Music Festivals

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Dinosaur Jr. blends guitar shredding, beautiful melodies in memorable FYF Fest set

I had been hoping to see noise rockers Dinosaur Jr. for quite some time. Saturday’s performance at FYF Fest had me kicking myself for not crossing it off the list sooner, as the wizard-looking J Mascis led the charge in a high-energy set. Mascis’ vocals are hard to pinpoint. They’re somewhere in between a grittier Jeff […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Outside Lands day three rock fans into sheer ecstasy

With two successful days of solid performances behind them, Sunday brought the closing day at Outside Lands with headliner Elton John. As was the case throughout the weekend, there were plenty of musical styles to sink your teeth into. Things got rolling at the main stage with Austin based Shakey Graves who gave a fun […]

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Day two Outside Lands rattles with The Black Keys, Misterwives, Billy Idol and more

Day two of Outside Lands began like many mornings in San Francisco, foggy. There was a chill in the damp air as I pulled my jacket snugly around my shoulders and made my way into Golden Gate Park for a marathon day of music. Rumor had it that thousands more fans would be flocking in […]

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Pitchfork Music Festival Day 2: Vince Staples and Kurt Vile get rained out; Future Islands become fan’s Spirit Animal

Excitement was high for day two at the Pitchfork Music Festival …. and then the rain. It was in the back of everyone’s mind at the start of the day. But, no one thought it would hit with the intensity that it did. I blame Future Brown. Their constant imploring to “TURNUPTURNUPTURNUPTURNUP!” was taken very […]

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Pitchfork Music Festival Day 1: Stand out performances by Wilco, Steve Gunn, iLoveMakonnen & more

Pitchfork (the media company, the brand, the behemoth) reminds me a lot of Coachella. Specifically: Most of the reasons people hate on it are totally valid, but after you accept all that; it’s still the dopest company in their field. Pitchfork Music Festival did not disappoint. The main issue with so many city-based festivals is that […]

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Mumford & Sons’ Bonnaroo redemption highlights Saturday

Two years ago, Mumford & Sons were set to headline Bonnaroo at the peak of their success. When bassist Ted Dwane had to undergo emergency brain surgery, the band had to cancel their appearance just two days before the festival. If redemption was what the London-based folk rockers were after, they got that in spades after […]

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Kendrick Lamar tops Bonnaroo highlights, freestyles with Chance the Rapper during Earth, Wind & Fire

Of all the festivals I’ve traveled to the past few months, I felt least prepared for Bonnaroo. Flying in from LA I could only bring a small one-person tent and carry-on bag but I lucked into camping with people a bit more prepared. We got into the line of cars to pull into the campgrounds […]

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BottleRock Napa begins with a literal black eye, ends on high note

Cage The Elephant Of all the festivals I’ve covered in May (Shaky Knees in Atlanta, HangoutFest in Gulf Shores, Sasquatch at The Gorge), BottleRock Napa Valley’s was the one I was most intrigued to discover what the demographic would be. Napa is bougie wine country, and BottleRock was being pitched as a family festival, so […]

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Sasquatch! 2015 roundup — the good, the bad, and the surprising

This past Memorial Day Weekend, I flew from Los Angeles to Seattle for my first ever Sasquatch! Music Festival at The Gorge. I found a ride and camp mates via a ride-sharing site and arrived Thursday mid-afternoon, with the music kicking off Friday and extending all the way through the Monday holiday. It was my first […]

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Beck closes Hangout Fest with a bang — is the beach-side fest the Coachella of the south?

The beach-side Hangout Music Festival saved the best for last on an action-packed Sunday night headlined by a greatest hits-type set from the GRAMMY award-winning Beck. A wonderful weekend at Gulf Shores all came to a close with Beck wasting no time getting to the classics. My media wristband allowed me access to the VIP […]

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