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Austin Psych Fest / Levitation 2015 wraps with thrilling reunion performance by 13th Floor Elevators

Fans from all over the world fans came to Levitation; Australia, England, Japan and that far off place named North Dakota. They converged to let go of real life worries for three days of psychedelic freedom. That’s exactly what makes music festivals both unique and popular; the convergence of like-minded people coming together for one common […]

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Shaky Knees wraps up with psychedelic performances from Tame Impala, Spiritualized

Tame Impala The final day of Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta was a departure from the punk and angst of the previous two days. The music seemed to fit the mood of people winding down their weekend, mellowing out in the shade of the many trees that occupied the park. Most of the angst […]

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Day Two Austin Psych Fest / Levitation 2015 mesmerizes with Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream and more

Fever The Ghost Day two at Austin Psych Fest / Levitation was a day to explore and discover something new. As soon as I walked into Levitation I heard the unmistakable whine of the sitar stretching out across the expansive grounds. The sun had broken through the clouds drying most of the mud from day […]

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Austin Psych Fest / Levitation 2015 kicks off rainy day with Tame Impala, Spiritualized, METZ and more

Tame Impala Day one of Austin Psych Fest / Levitation left me a muddy mess. I had hoped that the forecasted thunderstorms wouldn’t actually come to be, but alas it IS raining here. Well, actually it is pouring here! Rain from the sky and big fields mix into what you ask? The answer is a […]

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Day one of Shaky Knees Fest rattles with The Strokes, Mastodon, Kaiser Chiefs and more

The Strokes It takes a music festival like Shaky Knees to really put into perspective what makes bigger festivals like Coachella sometimes annoying to deal with. The much smaller rock-driven Atlanta music festival brought a laid-back vibe from the outset and didn’t lose that momentum when The Strokes took the stage at 9:45 PM to […]

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Desert Daze brings back the spirit of what “music festivals” once were

Deap Vally It was dripping hot, it was dustier than a desert ghost town, and it was absolutely glorious. About two and a half hours East of Los Angeles, deep into the desert boondocks of the armpit of California (aka Mecca, CA), the annual Desert Daze was taking its course at the Sunset Ranch Oasis. […]

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Florence + The Machine gives transcendent Coachella performance

Damn it is good to see Florence + The Machine on the main stage at Coachella. Another of the seemingly endless Coachella legacy performers, Florence Welch definitely outshined the evening headliner Drake, and was probably one of the two or three best performances of the entire weekend. Welch’s energy was sky high. She ran across […]

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Drake doesn’t live up to Coachella-ending bill (neither does Madonna)

Photo courtesy of Coachella Let me preface this review of his Sunday main stage closing Coachella set by saying I’m not the biggest Drake fan. That being said, I had high expectations headed into it, and they weren’t quite met by the mega star rapper’s performance. With all the features on his tracks over the […]

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Radiohead’s Philip Selway brings life to stellar Coachella set

One thinks he would have been better attended had the Coachella schedule simply read “Drummer for Radiohead,” but despite playing to a rather sparse crowd at the Gobi tent on Sunday, Philip Selway brought to life a stellar set. You could have counted up all the people in the room by the time he completed […]

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Ryan Adams provides Sunday’s alt-rock vibes and witty banter

Most of Sunday’s performances at Coachella were electronic flavored and the main headliner Drake was hip-hop, but festival stalwart Ryan Adams made it clear rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay. Adams poked fun at the noise bleed from across the way and provided sarcastic banter in between performing songs from his fantastic self-titled album […]

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