Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Rory O'Connor


Wednesday, June 27 2012

Crocodiles: 5 June 2012 - Paris

The Crocodiles performance at Nouveau Casino in Paris had all the subtlety of a round of cannon fire; it was unleashed hard and fast, destructive upon impact and left only wreckage in its wake.

Monday, April 30 2012

The Dø: 6 April 2012 - La Maroquinerie, Paris

In spite of whatever assumptions their images will conjure, their talent is undeniable.

Tuesday, April 10 2012

My Brightest Diamond: 28 March 2012 - Paris

My Brightest Diamond's show dabbled in elements of cabaret and kabuki theatre, it was orchestral and it was rock, it was comedic and it was heartbreaking. It was simply something of her own creation.

Wednesday, April 4 2012

Dum Dum Girls: 27 March 2012 - Paris

Dum Dum Girls brought an energetic live show to European shores as part of their, "Conquering the Hearts Tour". And in a brisk, determined fashion, the ladies did just that.

Monday, March 26 2012

Damien Jurado: 14 March 2012 - Paris, France

Fifteen years in, Jurado seems to be getting better with each new album.


Friday, October 28 2011

Austin City Limits: Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr + Fleet Foxes + Arcade Fire

When you get right down to it, very few bands are truly capable of commanding a festival size crowd and won't be getting any easier, as attention spans get ever shorter.

Thursday, October 27 2011

Austin City Limits 2011: Wanda Jackson + Cut Copy

Much like Loretta Lynn experienced back in 2004, Wanda Jackson was recently given some new musical life, through a collaboration with Jack White.

Wednesday, October 26 2011

Austin City Limits 2011: James Blake + Kurt Vile

When it comes to James Blake’s music, it has been an extremely slow journey towards appreciation for me, which might just be an appropriate pace given his style of music.

Wednesday, November 10 2010

Jónsi: 3 November 2010 - Chicago

Simply put, the show is the greatest 80-minute dream you will ever have. The evening transcends a mere rock show and proves to be a complete audio and visual experience which will leave you in complete and utter awe.

Wednesday, August 11 2010

Seu Jorge: 3 Aug 2010 - Chicago

Despite a scorching temperatures and oppressive humidity, Brazilian native Seu Jorge delivered a performance filled with energetic rhythms and grooves.

Metric: 20 May 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [25.May.10]
Gogol Bordello + DeVotchka: 23.April.2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [29.Apr.10]
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 25.Mar.2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [31.Mar.10]
Nouvelle Vague: 29.January.2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [3.Feb.10]
The Raveonettes: 25 October 2009 - Metro, Chicago (Notes from the Road) [30.Oct.09]
Hot Chip – 28 September 2008: Chicago, Metro (Notes from the Road) [6.Oct.08]
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