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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.

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The Dø: 6 April 2012 - La Maroquinerie, Paris

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

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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.

Rory O'Connor
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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.

Rory O'Connor
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Damien Jurado: 14 March 2012 - Paris, France

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

Rory O'Connor
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War on Drugs: 21 February 2012 - Paris, France

Somewhere mid-set, as the harmonica wailed the intro to "Arms like Boulders", the opening track from 2008’s Wagonwheel Blues, it became clear that no number of technical issues would diminish the joy of the evening's performance.

Rory O'Connor
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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.

Rory O'Connor
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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.

Rory O'Connor
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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.

Rory O'Connor
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Liam Finn: 5 April 2011 - Chicago

The only thing in the room that could even compete with Liam’s restless energy was his impressive talent as a musician.

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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.

Rory O'Connor
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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.

Rory O'Connor
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Besnard Lakes + The Ponys: 24 May 2010: Chicago

The opening night of the “Downtown Sound” Series proved what was already assumed from the lineup: this will be the best way to spend your Monday evening in Chicago for the next couple of months.

Rory O'Connor
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The Besnard Lakes & The Ponys: 24 May 2010 - Chicago

The opening night of the Downtown Sound Series proved what was already assumed from the lineup, this will hands down be the best way to spend your Monday evening in Chicago for the next couple of months.

Rory O'Connor
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Metric: 20 May 2010 - Chicago

Upon a stage bathed in soft blue light, the members of Metric electrified the crowd with their signature stadium rocking anthems.

Rory O'Connor
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Gogol Bordello + DeVotchka: 23.April.2010 - Chicago

An inevitable and aesthetically complimentary pairing, Gogol Bordello and DeVotchka presented wildly different sets at the Congress Theater last Friday.

Rory O'Connor
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 25.Mar.2010 - Chicago

Even when not on their best night, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will still be one of the best rock shows this year.

Rory O'Connor
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Nouvelle Vague: 29.January.2010 - Chicago

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Yo La Tengo: 6 October 2009 - Chicago

Even in the moments when they seem to be teetering on the edge of control, like during one of Ira’s guitar tirades, every single note and squall of feedback feels necessary.

Rory O'Connor
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The Raveonettes: 25 October 2009 - Metro, Chicago

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Bloodshot Records Beer B-Q at Hideout Block Party: 12 September 2009 - Chicago

Acting as a final curtain call on summer festivals in Chicago, the Hideout Block party was back for its 13th installment, but what a difference a year can make.

Rory O'Connor
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The Dead Weather: 28 July 2009 - Chicago

This show managed to dwarf the entire theatre and on occasion felt too large to have any business trying to fit inside.

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