Music Festivals

Sufjan Stevens at Outside Lands 2016 photos
Photos: Outside Lands Day Two Featuring Radiohead, Julien Baker, Sufjan Stevens and more

Under a Moon Shaped Pool Radiohead closes out Outside Lands day two Waking up to the picturesque marine layer fog creeping over the San Francisco peninsula, Outside Lands day two was off to a cold (and cozy) start. Pulling out their thrift store finds, festival attendees walked through the main gates Saturday morning wearing everything […]

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Outside Lands 2016
Photos: Outside Lands Day One featuring LCD Soundsystem, Beach House, LANY and more

LCD Soundsystem and Beach House give otherworldly performances for Outside Lands day one There are very music festivals that are graced with both the locale and the finances to escape the urban sprawls of the major cities they live in the shadows of. Festivals like Sasquatch and Bonnaroo are blessed exceptions, while the rest (Lollapalooza, […]

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Blood Orange at Panorama Festival
Photos & Review: Panorama Festival Day Two Featuring Kendrick Lamar, The National, Blood Orange and more

Kendrick Lamar unites East and West hip-hop with electric performance for Panorama day two Words & Photography: Steven Ward British synth pop duo Oh Wonder were the first set to draw in the crowds on Saturday afternoon at Panorama Festival, wooing fans with the sublime atmospherics of its two angel voiced crooners. Relatively immobile behind […]

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Alabama Shakes at Panorama Festival 2016
Photos & Review: Panorama Festival Day One Featuring Arcade Fire, Alabama Shakes, De Lux and more

Arcade Fire closes out Panorama festival day one with a marching band tribute to David Bowie (along with some words about Trump) Words & Photography: Steven Ward Walking across the Robert F. Kennedy bridge in the sweltering heat towards Randall’s Island, it was hard not to feel the deja vu wash over me. Like many […]

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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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Govenors Ball 2016 photos
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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Joshua Tree Music Festival photos 2016
Joshua Tree Music Fest proves to be a positive and “real” live music paradise in the desert

Over this past weekend (May 12-15), Joshua Tree once again opened its doors to host the 14th annual Joshua Tree Music Festival (JTMF). Located just south of town at the RV park and campground, it was another long weekend with a broad range of musical acts and more. Like many music festivals these days, one finds […]

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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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Sia Coachella 2016 photos
Sia steals show from headliner with once-in-a-lifetime performance to Coachella

Renowned Aussie singer-songwriter Sia hasn’t performed a full show hardly anywhere in years. When she was announced as part of Coachella’s bill this year, she was instantly on most people’s can’t-miss lists for the weekend. On Sunday, she more than justified the hype with the kind of performance that people will be talking about for […]

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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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