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Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012
Electric Zoo, New York's Electronic Music Festival, returns to Randall's Island for its fourth year, with bigger after-parties in Midtown.

In its fourth year, Electric Zoo will again be held over Labor Day Weekend on Randall’s Island. Though I missed it last year (having covered it the first two years run of the festival in 2009 and 2010), the event planners don’t look to have changed much in terms of the setup. There are still four stages and I’m sure the production will be tight for artists like Guetta, A-Trak, Axwell, Tiesto, Benassi and Sasha.


Electric Zoo has several years ahead of the local incarnation of the Electric Daisy Carnival (which took place earlier this summer in the Meadowlands of New Jersey) so there are likely many return fans buying up tickets. But there is no overlap of artists between the EDC and this events, dividing fans.


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Thursday, Jun 28, 2012
Day 2 at Governor's Ball NYC presented a maturing festival--in both its lineup and execution. And that was a good thing.

The Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York City on Sunday was a professional, well-calibrated affair. Water, bathrooms, concessions, and ATMs were abundant, and artists were punctual to a T. Not only was each set performed according to the precisely timed, non-overlapping schedule, but each act also indulged the diverse crowd by playing their hits.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Nelsonville Music Fest 2012 in photos.

Ohio’s Nelsonville Music Festival is fast becoming the highlight of my yearly concert-going. Produced by Stuart’s Opera House, the three day festival once again took place at the Historic Village of Robbins Crossing at Hocking College. A relaxed atmosphere, friendly organizers, and comparatively low ticket prices all contribute to the festival’s charm. But music is the main feature and last weekend’s array of acts offered something for fans of every taste.


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Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012
Club de Ville bounced with the tunes of Mikal Cronin, Dan Deacon and unlimited Miller Highlife for $5 at the Insound and Oh My Rockness party Thursday March 15.

Club de Ville bounced with the tunes of Mikal Cronin, Dan Deacon and unlimited Miller Highlife for $5 at the In Sound and Oh My Rockness party Thursday March 15. Amongst one of the cooler venues in Austin: Club de Ville is a small, shack-like bar rested on a lot surrounded by a rock quarry. Outdoors is a stage uniquely framed by the natural rock formation.


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Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012
Bob Mould’s set was followed by the only SXSW performance by the Roots, one of the most anticipated sets of the conference (as evidenced by a near three-block long line).

At the MOG Showcase, Bob Mould joined the likes of War on Drugs and Gary Clark Jr. to perform the entire 1992 Sugar record Copper Blue. Though older in years, Mould led his trio through a near note-perfect rendition of such perennial favorites as “A Good Idea” and “Hoover Dam”. Mould looked positively jovial, attacking his guitar with trademark fervor and belting out the raucous melodies that have endeared fans to him for years.


Mould’s set was followed by the only SXSW performance by the Roots, one of the most anticipated sets of the conference (as evidenced by a near three-block long line). The Roots took on songs off their newest release Undun as well as crowd pleasers including a searing version of “Here I Come” off of Game Theory. The Roots may very well be one of the tightest bands around, as evidenced by these past years of honing their chops each night on Jimmy Fallon. Musically ubiquitious and masterful performers, they seamlessly transitioned from their unique fusion of soul-rock and hip hop to “Sweet Child O’Mine” by Guns and Roses and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”. In the audience was the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff who accepted an invitation to come up on stage to do a joint drum solo with ?uestlove.


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