The opening weeks of the year are always something of a wasteland for live music and for my own creative energy, hence the radio silence around here for the past two weeks. Luckily though, things will be heating up soon enough with a set of killer shows in the next few months. Read on for some recommendations of the first 2013 shows you shouldn’t miss.
December 30, 2012 in Features
A few weeks back, I counted down my favorite records of this year live on the air during my weekly radio show. Given the relatively limited audience of the tiny college radio station I broadcast from, I would gather that not too many people actually heard it. To cap off 2012, then, I decided to publish the list here with some short write-ups on the best the year had to offer.
November 1, 2012 in Features
A few weeks back I ventured out to the new location of mainstay Boston record store Looney Tunes and asked a few questions of owner Pat McGrath. Read on for some words of wisdom on the current state of the music business and the continuing virtues of vinyl in the full Q and A.
Last weekend marked the return of the long-running Newport Folk Festival to Rhode Island’s Fort Adams State Park. Despite some rainy interludes, the weekend brought a bevy of stellar performances from Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst, The Tallest Man On Earth, Iron & Wine and many more to the gorgeous seaside setting. Read on for set reviews and plenty of photos.
July 26, 2012 in Features
In a sense, last week’s premiere of Shut Up and Play the Hits marked the final comment on the demise of James Murphy’s beloved dance-rock project LCD Soundsystem. The new documentary covers the days immediately preceding and following LCD’s massive final show at Madison Square Garden through the eyes of its frontman. The film also focuses on many of the themes that the band itself mined over the course of its ten year existence: getting old, staying relevant, catching up with the rapid passage of time, and questioning how a self-proclaimed ‘normal guy’ fits into the rock star life. Thoughts on the film and the demise of one of last decade’s best and most important bands inside.
The final day of Pitchfork Fest 2012 brought with it clear skies, hot temperatures and a rock-heavy lineup to close things off with a bang. Click on to check out the final round of reviews and photos, including Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Ty Segall, Real Estate and more. Read the rest of this entry →
Between the seemingly endless list of must-see sets and the disagreeable weather conditions, day two’s festivities alternately took on the feel of a grand-scope adventure and a punishing endurance test. Sets from Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, Wild Flag, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and more reviewed and photographed inside. Read the rest of this entry →
A series of foreboding thunderstorms cleared just in time for the kickoff to day one of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival, which featured performances from Feist, Dirty Projectors, Japandroids, Olivia Tremor Control and more. Read on for plenty of photos and set reviews. Read the rest of this entry →
July 11, 2012 in Features
This year’s Pitchfork Music Festival descends upon Chicago’s Union Park this weekend, and I’ll be there to see, hear, photograph and write about as much music as I can. Ideally I’ll be posting some daily coverage, so be sure to check back throughout the weekend. Click on for a rundown of the weekend’s most intriguing and must-see sets.