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10 Acts to Watch at Sziget Festival

With another grandiose edition of the legendary Sziget festival about to begin, we draw your attention to the acts you shouldn't miss this year, here or anywhere else globally.

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Jukebox the Ghost Are Weird, Wonky & Wonderful in Brooklyn

With Off to the Races, Jukebox the Ghost take first place in my heart. Check out photos from their biggest headlining show to date.

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Reliving Fandemonium on the Road to Utopia With Todd Rundgren and Phantogram

How an appreciation for adventurous rock music — and a couple of close encounters — made one week in May a double shot of euphoria when two class acts lowered the boom in the rarefied air around the Mile High City.

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Thunderpussy Exhibit Seasoned Prowess at Wild Show

Ahead of the release of their self-titled debut, the brazen Thunderpussy performed two New York City shows and did a media blitz.

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U2 Rocks San Jose with Pride for Social Justice and the American Dream

On the road again behind 2017's vibrant Songs of Experience album, U2 still aren't shy about using rock 'n' roll music as an outlet to sing out against injustice.

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Pussy Riot Advances Message of Resistance in Brooklyn

Through catchy punk and dance songs, Pussy Riot espouses pro-gender equality and an anti-Putin/Trump agenda.

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Bad Bitches Get the Limelight at Dream Wife Show

Dream Wife headlined New York's Rough Trade a few months after the release of their self-titled debut.

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Sold Out Brooklyn Steel Ravenous for Sofi Tukker's Untamed Electronica

Hometown duo Sofi Tukker held sway over a wild audience in New York City as their Treehouse World tour gets underway.

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Moses Sumney Is for Lovers

L.A. singer-songwriter Moses Sumney chooses Oakland over San Francisco for a sold-out show that shared his fondness for an incapability of love.

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The Shacks Enchant Audience at Baby's All Right

The Shacks are an entrancing band whose debut, Haze, is a strong album steeped in faded days of R&B and rock.

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Ghost Light Ignites for Liftoff at Terrapin Crossroads

Ghost Light isn't just another jam band, because the alt-rock vibe in some of the songwriting and Raina Mullen's powerful vocals add an extra dimension that gives Ghost Light a unique sonic flavor.

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Watching Escondido, Kolars Grow: How Two Pair on One Bill Can Beat a Full House

Two genre-bending duos with a western folkabilly flavor and a firm commitment bring their kindred spirits to Denver for a couple of shows that would make a mother (and father) proud.

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Stone Temple Pilots Set the Gearshift for 3.0 at the Fillmore

Stone Temple Pilots and their dynamic new singer rock a packed Fillmore Auditorium to help get their 2018 tour rolling.

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Spafford Rises Up and Blasts Off at Terrapin Crossroads

While there are times when Spafford may recall some of the now classic jam bands that propelled the movement in the late '90s, the band has developed a propensity for using these influences as stepping stones to reach new sonic dimensions.

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Charli XCX Brings Special Guests and "Boys" to Brooklyn 'Pop 2' Party

The second of two special shows for Pop 2 was held at Elsewhere in Brooklyn and saw Charli XCX provide a unique frame on pop.

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The Aces Hit the Fillmore and Darlingside Return to the Great American Music Hall

Buzzy pop rock group the Aces make their San Francisco debut on one of its most coveted stages while down the road, indie folk mavens Darlingside go back to the venue that informed their latest LP.

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"Build It Back Again" at Tibet House US Benefit Concert

The artists, curated by Philip Glass, on stage at the 31st Annual Tibet House US Benefit encouraged resistance.

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Mike Gordon Helps Fans Find Destiny Unbound in Santa Cruz

Phish bassist Mike Gordon delivers crowd-pleasing jam-filled show as his touring quintet shows off their growing chemistry.

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Margo Price and Suzanne Santo: Honky-Tonk Women Take Good with the Badassery on Tour

What happens when two accomplished singer-songwriters with deep roots cred take different paths during their 2018 road trips that include hot (and cold) stops in Colorado?

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Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal Bring Rock Liberation to San Francisco

Queens of the Stone Age keeps the pedal to the metal with a high-energy set interrupted only by occasional interludes where Josh Homme muses with tidbits of hard-earned rock wisdom for a perilous world that's reached two minutes to midnight.

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San Fermin Stun Crowd at Brooklyn Bowl

The baroque pop group San Fermin is a formidable band to watch. They hit Brooklyn for two nights and are on tour now.

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The Roots Pack Gramercy Theatre with Special Guests for Jam

After the National's Citi Sound Vault show, I caught one of the Root' tremendous nights of special jams.

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St. Vincent's 'Masseduction' Songs Given Poignancy with Doveman on Piano

Maggie Rogers and St. Vincent, along with Doveman on piano, each performed a set at the Mastercard House.

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood Leads Counterculture Rock Revival at the Fillmore

Chris Robinson Brotherhood takes fans on a festive three-night ride to conclude their 2017 fall tour in triumphant fashion at rock's most sacred venue.

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Uni Drop Phantasmagoric "Mushroom Cloud" & Draw New Yorkers Out For Wild Experiences

Glam rock trio Uni gained a cult following across NYC with several live shows and are releasing "Mushroom Cloud" at the tail end of 2017.

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John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring Conjure Spirits in San Francisco

Dynamic guitar duo of John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring wows San Francisco's Warfield Theater with a triumphant Mahavishnu Orchestra performance.

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Foo Fighters Rock for Galactic Peace and Harmony in Sacramento

Alt-rock heroes the Foo Fighters deliver a three-hour blast of rock power that defies modern norms.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Sings Blues for the Resistance in Return to Oakland

Blues-rock heroes Tedeschi Trucks Band make a triumphant return to the scene where they recorded a live album last year.

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Pathway to Paris Benefit Draws Attention to "1,000 Cities" Project

With the aid of Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Michael Stipe and more, Pathway to Paris raised awareness of climate change and their "1,000 Cities" initiative at Carnegie Hall.

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Trey Anastasio Band Lifts Up Los Angeles with Halloween Fiesta

Trey Anastasio sings the new "Everything's Right" with the ladies harmonizing behind him to generate both an uplifting anthem of personal empowerment and a melodic jam vehicle that brings the entire audience into a collective groove of spirit family unity.

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Thievery Corporation Fires Up San Francisco for the Musical Resistance

Blending a dazzling array of musical influences and directions for more than two decades now, Thievery Corporation have come to represent one of the 21st century's boldest bands in both genre-blending style and lyrical impact.

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Dinosaur Jr. Brings a Classic Grunge Vibe to San Francisco

Dinosaur Jr. delivers a classic Gen-X sound that resonates through the ages, and there are few other artists in modern music that can rival this kind of alt-rock power.

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Silversun Pickups Bring Dynamic Alt-Rock Power to Oakland

There just aren't that many bands with a sound worthy of being compared to the classic alt-rock/grunge era of the early '90s, so the Silversun Pickups remain one of the 21st century's finest purveyors of the art form just as when they hit the national scene a decade ago.

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Sarah Jarosz Brings Acoustic Eloquence to Tucson's Fox Theatre

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz brought her A-game to her Tucson debut alongside Brooklyn up-and-comers, the Brother Brothers.

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Gov't Mule Rocks the Equinox with Revolutionary Fervor in Oakland

Guitarist Warren Haynes always brings a fiery rock 'n' roll show to town, but he's also carved out a well-earned reputation for delivering music that taps into the current cultural zeitgeist.

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Dream Theater: "Images, Words & Beyond" at the Forum Karlín, Prague

Combining old classics with new cuts, Dream Theater demonstrates why they've managed to stick around all these years.

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Teresa Cristina: Canta Cartola

It’s like listening through the walls of a conversation between lovers. The music is gracious, indulgent, and enchanting.


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