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Festival Review: Discorporate 2013 – Starworld

We head to Dresden, Germany…

Festival Review and Photos: Sasquatch Music Festival 2013, May 24-27 – George, Washington

Photography by Jake MacDonald Grimes photo (above) by Kara Kostis Music festivals are heavyweights in the struggle between order and chaos. Being somewhat new to the festival circuit, this slipped my mind as I was packing for a 6-day trip to the Gorge in Washington. A ten percent chance of rain means it will most […]

Live Review: Waxahatchee, Dalston Roof Park, June 14, 2013 – London, UK

Have a gig in a roof garden; it sounds like a nice idea in theory. That’s exactly where Katy Crutchfield performed on the final night of her first ever UK tour as Waxahatchee. However, to deal with England’s inconsistent climate in this late spring/early summer period, there was a necessity for a large inflatable roof, […]

Festival Review and Photos: Primavera Sound Festival 2013, May 23-25 – Barcelona, Spain

Taken as a whole, Primavera Sound 2013 pretty much decimated the competition.

Festival Review: Boston Calling

Boston has an underappreciated music scene. The city might not match the sprawling metropolis of New York City but few places can. Boston is home to my personal favorite venue, the 933-capacity Paradise Rock Club. The more corporate Bank of America Pavilion and House of Blues host larger bands and the smaller Brighton Music Hall, […]

Live Review and Photos: Born Ruffians, April 16, 2013, Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

Born Ruffians celebrated the release of their third LP, Birth Marks, with a lively, sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday. Longtime fans made a point of showing up as soon as the doors opened, and I was fortunate enough to snag the last open space up front – right next to a […]

Live Review and Photos: The Haxan Cloak, April 18th, 2013, Birthdays – London

The Haxan Cloak’s music is made to be listened to in isolation. Not just by yourself, but with as few distractions from the music as possible. In this day and age that’s almost impossible; even if you are lying on your bed, headphones turned up, there’s bound to be some kind of distraction – your […]

Live Review and Photos: Vondelpark, April 4, 2013, Bush Hall – London

Earlier in the week tonight’s headliners Vondelpark released their debut album, Seabed and tonight’s performance was a celebration of that fact, evidenced by the free stickers given out at the merch stand, the large display of the album’s cover projected on the back of the stage, and how important the event clearly was to the […]

Festival Review and Photos: Burgerama, March 22-23, 2013 – Santa Ana, CA

King Tuff. All Photos by Andrew Halverson Now into its sophomore year, Burgerama has already claimed its own clear and welcoming identity — this time with an extra day of festivities. The two-night hurrah combines bands and friends of the communal and humble Burger Records for a festival that serves Orange County kids and anyone […]

Live Review and Photos: Savages, March 18, 2013, Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

It was snowing in thick, oppressive sheets on Tuesday night, which I found all too appropriate as I walked down Delancey to see Savages play the Bowery Ballroom. Chilling weather for a night of chilling sounds. Savages’ reputation precedes them, and that’s an awfully tricky situation. When a band’s live persona is built upon the […]

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