Stuff by: Steven Ward

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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aerosmith+band
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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Mlike Snow Coachella 2016 photos
Amidst Coachella’s stacked finale, Miike Snow shines through with frenzied dance party

In its final hurrah, the third day of Coachella’s 2016 attempt ultimately rode its highs and lows far into the Colorado Desert sunset. For most of the day I found myself posted faithfully in front of the Outdoor Theatre, which should always be a must-stop for any seasoned attendee, as it is oftentimes an honest […]

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Ex Hex Coachella 2016 photos
Grimes battles Guns and Roses for Coachella crowd, takes fans into the Belly of the Beat

Pushing through the body aches, inevitable soreness, and ritualistic hangovers of the previous night, festival-goers made their enthused return to the Empire Polo Fields for Coachella’s second day. The atmosphere was a veritable powder keg, with the catalyst being the rock-’n’-roll  dominated day to ensue and eventually explode spectacularly with Guns and Roses headlining slot. […]

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LCD Soundsystem at Coachella
Sharper than ever: LCD Soundsystem nowhere near losing their edge close out day one of Coachella

LCD Soundsystem Despite its habit for brewing up freak wind and dust storms, Coachella Weekend One was kicked off to a head-rushing start despite an hour-long delay that left festival attendees stranded outside the main gates. Once those gates opened however, a constant stream of music lovers poured into the festival grounds to catch the […]

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M83 break away from their teen dream fairytales with new album Junk

When French electronic band M83 announced it had returned to the studio, I felt a carefully measured level of excitement rise within me. On one hand, I had the promise of new material from Anthony Gonzalez, on the other, they had the insurmountable task of creating an album that would exist in the shadow of Hurry Up, […]

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Weezer return to the sunshine of their youth with tenth studio album, “The White Album”

Weezer has been making music for a long, long, long time–so long that I haven’t known a world without a Weezer album. Their self-titled debut was released three days before I was born and they’ve been pedaling out their audacious take on rock nonstop ever since. But within that massive discography, it’s always been the string of […]

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