Stuff by: Steven Ward

Haim keeps fans warm in the rain, The Killers keep the nostalgia flowing for Governors Ball day two finale

What began as a blisteringly hot Saturday afternoon for Governors Ball day two, would end, unknowingly to many, as the festival’s impromptu finale as heavy thunderstorms formed near the evening. The festival’s actual final day, which had some of the best collections of rock like Cold War Kids and Courtney Barnett, was unfortunately cancelled due […]

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Black Pistol Fire win at day one of Governors Ball, Elle King, The Strokes and more deliver stellar performances

  The annual christening of Governors Ball with scattered light showers (a deceptive foreshadowing of the weekend’s coming torrential rains) began early Friday morning as fans shuffled across the Robert F. Kennedy bridge towards the center of Randall’s Island. Quick security checks, free protein bars, and the cool drizzle had fans in high spirits as […]

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Yeasayer
Yeasayer bring their rabble-rousing psychedelia to the Fonda Theatre

Illuminated by the glowing silhouettes that joined them onstage–which ranged from ghoulishly unnerving and strangely ethereal, as searing white lights poured out of their eyes and mouths–the psychedelic dynamo that is Yeasayer made their return to the Fonda Theatre late Wednesday night. As a particularly distracting cutout of Mark Twain glared at me from the […]

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The Kills make their chilling return with bluesy, slow-burner Ash & Ice

There’s always existed a dichotomy of blurred influences at the center of The Kill’s inflammatory garage-rock, one that has rotated steadily around the tastes of Florida native Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince. Like fellow UK rockers Savages and newcomers Wolf Alice, the duo’s female-led badassery has flowed directly from their knack for cooking […]

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Pollyn offers deep-cuts of vintage electronica on new album Distress Signals

Electro-pop outfit Pollyn have been cutting their teeth in the Los Angeles’ underground for over two decades, so it should come as no surprise that with four albums now under their belt, the trio have undoubtedly mastered the unruly nature of their witchy electronica. Bristling with vintage samplings, propulsive marches of synthetic percussion, and Genevieve Artadi’s ethereal monotone, […]

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Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Radiohead blanket all existence in the anxious shadow of A Moon Shaped Pool’s psychedelic-folk

“And in your life, there comes a darkness/This spacecraft blocking out the sky/And there’s nowhere to hide,” so begins Radiohead’s ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool, and for the next fifty-two long minutes, Thom Yorke and company endeavor to blot out the sun and encapsulate all existence in the anxious shadow of their psychedelic-folk […]

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Jimmy Buffett, Aerosmith, Hall and Oates come together for Kaaboo Del Mar

  San Diego’s newest musical festival experience Kaaboo, which made its debut last year with a reunion of both pop royalty No Doubt and The Killers, is set to return in 2016 with the promise of bringing together even more legendary acts. Announcing its full lineup for its September 16-18 dates, it’s been revealed that […]

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Museum of Love
Miike Snow cement Los Angeles homecoming by burning down the Fonda

Fresh from their crazed set at this year’s Coachella, dance pop trio Miike Snow made their L.A. homecoming just as special with a body ravaging riot of both old and new hits. As the vortex of emotionally charged indietronica that they are, lead vocalist Andrew Wyatt found himself at the center of the crowd’s gushing […]

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M83 Fox Theater Pomona 2016
Electronic orchestra M83 return with climactic Fox Theatre performance

There’s a reason that French electronic outfit M83 has found a niche in crafting big-budget film soundtracks, and that reason was highlighted emphatically Tuesday night as Anthony Gonzalez led his troupe through a rapturous expose of their discography. Opening with the violent crashes of synths and percussion that riddle “Reunion,” M83 spent the next nearly […]

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Courtney Barnett at The Glass House
Courtney Barnett delivers cheeky modern fairy tales slapped with tornado of rabid guitar licks at Glass House

A few nights before her breakout debut at this year’s Coachella, one of our favorite Australian acts Courtney Barnett brought her quirky rock antics to the Glasshouse Thursday night for hotheaded grunge performance. Despite her growth in popularity in the past year due to the release of her superb freshman attempt Sometimes I Sit and […]

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