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Oct 24, 2012 Live CMJ

New York’s CMJ Music Marathon is an annual reminder of just how spoiled you can be as a music fan living in the city that never sleeps. And for five days you probably won’t sleep much at all, as hundreds of up-and-coming acts play day-and-night at dozens of venues across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

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Oct 22, 2012 Live Ultraista

Nigel Godrich-lead band Ultraísta took the stage at the Echoplex on Friday night to cheers. “We haven’t even played a note yet,” joked Godrich. “We might be terrible. We hope we’re not.”

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Oct 10, 2012 Live Florence and the Machine

It all comes down to otherworldly adjectives. Witchy. Ethereal. Pixie-like. Call it what you want, but if the high number of weeping, dancing, and otherwise hysterical females in attendance at Monday night’s Florence and the Machine show at The Hollywood Bowl was any indication, one thing’s for certain—frontwoman Florence Welch does have some kind of power.

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Sep 21, 2012 Live Dan Deacon

Being at a Dan Deacon concert is like being at a kid’s birthday party made for adults. Only instead of a clown making balloon animals, the crowd is treated to a bearded man with oversized glasses screaming voice modulated squeals into a microphone while shaking his hand in front of him like he’s flicking water into someone’s face.

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Aug 31, 2012 Live Patrick Wolf

“Sorry I had to have you seated,” said chamber pop visionary Patrick Wolf to Wednesday night’s packed-out crowd at The Old Vic Theatre in London. “I didn’t want anyone to fall over from boredom.”

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Aug 13, 2012 Live Best Coast First Aid Kit Jessie Ware Charles Bradley SBTRKT The War on Drugs Bon Iver Øya Festival 2012 Øya Festival 2012: Day 4

Øya, day four. The best way to avoid jet lag is to never sleep—but by this point I was experiencing a new sensation: festival lag. On the way to the day’s events, I passed a man in the hotel lobby, sleeping soundly in a small nest of beanbag chairs. He is my spirit animal.

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Aug 13, 2012 Live Young Dreams Metronomy Chromatics Øya Festival 2012 Øya Festival 2012: Day 4 Siri Nilsen

On day three of Øya my logical side took over. Sure, the festival grounds still felt like the Mecca of rock (and pop), but why was I so ready to swap my American passport for a Norwegian one?

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

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

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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