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The Kills, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, A Place to Bury Strangers, Terminal 5, NYC. 8.9.11

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A Place to Bury Strangers and The Kills were the integral raw bookends of tonight’s show, bringing rock back to its primal essence, each band in their singular, stripped bare way.

11 Aug 2011 | More

Lollapalooza Day 3: Foo Fighters Play to Mud People; Best Coast, The Cars and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Evade the Rain

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Dripping from the torrential rain that plagued Sunday in Chicago, a white-eyed Dave Grohl confided to a sea of mud people, “You know what I like? A rock and roll band that actually gets up on stage and plays their fucking instruments,” before cuing a machine-gun “Monkey Wrench” march from Taylor Hawkins and throating that line about innocence, permanently etched into our early 90s conscious.

9 Aug 2011 | More

Lollapalooza 2011 Day 2: Kids Crashed Fences, Chain Gang of 1974, Ween, DOM and Eminem Played On

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The kids were not alright yesterday, as hundreds of them evaded the new airport scanners and crashed a Western, 15-foot fence, booking into the concrete jungle for a taste of Day Two. At the time, Ween was at the tail-end of “Bananas and Blow.” But it wouldn’t be a bad typecast to say Southern headliner Slim Shady had some influence.

8 Aug 2011 | More

Lollapalooza 2011: Day 1 Heats Up with Coldplay, Cults, the Mountain Goats and Le Butcherettes

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With sold-out, record-breaking ticket sales – 90,000/day – and a big proverbial 20th anniversary gold ring for Perry Farrell, the pops of touring festivals took its first breath of three on Friday in its adopted Chicago Grant Park home, humming a far different tune than its Alternative Nation meets circus shit show of yore. Once a breeding ground of Jane’s Addiction’s circle of grunge, I’m not sure anyone would have predicted Coldplay, one of rock’s most chastised mopesters, would be headlining some day.

6 Aug 2011 | 4 comments | More

Queens of the Stone Age: Priests in the Temple, 7.26.11, Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA

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And to the temple came the holiest of our faith. They arrived with relics of unimaginable power, slung over their shoulders and held close like Tommy guns. Their very presence dimmed the lights and drew out of the air a hazy, shifting hue, as if casting their magic upon the incandescence. With a collective countenance bold and ready for the task, in a sonically powerful number of five, the priests began their cant led by the one known often as the Ginger Elvis…

2 Aug 2011 | More

Death Grips in New York: the Secret Market Hotel Show. 7.22.11

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As the guillotine slams down in three successions, Death Grips starts off ‘Guillotine’ (Yeah) and it feels like the M train had derailed and landed right into our bodies at Market Hotel, the first movie theater in Brooklyn. After that it goes, it goes, it goes; it’s unstoppable. The three men on stage are as driven as if performing is their only chance of survival, with no safety net underneath… Read More

27 Jul 2011 | 1 comment | More

4knots Quick Recap Saturday, 7.16.11

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We arrived to a sweet and short line for press badges at the 4Knots Festival Front Street hangout (much like Fader’s, with things to buy, DJ’s and drinks, but to pay for, with tickets), and then ran straight over to the stage since our East River Ferry was late and thus, we were late for the Eleanor Friedberger set.

17 Jul 2011 | 3 comments | More

311: The Unity Tour at Chicago’s Charter One Pavilion, 7.14.11

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Summer in Chicago means two things: it’s three months out of the year when it’s not freezing outside and it’s time for a visit from the boys in 311. Hot on the heels of their 311 day cruise back in March and only a few days before the release of their 10th studio album, Universal Pulse (out 7/19), the Unity tour 2011 pulled into Chicago’s Charter One Pavilion.

16 Jul 2011 | 4 comments | More

Diamond Rings and Bell at Club Europa, Northside Festival, 6.19.11

We arrived early, shocked to find a mini line forming before 9pm to get in to see Diamond Rings. It was surprising to see such an impressive display of black-clad lovelies before sundown, one was tall and slim, with severe blond bob and sequined jacket and leggings…

1 Jul 2011 | More

The Kooks Kick It Up at Bowery Ballroom, NYC, 6.27.11

The Kooks went on just minutes past their slated 9:45 set time and the sold-out crowd’s energy was barely containable…

28 Jun 2011 | More