, and downright challenging, beginning with 2000’s epochal Kid A. However, their live shows still bring the rock action, to paraphrase Iggy Pop, and their astounding gig at Newark’s Prudential Center was no exception.

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