August 27, 2015 in Photos
Spacey alt-rockers Hum and Failure co-headlined Boston’s Royale for a sold-out Saturday night show earlier this month, delivering their complementary brands of towering guitar swirl to an enthusiastic crowd. Though both bands were primarily 90s concerns, they’re exhibiting different approaches to the whole reunion deal; Failure is touring a well-received new record in The Heart is a Monster, while Hum is simply taking a well-deserved victory lap and revisiting some fan favorites. They both sounded massive, and made me personally regret not being far more well-versed in their respective discographies. The 10 dudes moshing to Hum looked like they were having more fun than I’ve ever had. Check out photos of the dramatically-lit proceedings within. Read the rest of this entry →
August 17, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews
U.K producer Jamie Smith has stepped out from the shadows of his role with moody trio The xx this year to release his solo debut, the vibrant and appropriately titled In Colour. Though he holds onto the ‘xx’ surname as a solo artist, his own work is of a much more upbeat, dancefloor-appropriate nature. He brought all this into focus last Sunday night at a sold-out Royale gig, performing a 90-plus minute set that seamlessly blended certified summer anthems like “Gosh” and the prominently-Young Thug-featuring ”I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” with remixes and crate-digging obscurities (on actual vinyl, to boot). Plus, he earned style points with a room full of mirror balls and an elaborate light show. Check out photos from the evening after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
August 7, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews
It’s been rough going for a Sonic Youth fan since 2011. The band’s indefinite hiatus in the wake of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon’s separation has gradually revealed itself to be a permanent dissolution, much to our collective disappointment. Although 2009’s The Eternal was a solid record to go out on, the simultaneous dissolution of one of alternative rock’s great bands and power couples can’t help but feel like a story with a downer ending. Thankfully, though, there has been an upside to all this. Time apart has given the former Youths time to delve into a diverse and rewarding body of solo work. Lee Ranaldo has pursued his inner Neil Young with The Dust, Steve Shelley’s spent time in the studio and on the road with Sun Kil Moon (as well as multiple ex-bandmates), Kim has continued pushing the envelope with her noise/drone project Body/Head, and Thurston has only pushed further toward peak-Thurstonism with Chelsea Light Moving and, now, The Thurston Moore Band. Read the rest of this entry →
January 17, 2015 in Photos
Genre-bending Brooklyn experimentalists Zs played one of the early shows I reviewed for this blog way back at the end of 2012. They were mindblowing then, and they’re mindblowing now. The cramped confines of the packed basement at JP’s Deep Thoughts offered a different experience than the cavernous space at Studio Soto did last time around, but seeing the band in a more intimate space only reinforced how impressive their live show is. And who doesn’t dig that single red lightbulb aesthetic?
Zs have a new record out on Northern Spy real soon. Click on for more photos from the show.
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January 7, 2015 in Photos
As promised, folks. Ryan Adams, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Conor Oberst, Kurt Vile, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and more in glorious black and white. Read the rest of this entry →
January 7, 2015 in Photos
It was a busy end of summer, a busy entirety of fall and a busy beginning of winter – I did not have very much time to scan film. Now, however, the mystery of the 6 rolls of Ilford 400 I shot at my two big summer festivals this year have been revealed. Enjoy Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival below (featuring Beck, Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent, Real Estate, Slowdive, Deafheaven, Sun Kil Moon and numerous others), and the Newport Folk Fest in the following post. Read the rest of this entry →