Stuff by: Ben Irwin

Lorde, Solange, and Action Bronson Close Outside Lands 2017 – Day 3

On to day three, commonly known as “Sunday” to the real world. There was a definite different energy in the air, as much of the crowd was unaware of the extent of the activity happening in Charlottevile, NC the day before, and you could kind of see that a lot of people were “trying” to […]

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Metallica closes Outside Lands Day 2 with Fire and Fury

Day two of any festival is a little rough. Your energy is a little bit zapped from the day before. You can’t seem to drink enough water or coffee. Your legs are sore. But, when you arrive, you need something to kick yourself into gear. And I managed to stumble across that band at 12:00 […]

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Photos: Outside Lands 2017 kicks off year 10 with a fury

My 10th Outside Lands began by listening to Hundred Waters close out their set on the Lands End stage. For a set at noon on Friday, the crowd was massive. They were warm and bright, perfect for getting warmed up for a day of music. These folks also curate the FORM festival in Acrosanti, AZ, […]

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PJ Harvey at The Shrine in Los Angeles
PJ Harvey Returns to LA with a Thundering Political Set at The Shrine

Once the lights went down at the Shrine Expo and PJ Harvey’s band marched in to the drumline of “Chain of Keys,” a scathing view of an excursion through war torn Kosovo, it was clear that PJ’s long awaited return to LA was towing a message of social disparity with it. The last time PJ […]

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The National
The National and The Lone Bellow Share Heart Tugging Anthems at The Greek Theatre

Vocalist Matt Berninger anxiously paced the Greek Theatre stage last night, plodding around pregnant with a secret that had him on the verge of collapse. As the rest of The National played through each heart tugging anthem they built a strong, resistant sonic wall behind him. This smooth water belying the storm-on-the-horizon dynamic is quintessentially […]

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Drive Like Jehu
Do you compute? Drive Like Jehu rips through the Echoplex

  22 years; some of these me first, try hard kids at this show weren’t even conceived the last time Drive Like Jehu played in LA City. Now they stand straight legged and self-assured with lofty expectations of questionable origin. Five minutes into the set these milquetoast Snapchat warriors were all I could notice in […]

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