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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.


Tuesday, August 20 2013

The Meter Men: 30 July 2013 - Stateline, NV

Here in Tahoe, fans find the Meter Men at Harrah’s for an aftershow party right across the street from tonight’s Phish show - “#winning”, as Charlie Sheen would say.


Monday, August 19 2013

Lamb of God + Tesseract: 11 August 2013 - Dublin, Ireland

Tonight has been all about celebrating the freedom afforded to Lamb of God now that the past has been laid to rest, and according to the cheers that echo around the Olympia, Lamb of God’s Irish fans are elated to have this vital metal band back resolute and on the road where they belong.


Friday, August 16 2013

Chris Isaak: 28 July 2013 - Carmel, IN

In spite of his tremendous talents, Isaak misses an opportunity to do in a live setting what he's consistently done with his recordings - make new out of old and render strange the familiar.


Thursday, August 15 2013

‘Flickers’: Scenes from the Rhode Island International Film Festival 2013

From a sci-fi drone drama to an African death metal doc, a variety of short films and features articulate political rage and engagement.


Railroad Earth + Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers: 10 July 2013 - San Diego

If you own a boat, you can float right up to the venue. Most fans are landlocked, yet ready for action with one of 2013’s best double bills.


Wednesday, August 14 2013

PopMatters at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 (Day Three: 21 July 2013)

After two days in the sun, people came ready to dance on Pitchfork's final day. A stellar, dance-heavy lineup, capped by R. Kelly brought the festival to a satisfying close.


Thursday, August 8 2013

Pearl Jam: 19 July 2013 - Chicago

When weather plays a factor in concerts, most people afterwards wonder about “what could’ve been.” And yes, Pearl Jam’s set list was supposed to be a behemoth. But instead, most left with the knowledge that while a marathon set would’ve been memorable, it wouldn’t have necessarily been special.


Wednesday, August 7 2013

PopMatters at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 (Day Two: 20 July 2013)

A long afternoon of guitar heroics spotlighted a breakout set from Parquet Courts, musical carnage from Swans and rainy carousing with Belle & Sebastian. Plus we all got to dance with Beyonce's sister.


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