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Wednesday, October 30 2013

‘New York Film Festival 2013’: A Dizzying Panorama

The Wind Rises was the first film that I saw at the Festival and a lovely note on which to close, creating the sense of wonder and excitement you want from movies.


Tuesday, October 29 2013

Decibel X: September 2013 - Seattle, WA

On September 25 through 29, the seaport city of Seattle, Washington lit up for the tenth time with one of the largest live event programs in North America.


Friday, October 25 2013

Pearl Jam: 18 October 2013 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (Photos)

Twenty-three years in, Pearl Jam may no longer be grunge. They may no longer be young. But the band took the Barclays Center by storm and sold out two nights.


Thursday, October 24 2013

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: 8 October 2013 - New York

There’s a good reason CGS has been winning raves from critics and musicians and growing its fan base outside Italy. It is a great band that sounds like no other, with an exotic mystique and a unique musical identity.


Thursday, October 10 2013

Alabama Shakes: 19 September 2013 - Charleston, SC

Ms. Howard isn't much for talking between songs, yet when she does there comes from her mouth a gravity of soul and generous humor that stands in glaring contrast to the subject matter of her lyrics.


Wednesday, October 9 2013

Sandra St. Victor: 24 September 2013 - New York

"Joe, you can have your home back tomorrow," said Sandra St. Victor at her CD release. Make no mistake, for one night Joe's Pub became "San's Pub".


Monday, October 7 2013

John Zorn + Ryuichi Sakamoto: Zorn@60, 4 October 2013 - Japan Society, New York

An entirely improvised performance by two of the scene's avant-garde composers


Friday, October 4 2013

The Replacements: 15 September 2013 - Chicago

The Replacements that showed up in Chicago played like they had just taken a short break to do some solo stuff and were fully confident in returning as the great American rock band.


Thursday, October 3 2013

Mickey Hart Band: 9 September 2013 - San Diego, CA

The current version of the Mickey Hart Band seems to have found a niche to explore some new sonic ground while still mining some old favorites.


Monday, September 30 2013

Deerhunter: 18 September 2013 - New York

The band will one day pass the torch to another group of rockers with that rare balance of charisma and craft, but Deerhunter reigns in the meantime.


Friday, September 27 2013

Yellowcard: 14 September 2013 - Indianapolis, IN

At its core, Ocean Avenue is about leaving home for the first time and the struggle to balance your life past with what lies ahead. It’s no surprise that this album proved to be the soundtrack for that period for so many of us.


Thursday, September 26 2013

STS9: 6 September 2013 - Morrison, CO

STS9’s headlining appearances at Red Rocks have become known as one of the magical venue’s seasonal highlights in any year.


Monday, September 23 2013

Nile + Ex Deo + Svart Crown

Tonight Nile are relentless in their Ithyphallic onslaught.


Friday, September 13 2013

Jóhann Jóhannsson: 10 September 2013 - LPR, New York

Jóhannsson's performance leaves me with more thoughts and memories...


Tuesday, September 10 2013

Jay-Z’s Philadelphia Experiment: The Budweiser Made in America Festival, 2013

Can the white and non-white, racially progressive, pro-gay rights, middle and lower middle-classes embrace a notion of patriotism as much as any other Americans? Jay-Z thinks so, and for the second year in a row, he was right.


Thursday, September 5 2013

Fitz and the Tantrums: 25 August 2013 - Pensacola, FL

Fitz and Co. bring their brand of genre-bending soul pop to one of a strange state's stranger cities.


Friday, August 30 2013

Matchbox 20 + Goo Goo Dolls: 17 August 2013 - Jones Beach, NY

Two alt-rock bands from the '90s on tour together. One proved capable of overcoming the novelty of nostalgia, while the other was little more than a shadow of their hits.


Tuesday, August 27 2013

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: 31 July 2013 - Stateline, NV

Phish aftershow parties have become something of a cottage industry in recent years and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is one of the best outfits on the planet for such duty.


Friday, August 23 2013

Will Rand Paul Run for President in 2016? His Vegas Speech Seems to Point That Way

The junior senator from the bluegrass state is not your typical Republican. As the son of retired Texas congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul, Rand arrives at the political table as something of a maverick.


Wednesday, August 21 2013

Widespread Panic + The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: 13 July 2013 - Las Vegas

When you take one of America’s greatest improvisational rock and roll bands and add in one of New Orleans’ greatest horn sections, the result is a magical musical alchemy.


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