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Glen Hansard at the Wiltern
Glen Hansard invites fans into his home for a night of folk storytelling at The Wiltern

Glen Hansard was supposed to perform a concert at The Wiltern Theatre on Friday night, but instead, the Irish singer/songwriter invited the crowded venue into what felt like his own home, by the fire, for a night of lilting storytelling.   The tall, bearded Irishman, a man who quit school at the age of thirteen to […]

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Grimes at FYF 2016 in Exposition Park, Los Angeles
Photos: FYF Fest with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Air, Grimes and more

With little fanfare or hurrah, FYF 2016 began without a hitch and under blissfully temperate weather for a Los Angeles summer. No longer contained within the small confines of Exposition Park, the festival has made its home around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum quite cozily, utilizing the structures’ bathrooms (no porta-potties, hurray!) and elliptical map […]

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Chance The Rapper at Outside Lands Music Festival photos
Photos: Outside Lands Day Three with Lionel Richie, Ryan Adams, The Muppets and more

Walking through the main gates of Outside Lands, for the final time that weekend I found myself greeted by the expressionless stare of the large Range Dave statue that stood at its entrance. The enchant of Golden Gate park’s woodland grove was nearing its end, but the festival still had a few magical moments in […]

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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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Passion Pit
Passion Pit sets a fully-packed Observatory ablaze

At the end of his nearly two hour set at the Santa Ana Observatory, Michael Angelakos stood at the edge of the stage beaming brightly, high-fiving screaming fans as he walked above them. Standing there in the afterglow of an insanely raucous performance, the 27-year-old artist and creative demon behind synth-pop outfit Passion Pit seemed […]

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catfish and the bottlemen
Catfish and The Bottlemen rouse the Fonda with their charmingly confident garage rock

Embodying a zany charisma and suave that calls to mind similar frontmen like Alex Turner, the astutely English Ryan “Van” McCann led his ragtag troupe of garage-rockers (Catfish and The Bottlemen) onto the Fonda stage with the sole intent of wooing the pants off the crowded theatre. And woo they did. Brandishing his guitar with […]

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Death Cab For Cutie give Santa Barbara Bowl a nostalgia filled performance

Tucked against the foothills of the Santa Barbara mountains, a small amphitheater played host to a night filled with the nostalgia charged lyricisms of one of indie-rock’s greatest success stories. Since the late 90’s, Death Cab For Cutie have captured the elusive heartache and angst of a wayward generation, and last Saturday night two decades […]

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No Doubt, Snoop Dogg, Foster The People highlight day one of inaugural Kaaboo Music Fest

The Revivalists Against the backdrop of a uniquely picturesque Californian landscape–crystal blue waters along coastal cliffs on one side and sun-kissed palms on the other–KAABOO Del Mar was unveiled to fans as a proud testament to the inherent beauty of the nearby beach community. But the celebration that began Friday afternoon at the Del Mar Fairgrounds […]

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of monsters and men
Of Monsters and Men set Greek Theatre afire with sensational performance

In 2012, as “Little Talks” was overtaking U.S. airwaves. Of Monsters and Men went from winning their native country Iceland’s battle-of-the-bands to being dubbed the next Arcade Fire. Their debut, My Head is an Animal, was a cult singularity in the indie-folk scene; a scene that saw a dubious flare-up of artists who sought to immortalize […]

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